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Debut appearance on Bonzai Basiks for DJ and producer team Christian Bonori & Paul S-Tone with the fantastic ‘Chemtrails’ which comes backed up with two stunning remixes. These guys are certainly no strangers to the scene as they boast an absolute mountain of quality releases across many labels. They are best known for their injection of tech, techno and deep house vibes which always gets them noticed from DJ sets to download charts. The guys have a great connection which works very well and now we will see that partnership riding higher with the mighty Bonzai at the helm.
First up we have the stunning Original Mix of ‘Chemtrails’. Straight away we are thrust into this full on groove as the bass pulsates a grungy rhythm. Nice and chunky kicks are the perfect match for a round of cool and crisp hats that stand out beautifully. The rhythm really does grab you and you get locked into a state of hypnosis as that bass takes control. On the break the track breaks down completely as a round of heavy effects are used alongside a cool vocal sample before that big kick slams us right back into it. Powerful stuff from the guys and sure to be a big feature in many sets.
Chilean DJ and producer Diego Herrera is our first remix artist and he churns out a top notch performance yet again. Diego’s last outing on Basiks saw his ‘Middle Earth EP’ gain support from many quarters. Here he sets his sights firmly on a driving techno groove that will light up any floor. The track shoots straight for the jugular right from the off as superbly tweaked kicks are joined by sharp hats and a sublime bass that drives the track on brilliantly. The groove powers through relentlessly with a short respite on the break as percussions take over alongside some very cool vocal samples before slamming back into the main track where this awesome ride continues. Not to be missed!
The very popular Onofrio Conte is up next with his remix. Onofrio is a consistent headliner with Sound R Us Recordings where he churns out his amazing brand of techno flavours. The track intros with smooth kicks and a cool rhythmic hat combo as percussions begin to build. A cool groove ensues and soon a deep bass that just oozes techno starts to dominate the sound. A fully charged and merciless techno workout is the result and will no doubt have those floors bouncing in no time!
Debut appearance on Green Martian for Romanian DJ and producer Smart Wave and his track ‘Turquoise’. The track comes with two superb remixes from two top class artists. Smart Wave has been into music from a young age, he began to play piano and guitar which led him to studying music and ultimately composing. His first outings were rooted in Jazz, Blues and Film Scores, in 2007 he entered the world of electronic music and has since released many tracks on various labels. 2011 saw him get into DJing and in 2012 he started his own record label Smart Phenomena Records.
First up we have the Original Mix of ‘Turquoise’ which intros with a flat kick and subtle percussion combo with a sweeping pad going off in the background. The kick get into full on punch mode soon after and is joined by a powerful bass that sets the track on fire. The groove has a very cool shuffle which is complimented by arps that weave intricate melodic patterns beautifully. Stunning track with a very catchy hook that will no doubt gain a lot of support.
Horizons aka DJ Shy delivers us his Space Remix and he delivers in style yet again. Big full on intro with chunky kicks and a massive bass that resonates through the sound brilliantly. The groove takes on the shuffle effect from the original which really sets the track off in a unique way. Well crafted arrangements lay the sounds out superbly with each part easily focused on. The break brings with it a melodic flavour that filters into the track with ease. A massive sound which will draw a lot of attention for sure.
The ever popular 06R is up to remix duty with a stunning rework on the original. Smooth intro with the kicks and percussions getting that shuffle going early, this is accompanied perfectly by a flowing arp with a nice sweeping pad in the background. The bass drives the track brilliantly while melodies add that contrast which gives the sound a wonderful dynamic. The break opens a world of melody as a sultry piano adds richness to the sound. Top notch stuff out of Tokyo!
Antonio returns to Progrez with this stunning two track EP entitled ‘I Believe In The Music’. His last outing ‘Pistachios Escape EP’ saw much support across the board. Recently Antonio dished out a brilliant mix for Bonzai Basik Beats radio show which gained many listeners. Lots more to come from this guy so stay tuned.
First up we have ‘Da Melo’, the intro boasts a cool dark themed kick that packs a big punch. Surreal vibrato pads add an eerie element to the sound as the groove begins to tighten up. The bass delivers a truly deep vibe as it pulsates through the sound with teasing synth notes easing in. A very minimal dark progressive vibe that will cause a stir in those more edgy sets!
‘Off Shot’ intros with a very cool kick and synth combi that sets up a smooth and flowing groove to the sound early on. Nice and crisp hats sit perfectly as other percussions build up all around. The track has a transformation when that huge bass kicks in, this bass has various layers that ebb and flow beautifully having a huge impact overall. A cool melancholic riff is the perfect accompaniment and comes to the fore on the break, before we are thrust back into the groove in this darkly sinister prog stomper.
Kuntac is back to Elemental with ‘Time Traveller’, his last outing ‘More’s Place’ was a popular choice among chill fans and no doubt this silky smooth offering will follow suit.
‘Time Traveller’ intros with a sublime layered organ and a sweet melodic sequence that sits faintly behind. The track makes a huge transformation into a full on funk fuelled arrangement with a big beat and a superb funky slap bass coupled with little electric riffs. The perfect evening track for the funksters and chillsters alike!
Club Traxx – Progressive House 10th installment comes with original tracks and remixes by John 00 Fleming, The Digital Blonde, Moshic, Yuriy from Russia, 21street, Relaunch, Phi Phi, Airwave, Kasall, Dark Soul Project, Dale Middleton, Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic, Rafa’EL, Darko De Jan, Kastis Torrau, Arnas D, Cordoba, Velvet Girl, Tome Conrad, Andre Bonsor, Mindshield, Domased Electronica, Lonely Sun, Nicolas Agudelo, Aggressor, Ivan Nikusev, Samotarev, Paduraru, Spacebeat, Javanny, EmLab and One Million Toys.
The Secrets Of The Trade compilation series 3rd installment is now available in all portals, this time with original tracks and remixes from the likes of Tony Lionni, Jordan Peak, Dale Howard, James Dexter, Urulu & Steve Huerta, Rick Wade, Black Loops, Rogerio Martins, Kevin Griffiths, Max Graef, Downtown Party Network, Stefano Esposito, Daniel Bortz and more!
The legendary Rick Wade makes a welcome return to Piston with his ‘Zombie RP’ which comes backed up with a superb remix. Rick’s last outing ‘Night Flyer’ saw much support from all quarters and no doubt we will be seeing a lot more support with this latest offering.
We kick off with the Original Mix of the title track ‘Zombie RP’ which gets us moving with classic kick and hat intro. A fantastic big double bass soon takes over the sound as the grooves begin to shuffle along. A nice and warm piano finds its way in alongside a subtle stab and wispy FX. Superb stuff from Mr Wade and an absolute must for those late night groovy floors.
The head honcho at Piston, Rogerio Martins, lends his skills at the mixing desk with his Rotting Deep Remix of ‘Zombie RP’. Rogerio recently released his own ‘Gonna Be Mine’ on vinyl which is proving to be an increasingly popular choice of media in these days of technology. Here Rogerio gets things moving with a chunky kick and a superb array of hats and cymbals that give off a classy vibe. The bassline dominates the track beautifully as the main hook appears and takes us up to the break where deep chords being to rise before slamming us back into the groove, not to be missed!
‘Mighty’ is up next with a chunky intro filled with phat kicks and a cool percussion arrangement. Sweeping synths set the mood brilliantly and make way for a pulsating bassline that just rolls along the groove superbly. As the track evolves layers continue to build and result in a full flowing deep and funky house vibe. We get a few respites in the short breaks that occur before we are flung back into this relentless groove. Fantastic stuff and a track that will be a main feature in many sets for sure.
German DJ and producer Jonny Calypso makes his solo debut on Bonzai Progressive with the amazing two tracker ‘Definition’. Jonny first headed our way on his collaboration with Dafar late in 2013 with ‘Spirit’.
First up we have the title track ‘Definition’ which intros with a lovely phat kick and crisp hat combo. A deep and burly bass comes on the scene and will be a contender to punish bass bins all over as it pulsates through the sound. This tough groove powers on mercilessly before a short respite on the break where the percussion takes over and a fading vocal sample is introduced then its right back into this solid deep progressive workout.
‘San Zhi’ is up next and we are eased into the track with a smooth kick led intro and a soothing pad in the rear. Sharp edged hats are a perfect contrast and provide a cool dynamic. A sub level bass is matched brilliantly with pads and give off a solid feel to the sound. As the track progresses a gritty and very powerful synth line is introduced which gives the track a cool edgy vibe. Truly deep and dark progressive house which be a gift in any box.
Yaroslav Lenzyak is back with this wonderful two tracker entitled ‘Utz’. His last outing ‘Jupiter’ saw rave reviews from all quarters and was featured on Bonzai’s latest vinyl venture ‘Eyepatched Volume 4’.
First up we have the epic ‘Utz’ which gets going with a bass fuelled intro to get the juices flowing. The intro will have you hooked in no time as it hypnotizes you with that pulsing bass. Nice and chunky kicks soon get moving and are joined by smooth percussions which build a rhythm beautifully. Surreal deep house keys seem to morph out of nowhere and bring with them a groovy riff that will have those feet shuffling along to the groove. A truly epic ride through the deeper side of house and one that will bring a lot of pleasure.
Next we have ‘Last Night’, full bodied, phat kicks provide the intro with a nice and subtle hat sitting back and creating a smooth rhythm. A lush synth note stands out and as the track progresses it transforms the sound superbly. The huge deep bass packs a massive punch here and is the power in the track as it pulses through. The track evolves with expert precision as those synths make subtle changes to alter the grooves keeping a nice flowing dynamic in the sound. Superb stuff!
Sounds R Us Recordings continues to deliver stunning quality in their output and now we see the momentum keep up with another round of fantastic cuts in Muzika Volume 6! Four slices of the best techno on offer from four of the hottest artists on offer. SRUR regulars Moll, D.Z.N, Onofrio Conte and Kendrick rip it up one more time so buckle up for a monster ride!
We kick off with Moll’s ‘My Rhythm’ which intros with a crisp hat coupled with sharp claps creating a cool rhythm, this takes us up to a super phat and chunky kick with a deep rooted bass which pushes the sound to new heights. Very minimal in nature with multiple sounds peeking through, but the big focus here will no doubt be the deep and seedy vocal as it narrates a cool story on the break. An absolute must this one and will fill the floors for sure!
Onofrio Conte is up next with his track ‘Numbness’. Big chunky kicks get the track going with the percussions getting the rhythm flowing beautifully. The bass bubbles up from below and resonates throughout the sound with the tendency to get that ass moving. A monster techno groove with subtle synth work that will be a must for those big room gigs, not to be missed.
D.Z.N. deliver the stunning ‘Moving On’, here the temperature is firmly rising as the groove intensifies with a full on techno workout. The percussion is a big feature here as it sits high above the other sounds and moves the track beautifully. A nice big and bubbly bass packs a powerful punch and is the driving force of the sound no doubt. Soon a monster synth riff will take over taking the track even higher as the energy levels rise. The floors will be alight with this one so get it in your box!
Lastly we have Kendrick with ‘Yeah’. Right from the off the rhythms are in full flow as the percussions combine smoothly alongside a punchy kick. Cool vocal samples add a groovy edge to the track and before long a super smooth, deep bass pulls the track along. The percussions are relentless and create a hypnotic atmosphere which carries right the way through. A brilliant cocktail of sounds that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Daddy aka Koen Mertens turns up on our Green Martian imprint after some fine releases on Bonzai Progressive and Eyepatch. Here he delivers the outstanding ‘Memories Are Forever’ which comes with an awesome remix from Davide Catania.
First up we have the Original Mix, which after giving it a few listens will have the nostalgia flowing through your system on overdrive. The intro boasts a cool punchy kick with classic percussions building up a nice flowing vibe. A deep and resonating bass enters the fray on the offbeat and all around many wonderful sounds paint a complex picture. An intensity builds in the sound which culminates in a smooth melodic groove. This groove somehow takes you back to the great days of progressive while keeping a firm root in the here and now. The break is a stunning display of simplicity as a cool hook takes hold with warm pads ebbing and flowing in the background. Look out for some fantastic vocal manipulation and classic samples.
Based in Denmark, Davide returns to Green Martian for remix duty and what a fantastic job he does. We last saw Davide here with his ‘Desert Sky’ which certainly raised a few eyebrows as expected. The remix intros with a superb kick and hat combo with percussions building nicely giving off a cool bouncy vibe. The bass soon takes over and injects a dose of energy that really beefs up the sound no end. Excellent use of the vocal sample and coupled with rising pads give a nice melodic flavour. The break ushers in a classy guitar riff before a nice big synth takes us right back into the track for the remainder of this kick ass cut. Definitely not to be missed!
Hady Tarek launched his DJ career in 2002, when he began arranging his favourite tunes in mix sessions that became very popular among his friends and extended social networks. Due to the popularity of his mixes, he started hosting small parties, where he was enthusiastically received for his track selection skills. After a year of continuous gigs and club nights, he took his mixes to Nile FM, the biggest radio station in Egypt with FM, satellite and online broadcasts. His first appearance in 2004 brought his music to a wider audience and marked the beginning of a regular guest appearance on the station. Many more radioshow spots followed along with an impressive release count across many labels. Here he debuts with his two tracker, ‘Night Shift’.
Kicking us off into a full on progressive stomper we have ‘Night Shift’. Big and burly kicks are accompanied by a tight percussion arrangement as a sweeping synth stabs through. A fantastic arp provides a rhythmic backdrop as a truly deep rooted bass shores up the rear. The break brings the arp to the fore as it modulates against that synth stab and squealing string before slamming back into the main groove, a definite keeper!
‘Robo Ride’ gets the levels rising with a big phat kick and percussion combo including some skilfully placed drums. A sharp stabbing synth is a big feature and leads into a monstrously deep bassline that will have any bass bin quaking. A relentless groove ensues before the break offers up a cool melodic sequence which contrasts well with that deep bass. A hell of a ride into the deeper side of prog and a must for any box.
Spanish DJ and producer Mianyo debuts on Piston with an irresistible two tracker entitled ‘Beat Club EP’.
A relative newcomer to the scene Mianyo has seen releases on labels like Musex Industries and Azari Records. His tracks have been remixed by Oraa and Peter Ryan and he has turned his own hand to remixing other artists also.
First up we have ‘Beat Repeat’ which intros with a classic punchy kick and crispy percussion combo, this arrangement dishes out a nice flowing rhythm and takes us up to a smooth deep house synth that morphs at every turn. A cool and warm bass keeps this groove surging forward and the addition of a very cool vocal adds a fresh twist. The break boasts the vocal alongside some squeaky FX which works so well and leads back into the main sound for a cool and groovy ride through deep house, awesome stuff.
‘Txuribeltz Club’ gets the juices flowing with a smooth percussion driven intro which leads up to a nice thudding kick that will get that ass shaking in no time. A fantastic swirling synth chord comes through and just oozes house flavours. A super laidback groovy bass takes over and gets the track into full on house mode. On the break subtle chords filter through before a superb female vocal from Adriana Lucia dominates the sound alongside bassy shots. The track builds back up into full swing and will no doubt keep the floors alive. A tribute to the popular Txuribeltz Club which attracts many of Pistons artists and championed by the likes of Oraa and Piek.
A sublime and smooth slice that is not to be missed.
German veteran DJ Martin Merkel returns to Basiks with the thunderous ‘Scarabee’. His last outing ‘Abyss’ performed very well indeed with support coming from many quarters and Martin’s other releases on various labels also draw much attention.
First up is the Blue Edit of ‘Scarabee’ which intros with a huge kick and deep growling sub bass that lurks below. Tough edged percussions are the perfect companion as this track delves right into a techno fuelled ride. Powerful driving rhythms ensue as a very cool synth riff comes into play and arps through the sound. Quite minimal in nature this track will be a nemesis to many bass bins as that monster bass bursts out, definitely one to watch.
The Red Edit of ‘Scarabee’ has all the hallmarks of a monster tune as the bass pounds its way through your body and is joined by a punchy kick and tight percussion arrangement. Focusing much more on the darker side of techno with a sinister intent the track will be the main feature in many sets for sure. The relentless grooves are broken only by a short break before slamming right back into it for the duration, not to be missed.
‘Clockworks’ intros with a massive bass and a superb kick combination as cool percussions begin to form and add a smooth rhythmic vibe. A solid groove is metered out some very cool minimal synth work eases in, but the big hitter is the bass which will no doubt have the bassheads at full attention. The break delivers a classy array of techno fuelled synth and FX which reaches a white noise climax before thundering back into this tough edged techno grinder.
Serbian DJ and producer Nemanja Petrovic aka Gibbon debuts on Green Martian with ‘Dance Of Nature EP’. Having perfect the art of mixing from a young age, he soon moved into the world of production and secured a few releases before getting hooked up with Bonzai. The prospect of many releases are what’s in store with this guy so keep your eyes and ears peeled.
First up we have ‘Meanders’ which gets going with a nice, full kick and percussion combo and leads us up to a cool, pulsating, rough edged bassline with a mesmerizing pad going off in the background. The pace picks up with the percussions forming a tight and rhythmic arrangement which settles the track nicely for a smooth progressive journey. The break brings forth those mesmerizing pads and are joined by a brilliant vocal sample before jumping right back into the main groove, top quality stuff.
The Dub Mix offers a relentless progressive journey with a rough edged bass and superbly crafted drum arrangement which makes for a rhythmic ride. The break lets loose with a mesmerizing pad which soon makes way for a brilliantly crafted synth sequence that dominates the track. A must for those later sets!
‘Avalanche’ intros with a nice chunky kick with cool and crispy percussions enhancing the rhythm. A short break brings with it a wispy pad before climaxing with a powerful pumping bass which will take over any floor. Stabby synth work comes through and is joined by cool plucky sequences on the break as a deep drone rises from the depths. The track reaches its peak as the sounds combine brilliantly for the duration, a very classy progressive groove indeed.
After a nice fluent intro filled with well rounded kicks and rhythmic percussions ‘Torrent’ unleashes its full potential with a sublime liquefied synth that is delivered with smooth melodies. The bassline coolly matches each note on the synth and creates a stunning groove at which to shake that ass in an unforgiving manner. The break gives full attention to those quality synths as a subtle, sweeping arp adds assistance before rising back into full swing, wonderful track and a big hitter for sure.
‘Spirit Awakening’ rounds off this stunning EP in style. A silky smooth kick led intro eases into some cool and groovy strings with a sweet and melodic arp soon joining the party. A plucky bassline gives the track a nice bounce as we settle in for an nice flowing ride. A myriad of melodies come through in many guises on the break and form the basis of the track as it gives off an uplifting, happy vibe. An eleven minute journey into an upbeat groovy little number!