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Dimas Ramadian aka Jakarta based DJ and producer debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic North East EP. A popular DJ in the worlds of House and Techno and everything in between, this guy boasts an impressive back catalogue spanning back to 2008. Dimas has gained the respect of his peers after cutting his teeth in the Indonesian underground scene, by 2005 he was a well-known artist and soon after he started to produce his own sounds. His extensive musical knowledge allows him to command any dance floor with his choice cuts. He is the proud presenter of Indonesia’s first worldwide podcast, namely Bagong Odyssey With DJ Dimitri, and this has given him the exposure to work with talented artists from around the world and which also led to the creation of his own label Bagong Digital. With appearances on many labels including The 45MF Group, Bagong Digital, Celestial Tracks, LW Recordings, Laxity Recordings, ACID029 and State Of Play, we’re delighted to have him on board at BP.
North East intros with a nice punchy kick drum and crispy hat combi alongside a cool and very subtle synth that results in a superb progressive flow. A deep rumbling bassline dominates the low frequencies and powers the track on relentlessly. The drums are tight and will keep the floors rocking no doubt as darker vibes come through. Throughout the track we are treated to some ultra cool electronic snare rolls and early synth style sounds that give the track a lot of character. A definite must have for any late night prog set.
South West sets off with a well rounded kick drum and a tribalistic drum section. Soft hi hats are joined by various percussions to deliver a tight and solid beat to move to. Some nice synth work provides colourful textures that shift within the sound beautifully as the driving beats keep the groove moving. The bassline sits perfectly with a very powerful throb that reverberates right through the sound yet allows the higher frequencies to shine. Warm pads are dominant on the break as they swirl overhead before we are slammed back into full on mode. A wonderfully deep and rich progressive sound that is not to be missed.
Matan Caspi remains a powerful force in the progressive world and as ever he delivers the good once more with Fragile Sunrise which is backed up with no less than three stunning remixes from top class artists Manu Riga, Rick Pier O’Neil and Hady Tarek. Last time out Matan delighted with Celebrium before an appearance on the bumper Bonzai & Friends 500 Remixes pack. We’ll let the music do the talking here, enjoy.
The Original Mix is laced with all the traits we’ve come to love about Matan’s work. A real sense of deep progressiveness with wonderful lush tones and contrasting sounds. The drum sections delivers a solid rhythmic foundation for the groove to take hold. The track drives forward with a fantastic low end filled with plush, probing basses while the mid range dishes out cool synths and FX. The break reveals a superb synth line that cascades up and down before slamming us right back into full on mode. Another epic slice from this super talented artist.
First up on the remix we have Rick Pier O’Neil who is enjoying great success with various tracks on labels like 76 Recordings, Balkan Connection, Green Martian and Bonzai Progressive to name just a few. A hard working artist both DJing and in the studio, we know we’re in for a real treat when this guy is at the helm. The remix intros with a dark stab that is soon joined by a subtle bass and muted kick drum. Scathing FX come through creating a mysterious and edgy sound before the track takes off with chunky kicks and bright crispy hats. A rumbling bass takes over and we find ourselves totally locked on to the solid prog groove. As the layers build we’re hypnotised by the sound making this a sure fire weapon for the floors.
Widely regarded as a top class artist by a panel of peers across the globe, Manu Riga steps up to the remix desk with his Darkside Remix. A hugely talented and gifted artist, Adriaan Baussens has dedicated himself to music for a great number of years, this has resulted in countless tracks and remixes that continue to garner support for this Belgian native. The last year has been a tough one for this guy, but still he has managed to wow us with his works, and to top it all off he – along with Bonzai Progressive – will proudly present his much anticipated studio album, coming in around June 2016. We say thank you to Manu Riga, and in the meantime check out this superb remix. Taking a detour into the darker side of prog, Manu takes us along for the ride and right from the get go you can tell it’s gonna be epic. A swelling bass ebbs and flows as punchy kick drums are lined up against sharp hi hats. Manu’s sublime signature sound oozes out of the track as tight drums layer up into a solid rhythmic groove as the progressive elements evolve. On the break we get some cool synths alongside a deep sinister sounding vocal before crashing right back into full on mode. Another fine example of the diversity this guy can show and a definite must have track.
It’s been a while since we last saw Hady Tarek and we’re happy to see him back on remix duties here. His last outing was back in April 2015 with The Boat Effect which gained great support across the board. The remix intros with a classic styled thumping kick drum and bright crispy hat as various percussions come through with each phrase. The drum section provides a steady rhythm as cool synths begin to thrive. The big hitter here though is that bassline, a wonderful, powerful, pulsating deep low end bass that will have the bins shuddering. Throughout the track we get hooked onto a beautifully tweaked synth line that captivates as it twists and turns. Top notch stuff here you will not want to miss.
Swedish DJ and producer Victor Bergh aka Victor Berghmeister returns to Piston with the fantastic two track Sot/Vaed. Victor is no stranger to Piston having released Leaving Yous back at the start of 2014 as Victor Berghmeister. Great to see him back once more and we hope to see more from him soon.
Sot intros with a nice chunky kick drum and a superb warbling, ever shifting wah wah type synth that delivers a cool tech house groove. The synths sit perfectly with the vocals that find themselves embroiled in a myriad of FX that create some very cool textures in the sound. A subtle and very deep bass sits on the low end as that dominating synth line takes control. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.
Vaed sets out with a cool percussive driven intro filled with shuffling snares and rides and crispy hats that blend nicely into a smooth rhythmic flow. Swirling synths rise up and lead us to the thumping kick drums and a brilliant synth chord pad that begins its twisting journey with gusto. Cool house styled vocals filter through as the tech house groove carries us along for an epic ride that will leave a sweet taste making you want more and more, not to be missed.
Canada based DJ and producer Jader Agnolin aka Jader Ag returns to Piston with the superb Road 801. Last time around we saw this talented artist on remix duties for Hermann Dius’ UK Movement, also on Piston, back at the end of 2015. Prior to this he debuted back in the Summer of the same year with Triggs EP with appearances on Complex Textures, Hi Fi Stories and Wasabi Recordings in between. An on-the-rise artist with a steady building solid collection of grooves, it’s great to see him back for more at PR.
If you like your house deep (just like we do) then Road 801 will surely have you cutting up the rugs with its deep rooted grooves that will take you late into the night. Nice and big chunky kick drums are paired with a superb low end bass that is perched beautifully within the sound for maximum effect. Cool chords are interwoven throughout and really bring a smooth soulful vibe to the sound. Some fantastic classic style vocals have been added that will definitely get the crowd moving making this a must have track that will not disappoint.
Hezo is a deep contrasting track that takes us way beyond the boundaries of deep house. A solid wall of bass greets us right from the get go as bright crispy hi hats join the punchy kicks. In the background we find a myriad of subtle percussion elements that build up a steady rhythm. On the break a distant voice comes through adding an air of mystery before they move up top bringing a tribal feeling to the sound. An excellent slice that will sit perfectly in those late night smoky venues.
Rouge goes straight into a cool funky kinda groove from the off as pumping kick drums are met with slicing hi hats and a wonderful warm chord stab. A bouncing bassline is introduced that works flawlessly with the keys creating a smooth swaying dancefloor groove. A tight percussion section keeps the rhythm flowing while on the break we get treated to a surreal sequence that draws us in before we get churned back into the main groove. Fantastic deep grooves you do not want to miss.
Bulgarian born and now residing in Turkey, DJ and producer Askin Dedeoglu debuts on Green Martian with the superb White which comes in two flavours namely Re-Awakening and Al-Kan’s Hard Drug Mix. Askin became interested in electronic music around 1990 and in 1994 he started to DJ securing gigs at various night clubs. In 2005 he started to look into producing while working in the IT industry. His first release came in 2014 and was representative of the sounds he was creating between 2005 and 2008. Tracks he made between 2008 and 2012 were part of his second album Route 34 and all tracks after that make up his hugely impressive back catalogue. Delighted to have him on board and hopefully we will be seeing much more from this guy in the future.
White (Re-Awakening) intros with a nice smooth percussive driven groove that builds up to deliver a rhythmic vibe before a punchy kick drum comes through to take control. Superb dark laced synth stabs get the progressive juices flowing as cascading arps do their thing. On the low end a deep probing bass lurks that carries the groove with ease. Throw in some warm chords and expertly crafted FX and you have yourself the perfect recipe to get any floor moving.
Al-Kan debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the Hard Drug Mix of White. This one delivers a fine slice of progressive vibes that start off with some tasty beats to get the groove moving. Chunky kick drums and crispy hi hats are on hand to get us on to the floors while a solid probing bassline ramps up the prog groove. Throughout the track we’re treated to an array of cascading arps. On the break lush chord stabs take over before we get slammed back to full on mode for the duration, top notch stuff.
Top Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar joins forces with top Mexican DJ and producer Acid Kit to deliver the superb Take Control which features a stunning remix from DJ ESP aka Woody McBride. Van Czar has built up quite a solid reputation as a quality artist over the last number of years. His fresh approach to producing and DJing has led him down some successful paths resulting in him working with some of the most well known and respected artists in the world. A consistent giver of quality sounds is what this guys is all about and his recent album – Ibiza Legacy – is a testament to his versatility and musical expertise as is his newly launched label CZ. Acid Kit is a hugely respected artist also, a pioneer in the Mexican scene, his work has appeared on many top labels around the world. He recently appeared on Van’s CZ label on remix duties for Van Czar and Cysxe’s Horny Acid Phone. He runs his own promotion company – We Love Techno Group – which is dedicated to promoting all aspects of music, from festivals and artists as well as running 5 music labels We Love Techno, We Love Tech House, We Love Minimal, We Love Psy Trance and Mexicanilicious.
The Original Mix intros with a seriously thumping kick drum that leave a trail of low end in its wake. Sharp claps sit over a cool rhythmic percussions section as a rumbling bassline bubbles up from below. A dark and sinister vocal comes through demanding to get on the floor as the beats pound you into submission. A top notch cut no doubt and a must have track.
US DJ and producer DJ ESP aka Woody McBride is regarded with legendary status in the world of acid and techno and beyond. He was at the coalface when the acid techno boom hit the early nineties and has remained there ever since, consistently churning out quality vibes. His tracks and remixes have appeared on Dave Clarke’s White Noise, Josh Wink’s Ovum, Eric Powell’s Bush, Fat Boy Slim’s Skint, Novamute, Acid Tracks, Drop Bass Network and dozens of other labels. Here he delights with a simply stunning remix that intros with a pounding kick drum that commands right from the get go. A deep and raw techno vibe oozes from the track as dark elements creep in from the vocal and the mesmeric synths to the low end subs. The groove locks into place and forces you to the floor without mercy. Deep, dark, tough, perfect.
Qosmio debuts on Progrez with the sublime techno fuelled Dark Entity. Dark Entity intros with a tribal fuelled drum pattern that sits under a well rounded, warm kick drum. The drums hypnotize as they beat out their rhythm while on the low end a powerful and dark bassline comes through. The darker elements creep into the tech house groove with a stealthy approach and soon we find ourselves totally hooked. Eerie, twisted melodies play out their enticing song as the track powers on with its solid groove, top notch stuff indeed.
Nightmare intros with a pounding kick drum that will beat its way into your chest and force you to move to its thump. Cool and crispy hats add a rhythmic shuffle to the sound as a piercing synth note fades in. The groove intensifies and the drum section gets a boost as that synth notes becomes more prominent. On the low end a fantastic pulsing bassline does the business and gets under our skin with its relentless power. A superb building track that will work both a set opener and at peak slot, excellent stuff.
Srinivas debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic three track Profound EP. For the last couple of years Srinivas has been delighting with some superb tracks having appeared on labels like Sensoria Records, Electronic Tree and Low Pressings. Good to have him on board at BP and hopefully we’ll see more from him soon. Profound is a deep progressive grooving track that will sit beautifully in any late night set with its lush tones and captivating nature. A droning bass is the big player here as it hooks you in while the cascading arps and fleeting melodies give our imagination lots to work with. Underneath the complex synths and FX we have a solid drum section that drives the track with a solid rhythm. Excellent stuff not to be missed.
Covert sets out with an epic kinda vibe as swelling pads and deep bass tones create a warm atmosphere which is only broken by a superb 80’s style synth. Chunky kicks and crispy hats provide the rhythmic drive on the track and a monster bassline declares ownership of the groove as it flows through the track effortlessly. Some very cool contrasting sounds combine perfectly here giving you lots to play with, top notch stuff.
Boundless throws up some very cool time signatures with fluid movements between the beats. On top of the ever shifting beats we have a fantastic gated, stabbing synth that just totally hooks you in from the fade until it goes wide open. Rich strings play a part in shaping this diverse sound while a deep probing bass drives the groove. From the sweetest of melodies to the harshest stabs, this one has it all. An expertly crafted slice that will definitely turn a few heads.
Andrés Tamayo aka An-Beat debuts on Piston with the fantastic three tracker Kingz EP. Since 2009 Andres has built up a solid electronic music profile with a vast back catalogue on many labels. It was 2007 when he started to use local musical influences such as House, Tech House, Techno and Minimal which led to him starting to produce his own sounds in 2008. His music has appeared on the likes of Witty tunes, 1605, Deeperfect and Neurotraxx Recordings among others and has been supported by top artists such as Claude Vonstroke, DJ Sneak, Maximiljan, Richie Hawtin, Joris Voorn and Karotte to name just a few. He is currently owner of Moustache label along with Camilo Do Santos.
Kingz intros with crisp snappy snare on top of a muted kick drum and bright percussions before a fantastic punchy kick powers through to take control. A cool house vibe ensues with a playful groove to get the feet shuffling to the beat. Tight drums and percussions lead the way becoming a big focus in the track and take us to the break where we’re met with a display of various sounds and cool vocal snippets. A rattling snare roll takes us out of the break and slams us back into full on mode complete with that superb probing bassline. Top notch stuff and a definite must have track.
If you’re after deep edgy late night grooves then I Am is the track for you. A cool flowing rhythm is established from the outset as crispy bright percussions form up. Nice and chunky kick drums deliver a powerful punch and join forces with a wonderfully crafted bassline to take over the track. The drums tighten up and you will be forced to move to the groove. On the break a cool vocal delivers a self professing narrative that will captivate and intrigue. Super smooth basses shore up the low end bring depth and texture to the sound. Excellent stuff not to be missed.
Eats takes us on a cool tech fuelled ride filled with tight drums and quirky basses to whet the appetite. Punchy kicks join in as the layers build into a solid rhythmic flow. A wonderful moving bassline shows up in all its analog glory alongside a really cool vocal that gives a great character to the sound. This one will definitely do the damage on the floors with its tight solid grooves.
Jurgi Oraa Diaz aka Oraa returns to Piston with the superb two track Rocketship EP. This guy always delivers the goods and judging by his last outing back in January 2016 with Time Out For Love, we know we’re in for another tasty treat. Rocketship blasts off with a real nice drum arrangement complete with bright crispy hats and snappy snares. A monster kick drum soon comes through and takes over as cool vocals litter the sound. As if this wasn’t enough to get the floors shakin, we soon find ourselves on the receiving end of a superbly chunky bassline that drives the groove beautifully. Gritty synths come into play but soon make way for a much smoother spacey kinda hook as a high pitched string hangs over head. A big, brash slice of tech house grooves you do not want to miss.
Back In Time intros with a classic punchy kick and hat combo that builds into a feet shuffling rhythmic groove. Cool vocals deliver a raw, urban vibe as a superb bassline weaves its way through the track taking us on along for the ride. Quirky effects build a solid texture in the sound, but the big player here has got to be those fantastic retro styled synth chords that light up the track brilliantly. This one will not disappoint, a must have for sure.
Nyvs returns to Monog with the superb four track EP entitled The A and the Alpha. This one comes after he debuted back in the Summer of 2015 on Monog’s 50th release alongside Sugark and their Arco-Iris EP. Prepare yourselves for some beautifully constructed minimal sounds. Iuiny intros with a nice thumpy kick drum that packs a massive punch and remains the driving force throughout. The kicks are joined by cool crispy hats and raspy sounds that create a dark minimal vibe. Sharp voices deliver a surreal narrative to the sound as various sounds come and go. Space age synths also play a part in this superb, deep and grooving track, excellent stuff.
Kipari sets off with a nice pounding kick drum as a deep minimalistic bass fills the low end. A dark chanting vocal comes through and sits perfectly within the lush tones of the track. Cool percussions are scattered throughout and provide a steady rhythm as the groove goes deeper with each layer. Top notch stuff for a late night session.
Assist is the epitome of a deep and raw minimal groove. Chunky kicks and sparse percussions deliver a solid workout while a pulsing low end bass drives the groove deeper underground. Soft piano chords fade into the sound and are accompanied by some very cool vocals. A wonderful display that will definitely turn a few heads.
Digital Foam delivers a real smooth, lush deep groove that carries sultry tones which emanate from soft organs. A well crafted percussion section adds cool rhythms to the sound, but it’s the darker tones that keep you locked on for the duration. Curious FX create colourful textures and blend perfectly with the synths and keys. A fantastic slice of deep techno you will not want to miss.
Berlin based artist Lunakid debuts on Bonzai Elemental with the cool and smooth vibes of Epic which features two superb remixes by the impressive Volta Cab. Lunakid has been electrifying people since 2012 with his brand of electronica, techno and punk. He has seen his music released on the likes of Klinik Room, Record Union and Ego Shot. The Original Mix of Epic opens with a fading in pad that creates a rich atmospheric sound which is soon joined by other ebbing and flowing sounds. A thick punchy kick drum delivers a breaks style beat that compliments the evolving soundscape beautifully. The track picks up an ethnic vibe along the way which is filled with melodies and enchanting voices. Wonderful stuff.
Eclectic producer based in St. Petersburg Volta Cab steps up for remix duties delivering a sublime take on the original. Here the remix intros with a cool pulsing bass that provides a solid foundation for the sounds to layer on. Cool and crisp percussions are the first to arrive before some groovy keys are introduced before chunky kicks find their way through. Swirling strings and pads are joined by a distant gated synth resulting in an eclectic groove.
Volta Cab’s 808 Mix pushes the boundaries of lounge grooves with an edgy and pacey slice of chilled out vibes. A cool drum n bass kinda flow drips off the sound as the fully utilised 808 beats will attest, while rich piercing strings etch out there mark on the sound. Very cool chord stabs bring in a little sprig of house making this a special track that will find its way into many collections for sure.
Thomas Genchev makes a most welcome return to Bonzai Basiks with the delectable techno and electronica album I’m Comin’. It’s been almost three years since we last got a glimpse of Thomas at Bonzai and he sure knows how to return with bang. We last saw him back in 2013 with Noise & Silence before an appearance on our Bonzai & Friends – Underground Progressive Collection at the tail end of 2014. Delighted to see him back once more and no doubt we’ll be seeing much more in the future.
The album kicks off with the deep and dubby I’m Comin’ which intros with a superb bass as various FX swirl over head. A cool twangy synth fades through and hypnotises throughout the track while extra basses are drafted in. The track takes on a tougher persona as gritty synths are laid out alongside some very cool vocals. A sublime techno offering and a great start to the album.
Up next we have Space Shift which intros with a mish mash of percussions that form up a cool rhythm. A nice and chunky kick drum joins in and leads the way as strange FX take hold. The almost imperceptible bassline raises its gritty head and fits snugly amongst the myriad of electronic sounds. We move on to the Space Shift (Dub) which offers up a slightly more conventional take of its sibling. A more structured offering with a pounding kick drum and more focused rhythmic patterns. We still get all the quirkiness of the electronica with a sprinkling of techno over the top.
Inner Player throws up a wonderful display techno electronica and where the two collide. We get the pumping techno of the beats and a superb offset synth pulse against the sheer chaos of the electronic sounds that are laid out all over the track. Real cool stuff here that will sit well in any techno set.
Children Of The Earth intros with a collection of percussive elements to the backdrop of some really cool FX that range from everyday sounds to haunting wolves in full voice. A strong breaks sequence fades up to the pulse of a heart beat type rhythm as those FX continue to layer up. The intensity rises as the track continues, the hypnotic pulse and the eerie synths are joined by a mesmerizing sound that creates a solid buzz. These traits can also be found on Children Of The Earth Dancing With The Wolves (Dub) which strips away most of the higher and mid frequencies to leave a truly haunting slice of electronic music that you will not want to miss.
Up next we have Satie’s Lullaby which intros with a colourful detuned melody that draws you in with its strangely captivating charm. Over the top we have a solid kick drum alongside intricate percussion patterns that lay out an evolving rhythm. Stuttering basses provide even more colour to the chaotic scene while the drum section remains the only constant. Expertly crafted and not to be missed.
Me From The Future intros with a real nice punchy kick drum that packs a powerful thump. Subtle percussions ease their way alongside the kicks a surreal bass sequence takes place. A raw techno vibe oozes off the sound as the bass continues its haphazard journey. With some very cool swirling pads overhead this one is an epic ride that will not let go.
Paranormal Activity delivers a solid slice of techno with a real nice drum section that is filled with chunky kicks and a classic styled percussion. Eerie sounds are littered through as the title might suggest but it’s the drums that do the business here. The haunting sounds continue and they envelope your senses locking you into the raw techno groove. Brilliant stuff.
Ghost Hunt rounds up this superb debut album in style. A bright and in your face drum section delivers a steady rhythm as a deep probing bass lurks on the low end. Cool electronic sounds are littered throughout and create some very cool textures along the way. The drums form up a hybrid breaks pattern with the third beat diminished leaving room for those percussive elements to invade. Plucky synths stand out beautifully amongst the tirade of drums as a surreal vocal comes though on the break. A top notch slice of techno no doubt.
Bulgarian DJ and producer Pavlin Petrov returns to Bonzai Progressive with another sublime effort – Set Me Free. Once again he enlists the vocal talents of Selina Stoane and we can certainly see why. His last outing – Feeling Alive – also featured Selina on vocals and the chemistry created between the two did not go unnoticed. Great to see these two talented artists back once again and we hope to see much more in the future.
Set Me Free intros with a subtle percussion that lures you in before a powerful beat bursts through alongside cool synths and rich swirling pads. A deep, probing bassline rises up and settles the track into a smooth deep house groove. Mesmerizing vocals cascade over the sound and join those beautifully melodic pads to deliver a sublime dreamy vibe that captivate the mind. Top notch stuff for sure, the perfect fodder for a late night session.
Australian producer Audio Noir steps up to the plate with his Rekonstruction and shows us once more the range of skills he has to offer. Fresh off the back of his Progressive Tales 2 release, this guy remains consistent with top quality results at every turn. The remix opens with a cool arp which is soon joined by a nice, well rounded thumping kick drum. Cool percussions begin to appear delivering a shuffling rhythm that will get the bodies moving towards the floor. A gritty bassline takes over with a little help from sharp edged synths that set the track off brilliantly. The vocals fade through and bring nice contrasting textures between the smoother tones of the voice and the edgier synths. Excellent stuff once more from Audio Noir.
For the last number of years Finnish DJ and producer Chantola has been providing some fine quality cuts in many forms for our labels. He continues this trait with the superb Lionheart EP which is filled awesome progressive beats and lush vibes that will definitely find their way into many sets.
First up we have the title track – Lionheart – which goes straight into a wonderful progressive groove right from the off. Nice and chunky kick drums lead the way alongside a groovy exotic bassline that will have the bootys shakin and the sweat drippin in no time. A tight drum arrangement keeps the rhythm flowing as the Latin inspired grooves take hold. Cool vocals and stabby keys add fantastic textures to the sound. A must have track no doubt.
New World takes us deeper into the progressive abyss with a pounding kick drum leading the charge alongside crispy hats and a deep, warm pads. A solid drum section builds up and we find ourselves locked onto the tight rhythmic groove. As the track continues to dig deep into your body the bassline mesmerizes with its lush tones and groovy vibe. A superb slice that will not disappoint.
University Of Life intros with a perfectly tuned kick drum that sends out a real punchy thump. This is joined by cool crispy hats and stuttering percussions that build into a fine flowing rhythm. Stabby keys deliver a true house vibe as a rumbling bassline takes the groove deeper. Top notch stuff that will definitely get the floors rocking.