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DJ and producer Koen Mertens debuts on Eyepatch with the return of his Daddy moniker and this two tracker entitled “Hidden Mojo”. Koen began his music journey on an old Atari computer and sampler. He has played at many of Belgium’s top clubs and in the late nineties he created Daddy. Soon he was picked up by Bonzai and saw two fantastic releases “Rotationz” on Bonzai Fiesta and “Raw” on Bonzai Limited. With much more in the pipeline we are excited to see what the future brings for this top class talent.
“Hidden Mojo” intros with a multitude of percussions that sets the rhythm up nicely before the kicks and bass come through solidifying groove into a stunning deep house cut. Great vocal sample used adds depth to the track and on the break a fantastic 80’s synth melody pops up in a hands-in-the-air moment. Great stuff hear and a track that will turn a few heads for sure.
“The Mojo Is Here” goes deep with a tougher edge, from the off you get locked on the groove as hypnotic rhythms take hold. Superb background FX play a big part in this track as the layers are built around it. The baseline is something to be desired as it meanders through the groove delivering quality results. In contrast to the deep vibes a melodic flute sends a brighter note to the sound, 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.
Israeli born Ittai Barkai returns to EP with his track “Dost” which comes with a superb remix. Ittai is a firm favourite at Bonzai HQ and it’s always great to see his work come through.
The Original Mix is a true reflection on Ittai’s work, deep, soulful house music with a very warm sound. Tight arrangements on the drums and percs set out a strong rhythmic groove, a constant synth chord sits in the back while funky stabs do the business up front. A real cool and funky treat for any house set, superb!
Another popular figure among the Eyepatch contingent is Daniel Ray with his fantastic remix. The track intros with a smooth deep undertone and a contrasting soft melody. Nice and thick chunky kicks ramp up the groove as the percussion begins to build. A low end subtle bass comes through as lots of simple melodies appear. Very nice track indeed with something about it that will grab a lot of attention.
French born and based in Lyon Sebastien Desay returns with his two track “So Awa EP”. Sebastien’s last release on Eyepatch was the very well received “Sounds Of Sun EP”.
The title track is a tech fuelled stomper with tribal elements as evident through the fantastic percussions and in particular the bongos and tablas. A very simple yet extremely effective vocal sample dominates the track throughout adding huge character to the sound. The deep bass sits very well and holds the track up nicely, great stuff.
“Wooky” gets moving with classic chunky kicks and hats alongside a great vocal sample. The track breaks into some brilliant housey chords that fill the sound up with a lush vibe. The track goes full on when the bass kicks creating one awesome hypnotic house groove. One to watch here and one that will find its way into many boxes.
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New Eyepatch Recordings from Yusuke Yamamoto is now available on vinyl!
“Yellow Edge” is a three track debut release on Eyepatch for Japanese DJ and house music producer Yusuke Yamamoto. He runs his own label Vacances Records and has seen releases on many other labels including Oasi Lab, Houseworx, City Life, Ibiza House Hotspot and more. His tracks are supported by a lot of big DJs including Luciano, Claude VonStroke, D’julz, Anthony Collins and Moodymanc to name a few. He brings a fresh approach to house and this is manifested within this superb pack and we love the sound so much we will also be releasing this onto good old 12″ vinyl which will be a welcome addition to any DJ’s box.
The title track kicks us off with a cool rhythmic vibe through a well crafted drum and percussion arrangement. The hats, combined with subtle bongos bring the track to life early on before a wonderfully deep bassline takes the centre stage. Deep rooted chord synths fade in taking the track well into the depths of house music. A classic styled simple vocal sample adds a big punch to this while higher pitched strings ease the track along.
“Noir” is up next and again we see an intro that gets right into a rhythmic flow from the off through a brilliant mixture of kicks and percussions. Deep synth chords soon follow and we are set on a head on collision with more quality deep house grooves. Yusuke uses vocals samples very well which adds a certain retro richness to the vibe. An infectious groove fit for any deep set.
“Olene” rounds up this release in style with a bit more pace in the groove. The arrangements on the drums and percussions are top class yet again and the deep bassline pulsates and throbs enough to the asses shakin’. Some brighter synth moments with a little bit of melody thrown in are coupled with stabs of brass instruments and strings. The vocal samples ooze class and sums up the track quite well overall.
Another top notch exclusive Eyepatch release which will be a must for those deeper sets.
Residing in Madrid, Belgian producer Van is joined in the studio by a mystery guest, Padhme, for their track “You & Me” which comes backed up with a top notch remix. Van is very busy indeed as he churns out quality productions and performs in clubs around Madrid, he also now hosts Bonzai Basik Beats Spain which will soon be broadcasting on multiple radio stations. Padhme is the mysterious partner whom we hope to reveal more info on soon.
The original mix is a masterclass in deep vibes, the intro boasts a chunky kick with a wonderful melancholic synth chord. Crispy, sharp hats begin to appear and the groove is locked on for the duration. The break takes on a surreal vibe as a sensuous vocal meanders through the sound, this creates a quite intense feeling which works superbly well on the track, great stuff.
Polish DJ and producer Marcin Czubala steps up to remix duties with a powerful rework. Marcin has a very impressive back catalogue having appeared on labels like Mobilee Records, Your Mamas Friend, 8 Bit and Recovery Tech just to name a few. He has played in over 300 classical music concerts in the early to mid nineties and it’s this background in music that has put him right at the heart of the electronic sound. His remix kicks off with a classic bassdrum and hat, clap combination which creates a nice steady rhythm, the bass adds a techno twist with sublime pads sweeping through. The vocal sample works well with the sound, but the big focus on this track comes from the stunning synth work, this gives a retro feeling while keeping the overall sound modern. This one is not to be missed!