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DANNY MURPHY – ABRA EP (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

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Danny Murphy is a DJ, producer, live artist & label manager based in Barcelona. He makes his Green Martian debut with this three track EP entitled “Abra EP”. Danny has been an electronic music lover from an early age, and is influenced by the music of the 80s. Three years ago he founded the Tecnove Records label and has enjoyed a huge amount of releases across multiple genres with support from around the world.

First up is the title track “Abra” with a strong hypnotic progressive vibe. The track intros with a throbbing deep bass which continues throughout with little respite, this is accompanied by a solid percussive groove creating a wall of sound that will lock you in for the duration.

“Basement” has a much more tech element in the sound with prog still holding ground. Brilliant arrangement on the drums and percs carving out a solid, rhythmic groove. Punchy basses are contrasted with subtle melodies that really come to prominence on the break, big tune that will be at home in any box.

“Acidus” takes the pure prog route with a well crafted arrangement. The track begins its journey with a real nice kick and crisp hats, an organic bassline morphs its way through the various stages of acid accompanied with a deep sub bass. On the break we get some expert filtering and cool pads before getting right back to the groove, top stuff!

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DIMITRY LISS FEAT. KEVIN BASSETT – NOTHING IN PARTICULAR (PISTON RECORDINGS)

 

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Purveyor of the finest deep house grooves Dimitry Liss delivers yet another slice of goodness for our pleasure with a little help from the awesome vocals of Kevin Bassett on “Nothing In Particular”. This track also comes backed up with a superb remix!

The original mix kicks off in true Dimitry style with a very unique shuffle style goin on. We get down to business soon after with a sublime synth chord that just oozes deep house. Cool strong and steady groove with a very catchy bassline and rhythmic percussions. The shining star here of course is the outstanding vocals of Kevin Barrett, soulful, sultry, sensual and funky! The lyrics are an absolute joy to listen to and they tell a cool interesting story, a must have in any club playlist.

Czech DJ and producer Michal Schwa and Australian DJ and producer Nick West make up the talented duo of Shades Of Gray. This duo have a very impressive list of releases and remixes and have had their own tracks remixed by the cream of the crop in house music. Here the guys have created a simply stunning remix, they have chopped the vocal beautifully and the arrangement allows it to stand out well. The track takes on a much more deep tech approach with the deep bassline contrasting well with a real cool house chord and some chunky often grungy synths. A wonderful array of FX adds texture with an acid blip or two filtering through, awesome stuff!

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CHANTOLA – DAYS GO BY (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Henrik is back with another round of his mellowed out progressive vibes on this two tracker “Days Go By”. His last release “Another Day At The Dream Factory” done very well with support coming from many corners and top download stores featuring it heavily.

The title track intros with a nice thud on the kick and a warm pad sweeping through, subtle keys come in and the percussion starts to build up a cool flow on the rhythm. The strings gain slightly in intensity and the bassline adds a bouncy touch with some very cool pianos filling in the background. On the break we get an almost trancey feel with the synth chords ramping up the groove, very nice indeed.

“XTC” takes us deep into progressive vibes with a journey through a myriad of lush sounds, lots going on here and a perfect example of Henrik’s technical ability to be able to marry all these sounds while keeping the structure on point. Deep prog bassline with many different melodic sequences blending beautifully over a tight drum and percussion section. Elements of both house and trance are evident yet still offering a unique style, very well crafted and a joy to listen to.

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DANIEL RAY – LOFTY EP (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

 

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Popular remixer on Eyepatch Daniel returns with the wonderful two track “Lofty EP”. Daniel spreads his expertise over many genres with deep house and chill out being his most active genres. Today we see him with his deep house mode in full effect!

“Lofty” intros with classic deep style, a chunky kick with hats and a nice tom drum percussion with added FX. A cool steady rhythm is built up and in comes some deep toned xylophone sounds which adds a brilliant layer to this vibe. The track picks up the pace with many more instruments adding to the cacophony of sound, super tight arrangement and a cert to be picked up on many playlists.

“Lengthways” takes on a more upbeat approach, an amazing kickdrum is backed up with a truly awesome percussion section that will hook you in right from the start. Strange spacey type pads add an eerie feeling and are contrasted by some soft short piano melodies. This sound progresses and borders on prog itself with a deep deep bassline and quality FX, very well constructed.

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VICTOR MAXIMILIANO – SOME MELLOW DEEP (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

 

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Deep house stalwart Victor returns to Eyepatch with his two track joint “Some Mellow Deep”. His last release “Deep House Is A Feeling” was well received from all quarters with support from all over. When he’s not producing stunning tracks Victor regularly features on Bonzai’s Basik Beats radioshow and always has a fine selection of top grooves on offer.

The title track on this release is one very classy slice of deep house, kicking off with a soft organ and a very sharp contrasting synth line, the bassline comes through early and hypnotises throughout. Tight drum and percussion arrangement provide a steady rhythm and groovy chords keep this track moving brilliantly. The FX come in just at the right time and some seriously expert filtering adds depth to this. Yet again we see pure quality from Victor, awesome stuff.

Now for something different, “Run For Life” is a track that blends many forms of house into something special. Stepping away from the usual deep house formula we get a classic offset bassline, the breakbeats bring back memories of lower tempo oldskool hardcore and the synth work is pure house driven which gives this sound a lot of character. A huge track that will stand up well in any club and keep those asses shaking.

“How Could I” intros with a dark vocal sample and super low end sub bass with deep housey chords, a cool solid kick ensues and a steady rhythm is born. The track builds nicely with some smooth keys and a multitude of FX which are expertly placed which adds character. An overall energetic vibe from this that will be a welcome addition in any deep set.

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SA.DU – SECRETS EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

 

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The impressively talented Sa.Du delves back into the bowels of tech fuelled house with another four track EP entitled “Secrets”. We never tire of the sounds this guy produces and with every release comes support from all over and this is no exception, super tight production of the highest order.

“Season” gets us started and the intro boasts an intense feeling which is backed up with a very sinister vocal sample. An awesome kick comes in over a very rich church organ pad with the percussion building up the groove. Real nice deep house chords keep the flow and a few surprises come around throughout which really enhances the overall vibe, top notch stuff yet again!

“Secrets” takes on a true tech house vibe with a cool bassline and some quality percussion arranging. Minimal sounding track with a some very nice notes thrown in, big focus goes to creating the bouncy rhythm using lots of wooded percussion. Brilliant use of the vocal rounds up a simply amazing track.

“Giga” ramps up the energy somewhat with a groovy rhythm built up with the tight drum and perc arrangement. Super cool keys add a funky flavour and again we see a vocal sample used very well which fits the sound perfectly. Definitely a track that will grace many decks.

Getting right down to seriously groovy business with “In To You”, a real deep sliding bassline provides just the right amount of funk to this. Upbeat rhythms will shake any ass thanks to the banging kicks and sharp edged hats and percussions. Again Sa.Du uses vocal samples to perfection and again this will be a firm favourite among many listeners.

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SECTOR 7 – DNA (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

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Belgian native M.I.K.E. aka Push resurrects another of his famous monikers, Sector 7 with the track DNA and this comes backed up with a superb remix. The last release for this project came way back in 2006 with “Inside Of Me” and before that “Art Of Balance” and “Deep Breath” both on Green Martian from 2000. This is the second comeback for some of Mike’s projects after he revamped his Tribal Warriors guise very recently also.

“DNA” takes us right back to the pure progressive trance sounds of yesteryear with a modern twist. Understated kicks and just enough percussion to keep the rhythm flowing with the bassline holding things together nicely. Big sweeping synths carve out endless melodies, and this really gives it an almost retro feel. Great to see a return to this sound and sure to be a hit among diehard fans and new listeners alike.

Progressive maestro Blufeld takes to the mixing desk for his remix and what a brilliant effort it is too. Blufeld does what he does best and transforms the original into a warm, sultry progressive stomper, excellent reworking on the melodies while keeping true to the original. The bassline has been beefed up a lot adding that lush vibe, top quality stuff yet again.

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METRONOMES – INCEPTIONS (PROGREZ)

 

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Metronomes are a progressive DJing and production duo by Jon ManimaL & Magros, the guys return to Progrez fresh off the back of their last release “Spiders” with this two tracker entitled “Inceptions”.

The title track begins with a monstrous kick complete with a sharp clip on top, this builds and builds with many different percussions entering the fray. A super deep bassline gives lots of depth to the sound and on the break we get a very intense arrangement of FX which leads us back into a strong solid groove, perfect fodder for any prog set.

You would be forgiven if you thought this next track had anything to do with the cult movie classic The Big Lebowski whereby one of the characters named “Jesus” utters the phrase “Nobody Fucks With The Jesus” which is also the name of this track. The track intros with another huge kick with a cacophony of percs following suit, a roaring deep bassline will pound your senses and the floor. Quite minimal track all round with a big focus on percussions, another fine example from this talented duo.

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FRANKY FLOWERZ – IT CHOSE ME (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

 

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Franky Flowerz aka Mohan Des debuts on Elemental with a truly sublime two tracker. Mohan is a product of many years of musical experimentation which started when he was just five years old. He began with the saxophone and developed into classical music and ultimately electronica. He has a strong passion for music and delves into many different genres, today he takes us on a super chilled journey which is not to be missed.

“It Chose Me” intros with a very subtle, sweet melody with a few vocal samples sweeping through. Nice and cool laidback percussions build up the groove with a superb bassline rolling in. An overall relaxed vibe to chill the night away, brilliant.

“Mur Mur” showcases Mohan’s love of the saxophone with this instrument dominating the intro and throughout with a sultry vibe. Heavy beats add contrast while an array of different sounds fill the spaces beautifully, a wonderful musical piece by any standards.

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THOMAS GENCHEV – LIGHT HOLDER (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Fresh off the back of his last release “Groove Romance” Bulgarian producer Thomas Genchev returns with another cool progressive house slice which is backed up with two stunning remixes.

The original mix is a testament to house music at its most raw with progressive elements thrown in. Chunky pounding kicks and minimal percussion hold a solid rhythm while the throbbing deep bass gives us the progressive edge. Very cool house chords sit back and tease their way through the groove while a deep south vocal keeps the ear trained intently, top stuff!

Dutch tribalist and all round house junkie Thorin Van Gelderen steps up with a wonderful remix. Right from the off we get hooked into this tribal fuelled groove with huge amounts of house goodness. Superb bassline throughout adds an almost funky vibe and this is beefed up by the housey chords, a bouncing rhythms that will keep the floors shaking their thang all night.

Jakhira, who recently had his debut with Bonzai returns with a funked rework on the original. Fresh upbeat vibe from the start, subtle muted hats and percs keep the track on a perfect level heading. Midway through we get an amazing transformation into some pretty nifty funky chords and synths with the bassline adding a cool progressive contrast. Top notch remix here and a sure fire hit among many DJ’s.

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8 May 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

GABRIEL BEN & ED WHITTY – EPOCH (SOUNDS R US RECORDINGS)

 

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Gabriel and Ed join forces for a round of top quality techno on SRUR with “Epoch”. US based Gabriel is returning to these shores after a very well received remix on Ozan Kanik’s “Enough” while Irish native but now residing in Florida, Ed, is making his SRUR debut. Both Ed and Gabriel have seen a multitude of releases across many labels focusing mainly on techno and house and they have both worked with many top artists over the years.

The original mix of “Epoch” is a testament to the sound coming from this quality label at the moment, high octane in your face techno delights for the more energetic house parties. Bouncy rhythms with smooth basslines and some brilliant classic type techno-house synths, big sound here for any jock to get the floors moving.

Brazilian DJ Anderson Noise enters the arena with a superbly crafted minimalistic techno remix. Anderson is a major player on the scene having DJed in over 30 countries, released more than 50 tracks, 2 DVD’s, many compilations and runs his own label Noise Music. Here he strips the sound right back to its raw form and applies it in style to his own taste, almost primitive beats that pack a huge punch come flying out and that bassline will move any ass to the floor. Top quality FX and percussions add weight to the sheer rawness of this sound, one for the pure hearts here, top stuff!

Up next is Brazilian trio Re Dupre, Rod B. & Angelo Fracalanza with their collective top notch remix. All three make their SRUR debut and all three can be considered veterans in their field due to the mega amount of output from their labels. Re Dupre is the founder of PopArt , Miami Underground Records and Sessions Records all of which feature heavily on the Miami circuit. Rod B. is a graduate of SAE Miami in Audio Technology (Recording Arts) and is a main feature at some big events across southern US and afar. Angelo is a graduate of Music Production and he likes to focus on melodic tech house with lots of percussion. All three guys have appeared on many of the labels mentioned and their collective sound sits well on this label. The remix itself is a real upbeat slice of tech with lots going on, but the big focus is on the bassline, one of those bassline that just moves you! Tight arrangements and a solid groove all round, awesome stuff!

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AIRWAVE – THE WRATH OF TAMBORA (L*C*D RECORDINGS)

 

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The boomerang effect! See Airwave hit once, then BOOM he strikes back unexpectedly.

Remember when Airwave was about the perfect blend of progressive house and trance without a single trace of fluffy elements? Yes, THAT period. Escape From Nowhere, Alone in The Dark, Innerspace… Laurent made those tracks that combine his newer sounds with those banging elements from the past and… We can guarantee you a major reaction on “The Wrath Of Tambora”. No less than that. A major release again, and a true turning point in the man’s career, only a few months after his major album “Parallel Lines”.

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DAROUGE – OHWHA EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

 

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Debut release on Basiks for Darouge with his three track “Ohwha EP”. Darouge was first introduced to electronica through listening to top trance and progressive jocks and as time went on his musical preferences changed. After attending many different styled parties he began to settle on the house music with minimal tech and techno being his main focus. Now, after much hard work and determination he is ready to unleash his talents onto the scene with this superb minimal-techno-house effort.

The title track “Ohwha” is a strong tough edged slice of tech with a wonderfully deep bassline backed up with a very rhythmic percussion section. A real low deep vocal is present throughout and some classic house chords add a cool contrast to the sound, excellent start!

“Yehri” intros with a monster kick that would shudder any speaker system going. A brilliant tech bassline thunders along and gets right into your core and this is backed up with a myriad of FX and percussions. The big focus here is the almost horror movie type pad sequences, quite eerie and working so well with the sound.

“Looking Through The Barrel” ramps up the energy factor with a very bouncy techno rhythm, sharp hats and again a deep bassline dominates. Nice flow here and a dark vocal sample comes through to shake things up a bit, top stuff here and definitely tracks that will feature heavily on many playlists.

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SAGITTAIRE – ONE TWENTY FIVE (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

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Sagittaire is back with a quite stunning piece of progressive house bordering on trance. If you didn’t know this project is from the mind of none other than EDM genius himself, Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave. There is no limit to the talent from this guy as he proves yet again that music comes from deep within. Sagittaire’s last release came way back in 2007 with the special edition seven part “60”, now revamped and still keeping to the true nature of this guise we are delighted to have the two track release “One Twenty Five”

The title track intros with strange, weird and wonderful melancholic melodies which soon get a lush makeover when super warm pads fade through. The classic styled bassline sneaks in with a rolling effect and the track lifts off with a tight kick and percussion combi. THE big focus here is the amazing slightly gated synths with teasing underlying melodies that you want to burst out and take over completely. A masterclass in sound design here and sure to be a very popular choice among many.

“Omnibus” is a much more upbeat track with its bouncy effect and beautifully crafted melodies. Nice subtle intro with muted kicks that soon transforms into a full on shower of beats washed in bubbles of bliss. Very simple approach with a huge impact, lots of different sounds coming together nicely, offset bass, cool percussions, an amazing full kick and of course magical melodies. Refreshing sounds indeed, perfect for lazy days and upcoming summer evenings.

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