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Relaunch is back with his long awaited follow up to his Camis Minor EP with the superb Sleepwalking EP. Since then Maik has been very busy with remixes for the likes of Matan Caspi, Airwave & DJ Fire, Philthy Chit and Gai Barone as well as other projects. We are always excited when he delivers his cuts and this one will blow your mind.
First up we have Sleepwalking which takes us on a journey through the deep side of progressive. The intro boasts a beautiful display of deep sounds with throbbing basses and wonderful bright pads with a single kick that teases before pumping out a chunky 4×4 groove. Those arps and pads contrast brilliantly with a deep pulsating bassline that drives the track forward relentlessly. We can hear influences of Psy in there as the bassline produces acidic flavours that add so much texture to the sound. A merciless trek through the darker progressive sphere that will appeal to many for sure.
A State Of Full Consciousness intros with a massive punchy kick and sharp crispy percussions. The bassline gets going early on and brings a tough edge to the sound as it rolls through. An infectious groove ensues and as the layers build we are treated to some outstanding synths that propel the track to new heights. The break lets loose with the synths bringing melodies alongside a droning bass before we are thrust right back into the main groove. A huge pumping track that will light many floors.
The Original Mix of Night Train is up next and the intro takes no prisoners as it unleashes a myriad of pads and FX creating a brilliant soundscape. A plucky arp delivers a sweet melody before the track hits you right in the face with powerful kick and roaring bass combi. Wonderfully layered sounds and FX take the track forward with the bass as the main driving force. We get another taste of melodies on the break which are in stark contrast to the dark nature of the groove and then it’s back to full on mode in this fantastic dark progressive slice.
Lastly on this superb EP we have the Techno Edit of Night Train. We get the driving force from the original as those basses dominate the sound with the emphasis on the darker elements. Nice chunky kicks and a rhythmic percussions keep the groove moving as sweeping pads draw you in. A much more hypnotic affair and one that will gain a lot of attention for sure.
Leiden based duo Formel aka Tom Noah and Bas Van Der Laken debut on Piston with the superb The Magnificent Kaleidoscopa EP. The guys had met in strange circumstances, they were fighting over a bottle of Vodka backstage at a gig and from that they formed Formel. Since then they have forged a strong partnership and blended their respective styles, Bas having the more progressive sound and Tom having a more tech house style. They debuted in 2013 on Bla Bla Records and have played at top gigs and events across Europe. Well worth keeping an eye on this formidable pair.
We kick off this superb EP with the title track, The Magnificent Kaleidoscopa. The intro eases in with some cool percussions that have a hint of tribalism attached. A perfectly balanced thumping kick soon takes over with a super sweet pad and sultry vocal sitting in the background. The bassline is a wonderfully rich, full sound that warms the track beautifully as smooth synths add a colourful texture. A very smooth and upbeat slice that will be a feature in many sets for sure.
Popayan intros with a subtle percussion with distant melodic phrases fading in from the back. A strong punchy kick gets the track really moving with the help of crispy sharp hats and some brilliant FX. The bassline takes the sound that little bit further with its deep resonating pulses. Very smooth and groovy offering with beautifully layered sounds, top notch.
Prince Rupert sets off with a cool punchy kick as the percussions begin to form up to bring a steady, flowing rhythm. Lush chords bring a wonderful deep house groove to the sound which are filled with melodic flavours. The bassline brings a tough edge to the track which contrasts perfectly with much more upbeat main sound. The break reveals smooth pads that ebb and flow beautifully leading to some cool synth work before getting right back into the main groove for the duration, classy stuff that is not to be missed.
Cysxe aka Van Czar and Minitech Project aka Faroukh Hasham team up for the first time to deliver this stomping techno cut, Acid Planet EP. Cysxe is the darker, tougher side of Van’s techno style who we first got a glimpse of on Bouge back in 2012 and then more recently on Onofrio Conte’s Underground People. It has been a while since we seen Minitech Project on these shores, he has been busy with other works in the meantime but we are delighted to see him back. Time to buckle up for a ride deep into pure techno vibes.
The Original Mix of Acid Planet sets us off with its chunky, bass heavy kicks packing a huge punch that hits you square in the chest. The kicks produce a tough driving groove with the help of some intricate percussion patterns that create a flowing rhythm. The break throws up a darkly tribal, primitive drum sequence before leading us back to those pounding kicks. Superb stuff from these guys that will have those dark rooms bouncing.
Next up we have the Majed Remix of Acid Planet. Majed is returning to Bonzai after his debut alongside Van and their In Vino EP back in July this year. The remix intros with a smooth and crispy percussion before a nice punchy kick comes through and bringing that cool techno flavour along for the ride. The super smooth bass meanders through the track beautifully with its up and down motion, this works so perfectly with percussion driven nature of the sound and will no doubt appeal to many jocks, top notch yet again.
Deep Me features the vocal talents of Padhme who last featured on You And Me in 2013 and who remains mysteriously anonymous. The track intros with a sharp percussion arrangement that builds a steady flowing rhythm. Gut pounding bass heavy kicks soon join in and give that raw techno coating to the sound. Big focus on drums and percussions with cool fills and smooth filtering. The vocals add wonderful character as they bring a deep hypnotic groove which is the perfect combination for this purist sound.
Majed steps up to remix Deep Me and does a fantastic job. The intro hits hard with a deep pulsating kick stutter that is lit up by a cool drum section that fades through beautifully. The kicks filter out superbly to reveal a very electro fuelled breakbeat arrangement complete with snappy kicks and punchy snares. The break lets loose with a very cool synth riff that has that distinct metallic electro flavour. A brilliantly constructed slice of techno that is not to be missed.
Melbourne based Narel aka Nick Simmons returns to Green Martian with this stunning three tracker entitled ‘The View At 2 AU’. Nick is a veteran on the EDM scene with releases on some classic labels and remixing for top artists over many years. Most recently he delivered a solid remix on Blufeld’s ‘Huddlestone Arch’ as well as his own ‘The Machines Were Dreaming’ on LCD Recordings.
First up we have the superb ‘The View At 2 AU’ as it intros with subtle percussions alongside a warm rising pad and deep bass plucks. A monster kick soon takes control and the track is on its way. The grooves build steadily as those pads return as does the fantastic bubbling bass. The bass just oozes summer vibes and beautifully tweaked melodic sequences come through as the track evolves. On the break we see the melodies mature to the backdrop of a cool breaks pattern. The perfect fodder for the terraces this summer and definitely not to be missed.
Deepcry makes his Green Martian remix debut with his superb take on the original of The View At 2 AU. Deepcry has worked with many top artists over the years and has a string of releases on Morphosis Records. Here the remix intros with a nice punchy top heavy kick with a rising pad coming in from the back. The track gets into full swing with a superb driving bass that would have any floor jumping. A wonderfully melodic sequence plays out giving off a euphoric vibe that gets the goose bumps rising. A definite big hitter here that will keep the summer memories alive well into the Autumn and beyond.
‘Terminal Shock’ intros with a slowly fading in pad and subtle percussions. A cool, punchy kick joins in as bass notes begin to form. Nice and laidback progressive house grooves here that lock you in for the duration. The bass becomes much more prominent as its velvety texture lulls you into its groove. Subtle keys give off cool melodies as the FX in the background beautiful textures. After the break the track takes a very cool twist adding a grittier side to the sound. A must have track for the late night parties and will turn heads for sure.
Bonzai Progressive – ADE 2014 compilation comes with original tracks and remixes by Inkfish, Gai Barone, Moshic, Pole Folder, CP, Relaunch, Cid Inc., Chris Harris, Audio Noir, Cordoba, Yuriy From Russia, deepAlexander, Alex Vidal, Horizons, White Resonance, Hoova, Rise And Fall, Ben Solar, Manuel Palmitesta, Nico Parisi, Onofrio Conte, Tom Hades, Airwave, Audio Noir, Phi Phi, Rise And Fall, Philthy Chit, Quincy, Gai Barone, Relaunch, Nico Parisi, DJ Fire, Soft Knees, K-Fel, One Man Groove, Moshic, Chantola, Cotry, Crocy, Alex Vidal, Reflection Soul, Anurag Nandvanshi, Tfc, Alfonso Muchacho, Smart Wave, Mark Found, Apsara, Napalm, d-phrag, Mindgamers, Metronomes, Steve Sai, David R Maddocks, Beyond Beats, Ecco, Matan Caspi, Mykle Anthony, Hady Tarek, Iosupescu Lucian, Danny Murphy, Sa.Du, Chrono, Alfredo Mena, Moll, Fran Navaez, Antonio Citarella, Van Czar, Cihan Mareno, Petri Petro, Onofrio Conte and Ozan Kanik.
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Airwave continues his reign as progressive master to deliver another absolute stomper entitled Carre. His last outing with DJ Fire, Without Roots, is still enjoying high positions on various charts and playlists. DJing is still a big focus for Airwave and he is enjoying gigs and some very cool and exotic places so be sure to catch a glimpse if he comes your way. Backed up with two stunning remixes we are sure there is something for everyone here.
The Original Mix gives off a real deep progressive vibe which is evident right from the off as pounding kicks are joined by distant percussions and a deep droning bass sound. Various layers start to build and bring a steady flowing rhythm within a super tight arrangement. In perfect Airwave style you start to feel the intensity as pads begin to rise. Bright melodic flavours offer stark contrasts that work so well with darker elements. We end up locked in a beautifully constructed progressive groove and can only be described a simply sublime, top notch yet again and a definite must have.
Hailing out of Poland we have Monojoke up first on remix duty. This guy is a very much in demand artist due to his diverse range of skills which he utilises to deliver top quality every time he touches his own productions or remixes. He has seen a couple of remixes appear on our compilations in the past and we are delighted to see him grace these shores once more. The remix intros with a very cool display of percussive patterns as well as an ebbing and flowing synth. A large bass pluck is backed with a very cool rising arp that leads us up to the main track where a smooth punchy kick drives the groove. The main bass takes the track up a gear as it relentlessly delivers its powerful progressive force. On the break the synths take over delivering cool melodic phrases that match perfectly with that deep sub bass effect. A fantastic journey that you will not want to miss.
Rise and Fall delivers another top notch remix which we have come to expect given his recent efforts. A firm favourite among many we last saw him with his wonderful Seize The Day back in early summer this year. Here the remix intros with a nice punchy kick with subtle percussions littering the background alongside a sweeping pad. A warm bass pluck sets the tone and is soon joined by a much deeper bass which provides a solid platform. Short synth riffs are accompanied by cool FX as a hypnotic arp begins to rise. The break reveals a very cool display of pads that lead us back into the main groove for the remainder of this epic slice of prog, superb stuff.
Spanish DJ and producer Alex Vidal returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Pieces Of A Dream which comes with two fantastic remixes courtesy of DJ Fire and Blufeld. Alex always dishes out quality cuts as proved on his last outing Solar Citadel which was very well received among many.
The Original Mix sets a cool progressive mood with a nice mellow intro filled with wispy sounds and distant percussions. The drum section fades up to reveal a monster kick that just hits you right in the chest as it pounds out its groove. A truly deep progressive bassline ensues and drives the track beautifully as the crispy percussions keep the rhythm flowing. Cool synth stabs and brighter melodic flavours give a nice contrast as we are drawn into this hypnotising world. A top notch cut yet again which will be a big hitter in any set.
DJ Fire is up first to remix duty and yet again we see his skills shine beautifully. Jurgen has recently been enjoying much attention for his works with lots of features on top sites for Without Roots and his most recent track Kleine Nyo. The remix intros with a firm kick that packs a phat punch, this is joined by some very nice crispy, snappy percussions which build a solid rhythmic base. Very cool synth stabs lurk in the background as the mid section reveals some smooth riffs that have a hint of acidic flavour. Up front a monster bass dominates the groove and sits perfectly in the sound drawing you in completely. The track takes us on a truly sublime journey which you will definitely not want to miss.
Fresh off the back of his last track Threlkeld, Blufeld is up next on the remix with his superb effort. Some big news on the way from Blufeld with the hope of a new album imminent which we are excited about and cannot wait to hear. The remix intros with some rising percussions that lead to a huge chunky kick and droning bass combi that will get the floors pumping for sure. Warm sweeping pads begin to wash over the track beautifully before a sharp melodic synth comes into play. On the break the melodies take over and steer the track in a euphoric detour before slamming right back into the full on progressive monster that it is, an absolute stomper from Blufeld.
Kres and Paolo Camponuovo make their Piston debut with the stunning two tracker Oh Boy. Italian born Kres grew up messing around with midi cables and hardware samplers in his basement. He became attached to Hip Hop and vinyl before getting more into techno and house. He has a long list of releases across many labels and always delivers the goods. Paolo brings band playing experience to the track with some cool riffs on the saxophone and gives the track a lot of character.
Oh Boy takes us on a smooth and colourful journey through loungy deep hose grooves. The intro boasts a mish-mash of clangy percussions that paint a cool picture and work in perfect contrast to the deep, throbbing bass and chunky kicks. Melancholic pianos dish out their surreal melodic touches as a wonderful saxophone riff plays throughout and gives that jazzy lounge touch. Very cool stuff you will want in your collection for sure.
Sunshine takes us on a surreal deep house journey with many twists along the way. Big chunky kicks are joined by a deep droning bass synth that evolves brilliantly into a full on bassline pattern as cool, dark vocals come through. Various piano types can be heard through the layers which works perfectly in the sound and on the main break those pianos are keyed beautifully to reveal a very colourful melodic sequence. Top notch stuff that would be a definite must for those late night sessions.
The first in the Club Traxx – Psy Progressive compilation series comes packed with original tracks and remixes by Lyctum, Pixel, Domestic, Freedom Fighters, Psilocybian, ON3, Simon Templar, The Digital Blonde, Koi Boi, Astral Projection, Union Jack, Vivid Loop, John 00 Fleming , Christopher Lawrence, Vibe Tribe, Spade, Faders, X-NoiZe, Azax Syndrom, Vermont, Groundbass, Relaunch, Ananda Shake, Manifestor, Art Of Trance, Domestic, Loud, Solar Fields, Punchline, ManMadeMan, Martian Arts, Airwave, Mental Broadcast, Lyctum, Timewave, Dickster, Burn In Noise and Logica.
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DJ Fire goes solo for his next effort entitled Kleine Nyo. Jurgen has been a longstanding member of the Bonzai family for many years now and after a short break from producing he is back. His re-entry began a few years ago through collaborations with other producers, most notably his friend Airwave. Those two guys together always come up trumps as we all know, their most recent cut as a duo was on the stunning Without Roots, which climbed up many charts since its release. We are sure you will find this new solo work something special as we do here at HQ.
Kleine Nyo intros with a smooth percussive sequence as cool synth stabs go off in the background alongside a fading in deep vocal sample. A growling bassline materialises out of nowhere and gives off a raw organic flavour. Tech influences are crawling out of the sound beautifully as the track takes us on a relentless journey. The break throws up a cool pulsing bass note as the percussions filter back in with that brilliant vocal sample continuing. Top notch from Fire and a definite must in those boxes.
Next up we have the DJ Fire Remix which sets off with expertly crafted arrangements filled with percussions and a throbbing bass. Crispy hats get the rhythm flowing and a nice phat kick gets the party started. A prominent offset bass adds extra punch as the vocal samples make a return. Much more progressive orientated than the original with the basses playing a big role. Short synth stabs bring wonderful textured layers to the sound. Excellent stuff which is not to be missed.