19 March 2006

Costa Neo Zoolander

Ricky 'Can Costa' Ryan is without doubt one of the shining progressive house stars to come out of Argentina this year. Another great release with VapouRise.

The original mix is strong, clear and damn funky. The production booming and shining. Fantastic track!
The B-side belongs to Shafunkers that give Can Costa the deep and melodic progressive treatment. Maybe even better than the original.

This 12' leaves you begging for more.

DJ Elias Tzikas Downloads Deep Records

Deep Records presents Elias Tzikas2010 Update: Since we wrote this post a long time ago in 2006, Elias Tzikas has had a stellar DJ career, releasing a number of tracks on Epsilon Trax, Elevation Recordings, Shayan Music as well as legendary Platipus. His tracks went on to be played by John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Satoshi Tomiie, Kosmas Epsilon, Jimmy Van M, Chris Fortier, Trentemoller, Martinez, Matthew Dekay plus many more.

2006 Post:

Deep Records presents She's Scared EP from Elias Tzikas, a progressive trance artist from Thessaloniki, Greece.

The EP features three tracks with a minimalist but melodic approach that dominates the Greek progressive scene. The title track She's Scared stands out with its melodic textures and soft beat. Saved has a solid bass with the percussion and trance sounds melting on top. Early Grave (strange choice of title) is a chunky retro affair. The deep drive and dreamy melody dress this slow atmospheric builder.

Job well done, Elias. Looking forward to the next one!

08 March 2006

Igneous Skips the Insect

"Igneous" Chris has released music on most major record labels and travelled the globe. With this album he celebrates 10 years in music production with his best personal work to date, titled 'Skip Insect'. After the debut 'Encephalophagus' followed by 'Skint' this third album is taking his sound to further depths of a heavily rhythmic and esoteric trip.

The magic of Igneous (previously known as Igneous Sauria) is revealed in the repetitive percussive textures, the deeply atmospheric sounds and a tribal struggle with the forces of progressive psychedelia.
Be prepared to be surprised. The more you listen to this album, the more you realize that there is more to this unique blend of psychedelic music.

The sounds are eclectic and the beats commanding. The production quality evolves from crystal clear into booming with deep dark basslines surrounding your ears, placing Igneous in the avant-garde of trance producers.
There is always a fine line between deep and dark and this new album never crosses it. The sound is thoughtful, skeptical and some times even philosophical. An intellectual rhythm pattern that keeps you dancing.

Skip Insect opens with a retro feel and reminds of the earlier Igneous Sauria. Stripped down with a jungle feel marks the turn to a more persistent and powerful progressive beat.

Amphibian gets things going with its imposing atmosphere and dramatic build up. This is a new sound for the night time and it kicks butt.

Dr Evil is another steady slow build up. The percussion is smashing the bass heavy core and the sounds keep adding to infinity.

Just get out is a more outgoing affair and here things get really deep with the fat bassline dominating.

Multispin is another classic Igneous work of art. The spiral is never ending. Sounds rotate around a solid bass in a twisting and twirling deep meditation mode.

Tb1 is a deeper journey and here Chris reaches his most esoteric side. There is something so honest about this track. In the deep dark tribal moments we don't feel alone, the sound is our friend.

Stay with Us (Fool mix) seduces the listener into an addictive sound structure. There are no limits here, voices from the deepest corners of the brain with no beginnings and no ends.

Stacked heads towards a morning progressive feel taking the listener away from the night in minimal style.

Baking Powder is perhaps the weakest link here and although a great chill out finish, such a track does not fit well with the highly innovative and fresh kicking sound in the rest of this record.

If you think that this is just another prog trance record then think again, or better listen again.
This new album by trance pioneer Chris Tatitzikidis aka Igneous is one of those releases that you cannot ignore.