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Madrid based Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar delivers yet another of his techno fuelled cuts with Amore In Scopulos. Van remains a firm favourite around the office and he is flying the Bonzai flag high in Spain with various club nights and his own Bonzai Basik Beats Spain radioshow. His last outing was back in February 2015 with Rumba EP as well as a stint with hiss deeper techno guise Cysxe – OxO EP. Always great to see this guy drop one of his tunes and no doubt we will be seeing lots more of him in the future.
Amore In Scopulos intros with a solid bass heavy workout as chunky kicks are met with deep bas tones and crispy hats. A hypnotic percussion rides through the sound perfectly and becomes a big focus ass it tightens up the rhythm and digs deep into your imagination. A very minimal construction that carries a big punch with enough weight to destroy the floors, a must have.
Alea Jacta Est sets out with fading percussions that lead up to a phat kick and shuffling hat sequence. Cool vocal snippets ring out and bring character to the sound. The track gathers pace as the drums tighten up alongside a mysterious and mesmerizing note. Deep, tech fuelled chords rattle out a solid groove as those vocals become prominent working well with the noisy risers. The bass sits perfectly on the sound and allows the drums to do the work and deliver a solid rhythmic groove. Top notch stuff that will get attention no doubt.
Remove fades in with a tribalistic drum workout complete with a powerful punchy kick. A syncopated rhythmic structure takes shape that will definitely get the bootys on the floor. Surreal vocals crop up throughout and give the track a playful character while a techno vibe is built upon with rising lead synths. The bass sits low and beefs up the solid groove with a strong tribal vibe. Tough edged, in your face techno from Van that is not to be missed.
Airwave returns to Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic, A touch Of Grace. He last appeared here on remix duty for Fatal Error’s Angel’s Arms which went down a treat among many. Previously, in 2014, he released a lot of tracks on BP alongside Phi Phi and others as well as a raft of cuts on Joof Recordings. Also, in the last few years, Laurent has upped his live appearances having played at gigs across the world from Canada to India and the UK to his homeland in Belgium. A truly prolific artist of this age and we are sure there will be plenty more from this guy.
First up we have the Original Mix of A Touch Of Grace which lives up to its name with a smooth, graceful intro filled with punchy kicks, building percussions and warm sweeping pads. A touch of eastern promise is added with subtle plucked strings leading the way. We are soon wrapped up and totally locked into the sound as a wonderfully rich vocal takes over and captivates while raising the hairs on the back of your neck. The music takes on a progressive trance persona as a driving, chugging bass keeps the energy levels up. Tough and gritty acid lines weave their way through contrasting melodic strings and gated synths. A truly complex structure that melds together beautifully resulting in a definite dance floor destroyer.
The Deep And Dark Mix of A Touch Of Grace is up next and takes us in a slightly different direction. Big and powerful kicks sit alongside a myriad of percussions and provide the intro which builds up with a crescendo into a deep, driving groove. A superb low end bassline holds the track up perfectly as gritty lines begin to form up all around. An Eastern flavour is evident with those beautiful melodic plucks and captivating raspy vocals. Intensity rises with every phrase and new sounds added that take us further into the groove before a short respite on the break that unleashes more of those sweet melodies. Another epic monster from Airwave that will set floors alight all over.
Reus Calling sets off with a cool drum led intro that sets out a solid rhythm complete with nice chunky kicks. In the background, very subtle, haunting voices can be heard which are soon overlayed by much richer pads and strings. A cool melodic synth comes through and sets the scene for an epic ride into an uplifting progressive journey. This is what Airwave is all about, huge intense sounds that feed off each other and forms into an engrossing soundscape that you do not want to end. Definitely a big floor stomper here, you need this in your box.
Bulgarian DJ and producer Pavlin Petrov debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the sublime Feeling Alive which features the sultry and exotic vocals of Selina Stoane. Pavlin grew up listening to Jean Michelle Jarre, Vangelis and Enigma among other electronic greats. In 2005 he started to produce and was heavily influenced by the ambient sounds. In 2010 he became hooked on progressive house and since then he has infused his prog sounds with wonderful ambient atmospheres while experimenting with new sounds. Over the years he has racked up quite an impressive back catalogue across many labels including Mystic Carousel Records, Revelation Records, DeeperSense Music and Beat Block Records to name just a few. He has worked with a host of top artists and is a much sought after remix artist. Delighted to have him on board and we hope to see much more in the future, well worth keeping an eye on.
The Original Mix intros with punchy kicks that are licked with a dose of bass giving them an extra boost. Percussions build slowly alongside a fantastic drum arrangement that just sits perfectly at the back dishing out a flowing rhythm that melts into the sound. The vocals add a rich and vibrant texture to the sound as the sultry voice of Selina Stoane blends into the progressive groove effortlessly. Beautifully high pitched pianos provide a cool contrast as we are taken on a superb journey through prog house and beyond. Top notch stuff.
Manu Riga, a man who needs no introduction really, steps up to remix duty and delivers a surprise for us all with his From Hell Remix. With over 40 remixes for Bonzai Progressive and no less than 16 full releases, this guy has firmly cemented himself as one of Bonzai’s top artists. He is a relentless work-horse who never lets up and always delivers the goods with quality in mind, he is currently working on his new album which is due for 2016, something we are eagerly awaiting. Catch him in the mix on Escape which airs on the 2nd Saturday of each month and Ethnoscience, alongside studio and DJ partner Matt Holliday, which airs on the 1st Saturday of each month, both on Progressive Beats radio. As the title of the remix suggests, Manu takes us deep into progressive, so deep we get lost in the progressive abyss. Right from the get go we embark on this dark journey as solid beats accompany a haunting voice. The tight drum arrangement sets up a smooth rhythmic flow to the sound and allows the track to drive with the bass at the helm. The bass line is a huge player here as it bubbles up from below employing a tough exterior which contrasts beautifully with the voices. The break delivers the killer blow as those voices dominate and then fade away leaving cool sweeping pads and that awesome bass to clean up. A different side to Manu that will definitely get a lot of playtime for sure.
Experimental Feelings aka Spanish DJ and producer Toni Gonzalez debuts on Bonzai Progressive with his superb remix. He has been around recently on our Afterhour Trax 17 compilation on Green Martian and will soon make his full debut with an upcoming release later this year. Since 2010 he has released a hugely impressive back catalogue across a multitude of labels including Liquitech Recordings, OLD SQL Recordings, MorningGlory Music and many more. He mainly focuses on progressive but likes to delve into Techno and Deep House also. Here he delivers a solid progressive workout filled with some stunning drum arrangements that will definitely get the floors moving. Punchy kicks lead the way alongside rhythmic percussions and a myriad of slapped drums. A relentless probing bass lurks throughout and blends nicely with the sweet melodic piano riffs that litter the groove. The vocals play a big part here and work well with the drums making this a definite must have track for sure.
Blufeld is back with another cut entitled Out Of This Life which is taken from his recently released 4th studio album A World Less Ordinary. Very exciting times for this guy and he doesn’t seem to be letting up. With the album just out this new cut and its superb 3 remixes gives you a deeper insight into Blufeld’s world. Always worth keeping an eye out for this guy as he never disappoints.
The Original Mix of Out Of This Life straddles the prog house-trance borderline with a slight leaning towards trance. We are faced with an expertly crafted construction filled with driving beats and fantastic synth play. The bass line is where it’s at here though, a multi layered approach ensures an energetic ride which bonds perfectly with the sweeping pads and strings on the higher end. Cool melodies float across the sound and bring home that euphoric touch with a hypnotic edge. A tasty Autumn treat for us all.
First up on remix duty we have Audio Noir with his Rekonstruction, all the way from down under. This guy has become a very much recognisable force on the scene, but he shrouds himself in mystery by not revealing his identity. He has however given a few interviews which can be found online, these rare glimpses give an insight into the man behind the music, but not the face in front of the man so don’t be disappointed there is no big reveal, anyway, to the music. The remix intros with a cool percussive driven arrangement that is soon joined by a nice punchy kick and some tight drums to get the rhythm flowing. Sweet melodic synths etch out cool patterns that provide a colourful sound. A deep, relentlessly probing bass line follows and takes over the sound beautifully which gives some cool contrasting textures. The break reveals a superb vocal that comes as a pleasant surprise full of retro flavour. The track gets back into full swing with a tough, gritty bass sound joining the party. Top notch stuff yet again that is not to be missed.
Platunoff aka Russian DJ and producer Igor Platunoff shows up on remix duty and takes us deep into the progressive abyss. While this will be his first outing on a single release for Bonzai Progressive, he did make an appearance on Club Traxx Breaks 3 back in May 2015 with no less than three tracks including his own, From Chelyabinsk To Moscow as well as two top notch remixes. Here he takes us on a sublime journey that starts out with a cool drums and percussion intro that soon gets a boost from a nice chunky kick. Bright synth shots add a smooth melodic flavour to the sound as a contrastingly deep throbbing bass takes us into the depths. Crystal clear synth riffs light up the sound as the lower end gains intensity and takes us to the break where the bass is king before we get right back into full on mode. Brilliant stuff from this guy and a must have track.
The impressive Ruslan Vashkevich delivers his super solid mix that delves deep into progressive house. His last outing for Bonzai Progressive, Thought The Smoke gained a lot of attention and featured heavily on top portals and sets. With four releases already at BP, this guy certainly knows how to deliver the quality. Here he brings the tempo down a notch and settles us into a wonderful progressive house flow that locks you in for the duration. Nice chunky kicks and subtle percussions allow the driving bass line to stand out, and stand out it does. The bass just sits perfectly within the sound and draws you in with its mesmerising pull. Cool synths sit nicely over the bass as tight drums form up to deliver a smooth rhythmic flow. Fantastic effort from this talented artist and we look forward to much more in the future.
Prime Brothers aka Italian DJ and producer duo Ale and Johnny Prime debut on Piston with this fine two tracker entitled Freedom. Freedom intros with a classic punchy kick alongside crispy hats and sharp claps. Cool vocals fade in and out as the track breaks to reveal some very cool chords and a subtle but highly effective bass line. The track becomes entrenched in smooth deep house grooves that will force you to the floor with a little help from a super tight drum arrangement that belts out a solid rhythm. Fantastic stuff from this duo that is not to be missed.
Can’t Hold Me sets off with a cool percussion pattern that is soon joined by a proper chunky kick drum that dominates the sound with ease. The first break throws out a superb bass line that has a slight acidic aftertaste and really gets the tech vibes flowing. Throughout the track we get a dose of that warm bass that we just wish would fly off into an acid frenzy, but it holds firm and drives beautifully through the sound. The perfect fodder for the bouncier floors, a must have.
El Paso based DJ and producer Altek returns to Green Martian with another fine slice entitled 2nd Chance. Fresh from his superb remix on Chantola’s Casablanca, Altek delivers yet again and gives us a little bit of Summer to carry into the Autumn.
2nd Chance gets going with a nice chunky kickdrum that packs a huge punch right through the whole journey. Bright and crispy hats alongside a tight drum arrangement ensure the rhythm remains steady and constant while some lush, warm basses add a bit of oomph to the sound. A big feature on the track are those cascading piano arps that fill out the groove with wonderful melodies that blend so perfectly with an underlying mid-range hypnotic arp. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss.
Still Trying delivers a solid chunky kick on the intro with cool, crispy hats and cymbals coming through. The track settles into a very smooth prog house flow early on as a fantastic deep bass groove swells up alongside bright arps and cool piano melodies. The break envelops us with a warm embracing atmosphere filled with sweeping pads and lush synths before building back up into full on mode for the duration. Superb stuff that will definitely grab attention on the floors.
Moll is back at SRUR with another superb techno cut entitled Locked EP. A very much in demand artist who has contributed several top notch remixes on SRUR and various other Bonzai labels. Last time out he beefed up the already phat Onofrio Conte track Rumble back in early 2015 as well as appearances on several compilations.
Locked gets right into a deep techno groove from the off as punchy kicks are backed up and boosted by a deep bass tone that dominates the low end. Shuffling hats take full control of the rhythm section with a little help from bright open hats to sharp claps. Wavering synths come through and take the track to a higher place as they hypnotise and mesmerise the mind. A beautifully constructed collection of sounds that will appeal to many dark techno floors.
Don’t Remember intros with a chunky kick and an underlying shuffling hat pattern that fades up slowly into a much brighter sound bringing with it a nice flowing rhythm. Cool synths are dominant throughout and deliver a trippy vibe as they warble and waver throughout. The bass sits back in a subtle position allowing those synths to do their work. On the break the track open up into a myriad of melodies before those phat beats return. A real nice slice of melodic techno to get the juices flowing, top notch.
One of Bonzai’s most prolific artists, Blufeld delivers his 4th artist album – A World Less Ordinary. We’ve already had a peek into this stunning piece of work when Threlkeld and A World Less Ordinary were released not too long ago as singles. We had a quick chat with David just after the album’s completion, which took around 15 months. He draws a lot of influence from the early roots of the trance sound, a sound in which he incorporates into a progressive moulding. Airwave aka Laurent Veronnez and the late great Quadran aka Philippe Van Mullem still provide a lot of inspiration for him in the music he produces. The album in general was intended to create a mysterious feeling throughout but it is also designed to take the listener into a non conforming world where they can make their own rules. A hugely impressive back catalogue is a testament to the commitment and the drive shown by David, his Bonzai repertoire contains a wealth of mouth-watering, floor shaking grooves that have found their way into many sets over the years. David also runs his own label, Actuate which features the very best progressive trance and tech trance from a wide range of talented artists including several of his own aliases. Progmospherica Sessions is David’s monthly showcase where you will get the chance to listen to some of the finest grooves around, well worth checking out. As an added treat we are gearing for a special album, due in 2016, which will be filled with nothing but super chilled out remixes of a selection of Blufeld’s work, we can’t wait for this one to drop.
The album opens with Introspective, an injection of breezy uplifting melodies over an equally upbeat breakbeat drum arrangement. This combination is the perfect tonic for starting a brand new day and delivers a sense of euphoria that enhances a feel good factor which becomes infectious as the track unfolds. From here we are taken into the progressive bulk of the album starting with the title track, A World Less Ordinary which takes us on a beautiful journey into the progressive sound with a wonderful driving bassline on top of a tight drum arrangement. The attention to detail is sublime with sweeping pads and FX creating textured layers that blend effortlessly. As the track reaches its peak we are locked into an intricate web of melodies that just seem to flow into our minds with ease. The break gives those melodies their chance to shine with a superb synth hook that climaxes with us getting shoved right back into the main groove.
Scheduled for release in late September 2015, Out Of This Life straddles the prog house-trance borderline with a slight leaning towards trance. Again we are faced with an expertly crafted construction filled with driving beats and fantastic synth play. The bassline is where it’s at here though, a multi layered approach ensures an energetic ride which bonds perfectly with the sweeping pads and strings on the higher end. Cool melodies float across the sound and bring home that euphoric touch with a hypnotic edge. A tasty Autumn treat for us all.
Glenderamakin is a deep and grooving progressive cut that will send your imagination into overdrive with thought provoking sounds and patterns. A surreal and reflective kinda vibe oozes out of this track, the deep bass meanders along and draws you in with ease as subtle melodies tease leaving us wanting more. A late night track that will definitely grab the attention of many.
Around this time last year was when we got our first snippet of what this album would be about with the release of Threlkeld with its smooth drum led intro with dreamy pads fading in from behind beautifully. The kicks evolve brilliantly into a nice and punchy hit as the bassline begins to drive the track forward and giving that purely progressive house feeling to the sound. The track has a nice organic feel to it and is contrasted perfectly with sweet melodic flavours coming off the synths and pads. Another fine slice from this guy which was very well received indeed.
The Vivid Unknown is up next sets us on course with a trek deep into the progressive sound once again. The intro boasts a nice punchy kick and an almost muted tribal drum construction as cool crispy hats begin to show. The bassline runs deep here and is the perfect platform for the track to unleash an array of sweeping synths that add so much texture. The break delivers a fine display of tweaking as those synths are transformed into a kaleidoscope of sound that hooks you in. Superb stuff you will not want to miss.
At the midway point of the album we run into the first of five wonderfully chilled tracks that evoke all kinds of feelings and arouse various senses. The deep and lush tones of Tulgey Tales with its contrastingly beautiful melodic sequences and super tight drums opens up this world of chill which is broken for a moment by the equally lush and ubiquitous vibes of progressive trancer Jubjub’s Invincible Wings. A cool blend of sounds creating an uplifting groove with a traditional feel about it that conjures up evocative and vivid memories. From here we head back into chilldom with Equivocal Mind that is a purely mesmerizing track filled to the brim with the kind of sounds that allow your mind to drift away from reality for just a few short minutes. Coming out of this state we are faced with the uplifting grooves of Memoirs Of A Mountain which delivers a solid prog workout complete with a deep droning bass and superb melodic structure. We are eased into the end of the album with three chilled grooves starting with Emotional Tentacles and its sweeping pads that lead up to a brilliant gated synth that offers a cool twist to an otherwise soft sound. Without A Trace follows and takes us deeper with a warm bass tone and smooth beats that weave intricate patterns ass they go. This track gathers pace as the signature changes with some expert tweaking and wonderful synths that light up the sound beautifully. Rounding off this awesome album we have Gone For Long which is a simple and subtle arrangement of melodies and soft beats, the absolute perfect end to a fantastic journey that will leave you stunned and wanting more.
Nico Parisi heads up our next BP release with the deep grooving Cacaooh featuring two sublime remixes from Steve Sai and Audio Noir. Nico is fresh from a wonderful remix on Chantola’s Casablanca which is proving popular among many. Always exploring the progressive sound and pushing the boundaries, Nico continues to impress with his intricately perfected constructions. On the gig front he has had a whirlwind Summer season with the highlight of course going to Tomorrowland, but he has also made appearances at Pukkelpop and Legacy festival.
The Original Mix intros with a nice chunky kick as subtle percussions begin to form up. The bass line delivers a cool rhythmic groove while various sounds begin to form up adding a surreal twist to the track. The break descends into silence before those soft synths start to fade in alongside the bassline to start us back on this deep progressive trek. Great stuff from Nico that will turn a few heads for sure.
Greek DJ and producer Steve Sai steps up first on remix duty and delivers another of his sublime treks deep into the progressive sound. Steve’s last outing – Drops, proved very popular and gained great reviews and lots of playtime as well as chart positions. Always a pleasure to listen to his work and no doubt we’ll be hearing much more in the future. Steve takes us deep into progressive territory on his remix as a super tight arrangement takes shape. Beautifully crafted drum patterns keep the rhythm moving as a probing bassline ensures the groove goes deep. Cool chord stabs litter the sound and deliver a house vibe as hypnotic synth arps tease in the background. The break takes us into a surreal space that mesmerizes before being thrust back into the main sound for the duration, wonderful stuff yet again.
Audio Noir is up next at the remix helm and yet again he pulls out all the stops. His much anticipated second studio album – Artificial Star, dropped recently and quickly gained a lot of attention from across the board. A very diverse collection of tracks covering everything from chilled grooves to full on dark progressive, there is a lot happening within the album. Definitely worth checking out which will not disappoint. The remix sets off with some nifty drums led by a cool chunky kick and metallic sounding percussions that stand out brilliantly and giving off an almost industrial vibe. A super charged bassline drives the track as swirling pads and soft acid shots float across the groove. A much fuller acid line develops and is the perfect companion for that superb bassline. The acid line becomes the main focus as it weaves its way through the sound adding layers to create a fantastic display of acid goodness. Brilliant stuff from down under once more, a definite must have track.
Jakhira is back with Be As One and what a treat it is. He made us wait a while since his last outing – Princess EP, back in November 2013 but it was well worth it. He did throw in a couple of remixes for Mindgamers and Wild Guess as well as various appearances on Bonzai compilations which were very well received indeed. Great to see this guy back and hope to see more in the future. Be As One comes backed up with two top notch remixes.
The Original Mix sets off with a smooth vibe as soft keys are met with a steady hat which is joined by a nice chunky kick soon after. A warm progressive groove is the order of the day here and is further enhanced by excellent vocals that shine through on the break. A collection of fine sounds including trumpets and guitars make up this wonderful arrangement that fast becomes infectious. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Manu Riga is first up to the remix desk with his Manu Riga In Orbit Remix. It’s a very exciting time for Manu aka Adriaan Baussens and his many fans, he is currently working on a new artist album (one track is already completed and it is tasty) which will hopefully be here in 2016, but he has also been busy in the studio with fresh new cuts such as his latest creation – The Fallen EP. Collaborations are still something he is pursuing, working with the likes of Alex Vidal and Matt Holliday are proving popular and a lot of his own works have included some of the finest vocalists around. His tracks continue to inspire and have been getting big plays from the likes of Paul Oakenfold among others. Check out Manu’s new website manu-riga.com to find more on his impressive discography and info on his Escape and Ethnoscience radio shows. The remix intros with a punchy kick and is backed up with a superb rolling bassline that drives the track beautifully. Surreal, sweeping strings float across the sound as cool synth chord stabs are introduced. The track breaks to reveal a nice melodic sequence that marries perfectly with that probing bassline. The vocals are used beautifully and add lots of character to the sound which is a cool blend of deep progressive grooves. In true Manu style we are treated to a tight drum arrangement that will set this solid workout as a firm favourite.
Config aka Wouter Vermeire is up next with his Twisted Reality Remix and delivers a knockout deep grooving cut. Wouter cut his teeth listening to trance as a kid, he soon started to DJ and was engrossed with the euphoria the music offered. He moved over to a more progressive sound and even ventures into house and techno on occasion. He runs two monthly radioshows and has seen his own music released on various labels over the years. Config makes up one third of producer and DJ trio Wild Guess, they debuted back in February 2014 with Nebulae and followed that with Trysal 35. Several remixes followed on Green Martian and Bonzai Progressive and have become a consistent force when it comes to delivering quality. The remix intro with a cool deep house vibe as scattered chords are joined by a subtle hat arrangement before a classic kick breaks out. A deep and probing bassline follows as we are teased with more fantastic chords and sweet melodic riffs. On the break the vocals get a showing and transform the track beautifully. Super smooth and uplifting sounds that will not disappoint.