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The ever present Van Czar is back at Bonzai Basiks with the sublime Chonis Guarras. Belgian DJ and producer Van remains one very busy guy as he juggles producing with DJing and running his own CZ record label. A truly inspirational artist, he never lets up on the quality front as witnessed on his last Basiks outing Fortuna Propitia. He continues to gain support from around the world and his unique brand of the deeper side of techno is a very much established sound for many. It’s always an exciting time when Van delivers his latest efforts so keep an eye and an ear out for more from him in 2017.
Chonis Guarras comes in three flavours and Van sets his sights on going deep, way deep into the techno abyss. The Original Mix boasts a pulsating bass and punchy kick drum alongside crispy hi hats generating a minimalistic groove that will get the booty’s shaking no doubt. Erotic moans fleet across the sound adding a sexy vibe while a dark hypnotic pads rises up from the depths. Beautifully balanced sounds combine and climax with a wall of noise before melting back into the groove for the duration. A top notch slice that will not disappoint.
The Acid Club Mix takes the core of the original and turns into a club monster complete with acid licks and a deep solid bassline that will keep the bass bins busy. Sensual erotic gasps litter the sound and add a sexy touch. The track goes deeper with lush rising pads that deliver and infectious groove throughout. The acid line slowly fades in and the track gets a burst of energy that translates effortlessly through sound and into your soul. Simply superb from Van that is not to be missed.
The Instrumental Mix strips out the female vocal leaving a deep, pumping techno fuelled slice in its wake that will be the perfect fodder for any late night set.
Andy Leavy aka Edit Smith debuts on Green Martian with the delectable two tracker entitled Don’t Stop After Midnight. Andy is a UK based producer and DJ from the Midlands who has forged an underground career as a warm up DJ for the likes of Nero, Chase & Status and Knife Party. He has produced tracks with Rob Sparx as DTM (Dirty Thieving Mongrels) for several underground progressive & electronic labels such as Inner Space Records, Blurred Vision and Migration Records. Previous DTM releases were supported by Nick Warren, James Zabiela, Laurent Garnier and John Graham and featured by DJ, IDJ, Music and M8 Magazine reviewers.
Don’t Stop After Midnight is a beautifully crafted slice that explores the deeper recesses of progressive house. Right from the off we’re lulled by lush tones from the deep basses and well rounded kicks. Contrastingly sharp synths slice through the lower frequencies as does the crispy hi hats. Subtle arps cascade through the sound with sweet melodies at their core. As the layers build we are treated to some cool warped basses that tie the track together perfectly. Top notch stuff not to be missed.
Welcome The Darkness goes deep into the progressive house abyss with a sublime offering full of warmth and contrasting dark edges. Chunky kicks lead the way as a cacophony of percussions form into a solid rhythm. Cool vocals litter the sound adding character alongside lush pads and subtle melodies. The bassline drives the track brilliantly with a dominating power that will most definitely entice bodies to the floor. Excellent stuff.
Berlin based DJ and producer Juliane Wolf debuts on Monog with the sublime Rave Nights EP. This one marks our first release for 2017 and comes after a short hiatus when we done a bit of label restructuring. This release also sets the tone for what’s promising to be another superb year just like 2016. Juliane Wolf got into music through attending a DJ workshop at Club Kasablanca and it was here that she caught the vinyl bug. She explored the club scene in the following years and found herself playing at top venues before she entered into the world of music production. Her first cuts were a remix for Robert Babicz on his label Babiczstyle and original releases on Shaker Plates and Norobot Music. After spending time in Kiel and Cologne Juliane arrived in Berlin where she works on new releases as well as a live set where she combines analogue and digital elements. In her monthly radio show on Louder.FM she presents new releases and artists and focuses on her passion for the acid sound. We’re delighted to have this super talented artist on board and we hope to see more soon. Rave Nights EP comes with the Original Mix, a top notch remix from Christian Vance and the track Dark Days.
Dark Days intros with a nice punchy kick drum and crispy hi hat combi. A deep rumbling bass line bubbles up from the depths as a stuttering acid laced riff fades in. Beautifully crafted pads litter the background delivering sweet melodics that contrast with the tougher tech house fuelled sounds. The break reveals more of these subtle melodies before we get slammed back into full on mode for the duration. A definite must have track in your arsenal.
Christian Vance debuts on Monog Records with his fantastic Flashback Remix of Rave Nights. Christian is a power house on the Berlin club scene, his own fusion of House and Techno music is informed and influenced by his classically trained musical background which works perfectly with his electronic influences. He has played in various cities, countries, clubs and festivals in recent times, most notable Stattbad, Tresor and About Blank in Berlin, Club Kyo in Singapore and Berns 2.35:1 in Stockholm to name a few. Here on the remix we get taken deep into the groove with a wonderfully arranged slice full of lush tones and a sublime acid style lead. Tight drums lead the way as those acid lines converge into a mesmeric groove. Bright piano hits contrast beautifully creating some very nice textures. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
The Original Mix of Rave Nights is a superb slice of tech goodness that will most definitely keep the floors alight. Pounding kick drums are at the forefront as bubbling acid lines fades in alongside cool crispy hi hats and shuffling percussions. On the low end a solid, chugging bass line erupts as the groove intensifies. The track takes on a surreal vibe with help from some very cool cosmic style synths and keys making this a track that will not disappoint.
2017 marks a milestone year for us at Bonzai, we’re 25! To mark this momentous occasion we’ve got some amazing surprises that are coming your way over the next 12 months. We kick off the celebrations with a tantalising remix of an absolute classic from an absolute legend, Jam El Mar goes to work on one of Bonzai’s most famous releases – The House Of House by Cherrymoon Trax. First released in 1994 on Bonzai Records – catalogue number for the trainspotters is BR 94054 – THOH fuelled the beginning of a new wave of harder edged sounds and tracks that build and build with epic climaxes. Cherrymoon Trax were a veritable who’s who in the Belgian electronic music scene, borne out of the phenomena that was New Beat, a collection of artists including Bjorn Wendelen, David Brants, Eddy Weyns, Franky Kloeck, Ilya Depuydt, Kris Vanderheyden, Nico Deleu, Pascal Quatretemps, Peter Schiettekatte, Philip Dirix, Youri De Pauw, Yves Deruyter got together and the rest is history. Although the group members have changed over the years the legacy remains. While all this was going on, Jam El Mar aka Rolf Ellmer – alongside his long time friend and studio partner, the late great Mark Spoon aka Markus Löffel, were taking electronic music to new heights as Jam & Spoon with the likes of Follow Me and Stella among many others. So we just knew that he was the perfect candidate to get this party started in style. Keep an eye out for more info as each month we will have a new classic remixed by the cream of the electronic music crop.
The remix delivers a solid techno fuelled ride filled with nostalgia and a burning dancefloor agenda. We’re taken deep with this one and from the intro we’re locked on. A steady pulsing bass note and percussion hit combo trails a fading in “the house of house” vocal. A hypnotic synth pluck comes in before the monster kicks take hold with a powerful bass landing on the beat. The classic synths that we all know join in and, while slowed down still carry the same obsessive, infectious groove that digs deep into your soul. After an intense build up we find ourselves completely spaced out as those synths work their magic. A superb tribute to a much loved classic that will keep the legacy stronger than ever.
Sonsez debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Cosmos which comes backed up with remixes from Yuriy From Russia and Manu Riga. Based in Germany, Serder Sonsez Dumlu has an impressive list of releases behind him on top notch labels including Baroque Back Catalogue, Deepsessions Recordings, Fraud Recordings and more. We saw him way back in 2013 on our Progrez imprint with his track Balance on the Progrez 10 compilation. Great to have him back with more of his impressive talents and hopefully we’ll be seeing more in the future.
The Original Mix is a wonderfully crafted slice of prog filled with lush sounds and trippy FX. The track chugs away with a raw energetic flavour that will draw you in and keep you locked on for the duration. Pumping kick drums lead the way while a deep powerful bass bubbles along the low end. Beautifully textured layers combine effortlessly that set the groove alight and have you heading straight to the floor. A definite must have track.
The ever impressive Yuriy Kolomiytsev aka Yuriy From Russia returns to Bonzai Progressive on remix duties and once again he serves up a tasty treat for our listening pleasure. This guy has been a constant force at Bonzai Progressive for the last number of years. As well as his own material he has contributed a raft of remixes for a plethora of top artists with critical acclaim coming in from all angles. His current discography is extensive and he shows no signs of letting up anytime soon. Here he settles us into his beautifully defined progressive groove right from the off as swirling pads and FX take hold. A powerful kick drum takes over alongside a myriad of colourful percussions that dish out a solid rhythm. A deep probing bassline generates a pure energy that will force you to move along with the progressive groove. Subtle melodies weave through the sound creating a hypnotic vibe as that bassline dominates. An absolute stomper that will not disappoint.
Prolific Belgian artist and Bonzai stalwart Adriaan Bausenns aka Manu Riga is up next with his Cosmic Bells Remix and proves yet again that he is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to creating masterpieces. Adriaan kicks off his 2017 in style with this one and if 2016 is anything to go by then we’re in for another superb ride with his productions. With a very much respected repertoire among his peers and an ever expanding support base we’ve no doubt he’ll deliver in the only way he knows how, with sheer quality. Here he dishes out a solid progressive mover that will certainly gain attention on the floors. The intro boasts a pumping kick drum and sharp hi hat combo alongside rising bass tones and some tough FX that generate a tangible intensity. Cool synth hits litter the sound as the track takes on its hypnotic prowess. Cosmic vibes run through the sound with the use of those superb synths and sublime pads making this a track you will not want to miss.
Madrid based DJ and producer Mike Denitz debuts on Piston Recordings with a fine two track EP entitled Come Back. Since the start of 2015 this guy has been churning out quality cuts on various labels and gaining an impressive support base for his efforts. Delighted to have him on board at Piston and we hope to see more soon.
Come Back intros with a cool subdued kick drum and shuffling hat sequence complete with a sharp clap that cuts a fine slice through the sound. The kick drums get beefed up into a pumping thump alongside a rumbling deep bassline that gets the track moving. Scattered vocals add character to this tech fuelled stomper. Distant acid themed patterns fade in and out creating wonderful textures while on the break mesmeric synths add a warmth to the sound. Top notch stuff you do not want to miss.
Cold Drink sets off with Mike’s signature muted kick and crispy hi hat combo. Shuffling percussions form up generating a solid rhythmic flow to the sound as cool vocals come through. This one goes deeper with a little help from a superb deep bassline that will give the bass bins a bit of work to do. This straight up stomper unleashes a powerful pumping energy that will most definitely get booty’s on the floors.
PolyRhythm aka North Bergen, New Jersey based DJ and producer duo David Jonez and Val Carrique return to Piston Recordings with the fantastic Suntin’ EP. Their last effort – No Politics EP back in the Summer of 2016 proved popular among many and no doubt this one will follow suit. Having started out DJing at just 14 years old playing everything from mainstream Hip Hop to Reggae, the guys quickly established themselves on the scene. After a few years they found house music and flourished in the New York underground scene. The name PolyRhythm started out as their party name and soon became synonymous among party goers looking for their next event. Great to have them back for more and we hope to see more soon.
Suntin’ is a solid pure house drive slice that delivers a floor shakin’ groove to get down to. A nice thumping kick drum leads the way as subtle percussions and a sharp clap join in. A simple high string generates smooth textures while an acid laced bassline creeps in alongside cool vocal snippets. A beautifully simplistic arrangement that packs a massive punch, a definite must have for sure.
Mind Da Gap intros with an arp like sequence that sits over a subtle kick drum and retro themed vocal shots. Shuffling hi hats create a solid rhythmic flow as various layers are introduced, enhancing the groove with a sublime house experience. Short, stabby chords blend with club-esque diva vocal and the groovy bassline making this the perfect fodder for the floors, not to be missed.
Dubai based DJ and producer Darko De Jan debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Reflections EP. A very much established artist, this guy has seen a plethora of releases on various labels over the years. He is the resident DJ at The 27th Floor Bar at the prestigious Burj Al Arab. Previously he held a 5 year residency at the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa. All this was achieved through hard work and dedication. In 2009 he started to focus on music production where he crafted his cutting edge sound through a fusion of genres. Darko De Jan boasts a large support base around the world including the likes of Erick Morillo, Steve Angelo, Steve Lawler, Danny Howells, Felix Da Housecat, Roger Sanchez, Sasha, Digweed and Pete Tong to name just a few. Delighted to have him on board and we’ve no doubt his sound will grab your attention.
Darko De Jan explores the intricacies of techno with Reflections. From start to finish we are drawn into and captivated by this solid mover. Deep bubbling basses rise from the depths while a tight drum arrangement sets the rhythm loose. The break unleashes a sublime synth sequence as a playful arp dances through the sound. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Silent Mayhem goes deep into progressive with a sublime effort full of beautifully crafted synths and a wonderfully rhythmic groove. A deep purring bassline wraps us up in a warmth that won’t let got while stabbing synths break through the low frequencies. A high string adds tension as the layers build all around alongside cool vocals that give the track a darker character. Superb stuff that is not to be missed.
Russian artist Heyspace debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Giaguaro which comes backed up with two superb remixes. Heyspace is a young and ambitious electronic musician who grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia – a city bursting with creativity from those who live in it. Spending his formative years in a cultural centre of such calibre helped him form his own style of music. Co-operating with leaders of modern electronic music culture, participating in dance festivals and charity concerts brought this young musician to the attention of the world. Combining new electronic technologies with classical methods of musical energy, Heyspace stays true to his mission of giving the audience particles of joy and happiness in every song. Already he has seen several releases on top labels and now we welcome him to Bonzai.
The Original Mix packs a punch as it straddles the thin line between tech house and deep house creating a solid hybrid perfect for any late night set. Chunky kicks lead the way while bright crispy hats and shuffling percussions add weight to the rhythm. Deep vocal shots add character while deeper synths create a classy groove. Simplistic and highly effective this one is a must have.
IFIR aka Ilyas Fors debuts on Bonzai Progressive with a stunning remix. DJing since 2005 and producing since 2015, Ilyas brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Based in St. Petersburg he has been prominent in the local music scene for many years having won DJ competitions and gaining notoriety among his peers. He turns his hand to several styles of music with each representing his creative side flawlessly. On the remix here IFIR goes straight for the deep house jugular. Nice, warm house fuelled chords greet us on the intro alongside nice punchy kick drums and cool FX. The rhythm picks up as the percussions come through and we’re locked on for the duration. The subtle bassline lurks on the low end allowing the track to deliver lower frequencies from other areas which creates a real smooth deep house groove. Excellent stuff that is not to be missed.
Rutger debuts on Bonzai Progressive on remix duties and delivers a superb cut for our listening pleasure. Producing since 2015 he has seen a few quality releases on several labels. A talented artist who will be one to watch for the future no doubt. Rutger delivers a solid tech house joint here which will certainly translate well on the floors. Right from the off we get drawn to the upbeat nature from this one. A solid drum arrangement led by a punchy kick drum and crispy hat combo takes hold before some very cool FX and a hypnotic tones come through. Distant synths add wonderful textures as well as that deep and powerful vocal. A subtle bassline keeps the low end interesting and on the break we’re treated to a sublime pad sequence before slamming back into full on mode. A top notch slice that will not disappoint.
Mirko Gorelli returns with more tech house flavours in the form of the two tracker Travel. Great to see another fine slice from this guy and after his last Piston release – Black Dolly – we’re sure you will not be disappointed with this latest effort. First up we have the solid tech groover Travel which intros with a monster kick drum that will certainly give the bins a rattling. Crispy hi hats are joined by repeating vocals and a probing bassline that sits off the kicks. Subtle pitch changes give the track a real dynamic feel as buzzing synths are introduced alongside subtle arpeggios. The break throws up a sublime sequence that comprises some masterful keys all wrapped up in a mesmerizing package. A truly cosmic experience that is a must have for sure.
Work intros with a beautifully tweaked kick drum that packs a punch. Sitting alongside the kicks we have shuffling hi hats and percussions that start to weave out intricate patterns creating solid rhythms. A subtle bassline eases its way into the track before coming out the other side with a nice thick probing bass sequence. Cool vocal shots ring out through the track giving off a club appeal that will definitely grab a lot of attention. Top notch stuff.
Marco Madia returns to Piston with the superb three track Egrets EP. This one marks his 7th outing for us and comes after his latest offering Ascidians back in Summer 2016. He’s also appeared on various compilations over the years. Marco has been in and around the underground scene for a number of years. In 2006 he moved to Berlin where he got a degree audio engineering and soon started work as a sound designer. He also produces under the pseudonym Flip Morton and his experience has led to working on film soundtracks and exhibitions. Always a pleasure to have his work drop into the inbox.
First up we have Great Egret which delivers a solid deep house slice with an effortless display of tight drum arrangement and captivating sounds. The track is led by a chunky kick drum and crispy hi hat combo alongside a deep throbbing bassline. The bass meanders through the sound beautifully and contrasts perfectly with the hypnotic arpeggios that cascade throughout. A simplistic yet extremely effect cut that you will not want to miss.
Snowy Egret captures a dramatic scene with a wonderfully intense deep house workout. Solid drum and percussion patterns deliver a flowing rhythm while a deep resonating bassline rises up from the depths. Mesmeric synths and pads keep us locked in for the duration as the intensity rises through the layers. A deep and thoughtful track that will be a welcome addition to any late night set.
Little Egret delves deeper into house with a wonderfully rich and captivating sound. Chunky kick drums and beautifully crafted intricate percussion patterns create a nice rhythmic flow. Swirling pads are matched with very subtle chord stabs that create a sublime and infectious groove from start to finish. Get this one in your bag, not to be missed.
Maxim Vozisov debuts on Green Martian with M31 Andromeda which comes with a superb remix from Kevin Vega. Maxim is an electronic musician from Yekaterinburg, Russia and the very first piece of music printed on his mind in his early childhood was a track from the French group Space with Magic Fly. As a teenager he had no ideas about dance music, until he listened to U96’s Das Boot, then he discovered rave. He soon found house music in the ever changing world and he became a fan of Daft Punk, Orbital, Air, Underworld, The Chemical Brothers and many more. Sasha became an inspiration for him as he found his own sound and nurtured his own talents. After a period of time he got serious about music and began performing in clubs in Yekaterinburg and Sverdlovsk region. He organized different events and recorded lots of compilations, many of which were broadcasted on various radio stations. In the last few years he turned to producing his own music, he has opened his mind to explore sound and find his own unique style.
The Original Mix carries a solid progressive groove that will sit perfectly in any set. The big hitter here is that pulsating bassline that rises and falls effortlessly with the groove. Around the bass we find a tight drum arrangement complete with chunky kick drums and intricate patterns that set the rhythm loose. Swirling pads create wonderful textured layers and add to the captivating trait that runs throughout. A definite must have no doubt.
Kevin Vega is back on remix duties and once again he delivers the goods. A stalwart on the scene Kevin’s work is highly respected and always appreciated. We recently got treated to his The Crimson King over at Bonzai Progressive and that along with this fantastic effort will ensure that 2017 starts with a bang. Always a pleasure to have this guy’s work drop into the mailbox and we always look forward to more. On the remix here Kevin gets us settled into superb progressive groove with his beautifully crafted sound. Chunky kick drums lead the way before a powerful, probing bassline comes through to take over. Expertly crafted FX and a rhythmic drum sequence ensure maximum impact on the floors while becoming locked on the infectious groove. Lots going on here so no doubt this one will be revisited many times.
Musical genius Airwave returns to Bonzai Progressive for 2017 with the delectable Amber Sky which comes backed up with two top notch remixes. As always we’re blown away by this guy’s brilliance, he manages to bring that WOW factor to everything he touches, his productions remain consistently of a very high standard which will continue for a very long time. 2016 was another big year for Laurent Veronnez, he ramped up his DJ profile with gigs all over the world and solidifying his stance among his army of fans. His last outing Pray For Happiness on JOOF Recordings gained a lot of support and we’ve no doubt that this one will follow suit.
Amber Sky delivers a beautifully constructed simplistic track that packs a massive punch. Airwave’s trademark pumping kick drums lead the charge before a deep and lush rumbling bassline enters to the backdrop of mysterious layered FX. An intensity creeps in as the track builds while a calming pad fills the background. The lead melody comes through and marries perfectly to the changing notes of the bassline. The break dishes out a wonderful soundscape filled with rich pads and droning bass that fade off leaving a tempo increasing build up before slamming right back into the main track for the duration. Superb stuff that will not disappoint.
Basil O’Glue aka Greek DJ and producer Haris Vasiloglou is up first on remix duties and, after appearing on a few compilations for us in the past, this one marks his Bonzai Progressive debut. Having honed his musical taste through listening to many different styles he discovered that he had a penchant for electronic music. Through hard work and devotion he started to produce his own music and he found himself releasing on labels such as Coldharbour, Saturate Audio, Afterglow and Armada to name just a few. The remix intros with a proper oldskool progressive vibe that offers a deep warmth to the sound as throbbing bassline makes its way through. Beautifully crafted FX and a tight drum arrangement deliver a solid rhythm while floating subtle melodies come in. We are soon embroiled in a more contemporary euphoric sound as wide pads and big synths are introduced. A seriously banging track that is a definite must have.
Jamie Baggotts returns with another top notch remix. His last effort was on remix duties for Platunoff’s Primavera which proved popular among many. With a slew of top quality cuts under his belt here at BP, Jamie is establishing himself as a solid artist and very much in demand. Lots more to come from this guy no doubt so keep an eye and an ear on him. On the remix here we set off with huge pounding kick drums accompanied by crispy hats and a bubbling bassline. In the background mysterious pads shimmer as an intensity starts to build. The bassline transforms into a powerful rolling pattern while melodic synths fade in. The break offers a short respite where we’re treated to a beautiful array of sounds that contrast between the low and high frequencies before slamming back into full on mode. Not to be missed.
Bonzai Progressive newcomer DietFried debuts with the tech house fuelled, party rocking two tracker Nina’s Days EP. First up we have the upbeat groover Days which intros with nice punchy kick drum and rumbling bass combo. Cool percussions ease their way in as short, sharp one shot vocal hits come through. Distinctive acid style patterns deliver a fantastic tech vibe as a deeper vocal fades in. A brilliant bouncy slice that will definitely get the floors moving.
Freedom sets out with a pulsing bass and punchy kick drum alongside distant percussions that set the mood for a tech fuelled ride. The bassline breaks off into layers that deliver a solid groove to get the booty’s shakin’. Acid lines and ultra cool vocals combine in a mesmeric pact that sets the rhythm on fire making this a straight up pumping track that will not disappoint.
Daniel Ray returns to Piston Recordings with another superbly crafted deep house double entitled Low Heals. Over the last few years Daniel has delivered some top quality sounds both here and over at Eyepatch Recordings. His last effort – Tinker was very well received indeed and we’ve no doubt he will continue to bring his A-game to everything he touches.
Low Heals opens with scattered percussions that are soon joined by a chunky kick drum and deep piano chords. Shuffling hats pick up the rhythm as deep bassy notes come through. A general air of melancholy and intrigue arises as the track lays down its roots. Sweeping pads and strings create interesting textures throughout that gives the track character. A beautifully constructed slice of deep house grooves that will not disappoint.
Time Signal intros with a cool crispy hats and clangy FX alongside a punchy kick drum. Synths stabs and deep low frequencies leave their mark as the layers build. A slow mesmeric arppegio is joined by various one shot sounds creating intricate patterns. On the low end a lush bass lingers allowing other sounds their freedom to roam. A truly deep and thoughtful slice filled with wonderful piano chords that offer a hypnotic experience, top notch stuff.