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Eighty Six debuts on Bonzai Progressive with a sublime four track EP entitled ‘Vitamine’.
The title track ‘Vitamine’ sets off in true prog style with a strong kick accompanied by a cool synth chord which leads into a short break that reveals a refreshing melodic sequence. The bassline adds a bounce to the sound as it drives through creating a very rhythmic vibe with the help of some tight percussion arrangements. We lead into a stunning break down filled with fantastic melodies before being thrown right back into this fine slice of progressive house, superb stuff that is not to be missed.
‘Palmeraie’ keeps the prog vibes flowing with a nice chunky kick and sharp hi hat combo. A gritty synth fades through transforming into a full on attack with the release knob getting a workout. Building nicely, the bassline solidifies the sound as it takes on many layers before breaking down to a beautiful synth fusion and then slamming straight back into full on prog mode with gusto, great stuff.
‘Connection’ takes the sound a little deeper with a huge thumping kick and darkly synth pads alongside a sinister sounding vocal. This is beautifully contrasted with a cool, plucky synth sequence that blends perfectly with the bassline as it meanders in the background. Cool use of more vocals rounds this track up brilliantly and would be a welcome addition to any set.
Lastly we have ‘Feeling’, super smooth housey intro as groovy keys work their magic alongside a sultry female vocal with percussions building up around the sound. The bassline, that can only be described as outstanding, weaves its way into the sound with a stealthy approach leaving you gaping due to the impact it has on the groove. Very cool synths provide a fantastic melodic sequence which is the perfect accompaniment to that bassline. This track is the complete package and will be a main feature among many music lovers for sure, just amazing!
Stereo For Two aka Tim Verhees and Joris Bylemans debut on Green Martian with the stunning ‘Shadow Science EP’ which also comes backed up with three brilliant remixes. Tim and Joris are very well established artists and musicians. They like to blend many genres and are very much into jazz and classical and tend to bring these styles into the modern recording arena. Between them they guys have released multiple tracks across many labels and continue to deliver the goods whatever they turn their hand to.
The Original Mix of ‘Shadow Science’ intros with a classic clipped kick and hat combo with much more percussions soon following suit. A rippling synth sound forms up as the very subtle yet super effective bassline does a wonderful job on the lower end. The break brings with it a very cool vocal sample and some stunning FX work. As the track progresses a hypnotic groove sets in and locks you on for the duration, simply amazing stuff.
Leach is first up on the remix. This artist has seen a massive amount of releases over the years on labels like Neglected Grooves, PurpleCat Digital, Basic Grooves and Mystique Music to name just a few. On the intro a short kick and hat combo leads up to the main groove, here the remix does much justice to the original as hypnotic tones settle in with the bassline and cascading synths take hold. Very good use of the vocal samples which really add to the contemplative mood set from within the sound.
Next up on the remix is Belgian artist Rone White. Rone has seen releases on Neglected Grooves, Melodic Records and Basic Groove. Here he totally transforms the track with a much more pronounced bassline and additional melodies that really beef up the sound beautifully. Nice and tight drum arrangement sit well over the beefed up bass and the melodies are a very cool adaptation on the original. On the break a wall of sound blasts forth as the synths do their thing before slamming right back into the relentless progressive groove, superb stuff.
Dutch DJ, producer and mastering engineer Marc Pollen is our next remix artist, and he puts on quite a show. Marc is another artist from within the work horse community who churns out the qaulity at every turn. He has had releases on the likes of Balkan Connection, Basic Groove, Baroque, Indigo Records and Bos Tech Limited to name just a few. Here he adds his brand of quality to the mix with a top drawer offering. The intro goes straight into a gritty kick and bass workout with soft open hats waiting in the wings. Marc has made the vocal much more legible which makes it stand out even more and adds a deeper texture to the sound. The bassline seems merciless until we get a note change the just sets the track on fire with the help of quality synth work. A definite must for any prog set and sure to get the floors moving!
Martin Merkel makes his Bonzai Basiks debut and comes with a very respectable reputation. He is a relative newcomer on the production scene but he has made a huge impact among his peers. All this didn’t happen by accident as Martin is considered a veteran among DJ’s having been a highly sought after booking around the French club scene since early 1990’s. It was 2011 before he decided to start his own label (Shelter 45) and begin releasing his own material and ultimately bring in new artists and create a label family. Martin also goes by the monikers Chemical Boy & M Faces. Here we see his two tracker ‘Abyss’ come to life.
‘Abyss’ intros with a huge, gritty kick, soon a myriad of percussions come to the fore and bring with them an industrial techno vibe. Curious sounding basses lurk in the depths as the metallic clanks of the percussions carve out a techno groove. The sounds become more intense as the track progresses with an almost distorted quality while the main break takes this sound to limit before slamming right back into full on techno mode, top stuff.
‘Give It Up’ gets right into the action from the off as a cool chunky kick pounds a beat alongside some very well crafted percussion arrangements. Synthy techno sounds are a big focus throughout as a single note begins to hypnotise. Some brilliantly manipulated sounds start to emerge and this leaves us with a true and powerful slice of techno that will be a feature among many for sure.
Sardinia born DJ and producer Mend makes a debut appearance on piston with this three tracker entitled ‘Metroplex EP’. Mend has been into music from a very early age and has performed all across Europe at various events. He has released on labels like Deep Plastic Records, Vida Recordings and Clatter Records to name just a few.
Firstly we have the title track, ‘Metroplex’ which goes straight to the deeper side from the off with a wonderful well rounded kick and percussion combo. A deep bass rises from the depths to captivate the sound and settles in for a hell of a ride. Some quality FX add texture to the sound and very cool synth work sits well alongside the odd chord, sublime stuff!
‘After On The Roof’ keeps well within the realms of deep house goodness as on the intro a brilliant synth drone sits behind a cool kick and percussion arrangement. The bass soon follows and gives the track a new depth with hypnotic qualities. Subtle FX ease their way through giving the impression of a vocal sample which is very cool indeed. Top notch stuff!
‘Watergate’ sets the grooves flowing with a very cool intro including some retro styled percussions. The bassline fires up the track to perfection as it cascades through the sound. Cool vocal samples and simple one hit synths in just the right amounts add textures to the sound. Wonderful deep house vibes here, not to be missed.
Onofrio is back with his latest techno monster, ‘Oblivious EP’. The EP comes with two tracks and is backed up with two remixes as well as the originals. Onofrio keeps very busy indeed on the studio front. 2013 saw a lot of quality original and remix works, his last offering saw a remix for Tribal Warriors on ‘New York To Ibiza’. Watch this space in 2014 as we are sure to see more from this guy.
The Original Mix of ‘Oblivious’ intros with a killer bass drum and soft hat combo, cool percussions sit behind and ease their way into the sound. The bassline rumbles along creating hypnotic rhythms and is the perfect sound for this very minimal track. An ideal track for those darker late night techno fests!
Italian producer Giorgio Quaranta aka Gforty steps up to remix duties with his Gforty Japanese Mix on ‘Oblivious’. Right from the off we are thrust into a full on techno ride. Big thumpy kicks and crispy hats get things moving as the bassline begins to surface alongside a well crafted synth line. On the break we get a few surprise note changes on the synth which makes for a really cool listening experience. Top notch stuff yet again and a must for any playlist.
Onofrio’s next rack on this EP is ‘Wrong Way’. His Original Mix takes the techno vibes deeper, powerful droning bass accompanies a punchy kick as ass shaking percussions begin to form. The track has a minimal groove yet has a lot going on to keep the ears trained. Excellent stuff here and no doubt will gain a lot of attention.
Gabriel Ben provides us with his remix on ‘Wrong Way’. Gabriel is fresh off the back of his last SRUR release alongside Ed Whitty with their release ‘Epoch’. Here the goods are firmly delivered yet again, fast paced and energetic techno is on offer as the drum section will testify. Strong and solid grooves are built with ease, cool percussive elements add texture while a deep and resonating bassline shores up the sound. At the break some real cool synths come to the party and sets this track off beautifully. Top quality stuff that will fill a lot of floors.
French Resident A Robot Comes To Her is back on LCD, and how! This new EP of his shows how great he can be at making unpredictable structures and mesmerizing journeys through deep psy progressive music. Little Folk is the more dancefloor friendly track, but Gecko is definitely a winner too. Once again an amazing package delivered by an amazingly talented musician.
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Australian producer Audio Noir has been rather busy on the remix front lately, but he has also been working on his own material. ‘NY Xpress’ is his latest incarnation and comes backed with a slew of top class remixes.
The Original Mix intros with a cool chunky kick and metallic percussion combination which leads the rhythms smoothly. A subtle yet very effective bassline sits back and gels the vibe together beautifully before it explodes into a full on groovy progressive workout. One big feature here is a simple synth riff that dominates throughout with huge impact on the sound. Top stuff yet again from down under!
First up to the remix plate we have Sector 7 aka Mike Dierickx. Mike as usual is very busy indeed with his Club Elite Sessions, remixing, producing and DJing around the world. Here he takes us on a tour of progressive charged tech vibes, the intro leads nicely into a tough edged bass sound that transforms its way through the track creating contrasting textures. Cool synths wait in the wings and on the break they burst forth delivering a stunning tech twist to the track, superb stuff.
Belgian DJ and producer Nico Parisi is our next remix artist. Nico is currently working on new material and is dusting off the retro after his superb set at Bonzai Retro 2013. His latest track ‘Caress’ is very well received and we are sure to see more from this guy soon. His remix sets off on a cool flowing progressive journey right from the get go as a chunky kick sets the scene alongside a droning bass sound. Sweeping FX add textures and percussive elements fade through. On the break the deep resonating bass comes to prominence with a cool vocal sample thrown in. Fantastic darkly vibes which will sit perfectly in many sets.
Fresh off the back of his last release ‘Spirit’, alongside fellow producer Dafar, Jonny Calypso is up next on the remix. Jonny’s mix intros with well rounded chunky kicks with sharp, crisp percussions. A surreal pad lurks in the depths as a wonderful bass begins to rise. The break becomes a respite to the darker sounds with a percussion led groove and strange FX filtering through before slamming back down into dark prog territory, brilliant stuff.
Lloyd Trimmer aka Cordoba delivers his own round of prog beats. UK based Lloyd seen his debut remix on BP on the Mindgamers track ‘The Crown’ which seen top reviews from all quarters. The remix here intros with well crafted percussive instruments alongside cool FX. A truly deep and intense bass grips the sound and dominates the track with gusto. The drum section is well crafted and keeps the rhythms flowing as a hypnotic synth note joins in. Massive bass led track that will feature in many playlists for sure.