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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.
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.
Hungarian producer Bence Soveny aka 10000 Sounds Project marks his Bonzai debut on our top progressive imprint Progrez with “Artificial”. The track come with a fantastic remix and is a testament to the talents of this young artist.
The Original Mix sets off in a steadily building smooth and flowing rhythm that builds momentum effortlessly. Tight drum and percussion arrangements keep things moving nicely with very cool FX work adding textures. The bassline is a work of art as it meanders through the sound revealing many different layers as a sinister sounding synth comes into play.
Kiev based Ivan Shadrin aka Ego Progressus is fresh off the back of his well received “Dark Story EP”. Here he delivers his Edit which transforms the sound beautifully keeping the grooves running deep with a superb hypnotic bassline. The drum sections are beautifully crafted with the kicks standing out with a nice thump. Darkly FX run through the sound and on the break an almost eerie vibe takes over as strange synths take hold. Brilliant stuff destined to be among many sets at those late night venues!
Ittai makes a welcome return to EP with his superb three tracker entitled ‘My Sugar Brother EP’. Ittai’s last release ‘Dost’ received great support from all over which is evidence of his highly skilled approach at producing music. No doubt we will continue to be blown away with what this guy has to offer.
First up is ‘Hyoung Nim’ which intros with a smooth kick and percussion combination, this leads nicely into a well rounded synth riff that carries the hallmarks of true deep house grooves. The bass eases into the sound and powers the track beautifully with its deep lush vibes. The groove bounds on relentlessly before taking a respite on the break where the synths come to the fore and the bass takes a back seat. We see the full force of this track once again as the grooves rebuild and leaving us in a deep house utopia.
‘Sugar Caned’ turns up the heat with a somewhat deep and energetic workout. Big chunky kicks abound as a subtle percussive line keeps the rhythm. The break comes early with a sneak peek at some warm chords before the bassline enters the groove. The track continues to build with cool percussive elements and beautiful synths resulting in an seemingly endless and hypnotic journey.
‘Home Is Where The House Is’ takes us right into the heart of deep house. Solid intro with thick kicks and chords with more chords fading through. The bassline eases into the mix very subtly and before you know it we are locked into a fine deep groove. Percussions build nicely creating smooth rhythms and making this a must have for those deeper sets.
Portuguese deep vibes guru Jose Reis aka Accatone joins forces with Italian DJ and producer Giuseppe D’Alessandro aka Kisk on Piston’s first release of 2014, ‘Back In Time’. Jose remains busy as ever with remix duties and original works, his latest release came via Hudd Traxx, “A Reason Not To Try” with a awesome Matthew Herbert remix . Guiseppe is making his Piston debut while he runs his own label Apparel Music which is based in the UK. He has seen a very impressive release list across many labels and his style varies with lots of diversity.
Accatone’s mix of ‘Back In Time’ delivers a solid deep house groove with cool chords and a sublime grooving bassline. The intro boasts a nice warm kick with a raspy vocal which leads into a flowing rhythm as the subtle percussions take hold. The bassline and the vocals are the main focus as the track delves deeper in the house sound. An excellent cut that will no doubt grace many a set!.
Kisk’s mix dishes out a deeper house cut with a superbly subtle intro of just low end kicks and an earthy type pad. This leads to a short break where percussions come into play on top of a cool female vocal. The track soon gets going in full on house mode as a groovy bassline takes charge. As the main break approaches the percussions ramp up a notch weaving smooth rhythms while that bass does its thing, stunning slice of deep house goodness!
Mindgamers are back from their recent stint on Frisky Radio’s world tour when they stopped off in Talinn for the guys to do an exclusive set in which they played this track for the first time. These guys need no introduction really as they are now firmly rooted within the Bonzai sound. Their new track “The Crown” comes backed up with two top notch remixes.
The Original mix gets flowing with a cool percussion led intro that builds the rhythm nicely. A superb deep bassline soon takes over the sound and matches up beautifully with a tight drum arrangement. Vocal snippets give the track a punch while the synths rise up to epic heights. On the break the levels rise yet again with wonderful strings and an awesome female vocal before crashing right back into this solid slice of progressive house, enough to raise the roof at any venue and a must for any set.
Koen Mertens has been very busy of late with a round of brilliant remixes, here he makes no exceptions as he delivers his brand of prog with another great remix. Chunky kicks fade through on the intro as the vocal sits back on top of some tight percussions. The bassline rises up in a stealthy approach and before you know it you are locked into its groove, alongside this a wall of sound is forming with huge synths stacking up on top of each other. The break does a great job maintaining the vibe and the female vocal is the perfect companion. An intense build-up gets us back into full swing, a true prog monster that is not to be missed.
UK based Lloyd Trimmer aka Cordoba is next on the remix. Lloyd has seen releases on House Proud Records and Kushtee Records. As a DJ he has played at prestigious clubs such as London’s Ministry Of Sound, The Egg and Mango, he also co-founded Substance Promotions to progress the sound of House in some of the finest venues in Hampshire and Surrey. The remix takes the prog sound a little deeper with hypnotic rhythms and a wonderful deep bass that transforms as the track drives on. Very cool FX make a big play also and work perfectly with a tight drum and percussion arrangement. Sweeping synths and subtle melodies add texture alongside clever use of the vocal samples, great stuff!
Matevz Crocy returns after his last outing ‘Cry’ featuring Ashley Berndt with a superb two track progressive house cut ‘Rotten Hour’. Crocy has been consistently churning out the goods with quality productions across different labels within the Bonzai stable and here he keeps up the momentum with the prospect of much more to come.
First up is the title track ‘Rotten Hour’, the intro boasts a chunky kick and percussion combi that builds up steady rhythms with a synth pulsing in the background. The bassline sets the track off with a true deep resonance alongside a soft vocal sample. The break enhances the vocal with cool mangled piano sound coming through, top stuff yet again out of Slovenia!
‘LanteSol’ is up next and packs a punch with a chunky kick intro and fading pads. Percussions build nicely adding smooth rhythms while a warm synth note begins to form. The bass cuts deep with resounding power and the rhythms get a boost with some very cool bongos and tablas. Vocal samples come into play throughout and on the break we are treated to more lush keys before the track kicks back in taking us on a wonderful prog house trip.
Debut release on Green Martian for Irish DJ and producer Eddie Murray aka Aeonism with his track “My Soul” which comes backed up with two top quality remixes. Eddie has been a resident DJ with John O’Callaghan’s Subculture agency, label and imprint and has begun to bring his studio productions to the live stage. He has seen releases on the likes of Baroque Records and Hotfingers, these sounds have gained support from top jocks including Tiesto, BBC Radio 1, Oakenfold, Above & Beyond, Dave Seaman, Manuel De La Mare, Alex Kenji, Tom Middleton, Andy Moor and many more.
The Original Mix intros with a fantastic bass and kick combi with very cool synths joining to get us right into a blissful house groove. The bassline stands out superbly as it delivers a solid groovy rhythm. Sweeping pads and beautiful melodic sequences add that uplifting touch making this a must have in any set.
Purveyor of fine prog house grooves Blufeld adds his talents in the remix pool with a sublime effort. Here the original mix is stripped down resulting in a slightly darker tone with focus on deep resonating basses and hypnotic synths. Subtle melodies try to peak through deep grooves and on the break they get their chance to shine in a wonderful sequence that leads us right back into this full on prog house stomper. Top quality stuff yet again from the land of Blufeld.
Davide Catania settles in at the remix desk with his take on the original. Davide has seen releases on Green Martian in the past with his most recent “Desert Sky” performing very well. Here he beefs up the sound with much tougher style of sound. The basslines pack a massive punch and contrast well with the sweet piano melodies before breaking down into a cool synth led riff that takes us back into a tough and solid groove. Top track and sure to be popular among many jocks.
Well known Russian DJ and producer Alexander Fedosov aka DaSmokin’Frogz debuts on BP with this superb three tracker entitled ‘Hidden Door’. Alexander also goes by the names Patrick P and P. Lankton, he runs his own radioshows like Family Business on Pure.FM and has seen releases on labels such as Carica, Vise Versa, Baroque, TrippleFire, Reelaux and Pure Substance.
First up we get right into the deep progressive house vibes of the title track ‘Hidden Door’. The intro sets off with a cool raspy FX line that leads nicely into a punchy kick and crisp hat combination. The super low bass resonates through the grooves as the track gains momentum. Plucky notes provide a slither of melody that fits well into the deeper vibe while a cool modulated arp sweeps in and out, brilliant stuff!
‘Flex’ goes straight for the jugular with a heavy layered bass powering through from the off. Very cool percussive FX form the beginnings of a solid rhythmic sequence as the layers build. The track breaks into smooth tech vibes as a vocal sample creeps in. Cool housey keys are loitering at the rear before crashing back into that superb deep bass structure, top class production!
‘Shadowz’ rounds up this fantastic package with a full on tech fuelled ride. Rhythms flow from the intro as a well crafted percussion and kick section take hold. Again we see a heavy and deep bass take centre stage as it pounds out a strong groove. The break delivers a superb vocal that adds amazing texture to the sound as it dominates the biggest part of the track. Great track and sure to be destined for many sets!
‘Aloha’ sees the second release from the newly revamped moniker Sector 7 which is the brainchild of Belgian legend M.I.K.E.. With a hectic schedule we are delighted that this guy finds the time to produce under this guise as it was a popular attraction in the good old days, and still remains to this day. Aside from the Original we have a top class line up of remix artists on show in what will prove to be a very well received pack.
The Original Mix intros with a punchy kick that leads into subtle percussions before breaking into a cool chord sequence. The bassline comes into the track and really sets things alight as the layers build with intensity. The main riff makes a show midway transforming the track into a full on progressive tech stomper which will grace many a dance floor for sure.
The very popular Relaunch is next up to remix, dark progressive vibes are what this guys is all about at the moment. German based Maik Relaunch is fresh off the back of a superb remix on Thorin’s ‘End Game’ which saw rave reviews and high positions on top download portals. Here the temperatures are rising with a full on progressive monster in the making. Right from the off you get a real sense of deep rooted nature of the progressive vibe within this sound. Snappy kicks and wide hats lead beautifully to a driving bassline while melodic pads rise up through the sound. Melodies are used teasingly on the break before powering back into full on prog mode, quality stuff and one to watch no doubt.
Audio Noir is back after his last track ‘Floorlicker’ which performed very well indeed. Here we see his popular Rekonstruction style remix. It’s worth keeping an eye on this guy as there is much more original and remix work in the pipeline. Nice chunky kicks fill the intro and lead into a very cool synth and bass combi before the percussions begin to show and taking the track to a strong progressive groove. On the first break the track transforms with a huge retro styled riff that will be instantly recognisable and loved by all who remember it. The main break brings with it subtle melodic pads alongside an almost siren like synth that takes us right back to pure unadulterated progressive goodness.
Up next we have Yuriy From Russia and his superb remix. Yuriy has been busy on the remix front and just recently we seen his track ‘Do You Feel’ featuring Ange, perform very well indeed. Here he takes us deep into the darker side of progressive house. The intro boasts a brilliant kick that packs a huge punch, this is coupled with a rhythmic hi hat sequence and leads nicely to a cool flowing bassline. Percussive elements continue to build throughout the track before the bassline is joined by some serious synth work that ramps up the groove perfectly. The track takes a twist when some melodic synths make a show adding diverse textures to the overall sound. Stunning remix that will be sure to grab a lot of attention.
Mexican producer Dan Cano debuts on Eyepatch with ‘Moving In You’, a sublime slice of deep house which is a perfect edition to the EP collection. Dan has seen releases on labels like Deepclass Records and Kimbo Records with no doubt much more to come from this young and talented guy.
The Original Mix gets going with a nice deep flowing rhythmic house vibe made up with a chunky kick, subtle percussions and warm keys. Short and expertly placed vocal samples add a cool layer with the funky bassline beefing up the sound brilliantly. Classy house chords dominate the break and take us on a cool ride before easing back into full on groovy mode, top track!
French DJ and producer Gaulois aka Sebastien Desay ramps up the pressure with his remix which is full of deep and groovy flavours. Kicking off the track has a classic style feel with the drums and percussion blending brilliantly alongside a short vocal sample. Plucky synth notes begin to show before a lush synth takes the helm. The bassline gives off a cool rolling vibe combining well and creating a true deep and groovy cut.
Second installment on the Tech House Toolbox series comes with original tracks and remixes by Jonathan Calvo, Krusound, Kini Rao, Alexandro Tachyani, Khris Rios, B Gutierrez, Florian Meindl, Mindgamers, Project KF, Jey Fever, Ecco, Charles Ramirez, Diego Alvez, Onofrio Conte, Sean McCaff, Mylan, Ivan Montoro, Jazzman Wax, Electric Bastards, Enrico Caruso, Alex Satry, The Revolving Junkie, Soren Aalberg, Zolex, Nikkie, Thomas Genchev and Lucio Grandi.