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Progressive DJing and production duo Jon ManimaL & Magros aka metrONomes are back with a superb three track dark progressive house offering. The guys have been regular features on Bonzai’ classic label Progrez for some time now with their last release “AtomON” performing well on the circuit. This time around the quality remains on top form with their “Mea Culpa EP”.
The title track “Mea Culpa” sets off on a dark progressive journey with a deep rolling bassline. Subtle percussions and FX start to build and a cool chunky kick settles into a nice groove. As the track progresses it delves into a full on hypnotic ride that digs deep into your mind. Expertly crafted and very faint pads rise up from the background adding great texture to the sound, top notch stuff yet again from these guys!
“Roots” is up next and takes on a cool prog house groove from the intro. Solid and steady rhythms are built on the tight drum arrangement with snappy percussions doing the job nicely. The bass resonates through the sound keeping the track firmly rooted while melancholic pads provide a hint of melody, superb effort and definitely one to watch!
“Vatos Locos” goes right into the action with a chunky kick and full on offbeat bass. Subtle pads weave through to great effect and a sinister vocal makes a show throughout. The track builds nicely with percussions coming through late on and delivering a flowing rhythm. Very haunting in places with a true deep progressive house vibe as the end result, excellent stuff!
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10th installment in the Afterhour Trax series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, Moshic, Gai Barone, Audio Noir, Kintar, CJ Art, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Philthy Chit, Noa Romana, Deersky, Yuriy From Russia, Mindgamers, Angga, Cid Inc., Manu Riga, Franbeats, Thorin, Quadran, Beat Maniacs, deepAlexander, Eric Powa B, Zan Preveé, WayWork, Hector Sawiak, Chantola, J-Junior, AquAdro, Anthony Yarranton, JJ Grant, Digital Department and Crocy.
Debut appearance on Piston for Prague based producer Limyth aka Martin Vejvoda. “Reminiscence EP” comes with three superb deep house offerings.
“Reminiscence” kicks us off in style with a classic bass drum and deep house chord structure featuring sublime stabs. The rhythm builds nicely with crispy pure hats and claps before warm keys come through alongside a very cool bouncing bassline. Sweet melodic sequences add contrast and make this track a definite must have in any deeper set.
“Freeway” picks up the pace with solid flowing rhythm as the kicks and percussions begin to form. Warm and lush keys maintain a big focus throughout the track, melodies soon build and deep house bliss is reached. The bassline grabs attention with strong plucky sounds and ties the track up brilliantly.
“Formal Cause” is a deeper tough edged track with superb bass patterns and tight drum arrangements. This is contrasted by truly wonderful sweeping synth pads and expertly crafted melodic keys that weave intricate throughout, amazing stuff and definitely one to watch.
Belfast based John Manning aka one half of Brisboys, steps out on his own with a superb slice of tech with his latest offering “Feelin Alright”. John has appeared on Basiks before with his track “Pikadeli Shindig” alongside Matt Silver. He has also seen solo releases on Baroque, Future Lovers and Remedy Records to name a few. John is also very much involved with DJing and can be seen regularly at top parties.
The Original mix gets us moving with a percussive intro providing the building blocks for a solid rhythm. A thumping kick soon makes an appearance with a wonderfully deep tough bass following shortly after. Very much a techno vibe here as the beats toughen up even more, a brilliant vocal sample is perfectly placed in the arrangement and makes for a must have track in any tech set!
The Synth mix ramps up the pressure as it belts out the superb techno grooves from the original mix, except this time we are treated to a wonderfully rich deep tech/house synth line that has retro written all over it. A monster of a tune with a catchy hook that will have the floors bouncing.
Koen Mertens aka Daddy steps up to the remix plate and is fresh off the back of his last release “Hidden Mojo” on Eyepatch Recordings. Koen certainly turns up the heat with his take on the original as the beats get dirtier and the tech gets groovier. Fantastic percussion arrangement on the intro coupled with a simple vocal snippet lead us into a very raw sounding groove as the kicks come through. Deep resonating basses fill the sound as a more sinister vocal shot is delivered, cool contrasts are drawn as warm synths filter through before a huge organ sound takes control, superb stuff yet again from Daddy!
Rion Oidua is back on remix duty after two very successful remixes for Tribal Warriors on “New York To Ibiza” and Zolex’s “Vette Jahren”. The remix gets down to a full on tech groove from the get go as the intro delivers a cool percussion and vocal combi. Driving beats take hold and the rhythm get flowing effortlessly. The track builds nicely with subtle sounds and risers coming through, a great funky riff comes in and offers a real focus as the sounds combine beautifully, another fantastic delivery from Rion.
Rishi K. makes a return to Green Martian with the superb two tracker “Inflection Point”. His last outing was back in May with the superb “Always Home” along with many other remixes.
“Inflection Point” sets us off in a cool house driven groove with warm synths and chunky kicks providing the intro. Fantastic vocals and melodic arps lead us into a full on house joint with the bassline taking centre stage. Very tight arrangements take us on a wonderful journey with sharp piano riffs coming through. The break is beautifully sublime and delivers a great build up back into a full on groovy house cut. Big tune here and one that is sure to be on a lot of playlists.
“Star People” goes for the jugular with a full on hypnotic vibe through the myriad of arps and rhythmic percussions. The kicks drop into a deeper side with a wonderful array of FX filling up the sound. The track continues to build relentlessly as big synths make a show alongside some spoken vocal samples. A truly sublime cut that will captivate and force you back for more!
Ozan Kanik is one of those guys who never disappoints with consistently great productions. His recent double header on the SRUR “ADE” package was very well received and now he is back with another stomper “Fiction” which is backed up with three fantastic remixes.
The Original Mix comes at you with a pulsating rhythm from the off as the bass and kicks perform seamlessly. Cool percussive elements blend in nicely to give off a full on techno vibe. The drum arrangements are superb and keep the track on course while some great FX work finds its way through the sound, brilliant stuff!
Tome Hades offers up the first remix on this pack and this remix is one that featured on the recent ADE package. Belgium based Tom is a mighty figure around the techno scene with many remix requests and DJ gigs keeping him busy. Here he sticks to the roots of the original with another full flowing techno groove. A big focus is placed on a wonderful vocal sample that sits so well within the sound. A big hitter for sure and one to keep an eye on!
Chilean born DJ and producer Cristian Alexander Soto López aka Alessan Main is back at SRUR after a successful release “Storm” alongside Juciff. Alessan Main certainly beefs up the groove here with an intro to blow the speakers as a beautifully balanced kick and bass combi come at you like a runaway train. The percussions deliver a solid rhythmic state as the bass does its work while minimal vocal samples creep up from below. Fantastic arrangement and one to light up any floor.
Another returnee to SRUR is Vancouver based DJ and producer James Hopkins with his remix. James goes deeper and darker with this effort while maintaining that pulsating sound from the original due to the superb bass. A more restrained kick and nice crispy hat keeps the rhythm flowing while subtle vocal snippets and brilliantly applied FX keep the ear trained, superb stuff.
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.