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Michael Foiou aka Michael Berklin is a producer and DJ based in Cyprus and here we see his Eyepatch debut with a superb two track EP entitled “S.O.P.A.”. Michael has always loved to explore music and he got his first synthesiser at the age of just 12. After meeting film composer Mario Christophorou (Christopher Breeze) he found himself on the path of electronica and has played with many genres. With releases on many top progressive and trance labels we see a change of direction into deep house and tech.
The title track is a real deep tech monster with a solid and strong groove carved out by the expert arrangements on percussion and drums. A wonderful deep bass sits behind a mesmerizing continuous synth note, this provides the main focus of the track and a perfect tool for any late night party.
“Do Not Cover” continues the deep dark theme for this EP with a bit more attention to the many percussive instruments on offer. Again we see a brilliant bassline keep us in the deeper realms of house while the hypnotising synth work will keep your body flowing, superb stuff.
Mexico based Ricardo Medina aka Redraft Memories returns to Bonzai with his “Traveller EP”. Ricardo has had many releases on different labels and has also released on Bonzai Progressive and Green Martian with his works also being snapped up to appear on top compilations.
The original mix takes us on a cool sophisticated journey through the world of deep tech. The bassline is so deep you will literally quake. Nice solid groove with a rhythmic percussion section and minimal synth work all make for a very handy tool indeed.
Mario Foksa aka Foxa returns for remix duty after his well received “Medicine EP” on Basiks with his Goes Travel Mix. Slightly tougher edge to this one with chunkier kicks and much more brilliant FX work. The bass is another monster here and really comes to life on the break, brilliant stuff.
Netherlands native Sander Bongertman returns to Bonzai with his remix. Sander has had a couple of other remixes through Basiks and Progressive as well as many other releases for other labels. This track goes all out tech, cool chunky kicks and sharp hats lead us up to the superb bass which becomes the main event here. Loads of quality percussions and FX doing the rounds which will make this a firm favourite!
Kevin is a very popular figure around the Bonzai offices and we are delighted to have received this new release, a stomping progressive two tracker that we know will be a big floor hit.
The title “Fear” starts us off very subtly before a thumping bass crashes through along with some minimal percussive elements and a kick drum that teases throughout. Some real nice pads and stabs provide an epic feel while the FX on offer are top notch. This one is a builder and as the journey unfolds we are left in the midst of a true, proper progressive groove.
The much more melodic in nature “Mururoa” takes us to a different side of prog, hypnotic rhythms, vocals and upbeat melodies all make for a cool trip across this spectrum. The overall groove is quite laidback but this definitely has a huge punch and will perform well in any set.
Nicolas Luquet aka Luke Kay is a graphic designer, sound designer, sound engineer, and film composer. After he developed his technical skills and knowledge in a “do it yourself” philosophy, he founded the electronic music band Give Me A Kiss which was appreciated for their gigs as they always synchronized with videos.
They became famous on the internet after winning the Remix Popular Computer Contest organized by the record labels Rise and Kitsune. Luke has also worked on a few French movie scores and today he makes his Elemental and debut along with a little help from the talents of Aurelia Mengin with his “Chromatic EP”. This EP was inspired by Luke’s recent stay on a remote island.
“Ekei Memona” is a trippy kaleidoscope of sound design with a very sensual vocal over a gritty and grungy drum arrangement, the heavily filtered synths add an extra layer to this already enthralling vibe, top stuff.
“Memento” is in total contrast to the previous track with a toy box melody and a subtly innocent vocal, very uplifting and euphoric feeling also, especially with the beats and a cool rolling bassline giving that feel-good-factor.
Lastly we have “Rush” which takes us back to the gritty organic type vibe, very raw melodies are matched perfectly with the breaks and the vocal samples, a huge in your face bass will for sure get the ass shakin!
Mathie Delois debuts on Green Martian with the superb “Direct Force EP”. Mathies started to produce his own music in 2004 and releases his very first EP back in 2006, which brought him the title of best producer of the month at the end of the year and an appearance on the front page on the website Fiber Online.
The original mix of “Recycled” is one of those tracks that comes around every so often where the sweet spot has been nailed right on the head. Pure progressive flow here with a perfect combination and fusion or sounds and frequencies alike. The track coolly fades in with a subtle kick and synth arp, the bass completely transforms the atmosphere and a warm lush vibe prevails, top, top tune!
The remix provides a fresh approach with much of the original sounds utilised very well in creating a much more uplift in the vibe. Sweet melodies get us started here and a superb synth riff adds weight before the track gets really flowing with the basses taking full control. Another all round straight up prog tune that keeps things on point and sure to be a big hit.
Progressive house-trance stalwarts Sovve and Blufeld team up to deliver an outstanding piece of work in “Lying Low”. The track is backed up with an impressive host of quality remixes that does justice to the original concept in many ways. Both these guys are very busy indeed with numerous releases under their belts and a wealth of remixes to boot.
The original mix is a magical affair filled with super sweet melodies and brilliant throbbing bassline, the tune kicks off in true 4 to the floor style with the percs building up to a cool arrangement. Soon the bassline takes over and an amazing synth-voice becomes the focus with those melodies bringing the vibe together.
Orsenite, which is a side project for Blufeld, delivers the first remix in style. Stripping back the original and exposing a deeper shade to the track. The bassline is a lot more subtle and the melodies sweep in and out, again we here the synth-voice dominate, top notch remix.
A firm favourite at the moment is 06R with his remix, his distinctive promelodic style seeps out of this track and this is a perfect example of an ever increasing sub genre. Total transformation on the original with the voice being the centre piece, much more prominent melodies that continue to build up to something quite euphoric, big club favourite for sure.
Now a veteran in the Bonzai stable, Kevin Vega lends his talents on the remix, a more housey affair ensues with a wall of sound approach. Huge big synths collide to build that wall with a chest pounding bassline. Subtle melodies are evident but the big sound takes over on a stunning mix.
Rishi K drops by for a bit of prog goodness, nice and steady rhythm with the voice sweeping by, good chunky basses blend in with superb synth work while a melody plinks on by. The prog vibe continues to rise throughout and the break reveals a myriad of sounds that combine well, top drawer stuff from Rishi and a big sound for any floor.
The third installment of the Eyepatched series on vinyl is available now!
The sampler comes with four original tracks and remixes from Dimitri Liss, Nasrawi, Wonji, Daniele Kama, Project KF and Crocy.
Now in its third instalment, Eyepatch delves into the vaults to deliver another ram packed exclusive vinyl filled with top quality deep house grooves. Four top class tunes with tracks and remixes from some of the best artists Eyepatch has to offer. A must have for any vinyl junkie and your decks are gonna love it!
First up we journey into the sounds of “Backstage Queen” from Dimitry Liss & Nasrawi, both these guys have appeared on this series before and we just had to get them back again. This track is a deep house groove that grabs you and holds you in its grip for the duration. Sublime deep bass and a well crafted arrangement are held together with a quite brilliant vocal sequence throughout the track.
Daniele Kama’s remix of Wonji’s “Convince Me” is up next with a more tribal feel, lots of bongos doing the rounds and the vocal takes control when in effect. A deep bassline commands throughout and on the break some classic samples are evident, perfect fodder for vinyl and already a firm favourite on the circuit.
The awesome talents of Dimitry Liss gives us his Re-Rub of Project KF’s “Priority Of Night”, and taking things to a deeper level. Cool sharp hats accompanied with a tight kick set up a solid groove. The sounds are arranged brilliantly with a few added vocal samples thrown in, monster tune for any floor.
Crocy’s “Bouquet” carves out a cool groove with a laidback approach to deep tech house. Subtle intro with percussions building the rhythm and the bass shining through for an awesome ride. On the break funky keys make an appearance changing the landscape slightly and then straight back to a solid deep groove, top stuff.
Talinn’s finest Zas & Sanze aka Mindgamers are back with more tripped out prog house vibes with their new track “Once Again” and it comes with a little help from friends Florian Meindl and Electric Bastards on remix duty.
The original is a proper Mindgamers track with crisp, sharp hats and rhythmic percussions over a tight kick. Brilliant piano chords take centre stage here and a truly deep throbbing bass will get any speaker (and ass) shaking. Well placed vocal sample repeats once again and on the break the piano ramps up a notch with super cool strings coming through, one hell of a build up gets us pounding back into the groove, top quality stuff!
First up for remix duties is Florian Meindl with his Shitakusa Remix. Berlin based producer, DJ and sound designer Florian is a hard working artist with many releases and remixes under his belt including on his own label Flash Recordings. With a passion for music he is busy with writing movie soundtracks and has completed his BA at the London College Of Music. Here he applies his skill in style, carving out a straight up prog house groover, nice chunky kicks are in contrast with subtle strings and some very nifty FX and synth work. On the break the bass is boss and the pianos provide for an awesome build up back into this superb flowing track.
Electric Bastards aka Jordan Drieghe and Curt Savage are a Belgium based duo who have lost their souls to music. They are devoted to House beats and like to experiment with genres as Deep, Tech and Progressive House. Here they provide us with a stunning remix which focuses around a brilliant deep bassline throughout. Lots of FX play a part here with tight percussion and drum arrangement creating a steady groove. Cool use of the vocal with brilliant filtering on the piano sample, quality stuff here and sure to be a firm favourite for a lot of jocks.
JR From Dallas (France) and Lurob aka Luis Roberto (San Francisco) join forces to deliver an absolute stomping house fuelled EP. While the guys make their Piston debut with this release they have already a very impressive list of tracks on labels like Tango Recordings and Robsoul Recordings to name just a couple. Both these guys have house music in their bones which enables them to produce such quality, they also DJ regularly playing at amazing house inspired venues all over.
The first track up is “Deep Into”, pure and simple straight up house vibes, cool steady grooves carved up with tight drum and percussion patterns with a very effective synth line throughout. The big focus here would be the use of an all time classic vocal sample which does not disappoint.
“Cigarettes & Frites” is a much more deeper and energetic affair with a solid harder edged kick with sharp and crisp hats accompanying, the percussions are expertly crafted and we also get a top notch bassline. Again we see great use of some spoken vocals that adds flavour to the track, great stuff.
“Acid Mathematics” takes us on a different path with super laidback downtempo breaks with an awesome kick and filled with many FX and some classy sounding deep house synths. Short vocal samples pop up throughout tying the track together nicely.
Popular Dutch producer and remixer The French Connection returns with another absolute stunner of an EP.
“Angels” kicks off with a cracking vocal which leads into a tech house groover filled with super synth shots and a strong percussion arrangement. The bassline provides an upbeat vibe and on the break a brilliant piano is accompanied by more top quality vocals. Something different and something that works so well, expect to see this one get a lot of plays.
“My Style” takes the darker road through tech with a sinister sounding deep bass and even more sinister sounding vocal samples. Smooth drums and percussion give a steady rhythm here and on the break we get more of that fantastic vocal and great FX work. Hypnotising grooves and one for the big floors all over.