Review: Guy Mantzur and Khen are undoubtedly two of Tel Aviv's most respected progressive house producers. They joined forces for a collaborative two track EP titled Where Is Home last year on John Digweed's legendary Bedrock label - which they've now decided to revisit via the remix route. The track in question receives an emotive rendition by Hamburg deep house hero Mathias Meyer; the Watergate resident harnessing the life-affirming energy of the original, yet taking the power of the groove onto the main room dancefloor. Next up rising Dutchman Kasper Koman (Anjunadeep/Mango Alley) gets onboard for the 4AM remix of "My Golden Cage" which draws the track into moodier territory with its foreboding bassline, clipped rhythms and murky atmosphere.
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.