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French born and based in Lyon Sebastien Desay returns with his two track “So Awa EP”. Sebastien’s last release on Eyepatch was the very well received “Sounds Of Sun EP”.
The title track is a tech fuelled stomper with tribal elements as evident through the fantastic percussions and in particular the bongos and tablas. A very simple yet extremely effective vocal sample dominates the track throughout adding huge character to the sound. The deep bass sits very well and holds the track up nicely, great stuff.
“Wooky” gets moving with classic chunky kicks and hats alongside a great vocal sample. The track breaks into some brilliant housey chords that fill the sound up with a lush vibe. The track goes full on when the bass kicks creating one awesome hypnotic house groove. One to watch here and one that will find its way into many boxes.
London based Rico Casazza is no stranger to Elemental, he has seen releases here since 2009 and now he is back with the album “Dub Chamber”. Rico has been in and around the London techno and house scene since 2002 having played at many top clubs around the metropolis. He has also performed at many parties and festivals around Europe. This release is a ten track journey into the realms of fantastical chillout filled with organic sounds and raw feeling.
“Hidden Away” sets the mood with a beautiful atmospheric scene filled with wonderful FX, gritty textures and cool guitar sequences.
“Kyoto Is Not There” delves into a world of soft pianos with a distinctly Oriental flavour. Cool percussions create a rhythmic vibe, very nice.
“Early Reflections” gets going with a soft intro before bursting into an array of classic instruments and chunky breaks, excellent snare rolls are well placed alongside sweet melodies which keep the ear trained.
“Dawn” gives the impression of a new day, just as the name suggests. The sound paints a very vivid picture as the sequence plays out, very enthralling and a track you will listen to many times.
“04.00am” is a very melodic musical piece with a brilliant drum arrangement that gets the toes tapping. A myriad of melody rains down here and you get a sense of total relaxation from this laid back groove.
“Song 1″ is a true downtempo groove, organic sounds add that raw feeling which is contrasted by lush vibes. Very powerful beats hypnotise as superbly crafted melodies take the edge off, great stuff!
“Suburban Residents” takes on a gritty edge with a drum section taken straight out of an urban street groove. Brilliant vocal manipulations sit well over strange FX work, very infectious.
“Gate Control” goes into a deeper groove with heavy sounds coming through on the filtered synths and guitars. Very engrossing sound with a raw edge.
“Voodoo Dub” is a track that impacts straight away, a super tight drum and percussion arrangement takes control from the off with a deep and commanding bassline coming up from the low end, multiple FX are a big part of this stunning groove.
Finally we have “Warrior Of Fire”, another outing into the deeper edges of chill. Sinister sounding vocals create an intense feeling which is amplified with the breaks and pads, the bassline controls throughout.
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New Eyepatch Recordings from Yusuke Yamamoto is now available on vinyl!
“Yellow Edge” is a three track debut release on Eyepatch for Japanese DJ and house music producer Yusuke Yamamoto. He runs his own label Vacances Records and has seen releases on many other labels including Oasi Lab, Houseworx, City Life, Ibiza House Hotspot and more. His tracks are supported by a lot of big DJs including Luciano, Claude VonStroke, D’julz, Anthony Collins and Moodymanc to name a few. He brings a fresh approach to house and this is manifested within this superb pack and we love the sound so much we will also be releasing this onto good old 12″ vinyl which will be a welcome addition to any DJ’s box.
The title track kicks us off with a cool rhythmic vibe through a well crafted drum and percussion arrangement. The hats, combined with subtle bongos bring the track to life early on before a wonderfully deep bassline takes the centre stage. Deep rooted chord synths fade in taking the track well into the depths of house music. A classic styled simple vocal sample adds a big punch to this while higher pitched strings ease the track along.
“Noir” is up next and again we see an intro that gets right into a rhythmic flow from the off through a brilliant mixture of kicks and percussions. Deep synth chords soon follow and we are set on a head on collision with more quality deep house grooves. Yusuke uses vocals samples very well which adds a certain retro richness to the vibe. An infectious groove fit for any deep set.
“Olene” rounds up this release in style with a bit more pace in the groove. The arrangements on the drums and percussions are top class yet again and the deep bassline pulsates and throbs enough to the asses shakin’. Some brighter synth moments with a little bit of melody thrown in are coupled with stabs of brass instruments and strings. The vocal samples ooze class and sums up the track quite well overall.
Another top notch exclusive Eyepatch release which will be a must for those deeper sets.
French veteran producer Quadran aka Philippe Van Mullem delivers us his latest progressive stomper entitled “Rumour” which is backed up with three top quality remixes. Philippe’s longstanding music career spans from the eighties right through until now, he also has a lasting relationship with Bonzai who were both responsible for defining the sound of the nineties. As you will hear Philippe continues to belt out quality productions and we are delighted to see him keep on doing this. Look out for an exclusive interview with this guy where he gives us an insight into his technique, his past and much more.
The Original Mix gets off the mark in classic chunky kick style with an ever expanding percussion arrangement. We get straight into action soon after with a brilliant offset driving bass and superb synth hook. Progressive vibes ooze out of the sound and that bass begins to hypnotise as it drives through your senses. On the break some stunning melodies take over against the backdrop of a sweeping pad before the track smashes back into full on mode, top stuff here and a track that is destined for a lot playlists.
Matan Caspi works his progressive wielding magic on his remix. Subtle percussive intros get us moving with a rising pad coming through right before the chunky kicks take over. An epic deep progressive journey filled with superb basses and delicate melodies are what’s in store here and this will not disappoint.
UK based Anthony Yarranton is back on the remix roster after his track “Cotton Candy” received a warm reception. Here he takes a serious progressive direction with the sound, steady rhythms are built up with multi layered percussions and a strong kick while the bassline sits very subtly on the low end and rises when called for. Wonderfully atmospheric pads come through on the break as the track goes deeper into the vibe, a very strong track and one that will see a lot of air time for sure.
Dutch producer Thorin enters the remix line-up with a stunning tougher edged prog rework. Thorin is a busy guy at the moment with new material his top priority which we can’t wait to see, so watch this space. The remix has that true progressive vibe with the chunky kicks dominating, tight hats compliment the sound with a surging bassline bringing up the rear. An array of wonderful FX do a great job on the sound while on the break a melodic arp sweeps through. Superb stuff from Thorin and sure to draw a lot of attention.
Portuguese producer Diego Alvez is back once again to BP with another fine slice of house for our pleasure. Diego has been remixing tunes as of late with Yaroslav Lenzyak’s “Panorama” being his latest. Here he gets down to business with “Sleepless Nights” which comes backed up with 3 superb remixes.
The Original Mix gets us on the house train with a full on funked up vibe, the track fades in from nothing with a classic arrangement of high hats which are soon followed by a brilliant chunky kick and a deep throbbing bass. Rich one shot vocals add great texture to the sound and they fit so well with tight synth riffs that dominate the track throughout. One to watch here, a lot of asses will have no choice but to shake with this!
That ever impressive duo, Mindgamers, are up to their usual tricks again as they step up to remix duties. The guys work their magic as they transform the original into a tougher edged groove with sharp stabs and a wicked bassline. The vocal is used well with a few added extras while an amazing percussion section keeps the rhythm flowing. On the break we get a taste of melody before slamming back into a relentless groove!
Another great duo with another great remix, Electric Bastards step up to induce a much more tech orientated feeling. Clipped kicks are married expertly with a full flowing rhythmic percussion arrangement. The vocals have been knocked down an octave or two giving a darker twist to the sound. Dark and hypnotic vibes perfect for those late night endeavours.
Popular remixer Thomas Genchev is here with a truly sublime take on the original, going deeper into the sound Thomas comes up with a wonderful array of almost distorted sounds. The kicks pound away while multiple FX go to work alongside some unexpected synth chords. A wall of sound ensues with a rhythmic posture that would sit well in any deeper set, stunning work!
Rubba J aka Jan Costermans debuts on Piston with “The Art Of Doing Nothing”. Jan is a product of the oldskool hip hop years and it was during this time that he got a drum machine and guitar and began experimenting. He was searching for funky grooves like that of his peers including Prince, Herbie Hancock and others. His sound gradually changed into deep house and this led to works with other artists and solo releases on labels like, Brique Rouge and Wally’s Groove among others.
The Original Mix is a smooth deep house offering filled with warm chords and chirpy sequenced blips. Cool rhythms are built with a nice thud on the kick and a well crafted percussion arrangement backed up by quality bass sounds. The beauty of this track lies within the multi layered synths, top notch stuff.
The Deep House Edit raises the bar with a fantastic array of house sounds gelled together with precision. The intro gives off an understated kick that holds the structure brilliantly, percussions slowly come through alongside some cool and very effective synth shots. Raspy trumpet samples ease the groove along in a fine flowing rhythm. Classic styled percs begin to appear beneath a filtered piano riff as we settle in for a top class ride through house in all its glory.
The Stripped Down Edit is a tougher edged variant with gritty kicks and noisy percussions, the trumpet sample make a return to add a cool dynamic to the track. This one is perfect fodder for those later sets and will surely stand up well on any floor.
Lastly on this release we have a different track entitled “Tree”. From the off you get a big sound feel as the drum arrangement fills the spectrum. The superb synth work is a huge feature here and will keep the ear trained as the variations are plenty. Very funky workout in places that will have those asses shaking in no time, a perfect addition to any deep house set.
Purveyor of the finest tech beats Sa.Du delivers his latest three tracker “Save As”. Sa.Du now has a very impressive collection of works under the Bonzai imprint and this is sure to continue as he thrashes out quality vibes every time.
“Save As” intros with a myriad of different percussions which form beautifully into a solid groove, heavy kicks are the perfect addition with a superb bassline getting the groove into full effect. The introduction of strange sounding synths gives the track a slight twist and on the break warm lush synths accompany melodic piano sequences before reverting back to a sublime tech groove.
“Make Noise” gets going with a fantastic big room kick and open hat combi, a throbbing bass soon enters and a top notch groove is born. Rhythms build up nicely and on the break some brilliant FX work on the vocal creates a sinister vibe. Kicking back into the groove we get a superb synth which alone will have any floor jumping.
Finally we see super club groover “Lost Package”, the intro reveals an offset bass which goes on to dominate proceedings, this is backed with a strong kick and tight perc arrangement. A truly hypnotic vibe follows with FX work sitting in very well, great sound here and one to watch.
Residing in Madrid, Belgian producer Van is joined in the studio by a mystery guest, Padhme, for their track “You & Me” which comes backed up with a top notch remix. Van is very busy indeed as he churns out quality productions and performs in clubs around Madrid, he also now hosts Bonzai Basik Beats Spain which will soon be broadcasting on multiple radio stations. Padhme is the mysterious partner whom we hope to reveal more info on soon.
The original mix is a masterclass in deep vibes, the intro boasts a chunky kick with a wonderful melancholic synth chord. Crispy, sharp hats begin to appear and the groove is locked on for the duration. The break takes on a surreal vibe as a sensuous vocal meanders through the sound, this creates a quite intense feeling which works superbly well on the track, great stuff.
Polish DJ and producer Marcin Czubala steps up to remix duties with a powerful rework. Marcin has a very impressive back catalogue having appeared on labels like Mobilee Records, Your Mamas Friend, 8 Bit and Recovery Tech just to name a few. He has played in over 300 classical music concerts in the early to mid nineties and it’s this background in music that has put him right at the heart of the electronic sound. His remix kicks off with a classic bassdrum and hat, clap combination which creates a nice steady rhythm, the bass adds a techno twist with sublime pads sweeping through. The vocal sample works well with the sound, but the big focus on this track comes from the stunning synth work, this gives a retro feeling while keeping the overall sound modern. This one is not to be missed!
Ukranian DJ and producer Dennis Zypher debuts on Green Martian with the two tracker “Summer Memories”, a divine slice of blissful progressive house vibes. Dennis got into creating music on computers from a young age, he studied the ins and outs of electronic music compositions. He gained a lot of knowledge and by 2008 he was starting to DJ at various events and radio stations, since then he has produced quality cuts in various genres with support coming from across the world.
“Summer Memories” intros with sweet melodic sounds that lead to a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combo. The surreal FX add a cool contrast and create a sublime atmosphere. A deep and lush bassline comes through adding a true summer vibe and you could easily find yourself locked into this groove on any terrace party. Melodies play a big part in the track as it progresses giving us plenty to listen out for, top notch!
“Sweet Miami” gets right into a full on house groove, the intro sees quality stabs set the scene against a rhythmic drum and percussion section. The bassline takes on a very lush persona that will get any floor moving, melodies creep into the vibe brilliantly and again we are left with a top quality tune, perfect for those banging terrace evenings.