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Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens impresses yet again with another fine cut on our main label. “The Darkness Within” comes with two high quality remixes for your pleasure.
The original mix kicks off with a dark edged vibe and builds with some quality arrangements, a haunting female vocal adds intensity while the bass teases. A solid groove ensues and tight patterns keep the flow. Awesome sounds on the break come together and the strings used round up a true progressive monster, top stuff!
Airwave has been his usual busy self with a stunning take on the original track, the intensity of this track is manifested with a crop of quality progressive sounds. Beautiful melodic sequences take the edge off the darker side and you find yourself lost in this sublime world, the vocal comes through brilliantly on the break with a build up to euphoric heights, once again the master delivers a strong favourite for the masses.
Frangellico aka Julian Farina Balbi hails from Argentina and is a main feature with the progressive label Sudam, he is also attached to many of the label nights hosted across South America. An impressive resume follows him with many releases since 2005. Here we see his debut remix on Bonzai with a deep dark progressive groove, strong and solid sounds with an ethnic vocal and dark melodies are a testament to the influences in his work. This will be on a lot of playlists all over.
The next remix comes from Italian duo Andrea Del Grosso and Antonio Castaldi aka AquAdro. The guys first got together in 2007 and formed their dark progressive house project and have since released top quality production on many labels, this remix marks their debut appearance with Bonzai and they have certainly delivered the goods in style. The track kicks off with a wonderful ethnic styled vocal that sits perfectly over the deep dark groove made up of a superb bassline and tight drum patterns. A real progressive vibe ensues constantly building the layers up to the break where that vocal takes centre stage with some sinister pads in the background, a truly well rounded track that will be a main feature in many sets.
Victor is another artist to be at the forefront of the newly launched Eyepatch Recordings in 2010 and continues to pump out quality deep house vibes to this day. He has also featured many times on the Bonzai Basik Beats Radioshow with popular one hour mixes from the best sounds around. Based in Amsterdam, Victor also runs his own Deep Vibes radio show and has a very impressive list of releases under his belt. Today he returns to Eyepatch and serves up a real treat.
“Deep House Is A Feeling” is a masterclass of its genre, subtle kicks with a quality percussion line are the back drop to an awesome grooving bassline. Some real nice synth work adds flavour resulting in a pure quality production.
“Free” digs out the modulation wheel for a wonderful journey into house utopia. Again the kicks and percs are nicely placed to allow the true scope of the track to shine through with the synths being manipulated to perfection. Nice quirky bassline keeps the perspective but it’s very hard to get away from the synths here, top top tune destined for a lot of playlists.
The stunning talent of Blufeld shines through on this his third studio album. Embroiled in emotive, melodic sounds there is a poetic element as the tracks weave out a story to be told.
Kicking off we have a wonderful melodic intro filled with light, breezy sounds which is a perfect way to set us up for the journey ahead.
The title track “Thoughtscapes” is a super sweet ride on the edges of progressive house and trance, upbeat, fresh and feel good vibe radiates through the speakers and directly into your thoughts. Quite chunky bass adds texture and those melodies release the good chemicals in the brain giving that perfect euphoric feeling.
“Delve” would be considered one of the more darker vibes here with its heavier kicks and deep sinister bassline, sweeping gated vox sounds find their way on top of some brilliant synth work creating awesome melodies, superb!
“All My Life” takes on a more solid progressive approach, again we see some tight drum and percussion work with a constant offset bass delivering a steady groove. Throughout the track a surreal pad captures the imagination and totally hooks you into this sound.
“One Little Wish” is a brilliant extension to the previous track, carrying the vibe along with a lot more melody and a bassline that constantly morphs keeping you locked in to the groove. This is a track that you will listen to again and again finding different sounds with each rotation, very very well constructed.
At the midway point we get “Profound” which is a true progressive trance tune with the kicks and crisp percs providing a solid and steady rhythm. Real nice melodies combine with a cool almost oldskool pad section on the break. A track that will grace a lot of boxes for sure.
“The Sky Between Us” is a typically awesome Blufeld track, lots of layers with differing textures are arranged beautifully over a chunky bassline and delivering a solid slice of prog. It has the qualities of a dark edged track with an uplifting feeling, brilliant.
“Viewpoint” is one of those musical moments that captivates the mind, warm, lush sounds swirl around in a melodic carousel. Very subtle intro that soon settles into a solid progressive groove, the many sounds build layer upon layer with a tight drum arrangement cementing the vibe. Real nice flow on this and a firm favourite for sure.
“Told You So” takes a slight different direction in the signature style, progressive breaks veering towards 4/4 with light melodies and a heavy bassline. Another fine moment of thought provoking music hooking you in for the duration.
“Clarity” is a short melodic interlude filled with the melodies we have come to love within this album, simply beautiful.
Finishing this album, but not our journey, is “I’m Found”. Blufeld’s talents allow him to create a wonderfully sublime soundscape that invokes a feeling of realisation through sweet subtle sounds and a quality drum arrangement, a fitting way to leave the album and continue with your own thoughts.
Minitech Project aka Faroukh Hasham has been a stalwart within the many changes seen at Bonzai Towers over the last few years. He has been at the forefront of Bonzai Basiks with his signature techno and tech house sounds with a host of remixes under his belt also. Born in England and spending most of his childhood between the USA and India, Faroukh has been able to draw influence in that diversity and is continuing to evolve his sound at every turn. Now firmly rooted (but never exclusive to) in the more minimal and tech side of the house we see another fine example of his talent.
“Sexy Dark Drms” kicks off with a bouncy 4/4 minimal type groove, crisp sharp hats are in contrast with a low end bass that is relentless as it throbs and pounds the speakers. Some real cool FX work pops up on the break before taking us right back into the midst of a strong techno vibe.
“Work This” keeps up the bouncy rhythm with another tightly woven arrangement. Again, the bass keeps on pounding with the drums doing a fine job. Lots more FX going on that adds an extra layer to an already brilliant vibe, a must for the boxes.
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Third installment of the Kult Kollektor series comes with original tracks and remixes from Oliver Moldan, Isma-Ae, Innate, Matan Caspi, Irad Brant, Soliquid, Quivver, Phatjak, Nicole Moudaber, Beckers, Fusion F, Come T, Lovesky, Wally Lopez, Bruce Aisher presents G-Stylz, John Digweed, Phonique featuring Erlend Oye, Neil Quigley, Shieldz, Nova, Ant Brooks, Steve Haines, LoQuai, Andy Chatterly, Clinton Brown, Andrea Saenz, Robots Memory, Henry Saiz, James Zabiela, James Harcourt, Ittai Barkai, Gr-oy, Guy Mantzur, Stephan Bazbaz, Celldweller, Filo and Peri.
Piek and friends deliver a solid retro themed deep house pack on Pistons latest vinyl outing.
Top quality beats and classic samples will have you bouncing all night long.
Bjerk Peterson joins in on Nasty serving up a real tasty club cut with those familiar sounds we all love while Pawas delivers a sublime, deep funk fuelled remix.
On the flip Efron drops by on the stunning bass monster Ma Business backed up with a super remix from Hector Couto.
A straight up solid groove and a definite must have 12″ for those boxes!
Henrik is back on top form again with another fine slab of progressive goodness for our pleasure with “Another Day At The Dream Factory”, and comes with some superb remixes from some superb artists.
The original mix serves up a well constructed quality prog house vibe. From the off the kicks add a solid base with the sharp hats following a stunning deep bassline. Melodies build layer upon layer with an underlying house groove evident throughout while on the break cool plucky strings provide the main focus, top stuff.
First up on remix duties is a man who needs no introduction, a true genius in our generation, Airwave. This remix opens with an awesome intro that lays the foundation for a super journey into progressive trance. Laurent’s unique almost cinematic style captivates the mind right away with subtle strings and then kicking right into the groove with a solid kick and an amazing bassline. Beautifully crafted melodies swamp on the break with an intense build up kicking us back in. The original vibe is well represented with that added layer of epicness from the master!
LoQuai steps up next with a brilliant remix, solid energy driven vibe with a deep bass and synth combi adding the fuel. Tight arrangement on the drums and percs leading up to a cool break with a thrashing of melodies following suit, big sound that will get the floors shaking!
Johnny S returns for remix duties and delivers a prog house masterclass. Pumping vibe from the start with a great combination of the kicks, percs and snares giving a real party feel. A super bassline gives that house groove with some cool FX working their way through. On the break a sweet array of melodies takes the track to a new level before getting back to the club groove.
Ischia (Naples) native Onofrio Conte debuts on Basiks with a thumping deep tech driven monster of an EP. Onofrio was born on a small island in the Gulf Of Naples and has always been fascinated by music and listens to all kinds of genres including Classical, Hip Hop, House, 90’s dance and Italian Pop. He has been influenced by the likes of Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, Sandy Rivera and others and continues to draw inspiration from these peers. With releases on the likes of Passion Recordings and Gam Recordings we are sure to see a lot more from this guy in the future.
Kicking us off is the title track “What Da Hell”, pure tech house driven vibes abound here with a fresh upbeat rhythm section topped off with cool tabla action. This track builds well and just after the break we get down and funky with a classic synth stab and a nice short vocal shot that ties everything up beautifully.
“Feel The Funk” has more of that well honed drums section and this gives an upbeat naturally bouncy rhythm. Cool sampled sax loops around and a true funky vibe comes through while retaining the tech element, big party sound here and one that will be on a lot of playlists for sure.
Van Czar turns up the heat yet again with another stunning example of deep tech house on this two track EP. Fresh from his last outing on Eyepatch with “Bouge” we see Van get right down to the heart and soul of his sound.
The title track “Tout Much” kicks us off in a minimal style with sharp hats and an awesome kick, the deep bass creeps up to deliver a pounding rhythm. Van’s specialty takes centre stage, his love of using vocals and FX pack a huge punch on this track. Very strong sound for the clubs and a must for any box.
“Vapeur Tardive” takes us on a hypnotic trip through deep house with a very fresh almost uplifting sound. Super tight kicks and percs with a superb arrangement gives a steady rhythm that will keep those feet moving. Again we see Van get right into the action with wonderful FX work, but the big draw for this track is that awesome synth that just gets you hooked from the start. Big tune for the clubs and certain to be on a lot of playlists.
Sounds R Us comes back with a follow up the Muzika EP.
Turkish producer Ozan Kanik makes his debut on SRUR and hits the EP with a kinda old skoolish techno slammer.
Our wonder boy Roderick Fox does what he does best, making proper techno!
Also new on SRU is the Spanish Victor Vera. He adds his flavor to the EP with a pounding tech house groove specially made for the dance floor.
Muzika EP Vol. 2 is the next thing you need in your collection.
Luis Bravo doesn’t need any presentations! It’s our “boy”, due to his constant great work and dedication, he conquered a well deserved central figure in our label. This time he presents his third EP with us called “Now is too late”, composed by two original tracks (“Now is” and “Too Late”). Both tracks are very well representative of his work: An addictive groove, simple structure, a good amount of creativity and an astonishing atmosphere! Monog Records :: Till Dance Tear Us Apart
DreamMan is no stranger to Bonzai, his debut came back in 2008 with a superb collaboration with York on “Moonrise On The Beach” which saw huge support around the world. Other releases would follow on Nemesis, Camouflage, Green Martian, Music Worx, B-Club Grooves and many more quality labels. This release is a mini compilation of various tracks showing off the diversity of his talent.
First up is something a little different for Elemental, “Solar Breeze” is a super smooth laid back balearic groove. Straight up four to the floor uplifting vibe, cool basses and a sweet melody provide the backdrop to a lazy afternoon in the sun.
DreamMan’s own Chillout Reconstruction Mix is the first sign of the diverse talent, taking the original and creating a wonderful chilled down vibe. The melodies here captivate the soul and takes your mind far away, pure bliss.
Vokoss Ambient Trance Symphony delves deeper into chillout in a cacophony of synth melodies and lush pads, absolute relaxing is the result of having this awesome sound enter your mind.
Next up is “Close To You”, again we are treated to some well crafted melodies and warm piano sounds. Huge synth pads sweep by with a slow steady drum section keeping rhythm, wonderful stuff.
The next three tracks are from Vokoss, starting off with the “Cold Sun”. Totally blissed out sums up this tune perfectly, the big focus here are the supercharged trancey synths that create a beautiful sense of euphoria.
“Inspiration” is a masterclass in melodic sequences, a myriad of sounds combine to thrash out amazing ear candy that invades your senses, hairs on the back of your neck will never be able to settle while listening to this.
Now we have “Time Is Running Out”, fading in from silence are lush pads and well arranged sounds ranging from the pianos to the gated synths to awesome FX work. Perfect intro material for any big uplifting trance set!
Vokoss provides us with his chill out remix of DJ Sakin’s “Lost World”, a nice laidback approach to a cool trance tune.
“Lounge and Wait” is a very subtle track with soft sounds and FX, perfect music for lounging and waiting, enjoy!