Friday, May 29, 2015

Audio Noir - Tannhauser Gate EP incl. Agrande, Sven Hauck [SMD095]

The 95th release on Suffused Music welcomes Audio Noir back to the label for a brand new single. The Australian producer made his debut on the Lithuanian imprint in December of 2014 with a remix of Arthur Minnahmetov's 'Why'. 2015 has seen Audio Noir with his most critically acclaimed productions to date. Original work for Bonzai Progressive and Perfecto Black have been standouts and a bevy of exciting projects in the pipeline look to be even better as the remainder of the year unfolds. Following three remixes for Suffused Music Audio Noir now presents his much anticipated debut single for the label entitled 'Tannhauser Gate'.

The unique fusion of styles which Audio Noir has shown throughout his career has set him apart and it's prevalent once again on 'Tannhauser Gate'. Following a two and a half minute intro highlighted with bouncing electronics and Blade Runner samples the beats finally drop in for a huge moment. Powered by a galloping groove there is a boundless energy early on while a soft atmospheric overlay provides a dreamy touch. This celestial motif gets further explored during the main break and the addition of some aquatic accents adds to its lively spring. One more vocal stab signals the return of the rumbling groove and a rousing conclusion follows suit. Audio Noir has also included a 'ZEN' mix which showcases all the distinctive vocal and sonic elements across a 4 minute electronica soundscape. Definitely a useful tool for the more adventurous DJ s out there.

The first interpretation of 'Tannhauser Gate' is provided by Agrande who is making his fourth appearance on Suffused Music. The German producer has delivered a remix and an original since his debut on the label in November of 2013. He has been quiet this year with just two remixes and an EP so a brand new remix here is a welcome one for his fans. The German's tough yet floor friendly sound seems tailor made for the 'Tannhauser Gate' themes and the results are quite excellent. Rooted by a chunky groove and heavy drums it immediately carries a big presence. As momentum grows sheets of white noise and reconstructed vocals complement the framework before a light pad enters and invokes a conclusion of shimmering beauty.

The second and final interpretation of 'Tannhauser Gate' is provided by Sven Hauck who is making his first appearance on Suffused Music. The Dutch producer broke into the scene with releases on Baroque Records and Groovecollection Records in 2007. The next six years saw a number of distinguished appearances with originals for Crossfade Sounds and Stripped Digital being the most notable. It's been nearly two years since we've heard something new from Sven's studio so his appearance here is a welcome surprise to long time progressive house fans. Always a consummate remixer Sven has transformed the track into a lo-fi, hypnotic wonder with a variety of cool twists along the way. It's slow burning build immediately sucks you in as a bevy of granular sweeps and vocal gates dazzle the senses. An ominous second act proves monumental with a band of atmospheric tension perfectly setting up a rumbling finale. Excellent remix from Sven which rounds out another great release on Suffused Music. Don't miss it.

Audio Noir - Tannhauser Gate (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Audio Noir - Tannhauser Gate (Agrande Remix) [Suffused Music]
Audio Noir - Tannhauser Gate (Sven Hauck Remix) [Suffused Music]
Audio Noir - Tannhauser Gate (ZEN Mix) [Suffused Music]

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

AudioStorm - Differences EP incl. Faskil, Ewan Rill, D-Eye [SMD094]


AudioStorm's 'Differences' EP is the latest part of the single series comes from Suffused Music's Initializing Vol. 2 compilation. AudioStorm needs no description, as Osha is one amongst todays busiest producers in the deep/progressive scene. The original mix of 'Differences' takes a deep dive to a melancholic atmosphere, shaked up with some cool soundprints, melting the track's recondite and floating vein together. The remixes adding three different angles on the original theme, made by Faskil, Ewan Rill and D-Eye.
Faskil's kept the epic momentum of the track, with a tasteful string and synth collision.
Ewan Rill's crispy, groovy reload adds a techy edge to the overall gentle vibe.
D-Eye focused on the fragile harmony between groovy, epic feel and a tender frame of melody related elements.

AudioStorm - Differences (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
AudioStorm - Differences (Faskil Mix) [Suffused Music]
AudioStorm - Differences (Ewan Rill Remix) [Suffused Music]
AudioStorm - Differences (D-Eye Remix) [Suffused Music]

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bruno Caro - Entre 2 Mundos EP [SMD093]

The 93rd release on Suffused Music welcomes Bruno Caro to the label with a brand new three track EP. The Buenos Aires based artist made his production debut just three months ago on the UK's Stripped Digital. It was an impressive first offering to say the least and one which earned radio play from world class DJ Hernan Cattaneo. The electronic music underground was quickly entranced by Bruno's deep and melodic take on progressive house. Now just a few short months later we see the Argentinean embarking on the biggest release of his career. Suffused Music has always been an outlet for some of the freshest sounds and most hotly tipped new talent so it's no surprise to see Bruno making his label debut with a brand new three track EP entitled 'Entre 2 Mundos'.

The EP gets underway with 'Ansias' which finds Bruno showcasing a groovy side of his production repertoire. The Argentinean's funky, well carved foundation and twinkly bell accents are immediately captivating and the subtle atmospheric shifts keeps your senses guessing. Smooth chord changes add just the right emotional content as the shuffling percussion brings the track into the main break. The brief but hypnotic interlude sets up the return of the beats perfectly and a third act with additional sonic accents closes the track out right. The EP's second selection 'Arpegio en Cinco' presents a deeper, housier construction which proves to be a great complement to the more direct 'Ansias'. The Argentinean's catchy bass hooks and summery motifs are a breath of fresh air. It's light and airy approach gives it immense cross genre appeal and the third act ups the musicality a notch further for a great finish. The EP concludes with the title cut 'Entre 2 Mundos' which once again showcases Bruno's unique musicality. Tough beats and a romping groove get the energy high early before a complement of fluttery hooks dance playfully over the groove. The main break is highlighted with soft, ethereal sonics and a light-hearted emotion which sets up the return of the dynamic beats and makes for a another rousing finish. Three outstanding tracks from Bruno Caro who you will certainly be hearing much more from in the not too distant future.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Gonza Rodriguez - The Sound Of My Mind EP incl. LoQuai, Scott Williams, Carlos Fox [SMD092]

Gonza Rodriguez, a promising newcomer producer hailing from Córdoba, Argentina makes his shiny debut on Suffused Music with 'The Sound Of My Mind', a smart progressive tune with a dreamy combination of tendering synths and strings. The smoothly evolved production got remixed by three progressive "veterans" like LoQuai, Carlos Fox and Scott Williams.

LoQuai topped the original's soul warming vibe with a heavenly touched piano melody, Carlos Fox set up a classic, faster, almost trancy approach, with a massive baseline, while Scott Willams created a gentle alignment of harmonies, which put the icing on the cake.

Martin Garcia
LoQuai & Original for me. Thanks

Jimmy Van M (Bedrock / Hope / Selador / Parquet / Tulipa / AlterImage)
Original and LoQuai remix are good! Thanks!

Dale Middleton (Sudbeat/Parquet/SexOnWax)
LoQuai & Original are both good!

John Johnson (Bedrock, Avex, Armada, Ministry of Sound, Black Hole, Touche)
very nice, like the org and LoQuai remix!

Exoplanet (Proton, Particles, Alter Image, Silk)
Original and LoQuai remix do it for me!

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Various Artists 'Initializing' Vol. 5 [SMDVA008]

Suffused Music debuted it's 'Initializing' compilation series in January of 2014. Over the last 16 months it's quickly become a showcase for some of the most cutting edge progressive music around. The 'Initializing' series has not only brought fresh productions from some of your favourite artists but also introduced a few new ones to the world as well. The series has shown time and time again how truly global progressive music has become, with each edition of the series representing talent from all four corners of the globe. Now with four volumes under its belt Suffused Music presents the fifth instalment of 'Initializing'. Featured on the collection are (in order of appearance) Bruno Caro, Atsunori Murata, Hansgod, EDLands, A>B & Sheerin, Wes Straub, Adnan Jakubovic, Christopher Hermann, Depka, Sound Sour & Roge Flores and Diplomatic Brothers. The artists featured represent a snapshot of the current trends in the progressive underground. Whether it be deep and chunky grooves, smooth hypnotic lines or peak time, techno inspired hybrids there is a wealth of quality music to choose from, all of which has been handpicked specifically for this collection. If previous editions are anything to go by you may see some of the standout selections receive a full release on the label with a fresh set of remixes, so keep your ear to the ground. Another outstanding collection from Suffused Music's 'Initializing' series. Don't miss it.

Bruno Caro - Atlantida (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Atsunori Murata - Trapiche (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Hansgod - Patch My Love (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
EDLands - HiTech (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
A>B & Sheerin - Zee (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Wes Straub - Morning Tide (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Adnan Jakubovic - Afraid of Happiness (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Christopher Hermann - Pige (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Depka - Smoked (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Sound Sour & Roge Flores - African Child (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Diplomatic Brothers - Ever Growing (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

A+E - Cobra EP incl. Magnetic Brothers, Tommi Oskari [SMD091]

The 91st release on Suffused Music welcomes A+E to the label for their debut single entitled 'Cobra'. Adrian Butinar and Elton Smith hail from Melbourne, Australia and make up the A+E production team. Having met over a decade ago it wasn't until almost 2010 that their respective solo careers would become intertwined. Having both come from successful trance oriented production pasts the duos first collaboration as A+E was the deep progressive gem 'Mica'. Released by System Recordings and championed by Anthony Pappa the production had the whole progressive house underground wanting to hear more from this exciting new duo. It's been 12 long months since the release of 'Mica' but we now see Suffused Music presenting the second ever A+E production. The duos latest 'Cobra' looks to build on the mystery and intrigue of 'Mica' and also includes remixes from Magnetic Brothers and Tommi Oskari.

The dubby, glacial grooves which were explored on 'Mica' were quite fresh and on 'Cobra' we see more unique production work from A+E. Getting underway with a tribal infused groove and sultry sax hooks you're immediately drawn in by its quirkiness. As additional drum elements get worked into the mix the momentum rises monumentally though the first act. Fluttery synths add mightily to the sax storyboard and the addition of a ride picks up the pace even further. The track's live feel keeps it bright and exciting throughout and the main break is adorned with soulful lines which propel the track to an exhilarating finish.

The fist interpretation of 'Cobra' is provided by the Magnetic Brothers who are making their second appearance on Suffused Music. The Russian duo and literal brothers made their debut on Suffused Music last July with a remix of 'Reason To Live' by Ewan Rill & Anton Ttx. It was a fabulous interpretation in a long line of impressive production for the Magnetic Brothers in 2014. It was a year which saw the duo rise from a production slumber with key releases on Movement Recordings and Balkan Connection. For their 'Cobra' interpretation the Magnetic Brothers have gone deeper and dubbier with fantastic results. The duos layered beats and reinvention of the sax elements is smooth and sultry. The late night, back room feel is undeniably cool and the new effects storyboard along with a soulful break is monumentally stimulating. If it's funk, class and dance floor appeal you're looking for the Magnetic Brothers have come up with something fresh and exciting here.

The second and final interpretation of 'Cobra' is provided by Tommi Oskari who is making his first appearance on Suffused Music. Hailing from Finland Tommi exploded on to the scene in April of 2013 with a remix of Khen & Sonic Union's 'Introspection' which was released on Cid Inc's Replug Records. Subsequent appearances on Juicebox Music and Lowbit Records made Tommi one of the undergrounds most inspiring talents and he's gotten 2015 off to a great start with remixes for Majestic Family records and PHW Elements. Tommi's progressive techno hybrid has always sounded fresh and it's melded well with the 'Cobra' theme. Opting for a dubbier approach during the first act the Finnish producers powerful beats, driving groove and acidic rhythms push the track into the main break. The murky interlude is full of intrigue with the sax parts expertly reprocessed and teased in to great effect. The re-entry summons more of the main riff which takes off during the third act for a soulful finale. Another very strong production from Tommi which rounds out this excellent release from Suffused Music. Don't miss it.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

One Million Toys - Syntax EP [SMD090]

The 90th release on Suffused Music welcomes One Million Toys back to the label for his first artist EP. Sagy Amir aka One Million Toys hails from Israel and made his Suffused Music debut in June of last year with a remix of 'Cutting The Clouds' by Mark Found. The Israeli artist has found a unique place in the electronic music underground with his psychedelic designs and progressive minded sensibilities. The last calendar year has been the best on record for One Million Toys with remixes for Dave Seaman and Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic feat. Rick Pier O'Niel being two of the highlights. One Million Toys now presents his first ever artist EP for Suffused Music entitled 'Syntax', included on the project are three brand new original productions.

The release gets underway with the appropriately titled 'Fireworks'; a mid tempo, triptastic techno creation. If you're a fan of warped, druggy design and deep engaging grooves than this is one production you're sure to love. Beginning unassumingly with a plodding groove and chugging rhythms the piece slowly evolves into a laid back, melancholic epic. It's buzzing synths and electric haze highlight a riveting climax which leaves you wanting more. The EPs second selection 'Sunrise Over Ike' builds on the wonderful cadence created by 'Fireworks'. Fueled by another highly detailed and immaculately constructed groove it grabs your attention right away. A series of hypnotic motifs carries the piece with a floaty tempo into a well crafted main break. Highlighted by wonderfully textured bell tones and an escalating emotional theme the interlude peaks with the warm rush of beats and bass that carries the track into a poignant third act. The EPs third, final and also title selection 'Syntax' is next and offers some of One Million Toys most creative ideas to date. Once again the Israeli producer's design proves to be not only quite stimulating but also incredibly groovy. The tempo and energy are markedly up here as a series of esoteric vocal hooks and trippy narratives create an otherworldly vibe over the first act. As the track strips down towards the main break a light textural haze is already building mystery and intrigue, which the shimmering, twisted and oddly emotional conclusion is all the better for. A fabulous collection of music from one of the most creative producers out there and a great release for Suffused Music who continues to impress with its ever expanding music policy.

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