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Audio Noir continues his run of top quality EP’s with the brilliant four tracker, ‘R3wind’. Each track takes us on a journey through retro sounds that are garnered with a modern twist.
First up we are transported back to ‘1988’ with a supped up ride into breakbeat and classic house grooves. The intro boasts a full on breakbeat vibe with a few vocal samples coming through. We soon get into a 4/4 pattern as a super cool old school bass fills the sound. The breakdown ushers in some nice strings before slamming right back into the sound along with superb retro synth samples that are instantly recognisable. A bit of the old hardcore on Bonzai Progressive which will draw a lot of attention, no doubt.
‘1989’ intros with a cool percussion line alongside a nice and simple synth. Big chunky kicks soon take over and pack a huge punch. A deep resonating bass come in and a driving rhythm ensues. You will connect instantly with the classic vocal sample, and not only that, you will once again remember ’89 as the hoover sounds dominate. So many elements make up this track and even thought the sounds have been given a modern makeover you will relate in a big way, superb stuff.
Classic breaks are the basis of the intro to ‘1990’, and alongside a well crafted percussion section your dancing feet will be moved involuntarily. Phat kicks and crispy hats keep the rhythms flowing alongside a cool synth line and ultra classic vocal samples. The break down has a wonderful hard edged synth that bounces along and takes us back into the main track with a fantastic deep bass in tow. As if we aren’t spoiled enough, in comes an awesome old school piano riff that will blow the roof off any venue!!
We end this brilliant EP with ‘1991’. Massive chunky kicks provide the intro alongside cool FX and shuffling hats. A huge dominating bassline soon takes over and will be enough to shatter any sound system into submission. In the background we get a taste of some very cool vocal samples while up top we have an infectious synth hook which fits the sound perfectly. The track shifts slightly as the bass intensifies bringing in a gated pattern before coming back around to the main sound, just amazing!
Spanish DJ and producer Andres Boned aka Bonetti debuts on Piston with his superb two tracker entitled ‘My House Of Neglect’.
Andre has been attracted to electronic music and clublife from an early age. In 2010 he decided to get into making his own music. He likes to add his own unique twists on Tech House and Deep House so that his sounds can be enjoyed on the beach or in the club at the same time. Since he released his first track in 2011 on iFrominal he has not looked back, a raft of releases and support from around the world has stood him in good stead and will no doubt keep him on track for an exciting future.
First up is the title track ‘My House Of Neglect’ which gets going with a proper house pumping kick and a sharp hat that combine to give a classic feel. The drum arrangement reaches expert levels as cut outs and shuffling grooves keep the rhythms flowing. A cool vocal sample comes through from time to time giving a true deep house texture to the sound. A sublime gated house chord does the most damage here as it shapes the track beautifully while the bass sits back and carries a solid groove throughout.. The vocal comes though more prominent on the break and tells of a dark tale which fits this sound perfectly. Top notch stuff out of Spain here and a must have in those boxes!
‘The Class War’ intros with a superb classic styled thumping kick and crispy hat combi. Proper House keys begin to fade through as a fantastic spoken vocal begins a very cool narrative that reverberates throughout the track. A very subtle yet highly effective bass just sits at the right level and allows the other sounds solid platform to shine. On the break the chords get a makeover as a groovy riff peek in.
Nice and chunky sounds here and definitely not to be missed.
Tirrenia Vibe are Gerardo Cinquegrana & Luigi D’Esposito, the guys make their Eyepatch debut with this sublime effort entitled ‘Night Falls’ which comes packed with three superb remixes. These guys have been around the scene for almost 20 years, they have a hugely impressive back catalogue within many different genres, while here they are digging into Deep House vibes.
The Original Mix intros with a nice punchy kick and a subtle percussion, a beautiful rolling bass drops in and sets the track up perfectly for a truly sublime ride. A cool wispy pad sweeps over the sound before a short break introduces a melancholic piano. The vocal is very classy with some very cool FX work put in and it works so well with that piano. Great stuff and one to watch!
First up on the remix are studio partners David Jarquin and Daniel Cano aka Jarquin & Cano. They got together in 2013 and their similar styles have gelled beautifully. These two are definitely at the forefront of rising talents and are definitely worth watching. The remix gets right into the heart of the original as the vocal is retained in all its glory. Lush and deep chords sit nicely alongside the deep bass which itself gives the track a nice bounce. Tight drums provide steady rhythms making this a very danceable track indeed. Superb stuff from these guys!
The highly impressive Tali Freaks are up next with their Dirtydeep Mix. We haven’t seen Tali Freaks in a while, their last outing, ‘Let Me Be Into House’ was very well received indeed so it’s good to see them back on remix duty. The remix gets straight down to business with a minimal approach as the kicks and low basses go to work. The vocal is used sparingly and this gives it great character and it works perfectly alongside the synths which have a stuttering effect. The break lets loose a sultry piano riff giving the sound a darker edge. Very nice indeed form the guys!
Gaulois returns to EP after his last track ‘Living On The Music’ won praise from all quarters. Here he sets the remix off with a nice chunky kick and pad that sweeps through beautifully. A short break unleashes the bass that rises up from below with a very cool rhythm attached. The vocal is used nicely here and a cool piano is the perfect companion. The main break sees a very cool hook come through which sits nicely in the sound. An all round classy effort and a must for those deep house boxes.
Russian producer Reflection Soul aka Robert Besmaternykh debuts on Green Martian with the superb two tracker ‘Constellation’. Robert has been around the scene for a while now and his productions always ooze quality. He has seen many releases on various labels and no doubt we will be seeing a lot more from this guy.
First up we have the title track ‘Constellation’ which intros with a very cool filtered sound that fades through and leads up to a full on chunky kick and crisp hat combi. In the background the percussions take shape and create a nice flowing rhythm. The big hitter here is that bassline, it bursts into the sound with a purpose and relentlessly dominates throughout with its infectious groove. Nice melodic sequences squeeze into the track and provide a cool contrast to that bass. This is an epic ride through the deeper side of progressive house and is must for those late night sets.
‘Acoustic’ intros with a rhythmic hat sequence before punching through with a nice phat kick. Cool synths begin to form up before the bass shakes the foundations with its deep, almost growling presence. Melodies start to ease through as the layers build and a superb pad sequence sits perfectly in the sound. The break brings the melodic influences to the fore with a vast array of sounds before getting back to the main track. An awesome slice of prog house that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Phat Traktor aka Spanish DJ and producer Jose Vinilo debuts on Progrez with a sublime two tracker entitled ‘Voyage EP’. Jose started out in music at just 15 when he first got into music production after being captivated by the 90’s dance music revolution. His style of music varies and when he DJ’s he likes to be unpredictable while always delivering an explosive set. He has graced the decks with many greats such as John Digweed, James Zabielia, Joris Voorn and more.
First up we have ‘Voyage’ which starts life as a chunky kick with a cool percussion backup creating a flowing rhythmic vibe. Soon a lush bass begins to bubble up from below as faded synth pads drift in and out. Cool FX fills up the sound in all the right places as the groove takes on a hypnotic state that grabs a hold of your senses. The track powers on relentlessly and will be a most welcome addition in any progressive set.
‘Voyage 2.0’ is next and what we get is a merciless ride through the darker side of progressive as phat kicks combine perfectly with a truly deep rooted bass. Very subtle percussions give way to the super low end on this track as swirling pads tease throughout. The groove becomes infectious as the beats charge forward and take hold. An absolute stomper that will have the bass bins shaking and will no doubt be the highlight in many sets.
Dany Cohiba is back at SRUR with his superb track ‘Liquid Cha’ which comes backed up with two stunning remixes.
The Original Mix gets us moving with cool, flowing intro as the kicks and percussion etch out a solid rhythmic patter. A deep bass enters the fray and just sits back perfectly allowing the track to flow while a fantastic retro themed tube sound takes full focus. A typically infectious record from Dany and one that will no doubt get a lot of attention.
SRUR’s own Ozan Kanik is up first with his superb remix. Nice and steady intro with percussions doing all the work before a truly massive kick and phat bass combi take over the sound. Proper full flowing Techno grooves on this one and full of energy to boot. The break adds in some cool FX and a fantastic display of drum arrangement. The tube sound from the original makes a showing and has a stunning impact on the groove. Definitely one to watch here!
JPhilipps & Rod B. debut on SRUR with an absolute stomper of a remix. The guys dig deep and bring out a stunning display of Techno grooves. The remix intros with a smooth bass sound and a nice punchy kick on top. A deeper more tweaked bassline is introduced and a very cool array of percussions give the track a rhythmic vibe. A perfect addition to those deeper Tech sets that is not to be missed.
Portuguese producer 2tan returns to Elements Records with the stunning ‘South Of Heaven EP’. His last outing ‘Aokigahara’ proved popular among the deep and dark fraternity and there can be no doubt we are in for a real treat here again.
Kicking us off is the original mix of ‘1st Circle’ which intros with a darkly theme and sets the mood beautifully for this ride. A deep bass drone encapsulates the sound while all around we have very cool FX the ebb and flow throughout. Just when you think that sub bass will fade out it comes back and keeps hold. A very smooth arrangement on the drums and percussions, quite subtle, nicely padded kicks and basic hat patterns make for a smooth ride. The break releases more of that bass and then suddenly an infectious plucky bass crops up transforming the vibe brilliantly. Awesome stuff!
Next up is the original mix of ‘6th Circle’. The track comes at us with a tough layered kick and a deep sub bass coming up from below. Brilliantly arranged FX work provide a big focus to the track but this is secondary to the real deep and dark theme running through. A gritty workout ensues and the sound takes leap as a much more prominent bass sound takes over. The break offers up a wall of white noise that rises on its way to the kick back and on the way it picks up a brilliant bass sequence. Top notch stuff yet again!
The original mix of ‘Curse Of Apollo’ intros with a beautiful bubbling effect on the sound, you get the sense of the sound rising up from the depths. Nice deep vibe running through with plenty of cool FX to keep the ears trained. A hypnotic synth line plays out and becomes a major focus within the track as an ever shifting drum arrangement keeps up a solid rhythm. The bass pulsates from the deep and keeps that dark them alive. The break leads us into a new path as the sound transforms superbly into something unexpected. The cool vocal samples are a nice addition to this relentless dark groover.
‘6th Circle’ is given the remix treatment by PH Zero and what a fantastic bit of work it is. The intro sets off with a superb arp that leads us into a full on stomper as chunky kicks and smooth percussions come into play. A deeper bass runs throughout as the arp transforms itself into many shapes. A nice big stab makes a show from time to time and blends well. Super tight arrangements keep the groove solid and on the break we get more of that big stab as it takes us back into the main track, stunning remix that is not to be missed.
‘1st Circle’ gets a remix from Aqob and takes the track on a very smooth journey. Cool robotic voice intro that leads to a chunky kick with a sweeping string in behind. A truly awesome deep, lush bass runs so smoothly through the sound that you will be forced to get up and dance. Percussions begin to layer in the structure and the rhythms begin to form beautifully into a solid groover. As the track progresses the arrangement becomes intricate with the additional patterns that really give a boost. The break descends into a simple arp and string combo before that beautiful big kick and bass come powering back. A definite must have track for your deeper sets, you will not be disappointed.
Matan Caspi delivers his stunning ‘Just Let Go’ which is backed up with three superb remixes from Audio Noir, Mindgamers and deepAlexander. Matin’s last outing was at the start of 2014 with the wonderful ‘I Wanna’ which saw a lot of support from all over.
First up we have the Original Mix which intros with super crispy hats that gets right up in your face as a nice chunky kick leads into a deep lush bass that comes through to balance things out beautifully. Cool vocal samples dash in and out of the sound adding a nice flow to the vibe. On the break a smooth synth arrangement takes over adding a hint of melody that gives off a contrasting groove, top notch from Matin yet again.
Tallinn based DJing and production duo Mindgamers are first up on remix duty. The guys have been enjoying a lot of attention for their works as their own productions as well as remixes are being picked up all over the world and featuring heavily in many sets and radioshows. Here the guys do what they do best, rock the joint! Right from the off the grooves are infectious, thumpy kicks and a sharp hi hat sequence are the perfect combination. The vocal samples off the original are used well and that bass just teases and teases. Stabby synths bring in a cool vibe and on the break we see these take full control before slamming right back into the main track to continue on this epic progressive house ride!
Audio Noir is up next and yet again he does not disappoint. His remix, Another Audio Noir Trip, is quite simply stunning. He has a way of taking a track and transforming it into something fresh and different while keeping true to the original. Nice whispered vocal on the intro which leads into a cool kick and a sublime percussion arrangement with some fantastic vocal samples over the top. The groove builds and builds before exploding into an analog fuelled, bass driven monster. Quite an energetic vibe off this as the layers build around the track culminating with a superb vibrant synth. Brilliant stuff out of Australia and not to be missed!
deepAlexander aka Sasa Skrobar rounds up the remixes with his stunning take. Sasa’s last release ‘Midnight Launch’ was well received and is a testament to the skills on offer. Big chunky kicks get us going with expertly tweaked vocal samples and fading synths sitting in the background. A cool rhythmic groove is built with the introduction of some great percussion patterns. The track takes a funky turn as a deep throbbing bass is brought forward together with a catchy, soulful vocal. The track is totally driven by that classy bass which has so much character as it binds the track together beautifully. Top stuff and a track you will want in your collection!
Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax aka Ivan Delgado and Christian Gomez are a DJ and production duo from Spain, the guys are debuting on Piston with this fantastic two tracker ‘In Da House’.
The guys are responsible for a huge amount of releases across many top labels including Susurruous Music, King Street, Soulman, Monog Records and Tip Tap Records to name just a small few. They have a dynamic partnership and their styles mix together very well, they both use as much of the classic analog sound as they can in their works, especially TR-909 and 808 as they try to bring a bit of classic Chicago House into the modern era.
The title track ‘In Da House’ sets us off on a truly sublime deep and groovy journey, the intro boasts a cool percussion line that is soon joined by a nice and full chunky kick that just takes over the sound. A deep rooted bass begins to form as the drum arrangement goes into full effect creating a solid rhythmic base. Warm keys come into play alongside a low and slow vocal sample which really stands out. The break reveals more of those surreal chords while continuing the percussion led theme of the track. Top stuff and a cert to draw a lot of attention.
‘Too Much’ goes into groovy overdrive and does it in style. Nice and steady intro with the kicks and percussions, a few very cool vocal samples come in the form of a sultry female voice and smooth male voice making for a fantastic contrast. The house keys on show are outstanding as they weave out a groovy pattern that takes over the track superbly as the bass sits in the perfect position.
A straight up in your face House stomper that will no doubt light up many floors!
Belgian DJ and producer Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro is back at Basiks with his superb four tracker, ‘Side Effects EP’. His last outing saw a fantastic remix on Tribal Warriors’, ‘New York To Ibiza’.
First up we have the powerful bass driven ‘Protocol’ that comes out of the blocks with a full on in your face throbbing bass and phat kick combi and contrasted with subtle sharp hat. Well placed percussions ease their way into the sound with a few white noise FX thrown in, but it’s that monster bass that dominates throughout. Perfect ammo for those darker rooms and a track that will blow you away!
‘Vital Signs’ sets of with punchy kicks and crispy hats alongside a deep pulsating bass. Cool FX find a space in the track as the groove evolves with the introduction of cool synth. A short respite from the bass allows you to get ready for the next round resulting in a proper slice of driving Techno that will invade your senses and take full control.
‘Immunity’ goes straight for the jugular from the outset as a gritty bass is unleashed with a nice and chunky kick as backup. Cool rhythms are borne out of the well crafted hats and percussion arrangement as the track powers through. Nice and simple one shot synths are the perfect partner to this solid bass driven Techno cut.
The title track ‘Side Effects’ rounds up this superb EP. Snappy kicks and a deep resonating bass get us moving alongside a very cool percussion arrangement. The bass holds a steady groove as it drives on throughout the sound. The break focuses on the percussions before slamming us right back into this full on pumping Techno beat!
Canadian DJ and producer Onez!e debuts on Green Martian with his superb ‘This Is Dream’ which is complimented by two superb remixes. He started producing music since early 2012 and has already been signed music to industry standard labels, showcased on radio shows, and played live in clubs across the world. He has discovered a captivating, non-commercial sound, a mixture of Progressive, Techno, and House music which makes for exciting listening that will no doubt appeal to many.
The Original mix intros with a subtle percussive element that intensifies and leads up to a nice punchy kick as a sweet pad forms in the background. The soon comes through and adds a huge depth to the sound which works so well. Sweeping melodies materialise resulting in a fluent smooth groove that hypnotises the mind. The break unleashes a swathe of melody along with a very cool vocal that works to intensify the hypnotic groove. Fantastic debut and one to watch!
Russian producer EmLab returns to GM on remix duty after his stunning ‘Sirenes’ which was well received from all quarters. Here he ramps up the energy as a driving bassline takes full control. Beautifully layered sounds combine well and the drum section adds a flowing rhythm. On the break a myriad of melodies produce a dreamy atmosphere as the sublime spoken vocal gets into your very soul. The track kicks back with a surprising gritty synth line that adds a cool twist to the sound. A definite must for those uplifting progressive sets!
Horizons aka DJ Shy delivers his stunning Horizons Sunset Remix. Smooth intro with layered pads creating an ethereal vibe as the vocal comes through adding a nice touch. A superb melodic arp finds its way into the track as phat kicks and well crafted percussions build up the rhythms. The bass sits perfectly on the lower end and soon becomes a true force within the sound as it performs its magic. On the break the track really takes off as the melodies intensify before slamming right back into a full on uplifting progressive stomper. A must have for any box and an absolute joy to listen to.
It’s been a while since we heard from Vechigen here at Elemental. This Swiss based artistic group specialise in super chilled vibes as you will have noticed on their late 2013 release ‘Melbourne’.
First up we are transported into a world of pure bliss with the title track ‘Tell No One’. Subtle intro as a smooth string etches out a warm feeling alongside a bright piano melody before descending into near silence. Just when you don’t expect it a beautifully worked sequence appears filled with soft tones and a wonderful downtempo drum arrangement that will lighten your mood infectiously.
‘Running Through A Forest’ intros with a slow and deep pad, very subtle percussions come through before those pads begin to rise with a euphoric air. A melancholic piano takes over the track and is in perfect harmony with the pads resulting in a truly surreal experience. Big and brash drums come to the fore unexpectedly creating a stark contrast that works brilliantly, simply stunning!
Soft Knees aka Finnish duo Antti Mantysaari and Jarno Kilpia are back to BP with ‘Reflexion’. The guys’ last outing ‘Couchclocking’ gained support from many quarters and here we will no doubt be treated to more of the same.
The Original Mix sets off with a nicely tweaked kick with cool clip on the top, these beats set the scene beautifully and are soon followed by a bubbly bassline that controls the low end with ease. Sweeping synths make a show and become a big feature of the sound as they tease out a cool melody. The rhythms really let loose with the aid of some tight drum patterns while on the break things whittle down to just those sweepy synths and some stunning acid lines. Superb progressive house sounds that will do well on any floor.
The ever popular Kevin Vega steps up to remix duty first. Kevin is fresh off the back of his stunning ‘Andromeda’ which marked his return to BP after a short break. Here he pulls out all the stops once more to deliver s surreal slice of progressive goodness. The intro boasts a dominating percussion section alongside a nice and chunky kick, this sets up the groove perfectly as the rhythms slowly unwind at the start of this epic ride. Subtle pads begin to fade through and bring with them a hint of melody making you want more. The bass shatters into the sound and transforms the track so beautifully giving it that real progressive edge. A story is to be told in the ever evolving melodies and that makes this track a truly awesome listening experience, top notch yet again!
UK based Cordoba aka Lloyd Trimmer gives us his remix and what a job this guy does yet again. Lloyd’s latest track ‘Surface’ has been performing extremely well on the circuit and on download portals, this is a testament to the quality on offer from a talented producer. Here the remix intros with a full on progressive flavour, chunky kicks and crispy hats provide a solid platform for hypnotic synths and a superb rolling bassline which becomes infectious after just a short time. The break focuses on stabby synths with the bass rising up from the depths to take us back into this absolutely stunning slice, a must for any box!
Smok debuts on Bonzai Progressive with his remix and what an impression he makes. The track intros with a cool deep flavour as chunky kicks pump out a lush groove. Smooth deep synth stabs are the perfect companion for the plucky bass, the bass itself is a real groovy affair which will have you on the dancefloor pronto! Tight drum arrangements provide for a solid and steady rhythmic feel and on the break this continues with some nice percussion alongside a cool funky element. Top stuff for this guys debut and a must for those groovier progressive sets.
Italian DJ and producer Luigi De Santis aka GgDeX debuts on Piston with his two tracker ‘Put The Needle’. Luigi started out in 2001 when he began mixing his LP collection which soon got him a good reputation as he was asked to perform at various parties. His sets take on various guises while always focusing on rhythms and nuances, he likes to get into the deeper and tech side of House. In 2007 he got his first release on Fahrenheit Music with help from his close friend Mario Piu. Many more releases followed across multiple labels with much more to come for sure.
First up is ‘Put The Needle’ which intros with cool and crisp hats with a short vocal sample coming through. Big and chunky kicks set the track off brilliantly before a big and brash bass takes over. The sound takes on a true deep tech vibe as the bass works its magic alongside some very smooth chords and plucky riffs. On the break the chords get an overhaul as they weave out a groovy hook before the track slams right back into the main track. Top stuff out of Italy and not to be missed.
‘Blue Garage’ is up next with a nice and crispy intro as percussions build up a flowing rhythm with the help of a phat kick. A superb deep pulsating bass takes over the sound and lies in perfect harmony with the drum section. Groovy vocal samples add cool textures to the sound as a funky synth teases on the outskirts. Full on deep tech vibes here and a definite must for those bouncier floors!
Eat Dust is the name behind the newest EP from Monog Records. “Portrait Illusions” is his debut ep with us and it’s guaranteed that this will be the beginning of a relationship for life!
Eat Dust aka Mario Silva, is an artist from Lisbon that since 2002 has been gaining his own space in the Portuguese dance scene leading him to a residence in one of the most mythical clubs in Lisbon, Alcântara Club. “Portraits Illusions EP” is made of three original tracks with a very dark, obscure feeling. “The Girl Next Door” is a very groovy, and powerful track, very capable of putting any dance floor on fire.
On the other side, “Portraits Illusions”, the track responsible for the name of this ep, is a much more intimist, dark and mental track. A lot of small details here and there, a dub techno fingerprint and an ambience that will send your mind into a dark parallel world. “Natural Flavour” it’s the closing track of this ep and sums up the essence of Eat Dust as a producer: Again a dark feeling, lots of details and a very groovy and addictive rhythm.
Enough of talking, just have a listen and see for yourself!