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The SRUR series Muzika is now on its third volume with three fresh new tracks to get the juices flowing.
First up is Spanish producer Dany Cohiba with “Amsterdam Streets”. Dany is a veteran on the scene having began his music career in the eighties. He currently has a vast amount of releases under his belt across multiple labels (way too many to mention). Here he applies his skills in style with a powerfully energetic groover. The kicks and hats on the intro provide a bouncy rhythm with the bass rolling effortlessly through the sound. Short vocal samples come through as the track progresses and on the break some nifty synth work creeps in, top class stuff.
Italian producer Giorgio Quaranta aka Gforty is up next with his energising track “Quito”. From the get go you get thrown in a torrent of tribal percussion and a thumping kick which builds up a wonderfully rhythmic groove. Classic whistle effects are the perfect fit and beefs up the sound making those tribal rhythms stand out even more. Huge tune here and certain to be picked up by many jocks.
Onofrio Conte steps up with his track “Gets Dirty”. Onofrio has had a couple of quality releases on Bonzai Basiks, “What Da Hell” and “Red Lights” with support coming from all angles. Here he applies his talents with ease delivering a gritty techno groove. The track gets right into it from the start, dishing out a strong kick and deep bass combo with the percussions etching out a hypnotic, tribal rhythm. Great FX work add textures and make this a true techno stomper that will perform well in any set.
SRUR label boss Oz Romita is back with a superb three tracker, “Get Us Funky EP”. As usual Oz remains very busy with gigging, producing and running the label.
“Get Us Funky” starts us off, a real cool laidback funky little number. The intro gives off a nice fresh vibe with bright hats and a proper thud on the kick with percussions building a smooth rhythm, a tight arrangement. The bass lifts the track off, such a simple and very effective riff with a lush groove. The funkness comes into this track through the guitars, again a very simple riff that has a big impact, top notch stuff.
“Burning” is up next and the tempo rises along with it. Nice bouncy vibe on the intro with the synth in the offset, cool and sharp hats alongside the kicks provide a steady rhythm here as we build up to an awesome techno groove. Lots of percussion makes its way into the sound throughout, overall a very fun track that would sit well in any set.
“Foreign Drums” is a masterclass in arrangement, a myriad of sounds and in particular percussions, all come together beautifully inside a strong tech fuelled groove. As this track progresses it becomes hypnotising and later on some surreal synths add a new layer to the sound, superb stuff.
M.R.T.N are made of Sthlm Beat and Pomp. The guys produce together and have released under other guises including The Bunglers for SRUR. Sthlm Beat also performs as DJ M.R.T.N. and today we see this stunning techno fuelled monster “Desnoid EP” get a release.
First up is the tough edged “Abdominal” which gets right down to business from the off with a rolling techno groove. Tough kicks are layered with some outstanding percussions and a sharp, crisp hat. The track takes on an almost oldschool techno flavour with the percussions rising in pitch creating a hypnotic vibe, top notch stuff.
“Desnoid” takes a slightly more minimal approach, again we see a superb arrangement and a very rhythmic drum section. The synths have that retro style sound we all love and the guys have brought this sound up to date brilliantly. On the break the FX work is expertly crafted and creates a cool climax back into the track, definitely a tune that will feature heavily in techno sets.
“Panzerfaust” is a tune that makes you realise what techno nowadays is all about. Thumping kicks and a deep bassline are the perfect platform for the groove mapped out by the brilliant synth work. Lots of percussive elements with cymbals and hats coming through perfectly and FX that will blow your mind, one to watch for sure!
Otto Veisenberger aka Ascaloon and Zoltan Salai aka Chrono join forces with their debut on SRUR with this superb three tracker “Balkan Express EP”. Both guys hail from Subotica, Serbia where they DJ at top clubs and festivals. They have a hugely impressive back catalogue on many labels with tech house, deep house and techno being their main styles. Otto first got into music at the age of 10 when he would play records from the 70’s and 80’s. This developed into a full blown DJ career and productions soon followed. Zoltan also 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 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 now they emerge with this stomper.
First up is “South Singer”, a techno cum deep house hybrid with all the trappings you’d expect. Nice chunky kicks and sharp hats provide a steady rhythm with a superb bassline showing early on. Cool deep chords give that house vibe with an expert display of FX on offer. A brilliant vocal sample adds texture to this top tune.
“Jungo” is up next with a full on techno flavour, real chunky kicks overlay an amazing percussion section with a huge deep bassline throbbing throughout. Classic stabs come through on the break with FX shoring up the sound. A very surreal flute riff is coupled with some great vocal samples to round off this top notch track.
“Let’s Fuck” gets right into deep tech grooves from the off, flowing rhythms on the percussions are accompanied with some groovy basslines and high pitched strings. Short vocal samples and brilliant FX are done very well here. Straight in your face tech with a bouncy vibe that will go down well in the darker rooms.
Gabriel and Ed join forces for a round of top quality techno on SRUR with “Epoch”. US based Gabriel is returning to these shores after a very well received remix on Ozan Kanik’s “Enough” while Irish native but now residing in Florida, Ed, is making his SRUR debut. Both Ed and Gabriel have seen a multitude of releases across many labels focusing mainly on techno and house and they have both worked with many top artists over the years.
The original mix of “Epoch” is a testament to the sound coming from this quality label at the moment, high octane in your face techno delights for the more energetic house parties. Bouncy rhythms with smooth basslines and some brilliant classic type techno-house synths, big sound here for any jock to get the floors moving.
Brazilian DJ Anderson Noise enters the arena with a superbly crafted minimalistic techno remix. Anderson is a major player on the scene having DJed in over 30 countries, released more than 50 tracks, 2 DVD’s, many compilations and runs his own label Noise Music. Here he strips the sound right back to its raw form and applies it in style to his own taste, almost primitive beats that pack a huge punch come flying out and that bassline will move any ass to the floor. Top quality FX and percussions add weight to the sheer rawness of this sound, one for the pure hearts here, top stuff!
Up next is Brazilian trio Re Dupre, Rod B. & Angelo Fracalanza with their collective top notch remix. All three make their SRUR debut and all three can be considered veterans in their field due to the mega amount of output from their labels. Re Dupre is the founder of PopArt , Miami Underground Records and Sessions Records all of which feature heavily on the Miami circuit. Rod B. is a graduate of SAE Miami in Audio Technology (Recording Arts) and is a main feature at some big events across southern US and afar. Angelo is a graduate of Music Production and he likes to focus on melodic tech house with lots of percussion. All three guys have appeared on many of the labels mentioned and their collective sound sits well on this label. The remix itself is a real upbeat slice of tech with lots going on, but the big focus is on the bassline, one of those bassline that just moves you! Tight arrangements and a solid groove all round, awesome stuff!
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.
Head honcho at SRUR and the king of energetic techno Oz Romita joins forces with one of the most sought after DJ’s/producers on the scene, Lyle Quach, to bring in another round of high quality techno pressings. Lyle started his career in Montreal, Canada where he played many big parties which also led him to play across the USA. He is much sought after and has had collaborations with many artists all over the world and released on lots of labels during this time. Today with Oz we see the latest SRUR slice entitled “Piece Of Cake” and backed up with a couple of brilliant remixes.
The original mix is a cool blend of techno that hits maximum groove form the off with a subtle kick and a shake-that-ass percussion combo. A hypnotic bassline is prominent throughout with plenty of FX to fill up the spectrum. Simple and stylish techno with a lot of punch!
Spain based DJ/producer AngelLopez takes to the mixing desk on the first remix. Angel is another highly respected figure in the techno/house scene with an impressive list of tracks and remixes to his name. Here he takes the original theme and adds a more deep house twist while retaining that tech element. Real solid steady grooves are carved out through the kicks and percussions with a superb bassline adding the deep house touch that locks you into its grip for the duration, top notch stuff.
SRUR regular Roderick Fox is up next with his remix and he does what he does best, crafting fantastic beats and adding sublime techno flavours to everything he touches. Another solid groover with a more upbeat approach and a clever rework of the original hook. Roderick adds in quality percussions and some classic little one shot vocal samples, perfect for any floor.
Amsterdam native Ozan started as a DJ back in the late 90’s playing many Dam clubs and bringing something different to the crowds than the average DJ was doing. Now after a break we see him return with a couple of releases though various labels and this track “Enough”, backed up with two remixes, which is his debut on SRU.
The original mix is top quality, strong, solid deep tech house groove with a heart pounding drone of a bassline. Cool crisp hats are a contrast to the bass and we get a wonderful vocal sample throughout that has the power to hypnotise the mind. Very cool FX work adds weight on the break, very cool track.
D-Formation aka Dimos Carbajo is a Spanish DJ, producer and very popular remixer. With a huge amount of releases under his belt and having worked with some of the top names in house and techno, Dimos has built up the respect of many all over the world. Today he adds his midas touch with a superb take on the original. Pure pumping tech house at its best, high quality beats and percs with expert arrangements. The sounds just draw you in with a constant synth note being the main focus, on the break things heat up and crescendo with huge impact. This track will be a main component for many jocks all over.
USA based Gabriel Ben steps up to the mixing desk with a high octane stab of house goodness. Gabriel has a very impressive list of releases through many labels over the years and he has been complimented by none other than Carl Cox as “have a really good ear for music”. His career has spanned over two decades when he started as a DJ, he has travelled the world doing gigs and continues to deliver quality productions to this day. Here Gabriel turns up the energy levels, taking the deep bass and making it roll even more over some arm pumping beats. Great use of the vocal sample that rounds up this track perfectly, big big sound here!
Sounds R Us comes back with a follow up the Muzika EP.
Turkish producer Ozan Kanik makes his debut on SRUR and hits the EP with a kinda old skoolish techno slammer.
Our wonder boy Roderick Fox does what he does best, making proper techno!
Also new on SRU is the Spanish Victor Vera. He adds his flavor to the EP with a pounding tech house groove specially made for the dance floor.
Muzika EP Vol. 2 is the next thing you need in your collection.