Gabriel and Ed join forces for a round of top quality techno on SRUR with “Epoch”. US based Gabriel is returning to these shores after a very well received remix on Ozan Kanik’s “Enough” while Irish native but now residing in Florida, Ed, is making his SRUR debut. Both Ed and Gabriel have seen a multitude of releases across many labels focusing mainly on techno and house and they have both worked with many top artists over the years.
The original mix of “Epoch” is a testament to the sound coming from this quality label at the moment, high octane in your face techno delights for the more energetic house parties. Bouncy rhythms with smooth basslines and some brilliant classic type techno-house synths, big sound here for any jock to get the floors moving.
Brazilian DJ Anderson Noise enters the arena with a superbly crafted minimalistic techno remix. Anderson is a major player on the scene having DJed in over 30 countries, released more than 50 tracks, 2 DVD’s, many compilations and runs his own label Noise Music. Here he strips the sound right back to its raw form and applies it in style to his own taste, almost primitive beats that pack a huge punch come flying out and that bassline will move any ass to the floor. Top quality FX and percussions add weight to the sheer rawness of this sound, one for the pure hearts here, top stuff!
Up next is Brazilian trio Re Dupre, Rod B. & Angelo Fracalanza with their collective top notch remix. All three make their SRUR debut and all three can be considered veterans in their field due to the mega amount of output from their labels. Re Dupre is the founder of PopArt , Miami Underground Records and Sessions Records all of which feature heavily on the Miami circuit. Rod B. is a graduate of SAE Miami in Audio Technology (Recording Arts) and is a main feature at some big events across southern US and afar. Angelo is a graduate of Music Production and he likes to focus on melodic tech house with lots of percussion. All three guys have appeared on many of the labels mentioned and their collective sound sits well on this label. The remix itself is a real upbeat slice of tech with lots going on, but the big focus is on the bassline, one of those bassline that just moves you! Tight arrangements and a solid groove all round, awesome stuff!
Onofrio returns to Basiks after his well received debut with “Red Lights EP”. This two tracker is another fine example of this Naples native’s talent and Basiks is the perfect home for his style and sound.
The title track is a full on tech house ride bursting with energetic tribal elements presented through the wonderful array of tablas and bongos in the percussion section. Real deep bass accompanied by chunky kicks give way to a solid groove with some intense synths and an echoed vocal adding extra weight, top stuff.
“Badass” is… well a badass track indeed, very understated groove with a lot of punch. Tight drums and sharp hats provide a steady rhythm and the bass is a huge pounding monster. A slight twist takes place with a funky styled vocal popping up which is a great contrast with the tribal rhythms taking place, another expertly crafted effort with huge prospects on any floor.
Based in Zagreb, Croatia, Active Line Six makes a welcome return to Bonzai with this fantastic EP. AL6 has been involved with EDM since he was 17 when he got his first residency at popular Croatian club Kulusic and this led him to play many gigs around the country. In 1995 he first got together with Bonzai at Dom Sportova when he played trance sets with the likes of Fly, Franky Kloeck and others. In the last few years AL6 began to produce and the results are brilliant. In 2012 he debuted on Basiks with “Requiem” and then with “Silent Dream” on Eyepatch.
First up is “Chrome” a very subtle understated techno vibe with a hypnotic rhythm. The track starts with a classic kick and offset bass overlaid with a simple yet very effective tone. A nice flow builds up on the percussion with a raft of quality FX keeping the vibe alive, a very cool short vocal shot drops in throughout to make for a top notch slice.
“Hearts” is a much brighter tune with the intro filled with crisp, sharp hats and some quality percussions. Again we see a FX put right into the mix at the right time which shows tight arrangement skills. The track builds slowly with the bass causing a transformation in the groove, a real techno/house hybrid that will fill those boxes for sure.
Tribal Warriors aka M.I.K.E. aka Push returns in explosive fashion with a highly infectious slice of techno, backed up with quality remixes that are sure to rock the floors.
Mike Dierickx really needs no introduction, one of the hardest working artists on the scene we are all very well familiar with the scope of his amazing talents as a DJ, producer and highly sought after remix artist. Tribal Warriors last release came back in 2002 with “Spirits In Love” on Bonzai Limited and was a top club track for a long time after, now he’s back with that unique vibe and a modern twist on this track entitled “08”.
The original mix fits right into the techno grooves of today with a classic kick and percussion intro with a subtle bassline waiting in the wings. The tune builds up to some quality tech synth work with a retro vibe oozing from the sound. A huge monster of a tune which will be on a lot of playlists for sure.
Popular visitor to Basiks Jamez delivers a sublime take with his Jamez’s Peace and Love Remix. The funk is turned up a notch with a stunning bassline. Hypnotic percs are a big focus here but the main event is on the synths. Superbly crisp and clear old style synth pushes this track up to peak time status and will be a feature on many floors around the world, brilliant stuff.
Ugur Yurt & Tofke are no strangers either and they pull out all the stops to deliver a wonderful remix full of depth and a tribal twist. Surreal basses intro the track with bongos and tablas giving that tribal element while a siren like synth hits you between the eyes and we settle in for an energetic ride. On the break things heat up with quality FX and a riser kicking us right back into this strong, solid groove.
A welcome return for a project that was hugely respected and missed for all these years, welcome back Tribal Warriors!
Amsterdam native Ozan started as a DJ back in the late 90’s playing many Dam clubs and bringing something different to the crowds than the average DJ was doing. Now after a break we see him return with a couple of releases though various labels and this track “Enough”, backed up with two remixes, which is his debut on SRU.
The original mix is top quality, strong, solid deep tech house groove with a heart pounding drone of a bassline. Cool crisp hats are a contrast to the bass and we get a wonderful vocal sample throughout that has the power to hypnotise the mind. Very cool FX work adds weight on the break, very cool track.
D-Formation aka Dimos Carbajo is a Spanish DJ, producer and very popular remixer. With a huge amount of releases under his belt and having worked with some of the top names in house and techno, Dimos has built up the respect of many all over the world. Today he adds his midas touch with a superb take on the original. Pure pumping tech house at its best, high quality beats and percs with expert arrangements. The sounds just draw you in with a constant synth note being the main focus, on the break things heat up and crescendo with huge impact. This track will be a main component for many jocks all over.
USA based Gabriel Ben steps up to the mixing desk with a high octane stab of house goodness. Gabriel has a very impressive list of releases through many labels over the years and he has been complimented by none other than Carl Cox as “have a really good ear for music”. His career has spanned over two decades when he started as a DJ, he has travelled the world doing gigs and continues to deliver quality productions to this day. Here Gabriel turns up the energy levels, taking the deep bass and making it roll even more over some arm pumping beats. Great use of the vocal sample that rounds up this track perfectly, big big sound here!
Yogimeister debuts on Basiks with a deep down and dirty ride through tech house with a top quality production.
“Rollin Lights, Lonely Nights” kicks off with solid drums and nice echoed FX in the background, the hypnotic bass soon follows and we settle in to an awesome groove. Minimal sounds create huge effect and a deep sinister vocal reverberates throughout, one to watch here!
Minitech Project step up with a brilliant remix, the energy levels rise on this with a bright, sharp sounds and an amazing bass. From start to finish this tune never lets up, constant rolling sound with great FX work will make this a feature on many playlists.
Ischia (Naples) native Onofrio Conte debuts on Basiks with a thumping deep tech driven monster of an EP. Onofrio was born on a small island in the Gulf Of Naples and has always been fascinated by music and listens to all kinds of genres including Classical, Hip Hop, House, 90’s dance and Italian Pop. He has been influenced by the likes of Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, Sandy Rivera and others and continues to draw inspiration from these peers. With releases on the likes of Passion Recordings and Gam Recordings we are sure to see a lot more from this guy in the future.
Kicking us off is the title track “What Da Hell”, pure tech house driven vibes abound here with a fresh upbeat rhythm section topped off with cool tabla action. This track builds well and just after the break we get down and funky with a classic synth stab and a nice short vocal shot that ties everything up beautifully.
“Feel The Funk” has more of that well honed drums section and this gives an upbeat naturally bouncy rhythm. Cool sampled sax loops around and a true funky vibe comes through while retaining the tech element, big party sound here and one that will be on a lot of playlists for sure.
Best of Bonzai Basiks 2012 comes with original tracks and remixes by Alvaro Maretti & Michael Sanchez, Miguel Bastida, Active Line Six, Ecco, Eric Kanzler, Oz Romita, Jamez, Sa.Du, Project KF, Dee Brown, Radio Source, Markus Ilgner, Simone Girau, Birkenmeier, Jordan Rivera, Cassandria Daiva, Lucio Grandi, Mr. Dello, The French Connection, Kenny Dahl and Andree Wischnewski.
The Best Of SRUR 2012 comes with original tracks and remixes from Oz Romita, Goksel Vancin, Matt Sanchez, David Devilla & Daniman, The Bunglers, Analog Effect, Oliver Moldan, Del Horno, Billy Mason, Anil Chawla, Tom Hades, Calbos, R.O.N.N., W&DY, Richard Gatling, Steve Mulder and 7even.