Monday, July 20, 2015

Reflection Soul pres. Dofamine - Lost Time EP incl. Alex Vidal, Phonic Scoupe, Tuxedo [SMD101]

The 101st release on Suffused Music welcomes Reflection Soul to the label for a brand new single. Robert aka Reflection Soul hails from Russia and first hit the scene with releases on Balkan Connection and Stripped Digital in 2011. Subsequent releases on Bonzai Records and Perfecto furthered Robert's unique sound and we now see him presenting a new alias. 'Dofamine' represents a new beginning for Robert and his debut single 'Lost Time' gets the moniker off to a great start.

The original mix gets underway with a tough techy framework and an underbelly of growling bass. Smooth chord changes then build anticipation for the introduction of a jangly guitar. Distorted lines and gleaming bells slowly encompass the groove and carry the track on an emotional ride to the break. The serene interlude builds on the guitar motifs with a sequence of pianos and harmonic refrain. It's a blissful moment and perhaps the most poignant of Reflection Soul's career. The euphoric build is subtle but calculated and the eventual payoff is sure to stick with your dance floor long after the night is over.

The first interpretation of 'Lost Time' is provided by Alex Vidal who is making his second appearance on Suffused Music. The Spanish producer has been very busy this year with a long string of remix productions for Balkan Connection, Bonzai Records, Mistique Music and OLD SQL Recordings. He’s got a unique blend of progressive and trance which has lent itself quite well to the ‘Lost Time’ theme. With a more uptempo groove and driving rhythms Alex's version provides a jolt of energy. It's trailing effects and hooky synths make for a dynamic groove and the main break showcases the lead elements beautifully for a magical moment.

The second interpretation of 'Lost Time' is provided by Phonic Scoupe who are making their first appearance on Suffused Music. The Lithuanian production team were one of the most hyped groups in the underground all through 2014. In addition to being chosen as one of the winners of the Sound Avenue / Han Haak remix contest the production trio had a strong run of releases on Stripped Recordings, Soundteller Records and Fade Records. For their 'Lost Time' interpretation Phonic Scoupe have added their own unique brand of sonic funk. Bulging bass stabs carve out a killer groove which methodically builds though subtle modulation. The main theme from the original is portrayed in classic fashion with a grandiose moment during the main break. As the soulful plucks give way to the piano a classic drum roll begins which sets in motion a joyous climax that sits as one of Phonic Scoupe's all time best.

The third and final interpretation of 'Lost Time' is provided by Tuxedo who is also making his first appearance on Suffused Music. The Polish producer and head of Electronic Tree has been having the best year of career, his original productions for 238*West and Pro-B-Tech have been outstanding along with remixes for Particles, Stripped Digital and Soundteller Records. For his Suffused Music debut Tuxedo has closed the release out in style with a brilliant interpretation of 'Lost Time'. In going with a deeper, dubbier and more mysterious take the Polish producer has complemented the previous, more traditional remixes quite well. From its acidic groove, timeless tones and techno soul it ends the release with a smooth rush of emotion that leaves you wanting more. Brilliant work from Tuxedo and another great release from Suffused Music. Don't miss it.

Reflection Soul pres. Dofamine - Lost Time (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Reflection Soul pres. Dofamine - Lost Time (Alex Vidal Remix) [Suffused Music]
Reflection Soul pres. Dofamine - Lost Time (Phonic Scoupe Remix) [Suffused Music]
Reflection Soul pres. Dofamine - Lost Time (Tuxedo Remix) [Suffused Music]

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

One Hundred [SMD100]

Suffused Music began its journey in March of 2013. Launched with the release of LoQuai's 'Proteus' EP the Lithuanian imprint immediately made its mark in the electronic music underground. The next two years saw the label invite over 100 artists to take part in its global progressive movement. In addition to showcasing fresh talent Suffused also featured music from scene veterans East Cafe, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Progress Inn and Rick Pier O'Neil.

Digital labels come and go on a daily basis and Suffused Music has stood the tough test of its early years. The Lithuanian imprint now embarks on a momentous occasion, it's 100th release. Looking back over its expansive catalog there are a wealth of musical gems which have touched the hearts of electronic music lovers. To celebrate this noteworthy occasion the label has called upon an extraordinary list of artists to revamp 10 special selections from their discography. Exoplanet, Ewan Rill, Magnetic Brothers, Simos Tagias, Vlada D'Shake, Rick Pier O'Neil, Dustin Nantais, Matteo Monero, LoQuai and Springa have delivered some of their career best work and have collectively made Suffused Music's 100th release one to remember.

Duke Maj - Casting Circle (Exoplanet Remix) [Suffused Music]
Subconscious Tales - Become Aware (Ewan Rill Remix) [Suffused Music]
Robert R. Hardy - Tuned in the Spring (Magnetic Brothers Remix) [Suffused Music]
Ewan Rill & Anton Ttx - Reason to Live (Simos Tagias Remix) [Suffused Music]
Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic - Frostbite (Vlada D'Shake Remix) [Suffused Music]
Matteo Monero - Beyond the Inner Journey (Rick Pier O'Neil Remix) [Suffused Music]
Advent's Rising - Unexpected Conditions (Dustin Nantais Remix) [Suffused Music]
Andrees & Yakoff - Suspense (Matteo Monero Remix) [Suffused Music]
Subconscious Tales - Humble (LoQuai Remix) [Suffused Music]
Andrew Philippov - No Way to Escape (Springa Remix) [Suffused Music]

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Oovation - Nimbus EP incl. Futur-e, Integral Bread, One Million Toys [SMD099]


Fully immersed in both French and German culture, Peter Bonaventura, has discovered a rich seam of music success under his Oovation production name. Making his debut on Suffused Music, “Nimbus” follows up a stream of impressive releases on such imprints as Univack, Inlab and Clubstream Green. With a penchant for “melodic soundscapes” and four-to-the-floor club fillers, the Oovation sound has already seen support from such quarters as Tocadisco, Hernan Cattaneo and John 00 Fleming.

A work of rich percussive textures and subtle shifts in emphasis via pitched vocal cuts reminiscent of “Little Fluffy Clouds”, a smooth filtered arpeggio provides a tension filled bed for a huge, rasping bass line to fill the lower frequency spectrum with emotion and atmosphere. The result is a deep and rich offering sure to enthral club goers.

From Elefsina, north west of Athens, Stavros Karavasilis has been writing music under his Futur-E alter ego since a debut for Substudio in 2010. Through his music Futur-E has developed a sound that is as compelling as the magnetic fields that surround his hometown. A man with a long held passion for music, performances at local clubs laid the foundation for later production success on Inlab, ADRO and Plusquam. Taking “Nimbus” on a textured voyage of discovery through intricate spot effects, pounding beat and techno infused sounds, a vibrating bass line provides the basis for a hypnotic riff to shape, delicately supplemented by arpeggio sequence and clever use of Oovation’s vocal cuts. The resultant effect is an impressive rework.

A man with a long history of success in the music industry through collaborative work, Nacho Vargas has found similar success in the solo sphere using his Integral Bread name. A range of styles and influences formed his musical foundations, ranging “from techno, to trance and progressive”. Following invitations to appear on Spanish National Radio and live appearances including the mighty “Klubbers Madrid”, Integral Bread honed his production sound and founded the Univack imprint. Working with such labels as Lowbit and FutureForm, the Integral Bread remix of “Nimbus” is a chunky, rhythmic affair that offers a dark collage of textured effects, stuttered vocal cuts and hypnotic beat. Wrapping itself perfectly round warm bass that evolves, simple melodic elements combine to maximum effect.

Delivering his unique brand of “progressive techno” sounds from the hotbed of talent that is modern Israel; Sagy Amir has been a well-respected name with his One Million Toys pseudonym. A regular on Freegrant Music with his brand of pulsating melodic gems, a childhood spent learning the French horn and guitar has stood him in good stead for a career using modern electronic production techniques. A body of work for Mistique Music, Tulipa and a recent remix of Ben Coda’s Nanoplex project for Movement have seen One Million Toys hit impressive heights. His use of original elements from Oovation’s original, combined with a bevy of additional production material, has made “Nimbus” glitter with a shimmering dark energy that evolves to a rousing crescendo – certain to fill clubs across his home country and beyond.

An original from Oovation and a trio of stratospheric remixes sees “Nimbus” flying sky high.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Joy Marquez, Chriss Lerman, Abdel Karim - The Teacher EP [SMD098]

The 98th release on Suffused Music welcomes Joy Marquez, Chriss Lerman and Abdel Karim for their debut EP. The Mexican trio have been frequent studio partners in recent months with originals and remixes recorded for Joy's 76 Records imprint. The trio's tech house inspired productions have been making waves on underground dance floors since last December and their debut for Suffused Music looks to be their strongest work to date.

The EP gets underway with 'Can You Hear Me' which finds the trio crafting a unique techno construction. Beginning with tough minded beats the track goes on a journey of quirky designs and unconventional patterns. Processed vocals make for a cool sequence of hooks while a vibrant complement of drums keeps the groove quite lively. As the piece strips down the vocal storyboard continues with warped mods taking you further into a tripped out vortex, which ultimately sets up a killer third act and rousing conclusion.

The second selection 'Piece Of Mind' picks the tempo up nicely with a shuffling groove and more psychedelic designs. The trios vocal processing is in the spotlight once again along with warped lines and quirky stabs leading the charge. Grinding synths and ravenous sonic designs further obliterate the senses through a disturbing middle section while breakbeat patterns and drum fills deliver a massive finale.

The EP concludes with what might be its grooviest selection in 'Teacher'. Vocal thematics and a tough, chunky groove provide boundless energy while another impressive array of effects keeps your attention locked. A drum heavy middle section adds tension and a thrilling rush of electronics provides a wicked conclusion to the EP. Three strong tracks from Joy Marquez, Chriss Lerman and Abdel Karim which make for a superb debut on Suffused Music. Don't miss it.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Alejandro Manso - Memories of Space (Remixes EP) incl. Ryan Luciano, Soulfire, Hernan Serrao [SMD097]

The 97th release on Suffused Music finds the label revisiting Alejandro Manso's 'Memories of Space' with a brand new set of remixes. Originally released in March of this year the three track EP showcased the Mexican producer's fresh approach to progressive house and is still regarded as his career best work. Now we see Suffused Music injecting new life in the tracks with brand interpretations from Hernan Serrao, Ryan Luciano and Soulfire.

The first interpretation is provided by Hernan Serrao who puts his own hypnotic twist on 'XVII' which was the EPs final selection. The Buenos Aires based producer is making his debut on Suffused Music and is fresh off his 'To The Finals' single released courtesy of System Recordings in March of this year. Hernan's pulsating grooves are incredibly powerful and a chain of descending bass stabs provides some deadly hooks. A well constructed break provides additional drama before a stripped down portion of the groove cuts through the atmosphere and on to a great conclusion. 

The second interpretation is provided by Ryan Luciano who deconstructs 'Hd33564' into a musical techno gem. The UK producer and Light Digital boss has been on fine form this year with recent remixes for Stripped Digital and Detour Musique being just a few of the highlights. 'Hd33564' was the lead piece on Alejandro's EP and rightfully so as it's tough, hypnotic style was well in line with today's progressive techno movement. Ryan has added his own unique musical twists to the production all while keeping the heads down, hypno vibe which made the original so appealing. Subtle melodic hooks and a layer of sparkling electronics makes for an enchanting ride, and one which is certainly Ryan's most unique creation to date. 

The third and final interpretation is provided by Soulfire who is making his first appearance on Suffused Music. The UK born Australia based producer heads up the excellent Soulfire Downloads imprint and here reworks 'Omen' into a groovy tech house bomb. Backed by a shuffly foundation, spacious drums and a smooth rhythmic complement the late night sensibility is high on this one. A glimmering pad adds a timeless emotive quality and a band of fresh effects adequately assaults the senses. A top notch interpretation from Soulfire that's sure to please a variety of cross genre DJs out there. It rounds out an excellent remix EP from Suffused Music. Don't miss it. 

Alejandro Manso - Hd33564 (Ryan Luciano Remix) [Suffused Music]
Alejandro Manso - Omen (Soulfire Remix) [Suffused Music]
Alejandro Manso - XVII (Hernan Serrao Remix) [Suffused Music]

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Overloque - Trip EP [SMD096]

The 96th release on Suffused Music welcomes Overloque to the label for a brand new EP. The Russian artist began his production career in 2010 with a string of releases which saw an experimentation in styles. The dark depths of melodic techno were explored with releases on System Recordings and WeRecommendRecords being just some of the highlights. It left electronic music fans wanting to hear more but unfortunately 2012 was the last time we heard from the Russian producer. Suffused Music is now pleased to present the first Overloque material in almost three years. The Russian producer has been exploring his sonic palette and the result is the three track 'Trip' EP.

The release begins with the appropriately titled' 'Nightmare'. A brisk, pulsating foundation generates sizable momentum early and some unpredictable modulation brings a wonderfully warped sensibility. A short break develops a melancholic key change before the wobbly groove and effervescent electronics take centre stage once again. A tripped out second act of bubbly synths, well timed drops and fluid chord changes ups the energy a notch or two before a rousing finish of more introspective, granular designs assaults your senses. The second selection 'Shipwreck' features at similar design profile but with a much funkier and spacious foundation. Buzzing effects and tone bending hooks meld wonderfully with fanning percs and twisted lines. The end result is a sonic journey into melancholia which you won't soon forget. The EP's final selection and also its title cut 'Trip' closes the release out with a strong techno sensibility once again. Deliberate rhythms, burly melodic stabs and a wave of clattering percussion lead a mind bending first half. A stripped down second act builds dramatic tension perfectly, before a melodious conclusion of haunting pads and celestial motifs, finishes the EP off right. Three strong tracks from Overloque which are sure to have the underground talking about his long overdue return to the spotlight.

Overloque - Nightmare (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Overloque - Shipwreck (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Overloque - Trip (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]

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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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