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Extreme Trax is back after a long hiatus with the superb Sound And Future which comes in original and dub flavours as well as a remix from the on form Audio Noir. Extreme Trax is responsible for a multitude of Progressive Trance and Trance hits in the late 90’s and early 00’s on XTC and Bonzai Trance Progressive with tracks such as Don’t Hold Back, Monday’s Blue and Final Fantasy. Now headed up by the legendary Yves Deruyter and given a 2015 makeover we are sure that this will strike chord with old and new fans alike.
First up we have the Original Mix of Sound And Future which gives off a real live sounding particularly through the drums with their session like qualities. The drum arrangement is big feature here and really gets the feet moving with their tight construction and solid rhythm. A raw sounding organic bass chugs through the sound beautifully and dominates for the duration. On top of the bass we have some very cool synth leads that ooze early 90’s flavour and sit so perfectly in the sound alongside sweeping pads and climactic risers. Stunning work from Mr Deruyter that will surely have the discerning clubbers wanting more.
The Dub mix is a stripped version of its big brother, we still get that live feel from the drums and that bass just dominates with its chugging driving force. In fact the bass has an even bigger place on this mix as the synths take a slight step back. But do not despair as those expertly crafted leads are still in effect and still carry their big lead qualities. Look out for the nod to the 80’s in the form of some very cool FX that lay hidden within the sound. Top notch stuff and a must have track for sure.
Audio Noir is up on remix duty with his EuroBeat remix and he really does do the original some justice with a sprinkling of his own trademark sound. Recently Audio Noir has confessed to changing things up a bit in his productions, he started toying with Electro and 80’S sounds and this remix is providing the perfect platform to showcase this slight change in direction. Nice chunky kicks are joined by stuttering crispy hats and snappy snares alongside delayed claps. A beautifully deep piano chord takes us up the I Feel Love styled rolling bassline that just sits perfectly within the 80’s inspired drums and percussions. Sweeping pads and rising FX complete with laser sounds litter the groove as we lose ourselves in this medley of synthtastic sounds. In true Audio Noir style we are treated to a sublime break that unleashes sweet melodic phrases before a sci-fi riser takes us back into the main groove. Superb stuff yet again from this guy you will not want to miss.
Hady Tarek is back with his stunning two tracker entitled The Boat Effect. We last saw Hady back in 2014, firstly with his Bonzai debut Night Shift and later on with remixes for Phi Phi & Airwave on Finesse and Crocy feat Croty on Recht. As always he delivered the goods on each occasion and this time around he holds true with a sublime trek into the tech side of progressive.
The Boat Effect intros with a tough punchy kick with sharp distorted hats and claps that lead up to a sub shaking bassline that rolls right through the track and providing the driving force of the sound. The track breaks to reveal a plethora of retro styled synth stabs and chords that give a real edge to the sound bringing it very close to the Techno side. The result is an energetically charged slice of dark matter that you simply must get hold of, not to be missed by any means.
Next up we have Restless which sets off with a big and ballsy kick that pounds out a solid beat alongside rhythmic hats and tight drums and percussions. A deep probing bass swells up from the depths and takes control of the sound while teasing chords fade through. The track breaks and unleashes a very cool array of synths and chords that set the tone for our journey into this darkened world. A nod to the early Techno sounds is evident and sits perfectly in this contemporary construction. A hint of melody seeps through and keeps the track within the progressive realm while retaining its dark roots. A must have track that will definitely spruce up any set.
Italian producer Marco Madia is back at Piston with another superb four track EP entitled Sugar Lift. We last saw this talented artist back in the summer of 2014 with his 12 Seagulls EP which went down a treat among many in the deep and tech world.
Sugar Lift intros with a nice and smooth deep grooving vibe as steady beats are formed into a cool 4×4 flow. Sharp hats and snappy claps are merged with a tight drum arrangement as deep rooted basses growl their way through the low end. Raw, dirty synths provide a dark element as the track evolves and draws you into its organic world. A mesmerizing and trippy experience here that you won’t want to miss.
Mezzotint sets off with cool muted kicks and muffled chords that filter into the sound beautifully. The kicks transform into chest pounding thumps alongside warm analogue stabs and a sub shattering bass. The tight drum patterns blend perfectly delivering a solid grooving rhythm that locks you in. On the break we are met with a superb showcase of keys, from funky licks to raw shots before we are led back to the main sound for the duration. Top notch stuff here that will definitely be a welcome addition in many sets.
Tarlatan gives off an upbeat kinda vibe right from the off with the groove taking on a bouncy form. Nice chunky kicks are paired up with a very cool rhythmic percussion section that continues to grow throughout. Warm, rising strings bellow up from below and compliment the lush and sometimes rough edged bass. A very smooth ride through the deep side of tech here that keep floors lit up for sure.
Acquatint intros with a deep sinister sounding vibe which leads up to a punchy kick that pounds out a cool rhythm alongside a bright offset hat. In the background tight drum patterns begin to emerge as the layers build. The bass stands out brilliantly with its garage flavour and blends perfectly with those deep rooted chords. The rhythm section will keep the feet dancing with its complex patterns and expert arrangement. Definitely a track for the deeper sets, not to be missed.
German producer and DJ Eric Kanzler is back to Basiks with the impressive three tracker, Cigu. Over the years Eric has worked with many artists on various projects, since 2012 he began going solo and performing live. He has a knack of getting his soul right into his music and whipping his audience into a frenzy. Here at Bonzai Basiks we are always excited when his tracks drop into the mailbox. His last outing for us came back in 2014 with Exercise Of Life which gained a lot of support across the board.
Cigu rolls up with a full on tech house flavour that grabs your attention right from the off with its solid, tight beats and deep probing bass. Cool percussive elements provide a steady flowing rhythm as a scattering of one shot FX pop up throughout. We get a nice surprising twist on the breaks with the introduction of an ethnic sound that adds a cool character to the track. Very nice, polished sound that will keep the floors grooving no doubt.
Neurotisch intros with a cool bass heavy theme as various drum and percussion layers form up to deliver a real tight and beautifully crafted arrangement that carries a cool rhythmic flow. That bass dominates as it probes its way through the sound alongside subdued kicks. At the midway mark we are treated to some stunning murky acidified stabs that add some very cool textures to the sound. A superb, tough edged Tech groove that will definitely feature in many sets for sure.
Welcome In The Club sets off with a nice bright intro with crispy hats and sharp claps that are soon joined by punchy kicks and a proper sub shaking bassline. The bass draws you in with its hypnotic groove and locks you down for the duration. On the break we get some real cool synths that tease just before the track gets back into its deep rooted groove. A must have track in your box that will not disappoint.
LAJohnson debuts on Green Martian with the sublime two tracker, Absolution. Absolution intros with a full on punchy kick with shuffling hats and a lush rolling bassline that will get the dancing feet moving right from the off. In the background rich melodic strings float across the sound and deliver an intensity that builds throughout the sound. On the break the strings morph into a pulsating sequence as a melodic arp synth teases us with its imminent prowess. The bass has a huge impact on the sound as it effortlessly plods along with ever changing notes. Such an upbeat and euphoric sound here that will definitely turn a few heads, one to watch.
Never Forget sets off with a driving bassline alongside a nice chunky kick and rhythmic hats. Sweeping pads and strings fade through and bring a sweet melodic flavour as various sound also lend a hand. On the break we get treated to an epic slice of melody building as arps and strings combine to deliver that euphoric feeling. A super smooth solid slice of melodic progressive house that would sit perfectly in any peak time set.
My House Is Your House delivers its 11th incarnation filled with the very best Techno, Deep House and Tech House on offer. 20 of the finest cuts have been selected for your listening pleasure with tracks and remixes from the likes of Ecco, Johnny Deep & Pierre lusithingy, Charles Ramirez & J.Nandez, Kunda, GgDex, Mr. Beat, Luis Bravo, King & Johnston, Rion Oidua, Tali Freaks, Ivan Masa, Art Sparks, Eric Powa B, Nouskynousk, Son of Gabriela, Leandro Silva, Jazzman Wax & Iban Montero, Charles Ramirez & Stan Garac, TMRP, Bonetti, Filta Freqz and Thermo & DJ Phase. The perfect fodder to keep any party rocking, you will definitely want this in your collection.
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Phi Phi and Roddy Reynaert join forces again to bring us the superb three tracker Atlan. They teamed up in 2014 for Platinum on Infonika Recordings to a great reception. Phi Phi is no stranger to these shores, he’s been cutting tracks under Bonzai’s umbrella for many years alongside the likes of Philip Van Mullem, Airwave, Greg D, Yves Deruyter and M.I.K.E.. In recent years he got into the studio with Airwave with jaw dropping results. French DJ and producer Roddy makes his Bonzai debut, although he has been around the scene for a while. He has tracks released on Anjunabeats, Fuzzy Recordings, Intricate Records and Ifonika Recordings. He is definitely making waves with his style and he was snapped up for remix duty on DedRekoning feat Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Only Child on Perfecto Records.
Atlan delivers a solid progressive groover with tight beats and a cool rolling bassline. The track builds steadily and keeps you locked in as various layers are revealed. An intensity comes through on the synths which are backed up by some rising pads real cool vocal FX. On the break a plucky arp takes over as those rich strings add to the melodies before the track reaches climax and we are thrust back into the main groove. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.
Believe intros with a nice punchy kick alongside a cool drum pattern and crispy hats and soon descends into a deep grooving progressive monster with a dose of gritty sounds, winding synths and an aggressive bassline that dominates throughout. Cool voices sweep around and contrasts beautifully with the deeper elements and bright melodic arps. A real solid slice of prog here that is a definite must have track.
Mayhem is an obsessive in your face 4×4 track that delivers a solid punch with its no-nonsense kicks and filtered percussions. The bass is where it’s at here, deep rooted pulsating notes are drawn up form below and really take command of the sound. A tribalistic vibe comes through with the wonderful drum arrangement and tight patterns. This one is a must for those late night sessions, not to be missed.
German DJ producer Thorsten Hammer debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb two tracker Black Hole EP. Thorsten grew up with the early 90’s German sound and frequented clubs such as Omen and Dorian Gray, this is when he really fell in love with electronic music. After many years of DJing he decided he would try to find his own unique sound. In 2011 he started up his own label, Ametist Records which focused on bringing in new talent and Tech House and Deep House with room left for some Techno. Aside from Ametist his tracks have been released on a hugely impressive amount of labels. Delighted to have him on board.
We kick off with Black Hole Breakfast with its bright intro packed full of snappy snares, crispy hats and punchy kicks. A deep, probing bass soon follows with an accompanying chord to get the groove flowing. Cool vocal one shots litter the sound and give a nice added texture to the vibe. In the background various pads and strings are on the rise and give way to a warbling riff that soon dominates for the duration. A real nice slice of deep Tech House that you will not want to miss.
Soda intros with a nice crispy vibe as various hats and cymbals combine before a punchy kick takes over. Rich pads and strings take over on the first break and bring a beautiful atmospheric vibe which is backed up by a very cool singing vocal and a sinister deep spoken vocal. The track settles into a deep groover complete with a phat bassline that drives the track brilliantly. An expertly crafted slice of prog tech with wonderful contrasting vibes, a must have.