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Belgian producer Jimmy Galle teams up with Dimitrius for their “F_ck EP”, a solid two track cut with lots of deep tech flavour.
“F_ck” intros with a chunky low end thump on the kick, the hats are toned down to give the kick prominence and this works brilliantly. The bass is almost secondary to the resonance from the kick and together they are a powerful force. Vocals sample filter through and some top notch FX add great detail on this track. The break descends into a surreal moment with a dark and eerie feeling, brilliant stuff from this duo.
“Just A Dream” gives us a tight arrangement and more of those quality kicks with the percussions taking a back seat to make way for the stunning FX work. Very surreal in parts with strong rising strings and melancholic pianos. One for the darker sets and one that will raise a few eyebrows.
The very busy Van Czar is back to Eyepatch with another stomping deep house cut entitled “Mon Reve”. The track is backed up with two top notch remixes and proves yet again that when it come to quality then Van is your man.
The original is any deep house fans dream. The intro has a big room feel with a reverbed kick and sharp hat setting off the groove brilliantly, cool vocals fade in and give off a club bar atmosphere while a very simple bass adds huge weight to the sound. Classy, filtered deep house chords are accompanied by a plucky string. On the break the bass takes over alongside a soulful vocal which is the icing on the cake for a truly fantastic cut.
Israeli born Ittai Barkai returns to Eyepatch and is first up to remix duties, big chunky kicks are matched with a wonderfully deep bassline which is both smooth and edgy. Cool percs provide a steady rhythm and very subtle guitars keeps the groove moving. The break goes deeper with some amazing long synths before getting right back into this party rocking vibe, top stuff.
The ever impressive Solartoff gives us his Modulare Remix. A much more upbeat vibe is garnered through brighter sounds, cool bouncy bass and sharp synth stabs are contrasted with a deeper organ sound. The kicks and percussions give off a flowing rhythm which will have any booty shaking. A fun track indeed which will be a welcome addition to any set.
Ukrainian producer Yaroslav Lenzyak aka Pozitive returns with a quality two track release entitled “Colibri”. Pozitive is rising fast on the international circuit and he delivers his sounds using many different hardware synths and controllers to great effect.
The title track “Colibri” intros with a dark vibe manifested in the deep thud on the kicks and deep bass drone. Very subtle percussions begin to work their way into the sound while a melancholic plinky piano sound comes through. The track continues to build and a real cool deep prog groove ensues. On the way we are treated to an awesome surreal melody and some stunning pad work, great stuff!
“In The Sky” takes a slightly different route on the intro with a much more techy approach. Cool bright sounds work well together before a tight kick comes in along with a superb analogue style bass. Plenty of FX here that fits perfectly in the sound and as we continue the track begins to become much more progressive with a brilliant melody. The bass transforms into a warm lush affair and on the break we are in full prog mode leading up to a fantastic climax and then right back into the groove, very cool sounds perfect for any playlist.
Plasm debuts on Elemental with a surreal journey through the world of chilled vibes and downtempo beats.
“Weddell” intros with lush pads that sweep through your senses, minimal percussion begin show with distant conversations in the background. A rich bass pops out of nowhere and instantly you get hooked into the vibe. Superbly arranged beats are the perfect addition to this stunning work and this track will be a must for those sunrises or sunsets during these summer months.
Mars Attacks returns with Volume 6 packed with progressive goodness from four top class artists.
First up is DJK aka Kevin Miller with “Trust In Me”. This is Kevin’s third time appearing on Mars Attacks which is a testament to the awesome talent from this UK based producer. This track intros with a solid kick and hat combi, a subtle bassline fades in as the track builds. The track takes on a laidback approach with some super cool synth chords providing the main focus alongside a few nice FX lines and retro vocal samples, very nice.
Eprome Inc returns to the Bonzai stable, after his 2009 release on Nemesis, with “Bathsheba”. A nice kick and clap intro, with a distant melodic arp filling in the background, is accompanied by cool effects and short vocal samples. The drop brings the track to life with a huge, gritty progressive bassline. Throughout the track some real cool, almost retro sounding stabs ease us between parts, while on the break expertly crafted synth work takes us back to this solid prog groove.
John Scott’s “Summer Rains” is up next and takes on a bit of a deeper progressive vibe. Warm lush bass and pads provide the intro with top quality FX work taking us to the main groove in style. The kick drops and this tune takes off on a hypnotic ride through progressive heaven. Super tight arrangement with a lot of punch here as the very subtle melodies slowly build up to a satisfying climax.
Lastly we have Jesse Mairo and “Andromeda”, a much more upbeat prog house vibe is evident here with the bassline standing out very well over an array of melodic sequences and sweeping pads. The drum arrangement is a bouncy affair that will get any floor shakin’ and ass groovin’. Some very nice synth work on this and a track that is for sure a must for any DJ bag.
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Second volume of this year Ibiza compilation on Bonzai Progressive comes with original tracks and remixes by Mindgamers, Florian Meindl, R.O.N.N., James Hopkins, Oz Romita, Lyle Quach, AngelLopez, Filth & Splendour, Beckers, Alex Satry, Ecco, James Harcourt, Time Sneath, Agrande, Chris Domingo, Yanysh, Poison Pro, Mylan, Joal, Chrono, Ascaloon, Crystal Symphony, MC Johnny Def, Kini Rao, Re Dupre, Rod B. & Angelo Fracalanza, Gabriel Ben, Ed Whitty, Redraft Memories, Danny Murphy, Samoratev, Audio Noir, Sonsez and Pierre Zamyatin.
Long time friends and studio partners Airwave & DJ Fire aka Laurent Veronnez and Jurgen Leyers have come together once again to bring us what can only be described as a “pure trance experience” with their new single “Kabalash”. The guys have a long standing history as collaborators and brought us many magical moments as Fire & Ice, here they bring the true force of trance back from the ashes which is sure to get the floors bouncing. “Kabalash” is taken from Airwave’s superb double album “Parallel Lines”.
The original mix lives up to our expectations when we hear this duo together. The intro is sublime as a reverbed kick drum fills the spectrum with a classy little bongo roll taking us up the levels. The track builds beautifully with quality melodic sequences coming together and subtle teasers of what’s to come. The break is something to behold as we are taken on an ethnic themed journey with some fantastic Eastern flavours, and the track thunders back to a solid trance groove in style that will have any floor pumping. Something very special here and a track that is sure to be on a lot of playlists.
Producer Van Bellen aka Yoogie takes us on a trip down prog memory lane with an eclectic take on the original. Cool, steady, solid rhythms are evident through a tight drum arrangement. The bassline gives off a retro vibe and brings back a time when trance was so powerful in its simplicity. Stunning melodies are built with sweeping pads and beautiful soundscapes that fit the sound so perfectly while the break brings out the main hook in all its glory. Hypnotic, euphoric deep progressive grooves that will force you to listen again and again!
Next up for remix duties is Kintar aka Jonatan Tesei. Kintar is synonymous with progressive house-trance and his own particular blend of ethically charged mystic vibes. He is a hugely acclaimed artist and DJ worldwide and he is in great demand for remixes and gigs alike. He founded the label Sudam and runs a monthly radioshow on Frisky called Sudam World. Here we see Kintar deliver his distinct sound on the remix with a deep progressive, hypnotic groove. Very subtle intro with a little percussion as the layers begin to take shape, an ethic flute brings the melody with tight kicks fading in and exploding into a full on prog fest with a stunning bassline. The arrangement spits out lots of quality percs and FX as the melody eases through, an acid type loop sits well on top of this track and on the break an understated build up has a huge effect as we kick back to the main track, superb stuff.
Fresh off the back of his last release on BP “Flying Fortress” LoQuai aka Konstantin Alt is on the remix next with his Tribal Shout Remix. Classic kick intro soon progresses into a full on tribal experience, stunning tabla and bongo combinations sit on a very effective deep bassline. The ethnic theme still runs here and the melodies are very much a huge part of this. Tension builds with huge risers taking us through to an awesome break and then right back to a tribal groove.
Dimitry gets his shuffle on once again with his next three track release “The What If Device”. His last few releases came out of the home of deep house, Piston Recordings, today he returns to Eyepatch with more of his quality deep vibes.
First up is the title track “The What If Device”, the intro has a tight kick and crisp modulated hats with a classic vocal sample making an appearance. The chunky bassline comes through and deep house chords add texture with lots of vocal samples adding flavour. Another fine example of deepness that will fill a lot of boxes.
“Need Ya Babe” kicks off with a heavy bass drum and filtered synths meandering through the arrangement. Super sharp percussions are a cool contrast here with a great vocal throughout taking the tune up a notch. The track breaks down midway with that vocal standing out beautifully alongside the chords. Sublime stuff yet again from Dimitry.
“With Out You” showcases Dimitry’s talents on arrangement, the kicks and percussions give off a bouncy vibe with the hats being prominent. Nice high pitched strings and the blippy bassline work well together. A superb vocal dominates the break as a phased type synth brings up the rear. Top stuff for the deep house floors.
SRUR label boss Oz Romita is back with a superb three tracker, “Get Us Funky EP”. As usual Oz remains very busy with gigging, producing and running the label.
“Get Us Funky” starts us off, a real cool laidback funky little number. The intro gives off a nice fresh vibe with bright hats and a proper thud on the kick with percussions building a smooth rhythm, a tight arrangement. The bass lifts the track off, such a simple and very effective riff with a lush groove. The funkness comes into this track through the guitars, again a very simple riff that has a big impact, top notch stuff.
“Burning” is up next and the tempo rises along with it. Nice bouncy vibe on the intro with the synth in the offset, cool and sharp hats alongside the kicks provide a steady rhythm here as we build up to an awesome techno groove. Lots of percussion makes its way into the sound throughout, overall a very fun track that would sit well in any set.
“Foreign Drums” is a masterclass in arrangement, a myriad of sounds and in particular percussions, all come together beautifully inside a strong tech fuelled groove. As this track progresses it becomes hypnotising and later on some surreal synths add a new layer to the sound, superb stuff.
THiN debuts on Basiks with a quite sublime tech house with a hint of progressive vibes.
“Interface” is one of those tracks that grabs you and holds you for the duration. Muted kicks intro with a superb deep low end bass tone that just blows your mind. The tech oozes from this sound but it does give off some progressive flavour due to the BPM’s. Very well crafted FX tie the track up nicely and for sure this is one for the tougher sets.
“Nespressure” is a stark contrast to the other track on this release, raw, organic vibes are evident with a very metallic feeling coming through with the percussions. A monster kick gives the track a cool bounce and the synth work and FX are top notch. Super deep bassline works brilliantly and on the break things take a twist before getting right down to a deep tech groove.