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MANU RIGA – SHADOW OF LIFE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

The ever impressive and always on target Manu Riga is back with Shadow Of Life. Manu remains a firm favourite at Bonzai and has done for the last few years. A highly reliable remix artist when called upon and consistent in his quality delivery. This new effort just proves yet again the skills on offer and comes backed up with four superb remixes. Settle in for deep charged progressive vibes you will not want to miss.

The Original Mix sets us off into this hugely anticipated journey into prog as punchy kicks are met with crisp offset hats. The basses begin to form up in layers with an arp bass showing first getting the groove moving beautifully. Deep droning basses soon make their way in making for the perfect platform for the subtle ethically charge undertones. Contrasting melodies float throughout the sound with cool synth arps and distinctively ethnic voices. The break delves into this world beautifully before we are thrust back to the main sound and onward with our ride into deep prog, just brilliant.

Nico Parisi is up first on the remix with his In Search Of The Morning Remix. The title of his remix is taken from his monthly Podcast of the same name where Nico showcases top tracks in the mix. Recently we have seen his own latest works Napoli By Night get a release support coming through thick and fast. Here the intro goes right for the jugular as tight punchy kicks are joined by pulsating deep bass. Percussions begin to show building up a cool rhythmic vibe as sweeping pads wash over the sound beautifully creating dreamy melodic flavours. The break offers some cool percussive sounds laden with effects alongside distant voices and takes us back into the main groove for the duration. An epic deep progressive slice from Nico as you would expect, not to be missed.

Ben Solar is up to the remix desk next with his effort. Ben is fresh from a superb remix on Steve Sai’s Stardust which came soon after his debut Big & Small EP. Here he takes us on a winding journey deep into progressive bedrock. The intro boasts a round of smooth percussions that are soon joined by a cool kick with a myriad of FX adding very cool textures to the sound. A deep bass plunders through the sound beautifully sitting back just enough to allow the higher frequencies to shine. A very percussion heavy ride ensues in this super tight arrangement with classic stabs popping up throughout. Subtle yet driving deep progressive house that would be a welcome cut in any set.

Italian DJ and producer Mark Found delivers a fresh sounding remix filled with all the goodness of true progressive house. Mark recently debuted with Sagittarius on BP and with his Duluth moniker on Green Martian, with both tracks getting much support from all over. The remix here intros with a nice and chunky kick and a tightly arranged percussion section. A brilliantly crafted synth arp builds us up to a powerful driving bass that sits perfectly in the sound. The arps and additional synth work produce cool melodies that captivate for the duration. The break reveals a beautifully crafted sequence that will allow your mind to drift before getting pushed right back into the main groove. A top notch remix from Mark and a must have track for sure.

Phil Taylor aka Philthy Chit returns to remix duty after his very well received remix on Nico Parisi and Gai Barone’s Perla as well as his own Confabulate back in July this year. The intro gives off a monster kick that punches you right in the chest as it pounds out its groove. A cool, deep bass oozes progressive flavour as ethic voices sweep across the sound drawing you into their lull. An infectious arp sequence brings a subtle enthralling melody which dominates the break wonderfully. After the break the track settles in for an epic ride with many fantastic soundscapes along the way. A truly thought inducing piece that will keep dragging you back for more, superb stuff.

#manuriga #bonzaiprogressive #nicoparisi #bensolar #markfound #philthychit

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CHRIS HARRIS – WHAT’S LEFT OF THEM (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Chris Harris makes his full debut on Bonzai with the superb What’s Left Of Them and is fresh off the back of his debut remix on Nico Parisi’s Napoli By Night. Chris comes to Bonzai with 20 years experience within the music industry. He started his music career in 1992 as a bass player in a local band before turning his hand to DJing in 1994. As a DJ he was known for playing all genres of dance music from House to Happy Hardcore at clubs, various private parties and events but always had a love of Trance and Progressive. He soon got the writing and producing bug and had his first release on Transport Digital with Lost In The East. We are excited to have Chris on board and look forward to tapping into his vast experiences.

The Original Mix intros with a wonderful thick kick and a pulsating bass that oozes energy and drive. Percussions slowly make their way into the sound as a distant arp rises up in the background. Teasing melodies wander in and out and take us up to the break where a fantastic riff takes hold before we are thrust back into the full driving force of this energetic progressive monster. Top notch debut and a track that is not to be missed.
Canadian DJ and producer Onez!e is up first to the remix plate with his superb offering.

Onez!e recently showed his skills on his debut Green Martian release with This Is Dream. Here he applies those skills again with impressive results. Smooth muted kicks lead the intro as a far off synth catches up. Crispy hats bring the percussions into the fray before the kicks are given a huge punch. The track breaks briefly and soon comes back with a fantastic warm bass that walks across the sound beautifully. The track settles into a driving progressive groove with that bass taking full control as perfectly measured melodic riffs add a hypnotic edge to the track. Big hitter for sure which will turn a few heads.

Italian DJ and producer Matteo Monero is next up on the remix. Matteo is a stalwart in the progressive scene having appeared on top labels. We last saw Matteo on remix duty for Audio Noir’s Revelation back in 2013, good to have him back at the controls. Here the remix sets off with a cool atmospheric vibe as dulled metallic clanks join forces with smooth percussions. Nice and chunky kicks are added giving the track a driving surge. The bassline soon commands as it resonates right throughout the sound with a beautiful lush undertone. High quality FX work adds cool textures and upholds that atmospheric vibe. Deep and dark grooves with subtle melodic flavours that will have any floor pumping.

#chrisharris #bonzaiprogressive #onez!e #matteomonero

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE #BEATPORDECADE PROGRESSIVE HOUSE FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Bonzai Progressive joins #BeatportDecade celebrations with this Progressive House compilation featuring original tracks and remixes by Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Manu Riga, Cid Inc., Nico Parisi, Inkfish, Phi Phi, Rise And Fall, Audio Noir, Gai Barone, Relaunch, Solar Fields, Moshic, Philthy Chit and Matan Caspi.

Bonzai Progressive #BeatportDecade Progressive House, out now on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the #BeatportDecade page!

#bonzaiprogressive #BeatporDecade

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BONZAI BASIK BEATS 211 – MIXED BY ALFONSO MUCHACHO

Alfonso Muchacho heads up this week’s guest spot with a superb progressive inspired mix. Alfonso recently released Despina through the Green Martian imprint with much support coming from all angles. Today’s mix features top tracks from Mariano Mellino, Dassie, Luis Junior, Gvozdini, Milana, Ioan Gamboa, Moderat, Sarah McLachlan, Ecco and Apparat as well as two tracks from Alfonso himself.

Tracklisting – Episode 211 – mixed by Alfonso Muchacho:

1º Apparat – A Bang In The Void (Silinder Remix)
2º Alfonso Muchacho – Despina (Original Mix)
3º Alfonso Muchacho – Distant Worlds (Original Mix)
4º Mariano Mellino, Dassie – El Globo Rojo (Original Mix)
5º Luis Junior – Karma Calling (Original Mix)
6º Gvozdini, Milana – Love & Illusions (Phonic Scoupe Vocal Remix)
7º Ioan Gamboa – Atlas (Original Mix)
8º Moderat – Damage Done (Silinder Remix)
9º Ecco – Switch (Original Mix)
10º Sarah McLachlan – Possession (Alfonso Muchacho Remix)

#bonzaibasikbeats #bonzaiprogressive #alfonsomuchacho

 

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MINDGAMERS – YOU KNOW WHY (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Tallinn’s finest are back with their long awaited follow up to The Crown with You Know Why on Bonzai Progressive. November 2013 was their last full release but they have been very busy indeed with remix duties for Phi Phi & Airwave, Ecco, Cordoba and Matan Caspi. The original gets a rework from four of Bonzai’s top remixers to satisfy our progressive addictions.

The Original Mix intros with a cool round of percussions before a nice punchy kick joins the fun as vocal samples come through. A deep and laidback bass provides the perfect platform for the progressive house vibes to flourish here and are matched beautifully with a flowing rhythmic percussion section. Cool housey stabs come through as a more progressive inspired synth makes the rounds. The break reveals a bright melodic string that adds lush tones to the vibe. Top notch effort yet again from Zas and Sanze.

Top Bonzai artist Nico Parisi is up first to remix and what a fine job he does yet again. Nico as usual remains a very busy guy in the studio and on the road gigging. His latest remix for Matan Caspi has been performing very well indeed and his newest track Napoli By Night will no doubt follow suit. Here Nico turns up the progressive dial a few notches with a nice deep grooving track. The original elements are well represented with the bass walking along beautifully as big chunky kicks dominate the sound. The vocal samples come through perfectly and add to the darker tones. On the break we see wonderful contrasts as the strings pitch above the deeper vibe resulting in a must have cut for those late night sessions.

Crocy is next up for his remix and again we see top quality delivery for a top quality artist. Recently we were treated to his own latest cut, a reworking of Recht, as well as remixes for Nico Parisi and Steve Sai. The remix here intros with a nice and bright crispy hat and sharp clap combi with vocal samples coming in. The punchy kicks give way to a brilliantly crafted bassline that filters into a superb grooving house vibe as the synths dish out their subtle melodies. A super tight arrangement with a huge dancefloor appeal that will no doubt feature among many.

Jakhira delivers a top notch remix as you’d expect with his trademark house elements shining through beautifully. Right from the off you know you’re in for a good time as crispy percussions form up a solid rhythmic base. Well rounded, punchy kicks are joined by a groovy chord riff that will get the dancing feet moving easily. A cool plucky bassline keeps the groove flowing brilliantly as the layers continue to build with the addition of classy synth stabs. The break unleashes a fantastic deep bass pad as the synths continue their journey with the addition of some funky keys to shake things up a bit. Superb stuff from this Jakhira as always and no doubt this will feature heavily in many sets.

Rion Oidua rounds off this stunning remix pack with his own stunning cut. Since October 2013 Rion has featured on many remix rosters across various labels within the Bonzai realm, and each time he always surpasses expectations with quality work. This time around we see his progressive traits shine through as the track intros with a classic kick and hat combi that will always get feet moving. A deep and moody synth is joined by cool vocal samples and leads us up to a fantastic stand out plucked bass that just sits perfectly in the track. Cool house vibes come off the synths and pad chords as a smooth string melody eases in. The break lets loose with big stabby synth chords that take the track on a bit of an oldskool tangent with stunning results before settling back into this solid progressive house groove. A definite must have.

#mindgamers #bonzaiprogressive #nicoparisi #crocy #jakhira #rionoidua

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ORQUESM – DRAGON (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Orquesm debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the stunning three track DragOn. Orquesm are a Dutch DJ and producer duo aka Jeffrey Bakker & Michael Ulrich. They started out in the nineties playing at some of the biggest nights in the Netherlands including Waakzaamheid club and Renaissance. Their style varies depending on what they feel like producing, and to date they have a very impressive list of releases to their name. We are delighted to have the guys on board here at Bonzai and are excited about the times ahead.

The title track DragOn gets us going with a cool punchy kick with a rich string ebbing and flowing in the background. The first break introduces some very cool FX and a short vocal sample before getting right into full on mode as the deep seeded bass works its magic. Intensity builds as the synths embark on their hypnotic journey culminating with some stunning understated riffs. A myriad of FX go off in the background add beautifully woven layers and textures. The main break brings unleashes a seemingly haphazard synth display that adds so much weight to the sound. A brilliantly crafted progressive workout that is not to be missed.

Flooding intros with a filtered kick and bass combi that just teases us as it makes its way towards a wonderfully rich and energetic arrangement. The kicks are transformed into a big punchy hitters as the lush rolling bass generates energy. Multiple FX bring cool textures to the sound and before you know it you’re locked right into its stunning groove. This merciless journey is further enhance with the introduction of a superb sub bass that weaves in and out of different acid phases giving off a stomping driving groove. Top notch stuff.

Spoeling sets off with a cool percussion arrangement with various layers building the sound up nicely. A deep and dark bassline soon commands the tracks direction as phat kicks dish out a cool breaks groove. Bright synths and pads provide smooth melodic sequences on the break and are in perfect contrast to the darker tones of the track, resulting in a very dynamic sound that will no doubt appeal to many.

#orquesm #bonzaiprogressive

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE #BEATPORTDECADE PROGRESSIVE HOUSE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Bonzai Progressive joins #BeatportDecade celebrations with this Progressive House compilation featuring original tracks and remixes by Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Manu Riga, Cid Inc., Nico Parisi, Inkfish, Phi Phi, Rise And Fall, Audio Noir, Gai Barone, Relaunch, Solar Fields, Moshic, Philthy Chit and Matan Caspi.

#bonzaiprogressive #BeatportDecade

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE #BEATPORTDECADE TECH HOUSE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Bonzai Progressive joins #BeatportDecade celebrations with this Tech House compilation featuring original tracks and remixes by Stefano Noferini, Metodi Hristov, Mindgamers, Sa.Du, The French Connection, Ecco, Fab Code, Kernel Key, Oz Romita, Van Czar, Hilal Tekschneider, Project KF and Mark Prades.

#bonzaiprogressive #BeatportDecade

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE #BEATPORTDECADE HOUSE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Bonzai Progressive joins #BeatportDecade celebrations with this House compilation featuring original tracks and remixes by Mindgamers, Metodi Hristov, Jimmy Galle, Dimitry Liss, Rishi K., Frank Le Fever, Ewan Pearson, Wonji, Scrub, Barbara Wahnon, Dave Nash, Crocy, Eric Powa B, Ecco and Diego Alvez.

#bonzaiprogressive #BeatportDecade

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BONZAI BASIK BEATS 210 – MIXED BY DIEGO HERRERA

Chilean DJ and producer Diego Herrera joins us this week with his superb guest mix. Diego recently saw a lot of attention with his Middle Earth EP on Bonzai Basiks and his subsequent remix for Christian Bonori & Paul S-Tone on Chemtrails. Today’s mix comes packed to the rafters with Deep House and Tech House cuts from the likes of Fabio Gianelli, German Brigante, Maetrik, Nice7, Carlo Lio, Groovebox, Sidney Charles, Lauren Lane, Technasia and Matthias Tanzmann.

Tracklisting – Episode 210 – mixed by Diego Herrera:

1º Matthias Tanzmann – Tilt (Original Mix)
2º Technasia – I am Somebody (Original Mix)
3º &Me – Shallow (Original Mix)
4º Lauren Lane – Cool Kids (Original Mix)
5º Sidney Charles – Ruffline (Original Mix)
6º Groovebox – Brooklyn (Original Mix)
7º Carlo Lio – For the love of (Original Mix)
8º Nice7 – Difference (Original Mix)
9º Fabio Gianelli – Maintain (Original Mix)
10º Maetrik – The Poem (Original Mix)
11º German Brigante – Menos Latencia (Original Mix)

#bonzaibasikbeats #bonzaiprogressive #diegoherrera

 

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AUDIO NOIR – ALMOST FAMOUS FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Audio Noir has been around for a while now at Bonzai and he has consistently delivered the goods in all his productions and remixes. We are used to seeing his progressive house side or his revisits to oldskool grooves side, but this time around he throws out the script and shows us more of his superb skills in all aspects of music creation.

Audio Noir – Almost Famous, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport on the Staff Picks in the Progressive House genre page!

#bonzaiprogressive #beatport #audionoir

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PHILTHY CHIT – CONFABULATE FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Philthy Chit returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Confabulate which comes packed out with three top quality remixes.

Philthy Chit – Confabulate, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport on the Staff Picks in the Progressive House genre page!

#bonzaiprogressive #beatport #philthychit

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MY HOUSE IS YOUR HOUSE 9 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

9th installment in the My House Is Your House series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Rogerio Martins, James Dexter, Rick Wade, Marcus Raute, Daniele Breschi, P.A.M.O., Deeply Hi, Moliner, Tirrenia Vibe, Paul Rudder, JR (UK), Scrub, Rion Oidua, GarcyNoise, Ivan Masa, Dan Cano, Gaulois, Mann & Klamm, DOS, Van Czar, Ittai Barkai, Brett Lawrence, Kenny Keys, Iosupescu Lucian and Yaroslav Lenzyak.

#bonzaiprogressive #rogeriomartins #jamesdexter #rickwade #marcusraute #danielebreschi #pamo #deeplyhi #moliner #tirreniavibe #paulrudder #jruk #scrub #rionoudia #garcynoise #ivanmasa #dancano #gaulois #mann&klamm #dos #vanczar #ittaibarkai #brettlawrence #kennykeys #iosupesculucian #yaroslavlenzyak

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AUDIO NOIR – ALMOST FAMOUS (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Audio Noir has been around for a while now at Bonzai and he has consistently delivered the goods in all his productions and remixes. We are used to seeing his progressive house side or his revisits to oldskool grooves side, but this time around he throws out the script and shows us more of his superb skills in all aspects of music creation. Almost Famous takes us on a surreal ride through many aspects of musical form, from downtempo to big beats and from dark progressive to vocalised progressive house. A classic album in the making with something for everyone which will not disappoint.

The album kicks off with Kontakt with its fading intro revealing words from one of the great minds of our time. A fantastic double bass creates a smooth and groovy workout which is further enhanced with superb breaks and sharp flute riffs. The spoken word adds great character to the track resulting in the perfect introduction to this wonderful album.

Evolver intros with a punchy breaks pattern backed up with organic FX that flow beautifully with the vibe. A deep throbbing bass eases alongside some very cool dark synths. Strikingly surreal vocals cascade through the sound which keeps your mind locked in.

Next up we have The Hawthorne Effect with its intense intro and giving an injection of energy into the album. Again we see Audio Noir go down the breaks route with a tight drum arrangement which is so expertly crafted. Rhythmic percussions keep the groove flowing alongside cool melodies and that intense synth that sits in the background. Pulsating basses are the perfect companion to round off this stunning cut.

We head into Love – Vox On and the first four to the floor beat on the album. Nice and smooth intro with punchy kicks that sit over a cool percussion section as a deep and powerful bassline takes control of the grooves. Sultry vocal phrases add a cool dynamic to this dark vibe which is contrasted beautifully by lush pads on the break.

One More Night sets off on its journey with a very cool intro consisting of echoed beats, bright melodic flavours. Sharp percussions soon follow and the track breaks into a smooth organ melody with an airy vocal over the top. Hypnotic basses let the grooves flow beautifully as a gritty synth riff plays out on the sidelines.

Ramping up the tempo and getting the party in full swing we have La Polaris. Nice chunky kicks and layered percussions get the rhythm flowing as a deep pulsating bass hits the offset to the backdrop of wispy vocal samples. A darker tribal element filters through as the drum sections notches up a gear with a hypnotic synth becoming a big focus. Swirling pads reveal a stunning melody and offers a very cool contrast as whispered vocal shots come through, top notch cut yet again.

Deep into the midway point on the album is Morphine which intros with a fantastic punchy kick and percussive layers building all around. Cool rising FX brings each layer to its peak and reveals even more superb percussion patterns. The track descends into a darker vibe as a wonderful bass resonates right through the sound before coming back into the main groove. Brilliant vocal samples and a blippy arp sequence provide solid textures which would be a welcome addition in any set.

Wunderschong goes deeper with its dark pulsing bassline and chunky kicks. The percussions are top notch as is the tight drum arrangement with its solid rhythmic workout. Sweeping, raw FX rise and fall throughout and take us to the break where super sweet and lush pads weave a beautiful melodic sequence. The melodies subside and the dynamic shifts back to the dark progressive nature of the track, superb stuff.

Under The Sun boasts a fantastic intro as bassy percussions are joined by wonderful vocal FX. Rhythmic hats and claps get the groove flowing as a myriad of sounds cascade down resulting in a complex web of perfectly pitched sounds. The bassline brings order and drives the track forward with a little help from cool punchy kicks. Beautifully crafted synth pads elevate above the darker tones and are joined by a stunning melancholic vocal, brilliant stuff.

Leaving the midway section of the album we run into HairSplitter with its big beat tendencies. Cool raw sounding beats sit well with gritty, organically flavoured synths and basses. Wistful vocals sweep through as gentle arps form up in the sound. The break reveals a stunning display of filtered synths that are the perfect addition to the sound. Big, brash and ballsy stuff.

Chemical Phunk keeps the big beat trait running as we are treated to a fascinating display of drum arrangement with punchy kicks and sharp, snappy percussions. Industrial sized FX dominate to the backdrop of a hypnotizing deep pulsing bassline. The break comes amidst a round of gritty distorted synths as the breaks build up and climax back into this super charged cut, great stuff.

Midnight Till Morning intros with warm melodic synths and a hair raising vox sequence as smooth and groovy beats come through. The track builds nicely and the raspy vocals add beautiful textures as the dynamics of the sound shift continuously. Cool and laidback sounds, perfect for those late night to early morning sessions.

Rounding off this stunning album is Love – Vox Off which removes the sultry vocals from Vox On and leaves us with a beautifully crafted slice of smooth and deep progressive vibes. The perfect ending to a perfect journey which will no doubt be a great listening experience among many.

#audionoir #bonzaiprogressive

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