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Michael Foiou aka Michael Berklin is a producer and DJ based in Cyprus and here we see his Eyepatch debut with a superb two track EP entitled “S.O.P.A.”. Michael has always loved to explore music and he got his first synthesiser at the age of just 12. After meeting film composer Mario Christophorou (Christopher Breeze) he found himself on the path of electronica and has played with many genres. With releases on many top progressive and trance labels we see a change of direction into deep house and tech.
The title track is a real deep tech monster with a solid and strong groove carved out by the expert arrangements on percussion and drums. A wonderful deep bass sits behind a mesmerizing continuous synth note, this provides the main focus of the track and a perfect tool for any late night party.
“Do Not Cover” continues the deep dark theme for this EP with a bit more attention to the many percussive instruments on offer. Again we see a brilliant bassline keep us in the deeper realms of house while the hypnotising synth work will keep your body flowing, superb stuff.
The third installment of the Eyepatched series on vinyl is available now!
The sampler comes with four original tracks and remixes from Dimitri Liss, Nasrawi, Wonji, Daniele Kama, Project KF and Crocy.
Now in its third instalment, Eyepatch delves into the vaults to deliver another ram packed exclusive vinyl filled with top quality deep house grooves. Four top class tunes with tracks and remixes from some of the best artists Eyepatch has to offer. A must have for any vinyl junkie and your decks are gonna love it!
First up we journey into the sounds of “Backstage Queen” from Dimitry Liss & Nasrawi, both these guys have appeared on this series before and we just had to get them back again. This track is a deep house groove that grabs you and holds you in its grip for the duration. Sublime deep bass and a well crafted arrangement are held together with a quite brilliant vocal sequence throughout the track.
Daniele Kama’s remix of Wonji’s “Convince Me” 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, perfect fodder for vinyl and already a firm favourite on the circuit.
The awesome talents of Dimitry Liss gives us his Re-Rub of Project KF’s “Priority Of Night”, and taking things to a deeper level. Cool sharp hats accompanied with a tight kick set up a solid groove. The sounds are arranged brilliantly with a few added vocal samples thrown in, monster tune for any floor.
Crocy’s “Bouquet” carves out a cool groove with a laidback approach to deep tech house. Subtle intro with percussions building the rhythm and the bass shining 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.
Popular Dutch producer and remixer The French Connection returns with another absolute stunner of an EP.
“Angels” kicks off with a cracking vocal which leads into a tech house groover filled with super synth shots and a strong percussion arrangement. The bassline provides an upbeat vibe and on the break a brilliant piano is accompanied by more top quality vocals. Something different and something that works so well, expect to see this one get a lot of plays.
“My Style” takes the darker road through tech with a sinister sounding deep bass and even more sinister sounding vocal samples. Smooth drums and percussion give a steady rhythm here and on the break we get more of that fantastic vocal and great FX work. Hypnotising grooves and one for the big floors all over.
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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.