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.