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Belgian progressive house stalwart Nico Parisi returns to Bonzai Progressive in fine form to deliver his newest cut, Raklet. His last outing came back in November 2015 when he gave us the exclusive track Salva Mi which featured on the Bonzai and Friends 500 compilation. Shortly after this he appeared on remix duty for Alexey Lisin’s Try My Soul as well as on various compilations with previous tracks such as Cacaooh. Great to see this guy back at the helm and we always know we get only the very best quality recordings when his sounds drop into the office. Raklet comes backed up with two quality remixes.
The Original Mix intros with a cool clicky percussion as a deep pad swirls underneath. Shuffling hats join in alongside a cool chunky kick that combines to deliver a mesmerizing sequence. As the track gathers pace we are introduced to various sounds that create a surreal atmosphere with a cosmic vibe. The break throws in some interesting sounds that carry the slightest melodies that builds on the surrealness of the track. A truly deep progressive groove that that would be a welcome addition in any set.
Following Light aka Ukranian born Kirill Guk makes the jump from Green Martian to Bonzai Progressive for remix duties. He debuted back in November 2015 with the superb Dell on GM and prior to this he had a fantastic remix on Samotarev’s Midnight Pinball. The remix intros with a nice wide open chunky kickdrum that sets the scene for this superb progressive journey. A rumbling bassline sits on the low end menacingly as cool synths come through and glide across the top. An array of different sounds greets each section of the track and tell their own story as that relentless bassline drives the track. On the break we get a nice contrasting sound as the low end meets the high before we get slammed back into the main track for the duration, top notch stuff indeed.
Recent Bonzai Progressive debutant Quantus returns to BP and hops on to the remix for a fine slice of progressive goodness. His debut track, Pass Through Time EP, was very well received with great support all over and we’ve no doubt that this remix will follow suit. A big punchy kick greets us on the intro of Quantus’s remix and is joined by crispy hats and sharp claps to get the rhythm flowing. The bassline bursts through and rumbles right through the track taking full control carrying us along on its chugging journey. We head into the break for a short respite were we are met with some surreal wispy pads and pulsating synths all wrapped up in a beautiful soundscape. The main groove kicks back in and we get locked on once more. A definite must have in any set, this one will not disappoint.
Ruslan Vashkevich’s tenth appearance on Bonzai Progressive gives us this superb two tracker entitled Crystal Jelly. This guy is racking up quite a substantive back catalogue and each track is filled with the finest quality progressive sounds. He has also shown up over at Bonzai Basik Beats in the past with a new show upcoming in a few weeks time.
Crystal Jelly sets out with an action packed intro full of powerful kicks and energetic synths on top of cool FX and crispy hats. A superb driving, surging bassline come in and takes over which settles us into this full on progressive stomper complete with distant voices and an air of intensity. On the break we are treated to some fine brighter sounds that contrast beautifully with the darker progressive elements. We head back into the main groove with that thumping kickdrum and fantastic bassline for the duration. A relentless stomping slice of progressive that will not disappoint.
Kosmos offers up a cool punchy kick drum on the intro and is backed by equally cool spacey synth pads that float across the sound with ease creating a sublime atmosphere. A brilliant offset bass comes though and the track literally takes off leaving a powerful progressive groove in its wake. Subtle synths lurk behind the tight drum arrangement as the FX sweep across the sound. On the break we are drawn deeper into the groove as hypnotic synths play their part before that mesmerizing kickdrum takes control once more. A must have for any serious prog jock.
South Florida based Emilio Arango aka Meeels debuts on Piston with the superb Comfort Zone which also comes backed with a great remix from Limyth. Meeels has delivered a few quality cuts in the short time he’s been releasing music. He’s shown up on labels like Bedroomrecords09, Stell Recordings, Deepmentality and Fourpoint. He is quickly building a firm base with support coming in from all quarters. Great to have him on board and we look forward to more in the future.
The Original Mix of Comfort Zone intros with a nice punchy kick and is soon joined by crispy hats and shuffling percussions that gets the rhythms flowing. In the background we have a swirling, deep pad that slowly rises up alongside cool indie vocals that are licked with some superb FX. The bassline meanders through and adds a warm depth to the sound as the deep house grooves surge forward. Powerful stuff here that will definitely keep those late night sessions rocking.
Limyth aka Martin Vejvoda returns to Piston on remix duty and we’re delighted to have this guy back once more. He made his debut release with Piston back in 2013 with his Reminiscence EP which proved quite popular among many. Since then he has appeared on various labels including Dutchie Music and HiFi Stories. The remix intros with a nice clubby vibe complete with punchy kicks and sharp hats alongside a building percussion arrangement. Cool stabs come through as the vocal peeks out giving us a taste of what’s to come. As those chords gather momentum we are gifted with a wonderfully warm, lush bass note that caresses the whole sound and takes control of the deep groove. A proper deep Chicago vibe ensues that locks us in for the duration, top notch stuff.
Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro marks his seventh appearance on Bonzai Basiks with the superb four tracker, Dragon Fly. Over the last few years we have seen some top notch cuts from this guy and we’re sure he’ll continue to ply us with his own unique brand of Techno, we look forward to much more from Petro in the future.
The title track, Dragon Fly, gets us on the move with a pacey drum arrangement complete with punchy kicks and crispy hats. Lots of noise is generated and we find ourselves totally hooked early on. A fantastic offset bassline is the driving force here and is backed up with those tight drums and a rattling sound that oozes a pure techno vibe. Simple and highly effective, this one is not to be missed.
Manual Search sets off with a thumping kick drum and metallic sounding hat that drips with techno flavours. A subtle bass sits on top of the kicks and lays the foundation for some top notch grooves to come. A tough approach is taken here as the focus is drawn towards the drums that are delivering a solid workout. Cool FX are spread over the hats and percussions as a surreal alarm is let loose in the background. One for the edgier sets here, top notch stuff.
Escaping gets down and dirty right from the get go as tough kicks are met by gritty sounds that dig deep into your brain. A superb shuffling rhythm section gets the techno groove onto the floors amid a storm of wailing sounds that send the track into overdrive. A short break offers little respite here as we are soon thrust back into full on mode for the duration. An excellent slice of techno that will be a welcome addition in any late night set.
Clock Work intros with a tough pounding kick drum and a slicing sharp hat while cool noises fade up into the sound. As the track powers on we are treated to an array of cool sounds and as the title suggests, everything runs like clockwork. This one is a masterclass in the art of techno construction, a tight drum arrangement that will get any floor pumping coupled with a mesmerizing display of percussion patterns, what more could any techno purist ask for? Top notch stuff.
Russian producer Scanfix aka Shamil Gaisin debuts on Green Martian with the superb three tracker Mirrors EP. Born in the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, he really started to listen to music in the early to mid nineties. U96, The Prodigy and Scooter where some of his favourite artists. When he heard PPK he made the switch to trance and then Goa and Psy before discovering progressive sounds in 2005. In 2001 he started to explore producing on DAW’s like Cakewalk 6 and later FL Studio and Cubase SX2. 2009 saw his first release as a remix for Alexander Polyakov on iRecords before he made his full release debut on Mistique Music with Memoirs and then later an appearance on JOOF’s Progressions Of Trance in September 2015.
Breath Part A intros with a pacey kick and sharp hats delivering the perfect set-up for the track to build. Super cool snares grace the downbeat before a riser crashes out and reveals the sublime bassline that accompanies us on this fantastic progressive fuelled journey. This track has a lot going on and the sounds combine beautifully, from acid lines to melodic synths and high strings, we get locked into it all. The icing on the cake though is the super tight drum arrangement that keeps the rhythms flowing and the dance floors pumping.
Breath Part B takes the tempo down slightly and focuses more on the beautifully crafted synths and swirling atmospherics. The drum section packs a huge punch with that solid kick and rhythmic hat combi. Bright synths form into cool melodies and are the perfect match for the superb bassline that powers through the sound controlling the groove. A late night stomper for sure, not to be missed.
Mirrors eases into existence with a soft pad and swirling FX as a chunky kick fades in and takes control. Cool percussions build up and bring a steady flowing rhythm as various sound go off in the background. The bassline bursts out and settles into a full on driving progressive groove that hooks you in for the duration. This one is relentless and continues to drive forward unloading subtle melodies on its way. A superb slice of prog here and a definite must have track.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.