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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.
With a respectable amount of releases under their names and an already well defined sound, ‘Oz Romita’ and ‘Mariano Santos’ have teamed up for their first collaboration on Sounds R Us Recordings.
Having already scored some great feedback with the Together’ single and remix, this techno two tracker is sliced precisely to give the dance floor the right amount of vibe.
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What do you get when two very talented tech house, techno producers come together? Well you get some super results like this. Project KF is no stranger and needs no introduction really, his partner on this project is Recess who is known for diversity in the studio having worked on styles such as Indie, Nu Disco, House and Techno. He has enjoyed releases on many labels like System Odio and Rip n Burn with well received reviews from his peers.
Here we have “Stratfor” which is a kaleidoscope of sounds merged to form a stunning laid back, loungy, techy type vibe. Plenty of cool guitar and trumpet sounds add some funky spice to this while a slow and steady groove enable you to really chill out, superb stuff.
Master of the laid back ambient groove Placid Larry steps into the booth for remix duty and a fine job is done yet again. With a more upbeat kinda feel to it and retaining many of the original sounds you still get a sense of relaxation, such a cool tune for those lounge bars on any evening.
Born on the island of Corfu, Greek DJ and producer George Vasilas returns to the Green Martian for another run of quality progressive house sounds. George started early in music having taken up the drums in a local band when he was just 7 years of age. When he was 14 he started to experiment with DJing and during this time he realised that music, no matter what form, was the thing for him. He enjoyed much success on the Greek club scene and expanded into Europe playing alongside world class DJ’s. In 1995 he began producing and the quality is still pouring from his studio to this day. George has an impressive back catalogue on various labels including Bonzai, New Era Recordings, Nighttrain Music, System Recordings and Ambiosphere Recordings.
Today we have “The Fight Within Us”, a solid prog houser EP. “I Fight For You” kicks us off with a super bassline and drum arrangement, great FX on the guitar give that deeper prog feeling. This tune builds and builds with an amazing melody coming through later on. A deep rasping spoken vocal comes through adding a new texture.
“This Town” takes a slightly different approach with a more minimal sound with plenty of juice to keep rocking. Heavy synth sounds play a big part and you will feel the full effect of these on the break, again with the raspy vocal give a sinister turn yet holds the track up very well, super stuff!
Next up is “Sick Of Dummies”, focusing on the bassline building up to a driving rhythm this tune really stands out as unique, brilliant arrangement of the different elements keep the groove going. A common theme emerges in the even more sinister spoken vocal on this one and will for sure keep you hooked!
Dark prog surrounds the next tune “What You Need” along with a female vocal that gets the hairs on your neck rising, super deep vibe and melancholic synths create a tense atmosphere yet can also appear uplifting. Truly amazing work on this as it can evoke different emotions.
Funky tech house with soul is what Chanelle Pearl is all about. Born in Quebec, Canada, Chanelle has carved a respectable niche in electronica with her energetic vibes sometimes with an 80’s flavour. Influenced by the likes of Roger Sanchez and The Cube Boys, Chanelle’s ultimate goal is to have her own team of producers and her own record label. Fast becoming a big name on the Canadian dance circuit it won’t be long before she is global. Chanelle debuts on Eyepatch with a superb three track EP filled with her trademark sound.
First is “The Bass”, pure quality funky tech house, bouncy rhythm created by a well crafted drum and perc arrangement. Super funky riffs and a lot of brilliant samples including “turn up the bass” which always adds weight to any track, brilliant stuff and sure to be a big floor filler.
“Mike’s Dinner” kicks us off and straight away the tune is pumping, quite simple structure yet highly effective, super thick kicks and sharp percs provide a steady groove, nice cool bit of a soul flavour in the synths and a short vocal sample helps to deliver a top notch tune.
“Funky Musik” is exactly that, Funky! Deep deep basses accompanied by a more upbeat arrangement on the drums, highly infectious soulful and funky synths will keep the ears pricked up for the duration.
Nancy Burrello & Digital Angel return to Bonzai Progressive with a stunning work of prog house backed up with a few brilliant remixes. This impressive duo have seen a few releases on Bonzai’s labels and have featured in many compilation series also. After their “Blue Heart” release at the start of this year they have been very busy working with Velvet Girl, Planisphere and others on remixes and production for various tracks. Today we have “Time X”, awesome prog house meets tech that will get the body moving.
The original mix takes control from the off, solid chunky beats and bass with cool underlying melodies and acid riff, the main focus turns to a brilliant guitar riff throughout and a gritty vocal pops up from time to time, really awesome stuff.
Fresh from his last single “Scalpel” The Revolving Junkie steps up to remix duties next and he delivers a stunning rework on the original. Focusing on a chunky hypnotic bassline that fills the waves, high pitch strings add sweetness to an almost dark vibe, great use on the guitar riff and vocal, an all round solid groove.
CJ Art beefs things up with a full on progressive monster, utilising the original elements very well. Pure floor driven vibe with great FX, an infectious hook gets inside your head and stays there for the duration, simply wonderful remix!
Matteo Monero completes an awesome set of remixes, keeping the vibe alive with pure solid prog grooves, brilliant bassline and the vocals fit nicely into this, on the break the melodies do their stuff and the groove kicks back in style.
“Plasma Flow” is a laidback affair with a cool downtempo groove, big heavy kick alongside sweet melodic sounds, beautiful track.
Alexey Light real name Alexey Maximchuk hails from Ukraine and debuts on Bonzai Elemental with a sublime downtempo chilled out vibe. In 2009 Alexey began his foray into the electronic music world concentrating on genres like Ambient, Chillout, Instrumental, Lo-Fi and Deep Dubstep. Alexey likes to experiment with music and this enables him to achieve his goal of deep, atmospheric sounds. He has also appeared on many compilations and seen releases from labels like Mystic Motion, ETM, Playinbeat, Eternal Music and Global Boutique.
“Piece Of The Light” describes Alexey’s sound very well, you can hear a lot of elements from Lo-Fi and Dubstep in there, melancholic melodies and a laidback groove will make this perfect for those chilout sessions!
“The Stars Around Us” goes in the opposite direction, super sweet lush strings and pads create a wonderful atmosphere, a beautiful female vocal and radio chatter adds texture to this massive soundscape, amazing stuff.
Once again Orange brings us an outstanding EP from a Portuguese duo. Their name? Swing City. Please note it. These chaps will shake and fire the dancefloor in the next months, and we AU Records want to keep them with us. So, about the best. Their music….
Classroom is a Old Schoolish style house track with strong drums aside with a organ pad. But dont think this is another sunset track, this baby will shake a dancefloor properly.
Being more specific this track is tricky considering all the floating elements moving around. Although it starts smoothly and lovely and finish with an epic drum groove followed by pad that makes the theme.
Laze…. the track that gives the name to the EP. Its a really smooth track for playing in a bar or event in a sunset. The vocals are sweet and well treated as expected, and the Chords are pure orange juice for us. Tasty and with body.
If you love deep house, you wont miss this.
German born Gerardo Cinquegrana aka Tali Freaks now resides in Italy where he produces most of his music. Gerardo studied piano for 4 years and rose to prominence on the club scene in Capri. He has enjoyed a number of releases on various labels under various guises, some of his guises include, Aspecto, Capri Delight, Gerardo, Highland Skies, J Hard and Tirrenia Vibe. Gerardo has a few releases on the Bonzai Urban imprint from a few years back, now he returns to Bonzai with his artist album “Glasgow Atmosphere”.
“Love Life & Certainty” kicks off this album in style, cool vocal over a dance orientated vibe, breakbeats, awesome bassline and some very cool funky guitars with a bit of grungy distortion, nice light hearted opener to get the grooves flowing.
Getting down to the floor now with “S & J Down 2012″, straight to the point no messing around progressive house, eighties snares, catchy bassline and even more catchy riffs on the synths. Amazing melody created with the pads here adding an extra layer, very impressive stuff.
“House Afternoon” is just that, proper driven house vibe, bouncy and bright, super cool synths will have you thinking back in time. Awesome production and arrangement will have this tune burning up the floors everywhere in no time!
“In Trip To The Caiman” takes things off the boil for a sublime journey into a laidback groove with a very tense atmosphere. Well crafted drum work and ultra cool bass and guitars, just brilliant!
Next up is “Pick Me Up (What U Got 4 Me) (Old Chicago Mix)”, house music as it was, more of a garage vibe with the amazingly suave male soulful vocal, big steps back in time done with all the gusto of a 21st century artist and doing it well, quirky FX and an upbeat rhythm make this a modern classic.
“Lost & Awake” is a clever myriad of FX and synths that race along with the sound morphing at every turn, very electro feel with a slight hint of tribal due to the awesome percussion, then comes in a chunky bassline and sublime swelling pads, breaking down to brilliant guitar melody this tune really attacks all our senses and is a masterclass of producing skills.
Slightly darker edge on “Runpowa”, lots of filtered events at the start lead in to a solid groove with thick bassline, progressive house begins to shine through on this as it winds its way toward the break where a vocal gets the FX treatment, the track kicks back in with an amazing riff that will blow your mind.
“U Were Forever” is an electronic number filled with all that is good within EDM, loads of different instruments combine along with a female vocal belted out with passion over a very laidback drum pattern and gritty bassline, super stuff.
Lastly on this album is “A Cool Nite Mix”, simple kicks and percs start this track off on its journey to becoming a quite brilliant house joint with the slightest trace of progressive vibes. Real deep bassline that has you hooked from note to note, crisp hats and some very nice pads and synths make this a fitting end to a stunning album.
Berlin native Andree Wischnewski debuts on Bonzai Basiks with his minimal tech “Dreamers Choice EP”.
Andree is a prominent club DJ having graced many decks for the last 10 years. In 2011 he teamed up with Eric Kanzler (who is responsible for Fog Horn on Bonzai Basiks) and this partnership was a breakthrough for Andree. He has enjoyed releases on K:Lender, ONA Records, Mimique Records and Doppelgaenger. We are delighted to see Andree’s unique style of minimal tech enter into the Bonzai family.
The first track on this EP is “Dreamers Choice”, very dark sound with a heavy kick and some FX building up to a break with a cool melody and rising effect. The melody works quite well with the darker tech vibe and provides a solid groove.
“Incredible” continues the minimal vibe, loads of FX over a chunky kick lead up to the break with quirky melancholic melodies, very impressive stuff and the melodies are well crafted to suit the style.
Finally we have “Wish Sometimes”, deep tech groove on this, again Andree keeps things minimal and the production of the melody is superb, swirling pads invade your mind in a kind of spacey effect which works so well with the arrangement.
A super debut on Bonzai Basiks and definitely one to watch for the future!