PROGRESSIVE

Ozgur Ozkan – Cranberry Effect (Soundteller Records)

It would be hard to argue against the fact that Deersky’s Soundteller Records has been one of 2013’s best underground progressive house labels. With a strong run of 14 releases and appearances by Cid Inc., Stas Drive, Mike Griego, Miraculum, Microlouge, Rodrigo Mateo, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, MUUI and a host of other cutting edge talent Deersky’s imprint never seems to miss with any of its releases. The label looks to finish the year off strong with a new single from Ozgur Ozkan. The Turkish producer has long been a favourite of progressive fans and he’s crafted a real beauty for Soundteller’s 17th overall release. ‘Cranberry Effect’ is Oscar’s newest studio production and it comes with remixes from Rikesto and Anthony Yarranton.

Oscar’s production scope is generally pretty broad and he’s one of the more creative producers around so you never know quite what to expect from him. ‘Cranberry Effect’ sees Oscar with a dark and brooding techno inspired piece. The grinding underbelly, stark electronics and melancholic tones create an incredible vibe during the first half. There is no question it’s gloomy and a bit challenging but there are some incredible elements here. The addition of a delicate vocal gate and a lightly textured melodic theme enhance the trippiness of the track and make for an even moodier and more introspective second half. Very cool stuff from Ozgur and one of his most unique works to date. The first remix is provided by Rikesto who is making his first appearance on Soundteller. The Colombian producer has enjoyed great success since being announced as one of the finalists in the Guy J / Bedrock remix contest. His remix on Praveen Achary’s Juicebox Music was a real standout this year and his more recent rework of Silvio Gutierrez ‘Empty Minds’ was also excellent. For his ‘Cranberry Effect’ remix Rikesto has kept the relatively stripped nature of the original but reworked the parts into something much more groove oriented. The chugging underbelly, well spaced and plentiful drums along with a dark hypnotic haze should me make this ideal dance floor material. Top work from Rikesto. The final remix on the release is provided by Anthony Yarranton who is also making his first appearance on Soundteller. Anthony’s sound has certainly gone much deeper this year but his remix here is a touch more on the techno tip. The first thing you notice is how much bounce or pop the track has; it’s a really well constructed groove that’s going to be dynamite on the floor. There isn’t anything about the track that jumps out and hits you square in the face and that’s because everything sits really well in the mix and it flows perfectly. A brief drop and subtle rebuild adds a bit of tension which is going to be ideal for setting up the next record and ultimately building a proper set. Good stuff from Anthony and a great release from Deersky’s Soundteller Records.

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