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

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