It's been 6 long months since the last Axe On Wax release dropped back in February and we've been anxiously waiting for the followup to come. The timing couldn't be better we think, as the hot sunny days and warm breezy night always bring people out on the prowl for fresh hot beats. For the label's 5th release, the AOW head honcho, good friend and WPW collaborator Fede LNG brought together 4 heavyweight producers for a solid raw deep house offering. The star of the show is the german deep house duo extraordinaire Monosoul, which we had the pleasure of discovering a few years ago with their splendid releases on Johannes Albert's Frank Music and also the delight of reviewing their Tieffrequent split-EP last year. Moritz and Niko also appeared on Smile For A While and even launched their own self-titled imprint back in 2013, a small home for their own personal productions. Joining up for some well deserved remix action on their latest EP are 2 other duo projects: Iron Curtis & Leaves aka SMPL and Chaos In The CBD. Sounds good, right? Let's check it out!
'Just A Break' opens up The Breaks EP with a very deep and moody piece where smooth airy pads glide across steady analog drum patterns, elastic synth stabs, wistful orchestral strings and an ominous Morpheus-like vocal adds a heavy cinematic feel to the track. The New Zealand brothers Ben and Lou aka Chaos In The CBD follow up next with their deeply hypnotic take on Monosoul's cinematic opener. They strip out most of the percussions elements, put an acid twist on the synth stabs and turn the airy pads into a solemn string ensemble. The vocal is nothing but a shadow of its former self, whispering silently from the darkness while fading behind techno-inspired claps and hats, glistening melodic drops and drone-like steely loops.
On the flipside 'New Years Day' greets us with a brighter old-skool club vibe courtesy of a classic Roland drum kit and glistening electric piano keys. As the name implies, the tracks takes it deep and slow with its trademark elastic bassline, high pitched dreamy strings, smooth lofty synth pads and an easy-going vocal to warm up the mood. We're especially fond of the creative use of flanger-gate on the strings towards the end. Very clever guys! Last, but not least, the third duo project on this release takes the wheel and drives Monosoul's original track to faster-paced dancefloor-friendly territories. Iron Curtis teams up with Leaves under their SMPL alias and give 'New Years Day' a rather progressive facelift. Increasing the BPM considerably and tightening the kick drums, they lay out the foundation on which a rolling bassline starts marching, swinging percussion elements start swindling and a whole team of swirling and twirling pads, filtered leads and cutoff strings unfold into a proper hands-in-the air climax breakdown. This one's going to win the crowd, instant ecstasy flashback!
As always, make sure to pre-order yourself a copy, support the artists you love and buy the physical release, you can't beat the feeling of wax in your hands :D