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Fifth installment in the Deep Worx series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Joal, Piek, Lights Electronika, Valeria Croft, Dimitry Liss, Rogerio Martins, Scrub, Jon Sine, Ariel R, Oraa, Ecco, Maertz, Luis Bravo, Jon Sweetname, Charles Ramirez, Marc Cotterell, Felipe L, Ittai Barkai, Marcelo Nassi, Ahautzab and Rob McCarthy.
Lucio is now a very regular fixture here at Bonzai and he gets his first outing on Eyepatch with this brilliant release “Jazz Jaus” which is backed up with a great remix. Lucio has already seen releases on Bonzai Basiks, Mint & Mustard, Howz Choonz and Bonzai Progressive, this is testament to his musical diversity and there is excitement every time he unleashes a new cut.
The original mix is quite simply a fantastic jazz, house fusion. The tune intros with some very cool jazzy double bass, subtle pianos and brushy percussions that slowly builds to a full on house experience. Classic house chords find their way into the groove and the whole track comes together beautifully.
Deep, tech house stalwart Wonji is up for remix duty next and he delivers the goods yet again. Taking the original on a much more ethereal journey with bigger synth sounds yet he keeps with the jazzy element on the chords and bass. The track peaks at the right time with the sounds coming together brilliantly, another fine example of Wonji’s immense talent.
“Down Town” gets right into the heart of jazz with another superb double bass riff coupled with very modern almost game style FX coming through. Nice steady rhythms are built with a great drum section while pure house vibes filter in superbly, top stuff again!
Yaroslav Lenzyak aka Ukranian DJ and producer Pozitive debuts on Eyepatch with a smooth and sophisticated laidback deep house vibe on his “Lunahood EP”. Yaroslav spent a long time self learning in the world of production, this led him to many parties and festivals and later on to DJing. Yaroslav has created a quite unique sound within house and this EP is testament to that, enjoy.
“Lunahood” kicks us off in a very laidback surrounding, the drums intro in a breaks style and then slides into a 4/4 groove. The deep vibes ooze out of this track in abundance particularly through the bass and chords. Big stabs of synth weave in and out and an unexpected yet extremely effective piano melody comes through while on the break those deep synths add more melody. A truly amazing slice of deep tech house and definitely one that will be picked up by many.
“Long Alone” has a more familiar sound with a cool steady rhythm on the drums which themselves carry a unique sound. Nice smooth hats and cymbals peek through and a super deep bass sound dominates. Listen carefully as subtle piano chords strike up unexpectedly while on the breakdowns we are treated to some truly amazing synth works with added FX. This tune really is a masterclass in deep house and for sure this will be on a lot of playlists. Once again Yaroslav shows his talents and we can only be excited about what else he has to offer.
Following up from the impressive “Rainy Summer” I3000 delivers yet again with a sublime deep four tracker “Cats EP” with a nice little surprise in store also.
“Thima” gets us started with a wonderfully deep and groovy vibe, huge thump on the kicks and bass intro with some very nice percussions thrown in. Very minimal in approach with an almost sinister undertone riding through which gives this track a much more deeper feel, definitely one for those late night ventures.
Next up is “Picpic”, big heavy sounds abound right from the start taking us right into a deep deep vibe. The rhythm picks up nicely with a very cool arrangement on the percussions and a superb chunky bassline. Nifty synth work keeps this track on course and again we see this getting picked up by many as it has that big floor feel.
“Monsieur Mouche” retains the overall deep vibe on this EP but also creates a quite upbeat and energetic groove, and beautifully done! Really cool bassline from the start is a big part of that energy while a brilliant synth plays on through the background. Nice and easy vocals are coupled with a lot of quality FX work and on the break a tribal rhythmic element pops in, very well crafted!
Time for a nice surprise, Prompter aka Yury Soldatov and Chris Voss step up to remix duty on I3000’s previous outing “Rainy Summer”. After their debut on Eyepatch earlier this year with the “Mundo Distente EP”, the guys do a great job on beefing up the sound on this, chunky kicks from the off with a superb multi noted bassline give this a cool clubby feel. Solid deep tech groove all round with a few surprises on the break, very smooth indeed.
Chanelle returns to Eyepatch after her well received debut, “The Bass EP”. She continues to deliver her own unique style of deep-funky-tech vibes with her three track “Strange Fairytale EP”.
“Forever Young” is up first, full on dark, sublime funky tech grooves. Nice steady flowing rhythm with a superb bassline and some quirky synths all make for a very “strange fairytale” atmosphere indeed. Destined to be on a lot of playlists for sure.
Fresh grooves on “White Snow”, much brighter sound, again Chanelle is able to tell a story so well through music, the sounds created fit the name of the track brilliantly. Another stunning bassline sits back while a wonderfully crafted drum and percussion section keep the rhythm flowing. The big ear-catcher here is the FX and the simple yet highly effective synth work, just awesome!
“The Witch” delves back into the darkness with a heavy kick and bass combo. Very cool synth work again and the FX are pure genius. Very sinister element within the sounds build a cinematic feeling to the track, top quality stuff.
UK based DJ and producer Ed Lee hits the Eyepatch stable again with another fine cut of quality house beats in the “Creation EP”. Ed has also seen stints on Howz Choonz, Green Martian and Bonzai Progressive which what a diverse producer he can be.
“Stars” is up first, a real cool and steady paced deep tech joint, crisp percs are contrasted with a deep bass and a hypnotic simple synth warms this track up throughout. On the break a heavily filtered vocal adds a new layer to the sound before heading straight back into this smooth groove.
Next up is “Love” which is a superb laidback funky house vibe, stand out percussions in a wonderful arrangement overlay a funky guitar and piano combi. Watch out for a truly iconic vocal sample that is so infectious you will not be able to sit still.
“Space” delivers more of the quality arrangements we have come to recognise from Ed. Again we get a laidback vibe with subtle notes and some cool muted FX, another retro vocal will keep the ear trained on this for sure.
“Moon” rounds up this EP with a relaxed ambient vibe, myriad of sweet melodies sweep by and you are easily lost in the sound, top stuff.
Fresh off the back of the stunning reworking on “Blue Monday”, Project KF aka Konstantin returns with another fine tech groover. “Priority Of Night” comes with 2 superb remixes and a radio edit.
The original is an example of what Konstantin does best, pure quality vibes throughout. Nice steady rhythm created with tight kicks and well arranged percs, the Holy Grail on this is his ability to apply a retro sound with modern tech, super stuff yet again!
The awesome talents of Dimitry Liss gives us the first remix, Dimitry’s Re-Dub takes things to a deeper level. Cool sharp hats accompanied with a tight kick set up a solid groove. The use of the original sounds are arranged brilliantly with a few added vocal samples thrown in, this one is destined for a lot of support.
The equally impressive Daniel Ray steps up next, again we see the original vibe applied extremely well. Much more housey approach with a funky undertone coming through on the synth work. Real cool bouncing rhythm here and a floor filler for sure.
Victor is another artist to be at the forefront of the newly launched Eyepatch Recordings in 2010 and continues to pump out quality deep house vibes to this day. He has also featured many times on the Bonzai Basik Beats Radioshow with popular one hour mixes from the best sounds around. Based in Amsterdam, Victor also runs his own Deep Vibes radio show and has a very impressive list of releases under his belt. Today he returns to Eyepatch and serves up a real treat.
“Deep House Is A Feeling” is a masterclass of its genre, subtle kicks with a quality percussion line are the back drop to an awesome grooving bassline. Some real nice synth work adds flavour resulting in a pure quality production.
“Free” digs out the modulation wheel for a wonderful journey into house utopia. Again the kicks and percs are nicely placed to allow the true scope of the track to shine through with the synths being manipulated to perfection. Nice quirky bassline keeps the perspective but it’s very hard to get away from the synths here, top top tune destined for a lot of playlists.
Van Czar turns up the heat yet again with another stunning example of deep tech house on this two track EP. Fresh from his last outing on Eyepatch with “Bouge” we see Van get right down to the heart and soul of his sound.
The title track “Tout Much” kicks us off in a minimal style with sharp hats and an awesome kick, the deep bass creeps up to deliver a pounding rhythm. Van’s specialty takes centre stage, his love of using vocals and FX pack a huge punch on this track. Very strong sound for the clubs and a must for any box.
“Vapeur Tardive” takes us on a hypnotic trip through deep house with a very fresh almost uplifting sound. Super tight kicks and percs with a superb arrangement gives a steady rhythm that will keep those feet moving. Again we see Van get right into the action with wonderful FX work, but the big draw for this track is that awesome synth that just gets you hooked from the start. Big tune for the clubs and certain to be on a lot of playlists.
Dimitry raises the bar yet again with another awesome deep tech vibe on Eyepatch, the talent this guy has just gets better and better. This newest cut is backed up with a very impressive list of remixers.
Kicking off with the original mix we get a solid deep grooving workout, thumping kicks and sharp hats build the rhythm and gets rounded up with a brilliant vocal. Top notch stuff that will be a great tune on the floors all over.
The head of Piston Recordings, Rogerio Martins, steps up on remix duty with his Next To My Body Remix. Rogerio turns up the heat a bit here and takes us deeper into the groove, deep basses and tight drums get us to an absolute stunner of a break. The vocal comes in and the funk begins with some brilliant chord work, big sound here and will be a top pick for many jocks.
Eyepatch regular Wonji takes control and delivers a sublime take with a straight in your face tech ride Taking on a more surreal feel with long reverbed sounds and retaining a solid groove, great use of the vocal also and this is a tune that will keep you hooked throughout.
Popular remixer Project KF keeps the party rocking with another fine deep tech fuelled effort on the mixing desk. Darker edged vibe with a hypnotic feel, lots of nice samples come and go with a huge rise to the first break that kicks back with the now familiar vocal. Big party sound on this one and definitely one for a lot of floors all over.
Tech stalwart Crocy makes a welcome return to Eyepatch with “Bouquet”. With an impressive back catalogue and a busy remix schedule we are treated to some real cool vibes.
The original mix is a well laidback approach to deep tech house with a subtle intro, the percs build up and the bass shines through for an awesome ride. On the break funky keys make an appearance changing the landscape slightly and then straight back to a solid deep groove, top stuff.
Crocy’s Shake That Booty Remix goes electro with familiar classic drums and percs, a complex arrangement ensues and the track builds up to a beats and bass combo, a cool funky synth takes us to the break with some nice FX playing a part. Solid all rounder suitable for any DJ’s list.
Fresh from the superb “From My Soul EP” Wonji returns with another huge soul funkin groover with a few awesome remixes.
The original mix of “Convince Me” is an amazing trek into the world of house with hints of tech and funk. Well structured sounds from the percs to the kicks and the brilliant guitars to a spoken vocal that takes control of the waves. Top class stuff that is sure to be a hit with its upbeat vibe.
Portugal’s own Accatone is first up with his Back In The Day Remix. Accatones unique style shines through bringing a deeper slide to the original. Tight arrangement on the percs and kicks with wonderful organs and synth stabs. There is a retro element here that comes to the fore with a brilliant trumpet riff, class!
Daniele Kama is up next with a more tribal feel, lots of bongos doing the rounds and the vocal takes control when in effect. A deep bassline commands throughout and on the break some classic samples are evident.
Popular remixer Jimmy Galle provides the final remix here and a stellar job it is. Straight to the floor intro with a huge rising effect kick us into a bouncing bassline, a sinister vocal comes through now and again and this gives a darker edge. On the break a melancholic melody appears and that massive riser comes in, kicking back in to a steady groove with some surreal sounds bringing this tune from the depths to a much more lighter feel, top stuff here.
I3000 aka Mario is a Belgian DJ and producer, he started into music by accident and has went on to host his own parties alongside his girlfriend in the Namur area. With a foothold into the deeper side of tech house we see a superb release on Eyepatch giving a unique sound that is very interesting to the ear.
“Rainy Summer” is a deep deep vibe with a myriad of quirky sounds and FX. A subtle kick leads us into this world where a low end bass rolls along at a steady pace, some nice detuned chords sit well in the depths. The use of many different sounds and effects keep you locked in to see what happens next, a well crafted debut.
Solartoff gives us his Deep Echo Mix, real deep and subtle in essence, an offbeat signature gives this a deep jazzy feeling. We also get a feeling of retro on the almost classic muted synth line with a soft piano coming in to add a new texture. Throughout this journey we become hypnotised by this very unique sound, top quality stuff indeed.
Best of Eyepatch 2012 comes with twenty-five original and remixes from Ittai Barkai, Victor Maximiliano, Dimitry Liss, Wonji, Aiemo, Accatone, Murat Uncuoglu, Diego Alvez, Daniel Ray, Jimmy Galle, Gr-oy, Jamez & Soulboy, Kentaro Kaji, Active Line Six, Van Czar, RV, Unnamed, Project KF, Davide Marchesiello, Rob McCarthy and Pablo Gael.