Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Ivan Nikusev - Obelisk EP incl. Ioan Gamboa, Vakabular [SMD238]

Welcoming a new artist to the roster, Suffused Music shines a spotlight on Macedonian, Ivan Nikusev, an artist who has appeared on some of the finest underground imprints with his classic progressive house sound. 

With his work featured on Perfecto, Mistique Music and John 00 Fleming’s JOOF and supported by the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Hernan Cattaneo and Fleming himself, Nikusev has created a body of work that finds him firmly at the industry’s top table. Moreover, as the artist responsible for founding OLD SQL, one of the leading underground labels, Nikusev has created a blue-chip vehicle for a century of his own production credits plus an artist roster that reads like the ‘Who’s Who’ of underground dance over the past 8 years. Now debuting on Suffused Music, “Obelisk” immediately hits the listener with its chest-thumping kick and off-beat percussion. Adding a bass that locks tightly to the rhythmic section, a glorious array of pads and textures filter into sonic range in perfect harmony. Building effortlessly, a glorious array of arpeggios supply dynamism into the breakdown before lifting the energy into the third movement with a flair and brio that is characteristic of Nikusev’s work.

Spanish born but now firmly ensconced in his adopted Berlin home, Ioan Gamboa has made a sizeable impression operating out of his studio in the German capital. Previously working under a number of aliases, his debut under the Ioan Gamboa moniker saw him release the “Spiral / Hope” EP on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat in May 2011 before going on to feature on Cid Inc’s Replug, Henry Saiz’s Natura Sonoris and his own Madberlin imprint. Some 50 production credits for Particles tells a further story of the Spaniard’s success. Another Suffused Music debutant, the Ioan Gamboa remix takes “Obelisk” on a bouncing bassline voyage with a shuffling percussive hats and heavy beat adding dynamism. Exploding into life at the mid-point, a searing lead cuts through the mix like an acetylene torch, while a glittering arpeggio at the breakdown resonates with Nikusev’s original before a softer reprise provides the perfect antidote for the closing movement.

A successful DJ in his home in Ko Pha-ngan off the Gulf of Thailand, Vakabular’s production career has seen over a century of production credits find favour with Stan Kolev and Matan Caspi’s Outta Limits, Nikusev’s OLD SQL and his own Hollystone Records, plus a plethora of other imprints. A regular on Suffused Music over 2018, February’s “Quarantine” EP marked a strong debut while October’s “Endless” continued with a striking triptych. A pair of remixes for Dimuth K and Rick Pier O’Neil is now followed by a third as Vakabular immediately takes on the themes of “Obelisk” by recreating the central “Blade Runner” arpeggio as a dynamic and rolling bassline that serves as a foundation for a shimmering array of white-noise effects as incidental motifs. Appearing at a higher octave, the central arpeggio makes its play again at the mid-point to create a strong tie to Nikusev’s original. Vakabular’s skill is to create a new and vibrant take on the track original.

Ivan Nikusev’s “Obelisk” has created a strong foundation from which Ioan Gamboa and Vakabular have created a new monument.

Ivan Nikusev - Obelisk [Suffused Music]
Ivan Nikusev - Obelisk (Ioan Gamboa Remix) [Suffused Music]
Ivan Nikusev - Obelisk (Vakabular Remix) [Suffused Music]

Baunder (Soundexile) 
Ioan Gamboa remix for me, thanks!

Darin Epsilon 
Great sound in Ioan Gamboa's remix and good to see him working together with Ivan Nikusev :)

Matan Caspi
nice

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Futur-E - Hydra EP [SMD237]

Hailing from Eleusis, site of the “Eleusinian Mysteries”, home to the most famous secret religious rites of ancient Greece, Stavros Karavasilis has been involved in electronic music for a number of years. Under his Futur-E soubriquet the Greek producer returns to Suffused Music with his twin-track “Hydra EP”.

With a background in studying music theory, keyboard and harmonium, Karavasilis’ first foray into electronic music saw him work alongside DJ M92 under the Midnight Pulse pseudonym. Gradually finding his own musical path under various alter-egos until 2007, 2008 saw the birth of his Futur-E moniker with a debut release on Future Lovers in April 2011 and the “Anatomy” EP. Some 200 production credits later and the Futur-E name has found itself writ large across the underground dance scene with a potent blend of techno, progressive and tech house releases to his name.

Work for Traum, Manual Music and the globally renowned Tulipa Recordings has found Futur-E at the vanguard of the melodic techno sound that has become so prominent in the current dance music scene. Indeed, it is with the latter, that Futur-E has had a string of impressive releases including 2017’s “Cosmos” and “Chromosome” EPs.

August 2015 marked the Futur-E debut for Suffused Music with a standout remix of Oovation. Now returning with a debut original EP, the title track is a carefully constructed gem that delights with its angular rhythmic framework and cavernous bass pattern. Building in seamless fashion, rapid-fire percussion and carefully placed melodic motifs provide the basis for an automated vocal phrase to lament the over-population of earth and a solution to the problem from “Hydra, a new artificial intelligence character”. With a distinct science-fiction flavor to proceedings the introduction of a slightly unnerving arpeggio phrase creates the perfect narrative for the “Hydra” story.

Similarly, “Electrician” contains the Futur-E sonic hallmarks as a beautifully shimmering offering revels in a collage of melodies and intelligently placed motifs. A rich bass groove adds substance and delayed plucks add a subtle incongruity as they build in intensity to create a truly unique flavor post-breakdown. Backed by a framework of rolling groove and head-shaking rhythmic flow, the result is an innovative and original work.

Rising from the deep with a power and purpose, Futur-E is out to take on the world with “Hydra”.

Futur-E - Hydra [Suffused Music]
Futur-E - Electrician [Suffused Music]

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Fernando Olaya - Gravity EP incl. Ejaz Ahamed, Placebo Efx, Momento De Baile [SMD236]


Originally part of a three-track EP December 2017, Fernando Olaya’s “Gravity” showcased a growing talent. Now returning to the title track, a trio of new remixes provide a new spin on the Colombian’s work.

A successful DJ with residencies across the Middle East at Trilogy and Pacha Ibiza Dubai, Ejaz Ahamed’s credentials are in little doubt. Plying alongside such iconic names as John Digweed, Sasha an Adam Beyer, Ahamed’s career behind the decks has been followed by burgeoning production work. Making his debut for PHW Elements in March 2017, Ahamed has gone on to feature for Kontact, Particles and the Visceral compilation series. Making his Suffused Music debut, the Ejaz Ahamed remix retains the percussive flair of “Gravity” while adding a host of new production material including a running bassline with its roots firmly in Olaya’s original. Simultaneously, a new rhythmic arpeggio and rich synth lines combine seamlessly with original components in an exciting new approach.

Los Angeles act, Placebo eFx are 2018 newcomers to the underground dance scene. Describing themselves under the broad banner of “Progressive/Melodic Techno duo”, they quickly found themselves allied to the Krafted Underground imprint. A trio of releases have thus hit the label: September 2018’s twin-track “And Then” was followed by November’s “Lo-Fi” and the track “Are We” featured on December’s “Deep Tech Los Angeles, Vol. 3, Pt. 1” album. Making their Suffused Music debut, Placebo eFx immediately hit their stride with a pounding beat and intricate rhythm before a complex bass pattern provides subtle variation. Building effortlessly, a smooth melodic lead comes into play at the mid-point to add depth and interest. Rising and falling throughout the second half, combined with a delayed and effected vocal component, the Placebo eFx is an innovative new interpretation of “Gravity”.

Momento de Baile is the final artist to take up the remix mantle. Another 2018 debutant to the underground music fraternity, the Colombian artist with a raison d’être to make “serious music for funny people”, has found a home on Suffused Music after an initial appearance on “Initializing, vol. 19” in August with “Simple”, followed by a full release of the track alongside “Driving to Disco” and “Glüwein” in October. Now the Medellin resident returns to the label with an outstanding reworking of “Gravity” that makes full use of the percussive components to create a new Latin-infused cadence and strong beat. Backed by a intelligent new groove that combines the core themes of the original while layering a swathe of new melodies and phrases, a multi-textured sound is created rooted in the sonic themes found in Olaya’s work. Reaching a stripped back breakdown, an intermittent pitched vocal cut adds greater depth before a second half erupts with a full complement of dancefloor rhythms and melodic effervescence.

Fernando Olaya - Gravity [Suffused Music]
Fernando Olaya - Gravity (Ejaz Ahamed Remix) [Suffused Music]
Fernando Olaya - Gravity (Placebo eFx Remix) [Suffused Music]
Fernando Olaya - Gravity (Momento de Baile Remix) [Suffused Music]

John 00 Fleming
Ejaz remix is amazing :)

Nick Warren
Cool mix from Ejaz

Lonya
solid ep , will play

Cid Inc
original is great,thanks

Darin Epsilon
Really strong remix by Ejaz Ahamed!

Tripswitch
Original's great! Full of Latin flavour ... Placebo eFx remix is a great darker workout. Support

Ogawa
very good one!! will play it!!

Matt Rowan
Loving all of these mixes but the Placebo eFx is my favourite

James Monro
Placebo eFx remix is spot on! thnx

Jos & Eli
well done here great work by all - good luck !!

Mike Griego
Great stuff!

Funkstate
Nice music here! Placebo remix for us! thanks!

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Initializing, Vol. 21 [SMDVA030]


Hitting the ground running at the start of the New Year, Suffused Music celebrates 2019 by continuing the evergreen “Initializing” series. Now in its 21st incarnation, a quintet of tracks showcases a breadth of talent.

Opening proceedings, Belarusian artist, Ivanshee continues his assault on the underground progressive house scene with “Unicorn”. With over a triple century of production credits to his name, a bouncing bassline immediately creates a strong rhythmic foundation with heavy beat and ticking percussive prowess. Building throughout, the track erupts post-breakdown with wonderful bass motif that rises and falls in open-filtered fashion while shimmering melodic phrases and vocal cuts add intrigue.

Fresh from an appearance on Quivver’s groundbreaking “Rekonstruct”, Indonesian star, Lily Pita, continues to carve a sizeable reputation for herself. A regular on the likes of BeatFreak Recordings, Soundteller and Bedrock, Pita’s debut for Suffused Music finds “Alaya” characterized by a rich and enigmatic bass motif and metronomic rhythmic pattern that form the basis for an ever-growing collage of melody to emerge over the 9-minute track. Immaculately crafted throughout its different phases, the denouement sees a filtered motif take centre-stage in perfect harmony with the low-end foundations.

An artist with a rich musical history, multiple releases and a full-length album to his name, Berlin born, B Selekt reflected a move to a deeper sound with a name change. Following up on 2016’s “Samt” for Suffused Music, “030 Deep” is a smoldering track that is as dark and cavernous as its name might suggest. A huge low-end presence will make bass cones melt while a rapid-fire percussive groove creates dancefloor presence. Pausing for breath with a stepped chord progression at the breakdown, rhythm and bass dominate once again in the third movement to maximum effect.

A 2017 newcomer to the underground dance scene, Ge Bruny has made an immediate mark with impressive releases on Flemcy, Dear Deer and Superordinate. A love of “harmonies and inspiring melodies”, a debut for Suffused Music does not disappoint. “Otherwise” is chock-full of flowing melodic lines and sparkling arpeggios that entwine together in perfect harmony before reaching a zenith in the second half. Backed by rolling groove and deep kick, the result is an impressive debut.

Newcomers Echo Daft & Shanil Alox combine forces for their debut release. Both successful in their own rights throughout 2018, work signed for the likes of BQ Recordings and Electronic Tree has shone a light on their individual work. “Third Power” is thus an innovative track that showcases a delay-laden lead motif that pitches in incongruous fashion throughout the 8-minute piece, building to a rousing crescendo throughout the second and third movements. A strong rhythm provides the perfect framework for the intriguing musical narrative in a strong Suffused Music debut.

Ivanshee - Unicorn [Suffused Music]
Lily Pita - Alaya [Suffused Music]
B Selekt - 030 Deep [Suffused Music]
Ge Bruny - Otherwise [Suffused Music]
Echo Daft & Shanil Alox - Third Power [Suffused Music]

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Best of 2018 [SMDVA029]

As 2018 draws to a close, Suffused Music reflects on another successful year and a plethora of high-calibre releases. Selecting 20 outstanding cuts from the year's catalogue, "Best of 2018" tells the label's annual story in musical form. Blending a host of blue-chip artists, Kymatik's reworking of Dousk's "French Sauce", nestles perfectly next to Suffused and Ewan Rill's chunky interpretation of Cid Inc.'s "Obsidian". A relentless pace finds Rick Pier O'Neil and Dofamine feature with A-Jay, as Morttagua and Pacco and Rudy B hit the mark on remix duties with pounding beats, intricate rhythms and sumptuous melodies coruscating across the stereo spectrum. With almost a half-century of production credits for the label, Ewan Rill's distinctive sound permeates through the Suffused Music soul as the legendary figure of Monojoke and Argentinean star, Mario Puccio, create a new sonic tour de force from the Russian producer's tracks. Combing a cast list of musical actors to grace any global stage, "Best of 2018" showcases a rare breadth of talent from new and established artists that represents the pinnacle of underground dance music. We look forward to an increasingly bright and exciting 2019.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Mario Puccio - Welcome to Utopia EP incl. Ewan Rill, Micah Paul Lukasewich [SMD235]


A century of production credits has found Mario Puccio at the vanguard of underground progressive house. An accomplished musician, an impressive DJ career has seen performances in Los Angeles, London and Budapest while production work has seen him sign his music to SexOnWax and Nick Warren’s The Soundgarden. A clutch of releases on Suffused Music now sees a swathe of melodic textures and fast-paced arpeggio sequences combine to create “Welcome to Utopia”. Strong beat and clever counterpoint motifs add to the track with the resulting innovative offering enhanced by a searing vibrato lead.

A prolific artist with some 1,500 production credits to his name across almost 100 different labels, Ewan Rill is a modern production whirlwind. 200 of those can be found on Balkan Connection while Rill has also been a regular on the likes of Spring Tube, Stellar Fountain and Clinique Recordings. A renowned DJ, performances across the globe have seen the St. Petersburg based artist perform across his native Russia, sharing the stage with a DJ elite that includes the likes of Paul Van Dyk, Dave Seaman and Jody Wisternoff. A regular on Suffused Music since his 2013 debut, Ewan Rill returns with a smooth remix that is fuelled by ticking percussive groove and metronomic bassline pattern. An intelligent use of Puccio’s components sees richly textured pad modulate gently across proceedings. The arpeggio sequence so central to the original makes its presence felt at the mid-point breakdown before the deep, multi-layered textures and a new stepped arpeggio sequence thrill in a glorious third movement.

Micah Paul Lukasewich is another artist requiring little in the way of introduction. An artist with an innate sense of rhythm and a wonderful ability to create filmic soundscapes and multi-dimensional tracks, Lukasewich’s early work saw him feature on Global Underground and as a resident artist on the hybridized.org website alongside Way Out West and Hybrid. A century of production credits has seen Micah’s music featured on the likes of Proton Music, Lost Language and Chris Fortier’s Fade Records and a September 2018 remix of Dimuth K marked an impressive debut for Suffused Music. Now returning, the Micah Paul Lukasewich remix is a glorious representation of the Canadian artist’s musical prowess. An intricately sculpted rhythmic section is accompanied by a strong kick to create an immaculate groove that lays the foundation for an array of musical components to fall neatly into place. Intelligent use of Puccio’s original components, then leads to a beautiful symphonic soundscape that waxes and wanes in sonic beauty before developing into something special post-breakdown. Reminiscent of early Jean-Michel Jarre, a bouncing new groove evolves, combining bass and delayed motif that extends Puccio’s work in scintillating new direction.

Mario Puccio - Welcome to Utopia [Suffused Music]
Mario Puccio - Welcome to Utopia (Ewan Rill Remix) [Suffused Music]
Mario Puccio - Welcome to Utopia (Micah Paul Lukasewich Remix) [Suffused Music]

Armin van Buuren
nice

Nick Muir
Lukasewich remix sounds good here - thanks

Airwave
a good pack!

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Original mix for me, thanks!

Lexicon Avenue
Solid release!

Praveen Achary
Top remixes by Ewan and Micah

Paul Thomas
Cool release

Dubfire
Downloaded for Dubfire, thanks!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Nick Varon - Over & Out EP incl. EANP, Danny Lloyd, Nicolas Rada [SMD234]




An artist of global repute, Nick Varon’s celebrated DJ career has seen him at the forefront of the underground dance scene. Able to weave a magical spell with his expertly crafted sets, he has been lauded by the likes of Nick Warren and Sharam while regularly supporting fellow countryman, Hernan Cattaneo across the globe. A similarly impressive production career has seen Varon a regular on Cattaneo’s Sudbeat Music with 2012’s “Shibuya” and 2017’s “Sky Ladder” making strong impressions. “Over & Out” is a typically strong progressive offering as heavy rolling beat and light ticking percussion form a foundation for textured pads to supply depth and emotion while a plucked motif adds substance and interest to the powerful groove.

Successful artists in their own rights. Ezequiel Anile and Nicolas Petracca have forged an impressive collaborative relationship under their EANP contraction. Working together since 2014, their inimitable style has seen a seamless blend of techno, progressive and deep house result in an array of memorable sets with the likes of Nick Warren and Nick Muir. Standing alongside, impressive production credentials have given the duo a clutch of high-profile original releases for the likes of Movement, Mirabilis and Paul Hazendonk’s MNL. EANP’s Suffused Music debut is thus an intelligent reworking of Varon’s original as a vocal cut repeats the track title while a hypnotic four/four beat and percussive groove lay the foundations for a chorus of pads and white noise to create a wonderful crescendo at the mid-point. A driving anthemic third movement full of bass and melodic prowess provides real intent.

Nicolas Rada is a name that requires little introduction. Regular collaborations with Nick Warren have seen the duo remix Eelke Kleijn’s “8 Bit Era” before joining forces for the four-track “Land of Dreams” on Warren’s own The Soundgarden imprint in June 2018. Some 300 production credits have seen Rada as a regular on the Balkan Connection label family and supported by a global elite; DJ performances across his Buenos Aries hometown and a Mexican tour with fellow countryman, Nicholas Van Orton, has seen his following swell. Creating a wonderfully charismatic reworking of “Over & Out”, a delicate beat and swirling arpeggio form a sumptuous opening that gradually evolves over its eight-minute voyage. Building gently, subtle vocal phrasing is introduced while clever use of Varon’s remix parts create an innovative new interpretation that blossoms through the breakdown and third movement.

Italian artist, Danny Lloyd, has been at the forefront of the progressive house genre for a number of years. An artist with a rich and varied production history, over a century of credits tell their own success story with music signed to Balkan Connection and Particles. Lloyd’s collaboration with Andrea Cassino under their Nocturna pseudonym has also provided considerable success on Proton Music. Returning to Suffused Music the Danny Lloyd remix takes “Over & Out” in an exciting new melodic direction as a swathe of additional production material, melded with Varon’s components, has created an original interpretation that drives relentlessly forward with dynamic bass groove and intricate percussive rhythms. A new chord progression adds further intrigue as does a searing breakdown full of melodic prowess.

Nick Varon - Over & Out [Suffused Music]
Nick Varon - Over & Out (EANP Remix) [Suffused Music]
Nick Varon - Over & Out (Danny Lloyd Remix) [Suffused Music]
Nick Varon - Over & Out (Nicolas Rada Remix) [Suffused Music]

Hernan Cattaneo
in my sets

Robert Babicz
nice

Cid Inc
original & EANP remix both gooood,thankss

Baunder (Soundexile)
Nicolas Rada remix is great, thanks!

David Granha
EANP Remix for me! THX

Gai Barone
amazing. thanks

Dale Middleton
Quality EP all round, digging dannys remix here smooth stuff!

Dmitry Molosh
good release, i will play

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