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ANDREE WISCHNEWSKI – DREAMERS CHOICE EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

 

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Berlin native Andree Wischnewski debuts on Bonzai Basiks with his minimal tech “Dreamers Choice EP”.

Andree is a prominent club DJ having graced many decks for the last 10 years. In 2011 he teamed up with Eric Kanzler (who is responsible for Fog Horn on Bonzai Basiks) and this partnership was a breakthrough for Andree. He has enjoyed releases on K:Lender, ONA Records, Mimique Records and Doppelgaenger. We are delighted to see Andree’s unique style of minimal tech enter into the Bonzai family.

The first track on this EP is “Dreamers Choice”, very dark sound with a heavy kick and some FX building up to a break with a cool melody and rising effect. The melody works quite well with the darker tech vibe and provides a solid groove.

“Incredible” continues the minimal vibe, loads of FX over a chunky kick lead up to the break with quirky melancholic melodies, very impressive stuff and the melodies are well crafted to suit the style.

Finally we have “Wish Sometimes”, deep tech groove on this, again Andree keeps things minimal and the production of the melody is superb, swirling pads invade your mind in a kind of spacey effect which works so well with the arrangement.

A super debut on Bonzai Basiks and definitely one to watch for the future!

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OZ ROMITA – HIP HOP EP (SOUNDS R US RECORDINGS)

 

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Turkish DJ, Producer, techno master and head of SRU, Oz returns with “Hip Hop EP”.

Oz delivers once again with the title track “Hip Hop”, pure techno driven groove filled with the unique energetic style we are now accustomed to in the works of Oz. Cool bouncing rhythm, perfect percs, sweeping FX and a cool little vocal shot throughout, also has a slight retro feel which is always a treat.

“Jazzism” is a more darker minimal track with a heavy kick and bass, prominent percussions and a few jazzy organ stabs for good measure are matched up with cool vocal snaps, another fine example of modern techno.

Finally we have “Electrow”, typical Oz sound with the retro synth and highly infectious groove, energy levels rise as this track progresses. The arrangement of the FX on this really is stunning, everything ties up so beautifully and works so well together, big club sound on this and will see a lot of play time.

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PABLO SANTANA – THE ROSE (HOWZ CHOONZ)

 

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Fresh from his last release on Bonzai Progressive “Droop Live” with producing partner Manzano, Pablo Santana ventures solo on Howz Choons with “The Rose”. An eclectic deep tech house joint that is sure to please a lot of heads.

The title track kicks us off with a cool steady 4/4 groove building up to a wild ride on the ethnic highway. Awesome Sitar type melodic rhythms dominate, a spine tingling vocal provides an epic feel. The break on this is a huge sound with brilliantly crafted melodies, big tune here.

“Cool” takes a retro turn with a recognisable synth pattern over some great drums and percussions, thick grungy distorted piano comes into the mix on the break and kicks back in with a solid grooving house vibe. Very impressive outing for Santana and one which will be right at home in the clubs!

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BLUFELD – THOUGHTSCAPE (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

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Bonzai veteran Blufeld makes a very welcome return to our shores with a stunning progressive house/trance release “Thoughtscape”, backed up with a couple of very impressive remixes this will turn a few heads on the floors for sure.

Blufeld’s last outing on Green Martian was the well received “All My Life EP”, since then he has been a busy producer indeed. With a host of other releases on Bonzai Progressive, Bonzai Trance Progressive, B-Classics, Progrez, Camouflage, Fourty-5, Android and more the status of veteran is well deserved. The following is a quote from Blufeld’s official bio and sums up this very talented producer well: “electronic music is the pulse of life. Evocative of all genres, yet guided by a set of dynamics and instrumentation very much of its own unique identity, it breathes a type of emotion to a degree that can only be reached via the imaginative use of synthesizer and drum.” Wise words!

The original mix is a super sweet ride on the edges of progressive house and trance, upbeat, fresh and feel good vibe radiates through the speakers and directly into your thoughts. Quite chunky bass adds texture and those melodies release the good chemicals in the brain giving that perfect euphoric feeling.

On the remix we have the awesome duo of Manu Riga with their Tripscape Mix, the guys take things to the darker side of progressive house creating a trippy experience, amazing bassline with a melodic sequence that is top notch, beautiful vocal used on the break and then it’s back to a kick-ass groove, brilliant stuff.

Blufeld provides us with a Chilldown mix, all the melodies of the original are packed in her in all their glory with huge sweeping effects making the hairs stand up with goose pimples in support, quite amazing piece of music here!

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PROJECT KF – BLUE MONDAY (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

 

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Prolific producer, remixer and founder of AK Tek Records Konstantin Fedoseev aka Project KF serves up a treat with the remix of an ultimate classic of electronic music. Blue Monday still holds the record as being the biggest selling dance 12″ of all time and Konstantin pays tribute to that in style.

The track starts off with a pure thumping kick drum and a sublime pad with pianos making their way into the sound. A deep throbbing bass takes over for the duration and some cool keys take effect.

Classic piano riff on the break provides the real clue to the original. Such an amazing remix for the 21st century and this one will for sure satisfy trainspotters and hardened clubbers alike.

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CROCY – MUZZ (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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The distinct sound of Crocy returns yet again with “Muzz”. Slovenian born Crocy is a regular artist and remixer on Bonzai’ circuit and he never fails to deliver in the quality department.

The original mix is progressive house at its best, energetic vibe on this with the cool drums and percs arrangement, deep chunky bass and short stabby synths get the heads nodding. On the break we are treated to some awesome pads creating a kaleidoscope of melody and then kicking back with a solid groove.

Manu Riga have been very very busy indeed on remix duties. Again the dynamic duo add their trademark deeper vibe to the proceedings, it’s such a gift they possess as each time they touch a project great things always come out. They have used the original hook to great effect here and the deep bassline is a perfect fit. Great work on the synth shots and the break is pure brilliance.

Not long after their debut on Bonzai Progressive, Greek duo Manos & Arthur M return with a stunning remix, very fresh rhythm using the original elements well and maintaining the progressive house groove. The remix has a real clubby feel with the synths having more prominence, well crafted production which will see a lot of attention.

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ALEXIS SALAZAR – MARGARITA (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

 

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Chilean born Alexis Salazar debuts on Bonzai Elemental with his album “Margarita”. Alexis found his musical tastes listening to neighbouring parties while growing up, in the early nineties he was starting to experiment with sounds and soon after he started to DJ. Initially he was into Hip Hop but he quickly found Techno, House and Trance and he was booked for lots of gigs all over the country. He has many varied tastes and today we are treated to a sublime journey through chillout with wonderful soundscapes.

The album kicks off with “Juanito”, a myriad of textures layered into an evolving sound with a continuous sweeping pad and lots of FX going off in the background.

” Admirable” releases a world of melody manifested through a sweet piano and string arrangement, cool downtempo beats add a real upbeat type vibe which is a joy to listen to.

Next up is “Bicho”, quite simply a pure synthesis of melodic strings and FX, this really helps the mind wander and forget your earthly woes, very beautiful track!

“Cian” brings back the beats in a laidback groove, again the synths are the forefront with the emphasis on pads, a sweet piano plonks away and a beautiful pan pipe sound adds an awesome melody.

The fifth track on this album is “Jonatan”, it starts off with deep pads and a shot arp with gritty noise for added effect, the pads dominate throughout with FX hits here and there, remnant of a softer sided Tangerine Dream production, awesome strong sound.

“Dan” has a well crafted tight drum pattern with wafting synths, melodic piano brings a very relaxed mood and your mind really drifts when the violin begins, so soothing.

“Au” has a very oriental theme in the way the sound is teased from the instruments, nice relaxing vibe with lots of melodic sequences, again the FX are used quite well and add a quite surreal touch.

Next up is “El Gato”, slightly tougher than its predecessors with a heavier feeling in the drums, yet retains an ever so sweet melody filled with beautiful sounds, brilliant arrangement .

“Bony” is bordering on classical with is cacophony of strings, many different shades of sound come together and create a wonderful soundscape of stringed instruments from violins to harps, amazing.

Finally on this inspiring debut album is “Luna”, as the name suggests you could quite easily picture yourself either on the Moon or flying past in orbit, spacey type vibe in the way the drums are arranged and the electric feel on the deep piano, many more instruments combine to produce awesome melodies.

A fine addition to Bonzai Elemental, pure quality in the production and destined to be a popular choice.

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LCD SELECTIONS – VOLUME 3 (L*C*D RECORDINGS)

 

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LCD Recordings is proud to present you its personal Selections of the Finest in Progressive (and psychedelic) Trance and House, featuring legendary artists alongside with very promising talents emerging recently. A good mix of Past and Present. One thing matters here: Quality. This Time we’re digging deeper into quality material from the past and offer you great stuff from legendary Artists such as Derek Howell, Gwill Morris, Infusion, and Sleepfreaks. A must have!

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DEEP WORX #4 (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

 


 

Fourth installment in the Deep Worx series comes with original tracks and remixes by Charles Ramirez, Ecco, Lucio Grandi , Accatone, Dimitry Liss, Diego Alvez, Solunamanalia, Victor Maximiliano, David Kassi, Evren Ulusoy, Nick Devon, Murat Uncuoglu, Pablo Gael, Costas Papa, Qmusse, Maertz, Brett Lawrence, Mastercris, Wonji, Baltj_More, GarcyNoise, Piek, Gary DF, Jimmy Galle, Project KF and Anton Lanski.

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AIRWAVE – BRIGHT LINES (JOOF RECORDINGS)

 

 

Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave aka many many other guises was born in Brussels in 1977, he is a naturally gifted artist and this manifested in him at the age of just 7.

Influenced by the 80’s and 90’s sounds and by greats such as Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Orbital, Oliver Lieb and BT, he honed his skills in music knowledge and technology.

Laurent would then see demos picked up by the infamous Bonzai imprint in 1996 and the stunning Airwave – I want To Believe was released. In 1998 this was picked up by many top DJ’s including Sasha and Oakenfold and later on by an up and coming DJ, Tiesto.

Airwaves sound was and still is prominent in the UK and Dutch trance scene and this has helped a host of today’s top DJ’s be where they are now. His infectious music spread further in 1999 to Germany, Italy and the world and now Airwave is a very popular name on the EDM scene with a huge, loyal fanbase.

Versatility and great skill in the studio led to many collaborations including with his friend Jurgen Leyers with Fire & Ice and E.N.E.R.G.Y., Georges Petkidis on Planisphere and Marnik Braeckevelt with Antidote. The list continues with many other greats including Yves Deruyter, M.I.K.E., Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Tale, Marcus Schulz and John 00 Fleming, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Breaking boundaries and turning his hand to many genres of music Laurent has as many as 500+ productions and remixes under his belt. Laurent then started to develop his DJing and live performances and has played in some big venues, Slinky, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, The Gallery, 1015, Dopler in Bratislava, and many others back in the day.

In 2000 he embarked on a new wave of performance with gigs all over the world in England, Scotland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, with totally improvised keyboards while DJing and the Triloset was born and continues to this day.

Fast approaching 20 years in the business, Laurent can never be pigeon-holed to one genre as his impressive list of albums will attest. His first album Believe in 2002 performed very well and this was to do well again in the 2004 album I Want To Believe. Trilogique soon followed and it is now that Laurent’s passion starts to come through in a big way. Released first in 2006 this album contains three parts, bringing the audience three different tastes of electronic music into one single package, Trilogique would go on to be a huge success reaffirming Laurent’s position in EDM. Many more albums followed and each have made their mark on the world.

Time saw him finally running Bonzai Records with his long time partners and friends, and also expanding his knowledge of acoustics in order to develop his career as a producer and as a sound designer among others.

Laurent runs a monthly radio show called Progrez where he showcases a wide range of music, this is followed religiously by his army of fans the world over. Music that is full of emotion, special and unique with expressed feelings, many have claimed it has changed their lives for the better. When there are discussions on greats of EDM the name Airwave/Laurent always crops up.

He has a deep respect among his peers for his beliefs on the industry and he speaks honestly about how he feels and where he sees his musical vision take him.

One of the most gifted artists of our time and with a passion still very strong. Laurent’s works under many of his guises of which Airwave is his most known one.

Today we present his brand new 5th artist album Bright Lines which is the second chapter of a double album release later to be bundled as one release.

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DIMITRY LISS – DOWNTOWN SWINDLE EP (PISTON RECORDINGS)

 

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Based in the UAE, Russian born artist Dimitry Liss graces the shores of Piston Recordings with his new cut “Downside Swindle EP” which is backed up with super remixes. Having signed a new exclusive deal with Bonzai, it’s clear that this guy has a lot offer and this EP is testament to that.

Kicking off with the original mix of “Into The Night”, a deep funky slice of pure house, excellent bassline with a very laidback groove and a very effective continuous organ synth hypnotises the mind, add into this a really cool vocal and you’ve got a track that will hold up in any club.

First up on remix duty is Portuguese deep house star Accatone aka Jose Reis with his remix of “Into The Night”. Jose is heavily involved with Piston along with the founder and close friend Rogerio Martins. The remix kicks off quite minimal but soon builds to an awesome house vibe with the great vocal from the original taking centre stage, deep basses and crisp sharp hats create a sweet groove which will make sure this has a lot of plays.

Pistons head honcho Rogerio Martins returns to the mixing desk after a brief hiatus to deliver the same quality production that keep his label at the forefront of the house scene. His remix of “Into The Night” really is an amazing insight into the deeper side of house. Soulful vibes kick off this remix and the vocal sweeps in and out with some very nifty FX work. Cool organ sound fills the arrangement with a grungy type bass coming in midway, really well crafted remix of the highest standard and sure to hitting the floors big time.

“Killa Dime” Cold Cut Mix is a sublime piece of deep house that really gets the toes tapping, surreal synths dominate with a very cool vocal over a laidback groove. Very impressive production from Dimitry and definitely taking deep house in a different direction.

Finally we have the delectable and funky “Midnight On Wax”, deep funky vibes take control, this tune builds up to a frenzy of awesome house organs and stabs, different vocal one shots from both male and female add a cool texture, late night parties will be queuing this up for a while.

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ARTHUR M & MANOS – SOMEWHERE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Greek DJing and production duo Manos and Arthur M debut on Bonzai Progressive with a super deep progressive house cut with a couple of brilliant remixes. Manos and Arthur have been busy on the production front with a slew of remixes and releases on a number of labels.
The original mix is a deep prog monster, awesome grooving kicks with low end basses and some well crafted synths, some nice retro sounds give a cool quality, a raspy vocal fades in and out to add a bit of mystery to the sound.

Slovenian prog master Crocy returns to remix duties and delivers yet more retro inspired progressive goodness, fresh from recent remixes for Aiemo and AbiQ & Raw E, Crocy turns up the heat once again. Real deep prog groove on this remix with those retro synths filtering through the sound, the vocal is used to very good effect, tight percussion ties this track together beautifully.

Kazakhstan born Konstantin Alt aka LoQuai lends his skills yet again on the remix, bringing quality and experience honed from a long career in EDM. LoQuai is a regular feature at Bonzai and enjoyed some successful releases with the latest being his prog house joint “We Love The Night”. Here we see his talents, maintaining the deep vibe of the original with beefed up bass and crisper percussions, melodies are added and the vocal gives the track a unique flavour.

Next up is Danish talent George Yammine on the remix. George caught the music bug at just 12 years of age and has been hooked ever since. He is well schooled in DJing and sound design and remixes regularly for many labels and artists. Cool steady prog beats are the order for this remix with the original elements being used well, particularly the vocal. Very nice synth work and a throbbing bass backed up with a simple yet solid grooving drum and percussion arrangement, top stuff!

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