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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!
Turkish DJ, Producer, techno master and head of SRU, Oz returns with “Hip Hop EP”.
Oz delivers once again with the title track “Hip Hop”, pure techno driven groove filled with the unique energetic style we are now accustomed to in the works of Oz. Cool bouncing rhythm, perfect percs, sweeping FX and a cool little vocal shot throughout, also has a slight retro feel which is always a treat.
“Jazzism” is a more darker minimal track with a heavy kick and bass, prominent percussions and a few jazzy organ stabs for good measure are matched up with cool vocal snaps, another fine example of modern techno.
Finally we have “Electrow”, typical Oz sound with the retro synth and highly infectious groove, energy levels rise as this track progresses. The arrangement of the FX on this really is stunning, everything ties up so beautifully and works so well together, big club sound on this and will see a lot of play time.
Fresh from his last release on Bonzai Progressive “Droop Live” with producing partner Manzano, Pablo Santana ventures solo on Howz Choons with “The Rose”. An eclectic deep tech house joint that is sure to please a lot of heads.
The title track kicks us off with a cool steady 4/4 groove building up to a wild ride on the ethnic highway. Awesome Sitar type melodic rhythms dominate, a spine tingling vocal provides an epic feel. The break on this is a huge sound with brilliantly crafted melodies, big tune here.
“Cool” takes a retro turn with a recognisable synth pattern over some great drums and percussions, thick grungy distorted piano comes into the mix on the break and kicks back in with a solid grooving house vibe. Very impressive outing for Santana and one which will be right at home in the clubs!
Bonzai veteran Blufeld makes a very welcome return to our shores with a stunning progressive house/trance release “Thoughtscape”, backed up with a couple of very impressive remixes this will turn a few heads on the floors for sure.
Blufeld’s last outing on Green Martian was the well received “All My Life EP”, since then he has been a busy producer indeed. With a host of other releases on Bonzai Progressive, Bonzai Trance Progressive, B-Classics, Progrez, Camouflage, Fourty-5, Android and more the status of veteran is well deserved. The following is a quote from Blufeld’s official bio and sums up this very talented producer well: “electronic music is the pulse of life. Evocative of all genres, yet guided by a set of dynamics and instrumentation very much of its own unique identity, it breathes a type of emotion to a degree that can only be reached via the imaginative use of synthesizer and drum.” Wise words!
The original mix is a super sweet ride on the edges of progressive house and trance, upbeat, fresh and feel good vibe radiates through the speakers and directly into your thoughts. Quite chunky bass adds texture and those melodies release the good chemicals in the brain giving that perfect euphoric feeling.
On the remix we have the awesome duo of Manu Riga with their Tripscape Mix, the guys take things to the darker side of progressive house creating a trippy experience, amazing bassline with a melodic sequence that is top notch, beautiful vocal used on the break and then it’s back to a kick-ass groove, brilliant stuff.
Blufeld provides us with a Chilldown mix, all the melodies of the original are packed in her in all their glory with huge sweeping effects making the hairs stand up with goose pimples in support, quite amazing piece of music here!
Prolific producer, remixer and founder of AK Tek Records Konstantin Fedoseev aka Project KF serves up a treat with the remix of an ultimate classic of electronic music. Blue Monday still holds the record as being the biggest selling dance 12″ of all time and Konstantin pays tribute to that in style.
The track starts off with a pure thumping kick drum and a sublime pad with pianos making their way into the sound. A deep throbbing bass takes over for the duration and some cool keys take effect.
Classic piano riff on the break provides the real clue to the original. Such an amazing remix for the 21st century and this one will for sure satisfy trainspotters and hardened clubbers alike.
The distinct sound of Crocy returns yet again with “Muzz”. Slovenian born Crocy is a regular artist and remixer on Bonzai’ circuit and he never fails to deliver in the quality department.
The original mix is progressive house at its best, energetic vibe on this with the cool drums and percs arrangement, deep chunky bass and short stabby synths get the heads nodding. On the break we are treated to some awesome pads creating a kaleidoscope of melody and then kicking back with a solid groove.
Manu Riga have been very very busy indeed on remix duties. Again the dynamic duo add their trademark deeper vibe to the proceedings, it’s such a gift they possess as each time they touch a project great things always come out. They have used the original hook to great effect here and the deep bassline is a perfect fit. Great work on the synth shots and the break is pure brilliance.
Not long after their debut on Bonzai Progressive, Greek duo Manos & Arthur M return with a stunning remix, very fresh rhythm using the original elements well and maintaining the progressive house groove. The remix has a real clubby feel with the synths having more prominence, well crafted production which will see a lot of attention.
Chilean born Alexis Salazar debuts on Bonzai Elemental with his album “Margarita”. Alexis found his musical tastes listening to neighbouring parties while growing up, in the early nineties he was starting to experiment with sounds and soon after he started to DJ. Initially he was into Hip Hop but he quickly found Techno, House and Trance and he was booked for lots of gigs all over the country. He has many varied tastes and today we are treated to a sublime journey through chillout with wonderful soundscapes.
The album kicks off with “Juanito”, a myriad of textures layered into an evolving sound with a continuous sweeping pad and lots of FX going off in the background.
” Admirable” releases a world of melody manifested through a sweet piano and string arrangement, cool downtempo beats add a real upbeat type vibe which is a joy to listen to.
Next up is “Bicho”, quite simply a pure synthesis of melodic strings and FX, this really helps the mind wander and forget your earthly woes, very beautiful track!
“Cian” brings back the beats in a laidback groove, again the synths are the forefront with the emphasis on pads, a sweet piano plonks away and a beautiful pan pipe sound adds an awesome melody.
The fifth track on this album is “Jonatan”, it starts off with deep pads and a shot arp with gritty noise for added effect, the pads dominate throughout with FX hits here and there, remnant of a softer sided Tangerine Dream production, awesome strong sound.
“Dan” has a well crafted tight drum pattern with wafting synths, melodic piano brings a very relaxed mood and your mind really drifts when the violin begins, so soothing.
“Au” has a very oriental theme in the way the sound is teased from the instruments, nice relaxing vibe with lots of melodic sequences, again the FX are used quite well and add a quite surreal touch.
Next up is “El Gato”, slightly tougher than its predecessors with a heavier feeling in the drums, yet retains an ever so sweet melody filled with beautiful sounds, brilliant arrangement .
“Bony” is bordering on classical with is cacophony of strings, many different shades of sound come together and create a wonderful soundscape of stringed instruments from violins to harps, amazing.
Finally on this inspiring debut album is “Luna”, as the name suggests you could quite easily picture yourself either on the Moon or flying past in orbit, spacey type vibe in the way the drums are arranged and the electric feel on the deep piano, many more instruments combine to produce awesome melodies.
A fine addition to Bonzai Elemental, pure quality in the production and destined to be a popular choice.
LCD Recordings is proud to present you its personal Selections of the Finest in Progressive (and psychedelic) Trance and House, featuring legendary artists alongside with very promising talents emerging recently. A good mix of Past and Present. One thing matters here: Quality. This Time we’re digging deeper into quality material from the past and offer you great stuff from legendary Artists such as Derek Howell, Gwill Morris, Infusion, and Sleepfreaks. A must have!