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London based DJ and producer JR aka Simon Bingham, debuts on Piston with a stunning two tracker “For The OG’s” which comes fitted out with two superb remixes. JR grew up listening to his parents records, mostly reggae and soul, this solidified his Jamaican roots and helped shape his musical tastes. His older brother, the legendary DJ Grooverider, peeked his interest in electronica which led him to find house music as his forte. As a DJ, JR has played at London’s top clubs including Pacha, Brick House, Egg, Hidden and Lokee as well as Ibiza and other international stages.
The Original mix intros with a classic kick and hat combi before sliding into a smooth deep house groove with a brilliant baseline filled with a rich, lush vibe. A nice little vocal sample adds texture alongside some cool keys and great FX which makes this a must have for any house jock.
Barcelona based Fauvrelle takes on remix duties with his Fauvrelle LFO mix. He recently saw his own debut on Piston with “4 Pistons” which gained lots of support from around the world. The mix intros with snappy kicks and crisp hats adding a punchy feel to the sound, the bass goes deep with vocal snippets coming through alongside some superb synth chords. Cool piece of work on the remix here and one that will get lots of attention.
The boss of Piston, Portuguese DJ and producer Rogerio Martins, steps up with his remix. Rogerio and Piston are leading the way when it comes to house music, you just have to look at the back catalogue and the artists that make up the Piston roster to realise the sheer talent and diversity on offer. The mix intros with quirky FX and cool snares accompanied by a sharp clap, chunky kicks fill the sound and the rhythm starts to build beautifully. The baseline gives the track a bouncy feel that will have those asses shakin. On the break expertly crafted keys take the groove to a new level making this a track the dancefloors will love.
Kindred Spirits are production duo Jakhira aka and Cosmic Tracer, the guys are back on GM after their first release “Smooth Tricks EP” gained much support. This time we are treated to another two tracker entitled “Square 1 EP”.
This duo really know their stuff, the title track intros with some fantastic hypnotic tribal rhythms which build into a sublime slice of euphoric progressive house. The melodies combine beautifully and the subtle basses add a lush texture. On the break warm pads fade through while melodies creep back into play. The percussion and drum arrangements are top notch and make this track stand out well, superb stuff!
“The Circuit” gives off a retro vibe as the kicks and percussions will attest. The track focuses on the drums as they lock you in the groove, then on the break stunning melodic pads make a show alongside a wonderful droning synth and stark contrasts are drawn. A real sense of oldskool hardcore can be felt within the sound yet the vibe stays true to modern progressive house, great stuff.
Kiev based Ivan Shadrin aka Ego Progressus returns to Progrez with another of his darkly sinister progressive monsters entitled “Dark Story EP”.
Taking us right into the murky depths of progressive vibes we have “Dark Boom”. The track intros with a heavy kick and eerie sounding FX and vocal. The bass sits back waiting to pounce as a myriad of percussive and synth effects haunt the groove. On the break the tension builds with a macabre pad and drone combination which is coupled with that mysterious vocal. Perfect choice for those very late night parties and Halloween events!
“Story Galaxy” is up next with its classic kick and hat intro which leads into some really cool FX. The bassline rises up through different layers giving it a very diverse texture. The percussions build the rhythms smoothly and soon we get locked in to a dark hypnotic groove with some cool added vocals from a great mind of our time. Another stomper from this superb talent.
Soul Searching is what this single is all about. The art of seeking for the right party igniters.
Name 001 is the unknown face of Miguel Parreira, Mr. F or, most commonly known as, SGMNT (Segment), his technoish side.
Name 001, brings his clustered waves into our dimension, filled with strange pads, sines and church textured stabs, he delivers us a ultra-twisted theme that shows how Progressive and Techno can be merged into one single composition, although there’s always the constant presence of the Acid touch in it as well as the epic speech about science vs religion. Unavoidable!
Fragoso, label head manager and a regular on AU Records, brings his interpretation about how it should be the “Soul Searching” act. As usual, evolving, epic and very very subtle, Fragoso drives us through an authentic sonic epiphany. It’s the subtleness taken to the last stage. A very very profound journey!
Missing this, is missing history
Already we have another release from the recently revamped Tribal Warriors aka M.I.K.E., with New York To Ibiza”. His last outing on Basiks “08” had a great reaction and now we are back for more with this one which also comes with no less than four stunning remixes.
The Original Mix is a full on tech fest, a percussive intro with a huge chunky kick drops us into a superb synth driven riff. Blasting into the main track we are greeted with a throbbing bass that forces those feet to dance as the rhythm takes over. Great manipulation on the vocal samples adds texture to the sound, top stuff and a must for those late night techno parties.
Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro steps up with the first of two remixes, Petri is back fresh after his first stint on Basiks with the “Revival EP”. His Left Pace remix takes the tech sound to new heights as the sounds combine beautifully to form a tech stomper. The big focus throughout the track is the synth work as it weaves its magic and hooks you in. The huge bass reverberates and is complimented well with the kicks and rhythmic percussions, great stuff.
Petri’s next mix on this release is his Right Pace remix, a much more chunky affair with a deeper bass that packs a huge punch and will give any sub woofer a run for its money. The percussive elements form a solid rhythm as the track meanders at a steady pace, top notch stuff!
Onofrio Conte is back after his “Endless Love EP” gained support from many jocks around the world, here he serves up his 909 Remix and delivers a track filled with all the gusto of techno. Superb arrangements on the drums and percussion carve out smooth rhythms while the bass sits back menacingly waiting to pounce. Such a well rounded groove and a definite must on playlists all over.
Lastly we have Rion Oidua on remix with a fantastic pumping sound. The intro sets the track up nicely with a cool tribal feel from the percussions, the kicks soon arrive and pack a good thump. When the bass kicks the track gets a huge lift with all the elements coming together beautifully. Superb synth FX sweep in and out of the sound solidifying the groove, brilliant effort and one to watch for sure.
Based in Almelo, Netherlands, DJ and producer Thorin (Van Gelden) takes progressive house by the horns and churns out a superb cut entitled “End Game”. The track also comes with two top class remixes as well as the very impressive Original. Currently Thorin has been dabbling with new ideas in the studio and hopefully we will see the results of this soon. Aside from that he is ramping up his DJing with a trip to Belgium for the DJunkee hosted party, Insane in November.
The intro on the Original Mix takes no prisoners as retro inspired synths do their work. Big chunky kicks pack a punch and as the layers build a solid rhythm has taken hold. Lots going on within the sound and you will find yourself locked in and finding new paths with every listen. Sweet melodic plucks are a cool contrast to the robust synths which transform with every phrase. The break shows a myriad of sounds as the track builds back up and crashes straight into this full on prog stomper, superb stuff!
The very popular duo from Tallinn are at it again, Mindgamers aka Zas and Sanze dish out their recipe for fine teched up progressive vibes. The guys provide their usual stunning kicks and drum arrangement which always has huge floor appeal. The baseline has a nice bounce to it and will be sure to get the toes tapping in no time. Accompanying the baseline is a wonderful sub melody that itself has a huge impact. On the break the track is stripped bare to reveal a sweet melodic synth that soon dissipates as the main track kicks back in, great stuff from the guys and a must for any box.
Relaunch aka German based Maik Relaunch is at the mixing desk next with a stunner of a remix. Maik was first a clubber and then became inspired by the legendary Dorian Gray which set him on his DJ journey. Production soon followed and he was quickly affiliated with the likes of John 00 Fleming among others. Releases on Bonzai Progressive, Green Martian, LCD Recordings, Camouflage, JOOF, Borderline Music and Mistique Music over the years have marked Maik as a highly respected artist who is in great demand for remixes. The mix sets off in true progressive style as the baseline becomes the main focus with its rolling effect and sitting well beside a huge kick that will rock any speaker. Synths appear as the layers begin to form up and take us on a frenzied ride into a progressive house fuelled world. A proper prog track with hypnotic qualities and a track that will gain a lot of support, no doubt.
Flembaz are Joao Bandarra and Pedro Freitas, the guys teamed up in 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal. They are an eclectic duo who like to play around with different genres ranging from playful beats to deep creative techno and progressive. Here they mark their Bonzai debut with the two tracker “Cafe EP”.
“Cafe” sets off on a sublime journey through progressive sounds with an infusion of tech thrown in. Beautiful chunky kicks set the scene perfectly with a baseline that will have any woofer quaking. A nice round of percussions keep a cool flowing rhythm as warm synth pads fade through on top of a short vocal sample. Techy synths begin to form as the track intensifies carving out a sure fire hit with many DJ’s.
“Quinalle Express” takes a subtle approach to the intro before a huge kick comes slamming through and bringing with a massive sub bass that will reverberate through your body. Expertly crafted percussions knit a steady rhythm and some wonderful flute/pipe type sounds peek through giving a stark contrast. Very cool track indeed and one that will fit many sets.
DJ and producer Koen Mertens debuts on Eyepatch with the return of his Daddy moniker and this two tracker entitled “Hidden Mojo”. Koen began his music journey on an old Atari computer and sampler. He has played at many of Belgium’s top clubs and in the late nineties he created Daddy. Soon he was picked up by Bonzai and saw two fantastic releases “Rotationz” on Bonzai Fiesta and “Raw” on Bonzai Limited. With much more in the pipeline we are excited to see what the future brings for this top class talent.
“Hidden Mojo” intros with a multitude of percussions that sets the rhythm up nicely before the kicks and bass come through solidifying groove into a stunning deep house cut. Great vocal sample used adds depth to the track and on the break a fantastic 80’s synth melody pops up in a hands-in-the-air moment. Great stuff hear and a track that will turn a few heads for sure.
“The Mojo Is Here” goes deep with a tougher edge, from the off you get locked on the groove as hypnotic rhythms take hold. Superb background FX play a big part in this track as the layers are built around it. The baseline is something to be desired as it meanders through the groove delivering quality results. In contrast to the deep vibes a melodic flute sends a brighter note to the sound, top stuff.
Back and refreshed from his last release, the hugely popular “Don’t You Know” (with Junior J), Chantola delivers another fine slice of house driven beats jacked up with a dose of progressive. “I Want You” also comes packed with a very impressive collection of remixes to suit any venue.
The Original Mix constructs a well balanced house groove with its thumpy kicks and crispy percussions giving good rhythm. A very cool bass rips through the track and is further enhanced with some very nifty synth work, the house vibes are ramped up to funky proportions with a great and catchy vocal sample which is coupled with real smooth guitar licks. One hell of a floorfiller on offer and one to watch for sure.
House producer Tero steps up for his first remix on Bonzai with a truly wonderful display of house beats with a sprinkling of deep funk thrown in. Tero has an impressive release count under his belt on labels like Club 86 Recordings and Bullbeat Recordings. From the off the vibe oozes with the pleasures of funky keys which soon build into full on house mode. Perfect drum arrangements give the track a cool bounce, the added vocal samples solidifies the sound while the bass works wonders on the rhythms. Awesome piano work gives this track an all round feel and makes it a must have in any box!
No Chantola release would be complete without the Johny S treatment. This is his sixth remix for Henrik and we can see why he keeps coming back for more. Johny’s own tracks have been on labels like Club 86 Recordings, Bullbeat Recordings and 4 Play Trax to name a few. Here we get into a much more progressive vibe with a super tight arrangement on the drums and percussions. A very cool retro sounding synth does most of the work here as it draws you right into its groove while the deep bass keeps the rhythm flowing. Nice vocal samples come through and on the break the guitar and melodies transform the track before crashing back. Top notch prog house and sure to feature in many sets no doubt.
Another remix debut, this time from Finnish DJ and producer Jesse Suosalmi aka FunkyDee. Jesse too has seen releases on Club 86 and Bullbeat. If you’re after a big floor tune then you’ve come to the right place. The smooth grooves of the original have been taken and ramped up into a party pumping house masterpiece. The funk has certainly been injected here and for those of us who like our music with an oldskool flair then be prepared for a trip that will have you throwing your hands in the air. Absolutely stunning remix and a cert to be featured many times on playlists all over!!
Debut appearance on Piston for Italian DJ and producer Francesco Bertelli aka Mennie. Having been around the scene for ten plus years, Francesco decided to produce under his new guise Mennie in 2011. Since then he has collaborated the likes of Mario Piu and seen his releases grace labels such as Fahrenheit, Pild Records, Melomane to name a few. Aside from producing he also DJ’s across the globe alongside many top jocks like Matthew Dear, Nick Curly, Alex Celler and many more.. “Rawaus” is a top class four tracker filled with all the delights of House.
“What You Want” is a deep organic sounding track with a real tough and gritty edge. Heavy kicks and sharp percussions deliver a smooth rhythm while the bass gets down and dirty giving that raw feel. Fantastic vocal shrieks are a cool contrast and build up the groove perfectly. On the break some classic house chords fade through, great stuff!
“Feel The Love” hits the groovy deep and funky house nail right on the head. Superbly crafted drum sections keep the rhythm flowing alongside a great short vocal sample. The grooving bass is accompanied by stunning synth chords which add that funky flavour, the break is dominated with a high pitch string that fades out to reveal this solid groover once more, a must for any box.
“Jackin” is one of those tracks that will have any floor pumping. Strong deep house grooves with added funk coming out of the bouncy bassline. Crispy sharp hats brighten up the sound and another great vocal sample is evident. On the break the house vibes continue to flood through as we are teased with some classic sounding synths, fantastic stuff that will be a welcome slice in any set.
The title track “Rawaus” is the last track on this stunning EP. The house flavours keep on coming as that intro throws out a tight and solid drum and percussion arrangement. High strings fade through and take us up to a short drop were a cool vocal sample gets a showing before slamming into a full on house joint complete with a bassline that will get any ass shakin! This will be a real floor favourite for sure.
German producer and DJ Eric Kanzler returns to Basiks with a fantastic two tracker “Square EP”. Eric is proving to be very popular around the Basiks office due to the fact that he always delivers the goods with his sounds. His last outing “Hypnotiz” which was taken from his album “Scary Faces”, saw great support from many quarters.
First up we have “Square 303” and as you can imagine we are in for a nice treat with some raw sounds. Eric doesn’t disappoint here as he pulls out the blips and sets us up for a tasty ride through tech. A super tight drum arrangement is the perfect companion for the maelstrom of analog sounds coming through. We get acid squelches coming from all angles forming up into a superb tech house stomper. A must for any box!
“Dusk” goes deep with a dark vibe from the off delivering a very tense feeling as a sinister sounding vocal creeps up. The kicks pack a huge punch and are met with a well constructed percussion section. Hypnotic rhythms take over before the track takes a twist with an acid line that will have you quaking, superb stuff yet again from Eric!
Noa Romana and Deersky aka Piotr Sarnecki join forces on Green Martian for their debut two tracker “The Waterfall Reflection”. Belgian Noa draws his influences from electronic greats like Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Moroder and others. Aside from production he hosts radioshows on Pure FM and Insomnia FM. Polish producer Deersky first got into electronic music through listening to Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk, Robert Miles, Underworld, Moby, Paul Oakenfold and The Prodigy. Since 2002 he has been heavily into progressive house and that’s what he loves most nowadays. The guys have worked together for over three years on various projects including radio, DJing and production, and they sure do work well together.
“The Waterfall Reflection” is an uplifting, feel good vibe. The intro sets that mood straight away with a cool plucky synth and mellow pad. The kicks add a great dynamic to this and the bass delivers a truly lush groove. Beautiful melodic sequences find their way through the sound with arps and the odd vocal snippet. Wonderfully rich track that will turn a lot of heads for sure.
“Dreaming Awake” is proper prog house stomper, the intro boasts a huge thumping kick which is contrasted by swirly synths and when the bass come through it adds a whole new dimension to the sound. Again the guys throw in stunning, complex melodies which are a joy to listen to and make this a track that you will listen over and over again and identify new things every time.
Spanish DJ and producer Victor Vera is back with SRUR with his two tracker “Block Party EP”. Victor’s first release here came with his “Thermonuclear Reaction” on Muzika Volume 2. That same release also appeared on compilations with Bonzai Progressive and Bonzai Basiks.
The title track “Block Party” is up first. Solid intro with classic kick and hat combi with other percussive features filtering through. The bass comes through with a bounce adding a lot of energy to the sound. The FX work is top quality and it blends in so well. Great work on the vocal sample give the track an edge. Top stuff again from Victor and will no doubt get a lot of attention.
“Schwarm” is up next, the intro boasts softly keys which are twisted and morphed into a wall of synth before the kicks and electro percussion free it and set up a steady groove. These transformations continue throughout and shape the sound nicely into a solid hypnotic rhythm.
Italian musician and producer Paolo Petrella aka Roy Cleveland debuts on Elemental with his album “O”. He is a product of the Italian Conservatory of music in Napoli, Italy. A talented bassist, he describes himself as fitting into no particular genre, although he does profess to delve into glitchy minimal electro. This album entitled O (meaning circle) is so called as he wants the tracks to be seamless without pause, with each track melting into the next and rising up from the previous.
“O – #1” sets us off on the album, sharp edged synth chords rise up and constantly transform from smooth to glitchy seamlessly. Superb basses infect the sound and an array of quality FX add lots of texture. Very clever and forward thinking and no need to adjust your speakers as the sound effect may have you believe.
“O – #2” has much more of the qualities as the first track did, totally raw, organic sounds with some brilliant work on the frequency controls. A warm synth teases through the sea of sound and fades out leaving you waiting for more.
“O – #3 (Riots)” brings a warm synth to the fore, chopped up drum samples and more electro samples are processed beyond recognition, again we see lots of glitchy sounds and by the very concept of the album, those sounds fit beautifully.
“O – #4” takes on a much more formulaic approach with beats becoming slightly more prominent, a darker side takes shape with hard edged beats and gritty basses. All this is accompanied by a multitude of organic FX which marry up brilliantly.
“O – #5” takes us to the end of the journey with some eerie melodic sequences beginning to form out of strange synth patterns. A deep and dark bass resonates as this structure takes shape and again the FX work is top notch. Something different and definitely something to think about as this array of sounds raids your senses.
Fresh off the back of his “Revelations” track, Audio Noir serves up another round of progressive goodness with his two tracker entitled “Floorlicker”.
The title track sets us off on a wonderful trip through surreal progressive grooves. The intro creates a vibrant atmosphere as the vocal samples and FX clash alongside a superb thumping kick. Danceable rhythms are built with the aid of a fantastic percussion arrangement and on the break the track transforms into full on progressive meltdown. A chest pounding baseline pulsates through the sound as a cool riff moves alongside. Such a dynamic groove here which will get a lot of attention.
“Fibre Feelings” intros with a myriad of percussion instruments amalgamating to form a diverse rhythm. The beat gets rocking with the kicks coming through accompanied by a monstrous baseline and well crafted FX. The track intensifies and a huge wall of sound erupts, raiding the senses with a very complex groove, top stuff.