Destiny is Upon Us. Well, The EP Anyway.

If you got on about six months ago, it was hard to miss the annual remix comeptition which hosted with my label Addictive Vibe Records. The remix competition centered around my original progressive house track Destiny.

The track peaked at #1 on charts in the summer of 2014 – which was onviously exciting for me as it was the first time I’d had an original hit the #1 spot (I’d done it a few times with remixes). Out of the 17 total entries in the running one track stood out in the crowd with solid production value. Andy Line approached the competition with a light, summer dance beat, incorporating a few major elements from the original track.

After a few months of figuring things out with Andy (read: I forgot to send him the distribution agreement), and perfecting both mixes in the studio, we released a joint, two-track EP titled “Destiny” on Beatport, Amazon and iTunes and a bunch of other online shops.

Destiny was inspired in part by the progressive house sounds of 2009, my days of riding my Honda VFR750 in the Colorado Mountains, the movie Drive, and Birdy Nam Nam’s amazing tune and video – Defiant Order.

The idea was to create something flowing, with a steady build and a driving melody. I wanted to write something I could listen to on a highway drive in the rain.

The track has been positively received overall on iDJ and on Soundcloud, getting over 20,000 plays in a period of a couple of months with an aggregated review score of 8.5/10 on InternetDJ. Destiny is my first commercial release in over a year, while I worked on trying new production techniques in 2014 – I did release a bunch of free music on Soundcloud.

I’ve got a number of new electronic music releases in the works for this year – it will be an exciting one to be sure! Stay tuned and catch up with me on Soundcloud, Facebook or Twitter!

I am also planning on redesigning my website here again relatively soon, so please excuse the mess while I work on it. Stay cool.

Sonaris Music Review: Dance in Haze by Ebola Ape

Ebola Ape Dance In Haze (cover art by Bartosz Polak) Sonaris Music ReviewThis next review comes via the epic soundscape that is Ebola Ape’s Dance in Haze, out in all major shops on February 1st, 2014. Ebola Ape is an emerging Polish producer of “eery, nocturnal atmospheres”. He describes his work as “Music of the night. Reverbed emotions of solitude.” Original productions, using analog synths and original vocal samples.

This album is heavy, goes hard in the paint with some seriously deep, massive, gooey soundscapes. Almost immediately upon cranking my WinAmp up a notch, a heavy cloud of ambiance, trap beat, choral vocals and jungle animal sounds fills my head, in the form of the opening track, Lombok,  instantly relaxing me. What an opening. Boom! This is Dance in Haze.

Lighthood is as deep as they come on this album, with dark organ sounds accentuated by reverberated female vocals and a tightly wrapped trap beat. This is the music of 2014, stuff I haven’t heard before. There is some Enya-like influence in there – a mysterious vibe.

Honest is a hard-hitting spoken word/rap/trap style track with some slick and sick vocal fx, meticulously and accurately laid out. The vocals shine through the deep atmosphere and come across as clean and crisp as it gets. Back to Uluwatu is another, similar vocal rap track – truly a unique production.

Sigh is one of my favorite tracks on the album, because not only does it use all of the elements described before, but it also introduces a melancholy melody which shines a dim light on the overall heavy production. Irian is another, similar track that really stands out, melodically.

This album took me on a true aural journey, transcending and undermining so much of what is now mainstream electronic music. Whenever I hear someone say that electronic music is going downhill, I laugh – to myself – because I get to take these secret weapons of electronic music and unleash them on the world through my reviews. This album is a stand-alone in a crowd, deep and unforgiving, mocking the cookie cutter world of mainstream electronic music with it’s sheer primal, animal rawness.

Whatever you’re into, this slow-paced – worldly- album is one you at least want to hear once, but as for me – I’ll just be over here playing it again. This is music licensing gold, so don’t be surprised if you hear this in a film or show in the foreseeable future.

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Buncha Good Stuff and New Sonaris Music

The holidays have come and gone and I’ve stayed pretty busy. New releases out on BEATPORT including a release on label Nero Bianco Best of Chill Out 2013 alongside some big names like Passenger 10, Nora En Pure, Croatia Squad, Angelika Vee and Chris Reece // humblebrag.

I’ve also got two remixes out on Digital Empire Records, including a mix of Inspir’s Liberty Place and Tomas Balaz’ Stop & Stay // electro house. Just some feel good jams.

Looks like my music is available on Google Play now, which is pretty cool. Just search “Sonaris” on the Play Store.

Working on updating a few tracks for an upcoming Addictive Vibe Records compilation; namely remastering some strong tracks from the past and maybe writing an original or two. I should probably get on the horse and put out another EP before long — been focusing a lot on just experimenting with music and putting some free stuff out on SoundCloud.

Messing around with some French sounds, some nu disco, some electro and some deep. As usual, I’m all over the place. 2013 was a whirlwind year with 12 releases on Beatport and like 30 total tracks – I think this might be a record. Hoping to keep the pace up in 2014, setting my New Year’s resolution to license another track in a feature film and one in a video game (a dream I’ve yet to achieve). Working on a pack of new, high quality samples for licensing. Will probably put these up on the site again for non-commercial use. All good things. Stay tuned!

Sonaris Music Review: Crutches by Hunter

Scott HuntScott Hunt aka Hunter is an American composer, songwriter, singer and producer – releasing albums for almost two decades. Recently, a friend of Scott’s reached out to me, asking me to check out what he felt was an overlooked album, which should be heard. After listening to Crutches, I have to concur.

While Crutches is not an album which I would personally categorize as electronic dance music, per se, it does feature some elements of dance music (namely disco), and does contain some electronica components (lots of analog synths). Whether it is or isn’t EDM isn’t really what’s at stake here. What it is is a brilliantly produced retro-sounding indie, music-nerd-style treat.

The album starts off slow with Never Believe, a filtered intro with some psychedelic backing choral vocals, definitely feeling some strong 60’s/70’s influence here with the bouncy bassline and flanged vocals, the Beatles style panning.

The album is arranged in a nicely flowing way, with one track seemingly more interesting than the last.

The highlights of the album, to me, are:

the vocals – the vocals shine on this album, and add at least half of the album’s appeal, it just wouldn’t be the same without them

the panning – Scott’s attention to details is very evident by the meticulous and deliberate placement of each little element in its own place on the track

the beats – loved the drum sequences on this album, the timely fills, builds and breaks, the crisp sound of the percussion

the basslines – each track has a unique feel, while keeping to the same theme, driven in large part by the bouncy basslines

All of the tracks on the album are honestly outstanding in their own way, so it’s hard to pick favorites, but if pressed, I’d have to say that No More Rider and Three Finger Hands were my top picks.

I can appreciate the effort and love that went into producing this album. I would say it’s easily on par with many indie albums on regular radio rotation. The sound is professional, and it begs to be heard.

I could see some interesting remixes coming out of this, if Scott were to release a remix pack for some of the tracks.

At $7, this album is a bargain for anyone who is interested in hearing some original, creative, “good” music. You can grab a copy here on Scott’s Bandcamp.

New From Sonaris Music // Sonaris – Sputnik 2013

After three, some would say, long years I finally got around to remastering one of my more popular first progressive house tracks – perhaps the one that started it all, in terms of my overall direction in progressive house. The original track is part of my Arreliari album. By today’s standards the mix is a bit sophomoric, but I felt this track deserves to breathe again, so I have remastered it and am releasing it for free – so if you already purchased a copy, you may now have the remastered one in your collection at no extra charge. I hope you enjoy this deep, spacy progressive house track!

Sonaris – Sputnik 2013 [LIMITED FREE DOWNLOAD]