12th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series, this time with original tracks and remixes by One Million Toys, Wild Guess, Audio Noir, JJ Grant, Alex Villanueva, CJ Art, Rise And Fall, Hugo Ibarra, Uvo, Dmitry Molosh, Loquai, Airwave, DJ Fire, Digital Department, Cara Leigh, Gai Barone, Kajis, Stiven Rivic, Michael & Levan, Silicon Syndicate, Relaunch, Moshic, Deuzler, Subconscious Tales, Alfonso Muchacho, Deep Fog, Nico Parisi, Reflection Soul, Duluth, Inkfish, Mistol Team and Louis Desero.
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Digital Department aka Russian DJ and producer Arseniy Somotov, debuts on Green Martian with the superb ‘You Put A Spell’ which features the delectable vocals of Cara Leigh and comes backed up with two quality remixes. Arseniy has been DJing since 2005 and has graced the decks at many top venues across Russia. In 2009 he started producing under his Digital Department guise and has since seen releases on labels like Mystique Music, Incepto Music, Balkan Connection and more. Canadian singer-songwriter-musician and composer Cara is well renowned for her vocal skills within the progressive house and trance sphere. Her vocals hold a melancholic edge which fits very well with electronica and she also records some rock and indie.
First up we have the Original Mix which intros with a nice big 80’s inspired breakbeat featuring big snares a chunky kick and sharp hats, this well crafted drum arrangement holds true throughout and brings a lot of character to the sound. Plucky hard edged basses build a strong platform for the track as the vocals begin to peek through. A darker, deeper bass drone comes into play and gives it a big room feel and works so well alongside much brighter arps with subtle melodic twists. Cara’s vocal tells the story beautifully and you find yourself captivated by her voice which makes this a definite must for any party this summer!
Blufeld steps up to the remix plate with a wonderful progressive house cut that will move the floors no doubt. We last saw the inspirational Blufeld earlier this year with his ‘Huddlestone Arch’ single that performed nicely on the circuit. Since then David has been very busy indeed with other projects which we hope to see very soon. Here he utilises his massive skills and ramps up the grooves with a powerful 4/4 cut. A smooth subtle intro leads us gently into a nice chunky kick and bass combo, the bass reverberates through the sound beautifully as the rhythms come to life with the help of tight percussion and drum arrangements. Cool melodic arps fill the sound and come to prominence on the break alongside samples of Cara’s brilliant vocal. Top notch yet again from Blufeld, a must have!
Next up to remix duties we have Wild Guess which is made up of Belgium based DJ’s J.E.O.F., Config and P.O.W. The guy’s debuted on Green Martian at the start of this year with ‘Nebulae’. Here we are treated to their Incantation Remix. The intro sets of with a muted kick with a throbbing deep bass and a rising synth. The kicks soon get a nice thump attached as the track gathers pace with strings sweeping through the sound and the synth becoming more intense. The track settles into a solid groove and is garnished with subtle, flowing melodic arps. These are matched perfectly to the vocal which has been give a wonderful makeover in the FX department. Nice and solid, hypnotic vibes here and will no doubt turn a few heads.
Belgium based DJ’s J.E.O.F., Config and P.O.W. make up Wild Guess. In the summer months of 2012 J.E.O.F. and Config decided to team together as the DJ duo Guess What?. A guest appearance in Culture Club and playing out at Houseworx parties in Ghent and Bruges rapidly got them noticed and became more popular in the region. As time passed by, they were looking forward to start producing their own tracks as well. Near the end of 2012, their producing career took a critical step forward when P.O.W, who had previous experience in producing, was eager to join the team. The result is this debut on Green Martian with ‘Nebulae’ which comes backed up with a superb remix.
The Original Mix intros with a nice chunky kick as an expertly crafted arp weaves its patterns and comes in to the fore. Smooth and silky strings sit in the background and add a cool tension to the sound. The bass comes at you in big phat chunks that give a real boost to the vibe and forcing you to move. A massive swaying synth soon takes control of the sound and on the break they are joined by a classy guitar lick before slamming right back into the main groove to round off a huge prog stomper.
Jack Jakhira is a regular contributor to the Bonzai network as both a remix artist and with his own material which we will be hoping to see more of soon. Here he gives us his Dusty Recreation which stays true to the original and delivers a stunning progressive vibe. Well rounded kicks get going with a tight percussive rhythm section leading up to a powerful grungy bass. Warm synths come through as the track heats up and we settle into a strong and solid groove. The break opens up a new world as sweet melodies combine before jumping right back into this fantastic journey through prog house. A truly epic ride that will no doubt be a big feature on many sets.