Review – QUARTZ release Crystals EP on Chapter 24

Artist: QUARTZ
Title: Crystals EP
Label: Chapter 24
Catalogue Number: CH002
Release Date: Out Now!
Genre: House/Techno

After their stellar first release Chapter 24 now introduce us to a new production outfit, QUARTZ which is a duo comprising of Paul Nolan and Andy Woods. Both men have a undying passion for music, and this is clear in the music they produce, especially in this release!

First up on the EP is “Cosmos” which is a moody house number. It begins with a great groovy bassline that just makes me want to get up from my chair and shake some moves. The track builds slowly into the break which is well thought through and executed very well with some nice vocal samples. The track is filled with some some great piano keys that give it an almost retro feel in places. This track would be perfect Ibiza fodder… A nice mix of moody and uplifting in places! Nice work guys!

The next track is “Crystals”, and it picks up the pace a little from the first track on the EP. The track is certainly a little more driving, and one that would not be a miss on the more progressive orientated dance floors. This is certainly something I can see the likes of Hernan Cattaneo playing in his sets. Again the guys opt for some more piano infused sections, and I really like what they have done. Definitely a track that edges more toward the peak time slots! Love the break as well folks, nice warm chords and pads! Lovely!

The final track on the EP is “Chronos” which would appeal to those DJs who like a cheeky intro track. The track builds from what is an ambient beginning into a nice heavy house track. The track uses some great chords to add to the warm hypnotic ethereal sound that is swirling on top of what is a great groove. Really like this, and is my favourite on the release.

Another superb release from the Chapter 24 stable, and if they continue on this form I can see big things for all involved. Carry on the good work guys, I am loving what you have created here! Check it out, you will not be disappointed!


Ian French
About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.