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AFTERHOUR TRAX 14 (GREEN MARTIAN)

Afterhour Trax is now in its 14th instalment and continues to deliver the finest collection of the deepest progressive grooves around. 20 carefully selected essential cuts from 6 top rated labels including Bonzai Progressive, Mistique Music, Green Martian, JOOF and Kunai are the perfect recipe for extending your party well into the small hours and beyond.

Original works and remixes from artists like Airwave, Astropilot, Loquai, Mathov, Nico Parisi, Lonely Sun, Nicolas Agudelo, Alex Vidal, Michael & Levan & Stiven Rivic, Darkployers, Moshic, Frangellico, Horizons, Manu Riga, Blue Haze, Louis Desero, Deep Fog, Steve Sai, Namatjira, Reflection Soul, Audio Noir, Monojoke, Alexander Saykov, Robert R Hardy and Subconscious Tales are all on hand to keep your party rocking.

#greenmartian #mathov #moshic #nicolasagudelo #lonelysun #alexvidal #monojoke #airwave #astropilot #loquai #nicoparisi #stivenrivic #michael&levan #darkployers #frangellico #horizons #manuriga #bluehaze #louisdesero #deepfog #stevesai #namatjira #reflectionsoul #audionoir #alexandersaykov #robertrhardy #subconscioustales

25 November 2014 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

AUDIO NOIR – ALMOST FAMOUS REWORKED – VOLUME 2 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Since Audio Noir released his debut album, Almost Famous, things have been gaining pace, which led us to gathering top remix artists to work their skills on the superb tracks within the album. Back in the summer of this year Reworked Volume 1 hit the floors running and on the back of that we present to you another round of top quality remixes with Reworked Volume 2 comprising five, on fire producers doing their thing. In the meantime, Audio Noir continues his reign over deep progressive sounds with an upcoming remix on a new Phi & Airwave collaboration as well as a remix on Thorin’s Secrets and appearances on various compilations. Always worth keeping an eye on this outstandingly talented artist.

Swedish four piece Inkfish are first up on remix duty with their Promise Nothing Remix of One More Night. The intro comes in with a gnarly, raw organic flavour as heavy keys and grainy flutes set the tone. Punchy kicks soon follow alongside a fantastic distorted vocal sample that really captures the organic nature of the sound beautifully. A smooth rhythmic flow is established with the percussive elements and is further enhanced by a subtle bass that sits back allowing that vocal sample to keep control of the track. Superb stuff that will be a welcome addition to those darker, deeper sets.

Pole Folder & Cedric Piret are up next with their remix of Under The Sun. It’s been a while since we last saw these guys, their last outing was on remix duty for Quincy’ In Balance back at the start of this year. Since then the guys have been working on other projects as well a DJing at various events. Here the remix gets going with some smooth bass tones alongside a steady building rhythmic percussion sequence. Nice chunky kicks get the progressive vibes flowing as melodic phrases ebb and flow through the track. A deep-rooted bassline adds to the darker element of the sound as we are locked into this wonderful groove. The break takes a surreal sidestep with those melodies converging into a beautiful sequence that leads back into the main track. A truly epic ride with deep and thoughtful imagination, not to be missed.

East Cafe aka Gabor Kaszas debuts on Bonzai Progressive with his superb remix of Midnight Til Morning. Gabor pride himself on producing intelligent sounding progressive house and has been doing so for several years. His works can be found on labels like Silk, Mistique Music, Digital Sensation and Morphosis with support coming from all quarters. Here he utilises his skills to churn out a masterful slice of prog goodness. The intro eases us into the groove with a nice and smooth percussive laden sequence which leads up to a grainy bass synth that sets the scene perfectly. The vocal sits off the main groove beautifully and captivates with its intriguing narrative. The layers continue to build and bring fleeting melodies as well as a pulsing bass that becomes a big feature. Deep and smooth progressive grooves that will draw the attention of many for sure.

Bonzai regular Yuriy From Russia delivers another of his stunning cuts we have become accustomed to with his remix of La Polaris. After a summer of multiple remixes, we look forward to more from this guy. The intro boasts a swelling, rich pad sequence with a harsh clap on the upbeat, a nice well-rounded kick is joined by a wonderful pulsating bass that fills the sound beautifully. Intricate melodies burst out of the deeper groove as arps speckle the sound. A stunning trek into deep progressive vibes that does not disappoint.

Antonio Citarella wraps up this pack with his superb remix of Morphine. We last saw Antonio on our Progrez imprint with Traveller, which was very well received among many. Here he delivers a truly sublime prog experience as the intro lets loose with a metallic arp sequence on top of some lush synth licks and a quite subtle kick. Percussions form up and bring a solid rhythm that locks you into the groove beautifully as those arps relentlessly drive on. Overall, the sound seems quite minimal but a lot of layers really beefs things up giving off a fuller sound. Top notch stuff yet again from Antonio and a definite must in any set.

#audionoir #bonzaiprogressive #inkfish #polefolder #cedricpiret #eastcafe #yuriyfromrussia #antoniocitarella

24 November 2014 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BLANSCH – RAP A MOOD EP (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Blansch debuts on Piston with the fine two tracker, Rap A Mood EP. First up we have Rap A Mood, the intro gets right into the groove with a nice punchy kick and rhythmic percussions that will get the floors moving instantly. The bassline is where it’s at here, deep and pulsating at times then full on in your face. Cool modulated synths bring in a tech flavour to the groove as subtle rap vocals sit in the background giving the sound character. A real smooth slice of house with an oldskool tag, perfect fodder for floors all over.

Make It intros with a cool bass pulse and rolling percussions before a spoken vocal brings a much deeper and rounded bass that dominates the sound beautifully. An organic flavour runs through the track with those warm yet jagged edged synths. The spoken vocal is used well throughout and ties up the sound nicely. A smooth deep and grooving track you will not want to miss.

#blansch #pistonrecordings

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MANU RIGA & DJ FIRE – NO TIME LEFT (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Manu and Jurgen team up for the first time on their No Time Left which comes with two superb remixes. As ever Manu continues to deliver the goods from his impressive home studio. His last outing Shadow Of Life continues to perform on charts and download portals with support coming from all directions. Jurgen also remains consistent in the quality department, his Different Faces radio show is gaining ground and his last release Kleine Nyo received a lot of support and gained much attention on download sites. Both artists bring many skills which makes for a very interesting partnership, good to see these guys get together with the hope of more to come in the future.

The Original Mix gets going with a nice punchy kick alongside a fantastic energetic bassline that teases as it fades through. Various FX are expertly placed within the sound giving an airy spacious feel. As the layers build we get drawn into a wonderful tribal driven groove delivered by some stunning percussion arrangement. Ethnic chants are coupled with spoken vocals to great effect bringing something different to the progressive nature of the sound. Such a powerful groove that will be a firm favourite among many for sure.

Loquai is up first on the remix and he delivers another stunning slice of prog which we are accustomed to here at Bonzai. After a short hiatus he was back on Phi Phi & Airwave’s Vanilla as well as an appearance on Club Traxx 2 Breaks. Here he raises the bar with a beautifully crafted deep progressive groove. Punchy kicks and a tight percussion arrangement get the rhythms flowing alongside a throbbing bass that sits perfectly within the sound. Bright synths add contrast as the layers build bringing a myriad of sounds. The break throws up a wonderful musical sequence filled with sweeping pads and cool ethnic chants alongside a subtle arp pattern. An epic slice of prog that will be a welcome addition in any box.

It’s been a while since CJ Art last graced these shores, it was back in 2012 on Nancy Burrello & Digital Angel’s Time X. As well as this remix CJ also makes an appearance on Club Traxx 2 Breaks. Here the track intros with a tight drum arrangement filled with punchy kicks, cool FX and vocal snippets which injects a sprinkling of psy. The track lifts off with the bassline as it drives the groove beautifully into the progressive abyss and beyond. The break solidifies the groove as the bassline strolls along beside some very nice pads and subtle melodies. Fantastic stuff that is not to be missed.

#manuriga #djfire #bonzaiprogressive #loquai #cjart

17 November 2014 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

A.M.X – SECRET LOVER (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Cypriot DJ and producer Andreas Metaxas aka A.M.X debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the sublime Secret Lover. Andreas started out DJing from a young age as he had the urge to share his own electronic music experience with everyone. He began to play regularly at top clubs in 2008 which led to sharing line-ups with the likes of Ferry Corsten, Above & Beyond, Cosmic Gate, Wippenberg and more. Currently based in the UK Andreas has seen releases on various labels including Karmak Records, Disco Rebels Records, Paprika Musika and Polytechnic Records among others. Lots of new stuff in the pipeline for this guy and we are delighted to have him here at Bonzai Progressive. Secret Lover comes with two fantastic remixes from Tali Freaks and Manuel Palmitesta.

The Original Mix intros with a silky smooth deep vibe as a warm sweeping pad flows beautifully alongside a nice punchy kick and subtle percussion arrangement. As the layers build a strong house groove is born allowing you to get lost in its hypnotic state. On the break a brilliant, raspy evocative vocal captures your imagination and keeps you locked on. Top notch stuff that will appeal to many.

Tali Freaks is up first on the remix with a truly sublime cut. We last saw Tali Freaks back in May this year with his Set The Sun on Eyepatch Recordings. The remix here intros with a cool deep kick as bright percussions begin to stitch together forming a flowing rhythmic vibe. The vocals work well and leads us to a smooth stepping bassline that will definitely get those asses shakin. A pure house vibe with a funky undertone that will be a welcome addition in any set.

Manuel Palmitesta returns to Bonzai Progressive on remix duty after his superb remix on Ecco’s switch during the summer. Here he toughens up the groove with a nice chunky kick and sharp percussions that bond well to deliver a tight drum arrangement. A deep pulsating bass sits on the offset beat giving that driving vibe to the sound. Cool house vibes with a sprinkling of techno giving off a very groovy feeling, definitely one to watch.

#amx #bonzaiprogressive #talifreaks #manuelpalmitesta

17 November 2014 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

CAPRYO – HOLD BACK EP (PISTON RECORDINGS)

UK producer Capryo debuts on Piston with his superb three tracker Hold Back EP. Based in London and a relative newcomer to the scene, Capryo likes to delve into House and Techno and with this new EP we get a very cool blend of the two with a leaning towards the deeper house side.

First up is the title track Hold Back, nice and smooth classic percussion intro that gets the heads nodding with the booties soon following. Soft chords fade through and bring that deep house feeling into the mix before we get pounded by a monster kick and throbbing bass combo that will have the bassbins shuttering. Super crispy hats and tight percussions provide a solid rhythmic groove that will no doubt keep any floor rocking, not to be missed.

Entity is up next and gets right in on the action from the off with a solid 4×4 beat with chunky kicks and crispy sharp rhythmic percussions. Expertly tweaked deep chords come through giving a wonderful texture to the groove as subtle vocal samples play out. The bassline is perfectly placed among the rolling kicks to provide a super solid groove in which to shake that ass to. The break dishes out some very nice synth and key work alongside very cool vocal samples. A very tight pumping groove that will be a welcome addition in any set.

Move On completes this fantastic EP with a brilliant driving hypnotic trait. The intro gives a big punchy kick and bright crispy hats to get things moving while a high pitched string is contrasted with smooth deep melodic chords. The big hitter here is the superb bassline that just drives the groove beautifully creating that hypnotic feel, this feeling is heightened with the addition of some cool vocal samples. On the break we get a brilliant synth riff and superb drum sequence that takes us back to the main groove. One for the late night parties here and a definite must for the deep house masses.

#capryo #pistonrecordings

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ONE MAN GROOVE – BROKEN (GREEN MARTIAN)

One Man Groove return to Green Martian with the superb three tracker Broken. Summer 2013 saw his debut with Missing You which gained a lot of support across the board.

First up is Broken with its surreal atmospheric intro comprising a beautifully toned kick alongside some sweeping pads. Steady flowing rhythms are introduced with a cool percussion arrangement that shuffles along nicely. Melodic pads begin to ease their way through taking the track to the next level of prog house. On the break the melodies shine and climax with smooth build up right back into the main groove and taking us along for the ride. Brilliant stuff that is not to be missed.

Star Roads is up next and intros with a chunky kick and complex percussion pattern arrangement that really brings the vibe alive. A deep throbbing bass comes through and brings a techno flavour that bonds beautifully with the drum section. Lots of percussions going off all around giving the track a boost of energy that will light up any floor. The break throws up a curve ball as grainy distorted flutes take over bringing an organic feel to the sound. Top notch stuff yet again from One Man Groove.

Stolen Memories sets off with a nice punchy clipped kick with some cool atmospheric FX in the background. Out of nowhere a superbly deep and resonating bass creeps in to the sound and locks you right into its progressive house grip. The percussions throw up a solid rhythmic groove alongside intermittent keys that are subtly sweet. The break reveals more of these keys before sliding into a cool synth hook that takes us back into the main sound with short build up as the journey continues. Progressive house at its best and a definite must for those longer, intelligent sets.

#onemangroove #greenmartian

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JONATHAN CALVO – TRAUMATIZER (BONZAI BASIKS)

Spanish DJ and producer Jonathan Calvo makes a welcome return to Basiks with his brilliant two tracker Traumatizer. It’s been just over a year since we last saw Jonathan with his summer 2013 release The Instructor which performed well.

Traumatizer intros with a big chunky low end kick and crispy sharp hats that get the rhythms flowing nicely. Cool FX go off in the background and give an almost industrial feel to the sound as the layers build with various percussions. The bass sits off the main groove beautifully and provides a solid platform for this techno monster to shine. Darkly sinister whispered vocals toughen up the groove brilliantly as the track goes deeper into the realms of edgy techno. Superb stuff that will be a top pick for those deep dark sets.

Timing fades in with a smooth filtered bass and is soon joined by a punchy kick and shuffling percussion section. The bassline dominates as it locks you into the groove beautifully while various FX keep the techno vibe flowing. The break offers a subtle high pitched string with tribal chants also coming through before slamming right back into the main track. A brilliant tribal techno workout that is sure to be on many playlists.

#jonathancalvo #bonzaibasiks

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OZAN KANIK – ADULTS ONLY (SOUNDS R US RECORDINGS)

Our next SRUR release comes from the masterful Ozan Kanik with Adults Only and comes backed up with a superb remix from Gforty.

The Original Mix intros with a massive punchy kick with subtle hats keeping the rhythms flowing. Ozan definitely had Techno in mind with this one as the monster bass will testify, the bass dominates throughout with a merciless pulsating groove that will knock you off your feet. The break is even less forgiving as a cool percussion sequence comes into play as the bass thunders on. A monster sound that will feature on many sets for sure.

Gforty takes the bull by the horns and turns out an absolute stomper. Bug chunky kicks and deep throbbing basses take the track to full effect from the off. A very cool hat sequence brings a strong rhythmic section that keeps the track flowing alongside some cool vocal samples. A top notch cut destined for those darker techno rooms.

#ozankanik #soundsrusrecordings #gforty

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MATAN CASPI – AIM TO THE MOON (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

2014 has been a very productive year so far for Matan with his string of releases through Bonzai Progressive. Aim To The Moon continues this successful run and is the follow up to the popular Fabulous which gained great support across the board.

The title track Aim To The Moon sets us off with a wonderful energetic vibe that can be felt straight away. Big punchy kicks and an upbeat percussion section makes for a cool driving rhythmic flow and takes us up to the star of the show, the bassline. The bassline sits in the perfect spot within the sound, its lush tones will draw you in and hold you for the duration forcing you to move your body. Smooth textured layers bring out cool synth licks and on the break we are treated to a fantastic pad sequence before getting right back into the mix. A truly progressive groove here that will be a top pick among many for sure.

Hidden Landscape intros with a very cool percussion sequence that builds smoothly generating a nice rhythmic groove. Well rounded kicks soon follow and are joined by a superb dancing bassline that produces so much groovy colours you will have no choice but to shake that ass. Cool synths provide contrasting brighter displays and these marry perfectly with the vocals that add lots of character to the sound. Another stunning slice that will be a most welcome addition to any set.

#matancaspi #bonzaiprogressive

10 November 2014 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MATHOV – DARK ACTIVITY (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

French DJ and producer Mathov aka Mathieu Meyer debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the sublime three tracker Dark Activity. A lover of ethnic percussions Mathov has been inspired by and worked with producers such as Airwave, Kintar, Dark Soul Project and Moshic. He recently left behind Uplifting Trance and decided to take his radioshow on di.fm in a more Progressive Psytrance direction. Great to have him on board and we’re sure he will fit right in at Bonzai.

First up we have Dark Activity which intros with a sublime tribalistic percussion arrangement alongside a deep, dark growling bass synth that captivates the mind instantly. A nice and smooth drum section keeps the rhythms flowing but the big hitter is the monster bassline and ethnic stringed plucks which offer lots of contrasts. Those tribal drums really take on hypnotic traits as you get lost in this wonderfully deep progressive slice, top notch.

Gasparyan smacks you right in the face from the off with its energetically charged drum charged arrangement filled with wonderfully crafted percussion patterns. A warm, lush bass comes through bringing stunning depth to the sound and soon you will be gripped by its power. Striking synths and pads bring a subtle melodic flavour and are balanced beautifully with the darker nature of the sound. A real pumping progressive monster that will be a firm favourite no doubt.

Perception intros with a wonderful deep pad sequence filled with lush bass tones and hair raising bright pitches. The chunky kicks make for a cool breaks arrangement as deeper basses begin to form up at the backend. Big synths tease throughout and you find yourself wanting them to burst out. A highly infectious groove here that will turn a few heads for sure.

#mathov #bonzaiprogressive

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WRIGHTY – DROP THE BASS (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Manchester based DJ and producer Wrighty debuts on Piston with Drop The Bass. Wrighty has been around the scene for a while now and boasts a very impressive back catalogue which includes originals and remixes on labels like Digital-Muzik and Bedroom Muzik. He delves into Deep and Tech House and here we get a fine example of his skills.

Drop The Bass intros with a classic punchy kick and sharp hat combo that sets the rhythms off smoothly. Rich pads and a very cool synth riff fade through and take us up to the monster bass that really gets the grooves flowing in the track with its raw analogue sound. Classic vocal samples add cool character to the track and will be easily recognisable. The break brings those pads and synths back with the vocal samples being the dominant force before we get slammed right back into this relentless groove. Top notch cut and not to be missed.

Can You Feel It gives off an energetic vibe from the get go with pounding kicks and rhythmic percussions. The beats fade to reveal a dark bassline as an eerie pad rises before the bass takes over and settles us into this solid groove. Very cool and perfectly tweaked synth stabs give a retro feel to the sound which is enhanced by vocal samples on the break. An absolute slamming track that will no doubt be a feature on many sets.

#wrighty #pistonrecordings

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