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Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax aka Ivan Delgado and Christian Gomez are a DJ and production duo from Spain, the guys are debuting on Piston with this fantastic two tracker ‘In Da House’.
The guys are responsible for a huge amount of releases across many top labels including Susurruous Music, King Street, Soulman, Monog Records and Tip Tap Records to name just a small few. They have a dynamic partnership and their styles mix together very well, they both use as much of the classic analog sound as they can in their works, especially TR-909 and 808 as they try to bring a bit of classic Chicago House into the modern era.
The title track ‘In Da House’ sets us off on a truly sublime deep and groovy journey, the intro boasts a cool percussion line that is soon joined by a nice and full chunky kick that just takes over the sound. A deep rooted bass begins to form as the drum arrangement goes into full effect creating a solid rhythmic base. Warm keys come into play alongside a low and slow vocal sample which really stands out. The break reveals more of those surreal chords while continuing the percussion led theme of the track. Top stuff and a cert to draw a lot of attention.
‘Too Much’ goes into groovy overdrive and does it in style. Nice and steady intro with the kicks and percussions, a few very cool vocal samples come in the form of a sultry female voice and smooth male voice making for a fantastic contrast. The house keys on show are outstanding as they weave out a groovy pattern that takes over the track superbly as the bass sits in the perfect position.
A straight up in your face House stomper that will no doubt light up many floors!
Belgian DJ and producer Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro is back at Basiks with his superb four tracker, ‘Side Effects EP’. His last outing saw a fantastic remix on Tribal Warriors’, ‘New York To Ibiza’.
First up we have the powerful bass driven ‘Protocol’ that comes out of the blocks with a full on in your face throbbing bass and phat kick combi and contrasted with subtle sharp hat. Well placed percussions ease their way into the sound with a few white noise FX thrown in, but it’s that monster bass that dominates throughout. Perfect ammo for those darker rooms and a track that will blow you away!
‘Vital Signs’ sets of with punchy kicks and crispy hats alongside a deep pulsating bass. Cool FX find a space in the track as the groove evolves with the introduction of cool synth. A short respite from the bass allows you to get ready for the next round resulting in a proper slice of driving Techno that will invade your senses and take full control.
‘Immunity’ goes straight for the jugular from the outset as a gritty bass is unleashed with a nice and chunky kick as backup. Cool rhythms are borne out of the well crafted hats and percussion arrangement as the track powers through. Nice and simple one shot synths are the perfect partner to this solid bass driven Techno cut.
The title track ‘Side Effects’ rounds up this superb EP. Snappy kicks and a deep resonating bass get us moving alongside a very cool percussion arrangement. The bass holds a steady groove as it drives on throughout the sound. The break focuses on the percussions before slamming us right back into this full on pumping Techno beat!
Canadian DJ and producer Onez!e debuts on Green Martian with his superb ‘This Is Dream’ which is complimented by two superb remixes. He started producing music since early 2012 and has already been signed music to industry standard labels, showcased on radio shows, and played live in clubs across the world. He has discovered a captivating, non-commercial sound, a mixture of Progressive, Techno, and House music which makes for exciting listening that will no doubt appeal to many.
The Original mix intros with a subtle percussive element that intensifies and leads up to a nice punchy kick as a sweet pad forms in the background. The soon comes through and adds a huge depth to the sound which works so well. Sweeping melodies materialise resulting in a fluent smooth groove that hypnotises the mind. The break unleashes a swathe of melody along with a very cool vocal that works to intensify the hypnotic groove. Fantastic debut and one to watch!
Russian producer EmLab returns to GM on remix duty after his stunning ‘Sirenes’ which was well received from all quarters. Here he ramps up the energy as a driving bassline takes full control. Beautifully layered sounds combine well and the drum section adds a flowing rhythm. On the break a myriad of melodies produce a dreamy atmosphere as the sublime spoken vocal gets into your very soul. The track kicks back with a surprising gritty synth line that adds a cool twist to the sound. A definite must for those uplifting progressive sets!
Horizons aka DJ Shy delivers his stunning Horizons Sunset Remix. Smooth intro with layered pads creating an ethereal vibe as the vocal comes through adding a nice touch. A superb melodic arp finds its way into the track as phat kicks and well crafted percussions build up the rhythms. The bass sits perfectly on the lower end and soon becomes a true force within the sound as it performs its magic. On the break the track really takes off as the melodies intensify before slamming right back into a full on uplifting progressive stomper. A must have for any box and an absolute joy to listen to.
It’s been a while since we heard from Vechigen here at Elemental. This Swiss based artistic group specialise in super chilled vibes as you will have noticed on their late 2013 release ‘Melbourne’.
First up we are transported into a world of pure bliss with the title track ‘Tell No One’. Subtle intro as a smooth string etches out a warm feeling alongside a bright piano melody before descending into near silence. Just when you don’t expect it a beautifully worked sequence appears filled with soft tones and a wonderful downtempo drum arrangement that will lighten your mood infectiously.
‘Running Through A Forest’ intros with a slow and deep pad, very subtle percussions come through before those pads begin to rise with a euphoric air. A melancholic piano takes over the track and is in perfect harmony with the pads resulting in a truly surreal experience. Big and brash drums come to the fore unexpectedly creating a stark contrast that works brilliantly, simply stunning!
Soft Knees aka Finnish duo Antti Mantysaari and Jarno Kilpia are back to BP with ‘Reflexion’. The guys’ last outing ‘Couchclocking’ gained support from many quarters and here we will no doubt be treated to more of the same.
The Original Mix sets off with a nicely tweaked kick with cool clip on the top, these beats set the scene beautifully and are soon followed by a bubbly bassline that controls the low end with ease. Sweeping synths make a show and become a big feature of the sound as they tease out a cool melody. The rhythms really let loose with the aid of some tight drum patterns while on the break things whittle down to just those sweepy synths and some stunning acid lines. Superb progressive house sounds that will do well on any floor.
The ever popular Kevin Vega steps up to remix duty first. Kevin is fresh off the back of his stunning ‘Andromeda’ which marked his return to BP after a short break. Here he pulls out all the stops once more to deliver s surreal slice of progressive goodness. The intro boasts a dominating percussion section alongside a nice and chunky kick, this sets up the groove perfectly as the rhythms slowly unwind at the start of this epic ride. Subtle pads begin to fade through and bring with them a hint of melody making you want more. The bass shatters into the sound and transforms the track so beautifully giving it that real progressive edge. A story is to be told in the ever evolving melodies and that makes this track a truly awesome listening experience, top notch yet again!
UK based Cordoba aka Lloyd Trimmer gives us his remix and what a job this guy does yet again. Lloyd’s latest track ‘Surface’ has been performing extremely well on the circuit and on download portals, this is a testament to the quality on offer from a talented producer. Here the remix intros with a full on progressive flavour, chunky kicks and crispy hats provide a solid platform for hypnotic synths and a superb rolling bassline which becomes infectious after just a short time. The break focuses on stabby synths with the bass rising up from the depths to take us back into this absolutely stunning slice, a must for any box!
Smok debuts on Bonzai Progressive with his remix and what an impression he makes. The track intros with a cool deep flavour as chunky kicks pump out a lush groove. Smooth deep synth stabs are the perfect companion for the plucky bass, the bass itself is a real groovy affair which will have you on the dancefloor pronto! Tight drum arrangements provide for a solid and steady rhythmic feel and on the break this continues with some nice percussion alongside a cool funky element. Top stuff for this guys debut and a must for those groovier progressive sets.
Italian DJ and producer Luigi De Santis aka GgDeX debuts on Piston with his two tracker ‘Put The Needle’. Luigi started out in 2001 when he began mixing his LP collection which soon got him a good reputation as he was asked to perform at various parties. His sets take on various guises while always focusing on rhythms and nuances, he likes to get into the deeper and tech side of House. In 2007 he got his first release on Fahrenheit Music with help from his close friend Mario Piu. Many more releases followed across multiple labels with much more to come for sure.
First up is ‘Put The Needle’ which intros with cool and crisp hats with a short vocal sample coming through. Big and chunky kicks set the track off brilliantly before a big and brash bass takes over. The sound takes on a true deep tech vibe as the bass works its magic alongside some very smooth chords and plucky riffs. On the break the chords get an overhaul as they weave out a groovy hook before the track slams right back into the main track. Top stuff out of Italy and not to be missed.
‘Blue Garage’ is up next with a nice and crispy intro as percussions build up a flowing rhythm with the help of a phat kick. A superb deep pulsating bass takes over the sound and lies in perfect harmony with the drum section. Groovy vocal samples add cool textures to the sound as a funky synth teases on the outskirts. Full on deep tech vibes here and a definite must for those bouncier floors!
Eat Dust is the name behind the newest EP from Monog Records. “Portrait Illusions” is his debut ep with us and it’s guaranteed that this will be the beginning of a relationship for life!
Eat Dust aka Mario Silva, is an artist from Lisbon that since 2002 has been gaining his own space in the Portuguese dance scene leading him to a residence in one of the most mythical clubs in Lisbon, Alcântara Club. “Portraits Illusions EP” is made of three original tracks with a very dark, obscure feeling. “The Girl Next Door” is a very groovy, and powerful track, very capable of putting any dance floor on fire.
On the other side, “Portraits Illusions”, the track responsible for the name of this ep, is a much more intimist, dark and mental track. A lot of small details here and there, a dub techno fingerprint and an ambience that will send your mind into a dark parallel world. “Natural Flavour” it’s the closing track of this ep and sums up the essence of Eat Dust as a producer: Again a dark feeling, lots of details and a very groovy and addictive rhythm.
Enough of talking, just have a listen and see for yourself!
Portuguese producer Scrub aka Joal returns to Eyepatch with his first full release ‘Feed Me’ which features the fantastic vocals of Barbara Wahnon as well as a raft of quality remixes. Having already done the rounds on various compilations we felt it necessary to give this track another outing with top notch remixes.
First up we have the Original Mix which gets going with a smooth kick and percussion combi, setting up the groove beautifully in the process. Punchy basses come through adding a cool deep vibe to the sound, this is coupled with nice key work and a great vocal from Barbara. A real mover here as the sounds come together superbly and will force you to get that ass shakin’!
Legendary Belgian DJ and producer Eric Powa B delivers his Funk You Up Remix and he does it in style. Nice and big pounding kicks are the dominant force as subtle hats sit back. Huge funk appeal with the synth work and the groovy bass alongside a fantastic electro fuelled snare roll and percussion section. The vocal comes through brilliantly and is the perfect complement to these funky grooves. Another top notch performance from Eric and will no doubt be a big feature among many.
Portuguese artist Dave Nash debuts on Eyepatch with his stunning remix. Dave has seen his music perform well across many labels and he shows no signs of slowing up with cuts like this. Much more to come from this guy so keep an eye out. Here he takes the track to another level with his unique style. The intro boasts a superb chunky kick with contrasting crisp and sharp hats. An amazing bassline comes through and sets the track off on a smooth deep journey filled with a beautiful vocal and some very cool synth work that just sits so perfectly in the sound, not to be missed!
UK based DJ and producer Ed Lee hits the Eyepatch stable again with a sublime remix that takes us deep into house grooves with the help of a simply fantastic vocal performance. Classic kick and hat intro sets the scene up nicely and paves the way for the bass to slowly rise up from the depths. Big house chords become the dominant force in the track and give it a real smooth and groovy feel. Proper deep vibes here that will get attention from many quarters!
Rounding off this pack we have the increasingly popular Rion Oidua on remix duty. Rion has been doing the rounds on quite a few remixes with impressive results. Here he applies his skills to churn out a deep tech fuelled stomper of a remix. Cool percussive intro with the chunky kicks fading through before the rhythmic vibes get into full swing with the vocals standing out nicely. The bass makes a late showing on the break but absolutely makes up for it as it takes hold of the track brilliantly, resulting in a nice and tight ride which is a must for any DJ box!