Recent posts: Van Czar
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.