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Second volume of this year Ibiza compilation on Bonzai Progressive comes with original tracks and remixes by Mindgamers, Florian Meindl, R.O.N.N., James Hopkins, Oz Romita, Lyle Quach, AngelLopez, Filth & Splendour, Beckers, Alex Satry, Ecco, James Harcourt, Time Sneath, Agrande, Chris Domingo, Yanysh, Poison Pro, Mylan, Joal, Chrono, Ascaloon, Crystal Symphony, MC Johnny Def, Kini Rao, Re Dupre, Rod B. & Angelo Fracalanza, Gabriel Ben, Ed Whitty, Redraft Memories, Danny Murphy, Samoratev, Audio Noir, Sonsez and Pierre Zamyatin.
Long time friends and studio partners Airwave & DJ Fire aka Laurent Veronnez and Jurgen Leyers have come together once again to bring us what can only be described as a “pure trance experience” with their new single “Kabalash”. The guys have a long standing history as collaborators and brought us many magical moments as Fire & Ice, here they bring the true force of trance back from the ashes which is sure to get the floors bouncing. “Kabalash” is taken from Airwave’s superb double album “Parallel Lines”.
The original mix lives up to our expectations when we hear this duo together. The intro is sublime as a reverbed kick drum fills the spectrum with a classy little bongo roll taking us up the levels. The track builds beautifully with quality melodic sequences coming together and subtle teasers of what’s to come. The break is something to behold as we are taken on an ethnic themed journey with some fantastic Eastern flavours, and the track thunders back to a solid trance groove in style that will have any floor pumping. Something very special here and a track that is sure to be on a lot of playlists.
Producer Van Bellen aka Yoogie takes us on a trip down prog memory lane with an eclectic take on the original. Cool, steady, solid rhythms are evident through a tight drum arrangement. The bassline gives off a retro vibe and brings back a time when trance was so powerful in its simplicity. Stunning melodies are built with sweeping pads and beautiful soundscapes that fit the sound so perfectly while the break brings out the main hook in all its glory. Hypnotic, euphoric deep progressive grooves that will force you to listen again and again!
Next up for remix duties is Kintar aka Jonatan Tesei. Kintar is synonymous with progressive house-trance and his own particular blend of ethically charged mystic vibes. He is a hugely acclaimed artist and DJ worldwide and he is in great demand for remixes and gigs alike. He founded the label Sudam and runs a monthly radioshow on Frisky called Sudam World. Here we see Kintar deliver his distinct sound on the remix with a deep progressive, hypnotic groove. Very subtle intro with a little percussion as the layers begin to take shape, an ethic flute brings the melody with tight kicks fading in and exploding into a full on prog fest with a stunning bassline. The arrangement spits out lots of quality percs and FX as the melody eases through, an acid type loop sits well on top of this track and on the break an understated build up has a huge effect as we kick back to the main track, superb stuff.
Fresh off the back of his last release on BP “Flying Fortress” LoQuai aka Konstantin Alt is on the remix next with his Tribal Shout Remix. Classic kick intro soon progresses into a full on tribal experience, stunning tabla and bongo combinations sit on a very effective deep bassline. The ethnic theme still runs here and the melodies are very much a huge part of this. Tension builds with huge risers taking us through to an awesome break and then right back to a tribal groove.
Dimitry gets his shuffle on once again with his next three track release “The What If Device”. His last few releases came out of the home of deep house, Piston Recordings, today he returns to Eyepatch with more of his quality deep vibes.
First up is the title track “The What If Device”, the intro has a tight kick and crisp modulated hats with a classic vocal sample making an appearance. The chunky bassline comes through and deep house chords add texture with lots of vocal samples adding flavour. Another fine example of deepness that will fill a lot of boxes.
“Need Ya Babe” kicks off with a heavy bass drum and filtered synths meandering through the arrangement. Super sharp percussions are a cool contrast here with a great vocal throughout taking the tune up a notch. The track breaks down midway with that vocal standing out beautifully alongside the chords. Sublime stuff yet again from Dimitry.
“With Out You” showcases Dimitry’s talents on arrangement, the kicks and percussions give off a bouncy vibe with the hats being prominent. Nice high pitched strings and the blippy bassline work well together. A superb vocal dominates the break as a phased type synth brings up the rear. Top stuff for the deep house floors.
SRUR label boss Oz Romita is back with a superb three tracker, “Get Us Funky EP”. As usual Oz remains very busy with gigging, producing and running the label.
“Get Us Funky” starts us off, a real cool laidback funky little number. The intro gives off a nice fresh vibe with bright hats and a proper thud on the kick with percussions building a smooth rhythm, a tight arrangement. The bass lifts the track off, such a simple and very effective riff with a lush groove. The funkness comes into this track through the guitars, again a very simple riff that has a big impact, top notch stuff.
“Burning” is up next and the tempo rises along with it. Nice bouncy vibe on the intro with the synth in the offset, cool and sharp hats alongside the kicks provide a steady rhythm here as we build up to an awesome techno groove. Lots of percussion makes its way into the sound throughout, overall a very fun track that would sit well in any set.
“Foreign Drums” is a masterclass in arrangement, a myriad of sounds and in particular percussions, all come together beautifully inside a strong tech fuelled groove. As this track progresses it becomes hypnotising and later on some surreal synths add a new layer to the sound, superb stuff.
THiN debuts on Basiks with a quite sublime tech house with a hint of progressive vibes.
“Interface” is one of those tracks that grabs you and holds you for the duration. Muted kicks intro with a superb deep low end bass tone that just blows your mind. The tech oozes from this sound but it does give off some progressive flavour due to the BPM’s. Very well crafted FX tie the track up nicely and for sure this is one for the tougher sets.
“Nespressure” is a stark contrast to the other track on this release, raw, organic vibes are evident with a very metallic feeling coming through with the percussions. A monster kick gives the track a cool bounce and the synth work and FX are top notch. Super deep bassline works brilliantly and on the break things take a twist before getting right down to a deep tech groove.
UK based duo Tom and Andre get back in the studio together after their very well received track “Sunrise Over Ganymede” with this superb progressive house two tracker “Marcahusai”.
“Marcahuasi” gets us on the move with a wonderful kick and pad intro with subtle melodies, these sounds build brilliantly into a full on journey through stunning prog house vibes. The bassline provides a big focus here with its warm, lush vibe, very cool synth stabs are coupled with classy arp sequences, very well crafted sounds and sure to see a lot of airtime.
“Take It Slow” intros with some awesome synth stabs with a perfect amount of delay that gives off a cool summer vibe. Nice and tight arrangement on the drums and percs with a deep, well rounded bassline holding up the track beautifully. As the track builds sweeping pads begin to take the track to new heights as you start to get lost in this groove, top notch stuff yet again from this highly respected duo.
Australian based producer and recent signing to BP, Audio Noir, returns with another prog stomper “Sidewinder”. His last release “Abgeklart” gained support from all over and was featured on the main pages of top download portals.
The title track intros with a subtle kick and percussion combi and a whole host of FX making their way into the sound. The track begins its progressive journey when the superb bassline thunders through transforming it into the prog monster it is. Smooth and simple synth work adds texture while on the break the track takes a twist with a tough, gritty, raw hook taking over the sound. Something different here and unique, which will draw attention from all quarters.
Next up is “Don’t Stop” Climatic Mix, a cool ride through progressive house vibes. The track kicks off with a springy melody and a tight drum arrangement. Hypnotic vocals add lots of character and the track builds and builds up to the break where big synths lie in wait and they are filtered through taking this sound to new heights. After the break the track gets very clubby with an upbeat vibe that will get those hands in the air!
Canada based duo Hassen Kamal and Omar Bakir make up In2Deep. The guys have been around the music industry for years now and have performed alongside top jocks at top clubs all around Montreal. They have an impressive release list across many labels and are founders of Null Music. Here we see the guys debut on Piston with the superb “Black EP”.
First up we have the title track “Black” which is a wonderful journey through the darker side of deep tech house. Flowing rhythms are brought to life with a cool thumping kick backed up with some very cool percussions. The bassline is a tough, gritty affair and this sits perfectly with female spoken vocal that dominates throughout, keep your ears trained for some classic dialogue from an outstanding iconic movie.
“Walk It Off” takes us into the realm of the club with a brilliant upbeat funk fuelled belter of a track. Nice and simple classic kick, hat and percussion intro with the bassline making a cool entrance and settling into a steady rhythm. On the break some classy house chords make an appearance before powering back into this solid slice of deep house, just brilliant.
Konstantin is back and here he joins forces with Jey Fever to deliver a superb cut on Basiks. Konstantin has been busy on remix duties this past while and has also made an appearance on Bonzai’s “Eyepatched Volume 3″ vinyl. Israeli Jenia Shteingart aka Jey Fever makes his debut on Basiks in this release. He spent a while crafting his own unique sound and has had releases on labels like Rip n Burn, AK-Tek Records and System Recordings.
The original mix of wreaks of deep tech from the off with a filtered kick and tight hat combo taking us up to a superb deep and tough bass. The sound builds layer by layer with percussions and FX adding depth, gritty synths follow alongside a vocal and on the break we get a sweeping synth and a lot of added extras before the track explodes back into a raw groove, stunning!
The highly skilled Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar steps up to remix duties with his Hypnotechnique Remix. Van turns up the heat here with a truly sublime effort, the bass along with a very rhythmic percussion section will surely hypnotize your mind. On the break an intense pad beefs up the sound and we are also treated to Van’s expert FX work. After the drop we kick back to the main groove with a blast and the chance to lose yourself for a time, amazing stuff!
Belfast’s own, the Brisboys aka John Manning and Ciaran Duffy, are back with more brilliant house grooves for our pleasure with their remix. Deep down and funky would best describe this superb remix, phat beats are contrasted with crisp percussions and deep, cool house chords that evoke retro memories. Classic style hook on the break and great use of the vocal round of an awesome track.
French born and based in Lyon, producer Sebastien Desay debuts on EP with a stunning three track EP entitled “Sounds Of Sun”. Sebastien has been into music from a very early age, he has been influenced by many international artists and his sound is defined from this. His first release came back in 2009 and since then he has appeared on many labels including Balkan Connection, Silver Screen Recordings, Baccara and Sa Trincha Recordings to name a few. His main sound comes in the form or progressive house and tech house with the occasional foray into techno and minimal. Recently he signed with Bonzai and the prospects are looking good for this very talented guy.
First up we have the title track “Sounds Of Sun”, subtle yet solid kicks are accompanied with soft hats and cymbals and cool FX. A chunky bassline drops and the character of the track really begins to shine, a hypnotic rhythm is formed with understated synths and some classic bongos adding a tribal touch. Very strong track and a must for any DJ’s collection.
“I Need You” has a big focus on the percussions and drum arrangement giving off a tech vibe on the intro, then a super smooth deep house organ transforms the groove into a joyous ride through house and all its glory. Crisp and sharp hats come through and a brilliant female vocal wraps this quality track up in a wonderful package, very well crafted and sure to turn a few heads.
“Night Grooves” brings up the rear and again we see Sebastien’s arrangement skills shine, lots of different percussion and drum elements lead up to some very classy keys with a subtle bass lurking deep down. What ensues is one of those special musical moments which you do not want to end, very simple to the point groove which will have a huge impact.