Friday, January 23, 2015

SummerMarian - Sensations EP incl. Stephen J. Kroos, Sean McClellan, Audio Noir, Federico Monachesi, Ri Za [SMD077]




The 77th release on Suffused Music features the debut of SummerMarian to the label. The Argentinean producer began his career in January of 2014 with a string of releases on Deepsessions Recordings and continue to release on other labels too. SummerMarian's debut EP for Suffused Music is entitled 'Sensations' and it comes with two brand new original productions alongside remixes from Audio Noir, Federico Monachesi, Ri Za, Stephen J. Kroos and Sean McClellan.


The EP begins with the smooth progressive grooves of 'Adventure'. Rooted by tough beats, detailed drum work and catchy vocal snips it's hypnotic energy is undeniable. A more twisted second half delivers even cooler lines and drives the track to a strong finish. The first interpretation of 'Adventure' is provided by Sean McClellan who is making his fifth appearance on Suffused Music. The US producer has transformed 'Adventure' into a funky, tech house bomb with well carved grooves, liquid-like rhythms and a wicked complement of trippy electronics. The second and final interpretation of 'Adventure' is provided by Stephen J. Kroos who is making his first appearance on Suffused music. The Dutch producer has been featured on imprints such as Anjunadeep, Manual Music and Replug Records. For his 'Adventure' interpretation Stephen has stripped the track right down and delivered a funky techno workout that's filled with big bold stabs, flowing harmonies and soulful vocal elements.


The companion piece 'Volcano' finds SummerMarian with a deeper, more introspective construction. It's subtle melodic build, classic lines and quirky conclusion are a real delight and perfect for those emotional dance floor moments. The first interpretation of 'Volcano' is provided by Audio Noir who is returning for his second appearance on Suffused Music. The Australian producer last appeared on the label in December of 2014 and also has a remix forthcoming on Perfecto Flouro. For his 'Volcano' Rekonstruction Audio Noir has reworked the elements into a progressive trance gem. Bubbly textures, emotional chords changes and a gorgeous female vocal sample should make for some amazing goosebump moments. The second interpretation of 'Volcano is provided by Federico Monachesi who is making his first appearance on Suffused Music. The Argentinean producer is coming off the best year of his career and for his 'Volcano' interpretation Federico has reworked the track into a mid tempo breakbeat epic. The Argentine's heavy beats, crisp drums and detailed electronics carve out a wicked groove while layers of hypnotic textures take you further into dreamland. The third and final interpretation of 'Volcano is provided by Ri Za who is making his second appearance on Suffused Music. The floor friendly sound which Ri Za regularly showcases is on full display here once again. The Slovakian's gargantuan bass stabs have been shaped into a momentous groove and a complement of fresh electronic hooks and phasing synths keep the energy flowing throughout! It rounds out another top notch release on Suffused Music in fine style!


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Progress Inn - Rituals EP incl. Rick Pier O'Neil, Vid Marjanovic, Following Light [SMD076]


Returning to Suffused Music after a successful remix of Advent's Rising in October 2013, Serbian born duo, Progress Inn, once again hit the musical limelight with their impressive new work, "Rituals". With their music featuring on such celebrated imprints as Balkan Connection, Stripped and Vapour, supported by Hernan Cattaneo, Guy J and James Zabiela, the Australian based pair has continued to grow in stature and reputation throughout 2013 and '14. Full of the "deep" techno and progressive flavours that form the backbone of their sound, "Rituals" is a wonderful journey through strong rhythms and delicately formed vibrato motifs that add subtle dark flavours.

First up on remix duties, Ukrainian, Following Light, is a name familiar to those with a penchant for the underground house sounds of which he has become a prolific exponent. Founding the Inmost label as a vehicle for his own production work as well as a host of others, the Following Light name has been a regular on the likes of BC2, Magic Room and Particles, the latter finding a home for two original EPs in 2013 and '14. Returning to Suffused Music after a remix of Munbraze in September 2014, Following Light takes a typically innovative approach to his interpretation of "Rituals". A strong kick forms a foundation upon which a collage of pitched sounds bend and ripple across a multi-textured bed of pads and metronomic percussion. The resultant work is a celebration of the unique Following Light sound.

There are few modern producers within the electronic dance industry who possess the same credentials as Rick Pier O'Neil. A background working with Sony Music and elite artists such as Stevie Wonder and Donna Summer, success on the US Billboard charts has been a constant companion throughout O'Neil's early career. Turning his attention away from mainstream acts, setting up the RPO imprint saw a shift to a more underground progressive sound that has seen his label's work supported by Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia and John Digweed. A globally renowned DJ, Rick Pier O'Neil follows on from the 5-track "Shimmer of Lights" EP for Suffused Music in November 2014 with a typically impressive remix of "Rituals". Low slung, sultry rhythms are soon joined by the machine gun fire of hi-hats and rasping bass line to create juxtaposed urgency, while smooth melodies echoing the themes of Progress Inn's original are a welcome addition supplying warmth and texture to a high-calibre work.

Serbian, Vid Marjanovic, is the final artist to lend his skills in remix. An accomplished DJ with a wealth of appearances to his name across his homeland and beyond, his sets alongside Petar Dundov, Alan Fitzpatrick and Tomas Barfod have solidified a strong reputation, capped with standout performances at EXIT Festival and Megacin Depo in front of audiences of thousands. As a producer, Marjanovic's work has graced well-established imprints such as Mirabilis, Lovezone and 3rd Avenue with support coming from Hernan Cattaneo, Soundexile and Guy J. Making his first appearance for Suffused, the Vid Marjanovic remix of "Rituals" is a deep and contemplative progressive offering with strong house beats combined with delicate melodic interplay. Multiple layers of rich texture add further to the overall feeling of reflection as Marjanovic turns in an impressive debut.

A trio of remixes from some fine modern producers has ensured the "Rituals" of success are a continuing theme for Progress Inn.

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Daniel Camarillo - Button EP incl. Ryan Sullivan, Robert R. Hardy, Steve Sai [SMD075]


Original:
From the beginning of the track, notes of crispness in the percussion highlight the mood of this progressive creation. Soft notes and synth horns dance playfully amidst the bassline and sharp hats carry the tempo. When the breakdown comes it’s an uplifting melodic experience that will transport you back to the transition years of trance when a harsh speedy genre evolved into the soft rolling progressive sounds of today. Mellow and deep, but still flirty enough to keep an audience interested in it’s next move, “Button” is a show of discipline and maturity in this fresh music creator.

Robert R. Hardy Dark Therapy Remix:
The Robert R. Hardy Dark Therapy Remix does just what it says it will. It shines just enough light through the darkness to keep the listener from getting lost by effectively employing some piercing bright strings. The breakdown is deep and moody, yet still reverbally yearns through notes of the original “Button.” With a 2 minute intro and tons of darkness to go along with the Original’s sound, this remix will sate the appetite of the minimalistic.

Ryan Sullivan Remix:
Ryan Sullivan found a groovy, crunchy bassline and used it to sew on the Button. While still slow paced and somewhat minimalistic, the edgier bassline and harder synth stabs create a more energetic environment. Exactly halfway through this remix the breakdown comes and introduces an entirely different element into this rendition; guitar plucks coupled with howling strings. It lifts the track out of the dark electro ghetto and into cloud city in an interesting and intriguing turn of style. If creativity is what you were craving, the Ryan Sullivan remix is adventurous, daring, and effective.

Steve Sai Remix:
Right at the 30 second mark this remix waves a more techy hand. While still engaging the lonesome tones of the synths, the overall feel of this remix is smoother and happier than the deeper sounds of the others. Some parts of this remix will transport you into realms of Blade Runner and other Vangelis works, and THAT is never a bad thing. Turn to this remix when you need to “Button” a solid progressive track into a versatile tech mix.

Daniel Camarillo - Button (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Daniel Camarillo - Button (Ryan Sullivan Remix) [Suffused Music]
Daniel Camarillo - Button (Robert R. Hardy Dark Therapy Remix) [Suffused Music]
Daniel Camarillo - Button (Steve Sai Remix) [Suffused Music]

John 00 Fleming
Love the original

Stephane K
cool package ! thanks !

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

Marcelo Vasami (Subtract/Replug)
Ryan's for me thanks!

Herc Kass (FutureForm/friskyRadio/kissFM)
Hardy remix for me, all his releases have been quality

Beat Syndrome (Sudbeat, Sound Avenue, System Recordings, Movement, Agara)
really like the Ryan Sullivan Remix thanks!

Soulwerk (Proton, Replug, Mooseeka, Change Audio)
Ryan sullivan sounds great, thanks!

Ogawa
original for me!

Tash (Movement / Vapour / Lowbit / AlterImage / Tribal Vision)
nice pack thnx!

qoob (Black Hole, Lost Language, Lowbit, Stripped)
Grab all! very cool release!

Praveen Achary (Juicebox / Replug / Outside The Box / Perspectives Digital)
Really liking Ryan Sullivan & Robert Hardy's remixes :)

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

VA 'Initializing vol. IV' [SMDVA006]


The 4th edition of 'Initializing' compilation serious on Suffused Music consist of 11 tracks from all seven continents. The carefully selected tracks are all featured here and make up what has become fondly known as the progressive house underground. Starting off with Suffused Music's regular Advent's Rising remixed by Aussie's most promising Matter, followed by deep Argenitian vibes from German Angeleri. The deep debut by new comer from Lithuania - Rokkas, then bright and shiny Canadian collaboration by Steve Ness & Anthony Nitti, New Zeland's deep broken rhythms by Nila. Then catching up with tremendous Slovakian - Ri Za, No Signal records owner from Peru - Mario M, the hardworking French Hansgod delivered a great prog tech shaker. The production duo from Japan Basara-ZA provided a dancefloor killer named Stand Apart. Then another big room killer by Belgian Greg Wonders and the closing track came from Russian guy who's got nearly two decades of DJing experience - Vitaly Shturm. So it's one more Suffused Music's 'Initializing', which showcases fresh talent in conjunction with some tried and tested favourites for the ultimate listening and dance floor experience.

01 Advent's Rising - Return (Matter Dub Mix) [Suffused Music]
02 German Angeleri - Backflip (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
03 Rokkas - Slip Night (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
04 Steve Ness & Anthony Nitti - Different Cities (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
05 Nila - Unified Rhythm (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
06 Ri Za - Drop Beats Not Bombs (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
07 Mario M - Attitude (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
08 Hansgod - Watermelon (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
09 Basara-ZA - Stand Apart (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
10 Greg Wonders - Myrkvold (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
11 Vitaly Shturm - Lost (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Advent's Rising - Return EP incl. Andrees and Yakoff, Bobby Deep, Matter, Rezo [SMD074]

Advent's Rising has been an integral part of the Suffused Music artist roster since the inception of the label nearly two years ago. The Greek producer's 'Unexpected Conditions' was Suffused Music's third ever release in June of 2013 and he has since appeared twelve additional times. As 2015 begins Advent's Rising is embarking on what is set to be the strongest single of this career. Once again courtesy of Suffused Music 'Return' is another journey into the depths of progressive house with a great complement of remixes from Andrees and Yakoff, Bobby Deep, Matter and Rezo.
Advent's Rising's driving, energetic style of progressive remains refreshing and the 'Return' exemplifies that wonderfully. The emotional content of the record is what sets it apart from some of his previous productions. The smooth chord changes and sweeping harmonies are bound to create many goose bump moments throughout 2015 and it's surely a standout in his discography this far.
The first interpretation of 'Return' is provided by Andrees and Yakoff who are making their fourth appearance on Suffused Music. The Lithuanian duo remain one of their countries top up and coming production teams and their interpretation of 'Return' only solidifies that sentiment. The duos meandering broken beat remix not only complements the driving original quite well but it's introspective melodies may capture a few hearts along the way
The second interpretation is provided by Bobby Deep who is making his first appearance on Suffused Music. The Greek producer is a long time veteran of the progressive house underground and his discography now has nearly 350 entries. For his 'Return' interpretation Bobby has put a wonderful old school twist on the track with rumbling grooves, soaring synths and above all an honest, emotional approach which his diehard fan base is sure to enjoy.
The third interpretation is provided by Matter who is making his third appearance on Suffused Music. 2014 has seen the Aussie producer rise even higher with an outstanding EP on FutureForm Music. For his 'Return' interpretation Matter has put a deep, hypnotic twist on the track like only he can. Mesmerizing vocal loops and a vortex of infectious rhythms lead what is another intelligent club bomb from Matter.
The fourth and final remix comes from Rezo who is making his first appearance on Suffused Music. The Israeli producer has appeared on Mistique Music, Jetlag Digital and OLD SQL Recordings over the course of his 7 year production career and his debut remix for Suffused Music closes the release out on a strong note. Rezo's melodic reconstruction is full of memorable elements from big bulging bass stabs, clattering drums and sparkling harmonies. The mixes emotion is amplified by its pristine and detailed production and makes for the most blissful work of Rezo's career.

John 00 Fleming
Liking the Bobby deep remix

CJ Art (Frisky, Joof, Bonzai, Sudam, Mistique, Contrast, Armada, Deepsessions, Cloudy Moon)
great release! thank you:)

Soulfire (Soulfire Downloads, Sound Avenue, Stripped))
Matter Remix is my pick here. Thanks!

Digital Department (Frisky radio, Morphosis, Old SQL, V.I.M,)
Very good Ep! Matter for me

Wes Straub (Area709, JOOF, Morrison)
Andrees and Yakoff Remix wins here

Yuriy From Russia (Outside The Box, Baroque, Proton, Sick Watona, Dark Pleasure)

amazing ep!

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Jor Messina - Warships EP incl. Hernan Portillo, Matt Black, Steve McGrath [SMD073]


 Jor Messina was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1987. He made his first appearances in the electronic music scene at the age of 22. He tasted the real vibe of the progressive style then, which love still lasts today. Jor combining feelings and moods in his sessions from deep and tech house to progressive techno creating a nice atmosphere from different sounds. He already delivered a few tracks on well renowned labels like Mistique Music, Suffused Music, LuPs Records.
Jor earned spotlight with his latest work 'Tumbling Sky' (appeared on the Initializing Vol. III) on Suffused Music, so it was not a surprise as he come back with a massive follow up track called 'Warships'. The original tune is full with energy and hidden layers of liveliness and a conscious, well balanced groove-synth connection. The remixes comes from Hernan Portillo, Matt Black and Steve McGrath. Hernan Portillo set a darker scene, with even more crustiness, while Matt Black kept the original's pace and added some melodic bits and pieces to make sound more epic. Steve McGrath made a very delightful downtempo version, with impressive synths and a monumental emotional factor.- Greyloop

Jor Messina - Warships (Original Mix)
Jor Messina - Warships (Hernan Portillo Remix)
Jor Messina - Warships (Matt Black Remix)
Jor Messina - Warships (Steve McGrath Score)

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Net Son & Lucas Hache - Sogno EP incl. Kel&Xiasou, Robert R. Hardy, Sean McClellan, Zan Prevee [SMD072]

Shahin Ibrahimov aka Net Son hailing from Baku, Azerbajian teamed up with the argentinian golden voice Lucas Hache to deliver one really delicious progressive driven vocal tune called 'Sogno' on Suffused Music, as the label's 72 release. We got four remixes on the original tune by Kel&Xiasou, Robert R. Hardy, Sean McClellan and Zan PreveƩ.
The original mix can be described as a solid house production attached with airy strings and lovely synth notes, on top of that we have Lucas's narration.
The greek Kel&Xiasou duo went subtle with some uplifting connection to the floating textures, merged with the main samples.
Robert R. Hardy continues to spread his mesmerizing, percussion filled progressive sound combined with the original structure.
Sean McClellan carefully put the attention on the combo of the smooth groove and dreamy melodic section.
Zan PreveƩ spiced his version with a bit of acid, while cut down the vocals, and make it ideal for those who are hooked on instrumental, atmospheric stuffs. - Greyloop

Net Son & Lucas Hache - Sogno (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Net Son & Lucas Hache - Sogno (Kel&Xiasou Remix) [Suffused Music]
Net Son & Lucas Hache - Sogno (Robert R. Hardy Remix) [Suffused Music]
Net Son & Lucas Hache - Sogno (Sean McClellan Remix) [Suffused Music]
Net Son & Lucas Hache - Sogno (Zan Prevee Remix) [Suffused Music]

Stephane K
kel mix !

Oliver Schories (der turnbeutel)
Mr. Hardy for me. Thx

4Mal (GU / Armada / Baroque / Lost Language / FlipCube)
Kel & Xiasou remix for me, thank you! Evgeny / 4Mal

Mehmet Akar
good stuff, thanks

Magnetic Brothers (Deep Blue Eyes, Armada, Balkan:Co • MAG.LAB on DI.FM)
great ep overall,thanks

Praveen Achary (Juicebox / Replug / Outside The Box / Perspectives Digital / Mir)
Sean McClellan's remix works for me :)

Yuriy From Russia (Outside The Box, Baroque, Proton, Sick Watona, Dark Pleasure)
Good release! Glad to hear Lucas!

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