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Following up from the impressive “Rainy Summer” I3000 delivers yet again with a sublime deep four tracker “Cats EP” with a nice little surprise in store also.
“Thima” gets us started with a wonderfully deep and groovy vibe, huge thump on the kicks and bass intro with some very nice percussions thrown in. Very minimal in approach with an almost sinister undertone riding through which gives this track a much more deeper feel, definitely one for those late night ventures.
Next up is “Picpic”, big heavy sounds abound right from the start taking us right into a deep deep vibe. The rhythm picks up nicely with a very cool arrangement on the percussions and a superb chunky bassline. Nifty synth work keeps this track on course and again we see this getting picked up by many as it has that big floor feel.
“Monsieur Mouche” retains the overall deep vibe on this EP but also creates a quite upbeat and energetic groove, and beautifully done! Really cool bassline from the start is a big part of that energy while a brilliant synth plays on through the background. Nice and easy vocals are coupled with a lot of quality FX work and on the break a tribal rhythmic element pops in, very well crafted!
Time for a nice surprise, Prompter aka Yury Soldatov and Chris Voss step up to remix duty on I3000’s previous outing “Rainy Summer”. After their debut on Eyepatch earlier this year with the “Mundo Distente EP”, the guys do a great job on beefing up the sound on this, chunky kicks from the off with a superb multi noted bassline give this a cool clubby feel. Solid deep tech groove all round with a few surprises on the break, very smooth indeed.
Head honcho at SRUR and the king of energetic techno Oz Romita joins forces with one of the most sought after DJ’s/producers on the scene, Lyle Quach, to bring in another round of high quality techno pressings. Lyle started his career in Montreal, Canada where he played many big parties which also led him to play across the USA. He is much sought after and has had collaborations with many artists all over the world and released on lots of labels during this time. Today with Oz we see the latest SRUR slice entitled “Piece Of Cake” and backed up with a couple of brilliant remixes.
The original mix is a cool blend of techno that hits maximum groove form the off with a subtle kick and a shake-that-ass percussion combo. A hypnotic bassline is prominent throughout with plenty of FX to fill up the spectrum. Simple and stylish techno with a lot of punch!
Spain based DJ/producer AngelLopez takes to the mixing desk on the first remix. Angel is another highly respected figure in the techno/house scene with an impressive list of tracks and remixes to his name. Here he takes the original theme and adds a more deep house twist while retaining that tech element. Real solid steady grooves are carved out through the kicks and percussions with a superb bassline adding the deep house touch that locks you into its grip for the duration, top notch stuff.
SRUR regular Roderick Fox is up next with his remix and he does what he does best, crafting fantastic beats and adding sublime techno flavours to everything he touches. Another solid groover with a more upbeat approach and a clever rework of the original hook. Roderick adds in quality percussions and some classic little one shot vocal samples, perfect for any floor.
Berlin based Agrande delivers a stunning slice of progressive goodness on Progrez with “Kelang” and is backed up with a range of quality remixes from top producers. Agrande’s style is quite unique as he likes to delve into eerie atmospheres and glitchy loops creating surreal ambience within each of his tracks. With a respectable list of releases on many labels Agrande is sure to impress for years to come.
The original mix fits his style very well indeed, glitched loops abound add a gritty edge while eerie whispered vocals add to the sublime vibe on this tracks. Super tight kicks and percs with a deep rolling bass are layered against a sweeping modulated synth, top stuff.
First up to remix is Orlando, Florida based DJ and producer Chris Domingo. Chris is responsible for creating his own labels of which there are five at the moment, he is described as one of the old school DJ’s from Orlando and gains the respect of his peers with top notch productions and sets. On this remix he gets deep down into the depths of progressive house, an amazing bass and synth combi are the perfect match for the hypnotic pads that dominate the sound. We also see the use of the vocal from the original and it’s still gives an eerie vibe!
Sterling provides the next two remixes, Whisper Remix and Dub Remix. Slightly different approach on this with a very subtle cinematic feel created from the near wall of sound which stands out brilliantly. Hypnotic grooves and again the vocals are used to great effect with a super tight drum and perc arrangement, great stuff.
The In Session Remix gets right into the house theme with an underlying tribal element yet still stays true to the progressive roots of the main track. Very sinister sound here due that whispered vocal and an expertly crafted arrangement suitable for any late night dark room!
Morpheus 7 and Nale have been around the chill out scene for quite some time with multiple releases on Elemental over the last couple of years. This release sees four new and original tracks with all the quality you’d expect from these guys.
First up we have “Tomorrow” which is a beautiful melodic laidback moment of bliss overlayed with a subtle drumtrack. The melodies are manifested in many instruments from piano to pads and guitars, sit back, relax and be transported far away.
“Terra X” takes us even farther away with a truly awe inspiring arrangement filled with euphoric trancey melodic sequences that allow the mind to drift off and discard the stress of the day, brilliant.
“Remember The Time” takes us on a kind of surreal synthpop journey back in time with the bassline and the distant synths adding that bygone era feel. The wonderful piano sequences keeps the vibe up to date and again we are treated to some pure quality chilled out bliss.
“Irreplaceable” takes a sort of ballad approach while keeping true to the chill out theme, beautiful bright piano synths coupled with an awesome pad will have you relaxed and feeling good in no time, just amazing.
Based in Adelaide, Australia DJ and producer Audio Noir is a relative newcomer to the production scene having launched his career in 2007 via Next Dimension Records. His releases have gained support from the likes of Chris Fortier, Jay Tripwire and many more. Here we see his stunning two track debut with “Abgeklärt”.
The title track kicks off in true prog house style with a solid steady rhythm built up with cool crisp percs and a nice thump on the kick. The bass makes an early appearance and soon morphs into s somewhat techy vibe that packs a lot of punch. Plenty of awesome grungy synths and FX will make this a floorfiller for sure.
Heading towards the darker side of progressive house next with “Nocturnalogic”, more fast paced action with a lot of energy and some really cool melodic sequences on the break that could steer this into a trance set just as easily. Tight production on the drums and the synths stand out very well in the arrangement, top notch stuff and one to watch!
Chanelle returns to Eyepatch after her well received debut, “The Bass EP”. She continues to deliver her own unique style of deep-funky-tech vibes with her three track “Strange Fairytale EP”.
“Forever Young” is up first, full on dark, sublime funky tech grooves. Nice steady flowing rhythm with a superb bassline and some quirky synths all make for a very “strange fairytale” atmosphere indeed. Destined to be on a lot of playlists for sure.
Fresh grooves on “White Snow”, much brighter sound, again Chanelle is able to tell a story so well through music, the sounds created fit the name of the track brilliantly. Another stunning bassline sits back while a wonderfully crafted drum and percussion section keep the rhythm flowing. The big ear-catcher here is the FX and the simple yet highly effective synth work, just awesome!
“The Witch” delves back into the darkness with a heavy kick and bass combo. Very cool synth work again and the FX are pure genius. Very sinister element within the sounds build a cinematic feeling to the track, top quality stuff.
Based in Bratislava, Slovakia, Mario Foksa aka Foxa is no stranger to Bonzai. He has released under his Foxa guise on Nemesis, Green Martian, Musashi and also appears on a few compilations under the B-Progrez, B-Music and B-Bonzai Trance Progressive umbrellas where he mainly focused on trance. Now releasing under his own name he has made the journey into deep house, tech and techno styles. Here we see his debut on Basiks with “Medicine” which is backed up with a top notch remix.
The original mix is a true club stomper, big, bold in your face sounds, heavy bassline and a cracking kicks build up a gritty, hard edged groove with some amazing vocal samples. Little hints of house creep through with an almost retro type synth hiding away in the background, this adds a cool contrast to the vibe.
Belfast’s own Brisboys step up for remix duty and deliver their brand of quality as usual. More minimal vibe off this track with well crafted beats and FX, the track builds nicely using the vocal sample brilliantly. Some real cool house synths make a show and an awesome ride ensues, definitely a favourite for many playlists.
Based in Houston, Texas USA, Zodiacal Light has been in and around the music scene for over 30 years now, he plays many instruments and has produced music from Rock to Metal to EDM. ZL has already had a few releases through Bonzai on labels like, Green Martian, Bonzai Progressive, Android and Nemesis, he also seen releases on compilations from B-Bonzai Trance Progressive, B-Progrez and B-Urban. Today we have his return to Green Martian with the “Marquee Lights EP”, a stunning two tracker full of progressive goodness.
First up we have the title track “Marquee Lights” which intros with a kind of ballad atmosphere that soon kicks into a full on prog vibe with a superb deep chugging bassline and huge drums. The track builds and builds with lots of quality instrumental layers into an awesome ride on the prog highway. ZL’s musical talents really shine here with attention to detail in the sounds created.
“Start The Show” turns up the heat with a breakbeat intro that transforms into a sharp edged progressive trance vibe. Again the musical talent is evident with the sheer complexity of the melodies and sounds used. Another fine deep hypnotic bassline shores up a well crafted drum section, top quality indeed.
Oliver Maier is back with a fresh new EP!
After the success of his debut release on Monog Records (“Organic EP”), Oliver Maier is back with all the power he have!
Once again, this release is made of 3 original tracks with a lot of funk and deepness going on.
“Prophecy (Original Mix)” is the track responsible for the title of this EP and we couldn’t chose a better one for that! This track have everything: A Great groove, hypnotic chords, soulful vocals and a sweet evolving pad creating the right mood!
“Rinky Dink (Original Mix)” its all about funk! Oliver Maier made an outstanding work with those keys and chords that will delight all the Chicago House fans!
At last but not least, “Haus (Original Mix)” is a real house bomb! The “hook” of this track is based on a simple chord progression that will stay in your head for a while! Just listen and see for your self!
Romanian born Cristian Paduraru is a well established producer and DJ on the scene. He is an extremely busy artist with a huge amount of releases and remixes under his belt across many many different labels. He is heavily involved with Christian Records and The Remix Label with an eclectic mixture of styles he can turn his hand to. In the mid nineties he took to the stage with a live performance act called Fire In Water with the style being acid breakbeat with ambient techno. Moving into the 2000’s saw Cristian take to the studio as his main profession and the results are stunning. Today we see Cristian make his full Bonzai debut after brilliant remixes on Manu Riga’s “Everything Comes To An End” and Pablo Gael’s “Libelula”, with the superb prog-tech hybrid, “Games For Girls EP”.
The title track starts us off in Paduraru’s signature style with his Deeptech mix. Strong and steady rhythm on the beats with a wonderful bassline adding extra weight. Top quality synth work here in a true progressive groove, on the break we get an off key piano that adds melancholy to the track. Big strings make a show and a well rounded track is the end product, top stuff destined for many boxes.
“Energetic Enthusiasm” takes on a more minimal approach with tech in mind. A very prominent electro kick takes the lead and builds up along with some quality percussions providing a perfect groove. On the break we get classic tech-house styled synth work with an added short vocal sample with great effect. Big party vibe on this that will have many floors bouncing!