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Zolex aka Frank Struyf returns to Bonzai with “Assault” and is backed up with a slew of quality remixes. The vocals come courtesy of Nikkie aka Jade 4 U who had great success with many projects notably Praga Khan. Frank gained notoriety with his Zolex project back in the nineties under Bonzai Records and through his many residencies in Belgium’s top clubs. He went on to create his own Zolex Records with many successful releases. Frank is still very much in demand for his DJ skills and now also for his production skills, we are sure to see a lot more from this man.
The original mix intros with a very ethnic guitar theme before the very unique vocal comes through. Super solid drum arrangements build up a steady rhythm and the track takes on an almost Indie rock vibe which breaks down into a strong progressive groove. The kick and percussion section drive through with Nikkie’s vocal becoming much more powerful and raw. What a great comeback from Frank, sure to be a big hit with jocks everywhere.
Danish producer Soren Aalberg is first up to remix duties. Soren has seen releases on Bedrock Records, Mindtrip Music and more, his sounds have been played by the likes of Richie Hawtin and Len Faki. Here Soren takes the track to its basics with a minimal approach, much deeper vibe on the bass and chunky kicks and brilliantly crafted percussion. A sinister sounding string fades through while Nikkie’s vocal is used to perfection to round of a top class remix.
Soren also provides us with his Add Lips remix which takes on a clubby vibe, cool, crisp and sharp hats are prominent and the kicks add a nice thump. Deep basses are accompanied by an intense fading in string that builds the track up to a climax superbly, big big tune for the floors!
Guss Carver is up next with his remix. Guss has been producing since the nineties and seen many releases across a host of quality labels. He produces many different genres as he loves all dance music and he has his own label called Hypnocat. Guss’s remix entrees with a nice solid kick, hat, snare combi over a deep droning bassline. On the break a rising synth thunders into a stunning hook while the vocal is perfectly slotted in at all the right places, just brilliant.
Belgian DJ and production duo Jean Delaru & DJ Philip swing by with their Dubbel XX remix. Both these guys hold residencies at some of Belgiums top rated clubs. Jean has seen releases on a few labels while DJ Philip would be considered a veteran on the scene with releases as far back as 1997 on labels like XTC – Music For The Mind, Tripomatic and Black Hole Recordings. The remix intros with subtle percs which soon build up to a pumping groove. As the track progresses the sweeping bassline adds depth with the reverbed vocal adding extra weight. On the break a real cool melody pans out before we get right back to that powerful bassline and tough groove.
Heading deeper into prog with Nocturno and his remix. Superb bass’s intro this track with FX work helping to build up the sound to an all out progressive monster. The kick and bass combi forms most of the track and keeps the deep vibe flowing throughout. On the break a simple melody transforms the setting and the bassline morphs into a hypnotic groove with Nikkie’s vocal holding everything in place, seriously tough tune that will be on many lists for sure.
Finally we have a short version of the original mix which would be perfect for a radio slot.
German born Gerardo Cinquegrana aka Tali Freaks returns fresh from his very well received album “Glasgow Atmosphere”. “Let Me Be Into House” comes in a small package of two remixes but packs a huge punch!
First up we have the “Back To Old School Mix”, nice, cool and steady flowing rhythm with lots of house flavours. A thumping kick intros with the percussion following soon after, some very nice arrangements are evident and this really ramps up the vibe. The bassline has a very deep tone and this works perfectly with the housey organs and synths. Cut up vocals with brilliant FX show up on the break alongside a cool pad and some classic keys. Superb flowing deep tech here that would be perfect in any set.
The “Who Cares What School Mix” takes its cue from the previous mix with a different arrangement, the cool sounds from before are very much in effect with a little more focus on the synth work. Something different to work with on the intros, great stuff.
Hungarian born producer and composer Insect Society debuts on Basiks with this stunning three track EP entitled “Really Insane. Insect society has been addicted to music since the early nineties and he took to composing in the 2000’s. He started off using computer software with VST’s for his productions but quickly moved over to hardware to get that much richer sound. Very exciting times ahead with this guy as his talents begin to shine.
First up is “16 Hours”, high octane driven tech with that raw analogue sound you get from hardware. Strong chunky kick and a sub bass provide the intro with cool sweeping buzz effects and the percussions gradually building the rhythm. The bass goes through many transformations with some quality filtering, the synths are contrasted with warm lush stabs to tough and gritty arps, very well constructed track!
“Really Insane” intros with a monster kick and bass combi overlayed with a host of FX. This guy really shows how to get the best out of his synths with a multi layered sequence of true electronic sounds. This track continues to build and culminates with a simply amazing acid type lead that seems to go on and on. Solid grooving track that will have any bass bin pushed to the limit, epic stuff.
“Stunned Brain” finishes this EP with a much darker edged track. Another solid groove with acid lines, sweeping chunky basses and eerie pads all rolled into one full on techno experience. The rhythms are expertly crafted with crisp hats and percussions held together by a strong kick. A serious contender for the pure techno jocks cases!
Debuting on Progrez we have Cristian Perera Moray aka Moray. Cristian started off producing Hip Hop back when he was a teenager and in 2010 he began to move into the EDM arena. He is learning the tricks of his trade the hard way by self learning the very complex process of music production. This release, entitled “Feel Better EP” is a reflection of that process and is a very impressive example of how far he has come.
“Between The Walls” intros with a mixture of percs, FX and bass, a perfect combination which builds and builds into a powerful groove. Very subtle sound lulls you into a false sense of security when the full potential of the track is unleashed with stunning synth work and expert arrangement, top notch stuff.
“Have A Nice Day” takes us on a wonderful journey through warm lush basses and deep fuelled vibes. Throbbing kicks are matched with a chunky synth and a myriad of percussive sounds give a real solid feel to the groove. On the break gritty synths and strings hypnotise while a simple vocal sample adds an extra layer, a real solid bit of work here and a must for any playlist.
M.R.T.N are made of Sthlm Beat and Pomp. The guys produce together and have released under other guises including The Bunglers for SRUR. Sthlm Beat also performs as DJ M.R.T.N. and today we see this stunning techno fuelled monster “Desnoid EP” get a release.
First up is the tough edged “Abdominal” which gets right down to business from the off with a rolling techno groove. Tough kicks are layered with some outstanding percussions and a sharp, crisp hat. The track takes on an almost oldschool techno flavour with the percussions rising in pitch creating a hypnotic vibe, top notch stuff.
“Desnoid” takes a slightly more minimal approach, again we see a superb arrangement and a very rhythmic drum section. The synths have that retro style sound we all love and the guys have brought this sound up to date brilliantly. On the break the FX work is expertly crafted and creates a cool climax back into the track, definitely a tune that will feature heavily in techno sets.
“Panzerfaust” is a tune that makes you realise what techno nowadays is all about. Thumping kicks and a deep bassline are the perfect platform for the groove mapped out by the brilliant synth work. Lots of percussive elements with cymbals and hats coming through perfectly and FX that will blow your mind, one to watch for sure!
Brazilian DJ and producer Mathie DeLois makes his Green Martian debut with this solid prog groover “Warning EP”. Mathie is a very experienced DJ and has played at big parties all over Brazil, he began producing in 2004 and since then he has gained a lot of respect and also appeared on Fiber Online website having won a best producer award. With releases on many other labels and more projects in the works we are excited to see what this guy has to offer.
The original mix of “The Last Word” is a stunning slice of prog that could easily lean into a more subtle trance set. Strong and solid groove from the off with a very nice thick and chunky kick accompanied by crisp sharp hats. The warm basses sit perfectly with plucked synths and pulsating pads while on the break you get lost in the gritty textured melody, superb stuff.
The Version remix is a much more clubby affair with more of the same lushness on the strings and bass. Very well arranged percussions give off a cool rhythm and on the break the melody creates a beautiful and dreamy vibe. Definitely one for the trance boxes and sure to be on a lot of playlists.
Swiss based ambient, downtempo and chillout artists Vechigen return to Elemental with another stunning slice of blissed out vibes with “Sweet Dreams”.
The title track is a beautifully warm melodic piece, lush pads and a myriad of FX combine over a laidback drum arrangement resulting in a full on chill down experience. Definitely a track for a relaxing evening at sunset.
“No Comply” takes chillout to a whole new dimension, the vibe created is one of ecstasy as your mind is sucked into the sweet pads. Minimal use of drums keeps the ambient flow while some trippy plucks provide cool melodies, top stuff.
Rise And Fall debut on Bonzai Progressive with the stunning “Imagination” which comes packed with an awesome remix from Manu Riga.
The original mix is a true prog house affair with all the right ingredients for dancefloors to come alight. Very strong bassline dominates the arrangement with a fantastic thud on the kicks. Huge sweeping pads make an appearance which keeps the ears trained. Real deep prog vibe oozes from this and the relentless groove will have this appear on a lot of playlists.
The highly impressive Manu Riga takes control at the desk for his Prog Remix. Adriaan is a very busy man as he is completing many remixes and lots of his own studio work which is to be announced very soon. Here, he utilises his many skills to deliver an outstanding remix. Strong, solid vibe from the start as the basses build up and combine beautifully with the kicks and percussions. Ethnic flavours come through, while on the break the synths deliver an awesome arp with a beautiful whispered vocal. The track kicks back with style after the break and we settle into this amazing ride, top stuff.
Lucio is back once again with the superb three track “Templum EP”. This guy has been very busy as of late with remixes and productions becoming much more regular, and still each one is filled with the quality you’d expect, enjoy!
Kicking us off is the title track “Templum”. The intro on this will blow your mind, deep throbbing pads with some amazing rhythmic percussions will have you locked in solid, and before you know it the track lifts off into a solid deep techno outing. The subtle kick is a stark contrast to the totally amazing synth arp that truly takes over your senses, be prepared, this will blow your mind!
“Gold Tree” comes at you with a solid intro that builds to a cool deep bass and kick with the percs providing strong rhythms. The techno begins to pour from this track as the pads rise along with a very cool sweeping synth. Big sound here that will perform well during those late night expeditions.
“Merkabah” rounds up this awesome EP in style. Lucio again takes us into the depths of tech in the most simplest yet highly effective fashion. Understated kicks and hats are the perfect companion to the bassline with more well crafted vocal sample manipulation. As the track progresses we hear lots of different FX come through with an ebb and flow on the tempo which works so very well, top stuff yet again.
GmT aka Gamut debuts on Green Martian with a stunning three track EP entitled “Vices & Transgressions”. Slovenian born Gamut is the product of a very musical family having taken to this art from an early age with a venture in drums and percussion instruments. His teenage years were spent performing with bands and in 2000 he entered into the world of EDM with his first listen to a progressive CD. It wasn’t too long after that he started to DJ and ultimately produce his own sounds, many releases followed on many labels and here we see this diverse talent shine with more already lined up for the future.
First up we have “Sway Shades”, a real nice progressive house stomper that intros with a cool percussion and a monster kick. The bassline powers through with some deep synth vibes pulsating the rhythm. Gamut’s early drum experiences are very evident with an expertly arranged drum section. Funky grooves build up through some cool stabs, a fantastic guitar riff and brilliant vocal samples with an added crowd cheering effect that has a huge impact. Very retro feel on this that is gonna be huge on the club floors!
“Sex On Substance” goes a little deeper into the prog house vibe. The track intros with an array of quality FX and subtle pads before a stunning bassline and kick combi powers the rhythm on. Again we see Gamut expel his amazing drum arrangement skills filled with many different percussion instruments. This groove settles in nicely with the synth work standing out. Erotic vocal samples are accompanied by a fantastic saxophone riff and on the break the groove ramps up a notch. This is a seriously strong track that will be on a lot of playlists for sure.
“Hedonizer” takes us on a much brighter more energetic journey with a strong solid, melodic groove. Very well crafted patterns with the drums taking centre stage and shored up brilliantly with a hypnotic bassline. The break brings the melodies to the fore with fantastic sequences and feel good pads. Another powerful example of quality production.