Our next SRUR release is a remix package with something for everyone. No less than six top remixers have been drafted to unleash their skills on Oz Romita’s Idiots. Idiots first saw the light of day way back in February 2012, it was also the very first release on Oz’s brand new Sounds R Us Recordings, a label that has grown into a very recognisable brand with a distinctive music output which is supported throughout the world. SRUR boss Oz continues to be at the forefront when it comes to quality, his staggering back catalogue is testament to this as well as the huge support from DJ’s, producers and fans alike. Lots more is planned for 2015 so keep your eyes and ears peeled.
First up on remix duty is Ozan Kanik who is fresh off the back of his Adults Only which saw great support since its December 2014 release. From the off we are thrust into an energetic Techno monster with solid beats and a fantastic rolling bassline. Crispy open hats give cool contrasts between the deeper bass elements and provide for a steady rhythmic vibe. Cool chords litter the background as spicy FX add wonderful textures to the sound. A subtle synth note gives a whole new dimension as we continue on this relentless ride through Techno. A definite monster of a track that will have floors jumping for sure.
Tash aka Greek DJ and producer Tassos Papagiannoulis debuts on SRUR with this superb remix. Tassos was surrounded by music as a child and this had a huge impact in his growing. He would go on to organise music events from just 13 years old, late, he would begin to play at many venues in his hometown. In 2005 he formed DJM Productions where he would continue to grow his event roster. Having graced the decks with many very famous DJ’s and played at some of the world’s top venues, Tassos brings a wealth of experience to the table. The remix intros with a flourish as nice and phat kicks a licked with scattered percussions before a smooth synth rises up bringing a Tech flavour. A wonderfully warm driving bass surfaces soon after and gets the track firmly into its groove. A very smooth and rich pad eases into the sound and brings a wonderful, almost uplifting melancholic vibe to the sound before we get right back down to the business end of this Tech stomper. This one will not disappoint.
Moll steps into the remix arena next with his superb slice. Moll’s At The Dawn on Bonzai Basiks back in the summer of 2014 performed very well indeed. He also had a stint on Club Traxx – Dark & Deep 2. Much more to come from Moll so stay tuned. Here he gets right into a Techno flow from the off as bright, crispy hats line up against snappy claps and a muted kick. Cool FX filter through as we are blasted with a superb punchy kick that pounds out a steady rhythm. A warm bass shores up the low end beautifully and leave room for expertly crafted synths to dominate. The break is a masterclass in effects as the mids and highs get put through their paces before we are slammed back into the groove. Tight mixing and a brilliant slice of Techno that will sit well in any set.
Italian DJ and producer Francesco Dinoia delivers a truly sublime Tech cut with his remix. Francesco started to get interested in DJing from a young age, he soon developed the skills needed which also led him into the producing world. After just a few years he has notched up quite an impressive repertoire of releases across many labels. A talent worth keeping an eye on for sure. On the remix he brings his Tech flavours to the fore. The intro delivers a punchy kick with a crispy offset closed hat that brings a sharp edge to the sound. A deep bass sits perfectly on the low end as various percussions and drums provide a solid rhythmic platform. Deep rooted, relentless grooves that are sure to be a firm favourite among many.
Netherlands based DJ and producer Rajiv Jay returns to SRUR with his fantastic remix. Rajiv debuted here back in the Summer of 2014 with Lovers EP which gained much support. He also got a run out on our Muzika Volume 8 which also saw great support. Here he toughens up the groove with a raucous Techno offering. The intro sets off with a solid driving beat filled with low end kicks and sharp hats. A wonderful chord sequence filters up and gets the groove rocking for the duration. Tight drum patterns keep the rhythm flowing as that chord sequence comes to prominence. The break warms up the chords before we get churned back into the main sound. A rip roaring energy driven slice that will have floors bouncing.
Rod B. Rounds up this superb package with his remix. We last saw Rob back in Spring 2014 when he teamed up with JPhilipps on their wonderful remix for Dany Cohiba’s Liquid Cha. Rod does what he does best and injects the grooves with infectious amounts of Tech House that force you to move. The track subtly builds with distant hats and snappy snares before a phat kick takes over. Superb drum patterns bring a steady rhythm before the track breaks to reveal the star of the show. The bass walks through the sound beautifully with its warm tones and groovy licks. A robotic voice accompanies the sound on the main break before we head back into the main track. Stunning effort here that will be a welcome addition in any set.
The Muzika series continues to gather pace with this its eighth instalment. Four top class cuts from SRUR debutants Juciff & T-Bars as well as some familiar faces including, Mariano Santos, Ozgar Uzur and Rajiv Jay.
First up we have Ozgur Uzar who we last saw on remix duty for Fabian Jakopetz & Dub Way – Mellow Mode way back in 2012. Here he lashes copious amounts of bass onto our senses with the highly impressive Memento. Upbeat grooves are the order right from the off a punchy kicks are met with a round of superbly rhythmic percussions. That huge bass sound produces a massive punch right into your midriff where it lingers for you to savour. Various drum elements pop up throughout the arrangement. The track goes deep on the break with a lush and intense pad alongside a sultry vocal before we are slammed right back into the main groove, big dancefloor hitter here.
Next up we have Mariano Santos with The Memory House. Mariano is no stranger to SRUR having been studio partner with label boss Oz Romita on their Together EP and with Ozan Kanik on their 2013 track Family Love EP. Here Mariano gets the grooves flowing with a tight arrangement from the off as attacking kicks are joined by a beautifully constructed percussion section. A deep rolling bass sits in the background with brilliantly tweaked vocal samples coming through. The break offers of squeaky synth hits as this techno monster takes control, top notch stuff.
Juciff & T-Bars are up next with their deep grooving cut entitled Tek. Juciff has been around SRUR previously with his remix on Alessan Main’s track Storm which appeared on Muzika Volume 4. T-Bars marks his debut appearance here but he has worked with the likes of Alessan, Juciff and Daniele Kama who are no strangers to SRUR and Bonzai. The track oozes dark techy vibes with the intro providing a cool punchy, clicky kick alongside a sharp hat. Dark atmospherics play out in the background with the bass sitting menacingly on the edge as it rumbles through the sound. A relentless monster of a track that will suit any set in those darkened late night rooms.
Rajiv Jay returns to SRUR with Big Guys. Rajiv is fresh off the back of his debut track Lovers which was very well received indeed. Here he takes a dark tone with a wonderfully long decay on the kicks that gives a oomph to the sound. Perfectly tuned hats sit beautifully in the solid percussion arrangement which provides a brilliant rhythmic flow. The bassline is monstrous as it throbs with the beat to the backdrop of sinister sounding vocals. Beautifully tweaked and tightly packed grooves for the darker more serious floors out there, not to be missed.
Rajiv Jay makes his SRUR debut with this brilliant three tracker, Lovers EP. Hailing out of the Netherlands this DJ and producer loves to delve into upbeat sounds through to techno and tech house. In 2013 he started his own parties called tech.fabrik in Hoofddorp where he is able to showcase his skills. Now producing he feels proud to deliver his works to the dance floor, we have no doubt these will be well received.
First up is Strangers with its percussion fuelled intro that is soon joined by a chunky kick and throbbing bass combi. Steady rhythms will keep the floors moving as quirky vocals begin to filter through. The break keeps the vibe going with cool modulations on the drums and bass. A brilliant bouncy tune for the floors and a definite must.
Freaks intros with a heavy kick and sharp hat combi as percussions are filtered through. A classy strolling bassline ensues and the tech begins to flow out of the sound beautifully. The drum arrangements are top notch as varying patterns etch out cool rhythms. Short vocal samples add textures and on the break the track transforms into a sublime techno workout with superb keys, before slamming right back into full swing, excellent stuff.
Lovers goes into full on tech mode, big phat kicks are joined by a myriad of hats and cymbals as a fantastic throbbing bassline sets the mood. The arrangement gathers pace with the addition of layered percussions and well crafted FX. On the breaks we are exposed to a sublime detuned piano sequence that gives the track its true tech roots before we are thrust right back into full on mode after a heavy build up for the duration, top notch debut from Rajiv.