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Cysxe, the deeper side of Van Czar’s brand of techno, returns with the superb OxO EP which comes backed up with a fantastic remix from Lauro Martins. As ever we get nothing but the best from Van as he has shown us over the last few years. His last outing as Cysxe was no exception when he teamed up with Minitech Project on their Acid Planet EP. Van remains a constant force on the airwaves with his Bonzai Basik Beats Spain attracting a core following of listeners on a regular basis. In June 2015 Van rocked the Tekno Beach stage at Legacy Festival alongside Dantiez Saunderson for a stunning back to back session becoming one of the highlights of the event. A true keeper of the Techno sound who never disappoints.
The Original Mix sets out with a deep and dark menacing low bass sound that reverberates with a raw power through the speakers. The kickdrum keeps up and punches through alongside slicing hats and sharp claps. Cool rising FX deliver a spacey vibe to the sound as alien style synths lurk in the background. This one is perfect fodder for the late night, underground parties where you can let yourself go and get lost in its hypnotic groove, top notch.
Brazilian DJ and producer Lauro Martins debuts on Basiks with his superb remix. Raised in California USA, Lauro was exposed to all kinds of music as his Father was a DJ. He played his first gig in Brazil and from here he gained confidence with electronic music. Over the years he found his way into Deep House, Tech House and Techno. He draws inspiration from Latin and African sounds and brings these into his own tracks. On the remix the intro sets off with subtlety as soft kicks are met with clean, crisp hats and a dark underlying bass. The kicks soon break through and deliver their punch with gusto as that bass matures into a deep droning monster that dominates the sound. Those crisp hats are joined by a tight drum arrangement that carves out a smooth rhythmic flow where we get a taste of both Latin and African influences. A superb cut that will definitely be a go to track for many.
Iraqi born DJ and producer Moosick aka Mustafa Ismaeel debuts on Green Martian with The Chase. Although born in Baghdad, Mustafa grew up in India and ultimately ended up living in Canada. The experience of being exposed to different cultures has played a huge part in his sound. He started to DJ while at university and played at top clubs around Toronto including Sound Academy and Club 77. He has also graced the decks at the Bacardi NH7 festival in Bangalore and the Garden Of Eden festival in Southern Ontario as well as multiple guest spots across various radio stations. Lots more to come from this guy in 2015, so stay tuned. The Chase comes packed with three top notch remixes.
The Original Mix intros with a superb kickdrum that packs a nice punch on the low end and some cool rhythmic drums to get the floor moving. A deep, probing bassline comes through and takes over with its powerful groove and is soon joined by cool pads that sweep across sound. Sustained chords drive the hypnotic edge of the track as the shuffling hats keep the rhythm flowing. On the break those chords come to life with sharp stabs that split the low frequencies in two. A top notch cut that will be a welcome addition in many sets.
The first of three remixes is Jekyll’s Metastasis Remix which intros with a cool elemental flow as rattling chimes are met with blowing winds and light rain. In the background a warm pad begins its rise alongside a distant heart beat. A nice big punchy kick comes out of nowhere with crisp hats in tow and we soon find ourselves on the cusp of an epic ride. Sharp, bright melodic keys dish out a cool lead as a siren winds up and takes us deep into the groove with the addition of a driving bassline. On the break the melodies break free in various guises and deliver a sublime sequence before crashing right back into the main track for the duration. A wonderfully rich progressive journey you will not want to miss.
Onez!e returns to remix duty on Green Martian after a short hiatus. We last saw this talented artist back in November 2014 with his remix on Lonely Sun & Nicolas Agudelo’s Robotronica which turned a few heads and gained great support. Here he takes the remix on a fantastic ride filled with wonderful melodies and a driving relentless bassline that never lets up. An intensity develops in the track as those background pads and winding synths rise and rise bringing the track to its highest level before we drop into the break where the bass remains king. A deep progressive monster that will shake up a lot of floors.
Video Life debuts on Green Martian with a fantastic remix that will fast become a go to track for sure. On the intro we get a soft start as muted kicks are joined by a cascading percussion and shuffling hats. The softness disappears as a superb offset bass ploughs through and dominates the sound. The bass transforms after a short break and delivers a powerful, driving groove that is matched beautifully with strong chords and a tight drum arrangement. A definite go to track that will keep the party rocking.
Our Tech House Toolbox series continues with volume 4 churning out another round of the finest tech fuelled cuts from labels including Piston Recordings, Bonzai Basiks, Sounds R Us Recordings, Sudam, Monog Records and more. We never let up on the quality front and this time around we have sourced top notch original tracks from the likes of Carlo Caldareri, Ecco, Jonathan Calvo, Oz Romita, Chrono, Toral, Lagho, Hermann Dius, Davina, GgDex, Di Chiara Brothers, Laesh, Ricardo Espino, DJ Ferry, JR From Dallas, Alan Castro, Art Sparks, Matteo Cabassi, Lucky, Cerillo, Ecco, Milos Pesovic, Blansch, Jazzman Wax, Iban Montero, Capryo, Wrightly, HedUbble, Marco Madia and Johnny Deep. Just the boost required to get your dance filled weekend started.
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Bonzai Progressive firm favourite Crocy is back with another of his spine tingling progressive cuts entitled Mind. He once again enlists the delicious talents of Canadian vocalist Ashley Berndt who was also the voice behind the very well received Cry. Crocy continues to be a much revered artist on the scene given his attention to detail and levels of creativity. His music finds its way into many sets and has featured on lots of compilations across Europe. On the DJing front he continues to impress with ass shakin, feet stompin mixes. Much more to come from this guy, well worth keeping an eye on. Ashley is making her mark on the scene with perfectly executed vocals and strong lyrics, both of which fit snugly into the progressive, deep house genre. A superb talent that captivates with a magical singing voice, we are sure to be hearing a lot more from this lady in the future.
The original mix of Mind opens up with a solid kick and cool hats and cymbals that set the scene for a very dancey groove. A short vocal snippet leads up to the wonderfully rich bassline that becomes a big focus on the track and the main drive throughout. Sweet melodic piano sequences are the perfect accompaniment to the beautifully weighted vocal performance from Ashley. Another superb progressive cut from Crocy that will gain a lot of attention no doubt.
Comfort intros with a cool drum arrangement made up of punchy kicks, sharp claps, crispy hats and rhythmic patterns. The attention remains firmly on the drum patterns throughout and along the way we are treated to some expert FX tweaking. The track takes on a surreal cosmic vibe filled with deep, dirty synths and cool noisy licks resulting in a very interesting construction. A must have tool in your box that will not disappoint.
Russian producer Alexander Eryomin aka A.Eryomin debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the delectable and stylish sounds of Lonely Nights. A purveyor of deep house and progressive house grooves, Alexander has graced many top labels including the likes of Emotional Noise, Crosslink Music, Trento Music and Reelaux Digital to name just a few.
The Original Mix intros with a cool sweeping synth that paves the way for the vocal which plays a huge part in the track. A solid, tightly arranged drum construction gets us on the move and is coupled with a wonderful, rich bass that binds the sounds together beautifully. Bright arps fill the sound alongside an array of percussions that keep the rhythm in check for the duration. The big hitter here is that stunning vocal and the lush bass, a combination that will definitely get the floors moving.
Bonzai debutants Geonis & Mier deliver a solid remix filled with groovy house flavours. Right from the off we get locked into the fantastic pure house driven grooves as chunky kicks sit on top of cool house stabs with slicing open hats delivering the rhythm. The bassline runs through the low end beautifully and is accompanied by that stunning quality vocal that brings out so much character in the track. On the break those big, powerful stabs do their thing and keep the groove flowing in style. Top notch stuff that will definitely turn a few heads.
Jader Ag aka Italian born, Canada based DJ and producer Jader Agnolin debuts on Piston with the superb Triggs EP. Jader began his musical journey at a young age when he started to play electric guitar in a Punk band before moving onto drums which gave him an insight into changing things up with a variety of sounds. He began to DJ and soon found himself playing at many parties in Italy and in 2010 he started to produce his own sounds. While travelling through Europe and America he experimented with many genres and discovered his love for all things tech house with deep undertones. Like his own music, his DJ mixes are authentic and carry a deep understanding of sounds which unveils his passion for music.
Triggs is a full on Tech fuelled slice of House that gets the booty shakin right from the off with its rhythmic drums that just keep on giving. Cool voices litter the sound early on and really drive the House flavours of the track. The drums get a boost as the track evolves becoming tribal in parts while on the break a cool spoken vocal sits under the relentless drums. A deep bass ploughs through the sound delivering a shuddering groove that does not disappoint. Top notch stuff and a definite must have track.
Maniakal intros with a cool percussive arrangement that is soon joined by a powerful punchy kick. Sharp claps and slicing hats build up and get the rhythm moving nicely as the bass comes through. Cool distant voices sweep by as the track gathers pace with the super tight drums playing a huge part. The break brings those short vocal hits closer to home to the backdrop of those superb ever evolving drums that just seem to play on forever. After the break cool keys come through and drive the Tech elements of the groove beautifully. A fine slice of house music that will be a go to track in your box no doubt.
Pinwheel Galaxy intros with the classic punchy kick, sharp claps and crispy hats that take us deep into Tech House territory. A wonderfully lush bass soon joins the party and delivers a nice pounding groove that will get those dancing feet shuffling. The break throws up a surreal sequence filled with sweeping noises and a fantastic deep house chord that dominates with a cool vocal effect going off in the background. After the break the track settles into a solid house joint that you will be forced to move to with its infectious rhythmic groove. Superb stuff you will not want to miss.
Birmingham, UK based DJ and producer Matt Holliday shows up at Bonzai Progressive with his solo effort, Memories Of Yesterday. He recently enjoyed a collaboration with Manu Riga on Submerged Needs and You Are Contagious, both of which gained a ton of support from across the world. Known for his dark, edgy, psy laced progressive and trance grooves, Matt has built up a solid rep on the music scene with top notch cuts on labels like JOOF, Black Hole, Afterworld and Drizzly Records among others. Matt also delves into DJing quite regularly and hosts radioshows on various stations as well as his own Moments. On top of all that he will be gracing the decks on the Bonzai stage at this year’s (2015) Tomorrowland with fellow producer and studio partner Manu Riga. Lots more to come from this guy for sure so stay tuned for more.
The Original Mix intros with a wonderful imaginative sequence filled with a deep droning bass sound and cool FX which are soon joined by a powerful kickdrum that pulls out a nice punch. All around we are faced with varying basses that add a deep, dark twist to the sound and provide the perfect foundation for the subtle background pads. The track takes off with the introduction of a rhythmic drum section that is steeped with tribal elements which are sure to get the floors moving. On the break we go deeper with a beautifully rich display of sounds, from deep lush bass notes to sweeping pads and distant voices that bring a very subtle melodic flavour. A definite must have track for those late night progressive sessions.
Ewan Rill is up first with his remix and yet again he delivers the goods in style. A regular contributor to the remix roster, Ewan marked up his full debut on Bonzai Progressive in February 2015 alongside Casper on their Vacuum EP. A very much respected artist on the scene, this guy has racked up a quite impressive back catalogue on various top labels over the years including Balkan Connection, Abstract Space and JOOF to name just a few. On the remix he takes us deep into progressive utopia with a fine display of solid beats and expertly arranged patterns that carve out a cool rhythmic flow. The big hitter here though is the bass construction, multiple variations of bass combine perfectly to etch out that deep, lush groove. Probing, throbbing and gritty basses leave us numb as they work their magic throughout. On the break we are offered a short respite before getting slammed right back into the main groove for the duration. Superb stuff yet again, not to be missed.
Fresh off the back of his first studio album, Now & Zen, Audio Noir shows up on remix duty with Another Audio Noir Odyssey. One of Bonzai’s most prolific artists, this guy boasts a hugely impressive catalogue filled with a ton of original works and remixes in just a few short years. He recently appeared on the successful JOOF Recordings, JOOF Editions Vol 2 with his track One More Night and already he is working on more material which we really look forward to. On the remix here we are taken for a sublime journey into progressive. The intro throws up a cool bassline that sets the scene for the duration. Tight, solid kicks are joined by an equally tight percussion section that dishes out cool rhythms alongside a trance-like synth in the background that ebbs and flows beautifully throughout the track. The break lets loose with smooth pads creating a blissful atmosphere before a harsh, edgy riff takes over with chunky kicks in tow. An almost total transformation that takes us to the end of the track. A monster tune you do not want to miss.
New Dehli, India based DJ and producer Anurag Nandvanshi returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Expectant. We got our first glimpse of this talented producer back in the Summer of 2014 when he debuted with the very well received Soul Of India. Since then he has released a few cuts on various labels as well as a fantastic remix on JWM’s impressive Wild Soul. Expectant comes in Original and Electronica flavours.
Expectant serves up a real nice and smooth piece of progressive as solid beats are joined by a cool rhythmic percussion line. Distant melodic arps fade in and out and pave the way for surreal Indian strings that captivate from the moment they are unleashed. The strings are accompanied by an awesome display of female Ethnic vocals that add a richness to the sound. At the lower end we are treated to some superb bass notes that probe their way into every nook and cranny of the arrangement resulting in a wonderfully deep progressive groove. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss.
The Electronica Version takes us deep into the electronic abyss right from the get go as a deep droning bass lays the foundation for this imaginative journey. Indian strings and beautifully executed vocals provide the richness while an urbanised drum section keeps us firmly rooted in the 21st century. A wonderfully constructed arp sequence plays out giving cool contrasts between the ancient and modern. A fantastic track that will be a joy to listen to for many no doubt.
Boosh debuts on Piston Recordings with the upbeat and fresh sounds of Be A Man EP. Be A Man delivers a superbly fresh deep house sound with an upbeat tempo that will certainly get the floors into full swing. Nice and phat kicks deliver a solid punch as cool, crispy hats get the rhythm moving. Powerful chord stabs bring the house groove to life as funky keys work their magic in the background. The bass works perfectly in tandem with those stabs and really ramps up the groove to ass shakin heights. Cool vocals sweep through the sound providing a classic urban theme making this a definite must have track for your box.
Be A Woman takes a funky approach with super smooth keys filling out the background as solid, well rounded kicks and crisp percussions take the rhythm to the hilt upfront. A classic styled piano groove comes through and sets the scene for the duration as cool female vocals litter the sound. Warm silky basses are the perfect companion to those fantastic piano leads and a sure fire winner on the floors, delicious.
The emphatic Diego Herrera returns to Basiks with the superb four track EP entitled Rocker. We last saw Diego back at the end of 2014 with the equally superb, Slow Burn-The Vibe, which gained a healthy following among the Techno fraternity. With cuts across various other labels we are always delighted when his track cross our desk.
Rocker serves up a solid wall of deep tech grooves that will definitely grab the attention of many. Tight drums accompany a deep throbbing offset bass that will have woofers quaking for sure. An array of Techno induced sounds descend onto the groove and sends out a tough industrialised vibe. On the break the track goes dark as a sinister voice fades through to the backdrop of an intensely haunting sequence before bursting back into full swing. A must have track that will be a welcome addition in those dark filled rooms.
Respect intros with a nice solid kick and probing bass combo that paints a tough edged groove right from the off. Crispy open hats are let loose and the rhythm starts to boil as various percussive elements come through. Clanging metallic sounds are introduced and fills out that tough edged exterior perfectly. The break takes a closer look at these sounds with a sublime heavily effected vocal thrown in which takes us slamming back into the main track for the duration. A monster of a track that must be respected.
Broke sets out with a superbly textured kick that is soon joined by a hyperactive display of percussion that builds and builds delivering a seemingly chaotic arrangement with a beautifully rhythmic vibe. A very subtle bassline lurks at the low end allowing the percussions to run wild and dominate the sound. The break descends into a smooth atmospheric sequence that retains the chaotic nature of the sound as those expertly crafted drums come back for more. An imaginative and rip roaring trek into drums that provides a powerful tool for any set.
Trutuka intros with a cool display of sounds and FX that play out a surreal scene. Big chunky kicks soon take over and are accompanied by bright and crisp open hats that get the rhythm on the move. A wonderfully deep bass presides as a cavalry like trumpet squeals through the groove alongside detuned clanging metallic sounds. Definitely one for the boxes here that will keep the Techno floors burning no doubt.
Hailing out of Cyprus, Michael Berklin aka Michalis Fotiou debuts on Green Martian with the impressive Citizens Of The Earth Vol.1. Michalis found music from a young age and began to teach himself synthesizer where he would discover the magic of creativity. An explorer of all kinds of musical styles he soon settled into electronica having met film composer and sound designer Mario Christophorou who gave him lots of encouragement and guidance. He also takes to the turntables and has entered into many DJ competitions with good results and reviews. Delighted to have this guy on board and we hope to see more in the future.
Citizens Of The Earth Vol.1 intros with a solid, tight groove made up of nice chunky kicks and cool percussions that set the rhythm alight. Smooth, melodic pads begin their rise as ethnic styled voices ring through. A probing deep bass binds the sounds together beautifully unleashing a truly sublime progressive groove. The break provides a contemplative respite as wistful sounds play out before we get thrust back into the main track for the duration. A stunning slice of prog that will definitely hold its place in any set.
Story Of The Descendants sets off with a cool rippling synth and sweeping pad before a phat, chunky kick takes over alongside a deep throbbing bassline. Soft hats accompany a subtle drum arrangement as the focus turns to the melodic side where fleeting arps and enigmatic vocals shine through. The break is filled with these soft, hypnotic sounds and hair raising vocals. That dark sub heavy bass comes through once more and we are led back, deep into progressive territory. Top notch stuff and a must have track.
The ever present force of metrONomes aka Jon ManimaL & Magros return to Progrez with another fine slice of deep, dark and techy prog on Mistique. The guys have made us wait five months since their last outing, Domin.US which gained a lot of attention on the scene. As always the excitement mounts each time they deliver the goods and this time around is no exception as they gear up for another head twisting cut.
Mistique intros with a smooth deep and grooving vibe as punchy kicks are joined by soft hats and a lush bass that envelops the sound beautifully. Tight percussions begin to form up and deliver a tasty tribal sequence that fits the sound perfectly. The bass is boss here as it meanders along bringing in that superb progressive groove. A short break unleashes a cosmic spacey vibe before we get thrust back into the main track for the duration, top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Philosopher sets out with a cool flowing vibe made up of sharp hats and chunky kicks with a fantastic rumbling bass bringing up the rear. The track takes on a sinister element with a little help from haunting wide eyed FX and cool robotic voices. A totally hypnotic experience that delivers a relentlessly deep solid groove and one that you will most definitely want in your collection.
Tarzan intros with cool tribal drums alongside a nice punchy kick and short sharp hats that provide a cool contrast to the low and high ends. A deep, throbbing bass rumbles up from below as the drums tighten up into a solid dance fuelled groove. Stunning, heavily effected voices come through as the tribal vibe ramps up a gear giving off that jungle feeling which befits the name of the track. A wonderfully surreal track that will both captivate and mesmerize, perfect fodder for those late night sessions.