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Bonzai are proud to welcome Elements Records as part of their ever expanding label family. Portuguese outfit Elements Records will no doubt be another main player in the world of deep, dark, and tribal-esque tech beats. To mark this new venture we have a superb three tracker entitled “Alpha EP” with tracks from three top notch Portuguese producers hailing out of.
First up is Pedro Goya with “How Soon You Forget”. Pedro has been responsible for a slew of stunning works across many labels including Eyepatch Recordings, Bonzai Basiks, Piston Recordings, Bonzai Elemental and Moma. But most notably he has carved a solid niche from within his own label Troia Recordings, which he launched in 2007 and is still going strong today. This track delves straight into the darker side with muted kicks and distant percussions alongside a deep rising pad that gets you hooked from the off. The track continues to build with an expertly crafted myriad of percussive elements that add a strangely tribal feeling, top notch stuff.
Fragoso is up next with the awesome “Profundo”. Lisbon based Fernando Fragoso has been developing his own techno and house styles since 2000. He has been a regular feature on many labels including AU Records, Bonzai Basiks, Mint & Mustard, Howz Choons, Monog Records and Bonzai Progressive. The track intros with a fantastic spoken vocal with whispering tones, in the background an amazingly lush deep synth fades through accompanied with sweeping FX. A nice and solid chunky kick blends in perfectly before more noted synths start to fill the sound. Cool hats and percussions form a steady rhythm as the vocal resonates before breaking down to just the voice and swirly sounds. The vibe kicks back into a full on deep and dark house groove that will be a feature on many playlists for sure, excellent stuff!
Luis Bravo rounds up this stunning EP with “Lotus”. Luis is another top rated Portuguese producer with releases across various labels such as Bonzai Progressive, Bonzai Basiks, Eyepatch Recordings, Nouzone Music, Minar Records and most notably Monog Records. “Lotus” intros with a smooth kick and bass combi while a cool percussion arrangement builds into flowing rhythms. Wonderful synths play out a hypnotic groove alongside a brilliantly tweaked vocal sample. The track boasts an awesome array of blips and blops that adds textures to a tightly arranged composition. Deep and dark and a must for any late night session.
After “Get Up!” Mr. Drew is back with “Hot Jazz”, a joint venture between him and a newcomer, one half of the portuguese duo Lazer Mike and an extremely talented keyboarder, Charles Lazer.
Hot Jazz is a piece of true House Music with a foot in the balearic house with some fine british acid house flavour, driven through juicy chords and a groovy round bassline, which is his trademark.
The Original Mix aims to keep your sight into the core of the composition, while the “Renegade Master Version” grabs the roots of Wild Child vocal, turning what is already awesome into something outrageously tasty!
8th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series, featuring original tracks and remixes by Manu Riga, Cid Inc., Lloyd Trimmer, 21street, Stan Kolev, Matan Caspi, Airwave, DJ Fire, Kintar, Gai Barone, LoQuai, Philthy Chit, Matteo Monero, Audio Noir, AquAdro, Moshic, Hector Sawiak, Chantola, J-Junior, Angga, Rise And Fall, John 00 Fleming, Christopher Lawrence, Santiago Garcia, Dark Soul Project, Franbeats, Anthony Yarranton, Zan Prevvé, WayWork, Jakhira, Kindred Spirits, CJ Art, Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic, Rishi K., JJ Grant and Digital Department.
Deep Worx is now on the 7th installment and this time featuring original tracks and remixes by Rick Wade, Rogerio Martins, Shades Of Gray, Dimitry Liss, deepAlexander, Alen Simple, Yusuke Yamamoto, Accatone, Eric Powa B, Jusa featuring V.Ray, Sebastien Desay, Joal, Harmon & Landowski, Solartoff, Hurlee, Johnny Deep (aka Yonathan Dahan), E-Klash, Daniel Ray, Rubba J, Onofrio Conte, Alan Castro, Victor Maximiliano and Contempo.
Debut on BP for Jonny Calypso and Dafar, these two guys hail from Germany and they met for the first time in January 2011, they soon became good friends. Dafar has a big vinyl library at home and is a great graphic designer. Jonny has been creating his own tracks since 2009 and has worked with great artists like Criss Source, Jon Silva, Donique and Niels Van Gogh to name a few. Both these guys have the same taste in music which means they are open to everything with a good flavour and good progressive vibes.
“Spirit” gets right into a deep progressive flow from the off with snappy kicks and a very deep bass that reverberates through the sound. Crispy hats soon follow creating a cool rhythm and setting the scene for an epic journey. The minimal nature of the intro fades and superb synth sounds filter through. A monster of a tune with a driving progressive groove that will shake any floor!
“Unknown Reality” sets off with a superb kick, hat combi which provides a solid layer for the fantastic tough edged bassline to poke through. Great build up of sounds with a subtle percussion line have a big influence on the groove. Along with that we get a synth that gradually flows into the sound adding a cool texture. Wonderful hypnotic grooves and a must for any box!
The very talented Belgium based producer Jakhira is back once again with another fine slice of progressive on his three track “Princess EP”. Jacks recent outings have gained highly respected reviews from across the world with features among download portals becoming quite regular. This is a testament to the quality on offer from this guy with much more to come for sure.
“Princess” kicks us off with a lush progressive vibe constructed out of warm and melodic sounds. The intro has the classic kick, hat and percussion element, a cool synth sound fades through before leading up to a superbly deep bassline with some acid tweaks thrown in. Subtle melodies find their way through as the track winds down into the break before coming back to full on prog house mode, great stuff.
“Lingala” provides cool progressive beats with a wonderful guitar overlay that adds a little melody to the sound. Nice, solid rhythms with the drum section and a subtle yet highly effective bassline tie the track up beautifully. As the track eases on we see some classy sounds come in with melodies becoming more prominent, on the break these sounds blend together superbly creating a fine slice of prog which is not to be missed.
“UR Love” gets moving with some tight drum arrangements with classic deep house vibes running through. The bassline powers into the track and sets the scene for a fantastic house journey. Wonderful vocal samples lift the track up beautifully alongside superb synth work. Brilliant track with a retro feel and one that will please a lot of jocks.
Back with another round of deep house goodness on Eyepatch is Victor Maximiliano and his three tracker “Nightlife Unlimited”. Victor continues to provide top quality productions and remains a regular feature on Bonzai Basik Beats Radioshow. His last outing “Some Mellow Deep” gained a lot of recognition from all over which is a testament to his branch of deep grooves.
First up is the Deep Mix of “Nightlife Unlimited”, chunky kicks and subtle percussions provide a solid base to build on as cool swirly synth chords break through. A deep bass punches through and is a perfect companion for the many house chords on offer. Smooth and steady rhythms that will be a great addition in any set.
“Gimme Some” intros with a smooth and groovy synth before a chunky kick punches in. Very crisp and sharp hats level things out and provide for a flowing rhythmic vibe. Wonderfully crafted synths in all shapes and sizes add a funky element and very clever arranging keeps things on track, great stuff yet again from Victor.
“Midnight Circus” goes straight into house mode from the off with an awesome kick and synth pad combination. A plucky bass comes through and creates a very upbeat groove with the percussions doing a great job on the rhythms. The track breaks into a massive synth driven riff filled with all the delights of a full on club fuelled vibe, expertly arranged and a definite must have!
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.