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Ozan Kanik is one of those guys who never disappoints with consistently great productions. His recent double header on the SRUR “ADE” package was very well received and now he is back with another stomper “Fiction” which is backed up with three fantastic remixes.
The Original Mix comes at you with a pulsating rhythm from the off as the bass and kicks perform seamlessly. Cool percussive elements blend in nicely to give off a full on techno vibe. The drum arrangements are superb and keep the track on course while some great FX work finds its way through the sound, brilliant stuff!
Tome Hades offers up the first remix on this pack and this remix is one that featured on the recent ADE package. Belgium based Tom is a mighty figure around the techno scene with many remix requests and DJ gigs keeping him busy. Here he sticks to the roots of the original with another full flowing techno groove. A big focus is placed on a wonderful vocal sample that sits so well within the sound. A big hitter for sure and one to keep an eye on!
Chilean born DJ and producer Cristian Alexander Soto López aka Alessan Main is back at SRUR after a successful release “Storm” alongside Juciff. Alessan Main certainly beefs up the groove here with an intro to blow the speakers as a beautifully balanced kick and bass combi come at you like a runaway train. The percussions deliver a solid rhythmic state as the bass does its work while minimal vocal samples creep up from below. Fantastic arrangement and one to light up any floor.
Another returnee to SRUR is Vancouver based DJ and producer James Hopkins with his remix. James goes deeper and darker with this effort while maintaining that pulsating sound from the original due to the superb bass. A more restrained kick and nice crispy hat keeps the rhythm flowing while subtle vocal snippets and brilliantly applied FX keep the ear trained, superb stuff.
Chilean born DJ and producer Cristian Alexander Soto López aka Alessan Main is back on SRUR alongside Columbian producer Kevh Ripple. Kevh is making his debut on SRUR but these guys have worked together before on projects for labels such as Nature Beat Records, Polar Noise and Hulk Records to name a few. This track “Iclock” comes backed up with two superb remixes courtesy of Ozan Kanik and James Hopkins.
The Original mix is a wonderful slice of techno with a myriad of sounds that are not far off industrial levels. Tough and gritty kick and bass combi set up a full on techno ride with a host of raw sounds that give off that edgy vibe. Top notch stuff.
The popular Ozan Kanik is up next with his remix which is filled with all the flavours you’d expect from his brand of techno. Tough beats with sharp contrasting hats provide solid rhythms while the bassline pulsates through the sound. Throughout the track and one of its main features is a relentless arp that just keeps going and going creating a hypnotic vibe, great stuff!
Another familiar face around SRUR is James Hopkins with his stunning remix. The intro boasts a chunky kick which sits nicely alongside an open hat and gives off a classic vibe. Very subtle synth notes try to poke through while the bassline adds depth to the sound. Very nice FX work filters in and ties the track up beautifully. Not to be missed and a clear favourite for those late night floors.
Sixth episode in the Bonzai Basiks Pure Tech series, this time featuring original tracks and remixes by Ozan Kanik, D-Formation, Mindgamers, Florian Meindl, Tribal Warriors, Jamez, Oliver Moldan, Anil Chawla, Kini Rao, Joal, Active Line Six, James Harcourt, Amber Long, Gabriel Ben, Ed Whitty, Re Dupre, Rod B. & Angelo Fracalanza, Filth & Splendour, Zolex featuring Nikkie, Soren Aalberg, Crystal Symphony, MC Johnny Def, R.O.N.N., James Hopkins, MiniTech Project, Soulboy, Onofrio Conte, Lyle Quach, Recycled Beats, Victor Vera, Harun Karabulut and Goksel Vancin.
Second volume of this year Ibiza compilation on Bonzai Progressive comes with original tracks and remixes by Mindgamers, Florian Meindl, R.O.N.N., James Hopkins, Oz Romita, Lyle Quach, AngelLopez, Filth & Splendour, Beckers, Alex Satry, Ecco, James Harcourt, Time Sneath, Agrande, Chris Domingo, Yanysh, Poison Pro, Mylan, Joal, Chrono, Ascaloon, Crystal Symphony, MC Johnny Def, Kini Rao, Re Dupre, Rod B. & Angelo Fracalanza, Gabriel Ben, Ed Whitty, Redraft Memories, Danny Murphy, Samoratev, Audio Noir, Sonsez and Pierre Zamyatin.
Ron Carroll aka R.O.N.N is back at SRUR with another gem of a track “1-2-3-4” which is backed up with quality remixes. Ron is a Chicago based writer, producer, singer and well respected DJ. He is known on the global music circuit and has collaborated with many of the world’s top DJ’s and producers such as Erick Morillo, Roger Sanchez, Bob Sinclair, David Guetta, and Axwell to name a few. Since singing in his church choir at a young age Ron was destined to make a mark on the music industry. He started to spin in Chicago’s Southside in the Eighties and found himself opening for DJ’s like Lil Louis, Mike Dunn and Ron Hardy. Ron was introduced to the European house music scene in 2000 when he was asked to write something for the band Super Funk and the result was “Lucky Star” which went global with over 3 Million sales. Ron has been producing, remixing, and contributing vocals on a wide variety of projects notably co-writing “When Love Takes Over” with David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. When Ron is not working in the studio he’s performing at some of the biggest electronic dance music events in the world including Loveland Festival in Amsterdam, Sensation Events (South America), Ibiza and top Clubs throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and Middle East. Ron is also launching his production & events company One Entertainment Group and his record company Electricity.
The original EDP mix intros with classic kick and offset percussion combo with a bassline teasing its way up through the frequencies and blasting into a full on electronic techno fuelled monster. Sharp slicing synths come through and on the break we get treated to an absolute massive build up before pounding back into a solid groove, the 1-2-3-4 vocal adds a fresh approach with a few other nifty vocal samples in the background and for those of you who would like no vocal then there is an Instrumental Mix for your pleasure, top stuff!
First up on remix duty is SRUR competition winner Aaron Kwiatek and his Winning Remix. Aaron hails from Ron’s own backyard, Chicago, Illinois and has seen a release on JQM Recordings. A hotly contested competition took place with the best being whittled down to just a few and Aaron take top spot, the winning prize was your remix being released on the label and here we are. This remix takes on a darker approach with a heavier kick and lots more synth work with expert modulations and a deep deep bass. Minimal use of the vocal sits very well here and only enhances the darker edge. This is one of those techno tracks that give and endless feeling and one that will be on a lot of playlists, well done to Aaron.
Fresh from his SRUR debut “Words With Enemies” is Vancouver based DJ and producer James Hopkins with his remix. The track intros with a thick, chunky, pounding kick and bass combo with subtle percussion waiting in the wings. Fantastic reverbs on the vocals add depth to this and the percs create a strong steady rhythm. An enduring track full of energy with the odd break to come up for air, absolute stomper!
Based in Germany and regular at SRUR Harun Karabulut delivers a solid full on high octane techno remix. Sharp hats, chunky kicks and a never ending synth pad make up for a quality intro with a throbbing bass making an appearance soon after. On the break we are treated to very nifty synth play with the vocal samples coming through. Another banging tune for any floor in any part of the world.
Vancouvers finest, James Hopkins delivers two high-energy original tracks. Words With Enemies EP is the name of the new Sounds R Us release and it brings us two great tracks in techno style and one great tech house remix from Philly based Recycled Beats! This pack will definitely blow your speakers! Get ready for some grown up muzika!