Sunday, November 23, 2014

Robert R. Hardy - Dreams PART2 incl. Taisuke Chiba, Andromedha, Simos Tagias [SMD068]

Robert R. Hardy made his debut on Suffused Music in June of 2014 where the Hungarian producer showcased his three track EP entitled 'Dreams'. It proved to be a standout offering from Suffused Music's massive catalog and the originality of the productions carried the EP quite famously. It's been all positive for Robert since 'Dreams' hit the streets with none other than Guy J even sending his support in on an occasion. Fast forward five months and we see the Lithuanian imprint showcasing 3 brand new remixes for the 'Dreams' EP. The strength of Robert's atmospheric elements offer a wealth of remix possibilities. Whether it be Taisuke Chiba's tough yet bubbly interpretation of 'Dreams' or Andromedha's blissfully epic take on 'Thirty' this is a varied remix EP with something for even the most discerning progressive house fan. What may be the standout production on the release though is Simos Tagias' rework of 'Tuned In The Spring'. Backed by a chugging groove, unique electronic hooks and a strong brooding theme it not only closes the release out on a strong note but gives us another snap shot of this future star. - Release Promo

Robert R. Hardy - Dreams (Taisuke Chiba Remix) [Suffused Music]
Robert R. Hardy - Thirty (Andromedha Remix) [Suffused Music]
Robert R. Hardy - Tuned in the Spring (Simos Tagias Remix) [Suffused Music]

Derek Howell (Hope, GU, Bedrock, Master Lux)
Andromedha remix is great. Will try for the radio show, thanks!

Jamie Stevens (Chameleon|Bedrock)
Simos Tagias remix for me. Get lost in it!

Marcelo Vasami (Subtract/Replug)
very good stuff. all mixes works for me, thanks!

Good stuff!

Simos remix is good,thank you!

Darin Epsilon (Perspectives | Sudbeat | Renaissance | Hope | Armada | Perfecto )
Taisuke Chiba remix takes you on a nice hypnotic ride!

John Johnson (Bedrock, Avex, Armada, Ministry of Sound, Black Hole, Touche)
Great release. Like all the mixes. Support!

David Granha (Microcastle, Aegyptia, Sudbeat)
Simos one more time!!!

Andrea Cassino (Sudbeat, Proton, Lowbit, Particles, Balkan Connection SA)
Simon Tagias for me..thanks!

Progress Inn (Vapour Recordings, Lowbit, Sound Avenue)
Taisuke Chiba remix of Dreams is cool

Praveen Achary (Juicebox / Replug / Outside The Box / Perspectives Digital / Mir)
Taisuke Chiba & Simos Tagias remixes are amazeballs.

Exoplanet (Proton, Particles, Alter Image, Silk)
Taisuke Chiba remix for me

dPen (The last of us, Diez Mil, Hope)
Taisuke remix is aCE

Cid Inc Mastering

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sapiens - Five Point Fiction EP incl. Advent's Rising, Deng & Slavak, Inkfish, Monojoke, Vlada D'Shake [SMD067]

A catalogue of successful releases behind them from an ever-impressive roster of talent, Suffused Music sees Israeli artist, Sapiens, take up the production reins on their 67th release. Stepping sure-footedly into the limelight in 2012, the Tel Aviv resident has hit such well-regarded labels as Stellar Fountain, Baroque and Visceral in recent times before making his debut for the Suffused Music imprint with the chunky rhythms and retro bass line of "Five Point Fiction". Replete with Georgio Moroder styled synth lines and echoes of heyday Orbital, Sapiens' original mix is a cheerful journey to please the senses.

Suffused Music regular, Advent's Rising, features first on a four-pronged remix approach. Over a quarter-of-a-century of production credits with the Lithuanian based imprint tells its own story of Panos T's popularity, as does further work for the renowned OLD SQL and Baroque Records. Taking audio cues from the original a bass line that extends the Italo-dance influence, it thus performs the driving backbone for a strong house rhythm to play in tandem while twinkling motifs shine atop to clever effect.

Russian pair, Deng & Slavak are next to ply their production talent on Sapiens work. From their home in the industrial city of Volgograd, the duo has hit the heights with Mistique, Massive Harmony and Morninglory with a music style focusing on "intricate progressive groove". Reworking "Five Point Fiction", Deng & Slavak provide a thumping, metronomic kick that anchors an intelligent percussive riff. Simultaneously, pads swathed in delay and atmosphere creates an ethereal atmosphere, capped by the languid vocal sample found in Sapiens' original.

Swedish outfit, Inkfish, need little introduction to the modern music scene. Over 500 production credits can be found against their legendary name with almost 300 on their own eponymously named label. Anjunadeep, Armada and Parquet are among a long list of high-profile imprints to feature the quartet's work but it is with the solo efforts of Mattias Lindblom that remix duties lie for the Inkfish interpretation of Sapiens. An impressive hallmark groove immediately finds its way onto "Five Point Fiction" while smooth melodies and loquacious vocal sample add rich layers of texture and interest to create an intelligent remix of high quality.

Polish legend, Monojoke, is the third artist to feature, with his "boundary pushing" music. A debut release on FeralCode in 2007 laid the foundations for a production career that has featured heavily on the successful Spring Tube and Particles imprints, providing Monojoke with a music career that has flourished. An artist much sought after for a distinctive style, his remix is a superlative combination of luscious soundscapes and rolling percussive groove combined with a smooth, deep bass line that brings a sure touch of class to Sapiens' original work.

Final contribution comes from Serbian star, Vlada D'Shake. Immersed in music from an early age, having finished music school, Vladimir took to expressing his passions through the medium of electronic music. A debut in 2011 provided an open door through which the Serbian burst forth with work then signed to Balkan Connection, Electronic Tree and LuPS records. Working his production magic on Sapiens, the Vlada D'Shake remix is a contemplative offering that builds effortlessly with twinkling keys and haunting leads matched exquisitely with a deep, metronomic beat and ticking percussion section. Using Sapiens' vocal samples in astute manner, the result is an impressive affair. - James Warren

Sapiens - Five Point Fiction (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Sapiens - Five Point Fiction (Advent's Rising Remix) [Suffused Music]
Sapiens - Five Point Fiction (Deng & Slavak Remix) [Suffused Music]
Sapiens - Five Point Fiction (Inkfish Remix) [Suffused Music]
Sapiens - Five Point Fiction (Monojoke Remix) [Suffused Music]
Sapiens - Five Point Fiction (Vlada D'Shake Remix) [Suffused Music]

Derek Howell (Hope, GU, Bedrock, Master Lux)
Inkfish mix for me. Great EP! Will try for the radio show, thanks!

Jamie Stevens (Chameleon|Bedrock)
Vlada D'Shake and Monojoke turn in some tasy versions here! VERY cool

Marcelo Vasami (Subtract/Replug)
Vlada's for me. Thanks!

Kieran J (Baires, Asymmetric, Sound Avenue, Change Audio, Stripped, L3D.)
A fav release from suffused music, each track is high quality, loving the groove in deng & slavak's mix !!

CJ Art (Frisky,Joof,Bonzai,Sudam,Mistique,Contrast,Armada,Deepsessions,M)
Deng & Slavak and Vlada remixes are my favs here, thanks

Santiago Garcia (Renaissance, microCastle, Baires Records)

Andrez / Third Personality (InSound | Armada / BCSA / Inlab / Mistique | Radio Nova)
Advents, Monojoke and Vlada remixes are my pick ups here, very good, excellent works!

Praveen Achary (Juicebox / Replug / Outside The Box / Perspectives Digital / Mir)
Vlada D'Shake's remix here is top notch! Will try "Deng & Slavak"'s mix here too. Thanks!

Fernando Ferreyra (friskyRadio - Dreamers)
Very Good EP, Nices Remixes, Original Mix is awesome, Thanks

Cid Inc Mastering

Friday, November 7, 2014

Dr. Avalance - Luna EP incl. Constan, Monojoke, One Million Toys [SMD066]

The 66th release on Suffused Music welcomes Dr. Avalance back to the label for his 11th appearance. The Dutch producer has been an integral part of the Lithuanian imprint since its inception. He's delivered two originals and six remixes over the last 12 months and his latest single entitled 'Luna' looks to be his best offering yet. Dr. Avalance's quirky take on progressive house has always been quite unique and he's displayed that here once again. Funky bass stabs and squirrely melodies immediately stand out and grab your attention. Soft atmospheric drifts and well processed electronics add further depth and carry the track to the main break. Here the sultry bass tones are allowed to breathe and really shine against a tension filled backdrop. The second half continues to build great emotion with a gorgeous array of draped melodies and techno inspired rhythms. It's sure to be a standout piece in Dr. Avalance's discography and an exceptional selection of remixes from Constan, Monojoke and One Million Toys all deliver as well. Top notch release from Suffused Music once again. - Release Promo

Dr. Avalance - Luna (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Dr. Avalance - Luna (Constan Remix) [Suffused Music]
Dr. Avalance - Luna (Monojoke Remix) [Suffused Music]
Dr. Avalance - Luna (One Million Toys Remix) [Suffused Music]

Darin Epsilon (Perspectives | Sudbeat | Renaissance | Hope | Armada | Perfecto )
Woohoo great to hear another Constan remix! Also very nice work by Monojoke.

Magnetic Brothers (Deep Blue Eyes, Armada, Balkan:Co • MAG.LAB on DI.FM)
lovely Ep overall, Monojoke is the pick here, thanks

John Johnson (Bedrock, Avex, Armada, Ministry of Sound, Black Hole, Touche)
Monojoke's remix stands out from the pack. Thx!

East Cafe (Perfecto, Dopamine, Per-Vurt, BCSA, Silk, Spring Tube, Morphosis)
Supporting Constan's remix. Great tune! Thanks.

Hugo Ibarra (Movement/Perspectives/Lowbit)
Constan remix is nce!

Stas Drive (Hope, MicroCastle, Flow, Lost & Found, Sudbeat)
Monojoke and Constan! Thanks and best of luck!

Dale Middleton (Sudbeat/Parquet/SexOnWax)
Monojoke remix for me, nice work!

Graziano Raffa (Sudbeat)
diggin the monojoke remix

Cid Inc Mastering

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rick Pier O'Neil - Shimmer of Light EP [SMD065]

Lithuanian progressive house label "Suffused Music" has been on the rise in recent years, seeing an increase in the frequency of releases for their rostered-artists as well as giving new and upcoming artists a shot at having their music heard by the masses. Yet for this release Suffused Music have called on the skills of a relatively "old-hand" to provide a significant boost to the label's credibility and notability and the results of the 5 track release are well worth their efforts.

Rick Pier O'Neil (aka RPO) has been consistently pumping out a variety of house and tribal tinged underground music for over a decade on various labels including his own, "RPO Records". The frenchman has had a somewhat quiet 2013/2014 so it was a welcome surprise to hear what he'd cooked up for Suffused Music as I personally have been a fan of Rick's music for many years, liking especially his signature dark-moodiness leanings and his mastery of the mid-track buildup and tension release. The "Shimmer of Lights" EP consists of 5 tracks:

"Feel the Beat" - Part 1 commences with a rumbling tribal beat which definitely means business, even moreso when a growling spoken-word vocal stamps its mark early-on and the track picks up the pace. Large sub-bass accents peek through the rolling percussion creating a real heads-down vibe that will definitely fire up any darkened dancefloor, even the relatively short break-down chooses not to interrupt the groove.

"Feel the Beat" - Part 2 strips back the tribal attitude and replaces it with a storming techno beat, equally as appropriate for the darkened dance-floor as Part 1 but with a few melodic segments to intermittently lighten the mood and tease the listener with a somewhat uplifting experience. It's a fantastically epic ride which creates a big-room mood and would do very well in a festival environment.

"Kan Balam" shows a rather straight tech-house groove and Rick's signature melodic stabs and pads, heading into progressive territory but with a solid purpose and drive. As the track unfolds it alternates between the steady chugging groove and uplifting trance-like synth elements creating a delicate and well-crafted balance reminiscent of producers such as Cid Inc. It all results in a clever track which would suit the tension-building part of any contemporary progressive-house DJ's set.

"Onix Beat" - Part 1 returns to techno-percussion and a charging bassline creating another track that would be prime for a darkened dancefloor, breaking down here and there into effected vocal-loop mayhem and returning to the groove with crowd-pleasing rises and drops. Big-room crowds will be prime victims of this beast of a track.

"Onix Beat" - Part 2 extends the big-room vibe from Part 1 but adds a hint of tribal swing and layers on thick swathes of melodic beauty, elevating the track in much the same manner as Rick showed us for "Feel the Beat" earlier in the EP. Techno-lovers, such as myself, will really dig this track especially when the groove is stripped away and we're left with the lush pads and strings during the breakdown. My favourite track of the EP.

A very strong overall release from RPO and Suffused Music, a welcome addition to their strong 2014 catalog

Rick Pier O'Neil - Feel the Beat (Part 1) [Suffused Music]
Rick Pier O'Neil - Feel the Beat (Part 2) [Suffused Music]
Rick Pier O'Neil - Kan Balam (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Rick Pier O'Neil - Onix Beat (Part 1) [Suffused Music]
Rick Pier O'Neil - Onix Beat (Part 2) [Suffused Music]

Text by Rich Curtis
Mastered by Cid Inc
Artwork by Michael Gaida

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Silvio Gutierrez - Reason to Forget EP incl. Ewan Rill, Progress Inn, Yuriy from Russia [SMD064]

First we could catch the beautiful original of Silvio Gutierrez's 'Reason To Forget' on the famous 'Initalizing 2014' compilation. As one of the strongest productions it deserved an own EP slot with a monster pack of remixes arriving from the progressive A-team: Ewan Rill, Progress Inn and Yuriy From Russia.
The original track slowly evolves from a deep atmosphere with some glistering synth notes, which makes it more like a fantastic travel through uplifting sounds.
Ewan Rill can't go wrong, as this remake is something that's truly Ewan from the very finest. With the crunchy baseline we get into the middle of the miracle, spiced with some cool, additional bits & pieces.
Progress Inn just take the track to a different level, with a decent pick of hypnotizing, yet techy, but still progressive attitude. Igor & Janko are pointing on their favourite elements from the original, just energized it with a lethal groove and a long lasting string.
Yuriy From Russia kept the deep edge, but operates with a more complex melodic structure. - Greyloop

Silvio Gutierrez - Reason to Forget (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Silvio Gutierrez - Reason to Forget (Ewan Rill Remix) [Suffused Music]
Silvio Gutierrez - Reason to Forget (Progress Inn Remix) [Suffused Music]
Silvio Gutierrez - Reason to Forget (Yuriy From Russia Remix) [Suffused Music]

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stereo For Two - Squint Stereo EP incl. Ewan Rill, qoob, Subgate [SMD063]

Stereo For Two is a project by Tim Verhees and Joris Bylemans, two friends & accomplished musicians, who mix their jazz- and classical training and their recording studio know-how with their love for electronic music to bring you quality tracks ranging from deep house to techno. The guys appears on Suffused Music's roster the first time, and already make a remarkable debut with their epic tune called 'Squint Stereo', with tight beats, frenetic synth riffs and an interesting speech about the miracle of stereo. The EP become full with the additional interpretations by Ewan Rill, qoob and Subgate.
Ewan Rill just grabbed the melodic parts of the original and combined them with his usual "sick" groove and a mind-moving synth section. Subgate stripped down the main structure, carefully added some cool percussion elements, and stay true the the main synth theme.
qoob's version is a playful adaptation of glitchy arps and acid, melted into an airy atmosphere. - Greyloop

Stereo For Two - Squint Stereo (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Stereo For Two - Squint Stereo (Ewan Rill Remix) [Suffused Music]
Stereo For Two - Squint Stereo (qoob Remix) [Suffused Music]
Stereo For Two - Squint Stereo (Subgate Remix) [Suffused Music]

RICH CURTIS (Sudbeat, Proton, Replug)
qoob remix is lush!

Pacco & Rudy B (Proton, B:Co, Monad)
qoob remix for us, thx!

Steve Lawler (VIVa MUSiC / VIVa Limited)
Downloaded for Steve Lawler, thanks.

4Mal (GU / Armada / Baroque / Lost Language / FlipCube)
The original version is a definitive highlight of the package and qood remix is also impressive, thank you! Evgeny / 4Mal

Christian Gandini (Sol Solar, FZR)
nice tracks, thanks

CJ Art (Frisky, Joof, Bonzai, Sudam, Mistique, Contrast, Armada, Deepsessions)
oh yeah, very nice release! Ewan Rill rmx for me :)

Advent's Rising (Suffused Music, Baroque)
Strong EP!! Qoob and Ewan's remix my favs .

Nadja Lind (Lucidflow & many others)
subgate rmx is nice

Cid Inc Mastering

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Carpathian Paths - Burkut EP incl. Kay-D, StarBeam, You Are My Salvation [SMD062]

The 62nd release on Suffused Music finds the label welcoming Carpathian Paths for their debut appearance. The trio of Ukrainian producers began their production career just over two years ago with a single on Clinique Recordings. It's been a steady rise through the progressive house underground with appearances on Matteo Monero's Never Too Late Records and also Morningglory Music. Known for their driving, up tempo brand of progressive house Carpathian Paths have been heavily featured during the peak moments of many DJ s sets this year. Their brand new single for Suffused Music entitled 'Burkut' continues that trend with razor sharp synths and a wonderful complement of clanky drums. With the anticipation building the groove slowly fades out to a brief but serene interlude. This summons the introduction of the bass line which is one of the magic elements of the record. It's pulsating wall of rumbling tones is massively powerful and instantly provides an electric atmosphere. The break beat interlude is the ultimate dance floor transition back to the thunderous groove which rises up once more for a perfect blend of melody and psychedelia. It's one of the biggest tracks to come out on Suffused Music to date and with a superb complement of remixes from Kay-D, Starbeam and You Are My Salvation it's sure to be another hugely successful release. - Release Promo

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