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Darouge returns to BB with the wonderful three tracker ‘Bite The Curb’. His last outing ‘Displacement EP’ proved popular among many and no doubt this latest offering will be met with more of the same.
First up we have the title track ‘Bite The Curb’ which intros with a nice chunky kick and is joined by a round of classic electro percussions which give the track a very cool groove. A deep bass lurks behind and teases with its presence. Some real nice sounds have filtered through and give this track a clear defining course. The break offers up some very cool sounds, almost alien in nature and gives the track an awesome texture. A very well constructed track and sure to get much attention.
‘Dudebrochill’ is next and intros with a solid kick and hat combination. A deep pulsating bass soon joins the party and is the perfect partner to those classic kicks. The rhythms are built upon beautifully with an evolving percussion line. Surreal synth work is brought in and we are on course for a fantastic tech workout. Awesome stuff and a definite one to watch.
Lastly we have ‘Pumper’, which, as the name suggests is a pumper! Right from the off we are led into a solid tech groove with thumping kicks and crispy percussions. Throughout the sound we are met with a hypnotic synth that locks us in for the duration. A bubbling bassline drives the track forward as some fantastic FX work goes on all around. Quite an epic slice here which would definitely be an asset for any playlist!
German DJ and producer Flamda debuts on Green Martian with the wonderful ‘Mystic Island’ which comes backed with a quality remix. Danny started out DJing with just a small mixer and two simple CD players before investing in a set of turntables. From here he began recording mixes to his computer and learned some mastering in the process. This led to gigs in local clubs and many house parties. These days Danny focuses on his small home studio where he delves into music production.
The Original mix sets off with a cool thumping kick with a smooth bass rolling in behind. The track picks up the pace as the bassline ups the gears alongside a superb percussion arrangement. Swirling pads come through from the back and add in an epic feeling. A gated synth lights the track up and on the break a huge grungy synth takes over with a sweet high string giving a stark contrast. Beautiful slice of progressive here and a must for any box.
Next up we have the DJK Krazy Kutz remix provided by DJK aka Kevin Miller. Kevin has been a regular in the Green Martian stable with his material featuring on multiple compilations as well as his own releases. The remix gets moving with an awesome phat kick and soft hat combination as the bassline pumps away alongside. Nice and smooth synths ease their way into the track with expert precision and dominate the break with beautiful strings also in attendance. Very strong groove here which is going to be the perfect addition to any playlist!
The impressive Moshic is back at Bonzai Progressive with his equally impressive new cut entitled ‘Do It To Me Now’. Moshic’s unique sound is well renowned the world over and he continues to deliver top quality with all that he touches. This new track has been given the remix treatment by three of Bonzai’s popular artists which will definitely help get this track noticed.
The Original Mix intros with a very cool sequence filled with tight hats and percussions with a teasing bass whetting the appetite. Subtle kicks sit back and let the array of sounds do all the work. A rising pad creates an intensity throughout as the groove takes on a gritty feel with the vocal coming through brilliantly. The bass continues to bubble up from below adding a very smooth texture, another fine progressive vibe from Moshic!
Italian producer Gai Barone delivers two stunning remixes on this pack, the first one being his Starsk Remix. The intro boasts a strong and intense drone with chunky kicks and sharp hats building around it as well as some smooth plucked strings. The synths bring in a little melody to the groove while retaining a dark atmosphere. The break unleashes more of those plucks with some heavy FX adding to the already fierce groove, superb stuff from Gai!
Gai’s second offering here is his On A Train Remix which gets us moving with a strong kick with a nice clip on top. Powerfully deep pads rise up giving a real progressive edge to the sound while all around some fantastic percussion takes shape. A strong piercing vibe ensues as expertly crafted FX go to work, all this is shored up with a wonderful deep bass that sits perfectly in the background. Simply stunning and no doubt will gain much attention.
One of Bonzai’s longstanding popular artists Manu Riga takes up remix duties with his Progtrip Remix. Manu is a firm favourite within the progressive realm not only with his own outstanding productions but also for his remix work which always gets plenty of recognition. Here he intros with a brilliant thumping kick with a rolling effect underneath. A resonating bass lingers in the depths waiting to pounce. Tight percussions begin to form rhythmic patterns while a synth pad begins to rise. The bassline evolves beautifully into a proper full on progressive workout as it rolls along in curvy patterns that will have any floor rocking. Plenty of twists and turn on offer here and a track that is not to be missed.
Audio Noir is popping up all over the place at the moment with remixes on many tracks as well as his own material doing the rounds. Here he delivers a stunning remix in his unique progressive way. Very smooth and classic intro with a powerful kick and skipping hats getting us under way. Deep droning basses rise up building the tension before the track breaks with a beautiful vocal over those heavy pads. The track crashes back with those kicks but this time accompanied by an amazing hypnotic bass that pounds the speakers. A superb remix out of Australia which will be a must for any set and most definitely not to be missed!
Alexander Fedosov returns with his DaSmokin’Frogz persona with this stunning three tracker entitled ‘Ezridah’. His last outing ‘Hidden Door’ gained a lot of support from all over and no doubt we will see more support on this release.
‘Ezridah’ intros with a cool kick and hat combo coupled with a superb housey chord which builds us up to smooth groovy bassline. Fantastic flowing rhythms are borne out this arrangement which becomes infectious and forces you to shake that ass. Surreal swirling pads enter the mix and provides a contrasting backdrop to the sound. Great stuff again from Alexander and sure to be a feature on many sets.
‘Nastix’ gets going with a very smooth beat as intricate percussion patterns are joined by a very cool kick. A big dirty bassline gives the track a raw groove and works perfectly alongside a cool guitar riff which adds a funky element. Fresh and sleek vocal samples are great addition to this groove and give off an urban vibe. Quite diverse stuff which will no doubt have a lot of jocks taking notice.
‘Your Smile’ intros with an electro tinged drum section as classic percussions and kicks weave out cool patterns. A very rich and powerful bass dominates the track in a big way and is accompanied by some fantastic synth shots. Very nice and smooth house track with a superb groove which will grab lost of attention.
Swedish DJ and producer Victor Berghmeister debuts on Piston with a smooth two tracker entitled ‘Leaving Yous’.
Up first we have the delectable ‘Leaving Yous’ which intros with a superbly phat and chunky kick with a nice and smooth chord fading through alongside a simple vocal sample. The chords then unleash a groovy riff and the vocals become much more prominent. All this is held up beautifully with a wonderful deep bass that would have a speaker shivering. The deep and funky levels rise on the break as the chords take control before slamming back into this full on deep house workout, brilliant stuff.
‘Slippy’ gets going with a velvety kick which is accompanied by a warm sweeping chord. Superb chords are joined by some classy and funky vocals adding great character to the track. A juggling bassline meanders through the track effortlessly while the housey keys remain a big focus which are further enhanced by the appearance of a wonderful piano riff that will get the big floors moving. A sure fire hit with those deeper sets no doubt!
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.