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Having appeared on several of our compilations over the years, Stan Kolev marks his full Bonzai Progressive debut with the superb three tracker Forsaken EP. Since 2005 this guy has been dishing out top quality cuts on many top labels. Everything from progressive house, deep house and tech house has been covered. In recent times he has shown up on our own compilations including Club Traxx – Progressive House 13, 15 and 16. No doubt we’ll be seeing more from this guy in the future.
Forsaken is up first and comes in two flavours, the Original Mix and the Instrumental. Both offer up a solid slice of techno with the Instrumental made available or those that want to lose the sparse vocals. Right from the off you find yourself locked into a powerful techno groove that is made up of thumping kicks, bright hats and a superb deep and lush bassline that drives the groove beautifully. In the background a series of almost industrialised clangy FX set the tone and deliver a tough edge to the sound. The sinister vocal adds cool texture to the sound and works perfectly against the backdrop of a stunning techno groove. Simply awesome.
Mauve intros with a cool stuttering bass sound alongside a subdued kick drum with crisp hats and sharp claps riding alongside. Percussive layers start to build and a solid rhythm ensues as the kick drum gets beefed up into a powerful pounding punch. Cool FX fill in the spaces and create a colourful multi layered sound with a super tight arrangement. Sweeping vocal sounds make their presence know from time to time as we are drawn deeper into the groove. A somewhat minimalist approach to progressive that will most definitely beef up any set, no doubt.
Argentinean DJ and producer Daniel Curotto marks his Bonzai Progressive debut with a very impressive three track EP entitled Deck Of Cards. It was shortly after a trip to Europe that Daniel first decided he wanted to get into music, in particular DJing. After a few years of playing in and around Mar del Plata he decided to create his own music. He started to practice with Subiela Francisco Fernandez who not only taught him about bass or drums, he also taught about emotion in music. Influenced mainly by the techno genre, Daniel had the opportunity to meet artists like+John Creamer, 16 Bit Lolitas, Tocadisco, Fatboy Slim, John Acquaviva, Trentemoller, Tiga, Loco Dice, Guy J etc. Today his style is a mixture of techno, house and progressive, and he plans to continue to evolve his sound and style.
Up first we have Deck Of Cards which delivers a mixed bag of tech house meets progressive resulting in some explosive dancefloor friendly moments. A tight drum arrangement, complete with a solid punchy kick drum and bright hats amidst a myriad of percussions, keeps the rhythms in check as ultra cool synths and chords work their magic. The track does have a dark tone that will light up any floor. A hypnotic bass mesmerizes while sporadic chord stabs beefs up the groove. Top notch stuff here that you will not want to miss.
Inspiring Clones delivers an eclectic look at deep, groovy vibes with a progressive twist that works beautifully to create a solid groove to give any set a boost. Expertly arranged beats sit over a superb deep bassline that settles into a steady flowing rhythmic groove. Up top we have a very cool vocal that inspires an Ethnic trait through the track while that bassline probes with its deep boring tentacles. Surreal in parts, this one will get the imagination running wild.
Mild Rise is a big progressive hitter that will no doubt find its way into many late night sessions with its deep and dark tones. The intro boasts a cacophony of sound with swirling pads merging with cool FX and subtle percussions that slowly build into a solid beat that delivers cool rhythms to work that booty to. A punchy kick drum bursts through alongside a brilliant chugging bassline that provides the foundation for a fantastic ride. The break throws up a surreal sequence filled with those relentless pads and a very cool vocal that captivates. A perfectly trippy slice of prog that is not to be missed.
Fresh off the back of his last Piston cut – Sot Vaed – Swedish DJ and producer Victor Bergh aka Victor Berghmeister returns with another fine slice of deep house pleasure on his two tracker Deltahouse. Always an exciting time when this guy drops his tunes into the office and this time around is no exception, listen and learn.
The title track Deltahouse intros with a very classy kick drum and hi hat combi, straight away you feel locked into a deep groove and this feeling grows as the layers build. In the background a high string hangs in the air as percussive elements form up. The track breaks to reveal a muffled vocal that yields to more percussions before the beats return along with a warm chord and abyss level basses. The vocal comes to the fore soon after and is accompanied by some dialogue, but the vocal steals the show with its catchy appeal and cool lyrics. An expertly crafted piece that will sit beautifully into the more groovy peak time sets.
Las Legos is up next and sets of with a top notch punchy kick drum and bright crispy hat combi. Percussions start to build all around and form into a solid rhythmic groove that is complimented by some very cool chords and keys. A Barry White-esque vocal comes through adding a sultry tone to the groove. The deep nature of the sound ensures an equally deep groove that oozes sex appeal. The bassline is the icing on the cake here as it struts along playfully and marrying perfectly with the keys. If you’re looking for something to keep the hot and sweaty floors grooving then this is your cut, not to be missed.
Satour aka Satur returns to Piston with Disconnect EP and is joined by fellow DJ, producer, remixer and singer David Van Bylen. We last caught a glimpse of Satour on Piston back in September 2015 when he joined forces with Pandeo on their debut Kindel. Heavily influenced by 70’s rhythm and groove this guy definitely knows how to work a sound and bring rhythms to life, great to see him back once more. David debuts on Piston and brings a very diverse set of skills that allows him to move between many styles and genres. He has DJed at top venues and played with top jocks from around the world. On the production front he has worked with many great artists and his work as a composer and producer transcends the boundaries of pop and dance music, having signed several soundtracks for documentaries, short films, commercials and TV shows, and even movies.
Disconnect intros with an upfront, upbeat tech house vibe complete with a nice thumping kick drum, crispy hats and a very cool vocal that gets laced with an array of even cooler FX. A deep probing bassline comes through and sets the track up for a groovy ride into tech town as the drums form up to bring a solid rhythm. On the break we are treated to some expert pitching keys and pads that deliver a surreal edge to the sound before those tight beats and bass return for the duration. An excellent slice of tech and a must have track no doubt.
Marketplace sets off with a very cool synth sound that is soon joined by a punchy kick drum and an array of bright hats and cool percussion patterns. A retro theme comes off the drums and binds beautifully with the quirky nature of the synths as they rise in pitch. The vocals are neither sung nor spoken, a strange mixture of the two and this works perfectly with the sound adding eclectic textures and character. A space age synth appears taking the track to the next level before we get back to the down and dirty of this solid groove. Superb stuff here that offers a sideways look at tech, not to be missed.
Almost 8 months on from the release of his album Artificial Star, Australia’s Audio Noir sets out his stall once more and invites four top quality remixers to do their thing with his track From London To Moscow. The original version delivered a solid progressive house groove and we’ve no doubt that these four remixes will do that justice. Vince Aoun is up first on remix duties with his unique twist on the original. Lebanese DJ and producer Vince was last seen round these parts back in November 2015 with his Bonzai Progressive debut Lilium. Since then he has seen his work released on Vandit Records and Melodika Music as well as appearances on our WMC 2016 compilation and Afterhour Trax 19 on Green Martian. The remix opens with a muted kick drum that is cloaked by some crispy bright hats. The beat dissipates to reveal a warm lush bass tone as a cool arp rises up. Sultry vocals ring out and suddenly we’re lashed with a monstrous breaks pattern complete with a powerful kick and snappy snares. The drums are super tight here and will certainly cause a commotion on the floors. As we get lost in the breaks and 80’2 styled rolls a delicious acid riff courses through the sound alongside gritty basses. Top notch stuff from Vince that you do not want to miss.
Quantus aka Volkan Erman returns to the remix desk with another of his top notch efforts. Last time out we got a dosing of his superb talents on remix duty for Nico Parisi’s Raklet before teaming up with Findike on Deep Connection. On the remix we get a taste of the sheer quality coming out of this guys studio. A classic punchy kick and hi hat combi graces the intro alongside hypnotic percussions that set up a flowing rhythm. Cool vocals are scattered throughout and deliver a mysterious edge to the sound. Deep droning basses carry the groove nicely and are accompanied by dirty synths and basses. The break reveals a more melodic side to the sound as a soothing vocal rings out complete with superb FX bringing some very cool textures into the groove. A definite must have track that will delight any set.
Blufeld is up next on the remix with his Long Distance Rework and once again we see why this guy remains a firm favourite. Since September 2015 when we saw his last cut, this guy remained very busy indeed in the studio. After a few remixes he teamed up with Platunoff to deliver Tiefe Gedanken which quickly gathered pace and saw great support from across the board. Always an exciting time when this guy drops by and no doubt there will be much more to come. The remix intros with some very cool FX that fade away to reveal a powerful kickdrum and rattling bass combi as bright open hats feed through. The stuttering synths create a superbly colourful melody that grabs a hold of you and carries you along for the ride. As the layers build we find more and more melodics creep in to the sound resulting in a very impressive progressive groove. On the break we are transported back in time with a wonderful gated synth that dishes out a mesmerizing pattern before we are slammed right back into full on mode. A simply stunning slice of prog that will be at the top of many sets no doubt.
Ruslan Vashkevich rounds up this impressive remix pack with a superb chill remix. Taking a bit of a side step from his usual progressive vibes, Ruslan enters the world of chill and does so with a flurry of panache and surrealism. His last outing – Perfect Choice saw support from a lot of top jocks and we’ve no doubt that this side step into chilldom will follow suit. The remix opens with a fading in, haunting sound that opens up into an expertly layered pad. Deeper elements make their way into the soundscape as various FX add colour to the sound. A surreal arp cascades up and down creating a sublime space type vibe. Intermittent bass drops raise the intensity as those arps dominate the sound before fading away to reveal a cacophony of bells that play us out. A wonderfully creative piece that will give your imagination something to think about.
ZRG debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Forget The Past which includes a fantastic remix from Chris Drifter. This guy has been churning out quality vibes since 2007 with a mixture of progressive and tech house. He has shown up on labels such as Egothermia, Krata and his own ZRG. On the remix we find Chris Drifter delivering the goods, and these two are no strangers having worked together on various collabs over the years.
The Original Mix intros with a distinctly crispy hi hat and snappy percussion combi before a monster kick drum come through and takes full control alongside a superb deep bassline. The percussions continue to layer up forming into a solid rhythmic flow as the bass is joined by a more probing, chugging sibling. Throughout the track a series of short breaks steadily introduce a rising pad the goes on to mesmerize with its captivating tones. A super slick slice of tech house that will definitely turn a few heads.
Next up we have the Chris Drifter Remix which takes us down a more cultured progressive route. Right from the off we find ourselves locked on as punchy kicks and crispy hats combine alongside a chugging bassline. A melodic sequence slowly fades in and teases us with its enchanting siren like qualities. At the break the bass is filtered allowing a very cool drum pattern to form up before slamming right back into full on mode. A powerful driving progressive cut that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Sardinia born DJ and producer Mend returns to Piston with the fantastic three track EP entitled Visionair. We last caught a glimpse of this guy back in 2013 with his debut slice – Metroplex EP, and since then he has appeared on a few compilations Including Ibiza 2015 on Bonzai Progressive and Best Of Piston 2014. Delighted to see him back once again and we look forward to more, but for now enjoy this super fine deep and tech house cut.
Visionair opens with a nice punchy kick drum that delivers a solid thud alongside slicing hats and a mesmeric pad. A probing bassline comes through and sets up a powerful groove for us to get down to. Tight drums and expert arrangement provide a fine flowing rhythm as the track locks us in with its relentless tech house groove. A definite must have track that is sure to keep the floors rocking long into the night.
Goodlife intros with a powerful punchy kick drum that leaves a nice bassy trail on the end. Bright crispy hats slice through the low frequencies with ease and set up the foundation for a nice flowing rhythm. Warm pads break through and introduce a deep throbbing bassline that delivers a sublime deep house groove. Strange, surreal synths fade up alongside some cool FX and those warm pads reappear creating a wonderfully contrasting sound. Beautifully layered sounds that are not to be missed.
System84 delivers a retro style sound that will give the oldskool crew something to focus in on. The drums here are exquisite and are expertly arranged with tech house in mind to deliver a solid rhythmic groove which sits on top of a deep sub bass. In the background a distant vocal fades in and out alongside some quirky synths and a mesmerizing pad that hangs in the air. The groove intensifies as the layers build resulting in a wild and crazy drum party that will definitely get the floors moving.
Italian DJ and producer Mirko Gorelli debuts on Piston with the superb House Culture. Having started out in music from a young age this guy quickly learned the tools of his trade and began performing at top venues from he was 18 years of age. His passion for music remains strong and his love of house music took him to the studio where he has created some cool cuts over the last couple of years with appearances on labels such as DOC Music and Conscious.
House Culture sets out its stall with a pacey kick and hat combi that brings a fresh upbeat vibe that nestles into a pumping tech house groove. Cool stabs litter the sound as a subtle vocal lurks in the background. A raucous bassline dominates the low end as it probs its way through the sound to the backdrop of those steady beats. A real nice slice of tech that will inspire any floor to get and get down.
Bliss intros with a punchy kick drum and crisp hat combi alongside some cool percussive elements. A deep resonating bass comes through and beefs up the groove as the layers build. A cool vocal with an equally cool fading effect adds a little spice to the sound as the drums start to break up before coming back together to form a solid 4×4 rhythm. Excellent stuff here that will be a welcome addition in your sets.
Over the last number of years Petri Petro has contributed some magical moments on Bonzai Basiks. His newest slice – Starburst EP – is no exception as he dishes out his own brand of infectious techno to the masses with a distinct space theme. Last time out we got a real treat with his Dragonfly EP back at the start of 2016, which gained great support, and we’ve no doubt that this new cut will follow suit.
Starburst opens with a monster kick drum made up of a punchy hit with a superb bass latched onto the end. Bright hats form up and create a flowing rhythm to the deep vibe as a hypnotic synth note comes through to bring the groove right back to its rawest form. A perfectly balance techno track that is simplistic in nature but full to the brim with spice and gusto. If you’re after a peak time track that will not only blow the roof off your venue but also set the floor on fire, then this is a must have track for any set.
Quasar intros with a beautifully tweaked kick drum, a crispy hat and a powerfully deep throbbing offset bass that fills the low end brilliantly. The hats are joined by stuttering percussions that join in on the tight drum arrangement to get the rhythm flowing. A superb rattling synth fades up and draws us into its hypnotic spell as the track intensifies. A monster track for sure and one that will be a most welcome addition in your box for those late night sorties.
Red Moon sets off with a pounding kick drum and a slicing hi hat that cuts through the intense offset bass. The bass drives the groove forward as the drums layer up to form a solid rhythm that will get the feet shuffling towards the floor. An array of percussions come together and work in tandem with an ever changing synth that delivers a raw element to the sound. Top notch stuff that delivers a relentless techno groove, not to be missed.
J’Dan marks a full debut appearance on Green Martian with the superb Endorphine which comes backed up with a quality remix from Following Light. J’Dan first appeared back in December 2015 on remix duties for Chandrama’s Lost In Nubra on Bonzai Progressive which turned out to be a quality slice of prog with great support. A rising artists with a wealth of talent, well worth keeping an eye and an ear on.
The Original Mix opens with a cool drum pattern that saunters along gathering momentum before a powerful kick drum comes through to lead the way. Noisy rising FX are littered throughout and build up a solid wall of sound. The bassline comes out of nowhere and settles the track into its deep progressive groove as pads ebb and flow overhead. Expertly crafted synths provide snippets of melody as the groove intensifies before we head into the break and a truly epic sequence unfolds. A maelstrom of sounds come out in the break with each bringing their own colour and texture creating a wonderfully surreal composition as a pulsing bass keeps the rhythm flowing. After the break we get locked on once more as this solid slice of epic progressive house drives on. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Ukranian born Kirill Guk aka Following Light provides the remix and delivers a solid slice once more. After a few remixes in the last couple of years, Kirill enjoyed his first full release on Green Martian with Dell towards the end of 2015. But this guy has been around for a long time and has seen his work released on several top labels. Great to see him back once again and we hope to see more soon. As we’d expect the quality is dripping off the remix. The intro sets us up for a fantastic journey through the deeper side of progressive house. Nice chunky kick drums are laced with shuffling rhythmic percussions as a deep, lush bass bubbles up from below. Cool synths start to ease into the groove bringing a sweeter side to the deeper elements. The break throws up some very nice synths that take the sound higher before that superb bassline and tight drum arrangement kicks back in for the duration. Excellent stuff, perfect for any late night session.
As the world embraces vinyl once more we present to you our next adventures on wax with a special classic cut featuring four quality slices from the legendary Orlando Voorn. Orlando Voorn is revered as having brought the sounds of Amsterdam and Detroit together to create a unique flavour that still rings true today. Having won the Dutch DMC championship in 1986 he then turned his hand to producing. Since 1991 he has been churning out quality techno and he soon got noticed by the likes of Juan Atkins and Derrick May both of whom he has worked with extensively. A fan of many genres of music including Hip Hop, Electro, Drum n Bass, Techno etc…, he used a string of aliases – 31 at last count – with some gaining huge popularity. We’re delighted to bring you these fantastic tracks on vinyl which will no doubt take pride of place in many collections.
Limited Edition – The Light is a classic from 1992 and showcases Orlando’s producing and sampling skills to the max. Such a perfectly executed track with mesmerizing stabs and chords that take on many persona throughout the track building up a solid techno groove, simply magical.
Dope Computer appeared next to Flash in its original form, but here we’ve been graced with a remix from techno master Ken Ishii. Ken does as Ken does and he knocks it outta the park with this one. A sublime transformation from the original, acidified and discofied to the max.
Orlando Voorn and Juan Atkins reside under their Infiniti guise to give us Game One which is a perfect example of an energetic techno slice from 1994, this one made you move and got right up under your skin with its infectious groove. The remix from Steve Rachmad beefs up the sound and adds a deeper element with strings and a brilliantly executed stab sequence.
Format #1 gave us one of the most iconic techno tracks of the early nineties. Solid Sessions gets the remix treatment from Vince Watson. Scottish producer Vince’s pacey remix from 2011 delivers a sublime techno groove that simplified the melody and added perfectly balanced layers to beef up the groove.
Club Trax continues its mission to deliver only the finest progressive cuts straight to the floors with Progressive House 18. Over the last number of years this series has unleashed some top notch tunes, and this one is no exception. 20 superb tracks are poised and ready to be worked into your sets from a slew of top artists including Gai Barone, Manu Riga, Rise and Fall, Steve Sai, Phi Phi, Matt Holliday, Youngen, Audio Noir, Matan Caspi, Nico Parisi, Paul Kardos, Mathov and more are on hand to give you the tools that will rock your floors. The perfect arsenal for a long, sweat induced party filled with progressive gems.
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Prolific artists Blufeld and Platunoff join forces as they both return to Bonzai Progressive after a short hiatus with the superb Tiefe Gedanken which also comes backed up with two quality remixes from Nico Parisi and Alex Vidal. We last saw Blufeld back towards the end of 2015 with Out Of This Life which came shortly after his superb studio album A World Less Ordinary. Some big things in the pipeline with this guy so make sure you keep up to date with all his goings on via social media and of course the Bonzai Progressive website. Russian DJ and producer Igor Platunoff also returns with a quality remix and his last outing was on remix duties for Blufeld’s Out Of This Life. Great to see both of these diverse artists back at the helm and we hope they collaborate more in the future.
The Original Mix opens with a smooth almost dreamy sequence complete with swirling pads and playful melodics alongside a building percussion arrangement. A subtle bass appears and steers the track toward the deeper side before superb punchy kick drums come in. The track settles into a solid prog groove that becomes filled with subtle melodies and cool FX. The bass is a truly hypnotic experience that is enhanced by those tight drums, this one is a definite must have for those late night sessions.
Nico Parisi returns with a top quality remix which comes fresh off the back of his recent remix of Thorin’s Dreaming of A Better World which appeared on the massive Bonzai & Friends – 500 (Remixes). No doubt we’ll be seeing more in the coming months from this hugely talented artist, so stay tuned. On the remix Nico opens with a punchy kick drum with a subtle synth arp chasing in the background. Percussions start to form up and we soon find ourselves drawn to the groove. The progressive vibes on offer really shine through as a deep droning bass takes over the low end while up top a myriad of melodies take charge and steer the track in a hypnotic direction. A real nice slice of prog here that is not to be missed.
The ever impressive Alex Vidal steps up to remix duties and delivers another one of his sublime progressive cuts. His last outing for BP was also on remix duties, this time on LoQuai’s Numans Prayer on Bonzai & Friends – 500 (Remixed). Much more to come from this guy in the future, well worth keeping an eye and an ear on. Alex’s remix intros with a punchy kick drum that sits over a dreamy pad sequence complete with swirling FX and subtle melodies. A deep, probing bassline fades in and soon takes control of the groove as it drives the track forward. Cool spacey vibes ooze out of the sound as the intensity rises. On the break we get drawn deeper into the vibe with a series of melodic pads and a tight percussion keep us going before getting slammed right back into full on mode. One for the deeper darker progressive sets here that will not disappoint.
French producer Bob The Groove debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Eddy’s Theme. Over the last couple of years this guy has racked up an impressive back catalogue with appearances on labels like Abstract Space Records, 238w, D&R Digital, Aeriform, Hydrogen and 3xA Music. Great to have him on board here at BP and we hope to see more soon. The Original Mix intros with a warming kick drum and deep bubbling bass alongside a rising arp which is laced with a sprinkling of acid. The track moves beautifully with its progressive groove delivering the goods. A tight drum arrangement provides a steady flowing rhythm as rich strings create colourful textures. The synth arp remains a constant and really grabs a hold of your imagination. A wonderful slice of prog with a retro vibe that will definitely turn a few heads.
Up next we have the Disco Lights Mix which sets of with a punchy kick and a superb offbeat bassline that dominates the track. Bright crispy hats come through and add a classic feel to the sound as mesmeric arps rise up. As the track builds we get locked on to the solid progressive groove complete with a deep probing bass and cool chord stabs. Again we get a retro vibe through the track which will be to the delight of many no doubt.
Rounding of this quality pack we have the Deep Side Mix which as you’d expect goes deep into the progressive house sound. Super tight drums and a rich strings combine as a probing bass weaves through the sound. The distant sounding arps provide some beautiful melodies that blend perfectly with the note changes on the bass. A wonderfully deep and moving track that will captivate and keep the floors rocking all night long.
Russian DJ and producer Tuneon aka Mikh Solvis debuts on Piston Recordings with the superb two tracker – Chante. Tuneon’s music is based on many influences from 90’s style old school Chicago house and disco vibes to hypnotic tech grooves a common goal, to rock the dancefloors. Delighted and excited to have him on board.
Right from the off we get a nice taste of what Chante has to offer. Nice and chunky kick drums are met with slicing hats and a high pitched string. A beautifully classic styled chord stab comes through and transports us back to the heady days of garage house with a modern day deep house twist. Cool vocals make their way through the sound and add character to the track as we go deeper into the retro house sound. Top notch stuff that will definitely be a welcome addition in any set.
Renovation intros with a classic style bass on beat combi as shuffling hats deliver a nice rhythmic flow. Cool vocals are scattered around the track and create some real nice textures as they echo out. Warm retro style keys come in and are soon joined by a deep probing bassline that will hook you in for the duration. As the layers build a funky element shows up which works so wonderfully with the deep soulful side of the track. Excellent stuff, not to be missed.