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Long time Spanish DJ and producer Jonathan Calvo debuts on Basiks with a stunning tech house fuelled package. Jonathan has been a DJ for more than 20 years and recently he has used this extensive experience to enter the world of production. He has seen many releases since 2011 on labels like Ambiosphere Recordings, White Island Recordings, New Era Recordings and many more. Here he delivers two tracks backed up with quality remixes.
The Original Mix of “The Intstructor” is a powerful tech house stomper, heavy kicks are accompanied with a deep throbbing bassline and steady rhythmic percussions. The overall sound is quite minimal but packs a massive punch, throughout the track a cool vocal sample subtly delivers a narrative to the vibe, top stuff.
The Club Mix delivers more of the same tech vibes but with a deeper house twist due to the synth chords coming through, perfect for a deep set on any floor.
Argentina born Martin Lacroix is up on remix duty with a superb gritty take on “The Instructor”. Now residing in Barcelona this DJ and producer has seen releases on many labels over the years and currently DJ’s at top venues around Barcelona. The track intros with a sort of metallic feel as the synths punch out their groove. Tough beats are matched well with cool percussions and deep basses. The vocal is much more prominent here as it gets beefed up to become the main feature of the track.
Jonathan’s next track is “Sai Baba”, the intro puts us right into a solid groove with a thumping kick and crisp percussion combo. The tech vibes begin to flow when the super low end bass kicks in with a very subtle synth coming through in the background. A relentless and infectious groove ensues which would be a perfect addition to any set list.
Barcelona based production duo Endika & Sesk make up the project Krusound and here they deliver a superb tech filled house remix on “Sai Baba”. The intro gets the rhythm flowing early on and soon a deep throbbing bassline takes over the sound with cool synths and vocals adding to the dynamic vibe. Another fine addition to this pack and a must for the deeper floors out there.
The ever impressive Blufeld returns with a follow up to his 2009 prog trancer “Metrobot”. This sequel entitled “Metrobot City” comes with two superb remixes and is sure to be a hit just like his 2009 track. Currently Blufeld is busy with remixes and original material with the possibility of a few collabs also, so watch this space!
The Original Mix intros with deep rising synths and subtle percussions, this leads up to a chunky kick which gets the groove flowing. Throughout the track the kicks transform into a type of mini breaks which adds a lot of character to the sound. Melodies play a big part here also with many variations combing beautifully and becoming prominent on the break. After the break the track gains a lot more momentum as the vibe intensifies, quality stuff!
First up on remix duties is an emphatic duo who are no strangers to the Bonzai stable. Castra & Sovve serve up a real summery treat on their remix. The guys have both featured many times across many of Bonzai’s different labels and both guys have also worked with Blufeld in the past. The remix takes on a much more upbeat vibe, the classic kick and hat intro blends nicely into a full on pumping track when the bass comes through. The delightful melodies soon follow and you really do get a sense of summer from the sound. On the break the melodies are king and these build up brilliantly to a perfect climax before settling back into a smooth blissed out ride.
Tokyo based producer 06R is next up on remix. Hisataka is fresh from his last release which was “Air 2.0” on Green Martian and he always delivers the goods with his own brand of quality. Here his remix takes the breaks route with a very intense mixture of sounds. From the off a super tight breaks arrangement takes hold with many more layers being added throughout. The melodic sequences are top notch and blend so well with the tougher side of the breaks. A must have for those later evening terrace parties.
Gai Barone is back after a very successful remix on Manu & Nico’s “Reborn” with a fresh twist on progressive house. Gai has been hard at work fine tuning his productions and with results like this we sure are happy to have a great guy like this on board. “Lullaby” comes with two fantastic remixes that will blow your mind for sure.
The Original Mix is quite simply stunning, deep, hypnotic grooves that draw you right in and take control of your senses. Superb arrangement all round with tight drum patterns and rhythmic percussion keeping the flow. The bassline alone is enough to get right into your head as it ebbs and flows alongside top notch FX. On the break a huge sub bass takes control and some awesome synth work adds intensity before crashing back into this solid groover.
Airwave is up first on the remix, this artist has such a hectic schedule at the moment with festivals and parties taking his time alongside his studio work which in itself is epic! Here we see Airwave get into his breaks mode with stunning results. The track intros with calm serenity contrasted with underlying tension and builds up to a powerful thumping kick in breaks style. Melodies are abundant as they weave in and around the track while the bassline springs out of nowhere and adds true progressive depth to the vibe. The break offers up what Airwave does best and that is real intense melodic pads that allow the mind to wander and get lost in the realm of music, amazing.
The hugely talented Manu Riga is up next with his Ethnotic Mix. Manu is another of those artists that puts every effort into his projects to get maximum effect out of his sounds. Much much more to come from Manu in the future so stay tuned. Here he delivers yet again as the track intros with subtle kicks that come out in breaks style before blending into traditional four four beat. An arped bassline rules supreme as it modulates and filters through many different phases then settles into a full on pulsating and hypnotic rhythm. All the while a multitude of FX are going off in the back ground and these add perfectly layered texture to the sound, another fine example of progressive vibes that will most certainly be a feature on many playlists.
Electric Bastards are back with more of their brand of progressive house vibes on the two tracker “Flames EP”.
First up is “Flames” which intros with a cool and steady kick and perc combination, this groove builds up to a stunning deep rooted bassline that takes charge of proceedings. Retro fuelled chords fade through and give the track it’s progressive edge. Getting right down to basics on the break as a sinister vocal sample rattles through the vibe before taking us right back into this full on prog stomper.
“Shake It” provides wonderful rhythms as it focuses in on the percussion side of things. Lots of different generic influences are evident and these combine perfectly to give off a true prog house vibe we all know and love from this talented duo. Quality vocal samples make a showing throughout as this track drives on relentlessly, top stuff!
Onofrio Conte serves up another tasty treat with his two track “Endless Love EP”. Onofrio has had much success with his last few outings on Bonzai Basiks and Sounds R Us and here he continues to deliver the goods in style.
The title track is a wonderful journey through deep house, chunky kicks accompanied by tight percussions provide a solid grooving track. The deep bassline fills the sound brilliantly with its lush and warm vibe creating a flowing rhythm. Simple chords have a huge impact here while some percussion instruments take centre stage. Superb stuff yet again!
“Sunday Morning” gets tougher with a dirty, deep house vibe. Tough beats combine well with expertly crafted synths and a smooth deep bassline. Vocal samples are a great addition here and blend in nicely with this stunning deep cut. Onofrio shows his quality once again and you can be sure to spot this track on many playlists.
Debuting on Bonzai Elemental we have Burya & Vestnik with their track “Good Morning”.
Total chilled experience with this one as beautiful sounds are intertwined brilliantly and backed up with a hypnotic drum section that draws the listener in and keeps them hooked. As this track builds a myriad of melodies begin to form and just when you’ve settled on one a new one emerges. Very dynamic range and a pleasure to listen to.
Episode 9 of the Afterhour Trax compilation series featuring original tracks and remixes by Manu Riga, Nico Parisi, Chantola, Gai Barone, Kintar, Matt G. & Booya, Relaunch, Kay-D, Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Matias Chilano, Neon, Moshic, Monojoke, Anton Chernikov, Franbeats, Santiago Garcia, Dark Soul Project, Matan Caspi, Rise And Fall, AquaDro, LoQuai, Steve McGrath, Chris Sterio, Yuriy From Russia, Frangellico, Midnight Star, Concealed Truth, Cut Knob, Hector Sawiak and Rue Duo.
Jusa and V.Ray debut on Bonzai Progressive with this prog house fuelled track “Feel The Beat” which is backed up with top quality remixes. Jusa are Russian production duo Juck aka Viktor Lyubimov and Sako aka Sarkis Isoyan. Russian singer Victoria Ray aka V.Ray completes the trio who have worked together in the past having performed at fashion shows and radio shows.
The Original Mix intros with fading snares and harmonised vocals, this builds up to reveal a deep bassline that goes on to dominate the track throughout. Super crisp hats and percussions provide an ass shakin rhythm and the stunning vocals add rich texture to the sound. Top notch grooves out of Russia on this and a must for those darkened rooms.
Mindgamers step up to remix duties with their take on the original. The guys are very much in demand these days and with tracks like this we can see why. The track intros with a cool flowing, bouncy rhythm conjured up through a tight arrangement and super clean and crisp percussions. The bassline oozes prog house goodness and the use of the vocal is simply amazing and works so well with the sound. One to watch with this and sure to be a feature on many playlists.
Belgian DJ and producer Eric Powa B is up next with his Groovaholic Remix. Eric adds an air of electro tech to the proceedings with a bassline that will have any floor rocking. The arrangements here are outstanding as many classic sounds find their way into the 21st Century. The vocal stands out perfectly in the overall vibe and dominates the break. Classy chords burst out of nowhere bringing a cool house flavour into the sound, top notch.
Zagreb based Alen Simple is our next remix champ and is fresh from his debut on Eyepatch with “Lovely Paranoia”. The track begins with a thumping kick and cool electro percussions, the vocal sample which has had a soulful, warming makeover comes through very well and a deep throbbing bass lies menacingly beneath the sound. The track takes a surprising twist after the break with a super smooth house driven riff taking over completely, brilliant stuff yet again from Alen.
Haze-M & Saccao debut on Bonzai with their remix. Tunisian born Haze-M fell in love with the deep and tech house scenes from a very young age and has since been released on labels Viva Music and DTD Records. Saccao aka Konstantinos Sakkas was born in Greece and he too became involved with dance music from a young age. He has seen releases on labels like Playperview Records and Mexa Records among others. A very diverse offering from this duo with a lot of different elements coming through in the sound, dirty, funky basses alongside tough and gritty drums with a simply stunning vocal sequence backed up with sharp strings, amazing sound!
Electric Bastards are back with their Deep Acid Remix. Get ready to be well and truly floored by this as the guys have weaved their magic to create a fantastic musical experience. Big dirty filtered basslines with a funky twist will rock any floor anywhere. The vocal is also a big feature and marries up well with the vibe. A full on non-stop ride that will have you checking the repeat play button as this infectious rhythm will grab you and not let go.
Purveyor of the finest grooves, Chantola is back with another stunning cut, “Don’t You Know”. Henrik has been very buys in the studio with his own works, including a new studio album and plenty of remixes to keep him going for a while. This track comes with three superb remixes that will raise a few eyebrows for sure.
The Original Mix takes us on a sublime journey through progressive house, tight arrangements and a wonderfully subtle and rich bass that has a huge impact. Great vocal samples throughout keep the ear trained intently while a myriad of classy FX fill in the gaps. On the break a great synth drone takes over as chords weave their patterns through the sound before slamming back into this solid groover.
Argentinean producer Hector Sawiak returns to remix duties for Bonzai after his remix of Cut Knob’s “Deep As We Like” appeared on Clubb Traxx “Progressive House 6”. Hector also has a huge amount of releases on many other labels including Mystique Music and Stellar Fountain to name just a couple. The remix pumps up the groove big time with a super smooth rhythm built up with the nice chunky kicks and expertly crafted percussions. The bass flows beautifully and the understated synths work a treat, the vocal sample is well used and fit perfectly to round off a very cool track indeed.
Fresh from his last outing “Cough Drops” we have popular Bulgarian producer Thomas Genchev next up to the mixing desk. Easing the groove firmly into the realms of house while retaining a progressive undertone. Sweet kicks are accompanied by cool rhythmic percussions and a hypnotic bassline, the break brings is some great FX work and distant piano notes which add stark contrasts, top notch delivery yet again.
Jakhira has been very busy lately with remixes and his latest release “Heartstrings EP”, also on Bonzai Progressive. Jakhira firmly beefs up the sound here with tougher edged take on the original. Multi layered basses provide the perfect platform for the outstanding synths on display, hints of melody creep in and mesmerise the mind and on the break the melodies burst through taking the track to a whole new level. Epic progressive house at its best and one to watch for sure.
Spanish DJ and producer Hurlee debuts on Piston with a superb round of deep retro styled house on his “Dancing With You EP”. Hurlee has been influenced by top DJ’s from across the world and he has plied his trade on the Balearic Islands for a number of years now. He has seen releases on many labels including Gimmick Records, Reisei Records, DeepInside and Depaart.
The title track “Dancing With You intros with classy house chords over a tight drum arrangement, the bassline powers through alongside a simple but effective vocal sample and we settle into a solid deep house fuelled groove. The break brings forth some very cool retro styled synths that keep the rhythm flowing brilliantly. Top stuff that will do well on the summer floors for sure.
“My Mind” cranks up the pressure with a very upbeat groove comprising a strong kick and hat combination, a vocal sample echoes through the sound with a big impact. Chords begin to fade in and you will find yourself shakin’ that ass in no time. As we slide into the break some cleverly tweaked sounds take us up to a brilliant sequence of piano play which will make this track stand out among the crowd, very impressive stuff here and a must for house jocks all over.
“The Bass” is the hidden gem here, brilliant vocals on the intro with a cool, flowing rhythm building up nicely. The track explodes with some synth bass riffs that would not be amiss on early hardcore breakbeat cuts, this sound works extremely well on deep house and the sub bass intensifies this a great deal. Superb chords add sharp contrast to the overall vibe yet they marry up so well with the sound. A very refreshing track that is sure to be on a lot of playlists.
Van is back on Basiks with his “Despote EP” which is backed up with two top quality remixes. Van’s workload really is impressive and after his last epic release “Delotux” he really hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. DJing, hosting multiple radioshows, producing and remixing are what he loves to do and he delivers on quality every time.
The Original Mix of “Despote” is a tough and gritty deep techno offering, chunky kicks and crisp hats set up the scene while the bassline creeps in and settles into a solid groove. The FX work here is second to none and the vocal samples are expertly placed which is one of Van’s specialties.
First on remix duty is Insect Society, fresh off the back of the well received “And Cleopatra Wept”. Big thumping kicks on the intro with subtle hats and percussion easing their way into the sound, a deep sub bass is on the offset beat and this will send ripples through any floor. As the track builds we get some cool vocal samples and stunning synths coming into play while a classic siren type FX give this a big arena feel and this is just where a track like this belongs, superb stuff.
Minitech Project returns with his own brand of techno fuelled grooves on the remix. A solid reworking here with big focus on the lower end of the frequencies, stark contrasts are felt with the crisp hats and percussion and we go lower with a throbbing deep bass. Again we see expertly placed vocal samples which have a big impact on the groove, great to see Minitech back and hopefully more to come.
Nicolas Silva aka E-Klash is a extremely talented Brazilian artist that is now settled in Lisbon, Portugal. A good example of his talent is the remix he made for Himan – Strange Town that in 2010 reached the top charts on junodownload, djdownload and it was charted by Gregor Tresher among others “top notch” DJ’s around the world. “Tool Me In” is his debut EP on Monog Records and we believe this is the beginning of a long long relationship! This EP is composed by three original tracks: “Tool Me In”, “Space Ride” and “Sexy Back”. All those tracks have a very hypnotic deep and evolving feeling so characteristic of our label! The amount of details, and the sample selection put this EP on a league of his own and will be the perfect choice for a good summer party!
Dutch DJing and production duo Analog Effect aka Jan Boom and Branko Van Hilten team up with fellow country man Jay Junior for their full debut release on SRUR with “Diffuser EP”. Jan and Branko have done remixes for SRUR and Bonzai Basiks in the past for Oz Romita and Oliver Moldan. These guys started out creating bleeps on Atari computers and have since worked with and played with top DJ’s and artists from across the world. Jay Junior has music coursing through his veins, he started his music career as a percussionist and he has performed at many festivals across Europe. Now when Jay takes to the decks he throws out an energetic and rhythmic experience for the listener.
The title track “Diffuser” intros with a thumping kick and light percussion, the rhythm builds steadily and bursts into a full on tech stomper with a deep, reverberating bass. The break offers up some interesting FX which works very well in contrast with this deep groove, one for the darker rooms!
“I Like It” is up next and we get another round of truly floor thumping kicks backed up with quality percussion and FX. The bassline has a smooth deep grooving effect and this blends so well with the overall vibe. Vocal samples peek through before the break and the track winds down, superb synths build tension on the break and before you know it we are back into full on party rockin mode with this top tune.
M.R.T.N take on remix duties on “Diffuser” and they ramp up the techno grooves in style. Much harder edged with tough gritty kicks and in your face bass. A multitude of percussive instruments provide a solid groove with flowing rhythms while on the break we get treated to some quirky bleeps and an intense riser to get us back into full swing, a must have for those dedicated techno arenas.
Sixth installment in the Deep Worx series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Rick Wade, Piek, Pawas, Dimitry Liss, Fauvrelle, Sensoreal, JR From Dallas, Mylan, Project KF, Oliver Maier, Ed Lee, Collogne and Holz, Wonji, Rishi K., Ecco, Davhelos, Victor Maximiliano, D & E, Jon Sweetname and Lucio Grandi.
Audio Noir is back with another fine slice of progressive for our listening pleasure. “Revelation” comes backed up with a slew of fantastic remixes.
The Original Vox On mix intros with a heavy shuffle type groove on the percussion and drum arrangements. This soon delves into the deep recesses of progressive house as the bassline draws you in, very well crafted track with a diverse range of sounds to keep the ear trained. Subtle melodies are a cool contrast to the overall vibe and on the break an unexpected vocal comes through. Top notch track with a pulsating rhythmic groove.
Veteran Gai Barone steps up to remix duty with his Vox On Wax Remix. Gai is fresh off the back of a wonderful remix for Manu Riga & Nico Parisi’s track “Reborn” and is currently working on new material also. As usual we are treated to a masterclass in progressive vibes from Gai with a sound drenched in deep grooves. A subtle intro builds and builds up to a full flowing hypnotic rhythm with a host of FX doing a great job as the layers continue to build. The break releases a myriad of synths where you can lose yourself completely. Monster of a tune here that will be a perfect fit in many sets!
Italian DJ and producer Matteo Monero is next up on the remix. Matteo is a stalwart in the progressive scene having appeared on top labels like Mystique Music, Sudam and Baroque alongside the likes of Kintar and Loquai. Here he applies his own brand of progressive house and he does it in style. Solid beats create a steady flowing rhythm right from the off with FX adding texture to the sound. The percussions find their way into the track with crisp, sharp hats standing out. A deep bassline lingers in the depths while sweeping pads keep things moving alongside a much more prominent vocal, top quality stuff!
Melbourne based Narel beefs up the groove with his remix. Tougher edged vibe here with the beats and tight arrangements shining through. The deep bassline provides a well rounded groove which will have many floors shaking. Wonderful gated strings come through with the vocal matching up very well with the sound. The break winds things right down before powering back into full swing with an amazing melodic arp, very hard to keep still with this one, the floors are gonna love it.
Near the end we have Yuriy From Russia on the remix. Yuriy has just released two stunning tracks through our Progrez and Bonzai Progressive imprint and is shaping up to be a top draw in the progressive world. Here he adds a much more melodic composition with the bassline serving up some sweet sounds, the vocal works extremely well in this context and the myriad of sounds in the background fill the spaces brilliantly. Superb piano sequences are dotted throughout the track which really gives off a feeling good vibe overall, top quality!
To wrap the pack up the Original Vox Off mix is an added extra, for those who want to lose the vocal then this is for you.