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DIEGO HERRERA – SLOW BURN (BONZAI BASIKS)

Diego Herrera returns to Basiks with the double-a side Slow Burn. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Diego, his debut came in September 2013 with Afterhour EP with a great reception, after that he gave us the fantastic Middle Earth EP and then a remix on Christian Bonori & Paul S-Tone’s Chemtrails back in March 2014. Great to see him back with another track we are sure will not disappoint.

First up is the Original Mix of Slow Burn with its smooth deep tech house grooves. The intro boasts cool breaks that build up with percussive elements filtering through to get the rhythm flowing. The track instantly transforms with a four four beat and superb offset bass that seems fathomless as it pulsates through the sound. Bright percussion hits stand out beautifully and become the mainstay of the track keeping that tech flavour going. Subtle chords leak into the sound after the break rounding up this fantastic rhythm fuelled slice of tech.

Slow Burn gets a makeover from Christian Venegas with his Christian Venegas Is Burning In Hell Remix. Chilean DJ and producer Christian is a popular figure in the underground scene. He got into DJing professionally in 2006 after he started to buy records and has since performed at top venues all over the country. His weekly radio show Microtechnia airs on SonidoLikido and he currently produces for a vast array of top labels. Here he toughens up the sound with big punchy kicks and some superb in your face percussions that are a big feature in the sound. Staying true to the original he utilises the deep bass beautifully and carries over the main percussion hook to great effect. A driving and ballsy cut that will be a feature in many sets for sure.

The Vibe intros with a nice chunky kick and clangy synth shots that get the track moving with style. A wonderfully deep sub bass dominates the sound as subtle percussions build around the track. After a short break the groove settles into its tech flavoured vibe as that bass pounds the bassbins. Bright crispy hats stand out and leads us to the break where a surreal sequence filled with metallic sounds and frenzied FX takes over. Before long we get thrust back into the main track for the duration of this epic encounter with full on tech house.

Da One sets off with a monster kick that pounds a throbbing jab right in your face alongside a continuous rimshot and sharp snappy hats. A deep resonating bass rises up in the background and gets you hooked right into its groove. Detuned hits litter the sound and add to the almost eerie nature of the track. The break throws up a brilliant display of automation on the percussions that gives the track a lot of character before we get thrown right back into the mix. Top notch techno which is not to be missed.

#diegoherrera #bonzaibasiks

15 December 2014 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

TALI FREAKS FEATURING MATTEO BORGHI – BURIDDA (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

Tali Freaks teams up with Matteo Borghi on Eyepatch with the wonderful Buridda which comes in Original, Dub and Instrumental flavours. Tali Freaks’ last outing Set The Sun garnered lots of support and we have no doubt this cut will follow suit.

The Original Mix takes deep techy house to new heights with wonderfully soulful licks throughout the sound. Big chunky kicks get the toes tapping as the shuffling percussions start to build. A fantastic bassline takes over and will definitely get your dancing feet moving with its upbeat patterns. The tight drum arrangements are expertly crafted with classy snare hits being most prominent. A massive feature here is the diverse vocals that really get the juices flowing. A mixture of soul style vocals are met with gritty sequences that blend so perfectly together. This track is a definite must with its catchy grooves and funky vibes, top notch stuff.

The Dub Mix strips out much of the brighter elements and leaves us with a relentless drive through deep techy house. That wonderful bassline just dances through the sound beautifully and will make you move with its funky grooves. In contrast to the deeper shades we get a subtle melodic flow on the break and beyond. A little bit of vocal is thrown in to mix things up making this a track that will turn a few heads for sure.

The Instrumental is just exactly that, the vocal is stripped out and leaves behind a cool driving track that would grace any set with style. Just like the original the track flows beautifully the only difference is the vocal is left out. Top notch stuff that would do well in any deep set.

#talifreaks #matteoborghi #eyepatchrecordings

15 December 2014 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

CLUB TRAXX – PROGRESSIVE HOUSE 13 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Here at Bonzai we remain committed to bringing you the very best musical experiences and today we present another round of top notch cuts from our Club Traxx series. Progressive House 13 continues this series with 20 of the finest progressive grooves for your listening pleasure. Original works and remixes come from artists such as Audio Noir, Inkfish, John Freedman, Stan Kolev ft. Albena Veskova, Loquai, Phi Phi & Airwave, Silinder, Dinamica, Progress Inn, Samoratev, Yuriy From Russia, Subconscious Tales, Manu Riga, Philthy Chit, Squillante & Nae-Tago, Relaunch, Gilbert Ramos, Pheobus, Yefim Malko & Dima Bigulaev, Andro V, Chris Harris, Matteo Monero, Kintar, Etnia, Moshic, MSZ and Horizons. A definitive collection of some of the hottest progressive vibes around and a compilation you gotta have.

#bonzaiprogressive #inkfish #loquai #matancaspi #silinder #yuriyfromrussia #samotarev #philthychit #yefimmalko #dimabigulaev #matteomonero #kintar #audionoir #msz #audionoir #johnfreedman #stankolev #albenaveskova #loquai #airwave #phiphi #progressinn #dinamica #manuriga #subconscioustales #relaunch #squillante #naetago #phoebus #gilbertramos #androv #chrisharris #moshic #etnia #horizons

9 December 2014 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

CHRIS HARRIS – FEELS REAL? (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Chris Harris makes a welcome return with fantastic driving progressive grooves of Feels Real? His full debut back in the summer of this year, What’s Left Of Them, turned a few heads with support coming in from all angles. Coming backed up with a brilliant remix you can expect to be blown away with this track.

The Original Mix gets us on the move with its punchy kicks and rolling bassline setting the groove firmly into the progressive realm. Cool percussions layer up bringing a steady rhythmic vibe while sweeping synths take us on a surreal, twisting journey. The track settles beautifully into its groove as the myriad of sounds paint a colourful picture filled with elements of psy and trance. The break reveals an absolute gem of a vocal sample that sits so perfectly into the sound with its melancholic undertones. Superb sweeping arps cascade through the sound before we get thrust right back into the main track. A stunning slice of deep hypnotizing progressive house that will no doubt find itself crossing over into many sets.

Manu Riga is up on remix duty with his Tribal Remix and yet again he hits it right out of the park. Currently he is working on lots of new material with a slightly different direction in mind which we are very excited about. His newest track No Time Left is a collab with DJ Fire and continues to garner much support, keep an eye out for more from this guy and you will not be disappointed. On the remix he digs deep and delivers a superb progressive cut. The intro gets right into it with a nice snappy kick and shuffling percussions that get the rhythm flowing. A very sinister bassline sits in the wings waiting to pounce as it bubbles up with a raw energetic power. The vocal sample used is just the perfect accompaniment to the sound and continues throughout the track in all the right places. Cool arps litter the groove while on the break a much more melodic flow comes through alongside that vocal which takes us back into full on mode. Deep, tribal, full on grooves that will be a big feature in any set.

#chrisharris #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga

8 December 2014 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

D-COMPOST & LEANDRO SILVA FEATURING VESELINA POPOVA – FEEL ALIVE (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Our next Piston release comes as a real treat, a trio of artists at the top of their game have joined forces to deliver a stunning slice of smooth deep house vibes. D-Compost & Leandro Silva have recruited the heavenly vocal talents of Veselina Popova on their Piston debut Feel Alive. D-Compost is a DJ and producer who spends his time between Lisbon and London. He got into dance music from a very early age thanks to his older brother. When he moved to a new town at just 13 years of age he quickly settled into life in a new school and became involved with the local radio station. Lots of DJ bookings followed and soon he got into production where he has gained worldwide recognition due to his unique style which is derived from a love of many different genres. Angolan DJ Leandro Silva began to play music in 1997 and turned professional in 2001. He has plied his trade in Luanda ever since and has continued to promote and expand his music with residencies in top clubs all over the city. His DJing skills transfer to music production with ease and he has racked up a very impressive back catalogue across many top labels. Rounding up this trio is Bulgarian vocalist Veselina Popova. After her participation on a local televised talent show Veselina embarked on a singing career with a few Pop releases coming soon after. Currently she focuses her attention on House music projects and with her stunning vocal range we are glad she chose this particular path.

The Original Mix is a true floor filler with its upbeat vibe reminiscent of the heady days of early Chicago House. A tight drum arrangement sits over some smooth keys and a bassline that will have any ass shakin’ resulting in a fine flowing rhythmic groove. The big hitter has to be the vocal which just captivates from the first bar. You instantly get hooked in its catchy phrases and will find yourself singing along in no time. An absolute stomper here that will no doubt be a big hit on many floors across the world.

The Dub Mix leaves out the vocal and concentrates on the smooth deep house grooves on offer. Punchy kicks and rhythmic percussions lead the way as that strolling bassline forces you to move your feet with its dancey vibe. Swirling keys and cool melodies give that upbeat feel making this a definite must have track.

The Heat goes in a slightly tougher direction with a big chunky kick and sharp, more crispy hats that contrast beautifully with the warm lush tones of the deep synths that swirl around and draw you in. A raw sounding oldskool style bass ploughs through the sound and will give the bass bins a bashing. As the track evolves we are treated to some subtle melodies that contrast well with the deep rooted nature of the track. One for the late night darker rooms that will keep the floors in full effect.

#dcompost #leandrosilva #veselinapopova #pistonrecordings

8 December 2014 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

ANTONIO CITARELLA – DREAM SEQUENCER (PROGREZ)

Time for another taste of progressive techno with Antonio Citarella with his two tracker Dream Sequencer. Antonio has been churning out the quality at every turn and this one is no exception, we recently saw his previous track, Traveller, gain lots of support as well as his superb remix on Audio Noir’s Almost Famous Reworked package.

First up we have the title track, Dream Sequence, the intro here is filled with cool crispy hats and rising FX that lead up to a nice and solid chunky kick. A fantastic array of in your face percussive hits bleed into the sound and ramp up the rhythms nicely. A raw sounding analogue bass plucks its way through and brings a real depth to the vibe. Strange and surreal melodies float around and are contrasted with some very smooth brighter phrases that bring a real dynamic feel to the track. There also lies a pure and organic flow here that resonates beautifully throughout. Top notch yet again and a definite must have track.

Radio Connection intros with a full, lush synth pad that sweeps by in a haunting manner. Sharply contrasted hats appear and bring a shuffling rhythm to the intro before we settle down with a cool punchy kick and a deep throbbing bass. The track holds some expert arrangements that serve to keep the booty’s shakin along with its classy electro styled grooves. The break unleashes more of those wonderful synths before a brilliant classic snare fill gets us back to the main track for the duration. A beautiful and mesmerizing sound filled with deep grooves and classic percussions that will turn a few heads for sure.

#antoniocitarella #progrez

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ALAN CASTRO – BATA EP (MONOG RECORDS)

Alan Castro is back at Monog with Bata EP. Alan’s last outing for us was on remix duty for Kruno Kereta’s Disquiet and before that it was a while since we seen him around these shores. Delighted to see another fine release from this guy and hope to see much more.

First up we have the title track Bata and right from the off we are lured into the deep grooves on offer with a superb kick and subtle percussion arrangement to the backdrop of a musical bass that locks you in for the ride. The grooves build slowly and tease us before we get to the break where some very smooth chords give you a little respite and then back into full swing. Cool vocal samples and FX splatter across the sound keeping your interest and adding many textures. A real nice and smooth cut that will not disappoint.

Dad0s sets off with a real deep groovy vibe as pulsing basses are joined by muted percussions that slowly weave a smooth rhythmic flow. Darker elements creep through in the shape of a mysterious echoed bell sound, which also adds a dramatic effect. Wonderfully positioned FX keep the ears trained as the groove unfolds taking us deeper. A strange yet very appealing sound that will draw the attention of many for sure.

#alancastro #monogrecords

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