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Born in the UK and now residing in Belgium Jack “Jakhira” marks his Bonzai debut with an absolute stomping EP. Jack had feelings for music even before he could walk or talk and throughout his childhood he was found playing with many musical toys. At 14 he started to write and produce his own compositions and soon after he got his first set of turntables and mixer. Over the next 10 years he would delve into many genres to find his niche within electronica. Since 2006 he has focused more on his productions while evolving his style.
The title track “Truly” is a sublime cut of progressive house with attitude, cool funky flavours are all over this sound with a fresh sounding vocal adding the funky element. Tight drum arrangements and some expertly crafted keys will make this a big floor favourite!
“Our Destiny” is more of the same quality house production, lots of depth and layered textures are made up for the myriad of sounds. Some real nice melodies are evident with a more progressive edge , nice steady rhythm builds and builds up to the break where a musical masterpiece takes over with acidic, piano and strings all playing a part, epic stuff!
“Same Things” rounds up this EP in style, again we see a focused determination in the choice of sounds on offer. The vibe off this tune feels deep rooted with the sounds marrying up in a perfect blend, from the awesome synth keys to the fresh, sharp hats and the cool, smooth hooks we are confident of big support on this one.
Fresh off the back of the stunning reworking on “Blue Monday”, Project KF aka Konstantin returns with another fine tech groover. “Priority Of Night” comes with 2 superb remixes and a radio edit.
The original is an example of what Konstantin does best, pure quality vibes throughout. Nice steady rhythm created with tight kicks and well arranged percs, the Holy Grail on this is his ability to apply a retro sound with modern tech, super stuff yet again!
The awesome talents of Dimitry Liss gives us the first remix, Dimitry’s Re-Dub takes things to a deeper level. Cool sharp hats accompanied with a tight kick set up a solid groove. The use of the original sounds are arranged brilliantly with a few added vocal samples thrown in, this one is destined for a lot of support.
The equally impressive Daniel Ray steps up next, again we see the original vibe applied extremely well. Much more housey approach with a funky undertone coming through on the synth work. Real cool bouncing rhythm here and a floor filler for sure.
Based in Mexico, DJ and producer Ritch Mullen makes his debut on Bonzai Basiks with a superb deep, tech, electro slice in the form of “Enough Of Disco”. With an impressive list of releases already under his belt we get a glimpse at the amazing talent on offer. Ritch delves into all kinds of sounds from house, deep house, tech house, indie and nu-disco, and he has seen many releases over various labels. So get up and enjoy the flow from this awesome vibe.
The original mix is a true club orientated vibe, big crisp hats with a solid thump on the kick shored up with some real cool FX work. The big hitter on this track, apart from an amazing whispered vocal, is the ass-shakin bassline, quality. Watch out for some sweet electro snares also!
The ever popular Sa.Du steps up for remix duty and yet again he brings the wow factor along for the ride. The original elements are well represented but with a deeper, darker edge. Loads of FX create a wonderful atmosphere while the vocal is used to great effect. Real solid groove with the drums and percs, this is topped off with an energetic bouncing bassline, great great stuff.
Chapter 10 of the Progrez series continues to showcase amazing talents in the progressive world. Five new tracks grace this edition from artists across the globe with top quality productions all round.
First up we have Sonsez with “Balance”. Based in Germany, Serder Sonsez Dumlu has an impressive list of releases behind him on some top notch labels including Baroque Back Catalogue, Deepsessions Recordings, Fraud Recordings and more. Here he delivers superb tripped out progressive vibes with a haunting ambience. Thumping kicks start us off with eerie FX creating that haunting atmosphere, the rhythm flows when the deep bass kicks in and we settle into an absolute stomping ride, well crafted melancholic melodies make a show adding to the intensity, brilliant.
Next is Lemonchill with “Dark And Darker” which is exactly what this track is, deep dark progressive house. Israeli producer Idan Or aka Lemonchill is no stranger to Bonzai, he had a collaborative compilation out on Bonzai Progressive in 2011 entitled “Room 305″. Tracks also appeared on Music Worx, Green Martian and a host of others along the way. This track is real deep heavy bass monster, from the off we get a taste of that bass which vibrates right through your soul. Strong, solid groove here with a tight drum arrangement, huge energy generated here that will have those bass bins shaking!
Canadian born Abe Van Dam delivers us “Pi Scorpii”, a well constructed slice of prog house. Abe has seen a number of releases on Quanza Recordings, J V Records and Pro B Tech Records. His styles range from tribal to techno and he also likes to mess around with time signatures. This track has got many elements which fit so well, a real deep bass with multiple FX work well together and that gives a techy side to things. Tight groove with kicks and sharp percs building to the break where a sinister vibe takes hold, nice funky vocal also, superb stuff.
Based in Romania, Dopex is up next with “Elegy”. With a release on SeeSaw Records, pure electronica is a good way to describe this sound, beautiful arrangement skills with a myriad of sounds and FX raiding our senses. Real deep vibe with subtle kicks and a world of percs with a raspy spoken vocal narrating throughout, very impressive.
Steven Quesada aka Tepes from San Jose, Costa Rica rounds up this latest edition with “S.H.O.C.K.”. Mainly producing trance with releases on eMusica and Only Trance Records we see Steven darken his vibe for a quality ride into progressive trance. Super tough bass and thumping kicks are contrasted with a sweet melodic sound throughout. On the break a top quality vocal brings the whole sound together very well indeed, quality!
UK based producer Andre makes his full debut on Green Martian with the impressive Phantom Highway. Andre has a lot of releases on various labels including Adaptation, Seasons Recordings, Digitalma and more, usually focusing on the deep house side of things. Today we bring you a super-charged groove delving into the deep forces of house music backed up with a remix from 06R.
The original mix gets us straight into that deep sound kicking off with cool sweeping pads building up to a huge thumping kick with familiar sounding housey chords, a chunky, gritty bassline sneaks up and grabs hold of you and settles into a driving rhythm while the pads continue to mesmerize. On the break we are treated to some superb funky instruments that get us ready for more phat grooving.
The ever popular Tokyo based 06R provides a stunning remix, fresh from “Obsidian Eyes” Hisataka again delivers his unique sound full of sweeping melodic sequences that really take hold of your mind, absolutely epic stuff again and a pleasure to listen to. Upbeat vibe builds and builds to a true prog trance groove, the right amount of everything is packed into this and will be a top choice for many!
Tarot (the moniker for Tokyo based, Japanese producer Taro Fujita) has been released on labels such as: Session Trax, TKC Music, Ready Mix Records, just to name a few.
He has been involved with names such as: DJ Vibe, Pirupa, Frank Maurel, Carlos Fauvrelle, Cytric, John Creamer & Stephane K and That Kid Chris, having been coproduced by some and remixed by and for others.
But now, forgetting all the Tarot references in the Underground scene…
Sunny is a true Progressive House track, consistent with Tarot’s style, with many delayed instrument elements floating around. The bassline is a saw filtered pad that fills up the bottom of the composition, which is followed by ethnic vocals that appear time to time.
Going beyond the Progressive theme is a Modern epic story told by Tarot that is unmissable if you really understand what true Progressive House Music is about.
2tan, the marble boy from AU Records, does what he does best in his interpretation; defining the pace in a way that we can’t understand, he brings the atmosphere and makes it grow. The picture is filled by colour every time he decides to make something happen, and trust us you don’t want to see this guy DAW mapping. His interpretation is a mutant monster that is never quiet, yet everything that happens is perfectly and subtle planned. The post script… 2tan’s done it Epic again, full bassline, pads, noise’s and other effects that seem to appear from a star called Pollux, and the ginger in the top of the cake, a really simple but perfect melody that completely turn his composition into a work of genius. We cannot attempt to classify it… Just listen!
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Fifth installment of the Pure Tech series comes with original tracks and remixes by Anil Chawla, Oliver Moldan, Tom Hades, Akihiro, Del Horno, Alex Sandrino, James Harcourt, Quivver, Dan Marshall, Beckers, Goksel Vancin, Eric Kanzler, Jamez, Soulboy, Tim Sneath, Alvaro Maretti, Michael Sanchez, Miguel Bastida, Billy Mason, Oz Romita, Speculum, Lützenkirchen, Michel Van Tune, Ionic Benton, Matt Sanchez, Wasabi, Victor Ruiz, Mariano Santos and Calbos.
Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens impresses yet again with another fine cut on our main label. “The Darkness Within” comes with two high quality remixes for your pleasure.
The original mix kicks off with a dark edged vibe and builds with some quality arrangements, a haunting female vocal adds intensity while the bass teases. A solid groove ensues and tight patterns keep the flow. Awesome sounds on the break come together and the strings used round up a true progressive monster, top stuff!
Airwave has been his usual busy self with a stunning take on the original track, the intensity of this track is manifested with a crop of quality progressive sounds. Beautiful melodic sequences take the edge off the darker side and you find yourself lost in this sublime world, the vocal comes through brilliantly on the break with a build up to euphoric heights, once again the master delivers a strong favourite for the masses.
Frangellico aka Julian Farina Balbi hails from Argentina and is a main feature with the progressive label Sudam, he is also attached to many of the label nights hosted across South America. An impressive resume follows him with many releases since 2005. Here we see his debut remix on Bonzai with a deep dark progressive groove, strong and solid sounds with an ethnic vocal and dark melodies are a testament to the influences in his work. This will be on a lot of playlists all over.
The next remix comes from Italian duo Andrea Del Grosso and Antonio Castaldi aka AquAdro. The guys first got together in 2007 and formed their dark progressive house project and have since released top quality production on many labels, this remix marks their debut appearance with Bonzai and they have certainly delivered the goods in style. The track kicks off with a wonderful ethnic styled vocal that sits perfectly over the deep dark groove made up of a superb bassline and tight drum patterns. A real progressive vibe ensues constantly building the layers up to the break where that vocal takes centre stage with some sinister pads in the background, a truly well rounded track that will be a main feature in many sets.
Victor is another artist to be at the forefront of the newly launched Eyepatch Recordings in 2010 and continues to pump out quality deep house vibes to this day. He has also featured many times on the Bonzai Basik Beats Radioshow with popular one hour mixes from the best sounds around. Based in Amsterdam, Victor also runs his own Deep Vibes radio show and has a very impressive list of releases under his belt. Today he returns to Eyepatch and serves up a real treat.
“Deep House Is A Feeling” is a masterclass of its genre, subtle kicks with a quality percussion line are the back drop to an awesome grooving bassline. Some real nice synth work adds flavour resulting in a pure quality production.
“Free” digs out the modulation wheel for a wonderful journey into house utopia. Again the kicks and percs are nicely placed to allow the true scope of the track to shine through with the synths being manipulated to perfection. Nice quirky bassline keeps the perspective but it’s very hard to get away from the synths here, top top tune destined for a lot of playlists.
The stunning talent of Blufeld shines through on this his third studio album. Embroiled in emotive, melodic sounds there is a poetic element as the tracks weave out a story to be told.
Kicking off we have a wonderful melodic intro filled with light, breezy sounds which is a perfect way to set us up for the journey ahead.
The title track “Thoughtscapes” is a super sweet ride on the edges of progressive house and trance, upbeat, fresh and feel good vibe radiates through the speakers and directly into your thoughts. Quite chunky bass adds texture and those melodies release the good chemicals in the brain giving that perfect euphoric feeling.
“Delve” would be considered one of the more darker vibes here with its heavier kicks and deep sinister bassline, sweeping gated vox sounds find their way on top of some brilliant synth work creating awesome melodies, superb!
“All My Life” takes on a more solid progressive approach, again we see some tight drum and percussion work with a constant offset bass delivering a steady groove. Throughout the track a surreal pad captures the imagination and totally hooks you into this sound.
“One Little Wish” is a brilliant extension to the previous track, carrying the vibe along with a lot more melody and a bassline that constantly morphs keeping you locked in to the groove. This is a track that you will listen to again and again finding different sounds with each rotation, very very well constructed.
At the midway point we get “Profound” which is a true progressive trance tune with the kicks and crisp percs providing a solid and steady rhythm. Real nice melodies combine with a cool almost oldskool pad section on the break. A track that will grace a lot of boxes for sure.
“The Sky Between Us” is a typically awesome Blufeld track, lots of layers with differing textures are arranged beautifully over a chunky bassline and delivering a solid slice of prog. It has the qualities of a dark edged track with an uplifting feeling, brilliant.
“Viewpoint” is one of those musical moments that captivates the mind, warm, lush sounds swirl around in a melodic carousel. Very subtle intro that soon settles into a solid progressive groove, the many sounds build layer upon layer with a tight drum arrangement cementing the vibe. Real nice flow on this and a firm favourite for sure.
“Told You So” takes a slight different direction in the signature style, progressive breaks veering towards 4/4 with light melodies and a heavy bassline. Another fine moment of thought provoking music hooking you in for the duration.
“Clarity” is a short melodic interlude filled with the melodies we have come to love within this album, simply beautiful.
Finishing this album, but not our journey, is “I’m Found”. Blufeld’s talents allow him to create a wonderfully sublime soundscape that invokes a feeling of realisation through sweet subtle sounds and a quality drum arrangement, a fitting way to leave the album and continue with your own thoughts.
Minitech Project aka Faroukh Hasham has been a stalwart within the many changes seen at Bonzai Towers over the last few years. He has been at the forefront of Bonzai Basiks with his signature techno and tech house sounds with a host of remixes under his belt also. Born in England and spending most of his childhood between the USA and India, Faroukh has been able to draw influence in that diversity and is continuing to evolve his sound at every turn. Now firmly rooted (but never exclusive to) in the more minimal and tech side of the house we see another fine example of his talent.
“Sexy Dark Drms” kicks off with a bouncy 4/4 minimal type groove, crisp sharp hats are in contrast with a low end bass that is relentless as it throbs and pounds the speakers. Some real cool FX work pops up on the break before taking us right back into the midst of a strong techno vibe.
“Work This” keeps up the bouncy rhythm with another tightly woven arrangement. Again, the bass keeps on pounding with the drums doing a fine job. Lots more FX going on that adds an extra layer to an already brilliant vibe, a must for the boxes.