Bonzai Basiks stalwart and prolific techno DJ and producer Van Czar is back once again with more beats and bass for our listening pleasure. 100-1 will no doubt prove once more just how talented this guy really is. He never lets up, besides churning out quality vibes for Basiks, he regularly shows up on various other labels including the mighty KMS. He also now heads up his own label – CZ – which is fast becoming a go to label for deep underground grooves. He still runs the monthly Bonzai Basik Beats Spain radio show and headlines many club nights in Madrid and beyond. Fresh off the back of his first album Ibiza Legacy and not long after his mega remix pack of Orlando Voorn classics, it’s always a delight to have this guys stuff land in the inbox and no doubt we’ll be seeing plenty more in the future.
100-1 Old School Techno intros with a solid kick drum that packs a huge punch and is paired with crispy offset hats that build up a nice rhythmic flow. A deep throbbing low end bass shudders the walls as it delivers a superb deep groove. Techno themed synths fade in and hypnotize as they increase the intensity and energy. The track delivers the essence of old school techno in abundance making it a definite floor filler and a must have track for any jock.
Czech DJ and producer Andre Lesu steps up to the mixing desk and delivers a solid remix. Co-owner of Soul Fly Music Records and Unaffected Records, Andre has been around for quite a while delivering his banging beats to the masses. He has graced many top labels over the years and no doubt he will continue for many more years to come. The remix intros with a very cool live sounding kick drum and bright crispy hat combi as a noisy riser takes us up to the bass drop. The bass pulses as the synths fade in and we are soon locked on to the mesmerizing groove. On the break we are faced with a myriad of synths that combine beautifully to build a wall of sound before crashing out and back into this solid stomping techno groover.
After the recent success of the mighty Orlando Voorn’s collection of Classics on Bonzai Basiks, we decided to have our very own underground techno maestro Van Czar lead an exclusive remix pack of Orlando’s work. We think you’ll agree that Van has totally outdone himself on this one and showed a lot of respect for the original sound that brought about a legacy that spanned over 20 years. We spoke to Van about this project and we got the feeling that he spent many hours working tirelessly using his arsenal of instruments and all his energy, to ensure the integrity of each track remained intact. Van and Orlando have a lot of upcoming collabs that will be found on Van’s own CZ label, and the pair will also work alongside the legendary DJ Pierre who is pencilled in to provide the remix on one of their tracks, and as if that wasn’t enough they have also secured a remix from one of the Godfathers of techno, Anthony Shakir.
Originally written by Juan Atkins and Orlando back in 1994, Infiniti – Game One was (and in many quarters still is) a monster of a track that helped define an era. Remixing legends is not an easy job to take on, but Van Czar has certainly risen to the occasion on this one. On the remix Van takes the original elements and works them into a pounding, modernised club weapon while staying true to its roots. Big chunky kick drums are offset with crisp hi hats and a deep rumbling bassline. Throughout the track we’re treated to some expertly crafted synths and FX that create surreal melodies. Top notch stuff and the perfect way to kick off this pack.
In 1992 Orlando gave us Flash, under his Fix guise and would become one of the biggest techno tracks ever. On the remix Van wanted to stay true to the original sound and with some degree of difficulty he decided to give it its distinctive club appeal while retaining an underground vibe. Lots of layers that blend beautifully result in a definite floor filler here as deep rooted sounds layer up beautifully. The kick drums open up the sound as they pump out a solid dancey rhythm alongside cool hats and percussions while the bass lurks on the low end delivering a superb deep groove. Swirling pads come through on the break and add wonderful textures to the sound as they morph and contort, drawing us in. Excellent stuff once more, not to be missed.
Next up we have Van’s remix of Wiggle that sets off with a distinct rhythmic pulse as the congas go to work. This super tight arrangement will definitely have any floor moving as nice and chunky kicks are met with a cacophony of percussions that create intricate rhythmic patterns. The track has a very cool and dark melodic streak that runs through it, due in part to the always moving bassline and the fantastic synths and pads that dominate on the break and beyond. A definite must have track that will give any dancefloor a boost of rhythm.
Another big hitter from 1994 is Orlando’s alias Complex and the track Midi Merge. Van deliberately wanted to give this one as much club appeal as possible without ruining the tracks ethos, and we think he’s hit the nail on the head, again. Right from the off you get sucked into an infectious dancey rhythm that will lure you onto the floors no doubt. A deep, funky, sexy laden groove oozes out of the bassline while up top a tight arrangement of pumping kick drums and intricate percussions do their thing. Adding to the groovy nature of the vibe we’re treated to some very cool synths and sparse vocal snippets that come and go. This one is a must for any techno jock looking to get the floor energised.
Rounding off this impressive pack we have Van Czar’s Jam Remix of Orlando Voorn – Face. Keeping true to the original works throughout, Van delivers the goods yet again with a top notch club inspired pumping remix. Big chunky kick drums lead the way as a deep probing bassline weaves its way through the arrangement while an expertly crafted percussion section dishes out a solid rhythm that will surely get the bootys shakin’. Amidst the myriad of drums and percussions lies a very cool voice that stays the course of the track, this keeps the track firmly rooted in the techno arena and blends perfectly with the more clubby elements. Top notch stuff indeed.
Over the last number of years Petri Petro has contributed some magical moments on Bonzai Basiks. His newest slice – Starburst EP – is no exception as he dishes out his own brand of infectious techno to the masses with a distinct space theme. Last time out we got a real treat with his Dragonfly EP back at the start of 2016, which gained great support, and we’ve no doubt that this new cut will follow suit.
Starburst opens with a monster kick drum made up of a punchy hit with a superb bass latched onto the end. Bright hats form up and create a flowing rhythm to the deep vibe as a hypnotic synth note comes through to bring the groove right back to its rawest form. A perfectly balance techno track that is simplistic in nature but full to the brim with spice and gusto. If you’re after a peak time track that will not only blow the roof off your venue but also set the floor on fire, then this is a must have track for any set.
Quasar intros with a beautifully tweaked kick drum, a crispy hat and a powerfully deep throbbing offset bass that fills the low end brilliantly. The hats are joined by stuttering percussions that join in on the tight drum arrangement to get the rhythm flowing. A superb rattling synth fades up and draws us into its hypnotic spell as the track intensifies. A monster track for sure and one that will be a most welcome addition in your box for those late night sorties.
Red Moon sets off with a pounding kick drum and a slicing hi hat that cuts through the intense offset bass. The bass drives the groove forward as the drums layer up to form a solid rhythm that will get the feet shuffling towards the floor. An array of percussions come together and work in tandem with an ever changing synth that delivers a raw element to the sound. Top notch stuff that delivers a relentless techno groove, not to be missed.
Top Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar joins forces with top Mexican DJ and producer Acid Kit to deliver the superb Take Control which features a stunning remix from DJ ESP aka Woody McBride. Van Czar has built up quite a solid reputation as a quality artist over the last number of years. His fresh approach to producing and DJing has led him down some successful paths resulting in him working with some of the most well known and respected artists in the world. A consistent giver of quality sounds is what this guys is all about and his recent album – Ibiza Legacy – is a testament to his versatility and musical expertise as is his newly launched label CZ. Acid Kit is a hugely respected artist also, a pioneer in the Mexican scene, his work has appeared on many top labels around the world. He recently appeared on Van’s CZ label on remix duties for Van Czar and Cysxe’s Horny Acid Phone. He runs his own promotion company – We Love Techno Group – which is dedicated to promoting all aspects of music, from festivals and artists as well as running 5 music labels We Love Techno, We Love Tech House, We Love Minimal, We Love Psy Trance and Mexicanilicious.
The Original Mix intros with a seriously thumping kick drum that leave a trail of low end in its wake. Sharp claps sit over a cool rhythmic percussions section as a rumbling bassline bubbles up from below. A dark and sinister vocal comes through demanding to get on the floor as the beats pound you into submission. A top notch cut no doubt and a must have track.
US DJ and producer DJ ESP aka Woody McBride is regarded with legendary status in the world of acid and techno and beyond. He was at the coalface when the acid techno boom hit the early nineties and has remained there ever since, consistently churning out quality vibes. His tracks and remixes have appeared on Dave Clarke’s White Noise, Josh Wink’s Ovum, Eric Powell’s Bush, Fat Boy Slim’s Skint, Novamute, Acid Tracks, Drop Bass Network and dozens of other labels. Here he delights with a simply stunning remix that intros with a pounding kick drum that commands right from the get go. A deep and raw techno vibe oozes from the track as dark elements creep in from the vocal and the mesmeric synths to the low end subs. The groove locks into place and forces you to the floor without mercy. Deep, dark, tough, perfect.
Thomas Genchev makes a most welcome return to Bonzai Basiks with the delectable techno and electronica album I’m Comin’. It’s been almost three years since we last got a glimpse of Thomas at Bonzai and he sure knows how to return with bang. We last saw him back in 2013 with Noise & Silence before an appearance on our Bonzai & Friends – Underground Progressive Collection at the tail end of 2014. Delighted to see him back once more and no doubt we’ll be seeing much more in the future.
The album kicks off with the deep and dubby I’m Comin’ which intros with a superb bass as various FX swirl over head. A cool twangy synth fades through and hypnotises throughout the track while extra basses are drafted in. The track takes on a tougher persona as gritty synths are laid out alongside some very cool vocals. A sublime techno offering and a great start to the album.
Up next we have Space Shift which intros with a mish mash of percussions that form up a cool rhythm. A nice and chunky kick drum joins in and leads the way as strange FX take hold. The almost imperceptible bassline raises its gritty head and fits snugly amongst the myriad of electronic sounds. We move on to the Space Shift (Dub) which offers up a slightly more conventional take of its sibling. A more structured offering with a pounding kick drum and more focused rhythmic patterns. We still get all the quirkiness of the electronica with a sprinkling of techno over the top.
Inner Player throws up a wonderful display techno electronica and where the two collide. We get the pumping techno of the beats and a superb offset synth pulse against the sheer chaos of the electronic sounds that are laid out all over the track. Real cool stuff here that will sit well in any techno set.
Children Of The Earth intros with a collection of percussive elements to the backdrop of some really cool FX that range from everyday sounds to haunting wolves in full voice. A strong breaks sequence fades up to the pulse of a heart beat type rhythm as those FX continue to layer up. The intensity rises as the track continues, the hypnotic pulse and the eerie synths are joined by a mesmerizing sound that creates a solid buzz. These traits can also be found on Children Of The Earth Dancing With The Wolves (Dub) which strips away most of the higher and mid frequencies to leave a truly haunting slice of electronic music that you will not want to miss.
Up next we have Satie’s Lullaby which intros with a colourful detuned melody that draws you in with its strangely captivating charm. Over the top we have a solid kick drum alongside intricate percussion patterns that lay out an evolving rhythm. Stuttering basses provide even more colour to the chaotic scene while the drum section remains the only constant. Expertly crafted and not to be missed.
Me From The Future intros with a real nice punchy kick drum that packs a powerful thump. Subtle percussions ease their way alongside the kicks a surreal bass sequence takes place. A raw techno vibe oozes off the sound as the bass continues its haphazard journey. With some very cool swirling pads overhead this one is an epic ride that will not let go.
Paranormal Activity delivers a solid slice of techno with a real nice drum section that is filled with chunky kicks and a classic styled percussion. Eerie sounds are littered through as the title might suggest but it’s the drums that do the business here. The haunting sounds continue and they envelope your senses locking you into the raw techno groove. Brilliant stuff.
Ghost Hunt rounds up this superb debut album in style. A bright and in your face drum section delivers a steady rhythm as a deep probing bass lurks on the low end. Cool electronic sounds are littered throughout and create some very cool textures along the way. The drums form up a hybrid breaks pattern with the third beat diminished leaving room for those percussive elements to invade. Plucky synths stand out beautifully amongst the tirade of drums as a surreal vocal comes though on the break. A top notch slice of techno no doubt.
Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar presents us with his latest album – Ibiza Legacy. Created over the space of 2 summers (2014 and 2015) Ibiza Legacy is the culmination of experiences Van has had in Ibiza and La Manga. Drawing inspiration from the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean, Van decided to make his music accessible to all. Van’s Ibiza journey has brought him into contact with many styles of music, chillout to house and tech house to techno, it is these sounds coupled with his own experiences that have helped shape the vibe of this superb 13 track album. With his consistent work ethic for only the finest quality sounds we’re sure that these latest works from this talented artists will appeal to many. With so much more to come from this guy we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next, for now though, get this one on your sound system.
The album opens with the sublime Sunset At San Antoni with its deep grooving techno vibe weaving its way through your body making you move to the rhythm. A warming pad mesmerizes as the beats dissipate leaving us with a stunning soundtrack to the setting sun.
The title track – Ibiza Legacy is up next and personifies the tech house sound of club life on the Island. We are met with a super tight drum arrangement that flows effortlessly delivering a cool rhythm while swirling pads fill the background as a grooving bassline keep us moving on the floor. Fantastic stuff that is not to be missed.
Sand On The Heart dishes out a full on slice of tough edged techno beats as a melodic pad swirls over head. We see Van’s attention to drums prevail here, his drums are powerful and really set the track alight with their driving energy. From here we are led into the tech house realm of A Minuit Je Ne Sais Plus Ou Je suis which carries a bit of a bouncy groove with that playful bassline that dances across the sound. Cool drums get the rhythm flowing as chord stabs fade through delivering the house elements in style. Van’s tribal roots can be picked out here and once again we see a fine slice with the drums at the forefront.
Bises Marines intros with a beautifully warm synth coupled with a fading melodic arp and cool voices. As we are mesmerized by the beautiful, swirling pads a fresh drum section emerges complete with chunky kicks, crispy hats and sharp claps. Just the tonic for a late night session on the terrace. Going even later into the night we have Desalmada that delivers a solid, powerful slice of techno that hypnotizes with its darker tones and a brilliant vocal. This one will dominate floors for sure, a must have track.
Next up we have Ebulus that carries a hint of retro in its sound with those ultra cool synths that remain throughout. A tight drum arrangement keeps the rhythm flowing as a throbbing bassline works the low end with ease creating a track that will definitely become a go to for many.
Fragans Feminae is a rip roaring trek through tech house with a full on tribal drum arrangement taking centre stage. Chunky kick drums are joined by shuffling hats and intricate drum patterns that form a super tight construction for the floors. On the low end a subtle bass lends a hand as the drums intensify leading up to a wall of sound that will rattle any sound system.
We go deeper into techno with Colaboradora which intros with a superb punchy kick and throbbing bass combo alongside cool percussions and a static hi hat that stands out amongst the lower frequencies. A droning pad emerges and takes us on a surreal journey with its ebbing and flowing sequences leaving us on a high. Excellent stuff.
Brightness In My Balearic Lounge is a wonderful slice of tech house complete with a beautifully crafted synth sequence. A strong tech house beat remains a constant throughout the track as those fantastic layered synths carve out a cool groove making this a definite must have track in your collection.
Ether sets off with a punchy kick drum and a deep pulsating sub bass creating a smooth tech house groove. A round of percussions form up and deliver a cool rhythm as the kicks are joined by an on beat bass that gives the track a raw energy. Van used his own voice on this one for the heavily FX’d vocals that work so well in the sound. A fine display with some very cool FX throughout, excellent stuff.
The penultimate track on this album – Bella Augusta is a pacey affair that intros with a nice and smooth sequence filled with punchy kicks and shuffling percussions. An intense pad fades through and takes us to a short break before we get slammed back into full on techno mode. We’re treated to some superb synths here that give the sound a wonderful texture. The perfect fodder for a late night session.
Rounding up this awesome album we have Isla Bonita with its tougher edge and raw energy that exudes from those powerful kick drums. Cool and crispy hats cut through the deeper elements brilliantly as the pads start to fade through. The pads become the main focus of the sound and is shored up by the solid beats for the duration. Surreal, sublime and in your face techno that will not disappoint.
Cassandria Daiva returns to Bonzai Basiks after a bit of a hiatus with a fantastic five track pack entitled Rising Funk EP. Her last appearance on Bonzai was way back in 2012 with her Sulabha EP. An avid producer and remixer Cassandria utilises her DJing experience to deliver what the crowd wants. She has appeared on many labels including High Gloss Records, Triskel-Tech Recordings and Click Muziq Records. She toured in Europe, played several Winter Music Conference events in Miami and performed at one of the largest music festivals in North America – WEMF. Her unique energy, coupled with the ability to instinctively relate with partygoers makes her performances stand out, leaving crowds wanting more.
Rising Funk dishes out a cool tech house vibe right from the off as a tight tonal kick drum is paired up with cool crispy hats and percussions. Distant vocal shots add a little character to the sound alongside cool FX. The bassline comes in and takes control of the groove giving us plenty to shake our thangs to on the floors. Top notch stuff.
Parser intros with a tough punchy kick drum alongside cool vocal shots and tight percussions. A metallic vibe ensues as cool synths come through and those percussions continue to layer up. A deep probing bassline pairs up with the kicks bringing a more techno fuelled groove. On the break we get a mixture of the bass and little snippets of synths that litter the sound throughout. A cool fresh sound that is not to be missed.
Totally Unknown unleashes a wonderfully constructed drum fuelled track onto our senses. An immersive tribal experience ensues as a tight drum arrangement takes hold alongside a meandering deep bass. Cool riser add a bit of flare as well as equally cool vocals that are scattered throughout. An excellent cut that will fit into any set with ease.
Bliss intros with a chunky kick and bright crispy hat combi to the backdrop of a building drum arrangement. Cool rhythmic patterns are formed and we are soon locked into the tech house groove. A playful dancing bassline weaves its way through the sound and adds an upbeat kinda vibe. Top notch tech house grooves that will not disappoint.
Sweet Addiction carries a solid, deep tech vibe that that will definitely get those feet shuffling to the floors. Tight drums and some cool vocal shots keep the rhythms loose while an underwater type bassline rocks the low end. More drum and percussion layers are added resulting in a tight knit groove with a big punch. A definite must have track in any set.
Since its inception in 2008 Bonzai Basiks has made its goal to bring only the very best sounds to the masses. With its roots now firmly in the tech house, techno arena we thought it fitting to deliver some of the finest classic techno cuts from one of world’s most prolific artists, namely Orlando Voorn. Simply titled – Classics, this one is full of some of his earliest works from a number of aliases he used, 11 of the best tracks from 7 different guises to be exact, complete with some outstanding remixes. Orlando Voorn is revered as having brought the sounds of Amsterdam and Detroit together to create a unique flavour that still rings true today. Having won the Dutch DMC championship in 1986 he then turned his hand to producing. Since 1991 he has been churning out quality techno and he soon got noticed by the likes of Juan Atkins and Derrick May both of whom he has worked with extensively. A fan of many genres of music including Hip Hop, Electro, Drum n Bass, Techno etc…, he used a string of aliases – 31 at last count – with some gaining huge popularity. One of his best known guises is Format which was the project that gave us the superb Solid Session on the legendary ESP Records, one of the most sought after techno cuts of 1991 and beyond. His story goes on and on and on and we’re delighted to have this guy at Bonzai Basiks and we hope to see more from him in the future.
Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro marks his seventh appearance on Bonzai Basiks with the superb four tracker, Dragon Fly. Over the last few years we have seen some top notch cuts from this guy and we’re sure he’ll continue to ply us with his own unique brand of Techno, we look forward to much more from Petro in the future.
The title track, Dragon Fly, gets us on the move with a pacey drum arrangement complete with punchy kicks and crispy hats. Lots of noise is generated and we find ourselves totally hooked early on. A fantastic offset bassline is the driving force here and is backed up with those tight drums and a rattling sound that oozes a pure techno vibe. Simple and highly effective, this one is not to be missed.
Manual Search sets off with a thumping kick drum and metallic sounding hat that drips with techno flavours. A subtle bass sits on top of the kicks and lays the foundation for some top notch grooves to come. A tough approach is taken here as the focus is drawn towards the drums that are delivering a solid workout. Cool FX are spread over the hats and percussions as a surreal alarm is let loose in the background. One for the edgier sets here, top notch stuff.
Escaping gets down and dirty right from the get go as tough kicks are met by gritty sounds that dig deep into your brain. A superb shuffling rhythm section gets the techno groove onto the floors amid a storm of wailing sounds that send the track into overdrive. A short break offers little respite here as we are soon thrust back into full on mode for the duration. An excellent slice of techno that will be a welcome addition in any late night set.
Clock Work intros with a tough pounding kick drum and a slicing sharp hat while cool noises fade up into the sound. As the track powers on we are treated to an array of cool sounds and as the title suggests, everything runs like clockwork. This one is a masterclass in the art of techno construction, a tight drum arrangement that will get any floor pumping coupled with a mesmerizing display of percussion patterns, what more could any techno purist ask for? Top notch stuff.
Sa.Du gets 2016 off to a great start with this sublime five track EP entitled Body & Soul. This guy always delivers the goods and judging by his last outing – Glide, back in the Summer of 2015 we know we’re in for another tasty techno treat.
Body & Soul gets right down to business with a solid punchy kickdrum and bright plink plonks alongside a shuffling rhythmic hat sequence. A superb, deep probing bassline comes through and is soon joined by a darkly sinister vocal and gritty swirling synth. The track settles into its techno groove for the duration as various percussion layers build giving the track a definite dancefloor friendly vibe.
Figaro Kick intros with a wispy percussive sound that gives off a haunting vibe before a nice chunky kick comes in and gets the track moving. A shadow descends onto the track as we are taken deep into the darker side of techno with its relentless groove that locks you on for the duration. A real monster of a track here that will give any set a welcome boost.
7 Seas settles into a solid techno groove right from the off as chunky kicks are met with a superb probing bass that dominates the sound beautifully. A metallic offset note comes in alongside the crispy sharp percussions and get the rhythm moving nicely. Cool melodies float above tough groove providing some cool contrasts in the sound. The break throws up some quality sounds and blends them into a surreal sequence that fits perfectly into this full on techno groove. Top notch stuff.
Parametric is a superb slice of dark techno that will definitely keep any floor rocking well into the night. Punchy kicks and crispy hats provide a steady rhythmic vibe as a deep throbbing bassline lurks on the low end. Tough synths come through alongside a cool vocal that adds a wonderful texture to the sound. The groove intensifies as a myriad of sounds collide head on resulting in a sublime techno offering. Excellent stuff yet again from Sa.Du, this one is a must have for sure.
In Da Club is a perfectly apt title for what is about to unfold. A superb techno groove is born out of this cacophony of sounds that merge together perfectly. Chunky kicks and slicing hats are joined by a deep throbbing bassline that sits beautifully at the low end providing a solid platform for the track to drive forward. Cool clangy sounds come in on the offset and resonate brilliantly with the techno groove as equally cool vocals ring out at various intervals. This one serves up a real treat for the floors and is not to be missed.
Kidsune & Saiki debut on Bonzai Basiks with the brilliant two tracker – Strange Days EP. Kidsune aka DJ and producer John Nino grew up listening to different kinds of music, from Donna Summer to Derrick May. In that moment he felt caught by the cadence of house music and the forcefulness of techno, a fact that would change life and define his musical taste. A DJ for 15 years his sets are full of groove, bass lines, sub bass and hats, skilfully mixed with dark synths and some distorted samples. The curves of his sets are pronounced between deep, tech house and techno, his musical selection is permanent and meticulous, which is reflected on the dance floor. He is a pragmatic DJ playing music exclusively to make people dance while he expresses his energy. His reserved personality and character of his music have kept him firmly in the underground scene. Saiki aka DJ and producer Luis Gabriel Gomez Vergez takes a spiritual approach to music believing that electronic music has become a way to spread a message of love and transcend the space-time in which we live. His philosophy is strong beats to dominate the heart and intergalactic hypnotic atmospheres run through the body to expand to infinity and pass on the true essence of your being. Astral messages in their genetic code move through his music to remind us eternal life.
Strange Days gets right down to a solid Techno groove right from the off as those big chunky kicks are joined by a stuttering hat sequence and a monster bassline that will have the subs shakin. Cool stabs deliver that extra spicy Techno touch and paves the way for a tight percussion arrangement that sets the rhythm loose. Quirky acid licks litter the sound and give the track a whole new dimension. Top notch stuff you do not want to miss.
Gray intros with a heavy hitting kickdrum and a probing bassline combi, a super crispy sharp hi hat slices through the low frequencies with ease as the bassline is joined by a punchy 303 stab that lurks on the offset. An intensity can be felt in the sound as the layers are added, the background sounds really add to this and give the track depth. The break throws up a wonderful bass sequence accompanied by some very cool synth work that give of a cosmic vibe. A superb cut that will definitely have punters on the floor.
The entire Bonzai Progressive team wishes all of it’s artists and fans a happy new year. Here’s to more progressive sounds and beats with a lot of exciting releases coming up in 2016.
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Italian DJ and producer Giuliano A.L. debuts on Bonzai Basiks with the fantastic Winter EP which comes backed up with remixes from Bonzai stalwart Van Czar. Giuliano brings his own style to Deep House and Tech-house and loves to display his passion for a variety of musical influences. At age 14 he began doing some casual DJ sets in local disco – Mythos – and there after he became the resident DJ running both Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons for more than a decade. In 2002 the opportunity arose to play in Switzerland where he played with International DJ’s such as Victor Simonelli and was widely sought after by the crowds for his music. After a few years away from the scene he moved to Ibiza and rekindled his love of dance music. It wasn’t long before he got right back into things playing at top Island venues. Giuliano has been a proud returning resident to the fantastic Ocean Beach Ibiza bringing a taste of his style to the massive crowds flocking to enjoy the day time club scene. He is regularly invited to play guest sets from time to time in other island hot spots such as Pacha, Space, Eden, Destino, the legendary Pikes Hotel, El Hotel Pacha, Sands beach bar in Playa díen Bossa and Pukka-Up Vip Boat parties. Winter sees Giuliano turn all of his focus into the studio to concentrate on his production projects. As a producer he has released on labels like Go Deva Records and Tonspur Records where he released an EP, remixes and tracks. In summer 2014 Giuliano collaborated with the iconic Hotel Es Vive along with Iban Mendoza to create their 10 year anniversary CD on Seamless Records. Delighted to have this guy onboard at Basiks and we hope to see much more in the future.
The Original Mix of Caracas intros with a tribal-esque percussion arrangement that is joined by a superb punchy kick that gets the track moving into top gear. A warbly synth bass takes over alongside some curious voices that add a cool dimension to the sound. Those basses become the big focus as they transform into many mesmerizing shapes that lock you on to their powerful tech grooves. Top notch stuff that will no doubt be a strong favourite in many sets.
Madrid based Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar delivers the first of 2 remixes in this superb EP. Never failing on the quality front this guy always notches up a solid performance both in original works and remixes. His last outing was alongside Majed with the brilliant Panimic EP and proved popular among many deep, dark, techno sets. Prior to this one he had a vinyl and digital release with The Force which featured the legendary Kevin Saunderson as well as his wife Ann and son Dantiez. We’ve no doubt that this guy will continue to pile on the quality and we always look forward to his sounds coming through the office. Van’s Black Beach Remix of Caracas opens with a solid kick that carries a massive punch and is soon met with a deep throbbing bass that rises from below. Haunting voices present a sinister backdrop to a sound that drips with intensity. The attention to detail is sublime with simple yet highly effective FX delivering cool textures to the sound. On the break things quieten down before a massive wall of sound brings us to the climax and back into full on mode. Another tough offering from Van that is sure to be a top pick among many.
The Original Mix of Winter sets out with some cool synth plucks before a nice and chunky kick takes over alongside a shuffling, rhythmic hat pattern. The track soon delivers its tech grooves in style as a fantastic driving, bubbling bass is introduced. In the background we get a tight percussion section that keeps the track flowing through a cacophony deep tones. Cool textures emerge creating a real sense of space and surroundings before a strange hypnotic chant comes through to send the groove on a surreal trip. Brilliant stuff that will definitely be an asset in any mix.
Van Czar’s Jam Remix of Winter rounds of this EP in style and yet again we are exposed to the sheer brilliance of this guys talents. The track opens with a percussion driven tribal tech groove that has you hooked in from the first few bars. A perfectly placed bass adds a bit of oomph to the groove as those percussions keep a steady flowing rhythm. Short breaks provide little to no respite from this stomper as a wall of noise rises before you. A real solid slice of tech to keep the floors moving, this one is a must have.
Van Czar returns to Basiks with a brand new collaboration with Majed on their Panimic EP which comes packed with four quality remixes as well as the outstanding original. Van is fresh from his latest vinyl release – The Force, which featured the Saunderson family including Dantiez, Ann and the legendary Kevin. This is not the first time Van and Majed have joined forces in the studio, back in 2014 they put out the In Vino EP and then Majed stepped in on remix duties for Cysxe & Minitech Projects Acid Planet EP.
The Original Mix is a trek deep into the techno sound and full of wonderfully crafted sounds to mesmerize us. A very subtle kickdrum leads the way and is backed up by crispy hats and a tight percussion arrangement that delivers a smooth rhythmic flow. A cacophony of warm synths fill the void as a subdued bassline lurks deeper in the groove. A straight up dark techno offering that is a must have for sure.
Brazilian DJ and producer Lauro Martins returns to Bonzai Basiks with a superb remix. We first got a glimpse back in the Summer of 2015 with his debut remix on Cysxe’s OXO EP which gained great support from many quarters. The remix here intros with a fantastic kick that packs a lot of low end and leaves a nice trail of bass in its wake. Subtle synths crop up throughout but here it’s definitely all about the bass. The bassline rattles along with a dominating force and moves in so many ways that will leave bassbins wanting more. A real deep and moody techno monster here that you gotta get into your collection.
Amsterdam based DJ and producer Sirena aka Renske van Kollenburg debuts on Bonzai Basiks with this stunning remix. Sirena boasts 15 years of active involvement in the electronic music scene and Ibiza’s DC10 sounds. She started out as a music journalist and from there she secured many contacts in the scene and started to work on various projects including Ultra Music Festival Miami, Coachella Festival USA, Awakenings, Amsterdam Dance Event, IMS Ibiza, ID&T, Pacha and Arminís label Armada. 2015 will see her release her first creations on Bonzai and KMS. Here she takes a deep and dubby techno approach to the remix. The muffled intro fades into existence with beautifully warm pads that are soon joined by a chunky kickdrum and superb chord stabs that will definitely have the booties shakin to the no doubt. Crispy hats come through and keep the rhythm flowing as the groove deepens. A top notch effort that will see a lot of playtime for sure.
Sirius Brown returns to Basiks with his remix and gets the energy levels ramped up a notch with a much more pacey and harder hitting techno slice. We last saw Sirius back in February 2015 with his debut – Click Time, which saw good support coming in from many quarters. Here the remix gets moving with a tough thumpy kickdrum alongside some sharp crispy hats that dish out a cool rhythm. Sinister sounding synths glide through the sound with a wide resonance filter that gives it a harsh edge. On the break the synths continue to dig into your brain as a very dark haunting voice comes through and fits perfectly with the sound. A wonderful slice of the deeper, darker side of techno.
A firm favourite around these shores – Onofrio Conte offers up his slice of techno on the remix. This guy has been around for a while now and has dished out some quality sounds for Bonzai Basiks and Sounds R Us Recordings. Always a pleasure to see his work come through and we know what to expect when his name is attached. The remix throws up a real techno stomper as chunky kicks are met with a tight rhythmic hat and percussion arrangement. Super cool basses operate on various layers and provide a solid platform for the techno grooves to flow. In the background a myriad of FX go off adding some wonderful textures to the sound while on the break we get treated to a simple kick with haunting atmospherics before we get thrust back to the main groove for the duration. Excellent techno groove for the floors here and a must have for those darker sets.
Our next Bonzai Basiks 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.
Van Czar & Dantiez Saunderson featuring Ann Saunderson – The Force, out this week on Bonzai Basiks, is featured by Beatport in the Homepage plus in the Techno genre page!