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A welcome return to Basiks for Lucio with this two tracker 2Basics EP. Lucio’s last outing, Let’s Go, back in the summer was well received and we are sure this newest cut will follow suit.
First up is Basic A which takes us into the proverbial rabbit hole of deep techno as a myriad of sounds converge onto our senses with merciless gusto. Solid, well constructed beats sit over a superb pulsating bass that seems to go on forever and ever. The break is where the track takes a surreal turn, cascading sounds and FX are met with fading arps which give off a space vibe. You find yourself totally hooked in here as these intricate patterns play havoc with your imagination. A definite must have track which will not disappoint.
Basic B goes deeper with a harsh, raw groove that etches itself into your brain. Big chunky kicks are joined by crispy percussions that keep time in a solid rhythmic vibe. A fantastic deep throbbing bass comes through and leads us to the break where a cacophony of spaced out sounds multiply as the layers build. Wonderfully crafted FX and synth patterns are brought together in a mind blowing sequence that locks you in for the duration. Superb, sublime and simply stunning stuff you will not want to miss.
It’s been a while since we last saw Lucio here at Bonzai HQ. His last outing was way back in the Spring of 2013 with Templum EP, since then he has been a guest on Bonzai Basik Beats among other things. Today we have this stunning two tracker Let’s Go which will no doubt turn a few heads.
First up we have Get Back with its cool pulsing bass intro that leads to a punchy kick and crisp hat combi. The offset bass drives the track beautifully as a funky house vibe comes off the synths. The synths will get the dancing feet moving as the filters sweep over creating a wonderfully textured layer. Cool bouncy vibes burst out of the groove making this a definite must have for any set this summer.
Next up is Get Ready which intros with a nice chunky kick and is soon joined by a deep fuelled bassline that just materialises out of nowhere. Contrasting crispy hats and percussions keep the rhythms flowing steadily as tech elements filter through the sound. The break reveals a very cool underlay with a distant acid riff and some very cool FX work before we slam right back into full on mode. Superb stuff that will appeal to many for sure.
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Second installment on the Tech House Toolbox series comes with original tracks and remixes by Jonathan Calvo, Krusound, Kini Rao, Alexandro Tachyani, Khris Rios, B Gutierrez, Florian Meindl, Mindgamers, Project KF, Jey Fever, Ecco, Charles Ramirez, Diego Alvez, Onofrio Conte, Sean McCaff, Mylan, Ivan Montoro, Jazzman Wax, Electric Bastards, Enrico Caruso, Alex Satry, The Revolving Junkie, Soren Aalberg, Zolex, Nikkie, Thomas Genchev and Lucio Grandi.
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Sixth installment in the Deep Worx series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Rick Wade, Piek, Pawas, Dimitry Liss, Fauvrelle, Sensoreal, JR From Dallas, Mylan, Project KF, Oliver Maier, Ed Lee, Collogne and Holz, Wonji, Rishi K., Ecco, Davhelos, Victor Maximiliano, D & E, Jon Sweetname and Lucio Grandi.
Lucio is back once again with the superb three track “Templum EP”. This guy has been very busy as of late with remixes and productions becoming much more regular, and still each one is filled with the quality you’d expect, enjoy!
Kicking us off is the title track “Templum”. The intro on this will blow your mind, deep throbbing pads with some amazing rhythmic percussions will have you locked in solid, and before you know it the track lifts off into a solid deep techno outing. The subtle kick is a stark contrast to the totally amazing synth arp that truly takes over your senses, be prepared, this will blow your mind!
“Gold Tree” comes at you with a solid intro that builds to a cool deep bass and kick with the percs providing strong rhythms. The techno begins to pour from this track as the pads rise along with a very cool sweeping synth. Big sound here that will perform well during those late night expeditions.
“Merkabah” rounds up this awesome EP in style. Lucio again takes us into the depths of tech in the most simplest yet highly effective fashion. Understated kicks and hats are the perfect companion to the bassline with more well crafted vocal sample manipulation. As the track progresses we hear lots of different FX come through with an ebb and flow on the tempo which works so very well, top stuff yet again.
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!
Basiks regular Sa.Du returns with more quality deep tech house flavours with Lucio Grandi stepping up for remix duties. Sa.Du is a busy guy with releases across many labels and he is also a popular remixer on many tracks.
“Avorani” takes us into the depths with a low end bass and solid groove. Nice sharp hats and other percussions give a tribal element with the vocal samples adding weight. Contrasting melodies take hold unexpectedly that gives the track new dimension, very well constructed.
Lucio Grandi drops by with his Deconstruction Remix, a masterclass in percussive arrangement backed up with a brilliant array of quality FX. The original melody makes an appearance adding an extra layer, top notch!
“Citizen” takes on a tribal feel, this is manifested through the drums section and with the vocal samples. Cool retro type synths show up which will give a club appeal and we get a whole new realm of sound on the break, very contrasting stuff. A strong and steady groove that will keep those late night parties in full swing.
Best of Bonzai Basiks 2012 comes with original tracks and remixes by Alvaro Maretti & Michael Sanchez, Miguel Bastida, Active Line Six, Ecco, Eric Kanzler, Oz Romita, Jamez, Sa.Du, Project KF, Dee Brown, Radio Source, Markus Ilgner, Simone Girau, Birkenmeier, Jordan Rivera, Cassandria Daiva, Lucio Grandi, Mr. Dello, The French Connection, Kenny Dahl and Andree Wischnewski.