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A welcome return to Bonzai Progressive for Tribal Warriors aka M.I.K.E./Push with his superb Defiance EP. Mike, as ever remains on top of his game with gigs across the globe and multiple studio projects going on. On top of all that he religiously dishes out the good on his Club Elite Sessions radio show among other things. No doubt 2015 will be another stellar year and what a great way to kickstart with this full on Tech fuelled monster.
Defiance settles into a smooth Tech ride as muted kicks are joined by cool stabs that ooze house flavours. The kicks beef up and bring that tech edge to the sound as crispy hats filter through beautifully. The multi layered bassline morphs its way through the sound with a raw energetic flow that really gets the track moving while sweeping FX fill the spaces. Superb stuff yet again and a tune that will turn a few heads no doubt.
Get Up intros with a smooth and rhythmic drum arrangement that leads us up to an in your face synth riff that dominates the sound. This stunning riff brings an infectious groove that locks you in for the ride as a deep rooted vocal rises up. A superb organic bass comes through and keeps with the tribal elements of the track. On the break the vocal returns alongside a wall of noisy percussions before slamming us back into the main sound for the duration. Top notch grooves and a definite must have.
DJ and producer Leandro Silva returns to Piston with the wonderful No Love. We last saw Leandro in December 2014 when he joined forces with D-Compost & Veselina Popova on their fantastic Feel Alive which gained a lot of attention. Be prepared to get your groove on with this new cut.
Up first we have the shuffling rhythms of No Love that are sure to get those dancing feet moving. From the outset we are drawn into a smooth deep grooving vibe as solid beats layer up against a constant deep synth chord and bright, crispy percussions. On the break we get a nice music sequence as those deep chords continue to dominate before we get thrust back into the main track. A definite feet mover you will not want to miss.
Sender sets off with a tough kick as a sinister vibe lurks in the background in the shape of some superb FX. Changing chords fade through as sharp hats and percussions build up and bring a steady flowing rhythm. Very cool vocals filter in and add a cool house feeling to the sound while a powerful punchy bass dominates the low end. You will soon get locked into this infectious groove making this a track not to be missed.
Belgian DJ and producer Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro makes a welcome return to Basiks with his four tracker, Connectics EP. It was back in April 2014 since we last got a taste of his brand of deep Tech and Techno on his Side Effects EP. Great to see him back and no doubt we will be seeing more in the future.
We kick off with Connectics which hooks you in with fantastic bass heavy kicks and pulsing offset bass that form a truly dark Techno vibe. A simple synth note fades in with an echoed aftertaste and dominates with its hypnotic groove. Subtle arps litter the groove also and really enhance the textures of the sound. On the break percussions take over before we get slammed right back into the mix for the duration. The perfect addition to those banging sets you will not want to miss.
Outline intros with a big chunky kick that will hit you right in the chest with its pounding groove. Crispy hats fade in alongside a wall of noise that will eat right into your brain. Intensity rises and falls throughout as the layers build on this stomper while gritty synths fill the space and give a real Techno flavour to the sound. This hard hitting super tight track has a sinister nature that will not let go, top notch stuff.
Next up is Syndrome which intros with warm punchy kicks and a mixture of shuffling hats and harsh percussions. Eerie synths captivate as they weave through the groove with expertly tweaked precision. The offset bass takes a backseat and allows the mids and highs to shine and reach ear shattering levels. A truly relentless and merciless groove that will keep floors rocking no doubt.
Fugitive rounds up this fantastic package and keeps the Techno vibe alive. Superb bass rich kicks provide the intro as big crashes lead into a very cool shuffling hat sequence. A chilling, scratching type sound dominates alongside subtle synths that sit in the background which gives this track a sinister vibe. Warm basses give great depth to the sound making this a hell of a ride that should be a tool in any set.
We are proud to announce our very first release on our brand new label Skull & Tones. Khristian K’s Materia is the debut cut on the Portugal based Techno outfit. Founded in January 2015 the goal of S & T will be to deliver the finest quality Techno from across Europe and the world. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Budapest based Khristian K. To our ranks. Khristian is a stalwart on the Techno and Minimal scenes among other genres, he has a vast back catalogue stretching back many years on labels like Im-Moral and Lucidflow. He currently runs his own labels MANDMS Music and Moira Audio Recordings which always attracts only the best artists. No doubt his wealth of experience and talent will be the perfect start to our new venture into the world of Techno.
Materia sets the tone perfectly with its dark Minimal vibe. The intro blends various percussions that filter up to a steady 4×4 beat filled with a beautifully resonating kick. A big draw on the track is definitely the percussion arrangements which vary from dry and snappy hits to more subtle elements awash with release. The kicks are overlayed with enough bass to keep the low end interesting and gives more space to the midrange. A truly infectious slice that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Ghost Train sets out with pace as percussions immersed in bubbles sits under a smooth rhythmic kick and hat combi. A somewhat energetic vibe is conveyed through this tight mix of bubbling bass, tight drums and sweeping synth FX. In the background a very cool Techno stab teases as you wish it to burst out and take control. A proper dark fuelled ride which will be a big player on many floors.
Some Drums Sketch A Direction intros with a pulsing bass and a punchy kick that does a great job getting you locked right into the sound. Stuttering percussions begin to fade through and raises the energy as it goes. Sharp risers litter the groove and take us to the break where we get a blast of noisy synths before getting thrust back into the main track. This one has all the ingredients of a monster tune, not to be missed.
Phat Traktor continues his fine run of outstanding deep cuts with Cette Nuit. We last saw him back in the summer of 2014 with Negative which went down an absolute storm among many and we have no doubt this new effort will follow suit. Since then he has remixed Ecco’s Switch and his tracks have appeared on our Club Traxx – Dark & Deep 2 as well as a spot on Bonzai Basik Beats, lots more to come from this guy so stay tuned.
First up we have the title track, Cette Nuit. From the opening bars we instantly get drawn into a deep rooted groove filled with low end bass and cool percussions. A steady flowing rhythm is formed out a tight drum arrangement that will keep bodies moving. Very cool FX work brings fantastic texture to the sound and keeps the ears trained. Sweeping pads crop up and bring a futuristic vibe as the infectious grooves continue to drive the track. A superb cut that will definitely turn a few heads.
La Criatura intros with a gritty beat as big chunky kicks are met with distorted percussions and rising pad. The track transitions into a much smoother flow as the distortions subside and the kicks get a nice rounded touch. Tech flavours run through the sound and are enhance by a brilliant robotic styled spoken vocal. As the layers build we are treated to a deep and pulsating bass that sets the track up beautifully. A tough and gritty workout that will definitely put fear into any sound system.
Portuguese DJ and producer Luis Bravo returns to Monog with the superb Switch Dance EP. We last saw Luis back in December 2013 with Yin which went down a storm all over. Since then he has notched up a very impressive release count across many labels including Hi Profile Recordings, Au Records, Dopplegaenger, Minar Records and HiFi Stories. Switch Dance also comes with two fantastic remixes from Dominic Smith and Kruno Kereta.
Up first we have the Original Mix which gets right into a deep rooted groove from the get go. Chunky kicks are joined by a warm pulsating synth alongside cool and crisp hats. Stark, harsh sounds litter the groove and bring a slice of tech into the vibe while some very cool spoken vocals provide a thought invoking narrative. The tracks layers continue to build bringing a real deep groove that will keep floors on the move no doubt.
Irish DJ and producer Dominic Smith steps up for remix duty and delivers a sublime deep house experience. Dublin resident Dominic has been a fan of dance music for a long time, in 2010 he got into House music and spent time dissecting the many sub-genres that exist. The results of this are his unique blend of Deep House and Tech House which has been snapped up by labels including Midnight Express Records, Vision Collective Recordings and Depaart to name just a few. In 2011 he gained attention from Dublin’s House music scene and soon found himself behind the decks at top venues across the city. On the remix the intro boasts a smooth and groovy vibe as well rounded kicks are joined by a surreal pad that rises beautifully into the sound. Cool FX on the vocal dominates a short break before we get into the main sound with sharp hats and a dancey rhythm. Sweeping synth shots litter the sound beautifully as this relentless groover powers on. A definite must have track in your box.
Croatian producer Kruno Kereta returns to Monog on remix duty and is fresh off the back of debut, Disquiet EP. On the intro we get thrust into a monstrous groove as punchy kicks are lined up against a harsh sinister bass. Vocal one shots crop up alongside a building percussion section and cool metallic sounding FX. The bass sits back perfectly and allows the percussive elements to build into a cool flowing rhythm as synth stabs filter through. A merciless trek into the deeper side of House that will not disappoint.
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.
Bhoo & Dirtyplan join forces for their Piston debut with the superb Komboloy which comes backed up with a fantastic remix from Holic Trax boss Tomoki Tamura. Bhoo are made up of three like-minded DJ’s and producers – Gianluca Viscovo, Luciano FM aka Luciano Fotis Meletopoulos and Paul Kenny aka Paolo Canale. Each brings his own unique style to the table, Gianluca adds in his blend of Funk, Soul and 80’s Electro while Luciano injects Disco Funk and oldskool House leaving Paul to usher in his Tech and Electronic sounds. Bhoo have appeared on many labels with great support over the years and they have worked with lots of top artists including Tali Freaks and C Minor. DirtyPlan recently saw his debut track Kilonova get a release on Let It Play and has gained a lot of support across the board as well as climbing many charts. His Deep House grooves can also be found on remix duty for Jeremy Urbano’s Human Rise and having hit the ground running at the end of November, it’s still gathering pace with support coming in from all angles.
The Original Mix intros with a huge crash which settles into a nice chunky kick and percussion led rhythm. Cool synth hits litter the groove as the layers build and give off a sublime deep tech experience. A subtle bass runs through the sound with the focus remaining on percussive elements and cool FX as distorted voices add textures and keep the deep vibe of the sound going. The break throws out more spoken word vocals and adds to the intensity of the sound with the help of amazing filtered synth sequences. We crash right back into the main groove with a flourish before settling back into this full on stomper for the duration. A gem of a track that will turn a few heads for sure.
Tomoki Tamura debuts on Piston with his stunning remix. The head of Holic Trax has been around the scene for a long time and in 2012 he decided to turn his very successful 10 year old Holic club events into a vehicle for showcasing rising talents and established artists alike. Many hits followed and in 2014 the labels profile was raised with support coming in from all angles, artists like Tuccillo, Sierra Sam, Doublet, Rick Wade, Chris Carrier, Ekkohaus & Rufus, Kate Simko, and Robert Dietz to name a few, are storming live sets and charts with their brand of deep tech vibes. No doubt we will be seeing a lot more from this stable, in the meantime we are delighted to welcome Tomoki to Piston. The remix sets off with a full on deep tech vibe, chunky kicks are met with a stand out percussion section with crispy hats and some excellent electro styled drums. A deep, raw bass gets the groove really flowing as those intricate drum patterns let the rhythms loose. Cool spoken vocals litter the sound with some great effects creating cool textures. Stabby synth riffs crop up delivering a real house experience and blend in beautifully with the techier groove. Superb stuff that is definitely not to be missed.