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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following Light makes his full Green Martian debut with the superb two tracker – Dell. Ukranian born Kirill Guk has remained a constant force in the progressive house world since 2010 having released on a vast selection of labels. Inmost Records, Balkan Connection and Abstract Space are just a few of the labels mentioned but gives you an idea of the status this guy holds. His music features heavily in sets across the globe and he has worked with some top artists along the way. We last got a glimpse of his talents on remix duty for Samotarev’s Midnight Pinball as well as an appearance on our Afterhour Trax 18 compilation.
Dell opens with a cool percussion led intro with a smooth warm pad filling the background before making way for punchy kicks and cosmic synths. A deep droning bass tone adds depth to the sound and gives the track its progressive groove. Mesmerizing melodies deliver splashes of colour to the sound and keep you locked on throughout. Top notch stuff, a must have track.
Iincessant gets right into a deep groove from the outset as chunky kicks and a superb hypnotic bassline get the progressive juices flowing. Crispy, shuffling hats provide a steady flowing rhythm to the track as swelling strings and pads bring in rich textures. Throughout the track we are treated to a myriad of melodies that give a brighter touch in contrast to the deeper elements. An excellent slice of melodic progressive house that will be a welcome addition in any collection.
New York native DJ and producer Corey Biggs debuts on Progrez with the brilliant two tracker Nature Never Sleeps which showcases his fantastic brand of Techno. 2015 has been a huge year so far for this relative newcomer to producing music – even though he has been involved within the music scene for over 10 years – he has seen quite a few releases across various top notch labels over the year and we’ve no doubt he will continue to do dish out the quality. He also goes by the alias Rockstar to which he has several releases starting in 2015. We can see how much this guy’s passion for music comes through in his work, he creates a level of intimate communication between artist and listener which is not an easy thing to master. Delighted to have him on board and we’re sure we’ll be seeing more from this guy.
First up we have the title track Nature Never Sleeps which intros with a nice subdued kick that leaves room for the cool percussions to come through and lead the way. A deep rolling bass bubbles up from the depths as smooth vocals glide across the sound. The drum arrangement builds nicely and dishes out an almost tribal vibe. The track breaks to reveal a superb spoken female vocal with a thought provoking message. Throughout the track we get more vocals straight from the street in a gangsta style. An excellent slice of techno with a twist, a must have.
The Drum Abyss offers a super tight intro filled with a chunky kick and crispy percussions on top of cool vocals. A fantastic dancey bassline comes through and sets the track on fire alongside sinister sounding deep spoken vocals. A drums heavy track that will get the floors moving comes complete with some classic vocals including a line from The Preacher as well as various other styles of vocal that deliver a quite diverse sound. A Tech House monster that will definitely rock out any venue.
Airwave delivers an injection of psy to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Lightyears Away From Here which is backed up with the sublime breaks track Dancing Desperado. This guys still knows how to wow his audience, even after almost 20 years he always finds new sounds and new ways to craft those sounds into powerful musical constructions. This one comes after two huge releases, namely Vega Shining on BP and the emotionally charged Sadness In Black And White on the mighty JOOF. An inspiration to us all, we look forward to more from this guy, but in the meantime play this one loud.
Lightyears Away From Here intros with a powerful muffled kick drum that slowly filters in to unleash a huge punchy thump that becomes a solid backbone for the track. We’re soon met with some fine psy trance sounds as an industrial sized synth stab fades in with an intense vibe. In the background we find some very cool FX that create stunning textures and add to that intensity. Subtle melodies start to come through as the bass line lurks deep in the low end. On the break we get a taste of those melodies in full bloom as they combine to create a huge climactic experience before we get slammed back into full on mode. Another fine slice from the master who is ensuring that the trance sound is alive and kicking in 2015.
Dancing Desperados is one of those special Airwave breaks tracks that seem to capture the essence of sound beautifully, due in part to the way the track is constructed, with expert precision. We begin with a cinematic atmosphere full of deep drones and bright piano melodies alongside subtle drums. Huge swathes of synths bring the intro to a climax and we are left with a solid breaks arrangement that will definitely get floors moving to the groove. The lead sound takes on a fantastic Mediterranean vibe as plucky strings converge over those strong pads that send shivers down your spine with every key change. Heading towards the end of the track we get a scathing psy fuelled acid line thrown in that tops the groove off nicely. Top notch stuff that you’ll not want to miss.
Russian producer Zatonsky returns to Bonzai Progressive, but this time he marks his full release debut with Mad Array, after he graced us with his remix on Alexey Lisin & Ange’s – Vesna back in June 2015. With a very impressive list of tracks across various labels we can see why this guy is in great demand. We sure hope to see more from this guy and his brand of deep and moody grooves. Featuring a brilliant vocal from Russian singer-songwriter Alexandra Pride, this one comes packed with remixes from Alexey Lisin and Dapa Deep.
The Original Mix intros with a smooth deep and moody chord alongside crispy hats and claps as an arpeggiated soft key comes through. The beautifully sultry vocal from Alexandra soon takes over and leads the track on to its deep grooving course. Big chunky kicks join giving the track a dance floor boost that will surely get bootys shakin all night long. The bass line combines perfectly with the vocal creating a melancholic vibe full of deep house flavours with a slither of progressive peeking out. Top notch stuff you’ll not want to miss.
Alexey Lisin steps in to return the favour on remix duty and delivers another stunning slice of his brand of deep house sounds. His last outing for BP – Try My Soul, also featured the superb vocals of Alexandra Pride and gained a lot of support across the board. We know we are getting only the very best quality music when this guy’s involved. The remix intros with a cool percussive arrangement that builds up slowly to form into a monster deep house groove complete with a rumbling bass line and some classy chords. Tight drums deliver a solid rhythmic feel to the track as that bass line holds up the lower end with ease. Cool synths litter the sound and fills the spaces left by the sparse vocals brilliantly. A superb slice of deepness yet again from this guy, a must have track for sure.
Dapa Deep – aka Lithuanian DJ and producer duo Darius Beinoravicius and Paulius Bukauskas – debut on BP with their remix of this fine slice of house music. Having met up in 2012 they started to produce and DJ together with each artist bringing different attributes to the table. Darius was melodic progressive kind of guy while Paulius was more into groovier house sounds. Both guys have graced the decks at top venues and played with top DJ’s over the years. Together, they have blended their own styles creating a unique sound that offers a fresh approach to music. Here the remix gets going with a pacey kick and shuffling hat combo that gets the rhythms moving nicely before a gritty bass synth sweeps across the sound. The track breaks to reveal a deep droning bass alongside those super sweet vocals and bright melodic plucks. With a deep house groove running through this one, we get a taste of progressive flavours in there also which makes for a very interesting sound, combing melody and melancholy to great effect. A wonderfully crafted slice that will grab a lot of attention no doubt.