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ANDRE VOLODIN – TARDO EP (PROGREZ)

 

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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.

10 October 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

ITTAI BARKAI – SOULTIME EP (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

 

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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.

3 October 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MYLAN – TIME EP (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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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.

3 October 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MR. DELLO – WOADI MOAN (BONZAI BASIKS)

 

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Debut artist on Bonzai Basiks Mr. Dello impresses with an electro tech joint backed with quality remixes on “Woadi Moan”.

Dello has been influenced by the synth era of the eighties while listening to the likes of Depeche Mode, Bauhaus, Yello, Kraftwerk, Joy Division, Giorgio Moroder and Pet Shop Boys. After hearing Danny Tenaglia in an Athens nightclub he was hooked into electronic music and started to collect vinyls and get involved in piano lessons. Many study years passed and he ended up working as a sound engineer on concerts all over the world. He is now enjoying a successful DJ career around Greece and continuing to produce quality sounds.

“Woadi Moan” intros with a classic electro kick and builds with lots of bongo percussion and a bouncy bass, lots of brass stabs and a short spoken vocal fill up the sound. On the break a simple melody comes and that brass stab dominates, cool FX add an extra layer, solid rhythm!

On the remix we have Greek artist Sa.Du tweaking the controls to display a mighty tech house vibe. Upbeat sound with lots of Latin inspired percs, awesome deep bassline and sharp, crisp hats, very nice arrangement from a fast growing big name at Bonzai Basiks.

Next up is Dutch producer The French Connection with a quite funky little tech house slice, nice intro with a lot of drums and percs mashed together, the tune then kicks into a cool groove with spoken vocal throughout. Throbbing bass and some really cool sweep FX, on the break things start to funk up with an awesome organ sound.

3 October 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

OLIVER MOLDAN – BEEF (SOUNDS R US RECORDINGS)

 

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The 2nd release from grandmaster Oliver Moldan on Sounds R Us is a much more techno related pack filled with heavyweights.

Anil Chawla, Tom Hades and Oz Romita added their own flavor to give the word “massive” it’s true meaning. Pumping bass lines, kickin’ kicks and clapping claps are the basic elements for a phat techno track. This is definitely a must have pack!

Please welcome, Anil Chawla and Tom Hades to Sounds R Us Recordings.

3 October 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MR. RAF & HEZI RACHMANI – DNS1 (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

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Another debut release, this time on Green Martian with Mr.Raf aka Rafael Osmo and Hezi Rachmani, and their prog stomper “DNS1″. Rafael and Hezi have been appearing on many quality progressive labels in recent times and now we are delighted they are bringing their sound to Green Martian.

The title track “DNS1″ kicks off with chest thumping kick drums and sets up a cool grooving pace in the sound, building up with lots of different layers, a soft pad and a really nice retro synth sound which settles into a hypnotic driving rhythm, sweet!

“Friday” is a well constructed progressive house sound, starting off with just a kick and an off time bass which soon jumps into a 4/4 beat with a real cool synth sound. Slightly darker edge on this which will definitely suit the later floors.

3 October 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

CLUB CULT 000 (AU RECORDS)

 

 

This time AU Records brings our first mixed compilation which opens our Club Cult series. All episodes will be mixed by DJ’s that we respect, among them some are known others not so much, but the common factor to all of them is the quality. All of them are innovator and refined. Be prepared.

3 October 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

DANIELE KAMA – SHE APPEARS EP (PISTON RECORDINGS)

 

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Italian artist Daniele Kama returns to Piston Recordings with another superb house joint. This Rome based producer is highly respected in the world of electronica having gained lots of support from a host of international DJ’s and working with many other fine artists on various record labels.

Today we have She Appears EP, a deep, tech fuelled ride in house music.

Disappear kicks us off on a deep vibe with a tight arrangement, heavy basses and a mesmerizing muted synth in the background. On the break we are treated to an awesome vocal line that adds a soul vibe, big club feel on this track.

Next up is New Passion, and again we hear some very cool deep flavours with an added slice of funk, sharp sounds with a cracking organ chord and addictive kicks, great melody on the break then it’s back to that pumping rhythm, a big floor hit here.

She’s Afraid starts off on a very minimal techy theme with a fantastic spoken vocal, then the tune goes to the next level with some amazing house keys and a powerful groove is born.
Finally for this EP we have Leave Me Alone, starting off with crisp percs and a chunky kick this tune builds to an awesome deep house vibe with sweeping pads and chords.
This 4 track EP is sure to be a main component in the boxes for a long time.

26 September 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MANU RIGA – EVERYTHING COMES TO AN END (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Adriaan Baussens and Sven van Hove aka Manu Riga are making a huge mark with their brilliantly crafted progressive works. With many remixes and releases under their belt they continue to deliver on the quality front. Next up for these guys is ” Everything Comes To An End” which is backed up with a fine roster of remixers.

Kicking off at a perfect tempo with thick kicks, a strong rolling bassline and surreal melody which creates a dark atmosphere, on the break things take a twist with an ethnic vibe making this a prog monster of a tune!

Next up is Solar Fields aka Magnus Birgersson, a music composer with a litany of releases including 10 solo albums. Magnus raises the benchmark in his mix with trance becoming the focus, pulsating bassline and beautiful sweeping pads add more depth to the melody, a proper progressive trance tune that will for sure be added to many DJ’s lists.

Next Up is a remix by Paduraru Deeptech a well respected producer in many genres. This remix keeps with the darker nature of the original and focuses more on the ethnic vox and swelling pads, excellent groove in the bassline and some cool FX work, a must have for any deeper prog floor

Barcelona based remixers, producers, DJ’s and general experimenters in all electronic music genres, Abi-Q & Raw-E deliver a quality remix of epic proportions. Staying true to the original again we get a pure driving progressive rhythm but this time with a hint of tech thrown in, the simple melody is a big feature and on the break a detuned organ takes the stage with lots of FX and that ever present vox sample.

Finally on remix duties is Nico Parisi, this Belgian based producer and DJ has a well respected history in EDM. Having played at top Belgian club Atomz and produced the band Aqualords, he has also work with the likes of Marcel Woods. Nico delves deeper into prog with his take on this tune. Deep basses and a tight heavy drum and perc section, a steady groove takes hold and will keep you there for the duration, very nice remix.

An impressive line up on this release and we are sure to see more from this exciting duo.

26 September 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

RV – MAMBA (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

 

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Belgian based producer and remixer R Varez aka RV has naturally evolved through many musical styles, he is inspired to create emotion in his music which transforms to the listener.

He has been involved in music since the early 90’s and today we see his debut on Eyepatch Recordings with “Mamba”.

“Mamba” provides a steady tech house groove, with tight drums, sharp percs and a few vocal shots thrown in creating a party vibe that’ll have everyone rocking in no time!

“Mamba” is remixed by regular artist Jimmy Galle, Belgian born Jimmy has been well received on various labels under the Bonzai umbrella and can boast a nice amount of releases and remixes. Here he adds darker edge to the original with deep bass and low end kicks, eerie pads and an almost haunting bell give this track that edge, tech house at its best here and a groove that will be picked up by many!

26 September 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

ABI-Q & RAW-E – 12 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE) – BEATPORT EXCLUSIVE

 

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Cuban born Abdiel Quintana and Israeli born Roy Engel form the project Abi-Q & Raw-E. They have delved into all sorts of musical styles and continue to create unique sounds for us.

Fresh from their last outing “Liquid Disco Jam” on Green Martians “Mars Attacks Volume 2″ this Barcelona based duo gives us a quality prog, tech house vibe over a two track release and backed up with an impressive remix on Bonzai Progressive.

The original mix of the title track “12” opens with an almost tech vibe but quickly switches to a banging prog monster, deep basses and plenty of awesome FX help to create a solid groove, on the break we are treated to some cool, eerie melodies and then back into that awesome groove, huge big floor appeal on this one.

Very popular and regular remixing duo Manu Riga provide a more darker edged house vibe with their “Manu Riga’s The Number Is 12 Remix”, quality beats with a tribal feel and a really cool bassline, great vocal used also. The break takes a melodic approach with some nice sounds and coming back in with a bouncier groove, very impressive remix indeed.

Finally we have “Weekend” which quit simply is an absolute joy to listen to, pure tech house driven progressive groove, from the thudding kicks to the crisp percs and chugging bass to the sweeping synths this tune is such a tight production, massive massive sound here and one to watch for sure.

Yet another fine release from Bonzai Progressive with Abi-Q & Raw-E definitely on the up!

This release is exclusive on Beatport for two weeks.

26 September 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

UNNAMED – THE MEETING (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS) – BEATPORT EXCLUSIVE

 

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Retuning to Eyepatch is Unnamed with “The Meeting”, this is the third outing for Unnamed and the artist would still like to remain anonymous for the time being.

The original mix is a stunning techy tribal house joint filled with all the sounds we love to hear, warbly synth type lead sound with lots of tablas and bongos and a funky ass grooving bassline, some really cool vocals used with a constant whispered voice adding mystery, another well rounded effort from Mr or Mrs Anonymous!

The other mix of “The Meeting”, simply titled The Other Mix continues the amazing tech vibe with heavy tribal influences. The whispered vocal returns and the tabla bongo mix is evident throughout, there is a lengthy sustained organ tone with the familiar warbly sound from the original, much more of a driving rhythm on this one and a solid piece of work again from Unnamed.

This release is exclusive on Beatport for two weeks.

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