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The Club Traxx series continues with Deep & Dark 3 where 20 off the hook tracks are poised and ready to blow your mind wide open. We’ve selected some of the finest cuts from our own labels, Bonzai Porgressive and Progrez as well as from top labels like JOOF and Mistique Music to bring you a rip roaring trek into some deep and dark places within the progressive spectrum. Leading the way on this superb ride we have some top notch artists such as Kevin Vega, Audio Noir, Youngen, JF & Rick Pier O’Neill, Rise and Fall, Leon Krasich, Jesper Mauerhoff, Stanisha, metronomes, Seconds, Zoe Song, Jamie Baggotts, A.R.E.S, Matt Holliday, Adrian Roman, Surveyor Mode, Ruben Losada, Complete J & Mr Sativo and Corey Biggs. A definite must have compilation that will keep parties rocking long into the night.
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Italian DJ’s and producers Matteo Tonioli and Marco Nascetti aka Surveyor Mode return to Bonzai Progressive with the tasty two tracker VV EP. We go back to June 2015 to find these guys making their debut with Val Kilmer which gained a great round of support from across the board. Nice to see them back at the helm and we always look forward to more.
Fandere intros with a pacey kickdrum that pounds out a solid punchy hit right to the chest. A crispy hat sits on the offset and is accompanied by cool FX that mesmerize with every hit. A fantastic retro themed chord pattern comes in and takes this fast paced slice deep into the heart of techno. Throughout the track we get short glimpses of various percussions and FX that really add a lot of texture to the sound. A simple concept with essentially a kick, some hats and a killer synth line that ultimately packs a massive punch. An absolute floor stomper here that will not disappoint.
BCAA intros with a dark and murky bassline with a well rounded chunky kick over the top. Bright crispy hats make a show and layer up to provide a superb rhythmic flow to the track. It’s that bassline that drives this one though, it throws out a big punch that gets right into your chest and forces you to move. Cool synths hang around throughout and bring a dark twist and a haunting vibe to the groove. An epic monster of a tune with a solid driving techno edge that will definitely appeal to many.
Italian DJ and producer duo Niceteed & FactAlone debut on Piston with the fantastic two track EP entitled The Acid Line. Both guys have come a long way in a relatively short space of time, they have released a wealth of music across many labels already in their young years with quality always shining through. Niceteed aka Biagio got into music from an early age and at just 11 years he was learning the ins and outs of DJing, finding his style and perfecting techniques. In 2011 he started his own label, Chapeau Music where he is always searching for new and unheard sounds. He is influenced by all kinds of music with no genre left untapped. FactAlone aka Antony Sala also got into music at a young age, he was heavily influenced by 90’s sounds and quickly got hooked into DJing. Having played many gigs around Italy he looked into producing in 2012 and established himself firmly on the scene with quality cuts on various labels. Antony is also inspired by multiple genres and he likes to mix things up both on the decks and in the studio. Great to have this exciting duo on board at Piston and we hope to see more in the future.
The Acid Line gets moving with a superb kickdrum that pounds out a solid punch and is helped along by a deep throbbing bassline and some crispy sharp hats and retro electro percussions. In the background a tantalising acid line starts to fade up and instantly we are thrust back into that nostalgic world at the birth of a phenomenon in dance music. A real solid slice of pumping house music with a pristine acid lick that will appeal to veterans and newcomers alike. A must have record for sure.
Check My House intros with a cool musical stab that leaves behind a crispy shuffling hat and a sharp clap alongside a muted kick that transforms into a thumping monster kickdrum. A cool pad lurks in the background and builds an air of tension as we wait for that kick to get its punch on. A deep throbbing bassline drives the groove and sits beautifully in the world of drums around it. The break offers a short respite as smooth pads and keys come through before we climax back into the main groove for the duration. A wonderful slice here that is sure to keep the floors rocking.
Russian producer and sound designer Alex Ledov debuts on Progrez with Wonderland which takes us on a fantastic journey through various stages of house music all wrapped up in three top notch tracks.
Wonderland opens with some cool drums and percussions that form up a nice flowing rhythm. A strong kickdrum comes through and is joined by an array of fantastic synths alongside a gritty bassline that drives the groove brilliantly. This one grabs a hold of you and keeps you locked on for the duration with its tech fuelled beats and top notch synths and melodies. A floor stomper for sure.
Svati intros with a cool kick drum and a subtle percussion bringing up the rear. The kickdrum gets a huge punch added and bursts into the track closely followed by a superb deep, rolling bassline. We are treated to a fine display of synths that weave through the track effortlessly with their pitching notes and striking chords. The track breaks early to reveal a smooth melodic sequence before slamming back into full on mode. A wonderfully crafted slice of progressive house for the floors here, not to be missed.
Sunset starts out with a muted kick and a stuttering percussion alongside cool one shot sounds that add texture to the track. A big focus lies on the percussions here with subtle melodies floating in the background. The breakdown enters us into a surreal world filled with deep sounds and a melancholic flavour which is only broken by a pounding kickdrum and those superb percussions alongside a meandering bassline that sits perfectly on the low end. Excellent stuff that will be a welcome addition in any set.
The second track from Audio Noir’s 2015 album – Artificial Star – to get the remix treatment is Your Love which features the superb vocals of Lokka Vox. On remix duties this time around and giving us a nice range of styles we have Alex Vidal, Yoky, Dharmalogy and Experimental Feelings. Some great choices for any progressive set, you need this one in your collection.
Alex Vidal steps up to the remix desk first and delivers a solid progressive cut that will get the floors shifting to the groove in no time. We last saw Alex back in June 2015 with Mesmerized, a track which proved popular among many, and no doubt this time out we will see great support for this one. The remix opens with a dark progressive vibe as chunky kicks are set against subtle percussions and deep basses that take us deeper into the groove as the layers build. A real progressive mover here that transforms on the break as those beautiful melodies are introduced. The best of both worlds here, a definite must have track.
Next up we have Bonzai Progressive debutant Yoky on the remix. This Italian DJ and producer started out at a young age and performed all around Italy and on some of the country’s top radio stations. His passion for music led him to set up his own studio and in 2006 he released his first track under the pseudonym R-Type with a raft of top quality cuts coming thick and fast through the years under both Yoky and R-Type guises. Great to have this guy on board and we hope to see more in the year ahead. On the remix we get a taste of this guys talents within electronica as we are introduced to a fine selection of sounds that ooze that electronic vibe with a solid progressive groove in tow. The thing that stands out here is that bassline as it slices through the track to become the dominant force throughout. Cool vocals with equally cool FX added from Lokka litter the sound and add that extra dimension to the vibe. Top notch stuff and a worthy debut cut that will find its way into many sets no doubt.
Dharam Vir aka Dharmalogy returns to Bonzai Progressive with his remix and once again shows us a wonderfully deep melodic side to prog house that we know can be the icing on the cake of any progressive set. Last time out we got Back To 315 from this guy as well as a showing on a few compilations. Hopefully we will see more from this guy in 2016, well worth keeping an eye and ear on. The remix throws up a solid Dharmology performance that delivers a strong progressive groove that will definitely make it into many playlists. A cool contrasting track, this one has deep tendencies while brighter melodies ensure the track stays firmly in the peak time slot. Great use of the vocals on the break create a surreal sequence that climaxes with deep droning basses before we get locked back into full on mode for the duration. Fantastic stuff yet again from Dharma, not to be missed.
Spanish DJ and producer Toni Gonzalez aka Experimental Feelings returns to BP with a sublime remix. We last saw this guy back in September 2015 with his Indian Trip EP which gained great support across the board. Aside from this remix he has another release scheduled for early 2016 on Green Martian which will no doubt grab the attention of many jocks, keep a lookout for that one. As you’d expect from Experimental Feelings, we are treated to a sublime trek into the world of melodic progressive house. A tight drum arrangement complete with crispy hats and a nice punchy kick provide a solid platform for this progressive groover to shine. Up top we have a cacophony of melodies that take on various forms keeping the track fresh. The bass is a subtle affair that packs a huge punch but allows the brighter sounds to take the glory. The vocals come through beautifully and melt into the sound adding to the melodic structure of the track. Superb stuff yet again from this guy, a definite must have track for 2016.
Bologna based producer Persya debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Expecto. Launched in 2015 with a release already on BQ Recordings, Persya has big plans for 2016 and this two tracker will be kicking things off in style.
Expecto intros with a surreal sequence made up of crispy hats, strange pads and distant vocals. A cool rhythm forms out of this collection of sounds and the track sets off with a little help from a nice punchy kick. A warm bass drone fills the low end as cool synths are introduced into the sound. The surreal atmosphere continues to dominate as we get drawn into the groove that twists and turns with every new sound added. The break is a mesmerizing sequence that provides all the right ingredients for a trippy mind explosion. A solid, hypnotic progressive stomper that will turn a few heads no doubt.
Ygnal intros with a cool filtered kick and percussion sound that soon transforms into a full on punchy drum section with a little bassy after tone on the end. Cool sounds start to fade through and bring a gritty vibe to the track while the percussions keep the rhythm flowing. The bassline eases into the track with a stealthy approach becoming the main driving force of the progressive groove. On the break we are treated to a sublime melodic sequence made up of subtle pianos and a very cool trumpet arrangement. Superb stuff that definitely grab a lot of attention.
Spanish DJ and producer Jurgi Oraa Diaz aka Oraa returns to Piston with the superb two tracker entitled Time Out For Love. His last outing came back in December 2015 with a collaboration on Fear Like Me alongside Ekai which gained great support across the board. Lots going on with this guy in 2016 and we look forward to more in the year ahead.
Time Out For Love serves up a real tasty slice of deep house goodness right from the off as chunky kicks are met with a crispy hat and some ultra cool vocals. The big hitter has to be that retro themed chord stab that resonates throughout the track and settles perfectly above the deep probing bassline that drives the groove. A definite must have track that will get the floors moving no doubt.
Countless intros with a punchy kick and sharp hat combi in a classic set up that will hit the floors with a bounce. A deep probing bassline starts to lurk about on the low end and is joined by cool vocal snippets and a high string. The layers build nicely and the groove is boosted by those fantastic vocals that burst through. Smooth deep house chords add a warm glow to the track on the break before we get slammed right back into full on mode for the duration. Superb stuff that is definitely not to be missed.
Sa.Du gets 2016 off to a great start with this sublime five track EP entitled Body & Soul. This guy always delivers the goods and judging by his last outing – Glide, back in the Summer of 2015 we know we’re in for another tasty techno treat.
Body & Soul gets right down to business with a solid punchy kickdrum and bright plink plonks alongside a shuffling rhythmic hat sequence. A superb, deep probing bassline comes through and is soon joined by a darkly sinister vocal and gritty swirling synth. The track settles into its techno groove for the duration as various percussion layers build giving the track a definite dancefloor friendly vibe.
Figaro Kick intros with a wispy percussive sound that gives off a haunting vibe before a nice chunky kick comes in and gets the track moving. A shadow descends onto the track as we are taken deep into the darker side of techno with its relentless groove that locks you on for the duration. A real monster of a track here that will give any set a welcome boost.
7 Seas settles into a solid techno groove right from the off as chunky kicks are met with a superb probing bass that dominates the sound beautifully. A metallic offset note comes in alongside the crispy sharp percussions and get the rhythm moving nicely. Cool melodies float above tough groove providing some cool contrasts in the sound. The break throws up some quality sounds and blends them into a surreal sequence that fits perfectly into this full on techno groove. Top notch stuff.
Parametric is a superb slice of dark techno that will definitely keep any floor rocking well into the night. Punchy kicks and crispy hats provide a steady rhythmic vibe as a deep throbbing bassline lurks on the low end. Tough synths come through alongside a cool vocal that adds a wonderful texture to the sound. The groove intensifies as a myriad of sounds collide head on resulting in a sublime techno offering. Excellent stuff yet again from Sa.Du, this one is a must have for sure.
In Da Club is a perfectly apt title for what is about to unfold. A superb techno groove is born out of this cacophony of sounds that merge together perfectly. Chunky kicks and slicing hats are joined by a deep throbbing bassline that sits beautifully at the low end providing a solid platform for the track to drive forward. Cool clangy sounds come in on the offset and resonate brilliantly with the techno groove as equally cool vocals ring out at various intervals. This one serves up a real treat for the floors and is not to be missed.
Experimental Feelings aka Spanish DJ and producer Toni Gonzalez returns to Green Martian with the fantastic three tracker entitled Between The Stars. This one comes after a successful debut back in September 2015 with his Indian Trip EP and more recently he showed up as a guest remixer on Audio Noir’s – Your Love. Prepare to get lost in a world of beautifully deep melodic progressive house on this one.
Between The Stars intros with a deep vibe that settles us into a solid progressive groove. Chunky kicks and crispy hats are met with a deep sweeping pads and an equally deep probing bass that dominates the low end beautifully. Subtle melodies can be heard but are overshadowed by the deep nature of the track. The break allows the melody to come through for a short time before we are consumed once more by the deeper elements. A top notch track that will sit perfectly in those late night prog sets.
Underwater Love sets out with a real nice kick and a rich string in the background that delivers a cool melody. A deep throbbing bassline comes through and takes us deeper into the progressive abyss as brighter sounds keep the track fresh up top. A wonderfully crafted sweeping melodic sequence comes in and stays the course on the break before the bass takes control once more and we are led back to this solid groove for the duration. A fantastic display of the deeper side of prog house that is not to be missed.
Don’t Be Afraid intros with a solid kick drum which is joined by cool shuffling hats and a mesmerizing string that hangs beautifully in the background alongside spacey FX. The bassline bubbles up from below and takes the sound deep into progressive with ease. This one stays deep, the subtle melodies keep the track locked into a deep groove. On the break we get blown away by a wonderfully intense sequence complete with a stunning spoken vocal before the main track kicks back in. A real progressive treat here that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Johnny Deep returns to Eyepatch after a bit of a hiatus with the superb three tracker Feel The Realness EP. Just under a year ago was the last time we got a glimpse of this guys talents when he delivered the excellent Flowting Up which was very well received indeed, although we did get a couple of tracks on Tech House Toolbox 4 and My House Is Your House 11. A great way to kick off 2016, we hope to see much more from Johnny in the year ahead.
Feel The Real intros with a superb punchy kickdrum that is soon joined by rhythmic percussions that set the track up nicely for those dancing feet. A wonderfully subtle bassline takes the track deeper into the groove as we are teased with some lush house chords. The deep house groove is relentless as a solid wall of drums dominate the sound. On the break the bass rules alongside those superb chords while a brighter sound comes through adding cool contrasts to the sound. Top notch stuff that you will want in your collection no doubt.
Revival Spirit sets out with a cool drum arrangement complete with muted kicks and strange percussive sounds. The kicks get beefed up with a solid punch and we are on our way into a solid tech fuelled journey that will definitely get the floors bouncing. The drums layer up nicely and create a solid rhythmic platform for the track to evolve. A deep bassline keeps things moving nicely as we are teased with short chord stabs and quirky FX. The track hypnotizes with those deep offset basses and FX, on the break we are faced with some superb chords that give off a deep house vibe while the drums and bass ensure we stay firmly in the tech arena. A must have track for sure.
Until You Love Me is a wonderful trek into deep house with the drums and percussions being the dominant force throughout, with a little help from some extra cool vocals. A nice and solid arrangement ensues that will get the body moving to the deep grooves. The bassline meanders through the sound with ease and takes the groove deeper with a hint of funk thrown in. The vocals sit perfectly in the sound and add to the already superb house vibe. Cool piano chords ease in and accompany the vocals beautifully as well as that hypnotic bassline. On the break we get more from those chords as we get lost in the groove before the main track kicks back in for the duration. Excellent stuff that will be a welcome addition in any deeper set.
Belgian maestro Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens kicks off 2016 with Indigenous Rights which is taken from his much anticipated forthcoming studio album. 2015 was indeed a bumper year for this guy and we’d need quite a few paragraphs to cover everything as he was a very busy man. Aside from an exhaustive release schedule which included several original works as a solo artist and a few collaborative projects, he also churned out a raft of remixes and featured on a lot of compilations including Bonzai Progressive’s 500th release – Bonzai and Friends 500 – where he appeared three times with his own A Sense Of Hope, with Matt Holliday on As We Become One and on remix duty alongside Matt on Phi Phi’s Hiccup. Check out manu-riga.com for more and be sure to stay tuned for another fantastic Manu Riga-music filled year ahead.
Indigenous Rights 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. 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. A very strong sound on this one with a superb solid progressive groove, perfect for those late night sets.
Moments Of Sobriety 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. A truly epic slice of progressive with a plethora of sounds, from tribal to Ethnic and beyond, top notch.
The prolific Serbian DJ and producer Vlada D’Shake debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic two tracker – Friday Night. Since 2011 this guy has been churning out top quality cuts on various labels including Balkan Connection, Juicebox Music, Mistique Music and Stripped Digital to name just a few. His tracks are regularly picked up and featured in the sets of some of the world’s best known jocks. This is a testament to the quality and style this guy offers and judging by his already extensive discography, it’s no real surprise. Great to have him on board and we hope to see more soon.
Friday Night intros with a slight air of intensity as shuffling hats are joined by a layered pad and a deep vocal. A nice and chunky kick takes over and is accompanied by various synths and plucks that spell out some cool melodies. The bassline adds a solid driving groove to the sound and keeps the track firmly in the progressive sphere. The vocals continue and become a big focus in the sound alongside the ever expanding melodies. The intensity remains throughout and keeps you locked on for the duration, not to be missed.
Ihh sets out with a cool percussion led intro with a single bass pulse that is soon joined by a punchy kick drum to get the things moving. A series of quirky one shots ring out and give the track a rough tech edge as the deep growling bass hypnotises, hooking you in for the duration. A surreal vibe envelopes this one as the myriad of sounds converge into a single tech groove that ploughs on relentlessly. An epic slice here that will be a welcome addition in any set.