Belfast lads Louis Irvine and Conor Doherty are the talented producers behind techno outfit Orenda. This recently formed duo have come up with something really special in the form of their Bonzai Basiks debut - Shade EP, that will translate well on the floors giving the crowd something to get down to. Belfast based Louis is no stranger to Bonzai having already released three quality cuts on our Progez imprint as well as a superb remix on Matt Holliday's Underworld over on Bonzai Progressive. He continues to relish in his passion for music and over the last couple of years he's rededicated himself to producing top notch sounds, with staggering results. He is always on the lookout to learn new techniques and thrives on his own challenges to get his sound to where he wants it. No doubt we'll be seeing more from Louis in the future in both solo and duo formats. Conor Doherty is a native of Belfast but now resides in Melbourne, Australia. He's been producing for around 10 years and in that time he has used various aliases and diced with different genres from minimal techno to more harder edged sounds. He has enjoyed gigs around Ireland, the UK and Australia and seen his music released on the likes of Modern Dance Records, Kontact Records and NB Records. A child of the 90's he was witnessing a burgeoning dance music scene and knew he had to be a part of it. His early producing days found him churning out melodic to more harder stuff but he always seemed to go back to what he really loved, dark and dirty full on techno. Towards the end of 2016 they started to chat together and Orenda was born. The distance between them doesn't seem to interfere, Conor does his thing while Louis sleeps and Louis picks up when Conor sleeps, and it works as you will soon find out. An exciting new project that we will definitely be seeing more of so stay tuned.
First up we have Shade which is instantly reminiscent of mid nineties techno commonly found in the deepest darkest sweatiest clubs. Pounding kick drums lead the charge here with a bright crispy hi hat on the offbeat. Shuffling hats soon follow and we find ourselves already locked in to the rhythm. On the low end you'll find a deep penetrating bassline while up in the mids angry synths dish out a pure dirty techno vibe. The break offers up little respite as enters you into a mind trip before thrusting you back into the main groove for the duration. An epic monster of a track that will not disappoint.
Knarz hits hard right from the get go as a solid thumping kick drum rattles the bass bins as slicing hats cut through the spectrum. A subtle deep bass lurks while sharp synth stabs go to work creating an almost industrialised vibe. We find ourselves totally hooked on this one, forcibly hypnotised by the energised groove that is so expertly crafted, from simple nuanced sounds to the full on nature of the leads. This one is gonna rock, you have been warned.