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Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly reach the release number 40!
After 3 and a half years of a persistent search for coherence, vision, ideology and quality, we reached the incredible number of 40 EPs. All those 40 EPs are unique and special. They have life, personality and all of them are an essential part of what Monog Records has become today. They are our DNA and we are deeply proud and attached to every single one of them.
To celebrate this mark, we invited Hedubble, after his success with Traffic EP, to do the honours and present us with his new EP called Animal Feeling.
Animal Feeling EP is made of 2 original tracks Animal Feeling and No One Else and an outstanding remix of Animal Feeling made by our artist EAT DUST.
The Original mix of Animal Feeling is a proper piece of art in all the extend of the word. It is deep, delicate, introspective and beautiful. Besides the relatively simple groove and construction, the vocal is so intense that it will stay in your mind for hours!
On the other side, No One Else is a dance floor killer. The bass line is the main element here, driving all the track to a deep, dark atmosphere with plenty of details and small nuances.
At last we have the remix by EAT DUST for Animal Feeling. This remix is a lighter and housy approach to the original mix and it is a great example of EAT DUST characteristics as a producer. We are very happy to have his contribution in this EP.
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Ivan Shadrin aka Ego Progressus returns after a short hiatus to Progrez with another stunning deep progressive house workout. The Broken Circle offers up two sublime tracks and shows us that this guy knows how to cut a track.
First up is The Broken Circle which intros with a punchy kick and minimal percussion alongside a surreal sequence that evolves with each section of the track. A growling organic bass rears its head and is the perfect companion for the darkly synth pads that weave in and out of the sound. The break descends into an eerie atmosphere filled with crazy FX and a brilliant spoken word sample before the track slams back in your face and continues on its journey to the depths.
O.B. is up next and gets moving with a nice clipped kick and clap combo alongside some brilliant metallic synths. In the background and very contrasting arp eases its way into the sound as the percussions begin to build and the synths intensify. Dark and sinister vocal samples lurk below as the bass bubbles all around. The break reveals a beautiful pad sequence as those metallic sounds are forced back. The vocal on the break is surreal as it’s covered in effects that enhance it beautifully. Deep, dark stuff that’s sure to be a hit with many!
Belgian DJ and producer K-Fel debuts on Bonzai Progressive with this stunner ‘Pantheon’ and comes backed with two top quality remixes. Growing up with the legendary clubs Belgium had to offer turned K-Fel to electronic music. By 2001 he decided to become a DJ where he kept an open mind on genres which led to him getting gigs at top venues. 2011 saw a surge in his productions and his tracks have seen good support from all over.
The original Mix sets off with a true progressive vibe as very cool percussions lead us up to a brilliant chunky kick. This is soon joined by a surreal collection of pads and a fantastic arp which takes us into the main track. A smooth bassline sits perfectly in the sound as it trundles along with an infectious synth hook going off overhead. Classy tweaks on the synth take us up to the first break where a female spoken vocal comes through reporting a zombie apocalypse. Superb stuff and a definite must for those darker progressive rooms!
Napalm & D-phrag are back at BP for remix duties on this brilliant track. We last saw the guys with their ‘Tour De Force’ which saw great support across the spectrum. Here they get right down to business with a brilliant remix. The intro boasts a single percussion with a deep and droning synth that pulsates through the sound. This leads us beautifully into a cool drum arrangement and sets the scene for this fantastic journey. Anticipation builds as risers take us through the sections before a superb, driving bassline takes over creating a sublime atmosphere. The break is where it’s at, dark pads weave through and soon a brilliant melody takes hold which is in perfect contrast to the darker element. Look out for the chord changes here, they really set the track on fire, stunning!
Yuriy From Russia continues to impress with the sheer quality of his work. Here he is on remix duty and what a display he puts on. Big chunky kicks and subtle percussions are met with a deep bassline as a mesmerising synth line scurries through the sound brilliantly. The track breaks to the spoken vocal as soft melodic sequences begin to form to the backdrop of a surreal pad before coming back into full on progressive mode. An epic journey that is full of beautiful intricacies and melodic twists, this is not to be missed!
Italian producer Marco Madia debuts on Piston with his ‘Dance Files EP’. 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.
First up is the deep and dark ‘Tachydromia’ which intros with a big kick and low end bass sound with a metallic sounding synth leading from the front. The synths build and build becoming infectious as they warp throughout the sound and give the darker element of the track a big focus. Superb stuff here and a definite must for those late night events!
‘Empis Livida’ is up next and subtly works its way up to a cool and steady flowing groove. The bass is a deep throbbing monster and is complimented brilliantly with a nicely topped off kick and shuffling percussion section. Wonderfully layered synths give that true deep house feel and adds to this sublime trip. Stunning deep joint here from Marco and will create a lot of attention.
Van Czar returns to Basiks with his wonderful ‘Black Diamond EP’ which comes with two fantastic remixes as well as the Original. Van’s last outing ‘African Roots’ saw him collaborate with a myriad of top artists which gained a lot of support from all quarters. As usual Van continues to keep the wheels turning with DJing, radio and producing taking a lot of his time. No doubt we will be seeing much more from this Spanish based Belgian.
First up we get into the Original Mix which intros with a superb jungle theme and a tense rising pad. Very cool percussions form up and create a tight rhythmic groove as chunky kicks come into play giving off a cool tribal vibe. The break offers up those surreal pads to the backdrop of jungle sounds which work so well together. Brilliant percussion led track that will be a welcome addition to those deeper techno sets.
Popular remixer Onofrio Conte steps up to the controls with a brilliant display of his skills. The intro gets us moving with beautifully released kicks and contrast well with sharp hats and a tight percussion arrangement. Lush deep chords play through the sound and build a tense picture as the track evolves. A truly infectious groove is the result and will sit well in any playlist, top notch stuff!
German DJ and producer Eric Kanzler delivers his Dirty Remix and injects his brand of techno in style. The intro sets us up for a brilliant display of percussions as many sounds converge and mould into a great big dirty ride through techno. Perfectly tuned beats and a very subtle and simple bass are the backbone to an array of drums that blend beautifully. Expertly crafted and a lot of fun, this is not to be missed.
It’s been a while since we last saw Dyron aka Lucas Bika. His last outing ‘Berlin EP’ saw great support and today we have this new four track EP entitled ‘Beyond Horizon’. He has been involved with electronic music since childhood when he started making his first tracks and DJ sets using a PC. He was mainly interested in trance music during that time until 2006 when his thoughts and desires went different ways and he turned away from electronic music for the next three years until his return in 2009, we are glad he made that return as the quality of his productions is top notch.
First up we have ‘The Morning’. Cool progressive vibes get us moving as tight drum arrangements kick us off. Sweeping hypnotic pads will have you locked in from the off as a deep churning bassline deliver a massive punch. The percussions are doing a lot of work here and they provide super smooth rhythm that will have the party heads bobbing. Cool vocal samples are the perfect addition to this sound, a must have track in those early summer sets!
‘Fantasy 1’ intros with a nice tough and punchy kick with a nice release on the end. This is joined with a cool crispy hat and groovy house keys. The bass attacks the low end brilliantly as it reverberates through the sound with authority. In the background the pads hold court beautifully and give off a truly mesmerising vibe. The percussions are well constructed and give a real flowing rhythm as they evolve. On the break those house keys do their thing which gives the track so0 much character. Perfect fodder for the terraces and the floors!
‘Magic Journey’ sets off with an upbeat phat kick and tight percussion arrangement with classic slap drums in prominence. A classy female vocal takes full control of the sound as you find yourself lost in its melody and warmth. Smooth pads and a superbly deep bassline give this track a monster groove that is most definitely not to be missed.
Lastly on this stunning EP we have ‘Beyond Horizon’, the intro bursts into life with a very cool and bright sound. Nice punchy kicks sit over a beautiful swirling house pad and a deep droning bass. The percussions are well arranged with a very prominent cowbell keeping the rhythm flowing. Beautiful melodies waft through the sound as this true progressive house groover gathers momentum. A stunning combination of sounds that will do well in any setting for the summer!
Maciej Labuda makes his debut on Elemental with the superb ‘Lake Of Sadness EP’ which is made up of five beautifully crafted tracks.
‘Blue Hope’ is up first and begins with a perfectly chilled intro as soft waves ebb and flow to the backdrop of a laidback slapped drum section. Serene synths form sweet melodic phrases before a powerfully deep bass takes over. The sounds are intricately woven to create a surreal experience, superb stuff.
‘Be Free’ intros with cool raspy synths and classy drum hits that evolve with the addition of the percussions. Whispered vocals lead us into stunning synth pads alongside a deep bass with long releases. Soft piano melodies caress the sound perfectly and lock you into a purely chilled out vibe, wonderful!
Next up is ‘Into The Wild’ which gets going with some cool percussive hits and a sweeping pad that leads to a super deep bass that reverberates through the sound. Nice bright strings provide a cool contrast as they form melodic sequences topped off with distant spoken voice samples. A hypnotic tone runs through as the soft keys do their work. The perfect track for laid back evenings in the sun.
‘Maybe One Day’ is a surreal piece as your mind will drift off to another world. Nice and smooth pads on the intro lead us gently to this world with a deep bass keeping you rooted. A cool downtempo drum arrangement fits the sound perfectly as melodies are formed from various instruments with strings being most prominent, very nice track indeed.
Lastly on this superb EP we have the title track ‘Lake Of Sadness’. The intro boasts and stunning piano sequence that really brings out the nature of the track as you find yourself getting totally hooked on the melodies. Beautifully arranged sounds are gelled together with a deep bass that throbs with each note. As the track evolves a certain uplift can be felt mainly down to the super sweet melody, a fantastic piece here which you will listen to again and again.
Club Traxx new series Dark & Deep comes with original tracks and remixes by metrOnomes, Kevin Vega, deepAlexander, Yuriy From Russia, Jonny Calypso, Dafar, Kabalo, Rise And Fall, Samotarev, Napalm & D-Phrag, Steve Sai, 10000 Sounds Project, Ego Progressus, Sa.Du, The Revolving Junkie, Phat Traktor, Antonio Citarella, Pierre Zamyatin, Fran Navaez, Ruben Losada and Eric Kanzler.
8th instalment in the Deep Worx series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Rogerio Martins, James Dexter, Eric Powa B, Ecco, Haustuff & Leesboon featuring Jonny Keys, Dan Cano, Miguel Reis, Gaulois, Furniture Crew, Fauvrelle, JR (UK), Charlex Ramirez, Stan Garac, Yaroslav Lenzyak, Savvas, Iosupescu Lucian, Klaus Benedek, Accatone, Kisk, Ittai Barkai, Martusciello, E-Klash, Limyth and diSapia.
When it comes to progressive one name will always come to mind, Gai Barone. A veteran within the scene Gai has been responsible for some gems in the past and here he continues that trend with the fantastic ‘Cartaria’. Backed up with three superb remixes you are in for a real treat on this one.
First up we have the Original which takes a dive into the deeper side of prog with a subtle, percussive intro and a haunting pad. The beats filter through beautifully and bring a nice warm edge to the sound as the percussions begin to tighten up into a solid flowing rhythmic sequence. A mesmerizing arp plays throughout the track and really takes your mind away as the track evolves. Cool melodies ebb and flow as they tease their way making you want more, while on the break the synths intensify and climax into a full blown progressive workout, top notch!
Maik Relaunch turns up the heat with the first of two remixes from this ever popular artist. His Early Morning Remix is aptly titled as it is a track you would expect to hear at the end of sweat inducing, pumping progressive party. Big chunky kicks hold the track together as crispy hats are contrasted with a bubbly bass that provides a solid platform for what is to come. Big sweeping synths dominate the sound and on the first break you will have your mind blown by the clarity and sheer tangibility of the synths. The track kicks back into a solid progressive groove before those synths come around again, an absolute monster and a definite must for those playlists!
Relaunch’s second remix, the Late Night Remix, is much tougher offering as you would expect. A perfect track for the peak time festivities as edgy beats are met with a fantastic synth hook. Nice and chunky kicks alongside tight percussions release flowing rhythms. The bass meanders through the sound beautifully as it pulsates through the track. Those big and powerful synths make a return on the break and give this track big floor appeal, not to be missed.
A man who needs no introduction, he has been responsible for a vast amount of remixes and original works lately on Bonzai Progressive and we always get excited when his creations are delivered. Another Audio Noir Trip goes right into the soul of darker progressive vibes. The intro boasts a chunky kick with a cool FXed vocal over the top as a beautifully haunting pad rises up from the depths. All the while a superbly tight percussion arrangement steadily builds up a solid rhythmic base. The first break brings forth a wonderful array of sounds before kicking back in with the most surprising and superb basslines you are likely to hear any time soon. Smooth melodic sequences ease in on the main break as the track builds back up into the main groove. Fantastic cut from Audio Noir yet again!
Italian DJ and producer Ivan Masa debuts on Piston with this wonderful two tracker ‘Don’t Stop The Groove Man’. Ivan recently released his old school inspired ‘From London’ on Eyepatch gaining much praise for a stunning piece of work.
First up we get ‘Don’t Stop The Groove Man’ which intros with a nice and smooth percussion arrangement before the chunky kicks and cool deep stabs come through. A brilliantly lush groovy bass pops up and totally dominates the sound to the backdrop of a pure House pad that sweeps through the sound. Very cool classic vocal samples get a show and soon the funk factor rises as the sounds evolve. Very dynamic sounding track and one that will be a must for any box.
‘Caramel And Chocolate’ sets off with a funky rhythm made up of cool hats and a groovy synth note. The bass come through beautifully and ramps up the groove big time as vocal samples begin to shine all over the track. The break showcases the power of the funky groove as the synth takes over with a high note oscillating in the background. Fantastic structure on this track as the bass transforms perfectly with the sound and the vocal popping up at the right places.
Top notch stuff yet again from Ivan, not to be missed.
We last saw Van on Eyepatch way back in mid 2013 with his ‘Mon Reve EP’. Since then he has released many other works on Bonzai Basiks as well as hosting Bonzai Basik Beat Spain and DJing regularly in Madrid. This time around we have ‘Jean Tonique’ which comes with three stunning remixes.
First up is the Original Mix, the intro eases in with subtle hats and a distant pad that leads to a cool kick. The percussions form up creating a smooth rhythmic vibe and takes us deep into the sound with a brilliant, surreal continuous chord dominating throughout. A super low sub bass reverberates through the sound providing a solid footing as a brilliantly tweaked vocal sample plays through. Superb deep grooves from Van which will be a popular choice no doubt.
Belgian legend Eric Powa B steps up to remix duties with his Deep n Dark Reconstruction Mix. Right from the off we are thrust into Eric’s deep tech world with a super cool kick and deep pulsating bass combo. One thing that stands out here is the precision in the percussion arrangement, tight patterns and classic sounds give off a brilliant vibe with a superb vocal sample that adds character to the track. The break gives up a smooth chord with sharp brass stabs before getting back into the groove with some classic toms. Very classy sound that will do well in any set.
Ittai Barkai ramps things up a gear with his remix. Classic intro with chunky kicks and crispy hats alongside cool rhythmic bongos. A very smooth vocal sample leads nicely into a lush chord as a brilliant offset bass drops in. A truly infectious groove ensues as you get locked into this sound helped along by those cool vocal samples and lush chords. Superb stuff from Ittai and definitely not to be missed.
Lastly in this pack we have Darouge on the remix. Darouge’s last outing ‘Bite The Curb’ saw much support and features on top download sites. The remix intros with a cool kick and hat combo which sets up the track nicely. The bass teases its way in as it hits every other bar before going into full on mode with its gritty edge. Cool vocal samples are met with smooth synth plucks that lead us into a percussion driven break before that bass takes charge once more. Great stuff yet again and a must have track in any playlist.
7th installment in the Pure Tech series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Van Czar, Kini Rao, Charles Ramirez, Moll, Jamez, Jimmy Galle, Sa.Du, Cele, Ozan Kanik, Enrico Caruso, Ozgur Uzar, Jonathan Calvo, Andy Slate, Zolex, Alessan Main, Kevh Ripple, Eric Kanzler, Ed Whitty, The Electric 10, Diego Herrera, Onofrio Conte, Tribal Warriors, Oz Romita, Roderick Fox, HP Vince, John Manning, Redhead, Franky Jones and NaaN.
The pursuit of the vinyl revolution continues as Bonzai stay true to their roots and deliver yet another fine slice of wax. Eyepatched Volume 4 follows on from its predecessors with four supreme cuts filled with all the delights of deep fuelled house.
The master of cool Dimitry Liss gets right into the action with his track ‘Gentle Elton’. Perfectly matched kicks and hats provide a solid base for the flowing rhythms as the bassline cuts through the sound beautifully with a groovy flavour. This is backed up with a soul shaking vocal that will get the toes tapping in no time.
The increasingly popular Yaroslav Lenzyak gives us two superb tracks starting with ‘Jupiter’, a wonderfully lush and surreal deep cut. Nice and simple hats alongside a minimal percussion arrangement that adds a lot of character. A low end droning bass shores up the groove while the big focus is on an awesome array of synth sounds that blend together superbly.
On the flip side Yaroslav treats us to an exclusive for this vinyl release with ‘UTZ’. Very cool and classic sounding drum intro eases beautifully into a smooth deep house vibe. The bassline packs a huge punch as it pulsates through the sound while a nice flowing groove is built. An epic endeavour with beautifully melodic twists that are not to be missed.
The impressive Daniel Ray give us his track ‘Water Tunnel’ with its gritty intro made up of cool percs and a thumpy kick. Raw sounding FX start to take over the sound as a stunning bassline builds the momentum. A wonderful mixture of deep piano chords, strings and guitars add a stunning dynamic and makes this a joy to listen to.
The masterful Airwave lets loose with this solo effort after a recent run of top notch collaborations. As well as the Original, ‘Triangle’ comes with two superb remixes. Laurent remains at the top of his game, his workload as producer and DJ is stacked high but this doesn’t stop him creating exquisite cuts. Lots more lined up for the future that we cannot wait to hear!
The Original is a wondrous trek deep into the heart of progressive house. The intro gets right to the point with a tough edged kick and a very cool arp that captivates throughout. A deep bass holds the track together beautifully as flowing rhythms are built. Stunning pads run through the track in a subtle manner yet pack a huge punch. The synth work is amazing, creating melodies that intertwine perfectly and climaxing at the break. An infectious journey that will keep you coming back for more, great stuff Laurent!
The first remix come from Swedish quartet Inkfish. We first got introduced to these guys through their remix of Nico Parisi’s ‘Caress’ which gained a lot of support, the remix made it into many charts and featured heavily in many sets from top jocks. Here the guys waste no time getting down to business, a nice chunky kick is coupled with a smooth percussion line and the rhythms then begin to flow. The bass creeps in beautifully and is soon joined by a full on arp sequence that gives off a purely energetic vibe as it flows through the track. The break offers up some grungy licks that adds a cool character to the sound before getting right back into the main groove, another top notch effort from these guys and not to be missed.
Solar Fields aka Magnus Birgersson is our next remix artist on this fine track, he is a music composer with a litany of releases including 10 solo albums. We last saw Magnus on Manu Riga’s stunning ‘Everything Comes To An End’ and here is no exception. The intro gets right into the flow with a nice and snappy arp with smooth percussions in the background. The groove gains momentum as distant hats and cymbals come through before a monster kick gets the grooves really flowing. Nice synth pads bring up the rear and offer a cool contrast to the gritty edge. The bassline ramps up the sound big time, a lot of energy comes off it and adds to that gritty feel throughout. A very intense track indeed that will see a lot of action in those tougher sets.