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CLUB TRAXX – PROGRESSIVE HOUSE 17 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Our long standing Club Traxx series continues with Progressive House 17 featuring 20 top notch progressive cuts from a host of prolific artists from our own Bonzai Progressive imprint and beyond. We’ve sourced some excellent tracks from labels like Green Snake Records, JOOF, Mistique Music, Sudam, Contrast and Green Martian as well as BP. Artists such as Frangellico, Rick Pier O’Neil, Phi Phi, Rise And Fall, Slam Duck, Kintar, Basil O’Glue, Matt Holliday, Experimental Feeling, Moshic, Lymbic, Manu Riga, John 00 Fleming, Tim Penner, Urban Flex, Oliver Petkovski, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Juan Astudillo, Sween, Woods, Ruslan Vashkevich and Modeplex are all on hand to deliver these superb cuts to the floors. A wonderful bumper pack for any collector and the perfect way to get a night of partying on the move.

#bonzaiprogressive #riseandfall #timpenner #oliverpetkovski #frangellico #themanindarksuit #rickpiero’neil #phiphi #slamduck #kintar #basilo’glue #mattholliday #experimentalfeelings #moshic #lymbic #manuriga #john00fleming #urbanflex #stivenrivic #michael&levan #juanastudillo #sween #ruslanvashkevich #modeplex

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BEST OF PISTON RECORDINGS 2015 (PISTON RECORDINGS)

As 2015 draws to a close it’s time for us to take a look back at some of the highlights that continue to keep Piston bursting at the seams with only the highest quality cuts. We’ve also worked hard to bring on board a whole swathe of new talent on top of our current pool of established artists. In this year’s bumper round-up we feature 50 superb tracks and remixes from artists such as Leandro Silva, Bonetti, Leandro Di, Upright, Rick Wade, Daniel Ray and label guru Rogerio Martins to name just a few. At Piston it’s all about the music and this showcase is the perfect starting point to get locked on to some of Europe’s finest deep house, tech house and techno grooves. Roll on 2016!

#pistonrecordings #tomokitamura #kriswadsworth #satour #jacky(uk) #ivanmasa #gobbettipizzini #bhoo #dirtyplan #leandrosilva #kunda #fabioricciuti #qubiko #bonetti #oraa #ekai #olifrances #danielray #vincentesperanza #pandeo #cerillo #hurlee #brettlawrence #marcusraute #marcomadia #laesh #juanmallopis #matteocabassi #luky #hermanndius #angelodraetta #giannialessandrelli #rogeriomartins #grooveapartment #rickwade #italobros #rubbaj #boosh #jaderag #franciswhite #flat #alessiorizzo #ilariolaggetta #leandrodi #camilodosantos #dimiwilson #lex(athens) #capryo #southerngroove #davidmuseen #primebrothers #pablowoof #joyfullfamily #charliepearson #mash #ggdex #keygi #upright(pt) #robsmall #dannyhartley

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MATT HOLLIDAY – PIPE DREAM (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Matt Holiday returns to BP with the hugely impressive two tracker – Pipe Dream. A very much in-demand producer Matt always notches up the quality and this one is no exception. Last time out we had Light Year which proved very popular indeed with great support having shown up in many sets and DJ charts. Outside of Bonzai he still continues to impress the head honchos over at JOOF(as well as ourselves of course). On the DJ front he plays regularly around the UK where he brings his solid progressive grooves to the floors. Much more to come from this guy and well worth keeping an eye and an ear on.

Pipe Dream intros with a subtle kick and cool percussive arrangement as a dark bass teases us with its existence. The teasing abates and we are exposed to a superb deep and lush bass that moves slowly through the sound. Hints of melody pop up and build anticipation before a dark chant starts to form up. In a wonderful twist the dark chant is replaced by the most beautifully layered, soothing Ethnic voices that cascade through the sound to the backdrop of a deep, dark sinister progressive groove which comes to prominence on the break. As the voices subside we are taken back into full on prog mode with a little help from some cool synths that offer a rich tone to the sound. A fantastic slice and a definite must have track.

Navajo sets off with a nice punchy kick and a simple percussion arrangement that builds up into a solid drum section that carries a top notch tribal vibe. As the title suggests we are treated to some excellent Native American chants that resonate right throughout the sound and fit perfectly into the progressive nature of the track. A deep and beefy bassline shores up the low end providing a solid platform for the myriad of sounds to take hold. The break throws up a great mixture of sounds with subtle melodies at the centre before we crash back into the main track for the duration. Top notch stuff yet again from Matt, this one will be a welcome addition in any set.

#mattholliday #bonzaiprogressive

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KAY BARTON – RETURN 01 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Kay Barton aka Kay Piranha debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Return 01 which comes with 2 brilliant remixes from Van Czar and Jesper Mauerhoff. Kay was born in Northern Germany in 1980. From just 14 years of age he started to realize he had a passion for electronic music and his ideas soon turned into tracks with his computer using basic DOS operating software. After moving to Southern Germany near Heidelberg in 1997, Kay was given the possibility to actually work on his career for the first time. Besides producing he started working as a DJ and ever since he plays dynamic techno, house and electro swing DJ sets. For more than 2 years he has been a part of La Nuit Boheme, the biggest event series for swing and electro swing music in Germany, as a resident DJ. Over the years Kay has played in many national and international locations, at events like Love Parade, Street Parade and G-Move as well as for several German broadcast transmitters and radio stations.

The Original Mix delivers a cool slice of tech house with a pumping groove that will keep the floors alight. Punchy kicks and crispy hats provide a tight rhythmic flow as a throbbing bassline holds the track together. A wonderfully tech fuelled sound dominates on the break as it pulsates sending the mind into overdrive and is joined by a synth stab that builds us back up into the main track for the duration. A proper, punchy slice of tech for the floors, a must have.

Van Czar delivers yet another blistering remix, something we have become accustomed to over the years. We usually see this guy over on Bonzai Basiks or Eyepatch Recordings, but he has made the jump over to BP in an unexpected twist to offer up his talents once more. A very hard working artist, Van juggles hosting Bonzai Basik Beats Spain with various gigs in and around Madrid as well as finding time to create a slew of remixes and original works for Bonzai and other labels. Here on the remix Van lets loose with a wonderful Tech House groove right from the off with his Club Remix. The intro throws up a tight drum arrangement with a chunky kick at the forefront. A tech rich stab gets the track into full swing as layers build with a cacophony of sounds straight outta the space age. Fantastic stabby synths resonate throughout the track to the backdrop of those tight drums and percussions. A definite must have track for sure, proper dancefloor fodder.

Dutch DJ and producer Jesper Mauerhoff returns to Bonzai Progressive on remix duty and delivers a solid slice for the floors. We first got a taste of this guys talents back in the Summer of 2015 with his BP debut Eyes Wide Shut which was followed a few months later by Trip To Strip, as well as appearances on a few compilations in between. The remix notches up the tempo slightly as those punchy kicks make their mark against a superb synth chord and a gritty bassline. This one builds beautifully resulting in a full on tech groove with just a hint of progressive coming through on the arrangement. Tough offset basses are the perfect match for those splashy snares that cut through the sound brilliantly. A monster of a tune that will appeal to many.

#kaybarton #bonzaiprogressive #vanczar #jespermauerhoff

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GIULIANO A.L. – WINTER EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

Italian DJ and producer Giuliano A.L. debuts on Bonzai Basiks with the fantastic Winter EP which comes backed up with remixes from Bonzai stalwart Van Czar. Giuliano brings his own style to Deep House and Tech-house and loves to display his passion for a variety of musical influences. At age 14 he began doing some casual DJ sets in local disco – Mythos – and there after he became the resident DJ running both Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons for more than a decade. In 2002 the opportunity arose to play in Switzerland where he played with International DJ’s such as Victor Simonelli and was widely sought after by the crowds for his music. After a few years away from the scene he moved to Ibiza and rekindled his love of dance music. It wasn’t long before he got right back into things playing at top Island venues. Giuliano has been a proud returning resident to the fantastic Ocean Beach Ibiza bringing a taste of his style to the massive crowds flocking to enjoy the day time club scene. He is regularly invited to play guest sets from time to time in other island hot spots such as Pacha, Space, Eden, Destino, the legendary Pikes Hotel, El Hotel Pacha, Sands beach bar in Playa díen Bossa and Pukka-Up Vip Boat parties. Winter sees Giuliano turn all of his focus into the studio to concentrate on his production projects. As a producer he has released on labels like Go Deva Records and Tonspur Records where he released an EP, remixes and tracks. In summer 2014 Giuliano collaborated with the iconic Hotel Es Vive along with Iban Mendoza to create their 10 year anniversary CD on Seamless Records. Delighted to have this guy onboard at Basiks and we hope to see much more in the future.

The Original Mix of Caracas intros with a tribal-esque percussion arrangement that is joined by a superb punchy kick that gets the track moving into top gear. A warbly synth bass takes over alongside some curious voices that add a cool dimension to the sound. Those basses become the big focus as they transform into many mesmerizing shapes that lock you on to their powerful tech grooves. Top notch stuff that will no doubt be a strong favourite in many sets.

Madrid based Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar delivers the first of 2 remixes in this superb EP. Never failing on the quality front this guy always notches up a solid performance both in original works and remixes. His last outing was alongside Majed with the brilliant Panimic EP and proved popular among many deep, dark, techno sets. Prior to this one he had a vinyl and digital release with The Force which featured the legendary Kevin Saunderson as well as his wife Ann and son Dantiez. We’ve no doubt that this guy will continue to pile on the quality and we always look forward to his sounds coming through the office. Van’s Black Beach Remix of Caracas opens with a solid kick that carries a massive punch and is soon met with a deep throbbing bass that rises from below. Haunting voices present a sinister backdrop to a sound that drips with intensity. The attention to detail is sublime with simple yet highly effective FX delivering cool textures to the sound. On the break things quieten down before a massive wall of sound brings us to the climax and back into full on mode. Another tough offering from Van that is sure to be a top pick among many.

The Original Mix of Winter sets out with some cool synth plucks before a nice and chunky kick takes over alongside a shuffling, rhythmic hat pattern. The track soon delivers its tech grooves in style as a fantastic driving, bubbling bass is introduced. In the background we get a tight percussion section that keeps the track flowing through a cacophony deep tones. Cool textures emerge creating a real sense of space and surroundings before a strange hypnotic chant comes through to send the groove on a surreal trip. Brilliant stuff that will definitely be an asset in any mix.

Van Czar’s Jam Remix of Winter rounds of this EP in style and yet again we are exposed to the sheer brilliance of this guys talents. The track opens with a percussion driven tribal tech groove that has you hooked in from the first few bars. A perfectly placed bass adds a bit of oomph to the groove as those percussions keep a steady flowing rhythm. Short breaks provide little to no respite from this stomper as a wall of noise rises before you. A real solid slice of tech to keep the floors moving, this one is a must have.

#giulianoal #bonzaibasiks #vanczar

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EXPECTED MIRAGE – OBSERVERS EP (GREEN MARTIAN)

Expected Mirage returns after a hiatus of almost 5 years with the fantastic three tracker, Observers EP. We last got a taste of this guys progressive grooves back in 2010 with These Satellites which went on to appear on many compilations under the Bonzai banner. Prior to this he had cuts on Progrez, starting in 2008 with Old Castle and in 2009 with Reflective EP. Remixes also came thick and fast during this period for artists such as Blufeld, Arto Kumanto, Joost Glazenburg, L.A.V.I, D.E.E.P and Zakat Project. Great to see this guy back at the helm and we hope to see more in the future.

Time Does Not Exist opens with a stuttering percussion pattern that branches out into a solid progressive groove with the introduction of a punchy kick and a rising synth that warms the track beautifully. The bassline soon takes over and we find ourselves locked on to a deep lush groove. The chords deliver a subtle classic feel to the track while on the break we are faced with a sublime chorus of melodies and a hypnotic key that takes us back into full on mode for the duration. Superb stuff and a definite must have.

Morning Scene offers up a wonderful trek into a melody driven pure progressive house cut. A beautifully crafted construction awash with a myriad of colourful melodies that cascade through the sound effortlessly. At the backend we have a solid chugging groove that will rock out any floor, while up front we are treated to those fantastic melodies that will surely brighten up the start of any day. A perfectly chosen title for an epic sound, one to watch here.

Origins Of Reality intros with a subtle percussion arrangement before the kickdrum filters in to deliver its punch and get the track moving. A pulsating bass resonates right through the sound and becomes a big focus with its hypnotic draw. As the layers build we feel the anticipation rising with short sharp synth hits echoing throughout. Suddenly we’re engulfed with the most amazing arpeggiated synth line that just goes on and on and on, creating a magical vibe that takes us back in time. A classic progressive groove ensues that is reminiscent of the hey days of proper progressive with a sprinkling of trance. On the break we enter the rabbit hole as swirling pads and beautifully tweaked melodies build a wall of textured sounds before we get slammed right back into the main track. An epic monster of a tune, and at just over 11 minutes this one will dominate any set, a future classic for sure.

#expectedmirage #greenmartian

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VINCE AOUN – LILIUM (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Lebanese DJ and producer Vince Aoun debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Lilium, which comes backed up with two superb remixes. Beirut based Vince has been around the scene since 2010 when he turned professional. It started with his radio show Catalepsy on MusicRadio.com which aired monthly but made the change to bi-weekly due to demand from listeners. In 2011 he started to put out his own works and quickly grabbed the attention of many top jocks including Paul Van Dyk, Judge Jules and Paul Oakenfold. His tracks have appeared on various labels but got a notable release on Vandit in May 2015. Great to have this fast rising talent on board and we hope to hear more soon.

The Original Mix intros with a smooth melodic vibe that is joined by subtle percussions and a cool arpeggiated riff before a solid kick drum makes its way into the sound. Big, brash snares hit the downbeat revealing an electro flourish that fits nicely into the groove. On the break we get a taste of some mighty fine synths that carry a strong melody with an old skool edge. Superb stuff and a top notch debut for this talented artist.

First up on the remix we have Belgian DJ and producer Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens with his superb Chilldown Remix. With a hugely impressive discography that spans over 10 years, this guy brings a wealth of outstanding talent to everything he touches and infuses tracks with his unique Manu Riga sound. His last outing for BP was on remix duty for Ruslan Vashkevich’s – Acid Pig alongside Youngen and just before that he churned out one of his best remixes to date on Youngen’s – The Long Way Home. This guy never lets up on the quality front and we always look forward to getting his latest work in the inbox. On the remix we are faced with a wonderfully thick kick rum that packs a nice punch and is joined by floating FX and a strong rising bass drone. Rich strings and pads sweep through and tease with their powerful draw. The track breaks to reveal a very cool melodic riff that leaves us wanting much more. In true Manu Riga style we get treated to some awesome ethnic sounds that raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Beautifully plucked strings and a captivating female vocal dominate the main break before we are led back to the main groove for the duration. Another fine display of deep progressive grooves from one of Europe’s top artists.

Blufeld is up next with his Dark Poison Remix and yet again he offers up a superb slice of progressive. Fresh off the back of his 4th studio album – A World Less Ordinary – David has already seen three of his tracks released as singles off the album, the latest track Out Of This Life grabbed a lot of attention and represents the perfect snapshot of this guys talent. Much more to come from this guy, soon we hope. Here the remix intros with a pacey vibe full of stuttering percussions and crispy hats that filter in nicely before we get hit with a solid kick drum and some stunning vocal sounds. A wonderful synth rides the groove perfectly and adds to the hypnotic nature of the track. Through the track we get a taste of a beautiful melodic structure that only fully reveals itself on the break where we find an uplifting feeling that carries us along for the ride effortlessly. A top notch remix that will definitely be a go to track for many.

#vinceaoun #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga #blufeld

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JESPER MAUERHOFF – TRIP TO STRIP (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Dutch DJ and producer Jesper Mauerhoff returns to Bonzai Progressive with Trip To Strip. We saw him make his debut at BP back in Summer 2015 with Eyes Wide Shut which gained a lot of support across the board. Great to see him back and no doubt we’ll be seeing more from this talented artist in the future.

Trip To Strip intros with a shuffling hat sequence on top of some cool percussive sounds before the solid kicks come crashing through. A superb bass line soon joins in and sets the track on fire with a rip roaring tech house groove. A tight drum arrangement keeps the rhythm flowing which will definitely keep the floors shakin all night. The track takes on a hypnotic vibe as that bass line, coupled with subtle synths powers on with its pumping groove. Superb stuff and a definite must have track.

Firework sets out with a solid rhythmic vibe as tight punchy kicks are joined by crispy hats and a cool percussion arrangement. The rhythm builds nicely and takes us up to a solid bass line that forms a progressive stranglehold that will not let go. A big room sound comes through in the bass as it twists and warps giving those booty’s something to shake it to. The track evolves beautifully with each key change, bringing with it some cool melodies that settle into a powerful progressive groove. An excellent slice of prog that is a must have in any set.

#jespermauerhoff #bonzaiprogressive

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BONETTI – PUMPING PUMPING EP (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Spanish DJ and producer Bonetti aka Andres Boned is back at Piston with his Pumping Pumping EP, and one thing is for sure, it’s pumping. His last outing came on remix duties for Rob Small and Dan Hartley’s – Stubbed which proved popular among many jocks, which is no surprise as this guy really knows how to work a groove. Pumping Pumping comes with the original mix and a top notch remix as well as two other tracks making this pack a tasty treat.

The Original Mix sets out with some cool and crispy hats and sharp claps before a solid kick drum pounds out a thumping beat. We get locked down into a full on Chicago inspired deep house groove as that bass line rolls effortlessly across the sound. Retro styled vocal snippets litter the groove and are the perfect match for the classic chord stabs. A proper dance floor destroyer no doubt, a must have track.

Italian born DJ and producer Carlo Caldareri returns to the Piston camp with his remix of Pumping Pumping. We last caught a glimpse from this guy back in 2014 with Cuz I’m Killing and an appearance on Best Of Piston Recordings 2014. He’s also shown up on My House Is Your House 10 and Tech Room Toolbox 4 on Bonzai Progressive. Great to see him back once again and we hope to see more in the future. On the remix here Carlo etches out a full on tech house flavoured groove. Tight drums and super crispy hats ensure the rhythms will force you to move. A solid unbroken bass line takes over and dominates with a funky twist. That bass line keeps us going until the break where classic vocals come through before we get slammed right back into full on mode. Top notch stuff yet again from this guy, not to be missed.

Gangsta Boom intros with a classic thumping kick and sharp hat combi complete with snappy claps to get the rhythm juices flowing. A superb bass line takes over and brings a warm deep groove to the sound. The bass is coupled with some smooth keys that deliver a funky side to the sound which will definitely have booty’s shakin all over the floor. Cool rap style vocals lift the track and give it a pacey edge while other classic vocal sit in the background. Another fine slice of deep house that will be a welcome addition in any collection.

Follow The Leader sets off with a classic intro full of punchy kicks and crispy clear hats and sharp claps. A smooth rolling bass line soon joins in and offers up a brilliant deep groovy vibe. On top of the bass we have warm chords that seal the track firmly into the deep house realm. We are treated to some fantastic vocals that will definitely give the party a lighter touch. A wonderful fusion of sounds that will keep floors moving all night long, top notch stuff.

#bonetti #pistonrecordings

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PULSE8 – FEEL THE WAY EP (MONOG RECORDS)

Rogerio Romao and Micael Dias aka Pulse8 debut on Monog with the superb Feel The Way EP. This exciting project was born out of a collaboration between two artists with very different backgrounds and influences. They’ve joined together to create a unique sound that is not bound by genres, but purely good taste. They utilise various media formats in their DJ sets to deliver their intricate mixes filled with quality sounds that create emotions and tell a story. Great to have the guys on board and we hope to see more from them soon.

First up we have the Original Mix which intros with a nice punchy kick drum and some cool crispy hats that are soon joined by snappy claps to really get the rhythm flowing. A wonderful deep probing bass lurks on the low end settling us into a solid groovy mover. The vocals really stand out here and offer great character to the sound. As the layers build we find ourselves totally hooked into this one as it hypnotises our senses. Superb stuff that will definitely be a welcome addition in any set.

The Dub Mix offers up the same deep exploration as the Original but with minimal vocal and a slightly darker tone. Still a must have track that will beef up any late night grooving set.

Portuguese DJ and producer and a Monog firm favourite Luis Bravo delivers his fantastic remix. We last saw Luis back in March with his remix of Kruno Kereta’s Ball & Chain EP, although he has shown up on various compilations for Bonzai and on Monog’s 5 year celebration – Monog Records 5 Years Side By Side. Always a pleasure getting this guys work in the inbox and we are sure to see much more from him in the future. The remix sets out with a real cool urbanised theme as punchy kicks join crispy hats and a distant vocal that echoes in and out. A lush, warm chord teases us as the percussions start to ramp up the rhythm. The vocals sit perfectly within the sound here and keep you locked on to the narrative throughout. The bass takes all the glory here, a smooth, deep subby pulse that will really shake up the bass bins no doubt. A top notch slice of deep techy house that is a must have track for your collection.

#pulse8 #monogrecords #luisbravo

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TRIGO NOMETRY – MUSIC WRITTEN AT NIGHT (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

Trigo Nometry debuts on Bonzai Elemental with Music Written At Night, a sublime mini album full of wonderfully crafted chill out, breaks and electronica sounds. First up we have Comes The Night with its huge swelling melodic groove that wraps you up in a world full of colourful sounds. A series of arpeggiated notes deliver the melody with ease as a deep throbbing bass brings a warm glow. Bright strings keep that track high up in the stratosphere while carefully placed drums provide the anchor. Super cool grooves not to be missed.

If You Come to Me intros with a cool rising bass pulse that is joined by contrastingly harsh kicks and gritty synths that dish out a dirty groove. An urbanised them runs through the track with those tough sounds delivering the goods. On the other side we have bright melodic pianos and bass tones that melt into your soul only to get broken by those superb tough electronic synths and beats.

Internal Unrest begins with a cool arp that cascades up and down with a beautifully melodic trait that lingers throughout. Scathing synths take over and send the groove into overdrive with a little help from some tough breaks that wrap up the sound perfectly. A fine slice of breaks that will keep you coming back for more.

Morning Turbulence sets off with a shuffling hat and percussion sequence as winding synths move across the sound. The synths fade and we are left with those rhythmic percussions and a super warm bass tone and lush keys. Beautifully crafted melodies start to filter through as the layers build and the drums form an almost drum n bass groove. A wonderfully deep and intensive sound that will captivate with every listen.

Nightmare intros with a deep, hauntingly sinister drone that pitches slowly as distant voices lurk in the background. Accompanying that mesmerizing drone we have an equally haunting organ that subsides to reveal a contrasting bright melodic sequence that fills the sound beautifully. A rising synth takes us into a huge drum arrangement that dominates the sound with a fantastic chemically induced big beat vibe. Top notch stuff full of colour and movement that you will not want to miss.

Rounding off this superb mini album we have Silent Night which intros with a soft melodic sequence that is soon joined by a heavy duty deep probing bass and a smooth drum sequence that offers up a steady rhythmic flow. We get hypnotized by this infectious sound which continues to throw up surprises. Nice and bright synth plucks provide more melodies that sit perfectly with the upbeat vibe of the track. On the break a striking piano comes through and hooks us in for the duration. The perfect way to chill, stunning.

#trigonometry #bonzaielemental

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QUANTUS – PASS THROUGH TIME EP (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Quantus debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Pass Through Time EP. Two tracks of pure progressive house grooves that are guaranteed to keep floors rocking. Great to have Quantus on board and no doubt will be seeing much more from this quality project in the future.

Pass Through Time opens with a cool rhythmic percussion pattern which is soon joined by a punchy kickdrum that will get the feet moving to the floor no doubt. A solid driving bassline comes through and takes control of the groove as we settle into a superb progressive ride. Cool synths deliver a liquid style sound which are complimented by equally cool FX that are scattered throughout. This one is a straight up groover destined to dominate floors, a must have.

Changing Times intros with a nice tight kick and shuffling hat combo that set the rhythms on the loose. A subtle arpeggiated synth moves along the track effortlessly as warmer, deeper pads start to fade in. The bassline drives the groove beautifully and fills the track perfectly with the right amount of low end. Distant sounding spoken vocals add a wonderful texture to the sound and adds to the mesmerizing groove. A relentless progressive mover that will be a welcome addition in any set.

#quantum #bonzaiprogressive

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LUCIANO DELGADO – VIRTUOSO EP (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Residing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, DJ and producer Luciano Delgado debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the delicious Virtuoso EP. This brand new EP features four original works covering deep, tech and progressive house as well as a top notch remix thrown in for good measure. Delighted to have this guy on board and we look forward to more in the future.

First up we have the title track – Virtuoso, which intros with a nice and smooth deep house groove as subdued kickdrums are offset by crispy rhythmic hats. In the background warm chords fill the space alongside some cool atmospheric effects. A deep and lush bass sits beautifully on the low end and adds so much warmth to the sound. The break brings in some light relief with rich strings sweeping through the sound delivering a nice melodic touch. A fantastic deep and melodic slice here that will definitely be a go track.

Caballito Vibra intros with a cool atmospheric vibe with soft kicks coming through alongside subtle percussions. A deep bass joins and sends the track on a firm progressive house course that layers up smoothly along the way with a myriad of sounds. The drums slowly build to dish out a solid rhythm and an infectious groove licked with intricate FX. A short break reveals a cool melody that adds a lot of flavour to the sound making this a definite must have track.

Next up we have Amateur which intros with a mesmerizing pad arrangement that soon breaks down to unleash a solid kickdrum that gets the groove moving nicely. Those pads return with a beautiful melodic edge that brings a richness to the sound. A very strong offset bass takes over and we find ourselves firmly locked into this deep, deep groove. A beautifully textured arrangement of sounds that will appeal to many for sure.

The Original Mix of Magic Molain is up next and this one takes us on a more tech induced journey with a wonderful display of drum and percussion arrangement delivers a solid rhythmic vibe to the sound. A deep probing bass cuts through the colourful drum section and grabs a hold of your brain with a hypnotic grasp. On the break we get a taste of some quirky synth licks that add a playful edge to the track before we get right back into the main groove for the duration. Top notch stuff.

Rounding off this superb EP we have the Joke Remix on Magic Molain which keeps true to the techy edge of the original. Cool stuttered vocals are introduced giving the track a lot of scope as that ever probing bassline dominates the sound. A tight drum arrangement ensures a steady rhythm throughout. A much deeper slice of tech here that is a must have track for sure.

#lucianodelgado #bonzaiprogressive

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ROB SMALL & DANNY HARTLEY – STUBBED (PISTON RECORDINGS)

UK based duo, Rob Small and Danny Hartley team up on Piston Recordings to deliver the stomping tech house grooves of Stubbed, which comes backed up with three superb remixes from Jacky (UK), Bonetti and Upright. DJ and producer Rob Small is widely known for his engineering and mastering skills within the dance music scene as well as his top quality cuts on various labels. He is no stranger to Piston having released the deep house joint Bad Wednesday in 2011. He has also shown up on the likes of Bonzai Progressive and Bonzai Basiks over the years, it’s always an exciting time when he takes to the studio as a producer. Danny Hartley has been into music from a young age focusing on garage house and running his own nights. After a trip to Ibiza with his friends, he turned his attention to deep dirty house and techno which he played out in various clubs around Leeds as well as his own night Fat Jacky’s. These guys are no stranger to each other, in 2014 they worked together on Unspoken Violence for What Happens and in early 2015 they released Squarred Up on Audiophile Deep.

The Original Mix offers up a solid tech workout with punchy kicks and tight drum patterns to keep the dancing feet shuffling. A deep rip roaring bass trundles through the sound and gives off that tech vibe beautifully. Cool spoken vocals straight outta the “dungeons” litter the sound and add a little extra spice that livens up the groove. The floors are gonna love this one, a definite must have track in your arsenal.

UK DJ and producer Jacky (UK) debuts on Piston Recordings having cut his teeth on various labels over the last couple of years. Known for injecting high energy into his sets, this guy knows how to turn it on for the floors. As well as his residency at Manchester’s Mute he also spins regularly at Sankeys and South Nightclub. A relative newcomer to the world of production, we’re definitely gonna see a lot more from this guy. The remix intros with a fresh tech house vibe as crispy hats lay down a cool rhythm alongside equally cool vocals. A nice punchy kick comes in as the drum layers build giving the track a well rounded feel. The bass powers through and takes full control of this superb grooving monster. The break filters out the bass and brings in some cool riffs that keep the rhythm locked in before we hit the peak and come crashing back to those lush low end frequencies that really give this one a lot of oomph. Top notch stuff that will do well in any upbeat set.

Portuguese DJ and producer Alvaro Martins aka Upright returns to Piston with his fantastic remix. He grew up with a love for 80’s and 90’s Pop and Rock sounds which soon developed into a passion for Classic Soul and Funk. At 8 years old he joined a music school and learned classic piano which gave him a deeper insight into how music evolves. Nowadays his early influences have proved useful in his outstanding production style. He has released a plethora of top quality House cuts across many labels and he also joins forces with his friend to form Peers & Upright with releases on Something Else and Save Room Recordings. Alvaro debuted on Piston back in January 2015 with a remix on Oli Frances’ Slow Mo. As Upright he takes a clear vision on how he wants a sound to project, strong rhythms and deep chords, the perfect recipe to light up floors. The remix intros with a nice solid kickdrum alongside cool snappy snares and sharp claps. The vocal fades up and leads us to a superb low end bass that just hangs perfectly over the sound as a high pitched synth rings through. We soon settle into the groove as the tech vibes drip off the sound. A super tight arrangement delivers the rhythms beautifully as that bass dances along the groove. Heads will be turned and floors will be burned with this one.

Spanish DJ and producer Bonetti aka Andres Boned shows up once more on Piston with his remix and judging by his last outing – Don’t Stop The Rhythm EP – back in January 2015, we are in for a real treat. Andre has been attracted to electronic music and clublife from an early age. In 2010 he decided to get into making his own music. He likes to add his own unique twists on Tech House and Deep House so that his sounds can be enjoyed on the beach or in the club at the same time. Since he released his first track in 2011 on iFrominal he has not looked back, a raft of releases and support from around the world has stood him in good stead and will no doubt keep him on track for an exciting future. The remix takes on a wonderful deep house groove right from the off as warm keys are locked in with a solid kick and sharp clap before the rhythm starts to flow with cool hats and clap patterns. A fantastic FM bassline bursts through and drives the track beautifully while spacey FX go off all around. We get treated to some very cool spoken vocals that adds a cool layer to the sound and keeps the house groove moving nicely. An excellent slice of house that will be a welcome addition in any set.

#robsmall #dannyhartley #pistonrecordings #jacky(uk) #upright(pt) #bonetti

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VAN CZAR & MAJED – PANIMIC EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

Van Czar returns to Basiks with a brand new collaboration with Majed on their Panimic EP which comes packed with four quality remixes as well as the outstanding original. Van is fresh from his latest vinyl release – The Force, which featured the Saunderson family including Dantiez, Ann and the legendary Kevin. This is not the first time Van and Majed have joined forces in the studio, back in 2014 they put out the In Vino EP and then Majed stepped in on remix duties for Cysxe & Minitech Projects Acid Planet EP.

The Original Mix is a trek deep into the techno sound and full of wonderfully crafted sounds to mesmerize us. A very subtle kickdrum leads the way and is backed up by crispy hats and a tight percussion arrangement that delivers a smooth rhythmic flow. A cacophony of warm synths fill the void as a subdued bassline lurks deeper in the groove. A straight up dark techno offering that is a must have for sure.

Brazilian DJ and producer Lauro Martins returns to Bonzai Basiks with a superb remix. We first got a glimpse back in the Summer of 2015 with his debut remix on Cysxe’s OXO EP which gained great support from many quarters. The remix here intros with a fantastic kick that packs a lot of low end and leaves a nice trail of bass in its wake. Subtle synths crop up throughout but here it’s definitely all about the bass. The bassline rattles along with a dominating force and moves in so many ways that will leave bassbins wanting more. A real deep and moody techno monster here that you gotta get into your collection.

Amsterdam based DJ and producer Sirena aka Renske van Kollenburg debuts on Bonzai Basiks with this stunning remix. Sirena boasts 15 years of active involvement in the electronic music scene and Ibiza’s DC10 sounds. She started out as a music journalist and from there she secured many contacts in the scene and started to work on various projects including Ultra Music Festival Miami, Coachella Festival USA, Awakenings, Amsterdam Dance Event, IMS Ibiza, ID&T, Pacha and Arminís label Armada. 2015 will see her release her first creations on Bonzai and KMS. Here she takes a deep and dubby techno approach to the remix. The muffled intro fades into existence with beautifully warm pads that are soon joined by a chunky kickdrum and superb chord stabs that will definitely have the booties shakin to the no doubt. Crispy hats come through and keep the rhythm flowing as the groove deepens. A top notch effort that will see a lot of playtime for sure.

Sirius Brown returns to Basiks with his remix and gets the energy levels ramped up a notch with a much more pacey and harder hitting techno slice. We last saw Sirius back in February 2015 with his debut – Click Time, which saw good support coming in from many quarters. Here the remix gets moving with a tough thumpy kickdrum alongside some sharp crispy hats that dish out a cool rhythm. Sinister sounding synths glide through the sound with a wide resonance filter that gives it a harsh edge. On the break the synths continue to dig into your brain as a very dark haunting voice comes through and fits perfectly with the sound. A wonderful slice of the deeper, darker side of techno.

A firm favourite around these shores – Onofrio Conte offers up his slice of techno on the remix. This guy has been around for a while now and has dished out some quality sounds for Bonzai Basiks and Sounds R Us Recordings. Always a pleasure to see his work come through and we know what to expect when his name is attached. The remix throws up a real techno stomper as chunky kicks are met with a tight rhythmic hat and percussion arrangement. Super cool basses operate on various layers and provide a solid platform for the techno grooves to flow. In the background a myriad of FX go off adding some wonderful textures to the sound while on the break we get treated to a simple kick with haunting atmospherics before we get thrust back to the main groove for the duration. Excellent techno groove for the floors here and a must have for those darker sets.

#vanczar #majed #bonzaibasiks #lauromartins #sirena #siriusbrown #onofrioconte

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