Music Review

Hollen – Cyclop EP

By 12th September 2017 No Comments

Artist – Hollen– Title – Cyclop Ep
Label – Prospect Records – Release Date – Beatport Exclusive – Cat – PRS078

Hollen returns with a curtain raising Ep on his own Prospect Label.
Prospect Records are really pushing the envelope with their consistency and quality of late. The labels recent focus as been dedicated more towards introducing emerging artists that have not only been quite exciting, but have really delivered the quality in the process.

Releases from such as Dhes, Gaston Zani, Shaun Moses & Mark Greene have really set a tone and helped define the labels latest sound. These productions are full of Techno enthused rhythms, mood driven melodic and real clubbing architectures. Many have struck a chord with the who’s’ who of DJ play lists and I encourage you to go have a listen for yourself if your not familiar.

On this release Hollen is the featured artist and with an EP that really compounds what the label as been doing, and then few notches more. Hollen as an artist needs little introduction these days with his ever-growing presence both as a DJ and producer. He consistently delivers his own signature sound and is playing some of the most energetic DJ sets that can to be heard in clubland.
Getting in the tracks we start with the original title track Cyclop. This kicks purposefully into action from the outset and as a great stommpy feel to it. It provides great anticipation for what’s coming next with deep punched bass notes and rhythmic elements.

Whilst building in perfect groove fashion fatter drums are introduced and filter vocals rises that build the atmosphere. It keeps the groove its main focus as it continues to grow with a sound that sounds huge over big systems. It’s dynamic when it breaks and comes back for more.

Next we have a remix from no other than Metodi Hristov. Metodi like Hollen is very much hot property right now. He’s recent work such as Dots EP on Terminal M was outstanding and he continues perfectly here.

This mix has a bit more of a Tech House feel to it with chunky rhythms and subtle funk. There’s a great darker resonating bassline introduced whilst surrounded by reverberated percussion.

It continues to groove with varying Metodi style Tech stabs and Hits that all morph together to compound a bit more intensity.

The third on the release is another remix from The Reactivitz who many will know from their tracks / remixes on labels such as Loose Records.

This remix instantly sounds harder edged with a Drumcode esque feel about it. It’s darker with distortion in the drums that filter in / out, a bassline that’s quite rumbly and it hypnotically draws you in whilst listening.

Like the others there’s a few dynamic breaks and builds back to the groove with that energy designed to really work well in a club environment.

Synopsis, a great groove driven Ep with fantastic remixes that are both gems for DJs as well as big for the floors. It’s another winner for Hollen & Prospect Records.

Blue Amazon Rated 9/10 – read Hollen interview HERE