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Phat Traktor continues his fine run of outstanding deep cuts with Cette Nuit. We last saw him back in the summer of 2014 with Negative which went down an absolute storm among many and we have no doubt this new effort will follow suit. Since then he has remixed Ecco’s Switch and his tracks have appeared on our Club Traxx – Dark & Deep 2 as well as a spot on Bonzai Basik Beats, lots more to come from this guy so stay tuned.
First up we have the title track, Cette Nuit. From the opening bars we instantly get drawn into a deep rooted groove filled with low end bass and cool percussions. A steady flowing rhythm is formed out a tight drum arrangement that will keep bodies moving. Very cool FX work brings fantastic texture to the sound and keeps the ears trained. Sweeping pads crop up and bring a futuristic vibe as the infectious grooves continue to drive the track. A superb cut that will definitely turn a few heads.
La Criatura intros with a gritty beat as big chunky kicks are met with distorted percussions and rising pad. The track transitions into a much smoother flow as the distortions subside and the kicks get a nice rounded touch. Tech flavours run through the sound and are enhance by a brilliant robotic styled spoken vocal. As the layers build we are treated to a deep and pulsating bass that sets the track up beautifully. A tough and gritty workout that will definitely put fear into any sound system.
Portuguese DJ and producer Luis Bravo returns to Monog with the superb Switch Dance EP. We last saw Luis back in December 2013 with Yin which went down a storm all over. Since then he has notched up a very impressive release count across many labels including Hi Profile Recordings, Au Records, Dopplegaenger, Minar Records and HiFi Stories. Switch Dance also comes with two fantastic remixes from Dominic Smith and Kruno Kereta.
Up first we have the Original Mix which gets right into a deep rooted groove from the get go. Chunky kicks are joined by a warm pulsating synth alongside cool and crisp hats. Stark, harsh sounds litter the groove and bring a slice of tech into the vibe while some very cool spoken vocals provide a thought invoking narrative. The tracks layers continue to build bringing a real deep groove that will keep floors on the move no doubt.
Irish DJ and producer Dominic Smith steps up for remix duty and delivers a sublime deep house experience. Dublin resident Dominic has been a fan of dance music for a long time, in 2010 he got into House music and spent time dissecting the many sub-genres that exist. The results of this are his unique blend of Deep House and Tech House which has been snapped up by labels including Midnight Express Records, Vision Collective Recordings and Depaart to name just a few. In 2011 he gained attention from Dublin’s House music scene and soon found himself behind the decks at top venues across the city. On the remix the intro boasts a smooth and groovy vibe as well rounded kicks are joined by a surreal pad that rises beautifully into the sound. Cool FX on the vocal dominates a short break before we get into the main sound with sharp hats and a dancey rhythm. Sweeping synth shots litter the sound beautifully as this relentless groover powers on. A definite must have track in your box.
Croatian producer Kruno Kereta returns to Monog on remix duty and is fresh off the back of debut, Disquiet EP. On the intro we get thrust into a monstrous groove as punchy kicks are lined up against a harsh sinister bass. Vocal one shots crop up alongside a building percussion section and cool metallic sounding FX. The bass sits back perfectly and allows the percussive elements to build into a cool flowing rhythm as synth stabs filter through. A merciless trek into the deeper side of House that will not disappoint.
Samotarev returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Around U and enlists the stunning vocal talent of Max Magnum with remixes coming in from Manu Riga, Matan Caspi and Rion Oidua. Recently we saw Samotarev on remix duty for Manu Riga’s Tai Chi Girl which made a huge impact, much more planned for 2015 so stay tuned.
The Original Mix intros with nice chunky kicks and crispy hats alongside snappy drums that get the rhythm flowing smoothly to the backdrop of a deep and captivating synth. An unexpected twist throws the synth into some very cool note changes that just ooze pure house grooves. A deep throbbing bass bubbles up from below and carries the sound for the duration as intensity builds with each layer being added. The stunning gritty vocal from Max comes through beautifully and brings a thought invoking narrative with an infectious groove. You find yourself locked right in here as the vocals melt into the sublime synths. Top notch stuff that is definitely not to be missed.
The Dub Version is there as a great tool for those who don’t want the vocal which leaves us with a deep and hypnotizing groove that will be a welcome addition in any set.
The on form Matan Caspi delivers the first of two mixes with his Retro Remix. We last saw Matan on his superb Aim To The Moon which was very well received indeed having appeared on many charts and the tool of choice in many sets. The remix intros with a subtle kick as the synths rise up in the background alongside a very cool plucked guitar riff. The kicks transform into cool punchy hits with a deep, dirty, pulsating bass shoring up the rear. Sharp hats and a tight percussion section hold the rhythms perfectly as that brilliant vocal does its work. Tougher edged sounds filter through as big stabs gather pace resulting in an absolute stomper of a track, superb stuff.
Matan also gives us his Dub Remix which removes the vocals and leaves us with a stomping trek through the grittier side of house music. A great tool for any jock.
Top Bonzai artist Manu Riga delivers his stunning Late Night Mix which will go down well on the floors for sure. Manu aka Adriaan Baussens is currently in the midst of his busiest time ever, collaborations, remixes and original works are top of his agenda as well as a new radioshow alongside Matt Holliday called Dark Progressive, which will air on Tempo Radio. Next year will see Matt & Manu’s efforts realised when their debut EP gets a run out which we are so excited about. In the meantime his remix on Chris Harris’ Feels Real? is gaining lots of interest from all over which is no surprise as it holds real progressive flavour. On the remix here the intro brings a punchy kick and a very cool percussion arrangement that gets things flowing nicely alongside some fresh and crispy hats. A warm bass comes through and brings a fantastic groove along for the ride as pads sway in the background. The vocal fits into the sound beautifully as Max Magnum unleashes his breathy tones and delivering very cool lyrics. Great stuff yet again from Manu and a definite must for your crates.
Fresh off the back of his Eyepatch Recordings debut track – Electronic Lover, Rion Oidua rounds up this fantastic package with his remix. A classic chunky kick and crispy hat intro gets us on the move as the drum arrangement tightens up to dish out its rhythmic grooves. Rich pads sweep across in the background with subtle note changes creating a wonderful atmosphere. A deep plucked bass drives the track as vocal snippets are littered throughout. On the break those pads take over and the addition of the vocal makes for a sublime affair before the track builds back into the main groove for the duration. A wonderful slice of prog that will turn a few heads no doubt.
Bhoo & Dirtyplan join forces for their Piston debut with the superb Komboloy which comes backed up with a fantastic remix from Holic Trax boss Tomoki Tamura. Bhoo are made up of three like-minded DJ’s and producers – Gianluca Viscovo, Luciano FM aka Luciano Fotis Meletopoulos and Paul Kenny aka Paolo Canale. Each brings his own unique style to the table, Gianluca adds in his blend of Funk, Soul and 80’s Electro while Luciano injects Disco Funk and oldskool House leaving Paul to usher in his Tech and Electronic sounds. Bhoo have appeared on many labels with great support over the years and they have worked with lots of top artists including Tali Freaks and C Minor. DirtyPlan recently saw his debut track Kilonova get a release on Let It Play and has gained a lot of support across the board as well as climbing many charts. His Deep House grooves can also be found on remix duty for Jeremy Urbano’s Human Rise and having hit the ground running at the end of November, it’s still gathering pace with support coming in from all angles.
The Original Mix intros with a huge crash which settles into a nice chunky kick and percussion led rhythm. Cool synth hits litter the groove as the layers build and give off a sublime deep tech experience. A subtle bass runs through the sound with the focus remaining on percussive elements and cool FX as distorted voices add textures and keep the deep vibe of the sound going. The break throws out more spoken word vocals and adds to the intensity of the sound with the help of amazing filtered synth sequences. We crash right back into the main groove with a flourish before settling back into this full on stomper for the duration. A gem of a track that will turn a few heads for sure.
Tomoki Tamura debuts on Piston with his stunning remix. The head of Holic Trax has been around the scene for a long time and in 2012 he decided to turn his very successful 10 year old Holic club events into a vehicle for showcasing rising talents and established artists alike. Many hits followed and in 2014 the labels profile was raised with support coming in from all angles, artists like Tuccillo, Sierra Sam, Doublet, Rick Wade, Chris Carrier, Ekkohaus & Rufus, Kate Simko, and Robert Dietz to name a few, are storming live sets and charts with their brand of deep tech vibes. No doubt we will be seeing a lot more from this stable, in the meantime we are delighted to welcome Tomoki to Piston. The remix sets off with a full on deep tech vibe, chunky kicks are met with a stand out percussion section with crispy hats and some excellent electro styled drums. A deep, raw bass gets the groove really flowing as those intricate drum patterns let the rhythms loose. Cool spoken vocals litter the sound with some great effects creating cool textures. Stabby synth riffs crop up delivering a real house experience and blend in beautifully with the techier groove. Superb stuff that is definitely not to be missed.
Aktau, Kazakhstan based Bazurik aka Arthur Yessekenov debuts on Green Martian with the fantastic two tracker entitled Streets. The Original Mix intros with a strong punchy kick, crispy sharp hats and a smooth melodic arp that rises and falls to the backdrop of cool synth stabs. The track warms up beautifully as a lush, plucked bassline takes over bringing a wonderful depth to the sound. Swirling pads cascade around in the back and a superb melody gets the goosebumps rising. On the break we are left with those wonderful pads and a subtle guitar sequence. The bass comes back again and leads us into the main groove for the duration resulting in a super smooth progressive groover, top notch stuff.
Aivengo makes his Green Martian debut with this superb remix filled with all the goodness of sweet melodic house music. The intro brings a nice punchy kick with cool percussions filling up the space before a deep and warm bass joins the party alongside sharp high scale piano plinks and plonks. The piano melodies evolve beautifully as deeper chords make an appearance giving off wonderful contrasts and lush textures. The break reveals some very cool and uplifting pad sequences that build up to a brilliant climax, thrusting us back into the main groove. Superb stuff and a track that is definitely not to be missed.
Our next SRUR release is a remix package with something for everyone. No less than six top remixers have been drafted to unleash their skills on Oz Romita’s Idiots. Idiots first saw the light of day way back in February 2012, it was also the very first release on Oz’s brand new Sounds R Us Recordings, a label that has grown into a very recognisable brand with a distinctive music output which is supported throughout the world. SRUR boss Oz continues to be at the forefront when it comes to quality, his staggering back catalogue is testament to this as well as the huge support from DJ’s, producers and fans alike. Lots more is planned for 2015 so keep your eyes and ears peeled.
First up on remix duty is Ozan Kanik who is fresh off the back of his Adults Only which saw great support since its December 2014 release. From the off we are thrust into an energetic Techno monster with solid beats and a fantastic rolling bassline. Crispy open hats give cool contrasts between the deeper bass elements and provide for a steady rhythmic vibe. Cool chords litter the background as spicy FX add wonderful textures to the sound. A subtle synth note gives a whole new dimension as we continue on this relentless ride through Techno. A definite monster of a track that will have floors jumping for sure.
Tash aka Greek DJ and producer Tassos Papagiannoulis debuts on SRUR with this superb remix. Tassos was surrounded by music as a child and this had a huge impact in his growing. He would go on to organise music events from just 13 years old, late, he would begin to play at many venues in his hometown. In 2005 he formed DJM Productions where he would continue to grow his event roster. Having graced the decks with many very famous DJ’s and played at some of the world’s top venues, Tassos brings a wealth of experience to the table. The remix intros with a flourish as nice and phat kicks a licked with scattered percussions before a smooth synth rises up bringing a Tech flavour. A wonderfully warm driving bass surfaces soon after and gets the track firmly into its groove. A very smooth and rich pad eases into the sound and brings a wonderful, almost uplifting melancholic vibe to the sound before we get right back down to the business end of this Tech stomper. This one will not disappoint.
Moll steps into the remix arena next with his superb slice. Moll’s At The Dawn on Bonzai Basiks back in the summer of 2014 performed very well indeed. He also had a stint on Club Traxx – Dark & Deep 2. Much more to come from Moll so stay tuned. Here he gets right into a Techno flow from the off as bright, crispy hats line up against snappy claps and a muted kick. Cool FX filter through as we are blasted with a superb punchy kick that pounds out a steady rhythm. A warm bass shores up the low end beautifully and leave room for expertly crafted synths to dominate. The break is a masterclass in effects as the mids and highs get put through their paces before we are slammed back into the groove. Tight mixing and a brilliant slice of Techno that will sit well in any set.
Italian DJ and producer Francesco Dinoia delivers a truly sublime Tech cut with his remix. Francesco started to get interested in DJing from a young age, he soon developed the skills needed which also led him into the producing world. After just a few years he has notched up quite an impressive repertoire of releases across many labels. A talent worth keeping an eye on for sure. On the remix he brings his Tech flavours to the fore. The intro delivers a punchy kick with a crispy offset closed hat that brings a sharp edge to the sound. A deep bass sits perfectly on the low end as various percussions and drums provide a solid rhythmic platform. Deep rooted, relentless grooves that are sure to be a firm favourite among many.
Netherlands based DJ and producer Rajiv Jay returns to SRUR with his fantastic remix. Rajiv debuted here back in the Summer of 2014 with Lovers EP which gained much support. He also got a run out on our Muzika Volume 8 which also saw great support. Here he toughens up the groove with a raucous Techno offering. The intro sets off with a solid driving beat filled with low end kicks and sharp hats. A wonderful chord sequence filters up and gets the groove rocking for the duration. Tight drum patterns keep the rhythm flowing as that chord sequence comes to prominence. The break warms up the chords before we get churned back into the main sound. A rip roaring energy driven slice that will have floors bouncing.
Rod B. Rounds up this superb package with his remix. We last saw Rob back in Spring 2014 when he teamed up with JPhilipps on their wonderful remix for Dany Cohiba’s Liquid Cha. Rod does what he does best and injects the grooves with infectious amounts of Tech House that force you to move. The track subtly builds with distant hats and snappy snares before a phat kick takes over. Superb drum patterns bring a steady rhythm before the track breaks to reveal the star of the show. The bass walks through the sound beautifully with its warm tones and groovy licks. A robotic voice accompanies the sound on the main break before we head back into the main track. Stunning effort here that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Rotterdam based Vechigen return to Elemental after a short hiatus with the wonderfully chilled The Guest House. We last saw this superb artistic group back in May 2014 with Heart Of Croatia and you can expect to be blown away yet again with their brand of totally blissed out vibes.
First up is Chapter One which intros with a cool stuttering hat and a lush swelling pad. A beautifully warm deep bass rises alongside a distant vocal that brings a sweet melodic flow to the sound. Very subtle break beats provide a smooth rhythmic vibe that allows you to lose yourself in the sound. Wonderfully sequenced piano melodies are the highlight of this experience, cascading arps contrast beautifully with softer single hits resulting in a truly uplifting sound. Perfect.
Chapter Two follows on from the first chapter and keeps the focus on those wonderful melodies that are played out with a beautiful piano and rising pads. The main difference between the two is on this track, after the mid-point, a much more intense sequence follows with the introduction of a subtle synth melody and superb flute sequence that really captures the imagination. Simply stunning.