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Darius Syrossian and friends

Metal

Andre Crom’s OFF imprint continues to fuel the underground with records hitting charts on the regular. The talent OFF has showcased in the past, represents their integrity as an imprint that solely relies on the best out there to make dance floors go ‘off’. Their newest release and 39th in the catalog, OFF signs a name that is notorious for jacking and hard-hitting house. Darius Syrossian has seen much success over the past years. With large support from Steve Lawler, Syrossian has enabled himself to greatly climb the recognition ladder as his distinct sound is played by DJs on the regular. For his Metal release, he invites the help of Hector Couto, Josh Butler and gets remixed by the legendary Jordan Peak.

Punching in with attitude and cascading snare rolls, Metal pushes off as Syrossian and Couto’s collaborative sounds come together as a hard hitting, groovy monster of a tune. Couto’s notorious bouncy production style pressed nicely against Syrossian’s usual display of terrific effects and wide sounds. Jordan Peak steps in to give Metal more of a four-to-the-floor feel with a revolving bassline and tasteful sample treatments through it all, Peak’s work can translate into an early set or even a late night rampage. For the third chapter in Metal’s series, Darius pairs up with Josh Butler to bring spunkier house music with an impeccably automated melody. The track’s break dramatically creates a suspenseful moment only to be shattered by hopping drums and walking bass.

As host of the ViVa radio show every week and holding down the ViVa Warrior’s night in Ibiza after two successful years, Syrossian’s DJ talent is obvious to the masses. His productions mimic his style of mixing and what has inspired his work from day one. With releases on ViVa, 8bit and remixes for the likes of DJ Sneak, Darius’ production talents have not gone unnoticed. As 2012 was a major year for this underground voice, the next few years promise much more as jacking house makes its mark in Club Land once again; this time its an all out 909 rumble.