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Buenos Aires producer Nicolas Ferrero debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the two tracker Pachanga Night. He started his music career at just 13 years old when he began to study classical music which developed into a love for electronic sounds. Hernan Cattaneo, John Digweed, Tiesto, Sasha and Danny Howells, among others, have been his biggest influences and have shaped how he produces. In 2007 he took the step into the professional world and studied the art of music production and after a few years he released his first track on Stellar Fountain.
Pachanga Night intros with a really cool vibe as punchy kicks are met with subtle closed hats to the backdrop of a crowded area that creates a wonderful ambience. The Latin inspired bassline is the star of the show here as it gyrates through the groove forcing you to shake that booty. Subtle sounds and FX litter the background and fill the space beautifully. A wonderfully bass driven slice of progressive house that will definitely be a floor mover, a must have track indeed.
Night Moon sets off with a muted kick as various FX are introduced. Crispy hats join in and the rhythm picks up the pace with the help of cool percussive elements. A deep droning bass lurks at the low end and dominates the groove. Melodic pads rise up and bring a smooth contrasting vibe to the sound while synths deliver their contribution which adds to the melodic structure of the sound. The break reveals a melancholic strain that works beautifully with the sweeter flavours of the track as that droning bass continues its run. Deep and thoughtful vibes here that will be a welcome addition in any late night set.
Rise And Fall aka Russian based DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov is back at the helm with Immersion which comes with a superb remix from Audio Noir. June 2014 saw his last release Seize The Day gain a lot of support, since then he has delivered various remixes as well as appearances on many of our compilations, the most recent being the Miami WMC 2015 compilation.
The Original Mix intros with a nice dark theme as a deep growling bass is met with punchy kicks and rising FX. The bass meanders through the sound beautifully as it command authority over the groove. Percussion and drum layers build to bring out a solid rhythmic flow as the atmospheric tones of the track are revealed by the superb array of pads and FX. The break delves into the deeper elements before we get slammed back into this tough edged progressive stomper that is not to be missed.
A firm favourite on the remix is back with another of his stunning reworks. Audio Noir delivers his Hypnotiks remix and once again he knocks it outta the park with his signature deep fuelled style. 2015 already looks like a bumper year for this guy, he kicked off with his own track Life before submitting remixes for Matan Caspi and Quadran aka Philippe van Mullem who sadly passed away in February. Much more to come from Audio Noir so be sure to stay tuned. As the title of the remix suggest we are in for a hypnotic ride through the deeper sounds of progressive house. The intro provides a subtle induction with sweeping FX, smooth percussions and a soft hat. Nice punchy kicks join in and the groove gathers pace alongside a solid rhythm. The bass adds a world of depth to the sound that really draws you in and captivates the mind, body and soul. The first break reveals a sublime atmosphere which is greatly enhanced by a fantastic spoken vocal that leads us back into the main groove. The epic ride continues with that bass dominating as melodic pads sit aloof in the background. A super solid ride through deep progressive that you most definitely will not want to miss.
French DJ and producer Vincent Esperanza makes his Piston Recordings debut with the wonderful four track Night Fever EP. Growing up in his native Paris, Vincent found House music around 2001 while partying in the French capital. Richie Hawtin, Josh Wink and Steve Bug are just some of the artists who have influenced him over the years. In 2007 he started producing and saw releases on labels like Look Ahead Records and Zikomatik. He likes to infuse warm tones and techno edges into his sound, just what we like to hear.
First up is When You Fly which intros with sharp edged percussions that lead into a punchy kick and crispy hat combo. The groove gets down and dirty with a brilliant deep bass that saunters through the sound with a suave laziness. A raspy male vocal comes in gives a surreal trippy vibe with the help of some very cool synths. Definitely one for the late night parties.
Walking Dead sets off with a sinister tone right from the outset as a chunky kick is met with deep scraping sounds. A contrastingly warm bass comes through and creates a cool textured layer while shuffling hats provide a solid rhythm alongside a tight drum arrangement. The groove settles in for the long haul as a biographical spoken vocal winds its way through to the backdrop of cool metallic effects. Deep and dark grooves that will keep the floors moving into the early hours.
Get Down intros with a cool percussion arrangement over a subdued kick. An infinitely deep bass crashes in that will definitely give the woofers a run for their money. Cool vocals litter the groove as that bass dominates all the way through the sound. Tight drums ensure the rhythms keep moving as a hypnotic vibe is forced through your ears locking you right in, this one will no doubt get a few heads turning.
Rounding up this stunning EP we have Something Special with its rhythmic intro filled with punchy kicks, sharp claps and a cool tribal ridden slapped drum pattern. Spacey effects streak through the sound as a dancing bass gets the groove into full flow. Deep house vibes get a showing from the groovy keys on offer as a spoken vocal pops up throughout. The break unleashes a wall of sound that is broken up by those warm keys before we get slammed right back into the main track for the duration. Top notch stuff that will get the imagination working overtime.
Sirius Brown debuts on Basiks with the pacey techno stomper Click Time which comes backed with a superb remix from Van Czar. Sirius has released some top gems over the last few years and is also the A&R for Backspin Records. As well as producing he is also a fantastic pro DJ, spinning at top clubs and parties. Nice to have him on board here and hope to see more in the future.
The Original Mix gets right into full on tech mode with a tough kick and snappy clap combo alongside bright open hats. A very cool probing bass makes its way through the sound as we go deeper into techno grooves. In the background a rising pad sweeps across the sound as tube like synths rattle around. Higher pitched string bring an air of intensity as a fantastic vocal snippet floats around. A real stomping groover here that will light up the floors no doubt.
One of Bonzai’s most prolific and hardest working DJ and producer Van Czar steps up for remix duty. Already in 2015 Van is making waves with his tight pumping DJ sets to his usual top quality productions such as his latest offering, Rumba EP among others on various labels. One highlight we know Van is very proud of is his first cut to vinyl through our Bonzai Worx Vol 5 which featured the superb Sugar Love. On the remix we get an injection of Vans signature tight drum patterns and attention to detail we have come to love. Big, pounding kicks dominate alongside a monster bassline that is complimented by a classic styled acid line that runs right through the sound. Old skool styled drums and claps keep the groove flowing and the addition of the vocal snippets works beautifully. Top notch yet again from Van and we will no doubt be seeing a lot more from this guy soon.
Kindred Spirits return to Green Martian with the superb Folies d’Antan which comes with a fantastic remix from Edwin van Cleef. Their last outing saw a remix on Dofamine’s Zero which turned a few heads at the start of 2015.
The Original Mix intros with smooth kick and raspy hat combo as warm chords fill in the background. Cool synths come through providing a sharp, slicing element alongside a groovy lead riff that captivates with its subtle melodies. Sweeping strings cascade through the sound and bring a nice uplifting vibe as a probing bassline finds its way into the sound. On the break the strings and pads combine beautifully to deliver a cinematic styled sequence that really gets your imagination going before we get back into the solid progressive house groove once again. A wonderful slice that will no doubt be a feature in many sets.
UK producer Edwin van Cleef debuts on Green Martian with his stunning remix. Edwin is a purveyor of cosmic, driving grooves and in the past he has remixed for the likes of Chilly Gonzales, Shinichi Osawa, The Knocks and Metronomy. His own tracks have gained huge support from Alex Metric and Starsmith and receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1 and Ego FM. This remix comes after Edwin took a short break, but stay tuned as he plans on a bumper 2015. The remix intros with a nice chunky kick as smooth house chords are met with sweeping pads. Sharp, crispy hats and claps get the rhythm on the move as the layers build. Expertly crafted FX fill the spectrum and create a wonderfully spacious atmosphere. The deep penetrating bass line cuts through the brightness of the track and brings a strong, contrasting deep groove to the sound. The lead synths bring a subtle melodic flavour and on the break we get locked into that melodic flow as the synths, pads and subtle arps wash over your senses. The track kicks back into its solid progressive groove for the duration making this a definite must have track in your collection.
It’s almost that time of year again when the boffins head off to Miami to bask in the Florida sunshine while the rest of us wrap up against the cold, icy breeze of Winter. Fear not, as we have gathered together some of the hottest progressive house cuts that are guaranteed to get the temperatures rising with warm, lush, driving and energetic progressive house grooves. 38 tracks and remixes from over 50 artists including Airwave, Phi Phi, Relaunch, Ruslan Vashkevich, Parga, Kintar, Frangellico, Marian Brito, Subconcious Tales, Rise and Fall, Mathov, Dark Soul Project, Fe Malefiz, Simos, Tagias, Billy Alex, Audio Noir, East Cafe, Mindgamers, Steve Sai, Manu Riga, Matan Caspi, Rishi K.,DJ Fire, Loquai, Thorin, Mark Found, Greenage, Reflection Soul, Crocy, Cotry, DeepAlexander, Dofamine, Kevin Vega, Mendexx, Alfonso Muchacho, Mariano Mellino, Degrassi, Moshic, Samotarev, Max Magnum, Christopher Hermann, JWM, Anurag Nandvanshi, Philthy Chit, Tribal Warriors, Napalm & DPhrag, Chris Harris, Michael & Levan & Stiven Rivic, Quivver, Rick Pier O’Neill and Jamie Baggotts will definitely get the mercury on the move and keep the floors burning all night long.
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Dark Soul Project teams up once again with the superb vocalist Fe Malefiz on We Are Not Alone which comes with two brilliant remixes. These two very talented artists gained a lot of attention with their first collab, Ain’t No Melodies Left, which featured heavily in many sets and charts. Clearly they have a great chemistry that we are sure will last for a long time, looking forward to more in the future.
The Original Mix sets off with a cool rhythmic flow as punchy kicks are joined by a tight drum section filled with crispy hats and energetic slapped hits. Sweeping FX take us through each section as various layers come together. A smooth and warm bass keeps the groove moving as synths begin to swell and the first hint of vocals creep in. When the vocals appear you are instantly captivated by their rich tones and sweet rounded edges. The break delves into a full on epic ride where a superb melodic lead is unleashed alongside those huge sweeps and sweet vocal. A real uplifting progger that will be a big hitter at peak time no doubt.
Belgian DJ and producer Nico Parisi steps up to the remix desk with his deep and grooving cut. Nico is back after a short break and he tells us there is lots in store which we are excited about. He has been a very busy guy on the DJ circuit with various gigs across the country and a spot at Bonzai Classics in Effenaar which proved to be another huge success. Plenty more to come from this guy so stay tuned. The remix intros with a cool punchy kick backed up with various percussive hits. A deep and grooving bass soon joins in as distant pads start to rise. Smooth notes bring a subtle melodic flavour and build up a quite intense vibe as they contrast with the darker tones. On the break we are lured into an evocative world filled with Fe’s captivating vocal and minimal sounds before getting thrust back into the main groove for the duration. A very smooth deep prog vibe that will definitely get a lot of attention.
On form producer and DJing duo Manu Riga and Matt Holliday are up next on remix duties. The guys have really hit the ground running since joining forces just a few months ago and their debut release Ethnology EP will no doubt be making waves across the scene. On the DJing front they have a monthly show on progressivebeats.com called Ethnoscience which is already gaining many listeners. Just recently we spoke to the guys after they met up in the UK where they say they had a great time which included a photoshoot. A new project is already in the works which we are excited about, more info soon on that. Individually they have material that will be released soon, great times ahead for these two very talented artists. The remix intros with a muted kick as various sounds sweep through. The kicks transform into a nice punchy hit while arps and FX glide across the sound. A tight drum arrangement gets the rhythm flowing with a tribal element running through. On the bottom end a deep droning bass adds great depth to the sound before a solid, driving bassline takes over. The layers continue to build with smooth chords bringing a true progressive vibe alongside subtle melodies. Heading into the break we are confronted with an absolutely stunning sequence where the melodic flavours begin to shine to the backdrop of a huge soundscape. Out of nowhere a wonderful piano riff takes over and really gets the hairs standing at the back of your neck before we ease back into the main groove. Superb stuff from this duo that will definitely be a peak time monster.