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UK based duo Tom and Andre get back in the studio together after their very well received track “Sunrise Over Ganymede” with this superb progressive house two tracker “Marcahusai”.
“Marcahuasi” gets us on the move with a wonderful kick and pad intro with subtle melodies, these sounds build brilliantly into a full on journey through stunning prog house vibes. The bassline provides a big focus here with its warm, lush vibe, very cool synth stabs are coupled with classy arp sequences, very well crafted sounds and sure to see a lot of airtime.
“Take It Slow” intros with some awesome synth stabs with a perfect amount of delay that gives off a cool summer vibe. Nice and tight arrangement on the drums and percs with a deep, well rounded bassline holding up the track beautifully. As the track builds sweeping pads begin to take the track to new heights as you start to get lost in this groove, top notch stuff yet again from this highly respected duo.
Australian based producer and recent signing to BP, Audio Noir, returns with another prog stomper “Sidewinder”. His last release “Abgeklart” gained support from all over and was featured on the main pages of top download portals.
The title track intros with a subtle kick and percussion combi and a whole host of FX making their way into the sound. The track begins its progressive journey when the superb bassline thunders through transforming it into the prog monster it is. Smooth and simple synth work adds texture while on the break the track takes a twist with a tough, gritty, raw hook taking over the sound. Something different here and unique, which will draw attention from all quarters.
Next up is “Don’t Stop” Climatic Mix, a cool ride through progressive house vibes. The track kicks off with a springy melody and a tight drum arrangement. Hypnotic vocals add lots of character and the track builds and builds up to the break where big synths lie in wait and they are filtered through taking this sound to new heights. After the break the track gets very clubby with an upbeat vibe that will get those hands in the air!
Canada based duo Hassen Kamal and Omar Bakir make up In2Deep. The guys have been around the music industry for years now and have performed alongside top jocks at top clubs all around Montreal. They have an impressive release list across many labels and are founders of Null Music. Here we see the guys debut on Piston with the superb “Black EP”.
First up we have the title track “Black” which is a wonderful journey through the darker side of deep tech house. Flowing rhythms are brought to life with a cool thumping kick backed up with some very cool percussions. The bassline is a tough, gritty affair and this sits perfectly with female spoken vocal that dominates throughout, keep your ears trained for some classic dialogue from an outstanding iconic movie.
“Walk It Off” takes us into the realm of the club with a brilliant upbeat funk fuelled belter of a track. Nice and simple classic kick, hat and percussion intro with the bassline making a cool entrance and settling into a steady rhythm. On the break some classy house chords make an appearance before powering back into this solid slice of deep house, just brilliant.
Konstantin is back and here he joins forces with Jey Fever to deliver a superb cut on Basiks. Konstantin has been busy on remix duties this past while and has also made an appearance on Bonzai’s “Eyepatched Volume 3″ vinyl. Israeli Jenia Shteingart aka Jey Fever makes his debut on Basiks in this release. He spent a while crafting his own unique sound and has had releases on labels like Rip n Burn, AK-Tek Records and System Recordings.
The original mix of wreaks of deep tech from the off with a filtered kick and tight hat combo taking us up to a superb deep and tough bass. The sound builds layer by layer with percussions and FX adding depth, gritty synths follow alongside a vocal and on the break we get a sweeping synth and a lot of added extras before the track explodes back into a raw groove, stunning!
The highly skilled Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar steps up to remix duties with his Hypnotechnique Remix. Van turns up the heat here with a truly sublime effort, the bass along with a very rhythmic percussion section will surely hypnotize your mind. On the break an intense pad beefs up the sound and we are also treated to Van’s expert FX work. After the drop we kick back to the main groove with a blast and the chance to lose yourself for a time, amazing stuff!
Belfast’s own, the Brisboys aka John Manning and Ciaran Duffy, are back with more brilliant house grooves for our pleasure with their remix. Deep down and funky would best describe this superb remix, phat beats are contrasted with crisp percussions and deep, cool house chords that evoke retro memories. Classic style hook on the break and great use of the vocal round of an awesome track.
French born and based in Lyon, producer Sebastien Desay debuts on EP with a stunning three track EP entitled “Sounds Of Sun”. Sebastien has been into music from a very early age, he has been influenced by many international artists and his sound is defined from this. His first release came back in 2009 and since then he has appeared on many labels including Balkan Connection, Silver Screen Recordings, Baccara and Sa Trincha Recordings to name a few. His main sound comes in the form or progressive house and tech house with the occasional foray into techno and minimal. Recently he signed with Bonzai and the prospects are looking good for this very talented guy.
First up we have the title track “Sounds Of Sun”, subtle yet solid kicks are accompanied with soft hats and cymbals and cool FX. A chunky bassline drops and the character of the track really begins to shine, a hypnotic rhythm is formed with understated synths and some classic bongos adding a tribal touch. Very strong track and a must for any DJ’s collection.
“I Need You” has a big focus on the percussions and drum arrangement giving off a tech vibe on the intro, then a super smooth deep house organ transforms the groove into a joyous ride through house and all its glory. Crisp and sharp hats come through and a brilliant female vocal wraps this quality track up in a wonderful package, very well crafted and sure to turn a few heads.
“Night Grooves” brings up the rear and again we see Sebastien’s arrangement skills shine, lots of different percussion and drum elements lead up to some very classy keys with a subtle bass lurking deep down. What ensues is one of those special musical moments which you do not want to end, very simple to the point groove which will have a huge impact.
Popular Belgian producer and remixer Jimmy Galle is back with another of his fine creations. “Chocola” serves up a real progressive trance treat and comes backed up with three fantastic remixes.
The original mix fits the Green Martian sound so well, pumped up progressive house with a dash of euphoria. The track intros with a tight kick and percussion arrangement while a sweet melody builds up in the background, this is coupled with some beautiful vocal sequences. On the break melodies spring up with an ethereal pad and more of those sweet vocals, a subtle climax gets us back to the groove. Fresh and energetic vibes to get the floors moving.
Airwave steps up first on remix duties with his Hazelnut Remix and again he delivers pure quality. Solid kicks and distant melodies provide the intro and the track gains momentum in true Airwave style. A deep progressive vibe ensues with intensity being generated in the quality synth work, on the break we are treated to a sublime trance experience with big pads and expert melodies before getting back into a strong pumping groove. One to watch!
The very busy Manu Riga is up next with his Vanilla remix. Adriaan is currently finishing off his artist album with many collaborations included, he has a fast growing back catalogue of quality tunes to date with much more to come. The track begins with a cool steady rhythm, chunky kicks and crisp hats are backed up with a throbbing bass while the melody builds up nicely. The break delivers excellent pads and that brilliant vocal sample, a strong progressive track that would be a great addition on any set.
Beglian DJ and producer Andy Verschaeren aka Max Cue gives us his Strawberry remix. Andy has been obsessed with music since he was 12 and began producing at 16 using Fruity Loops and later Ableton. His tracks have been released on labels like USA Import, Progrezo and more, his tracks have also been supported by DJ’s such as Laurent Garnier and Paul Oakenfold. This remix intros with a superb kick and percussion, the bassline powers the track from below with a chunky deep vibe. The now familiar melody adds a cool contrast and the vocal works very well in this setting, as the track builds the melody becomes much more intense and you will find yourself locked in to this groove, top stuff!
Based in Kiev, Ukraine, Ivan Shadrin aka Ego Progressus debuts on Progrez with this stunning dark themed progressive monster. Ivan is very much an advocate of the darker side of prog and this come through in his live sets. He has developed an outstanding musical taste and it is this that inspires him to form out his dark and sometimes tribal vibes.
Kicking off we have the short “Hypno Intro”, straight away you feel the dark elements within Ivan’s sound, deep sinister vocals and haunting pads combine well to create an intensely charged atmosphere, nice start!
The title track “Hypnosphere” intros with a good old solid kick and bass combi with crispy clear percussions showing up. This track then begins a journey that builds layer upon layer, on this journey the tension rises as the dark elements begin to creep through. On the break the true dark nature of this tune is exposed and we get a climax of pure, raw progressive house with a classic tribal undertone. Very well crafted track and a must for those darker sets.
“Mare Orientale” takes on a much more industrial theme with a lot of metallic sounds yet retaining that prog house vibe. We still get the dark grooves and eerie sounds, the beauty of this track is the multitude of sounds that do a great job of keeping you hooked, if only to hear what other sounds come through. A top notch track indeed and one you will listen to over and over.
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Ninth installment in the Pure Chillz series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, John ’00’ Fleming, R1, Alexander Dancaless, Tatiana Maltseva, Narel, Moshic, Suburban Dreams, Miika Kuisma, CJ Art, Alexey Light, Parafernalia, Thorin, Michele Cecchi, Fushe, Blufeld, Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic, Davide Leonardo, Twins In Mind, DreamMan, Dj Noor, Stefan Addo, Andino, Incolumis, Vechigen and LaboRoss.
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New concept compilation series titled Tech House Toolbox 1 comes with original tracks and remixes by Beckers, Redraft Memories, Mario Foksa, Ecco, Daniele Kama, Darouge, Mylan, Filth & Splendour, Charles Ramirez, Stan Garac, Valeria Croft, Joal, Sean McCaff, Wonji, Lights Electronika, Yanysh, Poison Pro, Luckoni, Diego Alvez, Baum, Peker, MGC, Fabinii, Element, Recess and Project KF.
Manu Riga and Nico Parisi have been busy together in the studio with “Reborn” which is their first collab and comes backed up with some top end remixes. Manu Riga has an impressive list of releases, more recently with “The Darkness Within” and “Everything Comes To An End” both of which saw lots of support. and he is currently working on an artist album with some very nice surprises lined up. Nico is currently DJing at many of Belgium’s top events and has secured a spot on the Bonzai stage at this year’s (2013) Tomorrowland festival. He is also very busy in the studio with future collabs and other projects.
The original mix intros with a rich vocal and cool pads, a strong thumpy kick comes in with crispy clear hats backed up with some nice sweeping FX. The tune settles in to sweet prog vibe with a quality arp taking centre stage and a subtle bassline adding depth. On the break a dark vibe appears with a myriad of sounds blending perfectly alongside the vocal before racing back to pure progressive utopia. Top stuff from this duo and clearly a collab with a lot of spark!
Australian producer Audio Noir steps up to remix duties with a superb offering in his Renaissance Remix. Lots of arps form the backbone here with a filtered synth ebbing and flowing beautifully. A solid groove from the off with an almost bouncy rhythm emanating from the tight drum and perc arrangement . The track takes on a new identity at the first drop with a stunning bassline taking the main focus. Lush pads fill up the break with a surprising twist leading up to the kick back, awesome stuff!
The hugely respected Italian producer Gai Barone is up next with his Tubecore Remix. Gai has been around the scene since the hey days of Italo House and quickly became a popular name on the DJ circuit. 1995 he started to get into production music experimentation, his first release would come much later entitled “Solegirasoli” on Ultimate House Records then “Moving” on Mesmerized. Now very much in demand we can only expect bigger and better from this guy. His remix here stands up tall in the progressive world, he utilises the originals elements brilliantly. The track begins with a gritty edged kick with a cool synth hook filtering through, this builds and builds hypnotising the mind. The track takes off with a bassline that provides sheer depth of sound with some vocal samples fitting perfectly. Real progressive grooves that will be a feature for many sets.
UK based producer Anthony Yarranton is our next remixer. Anthony has gained a lot of attention in a short space of time, he has been described as deep and impactful by his peers and his brand of deep, melodic progressive house has seen releases on labels like Armada, Proton, Baroque and Lowbit. Here, his remix starts off with subtle hats and pads with the vocal sweeping by. Nice chunky kicks and superb bassline soon follow with lots of warm, lush pad work. The break takes us deeper with very subtle melodies teasing along with the richness of the vocal samples. Top quality from the UK here and a definite must for any DJ box!