John Johnson’s ICONYC returns this week with a brand new single from Traveltech.
The Hungarian last appeared on the US imprint in March of this year with his ‘Engine General’ EP. The techno-inspired release was unique in many ways and earned support from Nick Warren, Hernan Cattaneo, Guy J, Sasha, Cid Inc. and several other top talents. Traveltech now makes his much anticipated return to ICONYC with ‘Invasion’ alongside remixes from Ziger and Ri Za.
Much like his ‘Engine General’ EP, Traveltech explores the tech-prog realm here and with great success I might add. A clap heavy framework is rooted with a thick rolling foundation as vocal elements fire through the atmosphere. Metallic chords bring depth to the main break, along with a unique emotion, before the drop summons the fluid rhythms back for a wicked finale. More unique and inspired music from Traveltech.
The first remix finds one of this year’s top progressive producer’s Ziger making his label debut. The Greek artist rose to prominence in 2015 with a huge EP for Guy Mantzur’s Plattenbank Records and has since appeared on Movement Recordings and PHW Elements. it’s been a near six month stretch between new productions for Ziger so his remix here is much anticipated and he delivers in fine style. The pure progressive sound that many have come to love from the Greek artist remains intact with a chunky yet driving groove and ominous atmospheres which bring a buzzing tension. The vocal elements add a cross-cultural flair, carrying nicely into the break before melodies intertwine and a rush of white noise delivers a massive moment. Huge remix from Ziger.
The release concludes with Ri Za returning to the label for his third appearance following his ‘Half Way’ EP from April of last year. The Slovakian artist has been on a strong run ever since with appearances on Asymmetric Recordings, MNL and SexonWax. Always coming with a fresh approach Ri Za takes us deep into the realms of bass pornography with heavy analog grooves, well complemented with ethereal atmospheres and shuffled rhythms. It’s rugged feel is definitely what wins me over and the spacey effects, particularly during the break are quite lovely. Awesome remix from Ri Za and another great offering from John Johnson’s ICONYC. Don’t miss it.