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DJ Yoichi Hayashi aka Do Shock Booze debuts on Basiks with this two tracker, “Army Of Normad”. Yoichi started off his DJ career in Japan around 2006 after a stint in Germany and the Netherlands. Over the last number of years he has remixed for and worked with many artists and labels where he attaches his unique organic, live sound. He is the owner and founder of the Japanese label Totem Traxx from which he has developed his Totem events performed both at home and overseas.
“Army Of Normad” is up first with a true organically driven vibe as evident within the multitude of sounds on offer. You will find many instruments make an appearance even for just the briefest of moments which adds to this raw feeling sound. Yoichi has been known to sample his own voice and more than likely that’s what we have here with cool vocal samples popping up. Solid rhythms with the drums and percussions keep the track flowing and shapes up to be an all round top notch slice of tech.
“Atomic Tribe” kicks off with a superbly tweaked bass drum that packs a huge punch. Soft hats bring a steady rhythm as the track builds up to a brilliant deep bass sound alongside sinister vocal snippets. This track continues to build and build with much more gritty sounds coming through and culminating with a full on techno groove, top stuff!
Swiss based ambient, downtempo and chillout artists Vechigen return to Elemental with another stunning slice of blissed out vibes in the shape of this latest two track release, “Melbourne”.
“Melbourne” intros with beautiful swirling pads and a deep resonating synth that sets up the scene perfectly. Subtle percussions fade through before a cool, laidback drum arrangement takes over. Sit back and chill to this wonderfully melodic, feel good slice of downtempo.
Next up is “Who Cares Anyway” and this really turns up the chill factor with a myriad of melodies all vying for attention to the backdrop of arps and a brilliant lush, warm pad. Again we see a very subtle yet highly effective drum section that keeps you hooked in to this blissed out vibe.
Chilean born DJ and producer Cristian Alexander Soto López aka Alessan Main is back on SRUR alongside Columbian producer Kevh Ripple. Kevh is making his debut on SRUR but these guys have worked together before on projects for labels such as Nature Beat Records, Polar Noise and Hulk Records to name a few. This track “Iclock” comes backed up with two superb remixes courtesy of Ozan Kanik and James Hopkins.
The Original mix is a wonderful slice of techno with a myriad of sounds that are not far off industrial levels. Tough and gritty kick and bass combi set up a full on techno ride with a host of raw sounds that give off that edgy vibe. Top notch stuff.
The popular Ozan Kanik is up next with his remix which is filled with all the flavours you’d expect from his brand of techno. Tough beats with sharp contrasting hats provide solid rhythms while the bassline pulsates through the sound. Throughout the track and one of its main features is a relentless arp that just keeps going and going creating a hypnotic vibe, great stuff!
Another familiar face around SRUR is James Hopkins with his stunning remix. The intro boasts a chunky kick which sits nicely alongside an open hat and gives off a classic vibe. Very subtle synth notes try to poke through while the bassline adds depth to the sound. Very nice FX work filters in and ties the track up beautifully. Not to be missed and a clear favourite for those late night floors.
A regular feature within the Bonzai realm makes a welcome return, Matan Caspi delivers us his latest cut entitled “Muddy Dreams” which comes backed up with two brilliant remixes from two very talented youngsters.
The Original Mix is pure progressive house utopia with a super tight upbeat arrangement, Matan really goes to town with this one, it is a real treat to listen to as the drums weave out a flowing rhythm against some superb synth work and groovy basses. The big feature on the track are the outstanding vocal samples which really tie the whole thing up beautifully. A must for any house jock!
The awesome talent of Anthony Yarranton is shown once again with his remix. Aside from his own “Cotton Candy EP” back in June this year, he had also featured as a remixer on Quadran’s “Rumour” which has seen fantastic reviews from all quarters. In this remix the groove is smooth as the track builds nicely with cool kicks, soft hats and a subtle pad. The break delivers some well crafted synths before a vocal sample takes us back into the main track, great stuff.
Fresh off the back of his “Miracle EP”, Jakhira is back with more stunning prog vibes. A rhythmic intro full of many percussive elements get us moving with a well toned kick following suit. Cool, funky riffs fill the sound as the groovy bass eases through. Great use of vocals here as the track gets into full on club mode making this one to watch on the floors. The break boasts a wonderful array of lush pads before heading straight back into the main track, excellent stuff.
Zolex returns after the successful “Assault” on Bonzai Progressive. “Vette Jahren” comes packed to the gills with six fantastic remixes from a variety of artists, making this a must have pack.
The Original Mix sets off with a tough edged techno signature as the bass and kicks combine nicely. Subtle note changes on the bass add a cool bounce to the sound as the percussions build a steady rhythm. The track builds in intensity as a vocal sample comes through and on the break things take a darker twist before getting right back into the action, superb stuff!
Danish producer Soren Aalberg is back for more remix goodness after his last stint on Zolex’s “Assault” back in May of this year. Soren’s New Dawn remix certainly beefs up the sound with his effort, big burly kicks with a brilliant offset bass. Great FX work also comes through with some sublime synths going off in the background.
Antwerp based producer and DJ Jerry May is up next with his Boter Bhlum Remix. Jerry grew up with the sounds of Acid House which led him onto being a DJ and in the last few years he has had the chance to perform at many top events across Europe. In 2010 he took up producing with firm results making him one to watch. His remix strips the original to its core and spits out a rolling, pumping groove. The bassline provides most of the jump as it pumps mercilessly. Cool use of the vocals and all this is backed up with a super tight drum arrangement.
Jimmy Galle throws us another of his fantastic remixes in his great style that we all love here at Bonzai. The first thing to hit you here is the massive thump off the kicks which are contrasted with a plucky synth riff. A much more organic sounding rich burrows its way into the sound and is matched well with the well crafted vocal samples, top stuff again from Jimmy!
Rion Oidua delivers a solid remix which takes on a much more tougher vibe. Superb intro with the percussions setting up the groove, the kicks come in with gusto and the track is on course for a techno fuelled ride! Vocal snippets pop up throughout before the track fades out and comes back in with a stunning bassline that really gets things moving. Definitely one to check out here and sure to be featuring on many playlists.
metrONomes aka Jon ManimaL & Magros hooked up their Dark Mix and dark it is. The intro is a sub woofers wet dream as the low frequencies pound out a wall of sound. Snappy kicks are soon added giving stark contrasts as the percussions build up the rhythms smoothly. Darkly sinister and minimal techno from the guys that will surely make a splash!
The Revolving Junkie aka UK based producer Paul Kieran delivers a fine remix indeed. Phat kicks provide the intro to a track that locks you in from the get go. The baseline adds a cool bounce to the track as synth stabs give off a funky element. Again we see the vocal applied very well which gives this track a cool signature. Very club friendly vibe perfect for any set.
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!!