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Bulgarian DJ and producer Momo Dobrev debuts on SRUR with the superb tech house fuelled monster – Jungle, which comes backed up with a fantastic remix from Dr Mabuze. He started to produce music in 2009 and quickly moved on to DJing having secured lots of gigs around his hometown. With a passion for what he was doing and the drive to achieve he soon had his own label – Phraser Records. A hugely popular artist in Bulgaria, this guy has numerous releases over a number of top labels. Delighted to have him on board at SRUR and we hope to see more soon from this talented guy.
The Original Mix gets moving with a classic punchy kick and crispy hat combo complete with sharp claps. You get a tech house vibe right away from the background FX that linger on the intro. A deep, strolling bassline kicks in and sends the track into overdrive on the groove front. Those tight percussions keep the rhythm steady as the techness starts to overflow with various FX layering up. The breakdown is a surreal affair with the FX staying at the forefront to the backdrop of mysterious swirling pads before we get churned back into the main track for the duration. Top notch stuff.
Dutch DJ and producer Dr Mabuze returns to the SRUR shores with a wonderful tech remix. His last outing – Universe EP – back in the summer of 2015 gained a lot of support on the circuit. The remix intros with a shuffling hat and percussion sequence that sets the rhythm up nicely and will surely get the feet moving on the floors. A nice chunky kick comes in alongside an equally chunky bassline that powers the track on effortlessly. Those tight drums are a big focus here the track is given a boost with some cool vocals and simple one shot instrument hits. A superb slice of tech house that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Alexey Lisin returns to BP with the delectable Try My soul which features the stunning vocal talent of Alexandra Pride and comes with three superb remixes that deliver a variety of moods. Alexey surely knows how to turn on the progressive neurons, his last outing – Gloss, also featured a strong vocalist and gained a lot of support across the board. Russian singer-songwriter Alexandra Pride exudes elegance with her sultry vocals and is finding her voice make its way into many hearts, a special talent who will be making waves for years to come.
The Original mix of Try My Soul delivers a deep and moody sound, the perfect track to kick back to. The track opens with a nice full kick drum that rattles along to the backdrop of some real smooth, soft pads before Alexandra’s vocals take over and lull us into its sultry core. Cool drum patterns accompany the vocal perfectly and both simply melt into each other while sharper instruments paint a warm colourful glow. A very thought provoking track that will set your imagination free.
Up first on remix duty we have Australia’s own Audio Noir and his Another Audio Noir Safari. Having recently released his album Artificial Star – and his Almost Famous Reworked remix package, this guy just never lets up on the quality front. Here he settles the track into a solid progressive workout right from the off with a little help from that superb, chugging bass line that is joined by a tight drum section and beautiful cascading melodies that float across the background. The vocal is used to perfection here and is manipulated in a way that gives it a much more club feel. A relentless groove that will definitely keep the floor moving all night long.
Alexey takes to the remix desk himself and offers up his Lisin Remix which intros with a nice crispy hat arrangement with a sharp clap on the second beat while warm atmospheric pads control the background. Little snippets of vocal creep through alongside a very cool electric guitar. Punchy kicks set the track off on its progressive course and are soon joined by the grooviest bass line that will get those booty’s shakin on the floors no doubt. The break reveals more of the vocal which really captivates and holds you in its grip until the full on mix comes back to get us moving once more. Top notch stuff that you will not want to miss.
Belgian legendary DJ and producer Nico Parisi is up next with his fantastic remix. Nico’s recent outing Cacaooh turned a few heads and here he offers no respite as we are led deep into the progressive sound with a solid groove to hold us down and keep those feet shuffling. A raft of quality remixes have also kept this guy on top of his game recently with no sign of letting up. A resident of the famous Atmoz for a number of years he is headlining an Atmoz 19 year celebration this October at Area V in Hasselt. Nico’s own sound has developed over the years and has brought in a slight mellow vibe which is evident here as the background atmospherics really give the track a deep and meaningful groove. Huge throbbing basses cause a stir and are joined by a tight drum arrangement which is complimented by echoed vocal snippets that tease throughout. All over the track we find little flutters of guitar and melodic flares that add some wonderful textures to the sound. Another fine slice from this guy and a definite must have track.
Based out of Mexico City, Maria Letona and Ivan Lopez-Arechiga aka Seconds mark their Bonzai debut with the floor shaking The Bass. With a couple of releases throughout their career, this relatively new project has been able to earn a solid spot in the local Mexican scene as DJ’s and also as producers. Since 2012 they have raised their profile as DJ’s and have been sharing the stage with artists like Aeroplane, Fred Falke, Philip Gorbachev, Chrome Sparks and others. Their tracks have seen releases on labels like Noiselab Records and Sicario Music. Lots more to come from this exciting duo and we’re delighted to have them on board.
First up we have Dippin’ My which offers a dark cinematic intro with swelling pads before a nice and punchy kick come through. Those pads really set the scene for a dark progressive groove as they ebb and flow across the sound. Tight drums layer up and the rhythm gets moving before we get right into the heart of the sound. The pads fade away and the bass line takes full control of the groove with a pulsating power that dominates. Superb retro style vocals are brought in and stand out perfectly. The break brings those pads back alongside some cool synths and vocals as a riser takes us to the climax and back into full swing. A monster tune here that will be a killer on the floors for sure.
To The Bass is up next and comes in two flavours, the first being the Vocal Mix. A bas heavy sound is evident right from the off as a throbbing low end sub bass reverberates through the sound as chunky kicks, shuffling hats and cool synths are layered up. The lead sound filters beautifully around the track and offers a big focus point. A superb spoken vocal comes in and gives the track a boost as that bass line rattles along. The Dub Version removes the vocal if that’s your bag and offers the same deep progressive grooves as before. Top notch stuff that will be a must have tool in your box.
Ha Llegado El Dia intros with a big and brash persona as chunky kicks and banging snappy snares make the sound stand out. In the background we get a sweeping bass drone that fills the scene brilliantly with short filtered edges. the bass line proper delivers a solid workout that drives the track on and is soon joined by a cool Spanish vocal. A deep and dark groove ensues before the track breaks and reveals a bright piano melody which crops up throughout offering a respite. Surreal melodic phrases float across the sound with a subtlety that keeps the track firmly rooted in the darker recesses. Excellent stuff that will surely find its way into a late night session.
Manchester, UK DJ and producer Charlie Pearson debuts on Piston with the fantastic two tracker Trojan Sendout. Charlie burst onto the scene in September 2015 with the brilliant Tech House monster Sent Under on Criminal Hype and quickly grabbed our and many others’ attention. Delighted to have him on board and we look forward to some exciting times ahead.
Trojan Sendout intros with a scathing scraping sound alongside super crispy closed hats and a powerful punchy kick that dominates. Cool vocal one shots pop up and offer a cool vibe to the sound before the phattest, grooviest bass line takes over and forces your body to rock to its beat. The vocals become more prominent and deliver a nice retro vibe giving the track an upbeat mood. It’s that bass line that commands the most here though and will surely be a definite floor filler.
Gotta Have More Cowbell sets off with an upbeat vibe in mind as a nice and chunky kick drum gets us in the mood. Cool shuffling hats give us a smooth rhythm before a monster bass line comes through and totally dominates with its groovy moves and fancy flares. Quirky spoken vocals are welcomed and keep the rhythm upbeat as the drums start to really kick in with a tight formation. A the title suggests we get a healthy dosing of cowbells that stand out well in the sound. The bass line goes through a wonderful mutation at the break as it morphs into a blistering acid line that peaks and troughs before settling back into a deep tech groove. Top notch stuff here that is not to be missed.
Monog Records gets ready to celebrate 5 years of music, and to mark this tremendous milestone we have put together some of its finest moments, all wrapped up in a tasty package filled with deep grooving house and techno. From the outset Monog’s goal was as simple as can be, to make quality music without focusing on the genre or style, this still rings true today. In September 2015 the label reached its 50th quality cut and the future looks good for another half century with head honcho Joal at the helm. 5 Years Side-By-Side features track and remixes from talented artists including Dominic Smith, Luis Bravo, Kruno Kereta, Eat Dust, HedUbble, Jazzman Wax, Iban Montoro, E-Klash, Alan Castro, Tito Ferreira, Oliver Maier, Roland’Sousa and of course Joal. Come and join us in our celebration with tracks that are guaranteed to get your party into full swing.
Bonzai & Friends’ second instalment is a celebration of 2 decades of music of one of the world’s most renowned, pioneering labels Bonzai Progressive – formerly Bonzai Trance Progressive. As we approach our 500th release we decided to create something that will go down in the history books and stand as a showcase to what we have become over the years. We’ve enlisted the talents of an army of top notch producers to help us along the way and these artists have been tasked to create 50 brand new tracks and remixes, tracks that will only be found on this exclusive celebration compilation. For more info about this release go to www.bonzaiandfriends.com
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Ruben Losada returns to Progrez with his superb three tracker – Mindtrap EP. His debut on Progrez came way back in October 2013 with, The Creatures Of The Tenth Planet. Since then he has seen a very impressive list of releases across various labels including Something In The Sky on the Bonzai Progressive compilation- Club Trax Dark And Deep. Great to see this guy back and we hope we don’t have to wait so long for the next one.
Mindtrap is quite simply a rip roaring techno fuelled ride into oblivion. From start to finish we get blasted with a massive punchy kick and a slicing hi hat that sits over a deep, relentlessly pulsating bass that hooks you in for the duration. Sinister, haunting sounds lurk in the background but offer no respite to this driving solid groove. This one will definitely hit the peak time and serve as one huge climax to any floor.
Imposible Cubo De Rubik is up next and ramps up the tempo with a pacey techno offering. A nice big chunky kick sits perfectly perched on top as a double time hat rattles through to be joined soon after by a metallic offset hit that gets the rhythm moving nicely. A deep penetrating bass lurks in the low end and keep you firmly in its grasp right the way through. Cool one shot hits litter the sound adding a splash of colour to this purely black and white structure. Superb stuff that will definitely get the purists on board.
Pulsar offers up a deep and thoughtful trek into the techno sound, right from the off you get a real sense of deep as punchy kicks are met with reverberating bass that dominates the sound. Cool hats and an evolving drum construction give the track a sense of rhythm, but it’s that bass that rules the day. As the groove builds we find ourselves totally immersed in the sound without mercy. Backing up the offset bass we get a pulsating bass that sends the imagination into overdrive while various FX sweep through the background. An excellent display of techno construction that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Joyfull Family is made up of 3 like-minded Italian DJ’s and producers, Cristian Carpentieri, Guido Nemola and Chico Perulli. Ten years ago these guys got together to create underground tracks and house remixes. Their 2005 hit Da Breaker got plenty of airtime, notably through gaining top spot on various European charts including Pete Tong’s Essential Selection. They went on to remix for international stars like Corrina Joseph and Shawn Christopher as well as a remix for Cajmere and Dajae’s Brighter Days. After a hiatus of a few years the guys are back together and ready to go once more, something we are all looking forward to.
Wish delivers a superb tech house vibe right from the off as bubbling acid lines fade through behind a punchy kick and subtle hat arrangement. We get locked into this one with ease as those deep bassy tones mesmerise. Sharp claps and crispy hats give the track a boost and really set the rhythm loose a those acid lines start to open up into proper squelching 303 sounds. A very cool vocal lurks around and gives the track a nice house texture. The break reveals a surprisingly warm and rich chord structure that stands in stark contrast to those harsher acidic tones. An absolute stomper here that you will not want to miss.
Fresh opens up with a real cool kick and hat combi, the kicks offer a nice punch while those hats have a little rattle on the end that adds an extra weight to the sound. A superb dancing bass line comes through and takes full control of the groove forcing your feet to move and your booty shake. Warm chords bring in a smooth deep house flavour that leaves a wonderful aftertaste that makes you want more. Superb stuff perfect for those late night sessions.
Frankie intros with a classic chunky kick and crispy hat alongside some sharp rim shots and a slowly building drum arrangement. A nice flowing rhythm is born and we find ourselves totally hooked on the groove. Beautifully lush deep rooted pads fade in and takes us deeper into the groove as those tight drums continue to deliver the goods. Swirling pads and soft keys bring a sweet melodic flavour to the sound and on the break the lead synth just steals the show. Wonderful probing bass lines and inventive drum construction make this a must have track in your DJ toolbox.
Estonian DJ and producer Dmitri Lyssenko aka Jimmy Roqsta return to Green Martian to mark his full release debut with the superb Cold Breath. This guys is no stranger to Bonzai shores as he has appeared on various imprints on remix duties including Bonzai Progressive, Bonzai Basiks, AK-Tek Records and Bonzai Back Catalogue. His sound can be melodic, forward moving with a positive vibe and which has already featured on many other labels over the last number of years, labels such as Lost Language, Baroque, Deep Blue Eye, Incepto Music and more. He regularly guests on online radio shows including Pure FM and Proton Radio. Nice to see this guy return and hope to see more in the future.
Cold Breath opens with a wonderful haunting theme as slicing synths start to fade in and take control. A nice array of chunky beats and shuffling hats join in and deliver a solid rhythmic groove with a little help from a superb probing bass that chugs along driving the main body of the track. Those synths really have all the focus though as they cascade up and down the notes with expert filtering bringing them to life. The break brings back that haunting vibe with its droning basses and super cool plucks. Top notch stuff that will definitely do the job on the floors.
Space Donkey intros with a high end kick and fading arp melody that is joined by cool atmospherics that create a spacey, cosmic vibe in the sound. A fantastic pulsating bass starts its journey and dances along the groove with ease as those arps get beefed up to become a big focus. The break descends into a quieter affair with the bass continuing to throb in the background while superb bright synths do their thing. A real nice slice of progressive house with an upbeat vibe that will get the floors moving no doubt.
The ever impressive AudioStorm aka Ognjen Vukovic delivers his superb debut album – First Step which takes us on a wonderful journey into progressive sounds filled with melody and deep grooves. Podgorica, Montenegro based producer AudioStorm was fascinated by music from an early age and listened to many different bands including Pink Floyd, Joy Division, Depeche Mode and The Cure. During the 90’s he turned his attention to electronic dance music and began listening to a lot of progressive sounds from the likes of Deep Dish, Darren Emerson, John Digweed and Sasha to name just a few. Over the years this guy has proven hugely popular with releases on many top labels including Baroque, Mistique Music, Balkan Connection, OLD SQL and many more. His Bonzai relationship began with Oblivion EP which was quickly followed up by the very well received Seismic Activity. His sound is definitely reaching far and wide and he consistently rides high on various charts. We are delighted to present his first studio album and we have no doubt it will shake things up.
The album kicks off with a fine slice of melodic progressive house, Day in Penthouse gets into a nice smooth flow with chunky kicks and a rhythmic drum arrangement that leads up to a cool dancey bass line that has a rich warmth. Cascading synths and strings stutter across the sound as we approach a real cool melodic structure. The perfect opener to whet the appetite.
Supernatural delivers another cool melody driven yet slightly deeper progressive vibe. A solid groove is crafted with a tight drum section that sends out fine flowing rhythms alongside a chugging bass line that will definitely get the floors moving. The break brings in more melodic flavours delivering a magical setting before we head back into the main track for the duration.
Moon Safari takes a serious look at progressive house and the qualities shine through in this construction. A strong and solid beat carries us through the intro and reveals a fantastic bubbling bass line that dominates the groove. Percussive layers form up and keep a steady rhythm as cool synths start to fade through alongside some swirling atmospheric pads. A top notch cut that will be a go to tool in any set.
Hidden Door intros with a nice punchy kick and a subtle percussion that lies in the distance. Sweeping synth pads float across the sound in a teasing manner before a powerful pulsating bas shows up to take full control. Shimmering arps ride along the solid deep grooves of the track as we get totally hypnotised by the cacophony of sounds. A wonderful display of prog house that will definitely give any floor the gift of many dancing feet.
At the midway point of the album we are hit with a double header in Warm & Loud which comes in Day and Night mixes. As you’d expect AudioStorm pulls out all the stops once again as he takes us through a master class in constructing melodies and building grooves. The Day Mix has all of the above in abundance, the big hitter on this one are those intricate synth patterns that weave out a solid core of sound. The Night Mix ramps up the pace with a much more club friendly and deeper groove. We still get all the goodness of those superb melodies and a super tight drum arrangement but done in a way that puts the spotlight on the dancey elements from within the deep progressive groove. Take your pick with these ones, each one is a sure fire winner.
Crazy World intros with a punchy kick and slow, deep rooted bass that reverberates beautifully through the sound, cutting through those kicks with ease. Crispy sharp hi-hats start the percussion section off which layers up to become a super tight rhythmic section. Cool chords are scattered throughout the track alongside some expertly crafted sweeping FX. A classic styled 303 acid line fades in and becomes the big focus for the track and compliments the musical elements perfectly. Top notch stuff that will definitely be a favourite among many.
No Gravitation delivers a solid workout filled with deep progressive grooves that suck you in. At the forefront we have a distinctive bass sound that really hooks you in with its probing power. Smooth, rhythmic percussions and drums keep the track on course as the layers continue to build while quirky acid lines form up. Brilliant stuff that will turn a few heads for sure.
Rounding off the album we are presented with the outro Titanium which glitches into creation with an electrifying sound as beautiful, rich voices fade up. In contrast to those voices a sharp edged bass powers into the sound to come up against the softer sounds with a harder edge. What a perfect way to end this album than with a showcase of sublime sounds that bring out a real musical side to the artists performance. This album is not to be missed.
We’re delighted to present yet another Phi Phi progressive trip, this time around we get locked on to the sounds of Hiccup which comes backed up with a fantastic remix. Phi Phi’s last outing – Alone, scored very well indeed and gained top spots on many charts. DJ-ing still plays a huge part in this guys career and you never have to wait too long until his next gig. Hiccup intros with a tough kick that packs a nice big punch and carries a cool click on the top end. In the background a cacophony of percussions are let loose and help create a solid platform for the track. Dark, sinister vocals ring out and lead us up to the first short break before the track gets into full on mode with a strong probing offset bass line. That bass line really gets the groove into full swing alongside those expertly crafted drum patterns. The main break throws up a rich string that contrasts beautifully with the sinister vocal sound. A proper progressive monster that will definitely hit any floor hard.
Rise And Fall aka Russian based DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov turn up for remix duties and once again we are treated to some first class sounds from this guy. So far, along with his other persona Templ8, he has currently released tracks on labels like Bonzai Progressive, Monster Deep, Flux Delux (Recover), Clear Water Music, Pitch Music, Alien Technology, Aoses Recordings, Alien Technology Recordings, Green Martian and the mighty JOOF Recordings. Specialising in deep and techy high quality sound along with energetic and atmospheric grooves there can be no doubt that Anton will continue to garner huge support for a long time to come. This remix certainly gears towards his more energetic side with a driving bass line that forces your feet to move. A solid construction filled with punchy kicks and a tight drum section is the perfect fodder for the floors. On top of the bass we get a nice round of synths and FX that light up the groove beautifully. A simply stunning slice of progressive grooves you simply must have.
The impressive Glaswegian DJ and producer Mendexx returns with Deceptive Minds. We last got a glimpse of this guy’s talents on remix duty for Wild Guess’ Trysal 35 on Green Martian back in March 2015, as well as several appearances on various compilations. The Original mix settles into a solid progressive groove right from the off thanks to those punchy kicks and that deep pulsating bass line. Swirling FX cascade throughout the sound as striking synth keys cut through the low end frequencies. The break delivers more of those cool pads and FX before leading us back into the main groove for the duration. A simply fantastic slice of prog here that you will not want to miss.
Paul Kardos steps up to the plate with this superb remix that really goes deep into the progressive abyss. Hungarian producer Paul is fresh off the back of his last Bonzai outing – The Workout Song which was very well received indeed. No doubt we will be seeing much more from this guy in the near future so stay tuned. The remix intros with a real sense of depth as muffled kick are joined by a probing bass that lurks menacingly alongside a rising percussion arrangement. The track breaks loose as the kicks get beefed up to deliver a solid punch while that bass meanders through the sound. Cool vocals pop up and add fantastic textures to the groove and keep with the deepness of the sound beautifully. A real solid progressive mover here.
Altek is up next for remix duties and once again shows off his talents in style. Fresh from his 2nd Chance EP over at Green Martian, this guy really know how to turn on the progressive vibes. Here he delivers a superb progressive workout that hits the sweet spot right from the off as distant voices provide the backdrop to a tight drum arrangement alongside a deep rolling bass line. Cool synths find their way through the low end sounds to give off a sharp contrasting groove that will definitely keep the floors occupied. Big noisy FX and spiralling sweeps litter the track and add a real cool texture to the sound. Spacey, hypnotic grooves that are a definite must have.