Recent posts: Green Martian
Stereo For Two aka Tim Verhees and Joris Bylemans debut on Green Martian with the stunning ‘Shadow Science EP’ which also comes backed up with three brilliant remixes. Tim and Joris are very well established artists and musicians. They like to blend many genres and are very much into jazz and classical and tend to bring these styles into the modern recording arena. Between them they guys have released multiple tracks across many labels and continue to deliver the goods whatever they turn their hand to.
The Original Mix of ‘Shadow Science’ intros with a classic clipped kick and hat combo with much more percussions soon following suit. A rippling synth sound forms up as the very subtle yet super effective bassline does a wonderful job on the lower end. The break brings with it a very cool vocal sample and some stunning FX work. As the track progresses a hypnotic groove sets in and locks you on for the duration, simply amazing stuff.
Leach is first up on the remix. This artist has seen a massive amount of releases over the years on labels like Neglected Grooves, PurpleCat Digital, Basic Grooves and Mystique Music to name just a few. On the intro a short kick and hat combo leads up to the main groove, here the remix does much justice to the original as hypnotic tones settle in with the bassline and cascading synths take hold. Very good use of the vocal samples which really add to the contemplative mood set from within the sound.
Next up on the remix is Belgian artist Rone White. Rone has seen releases on Neglected Grooves, Melodic Records and Basic Groove. Here he totally transforms the track with a much more pronounced bassline and additional melodies that really beef up the sound beautifully. Nice and tight drum arrangement sit well over the beefed up bass and the melodies are a very cool adaptation on the original. On the break a wall of sound blasts forth as the synths do their thing before slamming right back into the relentless progressive groove, superb stuff.
Dutch DJ, producer and mastering engineer Marc Pollen is our next remix artist, and he puts on quite a show. Marc is another artist from within the work horse community who churns out the qaulity at every turn. He has had releases on the likes of Balkan Connection, Basic Groove, Baroque, Indigo Records and Bos Tech Limited to name just a few. Here he adds his brand of quality to the mix with a top drawer offering. The intro goes straight into a gritty kick and bass workout with soft open hats waiting in the wings. Marc has made the vocal much more legible which makes it stand out even more and adds a deeper texture to the sound. The bassline seems merciless until we get a note change the just sets the track on fire with the help of quality synth work. A definite must for any prog set and sure to get the floors moving!
Debut release on Green Martian for Irish DJ and producer Eddie Murray aka Aeonism with his track “My Soul” which comes backed up with two top quality remixes. Eddie has been a resident DJ with John O’Callaghan’s Subculture agency, label and imprint and has begun to bring his studio productions to the live stage. He has seen releases on the likes of Baroque Records and Hotfingers, these sounds have gained support from top jocks including Tiesto, BBC Radio 1, Oakenfold, Above & Beyond, Dave Seaman, Manuel De La Mare, Alex Kenji, Tom Middleton, Andy Moor and many more.
The Original Mix intros with a fantastic bass and kick combi with very cool synths joining to get us right into a blissful house groove. The bassline stands out superbly as it delivers a solid groovy rhythm. Sweeping pads and beautiful melodic sequences add that uplifting touch making this a must have in any set.
Purveyor of fine prog house grooves Blufeld adds his talents in the remix pool with a sublime effort. Here the original mix is stripped down resulting in a slightly darker tone with focus on deep resonating basses and hypnotic synths. Subtle melodies try to peak through deep grooves and on the break they get their chance to shine in a wonderful sequence that leads us right back into this full on prog house stomper. Top quality stuff yet again from the land of Blufeld.
Davide Catania settles in at the remix desk with his take on the original. Davide has seen releases on Green Martian in the past with his most recent “Desert Sky” performing very well. Here he beefs up the sound with much tougher style of sound. The basslines pack a massive punch and contrast well with the sweet piano melodies before breaking down into a cool synth led riff that takes us back into a tough and solid groove. Top track and sure to be popular among many jocks.
Davide returns to Green Martian after his last outing “Distant Dream” on Mars Attacks with this wonderfully lush four tracker entitled “Desert Sky”. Based in Aalborg, Denmark, DJ and producer Davide has seen releases on labels like Bonzai Progressive, Green Martian, Cold Breath and Incepto Bundles. His work includes collabs with VitoDito and Silver J where he churns out his own brand of progressive vibes.
First up we have “Desert Sky” which intros with a very cool kick and perc combi that steadily builds smooth rhythms. A fantastic deep house styled synth wallows through the sound and is soon joined by some melodic keys and a deep resonating bass. The vocal sample blends into the groove perfectly rounding off in a true deep house joint, top stuff.
“Burning Sand” takes us into a more progressive house groove with a wonderful gritty, raw bass that gives off a contrasting vibe to the cool melodic synth arps and warm pads. The break brings more melodies with sweet pianos before that gritty synth bites back and fuses perfectly into beautifully crafted slice of house music.
“Fresh Breeze” ups the tempo with a stunning funky riff that dominates the sound. This is contrasted with a big dirty bass and cool piano melodies. Smooth rhythmic sequences are formed out a tight drum and percussion arrangement. On the break warm and lush pads rise and fall alongside a beautiful melody before crashing back into a full on dirty house groove!
“Autumn Chill” intros with light kicks and superb melodic arps with a distant vocal sample coming out of the background. The track breaks into an uplifting synth riff that just oozes with melodies that would melt glaciers before settling into a steady, flowing rhythm. The main break takes things a step further with more of the sweetest melodies. This track will keep the warmth flowing as we enter the winter months, top class!
10th installment in the Afterhour Trax series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, Moshic, Gai Barone, Audio Noir, Kintar, CJ Art, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Philthy Chit, Noa Romana, Deersky, Yuriy From Russia, Mindgamers, Angga, Cid Inc., Manu Riga, Franbeats, Thorin, Quadran, Beat Maniacs, deepAlexander, Eric Powa B, Zan Preveé, WayWork, Hector Sawiak, Chantola, J-Junior, AquAdro, Anthony Yarranton, JJ Grant, Digital Department and Crocy.
Rishi K. makes a return to Green Martian with the superb two tracker “Inflection Point”. His last outing was back in May with the superb “Always Home” along with many other remixes.
“Inflection Point” sets us off in a cool house driven groove with warm synths and chunky kicks providing the intro. Fantastic vocals and melodic arps lead us into a full on house joint with the bassline taking centre stage. Very tight arrangements take us on a wonderful journey with sharp piano riffs coming through. The break is beautifully sublime and delivers a great build up back into a full on groovy house cut. Big tune here and one that is sure to be on a lot of playlists.
“Star People” goes for the jugular with a full on hypnotic vibe through the myriad of arps and rhythmic percussions. The kicks drop into a deeper side with a wonderful array of FX filling up the sound. The track continues to build relentlessly as big synths make a show alongside some spoken vocal samples. A truly sublime cut that will captivate and force you back for more!
Kindred Spirits are production duo Jakhira aka and Cosmic Tracer, the guys are back on GM after their first release “Smooth Tricks EP” gained much support. This time we are treated to another two tracker entitled “Square 1 EP”.
This duo really know their stuff, the title track intros with some fantastic hypnotic tribal rhythms which build into a sublime slice of euphoric progressive house. The melodies combine beautifully and the subtle basses add a lush texture. On the break warm pads fade through while melodies creep back into play. The percussion and drum arrangements are top notch and make this track stand out well, superb stuff!
“The Circuit” gives off a retro vibe as the kicks and percussions will attest. The track focuses on the drums as they lock you in the groove, then on the break stunning melodic pads make a show alongside a wonderful droning synth and stark contrasts are drawn. A real sense of oldskool hardcore can be felt within the sound yet the vibe stays true to modern progressive house, great stuff.
Noa Romana and Deersky aka Piotr Sarnecki join forces on Green Martian for their debut two tracker “The Waterfall Reflection”. Belgian Noa draws his influences from electronic greats like Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Moroder and others. Aside from production he hosts radioshows on Pure FM and Insomnia FM. Polish producer Deersky first got into electronic music through listening to Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk, Robert Miles, Underworld, Moby, Paul Oakenfold and The Prodigy. Since 2002 he has been heavily into progressive house and that’s what he loves most nowadays. The guys have worked together for over three years on various projects including radio, DJing and production, and they sure do work well together.
“The Waterfall Reflection” is an uplifting, feel good vibe. The intro sets that mood straight away with a cool plucky synth and mellow pad. The kicks add a great dynamic to this and the bass delivers a truly lush groove. Beautiful melodic sequences find their way through the sound with arps and the odd vocal snippet. Wonderfully rich track that will turn a lot of heads for sure.
“Dreaming Awake” is proper prog house stomper, the intro boasts a huge thumping kick which is contrasted by swirly synths and when the bass come through it adds a whole new dimension to the sound. Again the guys throw in stunning, complex melodies which are a joy to listen to and make this a track that you will listen over and over again and identify new things every time.
Jakub Gofjar aka Aamon debuts on Green Martian with “High Tide”. Jakub is an aspiring house producer and DJ from Slovakia. He’s been producing since he was 16 and recently he feels he has perfected his speciality, underground house music. He has seen releases on labels like MLP Music Label, Deep Nota, Let Me In Records and more.
The title track sets us off into a warm lush journey through cool progressive vibes. The low end on the bass sets up a late summer terraced scene to perfection with the addition of some beautiful guitar strumming. On the break subtle melodies play out with a very cool vocal sample before sliding back into a super smooth progressive groove, top notch stuff!
“Submarine” intros with a cool percussion selection that slowly builds up to a solid groove with its snappy kicks. The dense bass flourishes throughout the sound making it a prominent feature while superb FX add texture and extra depth. On the break sublime strings and subtle melodies take over and lead us into the final stages of a truly provoking progressive house cut.
Jakhira returns with another slab of fine house grooves on his “Miracle EP”. Based in Belgium, Jack’s last outing “Heartstrings” gained rave reviews, with much more to come we are excited for the future of this stunning talent.
The title track gets into full on house mode from the off, chunky rhythmic beats with classic house styled synths gets the ass shaking. The bass come through soon after and a brilliant vocal sample keeps the groove flowing. On the break gated pads break through unexpectedly and fill the sound with melody before crashing right back into a strong progressive groove.
“Natacha” takes on a very cool house persona with warm and lush chords sitting over a tight knit drum and percussion section. As the track progresses the layers continue to build with a superb deep bass coming through, the big hitter on this track has got to be the wonderful mixture of classic piano and bright synths on display. A monster groove that will be on a lot of playlists.
Ukranian DJ and producer Dennis Zypher debuts on Green Martian with the two tracker “Summer Memories”, a divine slice of blissful progressive house vibes. Dennis got into creating music on computers from a young age, he studied the ins and outs of electronic music compositions. He gained a lot of knowledge and by 2008 he was starting to DJ at various events and radio stations, since then he has produced quality cuts in various genres with support coming from across the world.
“Summer Memories” intros with sweet melodic sounds that lead to a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combo. The surreal FX add a cool contrast and create a sublime atmosphere. A deep and lush bassline comes through adding a true summer vibe and you could easily find yourself locked into this groove on any terrace party. Melodies play a big part in the track as it progresses giving us plenty to listen out for, top notch!
“Sweet Miami” gets right into a full on house groove, the intro sees quality stabs set the scene against a rhythmic drum and percussion section. The bassline takes on a very lush persona that will get any floor moving, melodies creep into the vibe brilliantly and again we are left with a top quality tune, perfect for those banging terrace evenings.
With a new release out on Green Martian in the beginning of this month, we took a couple of minutes to chat with David Hearn aka Blufeld!
Hi David, great to speak with you. How are you today?
B: Hello yes I’m great thanks
What sort of things do you like to do in your downtime?
B: Well I’m always looking really to work on the next loop or chord idea for my next production under one of my aliases, to which there are quite a few, just maybe lesser known than my main Blufeld project. I also enjoy various sporting activities.
How did you get into music production and who or what would be your biggest influences?
B: This could be a long answer but I’ll keep this one as simple as I can, 80’s electronic new romantic tunes, 90’s euro dance, which then led to my absolute love for trance which I really started to listen to closely from when I first heard System F “Out Of The Blue” on Judge Jules’ Radio One show back in 1999. Influences? there are many, but I would say the main few at the time which inspired me the most to produce were, M.I.K.E, Airwave, Plastic Angel and Quadran. Just a real combination of trance acts that were around at that time.
Your music is emotive and designed to provoke deep and thoughtful insight, how would you describe your own sound?
B: I would call it Deep & Emotive, with an ethereal lift. I think a lot of producers are pigeon-holed into a certain type of sound a lot, and I like to think I just create the music that I feel from deep inside on each and every production. It just so happens that I have a leaning to express myself in a progressive trance style of sound quite a lot.
We understand you have a new track out now which is a follow up to a track from your very first album, can you tell us more about that?
B: Yes this is a sequel track to my original single which came out on Bonzai Trance Progressive in 2009, it was well received and I felt it could do with a sequel. “Metrobot” is singular about a name I gave to my own imaginary robot. When I was a kid I used to be fascinated with them, so originally I wanted to bring this childhood fascination to life. The sequel single is entitled “Metrobot City”, basically it’s my finalising of my mind that “Metrobot” has to come from somewhere. I wanted to choose a completely new name for this, but at the same time I wanted people to totally recognise the fact that this is a sequel, so hence the title.
You have a very impressive back catalogue now with Bonzai, how did you first get signed to this label?
B: I had listened a lot to artists from Bonzai from way back in the late 90’s, as I used to buy white labels and vinyl from my local independent underground dance music shop. I still have those early vinyls from artists such as Airwave, Push, Blue Alphabet and Quadran to mention just a few. So when I had the right equipment and I had a track that I felt maybe good enough, I knew exactly where I wanted to send my first real demo. The very first tune that was signed to Bonzai was an EP called “Special” this featured two original tracks, “Special” and “Little Wonder” in early 2008.
There is a healthy demand for you to do remixes for other artists, what would be your favourite remix you have done?
B: Well I only ever agree to remix tunes that I feel I can add something to, I have had a fair few remix requests that’s true, but I always feel bad if I have to say no because it’s such a compliment to be asked in the first place. To be honest all the remixes I have done I have enjoyed, although remixing Quadran’s “Forgive Me” was a real delight and also the chance I had to remix Plastic Boy’s “Silver Bath” for a Bonzai remix competition in 2008 was also amazing. My remix went on to feature on a Cream compilation called “Cream Future Trance” in 2009, which was a great moment for me to see, this gave me a lot of encouragement to continue on my journey producing the best music I could.
Already you have three stunning studio albums in particular your latest “Thoughtscapes”, how do you get inspired to work on these and will there be a fourth anytime soon?
B: Thanks for the compliments. I only ever write music from the heart at that moment when I have an idea. Although I normally start with an overall theme or feel, I want to achieve from the album, as this helps me to focus on keeping it sounding like the tracks should be together as a final package. Although I think “Thoughtscapes” is the truest reflection of the journey of my life so far. This album was a concept album and was so easy for me to write as it was just a case of conveying my journey to sound and it felt so natural and fluid. I really haven’t given a fourth album much thought at this stage, although I never say never!!! I have a few projects forthcoming, and my albums have come out 2009, 2011,and 2013 respectively, so 2015? watch this space!!!?!!!?
Can you tell us a bit about what you are working on at the moment and maybe some upcoming projects?
B: Well I have actually had a little break lately from production, the “Thoughtscapes” album was a lot of work, and took a lot from me emotionally and was many countless evenings and nights of work to be honest. Although I have a few releases coming up including a couple of remixes, one for Philthy Chit and another for 06R, also a possible collab in the future with Manu Riga, working directly with him in his studio hopefully. And I have just started work on a new ‘Original’ so we will see how that goes.
Describe a day in the life of Blufeld?
B: I’ll keep this simple. Well I have a day job to earn my living, so I get up and start work for 9am and finish at 5.30pm so by the time I’m at home and showered etc, it’s gone 6 or 6.30pm. Then its food time, then a choice depending on the day, either see a friend or work in the studio. I keep a simple life.
If you could be anywhere else right now, where would you be?
B: I would want to be climbing my favourite mountain called ‘Blencathra’ in glorious sunshine, with a sweeping and swirling breeze wrapping itself around me. It’s just so stunning and the beauty at the peak of the climb that surrounds you is just simply breathtaking, that it makes my heart flutter just digging back into my memories thinking about it.
Thanks so much for speaking with us David, take care.
B: Thanks very much for giving me this opportunity to have this interview with you, all the very best.
The ever impressive Blufeld returns with a follow up to his 2009 prog trancer “Metrobot”. This sequel entitled “Metrobot City” comes with two superb remixes and is sure to be a hit just like his 2009 track. Currently Blufeld is busy with remixes and original material with the possibility of a few collabs also, so watch this space!
The Original Mix intros with deep rising synths and subtle percussions, this leads up to a chunky kick which gets the groove flowing. Throughout the track the kicks transform into a type of mini breaks which adds a lot of character to the sound. Melodies play a big part here also with many variations combing beautifully and becoming prominent on the break. After the break the track gains a lot more momentum as the vibe intensifies, quality stuff!
First up on remix duties is an emphatic duo who are no strangers to the Bonzai stable. Castra & Sovve serve up a real summery treat on their remix. The guys have both featured many times across many of Bonzai’s different labels and both guys have also worked with Blufeld in the past. The remix takes on a much more upbeat vibe, the classic kick and hat intro blends nicely into a full on pumping track when the bass comes through. The delightful melodies soon follow and you really do get a sense of summer from the sound. On the break the melodies are king and these build up brilliantly to a perfect climax before settling back into a smooth blissed out ride.
Tokyo based producer 06R is next up on remix. Hisataka is fresh from his last release which was “Air 2.0” on Green Martian and he always delivers the goods with his own brand of quality. Here his remix takes the breaks route with a very intense mixture of sounds. From the off a super tight breaks arrangement takes hold with many more layers being added throughout. The melodic sequences are top notch and blend so well with the tougher side of the breaks. A must have for those later evening terrace parties.