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The Best Of SRUR 2013 comes with original tracks and remixes by Victor Vera, Ozan Kanik, D-Formation, AngelLopez, Oz Romita, Lyle Quach, Re Dupre, Rod B., Angelo Fracalanza, Gabriel Ben, Ed Whitty, Chrono Ascaloon, M.R.T.N, Onofrio Conte, Analog Effect, Jay Junior, Andy Slate, Ozgur Uzar, CLN83, Steve Mulder, Tom Hades, Alessan Main, Kevh Ripple.
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.
Spanish DJ and producer Victor Vera is back with SRUR with his two tracker “Block Party EP”. Victor’s first release here came with his “Thermonuclear Reaction” on Muzika Volume 2. That same release also appeared on compilations with Bonzai Progressive and Bonzai Basiks.
The title track “Block Party” is up first. Solid intro with classic kick and hat combi with other percussive features filtering through. The bass comes through with a bounce adding a lot of energy to the sound. The FX work is top quality and it blends in so well. Great work on the vocal sample give the track an edge. Top stuff again from Victor and will no doubt get a lot of attention.
“Schwarm” is up next, the intro boasts softly keys which are twisted and morphed into a wall of synth before the kicks and electro percussion free it and set up a steady groove. These transformations continue throughout and shape the sound nicely into a solid hypnotic rhythm.
Sounds R Us Recording are gearing up for another, no doubt successful trip, to this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event. Label boss Oz Romita has put together an outstanding package with previously released and exclusive material showcasing the diverse range of styles and many talents of the producers on his labels books.
Ozan Kanik features no less than three times throughout this pack with his first offering being the techno fuelled “Fiction”. This track comes in the shape of a superb remix by the mighty Tom Hades and is bound to cause a stir among many at this year’s parties and beyond.
Dutch DJ and producer Steve Mulder returns to SRUR with a sublime techno cut on his track “Matador”. Steve has a hugely impressive release count across many labels and has worked alongside the world’s top jocks and artists.
Ozan’s next offering is the aptly titled “ADE 2013″, a techno stomper with merciless rhythmic grooves that will certainly have the event patrons looking for more, one to watch here!
Analog Effect aka Dutch duo Jan Boom and Branko Van Hilten are up next with “Plovdiv”. The guys are fresh off the back of their last SRUR outing alongside Jay Junior with “Diffuser EP”. This time around the guys take techno into deeper grooves and come up with a proper banging track, superb stuff.
Ozan’s third contribution is in collaboration with CLN83 on their track “Neat & Clean” which saw great reviews upon release. For this comp the Drumcomplex & Roel Salemink Remix was chosen and it brings with it a darker more sinister techno sound that has a huge effect as it draws you in completely.
Miami based DJ and producer Rod B. is back with his full SRUR release after well received remixes earlier in the year. “24HR Amsterdam” is a classic driving techno groove and just what you’d expect from the highly talented Rod B..
W&DY aka Wendy Wustlich is up next to showcase her diverse skills in production. This time Wendy turns on the progressive house with attitude tap and what we get is the stunning “Heartbeat” which will for sure get those pulses racing!
Label head honcho Oz thumps out a fantastic deep house joint on his track “Changes”. Oz has a brilliant and unique way of injecting energy into his sounds and here is no different, yes it’s deep house and yes it’s full of energy which is what we like!
Finishing off this amazing pack is the talented duo of M.R.T.N AKA Sthlm Beat and Pomp with “Behind The Iron Curtain”. Massive techno sound on the with a harder edge groove, a track that will have the floors at ADE bouncing for sure.
Back from his recent stint on SRUR with “Quito” is Italian producer Giorgio Quaranta aka Gforty. Giorgio has enjoyed a raft of releases across many labels including Teggno Records, Bush Records and Repressure Recordings to name a few. His tracks are heavily supported by top jocks all over the world such as Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, Eddie Halliwell and Tom Hades. Here he delivers top quality techno grooves with the two track EP “Sinful Soul” which is backed up with two superb remixes.
First up we have the title track, the intro boasts a full on four to the floor chunky kick and classic hat combo with a deep resonating baseline following through. Sublime housey chords fade in and become the mainstay on the track as a funky little vocal makes an appearance. A very energetic track that will be a feature on many playlists for sure.
Los Angeles based DJ and producer Andy Slate delves into a deeper side of techno with his remix of “Sinful Soul”. The remix incorporates much of the original vibe with the heavy kicks and stunning baseline. A rhythmic percussion section keeps the groove on point while the synths bring out the house element, top notch stuff here and a track for the deeper sets.
Giorgio’s next track on this EP is “I Want Everything”. A massive thumping kick intros the track and the percussions build us up to a funkier rhythm. A fantastic classic styled vocal gets the track moving early on before a superb retro themed riff takes full control of the sound. One to watch here and one that will appeal to many!
Next up we have a quartet of DJ’s and producers Affani, Gunther Robles, Diego Hernandez and Mannilab with their remix. The guys turn out a much more housey affair with a blast of funky rhythms and a brilliant deep throbbing bass. Wonderful synth melodies etch out a classy groove with the vocal adding cool textures. The techno still resides in the this track making this a dynamic offering and a firm favourite in any set.
Muzika is now already on its fourth instalment and again we bring you four top class tracks from four top class artists, so buckle up for a techno fuelled ride into the wonderful world of Sounds R Us Recordings.
First up is Alessan Main & Juciff with “Storm”. Chilean born DJ and producer Cristian Alexander Soto López aka Alessan Main began his music career at nineteen years old, playing in clubs and bars he soon got into production and has appeared on labels like The Room, WTF! Music, Jekos Music and more. Colombian based DJ and producer Juciff started out at just sixteen, he has played many clubs around his homeland and has appeared on labels including Nature Music and Junka Records. The track is a dark edged techno offering full of an array of FX and filtered synths, a very eerie atmosphere is created also with some brilliant vocal samples, excellent stuff.
The very popular boss of SRUR, Oz Romita, gives us another taste of his superb brand of techno grooves. His track “No Doubt” will be destined for club classic status, chunky kicks and a heavy bass are gelled together seamlessly with a cool rhythmic percussion arrangement. Cool vocals show up from time to time and on the break we get a huge build up that includes sirens, a must have in any techno set.
Debut appearance on SRUR for Turkish DJ and producer Ozgar Uzar with his track “Blue Wind”. Ozgar has been around the EDM scene since 1995 and has a huge amount of releases under his belt on labels like Desperadoz Records, Workstation, Bedroom Muzik and many more. The track is a masterclass in techno grooves with percussions playing a big part in the sound. Just after the intro a huge riser takes us through to the main groove that goes on relentlessly, big sound for big floors here and one to watch.
Another debut appearance on SRUR for Los Angeles based DJ and producer Andy Slate and his track “Mandalay”. Andy first came into contact with turntables in 1983 and has been thrashing out techno beats ever since. His longstanding production career has seen his music on labels such as Soulmate, Eightmileshigh and Nervous Records to name just a few. “Mandalay” gets right into a full on techno groove from the off with a tight drum and percussion arrangement backed up with a popping bass and crunchy brass stabs, excellent workout!