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Spanish DJ and producer Hurlee debuts on Piston with a superb round of deep retro styled house on his “Dancing With You EP”. Hurlee has been influenced by top DJ’s from across the world and he has plied his trade on the Balearic Islands for a number of years now. He has seen releases on many labels including Gimmick Records, Reisei Records, DeepInside and Depaart.
The title track “Dancing With You intros with classy house chords over a tight drum arrangement, the bassline powers through alongside a simple but effective vocal sample and we settle into a solid deep house fuelled groove. The break brings forth some very cool retro styled synths that keep the rhythm flowing brilliantly. Top stuff that will do well on the summer floors for sure.
“My Mind” cranks up the pressure with a very upbeat groove comprising a strong kick and hat combination, a vocal sample echoes through the sound with a big impact. Chords begin to fade in and you will find yourself shakin’ that ass in no time. As we slide into the break some cleverly tweaked sounds take us up to a brilliant sequence of piano play which will make this track stand out among the crowd, very impressive stuff here and a must for house jocks all over.
“The Bass” is the hidden gem here, brilliant vocals on the intro with a cool, flowing rhythm building up nicely. The track explodes with some synth bass riffs that would not be amiss on early hardcore breakbeat cuts, this sound works extremely well on deep house and the sub bass intensifies this a great deal. Superb chords add sharp contrast to the overall vibe yet they marry up so well with the sound. A very refreshing track that is sure to be on a lot of playlists.
Van is back on Basiks with his “Despote EP” which is backed up with two top quality remixes. Van’s workload really is impressive and after his last epic release “Delotux” he really hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. DJing, hosting multiple radioshows, producing and remixing are what he loves to do and he delivers on quality every time.
The Original Mix of “Despote” is a tough and gritty deep techno offering, chunky kicks and crisp hats set up the scene while the bassline creeps in and settles into a solid groove. The FX work here is second to none and the vocal samples are expertly placed which is one of Van’s specialties.
First on remix duty is Insect Society, fresh off the back of the well received “And Cleopatra Wept”. Big thumping kicks on the intro with subtle hats and percussion easing their way into the sound, a deep sub bass is on the offset beat and this will send ripples through any floor. As the track builds we get some cool vocal samples and stunning synths coming into play while a classic siren type FX give this a big arena feel and this is just where a track like this belongs, superb stuff.
Minitech Project returns with his own brand of techno fuelled grooves on the remix. A solid reworking here with big focus on the lower end of the frequencies, stark contrasts are felt with the crisp hats and percussion and we go lower with a throbbing deep bass. Again we see expertly placed vocal samples which have a big impact on the groove, great to see Minitech back and hopefully more to come.
Nicolas Silva aka E-Klash is a extremely talented Brazilian artist that is now settled in Lisbon, Portugal. A good example of his talent is the remix he made for Himan – Strange Town that in 2010 reached the top charts on junodownload, djdownload and it was charted by Gregor Tresher among others “top notch” DJ’s around the world. “Tool Me In” is his debut EP on Monog Records and we believe this is the beginning of a long long relationship! This EP is composed by three original tracks: “Tool Me In”, “Space Ride” and “Sexy Back”. All those tracks have a very hypnotic deep and evolving feeling so characteristic of our label! The amount of details, and the sample selection put this EP on a league of his own and will be the perfect choice for a good summer party!
Dutch DJing and production duo Analog Effect aka Jan Boom and Branko Van Hilten team up with fellow country man Jay Junior for their full debut release on SRUR with “Diffuser EP”. Jan and Branko have done remixes for SRUR and Bonzai Basiks in the past for Oz Romita and Oliver Moldan. These guys started out creating bleeps on Atari computers and have since worked with and played with top DJ’s and artists from across the world. Jay Junior has music coursing through his veins, he started his music career as a percussionist and he has performed at many festivals across Europe. Now when Jay takes to the decks he throws out an energetic and rhythmic experience for the listener.
The title track “Diffuser” intros with a thumping kick and light percussion, the rhythm builds steadily and bursts into a full on tech stomper with a deep, reverberating bass. The break offers up some interesting FX which works very well in contrast with this deep groove, one for the darker rooms!
“I Like It” is up next and we get another round of truly floor thumping kicks backed up with quality percussion and FX. The bassline has a smooth deep grooving effect and this blends so well with the overall vibe. Vocal samples peek through before the break and the track winds down, superb synths build tension on the break and before you know it we are back into full on party rockin mode with this top tune.
M.R.T.N take on remix duties on “Diffuser” and they ramp up the techno grooves in style. Much harder edged with tough gritty kicks and in your face bass. A multitude of percussive instruments provide a solid groove with flowing rhythms while on the break we get treated to some quirky bleeps and an intense riser to get us back into full swing, a must have for those dedicated techno arenas.
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Sixth installment in the Deep Worx series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Rick Wade, Piek, Pawas, Dimitry Liss, Fauvrelle, Sensoreal, JR From Dallas, Mylan, Project KF, Oliver Maier, Ed Lee, Collogne and Holz, Wonji, Rishi K., Ecco, Davhelos, Victor Maximiliano, D & E, Jon Sweetname and Lucio Grandi.
Audio Noir is back with another fine slice of progressive for our listening pleasure. “Revelation” comes backed up with a slew of fantastic remixes.
The Original Vox On mix intros with a heavy shuffle type groove on the percussion and drum arrangements. This soon delves into the deep recesses of progressive house as the bassline draws you in, very well crafted track with a diverse range of sounds to keep the ear trained. Subtle melodies are a cool contrast to the overall vibe and on the break an unexpected vocal comes through. Top notch track with a pulsating rhythmic groove.
Veteran Gai Barone steps up to remix duty with his Vox On Wax Remix. Gai is fresh off the back of a wonderful remix for Manu Riga & Nico Parisi’s track “Reborn” and is currently working on new material also. As usual we are treated to a masterclass in progressive vibes from Gai with a sound drenched in deep grooves. A subtle intro builds and builds up to a full flowing hypnotic rhythm with a host of FX doing a great job as the layers continue to build. The break releases a myriad of synths where you can lose yourself completely. Monster of a tune here that will be a perfect fit in many sets!
Italian DJ and producer Matteo Monero is next up on the remix. Matteo is a stalwart in the progressive scene having appeared on top labels like Mystique Music, Sudam and Baroque alongside the likes of Kintar and Loquai. Here he applies his own brand of progressive house and he does it in style. Solid beats create a steady flowing rhythm right from the off with FX adding texture to the sound. The percussions find their way into the track with crisp, sharp hats standing out. A deep bassline lingers in the depths while sweeping pads keep things moving alongside a much more prominent vocal, top quality stuff!
Melbourne based Narel beefs up the groove with his remix. Tougher edged vibe here with the beats and tight arrangements shining through. The deep bassline provides a well rounded groove which will have many floors shaking. Wonderful gated strings come through with the vocal matching up very well with the sound. The break winds things right down before powering back into full swing with an amazing melodic arp, very hard to keep still with this one, the floors are gonna love it.
Near the end we have Yuriy From Russia on the remix. Yuriy has just released two stunning tracks through our Progrez and Bonzai Progressive imprint and is shaping up to be a top draw in the progressive world. Here he adds a much more melodic composition with the bassline serving up some sweet sounds, the vocal works extremely well in this context and the myriad of sounds in the background fill the spaces brilliantly. Superb piano sequences are dotted throughout the track which really gives off a feeling good vibe overall, top quality!
To wrap the pack up the Original Vox Off mix is an added extra, for those who want to lose the vocal then this is for you.
The ever impressive Solartoff marks his full Eyepatch debut with a super smooth round of deep goodness. Solartoff has been responsible for some top notch remixes in the past and today we see his track “They Love Me” get an outing and is backed up with two stunning remixes.
The original Mix kicks off in smooth style with a nice chunky kick backed up with cool percussions. The bassline comes through with a deep lush vibe and some classy house chords ramp up the groove. The vocal sample fits perfectly and on the break we get treated to an amazing round of expert synth work.
Harmon & Landowski are next up with their Rework. The track intros with a tougher edge as the heavy kicks, percussions and amazing bassline carve out a solid flowing groove. The vocal is used sparingly and adds a cool layer to the sound. Superb synth work gives this track a bouncier feel which will do well on floors all over.
Van Czar closes the release with his Club Mix. Van is truly one of the hardest working artists around, he continues to DJ frequently around Madrid and his Bonzai Basik Beats Spain radioshow is gaining popularity all over, this is all topped off with dedicated studio work where he continues to churn out the quality. His mix is a super charged club orientated groove, the kicks have an understated thump which would be so powerful on a great system. The percussion arrangement as usual is top notch and the synth manipulation creates a cool flowing rhythm. Top stuff which will feature on many sets for sure.
This time we’ve decided to reignite and reintroduce some classic 90’s flavour to the scene with a joint venture from Mr Drew and Fragoso, who together have cooked up ‘Get Funky EP'; a zesty two track EP, featuring reworks of the Angel Moraes house classic, ‘Turn it Up’.
Beginning with Mr Drew’s interpretation on this revival, ‘Get Up’ mixes textured nu school beats with an old school bassline, culminating as the main groove and delivering a melodic pad at the break – delicious. Although, it is the vocals which really bring the theme to focus, echoing across the track and pushing through the overall floating, bassy mood – bringing back the old time vibes.
Fragoso’s addition to this release, ‘Funk Acido’, incorporates the vocals of ‘Turn it Up’ into an entirely new body. The bassline sees in this track with a smooth and steady swing. As the theme increasingly sets in, it seems to climb further towards a heating groove, only heightened by the certain rush supplied by the response of the drums and resulting in the final monster which will have you moving to outrageous effect by its completion.
This EP can be summarised in as few words as, two bombs just begging for flame.
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7th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series this time with original tracks and remixes by Matan Caspi, Gai Barone, Relaunch, Miika Kuisma, Manu Riga, Nico Parisi, Anthony Yarranton, Marc Poppcke, Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Jimmy Galle, Kay-D, Moshic, Sagittaire, Rezo, CJ Art, Rise And Fall, White Resonance, Kindred Spirits, Stan Kolev, Audio Noir, LoQuai, Midnight Star, Andre Bonsor and deepAlexander.
The Revolving Junkie aka UK based producer Paul Kieran is back after his last release on BP “No Stars”, although he has been busy during that time with remixes on RV’s “Disorder” and others. Today he presents us his “Monsieur EP”, a brilliant two track progger with elements of tech thrown in.
The title track gets us moving with a nice thudding kick with the percussions slowly building. As the track meanders its way through a multitude of sounds the synth work starts to shine through, raw and edgy sounding in parts with some softer synths adding contrasts in all the right spots. Intricate patterns weave out this story and its sure to be a perfect addition in any set.
“Centipede” intros with long filtering kicks that builds anticipation with a sense of relief when the kicks start to pound. Again we see some very cool percussion arrangement from Paul as the track builds the sounds layer upon layer. Much more of a minimal vibe here with a deep warping bass coming at ya. Subtle synths wander in and begin to rise through the track until they climax with huge impact taking over the track completely, super stuff.