It’s that time of year again when we head off to the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), for a round of networking, socialising and business meetings. Over the years we have showcased our hugely talented pool of artists to the world through various mediums including compilations and DJ events. With compilations proving popular among listeners we decided to notch up another superb selection of the finest cuts which really shows what the Bonzai Progressive sound is all about. Tracks and remixes from the likes of Airwave, Manu Riga, Audio Noir, Matt Holliday, Crocy ft. Ashley Brandt, Matan Caspi, Phi Phi, Jamie Baggotts, Ewan Rill, Steve Sai, Alex Vidal, Dofamine, AudioStorm, Amteron, Jakhira, Time Bourne, Jesper Mauerhoff, Samotarev, Yuriy From Russia, Anurag Nandvanshi, Hady Tarek, Dennis Franchi, Tribal Warriors, K-Fel, CompleteJ, Surveyor Mode, House Lovin’ Criminals, EFG, Aitra, Alexey Lisin, Ange Vesna, A.Eryomin, Geonis, Mier and Daddy will be on hand to deliver deep tech house grooves to full on progressive vibes and everything in between. Give your DJ tool box a boost with this fantastic collection and come along and join us at ADE, we might be just what you’re looking for.
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VAN CZAR & DANTIEZ SAUNDERSON ft. ANN SAUNDERSON – THE FORCE (BONZAI VINYL) – PRE-SALE AVAILABLE NOW!
Our next vinyl release – The Force – comes courtesy of a fantastic collaboration of artists featuring Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar, DJ and producer Dantiez Saunderson and UK songstress Ann Saunderson. Van continues to lead the way in deep techno grooves and his tracks are always powerful tools in the mix for many jocks. After he joined Dantiez on their back to back set at this year’s (2015) Legacy Festival, they decided to get together in the studio and soon after they started working on this fine cut. Over the last few years Dantiez has taken after his legendary father, Kevin Saunderson, and released quality cuts on several labels including Kevin’s own KMS. The guys then decided to employ the soulful, gospel-esque vocals of Dantiez’s mother, Ann. Back in 1992 Ann featured as backing vocals on the anthemic Pennies From Heaven by Inner City which was headed up by her husband Kevin, and went on to record several high profile tracks over the years. To keep it all in the family we get treated to a wonderful remix by the legend himself, Mr Kevin Saunderson who led the way in the early Detroit house and techno scene and gave the world some of the most memorable tunes ever with Inner City and others.
The Original Mix delivers a wonderfully upbeat techno vibe with massive sprinklings of cool house flavours. Big chunky kicks pair up with sharp claps and shuffling open hats while the rhythm gets a boost from a top notch, tight drum section. A rumbling bassline rattles through the sound as the vocal starts to come into play. Warm chords fade through and we settle into the groove nicely before we get blasted with amazing retro style piano chords and a transformed vocal that will have you up and on that floor for sure.
Kevin Saunderson’s remix goes straight for the jugular with a monster kick on the intro that pounds out a solid techno sound. Perfectly placed vocals litter the groove and keep with the darker elements of the track. A deep, growling bass comes through and takes control of the groove and is soon joined by scathing gritty synths that rise up from the murky depths and take the track deeper into techno. A definite must have track for the purists that will get any floor moving.
Van Czar turns up the heat with a double remix. First up is the Playa Den Bossa Mix which serves up a real nice treat filled deep grooving techno vibes that’s come straight out of those late night Ibiza sessions leaving you frazzled and fully partied up. Punchy kicks and crispy sharp hats dish out a solid rhythmic flow to the track as tight drum patterns are let loose. Swirling synth chords stand out beautifully as subtle chord stabs hold back waiting to pounce while a slicing higher pitched single note cuts through. Top notch stuff you do not want to miss.
We go deeper on Van’s second remix, the Gladiator Cysxe Remix which delivers a more punchy sound with a darker techno edge that stands out brilliantly with its powerful grooves and superb synths that range from swirling warm chord to classic stabby hits. Along the way we are introduced to a much harsher synth that carries a brilliant techno vibe. Another sure fire floor filler that will appeal to many no doubt.
Venezuelan DJ and producer Alfredo Mena takes to the BBB decks and delivers a solid mix in his usual superb style. Alfredo appears regularly on our Bonzai Basiks imprint and his last outing Do You Remember, from April 2015, turned a few heads and was well received. The mix today features tracks and remixes from the likes of Guy Gerber, David K, Retrosynco, Fabio Neural, Andrea Bigi, Marius Laurenti, Sydney Charles, Janson, Pig & Don, Horatio, Sean Collier, Phonotrip, Fory Pentadrums, Anna and Luca Morris.
Tracklisting – Episode 266: mixed by Alfredo Mena
1º Guy Gerber & David K Remix – Tourist Trap (Original Mix)
2º Retrosynco – Alpamayo (Original Mix)
3º Fabio Neural – Jasmine (Original Mix)
4º Andrea Bigi & Marius Laurenti – Balescu (Original Mix)
5º Sidney Charles – Cave Rave (Original Mix)
6º Janson – Rove Contact (Original Mix)
7º Celeda – The Underground (Acapella Mix)
8º Pig And Dan – Martians (Original Mix)
9º Horatio – 909 Djs And Freakz (Original Mix)
10º Sean Collier – Bar None (Original Mix)
11º Phonotrip – Pentagrama (Fory Pentadrums Remix)
12º ANNA – Fits Foil (Original Mix)
13º Luca Morris – Play By Play (Original Mix)
El Paso based DJ and producer Altek returns to Green Martian with another fine slice entitled 2nd Chance. Fresh from his superb remix on Chantola’s Casablanca, Altek delivers yet again and gives us a little bit of Summer to carry into the Autumn. 2nd Chance gets going with a nice chunky kickdrum that packs a huge punch right through the whole journey. Bright and crispy hats alongside a tight drum arrangement ensure the rhythm remains steady and constant while some lush, warm basses add a bit of oomph to the sound. A big feature on the track are those cascading piano arps that fill out the groove with wonderful melodies that blend so perfectly with an underlying mid-range hypnotic arp. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss.
Altek – 2nd Chance, out this week on Green Martian, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!
Airwave returns to Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic, A touch Of Grace. He last appeared here on remix duty for Fatal Error’s Angel’s Arms which went down a treat among many. Previously, in 2014, he released a lot of tracks on BP alongside Phi Phi and others as well as a raft of cuts on Joof Recordings. Also, in the last few years, Laurent has upped his live appearances having played at gigs across the world from Canada to India and the UK to his homeland in Belgium. A truly prolific artist of this age and we are sure there will be plenty more from this guy.
First up we have the Original Mix of A Touch Of Grace which lives up to its name with a smooth, graceful intro filled with punchy kicks, building percussions and warm sweeping pads. A touch of eastern promise is added with subtle plucked strings leading the way. We are soon wrapped up and totally locked into the sound as a wonderfully rich vocal takes over and captivates while raising the hairs on the back of your neck. The music takes on a progressive trance persona as a driving, chugging bass keeps the energy levels up. Tough and gritty acid lines weave their way through contrasting melodic strings and gated synths. A truly complex structure that melds together beautifully resulting in a definite dance floor destroyer.
The Deep And Dark Mix of A Touch Of Grace is up next and takes us in a slightly different direction. Big and powerful kicks sit alongside a myriad of percussions and provide the intro which builds up with a crescendo into a deep, driving groove. A superb low end bassline holds the track up perfectly as gritty lines begin to form up all around. An Eastern flavour is evident with those beautiful melodic plucks and captivating raspy vocals. Intensity rises with every phrase and new sounds added that take us further into the groove before a short respite on the break that unleashes more of those sweet melodies. Another epic monster from Airwave that will set floors alight all over.
Reus Calling sets off with a cool drum led intro that sets out a solid rhythm complete with nice chunky kicks. In the background, very subtle, haunting voices can be heard which are soon overlayed by much richer pads and strings. A cool melodic synth comes through and sets the scene for an epic ride into an uplifting progressive journey. This is what Airwave is all about, huge intense sounds that feed off each other and forms into an engrossing soundscape that you do not want to end. Definitely a big floor stomper here, you need this in your box.
Blufeld is back with another cut entitled Out Of This Life which is taken from his recently released 4th studio album A World Less Ordinary. Very exciting times for this guy and he doesn’t seem to be letting up. With the album just out this new cut and its superb 3 remixes gives you a deeper insight into Blufeld’s world. Always worth keeping an eye out for this guy as he never disappoints.
The Original Mix of Out Of This Life straddles the prog house-trance borderline with a slight leaning towards trance. We are faced with an expertly crafted construction filled with driving beats and fantastic synth play. The bass line is where it’s at here though, a multi layered approach ensures an energetic ride which bonds perfectly with the sweeping pads and strings on the higher end. Cool melodies float across the sound and bring home that euphoric touch with a hypnotic edge. A tasty Autumn treat for us all.
First up on remix duty we have Audio Noir with his Rekonstruction, all the way from down under. This guy has become a very much recognisable force on the scene, but he shrouds himself in mystery by not revealing his identity. He has however given a few interviews which can be found online, these rare glimpses give an insight into the man behind the music, but not the face in front of the man so don’t be disappointed there is no big reveal, anyway, to the music. The remix intros with a cool percussive driven arrangement that is soon joined by a nice punchy kick and some tight drums to get the rhythm flowing. Sweet melodic synths etch out cool patterns that provide a colourful sound. A deep, relentlessly probing bass line follows and takes over the sound beautifully which gives some cool contrasting textures. The break reveals a superb vocal that comes as a pleasant surprise full of retro flavour. The track gets back into full swing with a tough, gritty bass sound joining the party. Top notch stuff yet again that is not to be missed.
Platunoff aka Russian DJ and producer Igor Platunoff shows up on remix duty and takes us deep into the progressive abyss. While this will be his first outing on a single release for Bonzai Progressive, he did make an appearance on Club Traxx Breaks 3 back in May 2015 with no less than three tracks including his own, From Chelyabinsk To Moscow as well as two top notch remixes. Here he takes us on a sublime journey that starts out with a cool drums and percussion intro that soon gets a boost from a nice chunky kick. Bright synth shots add a smooth melodic flavour to the sound as a contrastingly deep throbbing bass takes us into the depths. Crystal clear synth riffs light up the sound as the lower end gains intensity and takes us to the break where the bass is king before we get right back into full on mode. Brilliant stuff from this guy and a must have track.
The impressive Ruslan Vashkevich delivers his super solid mix that delves deep into progressive house. His last outing for Bonzai Progressive, Thought The Smoke gained a lot of attention and featured heavily on top portals and sets. With four releases already at BP, this guy certainly knows how to deliver the quality. Here he brings the tempo down a notch and settles us into a wonderful progressive house flow that locks you in for the duration. Nice chunky kicks and subtle percussions allow the driving bass line to stand out, and stand out it does. The bass just sits perfectly within the sound and draws you in with its mesmerising pull. Cool synths sit nicely over the bass as tight drums form up to deliver a smooth rhythmic flow. Fantastic effort from this talented artist and we look forward to much more in the future.
El Paso based DJ and producer Altek returns to Green Martian with another fine slice entitled 2nd Chance. Fresh from his superb remix on Chantola’s Casablanca, Altek delivers yet again and gives us a little bit of Summer to carry into the Autumn.
2nd Chance gets going with a nice chunky kickdrum that packs a huge punch right through the whole journey. Bright and crispy hats alongside a tight drum arrangement ensure the rhythm remains steady and constant while some lush, warm basses add a bit of oomph to the sound. A big feature on the track are those cascading piano arps that fill out the groove with wonderful melodies that blend so perfectly with an underlying mid-range hypnotic arp. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss.
Still Trying delivers a solid chunky kick on the intro with cool, crispy hats and cymbals coming through. The track settles into a very smooth prog house flow early on as a fantastic deep bass groove swells up alongside bright arps and cool piano melodies. The break envelops us with a warm embracing atmosphere filled with sweeping pads and lush synths before building back up into full on mode for the duration. Superb stuff that will definitely grab attention on the floors.
Nico Parisi heads up our next BP release with the deep grooving Cacaooh featuring two sublime remixes from Steve Sai and Audio Noir. Nico is fresh from a wonderful remix on Chantola’s Casablanca which is proving popular among many. Always exploring the progressive sound and pushing the boundaries, Nico continues to impress with his intricately perfected constructions. On the gig front he has had a whirlwind Summer season with the highlight of course going to Tomorrowland, but he has also made appearances at Pukkelpop and Legacy festival.
The Original Mix intros with a nice chunky kick as subtle percussions begin to form up. The bass line delivers a cool rhythmic groove while various sounds begin to form up adding a surreal twist to the track. The break descends into silence before those soft synths start to fade in alongside the bassline to start us back on this deep progressive trek. Great stuff from Nico that will turn a few heads for sure.
Greek DJ and producer Steve Sai steps up first on remix duty and delivers another of his sublime treks deep into the progressive sound. Steve’s last outing – Drops, proved very popular and gained great reviews and lots of playtime as well as chart positions. Always a pleasure to listen to his work and no doubt we’ll be hearing much more in the future. Steve takes us deep into progressive territory on his remix as a super tight arrangement takes shape. Beautifully crafted drum patterns keep the rhythm moving as a probing bassline ensures the groove goes deep. Cool chord stabs litter the sound and deliver a house vibe as hypnotic synth arps tease in the background. The break takes us into a surreal space that mesmerizes before being thrust back into the main sound for the duration, wonderful stuff yet again.
Audio Noir is up next at the remix helm and yet again he pulls out all the stops. His much anticipated second studio album – Artificial Star, dropped recently and quickly gained a lot of attention from across the board. A very diverse collection of tracks covering everything from chilled grooves to full on dark progressive, there is a lot happening within the album. Definitely worth checking out which will not disappoint. The remix sets off with some nifty drums led by a cool chunky kick and metallic sounding percussions that stand out brilliantly and giving off an almost industrial vibe. A super charged bassline drives the track as swirling pads and soft acid shots float across the groove. A much fuller acid line develops and is the perfect companion for that superb bassline. The acid line becomes the main focus as it weaves its way through the sound adding layers to create a fantastic display of acid goodness. Brilliant stuff from down under once more, a definite must have track.
Dutch DJ and producer Vincent Kriek aka HP Vince is returns and has joined forces with fellow Dutch artists Acid Junkies aka Harold de Kinderen and Stefan Robbers on the sublime Acid 1988. With an impressive repertoire at Bonzai, we’re delighted to see Vincent back at the helm. His back catalogue contains numerous mouth watering progressive, trance and tech cuts that continue to inspire. His last Basiks outing – City Jungle, gained great support and gave us a crucial insight into the diversity of this guys talents. Harold and Stefan bring their no holds barred party style to the Basiks table. They love to mix it up at gigs and play to the crowd with the music they love. They play no particular style as their philosophy is purely about the music and the joy it can bring. The best part of 20 years together have allowed them to take raw acid sounds and add their own ingredients to come up with some of the coolest cuts around, great to see them on board and hope to see more in the future.
We kick off with HP Vince’s Mix that sets the scene for an evolution of sound and acid grooves. A smooth and steady tempo is driven by punchy kicks, crispy hats and sharp claps that form the perfect platform for the track to thrive. The acid line arrives and from here you get locked on for the duration. Expertly tweaked parameters ensure maximum acid effect complete with some very, very cool vocals that give the track a true retro feel. Amazing stuff that will definitely get the attention of many.
Acid Junkie’s Mix is up next and picks up perfectly where the previous mix left off. A faster paced groove ensues with the acid tweaks coming thick and fast, ever evolving and cascading beautifully over the sound. The addition of archived news reports narrating on the drugs link to acid house is a nice touch and feeds into the 20th century pop culture which touched o many. A brilliant display of retro acid that will evoke lots of memories from yesteryear.
DJ Vincenzo take it to the next level with his remix ass the acid lines are taken up an octave and the drums are given a techno makeover. A very raw sound comes through which is perfect for acid house. The spoken vocals are a great insight into the talk of the time around the acid scene. The kicks are beefed up and given a punchy electro vibe which will definitely appeal to many, top notch stuff indeed.
Andrew Michael debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic two tracker, Self Control. The title track, Self-Control kicks us off with a nice punchy kickdrum with a super crisp hat on the offset and various percussive elements filling in the gaps. The bass suddenly looms large and takes the groove on its progressive house fuelled journey. On the way we pick up a rising pad that fades into the sound beautifully providing a wonderfully atmospheric vibe. Cool, subtle chords litter the background as those pads intensify and transform into a pulsing lead. A kaleidoscope of colourful sounds deliver a very rich mosaic that keeps you locked in, trying to filter out all the different patterns. A fantastic, epic ride that will have you coming back for more and more, top notch.
Andrew Michael – Self-Control, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!