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Portuguese producer 2tan returns to Elements Records with the stunning ‘South Of Heaven EP’. His last outing ‘Aokigahara’ proved popular among the deep and dark fraternity and there can be no doubt we are in for a real treat here again.
Kicking us off is the original mix of ‘1st Circle’ which intros with a darkly theme and sets the mood beautifully for this ride. A deep bass drone encapsulates the sound while all around we have very cool FX the ebb and flow throughout. Just when you think that sub bass will fade out it comes back and keeps hold. A very smooth arrangement on the drums and percussions, quite subtle, nicely padded kicks and basic hat patterns make for a smooth ride. The break releases more of that bass and then suddenly an infectious plucky bass crops up transforming the vibe brilliantly. Awesome stuff!
Next up is the original mix of ‘6th Circle’. The track comes at us with a tough layered kick and a deep sub bass coming up from below. Brilliantly arranged FX work provide a big focus to the track but this is secondary to the real deep and dark theme running through. A gritty workout ensues and the sound takes leap as a much more prominent bass sound takes over. The break offers up a wall of white noise that rises on its way to the kick back and on the way it picks up a brilliant bass sequence. Top notch stuff yet again!
The original mix of ‘Curse Of Apollo’ intros with a beautiful bubbling effect on the sound, you get the sense of the sound rising up from the depths. Nice deep vibe running through with plenty of cool FX to keep the ears trained. A hypnotic synth line plays out and becomes a major focus within the track as an ever shifting drum arrangement keeps up a solid rhythm. The bass pulsates from the deep and keeps that dark them alive. The break leads us into a new path as the sound transforms superbly into something unexpected. The cool vocal samples are a nice addition to this relentless dark groover.
‘6th Circle’ is given the remix treatment by PH Zero and what a fantastic bit of work it is. The intro sets off with a superb arp that leads us into a full on stomper as chunky kicks and smooth percussions come into play. A deeper bass runs throughout as the arp transforms itself into many shapes. A nice big stab makes a show from time to time and blends well. Super tight arrangements keep the groove solid and on the break we get more of that big stab as it takes us back into the main track, stunning remix that is not to be missed.
‘1st Circle’ gets a remix from Aqob and takes the track on a very smooth journey. Cool robotic voice intro that leads to a chunky kick with a sweeping string in behind. A truly awesome deep, lush bass runs so smoothly through the sound that you will be forced to get up and dance. Percussions begin to layer in the structure and the rhythms begin to form beautifully into a solid groover. As the track progresses the arrangement becomes intricate with the additional patterns that really give a boost. The break descends into a simple arp and string combo before that beautiful big kick and bass come powering back. A definite must have track for your deeper sets, you will not be disappointed.
Elements Records delivers its second release with a trio of quality producers who offer three top notch tracks.
First up we have Jonatan Ramonda with ‘Break Glasses’. Jonatan is an Argentinean DJ and producer who has a very impressive list of releases across many labels including, Balkan Connection South America, BIT Records Mexico, Mistique Music and Liquid Grooves just to name a few. The track is a beautifully crafted slice of deep house breaks, a big feature are those chunky kicks that stand out so well and perfectly balanced with some crisp hats. Very cool FX sweep back and forth alongside some nice pads. The bassline rounds up the track brilliantly which will draw a lot of attention, great stuff.
Next up is Portuguese producer 2tan with ‘Aokigahara’. 2tan is a self taught producer with a musical career spanning almost 20 years. He spent 10 of those years perfecting his production style and the results can be found on imprints such as, AU Records, Dark Expressions and Mestiza Records. An almost alien FX led intro gets the track moving before a nice subtle kick takes over with an atmospheric pad also coming through. The FX continue throughout and do a great job adding texture to the sound. Percussions ease their way in and take on many forms as the layers build. The bass comes in late on and beefs up the groove, superb stuff out of Portugal, not to be missed.
Lastly we have Portuguese-Finnish DJ and producer Monoritmo aka Miguel Parreira with ‘Magic Voice’. The track intros with solid kicks and a cool melodic arp with subtle percussions and some fantastic sounds easing through. The arp is relentless as it provides the main focus to the sound, it is complimented by some very cool synth work that fades gently in adding nice textures. The bass takes its time to come through and when it does the track is transformed into a beautiful house groove, excellent stuff!
Tarot (the moniker for Tokyo based, Japanese producer Taro Fujita) has been released on labels such as: Session Trax, TKC Music, Ready Mix Records, just to name a few.
He has been involved with names such as: DJ Vibe, Pirupa, Frank Maurel, Carlos Fauvrelle, Cytric, John Creamer & Stephane K and That Kid Chris, having been coproduced by some and remixed by and for others.
But now, forgetting all the Tarot references in the Underground scene…
Sunny is a true Progressive House track, consistent with Tarot’s style, with many delayed instrument elements floating around. The bassline is a saw filtered pad that fills up the bottom of the composition, which is followed by ethnic vocals that appear time to time.
Going beyond the Progressive theme is a Modern epic story told by Tarot that is unmissable if you really understand what true Progressive House Music is about.
2tan, the marble boy from AU Records, does what he does best in his interpretation; defining the pace in a way that we can’t understand, he brings the atmosphere and makes it grow. The picture is filled by colour every time he decides to make something happen, and trust us you don’t want to see this guy DAW mapping. His interpretation is a mutant monster that is never quiet, yet everything that happens is perfectly and subtle planned. The post script… 2tan’s done it Epic again, full bassline, pads, noise’s and other effects that seem to appear from a star called Pollux, and the ginger in the top of the cake, a really simple but perfect melody that completely turn his composition into a work of genius. We cannot attempt to classify it… Just listen!
AUBK004 marks 2Tan’s entry to our artist crew, and this release is proof of his enormous talent!
Black Rock EP delights our followers with two brilliant originals, the ground-breaking “Black Rock” and an airy track called “Etten-Leur”.
Though amazing separate, these tracks gain a all new life when together in the same EP where they tell to the listener a story which begins in “Etten-Leur” beautiful synth work, and ends up having its “great finale” written in “Black Rock”.
More than sound, this is EP is a story written on sound.
This is AU Black.