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French DJ and producer JR From Dallas returns to Piston Recordings after a bit of a hiatus with the fantastic two tracker Slowing. We last caught a glimpse of this guy on our Secrets Of The Trade 6 compilation a few months back, but his last full release was way back in 2013 alongside LuRob and their Deep Into EP. JR has been buys though, he continues to dish out quality deep house, tech house and house joints as well as performing at many top venues across Europe. He’s currently in the middle of his album – World House Experience (Gourmand Music Recordings) – release tour which will see him take in multiple shows in the Czech Republic and Japan having already toured extensively this Summer. Great to have him back at Piston and no doubt we’ll see more of him in the future.
First up we have the deep and raw Slowing which delivers a solid moody deep house groove full of quirky sounds and a wonderful hypnotic bassline. Lush tones, warm chords and that rumbling bassline sit below a tight drum arrangement made up of chunky kicks and rhythmic percussions that will force you to move. A plethora of quirky sounds fill the space alongside a deep spoken vocal adding some very cool textures to the sound. Top notch stuff that you will not want to miss.
Yokohama Ghetto intros with a nice punchy kick drum and a cool vocal snippet alongside building percussions and crispy hi hats. A fantastic deep bassline that carries a funky element takes hold and lulls you towards the floor. Eerie sounding pads swirl over head creating a superb atmosphere that just goes deeper and deeper while the rhythmic elements keep the booty’s shakin’. Another fine slice from this guy that will not disappoint.
Italian DJ and producer K.A.M.A. debuts on Piston Recordings with the superb upbeat tech house grooves of Bounce It EP. With a penchant for deep house, dubtechno and tech house, K.A.M.A. certainly knows how to work a track and get positive reactions from the crowd. Since 2013 he’s been plying his trade with releases on various labels including Takt, Basswalk Records, Blend It Records and Little Helpers to name just a few. On the DJ front he is a popular figure at many venues and always leaves the dancefloors satisfied. Good to have him on board at Piston, this one is the bomb.
Bounce It goes right for the jugular with a solid tech house groove that delivers a whopping punch and energetic vibe. Chunky kick drums lead the way and are joined by a crispy hi hat alongside rhythmic percussions to get the feet shuffling. A fantastic deep rumbling bassline steals the show here as its low end subs rattle the speakers. Cool vocals spill out of the sound adding character with an urban feel. A truly stomper of a tune that is not to be missed.
Asthma sets off with a real nice and bouncy old school flavour as punchy kicks and shuffling hats get the rhythm moving. Cool percussions join in and you’ll be forced towards the floor against your will due to the infectious grooves. The bassline comes from way deep down in the sub department and will certainly get the booty’s shakin’ while cool vocals are spread throughout. A straight up pumping tune that will keep the party rocking long into the night, top notch stuff.
Lebanese DJ and producer duo Haig & Raffi make their Green Martian debut with the divine progressive groover Waves Of Grain which also features a top notch remix from Blufeld. Haigaz Yossoulkanian and Raffi Nersessian are an illustrious dance music act and have plied their trade for many years offering up quality trance and progressive as they go. Their releases have spanned many top labels including One Little Indian, D.Max Recordings and Sensual Bliss Recordings among others. They’ve also graced the decks and some of the best parties and festivals around the world. The guys have always had a passion for music and in their teenage years this was never more true. They absorbed all the music they could get by attending parties, listening to radio and buying tunes. Trance is their main outlet and it’s this genre that they decided to dissect and find new ways of delivering it in their productions. In 2013 they launched their own label – Sensual Bliss Recordings – which continues to offer top quality sounds. It’s a pleasure to have the guys on board and we hope to hear more from them soon.
The original mix intros with a nice chunky kick drum with shuffling hi hats, giving a smooth rhythmic feel. A deep chugging bassline comes through and the progressive juices begin to flow. Sweeping pads create a wonderful atmosphere as melodic arps with a hint of trance fade in. On the break we’re treated to a beautifully melodic sequence that mesmerizes and captivates before those hypnotic beats return for the duration. Superb stuff that will not disappoint.
One of Bonzai Progressive’s long standing artist’s is up on remix duty, and once again he delivers the good in style. Blufeld’s Progenitor Remix hits the spot with a solid progressive workout that is up there with some of his best work. His last outing Tiefe Gedanken alongside Platunoff was very well received as was his superb remix for Manu Riga’s When The Day Is Done which featured on Manu’s Surrounded Remixed. Blufeld is consistent in his approach to making music and this is manifested in all his works. Aside from producing he continues his Stimulus sessions radio show on DI.FM and regularly features world class DJ’s, the latest being Airwave. This guy just keeps getting better and we always look forward to his music. The remix intros with a fantastic pulsing bass sequence that is soon joined by a thumping kick drum and rhythmic percussions. The sound is hypnotic, drawing you in, taking you into a sublime progressive world. Swirling pads and subtle synth melodies combine beautifully in contrast to that chugging relentless bassline making this one a definite must have track.
Italian DJ and producer duo Checco Esse and Adriano Dodici return to Progrez with the superb Quick EP. Just a few short months ago the guys debuted here with their Nineteen Experience EP which gained some good support across the board as well as featuring on top download portals. Checco and Adriano have been around for quite a while and they certainly know how to work a track, Checco has been releasing quality cuts since 1995 while Adriano started around 1992. For this one the guys have went full on dancefloor destroyer with an acid laced driving techno slice, serious tunage alert.
Quick sets off with a subdued kick drum and hi hat combi as carious other drums and percussions layer up. The kicks get an injection of pure pump and the track is set on its pre-determined course into the depths of techno. A cool acid line fades up and you become instantly hooked on its mesmeric groove. A deep bubbling bassline soon follows alongside some excellent tribal style percussion resulting in the perfect fodder to keep the floors moving all night long. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Wubble intros with a nice bassy low end pulsing sound as bright crispy hats slice through the low frequencies. A punchy kick drum is introduced and grabs your attention with its interesting pattern which adds to the smooth flowing rhythmic nature of the track. A wonderful hypnotic groove, made up of those tight drums and a fantastic acid line that ebbs and flows effortlessly, is delivered out of this one making this a definite must have track to enhance the experience of the dance floor masses.
The emphatic Placid Larry delivers yet more of his sublime downtempo chilled out grooves for our listening pleasure with his latest offering entitled Elastic Sum. Placid Larry aka Daniel Ray Van Zyl is a name synonymous with chill out and breaks, he has amassed a hugely impressive back catalogue spanning many years and with each new production comes a more enriched sound than the one before. Great to see him back at his Bonzai Elemental home and no doubt we’ll see more from him in the future.
Elastic Slum sets us off on our journey deep into chilldom with a wonderfully lush and melancholic vibe that lulls you into its grasp. Slow downtempo beats lead the way as the soft piano chords and basses embrace us while harsher guitar lick provide some interesting contrasts. A stunning piece perfect for those lazy nights.
Get Up And Run intros with a stabbing piano chord that splits your imagination wide open as you wait for the next sound. That sound happens to be a superb retro style bass synth that creates depth to the groove. A pacey drum arrangement gives off a drum n bass vibe as the mesmeric sounds grab our attention. A hybrid downtempo slice that stirs up all kinds of colourful images, top notch.
Herbal is a trippy little number that gives you the tools to create some wonderful imagery in your mind. Hypnotic bright synth plucks are offset against a deep bass and clangy bells for maximum effect as a cool shuffling percussion arrangement meanders alongside. A very nice piece to sit back and relax to.
The Secrets Of The Trade is back with more tantalising house grooves that will keep any party rocking. Now in its 7th iteration, we’ve left no stone unturned to source only the very best quality vibes for your listening pleasure. Tracks from the likes of Leandro Di, Redwaxx, Demarkus Lewis, Leandro Silva, Michael Nunes, Orlando Voorn, PulpTalks and more bring their A-game to this one so you know it makes sense to keep this one primed and ready to hit the floors.
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Irish DJ and producer Mike Walshe aka Satinka is back at Bonzai Progressive with a tantalising progressive breaks groover entitled A Hopeful Dawn. Based in Perth, Australia, Mike focuses in on the underground side of Trance, Psytrance and Progressive with his music being supported on many worldwide radioshows. His last outing Deep Within EP came back at the end of 2015 and gained great support among the community with its mesmeric grooves and surreal qualities. Delighted to see him back once more and no doubt we’ll be seeing even more in the future.
A Hopeful Dawn intros with a beautifully surreal sequence of sounds comprised of swirling pads, distant voices and a chunky break beat pattern. The breaks continue with dominance as a deep rooted growling bassline enters the fray. Cool melodic arps are introduced to add a wonderfully textured layer. Intricate patterns form up in the drum section creating a rhythmic flow to the track as heavenly vocals fill out the background. A fantastic sound with uplifting qualities that will most definitely appeal to many.
From Dust & Darkness delivers an epic progressive breaks trip that will both captivate and liberate. A solid breaks section provides the backbone of the track alongside cool shuffling percussions that dish out a nice flowing rhythmic vibe. Space age synths and cascading arps blend effortlessly together to create some memorable melodies that are capped off with the most beautiful choir-like vocal. This one is a monster and will no doubt find its way into many sets, a must have.
Sebastian Tourt & Natur join forces to deliver their first appearance on Piston Recordings with the superb Move Bit. These guys have generated a wave of support from their previous collabs while venturing into the tech house arena. Natur is a relative newcomer to the scene with several releases spanning a couple of years, while Sebastian has been around for quite a while with numerous top notch cuts over the last 7 years. Two varying degrees of experience on this one with an exciting end result that is sure to get the floors pumping.
Move Bit gets down and dirty with a solid tech house groove right from the off as a classic style kick and hi hat combi take hold. The bass starts to creep in and you know you’re headed straight for the dancefloor. The bulk of the track focuses in on the drums with a cacophony of beautifully sequenced drums layered up into intricate patterns with a live element feel and the spoken vocal adds an extra level of texture. Top notch stuff not to be missed.
Cut Hop is a proper ass shakin’ floor filler with its bouncy rhythmic groove that forces you to move. Nice chunky kicks lead the way against a tight drum section that delivers a smooth rhythmic flow. A wonderful low end sub bass bursts through and is joined by a cool urban rap vocal that fits the theme of the sound perfectly. With a big draw towards the drums and bass there is minimal synth use that manages to add a brighter edge to the sound. A must have track no doubt.
Our In The Mix series continues and this time around we enlisted the sleek and tight skills of one of our high profile artists – Crocy. In The Mix 3 features two solid mixes that bring together a wealth of music from within the archives at Bonzai HQ. Crocy holds nothing back as he utilises his talent to maximum effect. Over the years he has played at many top venues across Europe and beyond. He is a pioneer in the Slovenian dance music scene and champions his own sound with every quality release. He’s had a raft of releases on Bonzai Progressive, most notable his latest cut Valve which quickly gained a lot of support.
Part 1 of this 2 part set features tracks and remixes from the likes of Vichigen, Manu Riga, Audio Storm, Airwave & Jimmy Gale, Don Longton, Steve Sai, Moshic, Kintar, Rise and Fall, Stan Kolev and many others. These tracks are blended effortlessly into a seamless mix of pure progressive delight and is not to be missed. Part 2 takes us on a more deeper orientated mix with cuts from Insert Name, Joal, Diego Alvez, Victor Maximiliano, Brett Lawrence, Konnect & Cool People, Matan Caspi, Gai Barone, Mike Vale and Nina Schatz among others. A contrasting mix that will easily set the mood and keep any party rocking.
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Matan returns to Bonzai Progressive with the impressive Brain Storm which comes backed up with two quality remixes from Koschk and Dennis Franchi. Matan Caspi is a name synonymous with quality progressive and tech grooves. He remains one of the most productive and refreshing producers around and his fusion of sounds is very much revered. A very active DJ he spins regularly at various venues and radio shows where he showcases his own diverse styles as well as delivering a tight mix. He is a much sought after remixer and his huge back catalogue will attest to this. As always, it’s a pleasure when his work drops into the inbox and we always look forward to more.
Matan’s Original Mix delivers a seamless and smooth mix of progressive and tech house fusions that blend into a solid groover that will quickly become a firm favourite to many. Steady flowing rhythmic beats lead the way here but the magic comes from the beautifully constructed synths and that plucked bassline with its deep sub vibe and accompanying gritty sibling. This one tells a story that allows you to lose yourself if only for a short time, top notch as always.
Köschk is first up on remix duties and comes fresh off the back of his full debut Dirwan which gained a great deal of support and featured heavily on top download portals and charts alike. Here he takes us on a sublime deep progressive journey filled with lush tones that become ingrained in your soul. A super tight drum arrangement complete with intricate patterns provides a steady rhythm as a powerful bassline takes control. Piercing synths weave their way through the sound adding some fantastic textured layers as we become hypnotised by the infectious groove. A definite must have no doubt.
Bonzai Progressive regular Dennis Franchi is up next with his remix and he delivers a wonderfully executed blend of progressive house and techno that will most definitely delight the floors. The track intros with a somewhat moody groove made up of chunky kicks and a tight percussion arrangement. Gritty basses bubble up from below and are joined by some very cool voices that add that progressive touch to the techno fuelled beats. A truly dynamic experience with minimal sounds making a huge impact, this one is not to be missed.
Italian DJ and producer Gianluca Rattalino debuts on Piston with the funked up tech house flavours of The Party Started. Gianluca has been dishing out quality vibes for the last few years and his repertoire extends to many top labels with a great deal of support coming in from all quarters. On the DJ front he is active at various parties as well as guest spots on several radio stations. We’re delighted to have him on board and we’ve no doubt his sound will appeal to many.
The Party Started intros with a superb funky synth riff that will have feet shuffling straight to the floors. In the background a very cool simple vocal delivers maximum effect while solid chunky beats keep the rhythm flowing. The track carries a full on club vibe that will most definitely be a welcome addition in any set.
Slow sets off with a cool rhythmic drum led intro that is filled with punchy kicks, crispy hi hats and shuffling percussions. A deep and lush bassline comes through and sends the track on its gritty tech house fuelled ride. Proper floorfilling beats here that will no doubt appeal to many, a definite must have.
Portuguese DJ and producer duo Miguel Oliveira and Carlos Lazaro aka Lazer Mike join the Piston Recordings stable and delivers this fine deep house slice – Insomnia – as their debut release. Known for informative and forthright podcasts that feature a who’s who in Portuguese dance music circles and for eclectic music productions which incorporate live elements, Lazer Mike is a multi-talented duo who strive to deliver only the finest quality sounds. Over the last few years they have unleashed their sounds to the world with releases on You Feel You Records, Home Made and Nothing But. Their sound is organic and the live elements they bring to their shows reflects this beautifully. From slow beats to uptempo grooves their music has been championed by the likes of Robert Owens, Antonio Bastos, Animal Trainer and more. Well worth checking these guys out, you will not be disappoined.
Insomnia delivers a real nice deep house groove that keeps you hooked in for the duration. A tight drum section filled with chunky kick drums and shuffling patterns gets us on to the floors as lush organs cook up a deep house treat. A cool vocal gives an interesting narrative throughout as the bassline is introduced sending the booty’s into overdrive. A fantastic slice with some very tasty drums that will not disappoint.
Plot Twist intros with a chunky kick drum and high string with a cool synth stab coming on the opening bar and throughout. A very cool vocal with heavy FX comes in before the real funkness is delivered via a James Brown-esque style. The bassline keeps the track moving nicely and is joined by some warm keys later on that gives off a smooth deep house groove. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Spanish DJ and producer Toni Gonzalez aka Experimental Feelings follows his May 2016 slice Beautiful Eyes on Bonzai Progressive with this superb four tracker entitled Paradise Sound. This one marks his third full release on Green Martian and joins a host of other works including remixes and appearances on various compilations. Toni’s productions regularly feature in many sets from DJ’s around the world and it’s no surprise given his extensive back catalogue that spans many labels. So much more to come from this guy, well worth keeping an eye and an ear on.
Paradise Sound sets the tone for this lush progressive pack and gets right into full swing from the off. A steady rhythmic beat will get the feet shuffling as a melancholic pad drifts through the background. The track delivers a wonderfully organic vibe filled with 80’s inspired sounds and a vocal that adds deep textures to the groove. Throw in a gritty bassline and you’ve got yourself the perfect addition to any late night set.
The Jungle is a beautifully arranged slice of progressive house that takes us on a journey deep into the sound. The drum section rocks, punchy kicks and sharp snares dish out a very cool retro vibe as rich pads fill out the spectrum. A wonderful dancing bassline comes through and shores up the low end as the layers build. Such a fantastic complex rhythmic piece with surreal cosmic vibes that will definitely appeal to many.
Reflect is a deep progressive monster filled with an array of beautifully crafted sounds and melodies. A nice flowing drum section provides a solid rhythm while a superb deep and probing bassline weaves its way through the sound. Cool FX and rich pads make a showing building contrasting textures throughout. This one draws you in with its subtle melodies before taking you deeper into the progressive abyss. Top notch stuff not to be missed.
We Are All Equal completes this fantastic four tracker with beautifully constructed slice that mesmerizes for the duration. A hypnotic bassline stands out on this one as rhythmic beats do their thing. The track goes deep and the vocal helps to get it there with its gritty vibe and raspy tones. The break throws up some cool ethnic instruments that sit perfectly in the contemporary sound. A definite must have.
Manu Riga aka Belgian multi talented artist Adriaan Baussens recently gave us his emotionally charged, quality filled album Surrounded, which performed extremely well on the scene having climbed high in many charts with support from the cream of the crop in the electronic music scene. The album was packed full of stunning progressive sounds and deeper house grooves, so what better way to celebrate this than to call in a host of top notch artists to give the album a remix makeover. Manu Riga’s journey through music has been one of dedication and passion with every project given 100%% to ensure that only the finest quality is delivered. It’s also been filled with personal ups and downs due to his health condition, but with a close knit circle of friends and a dedicated fan base he finds the strength to continue fulfilling his dream of making good music. Without doubt he is one of the hardest working producers around and this is shown through his tremendous contributions to Bonzai Progressive, in both original and remix work. During and after the album he has relentlessly churned out fantastic music and his latest remix from Man On The Moon is testament to that. With so much more coming up in the near future, it’s well worth sticking around to follow this guys story.
The remix roster for this one is a who’s who of the progressive world with veterans and newcomers alike pitching in with their visions of the albums tracks. First mention goes to Surrounded remix competition winner CJ Art who stole the show with his sublime remix of Moments Of Sobriety. The competition attracted a huge amount of entrants with every remix having its own qualities, but it was CJ who won the day, congratulations. Stan Kolev and Integral Breed get to grips with Get Me Down and both remixes carry a deep progressive groove with a sublime twist on the vocal. Cry To Oblivion is reworked by Rick Pier O’Neill and Anthony G and as you’d expect these guys turn out a magical progressive sound that draws you in with deep grooves and an effective spoken vocal. Matt Holliday and Blufeld dish out quality progressive with their remixes of When The Day Is Done. Both mixes draw out the emotional essence of the original in a beautiful way. First Steps was picked up by Jakhira and Nico Parisi with both artists delivering a diverse remix. Jakhira opted for the housey approach while Nico digs deep for an epic journey. Thorin unleashes toughened up grooves on Immortal Sins while Crocy and Sebastian Busto step up to the remix desk on Urge To Live. Vince Auon, Kevin Vega and Following Light take on Migration with fantastic results as Suduaya tackles Indigenous Rights. Chandrama delights with his remix of Surrounded which also features a stunning vocal from Mimi and lastly we have Pavlin Petrov on duty for I Don’t Need You.
A veritable hotbed of progressive grooves on offer here that compliment the album beautifully, a definite must have collection.
Just a few short months after his Bonzai Progressive debut (Deck Of Cards), Argentinean DJ and producer Daniel Curotto returns with the sublime four tracker Movement Close Behind. Daniel Curotto is an up and coming DJ and producer who got into music around 2001. It was shortly after a trip to Europe that Daniel first decided he wanted to get into music, in particular DJing. After a few years of playing in and around Mar del Plata he decided to create his own music. He started to practice with Subiela Francisco Fernandez who not only taught him about bass and drums, he also taught about emotion in music. Influenced mainly by the techno genre, Daniel had the opportunity to meet artists like+John Creamer, 16 Bit Lolitas, Tocadisco, Fatboy Slim, John Acquaviva, Trentemoller, Tiga, Loco Dice, Guy J etc.+Today his style is a mixture of techno, house and progressive, and he plans to continue to evolve his sound and style.
We kick off with the cosmic vibes of Movement Close Behind that delivers a solid progressive groove throughout. Quirky electronic sounds are layered over a lush bass heavy low end with a sedated vocal coming through on the break making this a definite must for any late night set.
Living The Day intros with a sublime bass sound wrapped up in cool stabs and FX as a chunky kick drum leads the way to a solid progressive workout. The vibe toughens up as the layers build and we soon find ourselves in the midst of powerful groove that will force you to the floors.
Valeur Elevee takes us deeper into the progressive abyss with a beautifully constructed slice that is carried along with a solid, driving bassline and tight drum arrangement. Cool synths and FX create some wonderful textures that will get the imagination running wild.
Rhythmically is a perfectly apt title for the last track on this stunning EP. A super tight drum and percussion arrangement deliver a strong flowing rhythm that is backed up with cool arps and quality FX. This one just keeps on going and it draws us in wanting more and more. The perfect addition to your collection, this one is not to be missed.