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ROB SMALL & DANNY HARTLEY – STUBBED (PISTON RECORDINGS)

UK based duo, Rob Small and Danny Hartley team up on Piston Recordings to deliver the stomping tech house grooves of Stubbed, which comes backed up with three superb remixes from Jacky (UK), Bonetti and Upright. DJ and producer Rob Small is widely known for his engineering and mastering skills within the dance music scene as well as his top quality cuts on various labels. He is no stranger to Piston having released the deep house joint Bad Wednesday in 2011. He has also shown up on the likes of Bonzai Progressive and Bonzai Basiks over the years, it’s always an exciting time when he takes to the studio as a producer. Danny Hartley has been into music from a young age focusing on garage house and running his own nights. After a trip to Ibiza with his friends, he turned his attention to deep dirty house and techno which he played out in various clubs around Leeds as well as his own night Fat Jacky’s. These guys are no stranger to each other, in 2014 they worked together on Unspoken Violence for What Happens and in early 2015 they released Squarred Up on Audiophile Deep.

The Original Mix offers up a solid tech workout with punchy kicks and tight drum patterns to keep the dancing feet shuffling. A deep rip roaring bass trundles through the sound and gives off that tech vibe beautifully. Cool spoken vocals straight outta the “dungeons” litter the sound and add a little extra spice that livens up the groove. The floors are gonna love this one, a definite must have track in your arsenal.

UK DJ and producer Jacky (UK) debuts on Piston Recordings having cut his teeth on various labels over the last couple of years. Known for injecting high energy into his sets, this guy knows how to turn it on for the floors. As well as his residency at Manchester’s Mute he also spins regularly at Sankeys and South Nightclub. A relative newcomer to the world of production, we’re definitely gonna see a lot more from this guy. The remix intros with a fresh tech house vibe as crispy hats lay down a cool rhythm alongside equally cool vocals. A nice punchy kick comes in as the drum layers build giving the track a well rounded feel. The bass powers through and takes full control of this superb grooving monster. The break filters out the bass and brings in some cool riffs that keep the rhythm locked in before we hit the peak and come crashing back to those lush low end frequencies that really give this one a lot of oomph. Top notch stuff that will do well in any upbeat set.

Portuguese DJ and producer Alvaro Martins aka Upright returns to Piston with his fantastic remix. He grew up with a love for 80’s and 90’s Pop and Rock sounds which soon developed into a passion for Classic Soul and Funk. At 8 years old he joined a music school and learned classic piano which gave him a deeper insight into how music evolves. Nowadays his early influences have proved useful in his outstanding production style. He has released a plethora of top quality House cuts across many labels and he also joins forces with his friend to form Peers & Upright with releases on Something Else and Save Room Recordings. Alvaro debuted on Piston back in January 2015 with a remix on Oli Frances’ Slow Mo. As Upright he takes a clear vision on how he wants a sound to project, strong rhythms and deep chords, the perfect recipe to light up floors. The remix intros with a nice solid kickdrum alongside cool snappy snares and sharp claps. The vocal fades up and leads us to a superb low end bass that just hangs perfectly over the sound as a high pitched synth rings through. We soon settle into the groove as the tech vibes drip off the sound. A super tight arrangement delivers the rhythms beautifully as that bass dances along the groove. Heads will be turned and floors will be burned with this one.

Spanish DJ and producer Bonetti aka Andres Boned shows up once more on Piston with his remix and judging by his last outing – Don’t Stop The Rhythm EP – back in January 2015, we are in for a real treat. Andre has been attracted to electronic music and clublife from an early age. In 2010 he decided to get into making his own music. He likes to add his own unique twists on Tech House and Deep House so that his sounds can be enjoyed on the beach or in the club at the same time. Since he released his first track in 2011 on iFrominal he has not looked back, a raft of releases and support from around the world has stood him in good stead and will no doubt keep him on track for an exciting future. The remix takes on a wonderful deep house groove right from the off as warm keys are locked in with a solid kick and sharp clap before the rhythm starts to flow with cool hats and clap patterns. A fantastic FM bassline bursts through and drives the track beautifully while spacey FX go off all around. We get treated to some very cool spoken vocals that adds a cool layer to the sound and keeps the house groove moving nicely. An excellent slice of house that will be a welcome addition in any set.

#robsmall #dannyhartley #pistonrecordings #jacky(uk) #upright(pt) #bonetti

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VAN CZAR & MAJED – PANIMIC EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

Van Czar returns to Basiks with a brand new collaboration with Majed on their Panimic EP which comes packed with four quality remixes as well as the outstanding original. Van is fresh from his latest vinyl release – The Force, which featured the Saunderson family including Dantiez, Ann and the legendary Kevin. This is not the first time Van and Majed have joined forces in the studio, back in 2014 they put out the In Vino EP and then Majed stepped in on remix duties for Cysxe & Minitech Projects Acid Planet EP.

The Original Mix is a trek deep into the techno sound and full of wonderfully crafted sounds to mesmerize us. A very subtle kickdrum leads the way and is backed up by crispy hats and a tight percussion arrangement that delivers a smooth rhythmic flow. A cacophony of warm synths fill the void as a subdued bassline lurks deeper in the groove. A straight up dark techno offering that is a must have for sure.

Brazilian DJ and producer Lauro Martins returns to Bonzai Basiks with a superb remix. We first got a glimpse back in the Summer of 2015 with his debut remix on Cysxe’s OXO EP which gained great support from many quarters. The remix here intros with a fantastic kick that packs a lot of low end and leaves a nice trail of bass in its wake. Subtle synths crop up throughout but here it’s definitely all about the bass. The bassline rattles along with a dominating force and moves in so many ways that will leave bassbins wanting more. A real deep and moody techno monster here that you gotta get into your collection.

Amsterdam based DJ and producer Sirena aka Renske van Kollenburg debuts on Bonzai Basiks with this stunning remix. Sirena boasts 15 years of active involvement in the electronic music scene and Ibiza’s DC10 sounds. She started out as a music journalist and from there she secured many contacts in the scene and started to work on various projects including Ultra Music Festival Miami, Coachella Festival USA, Awakenings, Amsterdam Dance Event, IMS Ibiza, ID&T, Pacha and Arminís label Armada. 2015 will see her release her first creations on Bonzai and KMS. Here she takes a deep and dubby techno approach to the remix. The muffled intro fades into existence with beautifully warm pads that are soon joined by a chunky kickdrum and superb chord stabs that will definitely have the booties shakin to the no doubt. Crispy hats come through and keep the rhythm flowing as the groove deepens. A top notch effort that will see a lot of playtime for sure.

Sirius Brown returns to Basiks with his remix and gets the energy levels ramped up a notch with a much more pacey and harder hitting techno slice. We last saw Sirius back in February 2015 with his debut – Click Time, which saw good support coming in from many quarters. Here the remix gets moving with a tough thumpy kickdrum alongside some sharp crispy hats that dish out a cool rhythm. Sinister sounding synths glide through the sound with a wide resonance filter that gives it a harsh edge. On the break the synths continue to dig into your brain as a very dark haunting voice comes through and fits perfectly with the sound. A wonderful slice of the deeper, darker side of techno.

A firm favourite around these shores – Onofrio Conte offers up his slice of techno on the remix. This guy has been around for a while now and has dished out some quality sounds for Bonzai Basiks and Sounds R Us Recordings. Always a pleasure to see his work come through and we know what to expect when his name is attached. The remix throws up a real techno stomper as chunky kicks are met with a tight rhythmic hat and percussion arrangement. Super cool basses operate on various layers and provide a solid platform for the techno grooves to flow. In the background a myriad of FX go off adding some wonderful textures to the sound while on the break we get treated to a simple kick with haunting atmospherics before we get thrust back to the main groove for the duration. Excellent techno groove for the floors here and a must have for those darker sets.

#vanczar #majed #bonzaibasiks #lauromartins #sirena #siriusbrown #onofrioconte

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FOLLOWING LIGHT – DELL (GREEN MARTIAN)

Following Light makes his full Green Martian debut with the superb two tracker – Dell. Ukranian born Kirill Guk has remained a constant force in the progressive house world since 2010 having released on a vast selection of labels. Inmost Records, Balkan Connection and Abstract Space are just a few of the labels mentioned but gives you an idea of the status this guy holds. His music features heavily in sets across the globe and he has worked with some top artists along the way. We last got a glimpse of his talents on remix duty for Samotarev’s Midnight Pinball as well as an appearance on our Afterhour Trax 18 compilation.

Dell opens with a cool percussion led intro with a smooth warm pad filling the background before making way for punchy kicks and cosmic synths. A deep droning bass tone adds depth to the sound and gives the track its progressive groove. Mesmerizing melodies deliver splashes of colour to the sound and keep you locked on throughout. Top notch stuff, a must have track.

Iincessant gets right into a deep groove from the outset as chunky kicks and a superb hypnotic bassline get the progressive juices flowing. Crispy, shuffling hats provide a steady flowing rhythm to the track as swelling strings and pads bring in rich textures. Throughout the track we are treated to a myriad of melodies that give a brighter touch in contrast to the deeper elements. An excellent slice of melodic progressive house that will be a welcome addition in any collection.

#followinglight #greenmartian

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COREY BIGGS – NATURE NEVER SLEEPS (PROGREZ)

New York native DJ and producer Corey Biggs debuts on Progrez with the brilliant two tracker Nature Never Sleeps which showcases his fantastic brand of Techno. 2015 has been a huge year so far for this relative newcomer to producing music – even though he has been involved within the music scene for over 10 years – he has seen quite a few releases across various top notch labels over the year and we’ve no doubt he will continue to do dish out the quality. He also goes by the alias Rockstar to which he has several releases starting in 2015. We can see how much this guy’s passion for music comes through in his work, he creates a level of intimate communication between artist and listener which is not an easy thing to master. Delighted to have him on board and we’re sure we’ll be seeing more from this guy.

First up we have the title track Nature Never Sleeps which intros with a nice subdued kick that leaves room for the cool percussions to come through and lead the way. A deep rolling bass bubbles up from the depths as smooth vocals glide across the sound. The drum arrangement builds nicely and dishes out an almost tribal vibe. The track breaks to reveal a superb spoken female vocal with a thought provoking message. Throughout the track we get more vocals straight from the street in a gangsta style. An excellent slice of techno with a twist, a must have.

The Drum Abyss offers a super tight intro filled with a chunky kick and crispy percussions on top of cool vocals. A fantastic dancey bassline comes through and sets the track on fire alongside sinister sounding deep spoken vocals. A drums heavy track that will get the floors moving comes complete with some classic vocals including a line from The Preacher as well as various other styles of vocal that deliver a quite diverse sound. A Tech House monster that will definitely rock out any venue.

#coreybiggs #progrez

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AIRWAVE – LIGHTYEARS AWAY FROM HERE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Airwave delivers an injection of psy to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Lightyears Away From Here which is backed up with the sublime breaks track Dancing Desperado. This guys still knows how to wow his audience, even after almost 20 years he always finds new sounds and new ways to craft those sounds into powerful musical constructions. This one comes after two huge releases, namely Vega Shining on BP and the emotionally charged Sadness In Black And White on the mighty JOOF. An inspiration to us all, we look forward to more from this guy, but in the meantime play this one loud.

Lightyears Away From Here intros with a powerful muffled kick drum that slowly filters in to unleash a huge punchy thump that becomes a solid backbone for the track. We’re soon met with some fine psy trance sounds as an industrial sized synth stab fades in with an intense vibe. In the background we find some very cool FX that create stunning textures and add to that intensity. Subtle melodies start to come through as the bass line lurks deep in the low end. On the break we get a taste of those melodies in full bloom as they combine to create a huge climactic experience before we get slammed back into full on mode. Another fine slice from the master who is ensuring that the trance sound is alive and kicking in 2015.

Dancing Desperados is one of those special Airwave breaks tracks that seem to capture the essence of sound beautifully, due in part to the way the track is constructed, with expert precision. We begin with a cinematic atmosphere full of deep drones and bright piano melodies alongside subtle drums. Huge swathes of synths bring the intro to a climax and we are left with a solid breaks arrangement that will definitely get floors moving to the groove. The lead sound takes on a fantastic Mediterranean vibe as plucky strings converge over those strong pads that send shivers down your spine with every key change. Heading towards the end of the track we get a scathing psy fuelled acid line thrown in that tops the groove off nicely. Top notch stuff that you’ll not want to miss.

#airwave #bonzaiprogressive

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ZATONSKY featuring ALEXANDRA PRIDE – MAD ARRAY (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Russian producer Zatonsky returns to Bonzai Progressive, but this time he marks his full release debut with Mad Array, after he graced us with his remix on Alexey Lisin & Ange’s – Vesna back in June 2015. With a very impressive list of tracks across various labels we can see why this guy is in great demand. We sure hope to see more from this guy and his brand of deep and moody grooves. Featuring a brilliant vocal from Russian singer-songwriter Alexandra Pride, this one comes packed with remixes from Alexey Lisin and Dapa Deep.

The Original Mix intros with a smooth deep and moody chord alongside crispy hats and claps as an arpeggiated soft key comes through. The beautifully sultry vocal from Alexandra soon takes over and leads the track on to its deep grooving course. Big chunky kicks join giving the track a dance floor boost that will surely get bootys shakin all night long. The bass line combines perfectly with the vocal creating a melancholic vibe full of deep house flavours with a slither of progressive peeking out. Top notch stuff you’ll not want to miss.

Alexey Lisin steps in to return the favour on remix duty and delivers another stunning slice of his brand of deep house sounds. His last outing for BP – Try My Soul, also featured the superb vocals of Alexandra Pride and gained a lot of support across the board. We know we are getting only the very best quality music when this guy’s involved. The remix intros with a cool percussive arrangement that builds up slowly to form into a monster deep house groove complete with a rumbling bass line and some classy chords. Tight drums deliver a solid rhythmic feel to the track as that bass line holds up the lower end with ease. Cool synths litter the sound and fills the spaces left by the sparse vocals brilliantly. A superb slice of deepness yet again from this guy, a must have track for sure.

Dapa Deep – aka Lithuanian DJ and producer duo Darius Beinoravicius and Paulius Bukauskas – debut on BP with their remix of this fine slice of house music. Having met up in 2012 they started to produce and DJ together with each artist bringing different attributes to the table. Darius was melodic progressive kind of guy while Paulius was more into groovier house sounds. Both guys have graced the decks at top venues and played with top DJ’s over the years. Together, they have blended their own styles creating a unique sound that offers a fresh approach to music. Here the remix gets going with a pacey kick and shuffling hat combo that gets the rhythms moving nicely before a gritty bass synth sweeps across the sound. The track breaks to reveal a deep droning bass alongside those super sweet vocals and bright melodic plucks. With a deep house groove running through this one, we get a taste of progressive flavours in there also which makes for a very interesting sound, combing melody and melancholy to great effect. A wonderfully crafted slice that will grab a lot of attention no doubt.

#zatonsky #alexandrapride #bonzaiprogressive #alexeylisin #dapadeep

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UPRIGHT – SHAPER TAPE (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Portuguese DJ and producer Alvaro Martins aka Upright marks his full release debut on Piston with the fantastic two tracker – Shaper Tape. Upright takes a clear vision on how he wants a sound to project, strong rhythms and deep chords, the perfect recipe to light up floors.

First up we have Shaper Tape which intros with a strong kick drum accompanied by crispy hats and snapping snares. A tight drum arrangement sees the rhythm flow effortlessly in the sound and will definitely get the dancing feet shuffling. A deep throbbing bass rattles its way through the track and provides a solid platform for the deep techy groove to shine. Retro themed basses add that classic touch to the sound and is further enhanced by superb stabbing piano chords. Excellent stuff from Alvaro and we hope to see more soon.

Bite You At The Altar is up next and again we get a strong intro filled with punchy kicks and crispy hats. A deep probing bass soon follows and takes over the sound as layer continue to build creating depth in the track. Cool FX litter this tech groove and it’s a more sinister sounding effect that gives this one a darker edge. A brilliant vocal comes at the end of a tight buildup and slams us into the groove once more where we get treated to a myriad of cool sounds and various vocal shots that add so much character to the groove. A top notch slice of tech house that will be a welcome addition in any box.

#upright #pistonrecordings

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RICHARD GATLING – DUSTY GROOVES EP (SOUNDS R US RECORDINGS)

Richard Gatling returns to SRUR with the epic five track EP – Dusty Grooves. This one marks his full debut, although we have seen him before on our 2012 ADE Sampler and Best Of compilations. Richard has also seen his works released on Baccara Music and Salon De Lounge among others.

We kick off this mega house pack with It All Began With The Bird which intros with a solid kick and is soon joined by a very cool probing bass that just lurks perfectly in the smooth house groove. A fantastic retro piano chord stab is dominant throughout the track and will no doubt be the cause of many shakin butts on the floors. A cool retro vibe flows through the sound and delivers an upbeat kinda house vibe which will appeal to many for sure.

I Told You intros with a cool hypnotic synth stab as shuffling hats make their way through bringing a cool rhythmic flow to the sound. A well rounded punchy kick comes in with a superb deep bassline in its wake. The bassline drives the deep groove beautifully and is joined by a fantastic vocal and groovy flute that will force you to move. The track throws out a classic vibe that will definitely get a lot of attention, one to watch.

Recap sets out with a chunky kick and crispy hat combi with percussions layering up in the background. A soft string swells up and is joined by a probing bass that gives the track an almost laidback groove. The bass is joined by deep plucky synths that build up into a cacophony of shifting notes. A super tight drum section keeps the rhythms flowing here as we get locked into the house groove. On the break those strings and pads break out delivering a rich texture to the sound. An epic slice of groovy house that is not to be missed.

Too Much Choices comes into existence with a very cool synth tone that is joined by a fading in bass leading up to a solid kick and shuffling hat combo. A deeper bassline takes over giving the track a pacey vibe as cool voices start to pop up. A big and brash in your face synth pad comes through and mesmerizes with each anticipating key change. A solid deep house groove ensues which is licked with subtle melodies and interesting instruments throughout. Great stuff that will do well in any set for sure.

Zer0 Point intros with a solid punchy kick and crispy hat sequence before a cool plucky bass comes in teasing us into the groove. Those bassy plucks provide the perfect platform for the equally cool house chord stabs that start to dominate the sound. Soft keys are introduced and contrast beautifully with the harsher stabs. The track breaks to unleash a cascading arp that gives off a slightly progressive vibe which is soon overrun by purely house driven riffs from various instruments. A superb slice of deep house grooves that will definitely keep floors moving.

#richardgatling #soundsrusrecordings

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MY HOUSE IS YOUR HOUSE 12 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

My House Is Your House continues with volume 12, and once again we get to rock your socks off with some of the very best Deep House and Tech grooves around. We took to scouring our different labels and handpicked 20 top cuts from Piston Recordings, Monog Records, Eyepatch Recordings, Gourmand Music, Kiss My Beat and Clean & Dirty. Tracks and remixes come from the likes of Rick Wade, Joal, Jazzawesz, Satour, Ecco, Le Cabar, Alexey Lisin Ft Ann Di, Roland Sousa, David Museen, Glasidum, Zeo, Hamdi Ryder, Pitch Ranger, Dimi Wilson, Lex Athens, Art Sparks, Prime Brothers, Hatelate, Move88 Ft Sabrina, Leandro Di, A. Eryomin, Rogerio Martins, Geonis & Mier, Furniture Crew, Eric Powa B, JR From Dallas, Fragoso, Pandeo and Jeep. Inject you sets with a dose of these top quality tunes, your speakers are gonna love it.

#bonzaiprogressive #rogeriomartins #jepe #pandeo #fragoso #hatelate #jrfromdallas #ericpowab #furniturecrew #mier #geonis #rickwade #joal #jazzawesz #satour #ecco #lebabar #anndi #alexeylisin #rolandsousa #davidmuseen #glasidum #zeo #hamdiryder #pitchranger #dimiwilson #lex(athens) #artsparks #primebrothers #sabrinajohnson #move88 #leandrodi #a.eryomin

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THE SECRETS OF THE TRADE 004 (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Piston Recordings proudly presents The Secrets Of The Trade 004 showcasing 20 of the finest deep and tech house grooves from a plethora of quality artists and outlets. We’ve sourced only the very best cuts and brought them together in one huge pack for your listening pleasure. Tracks and remixes come from the likes of Rick Wade, Dreamer G, Mano Le Tough, Brame and Hamo, PBR Streetgang, Milton Jackson, Demarkus Lewis, COEO, ItaloBros, So Inagawa, Sek, Cerillo, Andy Hart, Kian T, Bonetti, Dyed Soundorom, label head honcho Rogerio Martins and many others. If you’re looking to add that extra spice to your sets, then you’ve just found the perfect recipe.

#pistonrecordings #andyhart #kiant #bonetti #alvaromartins #dyedsoundrom #rogeriomartins #manoletough #dreamerg #brame #hamo #leandrodi #pbrstreetgang #leandrosilva #miltonjackson #grooveapartment #demarkuslewis #southerngroove #coeo #boosh #davidmuseen #olifrances #italobros #soinagawa #sek #cerillo #rickwade

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AUDIO NOIR featuring JIMMIE WESTWOOD – FAR FROM HOME (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Taken from his second studio album Artificial Star and featuring a superb vocal from Jimmie Westwood, Audio Noir’s Far From Home gets the remix treatment delivering three very different takes on the original.

Audio Noir’s Rekonstruction intros with a cool 80’s electro styled drum arrangement which delivers a dancey feel to the sound. The drums are the big focus here and are soon joined by equally cool percussions that etch out smooth rhythms throughout. Swirling pads offer up a sweet melodic sequence that fizzles out to be replaced by a heavy hitting gritty bass workout that totally transforms the sound. That gritty bass twists and morphs with an underlying acid tone and sits snuggly with the raspy vocal from Jimmie to the backdrop of some seriously shuffling hi hats and stuttering perc hits. Top notch stuff that will appeal to many for sure.

The legend that is Airwave takes on remix duties on Audio Noir’s Far From Home and delivers another slice of pure progressive breaks that will get any venue to fever pitch. Airwave continues to enjoy a hectic schedule as an artist and DJ with gigs taking him all over the world. How he still finds the time to produce top quality sounds we will never know, but one thing we do know is he never disappoints. His recent showing on Bonzai & Friends 500 with the exclusive Vega Shining, was a most welcome surprise for his army of fans and no doubt we’ll be seeing much more from this guy in the future. On the remix he takes us on an exciting journey that raises the energy levels with that solid breaks arrangement complete with a chunky kick and super cool snares that add a lot of character to the sound. The drums evolve throughout the track with little nuanced beats cropping up here and there while a wonderfully low bass resonates all around. Simple and highly effective short guitar riffs get the musical side flowing alongside Jimmie’s New Order-esque vocal delivery. The verses of the song ride along so smoothly and melt into the sound while the chorus winds up into a brilliant climactic event. Top notch from Laurent yet again, not to be missed.

Bonzai stalwart Crocy shows up on remix duty with a fantastic progressive workout that will light up the floors no doubt. His last outing gave us a brilliant remix on Matan Caspi & Roy Lebens’ Klubnichka as well as an exclusive track for Bonzai & Friends 500 entitled Bedroom Stories. The remix intros with a solid kickdrum that pounds out a nice big chunky beat. Warm synths start to fade in and are soon joined by a rhythmic percussion section that gets the feet moving toward the floor. A phat probing bass comes at us in various layers resulting in a deep driving bassline that really ramps up the energy on the track. Short vocal snippets creep through as the lead synth delivers an electrifying groove. Excellent stuff yet again from Crocy that will be a welcome addition in any set.

#audionoir #jimmiewestwood #bonzaiprogressive #airwave #crocy

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RUSLAN VASHKEVICH – ACID PIG (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Russian DJ and producer Ruslan Vashkevich is back with this superb effort – Acid Pig, which comes backed up with a top quality remix. Ruslan’s last outing – Thought The Smoke touched base with a lot of progressive house heads with support coming in thick and fast. He also had an exclusive track – Hyper Space released on Bonzai & Friends 500 to mark 20 years and the 500th release of the legendary Bonzai Progressive.

The Original Mix takes us on a surreal acid licked progressive journey that will give us plenty to do on the floors. The track intros with a solid kick alongside a subtle percussion that slowly builds bringing a nice and steady rhythmic flow to the sound. Cool FX litter the track and take us to the bubbling bassline that sits lurking in the low end waiting to pounce. Fading through the sound we get our first glimpse at that acid line that will dominate the sound for much of the way as it glides along with an infectious pull. The track takes a sinister turn on the break as a darker sound approaches delivering a hypnotic vibe that lock us in deeper. A superb slice of the darker prog sound that will not disappoint.

Bonzai stalwart Manu Riga teams up with Bosnia and Herzegovina native and Bonzai newcomer Youngen to deliver their Old Pigs Remix. Manu Riga never fails to impress, his sounds always ooze quality and carry a great depth. Currently working on his new album (scheduled for 2016) he has been keeping us up to date with progress and with a couple of tracks almost ready the anticipation is surely building. Even in full on album creating mode, this guys still finds the time to deliver his own remixes as well as collaborative ones also. Youngen recently debuted on Bonzai Progressive with The Long Way Home with a great early response and feedback. No doubt we will be seeing much more of this talented artist. The remix intros with a fantastic kick that pounds out a solid platform for the layers to build. Cool FX and bright hats liven up the rhythm alongside a tight percussion arrangement while subtle risers takes us up to the first break. Here we get our first taste of the bassline and the powerful groove it delivers. A real deep rooted sound comes off the bass as it moves through the groove. On the break, soft Eastern style vocals ring out bringing an enchanted feeling to the track, which stands in contrast to the darker elements. Coming out of the break we are thrust, head first, back into this superb slice of progressive house, a definite must have track.

#ruslanvashkevich #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga #youngen

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TIM AARON – DISTANCE WAITING (GREEN MARTIAN)

Tim Aaron debuts on Green Martian with the wonderfully lush two tracker – Distance Waiting. Tim aka Aeropolis has been into music from a young age, he started to experiment with sounds and got into trance music before venturing into the progressive side of the tracks. A very much experimental producer, Tim loves to recycle sampled sounds creating his own textured palettes. Great to see him on board and we look forward to much more in the future.

Distance intros with a punchy kick and a tight slapped drum roll in the background. Soft claps and various other percussive elements start to find their way into the track as a warm bass rises up from the depths. The bass soon becomes more prominent in the sound and is joined by a superb sub bass bringing in a harsher sound. Atmospheric synths deliver cool stabs of sound with a melodic progressive edge. The break features a brilliant arp that hypnotizes as it filters off and on before those solid beats return and slam us back onto the floor. A simply stunning slice of progressive house that will do well in any set.

Waiting sets out with a simple punchy kick with subtle percussions hanging off the fringes. Spacey pads fade in and out as the percussions are filtered in alongside a crispy sharp hat. The cool rhythms of the track get an injection of warmth from the subtle synths before a superb rolling bassline takes over. The pads hang in the background beautifully creating a wonderful texture to the sound that blends effortlessly with the groove. The break takes us deeper with the bass fading out leaving behind a brilliantly tweaked synthline before returning to takes us to the climax where we get thrust back into the main sound for the duration. Top notch stuff that is definitely not to be missed.

#timaaron #greenmartian

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BEYOND BEATS – RELOAD EP (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

US based DJ and producer Beyond Beats shows up on our long running deep house label – Eyepatch Recordings – with his Reload EP. This guys is certainly making his way around the Bonzai stable, his debut came on Progrez with Somewhere Out There before heading over to Green Martian with Finally Ready. Great to see an artist dip his hand into different genres and showcasing his talents in a dynamic way.

Reload intros with a nice organic vibe as native drums etch out the groove to the backdrop of pitching crisp hats. Warm deep house chords swirl across the sound and provide the perfect platform for the layers to build. The super low bass lurks around the bottom of the sound allowing the musical elements to shine, and shine they do. A subtle mixture of colourful sounds paint a textured groove that locks you in for the duration. Top notch stuff not to be missed.

Give It To Me (I Need It) gets right down to business with a solid deep house groove filled with beautifully warm chords and a wonderful perfectly tweaked bassline. Up top we have a high string that sits over those warm chords as well as various FX that add great textures along the way. A classic styled vocal comes through and sets the groove alight. Tight drums filled with chunky kicks, crispy hats and snappy snares dish out cool rhythms as this super charged house cut gathers pace. A must have track for sure.

#beyondbeats #eyepatchrecordings

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JOHN 00 FLEMING – THE LONE RANGER (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

John 00 Fleming marks his full release debut on Bonzai Progressive with The Lone Ranger which comes backed up with two top quality remixes from Rick Pier O’Neil and Gai Barone. John is one of the most gifted artists of a generation and beyond and he is certainly no stranger to Bonzai as he has seen multiple tracks appear on various compilations over the years. In November 2015 he helped us celebrate our 500th release with an exclusive track – The Dark Ranger. He has also shown up on Progrez, Camouflage, Bonzai Back Catalogue, Bonzai Classics, Green Martian and Bonzai Elemental, in some capacity or other. Over the last few years a strong bond has developed between John’s JOOF label and Bonzai which has seen many artists release top notch sounds between the labels. Described as a national treasure of the trance world by Radio 1’s Pete Tong, John 00 Fleming is an artist who has achieved international success in a career spanning over 20 years without dishonouring his musical essence or fans. With over 10 million album sales and 30 produced mix compilations, Johnís a proven musical pioneer whose essence lies in what his fans call, the JOOF sound. Despite enjoying some commercial success, he remains a very much respected figure on the underground scene. This is down to his integrity in his performances and his no-nonsense take on all things music. His long running JOOF label continues to go from strength to strength and recently he has been sourcing some superb breakthrough up and coming artists who are proving their worth in style. Always worth checking out what’s happening in this guys world.

The Original Mix gives us a clear insight into the JOOF sound, sub shakin bass and scathing synths with everything in between, the perfect recipe for a psy trance trip. The bass rumbles through the track relentlessly as swirling pads etch out cool melodies taking the groove high into the trance stratosphere with those psy undertones coming to the fore. A definite dancefloor destroyer here that you will not want to miss.

Rick Pier O’Neil aka RPO is up first on remix duty and yet again he delivers the goods. These last few years have seen this guy rise up through the ranks to become a hugely respected artist. His style takes on various forms with a focus on the deeper, progressive side of the tracks with the occasional foray into trance. Since a young age he has been hooked on music and countless hours of listening, experimenting and playing has shaped him into the top class artist he is today. He quickly gained a reputation as a talented artist and travelled to the US where he became embedded into the music scene there. He set up two record labels, Pro Records and Garbage Records, tracks from these labels have been hammered by top jocks all over the world. He has seen releases on many top labels including Bonzai Progressive and JOOF Recordings. On the remix he takes the original deeper into the progressive abyss with a solid groove made up of tight drums, rhythmic percussions and a monster bassline that hooks you in for the duration. Beautifully composed melodic phrases litter the sound and on the break they get their chance to shine in the form of rich strings that just float out of the speakers in a trance-like structure. Awesome stuff that you need in your arsenal.

Progressive stalwart Gai Barone is up next on remix duty and as we’ve come to expect from this guy, he surpasses all expectations once more. With such a dynamic range of sound, this guy bridges the gap beautifully between genres creating sublime master strokes of musical genius. He is an artist who is very much at the top of his game and who still has plenty more to offer. His last outing for Bonzai was on the compilation Club Traxx Dark & Deep 2 back in March 2015, since then he has released a plethora of top quality cuts on various labels. The remix intros with a muted kick and a rattling shaker hi hat that gets those feet tapping straight to the floor. The kicks start to find their thump as colourful riffs line up alongside atmospheric pads. The bassline bursts through and dominates the track locking you into its solid progressive groove as the key changes take us up and down. A tight drum arrangement keeps us moving and provides a strong platform for the layers to build. On the break we are led into a dream-like world full of beautifully tweaked melodies that glide across the sound effortlessly before we climax back into the main groove. This one is epic, an absolute stomper that is a must have for a peak time set.

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