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Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave puts on his fantastic Lolo guise to bring us a stunning slice of progressive goodness. Lolo has been responsible for some very memorable tracks over the years and here ‘Laia’s Daydream’ is no exception. As you will no doubt have noticed Laurent is still a very busy guy. He is currently riding high in dance charts with material on Joof, Bonzai Progressive and his own LCD Recordings is also performing very well indeed. A truly inspiring artist with a lot more to offer!
The Original Mix has that classic DJ friendly kick and hat intro which forms up into cool rhythmic patterns alongside a tight percussion arrangement. A beautiful melodic arp springs to life giving off a dreamy atmosphere. An energetic bassline soon finds its way into the track as it bubbles up from the depths and really drives the track forward. Sweetly plucks and warm pads linger in the background as this relentless groove powers on. Intricate melodies begin to rise and climax in a truly euphoric experience. Absolutely stunning from Mr Veronnez yet again and one not to be missed!
Airwave’s Breaks Mix intros with a nice chunky kick with hints of melody in the background, the percussions are tightly packed and really get the groove flowing. A huge rising pad takes us into the main sound as a deep droning bass contrasts beautifully with some genius synth work. The melodies come forth for the duration as we are taken on a sublime journey through euphoria. Such wonderful stuff here which will be a big feature in many sets for sure.
Johnny Deep aka Yonathan Dahan delivers a stunning two tracker in his latest offering entitled ‘New Era EP’.
The title track ‘New Era’ gets us moving with a tight deep tech vibe right from the get go. A very strong kick is joined by some very cool percussions and huge industrialised FX. The track breaks down with a brilliant synth coming in over some spoken vocals before heading back to the main track, but this time a deep resonating bassline joins the party. Throughout the track the drum arrangements continue to evolve, particularly with the snares. Quirky little chords creep into the sound while the spoken vocal continues to add character, very cool stuff!
‘I Do’ is up next and intros with a big and powerful kick alongside some expertly crafted percussion and FX patterns. The kicks are transformed with the addition of a pounding bass hitting each of the kicks. Very intricate sequences from the percussions are a dominating feature and are joined by a round of vocal samples which really set the track off beautifully. On the break the synths begin to work and stay with the track for the duration creating a stunning groove which is not to be missed.
Antti Mantysaari and Jarno Kilpia make up Finnish duo Soft Knees. The guys get together every few weeks for a weekend to see what type of music they happen to create during this time resulting in some stunning pieces. Here the guys make their Bonzai debut with the surreal three tracker ‘Couchclocking’.
First up we have ‘Couchclocking’, the intro fades in with whispery FX and a very cool bass which sets up the mood perfectly. A real slow groove ensues with melodic synths coming through alongside a sweet vocal. The track evolves beautifully as more instruments enter the mix with each providing their own cool melody, while towards the end another vocal pops up in a surprising twist. Very smooth downtempo to get you in the mood for a nice relaxing evening.
‘Cirrus’ sets off with a fading in bass and is soon joined by a sublime synth and contrasting melodic plucks. Beautiful chord changes make a huge impact on the sound and the track soon delves into a blissful world filled with melody and a backdrop of reverbed snares. A classic rock vibe is moulded into shape by a fantastic electric guitar sequence which works so well within the track. An epic journey not to be missed, superb stuff.
‘Nebula Dive’ takes on a spacey theme as you could imagine. The arrangement on the drums alone would be a perfect candidate for some of the early prog rock tracks and has a huge impact here. A melodic arp sweeps through the sound with a multitude of instruments bringing up the rear. Deep droning basses add a beautiful depth to the vibe. The tune matures wonderfully with the focus directed towards those big drums and melodies. Simply stunning and the perfect companion for those contemplative moments.
Napalm aka Hungarian producer Nanai PalIt and D-Phrag aka Bulgarian DJ Ivan Filipov return to Bonzai Progressive with their latest offering ‘Tour De Force’ and comes backed up with two top notch remixes. The guys’ last outing was ‘Boiling Point’ which was very well received from all quarters.
The Original Mix intros strongly with nice chunky kicks and a soft hat combination. Deep droning basses rise from below giving an air of intensity to the sound which is further enhanced by fading synths and brilliant ethnically charged instruments. Dark grooves are formed from these sounds and culminate in serious progressive workout which is perfect fodder for those darker edged sets, brilliant!
The long serving Bonzai family member Manu Riga is up on remix duty with a wonderfully constructed cut. Manu remains a busy guy in the studio with lots of work on the go including his own material as well as a raft of future remixes which we are excited to see. Here he takes the track on its journey through the darker recesses of progressive house. Powerful basses attract a lot of attention here and are given stark contrasts with lush pads that linger far behind. A very cool ethnic vibe rings through the sound and is further enhanced by a superb vocal sample which is the perfect addition to the sound. Big strong grooves from Manu yet again and a must for any box.
The very popular Yuriy From Russia is next on the remix. Yuriy has been churning out top quality vibes for quite a while now and always adds his unique progressive twist to everything he touches. The remix intros with nice phat kicks which sets the scene for a deep, dark ride through the prog house spectrum. Lush pads are on offer and add a certain depth to the sound which works in harmony with the resonating bass. The break settles into a very smooth sequence before a rising effect takes us back to the full on prog grooves, stunning stuff from Yuriy and not to be missed.
Spanish DJ and producer Juanma Llopis debuts on Piston with a nice deep two tracker entitled ‘Kamatharu’. Juanma is a lover of music and is able to turn his hand to various genres, but Deep House is where he mostly resides. His DJing has taken him all over Spain and in 2011 he took up producing his own music. Since then he has appeared on labels like, Joyfull Family Records, Sound Mass Records and Vandalism Musique.
‘Kamatharu’ intros with a real cool flat kick which is accentuated with crispy sharp hats, a superb vocal begins to fade through alongside a sublime house pad, this rises and rises before crashing into the main groove which will have floors rocking all over. A super deep groove ensues with very subtle bass and a mixture of quality vocal samples. A truly surreal journey through deep house and a track that would be a welcome addition to any set.
‘Maoh’ is up next and delivers a stunningly fresh deep house vibe. Nice and crisp hats work alongside a cool kick and as the track builds we see multiple vocal samples come through adding strong character to the sound. A very subtle yet highly effective bass sits back beautifully and allows some very smooth chords to take the attention. Swirly pads dominate the break taking the track to another level before we settle back into the solid deep groove. Top notch stuff not to be missed.
Spanish DJ and producer Fran Navaez debuts on Basiks with the superb two tracker ‘Feeling’. Fran has been a stalwart on the Spanish DJ circuit for some time having graced the decks at many top venues across the country and has seen releases on top labels during this time also.
First up is ‘Feeling’ which oozes a deep tech groove from the off with a classic styled kick and hat combo setting the track off. A deep throbbing offset bass ramps up the groove before descending into a full on driving bassline that dominates the sound. Cool vocal samples drop in throughout alongside some raw sounding synths and FX. Big and bouncy for the floors and not to be missed.
‘My Friend’ delivers an in your face deep tech groove, big chunky kicks and super crisp hats get the rhythm flowing alongside a very famous short spoken word vocal sample. The track lists off as deep resonating basses fill the spectrum and provide the main focus within the sound. Cool synths sit back and contrast perfectly with the vibe. Proper driving tech fuelled slice here and a must for any box.
New York City based DJ and producer James Gill debuts on Progrez with the stunning two tracker ‘Deep Meditation’. James has been around electronic music for over 16 years and is a fully trained studio engineer. He has seen his music appear on top labels since 2010 and his efforts have been supported worldwide by some major players on the scene.
‘Deep Meditation’ is up first and on the intro a deep pounding kick powers up the groove with cool percussive effects lending support. The bass eases its way through as it bubbles from below before driving the sound on relentlessly. The break leads the track perfectly into its next stage as a superbly worked synth with an acid line feel takes over. Subtle melodies lie in wait as teasing pads begin to filter through. Quality stuff from James and a must for any box.
‘Icarus’s Wings’ intros with a full on chunky kick and hat combo with some cool percussion sounds adding weight. The bass rises from the depths and gives the track a robust vibe while creating a hypnotic groove. Pure deep progressive vibes are what we get here and will be sure fire hit with many jocks the world over.
Spanish DJ and producer Vicente Moll pulls out all the stops and drops this monstrous Techno bomb on us. The ‘Underground EP’ gives you three reasons why you should add it to your playlists and you will not be disappointed!
First up is ‘Underground’ with its huge bass fuelled techno grooves. The intro sets off with a smooth kick and clap as a deep bass lurks behind waiting to pounce. A surreal deep vocal is the perfect addition and leads us up to the point when the bass comes at us with a driving pulsating force. Subtle note changes on the bass add cool textures and some fantastic percussion arrangements give the track polished rhythms. A very simplistic track in its nature yet packing a massive punch and one that you will not forget.
‘Earthquake’ is up next and delivers a fine lesson in the art of Techno. The intro boasts strong rhythmic vibes as a tight arrangement of percussion go to work alongside a snappy kick and a deep rolling bass. The deep resonating bass is a big feature on the track and adds an air of darkness to the sound, but this does not detract from the percussions which are also a real driving force. An array of quality FX adds weight to the groove and a monster is born, get this in your box and watch the floors ignite!
‘Towering’ delivers a round of top quality drum and percussion patterns on the intro giving off a tribal vibe. A deep pumping bass dominates the track as multiple drum instruments get to work on the groove and held tightly in place by a superb kick. The break offers up a great vocal sample which sits nicely under the tribal rhythms of the drums and cool FX add raw textures. Stunning stuff out of Spain and a must for any box.
Afterhour Trax 11 comes with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, Jimmy Galle, Inkfish, Nico Parisi, Matteo Monero, Domased Electronica, Sector 7, Audio Noir, Aamon, Tolga Diler, Kintar, Rishi K., Thorin, Relaunch, Noa Romana, Deersky, Aggressor, Ivan Nikusev, JJ Grant, Napalm & D-Phrag, Blufeld, Castra & Sovve, Matan Caspi, Anthony Yarranton, Dark Soul Project, Mindgamers, Cordoba, DeepDoul Duo, CJ Art, Jonny Calypso, Dafar, Flembaz, Jakhira and Kindred Spirits.
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