Review: The legend of nightlife in Leeds and The White Isle alike, Darius Syrossian is a force to be reckoned with these days. Now appearing on Mihalis Safras esteemed Material imprint, you know what to expect: rolling, funked up, peak time tech house for the main room by a guy who knows what works! Starting out with the adrenalised main room groove of the aptly titled "Mischief Brew" (wAFF Big Room Mix), by a fellow Leeds upstart: this one's properly fierce! The gutsy peak time techno stomp of "Tyrannosaurus Sex" is more functional and straight ahead for fans of Material's usual flair and will appeal to fans of labels of funky techno like Truesoul or Saved.
Review: Mancunian legend and former Sankeys resident Darius Syrossian has been in the game for 20 years, so you can trust the DJ on this one. He appears on close associate DJ Sneak's I'm A House Gangster imprint and stays true to its meaning on these three tough and proper house jams. The stomping groove of "Dombak" comes at you complete with steel drums and a triangle that rings out like a siren over a rough, swing fuelled beat. "Body Talk" is classic mid noughties minimal with its reductionist groove, but still packs enough punch with its rolling bass and shuffling rhythm. Finally "Zaptrak" is a furious, peak time tech house killer that focuses most of the energy on a kick-ass rhythm with tough stabs plus diva vocals; but just wait for that early 90's rave breakdown!
Review: Having spent 14 years building up his reputation via releases on an impressive list of underground house and techno labels, Leeds lad Darius Syrossian has earned his shot at the big time. That chance comes via the mighty Hot Creations crew, who has decided to make this two tracker their first vinyl release of 2018. The real killer is A-side "Moxy", a bustling beast built around the kind of booming sub-bass pulses that were once a big feature of house and techno tracks created in the producer's home city. Combine these with Syrossian's rolling beats, foreboding stabs and a breakdown full of sharp beat edits and weird noises, and you have a proper peak-time beast on your hands.
Review: Already road-tested at his Ibiza residency during the summer, Syrossian says that "Danzer" was made in response to his frustration at modern house and techno. Certainly, its stream of consciousness vocal sample, shimmering chords and massive, filtered disco riff will endear it to any one who has grown sick of by the numbers gloomy techno. On the 'Techno Tool' take, the chords are deeper and more intense, while the bass booms powerfully. The other interpretation, offered by Adesse Versions, is markedly different. It see him lower the tempo, add in steely drums and drop a wiry acid line that niggles and nags like a Mediterranean matriarch.
Review: Nick Curly and Gorge's 8 bit imprint is still running strong out of Germany's proud city of industry: Mannheim. Following up a terrific release by progressive house elegant Danny Howells, it is over to current hero of the British tech-house sound Darius Syrossian. The Leeds based DJ follows up releases on top labels like Hot Creations, VIVa Music and Sankey's Music with the Fixation EP - featuring four house slammers, right in time for the Ibiza season. From the thunderous "Kapan", the funky main room energy of the title track and the tough rolling functionality of "Curzon" that is just perfect to lead-in to the peak time.
Made For Manchester (Alan Fitzpatrick remix) - (6:23) 126 BPM
Review: The latest release on Alan Fitzpatrick's label comes from Darius Syrossian, a DJ who is inextricably linked to Manchester thanks to his work at Sankey's. Fittingly, "Made For.." starts off with a tight, rhythm-heavy groove, but then breaks into a wide-eyed, vocal-tinged break down. It's exactly the kind of interplay that works with the big room crowds that Syrossian plays to. The label owner himself is tasked with the rework, and rises admirably to the occasion. Upping the tempo and toughening up the kicks, the larger than life producer's take centres on snappy percussion, the occasional use of the vocal sample from the original and a clanging, brutal bass.
Review: Tribal Sessions resident and all round hero on the Leeds scene Darius Syrossian returns after great recent releases for 8 bit, Material Series and of course Breakout Audio. This time it's for Riva Starr's Snatch! with three tough rolling cuts with the main room at peak time in mind. Starting off with the swing fuelled stomper that is "Fugazi Land" while "Moon Buggy" gets more techy on you and with a monster bassline: all after the big drop of course! Finally London's Brett Gould injects more funk and groove into the aforementioned "Fugazi Land" allowing for more dancefloor dynamic.
Review: On this newie for the Do Not Sleep label, former Sankeys resident Darius Syrossian has for an all-out anthem. However Hanns Trippy never veers into cheese thanks to it's galloping minimal beats, sharp, incessant hi-hats and funky bassline. Cuartero rocks up with a fiercely underground rework that's a real winner here. Nathan Baretoalos also delivers a footloose-and-fancy-free shuffle-house hoedown.
Review: Pumping out the bangers like Corona ain't no thing, Darius Syrossian returns to Hot Creations after making his debut back in 2018 with the Moxy EP. The lead track, defined by its crunchy warehouse boom and stuttering 909 percussion, sees a subtle bassline hold down a major groove while various vocal snippets and narratives of bravado fill in the gaps. "Boujee B" on the flip opts for an instrumental, tribal and tech house alternative, full of heavy offbeat percussion, keys, progressions and pumping club vibes.