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SRUR stalwart Ozan Kanik delivers his next slice of pounding Techno with the superb Back Ally Rally. Last time around we got a dousing of bass driven Techno with Adults Only which was very well received. Aside from that there was a lot of activity on the remix front with a monster remix on Oz Romita’s revamped Idiots. Back Ally Rally comes packed to the hilt with no less than four top notch remixes as well as the original.
The Original Mix is a heavy hitter with pounding kicks and a throbbing bass that lurks in the rear while crispy open hats fill up the higher frequencies with a very cool release giving a nice aftertaste. A sinister sounding pad remains a constant throughout the track and adds a lot of depth to the sound alongside some super cool vocals that stand out brilliantly. A proper slice of pounding Techno grooves that will definitely be a go to track in your collection.
Canadian DJ and producer D-Unity debuts on SRUR with a stunning remix. With releases on various top quality labels like Universal Music, Toolroom, Yoshitoshi, Great Stuff, Stereo Productions, Ultra and Armada, and his own Beat Therapy Records we know we’re in for a stomping good time. He’s also played at various gigs all over the world where he delivers his own unique style through solid DJ sets, great to have him on board here. The remix certainly ramps up the groove with a tough, in your face pumping kick drum that really hits the mid-rift with great force. The bass is perfectly tweaked to merge beautifully with those kicks and the two together really will shale the bins no doubt. A nice and tight drum arrangement provides a smooth rhythm to the track as a constant pad hangs about the background. Great use of the vocals that work so well with the sound here making this a must have track for peak time madness.
Dutch DJ and producer Steve Mulder returns to SRUR with his brilliant remix. It’s been a while since Steve graced these shores, back in 2013 he featured on our ADE sampler with Matador. Since then he has racked up a raft of releases on various labels including Toolroom Records, Hi Tek Records, Mad Hatter Recordings and Tegno Records, great to see him back. On the remix we are taken down the rabbit hole of Techno. From punchy kicks to bright hats and solid bass to hypnotic chants, we enter into a maelstrom of noise that blends together so effortlessly. The vocals are used sparingly allowing the arrangement to churn out its sublime grooves. A superb slice of Techno that be right at home in the darker rooms.
Netherlands based Don Ruijgrok debuts on SRUR and what an entrance he makes with his remix. Don can boast a very impressive release count and his work has gained the support of many top jocks including Richie Hawtin, Sasha Carassi, Slam, Axel Karakasis, Piatto, Electric Rescue, Secret Cinema, D.A.V.E. The Drummer and Tom Hades. His works can be found on the labels like Capsula, Globox, Plastic Rules, High Definition Records, MBD, Selected Records, LCMTC, Phobiq, Respekt Recordings, Driving Forces and Akoom Records. Nice to have him on board with this one. Nice big thumping kicks get us on the move alongside a sharp hat. A deep reverberating bass swells up from below and drives a solid Techno groove into our brains. The vocal gets a hefty dose of delay which really enhances the character of the sound. Cascading arp riffs fill in the gaps and take us on a swirling hypnotic ride before spitting us out back into the driving groove. Outstanding track that is a definite must have.
Atesh K. Is another debutant here at SRUR and we are thrilled to have him on board. Atesh has a longstanding electronic music career which started back in the 90’s. Born in Cyprus he has always had an interest in music and began to DJ in the early 90’s. By 2002 he had his first release on Berlin based DJ Sets Records. Since then he has released on many other labels and his music gets regular support from Richie Hawtin, Alex Flatner and Marco Bailey to name just a few. The remix begins life as cool bass note with distant percussions fading through. A monster kick takes over alongside a wonderful probing, deep bass that gives off a cool retro feel. Super tight drum arrangements provide a solid rhythm that will definitely get the dancing feet going. As the vocal fade up the intensity builds in the groove as that bass just eats into your brain forcing you to surrender. The break throws up a fantastic display of effects on the vocals that give a surreal edge to the sound before slamming right back into the main groove for the duration. Superb stuff that is not to be missed.
After a sublime remix on Quadran’s, Animals Rebellion, Audio Noir kicks off 2015 with the superb Life, which comes packed with three awesome remixes as well as two original versions. 2014 was extremely busy for Australia’s hardest working producer, a studio album, multiple releases and a plethora of remixes have put this guys at the top of his game. So much more to come from down under so make sure you stay tuned.
The Vox On mix intros with a cool scratchy percussion arrangement that leads into a pounding kick and sharp hat combi. Swirling strings bring a surreal feeling to the track with a melodic flavour that draws you in. The track breaks to reveal a stunning female vocal full of melancholy and the perfect contrast to the high pitched strings before descending into a deeper, darker progressive groove with the addition of a bubbling bass that adds a wonderfully warm texture to the sound. Excellent stuff yet again that will whet the appetite for those deep prog sets. Also, check out the Vox Off with the vocal stripped out to leave a sublime instrumental version.
First up on remix duties we have Alex Vidal with his deep and lush progressive grooves. Alex’s last outing, Pieces Of A Dream back in the last quarter of 2014 was very well received indeed with support coming in from all angles. Here he injects some fantastic prog vibes into the remix right from the off as a nice punchy kick is joined by crispy hats and a rolling bass that fades up beautifully to dominate the track. In the background pads form up and provide a wonderful atmosphere to the sound that fits perfectly with the darker tones. The bass is complimented by some very cool chord stabs that evolve throughout the track. On the break we get a glimpse of the vocal with its playful yet haunting feel. A true deep and hypnotic slice here that you will not want to miss.
The ever popular Yuriy From Russia is next up on the remix. In 2014 Yuriy churned out multiple remixes for Bonzai, including a remix on Audio Noir’s Almost Famous, that gained lots of attention and charted across many platforms. He also got showings on many compilations including Club Traxx Progressive House 13 and Bonzai & Friends Underground Progressive Collection among others. Here the track intros with a cool round of percussions that layer up into a smooth flowing rhythmic vibe. A deep and lush bass takes over the track and drives the groove beautifully into progressive utopia. Swirling pads litter the background and bring a melodic edge to the sound as the vocals tease their way through. The track builds nicely and those playful vocals really add great character. The bass develops into a groovy mover as various notes begin to cascade through. Another top notch effort from Yuriy that will be a welcome addition to any set.
Narel aka Nick Simmons rounds up this package with his Remix Parts 1 & 2. We last saw Narel on Green Martian with the outstanding The View At 2 AU. On top of that he also got an appearance on the chart topping Bonzai & Friends compilation. Great to see this guy back and we hope to see more of him in the future. The remix today comes in two parts, the intro brings a myriad of synths and strings that form intricate and colourful patterns. The track takes off with a fantastic punchy kick that really dominates and works perfectly with the mid range sounds. A somewhat laidback groove comes off the bass as it meanders through the sound working in tandem with the melodic flow of the track before it begins its rise with superb note changes. On the break we get drawn into a beautiful melodic sequence as cascading arps fade through and lead us into the second half of the remix which becomes a slightly more upbeat affair. The vocal sweeps through the sound throughout and brings with it a contrasting melancholy. A stunning journey into the progressive world from Narel making this a track you will not want to miss.
Veteran DJ and producer Quadran aka Philippe Van Mullem makes a welcome return with the fantastic Animals Rebellion which comes packed with two superb remixes. His last outing Rumour performed very well indeed with much support across the board. Since then his tracks have appeared on multiple compilations through various labels, including the 2012 stomper Vertigo which appears on the chart topping Bonzai & Friends mega pack. Delighted to see this man return and we look forward to more in the future.
First up is the Original Mix which sets out with an energetic intro filled with a rolling bassline and a nice punchy kick alongside crispy hats. The bassline gets you locked right into the groove as various sounds begin to filter through, creating a cool, colourful image. The track breaks to reveal an atmospheric pad that brings a sense of euphoria to the sound. The pads ebb and flow as a myriad of cascading arps shine through and give the track its hook. Quite a nostalgic sounding track here from a master of the original trance sound and well worth queuing up in those upbeat progressive sets.
The man from down under, Audio Noir, delivers Another Audio Noir Odyssey, and yet again we find ourselves totally locked into his tribalistic, futuristic vibes. 2014 proved to be extremely productive for this talented artist, he had his hand in multiple remixes as well as an exhaustive release schedule. On top of all that he had his debut album, Almost Famous see the light of day, and on the back of that we saw two volumes full of top class remixes from various tracks off the album. No doubt 2015 will be even bigger, we hope so. Here the remix intros with a cool glitchy sound which is soon joined by a tough edged bassline that fills the sound beautifully. A steady rhythm is formed with the addition of sharp hats, snappy claps and a tight tribal fuelled slapped drum arrangement. The intro gains intensity with a sudden burst of rich synth pads as distant kicks tease their way in, the track fades off to reveal a very cool spoken vocal before we slam right into the 4×4 beat we’ve been craving. The relentless bassline and the sub retro synths make for a truly hypnotic experience as the track settles in for the duration. The break hones in on those wonderfully sharp pads and takes us back into the main groove with ease. Another top quality slice, not to be missed.
Relaunch returns with another absolute stomper of a remix. His stunning sounds continue to garner great support from many around the world, as seen with his last release, Sleepwalking EP. A very much in-demand artist whose sounds span various labels and cover various genres with ease. His radioshow, Electronic Delight just recently passed its 50th episode and has an ever increasing fan base. Expect more from this guy in 2015. On the remix he holds no bounds as he unleashes the power of a strong and driving progressive groove on our senses. The intro crashes in with wonderful pads and sharp synth layers alongside solid beats and cool FX. The bassline lurks in the background with its deep drone allowing the myriad of mid range sounds time to play. The short break offers a respite before slamming right back into this full on prog monster of a tune. Perfect ammo for those late night sets.
The Balance Mix intros with a solid bass and kick combi that raises the energy levels right from the off. Shuffling hats give off a smooth rhythmic flow and blend perfectly with the deeper bass and punchy kicks. Big focus on the melodies with wispy pads that bring a richness to the sound, alongside a catchy note sequence. The synths are where it’s at here, big trance-like stabs with an infectious appeal that will definitely raise the roof at any venue. Top notch stuff and a definite must have.
Debut appearance on Piston for this trio of artists with the superb two tracker entitles Bozza Grezza EP. Qubiko is made up by DJ and producer duo Giuseppe and Andrea who got together in 2010 in an unlikely partnership. Since then they have racked up residencies in the likes of K.Lab and Monica as well as a vast array of releases on many labels including multiple remixes. These guys continue to make waves in the House scene and are definitely ones to watch. Fabio is an Italian DJ and producer who started out as a drummer and at the age of 23 he ventured into the DJing world securing residencies at many top venues. He has worked with a host of artists over the years and has a longstanding connection with Qubiko having collaborated with them over the years. A fine addition to the Piston stable, we hope to see more from these guys in the future.
Bozza Grezza gets right into a deep and dirty groove from the off with a cool, crispy hat and chunky kick combo alongside a tight percussion section. We get drawn into the rhythmic nature of the track as the expertly crafted drums become a big feature providing the groove beautifully. Brilliantly effected vocals come through and bring striking textures to the sound in their various forms. Superb stuff that will get any dancefloor rocking with its bouncy beats.
Inside intros with a high pitched string, muted kicks and an inviting open hat which leads up to a strong punchy kick that takes over beautifully. A big, brash dirty bassline soon enters the fray with its menacing groove that will get the booty shakin no doubt. Superbly tweaked vocals litter the sound throughout and give the track its character as late night grooving monster. Perfect fodder for the late night sessions, not to be missed.
Son Of Gabriela debuts on Eyepatch with this two track deep stomper entitled Just Be EP. Son Of Gabriela is the new moniker of Solartoff who has provided some top quality work on Eyepatch as well as superb remixes of various artists including Van Czar. He has also appeared on two of our compilations, Deep Worx 10 and My House Is Your House 10. No doubt we are in for a real treat with this new project and we hope to see more soon.
First up is the Analog Tape Vocal Mix of the outstanding Instantly. The intro features a beautifully constructed drum and percussion sequence that gets the deep vibes flowing nicely and is complimented by a soft kick that brings out the groovy rhythms. Intricate synth patterns caress the sound with warm tones and keep with the almost laidback nature of the track. An outstanding sultry female vocal runs throughout the track and becomes the main focus as the narrative unfolds giving the track a great character. Top notch stuff that is most definitely not to be missed.
The Sun intros with a warm synth pad that lulls you into its embrace with the help of a subtle percussion arrangement. Throbbing basses soon follow and takes us deep into the groove as sharp chord stabs litter the midrange. The track picks up a groovy persona with the introduction of various riffs on the keys while higher pitched strings float across the sound. A definite late night groover here that is the perfect tonic to wash away a hard days work.
As vinyl continues its steady rise we are pleased to present our next vinyl release, Bonzai Worx Volume 5. After the success of previous wax releases we trawled through our catalogue and came up with four of the hottest and grooviest cuts to get the etching treatment. Tracks from Van Czar featuring Sugar Love, Ecco, Sa.Du and Alfredo Mena as well as a remix from Manuel Palmitesta have all been selected this time for their diverse ranges. Expect deep, groovy, sultry, edgy, gritty and downright banging tracks on this limited pressing.
Sa.Du’s Imaging Your Self gives off deep and sultry sounds as a provocative female vocal swamps the vibe. Cool rhythms are formed out of a tight drum arrangement with punchy kicks and sharp hats. The bassline gels everything together brilliantly and on the break a female vocal comes to life with a huge diva-esque chorus, top notch production in effect.
Ecco’s Switch gets the remix treatment from Bonzai debutant Manuel Palmitesta. The track intros with a punchy kick and classic percussion set up with an in your face hypnotic siren styled synth note that dominates the sound. A very subtle yet effective bass sits in the rear and binds the track together beautifully. On the break a techy element filters into the sound as the percussions keep the groove flowing before we slam right back into full swing with an air raid siren for good measure. Top notch stuff.
Alfredo Mena gives us his track The Scrawl with its full on techno vibes. A deep throbbing sub bass is joined by cool clipped kicks and a superb percussion line followed up with crispy clear hats. Cool vocal samples give the track a darker feel and makes this a strong favourite for the darker rooms. A big feature in the track is the expertly arranged percussion section, tight and to the point as various rhythms filter through alongside a more energetic secondary bass and a continuous metallic perc hit.
Van Czar joins forces with Sugar Love on Love Trip which intros with a tough bass sound and an enticing sultry vocal. The track settles into a full on Techno groove with punchy kicks and super crisp hats alongside that gritty edged bass. The vocals continue to lull you into their lustful grasp and adds a real dynamic contrast to the sound. A real powerful Techno slice yet again from Van and no doubt this one will see a lot of playtime.
The dynamic duo from Tallinn is back with another stomping progressive house cut in the shape of The Preachers. Zas and Sanze have been at the forefront of Bonzai Progressive label for many years now and they never disappoint. 2014 saw multiple releases and remixes with great feedback coming from many quarters. The summer saw the release of You Know Why which was followed up by remixes for the likes of Dark Soul Project and Ecco, the guys also featured on the chart topping Bonzai & Friends Progressive Underground Collection which gained the number 1 spot over at Beatport in January 2015. The Preachers is backed up with two top notch remixes.
The Original Mix gets us going with a superb upbeat intro filled with chunky kicks, tight drums and a rising synth which is soon joined by crispy hats that get the rhythm flowing. The synths intensify with the addition of a wonderfully constructed voice effect before descending into a short break where the lush bassline takes over and dominates the sound. The main break throws up a very cool piano sequence alongside fantastic vocals that keep the house vibe alive before we get thrust back into the main track for the duration. A real prog house stomper here that you will definitely not want to miss.
The hugely talented Rishi K. is first up on remix duty. We last saw Rishi back in October 2014 with the widely regarded Black Ice and then soon after with an appearance on our Bonzai & Friends compilation. Rishi is also active on many other labels with a raft of releases covering various styles, always one to watch. On the remix Rishi gets right into house music mode with an absolute banging sound. The intro boasts the classic kick and hat combi with a sharp clap on the 2 and 4 as smooth house keys lurk around the background. The bassline plunders into the groove with its funky tones marrying perfectly with the outstanding vocal, all of which makes for a proper booty shakin experience. On the break we get a fantastic stabbing piano chord sequence that solidifies the groove beautifully. An absolute must have track that will fill floors easily.
Steve Sai is up next on the remix and he delivers the goods in his own unique style yet again. Steve’s track, Stardust saw a release during the Summer of 2014 and grabbed a lot of attention as expected. Recently he has made appearances on a few of our compilations including Bonzai & Friends, Afterhour Trax 14 and Club Traxx Deep & Dark 2. Much more to come from this guy so well worth looking out for. The remix intros with a cool pulsing bass and tight drum sequence with rising synths and short vocal hits. A nice and phat kick soon joins the party as the bassline comes to the fore with its bubbling grooves. A lot of attention is paid to the superbly crafted drum patterns that give the track a lot of rhythm which will get the floors moving no doubt. The break focuses in on the bass with wispy sounds accompanying the vocals and beautiful piano before we get thrust back into the main track for the duration. Top notch stuff from Steve and will no doubt turn a few heads.
Goa born and now living in Panaji, India, Greenage debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the stunning Lost Memories. For the past four years Greenage has been at the forefront of progressive vibes with his brand of quality productions. He has appeared on top labels such as Mystique Music, Elliptical Sun Recordings, Inception and Green House to name just a few. We are delighted to have him on board and can see exciting things for the future. Lost Memories comes with two outstanding remixes that are not to be missed.
The Original Mix gets us moving with its smoothed edges and flowing rhythms. The classic kick and hat styled intro leads us into a beautifully constructed progressive world. Tight beats are joined by a superbly warm bass that hits the spot with its deep lush vibes while a hypnotizing synth riff sits over the top alongside expertly placed FX. The groove intensifies with rich pads swelling up in the background as Eastern flavours begin to make an appearance. The break unleashes the full power of the melodies in the track and culminate with a beautiful string pluck before we get thrust back into the main groove. A real mover here that will grace many floors no doubt.
One of Bonzai’s undoubted top artists hits the remix desk for a journey into a pure progressive world. With an ever increasing workload and ongoing multiple projects, Manu Riga delivers his Night At Goa Remix and he is here to show how it’s done. In just the last few months he has churned out quality remixes for Samotarev, Chris Harris, Mendexx and JWM as well as his own tracks, including a reworking of his Bonzai debut Tai Chi Girl. His recent collab with Matt Holiday has resulted in an upcoming release this February, a brand new radio show and much more. A huge year for this guy is on the cards, well worth keeping an eye and ear on. On the intro we are met with crispy hats and sharp claps that blend perfectly with the punchy kicks on offer. A deep droning bass creates a dark atmosphere as various synths and other sounds fill the spectrum alongside expertly crafted FX sequences. Manu entrenches his tribalistic style into the sound with some brilliant drum patterns that marry up beautifully with the ever evolving bassline. Goa elements litter the sound with haunting Eastern voices fading in and out of the groove. A proper, driving slice of progressive that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Blufeld is up next with his Past Is Present Remix and he does not disappoint with his energetic offering. David (Blufeld) is somewhat of a Bonzai stalwart having been around the label since 2008, many tracks have been released across various Bonzai labels since then, including multiple albums. His last full release, Threlkeld gained much support as did his remixes for Alex Vidal and Digital Department, he also got featured on the chart topping Bonzai & Friends Underground Progressive Collection, which rose to the number 1 spot at Beatport. Recently he announced a 4th studio album and a slight change in his production style for 2015, watch this space. The remix intros with a cool drum sequence with sweeping FX splattered over the top, this leads to a short breakbeat groove before going full on 4×4 and picking up the pace. Energy levels rise as a strong synth line hits hard alongside a melodic arp and a wall of noise. The break unleashes the full melodic flavour of the track as the hook dishes out its trance-like vibe and then subtly relenting to bring the beats back to the progressive nature of the track. Superb stuff from Blufeld that will appeal to many across the board no doubt.
Italian DJ and producer, Kunda aka Marco Sven Minetti debuts on Piston with the superb Persiano EP. Since late 2013, releases on labels like Natura Viva, Innocent Music, ExpMental Records, Antura Records and Hang On Music have garnered much support from top jocks around the world. We’re delighted to have Kunda here at Piston and look forward to more in the future.
Persiano gets the EP moving with a solid intro filled with chunky beats and a nice and warm well rounded bass that will have asses shakin no doubt. Intricate percussions weave out a steady flowing rhythm as cool house styled vocals come through. Smooth keys slowly fade in and tease us with their groovy goodness before cutting back into the bassy grooves. A real nice slice of deep house with a sprinkling of tech you will not want to miss.
In Another World intros with an electro tech flavour as cool drum patterns will attest. A punchy kick is soon introduced alongside the plucky bassline that gives off that techy edge. The bassline transforms into a full on groovy mover as more notes are played in. In the background we get some very cool pads and keys bringing a funky twist to the sound. The break unleashes more of those synths and pads and give a much more intensive vibe, after the break a soulful vocal breaks out and is the icing on the cake for the fantastic offering.
The Manner Of The Bulls gives a very cool drum led intro as crackly breaks lead us up to a strong and powerful kick that takes over the sound. A distant bass begins to rise up through the sound and brings a smooth and groovy vibe with a nice bassy aftertaste. Tight drum patterns emerge and become the mainstay of the track with very cool FX work happening all around. Top notch stuff that will turn a few heads for sure.
Debut appearance on Green Martian for Dofamine with Zero, which comes backed up with two superb remixes. July 2014 saw Dofamine get a foothold on the scene with Warm on Stripped Digital with subsequent releases on Stripped Recordings and Inmost Records. Well worth keeping any eye on this rising talent.
On the Original Mix you can expect to get a helpful dosing of smooth grooves nicely packaged in a summery vibe. The intro brings a solid rhythmic flow as tight beats do their thing while a side-chained synth creates a warm texture through the sound. A deep bass drone beefs up the groove and takes us straight to the dancefloor for an ass shakin boogie. The track settles into a smooth progressive house groove leaves us wanting more, superb stuff.
One name that keeps cropping up on remix rosters is the veritable Kevin Vega. Known for his tight, professional remixes, we are delighted to see him around the Bonzai HQ once more. His last outing was back in March 2014 with Andromeda and since then he has been in great demand for remix duty. On top of all that, his track Consolidate featured on the chart topping Bonzai & Friends Underground Progressive Collection. The remix here strips down the original and injects that Vega magic which highlights the progressive elements so beautifully. A nice, restrained kick is joined by subtle percussions that make for a steady flowing rhythm. Simple and effective synth melodies start to ease into the sound as the bass bubbles up from below to add a warm touch to the sound. An infectious hook takes over and you find yourself locked into this pure progressive groove. The break zones in on the melodic flavours of the track before we are led right back into full on mode for the duration. Top notch yet again from Kevin.
Green Martian favourites Kindred Spirits hit the remix desk with another fine example of their progressive house brand. May 2014 saw their track Close Up get a great reception from many quarters. Here they bring the remix to life with a very cool percussion led intro that builds up to a nice punchy kick to get the groove on the move. A strong multi-layered bassline comes through as funky keys bring out beautiful textures. This leads up to a sweet piano overlay that is joined by sweeping, rich pads. The break digs deeper into the progressive abyss while keeping a firm grip on those cool house grooves. A definite must have track that will warm up the coldest winter days.