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Australian producer Audio Noir is back with Progressive Tales 2, the follow up to his Summer 2015 Progressive Tales. This time around we are treated to three top notch progressive cuts that hit the spot. With a distinct New York theme you can rest assured that these will quickly make their way to the top of your playlists.
Space Cab Shuffle opens with a nice punchy kick drum that whets the appetite for a trek into progressive house. Bright and super crispy hats sit alongside the kicks and are soon joined by various other percussions to get the rhythm flowing. A deep and powerful bass comes through and dominates the groove, driving the track deeper into progressive. The break throws up a surreal violin sequence that almost seems out of place yet fits perfectly into the sound. Quirky vocals are spread over the track adding a little spice. An excellent slice of prog not to be missed.
4Ev3r starts off with a classic styled kick drum and sharp closed hat as rich pads swirl overhead. As the percussions build and we get drawn into the sound you get a sense of some kind of futuristic look at how music will sound in 100 years. The rich strings really get under your skin and a rumbling bassline delivers a powerful groove. Gritty vocals and an electrified deep synth give the track an edge that make it stand out and no doubt this one will turn a few heads.
Swingtime Swindler intros with a round of tight percussions that form a solid rhythm and give the track the perfect platform to build on. A nice subtle kick drum leads the way into a world of deep progressive grooves complete with swirling pads and a superb bassline that becomes instantly infectious. Cool vocals grace the track and offer up a slice of freshness amidst the deeper elements. A fantastic trek into progressive house that you will not want to miss.
Piston Recordings’ Secrets Of The Trade continues with its 5th instalment and once again we are treated to a superb display of deep house, tech house and techno. 20 of the finest tracks and remixes come from the likes of Danny eM, Meels, Limyth, Hermann Dius, Bonetti, Niceteed & FactAlone, Dominic Smith, Ecco, Son Of Gabriela, J Nandez, Tony Monero, JR From Dallas, Tommy Ro, Goodge and many more. Get this one in your collection and watch the floors come alive.
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After Hour Trax 19 offers up a fresh selection of some of the very best in deep progressive and house vibes. Enhance your personal collection or give your sets a boost from a choice of 20 infectious grooves. Tracks and remixes from the likes of John 00 Fleming, Manu Riga, Youngen, Audio Noir, Gai Barone, Mendexx, Rise and Fall, Luciano Delgado, Mathov, Alexey Lisin, Rick Pier O’Neil, Alex Vidal and Matt Holliday, among others, are on hand to satisfy your thirst for quality sounds and get the weekend moving in the right direction.
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Pavlin Petro is back at Bonzai Progressive with the superb Resistance. This one comes after he dished out the goods on remix duty for Crocy’s – Mind, back towards the end of 2015. His BP debut – Feeling Alive certainly turned a few heads and we’ve no doubt that this one will follow suit. Resistance is a dark and dirty progressive groove that grabs a hold of you and won’t let go until you’re suitably infused with its deep and powerful groove. Chunky kicks and hypnotic cymbals provide a steady beat as an evolving bass generates a static energy that roots you to the spot. Gritty tones and lurking sounds fill the space and on the break we are faced with a haunting sequence. After the break a seriously cool vocal comes through adding a wonderful character to the sound. Tough and gnarly for the late night sets, you do not want to miss this one.
Synthetic Desire opens with a cool percussion led arrangement that is soon joined by a nice chunky kick and sharp claps. The drums dish out a solid rhythmic groove that provides the perfect platform for the beautifully lush bassline to latch on to. Fantastic spoken vocals leap out of the track and captivate with their dark tones as subtle synth keys are introduced later on. A powerful slice of progressive here that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Can’t You See sets off with a very nice display of drums and percussions that gets the rhythm moving smoothly into a fantastic deep house groove. Big chunky kick drums, crispy hi hats and intricate percussive elements are to blame for these tight patterns that become highly infectious. The deep house oozes out of the sound with the help of a lush bassline that carries a powerful draw. On the break we are treated to some darker elements as low end pads are joined by twisting synths before we are thrust back into full on mode. An excellent display of smooth deep grooves that will deliver the killer blow to any set.
JoC H aka Bolivian DJ and producer Jose Henry debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic two tracker – Never Give Up. With a hugely impressive back catalogue on top labels this guy has one thing on his mind, to transmit his energy into everything he does creating an exciting and amazing experience to his listeners. We think you’ll agree that this debut does just that. Never Give Up intros with a cool arrangement that gets the rhythms flowing nicely. Punchy kick drums are offset with thick hi hats on top of an extra layer of percussions that blend seamlessly into the sound. The bass arrives and takes us deeper into the world of tech house as it rattles along the low end with ease. Gritty sounds and spacey vibes flow through the track as we get locked on for the duration. The break throws up some excellent pads that draw you in before slamming back into full on mode. Definitely one for the darker late night rooms here, not to be missed.
Grow delivers a cool pacey groove right from the get go as powerful punchy kick drums lead the way with shuffling hats and crashing cymbals getting the rhythm moving. A wonderfully deep, solid bassline drives the track forward with a surging power that will surely get floors moving. The progressive juices are flowing strong here as colourful textures start to light up the sound. On the break a deep droning bass takes over as subtle melodies find their way before we crash right back into the main groove for the duration. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.
Having made his first appearance on Piston back towards the end of 2015 on The Secrets Of The Trade 004, Demarkus Lewis makes his full debut with the superb three tracker – Strung On You. A powerhouse in the electronic music world, this guy has been churning out quality vibes for over 15 years. He is well known for taking things deep, way deep, while maintaining an energy level that keeps floors busy. His sounds have graced many labels over the years, Nervous Records, Slip N Slide, Black Vinyl, Kingtstreet Soundz and Guesthouse Music are just a few of the labels to mention. He also owns the successful Grin Music where he showcases only the finest grooves. Considered a legend in the underground scene, we are delighted to have this guy on board and we hope to see more from him in the future.
The Main Mix is up first and intros is classic style with a punchy kick drum and super crispy open hats alongside sharp claps. Flavourful keys and lush tones soon take over bringing the sound deeper. A superb, solid bassline gives the track its deep house groove as those keys and pads swirl overhead creating a perfectly balanced sound that will keep the floors burning. Cool vocals deliver a real classic feeling full of funky phrases and luscious vibes. This is what deep house is all about, a definite must have track.
The Dub Mix removes the main vocal leaving behind just a taste to whet the appetite. A classy affair that derives the deep house sound in a classic sense. This one will be a most welcome addition in any set.
Piston main man and head honcho Rogerio Martins is remix duty and delivers another fine slice of deepness for our listening pleasure. When this guy isn’t busy sifting demos and managing his label he gets into the studio to delight us with his sounds. Fresh off the back of his debut release on the legendary KMS Records, Rogerio loves nothing more than dishing out deep and groovy vibes and here he does not disappoint. The remix open with a very cool bassy kick drum and a super crispy hat with subtle percussions bringing up the rear. No time is wasted and soon the beautifully warm bass envelopes the sound while equally warm pads create a deep atmosphere. The track takes a short break where we are introduced to the star of the show, a fantastic piano chord that just oozes coolness and sophistication. The piano is so understated that it quite simply dominates the groove to perfection. Sprinklings of that smooth vocal litter the track making this a track you do not want to miss.
Cassandria Daiva returns to Bonzai Basiks after a bit of a hiatus with a fantastic five track pack entitled Rising Funk EP. Her last appearance on Bonzai was way back in 2012 with her Sulabha EP. An avid producer and remixer Cassandria utilises her DJing experience to deliver what the crowd wants. She has appeared on many labels including High Gloss Records, Triskel-Tech Recordings and Click Muziq Records. She toured in Europe, played several Winter Music Conference events in Miami and performed at one of the largest music festivals in North America – WEMF. Her unique energy, coupled with the ability to instinctively relate with partygoers makes her performances stand out, leaving crowds wanting more.
Rising Funk dishes out a cool tech house vibe right from the off as a tight tonal kick drum is paired up with cool crispy hats and percussions. Distant vocal shots add a little character to the sound alongside cool FX. The bassline comes in and takes control of the groove giving us plenty to shake our thangs to on the floors. Top notch stuff.
Parser intros with a tough punchy kick drum alongside cool vocal shots and tight percussions. A metallic vibe ensues as cool synths come through and those percussions continue to layer up. A deep probing bassline pairs up with the kicks bringing a more techno fuelled groove. On the break we get a mixture of the bass and little snippets of synths that litter the sound throughout. A cool fresh sound that is not to be missed.
Totally Unknown unleashes a wonderfully constructed drum fuelled track onto our senses. An immersive tribal experience ensues as a tight drum arrangement takes hold alongside a meandering deep bass. Cool riser add a bit of flare as well as equally cool vocals that are scattered throughout. An excellent cut that will fit into any set with ease.
Bliss intros with a chunky kick and bright crispy hat combi to the backdrop of a building drum arrangement. Cool rhythmic patterns are formed and we are soon locked into the tech house groove. A playful dancing bassline weaves its way through the sound and adds an upbeat kinda vibe. Top notch tech house grooves that will not disappoint.
Sweet Addiction carries a solid, deep tech vibe that that will definitely get those feet shuffling to the floors. Tight drums and some cool vocal shots keep the rhythms loose while an underwater type bassline rocks the low end. More drum and percussion layers are added resulting in a tight knit groove with a big punch. A definite must have track in any set.
Daniel returns to Eyepatch with the superb two tracker – Petal which comes a few months after his last cut – Dirty Laugh on Piston Recordings. Petal delivers a solid deep house groove right from the off as chunky kick drums and soft hats dish out cool rhythms. Warm notes lace the groove and are soon joined by a wonderfully lush deep bass that carries the sound beautifully. As the layers build we get treated to some cool drum patterns alongside weird and wonderful FX the fill up the space bringing a surreal touch to this mesmerizing slice of deepness, top notch.
Wanderer goes head first into a superb deep and grooving track filled with spacey, cosmic vibes and some killer chords. The rhythm section keeps the juices flowing and will surely delight many floors with those punchy kicks and shuffling hat arrangements. A truly deep and powerful bassline runs through the sound and adds an extra level of depth that will captivate. Strange melodics are littered throughout adding wonderful textures to the sound making this a definite must have track for those late night sessions.
Alex Greenhouse aka Uzbekistan native Aleksandr Pletnev makes his Bonzai Elemental debut with Seasons, a super chilled trek into electronica with wonderfully layered textures and soundscapes. Having started to create his own music since he was 15, Aleksandr scored his first release in 2013 and ever since then he has churned out a plethora of tracks across various labels. He turns his hands to many styles and genres with a direct focus on quality. Great to have him on board and hopefully we’ll be seeing more of this talented artist in the future.
Seasons Intro slowly fades into existence with soft strings and pads before a marching snare drum gathers momentum alongside huge crashing drums and a large orchestral soundscape, the perfect set up to get us underway.
The fresh sounds of Winter enlighten the mind with a euphoric composition comprised of beautiful piano chords and joyful strings. A slow downtempo beat comes through as the track settles into it smooth groove. Nice and uplifting vibes that tell the tale of Winter perfectly.
Spring intros with a colourful piano melody that exudes spurts of life and new beginnings as the melodies intertwine to create an elaborate myriad of textures. A perfectly executed human beatbox carries the sound forward and provides a solid beat for the uplifting groove.
Summer presents a bright and uplifting vibe right from the off as a plinky high pitched piano dishes out its melodics. Cool percussions deliver a real smooth laidback groove the will get the feet tapping as rich strings and pads swirl overhead.
Autumn intros with a wonderfully deep sound that captivates instantly and locks you in for the duration. A brilliantly arranged collection of piano melodies blend together in perfect harmony before a harsh lower bass sound takes over delivering a more intense vibe. Beautifully big and bold with a lot of gusto, just like those Autumn months.
Seasons Outro takes us on a journey of resolve after we trekked through the seasons. Warm, homely sounds make up a rich and pleasing groove that derives a sense of relief and enchantment all rolled into one. Marching snares make a return but in a more subdues fashion than previous that takes us to the end of the track before a soft melody sees us out.
As the 2016 Winter Music Conference nears we decided to roll out our biggest WMC compilation to date. 70 tracks and remixes – from almost as many artists – covering all sorts of genres from Deep House to Techno and Progressive House to Tech House with sprinklings of Psy and Trance thrown in. We tapped into our vast catalogue of tracks from labels such as Bonzai Progressive, Bonzai Basiks, JOOF, Sounds R Us Recordings, Piston Recordings, Progrez, Green Martian and Eyepatch Recordings to come up with what we think is a true representation of today’s and tomorrow’s electronic music scene. Artists such as Airwave, Manu Riga, Van Czar, Phi Phi, John 00 Fleming, Blufeld, Matt Holliday, Orlando Voorn, Gai Barone, Nico Parisi, Bonnetti, Diego Alvez, Oz Romita, Crocy and House Lovin’ Criminals to name just a few are all on hand to deliver quality sounds that will definitely keep floors rocking all night long.
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Piston Recordings enters into its 9th year in 2016, but this year the big milestone is its 200th release, and to celebrate we’ve notched up 4 top quality tracks and pressed them onto glorious vinyl for your collection, your turntables will thank you for this one. The A-side features label boss Rogerio Martins with his tantalisingly deep and groovy All That I Need alongside Lurob with his wonderfully musical slice Waking Up To The Pacific Ocean. On the flip we have tracks from Accatone with his deep n funky Swing That and a pumping floorfiller from Carlo Caldareri with Wrong. We know how to party over here, come and join us, you will not be disappointed.
Phi Phi is back and once again he delivers a solid slice of progressive, this time in the form of the outstanding – Breaking Danger. This guy has been churning out quality vibes since the mid 80’s with projects like Dobel You, Honey C, The Gaps, Extreme Trax and the famous Quadran, most of which he produced alongside the late great Philippe Van Mullem. Over these years Phi Phi’s attention was mainly on progressive and trance, and he still leans in that direction to this day. He has had countless residencies and club and festival appearances and is regarded with legendary status amongst his peers.
Breaking Danger is a beautifully executed progressive cut filled with driving energetic grooves over a tight drum arrangement that will keep floors pumping. Hypnotic synths and a chugging bassline keep this one in top gear for the duration as punchy kicks and crispy hats alongside intricate percussion patterns get the rhythm flowing. The sound will captivate and invigorate your senses. The break throws up a fantastic monologue from one of the most iconic TV shows of the last decade. Heisenberg’s speech fits perfectly into the deep progressive nature of the track and will definitely prove to be a big draw. Top notch stuff that you will not want to miss.
Christopher Hermann returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Emerald Queen which features the original and a top notch remix from Robert R Hardy. It’s been just over a year since we last saw Christopher when he debuted with the very well received Point G. He did show up on various compilations in the meantime though. Great to see him back and we hope to hear more from him in the coming months.
The Original Mix intros with a nice well rounded punchy kick drum and some subtle percussions that build up slowly into a cool shuffling rhythm. A monstrous, deep droning bass comes through and dominates the sound as soft synth pads and chords form up. A mystical vibe descends upon the sound alongside some beautifully crafted vocals that add a rich flavour to the groove. The break is a cacophony of strings and pads that blend effortlessly creating a wonderfully textured sequence. A truly deep and mesmerizing trek into prog that is not to be missed.
Having provided quality cuts for our Afterhour Trax compilations, Hungarian DJ and producer Reis Robert aka Robert R. Hardy and D.M.P shows up on remix duty and gives us a taste of his own progressive sound. Over the last couple of years this guy has brought some quality vibes to various labels including Mistique Music, Suffused Music and Clinique Recordings to name just a few and no doubt we’ll be seeing much more from this talented artist. The remix sets off with a cool upbeat kinda vibe a chunky kicks are met with a tight drum arrangement that dishes out a tribal rhythm to get the dancing feet moving towards the floor. A deep, lush bassline comes through as sweeping synths float across the sound and we find ourselves getting locked on for the ride. On the break we get treated to a beautifully surreal sequence before we are slammed back into full on mode. One to watch here, a definite must for any prog set.
Marco Madia is back at Piston with this superb three tracker entitled Exos Lusius EP. His last outing was back in April 2015 with Sugar Lift EP and no doubt he’ll be cranking up the deep grooves once more on this newest slice.
Gardon intros dripping with a deep house groove that gets right under your skin instantly. A deep penetrating bass tone ebbs and flows as punchy kicks and bright crispy hats settle into a cool dancey rhythm. The intensity builds on the lower frequencies while more mid range sounds come through creating a very interesting dynamic. In the background a tight drum arrangement keeps the rhythm flowing as those wandering synths do their thing. A wonderfully crafted slice of deepness that will be a welcome addition in any jocks box.
Rodeo Amaro sets off with a cool chunky kick drum alongside a subtle percussion arrangement with a probing bass that fades in from the depths. Bright crispy hats enhance the sound and get the rhythm moving nicely. A solid tech house groove ensues as surreal strings are introduced to the sound resulting in a definite must have track to keep the floors burning into the small hours.
The title track, Exos Lucius, rounds up this EP and delivers a truly deep and grooving house sound right from the off. Deep basses form dominate the intro as cool percussions fade up and a solid punchy kick comes through. The track definitely gets its groove on with a little help from those tight drums and shuffling percussions. Swirling pads and warm chords fill up the sound and takes us deeper into the groove. A wonderfully crafted slice that will turn a few heads for sure.
Russian producer Alex Philipp returns to Green Martian the superb Buddha Highway. He first showed up at GM back in the Summer of 2014 with his debut Parallel Crosspoint, and this time round you will see that the quality remains with a strong progressive house vibe.
Buddha Highway gets right into a deep progressive groove from the outset as pounding drums are met with a deep bassy atmosphere. Swirling pads fill the background as stabby chords join in alongside a wonderfully lush low end bassline that is laced with a sophisticated groove. Brighter synths come into play and stand is cool contrasts the lower frequencies. Tight drums and crispy hats keep the rhythm flowing as we get totally hooked on this one for the duration. Top notch stuff and well worth adding to your collection.
Helena Wants It intros with a superb punchy kick drum and crispy closed hat alongside a deep droning pad. A superb probing bass makes its way into the sound and surges the track forward and locks it into a solid progressive groove. Sweeping synths are littered throughout delivering a complete kaleidoscope of colourful textured sounds. A real nice slab of prog that will sit beautifully in any late night set.