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OZ ROMITA – THE MUSIC STOPS NOW (SOUNDS R US RECORDINGS)

Sounds R Us Recordings head honcho Oz Romita returns to the studio and delivers the superb The Music Stops Now which comes backed with four top notch remixes. His last outing was back in the Spring of 2015 when he teamed up with Chrono on the fantastic Dollin. As always Oz remains committed to bringing only the very best sounds to SRUR and once in a while it’s great to see his own work get a run out. Lots going on in the SRUR world so stay tuned for much more in 2016.

The Original Mix oozes tech vibes right from the off a sharp, slicing hats deliver a rhythmic flow to the backdrop of a sinister bass sound that lurks on the low end. A short vocal comes in alongside a superb snare fill before the thumping kicks burst through and get the track into full on mode. The layered basses offer a hypnotic ride and sit perfectly in the groove accompanied by snippets of those upbeat vocals. A driving relentless tech groove that will definitely keep the floors busy.

Roderick Fox is up first to the remix desk with his powerful remix. Last time we seen this Dutch techno wizard at SRUR was back in 2013 when he remixed Oz Romita & W&DY’s Stripe Two, which gained a great deal of support from all over. Delighted to see him return, and even more delighted at the superb remix he delivers. The intro takes us right into a techno fuelled ride as thumping kicks set the scene alongside a tight drum pattern and crispy hat arrangement. Deep low frequencies ring out and form a solid base for the track to build while cool vocal shots come through. A kind of industrial element creeps in as metallic clangy sounds are introduced. One for the tougher edged sets here that will not disappoint.

In demand and on form Canada based DJ and producer Lyle Quach is up next on the remix and yet again he delivers the goods with a rip roaring tech house vibe that will have the floors pumping. It’s been just over two years since we seen Lyle at SRUR when he teamed up with Oz to bring us a tasty Piece Of Cake. Great to have him back at the helm. The remix sets off with a powerful punchy kick drum that is joined by cool shuffling hats that get the rhythmic juices flowing. A rumbling deep low end bassline comes through and the tech grooves are let loose. The tight drums make this one a floor friendly affair along with the ultra cool vocals on offer. The break dishes out some clangy synths as a riser takes us back to the main track for the duration. Big, punchy and in your face, top notch stuff.

Turkish DJ and producer Utku Dalmaz debuts on SRUR with the first of two fantastic remixes. An aficionado of all things music, Utku is a Jazz guitarist and electronic music producer first with a passion for experimenting. He has racked up quite the impressive back catalogue in his time and he graces the decks at many top Istanbul venues. His tracks have appeared on many top labels and have gained top spots on various download portals. Great to have him on board at SRUR and we hope to see more in the future. The remix here settles into a smooth tech fuelled ride from the outset, bright hats and superb tight drums lead up to a brilliant thumping kick drum and a meandering bassline that walks across the sound effortlessly. Subtle synth stabs make a showing alongside cool vocals that make the track stand out beautifully. Tech house at its best here, just the tonic for the more upbeat floors.

Utku’s second remix is the Dub Remix and is made for those that want to lose the vocal from his first remix. The perfect track to get the party into full swing.

#ozromita #soundrusrecordings #roderickfox #lylequach #utkudalmaz

8 February 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

CLUB TRAXX – DARK & DEEP 3 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

The Club Traxx series continues with Deep & Dark 3 where 20 off the hook tracks are poised and ready to blow your mind wide open. We’ve selected some of the finest cuts from our own labels, Bonzai Porgressive and Progrez as well as from top labels like JOOF and Mistique Music to bring you a rip roaring trek into some deep and dark places within the progressive spectrum. Leading the way on this superb ride we have some top notch artists such as Kevin Vega, Audio Noir, Youngen, JF & Rick Pier O’Neill, Rise and Fall, Leon Krasich, Jesper Mauerhoff, Stanisha, metronomes, Seconds, Zoe Song, Jamie Baggotts, A.R.E.S, Matt Holliday, Adrian Roman, Surveyor Mode, Ruben Losada, Complete J & Mr Sativo and Corey Biggs. A definite must have compilation that will keep parties rocking long into the night.

#bonzaiprogressive #audionoir #kevinvega #john00fleming #rickpiero’neil #riseandfall #youngen #leonkrasich #jespermauerhoff #stanisha #metronomes #seconds #zoesong #jamiebaggotts #ares #mattholliday #adrianroman #surveyormode #rubenlosada #completej #mrsativo #coreybiggs

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SURVEYOR MODE – VV EP (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Italian DJ’s and producers Matteo Tonioli and Marco Nascetti aka Surveyor Mode return to Bonzai Progressive with the tasty two tracker VV EP. We go back to June 2015 to find these guys making their debut with Val Kilmer which gained a great round of support from across the board. Nice to see them back at the helm and we always look forward to more.

Fandere intros with a pacey kickdrum that pounds out a solid punchy hit right to the chest. A crispy hat sits on the offset and is accompanied by cool FX that mesmerize with every hit. A fantastic retro themed chord pattern comes in and takes this fast paced slice deep into the heart of techno. Throughout the track we get short glimpses of various percussions and FX that really add a lot of texture to the sound. A simple concept with essentially a kick, some hats and a killer synth line that ultimately packs a massive punch. An absolute floor stomper here that will not disappoint.

BCAA intros with a dark and murky bassline with a well rounded chunky kick over the top. Bright crispy hats make a show and layer up to provide a superb rhythmic flow to the track. It’s that bassline that drives this one though, it throws out a big punch that gets right into your chest and forces you to move. Cool synths hang around throughout and bring a dark twist and a haunting vibe to the groove. An epic monster of a tune with a solid driving techno edge that will definitely appeal to many.

#surveyormode #bonzaiprogressive

1 February 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

NICETEED & FACTALONE – THE ACID LINE EP (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Italian DJ and producer duo Niceteed & FactAlone debut on Piston with the fantastic two track EP entitled The Acid Line. Both guys have come a long way in a relatively short space of time, they have released a wealth of music across many labels already in their young years with quality always shining through. Niceteed aka Biagio got into music from an early age and at just 11 years he was learning the ins and outs of DJing, finding his style and perfecting techniques. In 2011 he started his own label, Chapeau Music where he is always searching for new and unheard sounds. He is influenced by all kinds of music with no genre left untapped. FactAlone aka Antony Sala also got into music at a young age, he was heavily influenced by 90’s sounds and quickly got hooked into DJing. Having played many gigs around Italy he looked into producing in 2012 and established himself firmly on the scene with quality cuts on various labels. Antony is also inspired by multiple genres and he likes to mix things up both on the decks and in the studio. Great to have this exciting duo on board at Piston and we hope to see more in the future.

The Acid Line gets moving with a superb kickdrum that pounds out a solid punch and is helped along by a deep throbbing bassline and some crispy sharp hats and retro electro percussions. In the background a tantalising acid line starts to fade up and instantly we are thrust back into that nostalgic world at the birth of a phenomenon in dance music. A real solid slice of pumping house music with a pristine acid lick that will appeal to veterans and newcomers alike. A must have record for sure.

Check My House intros with a cool musical stab that leaves behind a crispy shuffling hat and a sharp clap alongside a muted kick that transforms into a thumping monster kickdrum. A cool pad lurks in the background and builds an air of tension as we wait for that kick to get its punch on. A deep throbbing bassline drives the groove and sits beautifully in the world of drums around it. The break offers a short respite as smooth pads and keys come through before we climax back into the main groove for the duration. A wonderful slice here that is sure to keep the floors rocking.

#niceteed #factalone #pistonrecordings

1 February 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

ALEX LEDOV – WONDERLAND (PROGREZ)

Russian producer and sound designer Alex Ledov debuts on Progrez with Wonderland which takes us on a fantastic journey through various stages of house music all wrapped up in three top notch tracks.

Wonderland opens with some cool drums and percussions that form up a nice flowing rhythm. A strong kickdrum comes through and is joined by an array of fantastic synths alongside a gritty bassline that drives the groove brilliantly. This one grabs a hold of you and keeps you locked on for the duration with its tech fuelled beats and top notch synths and melodies. A floor stomper for sure.

Svati intros with a cool kick drum and a subtle percussion bringing up the rear. The kickdrum gets a huge punch added and bursts into the track closely followed by a superb deep, rolling bassline. We are treated to a fine display of synths that weave through the track effortlessly with their pitching notes and striking chords. The track breaks early to reveal a smooth melodic sequence before slamming back into full on mode. A wonderfully crafted slice of progressive house for the floors here, not to be missed.

Sunset starts out with a muted kick and a stuttering percussion alongside cool one shot sounds that add texture to the track. A big focus lies on the percussions here with subtle melodies floating in the background. The breakdown enters us into a surreal world filled with deep sounds and a melancholic flavour which is only broken by a pounding kickdrum and those superb percussions alongside a meandering bassline that sits perfectly on the low end. Excellent stuff that will be a welcome addition in any set.

#alexledov #progrez

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AUDIO NOIR featuring LOKKA VOX – YOUR LOVE – REMIXES (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

The second track from Audio Noir’s 2015 album – Artificial Star – to get the remix treatment is Your Love which features the superb vocals of Lokka Vox. On remix duties this time around and giving us a nice range of styles we have Alex Vidal, Yoky, Dharmalogy and Experimental Feelings. Some great choices for any progressive set, you need this one in your collection.

Alex Vidal steps up to the remix desk first and delivers a solid progressive cut that will get the floors shifting to the groove in no time. We last saw Alex back in June 2015 with Mesmerized, a track which proved popular among many, and no doubt this time out we will see great support for this one. The remix opens with a dark progressive vibe as chunky kicks are set against subtle percussions and deep basses that take us deeper into the groove as the layers build. A real progressive mover here that transforms on the break as those beautiful melodies are introduced. The best of both worlds here, a definite must have track.

Next up we have Bonzai Progressive debutant Yoky on the remix. This Italian DJ and producer started out at a young age and performed all around Italy and on some of the country’s top radio stations. His passion for music led him to set up his own studio and in 2006 he released his first track under the pseudonym R-Type with a raft of top quality cuts coming thick and fast through the years under both Yoky and R-Type guises. Great to have this guy on board and we hope to see more in the year ahead. On the remix we get a taste of this guys talents within electronica as we are introduced to a fine selection of sounds that ooze that electronic vibe with a solid progressive groove in tow. The thing that stands out here is that bassline as it slices through the track to become the dominant force throughout. Cool vocals with equally cool FX added from Lokka litter the sound and add that extra dimension to the vibe. Top notch stuff and a worthy debut cut that will find its way into many sets no doubt.

Dharam Vir aka Dharmalogy returns to Bonzai Progressive with his remix and once again shows us a wonderfully deep melodic side to prog house that we know can be the icing on the cake of any progressive set. Last time out we got Back To 315 from this guy as well as a showing on a few compilations. Hopefully we will see more from this guy in 2016, well worth keeping an eye and ear on. The remix throws up a solid Dharmology performance that delivers a strong progressive groove that will definitely make it into many playlists. A cool contrasting track, this one has deep tendencies while brighter melodies ensure the track stays firmly in the peak time slot. Great use of the vocals on the break create a surreal sequence that climaxes with deep droning basses before we get locked back into full on mode for the duration. Fantastic stuff yet again from Dharma, not to be missed.

Spanish DJ and producer Toni Gonzalez aka Experimental Feelings returns to BP with a sublime remix. We last saw this guy back in September 2015 with his Indian Trip EP which gained great support across the board. Aside from this remix he has another release scheduled for early 2016 on Green Martian which will no doubt grab the attention of many jocks, keep a lookout for that one. As you’d expect from Experimental Feelings, we are treated to a sublime trek into the world of melodic progressive house. A tight drum arrangement complete with crispy hats and a nice punchy kick provide a solid platform for this progressive groover to shine. Up top we have a cacophony of melodies that take on various forms keeping the track fresh. The bass is a subtle affair that packs a huge punch but allows the brighter sounds to take the glory. The vocals come through beautifully and melt into the sound adding to the melodic structure of the track. Superb stuff yet again from this guy, a definite must have track for 2016.

#audionoir #lokkavox #bonzaiprogressive #alexvidal #yoky #dharmalogy #experimentalfeelings

25 January 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

PERSYA – EXPECTO (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Bologna based producer Persya debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Expecto. Launched in 2015 with a release already on BQ Recordings, Persya has big plans for 2016 and this two tracker will be kicking things off in style.

Expecto intros with a surreal sequence made up of crispy hats, strange pads and distant vocals. A cool rhythm forms out of this collection of sounds and the track sets off with a little help from a nice punchy kick. A warm bass drone fills the low end as cool synths are introduced into the sound. The surreal atmosphere continues to dominate as we get drawn into the groove that twists and turns with every new sound added. The break is a mesmerizing sequence that provides all the right ingredients for a trippy mind explosion. A solid, hypnotic progressive stomper that will turn a few heads no doubt.

Ygnal intros with a cool filtered kick and percussion sound that soon transforms into a full on punchy drum section with a little bassy after tone on the end. Cool sounds start to fade through and bring a gritty vibe to the track while the percussions keep the rhythm flowing. The bassline eases into the track with a stealthy approach becoming the main driving force of the progressive groove. On the break we are treated to a sublime melodic sequence made up of subtle pianos and a very cool trumpet arrangement. Superb stuff that definitely grab a lot of attention.

#persya #bonzaiprogressive

25 January 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

ORAA – TIME OUT FOR LOVE (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Spanish DJ and producer Jurgi Oraa Diaz aka Oraa returns to Piston with the superb two tracker entitled Time Out For Love. His last outing came back in December 2015 with a collaboration on Fear Like Me alongside Ekai which gained great support across the board. Lots going on with this guy in 2016 and we look forward to more in the year ahead.

Time Out For Love serves up a real tasty slice of deep house goodness right from the off as chunky kicks are met with a crispy hat and some ultra cool vocals. The big hitter has to be that retro themed chord stab that resonates throughout the track and settles perfectly above the deep probing bassline that drives the groove. A definite must have track that will get the floors moving no doubt.

Countless intros with a punchy kick and sharp hat combi in a classic set up that will hit the floors with a bounce. A deep probing bassline starts to lurk about on the low end and is joined by cool vocal snippets and a high string. The layers build nicely and the groove is boosted by those fantastic vocals that burst through. Smooth deep house chords add a warm glow to the track on the break before we get slammed right back into full on mode for the duration. Superb stuff that is definitely not to be missed.

#oraa #pistonrecordings

25 January 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

SA.DU – BODY & SOUL EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

Sa.Du gets 2016 off to a great start with this sublime five track EP entitled Body & Soul. This guy always delivers the goods and judging by his last outing – Glide, back in the Summer of 2015 we know we’re in for another tasty techno treat.

Body & Soul gets right down to business with a solid punchy kickdrum and bright plink plonks alongside a shuffling rhythmic hat sequence. A superb, deep probing bassline comes through and is soon joined by a darkly sinister vocal and gritty swirling synth. The track settles into its techno groove for the duration as various percussion layers build giving the track a definite dancefloor friendly vibe.

Figaro Kick intros with a wispy percussive sound that gives off a haunting vibe before a nice chunky kick comes in and gets the track moving. A shadow descends onto the track as we are taken deep into the darker side of techno with its relentless groove that locks you on for the duration. A real monster of a track here that will give any set a welcome boost.

7 Seas settles into a solid techno groove right from the off as chunky kicks are met with a superb probing bass that dominates the sound beautifully. A metallic offset note comes in alongside the crispy sharp percussions and get the rhythm moving nicely. Cool melodies float above tough groove providing some cool contrasts in the sound. The break throws up some quality sounds and blends them into a surreal sequence that fits perfectly into this full on techno groove. Top notch stuff.

Parametric is a superb slice of dark techno that will definitely keep any floor rocking well into the night. Punchy kicks and crispy hats provide a steady rhythmic vibe as a deep throbbing bassline lurks on the low end. Tough synths come through alongside a cool vocal that adds a wonderful texture to the sound. The groove intensifies as a myriad of sounds collide head on resulting in a sublime techno offering. Excellent stuff yet again from Sa.Du, this one is a must have for sure.

In Da Club is a perfectly apt title for what is about to unfold. A superb techno groove is born out of this cacophony of sounds that merge together perfectly. Chunky kicks and slicing hats are joined by a deep throbbing bassline that sits beautifully at the low end providing a solid platform for the track to drive forward. Cool clangy sounds come in on the offset and resonate brilliantly with the techno groove as equally cool vocals ring out at various intervals. This one serves up a real treat for the floors and is not to be missed.

#sa.du #bonzaibasiks

25 January 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

EXPERIMENTAL FEELINGS – BETWEEN THE STARS (GREEN MARTIAN)

Experimental Feelings aka Spanish DJ and producer Toni Gonzalez returns to Green Martian with the fantastic three tracker entitled Between The Stars. This one comes after a successful debut back in September 2015 with his Indian Trip EP and more recently he showed up as a guest remixer on Audio Noir’s – Your Love. Prepare to get lost in a world of beautifully deep melodic progressive house on this one.

Between The Stars intros with a deep vibe that settles us into a solid progressive groove. Chunky kicks and crispy hats are met with a deep sweeping pads and an equally deep probing bass that dominates the low end beautifully. Subtle melodies can be heard but are overshadowed by the deep nature of the track. The break allows the melody to come through for a short time before we are consumed once more by the deeper elements. A top notch track that will sit perfectly in those late night prog sets.

Underwater Love sets out with a real nice kick and a rich string in the background that delivers a cool melody. A deep throbbing bassline comes through and takes us deeper into the progressive abyss as brighter sounds keep the track fresh up top. A wonderfully crafted sweeping melodic sequence comes in and stays the course on the break before the bass takes control once more and we are led back to this solid groove for the duration. A fantastic display of the deeper side of prog house that is not to be missed.

Don’t Be Afraid intros with a solid kick drum which is joined by cool shuffling hats and a mesmerizing string that hangs beautifully in the background alongside spacey FX. The bassline bubbles up from below and takes the sound deep into progressive with ease. This one stays deep, the subtle melodies keep the track locked into a deep groove. On the break we get blown away by a wonderfully intense sequence complete with a stunning spoken vocal before the main track kicks back in. A real progressive treat here that will be a welcome addition in any set.

#experimentalfeelings #greenmartian

25 January 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

JOHNNY DEEP (AKA YONATHAN DAHAN) – FEEL THE REALNESS EP (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

Johnny Deep returns to Eyepatch after a bit of a hiatus with the superb three tracker Feel The Realness EP. Just under a year ago was the last time we got a glimpse of this guys talents when he delivered the excellent Flowting Up which was very well received indeed, although we did get a couple of tracks on Tech House Toolbox 4 and My House Is Your House 11. A great way to kick off 2016, we hope to see much more from Johnny in the year ahead.

Feel The Real intros with a superb punchy kickdrum that is soon joined by rhythmic percussions that set the track up nicely for those dancing feet. A wonderfully subtle bassline takes the track deeper into the groove as we are teased with some lush house chords. The deep house groove is relentless as a solid wall of drums dominate the sound. On the break the bass rules alongside those superb chords while a brighter sound comes through adding cool contrasts to the sound. Top notch stuff that you will want in your collection no doubt.

Revival Spirit sets out with a cool drum arrangement complete with muted kicks and strange percussive sounds. The kicks get beefed up with a solid punch and we are on our way into a solid tech fuelled journey that will definitely get the floors bouncing. The drums layer up nicely and create a solid rhythmic platform for the track to evolve. A deep bassline keeps things moving nicely as we are teased with short chord stabs and quirky FX. The track hypnotizes with those deep offset basses and FX, on the break we are faced with some superb chords that give off a deep house vibe while the drums and bass ensure we stay firmly in the tech arena. A must have track for sure.

Until You Love Me is a wonderful trek into deep house with the drums and percussions being the dominant force throughout, with a little help from some extra cool vocals. A nice and solid arrangement ensues that will get the body moving to the deep grooves. The bassline meanders through the sound with ease and takes the groove deeper with a hint of funk thrown in. The vocals sit perfectly in the sound and add to the already superb house vibe. Cool piano chords ease in and accompany the vocals beautifully as well as that hypnotic bassline. On the break we get more from those chords as we get lost in the groove before the main track kicks back in for the duration. Excellent stuff that will be a welcome addition in any deeper set.

#johnnydeep(akayonathandahan) #eyepatchrecordings

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MANU RIGA – INDIGENOUS RIGHTS (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Belgian maestro Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens kicks off 2016 with Indigenous Rights which is taken from his much anticipated forthcoming studio album. 2015 was indeed a bumper year for this guy and we’d need quite a few paragraphs to cover everything as he was a very busy man. Aside from an exhaustive release schedule which included several original works as a solo artist and a few collaborative projects, he also churned out a raft of remixes and featured on a lot of compilations including Bonzai Progressive’s 500th release – Bonzai and Friends 500 – where he appeared three times with his own A Sense Of Hope, with Matt Holliday on As We Become One and on remix duty alongside Matt on Phi Phi’s Hiccup. Check out manu-riga.com for more and be sure to stay tuned for another fantastic Manu Riga-music filled year ahead.

Indigenous Rights intros with a nice chunky kicks and rhythmic hat alongside a fading in bass pulse. We get a glimpse of some beautiful melody from the superb vocal snippets and swirling pads and strings that mesmerize throughout. The pulsing bass is soon joined by a much grittier but very subtle wub wub bass that works perfectly within the track. The track takes a short break to prepare for one of the stars of the show, those stunning vocals. As the title suggests we get treated to some of the most beautiful chants that takes us up to the main break where a powerful poetic vocal rings out and sends shivers down your spine. A very strong sound on this one with a superb solid progressive groove, perfect for those late night sets.

Moments Of Sobriety opens with a cool punchy kick and is surrounded by layering percussions that form into a solid rhythmic sequence. A wonderful sequence follows as a Turkish Oud plays out its rich melodic sound to the backdrop of some cool sweeps and FX. A fantastic bassline sits perched on the low end and moves effortlessly through this sea of melodies, driving the track forward. The break is a beautifully constructed kaleidoscope of sound which is joined by some stunning hair raising vocals that deliver a haunting groove. A truly epic slice of progressive with a plethora of sounds, from tribal to Ethnic and beyond, top notch.

#manuriga #bonzaiprogressive

18 January 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

VLADA D’SHAKE – FRIDAY NIGHT (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

The prolific Serbian DJ and producer Vlada D’Shake debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic two tracker – Friday Night. Since 2011 this guy has been churning out top quality cuts on various labels including Balkan Connection, Juicebox Music, Mistique Music and Stripped Digital to name just a few. His tracks are regularly picked up and featured in the sets of some of the world’s best known jocks. This is a testament to the quality and style this guy offers and judging by his already extensive discography, it’s no real surprise. Great to have him on board and we hope to see more soon.

Friday Night intros with a slight air of intensity as shuffling hats are joined by a layered pad and a deep vocal. A nice and chunky kick takes over and is accompanied by various synths and plucks that spell out some cool melodies. The bassline adds a solid driving groove to the sound and keeps the track firmly in the progressive sphere. The vocals continue and become a big focus in the sound alongside the ever expanding melodies. The intensity remains throughout and keeps you locked on for the duration, not to be missed.

Ihh sets out with a cool percussion led intro with a single bass pulse that is soon joined by a punchy kick drum to get the things moving. A series of quirky one shots ring out and give the track a rough tech edge as the deep growling bass hypnotises, hooking you in for the duration. A surreal vibe envelopes this one as the myriad of sounds converge into a single tech groove that ploughs on relentlessly. An epic slice here that will be a welcome addition in any set.

#vladad’shake #bonzaiprogressive

18 January 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

HERMANN DIUS – UK MOVEMENT (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Italian DJ and producer Hermann Dius aka Emmanuel De Caprio returns to Piston with UK Movement which also features three top notch remixes. His debut came back in May 2015 with Baht which also appeared on Bonzai Progressive’s Tech House Toolbox 4 back in the Summer of 2015.

The Original Mix intros with a very cool kick and hat combi that really starts to get the rhythmic juices flowing. Short vocal hits litter the sound as synths stabs fade through and lead us up to the deep tech fuelled bassline that dominates the sound. As the layers build we find more vocals come through which gives the track a cool upbeat vibe. A quite minimal sound with a huge punch that will definitely get the floors on the move.

Bonetti aka Spanish DJ and producer Andres Boned is back at Piston with another of his superb remixes. Since 2014 we’ve had four fantastic releases with this guy, as well as a few remixes in between. His latest offering – Pumping Pumping EP continues to perform well on the circuit, which is no surprise really given that the tracks are perfect dancefloor fodder. The remix intros with a nice crispy hi-hat that is accompanied by a sharp clap and snare. A chunky kick joins the party and we set off deep into a house groove with the introduction of some warm chords. The track breaks to reveal a groovy bassline and a superb bright piano melody which take over the sound for the duration. Quirky counting vocal snippets are spread over the track and timed to perfection. A host of cool drums dish out a solid rhythm and set the scene for this epic funky groover.

Jader Ag aka Italian born, Canada based DJ and producer Jader Agnolin returns to Piston on remix duty after his debut – Triggs back in July 2015. Here, the remix intros with a nice solid kick drum and hi hat combi before a raw, deep bassline takes over. Cool percussions layer up and we soon get locked into a very smooth rhythm that flows effortlessly out of the speakers. Short synth stabs are met with cool vocals and give the track a nice tech flavour. But it’s the bassline that wins the day here, it stands out beautifully with its probing tentacles looking for new orifices to invade. Another fine slice of tech you will not want to miss.

Italian artist Daniele Kama returns to Piston Recordings on remix duties after a bit of a hiatus. We last saw him way back in 2012 with She Appears EP and since then he has shown up on Eyepatch Recordings and Sounds R Us Recordings. Daniele remains a highly respected artist in the world of electronica having gained lots of support from a host of international DJ’s and working with many other fine artists on various record labels. The remix intros with a cool percussion led affair. Shuffling hats and various other drum themed sounds converge alongside the chunky kicks to deliver a solid flowing rhythm. Soon enough the bassline arrives and transforms the track beautifully with its infectious warm glow. In the background we are faced with some very cool FX indeed, some come direct from the cosmos with their surreal spacey vibes and alien themes. The track suddenly breaks to reveal an ear splitting high pitch tone as counting vocals go off over the top before the drums kick back in and we are left with a superb laidback tech groove. Top notch stuff.

#hermanndius #pistonrecordings #bonetti #jaderag #danielekama

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CROCY featuring ASHLEY BERNDT – MIND – REMIXES (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Crocy’s Mind is given the remix treatment on our next release and we have enlisted the talents of two top notch producers to lend their talents on the mixing desk. Mind was first released back in Summer 2015 to a great reception, the vocals from Ashley Berndt had a huge impact and we’ve no doubt that these new cuts will follow suit.

First up we have Pavlin Petrov on remix duty and he certainly knows how to turn up the groovy meter. Pavlin first appeared on BP back in September 2015 with the superb Feeling Alive which featured the vocal talents of Selina Stone, and what a debut that was. Hailing from Bulgaria Pavlin grew up with the music by Jean Michelle Jarre, Vangleis and Enigma. He started producing in 2005 with a keen interest in Ambient before he got more into progressive house. Since then he mixes his tracks with an ambient atmosphere which is essential for progressive house. He likes to experiment with every new track and express that deep and dark feeling dedicated to his unique style. Over the last 5 or 6 years he has released a plethora of music on various labels including Mystic Carousel Records, KP Recordings, Beat Block Records, Suffused Music among others. On top of this he has an impressive list of remixes for others making him a very much in demand artist. On the remix Pavlin finds that precarious line between tech house and progressive house in a way that allows both iterations to meet in the middle and deliver the best of both worlds. A solid workout ensues complete with nice punchy kicks, a raw, organic bassline and swirling pads. On the break we get a taste of Ashley’s stunning vocal and a reminder just how good this seemingly simplistic vocal really is. A perfect track for that crossover period in any set.

Since his first Bonzai Progressive outing back in June 2015, we have seen some fine work from this guy, both in original and remix formats. Starting out in Techno he made his way over to the Progressive side with a truly unique style that is definitely getting a lot of attention. Always worth checking out this guy’s endeavours, we hope to be seeing more from him in the future. Alexey’s remix goes straight into a deep house groove with a series of chord stabs that are mashed up beautifully resulting in a cool upbeat kinda vibe and are soon joined by the superb dancefloor friendly kicks and percussion that will keep the booty’s shakin all night. The star of the show however is that mesmerizing piano riff that weaves throughout the track. Working beautifully with the vocals on offer this piano riff is a nod to proper classic deep house that will leave punters feeling very good indeed. A definite must have in general but if you know your stuff then this one is for you.

Crocy’s House Mix intros with a real nice chunky kick and a crispy hi-hat that is soon joined by cool percussions. A quirky pluck takes over as a deep bassline dominates the low end resulting in a perfectly matched arrangement that allows the groove to flow effortlessly. The vocals start to make an appearance in a subtle way before Ashley’s voice bursts out into full on effect on the break accompanied by that super sweet piano riff from the original cut. A much tougher slice of progressive than the original which gives the track a whole new dimension, fantastic stuff.

Rounding off this top notch remix pack we have Crocy’s House Instrumental which strips out the vocals for those that like to keep it purely musical.

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