DJ Pena’s Flow Vinyl returns this week for a brand new EP from Oniris alongside remixes from Secret Cinema and Steve Ward.
The Portuguese imprints last offering ‘Mocca Sunset’ from Mike Griego and Stas Drive went down as one of the year’s best progressive EPs. Flow Vinyl’s latest sees Oniris making his label debut which promises to be one of this year’s best techno releases.
Oniris hails from the south of France and first shot into the electronic music spotlight in 2013 with a release on John Digweed’s Bedrock Records. This trio of tracks written in 2011 initially caught the attention of Laurent Garnier who featured them on his hugely popular ‘It Is What Is It’ radio show. At the time the tracks were slated for release on a new imprint by Garnier and Agoria but unfortunately the project was cancelled. Thankfully the tracks ended up with a very good home on John Digweed’s Bedrock Records in 2013. More recently Oniris has appeared on Stephan Bodzin’s Herzblut Recordings and Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music. His new EP for Flow Vinyl looks to be one of his biggest offerings this year and it’s led by the hugely infectious ‘Mystic Sunset’. The Detroit sound has always been a huge influence on Oniris’ productions and a lot of those much loved timeless hallmarks are prevalent here. It’s punchy drive, rhythmic groove and cinematic overlay are all bound together with a meticulous production sheen. But it’s the classically styled breakdown which ups the intensity with just the right amount of restraint that really pushes it into the brilliant category for me. It’s epic, classy and cool all at once. Not an easy thing to do. Great stuff from Oniris which will certainly be a standout piece in his discography for years to come.
The lone remix of Mystic Sunset is provided by Secret Cinema who is making his debut appearance on Flow Vinyl. Jeroen Verheij aka Secret Cinema hails from The Netherlands and is also the owner and founder of GEM Records. I have been a big fan of Jeroen’s productions dating all the way back to the early nineties when beauties like ‘Timeless Altitude’ were first introduced to world. It’s been an amazing 20 years for Secret Cinema who has amassed an incredible discography. Productions on Cocoon and Tronic have been highlights along the way and there’s even a sneaky remix of DJ Tim & Misjah’s club anthem ‘Access’ from 2000. More recently Secret Cinema has just completed a remix (in conjunction with fellow GEM artist Egbert) for Guy J’s ‘Combo’ due out in December on Tulipa Records. For his ‘Mystic Sunset’ interpretation Secret Cinema has crafted what is one of his finest remix productions of the year. Driven by some irresistible lead rhythms and buoyant hooks the club appeal is endless here. The groove has immense bounce and the escalating synths are immensely stimulating. The swirling, stripped down second act is the highlight for me though; it’s a great transition filled with subtle tension and a massive payoff which seems tailor made for peak time play. Epic stuff from Secret Cinema. Love it.
The companion piece ‘Infected Groove’ complements the shimmering beauty of ‘Mystic Sunset’ quite nicely. Backed by another energy filled framework it’s the rough, textural lead stabs which make this track so unique. Carried by some twisted modulation along the way they provide a never ending journey of warped and funky rhythms.
The lone remix of ‘Infected Groove’ is provided by Steve Ward who is returning to Flow Vinyl for his second appearance. The Aussie producer last appeared on the label with a remix of Pena’s ‘The Beginning’ from February of 2012. Steve heads up the Chameleon Recordings imprint and also hosts his own radioshow on Kiss FM which remains one of the most popular shows in Australia. Steve’s most recent productions came courtesy of Tronic Music in the form of remixes for Christian Smith and Dosem. For his aptly coined ‘Filter’ interpretation of ‘Infected Groove’ Steve has transformed the bolder sounding original into a late night techno groover. Being a huge fan of dubby sounding rhythms I could listen to this endlessly for hours and likely not get bored. The super smooth vibe, shimmering electronics and subtle build which sets up the records third act are just some of the highlights which ultimately make this my favourite track on the release. Outstanding interpretation from Steve which rounds out a great offering from Flow Vinyl once again. Highly Recommended.