Philthy Chit returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Confabulate which comes packed out with three top quality remixes. Phil has been very busy lately on remix duties, churning out top notch cuts at every turn, his last effort on Nico Parisi and Gai Barone’s Perla saw great support and many features at top download sites.
The Original Mix gets us moving with a cool punchy kick and steadily building percussion led intro. The bass soon commands the track as drives the progressive grooves forward alongside stunning FX and a striking vocal sample. On the break the track really comes to life with hypnotic synths and intricate melodies alongside that soulful vocal adding great character. Top notch yet again from Phil and a definite must have track for those peak time prog sets.
Fresh off the back of his Camis Minor EP, Relaunch is back to lend his talents on remix duty and yet again he does not disappoint. A full on uplifter is played out in his own unique style which is a joy to many. So many wonderful elements combine beautifully here, from big chunky kicks to beat pulsing pads and that bubbling bassline to fascinating FX. The break unleashes a wave of euphoria as melodic sequences build up to climax with an ear piercing synth that will force those hands in the air. One for the big floors here and not to be missed.
Yuriy From Russia continues his spate of remixes with this latest cut solidifying the quality he always delivers. We last saw Yuriy on K-Fel – Pantheon which was a well received track among many and no doubt we are in for more of the same here. The track oozes a tough progressive vibe as the bassline drives the groove beautifully. Tight drum arrangements keep the rhythms flowing with a little help from a brilliant vocal sample that fits so well. The synths are the big hitter here hypnotising the mind with their complex melodies keeping the groove flowing. Superb stuff yet again from Yuriy.
Audio Noir is up next with another of his outstanding remixes. Lately he has been extremely busy with a multitude or remixes, his last coming on Airwave and DJ Fire’s Without Roots. But not only that he has also been working hard on his very own studio album Almost Famous which has recently been released on Bonzai Progressive. The intro boasts a nice big chunky kick as we have come accustomed to with an Audio Noir cut, the kick is joined by a fantastic percussion section that delivers cool rhythms. A vocal sample comes through with a sweeping pad going off in the background before the track open up with a monster bass taking control. Beautiful melodies are delivered via cool arps and add rich layered textures to the sound. An all round fast paced stomper that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Airwave and DJ Fire join forces once again to deliver another stunning deep progressive monster entitled Without Roots which comes backed up with four superb remixes. The guys have work well together in the past with their hugely successful Fire and Ice project, and more recently with cool cuts such as Kabalash.
First up we have the original mix that starts life with a nice chunky kick and subtle percussions. A deep rooted pad begins to fade through as the percussion arrangements become more prominent. As the track progresses we are drawn into a darkly atmospheric space that consumes your mind beautifully. Distant ethnic sounds further enhance the deep progressive vibes and add a surreal element. Deep basses bubble up from deep within the groove as soft melodic phrases break through and we are left with a stunningly epic track that will prove a hit in many sets for sure. Not to be missed.
Relaunch is first up with his brilliant remix. Big and bold intro as monster kicks take full control from the off to the backdrop of tight percussions and a hypnotic synth loop. Dancey drum patterns soon follow and lead us up to a fantastic Psy styled riff that really sets the track off. The bass sits perfectly under the track and adds its own pulsating rhythms to the sound. The break is an out of this world moment that delivers a beautiful euphoric vibe as melodies are forged out of a wonderful string and pad arrangement. We are then thrust back into this tough edged workout for the duration, absolute top quality yet again from Maik.
Kevin Vega is back on remix duty and as he normally tends to do he has raised the bar again with this remarkable journey through the progressive spectrum. The intro eases in with a beautiful atmospheric soundscape filled with lush tones and subtle melodic flavours. Distant percussions lead up to a fantastic pulsing bass which is soon joined by a smooth kick and the track flows magically. Intensity breeds at every turn and soon you will find yourself locked into a stunning hypnotic groove. A truly epic ride that will appeal to many, a must have.
On fire producer Audio Noir is up next with his remix that stuns with its wonderful complexities. An Audio Noir Odyssey is a master stroke of epic proportions as the intro guides us into a progressive world filled with a myriad of melodies and tight arrangements. Beautifully tweaked sound designs light up the spectrum with warm pads, cascading arps and a haunting chorus. These sound blend perfectly into an epic intro that builds to a stomping rolling kick climax. Big chunky kicks take over alongside a brilliant bassline that just oozes acid flavour. The track holds a steady flowing rhythm and takes us to the break where we are given respite in a serene setting with fluctuating melodies before we are slammed right back with the help of a massive build up. No more words, just listen, you will not be disappointed.
Audio Noir offers up his Zen Mix which encapsulates the ambient side of his Odyssey. All the mesmeric and haunting qualities are gathered together to captivate us into a surreal progressive driven utopia. Anticipation builds as we are teased with the prospect of a full on 4×4 beat that never arrives. Absolutely amazing work yet again from this wonderfully talented guy.
Relaunch delivers another of his stunning packs with his ‘Camis Minor EP’ which comprises four tough edged progressive monsters. Maik’s productions are top class and he has seen much support across Joof and Bonzai in recent months along with other works for various outfits.
First up we have the title track ‘Camis Minor’, right from the off we are thrust into a driving progressive groove with punchy kicks and a pulsating bass that provides the power behind the track. Tight drum and percussion patterns give off a steady rhythmic flow as the sounds gather pace around the track. Perfectly tweaked stabby synths lead us to the break where a beautiful lush pad takes over before crashing back into full on mode. Top notch stuff yet again from Relaunch.
‘Cygnus’ packs a huge punch as it delves right into a full on progressive stomper from the get go. Chunky kicks are accompanied by crispy hats providing a smooth rhythm and laced with bubbly basses that seem to just materialise from nowhere. We get a sense of Relaunch’s Psy roots as the synth line along with that powerful bassline will attest. Perfectly placed acid squelches add tough character to the sound while on the break we are taken on a sublime ride as the synths and pads take hold. Progressive, edgy house that will do well on many floors for sure.
‘Despina’ intros with a monster kick and sharp hat combo with a contrasting melodic synth bringing up the rear. A strong plucky bassline throbs throughout and gives the track a purely progressive vibe. Synth patterns form up nicely and take us up to the break where the bass is joined by cool arps and lush pads creating intricate melodies for us to enjoy. The track eases back into the groove for a fantastic journey through prog house at its best!
Lastly we have ‘Rhea’ which intros with a beautifully crafted sequence of bass pulses, FX and pads. A big and ballsy kick adds weight to the intro and the track soon settles in for an epic ride as melodic synth patterns begin to rise. The break unleashes a wave of euphoria as we are taken into a brilliantly crafted build up that will have the hairs on your body rise. Superb track and one that will gain a lot of attention, no doubt!
When it comes to progressive one name will always come to mind, Gai Barone. A veteran within the scene Gai has been responsible for some gems in the past and here he continues that trend with the fantastic ‘Cartaria’. Backed up with three superb remixes you are in for a real treat on this one.
First up we have the Original which takes a dive into the deeper side of prog with a subtle, percussive intro and a haunting pad. The beats filter through beautifully and bring a nice warm edge to the sound as the percussions begin to tighten up into a solid flowing rhythmic sequence. A mesmerizing arp plays throughout the track and really takes your mind away as the track evolves. Cool melodies ebb and flow as they tease their way making you want more, while on the break the synths intensify and climax into a full blown progressive workout, top notch!
Maik Relaunch turns up the heat with the first of two remixes from this ever popular artist. His Early Morning Remix is aptly titled as it is a track you would expect to hear at the end of sweat inducing, pumping progressive party. Big chunky kicks hold the track together as crispy hats are contrasted with a bubbly bass that provides a solid platform for what is to come. Big sweeping synths dominate the sound and on the first break you will have your mind blown by the clarity and sheer tangibility of the synths. The track kicks back into a solid progressive groove before those synths come around again, an absolute monster and a definite must for those playlists!
Relaunch’s second remix, the Late Night Remix, is much tougher offering as you would expect. A perfect track for the peak time festivities as edgy beats are met with a fantastic synth hook. Nice and chunky kicks alongside tight percussions release flowing rhythms. The bass meanders through the sound beautifully as it pulsates through the track. Those big and powerful synths make a return on the break and give this track big floor appeal, not to be missed.
A man who needs no introduction, he has been responsible for a vast amount of remixes and original works lately on Bonzai Progressive and we always get excited when his creations are delivered. Another Audio Noir Trip goes right into the soul of darker progressive vibes. The intro boasts a chunky kick with a cool FXed vocal over the top as a beautifully haunting pad rises up from the depths. All the while a superbly tight percussion arrangement steadily builds up a solid rhythmic base. The first break brings forth a wonderful array of sounds before kicking back in with the most surprising and superb basslines you are likely to hear any time soon. Smooth melodic sequences ease in on the main break as the track builds back up into the main groove. Fantastic cut from Audio Noir yet again!
Afterhour Trax 11 comes with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, Jimmy Galle, Inkfish, Nico Parisi, Matteo Monero, Domased Electronica, Sector 7, Audio Noir, Aamon, Tolga Diler, Kintar, Rishi K., Thorin, Relaunch, Noa Romana, Deersky, Aggressor, Ivan Nikusev, JJ Grant, Napalm & D-Phrag, Blufeld, Castra & Sovve, Matan Caspi, Anthony Yarranton, Dark Soul Project, Mindgamers, Cordoba, DeepDoul Duo, CJ Art, Jonny Calypso, Dafar, Flembaz, Jakhira and Kindred Spirits.
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