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QUADRAN – RUMOUR (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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French veteran producer Quadran aka Philippe Van Mullem delivers us his latest progressive stomper entitled “Rumour” which is backed up with three top quality remixes. Philippe’s longstanding music career spans from the eighties right through until now, he also has a lasting relationship with Bonzai who were both responsible for defining the sound of the nineties. As you will hear Philippe continues to belt out quality productions and we are delighted to see him keep on doing this. Look out for an exclusive interview with this guy where he gives us an insight into his technique, his past and much more.

The Original Mix gets off the mark in classic chunky kick style with an ever expanding percussion arrangement. We get straight into action soon after with a brilliant offset driving bass and superb synth hook. Progressive vibes ooze out of the sound and that bass begins to hypnotise as it drives through your senses. On the break some stunning melodies take over against the backdrop of a sweeping pad before the track smashes back into full on mode, top stuff here and a track that is destined for a lot playlists.

Matan Caspi works his progressive wielding magic on his remix. Subtle percussive intros get us moving with a rising pad coming through right before the chunky kicks take over. An epic deep progressive journey filled with superb basses and delicate melodies are what’s in store here and this will not disappoint.

UK based Anthony Yarranton is back on the remix roster after his track “Cotton Candy” received a warm reception. Here he takes a serious progressive direction with the sound, steady rhythms are built up with multi layered percussions and a strong kick while the bassline sits very subtly on the low end and rises when called for. Wonderfully atmospheric pads come through on the break as the track goes deeper into the vibe, a very strong track and one that will see a lot of air time for sure.

Dutch producer Thorin enters the remix line-up with a stunning tougher edged prog rework. Thorin is a busy guy at the moment with new material his top priority which we can’t wait to see, so watch this space. The remix has that true progressive vibe with the chunky kicks dominating, tight hats compliment the sound with a surging bassline bringing up the rear. An array of wonderful FX do a great job on the sound while on the break a melodic arp sweeps through. Superb stuff from Thorin and sure to draw a lot of attention.

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DIEGO ALVEZ – SLEEPLESS NIGHT (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Portuguese producer Diego Alvez is back once again to BP with another fine slice of house for our pleasure. Diego has been remixing tunes as of late with Yaroslav Lenzyak’s “Panorama” being his latest. Here he gets down to business with “Sleepless Nights” which comes backed up with 3 superb remixes.

The Original Mix gets us on the house train with a full on funked up vibe, the track fades in from nothing with a classic arrangement of high hats which are soon followed by a brilliant chunky kick and a deep throbbing bass. Rich one shot vocals add great texture to the sound and they fit so well with tight synth riffs that dominate the track throughout. One to watch here, a lot of asses will have no choice but to shake with this!

That ever impressive duo, Mindgamers, are up to their usual tricks again as they step up to remix duties. The guys work their magic as they transform the original into a tougher edged groove with sharp stabs and a wicked bassline. The vocal is used well with a few added extras while an amazing percussion section keeps the rhythm flowing. On the break we get a taste of melody before slamming back into a relentless groove!

Another great duo with another great remix, Electric Bastards step up to induce a much more tech orientated feeling. Clipped kicks are married expertly with a full flowing rhythmic percussion arrangement. The vocals have been knocked down an octave or two giving a darker twist to the sound. Dark and hypnotic vibes perfect for those late night endeavours.

Popular remixer Thomas Genchev is here with a truly sublime take on the original, going deeper into the sound Thomas comes up with a wonderful array of almost distorted sounds. The kicks pound away while multiple FX go to work alongside some unexpected synth chords. A wall of sound ensues with a rhythmic posture that would sit well in any deeper set, stunning work!

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RUBBA J – THE ART OF DOING NOTHING (PISTON RECORDINGS)

 

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Rubba J aka Jan Costermans debuts on Piston with “The Art Of Doing Nothing”. Jan is a product of the oldskool hip hop years and it was during this time that he got a drum machine and guitar and began experimenting. He was searching for funky grooves like that of his peers including Prince, Herbie Hancock and others. His sound gradually changed into deep house and this led to works with other artists and solo releases on labels like, Brique Rouge and Wally’s Groove among others.

The Original Mix is a smooth deep house offering filled with warm chords and chirpy sequenced blips. Cool rhythms are built with a nice thud on the kick and a well crafted percussion arrangement backed up by quality bass sounds. The beauty of this track lies within the multi layered synths, top notch stuff.

The Deep House Edit raises the bar with a fantastic array of house sounds gelled together with precision. The intro gives off an understated kick that holds the structure brilliantly, percussions slowly come through alongside some cool and very effective synth shots. Raspy trumpet samples ease the groove along in a fine flowing rhythm. Classic styled percs begin to appear beneath a filtered piano riff as we settle in for a top class ride through house in all its glory.

The Stripped Down Edit is a tougher edged variant with gritty kicks and noisy percussions, the trumpet sample make a return to add a cool dynamic to the track. This one is perfect fodder for those later sets and will surely stand up well on any floor.

Lastly on this release we have a different track entitled “Tree”. From the off you get a big sound feel as the drum arrangement fills the spectrum. The superb synth work is a huge feature here and will keep the ear trained as the variations are plenty. Very funky workout in places that will have those asses shaking in no time, a perfect addition to any deep house set.

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SA.DU – SAVE AS (BONZAI BASIKS)

 

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Purveyor of the finest tech beats Sa.Du delivers his latest three tracker “Save As”. Sa.Du now has a very impressive collection of works under the Bonzai imprint and this is sure to continue as he thrashes out quality vibes every time.

“Save As” intros with a myriad of different percussions which form beautifully into a solid groove, heavy kicks are the perfect addition with a superb bassline getting the groove into full effect. The introduction of strange sounding synths gives the track a slight twist and on the break warm lush synths accompany melodic piano sequences before reverting back to a sublime tech groove.

“Make Noise” gets going with a fantastic big room kick and open hat combi, a throbbing bass soon enters and a top notch groove is born. Rhythms build up nicely and on the break some brilliant FX work on the vocal creates a sinister vibe. Kicking back into the groove we get a superb synth which alone will have any floor jumping.

Finally we see super club groover “Lost Package”, the intro reveals an offset bass which goes on to dominate proceedings, this is backed with a strong kick and tight perc arrangement. A truly hypnotic vibe follows with FX work sitting in very well, great sound here and one to watch.

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VAN CZAR FEATURING PADHME – YOU & ME (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

 

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Residing in Madrid, Belgian producer Van is joined in the studio by a mystery guest, Padhme, for their track “You & Me” which comes backed up with a top notch remix. Van is very busy indeed as he churns out quality productions and performs in clubs around Madrid, he also now hosts Bonzai Basik Beats Spain which will soon be broadcasting on multiple radio stations. Padhme is the mysterious partner whom we hope to reveal more info on soon.

The original mix is a masterclass in deep vibes, the intro boasts a chunky kick with a wonderful melancholic synth chord. Crispy, sharp hats begin to appear and the groove is locked on for the duration. The break takes on a surreal vibe as a sensuous vocal meanders through the sound, this creates a quite intense feeling which works superbly well on the track, great stuff.

Polish DJ and producer Marcin Czubala steps up to remix duties with a powerful rework. Marcin has a very impressive back catalogue having appeared on labels like Mobilee Records, Your Mamas Friend, 8 Bit and Recovery Tech just to name a few. He has played in over 300 classical music concerts in the early to mid nineties and it’s this background in music that has put him right at the heart of the electronic sound. His remix kicks off with a classic bassdrum and hat, clap combination which creates a nice steady rhythm, the bass adds a techno twist with sublime pads sweeping through. The vocal sample works well with the sound, but the big focus on this track comes from the stunning synth work, this gives a retro feeling while keeping the overall sound modern. This one is not to be missed!

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DENNIS ZEPHYR – SUMMER MEMORIES (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

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Ukranian DJ and producer Dennis Zypher debuts on Green Martian with the two tracker “Summer Memories”, a divine slice of blissful progressive house vibes. Dennis got into creating music on computers from a young age, he studied the ins and outs of electronic music compositions. He gained a lot of knowledge and by 2008 he was starting to DJ at various events and radio stations, since then he has produced quality cuts in various genres with support coming from across the world.

“Summer Memories” intros with sweet melodic sounds that lead to a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combo. The surreal FX add a cool contrast and create a sublime atmosphere. A deep and lush bassline comes through adding a true summer vibe and you could easily find yourself locked into this groove on any terrace party. Melodies play a big part in the track as it progresses giving us plenty to listen out for, top notch!

“Sweet Miami” gets right into a full on house groove, the intro sees quality stabs set the scene against a rhythmic drum and percussion section. The bassline takes on a very lush persona that will get any floor moving, melodies creep into the vibe brilliantly and again we are left with a top quality tune, perfect for those banging terrace evenings.

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CLUB CULT 003 (AU RECORDS)

 

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Inês Duarte is not just another dj, she has created a certain and stable foundation that can be heard and felt in any one of her sets to date. What Inês lacks in years, she makes up for in the extensive knowledge she has acquired in her younger years, with time spent listening to some of the most talented musicians in the genre who have gone on to be some of the most influential. Her musical selection pushes through boundaries and to simply describe it as “premium”, a word commonly thrown around in the industry, sounds depreciative to anyone who knows and follows her music. Inês mainly spins House music but her foot in Techno cannot be ignored, an undeniable distinction.

This is what Club Cult has always strived for; our vision is to provide contemporary electronic music that is ruled by quality and since its inception we have always tried to not follow any trends but to forge our own path creatively.

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MANU RIGA – CIMMERIAN (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Notable Bonzai artist Manu Riga is back once again with a quite stunning piece of work. “Cimmerian” is an ethnically charged dark prog house stomper and comes backed up with top notch remixes. Manu is a busy guys at the moment as he works hard in the studio on his own material, remixes and collaborations which makes for a very exciting future.

We open with the Album Mix, the intro alone will have you intrigued as a watery effect rises from the depths accompanied by hair raising ethnic vocals. It’s not long before the kicks ramp up the energy on an epic journey that lies ahead. Brilliantly crafted percussion arrangements build up layer upon layer to create a strong progressive groove while the bass drones away in the background drawing you in. The ever changing vocals are prominent throughout and are a very strong feature of the track with some beautiful synth work matching up perfectly. Just at the midway point the intensity of this track increases tenfold as a myriad of sounds clash in total harmony and a big surprise pops up in the shape of some classic piano, awesome! This is an experience not to be missed and a testament to the stunning talent shown in Manu’s work.

Veteran of the progressive sound Van Bellen is up first on the remix. Yoogie is responsible for some absolute stunning remixes and releases on Bonzai over the years and here he continues with the same forthright creativity that always inspires. To say we are in for an epic journey is an understatement, the track opens with a superb punchy kick with percussions supplying a cool underlay. The bassline creeps up out of nowhere and before you know it your locked into a full on progressive ride. Brilliant synth and pad work keep the ears trained with anticipation as the dynamics of the track flow effortlessly. The break reveals beautiful melodic sequences which leads us straight back into the pulsating rhythm, superb stuff!

The impressive LoQuai takes to the mixing desk next with a progressive masterclass. The ethnic vocal opens the track and then powers straight into a head on collision with chunky kicks, crisp hats a brilliant rolling bassline. LoQuai certainly takes the track deeper with dark grooves and minimal use of the vocal, when the vocal is used it creates full effect and this creates a wonderful dynamic within the sound. Intense strings rise and fall as this non-stop relentless groove weaves its magic across the spectrums, top notch indeed.

Finnish DJ and producer Cid Inc. aka Henri Hurtig debuts on Bonzai with a huge progressive monster. Henri is responsible for a massive amount of releases and remixes across many many labels and his talents don’t stop there as he also runs his own label Replug. Here he kicks off the remix with a nice chunky kick drum alongside a rhythmic shaker while the bassline rises up to form the basis of a true hypnotic experience. The bassline also forms subtle melodies from deep within and as the track progresses the intensity builds to that of merciless heights. The break reveals stunning sequences that provide respite before getting launched right back into this upfront progressive groove.

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ERIC POWA B – SUNSHINE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Belgian DJ and producer garners legendary status wherever he performs. Eric has been at the forefront of the EDM scene for a long time and has held residency in some of Belgium’s top clubs. He has also produced many tracks under various guises and across many labels. In 2013 Eric’s status continues bare truth as he churns out tracks like this latest offering on BP entitled “Sunshine”, this release features four top quality remixes alongside dub and instrumental mixes.

The Original sets up a scene of true deep techy progressive house, perfect for those late night terraces. Nice beefy kicks against cool, crisp hats are set beside a throbbing, deep rising and falling modulated bassline. The big hitter on this will be the vocals which come from a very popular and legendary artist. The vocal sits beautifully within this sound and the extra FX added give it a robust feel, great stuff!

Hailing from Texas, USA, John Rivera steps up on the mix with his Sexy Summer Remix. John is well travelled on the DJ scene and has a multitude of productions under his belt across many labels including the might Slip n Slide. John has also performed at many top fashion events including the likes of Armani and Calvin Klein and his ability to play guitar is the driving force behind his productions. The track is a much more upbeat affair with that scorching summer beach party in mind as the name remix title suggests. From the off the sound makes you move as the kicks are combined with a cool piano riff and rhythmic percussions. The vocal makes an early appearance and sets the scene for the remainder of an excellent house vibe.

Mindgamers, who really need no introduction, are up next with their sublime remix. The guys are busy as always and here they deliver the goods yet again in their own unique style. A higher tempo pulls this track towards the progressive end of the scale while retaining the ever present house roots. Tight drum arrangements are married brilliantly to a rolling groovy bassline while house styled strings ebb and flow throughout the track. Subtle melodies creep in while the minimal use of the vocal create an urge for more, another stunner from Zas and Sanze!

Belgian DJ and producer Ecco makes a welcome return to remix duties with his own brand of tripped out progressive tech influenced vibes. From the get go the beats are locked into a strong steady groove with a deep pulsating bassline which dominates the track. Fantastic percussion arrangements keeps the rhythm flowing while the synths lie in wait in the background. Ecco has used the vocal here superbly, he adds multiple FX and creates an ethereal sound that captivates, great remix and one for the darker rooms!

deepAlexander returns to the Bonzai stable after his track “Timeloop” went out on Green Martian and was well received. Here his attention turns to hypnotically driven progressive beats as a brilliantly crafted drum arrangement carves out a mesmerizing groove. A nice chunky bassline delivers a punch while arpeggiated synths provide a contrasting melodic sequence. Again we see the vocal applied perfectly over the sound which will put this one on many playlists all over.

Thomas Genchev has become a firm favourite in a very short time as he is in big demand for remix duty. His latest outing “Noise & Silence” is a testament to the quality on offer from this talented producer. The remix takes things deeper with a sublime progressive workout, big focus is placed on a throbbing bassline and a subtle yet infectious and stealthy synth that gets right into the sound. The vocals come through very well indeed fitting into the groove without hesitation, another fine slice from Thomas!

Also included is a Dub Mix for the Dub heads and an instrumental version for those who want to lose the vocal.

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JOHNNY DEEP (AKA YONATHAN DAHAN) – PORTAL STEPS (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

 

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Israeli DJ and producer Johnny Deep aka Yonathan Dahan makes his full release debut with Bonzai on the ever popular Eyepatch imprint with his own brand of delectable deep tech. Johnny got a taste for electronica after listening to top jocks in the 90’s, he spent three years in and around Detroit as well as other parts of the US and Canada. He gained a mountain of music experience which he took back to Israel where performs at all the big parties and does his part to keep the underground scene alive.

“Portal Steps” intros with a deep throbbing bass alongside cool vocal samples and percussion arrangements. The beats kick in throwing us into a full on deep and techy house jam with some very groovy synth stabs bursting with house flavours. Throughout the track the vocal samples come through very well and the funk levels keep on rising, one to watch and sure to be on many floors upon release.

“Soulvation” is Johnny’s next track and comes in the form of his Deeper Dub. A much deeper vibe is evident with a slower tempo driving the grooves. Very well crafted percussions and FX work tie the track up beautifully while a super smooth deep, infectious baseline brings up the rear. On the break classy synths do their work and force you to shake that ass, great stuff.

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