A relationship that began almost four years ago, between Culprit’s LA crew and Parisian native Shonky, has finally been realized, with the mercurial Frenchman stepping up for his first full Culprit release, « Oasis ». Shonky first ventured to LA when Droog hosted him on the now defunct Terrace space at Avalon in late 2007. Since then he and Culprit founders Droog have become close cohorts, sharing the same musical wavelength, having played together half-a-dozen times at locations ranging from Miami, Barcelona and Los Angeles. Shonky was finally introduced on the label earlier this year, when he and Dyed Soundorom collaborated on a remix of Lee Foss’ « Your Turn Girl« .

Shonky’s debut EP for the label bears a lot of his signature elements, mixed in with a dash of patented Culprit funk. The title-track fits the label’s canon of soulful, warm grooves and provides the inspiration for the rest of the EP. The two companion songs « La Bestia » and « Kwality » took shape as label and artist moulded the release together.

In « La Bestia » Shonky serves up his take on the melodic, funky bassline sound which Hot Natured pioneered for the label, with his own more euphoric twist. « Kwality » channels Shonky’s love for classic 90’s US house. It works a dancefloor but reflects LA’s sun-drenched vibe far more than darkened warehouse spaces. The song recently set the roof ablaze at Culprit’s Sonar showcase.

An outgrowth of another trans-Atlantic relationship also sees Londoner jozif join Culprit on this release, remixing « Oasis« . His remix has been a secret weapon in the Culprit collective’s sets for the last few months, with its dramatic piano flourishes and jozif’s own original guitar elements adding up to a modern take on a truly Balearic style.

CP016: Shonky – Oasis EP by culpritlosangeles

DJ Mag : Great release.
Edinburgh Evening News (The Guide) (Clubs page): The Frenchman is just the best export coming out of France (Champagne included in that statement, better if you mix the two). Melodic, funky basslines, teasing vocal and uplifting vibes make this an out an out winner. EXCEPTIONAL
Mixmag : house tune of the month

Tillate (vocal house reviews): lovely slo mos disco grooves, big
De:Bug (Reviews): review to follow
Groove (reviews editor): review in our next issue
Fritz (Anja Schneider): I m always lovin Shonkys Groove and sexyness. Never dissapointing .
Tsugi (Editor): Oh yeah !!!!
Le Mouv France / Pure FM Belgium/ Couleur 3 Switzerland (It Is What It Is (Laurent Garnier)): LA BESTIA —-LovelyyyyyyyyyG
Dub Ibiza (Editor): hofer66: loooove shonky – la bestia is the beast for me. full support from ibiza :-)
DocePulgadas (Docepulgadas show): niiiice music…thanks!
Ibiza Global Radio (Presenter): Shonky is one of my favorite productor. Simply fantastic e.p. All support , sure.
Favourite Track: Oasis
Radio Play: Yes
DJ Times (deep house, R&B, hip-hop reviews): Nice, thick bas heavy house tracks are really workin…love Oasis
iTunes (Dance editor): great tunes, like the jozif remix
www.4clubbers.net (Reviewer): One of my favourite arists on one of my favourite labels. Yes sir! Spacey, deepness from Shonky and Jozif.
www.beatburguer.com / www.goaclub.es / www.densomag.com (Reviews): Love Shonky´s spacey sound!
www.datatransmission.co.uk (Editor): Blimey. Absolutely lovely and a nice consistent feel across the tracks (OK some might say samey but I say cohesive!) Don´t know which to play…fuck it, all three I guess x
www.dazeddigital.com (Reviewer): Lush summer sounds from Shonky. Whilst continuing closely along the lines of Le Velour the La Bestia track and A-sides are superbly catchy
www.e.walla.co.il (): The ultimate summer tune!
www.gomagazine.nl (Editor): What an excellent summer vibe! Warm, soulful.
www.ibiza-voice.com (reviews and ints): to be reviwed
www.ourhousemag.com (Editor): Everything Shonky has done in the past year is amazing. Super diggin´ the lead on here. ACE!
www.protonradio.com (Mija – Syndicated) (Mija Presents): Shonky is on fire as usual!!!
www.residentadvisor.net, New City Chicago (Writer/Editor/DJ): Sunny vibes abound, but the deeper bass funk on « La Bestia » cut through clearer on initial spins
www.slothboogie.com (Editor): Loving La Bestia…
www.soundwall.it (Editor): good sound! good ep!
www.ugroove.tv (Video director): Shonky killing it again!

colette: Shonky your new tracks are 100% dope, great groove and XTC feeling all the way, you made a great journey from mathematics to extatics, Full support
Time Out / Le Cool: huge! oasis is super hot

What They Said
Adultnapper: really nice grooves here as always. full support.
MANDY: will download then listen, thanx. patrick
Midland: Le Bestia is very big, look forward to giving it a spin!
M A N I K: Awesome stuff from my peeps at Culprit. Love Kwality. Shonky is at his finest here.
Kate Simko: Love the signature Shonky sound in Oasis!
Meat: Nice smooth tracks and mixes. I like!!!
Anthony Collins: shonky killing it!!!
Jamie Odell (Jimpster): more cracking stuff from Shonky. love his sound right and this is a great package of music. will be playing for sure.
Art Dept (Jonny White): wicked!!!! culprit´s on fire! x
Damon Martin Disco Bloodbath: Really liking ´Oasis´ original and ´La Bestia´. Great stuff.
Tiefschwarz: well done shonky!
Will Saul : Love this EP – great summery vibes. Really feels like Shonky has done something with the character and sound of the label in mind. Jozif continues his fine run of form the remix…the boy is on fire – very exciting producer.
Guti: Lovely ep
James What: Cool tunes. Oasis is my fav. nice one!
Lee Burridge: shonky really has found a sound. and i like it!
Clive Henry: Andre from culprit sent me this a little while ago and really like this over some of Shonkys previous productions its wicked..
Paco Osuna: nice ep will play it :)
MANDY (Get Physical): Downloaded for M.A.N.D.Y. Thank U!
Luca C. (Double Drop/Southern Fried): i love it
Dubfire: cool tracks thanks
Moodymanc: la bestia has a nice vibe for me…will check further, thanks.
Chris Woodward : fantastic release. playing on new show. thanks x
Robert Owens: great EP, all tracks
Phonique: Very nice.
Glimpse: Great EP as usual guys.. Love Kwality the best. Thanks X
Groove Armada promos: great EP
Dyed Soundorom: Shonky is on fire ! Full support !
Bill Patrick: shonk love!
Lee Curtiss: Nice release! Culprit bringing the goods as always!
Sebo k: can´t go wrong with shonky ! sweet release !
Matt Tolfrey: Oasis is the one here, loving this!!! Have heard Shonky dj a few times recently and the boy is on fire!!! As it has already been said, « The Shonk, The Shonk, The Shonk is on fire!!! » x
Bushwacka: ful support
Simon Baker: La Bestia for me ! Very shonkle sounding , nice. wil support
Tom Craven: Solid EP – nice club tracks. Thanks
Catz n Dogz: Jozif remix is for the petzzz!
Tale Of Us: great
The Revenge: Wicked package ;)
Maceo Plex / Maetrik: such a great record….
Delete aka Sergio Munoz (Fur Coat): Amazing ep!!! Culprit is hot!!! Gonna bust this out!!!
Solomun: love the stuff from shonky. thanks
Laura Jones: Really nice release! Will be playing all 3 :)
Death On The Balcony: Super EP from Shonky & the Culprit geezaaas.. jozif working his magic as usual! support from us!!


Artist: Shonky
Title: Oasis EP
Label: CulpritTracklistOasis – OriginalOasis – jozif Remix La BestiaKwality
Our Rating: 7,5/10

Having already been working with Culprit in some way or another for almost four years now, it has been with abated breath that we have all waited for Parisian Shonky’s first full release for the imprint. It all started when the Droog crew, the guys behind the LA based label Culprit, invited Shonky to play on the terrace at the city’s now defunct Avalon back in 2007. Since then, everyone has stayed in close contact, teaming up for gigs the world over with Shonky even offering up a remix he did with Dyed Soundorom of Lee Curtiss’ ‘You Turn Girl’ for the label.

The title track lays down a warm and soulful atmosphere that remains throughout the entire EP but injects plenty of drive and momentum at the same time. The bass is deep and lush, rolling along the bottom end besides strong 4/4s. The blunted melodics break through hushed vocals to provide a hazy kind of swing, giving the track plenty of bounce. ‘Oasis’ has the same drug-induced funk sound that flows through previous Culprit releases but this time with a distinct chugging, deep, tech house sound.

La Bestia’ is a bassline-led monster, it’s infectiously funky but deep and grumbling bassline rolls away with punchy drums and tight top-end percussion. Stretched out pads and distorted synths join the party to give the track more of a euphoric feel. It’s this juxtaposition of deep, heavy sounds with the airy top level that makes ‘La Bestia’ so engrossing.

Kwality’, Shonky’s third original production on the EP sees him display his love for 90s US house with a track that shimmers with all the sun-drenched deliciousness of an LA rooftop party whilst still rocking the dancefloor. It’s as melodic as it is euphoric, providing the perfect end for many a daytime party for the rest of the summer.

To top it off, the EP is graced with another fine trans-Atlantic partnership that sees Londoner jozif drop a typically idiosyncratic rework of ‘Oasis.’ Laidback and funky as funky as hell, his remix is once again built a deep and rumbling, infectious bassline. Dramatic piano flourishes and guitar licks flash across the remix, adding a modern jazz feel to this Balearic, slowed down house number. Already a close cohort with Culprit, jozif will himself be dropping a full release with the imprint in the not so distant future.

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