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Drop Of Sound are made up of two like-minded Italian artists Anthony and Andrea. The guys got together in 2011 and realised they had the same musical tastes which led them to start producing together. They draw influences from the sounds of Chicago and Detroit which is evident in their superb recordings. Here they make their Piston debut with the wonderful three track Hey Man EP.
First up is the title track Hey Man which sets off with a percussion led intro and a huge punchy kick with cool vocal samples that add a cool old school vibe. A bouncy bassline comes through and takes the track right onto the floor with groovy rhythms and tight arrangements. The vocals become a big focus with smooth deep house synths adding that smooth touch. Brilliantly crafted track that will be a big hitter on many floors.
Solid Groove is up next and is the perfect description for this sound. Big pounding kicks and crispy sharp percussions set the scene beautifully for this groove. The bass rises up from deep within the sound and throbs right through the groove as very cool FX come in alongside a fantastic synth riff. Instantly recognisable vocal samples add that classic touch which will definitely see this track hit the floors hard.
In Da Houz intros with some very cool percussions that get the rhythms flowing with the help of a chunky kick and some classic vocal samples. The bassline walks through the sound leaving a groovy ass shaking aftertaste that will keep the floors moving. Cool house synths pop up now and then and bring an old school vibe with them which works beautifully with the vocals. Top notch cut from the guys that is not to be missed.
TK Anderson joins the Bonzai Basiks stable with the superb two tracker Motu. TK has seen releases across various labels over the last couple of years and he likes to take things into experimental realms using Techno, Deep House and Minimal as his guides. A welcome addition to the label with exciting times ahead for sure.
First up we go right into the industrialised sounds of Motu. A huge thumping kick dominates the track throughout with a wide variety of tightly arranged percussions over the top. These sounds dish out that minimalist feel as metallic clangs and eerie FX whip up a techno frenzy. Superbly crafted from start to finish this track will be a must for those darkened rooms.
Analog Devil intros with a punchy kick to the backdrop of some very cool FX and a sweeping pad which contrasts beautifully with techno edge on the sound. A deep reverberating bass lurks below as spacey sounds fly through. A sinister sounding vocal pops up as the track settles into a relentless techno groove that is filled with classic analog sounds. A beautifully textured slice that will appeal to many no doubt.
The ever impressive and always on target Manu Riga is back with Shadow Of Life. Manu remains a firm favourite at Bonzai and has done for the last few years. A highly reliable remix artist when called upon and consistent in his quality delivery. This new effort just proves yet again the skills on offer and comes backed up with four superb remixes. Settle in for deep charged progressive vibes you will not want to miss.
The Original Mix sets us off into this hugely anticipated journey into prog as punchy kicks are met with crisp offset hats. The basses begin to form up in layers with an arp bass showing first getting the groove moving beautifully. Deep droning basses soon make their way in making for the perfect platform for the subtle ethically charge undertones. Contrasting melodies float throughout the sound with cool synth arps and distinctively ethnic voices. The break delves into this world beautifully before we are thrust back to the main sound and onward with our ride into deep prog, just brilliant.
Nico Parisi is up first on the remix with his In Search Of The Morning Remix. The title of his remix is taken from his monthly Podcast of the same name where Nico showcases top tracks in the mix. Recently we have seen his own latest works Napoli By Night get a release support coming through thick and fast. Here the intro goes right for the jugular as tight punchy kicks are joined by pulsating deep bass. Percussions begin to show building up a cool rhythmic vibe as sweeping pads wash over the sound beautifully creating dreamy melodic flavours. The break offers some cool percussive sounds laden with effects alongside distant voices and takes us back into the main groove for the duration. An epic deep progressive slice from Nico as you would expect, not to be missed.
Ben Solar is up to the remix desk next with his effort. Ben is fresh from a superb remix on Steve Sai’s Stardust which came soon after his debut Big & Small EP. Here he takes us on a winding journey deep into progressive bedrock. The intro boasts a round of smooth percussions that are soon joined by a cool kick with a myriad of FX adding very cool textures to the sound. A deep bass plunders through the sound beautifully sitting back just enough to allow the higher frequencies to shine. A very percussion heavy ride ensues in this super tight arrangement with classic stabs popping up throughout. Subtle yet driving deep progressive house that would be a welcome cut in any set.
Italian DJ and producer Mark Found delivers a fresh sounding remix filled with all the goodness of true progressive house. Mark recently debuted with Sagittarius on BP and with his Duluth moniker on Green Martian, with both tracks getting much support from all over. The remix here intros with a nice and chunky kick and a tightly arranged percussion section. A brilliantly crafted synth arp builds us up to a powerful driving bass that sits perfectly in the sound. The arps and additional synth work produce cool melodies that captivate for the duration. The break reveals a beautifully crafted sequence that will allow your mind to drift before getting pushed right back into the main groove. A top notch remix from Mark and a must have track for sure.
Phil Taylor aka Philthy Chit returns to remix duty after his very well received remix on Nico Parisi and Gai Barone’s Perla as well as his own Confabulate back in July this year. The intro gives off a monster kick that punches you right in the chest as it pounds out its groove. A cool, deep bass oozes progressive flavour as ethic voices sweep across the sound drawing you into their lull. An infectious arp sequence brings a subtle enthralling melody which dominates the break wonderfully. After the break the track settles in for an epic ride with many fantastic soundscapes along the way. A truly thought inducing piece that will keep dragging you back for more, superb stuff.
Chris Harris makes his full debut on Bonzai with the superb What’s Left Of Them and is fresh off the back of his debut remix on Nico Parisi’s Napoli By Night. Chris comes to Bonzai with 20 years experience within the music industry. He started his music career in 1992 as a bass player in a local band before turning his hand to DJing in 1994. As a DJ he was known for playing all genres of dance music from House to Happy Hardcore at clubs, various private parties and events but always had a love of Trance and Progressive. He soon got the writing and producing bug and had his first release on Transport Digital with Lost In The East. We are excited to have Chris on board and look forward to tapping into his vast experiences.
The Original Mix intros with a wonderful thick kick and a pulsating bass that oozes energy and drive. Percussions slowly make their way into the sound as a distant arp rises up in the background. Teasing melodies wander in and out and take us up to the break where a fantastic riff takes hold before we are thrust back into the full driving force of this energetic progressive monster. Top notch debut and a track that is not to be missed.
Canadian DJ and producer Onez!e is up first to the remix plate with his superb offering.
Onez!e recently showed his skills on his debut Green Martian release with This Is Dream. Here he applies those skills again with impressive results. Smooth muted kicks lead the intro as a far off synth catches up. Crispy hats bring the percussions into the fray before the kicks are given a huge punch. The track breaks briefly and soon comes back with a fantastic warm bass that walks across the sound beautifully. The track settles into a driving progressive groove with that bass taking full control as perfectly measured melodic riffs add a hypnotic edge to the track. Big hitter for sure which will turn a few heads.
Italian DJ and producer Matteo Monero is next up on the remix. Matteo is a stalwart in the progressive scene having appeared on top labels. We last saw Matteo on remix duty for Audio Noir’s Revelation back in 2013, good to have him back at the controls. Here the remix sets off with a cool atmospheric vibe as dulled metallic clanks join forces with smooth percussions. Nice and chunky kicks are added giving the track a driving surge. The bassline soon commands as it resonates right throughout the sound with a beautiful lush undertone. High quality FX work adds cool textures and upholds that atmospheric vibe. Deep and dark grooves with subtle melodic flavours that will have any floor pumping.
S!LK debuts on Piston with his three tracker Argo’s Lullaby. Italian born but raised in USA and South America S!LK has carved out a name for himself among his peers with superb releases across many labels. When DJing he likes to keep things interesting while mixing up genres and keeping the floor pumping. In producing he adds atmospherics in unlikely places with top results and it is this type of workmanship that gains lots of respect.
First up we have the deep Argo’s Lullaby with its smooth intro boasting a low end kick and layered percussions building effortlessly. Nice and tight arrangements which give off a rhythmic vibe as cool FX add textures in the background. A subtle intensity builds in the sound as we head to the break where wonderfully layered sounds create a stunning atmosphere with a groovy edge. Great stuff that will do well in those deeper loosened up sets.
Mutafuka Say is up next and gets right into the groove as chunky kicks are contrasted with crispy hats and tight drum patterns. Deep chords provide a solid groove and sit perfectly in the sound. Vocal samples add a very cool dynamic and come to the fore on the break with great effect. After the break we settle into a relentless hypnotic groove for the duration. Top notch stuff and not to be missed.
Red Pill intros with a cool percussion arrangement before punchy kicks take over with a smooth vocal sample in the background. Deep house synths take us up to a super groovy bassline that gives the track a dancey vibe. Expertly crafted drum patterns keep the rhythms flowing as those synths dominate the track. Superb cut from S!LK that will no doubt turn a few heads.
Russian producer EmLab delivers his next Green Martian outing with the two tracker Carnatic EP. We last saw him with his debut track Sirenes and more recently on remix duties for Onz!e’s This Is Dream.
First up we have the title track Carnatic with its nice punchy kick led intro with subtle percussive elements in the background. Cool rising FX take us into a bass arp with hair raising note changes as melodies sweep across the sound. The break unleashes a beautifully serene setting as wispy pads ebb and flow. A wonderfully rich plucked melody captivates as it leads us back into that infectious bassline. Top quality stuff yet again that will have you hooked throughout.
Lip Service sets off with a cool low end kick that gets you right in the gut as percussions ease their way into the sound. A short break brings with it a smooth droning bass that meanders through the groove as sharp synth hits rise and fall. A nice steady groove is born and takes us to the break where a slightly darker tone is adopted. Deep bass synths are contrasted with brighter pads resulting in a melancholic flavour. Superb FX bring lots of different textures before getting back to the main track to continue our journey through this wonderfully hypnotic slice of progressive bliss.
Bonzai Progressive joins #BeatportDecade celebrations with this Progressive House compilation featuring original tracks and remixes by Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Manu Riga, Cid Inc., Nico Parisi, Inkfish, Phi Phi, Rise And Fall, Audio Noir, Gai Barone, Relaunch, Solar Fields, Moshic, Philthy Chit and Matan Caspi.
Tallinn’s finest are back with their long awaited follow up to The Crown with You Know Why on Bonzai Progressive. November 2013 was their last full release but they have been very busy indeed with remix duties for Phi Phi & Airwave, Ecco, Cordoba and Matan Caspi. The original gets a rework from four of Bonzai’s top remixers to satisfy our progressive addictions.
The Original Mix intros with a cool round of percussions before a nice punchy kick joins the fun as vocal samples come through. A deep and laidback bass provides the perfect platform for the progressive house vibes to flourish here and are matched beautifully with a flowing rhythmic percussion section. Cool housey stabs come through as a more progressive inspired synth makes the rounds. The break reveals a bright melodic string that adds lush tones to the vibe. Top notch effort yet again from Zas and Sanze.
Top Bonzai artist Nico Parisi is up first to remix and what a fine job he does yet again. Nico as usual remains a very busy guy in the studio and on the road gigging. His latest remix for Matan Caspi has been performing very well indeed and his newest track Napoli By Night will no doubt follow suit. Here Nico turns up the progressive dial a few notches with a nice deep grooving track. The original elements are well represented with the bass walking along beautifully as big chunky kicks dominate the sound. The vocal samples come through perfectly and add to the darker tones. On the break we see wonderful contrasts as the strings pitch above the deeper vibe resulting in a must have cut for those late night sessions.
Crocy is next up for his remix and again we see top quality delivery for a top quality artist. Recently we were treated to his own latest cut, a reworking of Recht, as well as remixes for Nico Parisi and Steve Sai. The remix here intros with a nice and bright crispy hat and sharp clap combi with vocal samples coming in. The punchy kicks give way to a brilliantly crafted bassline that filters into a superb grooving house vibe as the synths dish out their subtle melodies. A super tight arrangement with a huge dancefloor appeal that will no doubt feature among many.
Jakhira delivers a top notch remix as you’d expect with his trademark house elements shining through beautifully. Right from the off you know you’re in for a good time as crispy percussions form up a solid rhythmic base. Well rounded, punchy kicks are joined by a groovy chord riff that will get the dancing feet moving easily. A cool plucky bassline keeps the groove flowing brilliantly as the layers continue to build with the addition of classy synth stabs. The break unleashes a fantastic deep bass pad as the synths continue their journey with the addition of some funky keys to shake things up a bit. Superb stuff from this Jakhira as always and no doubt this will feature heavily in many sets.
Rion Oidua rounds off this stunning remix pack with his own stunning cut. Since October 2013 Rion has featured on many remix rosters across various labels within the Bonzai realm, and each time he always surpasses expectations with quality work. This time around we see his progressive traits shine through as the track intros with a classic kick and hat combi that will always get feet moving. A deep and moody synth is joined by cool vocal samples and leads us up to a fantastic stand out plucked bass that just sits perfectly in the track. Cool house vibes come off the synths and pad chords as a smooth string melody eases in. The break lets loose with big stabby synth chords that take the track on a bit of an oldskool tangent with stunning results before settling back into this solid progressive house groove. A definite must have.
Orquesm debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the stunning three track DragOn. Orquesm are a Dutch DJ and producer duo aka Jeffrey Bakker & Michael Ulrich. They started out in the nineties playing at some of the biggest nights in the Netherlands including Waakzaamheid club and Renaissance. Their style varies depending on what they feel like producing, and to date they have a very impressive list of releases to their name. We are delighted to have the guys on board here at Bonzai and are excited about the times ahead.
The title track DragOn gets us going with a cool punchy kick with a rich string ebbing and flowing in the background. The first break introduces some very cool FX and a short vocal sample before getting right into full on mode as the deep seeded bass works its magic. Intensity builds as the synths embark on their hypnotic journey culminating with some stunning understated riffs. A myriad of FX go off in the background add beautifully woven layers and textures. The main break brings unleashes a seemingly haphazard synth display that adds so much weight to the sound. A brilliantly crafted progressive workout that is not to be missed.
Flooding intros with a filtered kick and bass combi that just teases us as it makes its way towards a wonderfully rich and energetic arrangement. The kicks are transformed into a big punchy hitters as the lush rolling bass generates energy. Multiple FX bring cool textures to the sound and before you know it you’re locked right into its stunning groove. This merciless journey is further enhance with the introduction of a superb sub bass that weaves in and out of different acid phases giving off a stomping driving groove. Top notch stuff.
Spoeling sets off with a cool percussion arrangement with various layers building the sound up nicely. A deep and dark bassline soon commands the tracks direction as phat kicks dish out a cool breaks groove. Bright synths and pads provide smooth melodic sequences on the break and are in perfect contrast to the darker tones of the track, resulting in a very dynamic sound that will no doubt appeal to many.
Italian DJ and producer duo Davide and Michele Di Chiara aka Di Chiara Brothers debut on Piston with the two track Come With Us EP. The guys have been DJing together for quite a while and in 2010 they got into producing. Since then they have notched up a hugely impressive back catalogue featuring on many labels with a focus mainly on Deep and Tech House.
Come With Us intros with a smooth percussion arrangement and is joined soon after by a nice chunky kick and a bass that walks through the groove beautifully. More percussive layers are added and create a nice flowing rhythmic vibe while the filters take the sound to near silence. A cool vocal arrives adding a wonderful character to the sound before we are slammed right back into a deep tech fuelled ride. A truly relentless monster that will light up any floor.
I Understood brings a fresh wave of deep tech house. Percussion heavy arrangements will get those asses shakin in no time as a nice phat kick thumps out the deeper elements. The bass takes shape with long notes dishing out perfectly pitched lower end frequencies. The big hitter here are the vocal samples which dominate throughout as classic snippets are instantly recognisable. Big pumping dancefloor tune which will be a feature in many sets no doubt.