Electric Bastards are production and DJing duo Jordan Drieghe and Curt Savage, based in Belgium these guys have lost their souls to music. They are devoted to house beats and like to experiment with different genres. For several years they have been active in the music scene with different projects and appearing on many labels including a remix on “Once Again” by Mindgamers. Today they make their full Bonzai debut with “High Pass” including a fabulous remix, enjoy!
The original mix kicks off in true tech style with sharp percussion and a low end thumping drum. The layers are slowly stacked up with a brilliant bassline holding things up well. Lots of FX give the track a lot of character with a real cool vocal sample rounding things off.
Zas and Zanse aka Mindgamers return the previous favour to Electric Bastards with a stunning remix of the highest quality. Building up a cool tech vibe from the off with a rhythmic drum and percussion mix, strong, solid grooves come through and the track takes off when the bassline kicks in. Big sytnh sweeps on the break give an air of prog n the sound but the true roots are in tech as the track kicks back in, these guys sure know how to work a remix!
Portuguese deep vibes guru Jose Reis aka Accatone returns to Eyepatch with a fine slice of house goodness all wrapped up with some lush vocals and groovy keys. “You Know I Love Her” comes with a top class remix from none other than Dimitry Liss.
The original mix is one of those moments where you cannot help yourself but move to the groove, the rhythms are super smooth with cool, crisp hats and claps backed up with a nice subtle kick. Wonderful keys flow all over this track with an added measure of funk thrown in, but the big attraction is sure to be the vocals, real smooth with an almost jazz feeling, top stuff.
At the remix controls is a very busy man indeed, with productions and remixes coming thick and fast Dimitry Liss adds his magic touch to this track with his She Loves You Too Remix. Straight away we are drowning in deep house flavours with a brilliant kick and percussion arrangement, this fits perfectly with a stomping bassline. The great thing about this remix is it’s contrast to the original, while we have a male vocal on the original telling us how he loves someone, we have a female vocal here telling us how she loves him back, great concept and one that will for sure be a hit with many jocks and clubbers alike.
Superb deep tech from Sean McCaff & Mylan with “Pray” which is backed up with a brilliant remix. Debuting on Basiks is Dutch DJ and producer Sean McCaff, Sean has been around the scene for quite some time having started to DJ in 1987 in clubs around The Hague and in Ibiza. He has released a few tracks over the years also with support coming from top jocks from around the world. Mylan is fresh from his last release on Bonzai Progressive the “Doubt EP” and he continues to deliver the goods in style. Here the guys join forces on “Pray” which can be described almost as a hybrid with many different layers of sound that work so well together.
The original mix has a tribal, deep prog tech character and this sound feels like something very special. We get an understated kick as the bass and percussions take centre stage. Very well constructed sound from start to finish with a hypnotic vibe. The big hitter here is the awesome vocal that will keep you hooked in completely.
Onofrio Conte steps up to the desk with his MB Studio Remix. Onofrio’s last outing for Basiks was his “Red Lights EP” which was well received. The overall vibe on this remix has stayed true to the original but with a much deeper intensity. The tribal element is there with a great percussion and bongo-tabla arrangement, the bassline has a hint of progressive creating a superb floor stomper! Again the vocal really does captivate as it unfolds it’s story, awesome!
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.
Crystal Symphony is a project from Luís Leite, he is one of the oldest and greatest dj’s responsible for the evolution of the dance scene in Portugal and we are proud to receive him as a new family member of Monog Records.
The 80’s where the times when he started to rise and since then he has been to most international and portuguese clubs, performing memorable nights to all electronic music lovers, he had also participated in the biggest national events together with great international names like Underworld, Danny Tenaglia, Roger Sanchez, Deep Dish, François K, Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, Dave Clark, Groove Armada, Chemical Brothers, Adam Beyer, Silicon Soul. There is so much to say about him and electronic music, but if we can resume all his live in one sentence, it would be, one of the icons of electronic music on Portugal.
“I Like Vinyl EP” is co-produced with one of the most well known performer and lyricist in Portugal, Johnny Def, one of the founding fathers from the portuguese electronic scene as a Master of Ceremonies. This Ep is composed by the original track “I Like Vinyl” and two remixes made by the English Dj Peter Fran and Johnny Def himself. This package is a complete time travel to one of the most glorious times of the dance scene in Portugal so take a look and see for yourself!
Danny Murphy is a DJ, producer, live artist & label manager based in Barcelona. He makes his Green Martian debut with this three track EP entitled “Abra EP”. Danny has been an electronic music lover from an early age, and is influenced by the music of the 80s. Three years ago he founded the Tecnove Records label and has enjoyed a huge amount of releases across multiple genres with support from around the world.
First up is the title track “Abra” with a strong hypnotic progressive vibe. The track intros with a throbbing deep bass which continues throughout with little respite, this is accompanied by a solid percussive groove creating a wall of sound that will lock you in for the duration.
“Basement” has a much more tech element in the sound with prog still holding ground. Brilliant arrangement on the drums and percs carving out a solid, rhythmic groove. Punchy basses are contrasted with subtle melodies that really come to prominence on the break, big tune that will be at home in any box.
“Acidus” takes the pure prog route with a well crafted arrangement. The track begins its journey with a real nice kick and crisp hats, an organic bassline morphs its way through the various stages of acid accompanied with a deep sub bass. On the break we get some expert filtering and cool pads before getting right back to the groove, top stuff!
Belgian native M.I.K.E. aka Push resurrects another of his famous monikers, Sector 7 with the track DNA and this comes backed up with a superb remix. The last release for this project came way back in 2006 with “Inside Of Me” and before that “Art Of Balance” and “Deep Breath” both on Green Martian from 2000. This is the second comeback for some of Mike’s projects after he revamped his Tribal Warriors guise very recently also.
“DNA” takes us right back to the pure progressive trance sounds of yesteryear with a modern twist. Understated kicks and just enough percussion to keep the rhythm flowing with the bassline holding things together nicely. Big sweeping synths carve out endless melodies, and this really gives it an almost retro feel. Great to see a return to this sound and sure to be a hit among diehard fans and new listeners alike.
Progressive maestro Blufeld takes to the mixing desk for his remix and what a brilliant effort it is too. Blufeld does what he does best and transforms the original into a warm, sultry progressive stomper, excellent reworking on the melodies while keeping true to the original. The bassline has been beefed up a lot adding that lush vibe, top quality stuff yet again.
Franky Flowerz aka Mohan Des debuts on Elemental with a truly sublime two tracker. Mohan is a product of many years of musical experimentation which started when he was just five years old. He began with the saxophone and developed into classical music and ultimately electronica. He has a strong passion for music and delves into many different genres, today he takes us on a super chilled journey which is not to be missed.
“It Chose Me” intros with a very subtle, sweet melody with a few vocal samples sweeping through. Nice and cool laidback percussions build up the groove with a superb bassline rolling in. An overall relaxed vibe to chill the night away, brilliant.
“Mur Mur” showcases Mohan’s love of the saxophone with this instrument dominating the intro and throughout with a sultry vibe. Heavy beats add contrast while an array of different sounds fill the spaces beautifully, a wonderful musical piece by any standards.
Purveyor of the finest deep house grooves Dimitry Liss delivers yet another slice of goodness for our pleasure with a little help from the awesome vocals of Kevin Bassett on “Nothing In Particular”. This track also comes backed up with a superb remix!
The original mix kicks off in true Dimitry style with a very unique shuffle style goin on. We get down to business soon after with a sublime synth chord that just oozes deep house. Cool strong and steady groove with a very catchy bassline and rhythmic percussions. The shining star here of course is the outstanding vocals of Kevin Barrett, soulful, sultry, sensual and funky! The lyrics are an absolute joy to listen to and they tell a cool interesting story, a must have in any club playlist.
Czech DJ and producer Michal Schwa and Australian DJ and producer Nick West make up the talented duo of Shades Of Gray. This duo have a very impressive list of releases and remixes and have had their own tracks remixed by the cream of the crop in house music. Here the guys have created a simply stunning remix, they have chopped the vocal beautifully and the arrangement allows it to stand out well. The track takes on a much more deep tech approach with the deep bassline contrasting well with a real cool house chord and some chunky often grungy synths. A wonderful array of FX adds texture with an acid blip or two filtering through, awesome stuff!
Henrik is back with another round of his mellowed out progressive vibes on this two tracker “Days Go By”. His last release “Another Day At The Dream Factory” done very well with support coming from many corners and top download stores featuring it heavily.
The title track intros with a nice thud on the kick and a warm pad sweeping through, subtle keys come in and the percussion starts to build up a cool flow on the rhythm. The strings gain slightly in intensity and the bassline adds a bouncy touch with some very cool pianos filling in the background. On the break we get an almost trancey feel with the synth chords ramping up the groove, very nice indeed.
“XTC” takes us deep into progressive vibes with a journey through a myriad of lush sounds, lots going on here and a perfect example of Henrik’s technical ability to be able to marry all these sounds while keeping the structure on point. Deep prog bassline with many different melodic sequences blending beautifully over a tight drum and percussion section. Elements of both house and trance are evident yet still offering a unique style, very well crafted and a joy to listen to.