Recent posts: Van Czar
Residing in Madrid, Belgian producer Van is joined in the studio by a mystery guest, Padhme, for their track “You & Me” which comes backed up with a top notch remix. Van is very busy indeed as he churns out quality productions and performs in clubs around Madrid, he also now hosts Bonzai Basik Beats Spain which will soon be broadcasting on multiple radio stations. Padhme is the mysterious partner whom we hope to reveal more info on soon.
The original mix is a masterclass in deep vibes, the intro boasts a chunky kick with a wonderful melancholic synth chord. Crispy, sharp hats begin to appear and the groove is locked on for the duration. The break takes on a surreal vibe as a sensuous vocal meanders through the sound, this creates a quite intense feeling which works superbly well on the track, great stuff.
Polish DJ and producer Marcin Czubala steps up to remix duties with a powerful rework. Marcin has a very impressive back catalogue having appeared on labels like Mobilee Records, Your Mamas Friend, 8 Bit and Recovery Tech just to name a few. He has played in over 300 classical music concerts in the early to mid nineties and it’s this background in music that has put him right at the heart of the electronic sound. His remix kicks off with a classic bassdrum and hat, clap combination which creates a nice steady rhythm, the bass adds a techno twist with sublime pads sweeping through. The vocal sample works well with the sound, but the big focus on this track comes from the stunning synth work, this gives a retro feeling while keeping the overall sound modern. This one is not to be missed!
Van is back on Basiks with his “Despote EP” which is backed up with two top quality remixes. Van’s workload really is impressive and after his last epic release “Delotux” he really hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. DJing, hosting multiple radioshows, producing and remixing are what he loves to do and he delivers on quality every time.
The Original Mix of “Despote” is a tough and gritty deep techno offering, chunky kicks and crisp hats set up the scene while the bassline creeps in and settles into a solid groove. The FX work here is second to none and the vocal samples are expertly placed which is one of Van’s specialties.
First on remix duty is Insect Society, fresh off the back of the well received “And Cleopatra Wept”. Big thumping kicks on the intro with subtle hats and percussion easing their way into the sound, a deep sub bass is on the offset beat and this will send ripples through any floor. As the track builds we get some cool vocal samples and stunning synths coming into play while a classic siren type FX give this a big arena feel and this is just where a track like this belongs, superb stuff.
Minitech Project returns with his own brand of techno fuelled grooves on the remix. A solid reworking here with big focus on the lower end of the frequencies, stark contrasts are felt with the crisp hats and percussion and we go lower with a throbbing deep bass. Again we see expertly placed vocal samples which have a big impact on the groove, great to see Minitech back and hopefully more to come.
The ever impressive Solartoff marks his full Eyepatch debut with a super smooth round of deep goodness. Solartoff has been responsible for some top notch remixes in the past and today we see his track “They Love Me” get an outing and is backed up with two stunning remixes.
The original Mix kicks off in smooth style with a nice chunky kick backed up with cool percussions. The bassline comes through with a deep lush vibe and some classy house chords ramp up the groove. The vocal sample fits perfectly and on the break we get treated to an amazing round of expert synth work.
Harmon & Landowski are next up with their Rework. The track intros with a tougher edge as the heavy kicks, percussions and amazing bassline carve out a solid flowing groove. The vocal is used sparingly and adds a cool layer to the sound. Superb synth work gives this track a bouncier feel which will do well on floors all over.
Van Czar closes the release with his Club Mix. Van is truly one of the hardest working artists around, he continues to DJ frequently around Madrid and his Bonzai Basik Beats Spain radioshow is gaining popularity all over, this is all topped off with dedicated studio work where he continues to churn out the quality. His mix is a super charged club orientated groove, the kicks have an understated thump which would be so powerful on a great system. The percussion arrangement as usual is top notch and the synth manipulation creates a cool flowing rhythm. Top stuff which will feature on many sets for sure.
Our next Basiks release is a very special compilation from one of our most active artists, Van Czar. “Delotux” is the culmination of two years of searching for the right sounds in the right places. Van extensively trawled the underground scene for each of these tracks so he could tell his story through the music. Eight tracks from five artists, three of which are from Van himself. As for Van, well he is still as busy as ever with DJing, producing and hosting the Bonzai Basik Beats Radioshow Spain which is now airing on multiple stations across the globe.
First up is Van Czar with the title track “Delotux”. The intro sets the scene for a mystical ride through the deep house spectrum, rich layered strings probe their way into your soul before a sublime kick and hat combo start to build up a solid rhythm. Sultry deep house chords radiate throughout and these are backed up with Van’s unique FX work that always ties his tracks up to perfection. An epic ten minute journey filled with gritty, tough edged deep house goodness, what a ride!
Next up is Spanish DJ and producer Narol MarGo featuring Mayte Cruz with “Body & Soul”. Narol MarGo has remixed Van’s “Lassitude Active” which was very well received. The track is a master class in deep house with a very powerful bass droning through the spectrum, this is built upon a cool steady and flowing rhythm creating a fantastic groove. The delectable vocals of Mayte Cruz really shine here, deep and melancholic which invokes an emotional response. On the break surreal synth work takes over with just the slightest of melody to hone in on. A monster of a tune with huge appeal.
Zofia Hydel is next with “Paysage Urbain”, a hidden gem of a track full of inventive arrangements and outstanding instruments. The intro is a maelstrom of percussion and FX that seem haphazard yet fall into a splendid rhythmic sequence. A big double bass rises from the depths and many more orchestral instruments make an appearance with the saxophone becoming the most prominent. A simple vocal sample adds extra weight to the sound. This track continues to add new layers at every turn with a string section really lifting the vibe. A sense of hope is the message and a track that will be a big draw for many due to the high quality of the production.
“Le Chic Beat” is Van’s next contribution on this compilation. Nice tight kick and hats accompany a pulsating bassline with the arrangement throwing in some breakbeats on top of the four-four. Van delivers yet again with an array of awesome FX which blend so well with the sound. Very raw groove with a tribal element here and a curious track with a musical “interlude” theme due to its minimalistic nature.
Zofia Hydel is back with another track entitled “La Personne Est Inspireee”. Something special here again from Zofia, a cool and steady flowing rhythm is the backdrop to a kaleidoscope of musical notes delivered with precision via piano and guitar. The piano really stands out with it’s almost surreal melody, this is contrasted well with the big house stabs going on in the background and complimented with quality FX. Top notch stuff that will indeed get those ears twitching.
NaaN is a collab between Spanish producers Marol MarGo and Nacho Almagro. Their track “Psycodelia” pushes the boundaries on deep tech house in spectacular fashion. The drum arrangement sits nicely on the lower end while a huge droning, pulsating bass does all the hard work, and what a job it does as you find yourself hooked into the sound straight away. The synth riffs are top quality as they border on the progressive edge, the track stands fast with the hooks giving off the deep house vibe it truly is. One to watch here and a must for any box.
Belgian duo Kaixta and their track “They Will Go Underground” is up next. Much more of a clubby vibe with an upbeat arrangement, crisp and sharp percussions coupled with a nice thick bassdrum. Cool stabs add to the groove as the rhythm builds through the layers. On the break a crowd pleasing deep bass pulsates before slamming back into this seriously tough groover.
Finally on this stunning album is Van’s “Naked Alice In Wonder Hoz Land”. Tough edged kicks provide the intro with the percussions building up smoothly to give a free flowing rhythmic feel. Big festival atmosphere is generated within the sound as the synths etch out psychedelic melodies that will surely captivate the mind. Quite intricate in its nature but a track that will be easily recognisable and a must for those big parties.
The very busy Van Czar is back to Eyepatch with another stomping deep house cut entitled “Mon Reve”. The track is backed up with two top notch remixes and proves yet again that when it come to quality then Van is your man.
The original is any deep house fans dream. The intro has a big room feel with a reverbed kick and sharp hat setting off the groove brilliantly, cool vocals fade in and give off a club bar atmosphere while a very simple bass adds huge weight to the sound. Classy, filtered deep house chords are accompanied by a plucky string. On the break the bass takes over alongside a soulful vocal which is the icing on the cake for a truly fantastic cut.
Israeli born Ittai Barkai returns to Eyepatch and is first up to remix duties, big chunky kicks are matched with a wonderfully deep bassline which is both smooth and edgy. Cool percs provide a steady rhythm and very subtle guitars keeps the groove moving. The break goes deeper with some amazing long synths before getting right back into this party rocking vibe, top stuff.
The ever impressive Solartoff gives us his Modulare Remix. A much more upbeat vibe is garnered through brighter sounds, cool bouncy bass and sharp synth stabs are contrasted with a deeper organ sound. The kicks and percussions give off a flowing rhythm which will have any booty shaking. A fun track indeed which will be a welcome addition to any set.
Konstantin is back and here he joins forces with Jey Fever to deliver a superb cut on Basiks. Konstantin has been busy on remix duties this past while and has also made an appearance on Bonzai’s “Eyepatched Volume 3″ vinyl. Israeli Jenia Shteingart aka Jey Fever makes his debut on Basiks in this release. He spent a while crafting his own unique sound and has had releases on labels like Rip n Burn, AK-Tek Records and System Recordings.
The original mix of wreaks of deep tech from the off with a filtered kick and tight hat combo taking us up to a superb deep and tough bass. The sound builds layer by layer with percussions and FX adding depth, gritty synths follow alongside a vocal and on the break we get a sweeping synth and a lot of added extras before the track explodes back into a raw groove, stunning!
The highly skilled Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar steps up to remix duties with his Hypnotechnique Remix. Van turns up the heat here with a truly sublime effort, the bass along with a very rhythmic percussion section will surely hypnotize your mind. On the break an intense pad beefs up the sound and we are also treated to Van’s expert FX work. After the drop we kick back to the main groove with a blast and the chance to lose yourself for a time, amazing stuff!
Belfast’s own, the Brisboys aka John Manning and Ciaran Duffy, are back with more brilliant house grooves for our pleasure with their remix. Deep down and funky would best describe this superb remix, phat beats are contrasted with crisp percussions and deep, cool house chords that evoke retro memories. Classic style hook on the break and great use of the vocal round of an awesome track.
Belgian deep tech and house stalwart Van returns with “Lassitude Active EP” after his much loved “Tout Much EP”. Van has a very busy schedule these days with more EP’s in the works and gigs around the Madrid area coming thick and fast. He is also about to begin his radioshow on Vicious Radio with a showcase on the best from Bonzai’s labels past, present and future. This EP is backed up with a couple of outstanding remixes.
On the original Van does what he does best, ramp up the energy! Strong deep tech grooves with his trademark quality FX work on vocal samples shining through. Nice steady rhythms on the arrangement with a subtle yet very effective bass shoring up the lower end. Very energetic vibe is generated here, this one is destined for a lot of playlists for sure.
German DJ and producer Marc Zimmerman provides a stunning remix. Marc began music playing trumpet and piano when he was younger, now he co-owns a record label, gigs all over Germany and has a raft of releases under his belt. This remix gets right down to business from the off, straight in your face acid grooves with a great vocal sample coming through. Strong, solid drum and percussions are the perfect companion for the acid bassline that dominates throughout, top stuff.
Spanish DJ and producer Natalia Martinez aka Narol MarGo is next up for the remix with an deep tech house offering. Natalia is a product of the underground Madrid club scene with tech house and deep house being her main preferences. She also hosts shows on Vicious Radio and gigs all around Madrid. The track intros with classic kick and hat combi, even with this the you can feel the energy rise, a deep bass come is soon after with some very cool vocal FX work. Expertly crafted rhythms will have any floor shaking, on the break a huge controlled wall of sound creates a massive build up before the groove kicks back in for a fantastic ride through tech, awesome stuff!
Belgian producer R Varez aka RV turns out a progressive tech working for Progrez with his track “Disorder” which is backed up with two stunning remixes. RV’s last outing came in the form of “Mamba” on Eyepatch which was very well recieved. Something a little different here and a difference that will not disappoint.
The original mix is a pure mind bender of a track, the vibe on this will have you hooked in for the duration against your will. Awesome sublime FX work on the vocals set the track up well with the synth work add extra weight. Superb groove with strong drum and percussion arrangement and rounded off with a wonderful deep bass. Serious stuff here and those vocals are really top notch.
The Revolving Junkie aka UK based producer Phil Kieran steps up to remix duty with a simply stunning effort. Nice flowing rhythms in the lush kicks and crispy hats, an almost acid bassline adds strength to this and gives a minimal feeling. On the first break some very clever FX work shines through on the synths with a brilliant shift in the beats with some shuffling. Very well constructed remix with a couple of amazing surprises!
Based in Madrid but hailing from Belgium, Van Czar is up next to the mixing desk with his Toxicology Remix. Van is a very busy man these days with DJ gigs a weekly feature along with his studio work. He has also started his own radishow on Vicious Radio in Madrid where he will showcase the latest works to come out of the Bonzai stable along with a look back at some of the classics from yesteryear. Van’s remix takes things right into the depths of tech, very dark vibe and brilliant use of the original vocals to which Van attaches his unique style of FX work. Very strong deep groove which is a must for any box!
Van Czar turns up the heat yet again with another stunning example of deep tech house on this two track EP. Fresh from his last outing on Eyepatch with “Bouge” we see Van get right down to the heart and soul of his sound.
The title track “Tout Much” kicks us off in a minimal style with sharp hats and an awesome kick, the deep bass creeps up to deliver a pounding rhythm. Van’s specialty takes centre stage, his love of using vocals and FX pack a huge punch on this track. Very strong sound for the clubs and a must for any box.
“Vapeur Tardive” takes us on a hypnotic trip through deep house with a very fresh almost uplifting sound. Super tight kicks and percs with a superb arrangement gives a steady rhythm that will keep those feet moving. Again we see Van get right into the action with wonderful FX work, but the big draw for this track is that awesome synth that just gets you hooked from the start. Big tune for the clubs and certain to be on a lot of playlists.
Best of Eyepatch 2012 comes with twenty-five original and remixes from Ittai Barkai, Victor Maximiliano, Dimitry Liss, Wonji, Aiemo, Accatone, Murat Uncuoglu, Diego Alvez, Daniel Ray, Jimmy Galle, Gr-oy, Jamez & Soulboy, Kentaro Kaji, Active Line Six, Van Czar, RV, Unnamed, Project KF, Davide Marchesiello, Rob McCarthy and Pablo Gael.
And another newcomer joins our Bonzai Basik Beats ranks this week, Van Czar!
Tracklisting – Episode 117 – mixed by Van Czar:
1º Christopher Rau – Weird Alps
2º DJ Le Roi – I Loved You First
3º Dimitry Liss – C’mon
4º The Revolving Junkie – Scalpel
5º Baikal – Why Don’t Ya
6º Deetron, Hercules & Love Affair – Crave feat. Hercules & Love Affair (Ripperton Remix)
7º Jack Fell Down – Bounce (Original Mix)
8º Smash TV – Matthew Pervert (Tiefschwarz Remix)
9º Deep After – Get Deeper 2
10º Steve Rachmad – The Secret Life Of Machines (Vince Watson Remix)
11º Project KF – Set Their Minds Free
12º Mylan – Time
13º Afefe Iku – Jungle Beat
14º Alvaro Maretti Michael Sanchez – Arcadia (D. Kowalski Remix)
15º Vito, Danito, Agent! – Dopeman
16º Oliver Moldan – Hustle Harder
17º Four Tet – Ocoras
18º Van Czar – Bouge (Van Czar Deep Remix)
Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar debuts on Eyepatch with “Bouge”.
In the early days Van was playing Belgian hard trance as he was heavily influenced by the Cherrymoon Club and in particular the Bonzai sound. Later on he would find the raw side of Detroit Techno and Chicago House and he then started to play gigs around Belgium playing with Sandy Warez in clubs like StarTraxx. As sound evolves so does Van, he now produces quality deep house and tech house but he never forgets his roots in techno.
“Bouge” is a real nice slice of deep funk filled house, heavy on the bass and a thumping kick with sharp percussions all very well arranged over a brilliant funky synth stab, vocal samples comes in on the break and fits well with the sound.
The Van Czar Deep Remix goes deeper still with a constant throbbing groove, the original pieces have been taken down to the depths of house and is quite simply pumping! The vocal sample again is a very welcome addition with very long well crafted delays.
Van Czar’s moniker Cysxe provides another quality remix of his original tune. Much more upbeat vibe with the synth sounds brighter and more prominent, very much tech house with a deep tinge, we’re just loving the vocal on this!
Big release for Van which is sure to be in a lot of playlists all over.