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Daniel makes a welcome return to Eyepatch with his four tracker ‘Marlboro Station’. His last outing ‘Lofty EP’ showcased his skills beautifully and now we are treated to more of this superb talent.
First up we have the title track ‘Marlboro Station’ which sets off with a very cool kick and percussion arrangement before a wonderful plucky bass takes over the sound. An array of metallic sounding FX adds a stark tech twist to the sound, this is contrasted by the occasional warm pad and synth note adding smooth textures, great stuff.
‘Brighthouse’ goes deeper with a smooth house vibe built in alongside elements of techno. The intro boasts a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combi, warm house keys soon filter through and blend well with the more techy edged FX that peek through. A well rounded deep bass makes a show and the track topped off with some very strong piano riffs, top quality track.
Up next is ‘Water Tunnel’ with a gritty intro made up of cool percs and a thumpy kick. Raw sounding FX start to take over the sound as a stunning bassline builds the momentum. Again we see some fine deep piano chords coming through with a contrasting strings and pads. A superb guitar also accompanies the piano and makes for a fantastic deep tech house ride, brilliant!
‘Fallen Star’ takes things deep with a stunning array of sounds on offer. Tight drums and percussions set the scene beautifully as a backdrop to some expertly crafted synth keys that dominate throughout. All these sounds are complimented with a deep rooted bass and a myriad of sweeping FX, quite an amazing sound with an almost laidback, chilled groove.
Die Vogelperspektive debut on Piston with this three track EP entitled ‘Pumpkin Pie’. Based in Germany this collaboration is made up of one boy and one girl whose styles combine so well. Very much rooted in minimal techno this pair can stretch their imagination into many genres. Since late 2012 they have released a fair amount of tracks and remixes under labels like Auditive, URSL and Shoes Bags & Boys. The pair also perform as a DJing duo having graced the decks around Germany, most notably at 2012’s Fusion bash.
First up we have the delectable ‘Pie’, solid kicks get the groove flowing before a wonderfully deep bass blasts through. The percussion do a great job on firing up the rhythm as the track takes us deeper into darker shades of house music. A very subtle synth floats in the background but it’s the mesmerizing bass that does the trick here, superb stuff.
Next we have ‘Pumpkin’ which gives off an energetic vibe as the tempo is ramped up slightly. Nice and chunky kicks form the intro alongside sharp hats before an infectious bass drives the track forward. Stunning piece of work here as the hypnotic grooves grab hold of your senses. Definitely one to watch and a must for your playlists!
Lastly we have ‘Thanks Giv’n’, that intros with a solid kick with minimal percussions. Smooth deep house chords soon follow as crispy hats come through creating a steady rhythm. Deep basses reverberate throughout as more lush chords invade the sound. Awesome slice of deep tech here that would do well in any set.
MNG036 is our first release in 2014 and we took the chance to welcome our new artist Hedubble and his debut release into the family.
Born in 1983 in Coimbra, Portugal and now living in London, HedUbble grew up listening and capturing sounds from very different genres. He has some strong influences from artists like Seth Troxler, Metroarea, Carl Craig, SoulClap and Ricardo Villalobos. Traffic EP is composed by two original tracks with a very dark and spatial feeling: Traffic (obviously the responsible for the name of the ep) is a complete bomb! A strong groove complemented with some vocal snippet’s and a beautiful chord as the main element.
The B side track is called UNDG and again is a very dark and mysterious track with a very similar construction to “Traffic”. We are deeply in love with this release and we are sure that you will also be.
Kuntac debuts on Elemental with a wonderfully chilled and ambient two tracker entitled ‘More’s Place’.
The title track ‘More’s Place’ intros with a cool big beat drum arrangement that charges the atmosphere and sets up the scene beautifully as the chilled vibes begin to flow. Sweet melodic pianos and uplifting vocal samples merge brilliantly with a tough expertly crafted beat. The track goes through many transformations that will captivate your mind body and soul, excellent stuff.
‘Circle Of Life’ intros with big kicks and drums in a breaks style with a superb heavily FX’d guitar riff that adds an element of funk. A superb bassline brings with it a groovy vibe while sweet piano melodies add stark contrasts. The track breaks down to a purely uplifting ride as cascading pads work their magic before slamming back into a fantastic drum workout, inspiring stuff!
Bonzai regular Thorin returns after the very well received ‘End Game’ which saw massive support from all over and features on top download portals. Here we see his newest works in the shape of ‘Hallucinogen’ which delves into the deeper side of the progressive spectrum. The track also comes backed up with four top notch remixes from top remix artists.
The Original Mix sets off with a steady groove as the kicks and subtle percussions form a flowing rhythm. The bassline sits well with the sound while in the background smooth sweeping pads provide a solid backbone. The sounds are expertly crafted and fit beautifully within the grooves creating a trippy and hypnotic ride making this a must have for those progressive jocks.
Kevin Vega is back to remix duty with a wonderful display of progressive sounds that bind together so well. The intro has a nice chunky kick that packs a punch, this is coupled with a superb bassline that comes from the depths. Subtle percussions are perfect here as the main focus lies with the hypnotically driven nature of the track, superb stuff.
Beat Maniacs aka Petar Bogojevic and Nikola Radivojevic are next up on the remix and the guys are fresh off the back of their Bonzai debut with ‘Messine’. Here the guys veer towards a more house orientated vibe while retaining a progressive nature. Cool synth pads work well throughout while a simple melody plays amongst the grooves, great stuff.
Audio Noir delivers the first of two remixes with this one being a solid slice of prog on his Rekonstruction Mix. This guy knows how to work a remix and here he sets the bar high with a strong and steady rhythmic intro. Chunky kicks and crispy hats keep the flow and some outstanding synth work adds that progressive element we love. Sweeping pads ebb and flow before an amazing bassline takes total control of the sound. A definite one to watch here!
Audio Noir lowers the tempo with a nod to his Rekonstruction Mix for his Afterhours Mix. Another fine slice of prog on offer for the late late night parties. We are treated to a sophisticated arrangement of warm and lush vibes with a bassline that will keep the toes tapping for the duration. Simply stunning from this guy yet again.
Eighty Six debuts on Bonzai Progressive with a sublime four track EP entitled ‘Vitamine’.
The title track ‘Vitamine’ sets off in true prog style with a strong kick accompanied by a cool synth chord which leads into a short break that reveals a refreshing melodic sequence. The bassline adds a bounce to the sound as it drives through creating a very rhythmic vibe with the help of some tight percussion arrangements. We lead into a stunning break down filled with fantastic melodies before being thrown right back into this fine slice of progressive house, superb stuff that is not to be missed.
‘Palmeraie’ keeps the prog vibes flowing with a nice chunky kick and sharp hi hat combo. A gritty synth fades through transforming into a full on attack with the release knob getting a workout. Building nicely, the bassline solidifies the sound as it takes on many layers before breaking down to a beautiful synth fusion and then slamming straight back into full on prog mode with gusto, great stuff.
‘Connection’ takes the sound a little deeper with a huge thumping kick and darkly synth pads alongside a sinister sounding vocal. This is beautifully contrasted with a cool, plucky synth sequence that blends perfectly with the bassline as it meanders in the background. Cool use of more vocals rounds this track up brilliantly and would be a welcome addition to any set.
Lastly we have ‘Feeling’, super smooth housey intro as groovy keys work their magic alongside a sultry female vocal with percussions building up around the sound. The bassline, that can only be described as outstanding, weaves its way into the sound with a stealthy approach leaving you gaping due to the impact it has on the groove. Very cool synths provide a fantastic melodic sequence which is the perfect accompaniment to that bassline. This track is the complete package and will be a main feature among many music lovers for sure, just amazing!
Stereo For Two aka Tim Verhees and Joris Bylemans debut on Green Martian with the stunning ‘Shadow Science EP’ which also comes backed up with three brilliant remixes. Tim and Joris are very well established artists and musicians. They like to blend many genres and are very much into jazz and classical and tend to bring these styles into the modern recording arena. Between them they guys have released multiple tracks across many labels and continue to deliver the goods whatever they turn their hand to.
The Original Mix of ‘Shadow Science’ intros with a classic clipped kick and hat combo with much more percussions soon following suit. A rippling synth sound forms up as the very subtle yet super effective bassline does a wonderful job on the lower end. The break brings with it a very cool vocal sample and some stunning FX work. As the track progresses a hypnotic groove sets in and locks you on for the duration, simply amazing stuff.
Leach is first up on the remix. This artist has seen a massive amount of releases over the years on labels like Neglected Grooves, PurpleCat Digital, Basic Grooves and Mystique Music to name just a few. On the intro a short kick and hat combo leads up to the main groove, here the remix does much justice to the original as hypnotic tones settle in with the bassline and cascading synths take hold. Very good use of the vocal samples which really add to the contemplative mood set from within the sound.
Next up on the remix is Belgian artist Rone White. Rone has seen releases on Neglected Grooves, Melodic Records and Basic Groove. Here he totally transforms the track with a much more pronounced bassline and additional melodies that really beef up the sound beautifully. Nice and tight drum arrangement sit well over the beefed up bass and the melodies are a very cool adaptation on the original. On the break a wall of sound blasts forth as the synths do their thing before slamming right back into the relentless progressive groove, superb stuff.
Dutch DJ, producer and mastering engineer Marc Pollen is our next remix artist, and he puts on quite a show. Marc is another artist from within the work horse community who churns out the qaulity at every turn. He has had releases on the likes of Balkan Connection, Basic Groove, Baroque, Indigo Records and Bos Tech Limited to name just a few. Here he adds his brand of quality to the mix with a top drawer offering. The intro goes straight into a gritty kick and bass workout with soft open hats waiting in the wings. Marc has made the vocal much more legible which makes it stand out even more and adds a deeper texture to the sound. The bassline seems merciless until we get a note change the just sets the track on fire with the help of quality synth work. A definite must for any prog set and sure to get the floors moving!
Martin Merkel makes his Bonzai Basiks debut and comes with a very respectable reputation. He is a relative newcomer on the production scene but he has made a huge impact among his peers. All this didn’t happen by accident as Martin is considered a veteran among DJ’s having been a highly sought after booking around the French club scene since early 1990’s. It was 2011 before he decided to start his own label (Shelter 45) and begin releasing his own material and ultimately bring in new artists and create a label family. Martin also goes by the monikers Chemical Boy & M Faces. Here we see his two tracker ‘Abyss’ come to life.
‘Abyss’ intros with a huge, gritty kick, soon a myriad of percussions come to the fore and bring with them an industrial techno vibe. Curious sounding basses lurk in the depths as the metallic clanks of the percussions carve out a techno groove. The sounds become more intense as the track progresses with an almost distorted quality while the main break takes this sound to limit before slamming right back into full on techno mode, top stuff.
‘Give It Up’ gets right into the action from the off as a cool chunky kick pounds a beat alongside some very well crafted percussion arrangements. Synthy techno sounds are a big focus throughout as a single note begins to hypnotise. Some brilliantly manipulated sounds start to emerge and this leaves us with a true and powerful slice of techno that will be a feature among many for sure.
Sardinia born DJ and producer Mend makes a debut appearance on piston with this three tracker entitled ‘Metroplex EP’. Mend has been into music from a very early age and has performed all across Europe at various events. He has released on labels like Deep Plastic Records, Vida Recordings and Clatter Records to name just a few.
Firstly we have the title track, ‘Metroplex’ which goes straight to the deeper side from the off with a wonderful well rounded kick and percussion combo. A deep bass rises from the depths to captivate the sound and settles in for a hell of a ride. Some quality FX add texture to the sound and very cool synth work sits well alongside the odd chord, sublime stuff!
‘After On The Roof’ keeps well within the realms of deep house goodness as on the intro a brilliant synth drone sits behind a cool kick and percussion arrangement. The bass soon follows and gives the track a new depth with hypnotic qualities. Subtle FX ease their way through giving the impression of a vocal sample which is very cool indeed. Top notch stuff!
‘Watergate’ sets the grooves flowing with a very cool intro including some retro styled percussions. The bassline fires up the track to perfection as it cascades through the sound. Cool vocal samples and simple one hit synths in just the right amounts add textures to the sound. Wonderful deep house vibes here, not to be missed.
Onofrio is back with his latest techno monster, ‘Oblivious EP’. The EP comes with two tracks and is backed up with two remixes as well as the originals. Onofrio keeps very busy indeed on the studio front. 2013 saw a lot of quality original and remix works, his last offering saw a remix for Tribal Warriors on ‘New York To Ibiza’. Watch this space in 2014 as we are sure to see more from this guy.
The Original Mix of ‘Oblivious’ intros with a killer bass drum and soft hat combo, cool percussions sit behind and ease their way into the sound. The bassline rumbles along creating hypnotic rhythms and is the perfect sound for this very minimal track. An ideal track for those darker late night techno fests!
Italian producer Giorgio Quaranta aka Gforty steps up to remix duties with his Gforty Japanese Mix on ‘Oblivious’. Right from the off we are thrust into a full on techno ride. Big thumpy kicks and crispy hats get things moving as the bassline begins to surface alongside a well crafted synth line. On the break we get a few surprise note changes on the synth which makes for a really cool listening experience. Top notch stuff yet again and a must for any playlist.
Onofrio’s next rack on this EP is ‘Wrong Way’. His Original Mix takes the techno vibes deeper, powerful droning bass accompanies a punchy kick as ass shaking percussions begin to form. The track has a minimal groove yet has a lot going on to keep the ears trained. Excellent stuff here and no doubt will gain a lot of attention.
Gabriel Ben provides us with his remix on ‘Wrong Way’. Gabriel is fresh off the back of his last SRUR release alongside Ed Whitty with their release ‘Epoch’. Here the goods are firmly delivered yet again, fast paced and energetic techno is on offer as the drum section will testify. Strong and solid grooves are built with ease, cool percussive elements add texture while a deep and resonating bassline shores up the sound. At the break some real cool synths come to the party and sets this track off beautifully. Top quality stuff that will fill a lot of floors.