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Henrik has been busy in the study polishing up his third studio album ‘Lost In Funny Space Games’. 2013 had seen Henrik release top quality tracks with a few collaborations thrown in with many top remixers also making appearances on his releases. No doubt we will be seeing a lot more from this guy so stay tuned in 2014.
First up we have a pure, full on club groover in the shape of the wonderful ‘Come With Me’. Everything you’d expect from a piano driven house classic is on offer with the Chantola master touch applied. Strong kicks with a rhythmic percussion section and a groovy bassline all support a stunning piano sequence, and to top it all off we get a fantastic diva-esque vocal, awesome stuff not to be missed.
Next up is ‘Deep Inside’, here the sound tends to lean in the funky direction as the bassline and groovy pimptastic guitar will testify. Deep vibes abound as the house chords weave their magic alongside a sultry female vocal. Superb stuff from Henrik yet again, top notch!
‘I Want You’ is a well balanced house groove with its thumpy kicks and crispy percussions giving good rhythm. A very cool bass rips through the track and is further enhanced with some very nifty synth work, the house vibes are ramped up to funky proportions with a great and catchy vocal sample which is coupled with real smooth guitar licks. One hell of a floorfiller on offer and one to watch for sure.
‘It’s Not What You Say’ intros with a beefy kick and some well clipped hats giving that classic house flavour. Stunning vocals come through and are the perfect companion for a mesmerizing synth pad lurking in the background. The track transforms itself throughout, building the layers beautifully and ending up with fine slice of progressive house. Definitely not to be missed this one, get it into those playlists quick!
The title track ‘Lost In Funny Space Games’ is Henrik’s next offering. Smooth subtle kicks and hats sit with some cool FX over the top on the intro. As you can imagine we get an electro inspired flavour in the track, possibly due to the connection with games. What we also get is a very cool acid line that runs throughout the track and is accompanied by some very nifty drum patterns. Quirky little track that will stand up well in any set.
‘Release’ sets off with a thumping kick and a panning synth on the intro, cool reverbed snares make their way through also as the layers build smoothly. A wonderfully inconspicuous bassline has a dramatic effect on the sound as a suave female vocal delivers the goods. Some nice synth chords add a groovy flavour sets the track off beautifully. Great stuff!
Next up we have ‘Sunday Jammin’ which takes the tempo down and turns the funk up. Groovy guitar licks dominate the sound as a funky bassline delivers a cool flowing rhythm along with smooth drum patterns. On the break those funky licks dominate and are matched perfectly to some cool synth notes. In the background a brilliant melodic pad sweeps by, simply amazing yet again from Henrik.
‘Sunrise’ ramps up the pressure as a rolling bassline gets the track flowing right from the off into a full on progressive groove. The level of the kicks and percussions are perfectly matched so the bassline can shine on this, we also get a fantastic vocal that really beefs up the overall sound on the track, brilliant stuff.
The penultimate track ‘The Coolest’ keeps us in the progressive realm with a superb bassline that bounces along effortlessly beside some very cool FX and synth work. Strong and steady rhythms come through as the drum arrangement etches its patterns flawlessly and all the while a great little vocal sample rattles off ‘that was the coolest’, in the background.
Lastly but by no means least we have ‘They Always Come Back For More’. The intro boasts some top notch synth chord work which is complimented by a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combo. Much warmer chords come through as a vocal edges into the sound. The bassline is a main player here as it drives the track forward with fantastic results, top quality as always.
A truly fantastic album from Henrik with many inspiring and diverse sounds within the tracks.
Debut appearance on Piston for Miguel Reis with this deep two tracker ‘Classic Motherfucker Record’ and also comes with a remix from Piston founder Rogerio Martins. Miguel Reis is a new moniker and is the very same artist with a multitude of releases under the alias of Mike Kings who has seen tracks on labels like Nervous Records, Stereo Productions, Kult Records, Session Trax, Fatal Music ,Magna Recordings,and many more.
The Original Mix on ‘Classic Motherfucker Record’ intros with a nice mix of kicks and percs which set up a smooth rhythmic vibe, a deep, rasping vocal comes in with a very cool narrative which blends perfectly with the house beats. The track builds steadily as the vocal becomes a big focus before a truly deep and groovy bassline comes to the fore and injecting a funky flavour to the sound, top stuff.
Rogerio Martins gets into remix mode with his We Just Love The Music Remix. Rogerio has a brand new track being released soon on digital and vinyl, ‘Gonna Be Mine’ is already drawing a lot of interest with top support coming from all quarters which is a testament to the skills he has to offer. The remix takes the track right into the heart of what deep house vibes are all about. Strong, chunky kicks and rhythmic percussions keep the groove moving while a cool low end bass resonates from below. The vocal sits nicely in the track and the synths give off maximum house vibes with great effect, superb stuff.
‘The Revolution’ intros with a cool, chunky 4×4 beat with percussions slowly building before a wonderful melodic sequence takes shape on top of a fantastic bassline which gives the track so much depth. The arrangement is spot on as the sounds blend effortlessly creating a stunning deep house experience. A classic vocal sample is the icing on the cake and will put this track on a lot of playlists no doubt, simply amazing track here and not to be missed!
The ever impressive Dimitry Liss returns to Eyepatch after stints on Bonzai Basiks and Piston Recordings. Here we have Dimitry’s sublime brand of deep house in the shape of his two tracker ‘Gentle Elton’.
The title track gets us moving with a big chunky kick that packs a huge punch indeed. Very crisp open hats are the perfect match to the kicks and provide a solid base for the flowing rhythms. The bassline cuts through the sound beautifully with a groovy flavour, in the background strings sweep along while upfront some very well tweaked synths make their mark. The vocals stand out well here and definitely makes for a floor shaker!
‘Jelly Jelly’ is up next and does not disappoint. Smooth intro with kicks and percs as a vocal filters through with expert manipulation. A super deep groovy bassline pops up soon after and the vocal becomes more prominent. Proper deep house grooves are all over this track with the funk factor coming through later on, top notch stuff yet again from Dimitry.
SRUR presents its fifth instalment in the ‘Muzika’ series. Four new, top quality deep techno cuts brought to you by five top class artists including Ben Mert & Harun Karabulut, Danny Murphy, ED Whitty and Moll.
Ben Mert debuts on SRUR while Harun is becoming quite the regular on these shores. The guys deliver with their ‘Drunken Violine’ which fades in to reveal a monster kick and bass combo with a sinister sounding FX. A beautifully strange violin comes through and creates a wonderfully textured sound with great percussive elements over the top. Top notch stuff from the boys!
Danny Murphy debuts on SRUR with his sublime track ‘Quiroga’. Nice and smooth percussive intro leading to a solid well formed kick. Soon an offset bass opens the track up and adds an energetic feel. Very bouncy vibe here as steady, flowing rhythms are formed and some cool sounds bursting through. An infectious groove for the big floors and not to be missed.
Ed Whitty returns to SRUR after his recent stint with Gabriel Ben. Here he delivers ‘Kukulkan’ which is a well crafted slice of techno. Chunky kicks are accompanied by a shuffling styled hat arrangement creating a cool rhythm. The deep sub bass packs a huge punch as it relentlessly powers through the groove. Cool buzzing effect on the synths create a bit of tension with a superb vocal sample adding weight. Tight track for the late night masses.
Moll debuts on SRUR with his track ‘In Your Head’. Recently Moll has seen a release on Bonzai Basiks with the prospect of much more to come. Here he pushes the techno out of every sound he’s used. Superbly crafted drum arrangements give off a steady vibe as a mega deep bass pulsates through the speakers. Some very cool percussive and crowd effects fill the spectrum as this track gets into the heart of techno. Excellent stuff!
Belgian and French Duo DB Movement deliver a breath of Fresh Air with this release. We were looking hard for this kind of music and couldn’t believe our ears when French DJ Phi-Phi handed us these tracks he made with Belgian Legendary Stephane Akenan (aka Steff Garner). Progressive House and Trance freaks, This is music for your dancefloor. Music that should be praised. Evidence is probably the freshest tune we had heard in years, and Rotation sounds just as good. Get prepared, because this will bring you back to the real sound of Progressive House.
Kopi Luwak returns to Elemental with ‘Anna Pedan’. Kopi had seen a few releases with Elemental in the last few years and has appeared on numerous Bonzai compilations including the ‘Pure Chillz’ series.
‘Anna Pedan’ is a fantastic, uplifting, chilled out stroke of genius. Big, warm and lush pads begin the journey and create a perfect atmosphere for letting all your woes wash away. Sweet melodic arps come through as the track progresses with a downtempo beat making a show. As the sound ebbs and flows you drift as euphoria sets in. Just when you think there is nothing more to be done a beautiful string melody comes into play taking your mind further into a blissful state. The only problem with this track is that there was an ending, you will simply not want this to end, stunning stuff.
Greek born DJ and producer Steve Sai returns to the Bonzai Progressive stable with this stunning two tracker entitled ‘White Fluffy Clouds’. Steve’s last track ‘The Cube EP’ got the attention from many corners, and no doubt this release will be up there with its predecessor.
The title track, ‘White Fluffy Clouds’ gets us on the go with a smooth deep progressive house workout. Nice and steady rhythms built up on the intro with a cool hat, clap combo alongside sweetly melodic synth shots. The bass and kicks join the party and set the track on its proper journey through prog with a hypnotic undertone that really captivates your mind. The break goes to a deep place enhancing the experience throughout this superb track, great stuff.
‘Across The Sky’ intros with a distant kick that sits below a dark synth sound. The kicks soon beef up and a solid progressive groove is born as a wonderful bassline eases into the sound. Flowing, soothing rhythms emanate from the tight arrangements as the layers are expertly crafted. At the break things simmer down to a blissful state before you are ejected right back into the groove, top notch stuff!
Polish producer Marcin Stepien aka Neptun 505 makes his debut on Bonzai Progressive with a two track progressive monster entitled ‘Zulu EP’. Marcin started to make own music in 1999, but 2008 was a real breakthrough year for him with original and remix releases on labels like Magnetide Records, UDTK Records, and then later on Dirty Stuff Records, Electronic Tree, Mistique Music, Smart Phenomena Records and Passion Fruit Recordings. Today he is working on solo stuff and sometimes he collaborates with E.F.G.
First up is ‘Zulu’ which intros with superb tribalistic patterns via some smooth membranophone action and a nice chunky house kick with a side of cool hats and other percussions. A deep resonating bass makes a stealthy entrance to the sound with nifty work on the frequency filter. Wonderful cascading synths weave out a cool vibe and the track soon takes on a full progressive persona. Brilliant stuff and a definite must for any prog set!
‘Orion’ gets down to tribal business from the off as a round of quality percussions carve out neat rhythmic patterns. A rising synth pad also brings the bassline along for the ride as the track builds the layers beautifully. Very cool chord changes on the synths keep the ear trained and on the break subtle melodies get the focus before coming right back into prog mode for the duration, top stuff.
Sa.Du is back with another round of deep tech goodness on his four tracker ‘Field’. His last outing ‘Save As’ gained huge support from all over which is a tip of the hat to this fine talent.
‘Field’ intros with a smooth and steady rhythm as the subtle kicks merge beautifully with a tight percussion arrangement while some wistful vocal samples fade through. Throughout the track we are treated to a different array of vocals that really set the track off in style. The bassline sits in the background yet has a big impact on the sound. An all round super ride through deep tech house that will do well in any set.
Nice and full kicks provide the intro on ‘To Me’, soft open hats are the perfect addition as one shot synth notes begin to form around a very cool female vocal. The arrangements on this are top notch as a diverse range of sounds amalgamate perfectly. Subtle basses and saxophones serve up a groovy vibe as we ride through deep shades of tech house, great stuff.
Next up we have ‘Imaging Your Self’, deep and sultry sounds abound here as a provocative female vocal swamps the vibe. Cool rhythms are formed out of a tight drum arrangement with punchy kicks and sharp hats. The bassline gels everything together brilliantly and on the break a female vocal comes to life with a huge diva-esque chorus, top notch production in effect!
‘Am I Crazy’ is up next with a classy intro filled with multiple FX and another tight drum pattern. Alongside a superb female vocal sits a piano riff that scales the keys in various sequences, this sound becomes the big focus and is contrasted with a much brighter, higher pitched toy piano type arp. The bassline comes through late on but only serves to fully enhance the groove making this an epic slice of deep tech.
Delphi debuts on Green Martian with ‘Mariana Trench’ which is a stunning slice of progressive house that comes backed up with two quality remixes.
The Original Mix is a testament to that almost euphoric progressive house sound that captivates so well. The intro boasts a bright arp synth that leads smoothly into a strong kick accompanied by some cool FX work. Subtle hats and percussions build flowing rhythms and out of nowhere a warm bassline fades through taking the track to the next level. Hypnotic high pitched notes become a big focus on the sound and on the break a mesmerising sequence begins. Big sounds are the order of the day here with a stunning drum arrangement, top quality stuff and one to watch for sure.
First up on the remix is none other than 06R aka Hisataka Ogura who is no stranger to Green Martian. His last outing on this imprint came in the form of the wonderful ‘Air 2.0’ which gained massive support from many top jocks. On the remix Hisataka applies his sublime brand of prog house, the intro boasts subtle kicks and stand out percs that build rhythms flawlessly. Cool arp sequences steadily rise with the bassline holding up the low end perfectly. A stuttered vocal adds an uplifting feeling while big synths enhance this feeling further. Superb stuff yet again and a must for those big parties!
Eddie Murray aka Aeonism, is an Irish DJ and producer who recently marked his GM debut with ‘My Soul’. Here he shows his talents yet again in style with a fantastic take on all the qualities of progressive house. The intro sets us off with swirly sea sounds while a rising synth leads us to a cool kick and hat combi. The synths continue to rise with teasing melodies beginning to filter through. The bassline draws you in with a deep drone and is the perfect companion to this evolving sound. Mercy is shown as melodies are unleashed and a simply stunning ride ensues. Get this in your playlist and you will not be disappointed!
Ivan Shadrin aka Ego Progressus is back with this two tracker entitled ‘The Ink Of Night’. His last outing on Progrez ‘Dark Story’ was well received which is a tip of the hat to this fine producer.
First up is the title track ‘The Ink Of Night’, the intro is a simple punchy kick and crispy hat combination with a warm pad soon following. Cool FX start to come through before a grungy type synth leads us into the darker recesses of progressive house. A short break takes us into this realm further as the synths intensify and the percussions escalate. The bassline comes through as a construction of many sounds which has a huge impact overall giving an organic flavour to the vibe. Intense and amazing.
‘White Church’ sets off with a multitude of percs and FX over a cool kick, the percussions continue to build as a dark bass pokes through. The track takes on a very percussion focused drive that produces flowing rhythms with very cool sequences. Expertly crafted track indeed which ebbs closer to techno with a progressive edge.
To commemorate the 10th and last release from the “Black Catalog”, we deliver a proper club house remix pack from the previous “Free EP” by Simone Girau and Dario Girau. The head of this honor is the label head manager, “Fragoso”.
About the release itself, in the ‘Lisbon’ Main Remix, Fragoso brings us a funky but dark well defined mass of groove filled with FM LFO’ed synths all around, that in conjunction with the vocal section and a typical 90’s house style lead turn what is already an outraged groove into a groundbreaking twisted travel.
To fill the pack “Fragoso” made the ‘Lisbon’ Deep Remix which drives all the concept into a deep journey. As soon you start listening it, you will realize that is all about dig, dig, dig! Its mental without losing any funky and twisted character. If you seek for a proper mind breaking experience, this is what you need!