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Piston serves up yet more superb deep house with a collaboration between Lights Electronika and Valeria Croft with their Connections EP. This not the first time these guys have been together, they have joined forces on labels like Wasabi and Minim.all, and they are also no strangers to Piston Recordings with a few releases under their belts.
Residing between Helsinki and St Petersburg Lights Electronika aka Max & Leon have been prominent producers since towards the end of the nineties. In 1999 they parted ways with each going on to learn more and more about music and become better producers. Leon pursued D n B and Max began to DJ, they came back together and Lights Electronika was ready to unleash more of their unique style of house.
Valeria Croft is a Russian producer and DJ, she has enjoyed many gigs around Europe and Asia and has a nice collection of releases to her name. She was more into a housey style but has moved into the deep house and funky side. She teamed up with Max & Leon in 2010 and a steady flow of popular tracks followed.
First up we have the title track Connections which can only be described as funky deep house, real cool vintage drums and percs with an almost bouncy bassline. Loads of FX fill up the space on this track and add extra weight, there is a spoken vocal coming in that works very well with the track.
Awesome People continues on the funky deep vibes, you can pick up on the unique vintage style of this track from the kicks and percussions, brilliant stuff. The tune builds slowly and then a killer crisp hat takes centre stage over a cool bassline and a Jamaican type vocal sample, again the FX are high quality and fit nicely into the tune.
Chilie is a much more melodic track with lots of different layers on the synths coming together to deliver a fine deep house vibe, very gritty sounds on the percs and a deep deep bassline. Real laid back groove on this and one that will keep you hooked into the many sounds that raid your senses.
Tuba Jam takes a route into the world of simply amazing drum and percussion arrangement, listen as the complex maze of sounds are perfectly crafted into an almost tribal feeling deep house joint. Great deep bassline turns funky little riffs and a melancholic string plays sweetly in the background. On the break the strings take centre stage until the track kicks back with an infectious rhythm.
Debut release on Bonzai Progressive for UK based producer Paul Kieran aka The Revolving Junkie and his 2 tracker “Scalpel”
“Scalpel” is a look into the deeper, darker side of prog house, big deep bass sound with very tense pads creating an almost haunting atmosphere that is tough and gritty also. Real nice work on the FX add an extra bit of depth, the tune winds down into near silence on the break and hits you smack back in the face on the kickback, beautifully crafted music.
“Non Stick Pan” is a far more tech orientated piece, cool bouncing rhythm and a very strange fun vocal. Subtle yet heavy kicks and a deep bass chugg along and on the break FX’d synths take over and some very nice production skills shine through.
Another fine piece of quality shines on the Bonzai Progressive imprint.
Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar debuts on Eyepatch with “Bouge”.
In the early days Van was playing Belgian hard trance as he was heavily influenced by the Cherrymoon Club and in particular the Bonzai sound. Later on he would find the raw side of Detroit Techno and Chicago House and he then started to play gigs around Belgium playing with Sandy Warez in clubs like StarTraxx. As sound evolves so does Van, he now produces quality deep house and tech house but he never forgets his roots in techno.
“Bouge” is a real nice slice of deep funk filled house, heavy on the bass and a thumping kick with sharp percussions all very well arranged over a brilliant funky synth stab, vocal samples comes in on the break and fits well with the sound.
The Van Czar Deep Remix goes deeper still with a constant throbbing groove, the original pieces have been taken down to the depths of house and is quite simply pumping! The vocal sample again is a very welcome addition with very long well crafted delays.
Van Czar’s moniker Cysxe provides another quality remix of his original tune. Much more upbeat vibe with the synth sounds brighter and more prominent, very much tech house with a deep tinge, we’re just loving the vocal on this!
Big release for Van which is sure to be in a lot of playlists all over.
Bonzai Elemental strikes again with another chilled out, laidback ambient drive through musical soundscapes. This time we have Starfi with a two track release entitled “Ascension”.
The title track “Ascension” is quite simply a beautiful journey through many melodic sequences and a light downtempo rhythm, definitely one to just kick back and chill the evening away.
Focusing more on a quite brilliantly complex drum arrangement and superb deep bass is “Transmission”. Filled with phased pads and strings that come sweeping by delivering beautiful melodies on its way, it’s chill out time!
Russian artist Andre Volodin debuts on Progrez with his two track EP entitled “Tardo”, a wonderful foray into the progressive tech house arena.
Kicking us off is the original mix which has all the hallmarks of a prog tech masterclass, tight arrangement and a cool grooving bassline backed up with really nice FX work, simple yet highly effective.
Next up is the Techy Mix and as the name suggests the track delves deeper into the tech world, deeper basses and a more solid techno feel with the slightest hint of progressive filtering through on the main hook.
“The Night on Santorini” is another fine example in this genre, awesome house filled keys and a twist on the break with some beautiful vox samples then back into the grooving tech rhythm.
A fine debut for this artist on a well established quality label with hopefully more to come.
After a short break from Eyepatch and his last release “Canadian Forest EP”, Israeli born Ittai Barkai returns with a funked up maelstrom of pure soul with the “Soul Time EP”
“You Know Soul” takes us on a wild ride of jazz, funk and soul pleasure, muted trumpets and rhythmic bongos with a very familiar organ riff tie this tune up nicely, a cool female vocal asks the question, you know soul, and if you don’t know soul then you will after this!
Proper house driven vibe on “Soundtime”, kicking off with well timed percussions using bongos and creating a bouncing groove. This track then fills up with some nifty piano work and a cracking bassline, great vocal on the break adds an extra bit of flavour.
“Walk The Deck” carries on the house vibe with an intro full some classy deep synths and strings and building to a cool steady groove, melancholic stringed melodies find their way into the track as it chugs along and creates a depth to the overall tune.
Finally on this EP we have “Frontline”, a truly sublime piece of music with lots of strange FX and a gritty bassline, deeper strings come in and a dark funky groove is established.
A very welcome return for Ittai on Eyepatch and one that will gain a lot of attention.
Debut release on Bonzai Progressive for Mylan but no stranger to our shores with a number of remixes under his belt for artists like, Jimmy Galle and on labels such as, Green Martian, Bonzai Fiesta and Android. Mylan also has a host of releases on the likes of Kiss My Beat and Push It Records.
Mylan’s Time EP is a tech fuelled ride with subtle hints at progressive house, also with a superb remix from Jimmy Galle.
The title track “Time” kicks us off on a deep heavy tech house groove with some cool little synth stabs here and there, a spoken vocal is prominent throughout and this adds depth to the sound, plenty of well placed FX round off a quality piece of work.
Jimmy Galle’s remix takes things more towards progressive house with a proper deep bassline and tight kicks and percs, eerie synth pads at work in the background builds a bit of tension, subtle hints at a melody build and build up to the break where a short piano comes in and then back to a simply awesome driving groove, big big sound here and sure to hypnotise a lot of clubs.
Debut artist on Bonzai Basiks Mr. Dello impresses with an electro tech joint backed with quality remixes on “Woadi Moan”.
Dello has been influenced by the synth era of the eighties while listening to the likes of Depeche Mode, Bauhaus, Yello, Kraftwerk, Joy Division, Giorgio Moroder and Pet Shop Boys. After hearing Danny Tenaglia in an Athens nightclub he was hooked into electronic music and started to collect vinyls and get involved in piano lessons. Many study years passed and he ended up working as a sound engineer on concerts all over the world. He is now enjoying a successful DJ career around Greece and continuing to produce quality sounds.
“Woadi Moan” intros with a classic electro kick and builds with lots of bongo percussion and a bouncy bass, lots of brass stabs and a short spoken vocal fill up the sound. On the break a simple melody comes and that brass stab dominates, cool FX add an extra layer, solid rhythm!
On the remix we have Greek artist Sa.Du tweaking the controls to display a mighty tech house vibe. Upbeat sound with lots of Latin inspired percs, awesome deep bassline and sharp, crisp hats, very nice arrangement from a fast growing big name at Bonzai Basiks.
Next up is Dutch producer The French Connection with a quite funky little tech house slice, nice intro with a lot of drums and percs mashed together, the tune then kicks into a cool groove with spoken vocal throughout. Throbbing bass and some really cool sweep FX, on the break things start to funk up with an awesome organ sound.
The 2nd release from grandmaster Oliver Moldan on Sounds R Us is a much more techno related pack filled with heavyweights.
Anil Chawla, Tom Hades and Oz Romita added their own flavor to give the word “massive” it’s true meaning. Pumping bass lines, kickin’ kicks and clapping claps are the basic elements for a phat techno track. This is definitely a must have pack!
Please welcome, Anil Chawla and Tom Hades to Sounds R Us Recordings.
Another debut release, this time on Green Martian with Mr.Raf aka Rafael Osmo and Hezi Rachmani, and their prog stomper “DNS1″. Rafael and Hezi have been appearing on many quality progressive labels in recent times and now we are delighted they are bringing their sound to Green Martian.
The title track “DNS1″ kicks off with chest thumping kick drums and sets up a cool grooving pace in the sound, building up with lots of different layers, a soft pad and a really nice retro synth sound which settles into a hypnotic driving rhythm, sweet!
“Friday” is a well constructed progressive house sound, starting off with just a kick and an off time bass which soon jumps into a 4/4 beat with a real cool synth sound. Slightly darker edge on this which will definitely suit the later floors.
Italian artist Daniele Kama returns to Piston Recordings with another superb house joint. This Rome based producer is highly respected in the world of electronica having gained lots of support from a host of international DJ’s and working with many other fine artists on various record labels.
Today we have She Appears EP, a deep, tech fuelled ride in house music.
Disappear kicks us off on a deep vibe with a tight arrangement, heavy basses and a mesmerizing muted synth in the background. On the break we are treated to an awesome vocal line that adds a soul vibe, big club feel on this track.
Next up is New Passion, and again we hear some very cool deep flavours with an added slice of funk, sharp sounds with a cracking organ chord and addictive kicks, great melody on the break then it’s back to that pumping rhythm, a big floor hit here.
She’s Afraid starts off on a very minimal techy theme with a fantastic spoken vocal, then the tune goes to the next level with some amazing house keys and a powerful groove is born.
Finally for this EP we have Leave Me Alone, starting off with crisp percs and a chunky kick this tune builds to an awesome deep house vibe with sweeping pads and chords.
This 4 track EP is sure to be a main component in the boxes for a long time.
Adriaan Baussens and Sven van Hove aka Manu Riga are making a huge mark with their brilliantly crafted progressive works. With many remixes and releases under their belt they continue to deliver on the quality front. Next up for these guys is ” Everything Comes To An End” which is backed up with a fine roster of remixers.
Kicking off at a perfect tempo with thick kicks, a strong rolling bassline and surreal melody which creates a dark atmosphere, on the break things take a twist with an ethnic vibe making this a prog monster of a tune!
Next up is Solar Fields aka Magnus Birgersson, a music composer with a litany of releases including 10 solo albums. Magnus raises the benchmark in his mix with trance becoming the focus, pulsating bassline and beautiful sweeping pads add more depth to the melody, a proper progressive trance tune that will for sure be added to many DJ’s lists.
Next Up is a remix by Paduraru Deeptech a well respected producer in many genres. This remix keeps with the darker nature of the original and focuses more on the ethnic vox and swelling pads, excellent groove in the bassline and some cool FX work, a must have for any deeper prog floor
Barcelona based remixers, producers, DJ’s and general experimenters in all electronic music genres, Abi-Q & Raw-E deliver a quality remix of epic proportions. Staying true to the original again we get a pure driving progressive rhythm but this time with a hint of tech thrown in, the simple melody is a big feature and on the break a detuned organ takes the stage with lots of FX and that ever present vox sample.
Finally on remix duties is Nico Parisi, this Belgian based producer and DJ has a well respected history in EDM. Having played at top Belgian club Atomz and produced the band Aqualords, he has also work with the likes of Marcel Woods. Nico delves deeper into prog with his take on this tune. Deep basses and a tight heavy drum and perc section, a steady groove takes hold and will keep you there for the duration, very nice remix.
An impressive line up on this release and we are sure to see more from this exciting duo.
Belgian based producer and remixer R Varez aka RV has naturally evolved through many musical styles, he is inspired to create emotion in his music which transforms to the listener.
He has been involved in music since the early 90’s and today we see his debut on Eyepatch Recordings with “Mamba”.
“Mamba” provides a steady tech house groove, with tight drums, sharp percs and a few vocal shots thrown in creating a party vibe that’ll have everyone rocking in no time!
“Mamba” is remixed by regular artist Jimmy Galle, Belgian born Jimmy has been well received on various labels under the Bonzai umbrella and can boast a nice amount of releases and remixes. Here he adds darker edge to the original with deep bass and low end kicks, eerie pads and an almost haunting bell give this track that edge, tech house at its best here and a groove that will be picked up by many!