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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.
Darouge returns to BB with the wonderful three tracker ‘Bite The Curb’. His last outing ‘Displacement EP’ proved popular among many and no doubt this latest offering will be met with more of the same.
First up we have the title track ‘Bite The Curb’ which intros with a nice chunky kick and is joined by a round of classic electro percussions which give the track a very cool groove. A deep bass lurks behind and teases with its presence. Some real nice sounds have filtered through and give this track a clear defining course. The break offers up some very cool sounds, almost alien in nature and gives the track an awesome texture. A very well constructed track and sure to get much attention.
‘Dudebrochill’ is next and intros with a solid kick and hat combination. A deep pulsating bass soon joins the party and is the perfect partner to those classic kicks. The rhythms are built upon beautifully with an evolving percussion line. Surreal synth work is brought in and we are on course for a fantastic tech workout. Awesome stuff and a definite one to watch.
Lastly we have ‘Pumper’, which, as the name suggests is a pumper! Right from the off we are led into a solid tech groove with thumping kicks and crispy percussions. Throughout the sound we are met with a hypnotic synth that locks us in for the duration. A bubbling bassline drives the track forward as some fantastic FX work goes on all around. Quite an epic slice here which would definitely be an asset for any playlist!
Spanish DJ and producer Fran Navaez debuts on Basiks with the superb two tracker ‘Feeling’. Fran has been a stalwart on the Spanish DJ circuit for some time having graced the decks at many top venues across the country and has seen releases on top labels during this time also.
First up is ‘Feeling’ which oozes a deep tech groove from the off with a classic styled kick and hat combo setting the track off. A deep throbbing offset bass ramps up the groove before descending into a full on driving bassline that dominates the sound. Cool vocal samples drop in throughout alongside some raw sounding synths and FX. Big and bouncy for the floors and not to be missed.
‘My Friend’ delivers an in your face deep tech groove, big chunky kicks and super crisp hats get the rhythm flowing alongside a very famous short spoken word vocal sample. The track lists off as deep resonating basses fill the spectrum and provide the main focus within the sound. Cool synths sit back and contrast perfectly with the vibe. Proper driving tech fuelled slice here and a must for any box.
Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar delves into his ancestry and discovers his own African roots. Van has an ability to deliver quality productions every time, from Techno to House, he always puts his soul into his sound. Drums and percussions are big elements in his sound and with his ancestry we can see how he is able to tap into this and create purely soulful, outstanding rhythmic structures. Here we see Van recruit a few of his friends to contribute to the wonderful ‘African Roots’. Nine tracks filled with all the goodness of house and techno and burgeoning with tribal driven grooves.
Top Belgian DJ and producer Eric Powa B gets us going with ‘Supafly’. The intro boasts a penetrating tribal rhythm with some well constructed drum patterns. Nice and crisp hats sit over a cool chunky kick while some vocal samples add texture. The bass is the big hitter here as it pulsates through the groove keeping you locked in. On the break we get some awesome tribal chants which gives the track character, superb stuff from Eric and a wonderful start to this project.
Van is joined by New York based South African DJ and producer Brendon Moeller aka Echologist on the title track ‘African Roots’. Brendon has been around recording studios for a long time with a very respectful list of releases to his name and under various guises. The track takes on a tribal vibe right from the off as a myriad of drums weave out intricate patterns resulting in smooth rhythms. Nice crisp hats accompany a full kick giving the track a techno edge. Vocal samples ebb and flow in the track and add to the tribal textures. The break gives off a sweet string sequence adding a cool contrast to the sound. The track powers on and releases an acid line late on which further enhances the sound, wonderful stuff!
Next up we have Surasela with ‘Southern Attraction’. Cool percussion led intro which shapes up into a fine flowing rhythm. Chunky kicks and brilliant hats come through alongside some really cool deep chanting vocals. Simple synth notes add a beautiful texture to the sound and marry well with driving nature of the groove, top notch!
Darouge is up next with ‘Around The Corner’. 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 house music with minimal tech and techno being his main focus. His last outing through Bonzai was his ‘Displacement EP’ on Eyepatch. Here he keeps with main theme behind the album and focuses on tribal rhythms with outstanding results. Expertly crafted drum and percussion patterns form up into driving rhythms with vocal samples thrown in. A truly deep throbbing bass shores up the grooves while on the break we get treated to a beautifully tweaked, hat, drum and vocal workout which builds back up to full on techno delight.
Van’s ‘Tobassi’ is next, the track intros with a slowly fading in beat accompanied with sharp slappy drums and cool hats. Powerful kicks give off a classic techno vibe and the drums intensify building to a sublime tribal rhythm. The break brings in surreal African chants which blend perfectly with the beats. Van has gone down the full on tribal route here and what a brilliant job he has made of it, simply stunning!
Swiss producer Mark Kavas and relative newcomer Peter Storm deliver a stunning tech fuelled slice with ‘Fennec’. Right from the off the track takes a cool tech edge with phat kicks and well balanced hats building the platform for a superb ride through the deeper side of tech house. Fantastic carnival-esque drums pop up and are the perfect companion for the gritty bass that dominates the sound. Sweeping FX make a show alongside cool and subtle synth work. Great track from these guys and a must for those deeper sets.
Mexican DJ and producer Ritch Mollen gives the vocal fuelled ‘Togo’. Ritch made his Bonzai debut with ‘Enough Of Disco’ at the start of 2013. He delivers the goods yet again with this electro-tech monster. On the intro we get a classic kick and hat combination which leads into a very cool male vocal which is a big attraction on the track. A tough bass soon follows taking much of the focus as it powers through the sound. Superb electro snares bring in each section with great effect and gives the track a surreal diversity, top stuff!
Van and Brendon Moeller aka Echologist give us a Dub Mix of ‘African Roots’ which is a full on jaunt through the deeper side of techno with tribal elements. Very dark atmospheres are created with dull thudding drums and beautifully crafted bassline that dominates the sound. Vocal samples give a hypnotic vibe and really set the track off. A hell of a ride this one and sure to be a big feature in many sets.
Spanish, veteran DJ and producer Mauro Nakimi delivers his track ‘Black Cube’. Mauro has been active on the scene since 1991 when he was big into the jungle, breakbeat, hardcore scenes. He became a regular feature around London playing at all the big clubs and in the mid nineties he began to write his own music. This resulted in numerous releases across many top labels. Today he sticks mainly to Techno as evident within this superb track. Big chunky kicks and percussions get us going along with the odd vocal sample. The percussion are very well arranged giving off smooth flowing rhythms as a deep rooted bass brings up the rear. As the track evolves many different elements combine giving a Techno flavour, on the break this is magnified with a brilliant deep bass arp that teases throughout the rest of the track. An epic ride that is not to be missed!
Chilean DJ and producer Diego Herrera returns to BB with the superb ‘Middle Earth EP’. His last outing ‘Afterhour’ gained much attention as he delivers a full on deep tech experience. This EP covers two tracks plus a brilliant remix.
The Original Mix of ‘Middle Earth’ gets right into tech grooves from the off with a snappy kick, crisp hat and some deep throbbing basses. Cool rhythms are the result of this arrangement with some raw, almost industrial sounds creeping in. This is evident on the break, sublime organic sounds are merged brilliantly with some vocals that give the track an even darker edge, top notch yet again from Diego.
Buenos Aires based DJ and producer Rodrigo Estevez offers up a wonderful remix on ‘Middle Earth. Rodrigo has begun releasing his own material through labels like Mismatch Music and Power Beat Records since late 2013, definitely one to watch here. The remix gives us a cool 4 x 4 groove with a tight arrangement on the drums and percs which makes for smooth rhythmic vibes. Nice depth on the bass as it powers through the track drawing lots of attention. The original vocals are used well throughout this full on tech workout.
Diego’s next track is ‘Raw Wax’, the intro boasts a sharp hat and muted kick combo with a fantastic arp rising up alongside. Before you know it, after a short break the track explodes with a superb bouncy rhythm which is formed by some expert arrangement. The bass is the big hitter as it bubbles up from below, the bass is complimented by some outstanding construction on the kicks and percussions giving off a nice techno bounce. The track trudges on relentlessly as the groove fully takes control, simply stunning stuff!