Inspired by the wild world of competitive pen spinning, Vancouver producer Big Zen unleashes his breakout EP "Key3", the second release on Planet Euphorique. Named after a prolific spinner who introduced a rare move the 'tipped sonic', the record brings 360° four-to-the-floor revolutionary realness. With shimmering, elated melodic highs sending you into a lucid trance, the chunky bumping basslines demand your feet back to the dance floor. Four big tracks for the ravers and pen spinners alike, "Key3" is the gateway to cloud 9.
"Big Trance" is a big roomer, proggy and tipping its hat to the epic sets of Sasha and Digweed, it maintains a fresh approach through new drum and synth presets yet keeps that hedonistic, mid-90s flavour proudly intact. "Weo" keeps us in that era but escapes the warehouses, free parties and aircraft hangers for a blissful, Chicago-meets-Red Planet-esqursion complete with twinkling space keys, spoken word vox and heart wrenching chords; Proper! "Tip Sonic" keeps Chicago in mind with skitty snare patterns drizzled over volumous pad swells and squealing whistles as the EP delivers its third sure fire dancefloor smasher. If you're struggling to keep up, "Buddon" offers no sympathy, instead locking us into a tribal groove supplemented with this mystic Eastern vocal line leaving a huge twist in the tale before the track's finale.. Seriously, probably one of the strongest records we've had in all Summer this - Do not sleep!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Big big big opener from Big Zen on this imperitively cool label. Big on the hype machine but rightly so, four tracks of hot 2 trot dancefloor mayhem that most camps'll lap up.