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AFTERHOUR TRAX #7 (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

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New installment in the Afterhour Trax series, this time with original tracks and remixes from John 00 Fleming, Airwave, Ewan Pearson, Quadran, Pierre Deutschmann, Planisphere , Digital Angel,Frank Le Fever, Moshic, Miika Kuisma, MSZ, Kay D, Loquai, Innate, Matan Caspi, Irad Brant, Manu Riga, Nancy Burrello, Filth & Splendour, Breeze, Quadrat, Relaunch, Abi-Q & Raw-E, Crocy, Fusion F & Come T, Janeiro, Rishi K., Kintar, Lu Chase, Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic, Simon Firth, Matteo Monero, Ehsan Zadegan, Aiemo, Guy Mantzur, and Stephan Bazbaz.

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13 February 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

ECCO – COLLECTED WORKS (BONZAI BASIKS)

 

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Founder of Kiss My Beat Records, Belgian tech house stalwart Ecco delivers a solid artist album on Basiks. With many tunes enjoying full release on labels like Mint & Mustard, Howz Choonz, Creamminal Records, Bonzai Basiks, Eyepatch Recordings and Bonzai Progressive, we are treated to this stunning round-up of his works so far.

First up is “Funky”, a quite minimal tech house joint with a cool steady rhythm and an element of funk appearing through some wicked sampling, top stuff.

“I Like Dancing” continues on the tech house side with chunky beats and an impressive percussive line. Real cool synth work on the break for this one and a short vocal popping in, quite a bouncy track released on Creamminal Records previously enjoying top support all over.

Next up we get brilliant house vibes on “Savana”, which also comes along with a superb effort from Justin Harris and his Deep Grass Remix. Edging toward the deeper side here with a constant hypnotizing bassline topped up with superb kicks and percs. On the break a sublime vocal straggles in the background with great effect, top notch stuff. Justin’s remix beefs up the sound big style, big club friendly groove!

“Wild Forest” saw a release on Ecco’s own Kiss My Beat Records, fully charged house with a retro feel, sublime ethno type instruments invade the waves and really captivates the mind, quality.

Released on Bonzai Worx Volume 2 (vinyl), “El Carnaval” has had a lot of that support with its tango rhythm and cool grooves. Beautiful guitar and a mesmerising vocal on the break gives this tune big club appeal, what a gem!

Next we get “Fresh”, with Ecco’s style firmly rooted to the core of this track. Feels quite minimal yet a lot goes on that keeps you hooked. Solid kicks and well crafted percussion arrangement, deep basses groove along and some brilliant strange sounding synths make an appearance.

2011 saw the release on Bonzai Basiks of “Red Wall”, a highly infectious retro sounding banging tune. Heavy kicks are dominant but the main focus here is that retro synth and bass groove, outstanding stuff.

Deep house vibes are what “Mosquito” is all about, deep pounding kick and a controlling bassline with some cool acid type stabs build up to the break where a vocal sample takes over alongside some super buzzing synths, solid grooves!

“Baobab” delivers a minimal tech house vibe with a slightly tribal element. Super tight arrangement on the drum and percs, we are teased with a cool sounding synth and the vocals work very very well.

One of Ecco’s first releases on Basiks came in the form of “Safari” back in 2010. The tech house vibe oozes from this track with some heavy duty offbeat metallic sounding synths backed up with some cool African singing.

The house driven “Waikiki” first released on Howz Choonz really delivers the goods, pure solid drive on the drums and percs with the bass providing cool rhythms. Again we see heavy references to world music that fits so so well into the vibe.

“Papou” takes us back into the tech sound with ethnic tendencies. Super deep bassline here with the kicks, percs and tribal patterns stoking up the groove into a rhythm frenzy, brilliant.

“Run Dancing” is an awesome ride through funky tech house, super cool organ sounds prevail backed up with a real classy vocal.

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6 February 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MINDGAMERS – VELVET SKY (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Talinn born dynamic duo Zas & Sanze aka Mindgamers are back with their debut album “Velvet Sky”. Since 2009 these guys have been producing works at a very high standard, three years on that experience and close working relationship has paid off with a quite stunning artist album.

“The Beginning” kicks us off, nice piano led intro with a brilliant voice effect leading up to super charged bass and breakbeat kicks and percs, short sweet and in your face, perfect start.

First released in 2009 the guys’ debut track way back then “Attractions” gets a 2012 rework, keeping the original alive and kicking. Cool steady tech house with nice FX work on the break and throughout, already heavily supported and sure to be on a lot more playlists.

“Crazzy” turns up the heat with an energetic tech workout. Very dynamic sound with a synth and vocal combo being the main focus. Cool drums and percs provide a solid groove with bass keeping the body engaged.

“Once Again” keeps up the bounce with its cool steady groove driven by a thumping kick and sharp hats. A short vocal shot dominates and the piano winds its way in and out morphing with the FX layered upon it. On the break a disco-led string section adds to the huge build up and back into that solid groove, awesome vibe here.

“Copacabana” brings in a Brazilian samba flavour, all the trimmings you’d expect from a vibe like this with the Mindgamers magic touch. Cool rhythmic flowing style that will have any floor ready for action.

Taking on a deeper element with “Music Everyday” now, the duo’s distinctive kicks and percs shine through here with a real low end bassline adding punch, again we see wonderful synth work giving that deep vibe.

The title track “Velvet Sky” is a fine energetic prog tech ride. Rolling bassline with raw synths that transform at every turn, really cool melodies invade the break and a cut up vocal weaves in and out, big sound on this which will be at the fore on a lot of playlists.

“Baltic Breeze” provides a sublime intermission with surreal sweeping pads and a contrasting heavy kick and bass combi, a nice break in a stunning journey.

First released in 2011 with a vast array of remixes, “Focused” is a prog tech masterclass. Brilliant use of vocals are the dominating force here with a super charged synth taking over from the break with superb arrangement on the rhythm section. A cert to be featured by a lot of DJ’s for a second time around.

Next up is “Can You Feel It” which has also seen a well received release. A good old progressive house workout, cool steady rhythms provide a solid groove, chunky heavy bass will pound any floor and some real cool synth work rounds off a very effective track.

July 2012 saw a release for “Chasing The Sun” a track that will be played on the beaches and terraces as it delivers a very cool house groove, awesome piano work backed with tight drums and a feel good factor of 10!
“Hold You” is another track that saw a release at the early part of this year. Again we see the guys apply their unique signature style to progressive house, well crafted beats creating a flowing energetic rhythm with amazingly simple and effective synth work, the superb vocal will infect your mind.

A stunning first album for these very talented individuals.

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6 February 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BLUFELD – VIEWPOINT (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

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Music maestro Blufeld delivers another top quality production on our main label with this latest release which is backed up with some superb remixes.

“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.

One of our most popular remixers Kevin Vega steps up to the desk with a more darker, harder edged sound while keeping the focus on the original. Well tuned kicks and percussions reside over some awesome synths where the melodies are almost sinister with a gritty feeling, top stuff!

Blufeld ramps up the energy on the first of two of his own remixes. Blufeld’s Distorted Reality Retake is a lot more upbeat with pulsating rhythms and some wonderful variations on the original melodies which will put this remix into a lot of playlists, big sound!

For his second remix we see Blufeld turn his hand to a more chilled out ambient sound which he does so very well. Beautiful sounds with feel good qualities that are perfect for those lazy days or relaxing evenings where your mind will wander, sublime.

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VECHIGEN – WHAT WE DON’T KNOW (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

 

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Vechigen are a Swiss based group specializing in the ambient, downtempo, chill out genres. “What We Don’t Know” is their debut on Elemental and an impressive one at that.

The title track gives us an epic movie score vibe, huge big sweeping pads filled with beautiful melodies conjure up a perfectly balanced universe. Superb beats add effect to this and you soon find yourself locked in for the duration.

“We Don’t Change” comes in two versions, the original and vocal mixes. Pure synthesized bliss pours out of the speakers, deeper vibe here with the pads and bass, beautiful voice synths raise the euphoria levels and on the vocal mix we get a spoken vocal that works so well, super chilled vibes all round.

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6 February 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

CLUB TRAXX – PROGRESSIVE HOUSE #5 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

 

New installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series, this time with original tracks and remixes from Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Noa Romana & Deersky, Agrande, Chris Domingo, Mindgamers, Guido Durante and Mattia Evo, Philthy Chit, Manu Riga, Crocy, Hypnotic Duo, LoQuai, Frangellico, Kintar, Rex, Stefan Djordevic, Quadran, Planisphere vs Digital Angel, Luke Satellite, Rishi K., Relaunch, Abi-Q and Raw-E, Ultimate Breakers and Laurent Baert, Showave, and Danny Jahr.

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6 February 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

DIMITRY LISS – EVERYTHING’S EVENTUAL EP (PISTON RECORDINGS)

 

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The ever impressive Dimitry Liss returns to Piston with a stunning slice of house goodness. “Everything’s Eventual EP” adds an unusual twist to the deep house sound and does it brilliantly.

Kicking off with the original mix of “This Feeling”, taking a step back from the norm, the signature adds a sort of swing shuffle creating a cool solid groove. Very nice arrangement with a continuous male and female vocal combing well with each other. Super cool keys add funk and soul to this, something different and something awesome.

Having worked with Dimitry in the past, Naswari steps up on remix duty with his Re-Dub. Totally laidback vibe with the tempo taken way down, super crunchy bass takes the focus while the vocals from the original stand well, and again we see the signature shuffled which adds a real nice dimension.

“Let Go” continues on the same trend with the swing groove evident. Deep bass keeps the house vibe alive with a tight production all round. The vocals are the main focus and really are top drawer with an array of FX backing up the sound.

“You Ma Sugar, Ma Salt” goes deep in a chilled out kind of way. Super smooth groove winds its way through the sound with a suave R n B vocal taking centre stage and a sweeping modulated synth adds an unexpected twist.

Very inspiring work from Dimitry that will get a lot of heads turning for sure.

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30 January 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

LOQUAI & SHIMMER – FLYING FORTRESS EP (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Konstantin Alt aka Loquai teams up with Shimmer on this stunning new EP on our parent label and you will clearly see the connection between these artists is very mutual as their sound comes together quite well. Loquai continues to be in huge demand for remixing duties across many labels and he also turns his hand to excellent quality full productions. Shimmer is fast becoming a recognised name on the scene with many quality releases on a raft of top labels, one to watch for the future.

Kicking us off we have the title track “Flying Fortress” which sends us into an awesome world of progressive vibes with very subtle yet highly effective melodies. Real cool steady rhythm with the kicks and percs, the melodies are enhanced with some brilliant rising pads and FX with a chunky bassline tying things up nicely.

Next up we have “Noise Reflection’s”, another track filled with beautiful melodic pads and very cool FX work. We get a feeling of a more laid back approach with the drums and percussions doing a great job on the rhythm. From start to finish the melodies are centre stage and we soon get lost in this awesome sound.

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30 January 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

CROCY – BOUQUET (BONZAI BASIKS)

 

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Tech stalwart Crocy makes a welcome return to Eyepatch with “Bouquet”. With an impressive back catalogue and a busy remix schedule we are treated to some real cool vibes.

The original mix is a well laidback approach to deep tech house with a subtle intro, the percs build up and the bass shines through for an awesome ride. On the break funky keys make an appearance changing the landscape slightly and then straight back to a solid deep groove, top stuff.

Crocy’s Shake That Booty Remix goes electro with familiar classic drums and percs, a complex arrangement ensues and the track builds up to a beats and bass combo, a cool funky synth takes us to the break with some nice FX playing a part. Solid all rounder suitable for any DJ’s list.

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ANDREE WISCHNEWSKI – BORDERLINE EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

 

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Berlin based German producer and DJ, Andree Wischnewski returns to Basiks after the successful “Dreamers Choice EP”. 3 superb tracks fitting well into the world of tech house with passion.

The title track “Borderline” is one seriously jacked up sound, thumping kick and a chest throbbing bassline will have your whole body shaking. Deep muted synths and some cool sliding effects adds character on the build. Prepare yourselves to be blown away, when the synths filter through they hit hard and a solid groove is here for the duration. Caution: Bass, you have been warned.

“Stupid Girl” is a slightly more lighter approach while keeping a huge bass sound. Cool steady rhythm, short, sharp hats and real nice FX accompany an offbeat deep bass. The grabber on this track is the synth stabs, lots of changes that keep you hooked with surprises at every turn, a big sound for the floors here.

“Lost” takes us on an epic journey, huge cinematic sequences with big pads over a consistent almost hard edged groove with the deep bass and drum arrangement. Melodies play a big part and this contrast will be keen for a lot of ears.

Something very special here from Andree and a twist in the ever evolving electronic scene, enjoy!

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30 January 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

LABOROSS – SUNDAY AFTERNOON EP (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

 

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Lazy days and chilled out nights are what LaboRoss’ new EP is all about. Labo’s last works on Elemental were well received and we see a continuation of that passion for deep laid back grooves with his musical knowledge coming to the fore.

The title track “Sunday Afternoon” is quite simply stunning, downtempo heaven filled with beautiful melodies, guitars and a sultry piano all over a cool suave beat, just brilliant.

“Atmosfera” takes on a far more electronic approach as noticed with the phasing synth pads, we still get a complex and wonderful melodic sequence that gives balance to the sound. Big piano keys come through with a cool beat, pure bliss!

“Make Love” takes us deep into wonderland, you get a sense of euphoria from the absolutely amazing melodies and the overall structure of the track. If you want that feel good factor at any time then listen to this, you will not be disappointed!

“Old Song” is perfect for those relaxing moments of alone time. Nice steady groove with a sweet bassline and again we get brilliant melodies on the fantastic piano work.

Get another log on the fire or light another few candles because you will not want to move when “Jetlag” begins. Just pure chilled out vibes with the added extra of super sweet melodies manifested again with excellent piano playing, it’s chill time.

“Mediterranean Peace” rounds up this EP in style, deeper vibe emanating here on the keys and with a pulsing bassline in a trance like arrangement.

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30 January 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BRUNO FERREIRA – I NEED YOU (AU RECORDS)

 

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To start 2013 AU Orange delivers a tasty deep single coming from Bruno Ferreira.

The original mix is a House track filled with lovely chords, vocals and a beast bassline. But what make it special is the Hook, which delivers a very jazzy and twisted feeling.

Fragoso & Swing City Remix, well it’s Acid, and the 909 is played in Chicago House style, the track its really really deep, digging all the time around the “Monster” Bassline.
The Hook of original is also present in this remix, although its not Organ style anymore. It’s a very warm chord that turns a track into a deeper anthem.

Zalaz & Memo Sepulveda remix brings us a completely different interpretation full of pads and sub basses. The vocal appears in a completely different approach, with reverses and cuts. Lovely!

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