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Italian DJ and producer Antonio Citarella debuts on Progrez with this stunning two tracker ‘Pistachios Escape EP’. Antonio became fascinated and attracted by analogue synths and electronic music production after he cut his teeth on the DJ circuit where he was an avid vinyl user before moving into the digital arena. A very talented artist who will no doubt make waves in the years ahead.
First up we have the title track ‘Pistachios Escape’, the intro is an intense affair with huge, deep resonating synths ebbing and flowing alongside a subtle hi hat sequence. Soon a mega low bass morphs into the sound before a thumping kick gets the track into full swing. Sublime swirly synths find their way into the track as the bassline evolves and dishes out a quality deep progressive vibe.
‘Snakes In The Head’ is up next and the intro boasts a cool rhythmic percussion arrangement with a nice chunky kick adding weight. A deep bubbly bass soon takes over as we settle into a solid grooving progressive ride. Darkly sinister and intense synths rise from the depths as the layers build giving the track a hypnotic vibe which is further enhanced with a hauntng vocal, sublime stuff!
MNG037 featured the return of one of our oldest family member, diSapia! Tom Disapia is the man behind one of our all time favourite releases, “They mostly Hunt at Night EP” (MNG008), so the expectations were really high for this one and we couldn’t be more happy with the final results!
Smog City EP is composed by two original tracks: “Smog City” and “Bring it Back”.
“Smog City” have the word DISAPIA written all over. It is a great representation of his incredible work and talent as a producer, a deep, dense atmosphere, a funky vocal and an incredibly detailed work on the groove.
“Bring it Back” is an anthem for all the House music lovers out there. It have a driving bass line, an happy mood and a lovely vocal that will be in your head of a while. At last but not least, we invited Alan Castro to make a remix for “Smog City” and we are delighted with the final results! Incredible work that once again shows the tremendous amount of talent this Argentinian producer have. It’s deep, dense and underground. We love it!
After the end of the Black Catalog we’re back again with another deep journey.
Martusciello aka Federico Martusciello is the man. It starts with Lunatic, deep and frugal with a super dark chord screaming all the time just begging to breathe over the mix.
“Hated For Who I am, Loved For Who I’m Not” is the B-side of this story, way deeper and relaxed, with a lot of chords rolling and swinging aside with the ethnical percussion.
It’s a sweet must have.
Debut appearance on Elemental for Paro Dion featuring Sasha with the beautifully crafted, blissful two tracker ‘Sing The Sound’.
‘Sing The Sound’ intros with a sweet piano melody as a deep pulsating bass comes through alongside a female vocal. Downtempo beats soon follow as the vocal talents of Sasha come into full effect, rich fading pads add to the beautiful atmosphere as you find yourself locked into the chilled out effect, wonderful stuff.
‘When I See The Light’ comes into being with some strangely alien FX accompanied by a steady hi hat, a resonating bass comes in soon after as the layers begin to form. Sasha delivers the vocals brilliantly as a melodic arp sweeps through the track. A much darker affair here with a lot of interesting sequences, time to chill!
German producer Maik Relaunch makes his full debut on BP with the outstanding progressive fuelled ‘Far Away EP’ which comes with five tracks in total. After a slew of top remixes for the likes of Airwave & Phi Phi, Thorin and Sector 7 we are delighted to have this gifted producer enter the Bonzai stable. Relaunch has also been a stalwart in the JOOF camp with top class track and remixes gaining huge support worldwide.
First up we have the title track ‘Far Away’ which intros with a cool rising synth before crashing into a chunky kick and deep bass combo. Percussions slowly come through adding a crisp edge to the deep bass vibe. The track takes on a Psy persona with classic Psy elements peeking through while staying on a progressive course. On the break a stunning melodic sequence adds a stark contrast to the track which will definitely get the attention of many, superb stuff!
Next up we have the might ‘Dream Remote’, right from the off we are locked into a deep progressive vibe as the bass rumbles through accompanied by a cool kick and beautifully crisp percussions. Tension builds through the track with the help of some very cool sweeping synth FX and teasing melodies. As the groove powers on relentlessly it becomes clear that this track will keep you in its grasp for the duration. On the break things take a wonderful turn as uplifting melodies are thrust into the sound which only fortifies the grip already in effect. This is truly a masterpiece in progressive trance and one that will be a firm favourite for many many jocks and clubbers alike, stunning!
‘Air’ takes us deeper into the progressive arena with a strong full on stomper. Very cool deep basses and chunky kicks are accompanied by wispy FX on the intro before the percussions get the rhythms flowing. Very well structured sounds reveal a solid groove which continues to build and forms into a superb slice of prog. Sweet melodies sweep through the break giving a nice contrast to the sound before the track powers right back into that solid progressive groove, brilliant stuff.
‘In The Music’ comes at us in two versions, first up is the Main Version which settles into a powerful progressive vibe from the get go. Tight drums and percussions are arranged beautifully as a throbbing bass binds the track together. Superbly constructed synths weave a melodic pattern throughout as the track takes on a hypnotic edge. The melodies become prominent on the break as they grip the hairs at the back of your neck and send shivers down your spine, amazing. The Prog Version is very much in line with the Main Version but is more focused on the deeper side of the track, we get the same full prog experience as the chunky kicks deliver a solid punch alongside a stunning deep bass. The melodies make a show here also which really sets the track up. A definite must for any DJ box, not to be missed.
Chilean DJ and producer Diego Herrera returns to BB with the superb ‘Middle Earth EP’. His last outing ‘Afterhour’ gained much attention as he delivers a full on deep tech experience. This EP covers two tracks plus a brilliant remix.
The Original Mix of ‘Middle Earth’ gets right into tech grooves from the off with a snappy kick, crisp hat and some deep throbbing basses. Cool rhythms are the result of this arrangement with some raw, almost industrial sounds creeping in. This is evident on the break, sublime organic sounds are merged brilliantly with some vocals that give the track an even darker edge, top notch yet again from Diego.
Buenos Aires based DJ and producer Rodrigo Estevez offers up a wonderful remix on ‘Middle Earth. Rodrigo has begun releasing his own material through labels like Mismatch Music and Power Beat Records since late 2013, definitely one to watch here. The remix gives us a cool 4 x 4 groove with a tight arrangement on the drums and percs which makes for smooth rhythmic vibes. Nice depth on the bass as it powers through the track drawing lots of attention. The original vocals are used well throughout this full on tech workout.
Diego’s next track is ‘Raw Wax’, the intro boasts a sharp hat and muted kick combo with a fantastic arp rising up alongside. Before you know it, after a short break the track explodes with a superb bouncy rhythm which is formed by some expert arrangement. The bass is the big hitter as it bubbles up from below, the bass is complimented by some outstanding construction on the kicks and percussions giving off a nice techno bounce. The track trudges on relentlessly as the groove fully takes control, simply stunning stuff!
Columbian music production duo Nicolas Agudelo and Lonely Sun mark their Green Martian debut with the fantastic two tracker ‘Aurora Storm’. The guys got together in 2013 and they both brought their own skills to the table. Nicolas Agudelo is one of Colombia’s most promising electronic artists, his diverse, elaborate releases are supported by major DJ’s as well as underground DJ’s all around the world. Lonely Sun aka Daniel Cabrera is an emerging producer from Colombia. Daniel’s love for electronic music started very early in his life while listening to 80s and 90s music, he found he was fascinated by the sounds of the synths and percussions that were proposed at the time. So he studied to become a DJ and also studied electronic music production.
‘Aurora Storm’ is up first and intros with a cool snappy kick and crisp hat combination as a stuttering bass note rolls through. A much richer bassline soon enters the fray as the track settles into a smooth progressive groove. Nice little melodies sit underneath the main sound while lush pads rise over the top. As the sound evolves we are treated to a really cool and mellow break until a grainy, old recording typoe vocal appears builds the track up again to that smooth progressive groove. Top notch stuff!
‘Gossip’ delivers a steadily rising progressive vibe as understated kicks and smooth percussions provide the intro. A bubbling bassline sits back and lets cool synths and warm pads take control of the sound. On the break a sweet melodic sequence takes over with the bass along for the ride before we are taken back into the main track with a subtle yet effective build up. Very smooth and epic journey and a must for any box.
Elements Records delivers its second release with a trio of quality producers who offer three top notch tracks.
First up we have Jonatan Ramonda with ‘Break Glasses’. Jonatan is an Argentinean DJ and producer who has a very impressive list of releases across many labels including, Balkan Connection South America, BIT Records Mexico, Mistique Music and Liquid Grooves just to name a few. The track is a beautifully crafted slice of deep house breaks, a big feature are those chunky kicks that stand out so well and perfectly balanced with some crisp hats. Very cool FX sweep back and forth alongside some nice pads. The bassline rounds up the track brilliantly which will draw a lot of attention, great stuff.
Next up is Portuguese producer 2tan with ‘Aokigahara’. 2tan is a self taught producer with a musical career spanning almost 20 years. He spent 10 of those years perfecting his production style and the results can be found on imprints such as, AU Records, Dark Expressions and Mestiza Records. An almost alien FX led intro gets the track moving before a nice subtle kick takes over with an atmospheric pad also coming through. The FX continue throughout and do a great job adding texture to the sound. Percussions ease their way in and take on many forms as the layers build. The bass comes in late on and beefs up the groove, superb stuff out of Portugal, not to be missed.
Lastly we have Portuguese-Finnish DJ and producer Monoritmo aka Miguel Parreira with ‘Magic Voice’. The track intros with solid kicks and a cool melodic arp with subtle percussions and some fantastic sounds easing through. The arp is relentless as it provides the main focus to the sound, it is complimented by some very cool synth work that fades gently in adding nice textures. The bass takes its time to come through and when it does the track is transformed into a beautiful house groove, excellent stuff!
8th installment in the My House Is Your House series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Rogerio Martins, Carlo Caldareri, Joal, Daddy, Ecco, Mylan, Nico P, Onofrio Conte, Jazzman Wax, Iban Montoro, Meenie, Fragoso, Darouge, Hurlee, Sebastien Desay, Alan Castro, Johnny Deep (aka Yonathan Dahan), Swing City, Bruno Ferreira, JR, Fauvrelle, Solartoff, Wonji and H. Membrano.
Martins has steered his label through a dizzying amount of quality releases since 2007 picking up support from the likes of Laurent Garnier and John Aquaviva who have confirmed themselves as fans in the past and this new release is sure to find just as much favour with the top dogs.
‘Gonna Be Mine’ is the one Martins original and is a classical inclined bit of mature house music with sombre piano chords draped over nicely shuffling percussion. Subtle human sounds litter the arrangement and more lively stabs enter the fray in the latter half but essentially this is all about the warm and inviting groove.
Remixing first is Paris man Joss Moog, who has released on Robsoul and has a very uniquely musical approach to everything he does. Here he reworks the track into a bit of authentic old school disco with knotted basslines, plenty of vibrant and jangling percussion and warm chords. It’s a great rework and he also provides an exclusive digital only remix that is even more unhinged, funky and freewheeling.
Next up is young UK house talent James Dexter, who has appeared on plenty of great labels in this, his breakout year, and shows why he is so rated with this remix. It’s a stripped back and dubbed out, firmly rooted bit of house music for the heads with tough beats are and lush chords. Closing out the package is Gourmand Music boss and Chicago House purist, JR From Dallas. His Ghetto mix is suitably quick licked, dirty and sleazy, with plenty of abrasive percussive loops rattling along next to busy drums and various vocal sounds.
For house heads there can be few better labels than this, and Piston’s latest offering might just be its best yet.
Early support from Fish Go Deep (Innervisions, Defected), Miguel Campbell (Hot Creations, Outcross, MAM), UGLH (Witty Tunes, Plastic City, Get Physical Music), Tensnake (Defected, Rush Hour, Get Physical Music), Moodtrap (Tsuba), Joyce Muniz (2020 Vision, Exploited, Snatch!), Claudio Coccoluto, Ekkohaus (2020 Vision, Morris Audio, Cargo Edition, Liebe Detail), GIOM (Ornate Music, Lost My Dog, Phobic), X-Press 2, Kirby (Lost My Dog, Loco Records, Nordic Trax), Matias Zeque (Akbal Music), Jakobin & Domino (Large, Luv Shack), Ricardo Miranda (Rush Hour), Marcus Sur (MBF LTD, Noir, RESOPAL), Mark Knight (Toolroom, Ministry of Sound), Steve Mac, Black Loops (Toy Tonics, Gruvv), Moliner (Depaart, Gimmick Records) and more!
Out 10th February 2014 on vinyl + Digital in 24th February 2014