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Elements records presents its 4th release, the LP ‘Hexágono Amoroso’, by Miguel Torga, one of the most exciting portuguese producers of recent times. Eleven tracks that tell the story of an abstract portugality, somewhere between the sweet melancholy of countryside mornings, dancing at some friendly after hours, or the dawning while embraced by someone to whom we feel inevitably attached to, but life’s game makes us wander through labyrinthine emotions. It is not a heavy record though. The blend of house/dub music, clever voice samples and this portugality, a nostalgia of the past, the eternal return to a beauty and peace of the most bucolic country, make for a very light and graceful record, as though it is bringing down the curtain of the fatalist history of Portugal, to a happy ending and in a warm nest. Production is cohesive, full of arrangements that are original and laden of personality, and his love for film, literature and intelligent humour is translated throughout the LP by means of more or less obvious references.Arty and colourful, it´s a must have abum for the arriving summer.
‘Pina Bausch do Intendente’, the opening track, as a matter of fact, immediately shows the subversive game of daily relationships, through undefined word plays, inviting to a sensual game of funk, tension and uncertainty. The elements of percussion, field recordings and the almost tragic sweeps, because so determinant,
complete this picture of uneasy crescendo.
‘Rosa Maria e os calores’ comes right away to ease all the tension with a solid and cheerful groove, pointing that dance can solve complex questions. Surrender completely to this wise track, where almost clinical voices, a sudden shout and a naughty tropical flute makes us aware and alive right on the dancefloor. The story goes on…
‘Do Lago’ is the third track, a superb ode to this portuguese paradise so envied outside. Ambient, dub, water sounds and an ethereal lead line take us to an almost hipnotic state of existencial perfection. Slowdown is intended but the mechanical
groove keeps the soul positive.
‘Pela água eu rei’ follows, a spacey-techno-dub bomb, spiced up by a languid and lazy voice that invites to a closing of the eyes, and an offering of our body to the dance. At this point we realize how this story makes sense in a frightful way, due to Miguel’s artistic sensibility and experience as a producer.
‘A Mariana’ keeps the dancing tone, cheerful and suggesting balance in a deconstructed groove with dramatic melody, of an almost ludicrous surreality. The instruments play and react together naturally, inscribing physicality to the track.
‘Tu és tão fresca’, aka ‘minimal doesn’t equal boring repetition’, makes tropicality show up once more, not letting us down. This element is actually preponderant throughout the record, giving pleasent sensations and a sunny feeling to the story: Portugal is sun.
‘Fauna e Flora’ comes next, a nostalic story full of hope, where the repetitious groove leads to a travelling through this hidden country, so constrasting in spaces and memories. That feeling of being on the road.
‘Quero-te longe’ is an incursion in pop house and minimal, with wandering and abstract pads, making for a potential perplexity along the jumpy rhythm of the track. Divergent emotions in full kinetic harmony.
‘Foguete’ could just as well put an end to the record, an anthem to classic house, where smiles and the complicity of dance are unavoidable. Love is a party, of one, two, three, a thousand. Once more the melodic arrangements create a well achieved cinematic effect, which is no surprise coming from a film fan, even though it’s a straight to the point track.
‘Caminhos’ is still on hold, a true hard to classify epic, somewhere between post-dubstep and solid acid that leaves us tiny before such sonic moment. It is hard to imagine a better counterpoint to the whole record, music that shows the confident maturity and eclecticism of Miguel. Proper destructive. Welcome be the future.
‘Ex’ is the exitus opus, disarming of all racional structures supported on rhythm and dance, leaving us drifting in a marvelous filigree of ambient, dreamy and mysterious.
12th installment in the Afterhour Trax series, this time featuring original tracks and remixes be Airwave, Phi Phi, Yuriy From Russia, Moshic, Manu Riga, Velvet Girl, Tom Conrad, Andre Bonsor, Dale Middleton, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Quincy, Audio Noir, Crocy, Steve Sai, LoQuai, Audiotox & Overtone Watson, Reflecton Soul, SeamLess Beat, Gibbon, Chantola, Martusciello, Hoova & White Resonance, Apsara, Davide Catania, Aeonism, Rafa’EL featuring Olga Misty, deep Alexander, Mindmusik, WayWork & Ignacio Guana, Horizon and Smartwave.
Italian producer Marcus Raute makes his Piston debut with this stunning three tracker ‘Basement Love EP’. Marcus resides in Berlin and he is a modern producer of electronic music, full of innovation he strives to refine his sound whether it be House or Techno.
First up we have the soulful ‘Basement Love’ which gets the blood pumping from the off as a big chunky kick and pulsating bass set the scene. Staccato chords chip away throughout giving off a powerful groove and taking us right into the heart of deep house. A fantastic vocal works wonders here and gives that soulful touch. Superb stuff from Marcus, one to watch!
‘Be Free’ is up next and gets right into your face with a massive kick that will move any floor. A cool vocal sample wafts through and a smooth pumping bass keeps the rhythm flowing. Sweeping pads and funky keys are met with a brilliant female vocal giving the track a real fresh uplift. A monster of a tune that will have floors bouncing no doubt!
Rounding up this wonderful EP we have ‘Gi-Give Me’. The intro boasts a cool chunky kick and rhythmic percussion arrangement with a very cool stuttered vocal sample. The bass soon takes over as it powers through the sound. Beautifully crafted strings and an infectious chord riff on top of fantastic vocal samples put this track firmly in the deep house spectrum where it belongs. Top notch stuff with big floor appeal!
Belgian DJ and producer Quincy aka Quincy Steveninck returns with the sublime Acid Jungle and is backed up with three top notch remixes from Bonzai’s elite roster. His last track In Balance was heavily featured on many top download sits and saw rave reviews from many quarters. Quincy himself started producing after a long stint as club and event promoter for various venues around Belgium. His Age Of Love gig ran for more than 6 years and is still regarded as a major success among Belgium’s seasoned clubbers. Quincy is a vinyl only DJ and has graced the decks at many parties, he also enjoyed top releases as part of Soul Phonic on Punk’ID Records.
The Original Mix gets the party started with nice chunky kick and percussive led intro that builds into a cool steady groove. A deep plucky bass is unleashed alongside a wavering synth that roams throughout the sound beautifully. We start to get a bit of an acid line creeping through and on the break this becomes more pronounced and is joined by a chorus of synth arps before getting right back into full swing as this deep, hypnotic track enters its final run.
The hugely impressive Manu Riga is back to remix duties with his Deacidified Remix. Manu delivered his usual brand of quality progressive on the re-released remix pack of Transfagarasan Highway by Audio Noir and no doubt we will see much more from this highly talented artist. Here the remix kicks off with an immersive progressive vibe as chunky kicks are lined up against a cool flowing bass with a subtle percussion arrangement coming through. Wafting synth pads create a sublime atmosphere as the bass ramps itself up a gear and transforms into a powerful resonating monster. Melodic sequences find their way through the maelstrom of basses giving the track a stark contrast and keeping you hooked right to the last beat.
Belgian Nice Therapy is next up to the remix desk with his 6AM-On-Acid Remix. We last saw Nice Therapy on Frankie Jones’ Belgium Goes Detroit on Bonzai Basiks and we are sure to be in for a real treat here. The remix intros with smooth kick and offset bass with crispy clear hats soon joining in. A rising synth pad gains momentum and is accompanied by the first inklings of an acid line which becomes a big focus on the track. Plucky FX deliver some cool distractions and these soon combine to form their own melodic sequence. The break is where it’s at as melodies come together in a strangely uplifting way while acid blips go off all around. A perfectly timed climax brings the track back into a full on progressive groove. Lots going on here and a joy to listen to as new patterns are found with each listen.
Top Bonzai artist Audio Noir lends his skills on remix duties with his Oldskool Remix. Saying that this guys is on fire at the moment is an understatement. His soon to be released Rewind EP shows us how the oldskool era can be applied with modern technology and this remix is also testament to that. Solid intro as tightly arranged percussions lead us into the mother of all kicks, an instantly recognisable kick that was the basis of so many classics. The track moves into gear at the first very short break where a super cool classic vocal sample leads us to the superb bassline that just pulsates right through the track. A very cool acid line takes the track to the next level and beyond and on the break this is where it really shines. This track has it all, it pays tribute to fantastic era and it does it with so much respect, this is no doubt one of the tracks you have got to have, raise the roof time is here!
A welcome return to Bonzai Progressive for UK based producer Paul Kieran with the tow tracker Check One. His last outing, Monsieur EP was very well received and no doubt we are gonna see more groovy progressive vibes here today.
Check One intros with cool percussions as a sharp snare hits the downbeat along with a crisp hat. A huge chunky kick bursts through and gets the groove flowing beautifully as a lush bass comes in. Cool vocal samples doing the classic -check one, check two- and doing it in style with echo and reverb effects popped into the right places. A quirky little synth blip is the perfect addition to the sound with an electro styled wood click thrown in to the mix. The break reveals a classy piano sequence that just blows the track up superbly, top stuff yet again from Phil!
Next we have Lyme that sets off with a fading in percussion arrangement and settling into a breakbeat styled pattern with rising FX going off in the background before a short silence and then slamming into a super groovy workout. Nice tight construction on the drums let loose flowing rhythms while a laid back bass packs a huge punch. Short, sharp synth stabs permeate the sound as the filters do their thing. Nice, smooth flowing deep progressive house that will get a lot of attention.
Italian DJ and producer Daniele Breschi debuts on Eyepatch with this deep two tracker entitled Don’t Forget Me. Daniele got into music from an early age when he started to listen to all forms of house music and beyond. DJs like the legendary Sven Vaeth grabbed his attention and urged him to start DJing himself. Soon after he turned his hand at producing and saw his first release on Two Rooms Records.
First we have Don’t Forget Me with its groovy intro that boasts a full on drum section and sub bass combo. Slick rhythms are formed beautifully here and you will find yourself dancing very quickly. Cool house chords are met with high strings and these take control on the break accompanied by a classy vocal. Nicely constructed tune that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Projects! gets flowing with a bass led intro and some very cool percussion arrangement. The bass has a superb buzzing effect that intensifies the sound brilliantly. Deep grooves ensue as a rap vocal comes in over the top adding great character with its urban narration. Big phat beats are a big focus here and really give the track a powerful lift. Brilliant stuff from Daniele and a definite must in those boxes.
German native, Belgium based DJ and producer Cihan Mareno debuts on SRUR with a classy two tracker entitled ‘Forward EP’. Cihan has a rich heritage which he applies to his DJing and music production. This diverse approach has seen Cihan gain huge support from around the world with releases on Kaapro Records, Soulman Music, Tulipe Records and Dark Pleasure Records to name just a few. He has played at top venues across the world and this comes a no surprise given the quality he has to offer.
First up we have ‘Forward’ with its muted kick intro that soon blasts off with monster kick that dominates throughout. Percussions build steadily into cool rhythmic patterns and the first break brings with it a very cool and gritty synth backed up with metallic sounding FX. The bass rumbles from below and takes the groove to the next level. The main break reveals more of that grainy synth line as smooth and steady tech grooves keep those dancing feet moving all night, top notch stuff!
‘Rouge’ takes off with a cool percussion led intro before a big chunky kick comes into play. Nice tight arrangement on the drums give off a flowing rhythm and on the first break we get a cool vocal sample coming through as the track enters the next stage. The bass thunders by and will give sub woofers a run for their money. Cool intricate patterns are formed within the percussions and FX while the main break gives us a respite before that monster kick and bass combo comes flooding back, superb!
Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly reach the release number 40!
After 3 and a half years of a persistent search for coherence, vision, ideology and quality, we reached the incredible number of 40 EPs. All those 40 EPs are unique and special. They have life, personality and all of them are an essential part of what Monog Records has become today. They are our DNA and we are deeply proud and attached to every single one of them.
To celebrate this mark, we invited Hedubble, after his success with Traffic EP, to do the honours and present us with his new EP called Animal Feeling.
Animal Feeling EP is made of 2 original tracks Animal Feeling and No One Else and an outstanding remix of Animal Feeling made by our artist EAT DUST.
The Original mix of Animal Feeling is a proper piece of art in all the extend of the word. It is deep, delicate, introspective and beautiful. Besides the relatively simple groove and construction, the vocal is so intense that it will stay in your mind for hours!
On the other side, No One Else is a dance floor killer. The bass line is the main element here, driving all the track to a deep, dark atmosphere with plenty of details and small nuances.
At last we have the remix by EAT DUST for Animal Feeling. This remix is a lighter and housy approach to the original mix and it is a great example of EAT DUST characteristics as a producer. We are very happy to have his contribution in this EP.
Monog Records, Til dance tear us apart.
Ivan Shadrin aka Ego Progressus returns after a short hiatus to Progrez with another stunning deep progressive house workout. The Broken Circle offers up two sublime tracks and shows us that this guy knows how to cut a track.
First up is The Broken Circle which intros with a punchy kick and minimal percussion alongside a surreal sequence that evolves with each section of the track. A growling organic bass rears its head and is the perfect companion for the darkly synth pads that weave in and out of the sound. The break descends into an eerie atmosphere filled with crazy FX and a brilliant spoken word sample before the track slams back in your face and continues on its journey to the depths.
O.B. is up next and gets moving with a nice clipped kick and clap combo alongside some brilliant metallic synths. In the background and very contrasting arp eases its way into the sound as the percussions begin to build and the synths intensify. Dark and sinister vocal samples lurk below as the bass bubbles all around. The break reveals a beautiful pad sequence as those metallic sounds are forced back. The vocal on the break is surreal as it’s covered in effects that enhance it beautifully. Deep, dark stuff that’s sure to be a hit with many!
Belgian DJ and producer K-Fel debuts on Bonzai Progressive with this stunner ‘Pantheon’ and comes backed with two top quality remixes. Growing up with the legendary clubs Belgium had to offer turned K-Fel to electronic music. By 2001 he decided to become a DJ where he kept an open mind on genres which led to him getting gigs at top venues. 2011 saw a surge in his productions and his tracks have seen good support from all over.
The original Mix sets off with a true progressive vibe as very cool percussions lead us up to a brilliant chunky kick. This is soon joined by a surreal collection of pads and a fantastic arp which takes us into the main track. A smooth bassline sits perfectly in the sound as it trundles along with an infectious synth hook going off overhead. Classy tweaks on the synth take us up to the first break where a female spoken vocal comes through reporting a zombie apocalypse. Superb stuff and a definite must for those darker progressive rooms!
Napalm & D-phrag are back at BP for remix duties on this brilliant track. We last saw the guys with their ‘Tour De Force’ which saw great support across the spectrum. Here they get right down to business with a brilliant remix. The intro boasts a single percussion with a deep and droning synth that pulsates through the sound. This leads us beautifully into a cool drum arrangement and sets the scene for this fantastic journey. Anticipation builds as risers take us through the sections before a superb, driving bassline takes over creating a sublime atmosphere. The break is where it’s at, dark pads weave through and soon a brilliant melody takes hold which is in perfect contrast to the darker element. Look out for the chord changes here, they really set the track on fire, stunning!
Yuriy From Russia continues to impress with the sheer quality of his work. Here he is on remix duty and what a display he puts on. Big chunky kicks and subtle percussions are met with a deep bassline as a mesmerising synth line scurries through the sound brilliantly. The track breaks to the spoken vocal as soft melodic sequences begin to form to the backdrop of a surreal pad before coming back into full on progressive mode. An epic journey that is full of beautiful intricacies and melodic twists, this is not to be missed!
Italian producer Marco Madia debuts on Piston with his ‘Dance Files EP’. Marco has been in and around the underground scene for a number of years. In 2006 he moved to Berlin where he got a degree audio engineering and soon started work as a sound designer. He also produces under the pseudonym Flip Morton and his experience has led to working on film soundtracks and exhibitions.
First up is the deep and dark ‘Tachydromia’ which intros with a big kick and low end bass sound with a metallic sounding synth leading from the front. The synths build and build becoming infectious as they warp throughout the sound and give the darker element of the track a big focus. Superb stuff here and a definite must for those late night events!
‘Empis Livida’ is up next and subtly works its way up to a cool and steady flowing groove. The bass is a deep throbbing monster and is complimented brilliantly with a nicely topped off kick and shuffling percussion section. Wonderfully layered synths give that true deep house feel and adds to this sublime trip. Stunning deep joint here from Marco and will create a lot of attention.
Van Czar returns to Basiks with his wonderful ‘Black Diamond EP’ which comes with two fantastic remixes as well as the Original. Van’s last outing ‘African Roots’ saw him collaborate with a myriad of top artists which gained a lot of support from all quarters. As usual Van continues to keep the wheels turning with DJing, radio and producing taking a lot of his time. No doubt we will be seeing much more from this Spanish based Belgian.
First up we get into the Original Mix which intros with a superb jungle theme and a tense rising pad. Very cool percussions form up and create a tight rhythmic groove as chunky kicks come into play giving off a cool tribal vibe. The break offers up those surreal pads to the backdrop of jungle sounds which work so well together. Brilliant percussion led track that will be a welcome addition to those deeper techno sets.
Popular remixer Onofrio Conte steps up to the controls with a brilliant display of his skills. The intro gets us moving with beautifully released kicks and contrast well with sharp hats and a tight percussion arrangement. Lush deep chords play through the sound and build a tense picture as the track evolves. A truly infectious groove is the result and will sit well in any playlist, top notch stuff!
German DJ and producer Eric Kanzler delivers his Dirty Remix and injects his brand of techno in style. The intro sets us up for a brilliant display of percussions as many sounds converge and mould into a great big dirty ride through techno. Perfectly tuned beats and a very subtle and simple bass are the backbone to an array of drums that blend beautifully. Expertly crafted and a lot of fun, this is not to be missed.
It’s been a while since we last saw Dyron aka Lucas Bika. His last outing ‘Berlin EP’ saw great support and today we have this new four track EP entitled ‘Beyond Horizon’. He has been involved with electronic music since childhood when he started making his first tracks and DJ sets using a PC. He was mainly interested in trance music during that time until 2006 when his thoughts and desires went different ways and he turned away from electronic music for the next three years until his return in 2009, we are glad he made that return as the quality of his productions is top notch.
First up we have ‘The Morning’. Cool progressive vibes get us moving as tight drum arrangements kick us off. Sweeping hypnotic pads will have you locked in from the off as a deep churning bassline deliver a massive punch. The percussions are doing a lot of work here and they provide super smooth rhythm that will have the party heads bobbing. Cool vocal samples are the perfect addition to this sound, a must have track in those early summer sets!
‘Fantasy 1′ intros with a nice tough and punchy kick with a nice release on the end. This is joined with a cool crispy hat and groovy house keys. The bass attacks the low end brilliantly as it reverberates through the sound with authority. In the background the pads hold court beautifully and give off a truly mesmerising vibe. The percussions are well constructed and give a real flowing rhythm as they evolve. On the break those house keys do their thing which gives the track so0 much character. Perfect fodder for the terraces and the floors!
‘Magic Journey’ sets off with an upbeat phat kick and tight percussion arrangement with classic slap drums in prominence. A classy female vocal takes full control of the sound as you find yourself lost in its melody and warmth. Smooth pads and a superbly deep bassline give this track a monster groove that is most definitely not to be missed.
Lastly on this stunning EP we have ‘Beyond Horizon’, the intro bursts into life with a very cool and bright sound. Nice punchy kicks sit over a beautiful swirling house pad and a deep droning bass. The percussions are well arranged with a very prominent cowbell keeping the rhythm flowing. Beautiful melodies waft through the sound as this true progressive house groover gathers momentum. A stunning combination of sounds that will do well in any setting for the summer!
Maciej Labuda makes his debut on Elemental with the superb ‘Lake Of Sadness EP’ which is made up of five beautifully crafted tracks.
‘Blue Hope’ is up first and begins with a perfectly chilled intro as soft waves ebb and flow to the backdrop of a laidback slapped drum section. Serene synths form sweet melodic phrases before a powerfully deep bass takes over. The sounds are intricately woven to create a surreal experience, superb stuff.
‘Be Free’ intros with cool raspy synths and classy drum hits that evolve with the addition of the percussions. Whispered vocals lead us into stunning synth pads alongside a deep bass with long releases. Soft piano melodies caress the sound perfectly and lock you into a purely chilled out vibe, wonderful!
Next up is ‘Into The Wild’ which gets going with some cool percussive hits and a sweeping pad that leads to a super deep bass that reverberates through the sound. Nice bright strings provide a cool contrast as they form melodic sequences topped off with distant spoken voice samples. A hypnotic tone runs through as the soft keys do their work. The perfect track for laid back evenings in the sun.
‘Maybe One Day’ is a surreal piece as your mind will drift off to another world. Nice and smooth pads on the intro lead us gently to this world with a deep bass keeping you rooted. A cool downtempo drum arrangement fits the sound perfectly as melodies are formed from various instruments with strings being most prominent, very nice track indeed.
Lastly on this superb EP we have the title track ‘Lake Of Sadness’. The intro boasts and stunning piano sequence that really brings out the nature of the track as you find yourself getting totally hooked on the melodies. Beautifully arranged sounds are gelled together with a deep bass that throbs with each note. As the track evolves a certain uplift can be felt mainly down to the super sweet melody, a fantastic piece here which you will listen to again and again.