Alan Castro is back at Monog with Bata EP. Alan’s last outing for us was on remix duty for Kruno Kereta’s Disquiet and before that it was a while since we seen him around these shores. Delighted to see another fine release from this guy and hope to see much more.
First up we have the title track Bata and right from the off we are lured into the deep grooves on offer with a superb kick and subtle percussion arrangement to the backdrop of a musical bass that locks you in for the ride. The grooves build slowly and tease us before we get to the break where some very smooth chords give you a little respite and then back into full swing. Cool vocal samples and FX splatter across the sound keeping your interest and adding many textures. A real nice and smooth cut that will not disappoint.
Dad0s sets off with a real deep groovy vibe as pulsing basses are joined by muted percussions that slowly weave a smooth rhythmic flow. Darker elements creep through in the shape of a mysterious echoed bell sound, which also adds a dramatic effect. Wonderfully positioned FX keep the ears trained as the groove unfolds taking us deeper. A strange yet very appealing sound that will draw the attention of many for sure.
Croatian producer Kruno Kereta debuts on Monog with the sublime Disquiet EP and comes complete with a superb remix from Alan Castro.
The Original Mix oozes deep minimal techno grooves as tough break beats dish out head nodding rhythms alongside some very cool percussions that become the mainstay of the track. A simple yet highly effective bass sits just behind the kicks beautifully as shuffling hats drive the rhythms. A series of synth sequences fade up from nowhere and keep with the minimal groove resulting in a proper deep techno experience.
Argentinean DJ and producer Alan Castro returns to Monog on remix duty, we last saw Alan with his Metodology EP back in 2013 which also got appearances on compilations through Eyepacth Recordings and Bonzai Progressive. Here he beefs up the original with big punchy kicks in a breaks pattern and a super tight drum and percussion arrangement which keeps with the minimal feel of the sound. Eerie sounding synth licks and pads combine brilliantly with a series of metallic FX which marries perfectly with the vibe. The beats transform into a full on 4×4 rhythm at the midway point and this beast of a track really takes off. A truly epic experience you will not want to miss.
Stratus rounds up this EP and gets right into the heart of deep minimal techno sounds with thumping break beats and a pure, raw bass. Rhythmic patterns flow effortlessly with the addition of spacey hats and percussions. A fantastic arp sequence brings with it a hypnotic flow that filters wonderfully to become the dominant force of the groove. Top notch stuff that will surely get attention within the techno fraternity.
For our release number 42, we welcome back our Romanian artist Iosupescu Lucian! His newest EP is known by the name of Omega and contains two absolute bombs! This is the second EP from Iosupescu Lucian at Monog and, after the success of his debut “Drug dealer” EP, the expectations where extremely high but guess what? He will not disappoint you! The two tracks composing Omega are very “Romanian style”. Addictive rhythm, a strong influence of dub techno and an enormous amount of details. The title of the first track gives the name of EP and have in her DNA a strong dark and enigmatic feeling coupled with an evolving groove. On the B side, we have “Curcubeu”, a deep and intense gem, with loads of details and a strong dub vibe. We absolutely felt in love with this EP and we are very curious about what’s coming next from Iosupescu Lucian!
The Spanish are back. That’s true, our well known Spanish duo, composed by Iban Montoro and Jazzman Wax, is back with another EP and we are extremely excited with it! “Amarre” is the name of the third EP from the duo with the Monog Records stamp and it’s composed by two original tracks: “Amarre” and “A Moot Point”.
“Amarre” have all the essential ingredients that makes our label so characteristic: It’s deep, dense, delicate and powerful at the same time. It’s the kind of music that you can easily listen for hours and it will never be too much!
On the B side, we have “A Moot Point” is a dance floor killer! A very powerful groove, combined with subtle chords and a lot of detailed ambient effects are the motto to make this track a “must have” in all the DJ Bags. Just have a listen and see for yourself!
While most of our posse is present at ADE every year we’ve never really showcased any of the new generation labels and artists that currently reside under Bonzai’s wings.
Our ADE event will be hosted by Bonzai Basiks Beats (our radio show) and Djunkee Bookings, they are lining up some of the best dj’s such as Airwave (Bonzai Progressive),Rogerio Martins (Piston Recordings) , Oz Romita (Sound R Us Recordings), Nico Parisi (Bonzai Progressive), Joal (Monog Records) and Van Czar (Bonzai Basiks)
Today Bonzai is an imprint that feels at home in many styles and genres throughout a vast network of sublabels and label managers, come check out what we have to offer at this Free entry event!!!
Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly reach the release number 40!
After 3 and a half years of a persistent search for coherence, vision, ideology and quality, we reached the incredible number of 40 EPs. All those 40 EPs are unique and special. They have life, personality and all of them are an essential part of what Monog Records has become today. They are our DNA and we are deeply proud and attached to every single one of them.
To celebrate this mark, we invited Hedubble, after his success with Traffic EP, to do the honours and present us with his new EP called Animal Feeling.
Animal Feeling EP is made of 2 original tracks Animal Feeling and No One Else and an outstanding remix of Animal Feeling made by our artist EAT DUST.
The Original mix of Animal Feeling is a proper piece of art in all the extend of the word. It is deep, delicate, introspective and beautiful. Besides the relatively simple groove and construction, the vocal is so intense that it will stay in your mind for hours!
On the other side, No One Else is a dance floor killer. The bass line is the main element here, driving all the track to a deep, dark atmosphere with plenty of details and small nuances.
At last we have the remix by EAT DUST for Animal Feeling. This remix is a lighter and housy approach to the original mix and it is a great example of EAT DUST characteristics as a producer. We are very happy to have his contribution in this EP.
Monog Records, Til dance tear us apart.
Eat Dust is the name behind the newest EP from Monog Records. “Portrait Illusions” is his debut ep with us and it’s guaranteed that this will be the beginning of a relationship for life!
Eat Dust aka Mario Silva, is an artist from Lisbon that since 2002 has been gaining his own space in the Portuguese dance scene leading him to a residence in one of the most mythical clubs in Lisbon, Alcântara Club. “Portraits Illusions EP” is made of three original tracks with a very dark, obscure feeling. “The Girl Next Door” is a very groovy, and powerful track, very capable of putting any dance floor on fire.
On the other side, “Portraits Illusions”, the track responsible for the name of this ep, is a much more intimist, dark and mental track. A lot of small details here and there, a dub techno fingerprint and an ambience that will send your mind into a dark parallel world. “Natural Flavour” it’s the closing track of this ep and sums up the essence of Eat Dust as a producer: Again a dark feeling, lots of details and a very groovy and addictive rhythm.
Enough of talking, just have a listen and see for yourself!
This month issue of Mixmag features a cd mixed by Hot Since 82, featuring two tracks from Joal, I See Why And Looking Down!
The Little Black Book album was only the beginning. From Cozzy D and Eric Volta to KiNK and Outstrip, Daley Padley, aka Hot Since 82, enters the house on his first-ever Mixmag cover CD. And what a mix it is! Veering from soul-flecked tech to masterful deep, Daley knows exactly what he’s doing. If you loved his mix of ‘Bigger Than Prince’, prepare to jump around like the purple one all over again.
1º Cozzy D & Eric Volta ‘The Gift’
“Pure summer vibes on this one – it’s been around a while, but slipped under the radar. One for this summer for me”
2º Santé & Frank Lorber ‘All About’
“Love Santé and love this collab with Frank. I always hammer this. Total roller”
3º Joal ‘I See Why’
“I don’t know too much about Joal except that he’s a main player in Portugal and throws down some serious tracks. Love this”
4º Philip Bader ‘More’
“Bader is on fire at the moment and so is Viva. Organ jam!”
5º J. Diesel ‘Outside In A Box’ (Olivier Giacomotto remix)
“This is heavy! Ace mixdown and mastering, and always gets the floor moving. Heavy stuff”
6º Darlyn Vlys ‘Floor 122′ (Santé & Sidney Charles remix)
“Moody and deep”
7º Martin Buttrich & Mousse T ‘Smack Back’
“Unusual collaboration here, but they’re usually the best ones and that’s the case here. What do you expect with Buttrich on the dials?”
8 ºHot Since 82 ‘Don’t Touch The Alarm’
“My new single out soon on my new label, Knee Deep In Sound. I’m really happy with it. There’s a heavy as hell Booka Shade remix to go with it, too”
9º Joal ‘Looking Down’
“Another Joal record that l couldn’t leave. One of my favourites from the last twelve months. Total jam”
10º Matthias Meyer ‘Tout Va Bien’ (KiNK remix)
“Another classic. I’m a massive Meyer fan, and KiNK really turned it out here. It’s all about the hats”
11º Fonos ‘She’s Back Again’ (Thodoris Triantafillou & CJ Jeff remix)
“The Athens crew on this record. As the title says, she’s back again: a nod to an all time classic”
12º Outstrip ‘Home Thursday’
“This is an amazing tune that l often play at the end of the night. Ace production and such a happy, feel-good record”
You can listen to the mix here:
On top of that, last week, Hot Since 82 was spotted playing four tracks from Joal on his set at the Knee Deep In Miami party!
Have a listen here:
Iosupescu Lucian is the man behind our latest release called “Drug Dealer EP”. Iosupescu is a Romanian DJ and producer living in Italy, with strong focus in what he want and where he wanna go with his music.
Drug Dealer is his debut EP at Monog Records and it is a perfect exemple of Iosupescu tremendous skills as a producer. This EP is composed by 2 original tracks (“Drug Dealer” and “Power Down”) with a very deep, moody vibe (so characteristic of this label) and an outstanding remix of “Drug Dealer” by our well known Spanish duo Iban Montoro and Jazzman Wax. This remix is an authentic dancefloor bomb, with a very different (and much more agressive) approach compared to the original version.
This is highly addictive so consume it at your own risk.
MNG037 featured the return of one of our oldest family member, diSapia! Tom Disapia is the man behind one of our all time favourite releases, “They mostly Hunt at Night EP” (MNG008), so the expectations were really high for this one and we couldn’t be more happy with the final results!
Smog City EP is composed by two original tracks: “Smog City” and “Bring it Back”.
“Smog City” have the word DISAPIA written all over. It is a great representation of his incredible work and talent as a producer, a deep, dense atmosphere, a funky vocal and an incredibly detailed work on the groove.
“Bring it Back” is an anthem for all the House music lovers out there. It have a driving bass line, an happy mood and a lovely vocal that will be in your head of a while. At last but not least, we invited Alan Castro to make a remix for “Smog City” and we are delighted with the final results! Incredible work that once again shows the tremendous amount of talent this Argentinian producer have. It’s deep, dense and underground. We love it!