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Belgian DJ and producer Karim Sghaier aka Karim S debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Pilots Of The Millennium which features two tracks alongside two fantastic remixes. Karim started his musical career in the early 1990’s singing and acting in theatre while also learning the piano and synthesizer, nourishing his love of music. He also began to buy his first records and shortly thereafter was inspired by Chicago house music, Detroit techno and Mayday. He started to DJ at many parties in his local area before breaking out and playing all over Belgium.
If you’re looking for some serious progressive beats then Pilots Of The Millennium is for you. This one delivers the goods in style with a solid lush bass at its core. Right from the get go we are entranced with the groove as it draws us in with a superb bassline and intricate percussion patterns. A very subtle and simple melody from just a few notes is enough to pique your interest as we embark on this epic journey. Bubbling acid lines fade in as magical strings are introduced bringing a cosmic vibe to the sound. The break throws up a divine sequence with wonderfully hypnotic melodies climaxing in a kick drum roll before slamming back into full on mode. A definite must have.
Manu Riga continues his exhaustive 2016 with another fine remix that is directed squarely to the floors and the deeper recesses of the mind. The remix intros with a hypnotic thumping kick drum and offset bass combo with a shuffling hat sequence up top providing a steady rhythmic flow. The probing bass digs deep into your mind as the layers build creating a tight arrangement. Club style chords slot in perfectly against a backdrop of some very cool spoken vocals. Mesmeric strings and synths weave their intricate patterns through the sound and on the break we are graced with a beautiful ethnic female vocal that sends shivers down the spine. Another epic slice form the master of the beat, not to be missed.
The Original Mix of Parazard is a brilliant slice of club progressive featuring a stunning, catchy diva inspired vocal. A solid kick drum and rhythmic percussion section gives this one maximum dancefloor appeal and when you throw in a deep probing bassline then you’ll have no choice but to get down. If that wasn’t enough we are treated to some excellent vocals that blend perfectly into the prog style with a distinct house flavour. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.
The ever popular Experimental Feelings delivers yet another fine cut with his remix of Parazard. A solid progressive performance ensues with punchy kick drums and shuffling hi hats alongside a deep bubbling bassline at the forefront. The diva fuelled vocal that rings out dominates the track brilliantly adding that special club appeal to the sound. Mysterious pads and FX give off a wonderfully rich vibe full of cool textures while a beautifully subtle synth line runs through the track. A real stomper here that will generate a lot of attention for sure.
Athens based artists Erikos A and Greg S make up All Species and here they debut on Bonzai Progressive with the sublime progressive breaks of Equinox. Erikos and Greg got into music from a very young age, in the nineties they became hooked on electronic music enjoying various genres like downtempo, chill out and all manner of electronic dance rhythms. They have created their own style that combines nostalgic spacey sounds with live performance acoustic instruments. In 2005 they started to make music together while enjoying the benefits of their friendship and sharing their creativity to find new ways of creating sounds.
Equinox gets us on the move with a fantastic pacey breakbeat that carries a subtle drum n bass kinda groove. The tight drum patterns deliver the goodness and will certainly get feet on the floors with their solid rhythms. The track also generates a beautifully musical vibe with a myriad of synths and effects garnering a rich tapestry of sound with a progressive edge. A wonderful slice here that will be a welcome addition to any collection.
Planet Groove is an epic trek into progressive breaks with a wonderfully diverse arrangement of sounds that captivate the mind. The intro boasts some very nice synths that stay the course before being joined by fantastic beats that carry a fine flowing rhythm. Slick percussions and pumping breakbeats is where it’s at here and combined with progressive elements makes for some very interesting patterns. At the midway point the track goes four to the floor with a punchy kick drum taking the lead alongside a superb warm bassline and sublime synths and FX. An outstanding hybrid track that will generate a lot of interest no doubt.
Time Machine takes us deep into the groove with a wonderful composition made up of psychedelic arps and expertly crafted FX that add beautiful textures to the sound. At its heart we find a throbbing bass that offers a warming sensation as it transcends through the sound. The drum section is simply stunning, it delivers a solid groove with intricate patterns made up of shuffling hats and a driving kick drum that blend perfectly into a fine arrangement. Another superbly constructed slice from this talented duo that will certainly not go amiss.
After two successful Piston Recordings releases in 2016, Mirko Gorelli returns with more tech house flavours in the form of the two tracker Black Dolly. This year has been a very productive one for Italian DJ and producer Mirko. He’s seen his original works released across various other labels as well as appearing on top compilations. On the DJ front he enjoys plenty of gigs and top venues and for future endeavours you can check out his Facebook for more info. Nice to see another fine slice from this guy and no doubt we’ll be seeing more in the future.
Black Dolly is a straight up tech house pumper that will definitely command a presence on the floors with its thumping kick drums and rhythmic percussions. This one delivers a solid groove which is spurred on by the on beat bass that creates a superb vibe. But the big hitter here is the hypnotic acid line that runs right through the heart of the track and coupled with a very cool vocal sets this one up to hammered by many, a definite must have.
Snap sets out with a very cool retro kinda vibe as punchy kicks are offset by bright crispy hats and sharp claps. The kick drums get a huge boost to deliver a solid thump that will get the bassbins working overtime. A cool and funky style bassline eases into the sound as the drums begin to pile up creating a nice rhythmic flow. Cool vocals shots give the track a club vibe and will no doubt generate an interest on the floors, top notch stuff indeed.
Portuguese producer Ricardo Cardoso aka Ritz debuts on Piston Recordings with the tantalizingly seductive two tracker entitled Daydream EP. A relative newcomer on the scene Ricardo used to go by m0u53 and has seen several releases across various labels in the last couple of years. His Ritz moniker is dedicated to all things house. We know you’re gonna love this guys work, the attention to detail is stunning and the passion for house music shines through, enjoy.
Dreams is quite simply a superb slice of blissful house music with nice deep groove that will seduce you with its smooth vibes and inviting presence. A steady flowing rhythm is driven by tight drums and shuffling percussions while the groovy bassline weaves effortlessly through the track. A plethora of keys and pads dish out intricate melodies that captivate. The melodies are backed up by some sultry vocals that blend so beautifully into the sound. A fantastic construction of sounds perfectly suited to late loungy sets, a must have.
Mesh delivers a brilliant slice of deep house. It’s one of those tracks that forces you to let go on the floors, the driving nature of the track ensures this. Punchy kick drums are joined by crispy hi hats and a tight percussion arrangement. The big player though are those wonderful chords and expertly crafted arps that sit perfectly over the driving bassline. Cool vocals grace the track adding textures along with an ever building synth section. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss.
Zeo aka Mexican DJ and producer Eliseo Ramirez Campos holds a strong passion for music. He studies synthesis and electronic music production in G Martell College of music and audio in the city of Mexico. He founded – Fungus Lab a group of producers and DJs to promote culture and the arts using electronic music. His talent allows him to develop in various areas of audio such as mixing, mastering, producing, remixing and DJ jingles. He especially loves to produce his own sound universe with a very fresh and original style that ranges from progressive house , tech house and techno. He has shared the stage with international artists such as Steve Mint, Jossie Telch Ecliptic, Knight and Austere (Undergroove Music Mexico). His tracks have been released on various labels over the last few years and more recently he delivered the superb Cycle EP on Eyepatch Recordings.
Breathing delivers a fresh progressive house sound that will most definitely appeal to many jocks looking for that hybrid slice of house music to transition the night in style. Pumping beats and a strong pulsating bass are the main ingredients that drive this one alongside a side helping of quality house inspired keys and synths. Beautifully rich pads add cool textures to the sound and on the break this becomes distorted by some excellent modulation before we are slammed right back into full on mode. A must have for sure.
Listening is a purely house driven cut that will be the perfect candidate for getting asses on the floors. Punchy kick drums dish out a solid beat as a stuttering bassline leads the way. Cool FX wash over the sound creating a very interesting tapestry while swirling pads enhance the experience. On the break we are treated to some very smooth percussions alongside that lush bass tone that wraps you in a warm embrace. The hypnotic groove eats its way into your soul and you welcome this with open arms and get lost in the moment. A thought provoking piece that will not disappoint.
Airwave is an artist of the highest calibre and Pray for Happiness is cut from a different cloth. Embellished with a mysterious yet uplifting melody, an emotive atmosphere, and his quintessential eastern percussion, this release is poised to create magic moments on dance floors across the world.
On remix duties DeCode and JOOF legend The Digital Blonde each take the reigns and add their own unique flair with their mix.
Matt Holliday is back once again at Bonzai Progressive with another stunning slice entitled Underworld. These last few years have been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride for Matt, on top of moving to a new country, he found himself in great demand after a plethora of quality releases and taking the helm at JOOF Aura. 2016 has been a huge year after what has been described by many as a ‘killer set’ at the Luminosity Trance Gathering in Amsterdam, and the release of his long awaited studio album on Phase Of Life. It’s always great to see this guys work drop into the mailbox and we’ve no doubt we’ll be seeing lots more in the future. In the meantime check out this latest offering and don’t forget to tune in to Matt’s radioshow Ethnoscience alongside Manu Riga, the first Saturday of each month on Progressive Beats Radio.
Underworld could be considered as some of Matt’s deepest, darkest works. Right from the start we are drawn into a murky and moody sound that is steeped in glorious low end basses and sublime pads and FX. A fantastic ethnically charged vocal runs through the track delivering a chilling narrative given the tone of the voice. Quite a minimal piece with a lot of character and raw grooves that will definitely keep those late night sessions moving.
Belfast’s Louis Irvine is up on remix duties and this one also marks his Bonzai Progressive debut. Louis normally resides over on our Progrez offshoot where he dishes out quality techno grooves, the latest of which – Alpas EP – is performing very well indeed. As this is Louis’ first remix he set out to deliver a bad ass mutha, and we think he’s done just that. After a bit of trial and error he found the path he wanted to take and decided to throw in the vocal which definitely takes things up a notch or two. He was thinking big on this one and he has certainly captured that big festival vibe which is sure to please many. The remix intros with thunderous kick drum that would be right at home at any festival and its massive sound system. Bright crispy hats cut through the low frequencies as hypnotic percussions start to fade up. The techno fuelled groove settles into its mesmeric state while some very cool vocals come through. An absolute stomper no doubt that will tear up any floor.
DJ and producer Christopher Hermann aka Kristof Hermann returns for his third stint on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Sands Of Marrakech. Kristof has established himself as a top artist on the scene with releases on various labels and appearances on several compilations. It’s nice to see him back at BP and we’ve no doubt we’ll be seeing much more in the future.
Sands Of Marrakech intros with a warm kick drum and subtle percussion arrangement that draws you in to its shuffling rhythmic sequence. A deep probing bassline comes through to take the reins as we are led deep into the progressive world. Cosmic synths play out surreal melodies creating an almost dreamlike state that you will find yourself completely hooked on. A complex sound design offers up a mystical take on the ancient city of Marrakech making this a definite must have track.
Athens Lights takes us on a sublime journey filled with wonderfully crafted deep basses and cascading arps that fill the spectrum beautifully. The intro delivers a solid progressive vibe right from the off as a tame kick drum sits behind a superb bassline and those mesmerizing arps. The track gives off an almost utopian vibe as those synths combine. A cool percussion section generates smooth rhythms that marry up perfectly with the majestic sounds of Greece. Deeply hypnotic and Ethnically charged, a superb slice of prog that is not to be missed.
Turin based DJ and producer duo Seb Ba and Denny IlSan make up DYS (Italy) and here they mark their Piston Recordings debut with the superb two tracker My Girl. Together these guys are responsible for some awesome party nights around Italy. They notched up their first release on Klaphouse Records with Is Not Necessary EP in May 2016 which propelled them into the producer world. We’re delighted to have the guys on board and we sure hope to see and hear a lot more from them in the years ahead.
My Girl intros with a probing bass against a shuffling percussion pattern that is soon joined by some very nice chunky kick drums that lead the charge. The bassline continues to probe deeper and is joined by ultra cool pads laden with FX. Those pads create a super rich sound filled with wonderful textures and dancefloor friendly vibes. Scattered vocal snippets add a subtle club vibe which will most definitely appeal to many, a must have.
I Love It sets off with a bass heavy intro that will give the bassbins some work to do alongside a solid pumping kick drum. Cool percussive elements build up into a fine flowing rhythm as that bass thickens, digging deeper into your soul. Sparse vocal shots add character to the sound but the focus remains on that bass. A definite late night stomper that is not to be missed.
Gusher aka Caracas, Venezuela based DJ and producer Gustavo Herrera debuts on Piston Recordings with the deep house grooves of Circadian Rhythm. Gustavo first got into dance music at age 14 when he bought Daft Punk’s Homework. Four years later he became a DJ after absorbing all the delights of electronic music. His early influences are the likes of Jon Cutler, Marques Wyatt, Mark Farina, Groove Armada, Carl Craig, Roman Flugel and more. In 2009 he seriously got involved in making music and started working with Carloscres on a few tracks like Sleepscience released on Society 3.0 and One life to live released on Cosmic Disco Records before signing with Argentinean house label Di One Music to release his first EP titled Someday. He was then picked up by Irish record label Swink Music Ltd releasing the Freedom EP with Carloscres and two other producers (Matthew Collins and Love Bites). Great to have him on board and we know you’re gonna love this guy’s sound.
Circadian Rhythm intros with a nice and warm punchy kick drum with some cool FX floating in the background. A superb, funky ass bassline shows up and is joined by some superb chords that bring rich textures to the sound. Deep house vibes ooze out of this one and the percussion section generates a solid rhythmic flow with a snappy snare cutting through those lower frequencies. A beautiful slice of deep grooves that is not to be missed.
Light Fluctuations sets out with a shuffling hat sequence combined with an array of percussions that entices you in before a nice and chunky kick drum takes centre stage. A throbbing bassline is introduced and the groove is ramped up to a deep house frenzy which is enhanced by fading in keys. This one delivers a truly epic, mesmeric and hypnotic groove as those house fuelled chords do their thing. A welcome addition in any late night session.
For the last number of years we have seen nothing but the very best sounds from Matan Caspi, and today is no exception. Here he delivers his latest offering, Distant Muse which comes backed up with remixes from Manu Riga and Persya. Apart from giving us super fine cuts Matan is running the label Outta Limits together with his good friend and production partner Stan Kolev. He is also busy with touring and concentrating on his future productions, where you will find original, raw and innovative material. His last outing for Bonzai Progressive – Brain-Storm was well received and this was followed up by a double appearance on the ADE 2016 Compilation from Bonzai. All of the above doesn’t leave a doubt that Matan’s music will be heard on the most popular dance floors around the world.
The Original Mix is a sublime trek deep into the progressive sound, full of wonderful subtleties and nuanced elements that combine beautifully to bring that rich sound evident in Matan’s work. Chunky kick drums lead the way as crispy hi hats and shuffling percussions form up alongside a deep and lush bassline. A myriad of FX and one shot synth hits are perfectly placed for maximum effect enhancing the stabby, more prominent layers. On the break we are treated to some excellent key work that bring in rich melodies before the synths are slowed down and then sped up to a brilliant climax and the back into full on mode for the duration. Top notch stuff indeed.
Manu Riga is up first with his Progrezz Remix and in true Manu Riga fashion, he knocks it outta the park. An extremely busy and in demand artist, this guy remains consistent in his delivery of top quality sounds. His last outing – Unstoppable proved to be popular on the floors and various charts and we’ve no doubt this remix will follow suit. The remix definitely goes straight to the floors with a nice rhythmic drum arrangement along with cool FX and a subtle underlying melody. The track builds nicely with the bassline shoring up the dancey groove and the tougher edged synths keeping things moving. The break is where the magic happens here as a beautifully serene vocal captivates the mind and draws you in deeper before those chunky kicks take us back into full on mode. A must have no doubt.
Bologna based producer Persya returns to BP with a wonderfully constructed progressive house remix. His last outing – Heide EP – was back in June 2016 and made a very good impact on the scene. The intro allows us to dive head first into the deep groove on offer as a fantastic atmospheric sound is generated. Hypnotic melodies draws us in even more as chunky kick drums lead the charge. A deep droning bassline dominates the low end as the intensity increases. The solid groove becomes so immersive you are lost in its ethereal grasp and on the break this is more true. A stunning slice that will not disappoint.
Dublin based Irish DJ and producer Cerillo returns to Piston with All Dem Hoes which marks his fourth outing for us and follows the impressive Ill Behaviour from April 2016. He’s also appeared on several compilations over the last couple of years which is a testament to the high quality sounds he dishes out. His tracks are consistently championed by many top jocks including B.Traits BBC Radio 1, David Moreno Ibiza Global Radio, wAFF, Marco Carola, Ibiza Voice, Robert Owens, Solomun, Steve Lawler, Defected Residents, Loco Dice, DJ Sneak, Chus, Dave Seaman, Sam Divine and more. On the DJ front he spins regularly at many events unleashing his superbly crafted sets to the floors and the radio waves.
The Original Mix intros with a nice deep probing bassline and chunky kick drum combi which is soon joined by a crispy hi hat and layering percussions that get the rhythm moving effortlessly. The hypnotic bassline remains a constant throughout and locks you into its grasp for the duration with little respite. A cool vocal comes in giving the track a whole new demeanour and floor appeal. A very subtle acid line starts to creep in on one of the filtered breaks which leads to a wonderful, energetically charged climax before slamming right back into full on mode. Top notch stuff not to be missed.
A Piston firm favourite and all round hugely talented artist Leandro Di is up first on remix duties and once again we are blown away by the sheer quality this guy brings to the table. His last outing for us was back in July 2016 with Spiral Space which was a top pick among many as well as various appearances on several compilations. Always an exciting time to get this guys work through the inbox and no doubt we’ll be seeing much more in the future. The remix intros with a nice punchy kick drum that sets the tone perfectly for a trip into deeper territory. Bright crispy hats come through as warm chord stabs fade in which are in turn joined by a superb low end bassline. Cool vocal snippets litter the sound adding character while beautifully lush pads create some excellent textures in the groove. Perfect deep fodder for the floors.
UK based DJ and producer Alex Bradbury returns to Piston, this time he steps up to the remix plate offering a wonderful take on the original with a more pacey approach. His last outing here was his debut back in the Summer of 2016 with his Spektrum EP which certainly proved popular among many and then in September he appeared on My House Is Your House 13. We can’t wait to hear more from this guy. The remix intros with a cool mixture of percussions and a muted kick that is soon beefed up to a full on pumping bass drum. The percussions really get the rhythm flowing here and lead us up to a superb deep rooted bassline that dominates so much of the track. Cool FX start to appear and we find ourselves locked on to the groove. Subtle synths add some excellent textures to the sound but it’s that bass and winding down FX that carry the most weight here.
Bjerk Peterson returns to Piston and joins up with debutant Citrus on the funky fresh Funkadelika. Tijuana born and now residing in Barcelona, Bjerk’s last outing here was back in May 2016 with his Diggin’ Deep EP which proved popular among many. Since then he’s been racking up quality cuts for various outfits as well as appearing at top parties around Barcelona and beyond.
The original mix of Funkadelika is up first and right away we are thrust into full on swinging slab of deep house grooves with a very cool garage sound. Everything is tight, from the drums to the beautifully crafted keys, club driven vocals and that rumbling low end sub level bass. A definite dancefloor slice here that will not disappoint. Funkadelika gets a makeover with the Jazzy Booty Mix which delivers a much funkier vibe that its original counterpart. We get the same tight arrangement and that blend of cool keys and vocals but with a much deeper groove that befits the jazzy style. Silky smooth vibes for the late night escapades.
Wanna Know is up next and the original mix gets straight down to a floor friendly vibe right from the off. Chunky kick drums are joined by rhythmic percussions and an array over very cool keys and a high pitch tone. The vocals add a lot of character to the sound in an almost playful fashion while the guts of the track delivers a superb deep house groove complete with warping basses inside a sophisticated arrangement. Next up is the Wobble Mix of Wanna Know which takes a deeper path than the original. The drums offer much more depth here as the vocals ring out alongside funky keys and the infectious rhythmic groove. The bass weaves in and out creating a hypnotically charged effect. Another fine slice of deep house that is a definite must have.
Giuliano A.L. is back at Bonzai Basiks with the superb two track EP entitled The Eleventh Hour. This is his second outing here and judging by the quality of his debut – Winter EP – we’ve no doubt that you’ll be blown away once more with this guy’s eclectic techno sound.
Right from the get go we find ourselves locked on to the hypnotic groove of The Eleventh Hour. A pounding kick drum sits over a fantastic construction of percussions that offer a rhythmic flow to the track that will definitely get asses on the floors shaking. A deep rumbling bassline dominates the low end and is accompanied by the subtlest of acid lines that teases. Up top we are mesmerized by that hypnotic four note repeating synth that becomes the main focus on the track. In the background you will find an array of quality FX and modified percussions doing their thing. An absolute stomper of a track that is most definitely not to be missed.
Drive intros with a display of bright percussive patterns alongside a deep , probing bassline. Chunky kick drums come through and settles the track into a beautifully driven techno slice. Cool FX make for interesting layers as various synths come through. A mesmeric and melodic arp begins its rise taking us higher before being joined by some fantastic stabbing keys. Distant voices provide intrigue as the track takes us on a sublime journey. A definite must have that will keep any floor rocking.
Fille V & Mathi debut on Green Martian with Il Est Saucisse which comes in original and Hypnotised & PatriZe remix flavours. This DJ and producer duo from Belgium focus on creating deep, progressive mystical sounds. Fille V started playing music (guitars and drums) and composing music in 2005, he comes up with fresh melodies and is the tech-guy in the group. His obsession for all genres in music and love for deep music makes his sound unrestricted, unconfined but deep and catchy. Mathi partners on many of Fille V ‘s projects keeps an eye on the overall sound and catchiness of the tracks. He has good ears, to detect anomalies in songs and to make sure Fille V doesn’t overkill with complicated compositions. They have released on many labels including AH Digital, Absurd State, Aeriform, Lincor, Incepto, Clinique and now Green Martian.
The Original Mix intros with a subtle kick drum that lulls you in as swirling pads and FX create a mysterious atmosphere. The kicks get an added thump and drives the track beautifully on its progressive course. Sweet melodies float through the sound as a mesmerizing vocal fades in. Deep, lush basses take over locking you into its infectious groove. The track builds beautifully with a welcoming, warm embrace that will allow you to lose yourself and dream away. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Hypnotised & PatriZe also debut on Green Martian with a superb remix. This Belgian DJ and producer duo have been making some serious noise over the last number of years. Their catalogue of works consistently appears high in many charts and their sound is championed by top jocks all over the world. It’s awesome to see home-grown talent grace our labels and hopefully we’ll see much more from these guys in the future. On the remix here the guys ramp up the pressure with an excellent driving progressive vibe that picks up right from the off. A wonderfully warm bassline is the main force behind the groove and is joined by stunning pads, bright melodic arps and a hypnotic synth line that keeps you hooked on for the duration. A fantastic slice of prog that is a must have track for any late night or early morning session.