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Portuguese purveyor of fine ass beats and grooves, Joal, returns to Piston Recordings with the fantastic three track Fish Head EP. Joal has been responsible for some top quality music over the years and has seen many releases on labels like Eyepatch Recordings, Howz Choonz, Bonzai Progressive and Bonzai Basiks to name just a few. His last outing on Piston was back in 2014 on remix duties for Paul Rudder’s Never Ending. But, his main outlet is his own Monog Records which he oversees as A&R, bringing in new talent and setting high standards. He also performs outstanding live shows where he showcases his skills running live studio equipment and instruments.
First up we have the deep and dubby acid laced Fish Head. This one burrows deep into your brain and finds its way out by bombarding your senses with scorching acid licks and some cool vocals. A super tight arrangement consisting of intricate drum patterns ensure the rhythm is flowing nicely. We are treated to some full on four on the floor beats as well as cool breaks that add a strong dynamic to the sound. Top notch stuff and a definite head turner.
Kimbra intros with a wonderfully deep and warm sound made up of chunky kick drums and a lurking bass. Crispy hats join in as a steady rhythm builds up with the introduction of various percussions. This one goes deep and taking us there we are exposed to some very well crafted sounds, just like the very cool chords and subtle acid lines that weave through the track. Surreal vocals creep in and deliver cool textures while also creating a mesmeric groove. A must have track no doubt.
XCTMNT is a nice, full on floor filler with a distinct tech house edge made up of tight drums and an ever present acid style groove. Shuffling hats and percussions dish out a solid rhythmic flow as a bubbling bassline rises up from the depths. Mysterious voices capture the imagination as intensity creeps into the sound before the acid lines are let loose on the filter. One for the dark and sweaty late night session that will not disappoint.
Italian born and London based DJ and producer PulpTalks returns to Piston Recordings with the superb two tracker – Sugar Lips. We saw PulpTalks debut here back in the Summer of 2016 with Sand which gained good support all over. With a penchant for turning out some quality vibes and for igniting the party with his DJ sets, we’ve no doubt that this guy will just get better and better.
Sugar Lips is a smooth deep house groover with a steady flowing rhythmic vibe that is made up of punchy kick drums and slicing hi hats alongside intricate percussion patterns. The bassline and synths are where it’s at here, they both combine beautifully to deliver that solid deep house groove that is sure to get the bootys on the floors, a must have no doubt.
When She Smiles intros with a fantastic heavily filtered synth that morphs brilliantly alongside a deep slow vocal. Big chunky kick drums come through and we’re taken on a deep and groovy trek filled with crispy hi hats and those excellent synths. A superb rumbling bassline sits on the low end shoring up the track and giving it a cool edge. On the break the synths are let loose before the filters kick back in leaving us wanting more. This one will definitely be a welcome addition in any late night set.
Sa.Du returns to his spiritual home with another of his sublime techno infused slices. This time we get three top notch cuts on Minimalise that are sure to grace many sets. Last time we saw Sa.Du on Bonzai Basiks was back at the start of 2016 with Body & Soul EP, but since then he has continued to produce quality beats no matter where he shows up. In July 2016 he made an appearance over on Bonzai Progressive as part of a special release to mark his time at DV1 Club in Lyon, France. Great to see him back to Basiks with this tasty treat.
Minimalise is a pure unadulterated hypnotic techno offering that delivers a solid groove from start to finish. Warm punchy kick drums are met with equally warm basses and synths as tight percussions keep the dancing feet moving. A proper in your face techno moment that will definitely do the damage on the floors.
Amaretto goes deep, deep into the techno psyche with a raw sound wrapped up in a solid arrangement. Pounding kicks and crispy hats lead the way as surreal pads swirl over head creating an air of mystery. A stuttering bass arp drives the groove and carries a retro vibe as it filters on the high and low pass. Big stabby dark synths come through to add some very cool dynamics in the sound making this a definite must have.
Bad Days is made up of some very nice beats and some stunning cosmic sounds that blend effortlessly into a surreal techno slice. Chunky kick drums lead the way as those strange and eerie sounds begin to fade up. A series of blippy techno sequences takes place and we soon find ourselves locked on for the duration. A fantastic display of music construction that will grab a lot of attention.
Jeeves debuts on Green Martian with the fantastic Mutate which comes backed up with a remix from music maestro Manu Riga. Mutate is a full on driving progressive groover with some wonderfully crafted melodies that float across the track creating some very nice textures. At its core we get a strong, solid beat which is joined by a throbbing sub bass. Swirling pads and cool FX litter the sound as a mysterious deep spoken vocal comes through. The big hitter here though is the drum section with that pounding kick and crispy hats creating a smooth rhythmic flow. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.
The ever inspiring Manu Riga is up next with his Hybrid Remix and once again we are given a masterclass in arrangement and in music. 2016? What a year for this guy, his popular album Surrounded was followed by the even more popular Surrounded Remixed, and let’s not forget the multitude of remixes such as this. An ever growing fan base is testament to this guy’s talent and, thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long for his next slice which takes him in a different direction in style and will delight his fans and jocks alike. The remix intros with a nice punchy kick drum that delivers an instant dancefloor vibe. Crispy hi hats and Manu-esque drum patterns get the rhythm moving while club-style female vocals sing out alongside an intriguing spoken narrative. A deep droning bass takes centre stage and draws you in with a little help from some cool synth, arps and FX. The break pulsates drawing in a more intense vibe on this deep and moody tech monster. Another top notch effort that will most definitely not go unnoticed.
It’s been a year already from our last foray into the mosh-pit of networking, PR, meetings and general pure unadulterated fun that is the Amsterdam Dance Event. This year we aim to delight once more with a seriously jam packed compilation filled with some of the very best cuts over the last 12 months from Bonzai Progressive. ADE 2016 (Bonzai Progressive) features 50 progressive slices from a host of artists including tracks and remixes from the likes of Airwave, Rise and Fall, Kevin Vega, Blufeld, Manu Riga, Gai Barone, Stan Kolev, Cortex Thrill, Rick Pier O’Neil, Jakhira, Phi Phi, Audio Noir, Matan Caspi, Crocy and many more. You know we always do it in style, so grab your copy of this veritable who’s who in the progressive world, and if you’re in Amsterdam between 19th – 23rd October, come and say hi.
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Based out of Miami Beach, Florida, Stan Kolev returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Breathless which features two stunning remixes from Manu Riga and Rise and Fall. This guy has been churning out quality vibes for over 10 years and in that time he has turned his hand to many styles and genres. He focuses mainly on progressive house but you will find he can dish out top notch deep house, house and tech house with the same dedication and resulting quality. A very much revered artist by his peers, Stan inspires many to reach his standard. His back catalogue is mind blowing and he has appeared on many top rated labels over the years. Great to have him on board at BP and no doubt we’ll see much more in the future.
Stan’s Original Mix delivers a solid progressive vibe that we’ve come to expect from this talented artist. This time around he dishes out an oldskool vibe that will definitely grab the attention of many. Nice punchy kicks and shuffling hats lead the way as a probing bassline weaves in and out. Stabby synth notes fade up only to dissolve leaving us wanting more. The drums section remains tight with a complex percussion arrangement sending out a steady rhythmic flow. Another fine slice from this guy that is not to be missed.
Prolific Belgian artist Manu Riga is up first on remix duty delivering a full on dancefloor filler. After many years of mastering his own unique sounds, Manu Riga has taken a slight change of direction, exploring new sounds and ideas to get only the best music to the floors and beyond. We’ve come accustomed to his sound and while this one is new we can still find the Manu Riga magic within. Busy as ever, Adriaan is working on new material and remains a much sought after remixer. He is also busy with his Escape and Ethno Science radioshows. The remix opens with a very cool rhythmic vibe that intensifies as the track builds. Shuffling hats, chunky kicks and infectious percussion patterns will get the feet to the floors no doubt. Wonderfully warm basses wash over the track, inviting you in, while in the background diva-esque vocals ring out. On the break the track whittles down to a pulsing bass and swirling pads before the melody begins to rise once more taking us back into full on mode for the duration. Superb stuff once again that will not disappoint.
Russian based DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov aka Rise and Fall returns to Bonzai Progressive with his outstanding remix. This year (2016) has shaped up to be an important one for this guy, he’s delivered the goods consistently which is why he is very much in demand for remix duties. His reputation as a quality artist continues to grow and we’ve no doubt that this one will be grabbing a lot of attention. The remix opens with a nice solid kick drum which is joined soon after by crispy hi hats and a seriously low end bassline that bubble up from the depths. Up to some very cool female vocals add wonderful texture to the sound before the track hits the first break. Here the track opens up with the bass widening out and some fantastic stabbing synths coming through which takes us back into full swing. The synths combine beautifully with the groove and we find ourselves totally locked on. A definite must have track, no doubt.
Russian DJ and producer Igor Platunoff returns with Primavera and this time he is flying solo after a successful collaboration with Blufeld on their superb cut Tiefe Gedanken back in May 2016. Tiefe Gedanken was also Igor’s full Bonzai debut as he’d previously been contributing top notch remixes and appearing on various compilations. No doubt we’ll be seeing more from this guy in the future. We’ve enlisted the talents of three top notch artists who bring in their own unique flavour to the track. Nico Parisi, Koschk and Jamie Baggotts join Platunoff on this progressively charged pack with some fantastic results.
First up though we have the Original Mix which delivers a wonderfully smooth progressive flowing sound. Nice chunky kick drums are offset by crispy hi hats that cut through the low frequencies with ease. A deep bassline wraps itself around the track bringing a deep warmth as subtle melodics dominate the mid range. Throughout the track mesmerizing pads keep us firmly locked on. Brilliant stuff.
Nico Parisi is up first on the remix and he takes the core melody from the original and transforms it into a spellbinding hypnotic endeavour that digs deep into your soul. Subtle acid lines lie in wait, teasing as the track goes deeper. The break dishes out a surreal sequence full of wonderful plucked strings that create cool textures. A real nice slice of deep prog that is not to be missed. Köschk is up next with his remix and he certainly beefs up the sound with a fantastic punchy kick drum and rhythmic percussion arrangement. Stabby bass synths stand out as the layers are built and are contrasted against some superb vocal samples. The track is a much more raw offering than the original and on the break this becomes more evident as those plucks dish out an organic flavour backed with harsher synths. A dancefloor destroyer for sure and a definite must have. Jamie Baggotts finishes up this pack with a sublime cut that just oozes pure progressive bliss from the outset. A solid punchy kick drum leads the way and is backed with rhythmic hi hats and an ever increasing percussion section. Surreal space age pads create a very cool atmosphere as the bassline chugs through the sound. The track toughens up as it evolves with the slightest hint of melody creeping through. A brilliant display once again from Jamie that will grab a lot of attention.
Thule & Hassio (COL) join forces to deliver their Piston Recordings debut – Room Advices EP. Thule is made up of Romanian artists Iulian Arbanas and Alexandru Voicu. The guys launched Thule in 2014 and have generated a lot of interest with their strong bassline approach giving them a unique characteristic. They also drew the attention of many labels over the last few years and are shaping up to be a major force on the scene. Medellin based Hassio aka Daniel Messa returns to Piston for his full debut after his remix for Dennis Franchi featuring Angelo Dobric – Into Place, back in June 2016. He has amassed a hugely impressive release count over the last few years and has appeared on many top labels during this time. He is also a hard working DJ, playing out at many gigs around his home country and beyond. Daniel also runs events for UnderGrooveNation.
Some Advices intros with a nice upbeat techy kinda drum arrangement that will get the floors moving no doubt. A deep pulsing bass delivers a healthy dose of low end as the shuffling rhythm intensifies. Distant synths melt into the arrangement which takes us to the break where a very cool vocal comes through before we are built back up and into full on mode. Superb stuff not to be missed.
Vozic Room offers a nice and smooth tech house vibe that carries a deep flavour. Chunky kick drums lead the way with crispy offset hi hats creating a rhythmic flow. Short chord stabs fade in and out as a real deep low end bass weaves through the sound. The track gives off a cool dancey vibe with a laidback kinda groove that will definitely get booty’s shakin on the floors.
The Indian is a deep hypnotic slice of tech house. Chunky kicks and bright crispy hi hats provide the intro alongside some cool synths and eerie background pads. The bass rises stealthily through the sound becoming infectious throughout. On the break we are faced with a surreal sequence made up of those eerie pads and a mesmerizing Ethnic style male vocal that adds so much character to the sound. Top notch stuff.
Japanese DJ and producer Ryo Kinjo aka Ryo-Chin debuts on Piston Recordings with the deep and luscious two tracker Chandan. Ryo’s music career started in 2000 as a DJ in clubs in Okinawa. In 2004 he started to produce his own sounds and he soon found his music appearing on various compilations. After releasing on a few labels he signed with Soulstar Records in 2015 where the bulk of his work resides. Since then he has topped many charts and playlists across the world. We’re delighted to have him on board at Piston.
Chandan delivers a solid deep house groove with fantastic live sounding drums and percussions bringing an authentic vibe. A nice and big chunky kick drum is also at play here adding some warmth alongside smooth chords and a lush bottom end. Cool synths add wonderful textures to the sound while giving off a funky vibe. The deep probing bassline keeps the track moving nicely making this a definite must have.
Roughing Mood is beautifully crafted slice of deep house that has a very cool unique vibe made up of warm analogue sounds and a very distinctive classic vocal sample. A tight drum and percussion section provides a nice flowing steady rhythmic vibe as the deep probing bassline weaves through the track. Warm chords wash over the sound as the classic vocal is met with a very cool diva-esque snippet. Top notch stuff that will be a dancefloor filler for sure.
Ruslan Vashkevich delights once more with his latest offering Blind Man’s Shine which comes backed up with two superb remixes from Jonny Calypso and Experimental Feelings. 2016 has been a busy one for Ruslan here at Bonzai, not only has he offered aural pleasure with Perfect Choice and Crystal Jelly, he’s also been responsible for some top notch remix work. This guy just keeps getting better and better, always one to watch.
The Original Mix is beautifully crafted insight into the progressive world that leaves you wanting more and more. A smooth steady flowing rhythmic drum arrangement keeps the track moving as a deep bass meanders through the low end shoring up the groove. Soft melodies creep in and sit perfectly with an array of quality FX and swirling pads. The break whittles down to just pads and FX alongside a cool spoken vocal before slamming right back into full on mode for the duration. Another fantastic slice from Ruslan that is not to be missed.
Jonny Calypso is up first on remix duties and it’s been a while since we last saw Jonny round these parts. His last outing was on Bonzai & Friends Remixes and since then he has shown up on our Bonzai Basik Beats Radioshow where he offered up a sublime mix. Here he takes us into the tech house world with his effort. Punchy kick drums lead the way as shuffling percussions form up delivering a solid and steady rhythm that is sure to get the feet on the floors. A deep bassline rumbles through the sound as subtle melodies begin to peek through the lower frequencies. This one just build and builds into a fantastic full on stomper, a definite must have track for those late night sessions.
Spanish DJ and producer Toni Gonzalez aka Experimental Feelings returns for remix duty after his very well received Paradise Sound (Green Martian) and delivers another one of his super fine progressive house cuts that will no doubt grab a lot of attention. A very much respected and reliable source of quality material, Toni continues to produce the goods on a regular basis with not only his own works but with lots of top notch remixes, just like this one. Here he takes us deep, he brings the spoken vocal from the original to the fore giving the track a wonderful character. Chunky kick drums and bright crispy hats stand out and lay the foundation for a superb raw sounding bassline that carries a sharp edge to toughen things up a bit. Soft cascading melodies are picked up and bring a cool contrasting texture to the groove. Excellent stuff once more and the perfect tool for any set.
Mendexx is back with another of his tasty musical treats. This time the Scottish DJ and producer delivers his superb deep progressive two tracker entitled Mutate which will definitely turn a few heads and more. Last time out Mendexx gave us his Deceptive Minds before offering up his remix skills on Matan Caspi’s Celebrium at the start of 2016. Since then his tracks have went on to appear on various compilations. With an ever increasing support base we’ve no doubt we’ll be seeing much more from him in the future.
Mutate is a straight up melodic progressive slice that delves deep into the imagination with its sublime sequences and hypnotic melodies. A solid beautifully tweaked bassline drives the groove while rhythmic drums keep the dancing feet shuffling. Throughout the track simplistic patterns created with expert precision produce maximum effect on the senses, taking your mind higher as the groove deepens. A simply fantastic cut that is not to be missed.
Oblivion takes us deep into the progressive sound with a tight, beautifully constructed track. Chunky kick drums lead the way as a meandering bassline draws us in with its hypnotic lull. Mesmeric vocals laced with FX provide some interesting textures and contrast well against the much brighter melodic elements. The break throws up a harsher synth sequence that climaxes into a more driving progressive groover. Brilliant stuff and a must have track in your arsenal for sure.
French DJ and producer JR From Dallas returns to Piston Recordings after a bit of a hiatus with the fantastic two tracker Slowing. We last caught a glimpse of this guy on our Secrets Of The Trade 6 compilation a few months back, but his last full release was way back in 2013 alongside LuRob and their Deep Into EP. JR has been buys though, he continues to dish out quality deep house, tech house and house joints as well as performing at many top venues across Europe. He’s currently in the middle of his album – World House Experience (Gourmand Music Recordings) – release tour which will see him take in multiple shows in the Czech Republic and Japan having already toured extensively this Summer. Great to have him back at Piston and no doubt we’ll see more of him in the future.
First up we have the deep and raw Slowing which delivers a solid moody deep house groove full of quirky sounds and a wonderful hypnotic bassline. Lush tones, warm chords and that rumbling bassline sit below a tight drum arrangement made up of chunky kicks and rhythmic percussions that will force you to move. A plethora of quirky sounds fill the space alongside a deep spoken vocal adding some very cool textures to the sound. Top notch stuff that you will not want to miss.
Yokohama Ghetto intros with a nice punchy kick drum and a cool vocal snippet alongside building percussions and crispy hi hats. A fantastic deep bassline that carries a funky element takes hold and lulls you towards the floor. Eerie sounding pads swirl over head creating a superb atmosphere that just goes deeper and deeper while the rhythmic elements keep the booty’s shakin’. Another fine slice from this guy that will not disappoint.
Italian DJ and producer K.A.M.A. debuts on Piston Recordings with the superb upbeat tech house grooves of Bounce It EP. With a penchant for deep house, dubtechno and tech house, K.A.M.A. certainly knows how to work a track and get positive reactions from the crowd. Since 2013 he’s been plying his trade with releases on various labels including Takt, Basswalk Records, Blend It Records and Little Helpers to name just a few. On the DJ front he is a popular figure at many venues and always leaves the dancefloors satisfied. Good to have him on board at Piston, this one is the bomb.
Bounce It goes right for the jugular with a solid tech house groove that delivers a whopping punch and energetic vibe. Chunky kick drums lead the way and are joined by a crispy hi hat alongside rhythmic percussions to get the feet shuffling. A fantastic deep rumbling bassline steals the show here as its low end subs rattle the speakers. Cool vocals spill out of the sound adding character with an urban feel. A truly stomper of a tune that is not to be missed.
Asthma sets off with a real nice and bouncy old school flavour as punchy kicks and shuffling hats get the rhythm moving. Cool percussions join in and you’ll be forced towards the floor against your will due to the infectious grooves. The bassline comes from way deep down in the sub department and will certainly get the booty’s shakin’ while cool vocals are spread throughout. A straight up pumping tune that will keep the party rocking long into the night, top notch stuff.
Lebanese DJ and producer duo Haig & Raffi make their Green Martian debut with the divine progressive groover Waves Of Grain which also features a top notch remix from Blufeld. Haigaz Yossoulkanian and Raffi Nersessian are an illustrious dance music act and have plied their trade for many years offering up quality trance and progressive as they go. Their releases have spanned many top labels including One Little Indian, D.Max Recordings and Sensual Bliss Recordings among others. They’ve also graced the decks and some of the best parties and festivals around the world. The guys have always had a passion for music and in their teenage years this was never more true. They absorbed all the music they could get by attending parties, listening to radio and buying tunes. Trance is their main outlet and it’s this genre that they decided to dissect and find new ways of delivering it in their productions. In 2013 they launched their own label – Sensual Bliss Recordings – which continues to offer top quality sounds. It’s a pleasure to have the guys on board and we hope to hear more from them soon.
The original mix intros with a nice chunky kick drum with shuffling hi hats, giving a smooth rhythmic feel. A deep chugging bassline comes through and the progressive juices begin to flow. Sweeping pads create a wonderful atmosphere as melodic arps with a hint of trance fade in. On the break we’re treated to a beautifully melodic sequence that mesmerizes and captivates before those hypnotic beats return for the duration. Superb stuff that will not disappoint.
One of Bonzai Progressive’s long standing artist’s is up on remix duty, and once again he delivers the good in style. Blufeld’s Progenitor Remix hits the spot with a solid progressive workout that is up there with some of his best work. His last outing Tiefe Gedanken alongside Platunoff was very well received as was his superb remix for Manu Riga’s When The Day Is Done which featured on Manu’s Surrounded Remixed. Blufeld is consistent in his approach to making music and this is manifested in all his works. Aside from producing he continues his Stimulus sessions radio show on DI.FM and regularly features world class DJ’s, the latest being Airwave. This guy just keeps getting better and we always look forward to his music. The remix intros with a fantastic pulsing bass sequence that is soon joined by a thumping kick drum and rhythmic percussions. The sound is hypnotic, drawing you in, taking you into a sublime progressive world. Swirling pads and subtle synth melodies combine beautifully in contrast to that chugging relentless bassline making this one a definite must have track.
Italian DJ and producer duo Checco Esse and Adriano Dodici return to Progrez with the superb Quick EP. Just a few short months ago the guys debuted here with their Nineteen Experience EP which gained some good support across the board as well as featuring on top download portals. Checco and Adriano have been around for quite a while and they certainly know how to work a track, Checco has been releasing quality cuts since 1995 while Adriano started around 1992. For this one the guys have went full on dancefloor destroyer with an acid laced driving techno slice, serious tunage alert.
Quick sets off with a subdued kick drum and hi hat combi as carious other drums and percussions layer up. The kicks get an injection of pure pump and the track is set on its pre-determined course into the depths of techno. A cool acid line fades up and you become instantly hooked on its mesmeric groove. A deep bubbling bassline soon follows alongside some excellent tribal style percussion resulting in the perfect fodder to keep the floors moving all night long. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Wubble intros with a nice bassy low end pulsing sound as bright crispy hats slice through the low frequencies. A punchy kick drum is introduced and grabs your attention with its interesting pattern which adds to the smooth flowing rhythmic nature of the track. A wonderful hypnotic groove, made up of those tight drums and a fantastic acid line that ebbs and flows effortlessly, is delivered out of this one making this a definite must have track to enhance the experience of the dance floor masses.