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Chilean DJ and producer Diego Herrera returns to BB with the superb ‘Middle Earth EP’. His last outing ‘Afterhour’ gained much attention as he delivers a full on deep tech experience. This EP covers two tracks plus a brilliant remix.
The Original Mix of ‘Middle Earth’ gets right into tech grooves from the off with a snappy kick, crisp hat and some deep throbbing basses. Cool rhythms are the result of this arrangement with some raw, almost industrial sounds creeping in. This is evident on the break, sublime organic sounds are merged brilliantly with some vocals that give the track an even darker edge, top notch yet again from Diego.
Buenos Aires based DJ and producer Rodrigo Estevez offers up a wonderful remix on ‘Middle Earth. Rodrigo has begun releasing his own material through labels like Mismatch Music and Power Beat Records since late 2013, definitely one to watch here. The remix gives us a cool 4 x 4 groove with a tight arrangement on the drums and percs which makes for smooth rhythmic vibes. Nice depth on the bass as it powers through the track drawing lots of attention. The original vocals are used well throughout this full on tech workout.
Diego’s next track is ‘Raw Wax’, the intro boasts a sharp hat and muted kick combo with a fantastic arp rising up alongside. Before you know it, after a short break the track explodes with a superb bouncy rhythm which is formed by some expert arrangement. The bass is the big hitter as it bubbles up from below, the bass is complimented by some outstanding construction on the kicks and percussions giving off a nice techno bounce. The track trudges on relentlessly as the groove fully takes control, simply stunning stuff!
Columbian music production duo Nicolas Agudelo and Lonely Sun mark their Green Martian debut with the fantastic two tracker ‘Aurora Storm’. The guys got together in 2013 and they both brought their own skills to the table. Nicolas Agudelo is one of Colombia’s most promising electronic artists, his diverse, elaborate releases are supported by major DJ’s as well as underground DJ’s all around the world. Lonely Sun aka Daniel Cabrera is an emerging producer from Colombia. Daniel’s love for electronic music started very early in his life while listening to 80s and 90s music, he found he was fascinated by the sounds of the synths and percussions that were proposed at the time. So he studied to become a DJ and also studied electronic music production.
‘Aurora Storm’ is up first and intros with a cool snappy kick and crisp hat combination as a stuttering bass note rolls through. A much richer bassline soon enters the fray as the track settles into a smooth progressive groove. Nice little melodies sit underneath the main sound while lush pads rise over the top. As the sound evolves we are treated to a really cool and mellow break until a grainy, old recording typoe vocal appears builds the track up again to that smooth progressive groove. Top notch stuff!
‘Gossip’ delivers a steadily rising progressive vibe as understated kicks and smooth percussions provide the intro. A bubbling bassline sits back and lets cool synths and warm pads take control of the sound. On the break a sweet melodic sequence takes over with the bass along for the ride before we are taken back into the main track with a subtle yet effective build up. Very smooth and epic journey and a must for any box.
Elements Records delivers its second release with a trio of quality producers who offer three top notch tracks.
First up we have Jonatan Ramonda with ‘Break Glasses’. Jonatan is an Argentinean DJ and producer who has a very impressive list of releases across many labels including, Balkan Connection South America, BIT Records Mexico, Mistique Music and Liquid Grooves just to name a few. The track is a beautifully crafted slice of deep house breaks, a big feature are those chunky kicks that stand out so well and perfectly balanced with some crisp hats. Very cool FX sweep back and forth alongside some nice pads. The bassline rounds up the track brilliantly which will draw a lot of attention, great stuff.
Next up is Portuguese producer 2tan with ‘Aokigahara’. 2tan is a self taught producer with a musical career spanning almost 20 years. He spent 10 of those years perfecting his production style and the results can be found on imprints such as, AU Records, Dark Expressions and Mestiza Records. An almost alien FX led intro gets the track moving before a nice subtle kick takes over with an atmospheric pad also coming through. The FX continue throughout and do a great job adding texture to the sound. Percussions ease their way in and take on many forms as the layers build. The bass comes in late on and beefs up the groove, superb stuff out of Portugal, not to be missed.
Lastly we have Portuguese-Finnish DJ and producer Monoritmo aka Miguel Parreira with ‘Magic Voice’. The track intros with solid kicks and a cool melodic arp with subtle percussions and some fantastic sounds easing through. The arp is relentless as it provides the main focus to the sound, it is complimented by some very cool synth work that fades gently in adding nice textures. The bass takes its time to come through and when it does the track is transformed into a beautiful house groove, excellent stuff!
8th installment in the My House Is Your House series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Rogerio Martins, Carlo Caldareri, Joal, Daddy, Ecco, Mylan, Nico P, Onofrio Conte, Jazzman Wax, Iban Montoro, Meenie, Fragoso, Darouge, Hurlee, Sebastien Desay, Alan Castro, Johnny Deep (aka Yonathan Dahan), Swing City, Bruno Ferreira, JR, Fauvrelle, Solartoff, Wonji and H. Membrano.
Martins has steered his label through a dizzying amount of quality releases since 2007 picking up support from the likes of Laurent Garnier and John Aquaviva who have confirmed themselves as fans in the past and this new release is sure to find just as much favour with the top dogs.
‘Gonna Be Mine’ is the one Martins original and is a classical inclined bit of mature house music with sombre piano chords draped over nicely shuffling percussion. Subtle human sounds litter the arrangement and more lively stabs enter the fray in the latter half but essentially this is all about the warm and inviting groove.
Remixing first is Paris man Joss Moog, who has released on Robsoul and has a very uniquely musical approach to everything he does. Here he reworks the track into a bit of authentic old school disco with knotted basslines, plenty of vibrant and jangling percussion and warm chords. It’s a great rework and he also provides an exclusive digital only remix that is even more unhinged, funky and freewheeling.
Next up is young UK house talent James Dexter, who has appeared on plenty of great labels in this, his breakout year, and shows why he is so rated with this remix. It’s a stripped back and dubbed out, firmly rooted bit of house music for the heads with tough beats are and lush chords. Closing out the package is Gourmand Music boss and Chicago House purist, JR From Dallas. His Ghetto mix is suitably quick licked, dirty and sleazy, with plenty of abrasive percussive loops rattling along next to busy drums and various vocal sounds.
For house heads there can be few better labels than this, and Piston’s latest offering might just be its best yet.
Early support from Fish Go Deep (Innervisions, Defected), Miguel Campbell (Hot Creations, Outcross, MAM), UGLH (Witty Tunes, Plastic City, Get Physical Music), Tensnake (Defected, Rush Hour, Get Physical Music), Moodtrap (Tsuba), Joyce Muniz (2020 Vision, Exploited, Snatch!), Claudio Coccoluto, Ekkohaus (2020 Vision, Morris Audio, Cargo Edition, Liebe Detail), GIOM (Ornate Music, Lost My Dog, Phobic), X-Press 2, Kirby (Lost My Dog, Loco Records, Nordic Trax), Matias Zeque (Akbal Music), Jakobin & Domino (Large, Luv Shack), Ricardo Miranda (Rush Hour), Marcus Sur (MBF LTD, Noir, RESOPAL), Mark Knight (Toolroom, Ministry of Sound), Steve Mac, Black Loops (Toy Tonics, Gruvv), Moliner (Depaart, Gimmick Records) and more!
Out 10th February 2014 on vinyl + Digital in 24th February 2014
UK based Cordoba aka Lloyd Trimmer makes his full release debut on BP after a series of well received remixes. ‘Surface’ comes with three top class remixes from Mindgamers and Audio Noir. Lloyd regularly DJ’s at various events across Europe and there will be much more from this guy on the production front no doubt.
The Original Mix intros with cool percussive elements and well honed FX, a nice chunky kick and bass combo punches though early on and we settle into a fine journey through the progressive spectrum. Simple melodic sequences have a huge impact on the sound and rising FX bring in each section with anticipation. On the break the subtle melody has a chance to shine before the edgy progressive nature of the track takes over once more, superb stuff.
Tallinn’s finest, Mindgamers , are up first on remix duty and yet again they prove to be masters of their trade with a wonderful slice of progressive house with a techy edge. The track gets right down to business with a chunky kick and in your face percussions. Vocal snippets are a big feature in the sound and the understated bassline sits perfectly in the arrangement. On the break a transformation takes place as sweetly strings and melodic pianos take over, this gives the track a cool dynamic before the relentless groove poke through once more, super stuff from the guys!
Australian based Audio Noir is a regular fixture within the Bonzai Progressive stable, he has racked up a very impressive amount of original releases and a slew of quality remixes. This time around is no exception as the quality continues to pour out of the land down under. The remix, An Audio Noir Trip, is a perfect example of the talent on offer from this guy. The intro has cool thumping kick and is backed with well constructed percussions, these build a steady rhythm as the track builds. A short break brings in a very cool vocal sample with the bassline coming through and engulfing the sound totally. The main break gives us a brilliant guitar riff alongside sweeping pads with a subtle melodic edge before crashing right back to a driving prog monster.
Audio Noir serves up another remix here with his Audio Noir Zen Mix. Quite simply a wonderful blend of melodies gelled together by some well placed percussive instruments and a bass that bellows from the depths. A pure chill fest and a great accompaniment to this release.
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.