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.
Review: There's something deliciously infectious about "Who's The Douche", the lead cut from Darius Syrossian and Hector Couto's debut EP for Hot Creations. Rolling along on a booming, MK-ish groove, but boosted by cut-up vocals, it's like a 21st century take on hip-house that's near impossible to dislike. The prominent "funky bass" vocal sample gets recycled on the sub-bass propelled basement burner "We Both Loco". "Can You Feel It" is a more subdued affair, with more prominence given to deep, late night synths and wide-eyed builds. Closer "House is House" sits somewhere between all three tracks, delivering a mix of low-end wobble, shuffling grooves and wisely chosen vocal samples
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: 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: Oasis marks a welcome return to action for Darius Vaikas, who last pricked the collective consciousness with his 2015 Guilt EP on Best Kept Secret. He begins with "Brother", a crackly instrumental lullaby built around cascading music box melodies, rich keys and fuzzy aural textures, before stepping towards the dancefloor via the atmospheric deep house shuffle of "The Bells". Title track "Oasis" continues on a similar theme, with alternately chiming and tumbling melodies stretching out across a clicking, tech-tinged rhythm track. Throw in rising chords and synthesizer motifs, and you have a chunk of effortlessly lazy audio sunshine. Finally, he layers swirling textures and fluid electronics atop a stuff house groove on fine closer "Save Me".
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.
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: Liverpool institution Circus just recently served up another volume of Moments series which resulted in some killer tracks by resident David Glass among others. Now they look to the motherland entirely on the fourth volume of their Selector series, featuring some totally killer tech house selections. Resident Yousef gives us "Strange Girl"; this is tough and rolling funk energy that's got just the right of bounce and sleaze to work heaving crowds at his residency this Summer. Leeds legend Darius Syrossian appears too with the rough and grinding trance arpeggio of "My Favourite Riot". Finally Hot Creations mainstay Richy Ahmed appears also, with probably the most restrained track on offer with "Layer Cake"; a funky and jacking electro-house groove that's just wicked!
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.
Lost In The Moment (feat Wayne Snow) - (4:24) 58 BPM
Bright Side - (4:32) 71 BPM
Review: Terence N'Guyen, otherwise known as Darius around the downtempo circles, lands back on Paris' Roche Musique with his debut album, Utopia, which seems particularly adept at taking the listener into a strange and compelling world of sounds. Through a mixture of bass-heavy, r&b electronica (check "Echo" or "Carbon Dream"), glitchy, post-modern beats (see "So Far So Good"), and rhythmic ambient bliss (via "New Age"), Darius has created something nee and rich with life; we would dare to compare to it to peeps like James Blake, but we know how you all get when we're too suggestive. So, in short, this is a wonderfully paced and balanced electronic score with something particularly reflective of the new world we're now a part of. Wonderfull stuff.
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.