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Pierre returns to BP after his “Light Refractions EP”, which performed very well on charts and playlists, with his latest offering “Lightning EP”.
The title track starts us off in a deep progressive vibe with a chunky kick and cool percussions leading us up to a monster of a bassline that dominates throughout. An injection of tech invades the track through some of the synths while very smooth chords keep us on the prog house track. As the track progresses many other elements manifest particularly the amazing pads that cause a big surprise on this track.
“This Aint Detroit” intros with a classic bass sound with a filtering teasing us into the track. This is another deeper vibe with a huge tech influence, the myriad of sounds combine extremely well and the automation on the sounds is top notch. A cool robotic vocoded voice sample is a big focus here while later on a melancholic string comes through as another surprising twist.
“You Got It” is a wonderfully laid out track full of amazing sound that blend so well together. Tight arrangement with a whole host of percussions on offer and a bassline that transforms the sound brilliantly. Big drones synths pads add depth and a vocal sample that adds a lot of character to the track, brilliant stuff.
Popular Bulgarian producer Thomas Genchev is becoming a regular fixture at Bonzai with this his third full release on the label. “Cough Drops” serves up a brilliant two tracker which is a testament to the quality coming out of this guys studio.
The title track intros with a dark progressive tech flavour as a myriad of percussion builds up a solid rhythm, a thunderous kick powers the vibe accompanied with some cool FX work. A very tribalistic groove makes up the main track while on the break a few vocal sample eases in, bug tune for those darker rooms.
“Bent Reality” unleashes a monstrous groove with a tight thumping kick and tight arrangement on the percs, again we see Thomas get to work on some top quality FX that tie the track up nicely. The break sees a wall of sound rise up with huge pads and synths, big big sound here and a must for any playlist.
Dimitry Liss is now a very regular and popular fixture at Piston. Here he shows off his latest works via a superb four tracker entitled “Electric Boogaloo Street Tapes” complete with awesome track titles!
First up we have deep organic vibes with “Pimptastic Waterloo” which intros with a cool filtered percussion and count in before getting into a classic electro type arrangement. This track oozes street and is backed up with an array of classic vocal samples and some classy deep house keys, absolutely pimptastic indeed!
“Electromagnetic Cheerleader” sends out a powerful deep groove with a superb bassline over a true house styled drum arrangement. Warm, lush keys are a big focus here but the vocal work is outstanding as it brings the vibe to life and forces you to move, top stuff and a track that will see a lot of attention for sure.
“Chocolate Dealer” raises the bar and the tempo with a much more upbeat and club fuelled vibe. Cool, crisp hats and real thumpy kick build up a steady rhythm. The bassline thunders in and brings with it a cool funky undertone, the vocals and FX add a nice flavour rounding up a stunning slice of house music. One to watch!
“Fluffernutter Buttercup” takes us deeper into the vibe with a strong and solid deep house groove. Real nice rolling bassline with accompanying drums and percs keep the rhythm flowing. Dimitry’s talents in vocal cutting, sampling and arranging really shine through here, simply stunning!
Franky Jones returns to Bonzai on production duties with this tech house stomper “Belgium Goes Detroit”. Franky is considered with legendary status due to his huge DJ workload, but more so for his all time classic “The First Rebirth” as Jones & Stephenson. In recent years, apart from one of the most busiest DJ schedules around, he has also been busy with his own label Bangtraxx Records. Today’s release comes backed with three superb remixes to get those techno juices flowing.
First up is Belgian DJ and producer Redhead aka Steve Vangilbergen with his remix. Steve has worked with Marco Bailey and today he continues to deliver top quality cuts across different labels. Getting right to the point with a straight in your face techno groove, huge kicks and multi layered hats alongside a stunning bass and percussion section. The track holds its course perfectly creating a hypnotic rhythm and a stomping party tune at the same time.
Dutch DJ and producer Jan Liefhebber is next to the mixing desk with his remix. Jan is one of the stalwarts of the Dutch techno and has been since the early nineties. He set up Highland Beats label to showcase the techno and acid scene of the time with big success and today he still churns out quality vibes across many labels. His remix injects a dose of energy into the sound with a well rounded groove. Big chunky kicks are dominant alongside a raw bass. Multiple synth stabs are the perfect contrast giving this track the ability to rock any floor.
Belgian DJ and producer Nice Therapy delivers his 6AM in Detroit remix which sets a darker scene with an intense sounding arp tripping along the groove. The low end on the kicks will have the floors shuddering as they wield massive power. Deep basses rise from the depths and a stark contrasting, almost sweet melodic synth tries to pull the track into the light. After the drop you can settle in for one hell of a ride and lose yourself in this sublime rhythm.
Franky’s Original Mix is the intros with a strong thumping kick and sharp, crisp hat and clap combo. Percussions build in classic style and then a huge stab reverberates through the waves, all the while the bass creeps up and jumps right out into your chest as it pulsates a tough rhythm. On the break modulated synths take over with the bass refusing to let go and locking you firmly into its grip. The build up gets us right back into this awesome ride on the techno rollercoaster, superb stuff!
Rishi K. is back with another round of top notch progressive vibes. Since his “White Crane” release Rishi has been busy in the remix department for labels like AK-Tek Records and Bonzai Progressive. Here we have his latest works, the two tracker “Always Home”.
The title track gives off a smooth progressive house vibe from the intro, the rhythm builds nicely with cool open hats and synths before power from the bassline and chunky kicks take you in its grasp. The bassline is a huge focus here as it weaves its way through note changes perfectly, on top of that is some nifty synth work and a real cool retro vocal sample which adds flavour. The break filters out and comes back with a bang into this awesome driving groove.
“Going Viral” takes us deeper with a superb progressive house groove. Smooth intro with a subtle kick and pad with some synth keys coming through. The offset bassline sets up the track for the duration with its deep, lush trimmings and things come together brilliantly. On the break an arp courses through the sound wrapping this up perfectly, top quality stuff.
Based in Athens, Greece, DJ and producer Steve Sai debuts on BP with this stunning two track EP entitled “The Cube”. Steve made his first DJ appearance in 1996 and has been supply hypnotising beats to clubbers around the world ever since. He played at Love Parade 2006 and has graced the decks with many top DJ’s from all over. He also runs A&R at a few labels and his first release came in 2012 on Micro Digital Records.
The title track “The Cube” sets us off on a well crafted journey through deep progressive house sounds. Big deep bass on the intro with a chunky kick and percussion section keeping the rhythm flowing. Quality FX keep the ear trained while on the break an almost tribal feel comes through before getting back to a huge progressive groove, brilliant stuff here and one to watch!
“Nightfall” retains the deep vibes but with a melodic twist. On the intro keep your ears pinned as a classic vocal sample lurks in the background behind some sinister sounding pads and a subtle yet very powerful bassline. The percussions here are top drawer and you get that tribal rhythm feel to it, a very intense track that seems to create a huge amount of energy, brilliant.
Our next Basiks release is a very special compilation from one of our most active artists, Van Czar. “Delotux” is the culmination of two years of searching for the right sounds in the right places. Van extensively trawled the underground scene for each of these tracks so he could tell his story through the music. Eight tracks from five artists, three of which are from Van himself. As for Van, well he is still as busy as ever with DJing, producing and hosting the Bonzai Basik Beats Radioshow Spain which is now airing on multiple stations across the globe.
First up is Van Czar with the title track “Delotux”. The intro sets the scene for a mystical ride through the deep house spectrum, rich layered strings probe their way into your soul before a sublime kick and hat combo start to build up a solid rhythm. Sultry deep house chords radiate throughout and these are backed up with Van’s unique FX work that always ties his tracks up to perfection. An epic ten minute journey filled with gritty, tough edged deep house goodness, what a ride!
Next up is Spanish DJ and producer Narol MarGo featuring Mayte Cruz with “Body & Soul”. Narol MarGo has remixed Van’s “Lassitude Active” which was very well received. The track is a master class in deep house with a very powerful bass droning through the spectrum, this is built upon a cool steady and flowing rhythm creating a fantastic groove. The delectable vocals of Mayte Cruz really shine here, deep and melancholic which invokes an emotional response. On the break surreal synth work takes over with just the slightest of melody to hone in on. A monster of a tune with huge appeal.
Zofia Hydel is next with “Paysage Urbain”, a hidden gem of a track full of inventive arrangements and outstanding instruments. The intro is a maelstrom of percussion and FX that seem haphazard yet fall into a splendid rhythmic sequence. A big double bass rises from the depths and many more orchestral instruments make an appearance with the saxophone becoming the most prominent. A simple vocal sample adds extra weight to the sound. This track continues to add new layers at every turn with a string section really lifting the vibe. A sense of hope is the message and a track that will be a big draw for many due to the high quality of the production.
“Le Chic Beat” is Van’s next contribution on this compilation. Nice tight kick and hats accompany a pulsating bassline with the arrangement throwing in some breakbeats on top of the four-four. Van delivers yet again with an array of awesome FX which blend so well with the sound. Very raw groove with a tribal element here and a curious track with a musical “interlude” theme due to its minimalistic nature.
Zofia Hydel is back with another track entitled “La Personne Est Inspireee”. Something special here again from Zofia, a cool and steady flowing rhythm is the backdrop to a kaleidoscope of musical notes delivered with precision via piano and guitar. The piano really stands out with it’s almost surreal melody, this is contrasted well with the big house stabs going on in the background and complimented with quality FX. Top notch stuff that will indeed get those ears twitching.
NaaN is a collab between Spanish producers Marol MarGo and Nacho Almagro. Their track “Psycodelia” pushes the boundaries on deep tech house in spectacular fashion. The drum arrangement sits nicely on the lower end while a huge droning, pulsating bass does all the hard work, and what a job it does as you find yourself hooked into the sound straight away. The synth riffs are top quality as they border on the progressive edge, the track stands fast with the hooks giving off the deep house vibe it truly is. One to watch here and a must for any box.
Belgian duo Kaixta and their track “They Will Go Underground” is up next. Much more of a clubby vibe with an upbeat arrangement, crisp and sharp percussions coupled with a nice thick bassdrum. Cool stabs add to the groove as the rhythm builds through the layers. On the break a crowd pleasing deep bass pulsates before slamming back into this seriously tough groover.
Finally on this stunning album is Van’s “Naked Alice In Wonder Hoz Land”. Tough edged kicks provide the intro with the percussions building up smoothly to give a free flowing rhythmic feel. Big festival atmosphere is generated within the sound as the synths etch out psychedelic melodies that will surely captivate the mind. Quite intricate in its nature but a track that will be easily recognisable and a must for those big parties.
Belgian producer Jimmy Galle teams up with Dimitrius for their “F_ck EP”, a solid two track cut with lots of deep tech flavour.
“F_ck” intros with a chunky low end thump on the kick, the hats are toned down to give the kick prominence and this works brilliantly. The bass is almost secondary to the resonance from the kick and together they are a powerful force. Vocals sample filter through and some top notch FX add great detail on this track. The break descends into a surreal moment with a dark and eerie feeling, brilliant stuff from this duo.
“Just A Dream” gives us a tight arrangement and more of those quality kicks with the percussions taking a back seat to make way for the stunning FX work. Very surreal in parts with strong rising strings and melancholic pianos. One for the darker sets and one that will raise a few eyebrows.
The very busy Van Czar is back to Eyepatch with another stomping deep house cut entitled “Mon Reve”. The track is backed up with two top notch remixes and proves yet again that when it come to quality then Van is your man.
The original is any deep house fans dream. The intro has a big room feel with a reverbed kick and sharp hat setting off the groove brilliantly, cool vocals fade in and give off a club bar atmosphere while a very simple bass adds huge weight to the sound. Classy, filtered deep house chords are accompanied by a plucky string. On the break the bass takes over alongside a soulful vocal which is the icing on the cake for a truly fantastic cut.
Israeli born Ittai Barkai returns to Eyepatch and is first up to remix duties, big chunky kicks are matched with a wonderfully deep bassline which is both smooth and edgy. Cool percs provide a steady rhythm and very subtle guitars keeps the groove moving. The break goes deeper with some amazing long synths before getting right back into this party rocking vibe, top stuff.
The ever impressive Solartoff gives us his Modulare Remix. A much more upbeat vibe is garnered through brighter sounds, cool bouncy bass and sharp synth stabs are contrasted with a deeper organ sound. The kicks and percussions give off a flowing rhythm which will have any booty shaking. A fun track indeed which will be a welcome addition to any set.
Ukrainian producer Yaroslav Lenzyak aka Pozitive returns with a quality two track release entitled “Colibri”. Pozitive is rising fast on the international circuit and he delivers his sounds using many different hardware synths and controllers to great effect.
The title track “Colibri” intros with a dark vibe manifested in the deep thud on the kicks and deep bass drone. Very subtle percussions begin to work their way into the sound while a melancholic plinky piano sound comes through. The track continues to build and a real cool deep prog groove ensues. On the way we are treated to an awesome surreal melody and some stunning pad work, great stuff!
“In The Sky” takes a slightly different route on the intro with a much more techy approach. Cool bright sounds work well together before a tight kick comes in along with a superb analogue style bass. Plenty of FX here that fits perfectly in the sound and as we continue the track begins to become much more progressive with a brilliant melody. The bass transforms into a warm lush affair and on the break we are in full prog mode leading up to a fantastic climax and then right back into the groove, very cool sounds perfect for any playlist.