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Sounds R Us Recording are gearing up for another, no doubt successful trip, to this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event. Label boss Oz Romita has put together an outstanding package with previously released and exclusive material showcasing the diverse range of styles and many talents of the producers on his labels books.
Ozan Kanik features no less than three times throughout this pack with his first offering being the techno fuelled “Fiction”. This track comes in the shape of a superb remix by the mighty Tom Hades and is bound to cause a stir among many at this year’s parties and beyond.
Dutch DJ and producer Steve Mulder returns to SRUR with a sublime techno cut on his track “Matador”. Steve has a hugely impressive release count across many labels and has worked alongside the world’s top jocks and artists.
Ozan’s next offering is the aptly titled “ADE 2013”, a techno stomper with merciless rhythmic grooves that will certainly have the event patrons looking for more, one to watch here!
Analog Effect aka Dutch duo Jan Boom and Branko Van Hilten are up next with “Plovdiv”. The guys are fresh off the back of their last SRUR outing alongside Jay Junior with “Diffuser EP”. This time around the guys take techno into deeper grooves and come up with a proper banging track, superb stuff.
Ozan’s third contribution is in collaboration with CLN83 on their track “Neat & Clean” which saw great reviews upon release. For this comp the Drumcomplex & Roel Salemink Remix was chosen and it brings with it a darker more sinister techno sound that has a huge effect as it draws you in completely.
Miami based DJ and producer Rod B. is back with his full SRUR release after well received remixes earlier in the year. “24HR Amsterdam” is a classic driving techno groove and just what you’d expect from the highly talented Rod B..
W&DY aka Wendy Wustlich is up next to showcase her diverse skills in production. This time Wendy turns on the progressive house with attitude tap and what we get is the stunning “Heartbeat” which will for sure get those pulses racing!
Label head honcho Oz thumps out a fantastic deep house joint on his track “Changes”. Oz has a brilliant and unique way of injecting energy into his sounds and here is no different, yes it’s deep house and yes it’s full of energy which is what we like!
Finishing off this amazing pack is the talented duo of M.R.T.N AKA Sthlm Beat and Pomp with “Behind The Iron Curtain”. Massive techno sound on the with a harder edge groove, a track that will have the floors at ADE bouncing for sure.
Bonzai favourite Crocy teams up with stunning Canadian vocalist Ashley Berndt for “Cry”. Ashley has a very impressive repertoire of vocals, she also creates her own melodies and writes her own lyrics.
“Cry” takes us on a beautiful progressive journey, on the intro the kick and percussion arrangement builds up a superbly deep and laidback bass groove with deep rooted piano chords making a show. High pitched strings and pads take us through to the drop where the sultry vocals appear with melancholic flavour. The vocals paint a stunning picture while the melodies in the music will take you right into the story, what a great collaboration and no doubt will be well received.
Next up is “Recht” with another laidback approach to the progressive house sound. Tight drum arrangement sits over subtle percussions that build up a nice flowing rhythmic vibe. In contrast the deep bass transforms from soft and rounded into tough and gritty effortlessly and this adds a strong dynamic. The break throws out a strange melody as that gritty bass lurks behind, superb stuff from this darkly groove!
Beat Maniacs aka Petar Bogojevic and Nikola Radivojevic debut on Bonzai with “Messine” which comes with two top class remixes. Petar attended music school and played guitar while Nikola is influenced by the earlier pioneers of the electronic sound. In 2010 the guys released their first single and have appeared on labels like Balkan Connection, Chibar Records and more.
The Original Mix is a sublime slice of prog, the understated intro bursts into a tripped out ride with hypnotic beats and constant droning synths which is contrasted by some classic strings. The bassline is a hugely powerful part of the track that commands throughout. Wispy vocals are a perfect addition to this top notch groove.
Australia’s finest Audio Noir is first up on the remix with his Rekonstruction. Audio Noir is no stranger to Bonzai as his first few tracks have been very well received indeed. Here he applies his own brand of prog with much more punchy workout. Chunky kicks and rising arps make up the intro before the gritty bass takes over. Very strong percussion leads a steady rhythm and the synth works adds a melodic twist to the sound, great stuff yet again and sure fire hit on many floors.
Kabalo is up next with his remix. Kabalo’s last track “Waiting For You” gained much support and this remix will no doubt follow that up well. Nice melodic intro with the rich vocal sets up the scene beautifully with subtle kicks giving way to the targeted synths and pads, this provides the perfect build up and as the track gets into full swing the kicks get beefed up with the intensity of the pads coming through. A superb almost acidic bassline meanders along creating a very diverse sounding groove, superb stuff!
Russian DJ and producer Valeria Croft is back at Piston with a fine slab of deep house goodness. “Singular/Plural” is her follow up to the collaboration with Lights Electronika which gained support from all quarters.
“Singular” gets us into gear with a smooth grooving deep house vibe. The intro boasts a nice chunky kick with a cool housey synth and percussions build up gently to form a funky rhythm. The bass is minimal here which gives the track a lot of character with vocal samples adding contrast. Very cool track and expertly crafted, great stuff.
“Plural” goes a little deeper and grittier with a much more organic sound. Heavy kicks and crisp hats are the base for a strong and steady rhythmic groove. The bassline takes centre stage as it bounces along with stunning chords providing that house feeling. Again we see vocals applied to the sound beautifully and high pitched strings give a new insight to the track. Top stuff here and a sure fire hit for those deeper sets.
Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro debuts on Basiks with his “Revival EP”. Petro is Belgium based DJ and producer, he was strongly influenced by early Hip Hop and Big Beat sounds. After studying at SAE in Brussels he gained the required skills in audio production and after listening to the likes of Armand Van Helden and Junior Jack, he decided to start into creating house beats. Since then he has appeared on labels like Dash Deep Recordings and Gam Recordings.
“Revival” is a fine slice of tech fuelled beats, the kicks have a well rounded punch and the offset bass has a shattering, pulsating rhythm. The percussions build up the sound brilliantly and on the break some expert work is applied to FX on the vocal samples. Very strong groove that would be a welcome addition in any techno set.
“Identity” gets right into techno mode from the get go. Chunky kicks and prominent percussion make up a solid flowing rhythm. The bassline goes way deep exuding a lot of power in the process while the FX work has a massive impact on the sound. A hypnotic groover from start to finish!
Jakhira returns with another slab of fine house grooves on his “Miracle EP”. Based in Belgium, Jack’s last outing “Heartstrings” gained rave reviews, with much more to come we are excited for the future of this stunning talent.
The title track gets into full on house mode from the off, chunky rhythmic beats with classic house styled synths gets the ass shaking. The bass come through soon after and a brilliant vocal sample keeps the groove flowing. On the break gated pads break through unexpectedly and fill the sound with melody before crashing right back into a strong progressive groove.
“Natacha” takes on a very cool house persona with warm and lush chords sitting over a tight knit drum and percussion section. As the track progresses the layers continue to build with a superb deep bass coming through, the big hitter on this track has got to be the wonderful mixture of classic piano and bright synths on display. A monster groove that will be on a lot of playlists.
Back from his recent stint on SRUR with “Quito” is Italian producer Giorgio Quaranta aka Gforty. Giorgio has enjoyed a raft of releases across many labels including Teggno Records, Bush Records and Repressure Recordings to name a few. His tracks are heavily supported by top jocks all over the world such as Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, Eddie Halliwell and Tom Hades. Here he delivers top quality techno grooves with the two track EP “Sinful Soul” which is backed up with two superb remixes.
First up we have the title track, the intro boasts a full on four to the floor chunky kick and classic hat combo with a deep resonating baseline following through. Sublime housey chords fade in and become the mainstay on the track as a funky little vocal makes an appearance. A very energetic track that will be a feature on many playlists for sure.
Los Angeles based DJ and producer Andy Slate delves into a deeper side of techno with his remix of “Sinful Soul”. The remix incorporates much of the original vibe with the heavy kicks and stunning baseline. A rhythmic percussion section keeps the groove on point while the synths bring out the house element, top notch stuff here and a track for the deeper sets.
Giorgio’s next track on this EP is “I Want Everything”. A massive thumping kick intros the track and the percussions build us up to a funkier rhythm. A fantastic classic styled vocal gets the track moving early on before a superb retro themed riff takes full control of the sound. One to watch here and one that will appeal to many!
Next up we have a quartet of DJ’s and producers Affani, Gunther Robles, Diego Hernandez and Mannilab with their remix. The guys turn out a much more housey affair with a blast of funky rhythms and a brilliant deep throbbing bass. Wonderful synth melodies etch out a classy groove with the vocal adding cool textures. The techno still resides in the this track making this a dynamic offering and a firm favourite in any set.
Debut release on Progrez for producer Ressive with the two tracker “Feel Heaven”.
“Feel Heaven” gets right into prog house mode from the off with a fantastic well rounded kick and cool synth riff. Solid rhythms are steadily built which morph into a superb groove alongside a warm house bass. Arpeggio synths become a big focus as they weave a complex melodic sequence that is always on the rise. Very well crafted and definitely one to watch.
“Varicolored” powers straight into full on mode with a well balanced kick and mashed up with superb percussions. The darkly droning synths create a sinister vibe which contrasts beautifully with the bass and some of the brighter synths, these synths ebb and flow and tease with cool melodies adding a rich dynamic to the sound, top notch grooves.
Zas & Sanze are back with their latest works “Caprioska” which is backed up with two stomping remixes. The Tallinn based dynamic duo continue to churn out quality vibes and they now have a very impressive back catalogue consisting of original material and a ton of remixes.
The Original Mix sets us off with a superbly worked prog groove with tech influences. Beefy kicks and sharp hats provide a steady rhythm accompanied by cool house stabs. The bassline throbs through the track and adds extra weight to the rhythm while a fantastic vocal sample adds a strong texture, another top notch effort!
The first remix comes from Tribal Warriors aka M.I.K.E./Push. As we all know Mike is a very busy guy with DJing and a heavy studio workload but thankfully he has had time to revamp Tribal Warriors as it was one of his popular monikers. Keep an eye out for more TW material in the future. The remix intros with some very cool synth and FX sounds that lead up to a nice rounded kick and crispy hat combo. Lots of tech elements creep through here with the bass taking a dominant role, great use of the vocal here and some fantastic synth work gives this track a huge punch!
Yuriy From Russia provides the next remix, Yuriy has been well received since his first couple of tracks on Bonzai Progressive and Progrez. Here he delivers more of that quality with a well rounded progressive house groove. Nice and steady rhythms are built with minimal percussions and chunky kicks. The big contributor here is that bassline as it meanders through the sound with a warm lush vibe, stabby synths make their mark while on the break a short melodic pad gives way to this thumping prog groove.
Napalm aka Hungarian producer Nanai PalIt and d-phrag aka Bulgarian DJ Ivan Filipov debut on Bonzai Progressive with this two tracker “Boiling Point” which is backed up with a top notch remix. The guys first got together in 2012 and have been creating some outstanding works since then with releases through Balkan Connection, Balkan Connection Tech and OLD SQL Recordings. A very talented duo with a lot to offer, these guys will for sure be ones to watch in the future.
The Original Mix of “Boiling Point” intros with classic hat and clap structure before rising up to a raw sounding synth line, the background effects create a gritty texture to the sound. When the bass drops the track gets into full on progressive flow and its depth will draw you in ever closer. Big sweeping synths are a big focus point with very subtle melodies lurking in the background, superb stuff.
Greek producer Simos Tagias steps up to remix “Boiling Point”. Simos has seen his music appear on Lynx Records, Modu Records and Baroque Records. His album “Shadows From The Past” along with his other releases have gained support from top jocks all over. The remix takes us deep into the progressive vibe with huge soundscapes filled with lush pads and swirling FX. A strong and steady groove with massive appeal that will be a feature among many playlists for sure.
The Redub of the original is a very powerful progressive track which will sit well in any set and will for sure be a firm favourite.
Finally we have “Summanus” which is another fine example of the deeper side of progressive. Very subtle intro builds up to a pulsating bassline with some quality synth work bringing up the rear. Big pads are matched perfectly with expertly crafted FX. The intensity continues to build after the break as the groove drives on through, top stuff.
After the success of the first release on Monog Records, the Spanish duo Iban Montoro and Jazzman Wax are back! Those guys have been making a tremendous job with their music and recently released on labels like Kolour Recordings and Soulman Music. Their name will certainly be on the mouths of everyone in a very near future! This time, their EP on Monog Records goes by the name of “Express EP” and includes two original tracks (Express and Seelf) and an astonishing remix by our well known artist Luis Bravo. All the tracks composing the package have the word Groove written all over it, they are all definitly a dancefloor bomb! No more words needed, just listen and see for yourself!
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.
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.