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Debut release on BB for Diego Herrera with his fantastic two track “Afterhour EP”.
“Afterhour” is up first and goes right for the jugular with a full on pulsating techno rhythm. Chunky kicks sit over a pounding offset bass that will get any floor moving. The track builds nicely with minimal percussions coming through, on the break we get a respite from this relentless groove with some cool vocal samples and FX before getting straight back into the thick of it, top stuff.
“No Idea What I’m Doin'” carries on in the same vein with pounding techno ride from the off. The bass has that chest pounding quality that will keep floors alive all over. The percussions are brilliantly arranged into the sound giving a smooth rhythmic feel. Throughout the break the bass is boss and it continues its dominance all the way. A hell of a ride here and a definite must for any techno set.
Jakub Gofjar aka Aamon debuts on Green Martian with “High Tide”. Jakub is an aspiring house producer and DJ from Slovakia. He’s been producing since he was 16 and recently he feels he has perfected his speciality, underground house music. He has seen releases on labels like MLP Music Label, Deep Nota, Let Me In Records and more.
The title track sets us off into a warm lush journey through cool progressive vibes. The low end on the bass sets up a late summer terraced scene to perfection with the addition of some beautiful guitar strumming. On the break subtle melodies play out with a very cool vocal sample before sliding back into a super smooth progressive groove, top notch stuff!
“Submarine” intros with a cool percussion selection that slowly builds up to a solid groove with its snappy kicks. The dense bass flourishes throughout the sound making it a prominent feature while superb FX add texture and extra depth. On the break sublime strings and subtle melodies take over and lead us into the final stages of a truly provoking progressive house cut.
Moshic, one of the best progressive house artists in the world debuts on Bonzai with “False Emotion” which comes backed up with three top notch remixes. Israeli born Moshic is synonymous with dark, progressive, tribalistic and ethnic grooves. He performs DJ sets around the world at big events and has also been a guest on the famous Radio 1 Essential Mix. With well over 100 original productions across many top labels we are delighted to have this guy come through Bonzai with his unique style.
The Original Mix stays true to his production technique with a full on deep progressive offering. The intro subtly builds with dark percussions fading through alongside a tight kick. The track ramps up with a thump as a raw organic vocal sample takes control and an ethereal pad sweeps over the sound. On the break the bassline makes an appearance which takes the track to a whole new level and stays the course for what is truly a progressive masterclass.
First up on remix duties is the amazing John 00 Fleming. John is considered with legendary status in the EDM world with a mountain of productions under various guises. He is a worldwide renowned DJ who is always behind the decks at the best parties. John’s label JOOF (among others) has released some top tracks over the years, including many of his own productions and he has worked Bonzai for a few years now. He also started a brand new collaboration with Airwave and their label LCD Recordings. The remix is an epic progressive house stomper with a huge amount of energy, the intro gets things moving with a feisty kick and a background filled with quality FX. A strong rhythmic groove is built steadily as the tight percussion arrangement begins to flow. Synth leads fade through and the vocal sample adds a beautiful texture. Intensity builds up to the break and the bassline takes centre stage before crashing back to a full on stomper, top stuff!
Next up is another legendary figure namely, Airwave with his New School Breaks Mix. Currently Laurent is working on lots of new material and remixes which makes for exciting times ahead. He is running LCD alongside John 00 Fleming bringing in lots of new upcoming talent. His radioshow Progrez is going strong with the fanbase increasing with every new episode. Here Airwave takes on his breaks persona which always leads to amazing results. A stunning intro brings with it top notch FX with an intense vibe coming through on the pads. The track then throws out big chunky kicks that pack a huge punch. The first drop brings with it some amazing synth work with very subtle and teasing melodies. The powerful groove intensifies and on the break a massive build up takes us right back into this energetic journey through progressive utopia.
UK based Philthy Chit aka Philippe Sartre & Chitra Kumar are next up for their remix. The guys have been enjoying much success with their releases on Bonzai and they have worked closely in collaboration with other artists including original material and remixes. Here the guys bring their brand of progressive to the fore with a top class rework. Classic intro with a full kick, crisp hat and a wonderfully sublime pad. The bassline powers through to take over the groove and a very vivid picture is painted through this strong progressive vibe. The drop gets down to business with a brilliant melodic sequence built up with a myriad of quality sounds and expert arrangement before jumping back into this awesome groove.
Diamantopoulos Dionysis aka Concealed Truth returns to BP with the two tracker “Bookamvijas”. This 24 year old producer from Heraklion, Crete, Greece. He has been meddling with music from a very young age and travelled through almost every genre of music available. His last outing for Bonzai, “Smooth Rain” was well received as were a number of remixes.
The title track takes on a fantastic house flavour with chords playing a big role and creating quite a retro vibe which we love. The drums and percussions are arranged to perfection and compliment an amazing funky bassline. The break is where it’s at on this one as those house chords come to the fore as they build and build before slamming back into this wonderfully jacked up groove.
“Deck 6″ intros with minimal percussion and a fantastic echo styled effect, well rounded kicks soon take over alongside a tough bassline which gives that rolling effect. On the break a real cool hook fades through and takes the track to the next level before kicking back in to a full on progressive fuelled ride. Top stuff here and a must for any box!
Israeli born Ittai Barkai returns to EP with his track “Dost” which comes with a superb remix. Ittai is a firm favourite at Bonzai HQ and it’s always great to see his work come through.
The Original Mix is a true reflection on Ittai’s work, deep, soulful house music with a very warm sound. Tight arrangements on the drums and percs set out a strong rhythmic groove, a constant synth chord sits in the back while funky stabs do the business up front. A real cool and funky treat for any house set, superb!
Another popular figure among the Eyepatch contingent is Daniel Ray with his fantastic remix. The track intros with a smooth deep undertone and a contrasting soft melody. Nice and thick chunky kicks ramp up the groove as the percussion begins to build. A low end subtle bass comes through as lots of simple melodies appear. Very nice track indeed with something about it that will grab a lot of attention.
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October means ADE and this year is no different! Here is a selection of 60+ tracks featuring original works and remixes from Manu Riga, Gai Barone, Nico Parisi, Kintar, Airwave, DJ Fire, 06R, Narel, Rise And Fall, Samotarev, deepAlexander, Kabalo, Kevin Vega, Audio Noir, Matteo Monero, Rishi K., Kindred Spirits, Philthy Chit, Blufeld, Yuriy From Russia, John Scott, Anthony Yarranton, Steve Sai, Pierre Zamyatin, Mindgamers, Florian Meindl, Chantola, J-Junior, Thomas Genchev, Eric Powa B, Ecco, Jusa, Haze-M, Saccao, Matan Caspi, Mylan, Michael Berklin, Alen Simple, In2Deep, Fulltone, Dimitry Liss, Solartoff, Harmon, Landowski, Rick Wade, Sebastien Desay, Rogerio Martins, Accatone, JR From Dallas, Lurob, Hurlee, Fauvrelle, Oushanmete, Chrono, Ascaloon, Electric Bastards, Oz Romita, Van Czar, RV, The Revolving Junkie, Darouge, Active Line Six, Tribal Warriors, Ugur Yurt, Tofke, Lyle Quach, AngelLopez, Redraft Memories, Sander Bongertman, Sean McCaff, Project KF, Jey Fever, Soren Aalberg, Zolex, Gabriel Ben, Ed Whitty, Re Dupre, Rod B., Angelo Fracalanza, Sa.Du, M.R.T.N, Onofrio Conter, Ozan Kanik, Mariano Santos, Filth & Splendour, THiN, Franky Jones and Redhead.
Sounds R Us Recording are gearing up for another, no doubt successful trip, to this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event. Label boss Oz Romita has put together an outstanding package with previously released and exclusive material showcasing the diverse range of styles and many talents of the producers on his labels books.
Ozan Kanik features no less than three times throughout this pack with his first offering being the techno fuelled “Fiction”. This track comes in the shape of a superb remix by the mighty Tom Hades and is bound to cause a stir among many at this year’s parties and beyond.
Dutch DJ and producer Steve Mulder returns to SRUR with a sublime techno cut on his track “Matador”. Steve has a hugely impressive release count across many labels and has worked alongside the world’s top jocks and artists.
Ozan’s next offering is the aptly titled “ADE 2013″, a techno stomper with merciless rhythmic grooves that will certainly have the event patrons looking for more, one to watch here!
Analog Effect aka Dutch duo Jan Boom and Branko Van Hilten are up next with “Plovdiv”. The guys are fresh off the back of their last SRUR outing alongside Jay Junior with “Diffuser EP”. This time around the guys take techno into deeper grooves and come up with a proper banging track, superb stuff.
Ozan’s third contribution is in collaboration with CLN83 on their track “Neat & Clean” which saw great reviews upon release. For this comp the Drumcomplex & Roel Salemink Remix was chosen and it brings with it a darker more sinister techno sound that has a huge effect as it draws you in completely.
Miami based DJ and producer Rod B. is back with his full SRUR release after well received remixes earlier in the year. “24HR Amsterdam” is a classic driving techno groove and just what you’d expect from the highly talented Rod B..
W&DY aka Wendy Wustlich is up next to showcase her diverse skills in production. This time Wendy turns on the progressive house with attitude tap and what we get is the stunning “Heartbeat” which will for sure get those pulses racing!
Label head honcho Oz thumps out a fantastic deep house joint on his track “Changes”. Oz has a brilliant and unique way of injecting energy into his sounds and here is no different, yes it’s deep house and yes it’s full of energy which is what we like!
Finishing off this amazing pack is the talented duo of M.R.T.N AKA Sthlm Beat and Pomp with “Behind The Iron Curtain”. Massive techno sound on the with a harder edge groove, a track that will have the floors at ADE bouncing for sure.
Bonzai favourite Crocy teams up with stunning Canadian vocalist Ashley Berndt for “Cry”. Ashley has a very impressive repertoire of vocals, she also creates her own melodies and writes her own lyrics.
“Cry” takes us on a beautiful progressive journey, on the intro the kick and percussion arrangement builds up a superbly deep and laidback bass groove with deep rooted piano chords making a show. High pitched strings and pads take us through to the drop where the sultry vocals appear with melancholic flavour. The vocals paint a stunning picture while the melodies in the music will take you right into the story, what a great collaboration and no doubt will be well received.
Next up is “Recht” with another laidback approach to the progressive house sound. Tight drum arrangement sits over subtle percussions that build up a nice flowing rhythmic vibe. In contrast the deep bass transforms from soft and rounded into tough and gritty effortlessly and this adds a strong dynamic. The break throws out a strange melody as that gritty bass lurks behind, superb stuff from this darkly groove!
Beat Maniacs aka Petar Bogojevic and Nikola Radivojevic debut on Bonzai with “Messine” which comes with two top class remixes. Petar attended music school and played guitar while Nikola is influenced by the earlier pioneers of the electronic sound. In 2010 the guys released their first single and have appeared on labels like Balkan Connection, Chibar Records and more.
The Original Mix is a sublime slice of prog, the understated intro bursts into a tripped out ride with hypnotic beats and constant droning synths which is contrasted by some classic strings. The bassline is a hugely powerful part of the track that commands throughout. Wispy vocals are a perfect addition to this top notch groove.
Australia’s finest Audio Noir is first up on the remix with his Rekonstruction. Audio Noir is no stranger to Bonzai as his first few tracks have been very well received indeed. Here he applies his own brand of prog with much more punchy workout. Chunky kicks and rising arps make up the intro before the gritty bass takes over. Very strong percussion leads a steady rhythm and the synth works adds a melodic twist to the sound, great stuff yet again and sure fire hit on many floors.
Kabalo is up next with his remix. Kabalo’s last track “Waiting For You” gained much support and this remix will no doubt follow that up well. Nice melodic intro with the rich vocal sets up the scene beautifully with subtle kicks giving way to the targeted synths and pads, this provides the perfect build up and as the track gets into full swing the kicks get beefed up with the intensity of the pads coming through. A superb almost acidic bassline meanders along creating a very diverse sounding groove, superb stuff!
Russian DJ and producer Valeria Croft is back at Piston with a fine slab of deep house goodness. “Singular/Plural” is her follow up to the collaboration with Lights Electronika which gained support from all quarters.
“Singular” gets us into gear with a smooth grooving deep house vibe. The intro boasts a nice chunky kick with a cool housey synth and percussions build up gently to form a funky rhythm. The bass is minimal here which gives the track a lot of character with vocal samples adding contrast. Very cool track and expertly crafted, great stuff.
“Plural” goes a little deeper and grittier with a much more organic sound. Heavy kicks and crisp hats are the base for a strong and steady rhythmic groove. The bassline takes centre stage as it bounces along with stunning chords providing that house feeling. Again we see vocals applied to the sound beautifully and high pitched strings give a new insight to the track. Top stuff here and a sure fire hit for those deeper sets.