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Sounds R Us Recordings continues to deliver stunning quality in their output and now we see the momentum keep up with another round of fantastic cuts in Muzika Volume 6! Four slices of the best techno on offer from four of the hottest artists on offer. SRUR regulars Moll, D.Z.N, Onofrio Conte and Kendrick rip it up one more time so buckle up for a monster ride!
We kick off with Moll’s ‘My Rhythm’ which intros with a crisp hat coupled with sharp claps creating a cool rhythm, this takes us up to a super phat and chunky kick with a deep rooted bass which pushes the sound to new heights. Very minimal in nature with multiple sounds peeking through, but the big focus here will no doubt be the deep and seedy vocal as it narrates a cool story on the break. An absolute must this one and will fill the floors for sure!
Onofrio Conte is up next with his track ‘Numbness’. Big chunky kicks get the track going with the percussions getting the rhythm flowing beautifully. The bass bubbles up from below and resonates throughout the sound with the tendency to get that ass moving. A monster techno groove with subtle synth work that will be a must for those big room gigs, not to be missed.
D.Z.N. deliver the stunning ‘Moving On’, here the temperature is firmly rising as the groove intensifies with a full on techno workout. The percussion is a big feature here as it sits high above the other sounds and moves the track beautifully. A nice big and bubbly bass packs a powerful punch and is the driving force of the sound no doubt. Soon a monster synth riff will take over taking the track even higher as the energy levels rise. The floors will be alight with this one so get it in your box!
Lastly we have Kendrick with ‘Yeah’. Right from the off the rhythms are in full flow as the percussions combine smoothly alongside a punchy kick. Cool vocal samples add a groovy edge to the track and before long a super smooth, deep bass pulls the track along. The percussions are relentless and create a hypnotic atmosphere which carries right the way through. A brilliant cocktail of sounds that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Daddy aka Koen Mertens turns up on our Green Martian imprint after some fine releases on Bonzai Progressive and Eyepatch. Here he delivers the outstanding ‘Memories Are Forever’ which comes with an awesome remix from Davide Catania.
First up we have the Original Mix, which after giving it a few listens will have the nostalgia flowing through your system on overdrive. The intro boasts a cool punchy kick with classic percussions building up a nice flowing vibe. A deep and resonating bass enters the fray on the offbeat and all around many wonderful sounds paint a complex picture. An intensity builds in the sound which culminates in a smooth melodic groove. This groove somehow takes you back to the great days of progressive while keeping a firm root in the here and now. The break is a stunning display of simplicity as a cool hook takes hold with warm pads ebbing and flowing in the background. Look out for some fantastic vocal manipulation and classic samples.
Based in Denmark, Davide returns to Green Martian for remix duty and what a fantastic job he does. We last saw Davide here with his ‘Desert Sky’ which certainly raised a few eyebrows as expected. The remix intros with a superb kick and hat combo with percussions building nicely giving off a cool bouncy vibe. The bass soon takes over and injects a dose of energy that really beefs up the sound no end. Excellent use of the vocal sample and coupled with rising pads give a nice melodic flavour. The break ushers in a classy guitar riff before a nice big synth takes us right back into the track for the remainder of this kick ass cut. Definitely not to be missed!
Hady Tarek launched his DJ career in 2002, when he began arranging his favourite tunes in mix sessions that became very popular among his friends and extended social networks. Due to the popularity of his mixes, he started hosting small parties, where he was enthusiastically received for his track selection skills. After a year of continuous gigs and club nights, he took his mixes to Nile FM, the biggest radio station in Egypt with FM, satellite and online broadcasts. His first appearance in 2004 brought his music to a wider audience and marked the beginning of a regular guest appearance on the station. Many more radioshow spots followed along with an impressive release count across many labels. Here he debuts with his two tracker, ‘Night Shift’.
Kicking us off into a full on progressive stomper we have ‘Night Shift’. Big and burly kicks are accompanied by a tight percussion arrangement as a sweeping synth stabs through. A fantastic arp provides a rhythmic backdrop as a truly deep rooted bass shores up the rear. The break brings the arp to the fore as it modulates against that synth stab and squealing string before slamming back into the main groove, a definite keeper!
‘Robo Ride’ gets the levels rising with a big phat kick and percussion combo including some skilfully placed drums. A sharp stabbing synth is a big feature and leads into a monstrously deep bassline that will have any bass bin quaking. A relentless groove ensues before the break offers up a cool melodic sequence which contrasts well with that deep bass. A hell of a ride into the deeper side of prog and a must for any box.
Spanish DJ and producer Mianyo debuts on Piston with an irresistible two tracker entitled ‘Beat Club EP’.
A relative newcomer to the scene Mianyo has seen releases on labels like Musex Industries and Azari Records. His tracks have been remixed by Oraa and Peter Ryan and he has turned his own hand to remixing other artists also.
First up we have ‘Beat Repeat’ which intros with a classic punchy kick and crispy percussion combo, this arrangement dishes out a nice flowing rhythm and takes us up to a smooth deep house synth that morphs at every turn. A cool and warm bass keeps this groove surging forward and the addition of a very cool vocal adds a fresh twist. The break boasts the vocal alongside some squeaky FX which works so well and leads back into the main sound for a cool and groovy ride through deep house, awesome stuff.
‘Txuribeltz Club’ gets the juices flowing with a smooth percussion driven intro which leads up to a nice thudding kick that will get that ass shaking in no time. A fantastic swirling synth chord comes through and just oozes house flavours. A super laidback groovy bass takes over and gets the track into full on house mode. On the break subtle chords filter through before a superb female vocal from Adriana Lucia dominates the sound alongside bassy shots. The track builds back up into full swing and will no doubt keep the floors alive. A tribute to the popular Txuribeltz Club which attracts many of Pistons artists and championed by the likes of Oraa and Piek.
A sublime and smooth slice that is not to be missed.
German veteran DJ Martin Merkel returns to Basiks with the thunderous ‘Scarabee’. His last outing ‘Abyss’ performed very well indeed with support coming from many quarters and Martin’s other releases on various labels also draw much attention.
First up is the Blue Edit of ‘Scarabee’ which intros with a huge kick and deep growling sub bass that lurks below. Tough edged percussions are the perfect companion as this track delves right into a techno fuelled ride. Powerful driving rhythms ensue as a very cool synth riff comes into play and arps through the sound. Quite minimal in nature this track will be a nemesis to many bass bins as that monster bass bursts out, definitely one to watch.
The Red Edit of ‘Scarabee’ has all the hallmarks of a monster tune as the bass pounds its way through your body and is joined by a punchy kick and tight percussion arrangement. Focusing much more on the darker side of techno with a sinister intent the track will be the main feature in many sets for sure. The relentless grooves are broken only by a short break before slamming right back into it for the duration, not to be missed.
‘Clockworks’ intros with a massive bass and a superb kick combination as cool percussions begin to form and add a smooth rhythmic vibe. A solid groove is metered out some very cool minimal synth work eases in, but the big hitter is the bass which will no doubt have the bassheads at full attention. The break delivers a classy array of techno fuelled synth and FX which reaches a white noise climax before thundering back into this tough edged techno grinder.
Serbian DJ and producer Nemanja Petrovic aka Gibbon debuts on Green Martian with ‘Dance Of Nature EP’. Having perfect the art of mixing from a young age, he soon moved into the world of production and secured a few releases before getting hooked up with Bonzai. The prospect of many releases are what’s in store with this guy so keep your eyes and ears peeled.
First up we have ‘Meanders’ which gets going with a nice, full kick and percussion combo and leads us up to a cool, pulsating, rough edged bassline with a mesmerizing pad going off in the background. The pace picks up with the percussions forming a tight and rhythmic arrangement which settles the track nicely for a smooth progressive journey. The break brings forth those mesmerizing pads and are joined by a brilliant vocal sample before jumping right back into the main groove, top quality stuff.
The Dub Mix offers a relentless progressive journey with a rough edged bass and superbly crafted drum arrangement which makes for a rhythmic ride. The break lets loose with a mesmerizing pad which soon makes way for a brilliantly crafted synth sequence that dominates the track. A must for those later sets!
‘Avalanche’ intros with a nice chunky kick with cool and crispy percussions enhancing the rhythm. A short break brings with it a wispy pad before climaxing with a powerful pumping bass which will take over any floor. Stabby synth work comes through and is joined by cool plucky sequences on the break as a deep drone rises from the depths. The track reaches its peak as the sounds combine brilliantly for the duration, a very classy progressive groove indeed.
After a nice fluent intro filled with well rounded kicks and rhythmic percussions ‘Torrent’ unleashes its full potential with a sublime liquefied synth that is delivered with smooth melodies. The bassline coolly matches each note on the synth and creates a stunning groove at which to shake that ass in an unforgiving manner. The break gives full attention to those quality synths as a subtle, sweeping arp adds assistance before rising back into full swing, wonderful track and a big hitter for sure.
‘Spirit Awakening’ rounds off this stunning EP in style. A silky smooth kick led intro eases into some cool and groovy strings with a sweet and melodic arp soon joining the party. A plucky bassline gives the track a nice bounce as we settle in for an nice flowing ride. A myriad of melodies come through in many guises on the break and form the basis of the track as it gives off an uplifting, happy vibe. An eleven minute journey into an upbeat groovy little number!
The Sad Lovers make a debut appearance on Bonzai Elemental with this superbly crafted chilled out downtempo album ‘The Sad Lovers’. Listening to the album in its entirety will give you a sense of connection that is a perfect way to spend an evening.
First up we have ‘Realization’ which intros with a melancholic piano that sets the mood for a smooth and relaxing journey. The track soon unleashes a wonderfully groovy drum arrangement to get your head swaying. A rich and deep bass gives the track a huge boost and will keep you locked in for the duration.
‘Virtual’ intros with a cool urban drum groove with plucky synth notes coming through as strings begin to rise. Subtle melodies are formed in the background as the groove digs deeper with the bass making a play. Very smooth downtempo vibe!
‘Chimes’ begins life as a swirling wind effect sets your mind of on a wander. As the name suggests, sweet chimes begin to seep out melodies a warm and lush strings and pads create a colourful glow, very nice and rich vibe, perfect for a chilled out night.
‘I Am…’ intros with a very cool bass synth as vocal samples echo in the background. A big beat arrangement comes into play and gives off a strong groove. Lots of instruments join the fun and deliver their own slice of the vibe, great stuff.
‘So Far’ intros with a nice and smoothly subtle melody before a dark drum section brings with it a melancholic flavour. Nicely pitched strings sweep through and a strong piano takes the focus of the track. Very contemplative groove and an absolute gem.
‘Alarm Bells’ is a kind of an interlude in the album. Noisy synths lead the way before a series of tuned bells let loose to the back drop of a deep drum slap, a quirky little number with a dark edge.
‘Poignant’ has a city street vibe as a deep piano weaves an intricate pattern alongside a true urban esque drum arrangement. The piano melts with every stroke and is soon joined by a very cool violin that adds a richness to the vibe.
Echoing plucky synths provide the intro to ‘Opening The Flower’. Nice and smooth strings bring up the rear as a chunky kick led arrangement paves the way for the big double bass groove that flows through the sound, very nice indeed.
‘Waterboy’ is a seamless soundscape with a cool ebbing and flowing water effect. Sweet plucks add contrast and a smooth break beat groove keeps the track on course. Nice and short piece but enough to keep your mind active.
‘The Drifter’ intros with an almost muted Church choir effect with a deep organ type sequence coming through. A chunky kick and rhythmic percussion section gets the toes tapping as the groove meanders along, greats tuff.
Lastly we have ‘Disappear’ with its plinky piano led intro. The pianos give off a strange melodic vibe which gets a boost from a deep pad that sits beautifully in the background. A sharp edged percussion arrangement is accompanied by a subtle kick as a deep bass begins to reverberate through the sound, classy stuff!
Audio Noir’s ‘Transfagarasan Highway’ which performed very well on the circuit gets a rerub with the help of some top producers in this massive remix pack.
The Original Mix intros with a wonderful and very distinct sub bass, the bass just eases in effortlessly and you begin to realise how recognisable it is, this track is one that will bring back memories of an awesome time in EDM, all the qualities are there for your aural pleasure. The classic vocal sample will have you jumping in no time along with the rolling bassline and tight arrangement. On the break we are treated to a super cool piano and again that vocal sample will keep you focused in on the journey ahead, simply stunning!
Belgium’s legendary M.I.K.E. is first up to the remix desk with an absolute stomper of a remix. Currently, as you would expect, Mike is always busy with something. He juggles a hectic DJ schedule which takes him all over the world, he churns out the quality from the studio on a regular basis and he still finds the time to engage with his loyal fanbase and spend time with family, how does he do it! On this remix he takes the main elements from the original and adds that M.I.K.E. touch that will light up any floor. A thumping great bass intros alongside some sharp percussions that steadily build a smooth rhythmic vibe. That massive vocal sample gets the veins pumping as the track breaks loose with a classic bassline and techy synths as rolling snares raise the temperature even more. The track continues to build with high octane precision and forces you to get those hands in the air as the break unleashes a massive hook which quite simply blows your mind, top stuff from the master!
Airwave aka one hell of a talented guy is up next to remix duty with his own stunning take on this classy track. Laurent is an extremely busy artist at the moment, he is a regular feature and many venues worldwide and this trend is ever increasing as gigs will be taking him to Canada as well as a recent stint in Goa. He is also a hard working studio artist, at present he has many projects on the go alongside Phi Phi and with J00F, aside from that he lends his talents to remixes like we have here. The track intros with that familiar kick and bass combination as crisp hats and percussions begin to form up. Very cool FX deliver a surreal atmosphere before the track takes on a new dimension with the introduction of some tightly arranged drums. The pace quickens and we soon met with some amazing melodic pads that sweep across the sound which is further enhance by a beautifully deep pipe instrument. The break offers up a sublime sequence of melodies before slamming back into this full on progressive grooving monster, stunning!
The ever impressive Manu Riga is up with his Angel On Earth Mix. Manu is always keeping busy with lots of remix work as well as his own material which we will hope to be seeing very soon. From the get go you can feel the energy dripping off this remix as the kicks pick up the pace. These are complimented by a tweaked stuttering vocal and a bassline that drives the groove with a throbbing punch. Beautifully emotive melodies weave an intricate pattern with an ethnic tinge. The break delivers sweet laced arps which ebb and flow alongside that bubbly bassline. A cool, flowing and intense groove for the floors which is not to be missed.
Next up is Thorin with his stunning remix which is full of deep progressive delights. Thorin churns out quality productions on a regular basis. He has a hugely impressive catalogue of remixes as well as his own material which is always very well received from all quarters. His remix intros with a full on in your face groove as chunky kicks are met with contrastingly lush pads a tough edged bass, which makes for a cool combination. This groove powers on relentlessly up to the first short break where the pads come to the fore. Soon after a nice and smooth synth comes into play and adds cool textures to the sound. At the main break some more melodies ease in and that vocal sample also makes a showing before the track kicks right back into the main sound, which makes this a must have track in any set!
The Zen Mix is pure bliss, a huge soundscape that you wish would go on and on. The bass just flows along and is the perfect match for the myriad of sounds in attendance. Spitting pipes, bright synths and that superb vocal blend together beautifully creating an awesome atmosphere where you will lose yourself for a while, brilliant!
Paul debuts on Piston with the superb ‘Never Ending’ and is backed up with two fantastic remixes. Paul got into electronic music early in his life but didn’t get the behind the decks until he was about 21 years old. Soon after he decided to get into producing with the results seeing releases on labels like Dash Deep Records, Deepmentality Records and Endemic Digital to name just a few.
The Original Mix is silky smooth deep fuelled track that combines many different elements beautifully. From the steady flowing rhythms to the amazing vocal. The big feature is for sure that vocal which just captivates as it narrates its story, the deep and warm bass washes over the track effortlessly as arps weave out cool patterns. Deep house chords also play a big role and give great depth to the sound creating a stunning groove which will be a joy to listen to.
London based DJ and producer JR (UK) aka Simon Bingham returns to Piston after his debut with ‘For The O.G’s’ which performed very well getting much support. Here he pulls out all the stops to deliver a fine slice of house music. Classic kick and hat intro sets the pace along with crispy claps and a big brass stab. Smooth chords ease into the sound and take us to the vocal which is just stunning. Nice little melodic shots peek through in the form high pitched notes and lead us into a silky bass filled with warmth and depth. The bass intensifies and transforms with a much more gritty vibe coming through. On the break that gritty bass continues as a simply awesome synth riff comes into play and takes right back into this floor shaking groove, brilliant stuff.
Well respected Portuguese DJ & Producer Joal is up next with his remix. Joal has been responsible for some top quality music over the years and while this is his first outing on Piston he has seen many releases on labels like Eyepatch Recordings, Howz Choonz, Bonzai Progressive and Bonzai Basiks to name just a short few. His main outlet is his own Monog Records which he oversees as A&R, bringing in new talent and setting high standards. He also performs outstanding live shows where he showcases his skills running live studio equipment and instruments. Here he adds his superbly unique twist on the original with a fine example of his meandering style. The track intros with a fantastic punchy kick and closed hat with percussive elements building up through the sound as a hypnotic sound effect loiters in the back. The sound effects are ever evolving and add a very cool texture to the grooves. The vocal manipulation is awesome and leads us into a very soft acid type sequence that stays the course. A wonderful slice that will no doubt draw lots of attention!
Belgium based DJ’s J.E.O.F., Config and P.O.W. make up Wild Guess. In the summer months of 2012 J.E.O.F. and Config decided to team together as the DJ duo Guess What?. A guest appearance in Culture Club and playing out at Houseworx parties in Ghent and Bruges rapidly got them noticed and became more popular in the region. As time passed by, they were looking forward to start producing their own tracks as well. Near the end of 2012, their producing career took a critical step forward when P.O.W, who had previous experience in producing, was eager to join the team. The result is this debut on Green Martian with ‘Nebulae’ which comes backed up with a superb remix.
The Original Mix intros with a nice chunky kick as an expertly crafted arp weaves its patterns and comes in to the fore. Smooth and silky strings sit in the background and add a cool tension to the sound. The bass comes at you in big phat chunks that give a real boost to the vibe and forcing you to move. A massive swaying synth soon takes control of the sound and on the break they are joined by a classy guitar lick before slamming right back into the main groove to round off a huge prog stomper.
Jack Jakhira is a regular contributor to the Bonzai network as both a remix artist and with his own material which we will be hoping to see more of soon. Here he gives us his Dusty Recreation which stays true to the original and delivers a stunning progressive vibe. Well rounded kicks get going with a tight percussive rhythm section leading up to a powerful grungy bass. Warm synths come through as the track heats up and we settle into a strong and solid groove. The break opens up a new world as sweet melodies combine before jumping right back into this fantastic journey through prog house. A truly epic ride that will no doubt be a big feature on many sets.