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CROCY – IN THE MIX 003 – DEEP TECH SESSIONS FEATURED BY BEAPORT

Our In The Mix series continues and this time around we enlisted the sleek and tight skills of one of our high profile artists – Crocy. In The Mix 3 features two solid mixes that bring together a wealth of music from within the archives at Bonzai HQ. Crocy holds nothing back as he utilises his talent to maximum effect. Over the years he has played at many top venues across Europe and beyond. He is a pioneer in the Slovenian dance music scene and champions his own sound with every quality release. He’s had a raft of releases on Bonzai Progressive, most notable his latest cut Valve which quickly gained a lot of support.

Crocy – In The Mix 003 – Deep Tech Sessions, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #crocy #manuriga #stevesai #kintar #marcdepulse #vechigen #zeo #abity #audiostorm #donlongton #jadeck #margolin #michaelberklin #airwave #jimmygalle #moshic #persya #matancaspi #stankolev #hadytarek #riseandfall #stevesai #insertname #joal #diegoalvez #victormaximiliano #gaibarone #brettlawrence #mikevale #ninaschatz #coolpeople #konnect #lorysdefalco #anuragnandvanshi

21 September 2016 UPDATES Read more

CROCY – IN THE MIX 003 – DEEP TECH SESSIONS (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Our In The Mix series continues and this time around we enlisted the sleek and tight skills of one of our high profile artists – Crocy. In The Mix 3 features two solid mixes that bring together a wealth of music from within the archives at Bonzai HQ. Crocy holds nothing back as he utilises his talent to maximum effect. Over the years he has played at many top venues across Europe and beyond. He is a pioneer in the Slovenian dance music scene and champions his own sound with every quality release. He’s had a raft of releases on Bonzai Progressive, most notable his latest cut Valve which quickly gained a lot of support.

Part 1 of this 2 part set features tracks and remixes from the likes of Vichigen, Manu Riga, Audio Storm, Airwave & Jimmy Gale, Don Longton, Steve Sai, Moshic, Kintar, Rise and Fall, Stan Kolev and many others. These tracks are blended effortlessly into a seamless mix of pure progressive delight and is not to be missed. Part 2 takes us on a more deeper orientated mix with cuts from Insert Name, Joal, Diego Alvez, Victor Maximiliano, Brett Lawrence, Konnect & Cool People, Matan Caspi, Gai Barone, Mike Vale and Nina Schatz among others. A contrasting mix that will easily set the mood and keep any party rocking.

#crocy #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga #stevesai #kintar #marcdepulse #vechigen #zeo #abity #audiostorm #donlongton #jadeck #margolin #michaelberklin #airwave #jimmygalle #moshic #persya #matancaspi #stankolev #hadytarek #riseandfall #stevesai #insertname #joal #diegoalvez #victormaximiliano #gaibarone #brettlawrence #mikevale #ninaschatz #coolpeople #konnect #lorysdefalco #anuragnandvanshi

21 September 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MANU RIGA – SURROUNDED – REMIXED FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Manu Riga aka Belgian multi talented artist Adriaan Baussens recently gave us his emotionally charged, quality filled album Surrounded, which performed extremely well on the scene having climbed high in many charts with support from the cream of the crop in the electronic music scene. The album was packed full of stunning progressive sounds and deeper house grooves, so what better way to celebrate this than to call in a host of top notch artists to give the album a remix makeover. Manu Riga’s journey through music has been one of dedication and passion with every project given 100%% to ensure that only the finest quality is delivered. It’s also been filled with personal ups and downs due to his health condition, but with a close knit circle of friends and a dedicated fan base he finds the strength to continue fulfilling his dream of making good music. Without doubt he is one of the hardest working producers around and this is shown through his tremendous contributions to Bonzai Progressive, in both original and remix work. During and after the album he has relentlessly churned out fantastic music and his latest remix from Man On The Moon is testament to that. With so much more coming up in the near future, it’s well worth sticking around to follow this guys story.

Manu Riga – Surrounded – Remixed, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga

14 September 2016 UPDATES Read more

MANU RIGA – SURROUNDED – REMIXED (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Manu Riga aka Belgian multi talented artist Adriaan Baussens recently gave us his emotionally charged, quality filled album Surrounded, which performed extremely well on the scene having climbed high in many charts with support from the cream of the crop in the electronic music scene. The album was packed full of stunning progressive sounds and deeper house grooves, so what better way to celebrate this than to call in a host of top notch artists to give the album a remix makeover. Manu Riga’s journey through music has been one of dedication and passion with every project given 100%% to ensure that only the finest quality is delivered. It’s also been filled with personal ups and downs due to his health condition, but with a close knit circle of friends and a dedicated fan base he finds the strength to continue fulfilling his dream of making good music. Without doubt he is one of the hardest working producers around and this is shown through his tremendous contributions to Bonzai Progressive, in both original and remix work. During and after the album he has relentlessly churned out fantastic music and his latest remix from Man On The Moon is testament to that. With so much more coming up in the near future, it’s well worth sticking around to follow this guys story.

The remix roster for this one is a who’s who of the progressive world with veterans and newcomers alike pitching in with their visions of the albums tracks. First mention goes to Surrounded remix competition winner CJ Art who stole the show with his sublime remix of Moments Of Sobriety. The competition attracted a huge amount of entrants with every remix having its own qualities, but it was CJ who won the day, congratulations. Stan Kolev and Integral Breed get to grips with Get Me Down and both remixes carry a deep progressive groove with a sublime twist on the vocal. Cry To Oblivion is reworked by Rick Pier O’Neill and Anthony G and as you’d expect these guys turn out a magical progressive sound that draws you in with deep grooves and an effective spoken vocal. Matt Holliday and Blufeld dish out quality progressive with their remixes of When The Day Is Done. Both mixes draw out the emotional essence of the original in a beautiful way. First Steps was picked up by Jakhira and Nico Parisi with both artists delivering a diverse remix. Jakhira opted for the housey approach while Nico digs deep for an epic journey. Thorin unleashes toughened up grooves on Immortal Sins while Crocy and Sebastian Busto step up to the remix desk on Urge To Live. Vince Auon, Kevin Vega and Following Light take on Migration with fantastic results as Suduaya tackles Indigenous Rights. Chandrama delights with his remix of Surrounded which also features a stunning vocal from Mimi and lastly we have Pavlin Petrov on duty for I Don’t Need You.

A veritable hotbed of progressive grooves on offer here that compliment the album beautifully, a definite must have collection.

#manuriga #bonzaiprogressive

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MAN ON THE MOON – SENSE (MANU RIGA’S PERSEVERANCE REMIX) CHARTED BY BEATPORT

The hugely talented Manu Riga steps for remix duties on this one with his Perseverance Remix and once again he delivers a fine slice of progressive for our listening pleasure. For the past 11 years this guy has been a champion for the Bonzai Progressive sound while realising his own diverse sounds. Still enjoying the warm reception from his studio album (as Manu Riga) Surrounded, he wasted no time in getting back to full on work mode and is already lining up some new material and remixes such as this one and his last outing on remix duty for Koschk’s Diwan. Big things still to come from this guy and we always look forward to more. The remix keeps with the deep theme of the original but adds that extra punch to get the floors moving. A nice punchy kick drum leads the way as tight percussions dish out a fine flowing rhythm. The bassline keeps thing on the deeper side with its warm well rounded groove. Pads layer up to fill the sound and create a sublime atmosphere which comes to the fore on the break before breaking down to percussions and FX and then rising once more to take back to the driving groove. Very nice indeed and a definite must have.

Man On The Moon – Sense (Manu Riga’s Perseverance Remix), out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is charted by Beatport in the Must Hear Progressive House – September 2016 chart!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #manonthemoon #manuriga

8 September 2016 UPDATES Read more

MAN ON THE MOON – SENSE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Bonzai Progressive debutant Man On The Moon delivers the deep and thoughtful Sense which comes with a top notch remix from Manu Riga. The Original Mix is a proverbial rabbit hole of deep progressive grooves that just keeps going deeper and deeper. A solid, punchy kick drum drives the track while surreal synths and pad sounds create an eerie atmosphere. A distant vocal repeats ‘sense’ which mesmerizes throughout the track. A powerful deep rooted bassline comes into play to take us further into the abyss and solidify an already strong progressive groove. The break takes surreal to a whole new level and we find ourselves totally hooked before we get slammed right back into the main track for the duration. Superb stuff that is not to be missed.

The hugely talented Manu Riga steps for remix duties on this one with his Perseverance Remix and once again he delivers a fine slice of progressive for our listening pleasure. For the past 11 years this guy has been a champion for the Bonzai Progressive sound while realising his own diverse sounds. Still enjoying the warm reception from his studio album (as Manu Riga) Surrounded, he wasted no time in getting back to full on work mode and is already lining up some new material and remixes such as this one and his last outing on remix duty for Koschk’s Diwan. Big things still to come from this guy and we always look forward to more. The remix keeps with the deep theme of the original but adds that extra punch to get the floors moving. A nice punchy kick drum leads the way as tight percussions dish out a fine flowing rhythm. The bassline keeps thing on the deeper side with its warm well rounded groove. Pads layer up to fill the sound and create a sublime atmosphere which comes to the fore on the break before breaking down to percussions and FX and then rising once more to take back to the driving groove. Very nice indeed and a definite must have.

#manonthemoon #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga

5 September 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

AFTERHOUR TRAX 20 FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Our long running Afterhour Trax enters its 20th edition, and once again we bring you some of the finest progressive house grooves from our homegrown labels Bonzai Progressive and Green Martian. 20 top notch cuts from the likes of Manu Riga, Gai Barone, Phi Phi, Nico Parisi, Following Light, Audio Noir, Rise and Fall, Quantus, Alex Vidal, Matan Caspi and many more, are all on hand to help you get down and party hard into the twilight hours. A serious weapon for any jock, this one is a must have.

Afterhour Trax 20, out this week on Green Martian, is featured by Beatport in the Staff Picks section of the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #greenmartian #manuriga #alexvidal #followinglight #quantus #stevesai #mendexx #audionoir #robertr.hardy #russlanjaafreh #gaibarone #phiphi #blufeld #platunoff #pavlinpetrov #nicoparisi #scanfix #yuriyfromrussia #followinglight #riseandfall #matancaspi #nightshiftmaster #alexeylisin #avesvolare #christopherhermann #sebastianbusto #paulamelicci #srinivas #experimentalfeelings aexfly #djdimitri

17 August 2016 UPDATES Read more

AFTERHOUR TRAX 20 (GREEN MARTIAN)

Our long running Afterhour Trax enters its 20th edition, and once again we bring you some of the finest progressive house grooves from our homegrown labels Bonzai Progressive and Green Martian. 20 top notch cuts from the likes of Manu Riga, Gai Barone, Phi Phi, Nico Parisi, Following Light, Audio Noir, Rise and Fall, Quantus, Alex Vidal, Matan Caspi and many more, are all on hand to help you get down and party hard into the twilight hours. A serious weapon for any jock, this one is a must have.

#greenmartian #manuriga #alexvidal #followinglight #quantus #stevesai #mendexx #audionoir #robertr.hardy #russlanjaafreh #gaibarone #phiphi #blufeld #platunoff #pavlinpetrov #nicoparisi #scanfix #yuriyfromrussia #followinglight #riseandfall #matancaspi #nightshiftmaster #alexeylisin #avesvolare #christopherhermann #sebastianbusto #paulamelicci #srinivas #experimentalfeelings aexfly #djdimitri

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IBIZA 2016 FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Ibiza 2016 is our latest in a long line of quality compilations designed to fulfil all your music needs. As the title suggests you will most certainly find yourself locked on to the wonderfully crafted progressive sounds we’ve put together for you. 25 of the very best progressive tracks and remixes come from the likes of Airwave, Phi Phi, Manu Riga, Chandrama, Alex Vidal, Rick Pier O’Neil, Gai Barone, Yuriy From Russia, Matan Caspi, Audio Noir and many, many more. The perfect addition to your collection, this one is not to be missed.

Ibiza 2016, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Staff Picks at the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive#chandrama #manuriga #rickpiero’neil #alexvidal #stankolev #chrisdrifter #robertrhardy #audionoir #airwave #mimi #srinivas #gaibarone #yuriyfromrussia #phiphi #matancaspi #blufeld #platunoff #traveltech #danielcurotto #riseandfall #zrg #nicoparisi #pavlinpetrov #joch #kush(mu) #persya #aexfly #christopherhermann #alexeylisin #avesvolare #djdimitri #sebastianbusto #paulamelicci #nightshiftmaster

20 July 2016 UPDATES Read more

IBIZA 2016 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Ibiza 2016 is our latest in a long line of quality compilations designed to fulfil all your music needs. As the title suggests you will most certainly find yourself locked on to the wonderfully crafted progressive sounds we’ve put together for you. 25 of the very best progressive tracks and remixes come from the likes of Airwave, Phi Phi, Manu Riga, Chandrama, Alex Vidal, Rick Pier O’Neil, Gai Barone, Yuriy From Russia, Matan Caspi, Audio Noir and many, many more. The perfect addition to your collection, this one is not to be missed.

#bonzaiprogressive#chandrama #manuriga #rickpiero’neil #alexvidal #stankolev #chrisdrifter #robertrhardy #audionoir #airwave #mimi #srinivas #gaibarone #yuriyfromrussia #phiphi #matancaspi #blufeld #platunoff #traveltech #danielcurotto #riseandfall #zrg #nicoparisi #pavlinpetrov #joch #kush(mu) #persya #aexfly #christopherhermann #alexeylisin #avesvolare #djdimitri #sebastianbusto #paulamelicci #nightshiftmaster

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DON LONGTON – IT’S POURING OUTSIDE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

South Shore, Nova Scotia based producer Don Longton debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic It’s Pouring Outside, and this one features a top notch remix from long time friend and Twins In Mind partner Manu Riga. The son of a Jazz pianist, Don was drawn into the synth sound since the early 70’s and was fascinated by the sounds of ELP, Rick Wakeman and others. He then caught the bug and started to produce his own sounds during the MIDI boom. Although he was constantly on the move, moving to new homes, he continued to play music. In 2007 he joined Twins In Mind with Manu Riga – aka prolific Belgian artist and Bonzai stalwart Adriaan Baussens – and later he went on to focus more on the progressive house side of things. In his own words Don is inspired by the incredible talent within the music industry and he is on course to unleash his own sound on the world. Much more to come from Don in the future so it’s well worth watching this space.

The Original Mix intros with a wonderfully deep and atmospheric vibe as lush tones are met with sporadic percussions and cool FX. Subdued kick drums come into play and we find ourselves being drawn into the infectious progressive groove. The expertly crafted layers build slowly to become a full on pumping groove that will surely have the floors filled. At the midway point a fantastic array of soothing melodies come though, made up of brash synths, soft voices and swirling pads. A top notch sound that is a definite must have track for any prog set.

Manu Riga turns up on remix duty and delivers his superb Sunshine Remix. A long time friend of Don, the guys have collaborated on the Twins In Mind project where they churned out some top quality chillout and downtempo cuts on Bonzai Elemental. Adriaan recently enjoyed the release of his first album – Surrounded – and now we can’t wait until the next one. Currently working on new material as well as other remixes, we always look forward to the pure quality in this guy’s productions. The remix intros with some very nicely crafted kicks that are joined by a subtle display of hats and percussions. A deep, chugging bassline comes through and dominates the sound, locking us into its hypnotic groove. The track slowly builds and we’re treated to some very nice progressive sounds that lead us into the first break where beautifully crafted and very subtle melodies come into play before we are thrust back into the main groove. Yet again we find ourselves completely hooked on the Manu Riga sound, and this one heralds a new era in that sound, one which his army of fans will undoubtedly embrace.

#donlongton #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga

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BONZAI & FRIENDS 500 – REMIXES FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Bonzai Progressive continues its 500th release celebrations with 20 top notch tracks plucked from our Bonzai & Friends 500 compilation and given the remix treatment from top artists that have contributed so much to the label over the years. Airwave, Manu Riga, Gai Barone, Phi Phi, Audio Noir, Matt Holliday Rick Pier O’Neil, John 00 Fleming, Crocy, AudioStorm, Satinka and many more are on hand to take us on a journey deep into the progressive sound and beyond. We think you’ll agree that this is the perfect way to compliment, not only the artists but the label and add to the continuing legacy of Bonzai Progressive.

Bonzai & Friends 500 – Remixes, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #eastcafe #gaibarone #matancaspi #satinka #audionoir #nicoparisi #rickpiero’neil #airwave #mattholliday #yuriyfromrussia #alfonsomuchacho #crocy #audiostorm #dharmalogy #alexvidal #manuriga #stevesai #narel #mimierotique #kevinvega #phiphi #eastcafe #alexeylisin #alexandrapride #john00fleming #thorin #stevesai #riseandfall #matancaspi #loquai #alfonsomuchacho #platunoff

29 June 2016 UPDATES Read more

BONZAI & FRIENDS 500 – REMIXES (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Bonzai Progressive continues its 500th release celebrations with 20 top notch tracks plucked from our Bonzai & Friends 500 compilation and given the remix treatment from top artists that have contributed so much to the label over the years. Airwave, Manu Riga, Gai Barone, Phi Phi, Audio Noir, Matt Holliday Rick Pier O’Neil, John 00 Fleming, Crocy, AudioStorm, Satinka and many more are on hand to take us on a journey deep into the progressive sound and beyond. We think you’ll agree that this is the perfect way to compliment, not only the artists but the label and add to the continuing legacy of Bonzai Progressive.

#bonzaiprogressive #eastcafe #gaibarone #matancaspi #satinka #audionoir #nicoparisi #rickpiero’neil #airwave #mattholliday #yuriyfromrussia #alfonsomuchacho #crocy #audiostorm #dharmalogy #alexvidal #manuriga #stevesai #narel #mimierotique #kevinvega #phiphi #eastcafe #alexeylisin #alexandrapride #john00fleming #thorin #stevesai #riseandfall #matancaspi #loquai #alfonsomuchacho #platunoff

28 June 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MANU RIGA – SURROUNDED FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Prolific Belgian artist Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens delivers his stunning new debut album Surrounded, and after a while in the making we can say that this has been well worth the wait. 12 beautifully rich and deeply intimate tracks will lift you up and carry you along on a rollercoaster of emotions, as the title suggests you’ll be surrounded by a mixture of dark and beautiful moments, leaving you with plenty to think about. From First Steps through to Immortal Sins and Urge To Live, to the wonderfully chilled Forgotten, all the bases are covered in this one. On top of that, and exclusive to the album, Adriaan has created a deft transitional mix of tracks which includes special edits of tracks from the album that will both inspire and move. We spoke to Adriaan briefly regarding the album and we got the impression of just how much of himself he has put in. The last year was a tough one to say the least, but he battled through and produced the goods as he always does, and he also managed to churn out multiple remixes along the way. It’s with great pleasure that we present this album to you and we have no doubt you will find it to be an expertly crafted and emotionally charged piece of work.

MAnu Riga – Surrounded, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga

15 June 2016 UPDATES Read more

MANU RIGA – SURROUNDED (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Prolific Belgian artist Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens delivers his stunning new debut album Surrounded, and after a while in the making we can say that this has been well worth the wait. 12 beautifully rich and deeply intimate tracks will lift you up and carry you along on a rollercoaster of emotions, as the title suggests you’ll be surrounded by a mixture of dark and beautiful moments, leaving you with plenty to think about. From First Steps through to Immortal Sins and Urge To Live, to the wonderfully chilled Forgotten, all the bases are covered in this one. On top of that, and exclusive to the album, Adriaan has created a deft transitional mix of tracks which includes special edits of tracks from the album that will both inspire and move. We spoke to Adriaan briefly regarding the album and we got the impression of just how much of himself he has put in. The last year was a tough one to say the least, but he battled through and produced the goods as he always does, and he also managed to churn out multiple remixes along the way. It’s with great pleasure that we present this album to you and we have no doubt you will find it to be an expertly crafted and emotionally charged piece of work.

The album intros with the exquisite First Steps which takes us on a surreal journey through a deeper curve in the Manu Riga sound. Swirling pads swell up against a backdrop of soft percussions as a strong voice comes through. A wonderfully deep droning bass fills the low end while an array of melodies float overhead. You get a sense of taking your first steps in life as the groove envelops your soul taking you deeper. A track that flourishes with expectations invoking deep thoughts, top notch.

Moments Of Sobriety is up next and tells the story of being on autopilot in life, having a sudden awareness, a realisation making you think of life around you and the important things. The track opens with a cool punchy kick and is surrounded by layering percussions that form into a solid rhythmic sequence. A wonderful sequence follows as a Turkish Oud plays out its rich melodic sound to the backdrop of some cool sweeps and FX. A fantastic bassline sits perched on the low end and moves effortlessly through this sea of melodies, driving the track forward. The break is a beautifully constructed kaleidoscope of sound which is joined by some stunning hair raising vocals that deliver a haunting groove.

Migrations represents a cycle of change in the Manu Riga journey as he took the huge step in moving countries which in itself can be quite a daunting experience. It also highlights milestones in his life which remain personal to him. The track opens with a nice punchy kick drum as various percussions start to creep in. A deep and probing bassline rears its head and creates a nice warm groove for the track to build on. Darker elements begin to show as the layers build and we soon find ourselves totally hooked on the sound. Wonderfully lush pads contrast brilliantly against sharper pads that mesmerize throughout. On the break we get drawn into a beautiful melodic sequence that would seem to have come straight out of a movie score complete with a stunning poem recited in sultry tones before we’re blasted right back into full on mode. Simply outstanding.

Indigenous Rights is up next and is a depiction of the destruction of a culture and a celebration of cultural aspects that remain strong through dedication and determination. The track intros with a nice chunky kicks and rhythmic hat alongside a fading in bass pulse. We get a glimpse of some beautiful melody from the superb vocal snippets and swirling pads and strings that mesmerize throughout. The pulsing bass is soon joined by a much grittier but very subtle wub wub bass that works perfectly within the track. The track takes a short break to prepare for one of the stars of the show, those stunning vocals which carry Vietnamese origins. As the title suggests we get treated to some of the most beautiful chants that takes us up to the main break where a powerful poetic vocal rings out and sends shivers down your spine.

The title track is up next and represents all that the album and its creator stands for, the feeling of being Surrounded in a world of unknowns, enveloped by darkness with the walls closing in and the impending anxiety that follows. The track is a dark affair with a morbid undertone that comes through brilliantly in the sound. Chunky kick drums and sparse percussions make way for the bass to rule the show here with its probing tentacles weaving into every crevice of the groove. Throughout the track a superb vocal from Mimi rings out as she narrates the story of the darkness. On the break though is where the track goes deeper with those stunning strings and pads telling their own story. Another superb cut from Manu Riga that will appeal to many no doubt.

Immortal Sins is up next and was written by Adriaan to reference the past and the sins against the tribes of the world. This track is a way of trying to repair the sins of our ancestors and with such an epic feeling to it we’re sure that this one will create the space in your mind to consider all that has gone before us and how we can make things better. The intro boasts a solid kick drum that is soon joined by shuffling hats and a teasing arps that lie in wait ready to pounce. Beautifully crafted pads and strings float overhead creating a mesmerizing sequence while a deep probing bassline works its way into the groove. On the break the tribal elements come through with stunning chants against a backdrop of tight drums and ethnic instruments. Excellent stuff once more, not to be missed.

Cry To Oblivion is a cry for help, it’s a crying out in pain, a scream. Feeling powerless and helpless Adriaan sat down and brought together his old Manu Riga style against the new Manu Riga style with a hope to create something new. The track has a dark flowing progressive groove made up of tight beats and ethnically charged instruments topped off with distant voices and bright piano keys. The break blends all these elements beautifully taking us deeper into the sound. The short vocal was provided by Irish DJ and Bonzai’s music reviewer and copy writer Brian Doran. After a long friendship Adriaan wanted him to be a part of his album and so he asked for the vocal. This vocal depicts the change in style for Manu Riga, a new dawn which is evident throughout the track. Another must have cut for the late night progressive sessions.

Urge To Live was written when Adriaan became sick, portraying fear and uncertainty. The intro is filled with a sense of dark, of hopelessness. Chunky kicks are backed with a raw hypnotic sound that is joined soon after by a deep punchy bassline that dominates the low end. Melancholic piano chords come through and takes us deeper while beautiful strings fleet across the sound. As the track evolves we see a light at the end of the tunnel. On the break we see sweeter melodies introduced along with a captivating vocal bringing a sense of hope, an urge to live that culminates in an epic fight for survival style composition. A simply wonderful piece of music that will give listeners a chance to reflect and get lost in the essence of the sound.

Next up we have I Don’t Need You which is a superb slice of progressive house that will sit perfectly in any set. It’s a track about realising one day that you don’t need someone after years of believing that they’re all you had, something personal to Adriaan once again in which he was able to translate into music. The track is solid, it carries a strong groove that will make you move and open your eyes at the same time. The intro is made up of a probing bass and scattered percussions that come together to form a tight rhythm alongside a nice punchy kick drum. Cool melodies rise up in an intricate arp form and are consistent throughout the track. The main break is dominated by that superb bass as it pulsates and transforms before melting away and then coming back with a bang as the track goes back into full on mode. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss.

Get Me Down is the new Manu style, he is reconnecting to his roots in house music to bring a more clubby vibe to his sound. The track is big and brash and will definitely compete on the floors with its solid groove and superb vocals. Big punchy kick drums are at the forefront with crispy hats on the offset alongside a tight drum arrangement. The bass warps brilliantly and is the perfect accompaniment for that vocal. The break reveals some expert LFO manipulation on the synths creating a harsh, raw sounding element in the groove. One to watch out for here, this one will not disappoint.

The penultimate track, When The Day Is Gone, was a painful track for Adriaan to get through. He was going through different emotions, a sense of when the day is gone it’s gone and to try and enjoy everything while you can. The track does a great job of getting right into emotions, not least with the outstanding vocal and the heavy piano chords. The drum arrangement makes for a smooth rhythmic flow while the vocal and the piano create wonderful textures and colours. The break is a melancholic affair with a sweet melody against the harsher vocal before crashing back into the main track for the duration. A definite must have track, not to be missed.

To round off this simply outstanding album we have Forgotten featuring Fe Malefiz. This one is special, not only a special mix – Last Day On Earth Mix – but a special message from Manu Riga to the world. You are invited to listen, listen to the poem for yourself and take your message from within. The track is a beautiful cinematic chillout piece that creates magical colours and allows you to lose yourself in the beauty of the music. Just listen, because nobody wants to be forgotten.

#manuriga #bonzaiprogressive #femalefiz #mimi

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