Melbourne's finest brings progressive house back with a BANG

As the 2015 dance music continues to shape and change, Zerothree continues to harbour exceptional talent in the more "classic" progressive house sound. One key player in this movement is Australia's very own Luke Chable. 

Coming from a strong progressive background and supported in the early 2000's as one of the leaders of true progressive sound, Luke brings a string of exceptional creations to the table. "Ride" is perhaps one of our favourite tracks; plucks galore, melodies galore.. Just a real feel good production. Supported by the likes of Sasha, Pete Tong & Nick Warren it is one that all progressive bods should be aware of. 

Staying true to his progressive roots, Luke continued to release tracks supported by the greats, remixing for the greats and creating a legacy that to this day is very much as strong as it ever was. 

2015 hits and its time for Luke to make a return to the progressive market. Grum, Capa, Fehrplay bringing the sounds of progressive house back to the forefront of the EDM market. Teaming up with Zerothree on his first "debut" EP, Luke hit home with "Comet" "Echo" and "Voyager", gaining the support of fans, DJ's, producers and Radio stations alike. Its safe to say real talent never dies, and its certainly true in this case. 

Fast forward to September 2015 and the release of the much awaited "Mr Gravity" with the exceptional vocals of Johnny Dharma..... The return of Luke Chable is very much in full force. 

Support the release on Beatport >> http://bit.ly/MrGravityZ3

Written by Jamie Kemp 



JAMIE STEVENS - THE HEALING EP (INCL. GUY J RMX): “DREAMY PACKAGE EQUALS SUMMER VIBES“

Where ever you may be in the world, the chances are you might be in a summery mood! Boy, do we have a great little gem for you to make sure to check out! Canadian household imprint microCastle dropped its 40th release last week with “The Healing”, a 4-track EP by Australian wizard Jamie Stevens. 

Pick of the bunch for us is the Guy J remix of “My Tears Don’t Help Me”. If someone decides to make a list of ‘greatest remixers’, the Israeli should definitely feature somewhere high up in the ranking. Filled with Mediterranean rhythmic elements and a rolling bass line, the track weaves and flows, continuously reaping the rewards of the great melodic elements that float around the spectrum, with a clever little vocal phrase that cuts right through the mix. What really makes this remix is the inspiring switch-up in the bass towards the end of the track; it really lets the melodic atmosphere shine and gives the whole remix that dreamy feel, so characteristic of Guy J’s work. 

The rest of the package is equally superb. The original “My Tears Don’t Help Me” makes you literally smell the beach with its balearic percussion and pulsating synth plucks. “Scintilla” is a more hard-hitting piece of techno, complete with snappy percussion and drone-styled saw stabs. Last, but by all means not least, the EP gets a FANTASTIC downtempo electronica piece titled “Healing Crimson”. Starting quietly with FX elements and fantastic wide analog-sounding pads, it builds up to an emotional 80's-sounding blend of decaying plucks and arpeggiated chord progressions. It is fantastic movie score material (hints of Vangelis anyone?), but we’re perfectly capable of imagining a story to these sounds ourselves. 

A stunning release, all in all. Get up and grab this package, you won’t regret it.

Written by Stijn Vermeulen - @stanvmusic

Starting DJ's & Producers - By Sem Thomasson

I'm gonna dedicate my first post on the new sparkling Zerothree blog to a widely discussed subject. I'd like to point out that starting deejays and aspiring producers are labeled as amateurs or 'people with no musical background' far too often and far too quickly. Industry people (including myself), if you are not talking to Zack Efron, think twice, drop the prejudices and give everybody a fair chance.

I was invited to be a judge on one of the largest deejay competitions in Belgium run by one of the biggest FM Radio stations in the country. On my way to the venue where the competition would be held I heard; "#StartToDj is looking for the next big thing!" on the radio. I remember I was thinking about quotes I could use judging the next 15-year old laptop deejay. And I wasn't looking forward to hear the same track being played by all the contestants over and over again at all. Thinking they would all wear snapbacks and long black t-shirts with a side split, not to forget the newest shining Nike Air sneakers (Which they obviously would need to jump on every 16 bars drop). 

Oh God, I was so so wrong! There is a lot of talent out there! To my surprise none of the next gen deejays played with a laptop, I found myself the only person wearing a snapback and the music being played was so diverse. The only track I heard twice that night was a production of Dr. Dré. Waow! 

The night turned out to be a trip through time with a mix of urban, funk, techno, progressive house, trap, classic house tunes and the finest pop tunes out there. When the contestants got the assignment to throw away their SD-Cards/USB-sticks and play a non prepared set with just a few random CDs (no sync-buttons involved and real skills and beatmatching is required), I was truly blown away! 

It is a fact that everybody nowadays wants to be a deejay or producer. The internet and recent technological innovations made it very easy to download, produce and play out music but on the other hand there's still such thing as talent. What I'm trying to say is that it's easy to have prejudices but sometimes you can be very wrong. In the end talent will always stand out. 

Written by Sem Thomasson - @SEMTHOMASSON

PRYDZ DELIVERS WITH "OPUS"

Over the past few years, Eric Prydz aka Pryda aka Cirez D has not let the EDM-craze influence his style in any way whatsoever; continuously focusing on doing his own thing has made him more popular than ever, with festivals aplenty putting him high up on the bill. This year marks the 10th anniversary of his label, Pryda Recordings, and the Swede is making sure that everyone is made aware of that.....

Hot on the heels of the success of “Liberate” in 2014, 2015 saw the releases of peak-time proggers “Tether” and “Generate” under his main Eric Prydz alias. The former is a rework of a song by Scottish electronic band CHVRCHES, and is a perfect example of the kind of festival closer that leaves you wanting more, way more (even after its finished). The latter can be described in the exact same way; a brilliant example of the finesse Prydz uses to turn simple rhythmic elements and out-of-this-world vocal hooks into big big tracks.

Earlier in July, the first of three PR(10)DA volumes under his Pryda moniker saw daylight. Fans have been craving for the release of ID’s dating back to 2004, and these EP’s are going to deliver just that. The first one contained four tracks, as will the other volumes. Volume 1 already managed to showcase the amazing diversity in production that the 39 year old has mastered. “Run” tore up the mainstage at Ultra in 2014 with the typical floating Pryda melodies and an incredibly gritty bassline making the lasers work overtime. “Rebel XX” could almost be mistaken for a classic acid techno banger with a driving groove that could turn every dancefloor into a pit of fire. Add to that the sweet melodic flavour called “Loving You” and the eclectic, almost 80s-throwback “Neuron”, and you end up with a release in which any electronic music fan can find something to like. We cannot wait for the release of Volume II on August 10. 

Cue the release of “Opus” at the end of July. No less than a true progressive stroke of genius, the track seems to tell a whole story in 9 minutes: trademark plucky synthlines and violins start off in gradually sweet, almost melancholic fashion, eventually erupting in a massive climax of pure euphoria, before coming back down to the way it started. It caught people by surprise during EDC Las Vegas when it premiered as the closing track of his set, prompting incredible hype in the weeks preceding the release. 

Is ‘“Opus” the best thing he’s created, as some boldly claim? Maybe, but with a full album coming out in October of this year and 2 more labels (Pryda Friends & Mouseville) likely cooking up even more good stuff, we’re pretty sure that the chances of being equally amazed again remain rather high.

So, get out there and support this inspiration, keeping the prog real! 

Written by Stijn Vermeulen twitter.com/stanvmusic


Lane 8 - Loving You Remixes "Classy is taken to a new level"

Anjunadeep's secret weapon Lane 8 provides us something EXTREMELY tasty in the form of the "Loving You" release..... The original is something to be admired, however this is a real focus on the spine tingling Solee Remix. 

Solee known for his melodic house & techno on the likes of Get Physical, Parquet and more, comes to the fold here with a progressive techno masterpiece. Time and time again remixes come and go with no relevance, but Solee proves his real worth on this release! 

A subtle use of the vocal from Lulu James proves enough to keep this track moving, swirling and evolving. It works so well; a smooth mix of deep progressive and lovely techno elements, pumping bass and amazing atmospheres. Its a builder, perfect for those underground club sets, intimate venues and a crowd that is there strictly for good music. If you like the original cut, make sure you dip into this mix as a matter of urgency. 

A big mention goes out to Kiwi for an equally fantastic mix. 

The release is out now - ttp://po.st/LovingYouRemixes 

Written by Jamie Kemp