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ROY CLEVELAND – O (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

 

 

Italian musician and producer Paolo Petrella aka Roy Cleveland debuts on Elemental with his album “O”. He is a product of the Italian Conservatory of music in Napoli, Italy. A talented bassist, he describes himself as fitting into no particular genre, although he does profess to delve into glitchy minimal electro. This album entitled O (meaning circle) is so called as he wants the tracks to be seamless without pause, with each track melting into the next and rising up from the previous.

“O – #1” sets us off on the album, sharp edged synth chords rise up and constantly transform from smooth to glitchy seamlessly. Superb basses infect the sound and an array of quality FX add lots of texture. Very clever and forward thinking and no need to adjust your speakers as the sound effect may have you believe.

“O – #2” has much more of the qualities as the first track did, totally raw, organic sounds with some brilliant work on the frequency controls. A warm synth teases through the sea of sound and fades out leaving you waiting for more.

“O – #3 (Riots)” brings a warm synth to the fore, chopped up drum samples and more electro samples are processed beyond recognition, again we see lots of glitchy sounds and by the very concept of the album, those sounds fit beautifully.

“O – #4” takes on a much more formulaic approach with beats becoming slightly more prominent, a darker side takes shape with hard edged beats and gritty basses. All this is accompanied by a multitude of organic FX which marry up brilliantly.

“O – #5” takes us to the end of the journey with some eerie melodic sequences beginning to form out of strange synth patterns. A deep and dark bass resonates as this structure takes shape and again the FX work is top notch. Something different and definitely something to think about as this array of sounds raids your senses.

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6 November 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

AUDIO NOIR – FLOORLICKER (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

 

Fresh off the back of his “Revelations” track, Audio Noir serves up another round of progressive goodness with his two tracker entitled “Floorlicker”.

The title track sets us off on a wonderful trip through surreal progressive grooves. The intro creates a vibrant atmosphere as the vocal samples and FX clash alongside a superb thumping kick. Danceable rhythms are built with the aid of a fantastic percussion arrangement and on the break the track transforms into full on progressive meltdown. A chest pounding baseline pulsates through the sound as a cool riff moves alongside. Such a dynamic groove here which will get a lot of attention.

“Fibre Feelings” intros with a myriad of percussion instruments amalgamating to form a diverse rhythm. The beat gets rocking with the kicks coming through accompanied by a monstrous baseline and well crafted FX. The track intensifies and a huge wall of sound erupts, raiding the senses with a very complex groove, top stuff.

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30 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

YAROSLAV LENZYAK – JUPITER (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

 

 

Fresh from his last release, “Panorama”, Yaroslav Lenzyak shows up at Eyepatch with a surreal slice of deep house grooves on this three tracker “Jupiter”. This very talented producer is putting Ukraine firmly on the EDM map with his unique brand of deep house and progressive vibes, and with much more to come it is for sure exciting times ahead.

First up is “Jupiter”, a wonderfully lush and surreal deep cut. The track intros with beautiful easy flowing synths, the kicks ease in gently before their full force begins to pound setting us off on a fantastic journey through house. Nice and simple hats alongside a minimal percussion arrangement that adds a lot of character. A low end droning bass shores up the groove while the big focus is on an awesome array of synth sounds that blend together superbly.

“Delta” intros with cool synths over a complex and very well crafted drum and percussion arrangement while the layers build slowly into a full on deep vibe. The myriad of FX work so well on the sound as a plethora of chords build up to a solid house groove making this a must for any of the deeper sets out there.

“Phantom” gets going with a huge kick intro backed up with some cool percussions and surreal synth pads. Soon a deep pulsating bass takes over giving off a hypnotic vibe while the synths begin to transform adding a new dimension in the sound. An epic ride that will dig deep down into your soul, a definite must in any box.

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30 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

RUBEN LOSADA – THE CREATURES OF THE TENTH PLANET (PROGREZ)

 

 

Spanish DJ and producer Ruben Losada debuts on Progrez with his two tracker, “The Creature Of The Tenth Planet”. Ruben got into music from an early age and he honed his DJing skills playing in and around Madrid since 2006. Soon he began to produce in various styles and these two track are a testament to a talented, hard working artist.

The title track gets us moving with classic styled intro, chunky kicks and sharp hats, these set up a cool flowing rhythm which the track is built on. Very surreal FX begin to make a show and these strangely alien sounds do the title justice. A fluent rolling baseline takes full focus when it rises through the sounds. Intensity starts to build as stunning long noted synths with sequenced pulses rush in, superb stuff!

“Something In The Sky” dishes out a strong progressive house vibe for the get go. Snappy kicks are married with minimal percussion over a pulsating bassy sound with cool FX edging through. Percussions build and build settling into a solid rhythm as the bass intensifies combining the sounds well. The track goes on a merciless journey creating hypnotic grooves that will no doubt get the darker sets rocking.

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30 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

JOAL – OVER EP (MONOG RECORDS)

 

 

“Looking Down” was the last EP from Joal on Monog Records and probably the most successful ep we had till now! After we licensed to m_nus for their “Enter Ibiza 2013” compilation, “Looking Down” was literally played all over the world by artists like Barem, Hot since 82, Mihai Popoviciu, and many others. Now, the label owner is back with a fresh new release. Over EP represents the end of a chapter in life with his moving from Lisbon to Berlin! Two original tracks (“Over” and “I See Why”) are making the package and again you will find a lot of groove inside.

This EP is highly influenced by detroit techno, so TR 909, deep basslines and piano chords are the basis of the entire release. No more words needed, just listen and see for yourself!

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30 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

PHI PHI & AIRWAVE – BACK ON TRACK (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

 

What do you get when two legends join forces in the studio? The answer is some of the best progressive sounds ever. That is what’s happening here, Phi Phi aka Philippe Toutlemonde and Airwave aka Laurent Veronnez combine their skills to deliver a solid progressive house stomper with “Back On Track” that comes backed up with a slew of quality remixes. Phi Phi has been a huge presence on the trance and progressive scene for a very long time (he celebrated his 50th birthday not too long ago). He was integral in the defining of the uplifting/vocal trance genres in the early nineties, a sound which carries through to this day. Still DJing consistently and now back in production we are sure to see lot more from this guy, no doubt. Another artist with legendary status is Airwave, Laurent has garnered this status over the last 17 years as he relentlessly poured out hit after hit through Bonzai. His work ethic is second to none and when he performs his live sets he dispatches his own unique style with great professionalism. Great to see these two guys get in the studio together with the hope of much more to come.

The Original Mix is a true progressive driven track, the intro sets up the scene beautifully with percussions slowly building up the rhythm and then settling in with a snappy kick. The attention to detail is astonishing with a multitude of FX going off adding great texture to the sound. The bass comes in and the track sets off through the wonderful world of progressive house. On the break a myriad of melodic sequences will keep the ear trained and send you back for more. One truly awesome ride and a sure fire hit with many!

Progressive guru Moshic is our first remix artist, this guy really needs no introduction as he is synonymous within the prog world for his outstanding quality. Moshic has appeared on many Bonzai compilations and has remixed quite a few Bonzai artists also. With a new track coming out very soon we get another taste of this guys talents on the remix. The subtle intro lulls you into a sublime groove made up of sharp hats, top notch percussions and FX with a surreal pad in the background. We are set on a hypnotic ride as the track continues to build layer upon layer before we are confronted with a massive wall of sound filled with superb bass and wonderful melodies. A masterclass and definitely one for any DJ box.

Rise and Fall return to BP after their well received debut “Imagination”. Solid kicks and swirly pads provide the intro before the well crafted percussion elements filter through. The bass drops like a bomb on this as it reverberates through the speakers with dramatic effect. Clever FX and lots of sub plots evolve from this and on the break melodies shine through adding a very cool contrast to the overall sound. A monster hypnotic, progressive cut and a must have on those playlists.

Australian producer Audio Noir is next up to the remix desk with his Drop Mix and we are really in for something special on this. This guy has been churning out some outstanding work recently, in particular his last BP release entitled “Floorlicker”. The epic intro is made up of a mixture of FX and brilliant percussion which gives a tribal feel and is built upon with many other sounds that take us up to the main event when the chunky kicks come into play. Subtle melodies offer a lot of diversity within the sound as the much more raw basses do their work. One hell of a ride with superb rhythms and one to watch.

Audio Noir also provides us with his Zen Mix, a stunning slice of chilled out vibes perfect for a set intro or for just chilling after a long day.

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23 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

YUSUKE YAMAMOTO – SUN SHOWER EP (PISTON RECORDINGS)

 

 

Debut release on Piston for Yusuke Yamamoto aka Freischwimmer with his three track “Sun Shower EP”. Yusuke is a contemporary house music producer and DJ currently based in Kyoto, Japan. His authentic sound remains universal and independent of trends and periods. He runs his own label Vacances Records and has seen release on many other labels including Oasi Lab, Houseworx, City Life, Ibiza House Hotspot and more. His tracks are supported by a lot of big DJs including Luciano, Claude VonStroke, D’julz, Anthony Collins and Moodymanc to name a few. He also recently debuted on Eyepatch Recordings with “Yellow Edge”.

We kick off with the title track “Sun Shower”, right from the off we get a superb cut of relentless deep house grooves. Super smooth rhythms are built up with a fine arrangement while a rich vocal sample gives that deeper edge. Fantastic chords dominate the sound throughout making this track a serious must have for any set.

“Purple Bouquet” is up next, nice and cool intro with the percussions gaining dominance and solidifying the rhythms. The bassline sits perfectly behind a continuous drone that draws you in ever closer as it transforms its shape. On the short break the track drops right down before the chunky kicks thump us back into this wonderful deep groove, great stuff.

“Broken Piano” rounds up this EP in style. The kicks are punchy and will have any bass bin quaking! The groove builds slowly as the percussions come through alongside a wonderfully lush bassline. Perfectly formed house keys are the big focus with a slight detuning effect suggesting a broken piano as the title professes, this adds huge character to the track and will sit well in any set.

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23 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

DIEGO HERRERA – AFTERHOUR EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

 

 

Debut release on BB for Diego Herrera with his fantastic two track “Afterhour EP”.

“Afterhour” is up first and goes right for the jugular with a full on pulsating techno rhythm. Chunky kicks sit over a pounding offset bass that will get any floor moving. The track builds nicely with minimal percussions coming through, on the break we get a respite from this relentless groove with some cool vocal samples and FX before getting straight back into the thick of it, top stuff.

“No Idea What I’m Doin'” carries on in the same vein with pounding techno ride from the off. The bass has that chest pounding quality that will keep floors alive all over. The percussions are brilliantly arranged into the sound giving a smooth rhythmic feel. Throughout the break the bass is boss and it continues its dominance all the way. A hell of a ride here and a definite must for any techno set.

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23 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

AAMON – HIGH TIDE (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

 

Jakub Gofjar aka Aamon debuts on Green Martian with “High Tide”. Jakub is an aspiring house producer and DJ from Slovakia. He’s been producing since he was 16 and recently he feels he has perfected his speciality, underground house music. He has seen releases on labels like MLP Music Label, Deep Nota, Let Me In Records and more.

The title track sets us off into a warm lush journey through cool progressive vibes. The low end on the bass sets up a late summer terraced scene to perfection with the addition of some beautiful guitar strumming. On the break subtle melodies play out with a very cool vocal sample before sliding back into a super smooth progressive groove, top notch stuff!

“Submarine” intros with a cool percussion selection that slowly builds up to a solid groove with its snappy kicks. The dense bass flourishes throughout the sound making it a prominent feature while superb FX add texture and extra depth. On the break sublime strings and subtle melodies take over and lead us into the final stages of a truly provoking progressive house cut.

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23 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MOSHIC – FALSE EMOTION (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

 

Moshic, one of the best progressive house artists in the world debuts on Bonzai with “False Emotion” which comes backed up with three top notch remixes. Israeli born Moshic is synonymous with dark, progressive, tribalistic and ethnic grooves. He performs DJ sets around the world at big events and has also been a guest on the famous Radio 1 Essential Mix. With well over 100 original productions across many top labels we are delighted to have this guy come through Bonzai with his unique style.

The Original Mix stays true to his production technique with a full on deep progressive offering. The intro subtly builds with dark percussions fading through alongside a tight kick. The track ramps up with a thump as a raw organic vocal sample takes control and an ethereal pad sweeps over the sound. On the break the bassline makes an appearance which takes the track to a whole new level and stays the course for what is truly a progressive masterclass.

First up on remix duties is the amazing John 00 Fleming. John is considered with legendary status in the EDM world with a mountain of productions under various guises. He is a worldwide renowned DJ who is always behind the decks at the best parties. John’s label JOOF (among others) has released some top tracks over the years, including many of his own productions and he has worked Bonzai for a few years now. He also started a brand new collaboration with Airwave and their label LCD Recordings. The remix is an epic progressive house stomper with a huge amount of energy, the intro gets things moving with a feisty kick and a background filled with quality FX. A strong rhythmic groove is built steadily as the tight percussion arrangement begins to flow. Synth leads fade through and the vocal sample adds a beautiful texture. Intensity builds up to the break and the bassline takes centre stage before crashing back to a full on stomper, top stuff!

Next up is another legendary figure namely, Airwave with his New School Breaks Mix. Currently Laurent is working on lots of new material and remixes which makes for exciting times ahead. He is running LCD alongside John 00 Fleming bringing in lots of new upcoming talent. His radioshow Progrez is going strong with the fanbase increasing with every new episode. Here Airwave takes on his breaks persona which always leads to amazing results. A stunning intro brings with it top notch FX with an intense vibe coming through on the pads. The track then throws out big chunky kicks that pack a huge punch. The first drop brings with it some amazing synth work with very subtle and teasing melodies. The powerful groove intensifies and on the break a massive build up takes us right back into this energetic journey through progressive utopia.

UK based Philthy Chit aka Philippe Sartre & Chitra Kumar are next up for their remix. The guys have been enjoying much success with their releases on Bonzai and they have worked closely in collaboration with other artists including original material and remixes. Here the guys bring their brand of progressive to the fore with a top class rework. Classic intro with a full kick, crisp hat and a wonderfully sublime pad. The bassline powers through to take over the groove and a very vivid picture is painted through this strong progressive vibe. The drop gets down to business with a brilliant melodic sequence built up with a myriad of quality sounds and expert arrangement before jumping back into this awesome groove.

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16 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

CONCEALED TRUTH – BOOKAMVIJAS (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

 

Diamantopoulos Dionysis aka Concealed Truth returns to BP with the two tracker “Bookamvijas”. This 24 year old producer from Heraklion, Crete, Greece. He has been meddling with music from a very young age and travelled through almost every genre of music available. His last outing for Bonzai, “Smooth Rain” was well received as were a number of remixes.

The title track takes on a fantastic house flavour with chords playing a big role and creating quite a retro vibe which we love. The drums and percussions are arranged to perfection and compliment an amazing funky bassline. The break is where it’s at on this one as those house chords come to the fore as they build and build before slamming back into this wonderfully jacked up groove.

“Deck 6” intros with minimal percussion and a fantastic echo styled effect, well rounded kicks soon take over alongside a tough bassline which gives that rolling effect. On the break a real cool hook fades through and takes the track to the next level before kicking back in to a full on progressive fuelled ride. Top stuff here and a must for any box!

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16 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

ITTAI BARKAI – DOST (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

 

 

Israeli born Ittai Barkai returns to EP with his track “Dost” which comes with a superb remix. Ittai is a firm favourite at Bonzai HQ and it’s always great to see his work come through.

The Original Mix is a true reflection on Ittai’s work, deep, soulful house music with a very warm sound. Tight arrangements on the drums and percs set out a strong rhythmic groove, a constant synth chord sits in the back while funky stabs do the business up front. A real cool and funky treat for any house set, superb!

Another popular figure among the Eyepatch contingent is Daniel Ray with his fantastic remix. The track intros with a smooth deep undertone and a contrasting soft melody. Nice and thick chunky kicks ramp up the groove as the percussion begins to build. A low end subtle bass comes through as lots of simple melodies appear. Very nice track indeed with something about it that will grab a lot of attention.

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16 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BONZAI PROGRESSIVE – ADE 2013 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

 

October means ADE and this year is no different! Here is a selection of 60+ tracks featuring original works and remixes from Manu Riga, Gai Barone, Nico Parisi, Kintar, Airwave, DJ Fire, 06R, Narel, Rise And Fall, Samotarev, deepAlexander, Kabalo, Kevin Vega, Audio Noir, Matteo Monero, Rishi K., Kindred Spirits, Philthy Chit, Blufeld, Yuriy From Russia, John Scott, Anthony Yarranton, Steve Sai, Pierre Zamyatin, Mindgamers, Florian Meindl, Chantola, J-Junior, Thomas Genchev, Eric Powa B, Ecco, Jusa, Haze-M, Saccao, Matan Caspi, Mylan, Michael Berklin, Alen Simple, In2Deep, Fulltone, Dimitry Liss, Solartoff, Harmon, Landowski, Rick Wade, Sebastien Desay, Rogerio Martins, Accatone, JR From Dallas, Lurob, Hurlee, Fauvrelle, Oushanmete, Chrono, Ascaloon, Electric Bastards, Oz Romita, Van Czar, RV, The Revolving Junkie, Darouge, Active Line Six, Tribal Warriors, Ugur Yurt, Tofke, Lyle Quach, AngelLopez, Redraft Memories, Sander Bongertman, Sean McCaff, Project KF, Jey Fever, Soren Aalberg, Zolex, Gabriel Ben, Ed Whitty, Re Dupre, Rod B., Angelo Fracalanza, Sa.Du, M.R.T.N, Onofrio Conter, Ozan Kanik, Mariano Santos, Filth & Splendour, THiN, Franky Jones and Redhead.

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16 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

SOUNDS R US RECORDINGS SHOWCASE – ADE 2013 SAMPLER (SOUNDS R US RECORDINGS)

 

 

Sounds R Us Recording are gearing up for another, no doubt successful trip, to this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event. Label boss Oz Romita has put together an outstanding package with previously released and exclusive material showcasing the diverse range of styles and many talents of the producers on his labels books.

Ozan Kanik features no less than three times throughout this pack with his first offering being the techno fuelled “Fiction”. This track comes in the shape of a superb remix by the mighty Tom Hades and is bound to cause a stir among many at this year’s parties and beyond.

Dutch DJ and producer Steve Mulder returns to SRUR with a sublime techno cut on his track “Matador”. Steve has a hugely impressive release count across many labels and has worked alongside the world’s top jocks and artists.

Ozan’s next offering is the aptly titled “ADE 2013”, a techno stomper with merciless rhythmic grooves that will certainly have the event patrons looking for more, one to watch here!

Analog Effect aka Dutch duo Jan Boom and Branko Van Hilten are up next with “Plovdiv”. The guys are fresh off the back of their last SRUR outing alongside Jay Junior with “Diffuser EP”. This time around the guys take techno into deeper grooves and come up with a proper banging track, superb stuff.

Ozan’s third contribution is in collaboration with CLN83 on their track “Neat & Clean” which saw great reviews upon release. For this comp the Drumcomplex & Roel Salemink Remix was chosen and it brings with it a darker more sinister techno sound that has a huge effect as it draws you in completely.

Miami based DJ and producer Rod B. is back with his full SRUR release after well received remixes earlier in the year. “24HR Amsterdam” is a classic driving techno groove and just what you’d expect from the highly talented Rod B..

W&DY aka Wendy Wustlich is up next to showcase her diverse skills in production. This time Wendy turns on the progressive house with attitude tap and what we get is the stunning “Heartbeat” which will for sure get those pulses racing!

Label head honcho Oz thumps out a fantastic deep house joint on his track “Changes”. Oz has a brilliant and unique way of injecting energy into his sounds and here is no different, yes it’s deep house and yes it’s full of energy which is what we like!

Finishing off this amazing pack is the talented duo of M.R.T.N AKA Sthlm Beat and Pomp with “Behind The Iron Curtain”. Massive techno sound on the with a harder edge groove, a track that will have the floors at ADE bouncing for sure.

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16 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

CROCY FEATURING ASHLEY BERNDT – CRY (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

 

Bonzai favourite Crocy teams up with stunning Canadian vocalist Ashley Berndt for “Cry”. Ashley has a very impressive repertoire of vocals, she also creates her own melodies and writes her own lyrics.

“Cry” takes us on a beautiful progressive journey, on the intro the kick and percussion arrangement builds up a superbly deep and laidback bass groove with deep rooted piano chords making a show. High pitched strings and pads take us through to the drop where the sultry vocals appear with melancholic flavour. The vocals paint a stunning picture while the melodies in the music will take you right into the story, what a great collaboration and no doubt will be well received.

Next up is “Recht” with another laidback approach to the progressive house sound. Tight drum arrangement sits over subtle percussions that build up a nice flowing rhythmic vibe. In contrast the deep bass transforms from soft and rounded into tough and gritty effortlessly and this adds a strong dynamic. The break throws out a strange melody as that gritty bass lurks behind, superb stuff from this darkly groove!

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8 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

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