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Daniel Ray Van Zyl better known as Placid Larry and other guises returns to Elemental after the well received “Yesteryear”. He delivers another fine example of his skills within the world of downtempo and chill with this stunning 3 tracker.
“Everything Is Connected” has a strong, deep and melancholic feel to it with the heavy kicks and detuned piano. Wonderfully subtle basses add contrast and the half spoken, half sung vocals add great effect.
“Safe House” comes through as more melodic with an urban, street vibe focusing on the well crafted drums and percussion arrangement. Lots of beautiful sounds fill the waves and it’s the diversity in the sounds that give this an edge.
“Mechanize” takes us way into downtempo territory with a truly laidback groove. Intriguing piano melodies will keep attention and the beats are pure sublime backed up with a myriad of FX that tie the track together beautifully.
Now on its fifth instalment the Mars Attacks series just keeps getting bigger and better at showcasing the best of upcoming and already established talent. Kick back and enjoy the latest round of progressive vibes from across the globe and we promise you will not be disappointed!
First up we have UK based producer Kevin Miller aka DJK with “Der Traum”. Kevin is an extremely talented guy at the mixing desk and has already seen releases perform very well on the circuit, this is also his second appearance on Mars Attacks and no doubt more will follow. “Der Traum” intros with solid kicks with the percussions building up the rhythm well. The bassline comes in to set the mood for one awesome ride through progressive house grooves with subtle melodies playing a part, top quality stuff.
Next up is Davide Catania with the amazing “Distant Dream”, a progressive trance inspired masterpiece. The track kicks off with a formulaic 4/4 beat that soon transforms when the bass and vocal break through into an almost uplifting kinda vibe. The big hitter on this tune is the wonderful melody, proper straight to the heart feel good sounds, perfect for any big floor!
Hailing from the Italian capitol, Rome, our next artist Charlie Nathan delivers a stunning slice of progressive tech house with the super charged grooves of “Valle Fiorita”. Classic oldskool drums are the perfect intro for what follows with crisp, clear hats and no frills synths and chords working their magic, giving off a very diverse style to the track, we love it and one to fill a lot of boxes.
UK based producer Horizons aka DJ Shy ramps up the energy with a breathtaking journey into progressive trance with his upbeat monster of a tune. From the start this tune will rock your socks off, wonderful pads over a grooving bassline and a solid well crafted beat will have that effect on you. Superb melodies are the big focus throughout this track as they draw you into a world full of bliss. A sure fire hit with the clubbing fraternity all over the world.
DJing and production duo Jon ManimaL & Magros are back to Progrez with an absolute stunning progressive house release, “Spiders” features three quality slices of dark vibes.
The title track starts us off with the dark theme coming to the fore straight away. Subtle kicks soon find their thump on the intro and what a thump it is, the track then builds its way through the layers with bass suddenly exploding onto the scene. An eerie synth and vocal add intensity while on the break some well crafted melodies take hold. A true all round solid progressive groove.
“I Can Phil U” ramps up the pressure chugging along in another fine progressive groove. Heavy on the bass frequencies here that adds real depth to the sound, awesome high quality FX make up a big part of the sound. Perfect fodder for the more dedicated floors.
“Strange Dancers” changes direction slightly with a more melodic approach yet retaining that deep progressive element. Brighter sounds conflict with the deep basses and some beautiful synth work provides the melody while the pads enhance this feature, very well crafted indeed.
Hailing from Portugal and now residing in Barcelona, Carlos “Fauvrelle” marks his Piston debut with a superb four track EP entitled “4 Piston’s”. No stranger to the electronic music scene, Carlos has a host of quality releases to his name on many labels including, Glam Records, Insert Coin, KULT, Nervous Records and lots more. He has graced the decks all over Portugal and around the world, playing in parties such as Zouk in Singapore, Pacha in NYC, Womb in Tokyo, Space in Miami, Rex in Paris and Circus in Montreal. His brilliant style of DJing allows him to fuse the old with the new and on his label In Flagrante Music he breaks down the genre defining barriers in order to avoid the dreaded pigeon-holing phenomenon.
First up we have “LSTU90″ which is an awesome classic style house party tune with some deep funky elements. The tune intros with that unique New York house synth organ and progresses well with the drums and crisp percs giving a steady rhythm. Great vocals used here with a few old school samples thrown in that will have any crowd on their feet.
“All Night” gets deeper into the groove with a cool laid back house sound, smooth steady beats with some great synth keys providing a bit of funk and a super bass keeps this groove moving. The tune gets all Barry White with a deep deep vocal popping up throughout and this adds a real cool flavour.
“Blues Train” shows us where Carlos’ style is going, he is able to give out an electro type vibe with all the elements of modern deep house groove. Familiar percs stand out well here but the big hitter on this tune is for sure the synth work, an infectious hook drives on and on with the added vocal snippets coming through, big big sound destined for a load of playlists.
Finally we have “Keep Doing It”, just simply a pure solid, driving deep house groove. Real sharp hats and a nice thump on the kick marry well with very simple yet highly effective keys. What a joy to listen to, this will grab anyone and hold them on the floors against their will!
Based in St. Petersburg and debuting on Bonzai is Pierre Zamyatin. Pierre has seen many releases on labels like, Modu Records, Evoked Recordings, Nueva Deep, Electronic Tree and Spring Tube. He mainly produces deep, progressive and tech house but has delved into breaks on occasion. Today we have the four tracker “Light Refractions” which is a testament to his diverse range.
The title track takes us on a somewhat laidback yet powerful epic journey through the progressive house spectrum. Nice and steady rhythms provided by the drum section with a heavy bass underlying. Lots of melodies weave their way in and out of this sound and a sweeping pad adds texture, top stuff.
“The Edge” gets tougher, gritty bass and sharper percussions allow the energy to rise on this, quality FX are used and a brilliant in your face vocal sample takes centre stage now and again. As we continue this tune morphs itself several times, becoming deeper on the break with those wonderful pads. Another epic slice of prog and destined for a lot of boxes.
“Free Your Mind” is one of those tracks that come around on rare occasions, a track that just moves you without you even knowing it. Plenty of quality sounds will keep the ear trained but focus on the bass, solid, constant, hypnotic, you will be hooked on this for sure, top tune.
Lastly we have “Serious Wobble”, once again Pierre’s talents shine through, expertly crafted sounds and top notch arrangements all married together to create this beauty of a track. Strong and solid groove, again the basses are the focal point as they draw you in. Perfect for those late night, darkened room parties!
UK based DJ and producer Ed Lee hits the Eyepatch stable again with another fine cut of quality house beats in the “Creation EP”. Ed has also seen stints on Howz Choonz, Green Martian and Bonzai Progressive which what a diverse producer he can be.
“Stars” is up first, a real cool and steady paced deep tech joint, crisp percs are contrasted with a deep bass and a hypnotic simple synth warms this track up throughout. On the break a heavily filtered vocal adds a new layer to the sound before heading straight back into this smooth groove.
Next up is “Love” which is a superb laidback funky house vibe, stand out percussions in a wonderful arrangement overlay a funky guitar and piano combi. Watch out for a truly iconic vocal sample that is so infectious you will not be able to sit still.
“Space” delivers more of the quality arrangements we have come to recognise from Ed. Again we get a laidback vibe with subtle notes and some cool muted FX, another retro vocal will keep the ear trained on this for sure.
“Moon” rounds up this EP with a relaxed ambient vibe, myriad of sweet melodies sweep by and you are easily lost in the sound, top stuff.
Yogimeister debuts on Basiks with a deep down and dirty ride through tech house with a top quality production.
“Rollin Lights, Lonely Nights” kicks off with solid drums and nice echoed FX in the background, the hypnotic bass soon follows and we settle in to an awesome groove. Minimal sounds create huge effect and a deep sinister vocal reverberates throughout, one to watch here!
MiniTech Project step up with a brilliant remix, the energy levels rise on this with a bright, sharp sounds and an amazing bass. From start to finish this tune never lets up, constant rolling sound with great FX work will make this a feature on many playlists.
The ever present music maestro Michele Cecchi returns with more wonderful chillout vibes. “Purple Forms EO” is the latest works from the master of chill.
The title track kicks us off into a pure blissed out world, beautiful pads fill the spectrum as hypnotic percussions draw us in. Some well created melodies create a sense of euphoria, bliss.
“Falling” has all the beauty of the previous track with lush pads and melodies, this track however takes a gritty turn with the bassline, arps and a well constructed drum arrangement.
“Inertia” subtly fades in with sweeping pads and FX exploding into a stunning vocal and leading up to a brilliant bassline that you don’t expect. Cool laidback grooves ensue in a World Music type vibe with lots of influences from many cultures evident.
“Wake Up” is a big pleasant surprise here, totally funk’d up groove with an electro edge. Sublime chords coupled with a superb bassline and tight drums all make for a fantastic party atmosphere, brilliant.
Leicester based DJ and producer Neel V returns to Green Martian after his debut on Mars Attacks Volume 4 with “Lost Stories Of India”. Keeping up with the deeper side of progressive we are treated to top notch stuff on this latest EP.
The title track “Krishna” is a strong solid prog vibe, well compressed thumping kick with tight sharp percs provide a steady rhythm. This track builds and builds many times with the pads adding intensity along the way, well crafted vocal stuttering takes us to the break where an ethnic vocal captivates the mind and some beautiful instruments create stunning melodies.
“Black Magic” provides subtle kicks and percussions this time around with the main focus going towards the melodic element. These melodies are expertly crafted with a variety of Eastern sounding instruments and again we see brilliant use of ethnically charged vocal, absolutely stunning work.
“Sleep Walking” rounds up this EP in style. Neel V’s talents really shine here with a very eclectic vision of how his sound should be, in particular the vocal samples used. Eastern influences are all over this track and done in a genius way with added melancholic melodies adding stark contrasts, very well constructed.
Born in the UK and now residing in Belgium Jack “Jakhira” marks his Bonzai debut with an absolute stomping EP. Jack had feelings for music even before he could walk or talk and throughout his childhood he was found playing with many musical toys. At 14 he started to write and produce his own compositions and soon after he got his first set of turntables and mixer. Over the next 10 years he would delve into many genres to find his niche within electronica. Since 2006 he has focused more on his productions while evolving his style.
The title track “Truly” is a sublime cut of progressive house with attitude, cool funky flavours are all over this sound with a fresh sounding vocal adding the funky element. Tight drum arrangements and some expertly crafted keys will make this a big floor favourite!
“Our Destiny” is more of the same quality house production, lots of depth and layered textures are made up for the myriad of sounds. Some real nice melodies are evident with a more progressive edge , nice steady rhythm builds and builds up to the break where a musical masterpiece takes over with acidic, piano and strings all playing a part, epic stuff!
“Same Things” rounds up this EP in style, again we see a focused determination in the choice of sounds on offer. The vibe off this tune feels deep rooted with the sounds marrying up in a perfect blend, from the awesome synth keys to the fresh, sharp hats and the cool, smooth hooks we are confident of big support on this one.
Fresh off the back of the stunning reworking on “Blue Monday”, Project KF aka Konstantin returns with another fine tech groover. “Priority Of Night” comes with 2 superb remixes and a radio edit.
The original is an example of what Konstantin does best, pure quality vibes throughout. Nice steady rhythm created with tight kicks and well arranged percs, the Holy Grail on this is his ability to apply a retro sound with modern tech, super stuff yet again!
The awesome talents of Dimitry Liss gives us the first remix, Dimitry’s Re-Dub takes things to a deeper level. Cool sharp hats accompanied with a tight kick set up a solid groove. The use of the original sounds are arranged brilliantly with a few added vocal samples thrown in, this one is destined for a lot of support.
The equally impressive Daniel Ray steps up next, again we see the original vibe applied extremely well. Much more housey approach with a funky undertone coming through on the synth work. Real cool bouncing rhythm here and a floor filler for sure.
Based in Mexico, DJ and producer Ritch Mullen makes his debut on Bonzai Basiks with a superb deep, tech, electro slice in the form of “Enough Of Disco”. With an impressive list of releases already under his belt we get a glimpse at the amazing talent on offer. Ritch delves into all kinds of sounds from house, deep house, tech house, indie and nu-disco, and he has seen many releases over various labels. So get up and enjoy the flow from this awesome vibe.
The original mix is a true club orientated vibe, big crisp hats with a solid thump on the kick shored up with some real cool FX work. The big hitter on this track, apart from an amazing whispered vocal, is the ass-shakin bassline, quality. Watch out for some sweet electro snares also!
The ever popular Sa.Du steps up for remix duty and yet again he brings the wow factor along for the ride. The original elements are well represented but with a deeper, darker edge. Loads of FX create a wonderful atmosphere while the vocal is used to great effect. Real solid groove with the drums and percs, this is topped off with an energetic bouncing bassline, great great stuff.