Monday, October 31, 2016

Audio Mill - Versatile EP [SMD157]

The 157th release on Suffused Music welcomes Audio Mill to the label for his debut EP. Arjan Molenaar aka Audio Mill hails from the Netherlands and has found a home on Baroque Records, MNL and Traum where his fresh take on house and techno has flourished. Now making his much anticipated debut on Suffused Music Audio Mill presents his brand new three track EP entitled 'Versatile'. 

The EP begins with 'Hangover Square' which finds Audio Mill crafting a funky, energetic piece aimed squarely at the dance floor. Mountainous bass stabs and strong rhythmic tones carve out an irresistible groove, before atmospheric overlays and esoteric vocals carry nicely into the break. Short and perfectly crafted the track's centrepiece builds tension as the funky hooks intensify and the hazy backdrop rises. A strong third act brings further fire as serene pads and a rising modular narrative converge for the ultimate finale. 

Up next 'Leaving My Trails' continues the brilliant mood with a smooth groove and strong themes. Waves of percussion add drive while a backdrop of atmospheric haze builds tension. Void of any major break, the piece never loses its momentous flow as the interwoven themes delight the senses throughout the six minute meditative journey. 

The EP concludes with the deeply musical 'Red Shoes'. Anchored by warm bass swells and strong melodic motifs it's poignant vibe immediately draws you in. Creamy keys and clustered trails carve out a wonderful storyboard which is both serene and exhilarating. A timely break allows the musical cascades to shine before a growling underbelly reignites the groove for a playful romp home. A pleasant end to a wonderful 3 track collection from Audio Mill. Don't miss it. 

Audio Mill - Hangover Square [Suffused Music]
Audio Mill - Leaving My Trails [Suffused Music]
Audio Mill - Red Shoes [Suffused Music]

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Juan Pablo Torrez - Eloisa EP incl. Kamilo Sanclemente, Owersound [SMD156]

Making his debut on Suffused Music’s 156th outing, South American DJ and producer, Juan Pablo Torrez, hits his stride with “Eloisa”, backed by a pair of classy remixes. Colombian based, Torrez, has a strong track record in the underground and mainstream dance arenas. With performances alongside Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta and Steve Agnello, he has created a name for himself, further enhanced by his monthly, “Believe in Progressive” podcast. Furthermore, his music has been signed to a host of high profile imprints that include Black Hole, Aco Music and One Music Records. 

Debuting on Suffused music, “Eloisa” is a club-friendly piece that moves relentlessly forwards through hypnotic house beat and driving bass. Reaching its zenith at the mid-point with an emotive chord sequence, the third movement combines rhythmic and melodic elements with effortless ease to create a striking work.

First up on the remix trail, Kamilo Sanclemente, is a fellow Columbian with a rich musical heritage to his name. A regular on high-profile labels, Baroque, Natura Viva and Darin Epsilon’s Perspectives Digital, since debuting for Suite 7 Records via the 2013, “Angels EP”, Sanclemente has seen his stock rise ever higher backed by support from artists such as Hernan Cattaneo, Danny Lloyd and Tim Penner with original and remix production material in the progressive and tech house genres. After a March 2016 remix of Bruno Caro, Sanclemente’s remix of “Eloisa” for Suffused Music is a deep, tech-fuelled affair, immediately making a strong presence with white-noise gated effects and cadenced clave percussion section. Developing seamlessly over its near eight-minute journey, a subtle bass line provides depth before the familiar tones of Juan Pablo Torrez’s melodic riffs are heard at the mid-point breakdown. Combining the new rhythmic framework with original components in the second half, a huge, pulsating rhythmic mélange fires from the speakers in impressive fashion.

The second remix comes from Russian based producer, Owersound. Well-known for over a century of production credits under his own Arthur Minnahmetov name, the Kazan based artist, saw his new production moniker as a vehicle to work on a deeper sound that took elements from the tech house, techno and deep house genres, melding them into a new form that could identify the distinctive Owersound style. A man immersed in music from an early age, it was not until the breakup of the Soviet Union that the fresh sound of electronic music found its way to Minnahemetov’s ears in the early 1990s. A rapidly upward career trajectory followed as music found its way to such prestigious labels as Dopamine, BC2 and Particles plus a dozen production credits for Suffused Music, including 2015’s, “In Your Soul” and “Shaman” EPs. Now debuting his new soubriquet, the Owersound remix of “Eloisa” sees a chunky rhythm open proceedings before a gated variation on the original bass line finds its feet. Progressing elegantly, a smooth and glossy hypnotic riff makes its presence felt mirroring the framework laid down by Torrez. The result is an intelligent reworking, full of Owersound’s craft and musical know-how.

As “Eloisa” finds her way on to the Suffused Music catalogue, Juan Pablo Torrez, Kamilo Sanclemente and Owersound provide a vibrant party atmosphere to welcome her.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Lian July & Chris Odium - Illumina EP [SMD155]






The 155th release on Suffused Music welcomes Lian July & Chris Odium to the label for their debut EP. Hailing from Israel and the USA respectively Lian and Chris have both had notable success in their solo careers, having collectively appeared on Iboga Records, Silk Music and The Purr. Now making their much anticipated Suffused Music debut Lian and Chris present their 3 track EP entitled 'Illumina'.

The release begins with the deep and delicate 'Better Than Ever'. A tough framework sets it's dance floor sensibility straight away but a complement of trippy vocals and hypnotic motifs add a wonderful contrast. Dubbed out tones and timely stabs add mightily to its smooth cadence before a one minute interlude shifts the narrative closer to the heavens. Filled with meandering motifs, muted bass tones and hazy vocals it proves to be the ultimate centerpiece and foreshadows a smooth yet exhilarating conclusion perfectly.

The EP's second selection 'Eronia' comes in a touch funkier but with a similarly smooth design profile. Undulating bass stabs make for a rousing groove as wispy vocals and incandescent tones tantalize the senses. Undeniably geared for late night play, it's short but timely break adds an atmospheric calm, ultimately setting up a powerful drop that's sure to light up any back room in the process.

The release concludes with its title and showcase piece 'Illumina' which carries the same deep and hypnotic allure of the previous two cuts and more. A perfectly contoured foundation in conjunction with smooth rhythmic tones and mesmerizing percussion makes for an undeniable groove. Light and effortless until the second act a spoken word vocal sample breaks the flow while an underbelly of broken beats adds a touch of funk. A remarkably mature piece and with support already in from Nick Warren you know it's one not to be missed. A superb debut from Lian and Chris on Suffused Music. 

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Subconscious Tales - Humble EP incl. Alex Vidal, Esok, LoQuai [SMD154]

Originally part of the quartet of tracks that made up the, “Till It Begins” EP, in August 2014, “Humble” was a delicious slice of progressive goodness that cooked up a sublime dance floor groove and delectable melodic sequences that showcased Subconscious Tales at his very best. Now, Suffused Music takes the Latvian’s track and treats it to a new set of remix recipes courtesy of three of Europe’s finest underground producers.

Spanish artist, Alex Vidal, is a producer with a strong “underground progressive house” flavor to his work. An accomplished musician in both guitar and piano, Vidal grew up listening to a host of alternative music which culminated in him DJ’ing techno, trance and house in the early 1990s, around local clubs and parties. A latent production career that began in 2012 has thus blossomed quickly as over a double century of production credits can be found beside his name for such impressive imprints as Bonzai Progressive, Stellar Fountain and OLD SQL. A trio of remixes for Suffused Music between July 2014 and June 2016 are now complemented by a fourth reworking, this time of Subconscious Tales. Taking the essence of the original, the Alex Vidal rerub is a rich and sumptuous affair as flowing melodic riffs and hypnotic arpeggio sequences are redolent in gorgeous delays and filters. A strong driving beat and house percussion move proceedings forwards as a wealth of additional production material is testament to Vidals’s undoubted talent.

With analter-ego defined as the Indonesian word for ‘tomorrow’, Esok, is an artist based in his country’s Jakarta capital. Fueled by a desire to “grow his style in diverse directions, to reach new and unknown destinations”, Esok’s work has been allied to a clutch of high profile underground imprints since a debut for OLD SQL in 2012. Indeed, it is with the Macedonian label that the Indonesian has garnered most success with a number of original and remix productions. Further work for BQ Recordings, Mistique Music and Morphosis Recordings has highlighted Esok’s production prowess and penchant for the progressive breaks sound that features heavily in his work.A pair of remixes of Adam-P and Munbraze in 2013 and 2014 highlighted Esok’s distinctive sound for Suffused Music, as he now reworks “Humble”. Making clever use of the original’s cadenced bass line, Esok treats Subconscious Tales work to a breakbeat work out in true progressive style. Thumping, reverb-drenched beats anchor to the dominant bass line as a series of effects fill the mid and upper frequencies. A pulsating side-chained plays its part and a delightful chord progression adds further emotion to an impressive remix.

The final offering comes from German based artist, Konstantin Alt, better known through his highly influential LoQuai production moniker. An artist with a huge reputation and well-deserved respect within the underground industry, LoQuai’s production credits total over one thousand in a tremendously prolific career. Mistique Music, Bonzai Progressive and his own Refined Tunes, are but a small selection of labels found next to the LoQuai name and it with pleasure that Suffused Music has the opportunity to re-release his remix of “Humble” which was originally part of the “One Hundred” compilation celebrating the hundredth release for the imprint in August 2015. A delicate low-slung groove makes its present felt while a new bass line pays tribute to Subconscious Tales’ work. Melodic lines and pads from the original twinkle and shimmer across the upper frequencies, combined with LoQuai’s trademark production skills, creating a mature and accomplished soundscape.

A set of remixes from Alex Vidal, Esok and LoQuai have seen Subconscious Tales’ music grow far beyond its “Humble” origins.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Evelynka & Daniel Merlino - Haze EP [SMD153]

The 153rd release on Suffused Music welcomes Evelynka & Daniel Merlino to the label for their debut EP. US based artist Evelynka has appeared once in the past with a contribution to the label's popular 'Initializing' Series whereas Argentina born but now US based artist Daniel Merlino is making his debut. Together the pair have crafted two exquisite productions which make up the duo's 'Haze' EP. 

The EP's opener 'Prophecy' finds the duo exploring a progressive techno hybrid bound with strong percussive elements. Beginning with an ominous mood the tough groove comes together with methodical precision as razor sharp stabs and clattering drums steal the air. An acid like arp develops the storyboard further eventually initiating the main break. Dominated with dark tones the track's second act proves dramatic with a smooth build and rush of beats and drums which bring on a stellar third act conclusion. 

The companion and also title piece 'Haze' concludes the EP with a more laid back yet equally exciting approach. Backed by a lazy groove and luminous tones it sets a gorgeous late night vibe early. Funky bass stabs, ethereal vocals and a smooth atmospheric storyboard carry the piece through a gorgeous first act before a near two minute break takes you further into dreamland. Cinematic and solemn it sets up an understated drop perfectly before a smooth third act brings you home. Two gorgeous cuts from Evelynka & Daniel which make for an excellent debut EP on Suffused Music. Don't miss it. 

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Steve Sai - Orbit EP incl. Wellenrausch pres. Kymatik, Hot Tuneik [SMD152]

The latest release on Suffused Music welcomes Steve Sai back to the label for a brand new single. The Greek artist last appeared on the Lithuanian imprint with his 'When The Lights Went Out' single which was released in 2014 October. Now making his sixth overall appearance Steve presents his brand new two track EP entitled 'Orbit' alongside remixes from Wellenrausch pres. Kymatik and Hot TuneiK.

Steve's tenure in the electronic underground stretches back over 15 years. A DJ from the beginning the Greek artist has shared the decks with a broad range of A-list talent including Max Cooper, Minilogue, Dave Seaman and Oxia. His understanding of dance floor dynamics is something that has always translated into his original music much like the lead piece here 'Orbit'. Beginning with a techno inspired groove the piece builds a smooth, hypnotic sensibility early. Layered beats and clustered claps set the stage for acid motifs and haunting vocal elements. Stripping down into the break the atmospheric tension builds as the effects decay before a timely build delivers that perfect dance floor payoff. 

The first interpretation of 'Orbit' is provided by Wellenrausch pres. Kymatik who are making their third appearance on the label. After debuting the new moniker earlier this year the Berlin based duo have impressed both their fans and contemporaries alike. Their modern approach to the progressive blueprint is fresh and the underground is taking notice. Here they twist 'Orbit' into a mesmerising journey which plays out over eight magical minutes. The buzzing energetic core of the original stays nicely intact but it's Kymatik's contemporary design and creative vision that shines. Wonky synth motifs make for an unpredictable and truly exhilarating ride with a more melodic third act pushing it into goosebump territory.

The second and final interpretation of 'Orbit' is provided by Diego Carreón aka Hot TuneiK who is making his second appearance on the label. The Mexican artist and Hookah Records label boss last appeared on Suffused Music with his remix of 'Can't Explain the Bang' by Andrez from September of this year. Much like Kymatik, Diego's modern sound has been praised and Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren remain steadfast supporters of his music. Always looking to deliver something unique and different Hot TuneiK takes 'Orbit' into deeper territory with great success. Backed by a chunky groove Diego builds hypnotic layers fuelled by tough percussion and rugged synth work. Transitioning into a moment of calm the main break adds a serene balance to the dark undertone and makes for an emotive third act transition.

The release concludes with a second original entitled 'Diana' which proves to be a great complement to 'Orbit'. Following similar design profiles Steve takes the narrative to a darker more ominous place with paranoid motifs and rugged stabs all set against a mystical backdrop. Stellar drum fills and wispy vocals shine while an expertly executed break foreshadows a superb finale full of intertwined synths and rushes of white noise. It rounds out another top notch offering from Suffused Music in style. Don't miss it. 

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Espen - Odyssey EP [SMD151]

The 151st release on Suffused Music welcomes Espen to the label for his debut single. Hailing from Oslo, Norway Espen Gulbrandsen aka Espen has been a fixture of the progressive house underground since 2003. Under various guises and collaborative projects Espen saw his music featured on Armada, Baroque Records, Silk Music and Vapour Recordings. More recently the Norwegian artist has taken his sound to Proton's Particles imprint with a remix of Omar El Gamel's 'Escoz Me'. Now making his much anticipated Suffused Music debut Espen presents his latest two track EP entitled 'Odyssey'. 

The release begins with 'Stains Run Deep' which finds Espen creating a deep hypnotic groove with an abundance of quirky hooks. It's subterranean beginnings are immediately inviting before a storyboard of fresh effects leads to a hazy tonal theme. Sinister vocal chants and an acidic underbelly make for a tension filled second act, ultimately setting up a warm rush of beats and noise for the ultimate dance floor moment. Always looking to move the narrative forward Espen continues the third act with stellar effects and a vibrant modular drift which carry the track to an exhilarating conclusion. 

The companion piece and also the EP's title selection 'Odyssey' comes in a touch more techno inspired and equally compelling. The stellar design profiles remain with a rolling foundation carved out of mountainous bass while the track's intricate innerworkings build a fluid percussive wave. As the atmosphere grows the trailing effects give way for a haze of sweeping melodies. Accentuated during the main and developing into a moment of serenity the melodies decay as the warm groove drops amidst a band of sonic dust. It's a magical moment and perhaps one of the finest in Espen's storied career. There's already a buzz about this one in the underground and it looks set to be one of Suffused Music's most sought after releases this year. Don't miss it. 

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