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EXPERIMENTAL FEELINGS – BEAUTIFUL EYES (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Experimental Feelings aka Spanish DJ and producer Toni Gonzalez returns to BP with a superb four tracker entitled Beautiful Eyes. Last time out we saw Toni on his own slice Between The Stars on Green Martian and on remix duties for Audio Noir’s Your Love, both coming out around the start of 2016. He’s been busy with various other things since then and we’re delighted to see him back and dishing out the progressive vibes on his full Bonzai Progressive debut.

We set off with the title track, Beautiful Eyes which takes us on a sublime progressive journey filled with tight beats and enthralling synths and pads. Bright open hats create wonderfully rich textures and cut through the superb low end frequencies with ease. The bassline rattles along delivering a great warmth to the sound as the layers build and the notes change. Lots to keep the ears trained on this one, not to be missed.

As the title might suggest, Deep Tingling takes us deeper into the prog sound with a gathering of warm lush tones to help us along the way. A tight drum arrangement keeps the track on its course as the lower sounds come together to create a hotbed of lush tones. Mysterious vocals ease into the groove and blend perfectly with the low basses and FM synths. Definitely one for the late night sessions here.

Broken Dreams is a solid, driving progger that will give any set that extra push deep into the rabbit-hole where you become one with the sound. Tight drum arrangements lead the way as swirling pads and dreamy melodies cascade all over. A deep probing bassline provides a strong platform for the sound to grow and mesmerizes the mind. Hair raising vocal chants are introduced that put you firmly in the tracks grasp for the duration. Top notch stuff and a must have track that does not disappoint.

Mistica delves deep into the progressive psyche with a hypnotic vibe and a floor filling groove that will most certainly appeal to the core of the progressive world. We treated to some expertly crafted drums and percussions that deliver shuffling rhythms to get the feet dancing. A raw, organic bassline dishes out a gritty low end as ethereal pads swirl overhead. Stunning ethnic style vocals are scattered throughout giving the track great character and creating wonderful textures within the sound. Another fine slice of prog that is a must have track for those peak time sets.

#experimentalfeelings #bonzaiprogressive

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K.OSHKIN – ASSOL (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

K.Oshkin aka Konstantin Oshkin marks his Bonzai Progressive debut with the superb Assol which comes packed with four fantastic remixes. Since 2014 this guy has racked up an impressive discography that focuses in on quality progressive sounds. His work has been released on various labels including Incepto, Sleepless Nights Recordings, Inmost Records, Aeriform Records and Balkan Connection to name just a few. On top of that he has worked with a raft of top producers, Ewan Rill, Following Light, Matt Holliday and Jonnas B are just some of the artists who have picked up on Konstantin’s sound and provided their own top class remix. Great to have this guy on board and hopefully we’ll see much more in the future.

The Original Orchestral Mix is up first and this one offers up a surreal progressive groove that captivates and mesmerizes. The intro boasts a cacophony of dreamy melodies that blend effortlessly into intricate patterns. Super rich strings come through and are the perfect accompaniment to the melodies as you find yourself totally hooked. A tight drum and percussions section keeps the rhythm flowing while the harmonies and melodies join together. A beautifully composed feel-good slice of prog that will not disappoint.

Hungarian DJ and producer Reis Robert aka Robert R. Hardy is up first on remix duties. We last got a glimpse of this guys skills back in February 2016 on Christopher Hermann’s Emerald Queen as well as appearances on a couple of Bonzai compilations. Good to see him back once more for another stomping progressive remix we know we’re going to love. The remix intros with a cool hi hat and subtle percussion pattern before nice and chunky kick drums take over and lead the way. Already we find ourselves drifting along with the sound as soft melodies come through accompanied by a warm bassline and dreamy pads. The track settles into a solid groove for the duration as we become locked onto its infectious sound. Top notch stuff that you do not want to miss.

Ewan Rill returns to Bonzai Progressive with his superb remix. The last time we saw this talented artist was alongside fellow producer Casper and their Vacuum EP in February 2016. Since then he has been busy releasing quality cuts on various labels. It’s always a pleasure to have this guy on the roster and we hope to see much more in the future. Here on the remix Ewan gets down to business taking us on a superb deep progressive journey. The intro boasts a solid punchy kick drum and a shuffling rhythmic percussion arrangement that layers up brilliantly. A deep probing bassline comes through and dominates the sound as we are forced to move with the hypnotic gaze it delivers. Cool FX are perfectly placed to deliver maximum impact while strings and synths ease their way into the sound. A real progressive pounder that will be a welcome addition in any late night set.

Andrea Shu debuts on Bonzai with a fantastic remix to get the progressive juices flowing. Already making waves on the scene with releases on Balkan Connection and Genesis Music, this hugely talented producer has also worked with many top artists including Ewan Rill, Michael A, Dmitry Molosh and Kaan Koray. The remix intros with a chunky kick drum and a rising synth before subtle melodies begin to emerge. The subtle synths fall through the track like drops of rain and soften the sound beautifully as the layers build. A deep rooted bassline shores up the low end and drives the groove brilliantly. The synths evolve into intricate melodic arps creating a kaleidoscope of sound that keeps you hooked for the duration. Excellent stuff, a must have for sure.

Kirill Guk aka Following Light returns once more with another sublime progressive remix. After several remixes on various Bonzai labels, Kirill got his debut back in 2015 with Dell on Green Martian and since then he went on to offer up remixes for J’Dan and Nico Parisi. Always an exciting time to listen to this guys work and we’ve no doubt that this one will turn a few heads. Here the remix delivers a solid prog workout filled with a cacophony of very cool FX that create a wonderfully textured layer in the sound. Punchy kicks and crispy hats deliver a strong flowing rhythm throughout accompanied by a multitude of percussive elements. A deep droning bassline adds a beautiful warmth to the sound as mesmerizing pads and twinkling melodies form up. A perfectly executed slice of progressive house that will become a firm favourite with many no doubt.

#k.oshkin #bonzaiprogressive #robertr.hardy #ewanrill #andreshu #followinglight

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ORLANDO VOORN – LOST IN HEAVEN (PISTON RECORDINGS)

A man that needs no introduction, but is getting one anyway, Orlando Voorn debuts on Piston with the fantastic two tracker Lost In Heaven. Considered a legend among his peers, Orlando pioneered his unique blend of Amsterdam and Detroit sounds creating a fusion that would set the world of techno into a head spin. Down the years his style has varied but the essence remained, good quality music that stood out. He recently showed up over at Bonzai Basiks where his classic sounds got a run out including several remixes by top artists. Titled – Classics, it also got a pressing onto vinyl to the delight of many. It’s a pleasure to welcome this guy into the Piston family and we hope to see more in the future.

Lost In Heaven is a surreal slice of deep house with a multi layered myriad of sounds that combine beautifully to take us on a trip deep into the sound of house music. Chunky kick drums and cool crispy hi hats provide a steady rhythm for the vast array of sounds to latch on to. Everything from watery synth chords to soft vocal one shots and trumpets are thrown into the mix here creating this authentic sounding groove. The perfect fodder for a late night session that will allow your mind to drift while swaying to the groove.

Driven offers up a raw depiction of deep house with a mixture of organic sounds and beautifully crafted melodies. The groove lends itself to the urban culture, a drive through a city where sights and sounds converge to paint a layered, textured picture full of imagination. The contrasting sounds are blended perfectly here, the deep rawness of the bass with the sweetness of the piano against harsher tones. Hap-hazard yet structured and smooth, this one will be a welcome addition on the terraces this summer for sure.

#orlandovoorn #pistonrecordings

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MONOTRONIK – DIVERGENCE (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Monotronik debuts on Piston with a fine example of tech house sounds in Divergence. Monotronik are Portuguese DJ and producer duo Freddy Lourenzo and D’Joseph Alves. The pair DJ regularly all over the place and are known for their tight, groovy sets. They’ve put out several top quality cuts recently on Underground Source Records and Sync Forward, moving between tech house and deep house. Delighted to have the guys on board and no doubt we’ll be seeing more of this talented duo.

Divergence intros with a warm synth chord pattern that is soon joined by a pumping kick drum and shuffling hi hats. Wailing vocals add a touch of diva to the sound before distant mumblings take over and rise up adding a cool textured layer. A deep and powerful bassline rules the low end delivering a solid tech house workout. Proper tech vibes for the floors, this one is sure to get any party rocking.

Atlas sets off with a punchy kick and sharp offset percussion which is accompanied by crispy hi hats creating a steady rhythmic flow. Cool synth chords come through and are paired with equally cool FX that add a little spice to the groove. On the low end a rumbling bassline is in full control, dominating the groove and getting those booty’s shakin’. Plenty of layered sounds fill up the spectrum resulting in a solid tech groove that will be a welcome addition in any set.

#monotronik #pistonrecordings

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MANU RIGA – SURROUNDED (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Prolific Belgian artist Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens delivers his stunning new debut album Surrounded, and after a while in the making we can say that this has been well worth the wait. 12 beautifully rich and deeply intimate tracks will lift you up and carry you along on a rollercoaster of emotions, as the title suggests you’ll be surrounded by a mixture of dark and beautiful moments, leaving you with plenty to think about. From First Steps through to Immortal Sins and Urge To Live, to the wonderfully chilled Forgotten, all the bases are covered in this one. On top of that, and exclusive to the album, Adriaan has created a deft transitional mix of tracks which includes special edits of tracks from the album that will both inspire and move. We spoke to Adriaan briefly regarding the album and we got the impression of just how much of himself he has put in. The last year was a tough one to say the least, but he battled through and produced the goods as he always does, and he also managed to churn out multiple remixes along the way. It’s with great pleasure that we present this album to you and we have no doubt you will find it to be an expertly crafted and emotionally charged piece of work.

The album intros with the exquisite First Steps which takes us on a surreal journey through a deeper curve in the Manu Riga sound. Swirling pads swell up against a backdrop of soft percussions as a strong voice comes through. A wonderfully deep droning bass fills the low end while an array of melodies float overhead. You get a sense of taking your first steps in life as the groove envelops your soul taking you deeper. A track that flourishes with expectations invoking deep thoughts, top notch.

Moments Of Sobriety is up next and tells the story of being on autopilot in life, having a sudden awareness, a realisation making you think of life around you and the important things. The track opens with a cool punchy kick and is surrounded by layering percussions that form into a solid rhythmic sequence. A wonderful sequence follows as a Turkish Oud plays out its rich melodic sound to the backdrop of some cool sweeps and FX. A fantastic bassline sits perched on the low end and moves effortlessly through this sea of melodies, driving the track forward. The break is a beautifully constructed kaleidoscope of sound which is joined by some stunning hair raising vocals that deliver a haunting groove.

Migrations represents a cycle of change in the Manu Riga journey as he took the huge step in moving countries which in itself can be quite a daunting experience. It also highlights milestones in his life which remain personal to him. The track opens with a nice punchy kick drum as various percussions start to creep in. A deep and probing bassline rears its head and creates a nice warm groove for the track to build on. Darker elements begin to show as the layers build and we soon find ourselves totally hooked on the sound. Wonderfully lush pads contrast brilliantly against sharper pads that mesmerize throughout. On the break we get drawn into a beautiful melodic sequence that would seem to have come straight out of a movie score complete with a stunning poem recited in sultry tones before we’re blasted right back into full on mode. Simply outstanding.

Indigenous Rights is up next and is a depiction of the destruction of a culture and a celebration of cultural aspects that remain strong through dedication and determination. The track intros with a nice chunky kicks and rhythmic hat alongside a fading in bass pulse. We get a glimpse of some beautiful melody from the superb vocal snippets and swirling pads and strings that mesmerize throughout. The pulsing bass is soon joined by a much grittier but very subtle wub wub bass that works perfectly within the track. The track takes a short break to prepare for one of the stars of the show, those stunning vocals which carry Vietnamese origins. As the title suggests we get treated to some of the most beautiful chants that takes us up to the main break where a powerful poetic vocal rings out and sends shivers down your spine.

The title track is up next and represents all that the album and its creator stands for, the feeling of being Surrounded in a world of unknowns, enveloped by darkness with the walls closing in and the impending anxiety that follows. The track is a dark affair with a morbid undertone that comes through brilliantly in the sound. Chunky kick drums and sparse percussions make way for the bass to rule the show here with its probing tentacles weaving into every crevice of the groove. Throughout the track a superb vocal from Mimi rings out as she narrates the story of the darkness. On the break though is where the track goes deeper with those stunning strings and pads telling their own story. Another superb cut from Manu Riga that will appeal to many no doubt.

Immortal Sins is up next and was written by Adriaan to reference the past and the sins against the tribes of the world. This track is a way of trying to repair the sins of our ancestors and with such an epic feeling to it we’re sure that this one will create the space in your mind to consider all that has gone before us and how we can make things better. The intro boasts a solid kick drum that is soon joined by shuffling hats and a teasing arps that lie in wait ready to pounce. Beautifully crafted pads and strings float overhead creating a mesmerizing sequence while a deep probing bassline works its way into the groove. On the break the tribal elements come through with stunning chants against a backdrop of tight drums and ethnic instruments. Excellent stuff once more, not to be missed.

Cry To Oblivion is a cry for help, it’s a crying out in pain, a scream. Feeling powerless and helpless Adriaan sat down and brought together his old Manu Riga style against the new Manu Riga style with a hope to create something new. The track has a dark flowing progressive groove made up of tight beats and ethnically charged instruments topped off with distant voices and bright piano keys. The break blends all these elements beautifully taking us deeper into the sound. The short vocal was provided by Irish DJ and Bonzai’s music reviewer and copy writer Brian Doran. After a long friendship Adriaan wanted him to be a part of his album and so he asked for the vocal. This vocal depicts the change in style for Manu Riga, a new dawn which is evident throughout the track. Another must have cut for the late night progressive sessions.

Urge To Live was written when Adriaan became sick, portraying fear and uncertainty. The intro is filled with a sense of dark, of hopelessness. Chunky kicks are backed with a raw hypnotic sound that is joined soon after by a deep punchy bassline that dominates the low end. Melancholic piano chords come through and takes us deeper while beautiful strings fleet across the sound. As the track evolves we see a light at the end of the tunnel. On the break we see sweeter melodies introduced along with a captivating vocal bringing a sense of hope, an urge to live that culminates in an epic fight for survival style composition. A simply wonderful piece of music that will give listeners a chance to reflect and get lost in the essence of the sound.

Next up we have I Don’t Need You which is a superb slice of progressive house that will sit perfectly in any set. It’s a track about realising one day that you don’t need someone after years of believing that they’re all you had, something personal to Adriaan once again in which he was able to translate into music. The track is solid, it carries a strong groove that will make you move and open your eyes at the same time. The intro is made up of a probing bass and scattered percussions that come together to form a tight rhythm alongside a nice punchy kick drum. Cool melodies rise up in an intricate arp form and are consistent throughout the track. The main break is dominated by that superb bass as it pulsates and transforms before melting away and then coming back with a bang as the track goes back into full on mode. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss.

Get Me Down is the new Manu style, he is reconnecting to his roots in house music to bring a more clubby vibe to his sound. The track is big and brash and will definitely compete on the floors with its solid groove and superb vocals. Big punchy kick drums are at the forefront with crispy hats on the offset alongside a tight drum arrangement. The bass warps brilliantly and is the perfect accompaniment for that vocal. The break reveals some expert LFO manipulation on the synths creating a harsh, raw sounding element in the groove. One to watch out for here, this one will not disappoint.

The penultimate track, When The Day Is Gone, was a painful track for Adriaan to get through. He was going through different emotions, a sense of when the day is gone it’s gone and to try and enjoy everything while you can. The track does a great job of getting right into emotions, not least with the outstanding vocal and the heavy piano chords. The drum arrangement makes for a smooth rhythmic flow while the vocal and the piano create wonderful textures and colours. The break is a melancholic affair with a sweet melody against the harsher vocal before crashing back into the main track for the duration. A definite must have track, not to be missed.

To round off this simply outstanding album we have Forgotten featuring Fe Malefiz. This one is special, not only a special mix – Last Day On Earth Mix – but a special message from Manu Riga to the world. You are invited to listen, listen to the poem for yourself and take your message from within. The track is a beautiful cinematic chillout piece that creates magical colours and allows you to lose yourself in the beauty of the music. Just listen, because nobody wants to be forgotten.

#manuriga #bonzaiprogressive #femalefiz #mimi

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KUSH – SUBSTANCE ABUSE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

DJ and producer Kush debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the wonderful two tracker entitled Substance Abuse. Kush was interested and passionate about music since his early childhood. He started to learn the basics of music using a keyboard at the age of 5. Growing up, he discovered the possibility of making music using computers and grabbed the opportunity to develop his skills and talents to produce electronic music. He was also part of a local rock band as a keyboardist. He is into many different genres of music, Techno, Tech-House, Minimal, Deep House, Jazz, Rock and Metal, to name a few. His electronic music inspirations and selections are rooted from groovy beats, heavy bass lines, emotive chords, dark synths, percussive, melodic and old school soundscapes. The perfect recipe for some tasty tracks no doubt, great to have him on board at Bonzai Progressive.

Substance Abuse intros with a superb punchy kick drum that pounds out a solid beat and is joined soon after by a deep reverberating bassline that delivers a deep warm groove. Various pads swirl overhead as one synths create a patchwork of colours that blend together beautifully. The main synth reveals a cool melody that mesmerizes all the throughout the track as we get lost in its hypnotic groove. A proper slice of progressive house that will definitely get any crowd moving.

Drive sets off with a wonderful punchy kick drum and crispy hat combi as tech house fuelled sounds fade up from the depths. A playful bassline enters the fray and brings a powerfully deep groove that digs deep into your soul. Percussive layers build up and we are soon locked in a superb rhythmic groove that will force you to move. A collection of synths and FX create a beautifully textured sound complete with vocals that are scattered throughout. You get a hint of progressive in the sound that adds great depth and tones making this a pretty cool hybrid track that will slot in nicely in any set.

#kush #bonzaiprogressive

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AMON – RED LIGHTS (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Based in Bucharest, Alex Bogdan aka Amon debuts on Piston Recordings with a very nice two tracker entitles Red Lights. Self styled as someone who just wants to play good music, we think he’s a hugely talented artist and we’re delighted to have him on board.

Red Lights intros with a smooth groovy vibe that will surely get booty’s shakin on the floors. A collection of cool synths and keys come through and pave the way for trip deep into house music. The bassline delivers a warm and fuzzy feeling on the low end and is met with a sprinkling of cool stabs to generate a solid, dancey groove complete with quirky vocals that give the track character. Top notch stuff and a definite must have track no doubt.

Everyday sets off with a muted kick drum alongside shuffling hats and sharp claps. The kick soon get filled up with a punch that gets the track moving nicely. Tight drums form up which are headed up with some nifty conga work creating a cool flowing rhythmic vibe. A deep probing bassline sets off a smooth groove throughout the track as cool vocals pop up all around. Nice and bright stabs deliver a slice of upbeat house music while the track remains firmly in the deeper domain. One for the serious groovers here.

#amon #pistonrecordings

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STEVEN VOORN – BRING YOU (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Milano based DJ and producer Steven Voorn aka Stefano+Bombelli, debuts on Piston with a superb retro inspired two track tech house cut entitled Bring You. He’s been around the house scene for quite a while churning out quality vibes, he was mentioned in both DJ Mag and Vicious magazine as a must watch emerging talent. His tracks have appeared on a raft of quality labels including Blu Fin, FootMusicRecords, Roush, Twisted Fusion, Beat It Music and Fish Rec to name just a few. Over the years he has played at top venues alongside top jocks from around the world. Delighted to have him on board at Piston.

Bring You opens with a powerful kick drum and a bright crispy hat combi that gets your feet shuffling to the bouncy rhythm. A classic vocal rips through the sound and introduces a low end sub bass that will rattle any speaker to its core. The drums here are the big draw, tightly arranged to create a wonderful rhythm to dance along to. Cool synth stabs come through alongside high strings and bring a smooth house style to the sound while the FX and vocal keep the track firmly rooted in the tech arena. Backspins and retro beats a plenty here, a must have track for sure.

It’s House sets off with a pacey kick drum and hi hat combi alongside some tight snare rolls and various percussions. A deep monster bass rattles the subs from the low end and will force any party to get their groove on. We’re treated to some perfectly placed vocals from yesteryear that add a cool nostalgia to the sound along with retro styled stabs that are sure to get the hands in the air. Proper dancefloor fodder here that will definitely get any party into full swing.

#stevenvoorn #pistonrecordings

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VAN CZAR – 100-1 (BONZAI BASIKS)

Bonzai Basiks stalwart and prolific techno DJ and producer Van Czar is back once again with more beats and bass for our listening pleasure. 100-1 will no doubt prove once more just how talented this guy really is. He never lets up, besides churning out quality vibes for Basiks, he regularly shows up on various other labels including the mighty KMS. He also now heads up his own label – CZ – which is fast becoming a go to label for deep underground grooves. He still runs the monthly Bonzai Basik Beats Spain radio show and headlines many club nights in Madrid and beyond. Fresh off the back of his first album Ibiza Legacy and not long after his mega remix pack of Orlando Voorn classics, it’s always a delight to have this guys stuff land in the inbox and no doubt we’ll be seeing plenty more in the future.

100-1 Old School Techno intros with a solid kick drum that packs a huge punch and is paired with crispy offset hats that build up a nice rhythmic flow. A deep throbbing low end bass shudders the walls as it delivers a superb deep groove. Techno themed synths fade in and hypnotize as they increase the intensity and energy. The track delivers the essence of old school techno in abundance making it a definite floor filler and a must have track for any jock.

Czech DJ and producer Andre Lesu steps up to the mixing desk and delivers a solid remix. Co-owner of Soul Fly Music Records and Unaffected Records, Andre has been around for quite a while delivering his banging beats to the masses. He has graced many top labels over the years and no doubt he will continue for many more years to come. The remix intros with a very cool live sounding kick drum and bright crispy hat combi as a noisy riser takes us up to the bass drop. The bass pulses as the synths fade in and we are soon locked on to the mesmerizing groove. On the break we are faced with a myriad of synths that combine beautifully to build a wall of sound before crashing out and back into this solid stomping techno groover.

#vanczar #bonzaibasiks #andrelesu

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EUGENE BECKER – BUTTERFLY EP (GREEN MARTIAN)

Making his debut Green Martian appearance with the sublime Butterfly EP, we have Russian producer Eugene Becker aka Eugene Dolzhenko delivering the goods and doing it in style. With an impressive release list already on various labels including Pleasure Records, DigiCom, Incepto, Nueva and OLD SQL Recordings we know we’re in for a real treat. Great to have this gifted artist on board, and we hope to see much more in the future.

Butterfly open with a fresh percussion arrangement that gathers pace as the layers are added. A cool steady rhythm forms up before warm, lush pads break through and wash the sound in a kaleidoscope of colour. A powerful deep and probing bassline punches through the sound to dominate and set the track firmly into a wonderfully rich progressive groove. The break throws up some sweet melodic phrases alongside a distant breaks arrangement before we get slammed right back into full on mode for the duration. Top notch stuff indeed, a must have.

Perfect Storm delivers a deep and trancey vibe with its dark tones and swirling melodic pads and synths. Beautifully crafted arps are scattered throughout creating wonderful textures in the sound. The synths are perfectly balanced in this one with various patterns forming up and opening wide to bring that sublime trance vibe. On the break we are treated to a melancholic sequence that fades out to reveal more of those fantastic synths that will surely keep the floors rocking. A superb trance cut that will provide the perfect fodder for any building set.

#eugenebecker #greenmartian

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RISE AND FALL – GENETIC (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

After the success of the hugely impressive New Impressions EP, which featured a host of remixes from top remixers, Russian based DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov aka Rise and Fall returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Genetic. As always this guy produces the goods and does it in style. Genetic also features two top notch remixes that deliver a wonderful insight into the worlds of progressive and techno.

The Original Mix intros with a solid beat that packs a nice thumping kick drum alongside crispy hi hats and cool FX. A sub rattling bass lurks on the low end and is accompanied by various other bass patterns creating a top notch groove. The super tight arrangement is made up of an array of drums that give off a techno vibe while the deep grooving basses lock us into a progressive streak. A dancefloor burner no doubt, not to be missed.

Fresh off the back of his full Bonzai Progressive debut, Stan Kolev steps up for remix duties and does not disappoint. After several appearances on various Bonzai compilations, Stan recently debuted with his Forsaken EP which continues to gather support from all quarters. Here on the remix he pulls out all the stops and takes us down a progressive path laced with techno flavours. A solid punchy kick drum leads the charge and is joined by a deep probing bass that finds its way deep into your core. Tight drums set up a cool steady rhythm as superb synth chords and stabs keep the sound moving. Excellent stuff here that will be a welcome addition in any set for sure.

Koschk debuts on Bonzai Progressive with a superb remix that takes us deep into the techno sound right from the off. A myriad of percussion greets us on the intro giving off a tribalistic vibe that hypnotizes. A muted kick comes through and we find ourselves wanting the low end to burst out, and soon enough we get our wish as the bass filters in and the kicks get a punchy boost. This ramps up the groove brilliantly and we are soon locked in to the deep groove for the duration. As this epic track progresses a fantastic synth pad fades up to deliver a surreal mix of sounds. On the break the synth is the master taking us on a trippy vibe full of colourful textures. Outstanding is an understatement here, this one is a definite must have that will slot perfectly into any peak time set.

#riseandfall #bonzaiprogressive #stankolev #koschk

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TRAVELTECH – EIFFEL TOWER (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Traveltech aka Hungarian DJ and producer Balint Bendeguz Bakos debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the impressive Eiffel Tower. He has been a music lover since childhood and in 1999 he started to create his own sounds using the latest software. Soon after he started to DJ in various clubs using only vinyl as his medium which resulted in a better connection to music in general. His first releases came between 2005 and 2007 before putting music on hold for a period of time so he could settle in a new home. In 2012 he was back with renewed purpose and a desire to have his work released on vinyl. Today he boasts a hugely impressive back catalogue with releases on the labels such as Dash Deep Records, System Recordings and Debuger to name just a few. Great to have him on board and we hope to see more from this guy in the future.

Eiffel Tower intros with a sombre sounding deep groove that is made up of big chunky kicks and a rumbling low end bass. Various FX create cool textures in the sound as bright crispy hats come through to get the rhythm moving. A hypnotic synth note hooks you in to the sound as rich melodic pads rise to the surface. The break unleashes a myriad of colourful sounds resulting in a trippy experience that continues for the duration. A perfect blend of tech meeting progressive here that is most definitely not to be missed.

Journey gets into a solid deep progressive groove right from the off as chunky kick drums deliver a solid thump alongside cool stuttering percussions. A deep droning bassline moves menacingly through the track taking us lower into the abyss while cosmic synths float across the spectrum. A subtle, raw melody begins to flourish in the sound and we soon find ourselves swept away by the ubiquitous groove. On the break we are treated to some very cool sequences that play on the simple synths and that shuddering bassline making this one for the late night sessions.

#traveltech #bonzaiprogressive

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SOUTHERN GROOVE – BODYJACK (PISTON RECORDINGS

Adrian Romero and Mariano Chiappe aka Southern Groove return to Piston with the fantastic two tracker entitled Bodyjacker. We last saw the guys back in the Summer of 2015 with their debut cut Yes You Do which gained great support from across the board. Their dedication to combining various styles and bringing their different influences to the table always results top notch quality sounds. Good to see them back and hope to see much more in the future.

Bodyjack intros with a cool shuffling hat and percussion sequence that is soon joined by a punchy kick drum. Catchy vocal snippets ring through the sound as the bassline comes through bringing a dirty vibe along for the ride. Warm keys add a lushness to the sound as a contrasting high string fades out. The track will no doubt force you to jack your body as the infectious rhythmic groove takes hold. Top notch stuff not to be missed.

You Took My Love intros with a familiar vocal one shot over a chunky kick drum and bright percussion arrangement. Groovy keys come through as the vocals build up while a deep and funky bassline gets the booty’s shakin’. A beautifully arranged drum section delivers a frisky rhythm that moves through the sound effortlessly as the bassline slots in. This one will get the party rocking for sure, a must have.

#southerngroove #pistonrecordings

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BJERK PETERSON – DIGGIN’ DEEP EP (PISTON RECORDINGS)

DJ and producer Bjerk Peterson returns to Piston after a bit of a hiatus with the superb Diggin’ Deep EP. It was way back in 2013 when we last saw Bjerk over here when he appeared on Piek’s Txuribeltz EP with Nasty. Since then he has racked up an impressive list of cuts on various labels. Great to have him back and we hope to see much more in the future.

Diggin’ Deep opens with a punchy kick drum and a sub rattling bass that pounds out a solid groove to get the floors moving. Sharp claps and shuffling hats deliver a steady rhythmic flow as cool keys come through alongside an array of FX and a cacophony voices. The groove takes on a surreal vibe as various other elements are introduced while the bassline transforms into a more playful, more funky groove. Superb stuff to have in your playlist, no doubt.

Bonanza intros with fresh thumping kick drum and a mixture of shuffling hi hats and sharp, crispy hi hats that generate a cool flowing rhythm. A proper tech house groove ensues complete with deep probing basses and a myriad of FX and synths that create some very cool textures in the sound. A super tight drum and percussion arrangement ensures the groove remains committed to the booty shakers on the floors. Surreal trumpets and swirling pads make for a trippy ride on this one, not to be missed.

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ROCKSTAR – THE WHITE HOLE (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

New Yorker Corey Biggs is doing the rounds on various labels under the Bonzai umbrella. This time out his Rockstar alias delivers the superb The White Hole which comes with three top notch remixes. Previously Corey showed up on our Progrez imprint, back at the end of 2015 he gave us the superb Nature Never Sleeps before appearing on our Club Traxx Dark & Deep 3 compilation at the turn of this year. He also stepped up for remix duties on A.R.E.S featuring Anna Julia – Sparks Will Fly on Bonzai Progressive in early 2016 and no doubt he’ll be popping up somewhere else soon. His approach to music and techno in general is refreshing and it’s always a pleasure to get his stuff in the inbox.

On the Original Mix we get planted right into a smooth deep house groove that sounds super fresh with an array of percussions setting up a flowing rhythm alongside a swaying pad. A funky ass bassline comes in that you know will set the booty’s shakin towards the floor while nice chunky kicks deliver an energized 4×4 beat. A wonderfully constructed slice of house that you will not want to miss.

L.A based DJ and producer Javi Xavier debuts on Eyepatch with his remix. This prominent figure in L.A delivers unique sets with a blend of house, techno and progressive. His creativity and passion for music drove him to create Dual Life Records which aims to deliver top quality sounds. On the remix here Javier takes us down the tech house route with a superb arrangement destined to fill floors everywhere. Punchy kick drums provide the intro and are joined by crispy hats and a fantastic dancing bassline that probes playfully through the groove. Generated noise sweeps create some very cool textures that blend flawlessly into the bassy groove. Quirky synths and cool FX deliver a wide, colourful patterns to the sound making this a definite must have tech house cut for any set.

Longtime DJ and producer Nikos Akrivos debuts on Eyepatch with a fantastic remix. Since 2005 this guy has been rocking out venues and producing some outstanding music. His work has appeared on many labels including Hontas, Music Is The Drug and Professional Rockstars Records to name just a few. On the remix Nikos delivers a solid deep house cut that will definitely turn a few heads with its expert construction and sound quality. Big punchy kicks sit at the forefront of the track while shuffling hats and percussions form up. A bright, simple note laden with echoed FX hypnotizes and leads us up to the deep rooted bassline that solidifies the deep house groove. On the break rich chord pads take the sound even deeper giving the imagination lots to play with. Superb stuff not to be missed.

Paul2Paul aka Paul Losev rounds off this superb pack with a superb remix on his Eyepatch debut. DJ and producer Paul has played all over Europe alongside top jocks including Tiesto and Markus Shulz. He regularly appears in many charts and his music has been released on many top labels throughout the years. Here he takes the original and puts his own unique and much revered twist on the sound. The intros boasts a well rounded kick drum with accompanying crispy hats and sharp claps. A rich pad swells up and already we are locked into the sound. A funky, groovy bassline sits perfectly perched on the low end while deep chords play out. An excellent slice of deepness that will be a must for any late night set.

#rockstar #eyepatchrecordings #javixavier #nikosakrivos #paul2paul

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