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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!
Sa.Du is back with another round of deep tech goodness on his four tracker ‘Field’. His last outing ‘Save As’ gained huge support from all over which is a tip of the hat to this fine talent.
‘Field’ intros with a smooth and steady rhythm as the subtle kicks merge beautifully with a tight percussion arrangement while some wistful vocal samples fade through. Throughout the track we are treated to a different array of vocals that really set the track off in style. The bassline sits in the background yet has a big impact on the sound. An all round super ride through deep tech house that will do well in any set.
Nice and full kicks provide the intro on ‘To Me’, soft open hats are the perfect addition as one shot synth notes begin to form around a very cool female vocal. The arrangements on this are top notch as a diverse range of sounds amalgamate perfectly. Subtle basses and saxophones serve up a groovy vibe as we ride through deep shades of tech house, great stuff.
Next up we have ‘Imaging Your Self’, deep and sultry sounds abound here as a provocative female vocal swamps the vibe. Cool rhythms are formed out of a tight drum arrangement with punchy kicks and sharp hats. The bassline gels everything together brilliantly and on the break a female vocal comes to life with a huge diva-esque chorus, top notch production in effect!
‘Am I Crazy’ is up next with a classy intro filled with multiple FX and another tight drum pattern. Alongside a superb female vocal sits a piano riff that scales the keys in various sequences, this sound becomes the big focus and is contrasted with a much brighter, higher pitched toy piano type arp. The bassline comes through late on but only serves to fully enhance the groove making this an epic slice of deep tech.
Debut release on Basiks for Spanish DJ and producer Vincente Moll aka Moll with his three tracker “Tech-On”. Vincente has released tracks across various labels such as “Losing Control” on Bronzai Records, “Entertainment” on Cibicaldi Records, “O.M.G. on Tiamat Records and “Deepfferent” on Click Muzic Recordings. Tech house is very much his focus and this makes for exciting times ahead.
“Tech-On” takes no prisoners as it enters straight into full on tech mode with a cool chunky kick and synth stab combi which is backed up with low end bass. A fresh vocal sample soon takes over the track adding to the already funky rhythms. The track powers through relentlessly with the odd mini break to recharge the batteries before getting right back to a superb tech groove, a top track with huge dancefloor appeal and will no doubt gain a lot of support.
“Restart” intros with crispy hats and very cool percussive effects, a subtle yet effective kick comes through accompanied by a deep bass and vocal sample with cool scratching. The track gets into full swing with the bass and kicks becoming more prominent. The break boasts some well crafted FX as the bass takes a back seat before slamming back into a full on tech stomper complete with a very recognisable and much loved retro vocal shot, top stuff.
Finishing up this superb release we have “Mystery”. Tight drums and percs get the grooves flowing right from the off before a wonderful deep bass bursts through. A brilliant spoken vocal sits well in the sound while the main focus edges toward a techno fuelled stab. The track embarks on a merciless jaunt through the techno spectrum which makes this a must for any set.
The highly impressive Van is back to Basiks with his superb three track EP entitled “Mar Menor”. Van, as usual remains a very busy producer and DJ with many remixes and original productions always on the go. His radio show, Bonzai Basik Beats Spain is going strong with many top artists performing and with many more to come. Based in Madrid, Van is a big part of the techno and deep house scene and recently his track “Vapeur Tardive” was showcased in a mix broadcast live on the UK’s 6 Mix show by none other than the legendary Derrick May!
“Mar Menor” sets us off on this EP and the groove begins to flow from early on as the kicks and percussions gel together beautifully alongside a superb deep and chunky bass. The percussion arrangement leads to a solid rhythm with lots of fills keeping the vibe flowing. The break provides some very cool synth chords that really sets the track alight, superb stuff from Van and a track that is sure to feature on many sets!
“Arena Blanca” is up next and delivers a sharp edged groove with a cool techy vibe. Big chunky kicks take over the track from the off with a round of tight percussions blending nicely. A deep resonating bass weaves through the track as a strangely hypnotic synth comes forth. Very cool driving rhythms on this and a must for any box!
“OMG” dishes out some very cool kicks and crisp hats on the intro with more percussions building as the track progresses. The break is a masterclass in arrangement as rolling drums ebb and flow before kicking back. Strong grooves and solid rhythms burst through as a distant bass teases throughout. Wonderfully crafted track that would be a welcome addition for any DJ.
Belfast based John Manning aka one half of Brisboys, steps out on his own with a superb slice of tech with his latest offering “Feelin Alright”. John has appeared on Basiks before with his track “Pikadeli Shindig” alongside Matt Silver. He has also seen solo releases on Baroque, Future Lovers and Remedy Records to name a few. John is also very much involved with DJing and can be seen regularly at top parties.
The Original mix gets us moving with a percussive intro providing the building blocks for a solid rhythm. A thumping kick soon makes an appearance with a wonderfully deep tough bass following shortly after. Very much a techno vibe here as the beats toughen up even more, a brilliant vocal sample is perfectly placed in the arrangement and makes for a must have track in any tech set!
The Synth mix ramps up the pressure as it belts out the superb techno grooves from the original mix, except this time we are treated to a wonderfully rich deep tech/house synth line that has retro written all over it. A monster of a tune with a catchy hook that will have the floors bouncing.
Koen Mertens aka Daddy steps up to the remix plate and is fresh off the back of his last release “Hidden Mojo” on Eyepatch Recordings. Koen certainly turns up the heat with his take on the original as the beats get dirtier and the tech gets groovier. Fantastic percussion arrangement on the intro coupled with a simple vocal snippet lead us into a very raw sounding groove as the kicks come through. Deep resonating basses fill the sound as a more sinister vocal shot is delivered, cool contrasts are drawn as warm synths filter through before a huge organ sound takes control, superb stuff yet again from Daddy!
Rion Oidua is back on remix duty after two very successful remixes for Tribal Warriors on “New York To Ibiza” and Zolex’s “Vette Jahren”. The remix gets down to a full on tech groove from the get go as the intro delivers a cool percussion and vocal combi. Driving beats take hold and the rhythm get flowing effortlessly. The track builds nicely with subtle sounds and risers coming through, a great funky riff comes in and offers a real focus as the sounds combine beautifully, another fantastic delivery from Rion.
DJ Yoichi Hayashi aka Do Shock Booze debuts on Basiks with this two tracker, “Army Of Normad”. Yoichi started off his DJ career in Japan around 2006 after a stint in Germany and the Netherlands. Over the last number of years he has remixed for and worked with many artists and labels where he attaches his unique organic, live sound. He is the owner and founder of the Japanese label Totem Traxx from which he has developed his Totem events performed both at home and overseas.
“Army Of Normad” is up first with a true organically driven vibe as evident within the multitude of sounds on offer. You will find many instruments make an appearance even for just the briefest of moments which adds to this raw feeling sound. Yoichi has been known to sample his own voice and more than likely that’s what we have here with cool vocal samples popping up. Solid rhythms with the drums and percussions keep the track flowing and shapes up to be an all round top notch slice of tech.
“Atomic Tribe” kicks off with a superbly tweaked bass drum that packs a huge punch. Soft hats bring a steady rhythm as the track builds up to a brilliant deep bass sound alongside sinister vocal snippets. This track continues to build and build with much more gritty sounds coming through and culminating with a full on techno groove, top stuff!