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Belfast based recording and DJing duo Brisboys aka John Manning and Ciaran Duffy return to Bonzai Progressive with an absolute stomping 2 tracker. The guys had been doing there own thing on the Irish circuit for a number of years until they met by chance in Australia in 2007. After realising they both shared the same passion for house music and that they only lived a few miles apart in Ireland they created Brisboys. Since then they have went on to become very popular indeed with releases on Atmosfera Recording, Azuli Records, Baroque Records, Bonzai Records, Dirty Deluxe Records, Futurelovers Records, Presslab Records, Ritual Music, Stampgevaar Digital and Unison Recordings. The boys also regularly appear as guests on the Bonzai Basik Beats Radioshow.
“Get Out” is a straight up house monster, chunky beats and bass with a superb percussion section throughout. Settle in for a brilliant ride as this track just builds and builds, super cool synths on the break with an acid line take this track to a new level, prepare yourselves, it’s gonna get messy with this one in any club!
“One More” keeps the house vibe alive with a solid constant groove, tight arrangement on the kicks and percs give a nice rhythm. Midway we get treated to a familiar sounding synth and on the break things settle down for a bit before a stellar build up kicks us back into the groove. Top notch stuff which will be in a lot of boxes!
Getting together for a second time we have a duo that work very well indeed. Natalia has enjoyed releases on Sounds Of Juan and Belak Records. UK producer Ed Lee returns to Bonzai after a successful remix of Wonji’s “Lord I’m Still Standing”, he also has enjoyed releases on Sounds Of Juan, Stripped Digital and Hype Muzik. Here the duo come up with a truly sublime slice of prog house on this 2 tracker.
First up is Ed’s remix of “Magic Pod”, nice pound on the kicks and the hats are just the right amount of crisp, steadily racing toward the superb bassline that dominates throughout the rest of the track. The break has a surprisingly sweet melodic sequence with a lush pad and nice arps, the kick back takes us straight into more of this well worked groove.
“Quintette” has a more lighter feel, beautiful arps fade in and out, solid kicks and percs are joined by a surreal piano chord. On the break the tune turns gritty with a deep deep bass, settling in to a well paced hypnotic journey.
The Revolving Junkie aka UK based Paul Kieran shows us his second Bonzai release after the well received “Scalpel”. The darker edge continues and we are certain of a lot of support for this UK talent.
“No Stars” has that dark edge that keeps you locked in to the groove, the deep bass coupled with a superb drum and perc arrangement build the rhythm nicely, cool synths build up and transform into something tough and gritty. On the break things take a subtle turn with an almost whispered vocal but then it’s straight back into the dark groove.
“Have Good Time” is a far more minimal approach, subtle kicks with a smooth percussion line are the backing for a constantly evolving synth. Soon the deeper bass comes through and a repetitive short vocal sample takes over. The sound here morphs and filters brilliantly, top stuff!
Founder of Kiss My Beat Records and Belgian tech house stalwart Ecco delivers a solid all rounder on Basiks backed up with some quality remixes. Ecco began listening to the New Beat sound at the age of just 14, he was a regular at Belgiums top venues enjoying these sounds. At 20 he took to the decks and also embarked on a studio career. After many successes on labels like Wasabi, Bonzai, Dopplegaenger and Push It, his music is supported by many like Carl Cox, Nic Fancuilli, Roger Sanchez and Wally Lopez to name a few.
The original mix of “No Change” is a quite minimal tech vibe with a steady hypnotic groove, tight kicks and percs, deep rooted bass and a meandering female vocal sample makes for a top notch tune.
Portuguese producer Scrub joins the remix crew with his take on this quality tune. Scrub aka Joal is a deep experimentalist focusing on the bassy side. This remix shows just that, starting off with a cool house groove that soon blows up into a steady power driven ride, awesome bassline and equally awesome instruments combine very well. Gets a little funky with those superb guitars, a definite must for any DJ box.
Next up is the original of “Keep Myself”, again we see Ecco on the deep tech tip, real thumping kicks and a highly effective bassline keep this groove going, lots of sample drops add an extra flavour while on the break a tense synth line hooks you in and keeps you wanting more.
On the remix for “Keep Myself” we have Alvaro Maretti vs Michel Manzano. Spanish producer Alvaro is no stranger to Basiks after his “Arcadia” release earlier this year. He has a number of releases on labels like Lux23, 2Real, Click On Music and Technical Deejay Records. Michel is also no stranger with his “Droop Live” on Bonzai Progressive with partner Pablo Santana. This remix is a real solid groover, steady beats and an impressive percussion section apply the rhythm well, brilliant sound on the break that builds to kick back to that amazing groove.
Super debut on Elemental for Davide Leonardo with his warm, rich, chilled out vibe on this 2 tracker.
“Hear The Sunset” is a real chilled out wander through beautiful piano contrasted with piercing trumpets, very warm melody invokes that feeling of watching the sun go down on a perfect day.
“Beginning The Journey” is a pure downtempo head bobbing tune, cool beats and lush pads with more superb melodies, all this is topped off with a stunning female vocal workout that gets the hairs on your neck reaching!
Three months had passed since the last EP from Joal was released at Monog Records and here he is again with two groundbreaking original tracks that will delight the most demanding dancefloors!
“Looking Down EP” is composed by “Blast from the past”, and “Looking Down”, both tracks with a very powerfull groove, a strong bassline and a creative usage of the vocal samples.
No more words needed, just listen and see for yourself! Monog Records :: Till Dance Tear Us Apart
2013 started and we invited one of our Portuguese Monster DJ’s to record one of our Club Cult’s. Lucio Monteiro. This guy played in the most mythical clubs in the last 30 years. Some of them are among the best clubs in the world, for example, D-Edge, Paradise or even in Lux, among others….Lucio Monteiro gave us a DJ Set fully provided with groove and deep harmonies. With no more description…. Just listen to this living legend!
Bulgarian DJ and producer Thomas Genchev makes his full Bonzai Progressive debut with “Groove Romance”. After appearances on Soulman Music and a remix for Mindgamers we see a nice slice of deep progressive house on our main label.
The original is kicked off with sharp hats and a tough kick which soon become blended with a cracking bassline and consistently builds up to the main event at the break. This tune completely opens up then with a wonderful female vocal taking control and then getting right back into the pure deep driving rhythm.
Mindgamers return the favour with their remix for Thomas. The dynamic duo deliver something so pure and simple it’s totally awesome. This remix is a solid four to the floor driving rhythm, a short break brings in the vocal and the groove continues, big floor sound here and will fill the boxes all over.
Henrik Kantola aka Chantola steps up with his awesome talent to deliver an inspiring remix. Quality house vibes from the start lead up to a short break where lush synths and a hypnotic vocal transform this into a cool progressive ride, classy stuff again from Henrik and sure to be a firm favourite.
I3000 aka Mario is a Belgian DJ and producer, he started into music by accident and has went on to host his own parties alongside his girlfriend in the Namur area. With a foothold into the deeper side of tech house we see a superb release on Eyepatch giving a unique sound that is very interesting to the ear.
“Rainy Summer” is a deep deep vibe with a myriad of quirky sounds and FX. A subtle kick leads us into this world where a low end bass rolls along at a steady pace, some nice detuned chords sit well in the depths. The use of many different sounds and effects keep you locked in to see what happens next, a well crafted debut.
Solartoff gives us his Deep Echo Mix, real deep and subtle in essence, an offbeat signature gives this a deep jazzy feeling. We also get a feeling of retro on the almost classic muted synth line with a soft piano coming in to add a new texture. Throughout this journey we become hypnotised by this very unique sound, top quality stuff indeed.
Debuting on Bonzai Elemental we have the very talented Russian producer and remixer, Alexely Samotarev. Alexey has a very impressive list of remixes and releases on labels like Drops, Lowbit, Liberty Rhythm and Baroque just to name a few, he is also the owner of Green Snake Records. Here he teams up with the vocal talents of Grape Sound.
“Missing Of Dreaming” is a true laidback, downtempo slice of music. The heavy kicks are a perfect companion for the sweet rich vocal and synth chords. Takes an almost DnB feel to it with the fantastically deep bassline but without the fast past tempo. A real sit back and chill vibe!
UK based duo Tom and Andre team up for a wonderful slice of prog house with a couple of quality remixes. Tom has an impressive CV in EDM, growing up with the sounds of the 80’s with New Order and Tears For Fears and later on the Rave scene. Clubbing and working all over the English Midlands it wasn’t long before production called and releases on Seasons Recordings, Open Bar and Sniff Your Ears Recordings to name a few would follow. Andre has seen releases on the same labels and the guys have joined forces on a few occasions in the past. “Sunrise Over Ganymede” comes with 2 great remixes.
The original is a real treat, starting off with a sweet melodic sound, sharp crisp hats are soon followed by a perfect kick. The melody continues throughout with lots of different sounds playing a role, a nice pad lies in the background. The bassline takes hold and a steady hypnotic rhythm is formed, classy stuff.
DJ and Producer Rishi Gargour aka Rishi. K is at the controls for the first of 2 remixes. Rishi’s “White Crane” on GM was well received and here his talents shine yet again. Moving into the deeper end of prog house with a deep thud on the kicks and a sublime bassline. Lots of FX fill the spaces and some very nifty instruments play a big role here, very well crafted remix indeed.
Van Bellen is up next with a superb solid groover. Spanish producer Yoogie offers up a taste of epic progressive house vibes, fully charged chugging bassline with a host of wonderful FX gets under your skin and holds you in its grip, huge sound here and will be on a lot of playlists for sure.
Bonzai Progressive – Best Of 2012 comes with twenty-five original and remixes from Manu Riga, Crocy, Mindgamers, Arthur M & Manos, Chantola, Fab Code, Abi-Q & Raw-E, Loquai, Planisphere, Digital Angel, Frank Le Fever, Ewan Pearson, Nancy Burrello, Tali Freaks, Soundmodul, Moffous & Francesco Parla, Alex Roque, Mylan, The Revolving Junkie, Aiemo, Redraft Memories, Dee Brown, Diego Alvez, Solunamanalia, Nu Guise and Velvet Girl.