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Back and refreshed from his last release, the hugely popular “Don’t You Know” (with Junior J), Chantola delivers another fine slice of house driven beats jacked up with a dose of progressive. “I Want You” also comes packed with a very impressive collection of remixes to suit any venue.
The Original Mix constructs a well balanced house groove with its thumpy kicks and crispy percussions giving good rhythm. A very cool bass rips through the track and is further enhanced with some very nifty synth work, the house vibes are ramped up to funky proportions with a great and catchy vocal sample which is coupled with real smooth guitar licks. One hell of a floorfiller on offer and one to watch for sure.
House producer Tero steps up for his first remix on Bonzai with a truly wonderful display of house beats with a sprinkling of deep funk thrown in. Tero has an impressive release count under his belt on labels like Club 86 Recordings and Bullbeat Recordings. From the off the vibe oozes with the pleasures of funky keys which soon build into full on house mode. Perfect drum arrangements give the track a cool bounce, the added vocal samples solidifies the sound while the bass works wonders on the rhythms. Awesome piano work gives this track an all round feel and makes it a must have in any box!
No Chantola release would be complete without the Johny S treatment. This is his sixth remix for Henrik and we can see why he keeps coming back for more. Johny’s own tracks have been on labels like Club 86 Recordings, Bullbeat Recordings and 4 Play Trax to name a few. Here we get into a much more progressive vibe with a super tight arrangement on the drums and percussions. A very cool retro sounding synth does most of the work here as it draws you right into its groove while the deep bass keeps the rhythm flowing. Nice vocal samples come through and on the break the guitar and melodies transform the track before crashing back. Top notch prog house and sure to feature in many sets no doubt.
Another remix debut, this time from Finnish DJ and producer Jesse Suosalmi aka FunkyDee. Jesse too has seen releases on Club 86 and Bullbeat. If you’re after a big floor tune then you’ve come to the right place. The smooth grooves of the original have been taken and ramped up into a party pumping house masterpiece. The funk has certainly been injected here and for those of us who like our music with an oldskool flair then be prepared for a trip that will have you throwing your hands in the air. Absolutely stunning remix and a cert to be featured many times on playlists all over!!
Debut appearance on Piston for Italian DJ and producer Francesco Bertelli aka Mennie. Having been around the scene for ten plus years, Francesco decided to produce under his new guise Mennie in 2011. Since then he has collaborated the likes of Mario Piu and seen his releases grace labels such as Fahrenheit, Pild Records, Melomane to name a few. Aside from producing he also DJ’s across the globe alongside many top jocks like Matthew Dear, Nick Curly, Alex Celler and many more.. “Rawaus” is a top class four tracker filled with all the delights of House.
“What You Want” is a deep organic sounding track with a real tough and gritty edge. Heavy kicks and sharp percussions deliver a smooth rhythm while the bass gets down and dirty giving that raw feel. Fantastic vocal shrieks are a cool contrast and build up the groove perfectly. On the break some classic house chords fade through, great stuff!
“Feel The Love” hits the groovy deep and funky house nail right on the head. Superbly crafted drum sections keep the rhythm flowing alongside a great short vocal sample. The grooving bass is accompanied by stunning synth chords which add that funky flavour, the break is dominated with a high pitch string that fades out to reveal this solid groover once more, a must for any box.
“Jackin” is one of those tracks that will have any floor pumping. Strong deep house grooves with added funk coming out of the bouncy bassline. Crispy sharp hats brighten up the sound and another great vocal sample is evident. On the break the house vibes continue to flood through as we are teased with some classic sounding synths, fantastic stuff that will be a welcome slice in any set.
The title track “Rawaus” is the last track on this stunning EP. The house flavours keep on coming as that intro throws out a tight and solid drum and percussion arrangement. High strings fade through and take us up to a short drop were a cool vocal sample gets a showing before slamming into a full on house joint complete with a bassline that will get any ass shakin! This will be a real floor favourite for sure.
German producer and DJ Eric Kanzler returns to Basiks with a fantastic two tracker “Square EP”. Eric is proving to be very popular around the Basiks office due to the fact that he always delivers the goods with his sounds. His last outing “Hypnotiz” which was taken from his album “Scary Faces”, saw great support from many quarters.
First up we have “Square 303″ and as you can imagine we are in for a nice treat with some raw sounds. Eric doesn’t disappoint here as he pulls out the blips and sets us up for a tasty ride through tech. A super tight drum arrangement is the perfect companion for the maelstrom of analog sounds coming through. We get acid squelches coming from all angles forming up into a superb tech house stomper. A must for any box!
“Dusk” goes deep with a dark vibe from the off delivering a very tense feeling as a sinister sounding vocal creeps up. The kicks pack a huge punch and are met with a well constructed percussion section. Hypnotic rhythms take over before the track takes a twist with an acid line that will have you quaking, superb stuff yet again from Eric!
Noa Romana and Deersky aka Piotr Sarnecki join forces on Green Martian for their debut two tracker “The Waterfall Reflection”. Belgian Noa draws his influences from electronic greats like Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Moroder and others. Aside from production he hosts radioshows on Pure FM and Insomnia FM. Polish producer Deersky first got into electronic music through listening to Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk, Robert Miles, Underworld, Moby, Paul Oakenfold and The Prodigy. Since 2002 he has been heavily into progressive house and that’s what he loves most nowadays. The guys have worked together for over three years on various projects including radio, DJing and production, and they sure do work well together.
“The Waterfall Reflection” is an uplifting, feel good vibe. The intro sets that mood straight away with a cool plucky synth and mellow pad. The kicks add a great dynamic to this and the bass delivers a truly lush groove. Beautiful melodic sequences find their way through the sound with arps and the odd vocal snippet. Wonderfully rich track that will turn a lot of heads for sure.
“Dreaming Awake” is proper prog house stomper, the intro boasts a huge thumping kick which is contrasted by swirly synths and when the bass come through it adds a whole new dimension to the sound. Again the guys throw in stunning, complex melodies which are a joy to listen to and make this a track that you will listen over and over again and identify new things every time.
Spanish DJ and producer Victor Vera is back with SRUR with his two tracker “Block Party EP”. Victor’s first release here came with his “Thermonuclear Reaction” on Muzika Volume 2. That same release also appeared on compilations with Bonzai Progressive and Bonzai Basiks.
The title track “Block Party” is up first. Solid intro with classic kick and hat combi with other percussive features filtering through. The bass comes through with a bounce adding a lot of energy to the sound. The FX work is top quality and it blends in so well. Great work on the vocal sample give the track an edge. Top stuff again from Victor and will no doubt get a lot of attention.
“Schwarm” is up next, the intro boasts softly keys which are twisted and morphed into a wall of synth before the kicks and electro percussion free it and set up a steady groove. These transformations continue throughout and shape the sound nicely into a solid hypnotic rhythm.
Italian musician and producer Paolo Petrella aka Roy Cleveland debuts on Elemental with his album “O”. He is a product of the Italian Conservatory of music in Napoli, Italy. A talented bassist, he describes himself as fitting into no particular genre, although he does profess to delve into glitchy minimal electro. This album entitled O (meaning circle) is so called as he wants the tracks to be seamless without pause, with each track melting into the next and rising up from the previous.
“O – #1″ sets us off on the album, sharp edged synth chords rise up and constantly transform from smooth to glitchy seamlessly. Superb basses infect the sound and an array of quality FX add lots of texture. Very clever and forward thinking and no need to adjust your speakers as the sound effect may have you believe.
“O – #2″ has much more of the qualities as the first track did, totally raw, organic sounds with some brilliant work on the frequency controls. A warm synth teases through the sea of sound and fades out leaving you waiting for more.
“O – #3 (Riots)” brings a warm synth to the fore, chopped up drum samples and more electro samples are processed beyond recognition, again we see lots of glitchy sounds and by the very concept of the album, those sounds fit beautifully.
“O – #4″ takes on a much more formulaic approach with beats becoming slightly more prominent, a darker side takes shape with hard edged beats and gritty basses. All this is accompanied by a multitude of organic FX which marry up brilliantly.
“O – #5″ takes us to the end of the journey with some eerie melodic sequences beginning to form out of strange synth patterns. A deep and dark bass resonates as this structure takes shape and again the FX work is top notch. Something different and definitely something to think about as this array of sounds raids your senses.
Fresh off the back of his “Revelations” track, Audio Noir serves up another round of progressive goodness with his two tracker entitled “Floorlicker”.
The title track sets us off on a wonderful trip through surreal progressive grooves. The intro creates a vibrant atmosphere as the vocal samples and FX clash alongside a superb thumping kick. Danceable rhythms are built with the aid of a fantastic percussion arrangement and on the break the track transforms into full on progressive meltdown. A chest pounding baseline pulsates through the sound as a cool riff moves alongside. Such a dynamic groove here which will get a lot of attention.
“Fibre Feelings” intros with a myriad of percussion instruments amalgamating to form a diverse rhythm. The beat gets rocking with the kicks coming through accompanied by a monstrous baseline and well crafted FX. The track intensifies and a huge wall of sound erupts, raiding the senses with a very complex groove, top stuff.
Fresh from his last release, “Panorama”, Yaroslav Lenzyak shows up at Eyepatch with a surreal slice of deep house grooves on this three tracker “Jupiter”. This very talented producer is putting Ukraine firmly on the EDM map with his unique brand of deep house and progressive vibes, and with much more to come it is for sure exciting times ahead.
First up is “Jupiter”, a wonderfully lush and surreal deep cut. The track intros with beautiful easy flowing synths, the kicks ease in gently before their full force begins to pound setting us off on a fantastic journey through house. Nice and simple hats alongside a minimal percussion arrangement that adds a lot of character. A low end droning bass shores up the groove while the big focus is on an awesome array of synth sounds that blend together superbly.
“Delta” intros with cool synths over a complex and very well crafted drum and percussion arrangement while the layers build slowly into a full on deep vibe. The myriad of FX work so well on the sound as a plethora of chords build up to a solid house groove making this a must for any of the deeper sets out there.
“Phantom” gets going with a huge kick intro backed up with some cool percussions and surreal synth pads. Soon a deep pulsating bass takes over giving off a hypnotic vibe while the synths begin to transform adding a new dimension in the sound. An epic ride that will dig deep down into your soul, a definite must in any box.
Spanish DJ and producer Ruben Losada debuts on Progrez with his two tracker, “The Creature Of The Tenth Planet”. Ruben got into music from an early age and he honed his DJing skills playing in and around Madrid since 2006. Soon he began to produce in various styles and these two track are a testament to a talented, hard working artist.
The title track gets us moving with classic styled intro, chunky kicks and sharp hats, these set up a cool flowing rhythm which the track is built on. Very surreal FX begin to make a show and these strangely alien sounds do the title justice. A fluent rolling baseline takes full focus when it rises through the sounds. Intensity starts to build as stunning long noted synths with sequenced pulses rush in, superb stuff!
“Something In The Sky” dishes out a strong progressive house vibe for the get go. Snappy kicks are married with minimal percussion over a pulsating bassy sound with cool FX edging through. Percussions build and build settling into a solid rhythm as the bass intensifies combining the sounds well. The track goes on a merciless journey creating hypnotic grooves that will no doubt get the darker sets rocking.
“Looking Down” was the last EP from Joal on Monog Records and probably the most successful ep we had till now! After we licensed to m_nus for their “Enter Ibiza 2013″ compilation, “Looking Down” was literally played all over the world by artists like Barem, Hot since 82, Mihai Popoviciu, and many others. Now, the label owner is back with a fresh new release. Over EP represents the end of a chapter in life with his moving from Lisbon to Berlin! Two original tracks (“Over” and “I See Why”) are making the package and again you will find a lot of groove inside.
This EP is highly influenced by detroit techno, so TR 909, deep basslines and piano chords are the basis of the entire release. No more words needed, just listen and see for yourself!