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Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar delves into his ancestry and discovers his own African roots. Van has an ability to deliver quality productions every time, from Techno to House, he always puts his soul into his sound. Drums and percussions are big elements in his sound and with his ancestry we can see how he is able to tap into this and create purely soulful, outstanding rhythmic structures. Here we see Van recruit a few of his friends to contribute to the wonderful ‘African Roots’. Nine tracks filled with all the goodness of house and techno and burgeoning with tribal driven grooves.
Top Belgian DJ and producer Eric Powa B gets us going with ‘Supafly’. The intro boasts a penetrating tribal rhythm with some well constructed drum patterns. Nice and crisp hats sit over a cool chunky kick while some vocal samples add texture. The bass is the big hitter here as it pulsates through the groove keeping you locked in. On the break we get some awesome tribal chants which gives the track character, superb stuff from Eric and a wonderful start to this project.
Van is joined by New York based South African DJ and producer Brendon Moeller aka Echologist on the title track ‘African Roots’. Brendon has been around recording studios for a long time with a very respectful list of releases to his name and under various guises. The track takes on a tribal vibe right from the off as a myriad of drums weave out intricate patterns resulting in smooth rhythms. Nice crisp hats accompany a full kick giving the track a techno edge. Vocal samples ebb and flow in the track and add to the tribal textures. The break gives off a sweet string sequence adding a cool contrast to the sound. The track powers on and releases an acid line late on which further enhances the sound, wonderful stuff!
Next up we have Surasela with ‘Southern Attraction’. Cool percussion led intro which shapes up into a fine flowing rhythm. Chunky kicks and brilliant hats come through alongside some really cool deep chanting vocals. Simple synth notes add a beautiful texture to the sound and marry well with driving nature of the groove, top notch!
Darouge is up next with ‘Around The Corner’. Darouge was first introduced to electronica through listening to top trance and progressive jocks and as time went on his musical preferences changed. After attending many different styled parties he began to settle on house music with minimal tech and techno being his main focus. His last outing through Bonzai was his ‘Displacement EP’ on Eyepatch. Here he keeps with main theme behind the album and focuses on tribal rhythms with outstanding results. Expertly crafted drum and percussion patterns form up into driving rhythms with vocal samples thrown in. A truly deep throbbing bass shores up the grooves while on the break we get treated to a beautifully tweaked, hat, drum and vocal workout which builds back up to full on techno delight.
Van’s ‘Tobassi’ is next, the track intros with a slowly fading in beat accompanied with sharp slappy drums and cool hats. Powerful kicks give off a classic techno vibe and the drums intensify building to a sublime tribal rhythm. The break brings in surreal African chants which blend perfectly with the beats. Van has gone down the full on tribal route here and what a brilliant job he has made of it, simply stunning!
Swiss producer Mark Kavas and relative newcomer Peter Storm deliver a stunning tech fuelled slice with ‘Fennec’. Right from the off the track takes a cool tech edge with phat kicks and well balanced hats building the platform for a superb ride through the deeper side of tech house. Fantastic carnival-esque drums pop up and are the perfect companion for the gritty bass that dominates the sound. Sweeping FX make a show alongside cool and subtle synth work. Great track from these guys and a must for those deeper sets.
Mexican DJ and producer Ritch Mollen gives the vocal fuelled ‘Togo’. Ritch made his Bonzai debut with ‘Enough Of Disco’ at the start of 2013. He delivers the goods yet again with this electro-tech monster. On the intro we get a classic kick and hat combination which leads into a very cool male vocal which is a big attraction on the track. A tough bass soon follows taking much of the focus as it powers through the sound. Superb electro snares bring in each section with great effect and gives the track a surreal diversity, top stuff!
Van and Brendon Moeller aka Echologist give us a Dub Mix of ‘African Roots’ which is a full on jaunt through the deeper side of techno with tribal elements. Very dark atmospheres are created with dull thudding drums and beautifully crafted bassline that dominates the sound. Vocal samples give a hypnotic vibe and really set the track off. A hell of a ride this one and sure to be a big feature in many sets.
Spanish, veteran DJ and producer Mauro Nakimi delivers his track ‘Black Cube’. Mauro has been active on the scene since 1991 when he was big into the jungle, breakbeat, hardcore scenes. He became a regular feature around London playing at all the big clubs and in the mid nineties he began to write his own music. This resulted in numerous releases across many top labels. Today he sticks mainly to Techno as evident within this superb track. Big chunky kicks and percussions get us going along with the odd vocal sample. The percussion are very well arranged giving off smooth flowing rhythms as a deep rooted bass brings up the rear. As the track evolves many different elements combine giving a Techno flavour, on the break this is magnified with a brilliant deep bass arp that teases throughout the rest of the track. An epic ride that is not to be missed!
When US based artist Daniel Nusdeo aka Sedna handed us Decay, we immediately jumped on the occasion. What we discovered is one of the freshest talents in Progressive House Anno 2014. Airwave himself hammering it a lot lately says enough, this one is tailored dark and deep Progressive House. Craftsmanship of the genre at its best. Welcome Sedna, LCD Recordings is proud to Welcome Decay and Finding Infinity as two of its Bangers of 2014. Literally…
Russian producer EmLab debuts on our Green Martian imprint with the superb ‘Sirenes’ and comes with two top notch remixes.
The Original Mix provides a smooth melodic intro as a rising synth fades through alongside a nice chunky kick and cool percussions. The track bursts into a wonderful driving prog house stomper as a deep bass pulsates through the grooves. The melodies evolve beautifully in tandem with the bass and dominate the break while a sharp guitar sequence takes shape. These sounds blend so well together resulting in a rich tapestry of sounds that would sit well in any set, top class stuff.
The very popular Jimmy Galle steps up for remix duty and delivers a stunning slice of tech fuelled, prog house vibes. The intro boasts a tight drum arrangement with big, phat kicks and crispy clear percussions. A resonating deep bass shores up the rear and morphs its shape occasionally. Very subtle melodies sit back creating surreal atmospheres as the beats take control and stave the way for some very cool FX which works wonders on the sound, superb!
Delphi returns to Green Martian after his well received debut ‘Mariana Trench’ with a stunning energetic workout on the remix. Nice and smooth pads ebb and flow on the intro before a huge kick slams in forcing you to react. The energy levels rise as a massive offset bass gets the track into full on mode. Throughout the track a wonderful, almost metallic sounding riff gets a lot of attention while on the main break some sweet melodies sit back and tease before being unleashed creating an uplifting vibe. One to watch here and a definite must in any box.
Mr Drew is back, this time with a funky house beast tempered with a fat booty bass and wicked vocals. This one is on Drew’s own style, funky all the way.
In charge of the remix is Luís Bravo who does an excelent approach to “The Sound Of DISKO” vibes mixing some hot chords with a proper 90’s drumline. There’s not much left to say that you can’t experience better listening!
9th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series, this time around with original tracks and remixes by Praveen Achary, Cid Inc., Phi Phi, Airwave, Rise And Fall, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Pole Folder, Moshic, Philthy Chit, JJ Grant, Napalm & D-Phrag, Audio Noir, Shane, Thorin, Relaunch, Tolga Diler, Kintar, Mindgamers, Yuriy From Russia, Full Gear Flavor, Erdi Irmak, LoQuai, Tim Robert, DeepSoul Duo, CJ Art, Beat Maniacs, Kabalo, Domased Electronica, Matteo Monero, Kasall, Gary Delaney and Timewave.
Audio Noir has been very busy of late as he continues to pour out top quality productions from his Australia based studio. This two tracker, ‘Earthcall’ is his latest creation and comes off the back of the very popular ‘NY Xpress’.
‘Earthcall’ sets us off on a wonderful deep progressive journey as the track intros with plump kicks and rhythmic percussions along with a helping of dark synth pads that rise and fall with the groove. As the layers build a superbly crafted bassline enters the fray taking the track deeper into the progressive sound. Brilliant stuff yet again and bound to attract much attention like his previous outings.
‘Australian Epic’ is up next and gives us a cool percussion led intro which starts off very subtly and ends up with a full on, beautifully constructed drum section accompanied with a myriad of quality FX work. After a short break we are treated to some powerful kicks and a sublime bass driven groove. A beautiful pad sits on top and delivers a nice melodic distraction from the deeper side of the track. A truly epic experience not to be missed.
Croatian born DJ and producer deepAlexander aka Sasa Skrobar is back after his debut ‘Timeloop’ on our Green Martian imprint with a smooth progressive house stomper entitled ‘Midnight Launch’. The track comes with Original plus two superb remixes from top producers.
The Original Mix gets going with a very cool chunky kick and superb deep bass combo, synths begin to rise as the percussion start to shape the rhythm giving off a flowing progressive house vibe. Nice and subtle melodic arp sequences tease away as the focus of the track remains on that wonderful bass. The break features those subtle melodies before the intimidating bass struts back into the groove bringing with it some very cool stabs, great stuff.
First up on the remix we have the very talented Belgian DJ and producer Nico Parisi. Nico’s 2013 ended on a mega high with the release of his much anticipated track ‘Caress’ which performed extremely well and came packed with a slew of quality remixes. He also attended many parties towards the end of the year where he showcased his DJ skills. 2014 looks set to be another bumper year for Nico and currently he very busy in the studio with new material as well as gearing up for more gigs. His remix intros with a cool well rounded kick with a nice clip on top and a fantastic deep bass combination. Hypnotic synths play a big part here and shape the sound very well giving cool contrasts with teasing melodies and phat synths alike. Pure progressive vibes all round here and a taste of more things to come!
Bonzai regular Kevin Vega returns to the remix desk yet again with a wonderful offering of surreal progressive house. Kevin always delivers on the remix front as evident with his recent work on Thorin’s ‘Hallucinogen’ which is proving to be quite popular. The remix here starts off with super cool reverbed kicks and crispy hats. The bass wastes no time and edges into the sound creating a lush atmosphere. Plucky synths form up as a gritty almost guitar like riff plays out while pads begin to rise through this multi-layered construction. A short respite during the break as the bass and kicks peel away before they come storming back to continue on this excellent progressive journey.