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Years after the release of Triloops Dance Breaks, Airwave’s first sample collection, which got an insane 10/10 by the reviewers of Computer Music magazine, time for another episode and another concept: 300+ files that represent about 30 different vibes and about a dozen variations of each.
13th episode in the Afterhour Trax series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, Phi Phi, Relaunch, Matt Holliday, Kay-D, Alex Vidal, Manu Riga, Van Bellen, LoQuai, Moshic, Solar Fields, Gai Barone, Audio Noir, Silicon Syndicate, Ewan Rill, Quincy, Nico Parisi, DJ Fire, Kintar, Nae-tago & Squillante, AnLight, Julian Dep, Quadran, Anthony Yarranton, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Derek Howell & Faskil Warm, Soft Knees, Cordoba, Etnia and Suggy.
Fresh off the back of his last outing Perla with Gai Barone, Nico is back with the wonderful Napoli By Night and comes backed up with three superb remixes. Nico has consistently proven his skills in the studio as his productions continue to deliver that WOW factor. Support is always near when he release and features on top download sites and charts remain constant. Currently enjoying a thriving festival season, Nico appeared for a double stint at Tomorrowland’s double weekender at the Bonzai Stage. Watch this space as much more works are in the pipeline.
The Original Mix intros with a nicely rounded kick and hat classic combi as a stuttering synth fades through with the filters opening teasingly. The track bursts into life with the introduction of a stunning bassline that provides a solid bedrock for this fantastic deep progressive mover. Epic pads sweep across the sound beautifully and pulse with the beat taking us up to the break. Solid progressives grooves from Nico that will no doubt grab a lot of attention.
Chris Harris debuts on Bonzai with his superb remix. Chris has been around the scene for many years having started out as a bass player in 1992. He turned to DJing and played all over the UK with much success. After a short hiatus he returned to the scene and threw himself into production focusing on his love of Progressive Trance, with his first release coming in February 2014 with Lost In The East on Transportal Digital. With a new track of his own on the way we are delighted to have Chris on board. Here he sets the tone for a sublime progressive journey as the track intros with a solid driving beat comprising chunky kicks and a smooth pulsating bassline. Rhythmic percussions are applied beautifully as rising synths take us through the layers. Synth pads burst into life and send us on a euphoric ride as the darker beats keep the groove flowing. Melodies weave in and out of the sound creating a refreshing seam on this outstanding cut, a must have for sure.
Next up we have Jakhira’s Rework which testifies the skills on offer from this hugely talented artist. A very popular choice at Bonzai as proven with his last effort on Crocy’s Recht, Jakhira certainly knows how to get the progressive juices flowing. A nice a smooth intro with percussions leading the way as a deep house chord stabs through. Chunky kicks punch in and the groovy chords begin to weave their magic releasing a purely deep house vibe. The bassline provides the proggy edge to the sound as it cuts a lush swathe through the groove with a little help from beautiful rich pads. The break lets loose with bright melodic sequences to the backdrop of a droning bass as the track builds back up and continuing on its wonderful journey, top notch.
Up next we have Lonely Sun & Nicolas Agudelo on remix duty. The guys recently remixed Alex Vidal – Solar Citadel with much praise coming from many quarters. They are relative newcomers to the Bonzai stable and have already made quite an impression. Deep progressive tones provide the intro with a cool offset bass driving the groove alongside a tight drum arrangement. Melodic flurries cascade throughout in short arp bursts adding smooth textured layers. The break unleashes a euphoric episode as the melodies are enhanced by rich pads leaving you lost in this wonderful slice of prog, top class stuff.
Crocy’s Recht gets a full makeover with four fantastic remixes and a Vocal mix. The track was previously featured on Cry back in the Autumn of 2013 in instrumental form. This time around we are treated to the wonderful vocals of Cotry which give the track a beautiful narrative.
First up we get right into the action with the Vocal Mix. Tight drum arrangements sit over subtle percussions that build up a nice flowing rhythmic vibe. In contrast the deep bass transforms from soft and rounded into tough and gritty effortlessly adding a strong dynamic. The tantalising vocal really sets the track off as you find yourself locked in to the sultry grooves, great stuff yet again from Crocy.
Audio Noir just can’t keep away at the moment, the guy is churning out quality cuts and remixes at every turn. Here we have his Sound Of Eve Remix which totally beefs up the original in a big way. A shuffling percussion led intro is soon joined by a nice chunky kick that really gets the track on the move. A lush bass note takes over and oozes progressive house vibes to the backdrop of a tweaked vocal sample. The bassline rumbles through the sound as the layers come together to complete a truly epic slice of prog that is not to be missed.
Hady Tarek returns to Bonzai Progressive on remix duties after his debut Night Shift performed very well indeed. He also recently saw a stint on Bonzai Basik Beats radio show among other things. Here he churns out a top class offering as the intro boasts a cool punchy kick withy rhythmic percussions bringing up the rear. Short chord stabs tease as a very smooth guitar lick in introduced adding an air of Balearia to the groove. The deep bass which powers the track is accompanied by the beautiful vocal from Cotry and takes us to the break where that guitar lick becomes more prominent. Edgy stuff and a definite must for any party this summer.
Jakhira delivers his stunning Undercurrent Remix. Recently we saw Jack on remix duty for Kindred Spirits and Wild Guess as well as his own Princess EP which featured very well on the circuit. Here he strips the groove back to a smooth flowing progressive vibe. Cool, punchy kicks are complimented with a subtle yet very effective percussion line that keeps the rhythm grooving. Deep and lush basses are the order of the day as the track takes us through the paces beautifully. The vocal sits perfectly in the sound as it contrasts the bass wonderfully. The break serves up a very cool melodic sequence as stuttered strings and synths do their work. Excellent stuff that is not to be missed.
Lastly on this superb pack we have a stunning slice from deepAlexander who we last saw on remix duty for Matan Caspi and Chantola as well as his own Midnight Launch. Here the groove takes a laidback approach with smooth flowing rhythms. The intro goes deep with a chunky kick alongside subtle percussion as a bubbling bass lurks in the rear. Sweet melodic flavours filter through and tease throughout as the layers form. On the break deep rooted chords accompany that sultry vocal as the track heads back into the main groove for the duration. Classy stuff that will be a welcome addition to any set.
DJ and producer duo Different Things aka Riccardo Masi and Alessio Zobbi debut on Piston with this stunning five track release entitled Half Past Midnight EP. The guys have just recently saw their Soul Light EP on D-Lab Records hit the shelves and they have more projects on the go. We are delight to have them here at Piston with this fantastic offering and we hope to see much more soon.
First up we have Everybody Wanna Move with its super cool lounge grooves. Right from the off the track oozes deep house vibes that captivate throughout. The tight drums and percussion arrangements will get the toes tapping as the bassline meanders along with a slice of funk. Beautifully tweaked chords mesmerize and are contrasted perfectly with some brighter piano riffs. Sultry and smooth for those late night sessions.
Koto intros with a deep bass alongside rhythmic percussions and a cool break beat vibe. Smooth piano hits come through as the layers build before the 4×4 kicks take control. Groovy melodies take over as the piano is joined by cool synths bringing a funky treat to the sound. Smooth laidback rhythms with a mellow vibe that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Half Past Midnight takes the term super cool to whole new level as the track oozes smooth deep house flavours right from the off. Inoffensive kicks and cool shuffling percussions provide the perfect backdrop to the track while the deep and groovy basses power the track forward. The big hitter here is the stunning key work, deep chords are contrasted beautifully by sweet melodic riffs and laidback pianos. Great stuff that will grab a lot of attention.
True Waves dishes out a slow and groovy jam with a myriad of funky licks and a tightly arranged drum section that builds a smooth rhythmic flow. Perfectly plucked basses create a cool, swaying groove that will force you to get those dancing feet moving. The piano section builds smoothly as chords are struck alongside funky riffs as an organ ramps up the vibe. Definitely a must have for any collection which will not disappoint.
Lastly we have Sunday Brunch which starts life as a cool percussive groove with rising chords coming through in the background. Nice chunky kicks soon take control and we are set on a deep and soulful journey through the house spectrum. A stunning deep bass drives the track beautifully as the synths continue to rise alongside some cool FX and bright plinky pianos. Funky riffs are played out and create a wonderfully textured groove in this superb slice. Not to be missed.
It’s been a while since we last saw Lucio here at Bonzai HQ. His last outing was way back in the Spring of 2013 with Templum EP, since then he has been a guest on Bonzai Basik Beats among other things. Today we have this stunning two tracker Let’s Go which will no doubt turn a few heads.
First up we have Get Back with its cool pulsing bass intro that leads to a punchy kick and crisp hat combi. The offset bass drives the track beautifully as a funky house vibe comes off the synths. The synths will get the dancing feet moving as the filters sweep over creating a wonderfully textured layer. Cool bouncy vibes burst out of the groove making this a definite must have for any set this summer.
Next up is Get Ready which intros with a nice chunky kick and is soon joined by a deep fuelled bassline that just materialises out of nowhere. Contrasting crispy hats and percussions keep the rhythms flowing steadily as tech elements filter through the sound. The break reveals a very cool underlay with a distant acid riff and some very cool FX work before we slam right back into full on mode. Superb stuff that will appeal to many for sure.
Russian producer Reflection Soul aka Robert Besmaternykh returns to Green Martian with April (Dreams) which comes in two flavours. His last appearance was on his debut with Constellation which saw good support across the board and we have no doubt this stunner will follow suit.
First up we have the Original Mix that intros with a cool Balearic flavour as smooth kicks are joined by an atmospheric vibe and a captivating pad sitting at the back. Lush basses begin to filter through and take the groove up a notch as we get lost in this stunning cut. Tight arrangements provide a solid rhythmic feel as the bass leaves its plucky nature and becomes a warm platform for the groove. On the break we are treated to a beautiful display of melodies in the shape of smooth pianos and strings which bring stark contrasts. Wonderful stuff that will be a welcome addition on the terraces.
The Progressive Mix ups the tempo as it fades in slowly before a punchy kick takes over and is soon joined by a throbbing bass that dominates throughout. The percussions give off a solid rhythmic vibe and keeps the groove on course. The first break reveals a gritty sub bass and gives the first hints of melody as a striking piano arp begins its rise. On the main break the piano comes into full force as the melodies become prominent, an epic sequence is crafted perfectly before we are thrust right back into the main sound. Top notch yet again from this great talent.
On fire Australian DJ and producer Audio Noir is back again with another of his top notch creations with Brooklyn Xpress. Audio Noir is one of those producers that always delivers, he has an insight into where sounds originated and has the ability to transfer that sound with today’s technology. This skill is evident in all he produces, most notably with his last two incarnations R3WIND and Pressure. Brooklyn Xpress comes with three superb remixes making up this stunning slice of prog.
The Original Mix intros with a round of cool percussions and a hypnotic delayed bass note, these are soon joined by a nice chunky kick which gets us into full swing. Sublime synths weave in and out of the sound and give off a true progressive house vibe. The first break reveals the stunning bassline that just seems to materialise out of nowhere and adds a driving force to the sound. Cool FX fill the spaces and we are on our way into a world full of deep and dark grooves. The main break lets loose with surreal pads accompanied by a luscious vox and eases us back into the main track for the duration. Top quality yet again and not to be missed.
In-demand producer and remix artist Steve Sai is up first on remix duties with his superb take on the original. Steve has a knack of always pushing out quality cuts of his own and remixes alike. His sounds are featured regularly in many sets and download portals. With a new single on the way very soon we are always delighted to see his work come through the office. The remix intros with a huge chunky kick that will get any floor on the move. Subtle percussions provide a smooth rhythmic feel and short synth stabs build the layers up nicely. The track bursts right into full swing as the fantastic offset bass takes full control of the sound perfectly. Cool FX and one shot hits are evident through and add textures within the layers. Surreal atmospherics come through on the break as the bass continues to reign before slamming right back into the groove, superb stuff from Steve.
Alex Vidal returns to Bonzai Progressive after his debut, Solar Citadel was very well received indeed. No stranger to deep progressive vibes Alex has a keen eye for marrying sounds with ease. Here he sets out on a truly awesome journey as nice, well rounded kicks are contrasted with sweeping melodic pads that seem to float just above the arrangement beautifully. The track settles in as a fantastic deep bass bubbles up from below and dominates for the duration. The break gets groovy with those pads working wonders alongside a gated synth and a superb vocal before coursing effortlessly back to the main groove. Excellent stuff and a definite must have.
Deuzler is up next for remix duty and transforms the original brilliantly. 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 recently made his Bonzai debut with the stunning Go Toward The Light. Here he sets the remix off with a punchy kick and tight percussion arrangement. A groovy analog bass pulsates through the sound as it hits the offset notes creating a bouncy groove. Cool arps weave in and out of the sound and sit perfectly with metallic styled FX. A wispy pad meanders through on the break and the bass note change adds a new perspective. Classy stuff and a must for any set no doubt.
Ecco returns to Bonzai Progressive after a short hiatus with the superb Switch featuring three top notch remixes from top quality artists. We last saw Ecco on remix duty for Eric Powa B’s track Sunshine and we are delighted to see him back in action yet again.
Switch intros with a smooth drum arrangements that features muted kicks and a strong metallic feel. The kicks evolve into nice and punchy hits aits as percussions begin to form up flowing rhythms. A deep bubbling bassline shores up the rear and gets the track into full gear. The break offers up some cool synth pads creating a surreal atmospheric vibe which combines beautifully with the deep nature of the track. Nice deep, dark and long progressive for those darker rooms.
Dynamic duo Mindgamers are up first on remix duty with their stunning cut. The guys had recently remixed Matan Caspi’s Just Let Go receiving great support and have also been busy DJing. We are always excited when their work hits the office and we are in for a treat here. Straight from the off we get an upbeat kinda vibe off the chunky kicks and subtle percussions, the multi layered bass also gives the vibe a nice bounce to it. Sharp and rhythmic hats lift the sound up a notch alongside some superb synths and textured licks that give the sound a funky side. A definite must have for any party and not to be missed.
German DJ and producer Manuel Palmitesta debuts on Bonzai Progressive as offers up the next remix. Manuel has seen releases on many labels over the last few years and he always gains lots of support, and we are sure that this effort will turn a few heads. The track intros with a punchy kick and classic percussion set up with an in your face hypnotic siren styled synth note that dominates the sound. A very subtle yet effective bass sits in the rear and binds the track together beautifully. On the break a techy element filters into the sound as the percussions keep the groove flowing before we slam right back into full swing with an air raid siren for good measure. Top notch stuff.
Phat Traktor aka Spanish DJ and producer Jose Vinilo returns after his brilliant debut track Voyage gained much support. Here he takes the remix on a sublime journey into the deeper side of progressive house. The track intros with dark drums and a pulsating bassline as various percussions begin to filter through setting the dark tone of the sound. A tech styled synth swirls in the background as brighter lick comes through. A deep and hypnotic slice that will sit perfectly in those darker sets.
Danny eM aka Daniel Martinetti debuts on Piston with the outstanding three track Shades Of Summer EP. Based in Lima, Peru Danny is influenced by Chicago House and New York Garage. He has released on Audionumb in Peru and on Form and Function in the UK. Support for his music comes from all over and we are delighted to have him on board.
First up we have the title track Shades Of Summer with is filtered intro that slowly forms into a warm and lush groovy joint. Nice big chunky kicks are joined with a classic styled percussion section that packs a smooth rhythm. A deep rising bass gives off a cool garage theme and deep piano notes keep the vibe firmly in the house arena. The track is topped of beautifully with some amazing gospel style vocal giving the track so much character, a definite must have here that will keep any party on the move.
Devotion intros with a sublime wavering synth and a smooth percussion line giving a laidback feel to the sound. A deep and droning bass comes through and dominates as the kicks get into their 4×4 groove. Tight drum arrangements dish out various patterns keeping a steady rhythm as the layers build. A distant vocal sample is the perfect addition here and works well with subtle synth licks which become a main feature. Deep dark and moody, perfect for late night ventures.
New Beginning sets off with a deep bassy vibe with subtle percussions sitting on top. Out of the blue a monster kick appears and takes full control of the sound as those droning basses continue in the background. Sinister sounding dark melodies ooze melancholy in a beautiful way and we are on course for a journey into the deeper side of house. Excellent stuff that will appeal to many for sure.
Alfonso Muchacho debuts on Green Martian with Despina. DJ and producer Alfonso learned his craft at underground parties across the UK. His remixes and productions are widely supported by some of the biggest names in the scene and his ridiculous work ethic ensures that his tracks will continue to fill the sets of the world’s biggest progressive DJs.
First up we have Range Park with its smooth progressive flowing vibe. Floating synths bring that progressive house vibe to life as chunky kicks and rhythmic percussions provide a solid beat. A deep, throbbing offset bass envelopes the sound and takes it a little deeper as contrasting melodic flavours filter through. Very cool and dancey cut here which is not to be missed.
Despina gets into full progressive house mode with a stunningly mesmerizing synth that captivates throughout the track. Tight drums keep the groove moving as a fantastic bassline takes control. Melancholic melodies flow as a myriad of arps and synths weave together to provide a surreal atmosphere. Nice, deep and hypnotic progressive grooves fit for any party, not to be missed.