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Nico solidifies his return after a short break as he delivers the deep progressive grooves of his two tracker Forty Jokers. Fresh off the back of his remix on Dark Soul Project & Mathov featuring Fe Malefiz’s We Are Not Alone, we are certain that we will be seeing a lot more from this guy. He remains a very popular figure around the Bonzai office and he always pushes himself to come up with only the best quality work. As the summer approaches you will be seeing Nico pop up at some of the many festivals that will be happening across Belgium and beyond. Stay tuned for more because there is still a long way to go in 2015.
Forty Jokers intros with a nice big chunky kick that packs a big punch alongside a hypnotic synth line and is soon joined by a meandering bass that locks the groove into its progressive flow. Nico probes right into the deeper side of prog as that synth line mesmerises the senses. On the break it dominates as a subtle melodic sequence is introduced before we get thrust right back into the main groove. A real mover here that will no doubt get the floors rocking.
Settimana sets off with a cool punchy kick and a steady building drum arrangement to the backdrop of an echoing synth note. A driving bassline bubbles up from the depths and takes us right into the heart of a deep prog groove. The track builds and builds and we find ourselves lost in the sound as rich strings create an intense vibe. On the break the track delves into a sublime sequence of sweeping synths before rising back into the main groove for the duration. A wonderfully epic ride into a top notch solid groove from Nico that is not to be missed.
Brazilian DJ and producer Manni aka DJ Vanni debuts with the superb Could You Be on Bonzai Progressive. Manni is somewhat of a veteran on the scene having started his music career back in 1985 when he was producing radio shows for stations in Sao Paulo. He set up his own recording studio and in 1996 he joined forces with DJ Mau Mau, Marcel SK and keyboardist Franco Jr. to create M4J, one of the first electronic music live acts from Brazil. Since then their tracks have went on to feature in many sets from top world renowned jocks. An exciting time to have this guy on board, stay tuned for more.
Could You Be takes us on a journey into the deeper more groovier side of house. Punchy kicks and expertly crafted hat and drum sequences set the rhythms flowing and get the heads nodding. Cool chord stabs provide a solid hook as a superb electro styled bassline comes though. The track settles into its groove after a short break and reveals many different layers featuring cool vocals and a series of funky sounds. The break strips back those layers lets the myriad of sounds take over before the dominant stabs come back to take control. A real smooth slice of house here that will be a welcome addition in many sets.
I Am Free intros with a cool tough and edgy sequence consisting of chunky kicks and a deep bass sound that fades up from the deeper recesses of the groove. The rhythm builds as cool drum patterns emerge and will no doubt get the feet shuffling with the help of a brilliant dancing bassline that probes through the layers. The break lets loose with some very cool synths that sweep through to the backdrop of some top quality FX before we get hauled back into the main sound for the duration. Deep and dirty grooves for the floors that will not disappoint.
First time appearance on Piston for Irish DJ and producer Cerillo with the deep fuelled two tracker Hold Tight. Cerillo has made quite a name for himself in the last few years with signings to various labels including Waldliebe Familien, Centric Music and Natural Rhythm Berlin. His tracks have gained much support among many DJ’s and radio shows such as B.Traits BBC Radio 1, David Moreno Ibiza Global Radio, wAFF, Marco Carola, Ibiza Voice, Robert Owens, Solomun, Steve Lawler, Defected Residents, Robert Dietz, Flashmob, Loco Dice, DJ Sneak, Chus, Dave Seaman, Horatio, Sam Divine & many more.
Hold Tight gives good instructions as you will need to buckle in for a turbulent ride into deep and moving grooves. Muted kicks are joined by a bright hats section and build the rhythm smoothly as we are led into a very cool warm bass that walks across the sound beautifully. Big chunky kicks soon follow and pound your core mercilessly as that bass takes control. Stretched vocals bring an air of chaos on the break before crashing back into the main sound and that outstanding tight drum arrangement. Definitely a big floor hitter here that you will not want to miss.
Ghettoblaster gets right up in your face with a tough jagged edged kick and sharp hat combi as cool vocal sounds begin to fade through. A warm plucked bass brings the groove into the deep zone and layers continue to build. The drum patterns give off an urban style groove as the raw power of the track is unleashed. The break is a maelstrom of rolling drums and percussions that is only broken with a brilliant, instantly recognisable classic vocal. Top notch cut that will definitely turn a few heads.
Madball debuts on Basiks with the dirty tech house grooves of People Commence which comes in original and instrumental flavours.People Commence will eat you up and spit you out with its tough techy edges that scream dirty house vibes. Punchy kicks and crispy hats keep the rhythmic element in full flow as gritty synths with an oldskool vibe wreak havoc. A deep bass shores up the groove alongside a dark and sinister vocal that chills to the bone with a little help from some cool eerie background sounds. The break unleashes more of that top notch vocal and takes us to the climax where we get slammed right back into this dirty groove. A definite floor monster here that will be a big draw among many no doubt.
The Instrumental Mix strips out the vocal from the main body of the track and leaves us with a superb driving slice of tech house with top notch oldskool flavours.
UK based DJ and producer Edwin Van Cleef debuts on Green Martian with the stunning three tracker Choral EP. Hailed as an amazing talent by reputed dance music magazine MixMag, Edwin brings his lush, cosmic house grooves to the masses. His first release Never Be Alone At Night was well received all over and gained airplay on the mighty BBC Radio 1. Delighted to have him on board and we are excited for more in the future.
Choral intros with a smooth arp that pans across the speakers creating a spacious vibe. Nice chunky kicks soon join as a tight drum arrangement comes through bringing a cool flowing rhythm. Sweeping voices cascade all around the groove as a warm bass synth adds a great depth to the multi layered textures. We settle into a wonderful house groove with floating melodies and stunning FX. On the break a beautifully constructed melodic sequence takes over before we get slammed back into this solid mover for the duration. A superb debut from Edwin and one that will definitely get the floors buzzing.
Next up we have Believe which sets off with a subtle kick distant arp that carves out a cool melodic phrase. Crispy hats bring a rhythmic flow as sweeping voices span the spectrum. The bassline really sets the track alight with its acidic flavour and marries beautifully with the brighter elements. The break digs deeper as a warm low end bass makes its mark and is complimented with an awesome array of synth notes that takes us back into the main groove. Smooth and hypnotic cosmic vibes that will turn a few heads no doubt.
Give You Love takes us on a trek into straight up pumping prog house grooves. The intro lulls us in with its subtle mix of punchy kicks and shuffling hats before a monster low end bass drone creeps in and hooks you right into its solid groove. An absolutely stunning vocal runs throughout the track and brings that pure house feeling. On the break a cacophony of synth arps create a blistering sequence of melodies that blend perfectly alongside the vocal. A real mover here that has got peak time written all over it.
Up next at Monog we welcome back Croatian DJ and producer Kruno Kereta with the fantastic Ball & Chain EP. His last outing, Disquiet proved popular among the minimalists and we have no doubt that this new cut will not disappoint.
The Original Mix intros with a classic kick that packs a punchy as gritty synths lurk in the background. The synths carve out a deep rooted groove that works its way into your brain. Subtle hats and an ever evolving percussion arrangement build up a steady flowing rhythm as a raw bass creeps through. The track takes on a very hypnotic flow that will keep those feet dancing no doubt.
Portuguese DJ and producer Luis Bravo also returns with another of his sublime remixes. This time around we have his Chained Remix and yet again he delivers the goods. A pioneer on the Portuguese Techno front, Luis brings his own unique style that gains great support from many quarters. The remix here sets off with a subtle intro as an etching synth effect lulls the brain. A nice and chunky kick comes through alongside a crispy hat and the rhythm starts to build smoothly. The synths gather pace and take on many guises while a soft, warm bass meanders through the sound. A real solid grooving deep track that is a definite must have.
Rounding up this superb EP we get drawn deeper into the groove with Hassle. A sublime intro filled with a punchy kick and a wonderful, spacious synth that pans from left to right and gives off a futuristic vibe. Classic styled percussions keep the rhythm in check and add to the tech flavour of the sound. The synths continue to layer up creating a kaleidoscope of colourful sounds alongside a cool vocal one shot. Such an epic ride that will be a welcome addition in many sets for sure.
Our Club Traxx saga continues as volume 14 takes us on a trek into Progressive House with 20 of the finest cuts around. With our flagship label Bonzai Progresssive at the helm, we have also included tracks from other top labels including Green Snake, Kunai and Mistique Music. On each volume we meticulously select only the very best grooves for your listening pleasure. This time around, tracks and remixes come from Phi Phi, Airwave, Audio Noir, Loquai, Samotarev, Manu Riga, Yuriy From Russia, Napalm & D-Phrag, Michael & Levan & Stiven Rivic, Dark Soul Project, Mathov, Pad One, A-Drex, Thorin, Deuzler, Quadran, Inkfish, Mendexx, Max Magnum, Diego Poblets, Alfonso Muchacho, A.R.E.S., Steroteric, Audioflakes, Jakhira, Wild Guess, JWM, Monojoke, DJ Fire, CJ Art, Greenage, Simos Tagias and Billy Alex. Get these into your collection and provide the perfect remedy for all your progressive house needs.
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Debut appearance on Bonzai Progressive for Ewan Rill & Casper with the sublime Vacuum EP. The guys have a history together having released tracks in 2013 and 2014 on Stripped Digital and Balkan Connection. As solo artists they both have an extensive back catalogue with support coming in from all angles. Great to see them on board and hopefully much more to come.
Vacuum intros with a real nice punchy kick that is soon joined by some shuffling hats and percussions to get the rhythm into full swing. An energetic bassline soon pops up from the depths and we settle in for a journey deep into progressive grooves. A well constructed array of FX refine the edges of the sound beautifully as various synth riffs take hold. Top notch stuff here that will definitely get the attention of many.
Next up we have A Little Word from Ewan Rill which intros with a smooth kick that packs a nice punch. The track gets a rhythmic flow with a little help from a very cool hat and tight drum arrangement. The deep probing bass sits perfectly at the low end as the track gathers pace. Various synth sounds layer up and lead to a sublime string sequence that gives off an almost euphoric vibe while keeping a hold firmly in the deeper textures of the sound. A real deep and gritty slice of prog that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Save Me is the next solo track from Ewan and sets out with a cool punchy kick and complex drum arrangement. Crispy hats and sharp claps soon follow and we get locked into a proper dancey groove. Out of the blue, a deep throbbing bass is blasted into our faces and really takes over the sound with a dominant force. A gritty, rising and falling synth sequence is unleashed that filters brilliantly up to the break where we get treated to some very cool drum patterns before we get slapped right in the face with the main groove. A deeper, darker and more tech orientated slice of progressive that will get feet on floors no doubt.