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With LCD Selections, LCD Recordings is proud to present you its personal Selections of the Finest in Progressive (and psychedelic) Trance and House, featuring legendary artists alongside with very promising talents emerging recently. A good mix of Past and Present. One thing matters here: Quality.
Returning to Green Martian after his last release “White Krane” is Rishi K with another inside look at his amazing progressive house sounds on his “One Step Ahead EP”.
The title track “One Step Ahead” is a melodically fuelled prog house groover, kicking off in a true house vibe with nice tremeloed sounds the tune takes a turn towards prog with a superb bassline, we are treated to some voice samples from a space mission (moon landing) which works very well with the sounds. Very well constructed solid slice of music.
“Skybound” continues this fine run of quality sounds with another super grooving progressive house slab. Again we are teased with lots of house vibes but with those prog undertones that keep the tune rocking, on the break a sweet piano melody is at the forefront and kicks back with that deep bassline. More samples this time from nature really do give a sense of being in the “sky”.
“The Space Between” goes all out house, cool bouncy feel to the percs and bass with an almost retro sound that will have all of us guessing, vocal samples are used that work so well with the music, dreamy melodies tie up this track nicely and prove that Rishi K. delivers quality everytime.
Delighted to see the very hard working Rishi back with Green Martian.
Producer and remixer Peker returns to Creamminal with a three track techno ride. Peker has seen his artist album entitled “Everyday Music” enjoy a nice success when released on Creamminal back in 2011, since then he has had other releases on the same label and has appeared on a few compilations on the Bonzai Progressive imprint.
First up is “Time Has Come Back”, techno fuelled vibe with an energetic rhythm, very well arranged sounds with some real quality FX work on the synths. Tight arrangement on the percussion and very sharp hats, on the break a vocal sample fits is well and then back into the groove, very nice track!
“A-Ci” takes a more minimal approach, cool thumping kicks and a deep bass lead up to a well crafted techno vibe, lots of different percy sounds and FX are the focus and these prevail to an almost hypnotic rhythm.
“Revolving Door” gets all techno bouncy up in here, from the off the groove is bouncing with the bassline giving that effect, plenty of layers are added to create a wall of well structured sounds, very retro feel to this which will see a lot of playing time for sure.
The last Calbos (Christian Boshell & Neil McCall) single was about 4 years ago and was remixed by Manuel De La Mare. Calbos are signed as solo artists to various labels including Omnis, Proton, Repressure, Teleskopik, Particles and various others.
One of their solo efforts has also been signed to a Renaissance Masters CD by Satoshi Tomiie & numerous other compilations. And now stopping by Sounds R Us Recordings with a massive pack! Wacht out for Jamez, Sylar and The Bunglers remix versions.
Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave aka many many other guises was born in Brussels in 1977, he is a naturally gifted artist and this manifested in him at the age of just 7.
Influenced by the 80’s and 90’s sounds and by greats such as Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Orbital, Oliver Lieb and BT, he honed his skills in music knowledge and technology.
Laurent would then see demos picked up by the infamous Bonzai imprint in 1996 and the stunning Airwave – I want To Believe was released. In 1998 this was picked up by many top DJ’s including Sasha and Oakenfold and later on by an up and coming DJ, Tiesto.
Airwaves sound was and still is prominent in the UK and Dutch trance scene and this has helped a host of today’s top DJ’s be where they are now. His infectious music spread further in 1999 to Germany, Italy and the world and now Airwave is a very popular name on the EDM scene with a huge, loyal fanbase.
Versatility and great skill in the studio led to many collaborations including with his friend Jurgen Leyers with Fire & Ice and E.N.E.R.G.Y., Georges Petkidis on Planisphere and Marnik Braeckevelt with Antidote. The list continues with many other greats including Yves Deruyter, M.I.K.E., Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Tale, Marcus Schulz and John 00 Fleming, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Breaking boundaries and turning his hand to many genres of music Laurent has as many as 500+ productions and remixes under his belt. Laurent then started to develop his DJing and live performances and has played in some big venues, Slinky, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, The Gallery, 1015, Dopler in Bratislava, and many others back in the day.
In 2000 he embarked on a new wave of performance with gigs all over the world in England, Scotland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, with totally improvised keyboards while DJing and the Triloset was born and continues to this day.
Fast approaching 20 years in the business, Laurent can never be pigeon-holed to one genre as his impressive list of albums will attest. His first album Believe in 2002 performed very well and this was to do well again in the 2004 album I Want To Believe. Trilogique soon followed and it is now that Laurent’s passion starts to come through in a big way. Released first in 2006 this album contains three parts, bringing the audience three different tastes of electronic music into one single package, Trilogique would go on to be a huge success reaffirming Laurent’s position in EDM. Many more albums followed and each have made their mark on the world.
Time saw him finally running Bonzai Records with his long time partners and friends, and also expanding his knowledge of acoustics in order to develop his career as a producer and as a sound designer among others.
Laurent runs a monthly radio show called Progrez where he showcases a wide range of music, this is followed religiously by his army of fans the world over. Music that is full of emotion, special and unique with expressed feelings, many have claimed it has changed their lives for the better. When there are discussions on greats of EDM the name Airwave/Laurent always crops up.
He has a deep respect among his peers for his beliefs on the industry and he speaks honestly about how he feels and where he sees his musical vision take him.
One of the most gifted artists of our time and with a passion still very strong. Laurent’s works under many of his guises of which Airwave is his most known one.
Today we present his brand new 5th artist album Dark Lines which is the first chapter of a double album release to be released later in 2012.
Piston serves up yet more superb deep house with a collaboration between Lights Electronika and Valeria Croft with their Connections EP. This not the first time these guys have been together, they have joined forces on labels like Wasabi and Minim.all, and they are also no strangers to Piston Recordings with a few releases under their belts.
Residing between Helsinki and St Petersburg Lights Electronika aka Max & Leon have been prominent producers since towards the end of the nineties. In 1999 they parted ways with each going on to learn more and more about music and become better producers. Leon pursued D n B and Max began to DJ, they came back together and Lights Electronika was ready to unleash more of their unique style of house.
Valeria Croft is a Russian producer and DJ, she has enjoyed many gigs around Europe and Asia and has a nice collection of releases to her name. She was more into a housey style but has moved into the deep house and funky side. She teamed up with Max & Leon in 2010 and a steady flow of popular tracks followed.
First up we have the title track Connections which can only be described as funky deep house, real cool vintage drums and percs with an almost bouncy bassline. Loads of FX fill up the space on this track and add extra weight, there is a spoken vocal coming in that works very well with the track.
Awesome People continues on the funky deep vibes, you can pick up on the unique vintage style of this track from the kicks and percussions, brilliant stuff. The tune builds slowly and then a killer crisp hat takes centre stage over a cool bassline and a Jamaican type vocal sample, again the FX are high quality and fit nicely into the tune.
Chilie is a much more melodic track with lots of different layers on the synths coming together to deliver a fine deep house vibe, very gritty sounds on the percs and a deep deep bassline. Real laid back groove on this and one that will keep you hooked into the many sounds that raid your senses.
Tuba Jam takes a route into the world of simply amazing drum and percussion arrangement, listen as the complex maze of sounds are perfectly crafted into an almost tribal feeling deep house joint. Great deep bassline turns funky little riffs and a melancholic string plays sweetly in the background. On the break the strings take centre stage until the track kicks back with an infectious rhythm.
Debut release on Bonzai Progressive for UK based producer Paul Kieran aka The Revolving Junkie and his 2 tracker “Scalpel”
“Scalpel” is a look into the deeper, darker side of prog house, big deep bass sound with very tense pads creating an almost haunting atmosphere that is tough and gritty also. Real nice work on the FX add an extra bit of depth, the tune winds down into near silence on the break and hits you smack back in the face on the kickback, beautifully crafted music.
“Non Stick Pan” is a far more tech orientated piece, cool bouncing rhythm and a very strange fun vocal. Subtle yet heavy kicks and a deep bass chugg along and on the break FX’d synths take over and some very nice production skills shine through.
Another fine piece of quality shines on the Bonzai Progressive imprint.
Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar debuts on Eyepatch with “Bouge”.
In the early days Van was playing Belgian hard trance as he was heavily influenced by the Cherrymoon Club and in particular the Bonzai sound. Later on he would find the raw side of Detroit Techno and Chicago House and he then started to play gigs around Belgium playing with Sandy Warez in clubs like StarTraxx. As sound evolves so does Van, he now produces quality deep house and tech house but he never forgets his roots in techno.
“Bouge” is a real nice slice of deep funk filled house, heavy on the bass and a thumping kick with sharp percussions all very well arranged over a brilliant funky synth stab, vocal samples comes in on the break and fits well with the sound.
The Van Czar Deep Remix goes deeper still with a constant throbbing groove, the original pieces have been taken down to the depths of house and is quite simply pumping! The vocal sample again is a very welcome addition with very long well crafted delays.
Van Czar’s moniker Cysxe provides another quality remix of his original tune. Much more upbeat vibe with the synth sounds brighter and more prominent, very much tech house with a deep tinge, we’re just loving the vocal on this!
Big release for Van which is sure to be in a lot of playlists all over.
Bonzai Elemental strikes again with another chilled out, laidback ambient drive through musical soundscapes. This time we have Starfi with a two track release entitled “Ascension”.
The title track “Ascension” is quite simply a beautiful journey through many melodic sequences and a light downtempo rhythm, definitely one to just kick back and chill the evening away.
Focusing more on a quite brilliantly complex drum arrangement and superb deep bass is “Transmission”. Filled with phased pads and strings that come sweeping by delivering beautiful melodies on its way, it’s chill out time!
Russian artist Andre Volodin debuts on Progrez with his two track EP entitled “Tardo”, a wonderful foray into the progressive tech house arena.
Kicking us off is the original mix which has all the hallmarks of a prog tech masterclass, tight arrangement and a cool grooving bassline backed up with really nice FX work, simple yet highly effective.
Next up is the Techy Mix and as the name suggests the track delves deeper into the tech world, deeper basses and a more solid techno feel with the slightest hint of progressive filtering through on the main hook.
“The Night on Santorini” is another fine example in this genre, awesome house filled keys and a twist on the break with some beautiful vox samples then back into the grooving tech rhythm.
A fine debut for this artist on a well established quality label with hopefully more to come.
After a short break from Eyepatch and his last release “Canadian Forest EP”, Israeli born Ittai Barkai returns with a funked up maelstrom of pure soul with the “Soul Time EP”
“You Know Soul” takes us on a wild ride of jazz, funk and soul pleasure, muted trumpets and rhythmic bongos with a very familiar organ riff tie this tune up nicely, a cool female vocal asks the question, you know soul, and if you don’t know soul then you will after this!
Proper house driven vibe on “Soundtime”, kicking off with well timed percussions using bongos and creating a bouncing groove. This track then fills up with some nifty piano work and a cracking bassline, great vocal on the break adds an extra bit of flavour.
“Walk The Deck” carries on the house vibe with an intro full some classy deep synths and strings and building to a cool steady groove, melancholic stringed melodies find their way into the track as it chugs along and creates a depth to the overall tune.
Finally on this EP we have “Frontline”, a truly sublime piece of music with lots of strange FX and a gritty bassline, deeper strings come in and a dark funky groove is established.
A very welcome return for Ittai on Eyepatch and one that will gain a lot of attention.
Debut release on Bonzai Progressive for Mylan but no stranger to our shores with a number of remixes under his belt for artists like, Jimmy Galle and on labels such as, Green Martian, Bonzai Fiesta and Android. Mylan also has a host of releases on the likes of Kiss My Beat and Push It Records.
Mylan’s Time EP is a tech fuelled ride with subtle hints at progressive house, also with a superb remix from Jimmy Galle.
The title track “Time” kicks us off on a deep heavy tech house groove with some cool little synth stabs here and there, a spoken vocal is prominent throughout and this adds depth to the sound, plenty of well placed FX round off a quality piece of work.
Jimmy Galle’s remix takes things more towards progressive house with a proper deep bassline and tight kicks and percs, eerie synth pads at work in the background builds a bit of tension, subtle hints at a melody build and build up to the break where a short piano comes in and then back to a simply awesome driving groove, big big sound here and sure to hypnotise a lot of clubs.