Review: Don't worry if you weren't able to get to hear veteran DJ and Bedrock co-founder John Digweed's recent set at Treehouse in Miami's South Beach, because its all here for you to enjoy. There are a whopping 41 tracks included, spread over three mixes and also provided in their individual form including such gems as Agoria's moody synth-drenched reworking of Damian Lazarus' "Vermillion", the fuzzy Fairlight fancy of Solaris Heights's "Nightfall" and Digitaria's Art Of Noise-style electro jam "Little Boy".
Review: Guy J's progressive house roots shine through on this first contribution to the Balance series. It's not just the sound - occasionally downtempo, always atmospheric and sometimes deliciously dreamy - but also his choice of tunes; each of the 13 tracks has been reconstructed or re-edited by the experienced Israeli producer. While this would be seen as self-indulgence in others, it gives the mix a coherence and fluidity that's never less than attractive. Wisely, he mixes it up throughout, flitting between dreamy deepness (Juan Deminicis), trippy dancefloor intensity (his edit of Radio Slave's version of APM 001's "Migrants"), picturesque goodness (Nevar's "Phases of Grief") and darting, melodic techno (Echomen).
Review: Tel Aviv-based duo Guy Mantzur and Khen deliver a hard hitting masterclass in pure progressive house vibes. These lifelong friends have both had successful individual releases on John Digweed's legendary Bedrock label - so this was a logical progression really. Features the slinky and hypnotic freefall of "Where Is Home" that's sure to elevate the dancefloor to a higher state of consciousness. Going down a slightly moodier route is the atmospheric minimal tech house epic "Golden Cage" with its mental arpeggios and clipped drum patterns sure to enhance any state of tunnel vision rather effectively on this magical slow burner.
Khen - "One Day Of Independence" (continuous mix) - (1:16:05) 122 BPM
Review: Israeli rising star, the Guy Mantzur mentored Khen is back and presents his long awaited debut album Day Of Independence, which sees this young artist in the global progressive house scene as a force to be reckoned with. The album is a cohesive effort, covering a wide variety of moods and grooves and skillful variations of his dreamy and hypnotic sound. There's last month's breakthrough single "Children With No Name" starting out the album in style, the very Life & Death sounding journey "Alumot" and there's also the adrenalised tech house of "Epidemic". Honorbale mentions also to the deep and immersive tribalism of "Anyway Now" and the Bronzed re-edit of "Anise", which does for some afterhours style minimal house flavour.
Review: Lost & Found is the sublabel of John Digweed's Bedrock Recordings; but you already knew that, so Guy Mantzur and Sahar Z need no introduction. Stalwarts of the label, the Tel Aviv based producers return with more finely tuned progressive house for sublime peak time moments yet again. Only this time they're given the suitable remix treatment, but dont worry; these recruits are equally in harmony with their sound. Take the Agents Of Time remix of "Small Heart Attack" which totally nails that in vogue prog sound so perfectly. Fellow countryman Guy J steps up to remix it too and delivers the goods as always with another sleek and slinky dancefloor detonator. Let's not forget Robert Babicz remix of "Our Foggy Trips", the veteran delivers a truly immaculate rework.
Review: Hamburg's Diynamic are back with some pretty fierce tracks on Four To The Floor 06, quite a departure from the label's usual deep house sound. Pig&Dan's "Growler" is a storming peak time techno weapon with a furious beat, slamming synth stabs and a big drop: all you need really. Israeli progressive house hero Guy Mantzur appears too with "Trees Of Eden" which goes more for the Life & Death style moody and melodic journey track style. Brazil's ANNA serves up a driving, tunnelling and restrained groove on cruise control with "Odd Concept" while Jonas Rathsman serves up one of the most epic arpeggiations of the year on his monster "Cobalt".