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After a superb remix on Van Czar’s Rumba, Onofrio is back at the SRUR helm with the brilliant Rumble which comes backed up with three quality remixes. Get ready for this unique, energetic style as Onofrio rustles up another slice of intense Techno for your listening pleasure.
Onofrio Conte – Rumble, out this week on Sounds R Us Recordings, is featured by Beatport in the Staff Picks section at the Techno genre page!
After a superb remix on Van Czar’s Rumba, Onofrio is back at the SRUR helm with the brilliant Rumble which comes backed up with three quality remixes. Get ready for this unique, energetic style as Onofrio rustles up another slice of intense Techno for your listening pleasure.
The Original Mix gets us on the move with a pounding kick drum that will hit the mid rift hard with a little help from a super low end bass. Crispy, sharp hats cut through the low frequencies like a knife as an intensity builds in the background with a rising synth. Shuffling rhythms form up as the hats begin to stutter and drum patterns emerge. The bass moves into an offset position creating an energetic feel to the sound while on the break the synths get a look in as the groove flourishes. Top notch stuff yet again that you will definitely want to get into your sets.
The popular Ozan Kanik steps up to the remix desk for the first of three remixes. 2015 has kicked off very well for SRUR boss Oz Romita, and with tracks like this and Ozan’s own Back Ally Rally, in the frame it looks set to continue. The intro sets off with a somewhat intense vibe as nice punchy kicks are joined by sharp hats and a sinister sounding synth drone. Cool drum patterns litter the groove and keep the rhythm flowing while top quality FX take us through the composition effortlessly. The intense vibe continues to rise and is enhanced by the introduction of some hypnotic sounds that show up through the break. A super sleek, super solid slice of Techno that will keep the floors pumping no doubt.
Naples native Bulaklak aka Francesco Flores debuts on SRUR with his remix. Having grown up with music through playing instruments and listening, it was inevitable that he would end up making it his career. At 15 he discovered underground house music and he began to DJ. On the production front he has released across many labels and is known for his experimental style. The remix here feeds perfectly into that experimental style he loves, the intro boasts some cool pulsing basses, sinister synths and rising pads that give off a surreal vibe. Nice, big chunky kicks soon take charge with the bass settling in nicely at the low end to allow the vast array of sounds and strange shapes to form. As the layers build you find yourself locked into the sound with no escape. Bulaklak blends the minimal side of Techno with some powerful grooves to create a tight and solid Techno workout that will really get the heads nodding, a must have.
Moll returns to SRUR with a superb remix. We last saw him on remix duty for Oz Romita’s Idiots and before that on Bonzai Basiks with At The Dawn EP. Always great to see this guys work come through the office as we know we’re always in for a real treat. On the remix we get thrust into a sublime world filled with pounding kicks and rising FX and hypnotic rhythms. The intro gets right into it with powerful kicks coupled with sharp claps and super sharp hats. The bass rumbles along nicely on the bottom as the mid frequencies take control of the sound. The synths sit perfectly among the cacophony of percussions and echoed claps that give the track a real edgy feel. A truly intense Techno groove, only for the headstrong.
SRUR stalwart Ozan Kanik delivers his next slice of pounding Techno with the superb Back Ally Rally. Last time around we got a dousing of bass driven Techno with Adults Only which was very well received. Aside from that there was a lot of activity on the remix front with a monster remix on Oz Romita’s revamped Idiots. Back Ally Rally comes packed to the hilt with no less than four top notch remixes as well as the original.
The Original Mix is a heavy hitter with pounding kicks and a throbbing bass that lurks in the rear while crispy open hats fill up the higher frequencies with a very cool release giving a nice aftertaste. A sinister sounding pad remains a constant throughout the track and adds a lot of depth to the sound alongside some super cool vocals that stand out brilliantly. A proper slice of pounding Techno grooves that will definitely be a go to track in your collection.
Canadian DJ and producer D-Unity debuts on SRUR with a stunning remix. With releases on various top quality labels like Universal Music, Toolroom, Yoshitoshi, Great Stuff, Stereo Productions, Ultra and Armada, and his own Beat Therapy Records we know we’re in for a stomping good time. He’s also played at various gigs all over the world where he delivers his own unique style through solid DJ sets, great to have him on board here. The remix certainly ramps up the groove with a tough, in your face pumping kick drum that really hits the mid-rift with great force. The bass is perfectly tweaked to merge beautifully with those kicks and the two together really will shale the bins no doubt. A nice and tight drum arrangement provides a smooth rhythm to the track as a constant pad hangs about the background. Great use of the vocals that work so well with the sound here making this a must have track for peak time madness.
Dutch DJ and producer Steve Mulder returns to SRUR with his brilliant remix. It’s been a while since Steve graced these shores, back in 2013 he featured on our ADE sampler with Matador. Since then he has racked up a raft of releases on various labels including Toolroom Records, Hi Tek Records, Mad Hatter Recordings and Tegno Records, great to see him back. On the remix we are taken down the rabbit hole of Techno. From punchy kicks to bright hats and solid bass to hypnotic chants, we enter into a maelstrom of noise that blends together so effortlessly. The vocals are used sparingly allowing the arrangement to churn out its sublime grooves. A superb slice of Techno that be right at home in the darker rooms.
Netherlands based Don Ruijgrok debuts on SRUR and what an entrance he makes with his remix. Don can boast a very impressive release count and his work has gained the support of many top jocks including Richie Hawtin, Sasha Carassi, Slam, Axel Karakasis, Piatto, Electric Rescue, Secret Cinema, D.A.V.E. The Drummer and Tom Hades. His works can be found on the labels like Capsula, Globox, Plastic Rules, High Definition Records, MBD, Selected Records, LCMTC, Phobiq, Respekt Recordings, Driving Forces and Akoom Records. Nice to have him on board with this one. Nice big thumping kicks get us on the move alongside a sharp hat. A deep reverberating bass swells up from below and drives a solid Techno groove into our brains. The vocal gets a hefty dose of delay which really enhances the character of the sound. Cascading arp riffs fill in the gaps and take us on a swirling hypnotic ride before spitting us out back into the driving groove. Outstanding track that is a definite must have.
Atesh K. Is another debutant here at SRUR and we are thrilled to have him on board. Atesh has a longstanding electronic music career which started back in the 90’s. Born in Cyprus he has always had an interest in music and began to DJ in the early 90’s. By 2002 he had his first release on Berlin based DJ Sets Records. Since then he has released on many other labels and his music gets regular support from Richie Hawtin, Alex Flatner and Marco Bailey to name just a few. The remix begins life as cool bass note with distant percussions fading through. A monster kick takes over alongside a wonderful probing, deep bass that gives off a cool retro feel. Super tight drum arrangements provide a solid rhythm that will definitely get the dancing feet going. As the vocal fade up the intensity builds in the groove as that bass just eats into your brain forcing you to surrender. The break throws up a fantastic display of effects on the vocals that give a surreal edge to the sound before slamming right back into the main groove for the duration. Superb stuff that is not to be missed.
Our next SRUR release is a remix package with something for everyone. No less than six top remixers have been drafted to unleash their skills on Oz Romita’s Idiots. Idiots first saw the light of day way back in February 2012, it was also the very first release on Oz’s brand new Sounds R Us Recordings, a label that has grown into a very recognisable brand with a distinctive music output which is supported throughout the world. SRUR boss Oz continues to be at the forefront when it comes to quality, his staggering back catalogue is testament to this as well as the huge support from DJ’s, producers and fans alike. Lots more is planned for 2015 so keep your eyes and ears peeled.
First up on remix duty is Ozan Kanik who is fresh off the back of his Adults Only which saw great support since its December 2014 release. From the off we are thrust into an energetic Techno monster with solid beats and a fantastic rolling bassline. Crispy open hats give cool contrasts between the deeper bass elements and provide for a steady rhythmic vibe. Cool chords litter the background as spicy FX add wonderful textures to the sound. A subtle synth note gives a whole new dimension as we continue on this relentless ride through Techno. A definite monster of a track that will have floors jumping for sure.
Tash aka Greek DJ and producer Tassos Papagiannoulis debuts on SRUR with this superb remix. Tassos was surrounded by music as a child and this had a huge impact in his growing. He would go on to organise music events from just 13 years old, late, he would begin to play at many venues in his hometown. In 2005 he formed DJM Productions where he would continue to grow his event roster. Having graced the decks with many very famous DJ’s and played at some of the world’s top venues, Tassos brings a wealth of experience to the table. The remix intros with a flourish as nice and phat kicks a licked with scattered percussions before a smooth synth rises up bringing a Tech flavour. A wonderfully warm driving bass surfaces soon after and gets the track firmly into its groove. A very smooth and rich pad eases into the sound and brings a wonderful, almost uplifting melancholic vibe to the sound before we get right back down to the business end of this Tech stomper. This one will not disappoint.
Moll steps into the remix arena next with his superb slice. Moll’s At The Dawn on Bonzai Basiks back in the summer of 2014 performed very well indeed. He also had a stint on Club Traxx – Dark & Deep 2. Much more to come from Moll so stay tuned. Here he gets right into a Techno flow from the off as bright, crispy hats line up against snappy claps and a muted kick. Cool FX filter through as we are blasted with a superb punchy kick that pounds out a steady rhythm. A warm bass shores up the low end beautifully and leave room for expertly crafted synths to dominate. The break is a masterclass in effects as the mids and highs get put through their paces before we are slammed back into the groove. Tight mixing and a brilliant slice of Techno that will sit well in any set.
Italian DJ and producer Francesco Dinoia delivers a truly sublime Tech cut with his remix. Francesco started to get interested in DJing from a young age, he soon developed the skills needed which also led him into the producing world. After just a few years he has notched up quite an impressive repertoire of releases across many labels. A talent worth keeping an eye on for sure. On the remix he brings his Tech flavours to the fore. The intro delivers a punchy kick with a crispy offset closed hat that brings a sharp edge to the sound. A deep bass sits perfectly on the low end as various percussions and drums provide a solid rhythmic platform. Deep rooted, relentless grooves that are sure to be a firm favourite among many.
Netherlands based DJ and producer Rajiv Jay returns to SRUR with his fantastic remix. Rajiv debuted here back in the Summer of 2014 with Lovers EP which gained much support. He also got a run out on our Muzika Volume 8 which also saw great support. Here he toughens up the groove with a raucous Techno offering. The intro sets off with a solid driving beat filled with low end kicks and sharp hats. A wonderful chord sequence filters up and gets the groove rocking for the duration. Tight drum patterns keep the rhythm flowing as that chord sequence comes to prominence. The break warms up the chords before we get churned back into the main sound. A rip roaring energy driven slice that will have floors bouncing.
Rod B. Rounds up this superb package with his remix. We last saw Rob back in Spring 2014 when he teamed up with JPhilipps on their wonderful remix for Dany Cohiba’s Liquid Cha. Rod does what he does best and injects the grooves with infectious amounts of Tech House that force you to move. The track subtly builds with distant hats and snappy snares before a phat kick takes over. Superb drum patterns bring a steady rhythm before the track breaks to reveal the star of the show. The bass walks through the sound beautifully with its warm tones and groovy licks. A robotic voice accompanies the sound on the main break before we head back into the main track. Stunning effort here that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Sounds R Us continues its Muzika series with another round of top notch cuts. Volume 9 brings together four debutants to SRUR with each bringing a multitude of experience covering many years in the industry. Another fine collection for your crates you will not want to miss.
First up we have the first of two tracks from Ricardo Espino with Golden Room. Ricardo has been producing professionally since 2009 and has found his work on over 50 different labels in that time. He boasts a great talent for diversity in his music, at the moment he is firmly rooted to tech house and house with the propensity to change things up when required. The intro boasts a classic chunky kick and hat combo that really sets the rhythm loose early on. A very cool vocal sample plays out in the background as various percussion begin to fill the space. Cool rising FX take us into the main groove where a deep throbbing bass commands and takes centre stage. The bass produces a fantastic groove that will get the floors pumping for sure. A real nice slice of techno with a smooth dusting of soul thrown in, a must have.
Next up we have another track from Ricardo Espino and this time he joins forces with DJ Ferry on the track Laspus. DJ Ferry is a highly regarded artist having plied his trade in Tehran and further afield. 2009 saw his first release on remix duty as his moniker Dented Minds for the BluFin Records track Namtrak – Uprising. Since then he has released on several labels worldwide and brings his unique blend with each recording. Laspus intros with that all familiar punchy kick and bright hats combo that is a gift to DJ’s. In the background rolling percussions ramp up the groove and gets the feet tapping. Cool vocal samples blend in nicely in the background and bring an upbeat vibe. A superb pulsating bass takes over the track will definitely give the bassbins a hard time. As the track progresses various rising FX bring us into a new layer. A fantastic slice of tech house that will do very well on floors all over.
Newmanhere is up next with his track Raspberry. This guy has achieved a lot in a relatively short space of time. His first release came at the start of 2013 on Avenue Records with the Safari EP. This EP gained him world recognition and the track was snapped up and played by top jocks. Since then this guy just hasn’t stopped with a plethora of releases across many labels as well as multiple appearances on compilations. One to watch for the future here. Raspberry intros with a beautifully raw and organic flavour as tribalistic drums sit over some cleverly filtered FX before a superb big chunky kick is introduced alongside a fathomless bass that seems to hover in just the right spot. All the while a hypnotic chant goes off in the background which adds huge character to the track and reinforces its tribal roots. This one is epic and will no doubt see a lot of airtime.
Rounding off this wonderful collection is our final debutant Kevin Es with Concern. Kevin is a relative newcomer to production in general and had his first release back in October 2014 on Kaleydo Beats with Push You Down. We are sure there will be a lot more from this guy in the future so stay tuned. The track goes straight in for the jugular as a tough edged bass pounds alongside a punchy kick and some very crisp claps. Cool percussion patterns bring a rhythmic flow to the sound which becomes much more enhanced as the layers build. Various FX filter through and a brilliant vocal sample keeps us guessing for the duration. A top notch track with a relentless groove that will definitely keep the floors rocking no doubt.
Our next SRUR release comes from the masterful Ozan Kanik with Adults Only and comes backed up with a superb remix from Gforty.
The Original Mix intros with a massive punchy kick with subtle hats keeping the rhythms flowing. Ozan definitely had Techno in mind with this one as the monster bass will testify, the bass dominates throughout with a merciless pulsating groove that will knock you off your feet. The break is even less forgiving as a cool percussion sequence comes into play as the bass thunders on. A monster sound that will feature on many sets for sure.
Gforty takes the bull by the horns and turns out an absolute stomper. Bug chunky kicks and deep throbbing basses take the track to full effect from the off. A very cool hat sequence brings a strong rhythmic section that keeps the track flowing alongside some cool vocal samples. A top notch cut destined for those darker techno rooms.
Gunther Robles returns to SRUR with the superb two tracker Secret Annexe EP. Gunther last appeared on remix duties for Gforty’s Sinful Soul EP and since then he has racked up a few of his own originals and remixes. Delighted to see him back at the helm for his full SRUR release.
First up we have Secret Annexe with its melancholic, dark tones which are manifested through a deep bass hit and low end chunky kicks. Cool percussions sit back before coming to the fore with crispy sharp hats and snappy claps. Synth pads start to rise as a prominent plucky bass takes centre stage with its acidic undertones. Those acid tones start to evolve and draw you into its grasp for the duration. Wonderful deep tech sounds that will no doubt be a feature in many sets.
The Raven goes right into full on mode from the off as punchy kicks are joined by rising pads and a deep sub bass alongside a plucked bass. The rhythm starts to boil as cool percussions are added to the mix. Manic arps that seem in disarray come to the fore and soon level out in intricate patterns that work so well. The track breaks with a dominate pad sequence to the backdrop of cool raven calls before we are thrust back into the full swing of the groove. Top notch stuff from Gunther that is not to be missed.
Rajiv Jay makes his SRUR debut with this brilliant three tracker, Lovers EP. Hailing out of the Netherlands this DJ and producer loves to delve into upbeat sounds through to techno and tech house. In 2013 he started his own parties called tech.fabrik in Hoofddorp where he is able to showcase his skills. Now producing he feels proud to deliver his works to the dance floor, we have no doubt these will be well received.
First up is Strangers with its percussion fuelled intro that is soon joined by a chunky kick and throbbing bass combi. Steady rhythms will keep the floors moving as quirky vocals begin to filter through. The break keeps the vibe going with cool modulations on the drums and bass. A brilliant bouncy tune for the floors and a definite must.
Freaks intros with a heavy kick and sharp hat combi as percussions are filtered through. A classy strolling bassline ensues and the tech begins to flow out of the sound beautifully. The drum arrangements are top notch as varying patterns etch out cool rhythms. Short vocal samples add textures and on the break the track transforms into a sublime techno workout with superb keys, before slamming right back into full swing, excellent stuff.
Lovers goes into full on tech mode, big phat kicks are joined by a myriad of hats and cymbals as a fantastic throbbing bassline sets the mood. The arrangement gathers pace with the addition of layered percussions and well crafted FX. On the breaks we are exposed to a sublime detuned piano sequence that gives the track its true tech roots before we are thrust right back into full on mode after a heavy build up for the duration, top notch debut from Rajiv.
While most of our posse is present at ADE every year we’ve never really showcased any of the new generation labels and artists that currently reside under Bonzai’s wings.
Our ADE event will be hosted by Bonzai Basiks Beats (our radio show) and Djunkee Bookings, they are lining up some of the best dj’s such as Airwave (Bonzai Progressive),Rogerio Martins (Piston Recordings) , Oz Romita (Sound R Us Recordings), Nico Parisi (Bonzai Progressive), Joal (Monog Records) and Van Czar (Bonzai Basiks)
Today Bonzai is an imprint that feels at home in many styles and genres throughout a vast network of sublabels and label managers, come check out what we have to offer at this Free entry event!!!
Chrono aka Zoltan Salai returns to SRUR after a short hiatus with his ten track album entitled ‘Pantihouse’. We last saw Chrono with his collaboration with studio partner Ascaloon and their ‘Balkan Express EP’. Zoltan began his musical journey at an early age with DJing being his big focus with many gigs all over the country. He soon met up with Otto (Ascaloon) and they began to organise parties all over Serbia and they were tagged as the “new generation”, like his friend he soon found himself on the producing side and the results speak for themselves.
The album kicks off with ‘Blues feeling’ which intros with a solid, thumping kick complete with sharp hats. A strong plucky bass is unleashed alongside a brilliantly tweaked blues style vocal. Silky smooth deep vibes and the perfect intro for this sublime journey.
Next up we have the Deep Version of ‘Rail Road’ that starts life with a rhythmic percussion arrangement before a well rounded kick sets the track off. The bassline is introduced soon after and gives the sound a cool bounce to dance to. Deep house styled chords come through alongside a round of silky keys and a smooth female vocal snippet. Perfect fodder for any deeper set.
‘Flight’ continues this journey into deep tech with a very cool percussive intro with a few bass shots thrown in. We gather pace as a pumping kick enters the fray and sets the mood perfectly. A very subtle yet hugely effective deep bass pulsates through the sound as expert FX work creates varying textures along with vocal samples thrown in. Superb stuff!
Next up we have ‘Mother Road’ which stays true to the albums theme, very percussive intro that leads into a powerful stomping kick. The vocal samples are outstanding a give the track great character while a myriad of drums provide solid rhythms for the dancing feet. An infectious deep and low bass sends reverberations through the sound as the layers continue to form. Surreal atmospheres are apparent as the contrast between the basses, chords and vocal blend beautifully.
‘Shake That Ass’ goes for an all out club fuelled dance tune. Nice chunky kicks and crispy percs provide the rhythms for this pumped up deep house groove. Bright chords keep the groove flowing while the long released bass will force you to shake it. The track is complimented with an upbeat ‘shake that ass’ vocal. A definite must on those bouncier floors!
‘Slim Fit’ takes us further into tech with a cool punchy kick and sharp percussion intro which leads into a lush piano chord. Surreal sweeping pads fade through alongside some vocal samples and lead up to a smooth bit of piano play. The bass takes the track deeper as it throbs throughout the groove and is joined by a grittier companion. Stark contrasts abound here and they come together beautifully.
The Original Mix of ‘Rail Road’ sets off in classic style with cool percussions and a nice phat kick combi. The bass takes control of the track early on and dominates throughout as it wields its powerful sub sounds that will no doubt have the speakers rocking. The vocal comes in nicely and is joined by some very cool keys that give the track a dynamic edge and one that will no doubt feature in many sets.
‘Train Signal’ brings us a perfectly arranged party tune for the floors. A cool and fun bassline pulsates through the sound and will have the party people jumping for sure. An element of funk comes through in a delicious sax riff while the drum arrangements deliver a solid rhythmic workout with an offset synth adding an extra bounce to the sound. Again we see some very cool vocal samples used which really set the track up nicely and makes this a must for any box this summer.
‘Wildlife’ takes us deeper still with a fantastic low end bass doing most of the work. Tightly arranged patterns dish out smooth rhythmic vibes giving this track a big dance factor. Aside from the bass we are treated to a brilliant display of keys that give the sound a beautiful deep house groove. Lots going on here and is definitely not to be missed.
We end this sublime album with ‘Pantihouse’, slightly more laid back due to the slower BPM’s, but still packing a huge punch. Chunky kicks and sharp, crisp percussion keep the rhythms flowing as a deep throbbing bass dominates the track. The vocal sample arrangements are spot on and blend superbly with the short synth shots. The perfect ending to this journey through deep techy house and will be a definite must for you collection!
SRUR’s Muzika series is back with Volume 7. This series has been gaining lots of momentum as label boss Oz Romita continues to source only the finest cuts for inclusion. As we’ve come to expect we see four more top drawer artists deliver four stunning tracks.
First up we have Ozan Kanik & Harun Karabulut that join forces once again to bring ‘Yavas Yavas’ to life. Nice big phat kicks get the track moving with an expertly crafted percussion arrangement getting the rhythm flowing. Cool vocal samples are the perfect addition to the sound as our sense are raided by the organic vibe coming through. Quite a minimal groove with a massive punch, the detail shown in the various FX and sounds is stunning making this a must have track for sure.
Then comes ‘Badub’ from Davide Marchesiello. The track intros with a cool deep bass filled vibe, punchy kicks blend beautifully with the bass as percussions skip along adding rhythmic grooves. The FX work comes through brilliantly and adds smooth textures to the groove. Cool new patterns can be found throughout as the arrangement lets loose on the percussions. Very well crafted sound here and perfect ammo for the darker rooms.
Manoah delivers the sublime ‘Onduidelijk’. A very subtle intro with the kicks holding off on the punch and soft hats that create a cool vibe. Before long we are thrust into the main track as a deep bass comes through and forms the main focus of the track. On the break cool atmospheres are created as the track breaks down to just a simple yet effective percussion line and some cool FX that give an urban feel. A truly dark journey that will sit well in those dark sets, no doubt.
Kendrick is up next with his track ‘Get Up’. Nice and smooth percussion intro that builds to a full on kick that dominates the sound. Cool vocal samples pop up throughout and give character to the sound. A throbbing bass soon commands authority as the track settles into a steady flowing rhythm. The drum arrangement takes centre stage at the break with more intricate patterns forming up beside a classy piano stab before slamming right back into the main groove. Brilliant stuff.