Portugal’s finest Frank Maurel and Mario Franca join forces on Brainstorm: a two-track EP of deep and propelling house music for Steve Bug’s excellent and consistent Sublease Music.
Frank Maurel is one of the best exports of electronic products from Portugal. His first forays into production were released on Kaos Records in 2001, and over the course of his 30-plus-year career, Frank has released on some of the game’s most respected labels, including Ovum, Transmit Recordings, Under No Illusion, and Natura. Live. , DJing at clubs like Womb in Tokyo, Pacha and El Cielo New York, Rex Paris and Space Miami along the way.
Following his recent collaboration with Natura Viva earlier this year, Frank has once again teamed up with compatriot Mario Franca on an impressive EP for Steve Bug’s Sublease Music.
Mario Franca is an industry veteran, beginning his career in the mid-90s playing in
clubs like Rocks, Europa Sunsire, Gare, Pedra do Couto. The first releases landed on KingStreet Sounds, Great Stuff Recordings, Brise Records and many more, with their collaboration Sequencer alongside Lauhaus topping Beatport’s Deep House chart in 2019.
His EP for Sublease is Brainstorm: two tracks of hypnotic, hard, and hypnotic house music that demonstrate why these two producers are held in such high regard.
Vision is a deep and compelling house cut, with bright, spinning synths and resonant vocals that create a dreamy atmosphere as the powerful drums propel the beat forward. Drive Beat has a darker tone, with metallic twists and metallic sounds creating a more twisted vibe, a vigorous synth line that stands out on the break and turns into a dizzying climax.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing them, and this has been the result.
Hi there ! Where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
You can find us in Portugal. We live in the north of the country and we live close to each other to get together and make music… Our day starts right after lunch hahaha… but we work on the songs almost every day from morning to night.
When did the idea of starting a project start to take shape? Has it always been something you wanted to do?
We had no idea of doing a project, we just made a track and then we liked it and continued to work harder. Today we can say that we are a duo and we will soon project our new name with new tracks…
How would you define the sound of your latest work? What is the concept behind?
Our sound will always be between House deep minimal tech house teck. Our concept and dissemination of our rhythm inside and outside the country!
What artists are you interested in these days?
We are interested in many and we will not name names because there are too many and we like them with respect.
How do you manage to combine such disparate genres? How do you manage to give them unity and harmony? What do they have in common for you?
We like different styles that fit our waves.
How would you define your sound?
Our project is House, minimal, techhouse etc…
Can you tell us something about your current or future projects?
Our latest work came out a few days ago on Steve Bug’s Sublease Music. There are 2 original tracks, Vision and Drive Beat. Now we are a project and soon we will promote our new name and edit more new songs.
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