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Belgian and French Duo DB Movement deliver a breath of Fresh Air with this release. We were looking hard for this kind of music and couldn’t believe our ears when French DJ Phi-Phi handed us these tracks he made with Belgian Legendary Stephane Akenan (aka Steff Garner). Progressive House and Trance freaks, This is music for your dancefloor. Music that should be praised. Evidence is probably the freshest tune we had heard in years, and Rotation sounds just as good. Get prepared, because this will bring you back to the real sound of Progressive House.
Kopi Luwak returns to Elemental with ‘Anna Pedan’. Kopi had seen a few releases with Elemental in the last few years and has appeared on numerous Bonzai compilations including the ‘Pure Chillz’ series.
‘Anna Pedan’ is a fantastic, uplifting, chilled out stroke of genius. Big, warm and lush pads begin the journey and create a perfect atmosphere for letting all your woes wash away. Sweet melodic arps come through as the track progresses with a downtempo beat making a show. As the sound ebbs and flows you drift as euphoria sets in. Just when you think there is nothing more to be done a beautiful string melody comes into play taking your mind further into a blissful state. The only problem with this track is that there was an ending, you will simply not want this to end, stunning stuff.
Greek born DJ and producer Steve Sai returns to the Bonzai Progressive stable with this stunning two tracker entitled ‘White Fluffy Clouds’. Steve’s last track ‘The Cube EP’ got the attention from many corners, and no doubt this release will be up there with its predecessor.
The title track, ‘White Fluffy Clouds’ gets us on the go with a smooth deep progressive house workout. Nice and steady rhythms built up on the intro with a cool hat, clap combo alongside sweetly melodic synth shots. The bass and kicks join the party and set the track on its proper journey through prog with a hypnotic undertone that really captivates your mind. The break goes to a deep place enhancing the experience throughout this superb track, great stuff.
‘Across The Sky’ intros with a distant kick that sits below a dark synth sound. The kicks soon beef up and a solid progressive groove is born as a wonderful bassline eases into the sound. Flowing, soothing rhythms emanate from the tight arrangements as the layers are expertly crafted. At the break things simmer down to a blissful state before you are ejected right back into the groove, top notch stuff!
Polish producer Marcin Stepien aka Neptun 505 makes his debut on Bonzai Progressive with a two track progressive monster entitled ‘Zulu EP’. Marcin started to make own music in 1999, but 2008 was a real breakthrough year for him with original and remix releases on labels like Magnetide Records, UDTK Records, and then later on Dirty Stuff Records, Electronic Tree, Mistique Music, Smart Phenomena Records and Passion Fruit Recordings. Today he is working on solo stuff and sometimes he collaborates with E.F.G.
First up is ‘Zulu’ which intros with superb tribalistic patterns via some smooth membranophone action and a nice chunky house kick with a side of cool hats and other percussions. A deep resonating bass makes a stealthy entrance to the sound with nifty work on the frequency filter. Wonderful cascading synths weave out a cool vibe and the track soon takes on a full progressive persona. Brilliant stuff and a definite must for any prog set!
‘Orion’ gets down to tribal business from the off as a round of quality percussions carve out neat rhythmic patterns. A rising synth pad also brings the bassline along for the ride as the track builds the layers beautifully. Very cool chord changes on the synths keep the ear trained and on the break subtle melodies get the focus before coming right back into prog mode for the duration, top stuff.
Sa.Du is back with another round of deep tech goodness on his four tracker ‘Field’. His last outing ‘Save As’ gained huge support from all over which is a tip of the hat to this fine talent.
‘Field’ intros with a smooth and steady rhythm as the subtle kicks merge beautifully with a tight percussion arrangement while some wistful vocal samples fade through. Throughout the track we are treated to a different array of vocals that really set the track off in style. The bassline sits in the background yet has a big impact on the sound. An all round super ride through deep tech house that will do well in any set.
Nice and full kicks provide the intro on ‘To Me’, soft open hats are the perfect addition as one shot synth notes begin to form around a very cool female vocal. The arrangements on this are top notch as a diverse range of sounds amalgamate perfectly. Subtle basses and saxophones serve up a groovy vibe as we ride through deep shades of tech house, great stuff.
Next up we have ‘Imaging Your Self’, deep and sultry sounds abound here as a provocative female vocal swamps the vibe. Cool rhythms are formed out of a tight drum arrangement with punchy kicks and sharp hats. The bassline gels everything together brilliantly and on the break a female vocal comes to life with a huge diva-esque chorus, top notch production in effect!
‘Am I Crazy’ is up next with a classy intro filled with multiple FX and another tight drum pattern. Alongside a superb female vocal sits a piano riff that scales the keys in various sequences, this sound becomes the big focus and is contrasted with a much brighter, higher pitched toy piano type arp. The bassline comes through late on but only serves to fully enhance the groove making this an epic slice of deep tech.
Delphi debuts on Green Martian with ‘Mariana Trench’ which is a stunning slice of progressive house that comes backed up with two quality remixes.
The Original Mix is a testament to that almost euphoric progressive house sound that captivates so well. The intro boasts a bright arp synth that leads smoothly into a strong kick accompanied by some cool FX work. Subtle hats and percussions build flowing rhythms and out of nowhere a warm bassline fades through taking the track to the next level. Hypnotic high pitched notes become a big focus on the sound and on the break a mesmerising sequence begins. Big sounds are the order of the day here with a stunning drum arrangement, top quality stuff and one to watch for sure.
First up on the remix is none other than 06R aka Hisataka Ogura who is no stranger to Green Martian. His last outing on this imprint came in the form of the wonderful ‘Air 2.0’ which gained massive support from many top jocks. On the remix Hisataka applies his sublime brand of prog house, the intro boasts subtle kicks and stand out percs that build rhythms flawlessly. Cool arp sequences steadily rise with the bassline holding up the low end perfectly. A stuttered vocal adds an uplifting feeling while big synths enhance this feeling further. Superb stuff yet again and a must for those big parties!
Eddie Murray aka Aeonism, is an Irish DJ and producer who recently marked his GM debut with ‘My Soul’. Here he shows his talents yet again in style with a fantastic take on all the qualities of progressive house. The intro sets us off with swirly sea sounds while a rising synth leads us to a cool kick and hat combi. The synths continue to rise with teasing melodies beginning to filter through. The bassline draws you in with a deep drone and is the perfect companion to this evolving sound. Mercy is shown as melodies are unleashed and a simply stunning ride ensues. Get this in your playlist and you will not be disappointed!
Ivan Shadrin aka Ego Progressus is back with this two tracker entitled ‘The Ink Of Night’. His last outing on Progrez ‘Dark Story’ was well received which is a tip of the hat to this fine producer.
First up is the title track ‘The Ink Of Night’, the intro is a simple punchy kick and crispy hat combination with a warm pad soon following. Cool FX start to come through before a grungy type synth leads us into the darker recesses of progressive house. A short break takes us into this realm further as the synths intensify and the percussions escalate. The bassline comes through as a construction of many sounds which has a huge impact overall giving an organic flavour to the vibe. Intense and amazing.
‘White Church’ sets off with a multitude of percs and FX over a cool kick, the percussions continue to build as a dark bass pokes through. The track takes on a very percussion focused drive that produces flowing rhythms with very cool sequences. Expertly crafted track indeed which ebbs closer to techno with a progressive edge.
To commemorate the 10th and last release from the “Black Catalog”, we deliver a proper club house remix pack from the previous “Free EP” by Simone Girau and Dario Girau. The head of this honor is the label head manager, “Fragoso”.
About the release itself, in the ‘Lisbon’ Main Remix, Fragoso brings us a funky but dark well defined mass of groove filled with FM LFO’ed synths all around, that in conjunction with the vocal section and a typical 90’s house style lead turn what is already an outraged groove into a groundbreaking twisted travel.
To fill the pack “Fragoso” made the ‘Lisbon’ Deep Remix which drives all the concept into a deep journey. As soon you start listening it, you will realize that is all about dig, dig, dig! Its mental without losing any funky and twisted character. If you seek for a proper mind breaking experience, this is what you need!
Phi Phi and Airwave are back at it again with another absolute stomper ‘A Breeze On The Nile’. The guys had recently joined forces for the first time on the amazing ‘Back On Track’, and again this time around we see a slew of quality remixes included in this package. Great to see these two legends hitting the studio together and hopefully much more to come.
The Original Mix intros with crash that unleashes a cool round of mixed percussions before a slamming kick drum edges through. High quality FX work fills in the background as we build our way up to a superb bassline that dominates effortlessly and bringing with it a deep progressive vibe. Intense grooves are formed and on the break things quieten down with surreal pads creating a beautiful soundscape. Top notch stuff that will be a definite must on those deep progressive sets!
Philthy Chit teams up with Superlifter on their remix and they have really delivered on the quality front. The remix intros with a cool deep breaks vibe as rhythms slowly build with a round of percussions. Deep basses resonate throughout the sound and the intensity builds around some superb synth sequences. The break shows off some very cool pads and synths before crashing right back into this solid progressive groove.
Next up we have the Relaunch Mix, this guy has been around the remix circuit for quite a while and always produces top quality results. With a full release coming up on JOOF soon we hope to see a lot more from this stunning talent. The track embarks on an epic journey through progressive vibes as sounds evolve. The intro has a chunky kick and bass combo that sets the scene beautifully with smooth synths fading through. Steady rhythms are formed amongst a well crafted drum and percussion section and the tension rises. A gated synth arp dominates the sound for the most part as it rises and rises. A hell of a ride down into the darker recesses of progressive house.
Greece’s own Steve Sai is on a roll at the moment, he has recently seen two first class tracks and a host of remixes this year. On this remix Steve incorporates his own brand of prog with style and ease. Nice and steady flowing rhythms are the order of the day as the tight arrangements gel beautifully within the progressive sound. The bassline has a superb bouncing effect as it keeps the grooves in check with very subtle pads and synths to add texture. Great stuff yet again from Steve!
Daniel makes a welcome return to Eyepatch with his four tracker ‘Marlboro Station’. His last outing ‘Lofty EP’ showcased his skills beautifully and now we are treated to more of this superb talent.
First up we have the title track ‘Marlboro Station’ which sets off with a very cool kick and percussion arrangement before a wonderful plucky bass takes over the sound. An array of metallic sounding FX adds a stark tech twist to the sound, this is contrasted by the occasional warm pad and synth note adding smooth textures, great stuff.
‘Brighthouse’ goes deeper with a smooth house vibe built in alongside elements of techno. The intro boasts a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combi, warm house keys soon filter through and blend well with the more techy edged FX that peek through. A well rounded deep bass makes a show and the track topped off with some very strong piano riffs, top quality track.
Up next is ‘Water Tunnel’ with a gritty intro made up of cool percs and a thumpy kick. Raw sounding FX start to take over the sound as a stunning bassline builds the momentum. Again we see some fine deep piano chords coming through with a contrasting strings and pads. A superb guitar also accompanies the piano and makes for a fantastic deep tech house ride, brilliant!
‘Fallen Star’ takes things deep with a stunning array of sounds on offer. Tight drums and percussions set the scene beautifully as a backdrop to some expertly crafted synth keys that dominate throughout. All these sounds are complimented with a deep rooted bass and a myriad of sweeping FX, quite an amazing sound with an almost laidback, chilled groove.