We last saw Van on Eyepatch way back in mid 2013 with his ‘Mon Reve EP’. Since then he has released many other works on Bonzai Basiks as well as hosting Bonzai Basik Beat Spain and DJing regularly in Madrid. This time around we have ‘Jean Tonique’ which comes with three stunning remixes.
First up is the Original Mix, the intro eases in with subtle hats and a distant pad that leads to a cool kick. The percussions form up creating a smooth rhythmic vibe and takes us deep into the sound with a brilliant, surreal continuous chord dominating throughout. A super low sub bass reverberates through the sound providing a solid footing as a brilliantly tweaked vocal sample plays through. Superb deep grooves from Van which will be a popular choice no doubt.
Belgian legend Eric Powa B steps up to remix duties with his Deep n Dark Reconstruction Mix. Right from the off we are thrust into Eric’s deep tech world with a super cool kick and deep pulsating bass combo. One thing that stands out here is the precision in the percussion arrangement, tight patterns and classic sounds give off a brilliant vibe with a superb vocal sample that adds character to the track. The break gives up a smooth chord with sharp brass stabs before getting back into the groove with some classic toms. Very classy sound that will do well in any set.
Ittai Barkai ramps things up a gear with his remix. Classic intro with chunky kicks and crispy hats alongside cool rhythmic bongos. A very smooth vocal sample leads nicely into a lush chord as a brilliant offset bass drops in. A truly infectious groove ensues as you get locked into this sound helped along by those cool vocal samples and lush chords. Superb stuff from Ittai and definitely not to be missed.
Lastly in this pack we have Darouge on the remix. Darouge’s last outing ‘Bite The Curb’ saw much support and features on top download sites. The remix intros with a cool kick and hat combo which sets up the track nicely. The bass teases its way in as it hits every other bar before going into full on mode with its gritty edge. Cool vocal samples are met with smooth synth plucks that lead us into a percussion driven break before that bass takes charge once more. Great stuff yet again and a must have track in any playlist.
Canadian DJ and producer Darouge takes to the helm this week on Bonzai Basik Beats for a thrilling ride into the world of Techno. Darouge has been active around the scene in Toronto for quite a while now and his attention was firmly focused on Trance until he discovered DJ’s like Richie Hawtin, Steve Lawler and John Digweed. Since then he has been nurturing his Techno and Electro side with stunning results. His latest cut for Bonzai Basiks ‘Bite The Curb’ is featured here alongside cuts from Who Da Funk, Carlo Lio, Chris Wood, Dosem and Chris Wood among others.
Tracklisting – Episode 189 – mixed by Darouge:
1º Who Da Funk – Shiny Disco Balls (Acappella Mix)
2º Mariano Mateeljan – Pigeon Boxer
3º Gaga – Something Else (Miguel Bastida Remix)
4º Proudly People – 24 Hours
5º Proudly People – Moments
6º Chris Wood, Meat – Slow Down (Vinyl Edit)
7º Darouge – Bite The Curb
8º David Gtronic, Lilith (NL) – Lagrimas Del Sol (Dub Mix)
9º Darouge – Had Enough
10º Pig & Dan, Rachel Lyn – I Am One
11º Carlo Lio – Love Nation
12º Ray Okpara – Midnight Protein (Andrea Olivia Remix)
13º Dosem – Urban Shelter
14º Heiko Laux, Alexander Lukat – Lucho Part 1
Darouge returns to BB with the wonderful three tracker ‘Bite The Curb’. His last outing ‘Displacement EP’ proved popular among many and no doubt this latest offering will be met with more of the same.
First up we have the title track ‘Bite The Curb’ which intros with a nice chunky kick and is joined by a round of classic electro percussions which give the track a very cool groove. A deep bass lurks behind and teases with its presence. Some real nice sounds have filtered through and give this track a clear defining course. The break offers up some very cool sounds, almost alien in nature and gives the track an awesome texture. A very well constructed track and sure to get much attention.
‘Dudebrochill’ is next and intros with a solid kick and hat combination. A deep pulsating bass soon joins the party and is the perfect partner to those classic kicks. The rhythms are built upon beautifully with an evolving percussion line. Surreal synth work is brought in and we are on course for a fantastic tech workout. Awesome stuff and a definite one to watch.
Lastly we have ‘Pumper’, which, as the name suggests is a pumper! Right from the off we are led into a solid tech groove with thumping kicks and crispy percussions. Throughout the sound we are met with a hypnotic synth that locks us in for the duration. A bubbling bassline drives the track forward as some fantastic FX work goes on all around. Quite an epic slice here which would definitely be an asset for any playlist!