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ONOFRIO CONTE – RED LIGHTS EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

 

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Onofrio returns to Basiks after his well received debut with “Red Lights EP”. This two tracker is another fine example of this Naples native’s talent and Basiks is the perfect home for his style and sound.

The title track is a full on tech house ride bursting with energetic tribal elements presented through the wonderful array of tablas and bongos in the percussion section. Real deep bass accompanied by chunky kicks give way to a solid groove with some intense synths and an echoed vocal adding extra weight, top stuff.

“Badass” is… well a badass track indeed, very understated groove with a lot of punch. Tight drums and sharp hats provide a steady rhythm and the bass is a huge pounding monster. A slight twist takes place with a funky styled vocal popping up which is a great contrast with the tribal rhythms taking place, another expertly crafted effort with huge prospects on any floor.

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SHMIX – THEY ALL FLY AWAY (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

 

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Shmix aka Denis Shubin is a DJ, music producer and promoter based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He is a very experienced DJ, as a producer Denis mostly works on house, tech-house and techno, but he also likes to experiment with downtempo and chillout. Here we see Denis make his Elemental debut with his chilled out downtempo hat on.

“They All Fly Away” intros with very raw, gritty almost industrial feel, this soon gives way to melancholic strings and later to a very hypnotic piano. Definitely a must have for those darkened late night chillout rooms, superb.

“This Is For You” takes a different approach with a much more light hearted feeling to it. Smooth intro with simple organ chords with a drum section slowly filtering through revealing a strong street groove, this is contrasted with beautifully worked strings and is something this upcoming artist does very well indeed.

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DEEP WORX 5 (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

 

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Fifth installment in the Deep Worx series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Joal, Piek, Lights Electronika, Valeria Croft, Dimitry Liss, Rogerio Martins, Scrub, Jon Sine, Ariel R, Oraa, Ecco, Maertz, Luis Bravo, Jon Sweetname, Charles Ramirez, Marc Cotterell, Felipe L, Ittai Barkai, Marcelo Nassi, Ahautzab and Rob McCarthy.

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MYLAN – DOUBT EP (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Mylan is back with some serious prog-tech house beats on “Doubt EP”, a super-charged three tracker filled with all the wonders of house.

First up is the title track “Doubt”, surreal, dark hypnotic beats and percussions carve out a cool rhythmic vibe with a tribal element. Some very nice synth and FX work really adds a new flavour to the sound, but the big focus remains on those percussive grooves. A dark and sinister vocal pops in from time to time and the overall darker theme is complete.

“Replace” is a superbly crafted experience in the frequencies of bass, heart throbbing basses pulsate throughout this track and give it a very distinct vibe. Also on offer here, apart from super cool vocal samples, is another brilliant percussion and drum arrangement with some very funky and cool housey chords keeping this groove ever flowing.

“Again” continues the overall theme of the EP with a darker edge and tech in mind, more low end basses that will have any sub speaker shaking and a real dense thud on the kick will get any floor moving to the beat. Top quality FX work blends in perfectly with sweeping pads and that tense vocal sample, top notch stuff!

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LUCIO GRANDI – JAZZ JAUS (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

 

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Lucio is now a very regular fixture here at Bonzai and he gets his first outing on Eyepatch with this brilliant release “Jazz Jaus” which is backed up with a great remix. Lucio has already seen releases on Bonzai Basiks, Mint & Mustard, Howz Choonz and Bonzai Progressive, this is testament to his musical diversity and there is excitement every time he unleashes a new cut.

The original mix is quite simply a fantastic jazz, house fusion. The tune intros with some very cool jazzy double bass, subtle pianos and brushy percussions that slowly builds to a full on house experience. Classic house chords find their way into the groove and the whole track comes together beautifully.

Deep, tech house stalwart Wonji is up for remix duty next and he delivers the goods yet again. Taking the original on a much more ethereal journey with bigger synth sounds yet he keeps with the jazzy element on the chords and bass. The track peaks at the right time with the sounds coming together brilliantly, another fine example of Wonji’s immense talent.

“Down Town” gets right into the heart of jazz with another superb double bass riff coupled with very modern almost game style FX coming through. Nice steady rhythms are built with a great drum section while pure house vibes filter in superbly, top stuff again!

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ACTIVE LINE SIX – CHROME AND HEARTS EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

 

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Based in Zagreb, Croatia, Active Line Six makes a welcome return to Bonzai with this fantastic EP. AL6 has been involved with EDM since he was 17 when he got his first residency at popular Croatian club Kulusic and this led him to play many gigs around the country. In 1995 he first got together with Bonzai at Dom Sportova when he played trance sets with the likes of Fly, Franky Kloeck and others. In the last few years AL6 began to produce and the results are brilliant. In 2012 he debuted on Basiks with “Requiem” and then with “Silent Dream” on Eyepatch.

First up is “Chrome” a very subtle understated techno vibe with a hypnotic rhythm. The track starts with a classic kick and offset bass overlaid with a simple yet very effective tone. A nice flow builds up on the percussion with a raft of quality FX keeping the vibe alive, a very cool short vocal shot drops in throughout to make for a top notch slice.

“Hearts” is a much brighter tune with the intro filled with crisp, sharp hats and some quality percussions. Again we see a FX put right into the mix at the right time which shows tight arrangement skills. The track builds slowly with the bass causing a transformation in the groove, a real techno/house hybrid that will fill those boxes for sure.

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R.O.N.N. – 1-2-3-4 (SOUNDS R US RECORDINGS)

 

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Ron Carroll aka R.O.N.N is back at SRUR with another gem of a track “1-2-3-4″ which is backed up with quality remixes. Ron is a Chicago based writer, producer, singer and well respected DJ. He is known on the global music circuit and has collaborated with many of the world’s top DJ’s and producers such as Erick Morillo, Roger Sanchez, Bob Sinclair, David Guetta, and Axwell to name a few. Since singing in his church choir at a young age Ron was destined to make a mark on the music industry. He started to spin in Chicago’s Southside in the Eighties and found himself opening for DJ’s like Lil Louis, Mike Dunn and Ron Hardy. Ron was introduced to the European house music scene in 2000 when he was asked to write something for the band Super Funk and the result was “Lucky Star” which went global with over 3 Million sales. Ron has been producing, remixing, and contributing vocals on a wide variety of projects notably co-writing “When Love Takes Over” with David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. When Ron is not working in the studio he’s performing at some of the biggest electronic dance music events in the world including Loveland Festival in Amsterdam, Sensation Events (South America), Ibiza and top Clubs throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and Middle East. Ron is also launching his production & events company One Entertainment Group and his record company Electricity.

The original EDP mix intros with classic kick and offset percussion combo with a bassline teasing its way up through the frequencies and blasting into a full on electronic techno fuelled monster. Sharp slicing synths come through and on the break we get treated to an absolute massive build up before pounding back into a solid groove, the 1-2-3-4 vocal adds a fresh approach with a few other nifty vocal samples in the background and for those of you who would like no vocal then there is an Instrumental Mix for your pleasure, top stuff!

First up on remix duty is SRUR competition winner Aaron Kwiatek and his Winning Remix. Aaron hails from Ron’s own backyard, Chicago, Illinois and has seen a release on JQM Recordings. A hotly contested competition took place with the best being whittled down to just a few and Aaron take top spot, the winning prize was your remix being released on the label and here we are. This remix takes on a darker approach with a heavier kick and lots more synth work with expert modulations and a deep deep bass. Minimal use of the vocal sits very well here and only enhances the darker edge. This is one of those techno tracks that give and endless feeling and one that will be on a lot of playlists, well done to Aaron.

Fresh from his SRUR debut “Words With Enemies” is Vancouver based DJ and producer James Hopkins with his remix. The track intros with a thick, chunky, pounding kick and bass combo with subtle percussion waiting in the wings. Fantastic reverbs on the vocals add depth to this and the percs create a strong steady rhythm. An enduring track full of energy with the odd break to come up for air, absolute stomper!

Based in Germany and regular at SRUR Harun Karabulut delivers a solid full on high octane techno remix. Sharp hats, chunky kicks and a never ending synth pad make up for a quality intro with a throbbing bass making an appearance soon after. On the break we are treated to very nifty synth play with the vocal samples coming through. Another banging tune for any floor in any part of the world.

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NAREL – THE MACHINES WERE DREAMING (L*C*D RECORDINGS)

 

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Melbourne based Narel aka Nick Simmons marks his debut on LCD with a stunning slice of trance goodness with “The Machines Were Dreaming” and backed up with a remix from the master himself, Airwave. Nick is a veteran on the EDM scene with releases on some classic labels and remixing for top artists over many years and with projects like this we are sure to see a lot more in the future.

The original mix gets things started with a nice thumpy bass over some beautiful sweeping pads and melodic synth. A steady solid groove builds with a bit more punch on the kicks and a strong deep bass giving lots of depth. On the main break a whole world of melodies explodes with some jaw dropping synth work, this gives an uplifting feel and will have any floor moving, this is something special!

On remix duties is none other than Airwave, quite simply, a legend. Here he applies his skills in style as he always does. Nice and smooth intro on the pads and then straight into a full on kick that builds to a superb grooving bassline. Expertly crafted percussions give off a flowing rhythm with strings adding layers and then on to a stunning break where we see melodies applied brilliantly in a huge cinematic setting. Once again Laurent shows us his true scope in creating a full on trance experience.

A little extra from Narel with an Ambient mix, all the melodies from the original given to us for total relaxation purposes and what a great job it does, wonderful!

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SAMOTAREV – ODYSSEY (PROGREZ)

 

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Fresh from a release on our Progrez imprint, Alexey Samotarev turns out a wonderful trip through progressive grooves on Progrez with his track “Odyssey”.

The track kicks off with a big chunky kick and dark sweeping pads which leads up to a very effective bassline. Brilliant FX on the percussions add a cool steady rhythm while the track continues to build with a huge sub bass at its peak. On the break gritty synths take over with a myriad of FX blending well with the melodies, then it’s right back into this dark prog sound once again.

A huge soundscape that will gain lots of attention for sure.

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LOUIS DESERO – MASQUERADE EP (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

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Swiss born Louis Desero debuts on Green Martian with a stunning progressive house-trance-chillout hybrid entitled “Masquerade EP”. Louis became inspired with electronic dance music in 1996 and many years of partying followed while his enthusiasm grew even more and more. Louis likes to dabble in many aspects of electronica, mainly in trance and chill, and has seen many releases over a few labels to date. What we are treated to here is something new, a fusion of sorts between various styles, something we think this talented guy does very well indeed and which is sure to have a big impact all over.

The title track “Masquerade” gets us started with a deep pad and sweet melodic intro which builds quickly into a very progressive groove. Superb chunky basses and expertly crafted drum arrangement keeps the flow. Many different instruments play a huge part in the vibe here and they all marry brilliantly with each other creating something that sounds and feels very fresh, one to watch for sure.

“Obsession” intros as if part of a huge concerto offering with stunning grand pianos and spacey pads, again we see some very cool arrangement skills bring in a full on progressive almost psy groove. Big chunky basses and retro themed stabs are contrasted with quite beautiful surreal pianos, something different and something for any DJ’s box!

“Healing” has an intro that would be right at home on any chill compilation, absolutely wonderful melodic sequence which builds to a fantastic progressive beat. Deep deep basses and a rhythmic percussion is coupled with an ethically fuelled melody that gives this a very tribal feel. After the break the groove moves up a notch and it’s full on party time with this track, brilliant.

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