Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar presents us with his latest album – Ibiza Legacy. Created over the space of 2 summers (2014 and 2015) Ibiza Legacy is the culmination of experiences Van has had in Ibiza and La Manga. Drawing inspiration from the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean, Van decided to make his music accessible to all. Van’s Ibiza journey has brought him into contact with many styles of music, chillout to house and tech house to techno, it is these sounds coupled with his own experiences that have helped shape the vibe of this superb 13 track album. With his consistent work ethic for only the finest quality sounds we’re sure that these latest works from this talented artists will appeal to many. With so much more to come from this guy we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next, for now though, get this one on your sound system.
The album opens with the sublime Sunset At San Antoni with its deep grooving techno vibe weaving its way through your body making you move to the rhythm. A warming pad mesmerizes as the beats dissipate leaving us with a stunning soundtrack to the setting sun.
The title track – Ibiza Legacy is up next and personifies the tech house sound of club life on the Island. We are met with a super tight drum arrangement that flows effortlessly delivering a cool rhythm while swirling pads fill the background as a grooving bassline keep us moving on the floor. Fantastic stuff that is not to be missed.
Sand On The Heart dishes out a full on slice of tough edged techno beats as a melodic pad swirls over head. We see Van’s attention to drums prevail here, his drums are powerful and really set the track alight with their driving energy. From here we are led into the tech house realm of A Minuit Je Ne Sais Plus Ou Je suis which carries a bit of a bouncy groove with that playful bassline that dances across the sound. Cool drums get the rhythm flowing as chord stabs fade through delivering the house elements in style. Van’s tribal roots can be picked out here and once again we see a fine slice with the drums at the forefront.
Bises Marines intros with a beautifully warm synth coupled with a fading melodic arp and cool voices. As we are mesmerized by the beautiful, swirling pads a fresh drum section emerges complete with chunky kicks, crispy hats and sharp claps. Just the tonic for a late night session on the terrace. Going even later into the night we have Desalmada that delivers a solid, powerful slice of techno that hypnotizes with its darker tones and a brilliant vocal. This one will dominate floors for sure, a must have track.
Next up we have Ebulus that carries a hint of retro in its sound with those ultra cool synths that remain throughout. A tight drum arrangement keeps the rhythm flowing as a throbbing bassline works the low end with ease creating a track that will definitely become a go to for many.
Fragans Feminae is a rip roaring trek through tech house with a full on tribal drum arrangement taking centre stage. Chunky kick drums are joined by shuffling hats and intricate drum patterns that form a super tight construction for the floors. On the low end a subtle bass lends a hand as the drums intensify leading up to a wall of sound that will rattle any sound system.
We go deeper into techno with Colaboradora which intros with a superb punchy kick and throbbing bass combo alongside cool percussions and a static hi hat that stands out amongst the lower frequencies. A droning pad emerges and takes us on a surreal journey with its ebbing and flowing sequences leaving us on a high. Excellent stuff.
Brightness In My Balearic Lounge is a wonderful slice of tech house complete with a beautifully crafted synth sequence. A strong tech house beat remains a constant throughout the track as those fantastic layered synths carve out a cool groove making this a definite must have track in your collection.
Ether sets off with a punchy kick drum and a deep pulsating sub bass creating a smooth tech house groove. A round of percussions form up and deliver a cool rhythm as the kicks are joined by an on beat bass that gives the track a raw energy. Van used his own voice on this one for the heavily FX’d vocals that work so well in the sound. A fine display with some very cool FX throughout, excellent stuff.
The penultimate track on this album – Bella Augusta is a pacey affair that intros with a nice and smooth sequence filled with punchy kicks and shuffling percussions. An intense pad fades through and takes us to a short break before we get slammed back into full on techno mode. We’re treated to some superb synths here that give the sound a wonderful texture. The perfect fodder for a late night session.
Rounding up this awesome album we have Isla Bonita with its tougher edge and raw energy that exudes from those powerful kick drums. Cool and crispy hats cut through the deeper elements brilliantly as the pads start to fade through. The pads become the main focus of the sound and is shored up by the solid beats for the duration. Surreal, sublime and in your face techno that will not disappoint.