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Highly acclaimed as DJ and Producer, Julien Nolan debuts on our Green Martian imprint with the wonderful two tracker ‘Crossing Lines EP’. Julien has always been following his own vision of electronic music. He started off DJing and throwing parties at the age of 15 in Nice, South of France. This led him to hold a residency at Nikki Beach, St Trropez for 2 years. Eventually he got into producing and his ﬁrst release led to a broader recognition of his skills, and releases on several other labels like Red Session Records, OM Records and Ultra soon followed.
First up we get into a smooth progressive house flow with ‘Crossing Lines’ as a cool arp sweeps through the intro and the kicks thrash out a dancing beat. A driving bassline engulfs the track as it leads the main focus of the sound with super tight percussions, particularly some big and brash toms, keeping the rhythm flowing. The break reveals more of that constant arp as the bass creeps back in to the back drop of a very cool tweaked vocal sample. The track powers back into full swing after the break leaving us with the sweet taste of progressive house goodness, top notch!
‘Fargo’ sets off with a very smooth synth line that steadily builds as melodies are constructed beautifully. We get thrust right into the vibe as a phat kick delivers a solid platform alongside a superb downbeat snare. A short break unveils a fantastic piano riff that will have the house heads bouncing. A super groovy bassline is the perfect companion for that piano riff and on the break the two are joined effortlessly to create one hell of an infectious melody. Great stuff from Julien that is most definitely not to be missed.
Beyond Beats aka Sam LoPiccolo is a DJ and producer from Providence in the USA. He’s been DJing for around 5 years and producing music for around 4 and half years. He likes to produce deep house and techno and will sometimes branch out into other genres if his mood takes him. Here we see his Bonzai debut on our deep progressive imprint Progrez with the sublime two tracker entitled ‘Somewhere Out There’.
‘Somewhere Out There’ intros with a surreal distant vocal and metallic rising FX sounds before effortlessly cruising into a smooth deep progressive tech vibe with cool kicks and rhythmic percussions. The intro FX continue throughout with various other sounds layering on top to create a very cool atmosphere. The bass sounds on offer are stunning, from the deep low end subs to staccato sequences and more. The short break keeps us locked into that surreal vibe before we are taken back into the main groove. Top notch stuff!
‘Featuring Some Birds’ gives off a strangely dark vibe right from the off with those chunky kicks and a superb bass filled FX sequence. Percussions slowly build to provide a solid rhythm for the track as deep rooted basses start to come through. Brilliantly crafted drum patterns give a slight tribal feel to the sound which adds lots of character and will no doubt make this a firm favourite in many sets.
SRUR’s Muzika series is back with Volume 7. This series has been gaining lots of momentum as label boss Oz Romita continues to source only the finest cuts for inclusion. As we’ve come to expect we see four more top drawer artists deliver four stunning tracks.
First up we have Ozan Kanik & Harun Karabulut that join forces once again to bring ‘Yavas Yavas’ to life. Nice big phat kicks get the track moving with an expertly crafted percussion arrangement getting the rhythm flowing. Cool vocal samples are the perfect addition to the sound as our sense are raided by the organic vibe coming through. Quite a minimal groove with a massive punch, the detail shown in the various FX and sounds is stunning making this a must have track for sure.
Then comes ‘Badub’ from Davide Marchesiello. The track intros with a cool deep bass filled vibe, punchy kicks blend beautifully with the bass as percussions skip along adding rhythmic grooves. The FX work comes through brilliantly and adds smooth textures to the groove. Cool new patterns can be found throughout as the arrangement lets loose on the percussions. Very well crafted sound here and perfect ammo for the darker rooms.
Manoah delivers the sublime ‘Onduidelijk’. A very subtle intro with the kicks holding off on the punch and soft hats that create a cool vibe. Before long we are thrust into the main track as a deep bass comes through and forms the main focus of the track. On the break cool atmospheres are created as the track breaks down to just a simple yet effective percussion line and some cool FX that give an urban feel. A truly dark journey that will sit well in those dark sets, no doubt.
Kendrick is up next with his track ‘Get Up’. Nice and smooth percussion intro that builds to a full on kick that dominates the sound. Cool vocal samples pop up throughout and give character to the sound. A throbbing bass soon commands authority as the track settles into a steady flowing rhythm. The drum arrangement takes centre stage at the break with more intricate patterns forming up beside a classy piano stab before slamming right back into the main groove. Brilliant stuff.
Swiss based artistic group Vechigen return with another of their brilliant creations in the form of ‘Heart Of Croatia’. These guys are what Bonzai Elemental is all about, pure chilled out vibes that enable you to lose yourself just for a short while, blissful.
‘Heart Of Croatia’ sets off with a beautifully serene vibe filled with wispy sounds and sweet melodies to the backdrop of a sharp snare and broken beat arrangement. The melodies become a main focus as they evolve brilliantly with the sound. On the break the pads intensify as they fill with lushness and are joined by surreal whispering vocals. Perfectly chilled slice for those lazy days and nights!
‘Broken Reality’ intros with a fantastically layered choir voice that weave intricate melodic patterns. Softly struck keys join in as a great arp sequence takes shape. The track descends into an arrangement of expertly crafted drum patterns before those pads and strings bring back the melodies. A perfect track for hot summer days by the pool or a cosy evening by the fire.
Deuzler debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the two tracker Go Toward The Light. He is an admirer of electronic music who has been around for many years in the Mexican scene, nine years as DJ and three years as a producer. He has played in the best clubs in the country including huge outdoor events.
First up is Go Toward The Light which sets off in full on mode with a chunky kick and superb pulsating bassline. Beautiful synth pads sweep through the sound and tease out sweet melodic sequences. The bassline is hypnotic as it remains a constant throughout the track and is accompanied by some very cool FX. The break opens up a surreal world with the bass and synths contrasting beautifully. A perfect example of progressive house with that darker edge and no doubt this will grab a lot of attention.
Echo Of A Whisper intros with a very cool kick and plucky deep bass combo. The tracks signature is so perfect for this sound as it gives the bassline pride of place. Short synth riffs peek in and out of the sound and are joined by smooth pads on the break before that wonderfully balanced kick and bass combo comes bursting back. Smooth and groovy prog vibe her which is not to be missed.
Russian DJ and producer AnLight makes his debut on Bonzai Progressive with the superb No Advance which is backed up by two stunning remixes. This young producer has been around the scene for a few years now and has seen his music released on quality labels. A very exciting future lies ahead and with a talent like this we have no doubt about great things to come.
The Original Mix gets going with a huge punchy kick and subtle hats before some very cool synth pads wade in alongside a tasty vocal. A grungy bass soon comes through the sound as it throbs out its melody while an absolutely fantastic vocal grabs all the attention with its catchy lyric and upbeat vibe. The break lets loose with strings and a droning bass sound that is the perfect contrast with the vocal as a backdrop. We are taken back up to the main track with a superb synth line that just oozes progressive house flavours. Not to be missed, an all round wonderful track that will no doubt be a big feature!
Belgium’s own Nico Parisi is first up to remix as he delivers his Deep Remix. A firm favourite in the Bonzai office and beyond, Nico is gearing up for what will be a very very busy schedule over the summer months. Festivals, clubs and more are on the agenda along with a few new studio projects we are eagerly awaiting. The remix intros with a cool layered kick with percussions forming up all around getting the groove into full swing. Subtle pads ease in and soon a fantastic deep bass blasts through as it pulsates right throughout the sound. The vocal just owns this track, even though it sits back it still packs a huge punch due to the catchy nature. The break reveals some surreal synth work that is the perfect companion to the vocal taking us deeper into the vibe and then thrusting us back into this big and bold sound. Top notch stuff yet again from Nico.
Davide Catania delivers his remix and takes the sound on a brilliant journey right into the heart of progressive house. We last saw Davide with a remix on Daddy’s ‘Memories Are Forever’ on Green Martian which was very well received indeed. The remix sets off with a very cool drum section as the classic kick and snare combo is joined with sharp hats and a very noticeable 80’s styled electric tom. A raw, organic bass is beautifully tweaked into the sound and injects an a huge amount of energy into the groove. The vocal stands out superbly and is one of those vocals that is instantly etched into your brain as if you’ve known it for a long time. Beautiful melodic sequences give the sound a broad appeal and will be a must have for any progressive set.
Based in Barcelona, Spain, GarcyNoise aka Ruben Garcia returns to Piston with this stunner entitled The Colour Of Your Heart. Ruben has featured on Piston before with cuts showing up on The Secrets Of The Trade 2 and Best Of Piston Recordings 2012 as well as the diverse She’s Got It EP back in 2012. Considered an international force in electronic music Ruben has worked with top producers from around the world and is a highly respected DJ and producer. He set up his own label Justified Cause Recordings which has spawned a whole host of top talent and led to the formation of a sub label, Justified Entertainment which itself has a very impressive roster. Vinyl is a big part of his ethos and he has been collecting since a young age, at 17 he started to play at parties around his hometown and beyond before breaking out onto the international scene.
First up we have the Original Mix of The Colour Of Your Heart with its electrified intro that features very cool FX accompanied by a raw bass sound. A nice phat kick soon appears and the groove starts to take shape beautifully. The track takes on a very street vibe with gritty sounds and sharp percussions. The arrangement is tight and combines well giving off that raw house vibe which becomes so infectious. The break introduces a smooth funky synth that gives so much character and makes this a definite must have for those deep sets.
Spanish DJ and producer Andres Boned aka Bonetti delivers a stunning remix of The Colour Of Your Heart as he takes the sound through a pure house workout with sublime twists and turns. We recently saw Bonetti’s ‘My House Of Neglect’ on Piston which done the rounds in style. This remix is top notch as it nurtures the original sounds into a driving house groove filled with sublime organ riffs that will have you hooked in no time and a super tight drum arrangement that will have the asses shaking all night long. All this is shored up by a very cool and deep bass that sits perfectly within the sound. Cool vocal samples are evident throughout and keep with the street vibe of the original. Top notch stuff from Bonetti, not to be missed.
The next track we have is the Original Mix of Not NY. The intro is a smooth percussion led sequence with a classic wood hit that drives the tempo beautifully. A fantastic stab teases its way into the sound and soon dominates the track before a nice chunky kick gets the track really moving. Classic electro sounds are there to be discovered as the track evolves with the master stroke being that groovy bassline that seeps right into your soul as it commands authority throughout the sound along with its groovy synth riff partner. Nice vocal samples are the perfect addition here and round off a stunning display of house music production, superb stuff!
Italian DJ and producer Ivan Masa offers up his remix of Not NY. Ivan’s last outing on Piston was the stunning ‘Don’t Stop The Groove Man’ which solidifies this guys talents as a top end producer. Here the remix takes the groove that little bit deeper with its tough bass that pulsates right through the sound. Cool drum arrangements provide a solid rhythmic bass as classic vocal samples come through. A stabby synth begins to form and transforms into a tasty riff that keeps this track firmly at the deeper end. The break sees more of that synth stab as beautifully placed strings and pads begin to filter in. A brilliant slice of house that will do well on the floors no doubt.
We like to see Johnny deliver the goods to the Eyepatch office because every time he does we are always blown away. Down The Road offers three superb cuts in true Johnny Deep style. His last outing New Era EP was very well received as no doubt this one will be also.
First up we have Down The Road with its glitchy intro coupled with a pulsing bass tone and slowly building percussions. A very cool kick gives the track a laid-back feel as an equally cool vocal sample delivers its message. The groove has a nice shuffle as it varies its signature effortlessly and keeps this track firmly in the deep tech spectrum. A subtle bass meanders through as the drum arrangement is constructed. The break takes us through a surreal world that combines many sounds and in particular a fairground type organ which is a nice little twist in the vibe, excellent stuff yet again!
I Do, Tekno Version, intros with a very cool vibe as a punchy kick is met with some superb percussion arrangements. Cool FX takes us to the next level as an offset bass is joined by snappy vocal samples and more of that fantastic drum section. The track really gets going when those synth stabs do their work as every ounce of tech is squeezed out of the sound, top notch stuff!
Rounding off this stunning pack we have Soulvation which is remixed by High M Vectro who is a wonderfully dynamic producer having turned his hands to many genres. The track intros with a brilliant kick and bass combo along with classic snares on the downbeat, very punchy with a somewhat upbeat vibe. Vocal samples sweep by and are joined by subtle FX here and there. The bass soon becomes hypnotic as the track shuffles along with a very cool mixture of synth stabs coming through. A fantastic track that will be a must for any set!
Audio Noir deliver his newest three tracker entitled Pressure as he takes us on a sublime progressive journey. His last outing R3WIND stunned as it brought a bit of old school into the modern era. In comparison we can see what a talent this guy is as he is able to produce top quality sounds for yesterday and today, that is a true gift in the world of electronic music.
First up we have Pressure which takes the progressive sound to the deeper levels. Right from the off we get a cool deep vibe as the bass pulses with the rhythms of the percussions. Intricate patterns are borne out of expertly crafted arps as smooth synth key play out in the background. The introduction of a monster bassline takes the track to a new level and is joined by a superb single note synth that adds a wonderful texture. A short break leads us back into the deep vibes of this track as we get locked in. Absolutely stunning stuff yet again from Audio Noir!
Physical is up next and sets off with a percussion laden intro, this soon expands with the addition of some very cool, almost experimental sounds that blend together beautifully. Brilliantly constructed arrangement with a multitude of sounds that will have you back for more. A smooth deep bass soon joins in as the groove goes into full swing with even more sounds coming into the mix. You’ll find a nice hidden gem late on as a classic hoover style rave sample makes an appearance. This guy just gets better and better!
The Man In The Paper Hat rounds off this superb pack. Straight into a full on flowing progressive groove with phat kicks, crispy hats and some stunning percussion arrangements. The bassline bursts through and grabs you with its throbbing grooves forcing you to move. The track breaks down into a sublime synth sequence with its dynamic signature before we are ejected right back into this full on prog fuelled monster. A definite must have!
Austrian duo Mann & Klamm debut on Piston with this floor stomping three tracker entitled ‘It’s All On You EP’. The guys met in 2010 and since then they have been on the international DJ circuit playing top venues alongside other top jocks. Sexy house cuts are what the guys are about and their track on Houseology ‘Don’t Hold Me Back’ is a perfect example.
The Original Mix of ‘It’s All On You’ sets off in a smooth and groovy beat with some cool electro styled percussions going off. Big chunky kicks and crispy hats keep the rhythm flowing as a pounding bass enters the fray. All along we have a sultry vocal which gives the track so much character and soon the vocals are joined with a warbly deep house chord that sets the track off beautifully. Superb stuff from the guys!
Next up is the DOS Remix of ‘It’s All On You’. The intro gets right up in your face with a bouncy kick and hat combi that will get those toes tapping. The vocal comes through nicely alongside a cool chord and strings. The plucky bass ramps up the groove and leaves us with a well balanced deep house joint that will do well on the floors, no doubt.
‘We Know It Is’ intros with a very cool percussive element alongside a low end kick, crispy hats soon join in and a cool rhythm is formed. The bass creeps up on you and soon you are wrapped up in its strong and powerful groove. Beautifully layered chords work in tandem with that bass with stunning results. Cool vocals are dotted throughout giving the track cool twist, big floor friendly track here, not to be missed.
‘People’ has that classic kick and hat intro we all know and love. A brilliant repetitive vocal fades through as the layers build around this solid groove. The bass has a powerful resonating tone that creates an infectious groove and have you shakin that ass in no time. Fantastic stabs give the track a pure house vibe and takes us up to the break where the vocal becomes prominent before the stabs take over again and bring us right back to this solid, deep house stomper!
Alfredo makes a welcome return to Bonzai Basiks with his My House EP. We last saw Alfredo around this time last year when he delivered the stunning Retrospective EP and we have no doubt that we will see the same top quality this time around.
The title track My House sets us off with a smooth intro dishing out some silky percussions and cool kicks. This leads us to a deep and raw sounding bass that really works its way through the sound and is joined by a raspy spoken vocal sample. We get drawn right into the groove on this as the deep tech edged vibe takes hold. On the break the bass takes a back seat and allows a cool percussion arrangement to come through before slamming right back into the darkness this track creates, superb stuff.
The Scrawl is up next and right from the off we are thrust into a full on techno fest. A deep throbbing sub bass is joined by cool clipped kicks and a superb percussion line followed up with crispy clear hats. Cool vocal samples give the track a darker feel and will makes this a strong favourite for the darker rooms. A big feature in the track is the expertly arranged percussion section, tight and to the point as various rhythms filter through alongside a more energetic secondary bass and a continuous metallic perc hit. Brilliant!
Fly To Chicago rounds off this EP with a cool punch. Nice chunky kicks are joined by brittle closed hats that continue to surprise throughout the track as they open and close to great effect. A bubbly and pulsating bass rides the rhythms brilliantly over the course of the track as surreal synths and pads make a show. Again we see a perfectly executed percussion arrangement that provides the basis of this stunning cut, a must have no doubt.
Kindred Spirits return to Green Martian with Close Up and comes with a fantastic remix from Jakhira. We last saw the guys a while back with Square 1 EP which saw good support from many quarters.
First up we have the Original Daytime Setting mix which gets right into full swing with a superb kick that punches through beautifully and is joined by cool and rhythmic percussion. On the break we see a sweet melodic piano take centre stage before crashing right back into this powerful mover. The track is driven by those wonderful basses that truly defines the characteristics of this duo as they deliver another top notch progressive house joint.
Jakhira’s Night-Time Setting mix is up next and again we see the quality of production dripping with purely progressive flavours. Nice and punchy clubby kicks are joined by tight percussion patterns that provide a solid rhythmic base. Beautifully sequenced melodies are big feature and sit perfectly with the groovy bassline. The break is a journey in itself as pads and strings combine with a sweet melodic piece before building back into this full on prog house slice. A definite must and not to be missed!
Enter 42 debuts on Elemental with the sublime album Distorted Times. Having started to dabble in music around five years ago a lot of experimenting was done with different genres like Metal and Rock before electronic music was found. After getting himself a midi keyboard and some top class audio software, Enter 42 was born and as you will see the results are stunning.
First up we have Membrane Poetry which intros with a wonderfully melodic acoustic guitar with soft synth keys wafting through the background. A real smooth downtempo beat eases its way into the sound as various other melodic elements filter in. Very nice and laid-back piece.
Crowds slowly fades in with a beautifully layered pad filled with cool melodies and leads up to a bassy drum section giving off a surreal urban vibe. The track meanders along before breaking into an atmospheric sequence and ultimately going silent with just a hint of a bass note. Softly struck keys break the silence as the track slowly builds up to the main groove, great stuff.
Whenever gets going with an orchestral feel as deep noted strings blend to reveal a smooth and melancholic melody. Super chilled beats come through alongside a throbbing bass that dominates the sound brilliantly. A perfectly synced ride through the ethereal world of chilldom!
Next up we have Burnout with its sweet melodic intro and distant sounding drums. The drums come up top to unleash a very cool, almost drum and bass rhythm which is accompanied by a superb pulsating bass. Excellent stuff that will let your mind drift high!
Runaway comes to life with a surreal and melancholic tune that really grabs a hold of your imagination. Smooth and silky beats provide toe tapping grooves as the track digs deeper into your soul. A very cool interpretation that will have you wanting more!
And Again intros with a deep rooted bass stab alongside a sweet melodic sequence. Heavy, hard edged drums with an industrial flavour give the sound a huge punch as more melodies are formed. Great work on the filters provide cool textures as the track fades right out before coming back in with a smooth synth, top notch!
42 is an epic ride through chilled out, laid-back grooves. A cool percussive intro that builds a solid platform for the variety of soundscapes being constructed. Distant sounding gated FX are coupled with very subtle melodies which comes to the fore during the break alongside a cool bass. A definite must as you will soon find yourself lost within your thoughts!
Surfing Myself intros with a cool and very chilled slow hip hop beat. Gritty, grungy synths reverberate through the sound brilliantly with lots of cool tweaks creating various textures. A nice little acid line weaves its way through the sound also that gives the track a lot of character. Superb stuff!
Lastly on this fantastic debut album we have Random Acts Of Violence with its distorted synth intro and deep throbbing bass. Cool snare based drum sections give off solid rhythms and as the track builds you get locked right into its groove. A short break reveals a classy pad before we are drawn back to this glitchy downtempo vibe.
Elements records presents its 4th release, the LP ‘Hexágono Amoroso’, by Miguel Torga, one of the most exciting portuguese producers of recent times. Eleven tracks that tell the story of an abstract portugality, somewhere between the sweet melancholy of countryside mornings, dancing at some friendly after hours, or the dawning while embraced by someone to whom we feel inevitably attached to, but life’s game makes us wander through labyrinthine emotions. It is not a heavy record though. The blend of house/dub music, clever voice samples and this portugality, a nostalgia of the past, the eternal return to a beauty and peace of the most bucolic country, make for a very light and graceful record, as though it is bringing down the curtain of the fatalist history of Portugal, to a happy ending and in a warm nest. Production is cohesive, full of arrangements that are original and laden of personality, and his love for film, literature and intelligent humour is translated throughout the LP by means of more or less obvious references.Arty and colourful, it´s a must have abum for the arriving summer.
‘Pina Bausch do Intendente’, the opening track, as a matter of fact, immediately shows the subversive game of daily relationships, through undefined word plays, inviting to a sensual game of funk, tension and uncertainty. The elements of percussion, field recordings and the almost tragic sweeps, because so determinant,
complete this picture of uneasy crescendo.
‘Rosa Maria e os calores’ comes right away to ease all the tension with a solid and cheerful groove, pointing that dance can solve complex questions. Surrender completely to this wise track, where almost clinical voices, a sudden shout and a naughty tropical flute makes us aware and alive right on the dancefloor. The story goes on…
‘Do Lago’ is the third track, a superb ode to this portuguese paradise so envied outside. Ambient, dub, water sounds and an ethereal lead line take us to an almost hipnotic state of existencial perfection. Slowdown is intended but the mechanical
groove keeps the soul positive.
‘Pela água eu rei’ follows, a spacey-techno-dub bomb, spiced up by a languid and lazy voice that invites to a closing of the eyes, and an offering of our body to the dance. At this point we realize how this story makes sense in a frightful way, due to Miguel’s artistic sensibility and experience as a producer.
‘A Mariana’ keeps the dancing tone, cheerful and suggesting balance in a deconstructed groove with dramatic melody, of an almost ludicrous surreality. The instruments play and react together naturally, inscribing physicality to the track.
‘Tu és tão fresca’, aka ‘minimal doesn’t equal boring repetition’, makes tropicality show up once more, not letting us down. This element is actually preponderant throughout the record, giving pleasent sensations and a sunny feeling to the story: Portugal is sun.
‘Fauna e Flora’ comes next, a nostalic story full of hope, where the repetitious groove leads to a travelling through this hidden country, so constrasting in spaces and memories. That feeling of being on the road.
‘Quero-te longe’ is an incursion in pop house and minimal, with wandering and abstract pads, making for a potential perplexity along the jumpy rhythm of the track. Divergent emotions in full kinetic harmony.
‘Foguete’ could just as well put an end to the record, an anthem to classic house, where smiles and the complicity of dance are unavoidable. Love is a party, of one, two, three, a thousand. Once more the melodic arrangements create a well achieved cinematic effect, which is no surprise coming from a film fan, even though it’s a straight to the point track.
‘Caminhos’ is still on hold, a true hard to classify epic, somewhere between post-dubstep and solid acid that leaves us tiny before such sonic moment. It is hard to imagine a better counterpoint to the whole record, music that shows the confident maturity and eclecticism of Miguel. Proper destructive. Welcome be the future.
‘Ex’ is the exitus opus, disarming of all racional structures supported on rhythm and dance, leaving us drifting in a marvelous filigree of ambient, dreamy and mysterious.
12th installment in the Afterhour Trax series, this time featuring original tracks and remixes be Airwave, Phi Phi, Yuriy From Russia, Moshic, Manu Riga, Velvet Girl, Tom Conrad, Andre Bonsor, Dale Middleton, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Quincy, Audio Noir, Crocy, Steve Sai, LoQuai, Audiotox & Overtone Watson, Reflecton Soul, SeamLess Beat, Gibbon, Chantola, Martusciello, Hoova & White Resonance, Apsara, Davide Catania, Aeonism, Rafa’EL featuring Olga Misty, deep Alexander, Mindmusik, WayWork & Ignacio Guana, Horizon and Smartwave.