Samotarev returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Around U and enlists the stunning vocal talent of Max Magnum with remixes coming in from Manu Riga, Matan Caspi and Rion Oidua. Recently we saw Samotarev on remix duty for Manu Riga’s Tai Chi Girl which made a huge impact, much more planned for 2015 so stay tuned.
The Original Mix intros with nice chunky kicks and crispy hats alongside snappy drums that get the rhythm flowing smoothly to the backdrop of a deep and captivating synth. An unexpected twist throws the synth into some very cool note changes that just ooze pure house grooves. A deep throbbing bass bubbles up from below and carries the sound for the duration as intensity builds with each layer being added. The stunning gritty vocal from Max comes through beautifully and brings a thought invoking narrative with an infectious groove. You find yourself locked right in here as the vocals melt into the sublime synths. Top notch stuff that is definitely not to be missed.
The Dub Version is there as a great tool for those who don’t want the vocal which leaves us with a deep and hypnotizing groove that will be a welcome addition in any set.
The on form Matan Caspi delivers the first of two mixes with his Retro Remix. We last saw Matan on his superb Aim To The Moon which was very well received indeed having appeared on many charts and the tool of choice in many sets. The remix intros with a subtle kick as the synths rise up in the background alongside a very cool plucked guitar riff. The kicks transform into cool punchy hits with a deep, dirty, pulsating bass shoring up the rear. Sharp hats and a tight percussion section hold the rhythms perfectly as that brilliant vocal does its work. Tougher edged sounds filter through as big stabs gather pace resulting in an absolute stomper of a track, superb stuff.
Matan also gives us his Dub Remix which removes the vocals and leaves us with a stomping trek through the grittier side of house music. A great tool for any jock.
Top Bonzai artist Manu Riga delivers his stunning Late Night Mix which will go down well on the floors for sure. Manu aka Adriaan Baussens is currently in the midst of his busiest time ever, collaborations, remixes and original works are top of his agenda as well as a new radioshow alongside Matt Holliday called Dark Progressive, which will air on Tempo Radio. Next year will see Matt & Manu’s efforts realised when their debut EP gets a run out which we are so excited about. In the meantime his remix on Chris Harris’ Feels Real? is gaining lots of interest from all over which is no surprise as it holds real progressive flavour. On the remix here the intro brings a punchy kick and a very cool percussion arrangement that gets things flowing nicely alongside some fresh and crispy hats. A warm bass comes through and brings a fantastic groove along for the ride as pads sway in the background. The vocal fits into the sound beautifully as Max Magnum unleashes his breathy tones and delivering very cool lyrics. Great stuff yet again from Manu and a definite must for your crates.
Fresh off the back of his Eyepatch Recordings debut track – Electronic Lover, Rion Oidua rounds up this fantastic package with his remix. A classic chunky kick and crispy hat intro gets us on the move as the drum arrangement tightens up to dish out its rhythmic grooves. Rich pads sweep across in the background with subtle note changes creating a wonderful atmosphere. A deep plucked bass drives the track as vocal snippets are littered throughout. On the break those pads take over and the addition of the vocal makes for a sublime affair before the track builds back into the main groove for the duration. A wonderful slice of prog that will turn a few heads no doubt.
Rion Oidua makes his full Eyepatch debut with the wonderful Electronic Lover which comes backed up with two fantastic remixes. Rion has been a regular contributor to many releases under the Bonzai umbrella. His last outing was a remix on Mindgamers’ You Know Why and before that he has seen his work put out on Bonzai Progressive, Bonzai Basiks and Eyepatch Recordings with remixes for Tribal Warriors, Zolex and John Manning. We’re delighted to see his original works make the cut and hope to see a lot more in the future.
First up we have the Original Mix of Electronic Lover. The intro gets us moving with a cool punchy kick alongside a complex network of percussions as a sensual moaning vocal sets the mood. A deep gritty bass soon follows and gives off a very cool deep tech vibe. Deep chords rise up in the background and provide a smooth house groove to the sound as those sensual vocals continue. A true deep vibe that contains all the right ingredients for a dancefloor monster, a definite must have.
The Erotic Dub is a replica of the original mix but strips away the spoken vocal and leaves us with a sublime erotic fuelled tech house monster. Perfect fodder for those late night parties to get you right into the mood.
Tali Freaks is back on remix duty after his last outing Buridda which also featured Matteo Borghi was very well received. Here he sets out with a very cool intro as smooth chords sweep through alongside a simple percussion hit and cool vocals. The rhythms form up behind crispy hats and sharp claps as the outstanding bassline starts to fade in with the help of some erotic moaning. Big punchy kicks really set the track on its course as that superb bassline gets the groove into full on mode. Tight drum and percussion arrangements are expertly crafted to keep the feet moving. Many more layers continue to build as some funky one shot hits are introduced to create a brilliantly intricate pattern of sounds. A proper master class in house that you will not want to miss.
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.
Portuguese producer Scrub aka Joal returns to Eyepatch with his first full release ‘Feed Me’ which features the fantastic vocals of Barbara Wahnon as well as a raft of quality remixes. Having already done the rounds on various compilations we felt it necessary to give this track another outing with top notch remixes.
First up we have the Original Mix which gets going with a smooth kick and percussion combi, setting up the groove beautifully in the process. Punchy basses come through adding a cool deep vibe to the sound, this is coupled with nice key work and a great vocal from Barbara. A real mover here as the sounds come together superbly and will force you to get that ass shakin’!
Legendary Belgian DJ and producer Eric Powa B delivers his Funk You Up Remix and he does it in style. Nice and big pounding kicks are the dominant force as subtle hats sit back. Huge funk appeal with the synth work and the groovy bass alongside a fantastic electro fuelled snare roll and percussion section. The vocal comes through brilliantly and is the perfect complement to these funky grooves. Another top notch performance from Eric and will no doubt be a big feature among many.
Portuguese artist Dave Nash debuts on Eyepatch with his stunning remix. Dave has seen his music perform well across many labels and he shows no signs of slowing up with cuts like this. Much more to come from this guy so keep an eye out. Here he takes the track to another level with his unique style. The intro boasts a superb chunky kick with contrasting crisp and sharp hats. An amazing bassline comes through and sets the track off on a smooth deep journey filled with a beautiful vocal and some very cool synth work that just sits so perfectly in the sound, not to be missed!
UK based DJ and producer Ed Lee hits the Eyepatch stable again with a sublime remix that takes us deep into house grooves with the help of a simply fantastic vocal performance. Classic kick and hat intro sets the scene up nicely and paves the way for the bass to slowly rise up from the depths. Big house chords become the dominant force in the track and give it a real smooth and groovy feel. Proper deep vibes here that will get attention from many quarters!
Rounding off this pack we have the increasingly popular Rion Oidua on remix duty. Rion has been doing the rounds on quite a few remixes with impressive results. Here he applies his skills to churn out a deep tech fuelled stomper of a remix. Cool percussive intro with the chunky kicks fading through before the rhythmic vibes get into full swing with the vocals standing out nicely. The bass makes a late showing on the break but absolutely makes up for it as it takes hold of the track brilliantly, resulting in a nice and tight ride which is a must for any DJ box!