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Relaunch delivers another of his stunning packs with his ‘Camis Minor EP’ which comprises four tough edged progressive monsters. Maik’s productions are top class and he has seen much support across Joof and Bonzai in recent months along with other works for various outfits.
First up we have the title track ‘Camis Minor’, right from the off we are thrust into a driving progressive groove with punchy kicks and a pulsating bass that provides the power behind the track. Tight drum and percussion patterns give off a steady rhythmic flow as the sounds gather pace around the track. Perfectly tweaked stabby synths lead us to the break where a beautiful lush pad takes over before crashing back into full on mode. Top notch stuff yet again from Relaunch.
‘Cygnus’ packs a huge punch as it delves right into a full on progressive stomper from the get go. Chunky kicks are accompanied by crispy hats providing a smooth rhythm and laced with bubbly basses that seem to just materialise from nowhere. We get a sense of Relaunch’s Psy roots as the synth line along with that powerful bassline will attest. Perfectly placed acid squelches add tough character to the sound while on the break we are taken on a sublime ride as the synths and pads take hold. Progressive, edgy house that will do well on many floors for sure.
‘Despina’ intros with a monster kick and sharp hat combo with a contrasting melodic synth bringing up the rear. A strong plucky bassline throbs throughout and gives the track a purely progressive vibe. Synth patterns form up nicely and take us up to the break where the bass is joined by cool arps and lush pads creating intricate melodies for us to enjoy. The track eases back into the groove for a fantastic journey through prog house at its best!
Lastly we have ‘Rhea’ which intros with a beautifully crafted sequence of bass pulses, FX and pads. A big and ballsy kick adds weight to the intro and the track soon settles in for an epic ride as melodic synth patterns begin to rise. The break unleashes a wave of euphoria as we are taken into a brilliantly crafted build up that will have the hairs on your body rise. Superb track and one that will gain a lot of attention, no doubt!
Spanish DJ and producer Alex Vidal debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic ‘Solar Citadel’ which comes complete with two stunning remixes. Alex found a passion for music at a very young age when he learned to play Spanish guitar and piano. He grew up listening a wide range of music from the 80’s & 90’s, the likes of The Cure, Depeche Mode, A-Ha, New Order, The Cult, Nirvana and Metallica, are just some of the bands that shaped his youth. He started to DJ in the early 90’s playing techno, trance & house in local clubs and private parties.
The Original Mix kicks off our journey into the deeper recesses of progressive house with a sublime intro filled with dark drones and contrasted with bright melodic flavours. Those drones build tension beautifully as the track evolves to the backing of a tight drum arrangement. The bassline forms a solid platform for the track as it packs a huge punch within the sound and is the perfect match for the fleeting melodic sequences. The break reveals a whole new level on the melody front as we are drawn deeper into the vibe before crashing out the other end and back into this relentless groove. Superb debut from Alex and sure to turn a lot of heads.
One of Bonzai’s top rated in-house remix artists, Manu Riga, is called upon to deliver his unique brand of the deeper stuff. Manu Riga’s Weird Dreams Remix goes into a surreal world filled with a wonderful combination of sounds. The intro boasts a punchy kick with wispy melodic phrases floating by. The bass is a big focus here as it pulsates throughout the sound beautifully and offers a deep rooted groove to the track. As the track progresses we are introduced to a stunning display of pads and strings that really move to captivate your mind as they weave intricate melodic sequences. Weird Dreams indeed as this track will definitely take you far far away, awesome stuff.
Up next we have the Lonely Sun & Nicolas Agudelo Remix. This Columbian music production duo are the latest addition to the Bonzai family. The guys joined forces in 2013 and released their track ‘Mistweaver’ on Vacate Music and Vacate Exclusive. Nicolas Agudelo is one of Colombia’s most promising electronic artists, his diverse, elaborate releases are supported by major DJ’s as well as underground DJ’s all around the world. Lonely Sun aka Daniel Cabrera is an emerging producer whose love for electronic music started very early in his life while listening to 80s and 90s music, he found he was fascinated by the sounds of the synths and percussions that were of that time. So he studied to become a DJ and also studied electronic music production. Here the guys really shine on their Bonzai remix debut with deep and dark beauty of a track. Nice chunky kick led intro with rising pads that lead smoothly into one of the warmest basslines you’ll hear as it effortlessly controls the groove with perfectly timed note changes. The background sounds create a perfectly balanced contrast and keep this track firmly in the depths. After the short break the track takes a melodic turn that really beefs up the sound and makes this a definite must have for any set.
Brett Lawrence returns to Piston with his two tracker Different Heat EP. Brett made waves with his last Piston release ‘Remember That Jack?’ and this time around we are in for more of the same deep house quality vibes.
Different Heat gets you right into a smooth deep house vibe right from the off with a nice chunky kick and muted synth combo that builds beautifully into a full on pumping deep house cut. Nice crispy hats provide a cool contrast to the lower end sounds as a silky analogue bass come through. You feel the groove move you as the track progresses with the addition of some classy sounds and a well worked side chained synth pad. For the most part the track is dominated by a superb piano chord giving the track so much character, great stuff from Brett and not to be missed!
People In High Places intros with a fading sound before you get slapped right in the face with a phat kick that remains a big force on the track. Sharp hats are soon joined by a very cool drum arrangement as smooth chords litter the background. A sweeping synth pad filters through as the groove gathers momentum and takes us up to the break where a cool vocal sample joins the party, all the while a stunningly deep bass shores up the lower end in style as this perfectly tweaked deep house joint weaves its magic, brilliant!
Italian DJ and producer Phatool aka Batty debuts on Eyepatch with a classy four tracker entitled ‘I Am Phatool’. This young DJ, producer and resident of Hund Underground Music Movement Vicenza started to DJ in 2006. After a few years experimenting with different styles he settled into techno and deep house music. He has played all over Europe in places like Barrakud Festival (Croatia and Hungary), Alter Ego (Vr), La Plage (Ve), People Club (Vi), Gilda Club (Vi) with lots of artists including Paul Kalkbrenner, Nina Kravitz, Apparell, Dragosh, Marco Faraone, Cassy, Ralf, Unzip Project, Marc Houle, Hobo and more. Besides playing music, he has worked as sound engineer while starting to produce some techno and deep house tracks.
First up we have ‘I Am Phatool’ which gets going with a cool thumping kick and sharp, contrasting hats. Rhythmic percussion patterns begin to form up and create a solid base for the grooves. A nice deep bass comes through alongside some filtered deep house keys and vocal samples. A real groovy mover her that is not to be missed.
‘J Oooh’ is up next and gets right into a classic chunky kick and hat intro with cool atmospheric samples blending in nicely in the background. The bass pulses into existence early and transforms throughout. All the while we are teased with house keys that have a heavily layered deep vibe. Silky smooth grooves are on offer here and this will do well at those summer parties no doubt.
‘Patience’ intros with a cool percussion arrangement that soon lets loose a monster kick that totally dominates. Distant sounding urban vocal samples create a surreal picture as the bass thunders through the sound alongside some very cool chords. The track packs a nice punch and is sure to feature in many sets.
Lastly on this fantastic debut EP we have ‘Tigre’. The track kicks off with minimal effort as cool percussions begin to layer up before a massive kick and bass combo takes the lead. The deep house vibes ooze out of the sound beautifully and the chords provide a real tough and stabby edge. Superb stuff and definitely one to watch.
Digital Department aka Russian DJ and producer Arseniy Somotov, debuts on Green Martian with the superb ‘You Put A Spell’ which features the delectable vocals of Cara Leigh and comes backed up with two quality remixes. Arseniy has been DJing since 2005 and has graced the decks at many top venues across Russia. In 2009 he started producing under his Digital Department guise and has since seen releases on labels like Mystique Music, Incepto Music, Balkan Connection and more. Canadian singer-songwriter-musician and composer Cara is well renowned for her vocal skills within the progressive house and trance sphere. Her vocals hold a melancholic edge which fits very well with electronica and she also records some rock and indie.
First up we have the Original Mix which intros with a nice big 80’s inspired breakbeat featuring big snares a chunky kick and sharp hats, this well crafted drum arrangement holds true throughout and brings a lot of character to the sound. Plucky hard edged basses build a strong platform for the track as the vocals begin to peek through. A darker, deeper bass drone comes into play and gives it a big room feel and works so well alongside much brighter arps with subtle melodic twists. Cara’s vocal tells the story beautifully and you find yourself captivated by her voice which makes this a definite must for any party this summer!
Blufeld steps up to the remix plate with a wonderful progressive house cut that will move the floors no doubt. We last saw the inspirational Blufeld earlier this year with his ‘Huddlestone Arch’ single that performed nicely on the circuit. Since then David has been very busy indeed with other projects which we hope to see very soon. Here he utilises his massive skills and ramps up the grooves with a powerful 4/4 cut. A smooth subtle intro leads us gently into a nice chunky kick and bass combo, the bass reverberates through the sound beautifully as the rhythms come to life with the help of tight percussion and drum arrangements. Cool melodic arps fill the sound and come to prominence on the break alongside samples of Cara’s brilliant vocal. Top notch yet again from Blufeld, a must have!
Next up to remix duties we have Wild Guess which is made up of Belgium based DJ’s J.E.O.F., Config and P.O.W. The guy’s debuted on Green Martian at the start of this year with ‘Nebulae’. Here we are treated to their Incantation Remix. The intro sets of with a muted kick with a throbbing deep bass and a rising synth. The kicks soon get a nice thump attached as the track gathers pace with strings sweeping through the sound and the synth becoming more intense. The track settles into a solid groove and is garnished with subtle, flowing melodic arps. These are matched perfectly to the vocal which has been give a wonderful makeover in the FX department. Nice and solid, hypnotic vibes here and will no doubt turn a few heads.
Julio Tomé aka Blister 13.0 is a fresh Psy-Progressive Talent coming from the Barcelona Area. This first EP of his on LCD Recordings immediately captivated us, Anai Arreba being the banger of the three, Besos Mullidos being the trippy one while Retornos is the melodic tune of this awesome package. Unique is the most suitable adjective here. Keep an eye on Blister 13.0 because he’s well worth it.
11th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series, this time around with original tracks and remixes by Audiotox & Overtone Watson, LoQuai, Matan Caspi, Ben Coda, Phi Phi, Airwave, Moshic, Quincy, Pole Folder, CP, Cid Inc, Yuji Ono, SeamLess Beat, Reflection Soul, Nico Parisi, Audio Noir, Suffused, Horizon, Smart Wave, Roy Leben, R3cycle, Matt Holliday, Nae-tago & Squillante, Dani Bosco, Kay-D, Alex Vidal, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Derek Howell & Faskil, Apsara, Hoova & White Resonance, Onez!, Etnia and Suggy.
Italian DJ and producer Marco Trovato aka Mark Found debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb ‘Sagittarius’ and comes with an Original and Dub flavour. Mark started out at a young age, at just 16 he began to DJ at local radio stations where he soon became noticed and was offered many gigs in local clubs. He was playing Acid House and Rap in 1990 and soon his friends were encouraging him to get into the production side of things. His first equipment was of course a set of 1200’s and an Amiga computer. He learned all about MIDI and was soon churning out his own brand of Acid music using synths, sequencers and samplers. At this time he was also going all over Italy, taking part in DJ competitions where he showed off his mixing and scratching skills.
First up we have the Original Mix which takes us on a sublime journey into the deeper side of progressive house. The intro gets us on the move with a nice chunky kick and a cool array of FX that create a good portion of the sound. A deep bubbly bass comes through brilliantly as subtle melodic sequences play out in the background. Super tight arrangements on the drums and percussions give off a steady flowing groove while swirling pads will captivate your mind. A definite must have track as you will not want to miss this epic journey.
The Dub Mix goes all out deep and dark progressive with a monster kick on the intro and a truly awesome deep throbbing bass that is a big focus of the sound. Smooth and steady percussion patterns bring rhythms to life as cool synths build a nice melodic structure. Beautifully layered textures create a surreal atmosphere that is almost tangible. Top notch stuff from Mark and not to be missed.
Bonzai Basiks stalwart Sa.Du returns with another of his fantastic packages. This time around we have the four tracker ‘Breakfast’. His last outing ‘Field’ at the end of last year saw much support as always and no doubt this one will have heads spinning.
First up we get right into deep tech territory with ‘Breakfast’ as the intro boasts a nice chunky kick alongside some fantastic percussion drums and a scaling FX sound. The track builds nicely as the layers unfold and bringing an intense vibe along the way. The track’s construction is superb and you’ll find yourself coming back for more and finding new patterns each time. Great stuff yet again and a must for any deeper set.
‘Order’ is up next and intros with a stuttering bass and percussion combi. These begin to take shape with the addition of flat snares and rhythmic hats. The bass soon becomes infectious as it relentlessly drives on and the track lifts off with a nice big phat kick. Cool vocal samples are met with some very cool percussion patterns and expertly crafted FX. Energetic and intoxicating rhythms make this a definite hit in those deep tech sets for sure.
‘Spiritual Mind’ gets going with a truly surreal vibe as chunky kicks are coupled with some outstanding FX work and stunning percussion patterns. The bass sits perfectly underneath and allows the myriad of percussive instruments to do their job. Tight arrangements build solid rhythms along the way as the track evolves and becomes a monster of a tune. This is one hell of a hypnotic, epic journey through the deeper side of tech house and is not to be missed.
‘Understand’ rounds of this superb pack and does it in style. Right for the get go you will be locked into this groove as it mercilessly unleashes infectious grooves into your mind. A real driving feel to this as the bass just keeps on going with a little help from a fantastic drum and percussion arrangement. The break offer little respite as we are thrust into a surreal world full of melancholic strings and deep basses alongside cool vocal samples. The track dives right back into full on mode soon after and keeps us hooked to the end, brilliant stuff.
Tali Freaks is back with the wonderful ‘Set The Sun’. This track comes in two flavours which are sure to grace many sets this coming summer. We last saw Tali Freaks deliver a strong deep fuelled remix on Tirrenia Vibe’s ‘Night Falls’ which was very well received.
First up we have the Original Mix that gets right into a groovy deep vibe from the off as pounding kicks are met with a classy and funky bass that teases and teases. Cool flowing rhythms are formed out of a simple yet highly effective percussion arrangement. Smooth and delicate pads offer a true taste of deep house and these are complimented beautifully with some funky key work. A big focus here is the bass, it’s a definite ass shaker as the floors will attest very soon.
Next up we have the Stradivarius Re Edit which comes at us with a pure deep house driven vibe. That funky bassline is superb as it bubbles along on its groovy path. Very cool drum patterns provide a solid rhythmic base for the track as it takes control of the floor. The break offers a cool insight to the bass as it constantly evolves alongside soft pads. Look out for those funky keys, they will get you moving in no time, a must have for any set.
Highly acclaimed as DJ and Producer, Julien Nolan debuts on our Green Martian imprint with the wonderful two tracker ‘Crossing Lines EP’. Julien has always been following his own vision of electronic music. He started off DJing and throwing parties at the age of 15 in Nice, South of France. This led him to hold a residency at Nikki Beach, St Trropez for 2 years. Eventually he got into producing and his ﬁrst release led to a broader recognition of his skills, and releases on several other labels like Red Session Records, OM Records and Ultra soon followed.
First up we get into a smooth progressive house flow with ‘Crossing Lines’ as a cool arp sweeps through the intro and the kicks thrash out a dancing beat. A driving bassline engulfs the track as it leads the main focus of the sound with super tight percussions, particularly some big and brash toms, keeping the rhythm flowing. The break reveals more of that constant arp as the bass creeps back in to the back drop of a very cool tweaked vocal sample. The track powers back into full swing after the break leaving us with the sweet taste of progressive house goodness, top notch!
‘Fargo’ sets off with a very smooth synth line that steadily builds as melodies are constructed beautifully. We get thrust right into the vibe as a phat kick delivers a solid platform alongside a superb downbeat snare. A short break unveils a fantastic piano riff that will have the house heads bouncing. A super groovy bassline is the perfect companion for that piano riff and on the break the two are joined effortlessly to create one hell of an infectious melody. Great stuff from Julien that is most definitely not to be missed.
Beyond Beats aka Sam LoPiccolo is a DJ and producer from Providence in the USA. He’s been DJing for around 5 years and producing music for around 4 and half years. He likes to produce deep house and techno and will sometimes branch out into other genres if his mood takes him. Here we see his Bonzai debut on our deep progressive imprint Progrez with the sublime two tracker entitled ‘Somewhere Out There’.
‘Somewhere Out There’ intros with a surreal distant vocal and metallic rising FX sounds before effortlessly cruising into a smooth deep progressive tech vibe with cool kicks and rhythmic percussions. The intro FX continue throughout with various other sounds layering on top to create a very cool atmosphere. The bass sounds on offer are stunning, from the deep low end subs to staccato sequences and more. The short break keeps us locked into that surreal vibe before we are taken back into the main groove. Top notch stuff!
‘Featuring Some Birds’ gives off a strangely dark vibe right from the off with those chunky kicks and a superb bass filled FX sequence. Percussions slowly build to provide a solid rhythm for the track as deep rooted basses start to come through. Brilliantly crafted drum patterns give a slight tribal feel to the sound which adds lots of character and will no doubt make this a firm favourite in many sets.