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Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave aka many many other guises was born in Brussels in 1977, he is a naturally gifted artist and this manifested in him at the age of just 7.
Influenced by the 80’s and 90’s sounds and by greats such as Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Orbital, Oliver Lieb and BT, he honed his skills in music knowledge and technology.
Laurent would then see demos picked up by the infamous Bonzai imprint in 1996 and the stunning Airwave – I want To Believe was released. In 1998 this was picked up by many top DJ’s including Sasha and Oakenfold and later on by an up and coming DJ, Tiesto.
Airwaves sound was and still is prominent in the UK and Dutch trance scene and this has helped a host of today’s top DJ’s be where they are now. His infectious music spread further in 1999 to Germany, Italy and the world and now Airwave is a very popular name on the EDM scene with a huge, loyal fanbase.
Versatility and great skill in the studio led to many collaborations including with his friend Jurgen Leyers with Fire & Ice and E.N.E.R.G.Y., Georges Petkidis on Planisphere and Marnik Braeckevelt with Antidote. The list continues with many other greats including Yves Deruyter, M.I.K.E., Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Tale, Marcus Schulz and John 00 Fleming, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Breaking boundaries and turning his hand to many genres of music Laurent has as many as 500+ productions and remixes under his belt. Laurent then started to develop his DJing and live performances and has played in some big venues, Slinky, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, The Gallery, 1015, Dopler in Bratislava, and many others back in the day.
In 2000 he embarked on a new wave of performance with gigs all over the world in England, Scotland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, with totally improvised keyboards while DJing and the Triloset was born and continues to this day.
Fast approaching 20 years in the business, Laurent can never be pigeon-holed to one genre as his impressive list of albums will attest. His first album Believe in 2002 performed very well and this was to do well again in the 2004 album I Want To Believe. Trilogique soon followed and it is now that Laurent’s passion starts to come through in a big way. Released first in 2006 this album contains three parts, bringing the audience three different tastes of electronic music into one single package, Trilogique would go on to be a huge success reaffirming Laurent’s position in EDM. Many more albums followed and each have made their mark on the world.
Time saw him finally running Bonzai Records with his long time partners and friends, and also expanding his knowledge of acoustics in order to develop his career as a producer and as a sound designer among others.
Laurent runs a monthly radio show called Progrez where he showcases a wide range of music, this is followed religiously by his army of fans the world over. Music that is full of emotion, special and unique with expressed feelings, many have claimed it has changed their lives for the better. When there are discussions on greats of EDM the name Airwave/Laurent always crops up.
He has a deep respect among his peers for his beliefs on the industry and he speaks honestly about how he feels and where he sees his musical vision take him.
One of the most gifted artists of our time and with a passion still very strong. Laurent’s works under many of his guises of which Airwave is his most known one.
Parallel Lines is the bundle version of Dark Lines and Bright Lines, both parts of this final concept album, with two surprise bonus tracks.
“Acontece” is the Portuguese word for “It happens”, this track expresses all the things in life we can’t control.
Technically speaking the track is a fusion between jazz and dub/deep techno. From the jazzy double bass slaps and cymbals to the deep floating pads and TR909 drums, this track is a bit of his expression about how he’d like electronic music to be in future. The vocals were sang in Portuguese, Fragoso’s mother language.
Based in Tel Aviv, Hilal is no stranger to the Bonzai stable with releases on Bonzai Progressive, Howz Choonz, Mint & Mustard and a few remixes and appearances on compilations on Bonzai Basiks. “Up In The Air” is Hilal’s full Basiks debut and what we get is a full ride into techno utopia with all the trimmings you’d expect.
The title track kicks us off in style with a minimal intro, classic kick and FX’d percussion lead up to a stomping deep bass and some very nice synth work. On the break a melody is unexpected but creates a cool atmosphere with heavy synths and pads, then it blows up into a solid techno groove once again, superb stuff!
“Let’s Go” is a huge sound, heavy hitting low ends with a myriad of samples, lots of funk on this one with parts giving an industrial feel. The break is a total surprise which will have floors quaking in their dancing shoes, so be ready for that!
Finally we have “When Two Become One”, another minimalistic intro building gradually to a big club friendly vibe. Chunky kicks and sharp percs over an offset bass that twists and morphs with each bar, very surreal synth pad adds an extra layer to this hybrid sound. Special stuff happening here which we think will perform very well on the circuit.
Fresh from the last outing on Bonzai Progressive with “Time-X”, Nancy joins forces with Laurent Verronez and his Velvet Girl guise to bring a stunning slice of prog house-trance to the Green Martian imprint. Both these artists have an impressive back catalogue and it is this experience and professionalism that leads to tracks like this gracing our ears.
“In Between” has a classic progressive flavour from the start, building on this to a fully charged prog monster with house and a bit of trance in mind. Superb hypnotic strings are prominent throughout and a heavy chorded piano stab dominate along with a catchy bassline. Lots of melodies play in and out and this track is in complete harmony.
“Lovin Saint-Germain” is a more housey affair, very disco feel on the intro with the cowbell percussion, this soon leads into that house vibe with a prog groove. Building on we are treated to one awesome musical journey that has everything from funky bass to an almost downtempo feeling, beautiful string and pad arrangements feature heavily with a guitar making an appearance now and again. The break is just wonderful and the build up takes us back into a real feel good vibe that you just want to go on forever and ever.
Fushe is back with another surreal chilled out slice of bliss, following on from his last outing “Amnesia” which was well received on Bonzai Elemental we are treated to more of the same quality.
“Heavenxo” starts off with beautiful voiced strings sweeping in and out forcing your mind to wander and relax, big melodic acoustic guitars come in and bring with them an unexpected groove to this well chilled piece. Some real cool FX work their way in and what you get is 10 minutes of brilliance!
“Edentle” is more electronic in nature with sweet plinks and plonks weaving around, subtle melodic pianos are added and a beautiful sequence takes place, super stuff.
Again we see the talented Fushe shine, these wonderful sounds are perfect for a relaxed evening after a hard days graft.
New installment in the My House Is Your House series with original tracks and remixes by Accatone, Piek, Lights Electronika, Wonji, Alex Agore, Charles Ramirez, GarcyNoise, Diego Alvez, Solunamanalia, Dimitry Liss, Daniele Kama, Murat Uncuoglu, Frank Storm, Joal, Rogerio Martins, Evren Ulusoy, Nick Devon, Oliver Maier, Tiago Ribeiro, Joao Teixeira, Brett Lawrence, Submantra, Jon Sweetname, Pablo Gael, Costas Papa, Davide Marchesiello and Maertz.
Having started learning musical instruments at the young age of 10, Davide soon found himself experiencing life in a band, unfortunately the band no longer exists but Davide’s passion remained strong and he knew a life in music was his calling. Using a year out from studies and pouring all his emotions into his work this aspiring young producer is destined for great things! His debut album entitled “Sabbatical Moments” is testament to that commitment and early experience.
Kicking off with the downtempo Bad Knowledge which has a smoke filled jazz club feel to it, the musical know how shines through. Very nice key work on the organ and a slow groovy bassline backs up this amazing opening track.
Chapter. Beginning is a very well constructed intelligent piece of music with intricate percussions and organ riff, very fresh sounding.
I Choose The High Road delves back into downtempo heaven with a nice steady rhythm and great musical flavours, definitely a crossover tune here and very catchy!
The Limbo Of Thoughts delivers pure musical talents, sublime trumpets on board with an awesome bassline, plenty of variety in the instruments used creating a diverse array of sounds.
The tempo takes a rise on My Friends Are My Life while retaining that laid back feel, more club orientated sounds with focus on the organs, very groovy!
Brining the funk into the album is If You Want Something, Take It, a gem of a track, so laid back and riffs that invoke a 70’s theme with magical FX work, stunning.
Take what you want from this next track, but we think it’s a fun track with a great vocal sample, It_s Massive! has a great bassline with an upbeat vibe on the keys and sounds very quirky over cool breakbeats.
Bye Bye People is a nice melodic ending on the album with plucky notes over some very cool FX’d kicks.
Davide has really shown his talents and we believe this is just a small taste of things to come from this young Italian.
Dimitry Liss teams up with fellow UAE resident Nasrawi for this new two track EP full of mouth watering deep tech house. Dimitry has recently signed with Bonzai Progressive and we are really excited about this talent and the quality of his recordings. Nasrawi is a true party animal, he is passionate about music and he is even more passionate about making sure his listeners get the fullest experience from his vibes.
First up we delve into the sounds of “Backstage Queen”, straight away the deep house groove grabs you and holds you in its grip for the duration. Sublime deep bass and a well crafted arrangement are held together with a quite brilliant vocal sequence throughout the track, tight modulation and filtering add extra layers and textures, amazing.
Getting a bit more funky up in here with “Murmuring Hearts”, so cool, deep n funky tech vibe pours from this track. From the start you get locked into the groove, some nifty percs with sharp hats and claps build up the sound along with a smooth bass and classy vocal shots. One for many boxes here and sure to get a lot of plays.
“Feed Me” is the title of our latest release from Scrub featuring the lovely vocals of Bárbara Wahnon!
Scrub is the deepest, experimental and more “bass oriented” side of our artist and label manager Joal, and this is his debut release with an original track.
This EP also have the honor to include remixes from two of the most talented and groundbreaking artist around the world: Dave Nash and Merlo! Dave Nash (Tronic, Great Stuff, Stealth, Definitive, Break New Soil, Witty Tunes, Bla Bla, Stereo) remix is complete voyage from the begining till the end! The amount of details and the wise usage of the original samples are good examples of his great work! On the other hand, Merlo (Vapour Recordings, DeepClass Records, Attary Rec, Nervine, Sweep 181) remix… I just can´t take this bassline out of my head! This guy made a very very musical approach of the original track and added an insanely addictive bassline!
No more words needed, just take a listen!
Monog Records :: Till dance tear us apart
Returning to Bonzai Basiks with a stunning album, Eric Kanzler whips up an emphatic selection of quality sounds full of tech goodness.
Kicking off we get the somewhat laidback and smoothly grooving “A Wake”, cool tech sounds and chords are coupled with a tight drum and bongo section with short vocal samples filling up the space, nice opener.
“Greyscale” gets darker, vocal samples taken down an octave give this effect along with warbling synths, some real cool FX used on this one that adds a special taste to the tech sound.
“Ice Came” is a solid minimal techno groove, super tight percs and drums with the odd effect on various blips and bleeps, perfect fodder for filling any set.
“In Your Face” starts off with a cool vocal and classic techno sounds, the track builds up to a raw sound which again is quite minimal yet enough to get the mind indulged to layout of the sounds, brilliant stuff that is sure to get a lot of plays.
Next up is “Oh Shake It” and that is exactly what will happen when you listen to this, you must shake it to this sound, it’s infectious. Retro sounding synths add a bounce here, well crafted percussions with crisp hats keep the rhythm flowing, big sound here for the big floors!
The title track comes up next and midway through this album it does not disappoint. Sharp percs are coupled with a strangely eerie string and a toy box melody adds tension, suddenly darkness creeps in and you are locked in on this groove, top notch vibe here.
“Hypnotiz” is the next track and it does just that, again Eric adds cool sharp hats and the arrangement slowly builds to huge heights with lots of fillers and then you find yourself deep inside the groove, a myriad of sounds invade your brain with much focus on the FX work on each sound. Heavy bass kicks in midway and it is now the hypnotizing begins, super track and for sure will be on a lot of playlists.
“Fair Play” comes along with a more lighter feel to it, solid rhythm with drums doing all the work, cool quirky one shot sounds give the lighter edge here and creates an all round nice track.
“Sleep Now” is an extension of the last track with a little more depth, this is evident with a more melodic approach and the addition of the dark vocal at various points, real nice work here and a cool contrast on the previous.
“Sensivity” lays on the tech in huge doses, we have the familiar percs and drums with a slowly building detuned melody creating a stunning sequence of music, lots of cool FX are tweaked into the sounds resulting in a sublime look into the world of tech.
Finally we have “La Secrete”, yet more awesome sharp percs and arrangement, quite experimental in most parts with the “movie score” like sequences.
A very diverse collection of tracks that range from dark tech to minimal techno to experimental sequences and quite simply a superb piece of work from Eric.
Spanish DJ and producer Jurgi Oraa Diaz aka Oraa is no stranger to the Piston stable, having worked on many projects in the past with Piek and others we see this talent delve into the depths of house with his That Go EP. Oraa has enjoyed releases on many labels including Shugar Shock, Piston and Lantus recordings. His music has gained a lot of support worldwide with the likes of Brett Lawrence, Accatone, Rogerio Martins, Pedro Goya, DJ Fly, Jesse Voorn and DJ Sneak to name a few spinning his tracks.
“That Is” keeps us in the deep side of house with a throbbing bassline yet providing a more funked up vibe, some very cool synthy sounds are featured here and with another superb vocal sample, which adds beautiful textures to the track, there is an awesome balance that works very well.
And secondly we have “It’s Go” creating a sublime deep atmosphere, solid beats with a simple almost acid bassline, huge synths wind up throughout the track to raise a wall of filtered sounds with a real cool vocal sample added in. Super cool groove on this and is a cert to be picked up by many!
Taken off Airwave’s Hit Album “Dark Lines”, this Brand New Single takes you on a serious Journey. Coming in 3 flavors this time. The Alternative Mix sends us back to the 90’s sound when everything was so simple and just great, Terra Ferma’s remix, made by Platipus Legens Kaukuta Saint, is another kind of beast, psychedelic and hypnotic, miles beyond what mainstream “Trance” has to offer today, and finally the Original Mix, taken off Dark Lines, closes another great selection of mixes.