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Episode 9 of the Afterhour Trax compilation series featuring original tracks and remixes by Manu Riga, Nico Parisi, Chantola, Gai Barone, Kintar, Matt G. & Booya, Relaunch, Kay-D, Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Matias Chilano, Neon, Moshic, Monojoke, Anton Chernikov, Franbeats, Santiago Garcia, Dark Soul Project, Matan Caspi, Rise And Fall, AquaDro, LoQuai, Steve McGrath, Chris Sterio, Yuriy From Russia, Frangellico, Midnight Star, Concealed Truth, Cut Knob, Hector Sawiak and Rue Duo.
Kinga makes a debut release on GM with the fantastic “Nomad”, a true summer tune fit for any terraced evening. Kinga has seen releases on labels like P.S Records, Technique and Open Records.
The Original Mix is a light hearted take on progressive house with a summer vibe that invokes a sense of contentment with everything. The feel good factor is in full flow due to the very catchy synth hook and accompanying guitar, the synth work is top notch with filtering and modulation in all the right places. The bassline is just stunning, creating a pulsating rhythm. On the break the melodies take over before getting back to the groove, a must for any set.
Silkway steps up for remix duties. Silkway has worked with Kinga in the past with a remix on Kinga’s “Daydream” and it’s clear that this partnership works well. Silkway has also seen releases on P.S along with Stereofaza and System Recordings. The remix is a credit to the original with a cool summertime vibe flowing through the sound. Chunky kicks alongside soft hats and percussions, the bassline sits in the background waiting to pounce as it builds up the energy. The big focus here lies with the brilliant synth melodies which come to prominence on the break, another fine progressive house slice.
Tokyo based producer Hisataka Ogura aka 06R returns to Green Martian with a true progressive stomper and a follow up to the original “Air” from 2012 which featured on Paul Oakenfold’s Flouressence Essential Mix in July 2012. “Air 2.0″ comes with four remixes, two of which are from outstanding artists.
The Original Mix intros with a real summer vibe, cool breaks and a rich vocal sample with a melody of guitar sounds lead us up to a deep droning bassline. The breaks build anticipation and when the four/four kicks come through the track explodes into a smooth and powerful terrace tune. The break produces a wealth of melodies and will get you right into the spirit of the moment. Loads to listen for on this with its myriad of sounds and a track that is sure to get a lot of attention, the perfect summer groove!
Blufeld is first up on the remix, this guy is churning out quality stuff on a regular basis. Not long after his third studio album and plentiful remixes, we see him apply his awesome style to this stunner. Utilising the original vocal for the super smooth intro before the tight kicks take over. Slightly tougher edge here with a gritty, punchy bassline thundering through the sound. On the break the track delivers a raw, organic sequence before getting back to the groove where a superb melody comes through giving stark contrast, awesome stuff yet again from Blufeld.
Melbourne based Narel aka Nick Simmons is fresh off the back of his last release on LCD Recordings “The Machines Where Dreaming” with his Warm Air Remix. A much deeper vibe is evident here as the bassline seems to dominate, and what a bassline it is, it winds its way through the groove effortlessly mesmerizing your mind. This is coupled with stunning arps and very subtle melodies which light up the track, another great summer party tune fit for any gig.
The 4 On The Floor Mix is the original without the breaks on the intro for those DJ friendly moments.
The Breaks mix is one of those tracks that would be THE perfect soundtrack to a setting sun anywhere in the world. A feeling of euphoria sweeps over you as the wall of sound cascades over your body bringing a complete sense of being at one wherever you may be at that time, quite brilliant!
Croatian born DJ and producer deepAlexander aka Sasa Skrobar debuts on Green Martian with a stunning three tracker, “Timeloop”. Sasa began clubbing at 16 and soon after he had the music bug and he started to buy his first records. He landed residencies in various clubs around Croatia and played at outdoor festivals including Exhibition. 2011 saw Sasa produce his own sounds and has released a few tracks on Hand Job Recordings, and with much more to come this guy is one to watch.
“Timeloop” intros with a cool chunky clipped kick and is soon followed by some classic hats setting off a fantastic flowing rhythm. The big focus on this track is the simply wonderful retro sounding synth bass, so basic yet extremely effective as it transports your mind back to the great old days. A rising pad adds contrast to the sound while a cool melodic arp provides a very progressive backdrop, top stuff.
“Drifting” takes a deeper progressive house direction with a superb rolling bassline from the off. Tight kicks and sharp hats build the flow with soft synth stabs taking us to the break where a myriad of sounds come together beautifully. A gritty, edgy feel comes out of this groove and makes this a must for any jock.
“Deep Inside” continues with the deeper house vibe, again we see Sasa’s skills in the arrangement with super charged kicks and crystal clear sharp hats. The bassline is a huge feature on this track, it winds its way through the sound mesmerizing as it goes. On the break those synth chords really get the track moving and we settle into a strong progressive ride, top notch!
UK based production duo, Philthy Chit aka Philippe Sartre & Chitra Kumar deliver a simply stunning cut with their track “You and Me”. The track comes with two top class remixes and is a perfect match for the Green Martian imprint.
The original mix is filled with emotion and innovation which is exactly what these guys love to instil into their sound. Very subtle intro with a nice mixture of percussions that builds to a cool solid kick. You get a sense of deep house until a rising pad leads us into a warm, cosy piano melody which brings the track firmly into a progressive groove. The bassline wraps this track up perfectly, ever so subtle yet highly effective due to the melodic flavour, the accompanying vocal adds a dreamy element while on the break more sweet sounds fill the waves before settling back into a fine musical moment.
The impressive Blufeld is first up to the remix plate. Blufeld is a regular contributor to the Bonzai sound with his own unique progressive ventures and this remix is right up there with some of his finest work. This remix has a much more rigid edge as the melodies have been beefed up and the bassline has extra weight added. A superb kick and percussion arrangement provides a flowing rhythm which steers the groove towards a trance vibe. The break is something to behold, that bassline coupled with quality synth work and a subtle melody will have the power to captivate any audience, stunning!
The exceptionally talented Manu Riga is up next with his Morning After Remix. Manu is another artist who is contributing heavily to the Bonzai sound. He recently released his latest single “Reborn” along with Nico Parisi and already it’s performing very well at download portals. Manu’s remix fits perfectly with this release as he too allows emotion and innovation into his vibe. The surreal intro leads up to quality kicks with minimal percussions, superbly crafted distant pads sweep by before a cool plucky melodic sequence comes through. The break throws up a twist with a wonderful piano backed up with distorted sounds and some absolutely amazing FX work on a vocal sample, brilliant!
Rishi K. is back with another round of top notch progressive vibes. Since his “White Crane” release Rishi has been busy in the remix department for labels like AK-Tek Records and Bonzai Progressive. Here we have his latest works, the two tracker “Always Home”.
The title track gives off a smooth progressive house vibe from the intro, the rhythm builds nicely with cool open hats and synths before power from the bassline and chunky kicks take you in its grasp. The bassline is a huge focus here as it weaves its way through note changes perfectly, on top of that is some nifty synth work and a real cool retro vocal sample which adds flavour. The break filters out and comes back with a bang into this awesome driving groove.
“Going Viral” takes us deeper with a superb progressive house groove. Smooth intro with a subtle kick and pad with some synth keys coming through. The offset bassline sets up the track for the duration with its deep, lush trimmings and things come together brilliantly. On the break an arp courses through the sound wrapping this up perfectly, top quality stuff.
UK based duo Tom and Andre get back in the studio together after their very well received track “Sunrise Over Ganymede” with this superb progressive house two tracker “Marcahusai”.
“Marcahuasi” gets us on the move with a wonderful kick and pad intro with subtle melodies, these sounds build brilliantly into a full on journey through stunning prog house vibes. The bassline provides a big focus here with its warm, lush vibe, very cool synth stabs are coupled with classy arp sequences, very well crafted sounds and sure to see a lot of airtime.
“Take It Slow” intros with some awesome synth stabs with a perfect amount of delay that gives off a cool summer vibe. Nice and tight arrangement on the drums and percs with a deep, well rounded bassline holding up the track beautifully. As the track builds sweeping pads begin to take the track to new heights as you start to get lost in this groove, top notch stuff yet again from this highly respected duo.
Popular Belgian producer and remixer Jimmy Galle is back with another of his fine creations. “Chocola” serves up a real progressive trance treat and comes backed up with three fantastic remixes.
The original mix fits the Green Martian sound so well, pumped up progressive house with a dash of euphoria. The track intros with a tight kick and percussion arrangement while a sweet melody builds up in the background, this is coupled with some beautiful vocal sequences. On the break melodies spring up with an ethereal pad and more of those sweet vocals, a subtle climax gets us back to the groove. Fresh and energetic vibes to get the floors moving.
Airwave steps up first on remix duties with his Hazelnut Remix and again he delivers pure quality. Solid kicks and distant melodies provide the intro and the track gains momentum in true Airwave style. A deep progressive vibe ensues with intensity being generated in the quality synth work, on the break we are treated to a sublime trance experience with big pads and expert melodies before getting back into a strong pumping groove. One to watch!
The very busy Manu Riga is up next with his Vanilla remix. Adriaan is currently finishing off his artist album with many collaborations included, he has a fast growing back catalogue of quality tunes to date with much more to come. The track begins with a cool steady rhythm, chunky kicks and crisp hats are backed up with a throbbing bass while the melody builds up nicely. The break delivers excellent pads and that brilliant vocal sample, a strong progressive track that would be a great addition on any set.
Beglian DJ and producer Andy Verschaeren aka Max Cue gives us his Strawberry remix. Andy has been obsessed with music since he was 12 and began producing at 16 using Fruity Loops and later Ableton. His tracks have been released on labels like USA Import, Progrezo and more, his tracks have also been supported by DJ’s such as Laurent Garnier and Paul Oakenfold. This remix intros with a superb kick and percussion, the bassline powers the track from below with a chunky deep vibe. The now familiar melody adds a cool contrast and the vocal works very well in this setting, as the track builds the melody becomes much more intense and you will find yourself locked in to this groove, top stuff!
Kindred Spirits debut on Green Martian with this stunning two tracker “Smooth Tricks EP”.
The title track, “Smooth Tricks” gets us on the move with a nice melodic intro, the drum arrangement soon follows and builds to the bassline which really sets this tune on fire. The bassline brings the progressive nature of this track to the fore with a wonderful array of melodies adding contrast. The break is a climactic setting filled with superb pads creating a surreal atmosphere before settling in to a super sweet melodic sequence. Very fresh sound here that is going to be an asset in any DJ box!
“Interlacing Textures” sticks with the prog house groove, lots of percussions combine very well and the kicks will have any ass shaking in no time. A very organic synth grabs your attention early on with a very nice melody adding a whole new texture. This track continues to build and build with high pitched gated strings bringing in a trance element, another very welcomed fresh sound here, one to watch.
Brazilian DJ and producer Mathie DeLois makes his Green Martian debut with this solid prog groover “Warning EP”. Mathie is a very experienced DJ and has played at big parties all over Brazil, he began producing in 2004 and since then he has gained a lot of respect and also appeared on Fiber Online website having won a best producer award. With releases on many other labels and more projects in the works we are excited to see what this guy has to offer.
The original mix of “The Last Word” is a stunning slice of prog that could easily lean into a more subtle trance set. Strong and solid groove from the off with a very nice thick and chunky kick accompanied by crisp sharp hats. The warm basses sit perfectly with plucked synths and pulsating pads while on the break you get lost in the gritty textured melody, superb stuff.
The Version remix is a much more clubby affair with more of the same lushness on the strings and bass. Very well arranged percussions give off a cool rhythm and on the break the melody creates a beautiful and dreamy vibe. Definitely one for the trance boxes and sure to be on a lot of playlists.
GmT aka Gamut debuts on Green Martian with a stunning three track EP entitled “Vices & Transgressions”. Slovenian born Gamut is the product of a very musical family having taken to this art from an early age with a venture in drums and percussion instruments. His teenage years were spent performing with bands and in 2000 he entered into the world of EDM with his first listen to a progressive CD. It wasn’t too long after that he started to DJ and ultimately produce his own sounds, many releases followed on many labels and here we see this diverse talent shine with more already lined up for the future.
First up we have “Sway Shades”, a real nice progressive house stomper that intros with a cool percussion and a monster kick. The bassline powers through with some deep synth vibes pulsating the rhythm. Gamut’s early drum experiences are very evident with an expertly arranged drum section. Funky grooves build up through some cool stabs, a fantastic guitar riff and brilliant vocal samples with an added crowd cheering effect that has a huge impact. Very retro feel on this that is gonna be huge on the club floors!
“Sex On Substance” goes a little deeper into the prog house vibe. The track intros with an array of quality FX and subtle pads before a stunning bassline and kick combi powers the rhythm on. Again we see Gamut expel his amazing drum arrangement skills filled with many different percussion instruments. This groove settles in nicely with the synth work standing out. Erotic vocal samples are accompanied by a fantastic saxophone riff and on the break the groove ramps up a notch. This is a seriously strong track that will be on a lot of playlists for sure.
“Hedonizer” takes us on a much brighter more energetic journey with a strong solid, melodic groove. Very well crafted patterns with the drums taking centre stage and shored up brilliantly with a hypnotic bassline. The break brings the melodies to the fore with fantastic sequences and feel good pads. Another powerful example of quality production.