Belfast lads Louis Irvine and Conor Doherty are the talented producers behind techno outfit Orenda. This recently formed duo have come up with something really special in the form of their Bonzai Basiks debut – Shade EP, that will translate well on the floors giving the crowd something to get down to. Belfast based Louis is no stranger to Bonzai having already released three quality cuts on our Progez imprint as well as a superb remix on Matt Holliday’s Underworld over on Bonzai Progressive. He continues to relish in his passion for music and over the last couple of years he’s rededicated himself to producing top notch sounds, with staggering results. He is always on the lookout to learn new techniques and thrives on his own challenges to get his sound to where he wants it. No doubt we’ll be seeing more from Louis in the future in both solo and duo formats. Conor Doherty is a native of Belfast but now resides in Melbourne, Australia. He’s been producing for around 10 years and in that time he has used various aliases and diced with different genres from minimal techno to more harder edged sounds. He has enjoyed gigs around Ireland, the UK and Australia and seen his music released on the likes of Modern Dance Records, Kontact Records and NB Records. A child of the 90’s he was witnessing a burgeoning dance music scene and knew he had to be a part of it. His early producing days found him churning out melodic to more harder stuff but he always seemed to go back to what he really loved, dark and dirty full on techno. Towards the end of 2016 they started to chat together and Orenda was born. The distance between them doesn’t seem to interfere, Conor does his thing while Louis sleeps and Louis picks up when Conor sleeps, and it works as you will soon find out. An exciting new project that we will definitely be seeing more of so stay tuned.
First up we have Shade which is instantly reminiscent of mid nineties techno commonly found in the deepest darkest sweatiest clubs. Pounding kick drums lead the charge here with a bright crispy hi hat on the offbeat. Shuffling hats soon follow and we find ourselves already locked in to the rhythm. On the low end you’ll find a deep penetrating bassline while up in the mids angry synths dish out a pure dirty techno vibe. The break offers up little respite as enters you into a mind trip before thrusting you back into the main groove for the duration. An epic monster of a track that will not disappoint.
Knarz hits hard right from the get go as a solid thumping kick drum rattles the bass bins as slicing hats cut through the spectrum. A subtle deep bass lurks while sharp synth stabs go to work creating an almost industrialised vibe. We find ourselves totally hooked on this one, forcibly hypnotised by the energised groove that is so expertly crafted, from simple nuanced sounds to the full on nature of the leads. This one is gonna rock, you have been warned.
The ever present Van Czar is back at Bonzai Basiks with the sublime Chonis Guarras. Belgian DJ and producer Van remains one very busy guy as he juggles producing with DJing and running his own CZ record label. A truly inspirational artist, he never lets up on the quality front as witnessed on his last Basiks outing Fortuna Propitia. He continues to gain support from around the world and his unique brand of the deeper side of techno is a very much established sound for many. It’s always an exciting time when Van delivers his latest efforts so keep an eye and an ear out for more from him in 2017.
Chonis Guarras comes in three flavours and Van sets his sights on going deep, way deep into the techno abyss. The Original Mix boasts a pulsating bass and punchy kick drum alongside crispy hi hats generating a minimalistic groove that will get the booty’s shaking no doubt. Erotic moans fleet across the sound adding a sexy vibe while a dark hypnotic pads rises up from the depths. Beautifully balanced sounds combine and climax with a wall of noise before melting back into the groove for the duration. A top notch slice that will not disappoint.
The Acid Club Mix takes the core of the original and turns into a club monster complete with acid licks and a deep solid bassline that will keep the bass bins busy. Sensual erotic gasps litter the sound and add a sexy touch. The track goes deeper with lush rising pads that deliver and infectious groove throughout. The acid line slowly fades in and the track gets a burst of energy that translates effortlessly through sound and into your soul. Simply superb from Van that is not to be missed.
The Instrumental Mix strips out the female vocal leaving a deep, pumping techno fuelled slice in its wake that will be the perfect fodder for any late night set.
Van Czar returns to Bonzai Basiks with Fortuna Propitia which comes backed up with two superb remixes from Petri Petro and Sa.Du. His last outing here was back in May 2016 with 100-1 which proved popular among the techno fraternity. Since then he has been very busy indeed with building his CZ label, hosting Bonzai Basik Beats Spain and playing out at many top venues. Always worth keeping an eye on this guy because you know he always delivers the goods.
The Original Mix offers a truly deep and dark techno experience with its pumping kick drums and pulsing basses. Rhythmic hi hats deliver a steady flowing rhythm and are joined by a superb percussion arrangement for maximum effect. Wonderfully rich chord stabs are filtered to perfection and add a lot of spice to the track while generating a hint of retro to the groove. A simply stunning slice that is a must for any serious techno head.
Petri Petro is up first on remix duties and once again he dishes out a top notch techno stomper. His last outing on Basiks was back in the Summer of 2016 with the hugely impressive Human Slide which gained a great deal of support. Always a treat when this guy’s work drops into the mailbox. On the remix here Petri goes for the jugular once again with a rip roaring techno monster. Pounding kick drums and seriously low end sub basses rattle the speakers as crispy hi hats slice through. A deep and darkly sinister lead fades in and hooks us in for the ride as the filter knobs are given a workout. Top notch stuff that will be a most welcome addition in any set.
Sa.Du is our next guest remix artist and as expected he treats us to another sublime techno experience. A very much revered artist in the underground scene, his last outing – Minimalise, was very well received indeed. Much more to come from this guy so keep your eyes and ears peeled. The remix here takes us on a trippy trek deep into the techno abyss. Chunky kick drums lead the way as a myriad of sounds and FX are moulded into intricate patterns. A cool crispy hi hat cuts through the layers to stand out while a subtle percussion arrangement keeps the rhythm flowing. A deep and eerie slice from Sa.Du that you will not want to miss.
Giuliano A.L. is back at Bonzai Basiks with the superb two track EP entitled The Eleventh Hour. This is his second outing here and judging by the quality of his debut – Winter EP – we’ve no doubt that you’ll be blown away once more with this guy’s eclectic techno sound.
Right from the get go we find ourselves locked on to the hypnotic groove of The Eleventh Hour. A pounding kick drum sits over a fantastic construction of percussions that offer a rhythmic flow to the track that will definitely get asses on the floors shaking. A deep rumbling bassline dominates the low end and is accompanied by the subtlest of acid lines that teases. Up top we are mesmerized by that hypnotic four note repeating synth that becomes the main focus on the track. In the background you will find an array of quality FX and modified percussions doing their thing. An absolute stomper of a track that is most definitely not to be missed.
Drive intros with a display of bright percussive patterns alongside a deep , probing bassline. Chunky kick drums come through and settles the track into a beautifully driven techno slice. Cool FX make for interesting layers as various synths come through. A mesmeric and melodic arp begins its rise taking us higher before being joined by some fantastic stabbing keys. Distant voices provide intrigue as the track takes us on a sublime journey. A definite must have that will keep any floor rocking.
Sa.Du returns to his spiritual home with another of his sublime techno infused slices. This time we get three top notch cuts on Minimalise that are sure to grace many sets. Last time we saw Sa.Du on Bonzai Basiks was back at the start of 2016 with Body & Soul EP, but since then he has continued to produce quality beats no matter where he shows up. In July 2016 he made an appearance over on Bonzai Progressive as part of a special release to mark his time at DV1 Club in Lyon, France. Great to see him back to Basiks with this tasty treat.
Minimalise is a pure unadulterated hypnotic techno offering that delivers a solid groove from start to finish. Warm punchy kick drums are met with equally warm basses and synths as tight percussions keep the dancing feet moving. A proper in your face techno moment that will definitely do the damage on the floors.
Amaretto goes deep, deep into the techno psyche with a raw sound wrapped up in a solid arrangement. Pounding kicks and crispy hats lead the way as surreal pads swirl over head creating an air of mystery. A stuttering bass arp drives the groove and carries a retro vibe as it filters on the high and low pass. Big stabby dark synths come through to add some very cool dynamics in the sound making this a definite must have.
Bad Days is made up of some very nice beats and some stunning cosmic sounds that blend effortlessly into a surreal techno slice. Chunky kick drums lead the way as those strange and eerie sounds begin to fade up. A series of blippy techno sequences takes place and we soon find ourselves locked on for the duration. A fantastic display of music construction that will grab a lot of attention.
Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro returns to Bonzai Basiks with the seven track mega EP entitled Human Side. Petro is Belgium based DJ and producer, he was strongly influenced by early Hip Hop and Big Beat sounds. After studying at SAE in Brussels he gained the required skills in audio production and after listening to the likes of Armand Van Helden and Junior Jack, he decided to start into creating house beats. Since then he has appeared on labels like Dash Deep Recordings and Gam Recordings. Petri Petro has contributed some magical moments on Bonzai Basiks over the last number of years with previous releases – Starburst, Dragonfly, Beam Of Light, Deflector and more – enjoying great support from the techno fraternity. Another fine slice of techno this time around that we’re sure will appeal to many.
This mini album kicks off with the tough edged driving grooves of Human Side that sets us up for a whirlwind ride through techno and beyond. This is followed up by Safety Area that pounds us relentlessly with a deep sub bass and pumping kicks to the backdrop of some classic techno sounds. Danger hits hard straight outta the box with a kick drum that will shake any foundation to its core. The kicks are backed up with a chest pounding offset bass that stays the course from start to finish. The track is garnished with a very cool vocal and some electrifying synths. Up next we have the pacey Target that raises the energy levels by several degrees. Again we get pounded by a solid kick drum and bass combi alongside a stuttering hi hat sequence. Fantastic mesmeric FX come through and suddenly you find yourself locked on to a classic techno groove that will definitely turn a few heads. Awakening keeps the heart racing with its powerful beats and low sub bass while Transportation rolls back the years to deliver a wonderfully constructed techno cut laced with classic style sounds and a superb vocal. The final cut on this one is Modification and this one personifies the contemporary sound meeting the classic. The standards of today’s music production continues to rise and when you take a solid dynamically balanced modern sound and throw in some retro vibes, this is what you get. The very essence of the track will get right into the depths of your soul and force you to succumb. Think Sapiano – Don’t Stop and draw the comparisons. This one rocks and we’ve no doubt it will cause a stir on many floors.
Venezuelan DJ and producer Alfredo Mena is back with more tasty tech house treats, this time around he delivers the superb three track Give Me More EP. It’s been over a year since we last had a taste of this guys quality vibes, back in April 2015 he gave us Do You Remember which was very well received indeed.
Give Me More settles into a hypnotic groove right from the off thanks to some fantastic kick drums and intricate percussion patterns. A deep churning bass fills up the low end while those drum patterns intensify. An acid laced single note weaves through the sound as diva fuelled vocals ring out. The synth line goes through various changes adding some very cool textures to the sound which add to the tech house flavour beautifully. A rip roaring tech house slice that will definitely be a welcome addition in any set.
My Urban Sounds intros with a nice chunky kick drum and a plucky offset bass as crispy hi hats fade in. The bass grows in stature and is beefed up to a solid low end sub that emits a lot of power into the groove. Sweeping pads and FX fill the spectrum as a deep vocal pops up to bring an urban flavour to the sound. Warping synths come through adding some spice to the groove only to make way for some very cool retro style sounds. A deep groover here that is not to be missed.
Time To Get heads straight for the floor with its solid kick and hat combi which is backed up with a deep probing bass. The shuffling percussions soon get the rhythm into full swing as the bass intensifies and transforms into a full on in your face monster. Cool vocals litter the sound, deep spoken word and tribalistic singing work very well in contrast. Sharp plucky synths go through some expert tweaking resulting in a surreal experience that blends perfectly in the groove. Another fine slice from Alfredo that will not disappoint.
Newly formed techno duo Luiz & Winth debut on Bonzai Basiks with the fantastic three track Bloom EP. Based in Zurich, Switzerland these guys have only one thing on their mind, to deliver only the best techno to the world. We’re delighted to have them on board and no doubt we’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more in the future.
Bloom intros with a superb classic style heavy kick drum that leaves a wonderful bassy aftertaste in its wake. A cool vocal rattles about throughout the track adding a nice touch to the deep techno groove while shuffling hi hats and cool percussions dish out a solid rhythm. A mesmerizing synth pad hooks you in and on the break this becomes much more enhanced against the backdrop of a rapid percussive hit that speeds up and slows down before we’re slammed right back into full on mode. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Hunt gets right into a full on techno-fest from the get go as a deep rumbling bass is joined by pounding kick drums and sporadic shuffling hats. Cool percussive hits fill the spaces and we soon find ourselves totally hooked on the deep rooted groove on offer. This superb techno groove powers on relentlessly before a short respite on the break delivers a fantastic percussion sequence. A brilliantly constructed techno slice that will definitely keep those late night parties rocking.
Rounding up this superb pack we have Detroit with its deep rooted, solid techno grooves. The intro boasts a wonderful energetic bassline that just grabs a hold of you and won’t let go for the duration. Punchy kick drums are accompanied by cool crispy hi hats that deliver a nice flowing rhythm. Classic style stabs come through and if you close your eyes you would instantly be transported to the heart of the Detroit techno scene. A stunning techno cut that is a definite must have.
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.