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Based in St. Petersburg and debuting on Bonzai is Pierre Zamyatin. Pierre has seen many releases on labels like, Modu Records, Evoked Recordings, Nueva Deep, Electronic Tree and Spring Tube. He mainly produces deep, progressive and tech house but has delved into breaks on occasion. Today we have the four tracker “Light Refractions” which is a testament to his diverse range.
The title track takes us on a somewhat laidback yet powerful epic journey through the progressive house spectrum. Nice and steady rhythms provided by the drum section with a heavy bass underlying. Lots of melodies weave their way in and out of this sound and a sweeping pad adds texture, top stuff.
“The Edge” gets tougher, gritty bass and sharper percussions allow the energy to rise on this, quality FX are used and a brilliant in your face vocal sample takes centre stage now and again. As we continue this tune morphs itself several times, becoming deeper on the break with those wonderful pads. Another epic slice of prog and destined for a lot of boxes.
“Free Your Mind” is one of those tracks that come around on rare occasions, a track that just moves you without you even knowing it. Plenty of quality sounds will keep the ear trained but focus on the bass, solid, constant, hypnotic, you will be hooked on this for sure, top tune.
Lastly we have “Serious Wobble”, once again Pierre’s talents shine through, expertly crafted sounds and top notch arrangements all married together to create this beauty of a track. Strong and solid groove, again the basses are the focal point as they draw you in. Perfect for those late night, darkened room parties!
UK based DJ and producer Ed Lee hits the Eyepatch stable again with another fine cut of quality house beats in the “Creation EP”. Ed has also seen stints on Howz Choonz, Green Martian and Bonzai Progressive which what a diverse producer he can be.
“Stars” is up first, a real cool and steady paced deep tech joint, crisp percs are contrasted with a deep bass and a hypnotic simple synth warms this track up throughout. On the break a heavily filtered vocal adds a new layer to the sound before heading straight back into this smooth groove.
Next up is “Love” which is a superb laidback funky house vibe, stand out percussions in a wonderful arrangement overlay a funky guitar and piano combi. Watch out for a truly iconic vocal sample that is so infectious you will not be able to sit still.
“Space” delivers more of the quality arrangements we have come to recognise from Ed. Again we get a laidback vibe with subtle notes and some cool muted FX, another retro vocal will keep the ear trained on this for sure.
“Moon” rounds up this EP with a relaxed ambient vibe, myriad of sweet melodies sweep by and you are easily lost in the sound, top stuff.
Yogimeister debuts on Basiks with a deep down and dirty ride through tech house with a top quality production.
“Rollin Lights, Lonely Nights” kicks off with solid drums and nice echoed FX in the background, the hypnotic bass soon follows and we settle in to an awesome groove. Minimal sounds create huge effect and a deep sinister vocal reverberates throughout, one to watch here!
MiniTech Project step up with a brilliant remix, the energy levels rise on this with a bright, sharp sounds and an amazing bass. From start to finish this tune never lets up, constant rolling sound with great FX work will make this a feature on many playlists.
The ever present music maestro Michele Cecchi returns with more wonderful chillout vibes. “Purple Forms EO” is the latest works from the master of chill.
The title track kicks us off into a pure blissed out world, beautiful pads fill the spectrum as hypnotic percussions draw us in. Some well created melodies create a sense of euphoria, bliss.
“Falling” has all the beauty of the previous track with lush pads and melodies, this track however takes a gritty turn with the bassline, arps and a well constructed drum arrangement.
“Inertia” subtly fades in with sweeping pads and FX exploding into a stunning vocal and leading up to a brilliant bassline that you don’t expect. Cool laidback grooves ensue in a World Music type vibe with lots of influences from many cultures evident.
“Wake Up” is a big pleasant surprise here, totally funk’d up groove with an electro edge. Sublime chords coupled with a superb bassline and tight drums all make for a fantastic party atmosphere, brilliant.
Leicester based DJ and producer Neel V returns to Green Martian after his debut on Mars Attacks Volume 4 with “Lost Stories Of India”. Keeping up with the deeper side of progressive we are treated to top notch stuff on this latest EP.
The title track “Krishna” is a strong solid prog vibe, well compressed thumping kick with tight sharp percs provide a steady rhythm. This track builds and builds many times with the pads adding intensity along the way, well crafted vocal stuttering takes us to the break where an ethnic vocal captivates the mind and some beautiful instruments create stunning melodies.
“Black Magic” provides subtle kicks and percussions this time around with the main focus going towards the melodic element. These melodies are expertly crafted with a variety of Eastern sounding instruments and again we see brilliant use of ethnically charged vocal, absolutely stunning work.
“Sleep Walking” rounds up this EP in style. Neel V’s talents really shine here with a very eclectic vision of how his sound should be, in particular the vocal samples used. Eastern influences are all over this track and done in a genius way with added melancholic melodies adding stark contrasts, very well constructed.
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!