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John 00 Fleming marks his full release debut on Bonzai Progressive with The Lone Ranger which comes backed up with two top quality remixes from Rick Pier O’Neil and Gai Barone. John is one of the most gifted artists of a generation and beyond and he is certainly no stranger to Bonzai as he has seen multiple tracks appear on various compilations over the years. In November 2015 he helped us celebrate our 500th release with an exclusive track – The Dark Ranger. He has also shown up on Progrez, Camouflage, Bonzai Back Catalogue, Bonzai Classics, Green Martian and Bonzai Elemental, in some capacity or other. Over the last few years a strong bond has developed between John’s JOOF label and Bonzai which has seen many artists release top notch sounds between the labels. Described as a national treasure of the trance world by Radio 1’s Pete Tong, John 00 Fleming is an artist who has achieved international success in a career spanning over 20 years without dishonouring his musical essence or fans. With over 10 million album sales and 30 produced mix compilations, Johnís a proven musical pioneer whose essence lies in what his fans call, the JOOF sound. Despite enjoying some commercial success, he remains a very much respected figure on the underground scene. This is down to his integrity in his performances and his no-nonsense take on all things music. His long running JOOF label continues to go from strength to strength and recently he has been sourcing some superb breakthrough up and coming artists who are proving their worth in style. Always worth checking out what’s happening in this guys world.
The Original Mix gives us a clear insight into the JOOF sound, sub shakin bass and scathing synths with everything in between, the perfect recipe for a psy trance trip. The bass rumbles through the track relentlessly as swirling pads etch out cool melodies taking the groove high into the trance stratosphere with those psy undertones coming to the fore. A definite dancefloor destroyer here that you will not want to miss.
Rick Pier O’Neil aka RPO is up first on remix duty and yet again he delivers the goods. These last few years have seen this guy rise up through the ranks to become a hugely respected artist. His style takes on various forms with a focus on the deeper, progressive side of the tracks with the occasional foray into trance. Since a young age he has been hooked on music and countless hours of listening, experimenting and playing has shaped him into the top class artist he is today. He quickly gained a reputation as a talented artist and travelled to the US where he became embedded into the music scene there. He set up two record labels, Pro Records and Garbage Records, tracks from these labels have been hammered by top jocks all over the world. He has seen releases on many top labels including Bonzai Progressive and JOOF Recordings. On the remix he takes the original deeper into the progressive abyss with a solid groove made up of tight drums, rhythmic percussions and a monster bassline that hooks you in for the duration. Beautifully composed melodic phrases litter the sound and on the break they get their chance to shine in the form of rich strings that just float out of the speakers in a trance-like structure. Awesome stuff that you need in your arsenal.
Progressive stalwart Gai Barone is up next on remix duty and as we’ve come to expect from this guy, he surpasses all expectations once more. With such a dynamic range of sound, this guy bridges the gap beautifully between genres creating sublime master strokes of musical genius. He is an artist who is very much at the top of his game and who still has plenty more to offer. His last outing for Bonzai was on the compilation Club Traxx Dark & Deep 2 back in March 2015, since then he has released a plethora of top quality cuts on various labels. The remix intros with a muted kick and a rattling shaker hi hat that gets those feet tapping straight to the floor. The kicks start to find their thump as colourful riffs line up alongside atmospheric pads. The bassline bursts through and dominates the track locking you into its solid progressive groove as the key changes take us up and down. A tight drum arrangement keeps us moving and provides a strong platform for the layers to build. On the break we are led into a dream-like world full of beautifully tweaked melodies that glide across the sound effortlessly before we climax back into the main groove. This one is epic, an absolute stomper that is a must have for a peak time set.
Hailing from Zvornik, Bosnia and Herzegovina Mladen Jurosevic aka Youngen debuts on Bonzai Progressive with The Long Way Home which comes backed up with two top notch remixes. Mladen got into music from a very young age. At just 10 years old he began to play the accordion and made the switch to synthesiser a few years later. His music collection started with an Astral Projection CD – Trust In Trance – and this set him on a collision course with electronic music which he has a passion for. In the year 2000 he invested in his first music production suite – Propellerhead Reason – and from there he learned the program inside out and started to produce his own sounds. As a teenager, he frequented many techno and psytrance parties which would have an influence in his sounds. Over the years he switched to a more progressive house and deep house output, and now his sound is deep, emotional and dreamy electronic dance music filled with deep grooves and melodic sequences.
The Original Mix intros with a soft tone full of warm keys and a rising drum pattern that leads up to a solid kickdrum that packs a strong punch. The atmospherics continue with the kicks leading the way alongside the fledgling bassline. A short break builds us up to the main event where the bassline takes over and drives the solid progressive groove forward. In the background the pads cascade through the sound perfectly and move with the key changes effortlessly. A subtle melodic flavour creeps in as a cool voice teases. The voice stands out on the break as the melodies evolve before we are settled back into the main groove for the duration. Superb stuff that you will not want to miss.
Manu Riga steps up to the desk first with his Ethnotized Remix and yet again we find out just how talented this guy is. As well as knocking out quality remixes and original works, he is currently in the midst of creating an album which we hope will be dropping sometime in early 2016. So far the standard is extremely high and we have no doubt that he will blow us away once more, we can’t wait for this one. His last release was for Bonzai’s 500th where he was allocat6ed no less than three slots which he filled with the superb A Sense of Hope, As We Become One with Matt Holliday and a remix alongside Matt on Phi Phi’s Hiccup. The remix intros with a superb punchy kickdrum and is soon joined by a probing bassline that hypnotizes the mind. Cool rhythmic structures form up with crispy hats and sharp claps alongside a solid Manu-esque tight drum arrangement. The bass dominates the sound and takes us deeper into progressive with every key change. On the break we get a subtle synth driven melody that paves the way for the most amazing female voice that will send shivers down your spine. Another excellent Manu Riga cut that will tear up any floor no doubt.
Australian producer Audio Noir heads up the next remix with Another Audio Noir Trip. This guy is another one who just never lets up on the quality front and who always delivers that extra bit of sound to get a track to its peak. Aside from his latest album – Artificial Star – his Almost Famous Reworked series is proving popular with many tracks showing up in sets all over. Still much more to come from this guy and we always get excited when his latest cuts drop in. Here the remix sets out with a punchy kick and a slicing hat combo complete with a rhythmic percussions. A surreal synth comes through that seems to morph in and out of shape before a rolling bassline takes over and gets the track into its progressive flow. The track goes deep as growling basses begin to emerge and that drum arrangement intensifies. The break offers a little respite and reveals a hypnotic sequence that lures you in only to be thrust back into the solid wall of sound for the duration. Top notch yet again from this guy, not to be missed.
Italian DJ and producer Luigi De Santis aka GgDex returns to Piston alongside his newest creation KEYGI with the fantastic Yes I Am EP. Luigi is no stranger to these shores, his last outing Put The Needle gained great support across the board and rocked out many venues with its deep and dirty vibes. Since then he has shown up on various compilations for Bonzai and Piston as well as releases on other labels. KEYGI is Luigi’s newest creation and what a way to introduce, we hope to see more from this guy and his persona’s in the future.
First up we have the title track Yes I Am which in short is a relentless slice of deep techy grooves with a probing bass that fills the sound beautifully. The track is somewhat minimal with a cool drum arrangement made up a punchy kick and shuffling hats with a few percussions to keep the rhythm loose. Throughout the track we are treated to a gritty vocal that delivers that classic house vibe while the music carries us along for the ride with a cool tech edge. Excellent stuff that will sit snugly into any set.
Black Leo intros with a nice chunky kick alongside a round of percussions that layer up providing a cool rhythmic flow. The track breaks to reveal a scraping synths that cut out a nice deep house vibe. The bass comes through and dominates as it winds its way through the sound delivering a solid groove for the track to build on. On the main break those synths get the focus before we are thrust back to the main sound for the duration. Mesmerizing sounds for the floors here that you will not want to miss.
Sweet Beat sets out with a warm urban groove filled with gliding chords and a tight drum arrangement. The drum patterns dish out smooth rhythms with an a very much laidback approach. The deep bassline moves the track ever so smoothly and takes the groove to a deeper level. On the break we are led into a wonderful sequence that offers up more of those warm dreamy chords before the beats and bass return to get the floors livened up. A welcome addition to any set for sure.
VAN CZAR & DANTIEZ SAUNDERSON featuring ANN SAUNDERSON – THE FORCE (BONZAI BASIKS) – VINYL + DIGITAL RELEASE
Our next Bonzai Basiks release – The Force – comes courtesy of a fantastic collaboration of artists featuring Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar, DJ and producer Dantiez Saunderson and UK songstress Ann Saunderson. Van continues to lead the way in deep techno grooves and his tracks are always powerful tools in the mix for many jocks. After he joined Dantiez on their back to back set at this year’s (2015) Legacy Festival, they decided to get together in the studio and soon after they started working on this fine cut. Over the last few years Dantiez has taken after his legendary father, Kevin Saunderson, and released quality cuts on several labels including Kevin’s own KMS. The guys then decided to employ the soulful, gospel-esque vocals of Dantiez’s mother, Ann. Back in 1992 Ann featured as backing vocals on the anthemic Pennies From Heaven by Inner City which was headed up by her husband Kevin, and went on to record several high profile tracks over the years. To keep it all in the family we get treated to a wonderful remix by the legend himself, Mr Kevin Saunderson who led the way in the early Detroit house and techno scene and gave the world some of the most memorable tunes ever with Inner City and others.
The Original Mix delivers a wonderfully upbeat techno vibe with massive sprinklings of cool house flavours. Big chunky kicks pair up with sharp claps and shuffling open hats while the rhythm gets a boost from a top notch, tight drum section. A rumbling bassline rattles through the sound as the vocal starts to come into play. Warm chords fade through and we settle into the groove nicely before we get blasted with amazing retro style piano chords and a transformed vocal that will have you up and on that floor for sure.
Kevin Saunderson’s remix goes straight for the jugular with a monster kick on the intro that pounds out a solid techno sound. Perfectly placed vocals litter the groove and keep with the darker elements of the track. A deep, growling bass comes through and takes control of the groove and is soon joined by scathing gritty synths that rise up from the murky depths and take the track deeper into techno. A definite must have track for the purists that will get any floor moving.
Van Czar turns up the heat with a double remix. First up is the Playa Den Bossa Mix which serves up a real nice treat filled deep grooving techno vibes that’s come straight out of those late night Ibiza sessions leaving you frazzled and fully partied up. Punchy kicks and crispy sharp hats dish out a solid rhythmic flow to the track as tight drum patterns are let loose. Swirling synth chords stand out beautifully as subtle chord stabs hold back waiting to pounce while a slicing higher pitched single note cuts through. Top notch stuff you do not want to miss.
We go deeper on Van’s second remix, the Gladiator Cysxe Remix which delivers a more punchy sound with a darker techno edge that stands out brilliantly with its powerful grooves and superb synths that range from swirling warm chord to classic stabby hits. Along the way we are introduced to a much harsher synth that carries a brilliant techno vibe. Another sure fire floor filler that will appeal to many no doubt.
The dynamic duo return to Progrez with another of their deep techno offerings, this time around they give us the superb three track EP – Specterman. Jon ManimaL & Magros aka MetrONomes remain a constant force within our Progrez imprint and their last outing – Mistique set this in stone and gained fantastic support from across the board, their work also appears on many compilations, They consistently provide quality mixes for Bonzai Basik Beats on a regular basis as well as DJing at various venues. Always an exciting time when they drop new beats our way and we look forward to much more in the future.
Specterman gets right down to business with a solid, bassy groove that will give the subs work to do. A dark techno flavour emerges from this groove as strong punchy kicks lead the way with a rumbling bass in tow. Crispy hats slice through the low frequencies while surreal FX litter the background. An air of intensity creeps in taking the sound even deeper. A relentless monster that will tear up any floor no doubt.
Underwater takes us on an energetic ride through the techno sound as a solid rolling bassline powers the track with a tight drum arrangement providing the backup. Cool rhythmic shaking hats will keep the feet shuffling as we find ourselves totally locked on to the groove. Fantasy driven pads and strings lurk around creating a cosmic atmosphere that gets the imagination working. Excellent stuff yet again from these guys and a must have track in the box.
Zougla intros with a nice thumping kick drum alongside cool hats and percussions. A deep rumbling bass starts to fade in and pretty soon we find ourselves hooked into this techno monster. The techno grooves ooze out of the sound and get a boost by the upbeat structure of the drums. Strange, eerie FX go off throughout the sound add cool textures full of imagination. A super solid workout that offers little respite, this is a must have.
Russian producer Starodumov Vladimir aka Skyio debuts on Bonzai Elemental with the tripped out vibes of Exoplanet. Ever since he was a child, Starodumov loved to get a closer look at how things worked, he stripped equipment down and explored sound by tweaking knobs just to see what they would do. He studied piano at music school which gave him the skills to hunt down and refine new melodies. In today’s modern processes of music-making this knowledge has gave him a greater understanding of music which he then transforms into his own compositions. He got his first release on Freedom Recordings in 2009 and gained a lot of attention with his fresh approach and in 2011 he released on Only One Records which got great support on radio shows and DJ sets alike. A highly gifted artist we hope to see more from in the future.
Exoplanet intros with a cosmic theme that places you somewhere in the vast chasm of space with bright sounds floating all around to the backdrop of a constant pad that lingers beautifully. A superb synthetic drum roll takes us into the track proper and reveals a tight breakbeat pattern with gritty synths and basses coming through. Strikingly sharp plucks add wonderful textures to the sound as various short arp riffs come through. A fantastic slice of downtempo, chill that will get your imagination working overtime.
Magnitude eases into existence with broken up drums alongside a soft spoken vocal before a riser FX takes us to the main section filled with cool drum patterns and a beautiful string solo. The strings stand out brilliantly in contrast to the harsh drums and deep low end basses. Superb stuff that takes you on a thought provoking journey.
Russian based DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov aka Rise and Fall returns to Bonzai Progressive with another of his spine tingling deep prog monsters – Open System, which comes backed up with two superb remixes. Over the last few years he has been responsible for some memorable remixes as well as a few of his own cuts which have gained a lot of support. His last two outings on remix duty was for Phi Phi’s Hiccup and Audio Noir’s Wunderschong on his Almost Famous Reworked Volume 3, both of which gained a lot of support and features. We last got a taste of his own works with Immersion back in February 2015 and based on that we know we’re in for a real treat yet again.
The Original Mix gets down to business with a charging kick drum that packs a lot of punch with a little help from a rising bass that starts to roll along with an energetic draw. Cool drum and percussion layers form up and settle the track into a nice flowing rhythm. Sweeping FX and dark synths join in and give the track a bit of meat in readiness for an epic ride. An in-your-face synth line opens up and locks you right into the groove as that bass hypnotizes. On the break we are set into a surreal world that takes on an intense vibe as those synths start to wind up once more. Another top notch slice from this guy which will definitely turn a few heads.
The on fire and very much in demand Rick Pier O’Neil steps up to the remix desk and puts one hell of a remix in true RPO style. Having started to DJ at just 14, he soon found he had an addiction to sound and went on to be a sound engineer with his first studio at just 16. Working with major labels he built a solid rep and gained Billboard success. Since 2006 he has delivered a vast amount of quality releases on top labels including Joof Recordings, Clinique Recordings, Suffused Music and his own RPO Records. He has also seen much of his work appear on many Bonzai compilations over the last couple of years. On the remix he takes us deep into the progressive world and holds us there without mercy. Right from the off we get caught up in the depth this track offers. A solid pulsating bass resonates right through the sound as sweeping pads and scathing synths cause havoc in the higher frequencies. On the short breakdowns we get an ear crunching synth that rises to its climax and slams us back into full on mode. To keep this one in check we have a tight drum arrangement with a powerful kick on top that will definitely keep the floors moving.
Leon Krasich is up next with his remix which takes a leaning towards Techno with its hypnotic groove and superb punchy kicks that stand out beautifully. Leon’s last outing – Melancholy, back in September 2015 saw great support and showed off his deeper side. Here he delivers the goods once more, a totally mesmerising experience complete with hypnotic basses and that fantastic kick that just keeps you wanting more. The bass line probes deep into your soul and shows no mercy while in the background we find pitching strings that offer cool contrasts in the sound. A cool display of FX adds wonderful textures to the groove that is shored up by a tight drum workout complete with a smooth rhythm section. The break goes deeper as a droning bass is let loose with FX going off all around, a surreal sequence ensues which is broken by the return of those brilliant kicks. Excellent stuff that will be a welcome addition in any late night session.
Founded in 2004, Abity aka Argentinean DJ’s and producers Jose Duque and Bruno Signorelli debut on Bonzai Progressive with Anachronistic which comes backed up with Aeroplane in Original and Dub flavours. Over the years they have plied their trade with top quality releases on labels such as Cherry Drop Records, Spring Tube, Baroque Records and Armada Music. Their similar tastes has allowed their style to evolve, a blend of progressive house and minimalist techno elements certainly makes for interesting listening. Delighted to have this duo on board and we look forward to more of their sounds in the future.
Anachronistic intros with a muted kick with a fading in guitar riff that provides the perfect platform for the layers to build. The kick drum gets beefed up into a solid punchy affair as cool percussions deliver a nice flowing rhythm. A deep bass line growls through the sound as various FX layers are added that brings out some cool textures. The track becomes very musical as subtle melodies flirt deep within the groove. On the break we get a good dose of that hypnotic riff alongside some rich pads before we head straight back into full on progressive house mode. Top notch stuff and the perfect fodder for any late night prog set.
The Original Mix of Aeroplane sets off with a nice thumping kick drum alongside deep smooth chords and a superb drum arrangement that throws out all kinds of rhythmic patterns. The track settles itself into a solid deep house groove with a little help from a fantastic walking bass that offers up a laid back feel. Cool vocals float effortlessly through the sound and are the perfect match for the melancholic elements. A wonderful synth lead teases its way into the arrangement giving the track a lift, but it’s those deeper tones that rule here. The Dub Mix strips away the vocal resulting in a totally tripped out vibe you will not want to miss.
Mash aka Glasgow based DJ and producer Martyn Henderson debuts on Piston with the fantastic Melted. For more than 20 years Martyn has also broadcasted and written within the dance music scene. He is the House Music editor for Mixmag and he also writes his column Mash Hits for the Sunday Mail (UK). Over the years he has graced the decks at many top venues around the UK and he boasts a vast discography including original works and remixes. His writing has brought him together with some of the biggest names in dance music including Underworld, Moby, Groove Armada and Josh Wink to name just a few. His sounds have appeared on labels like Toolroom, Bulletdodge, Glasgow, House and Love and many more. So much more to come from this guy and we are delighted to have him on board at Piston.
Melted eases into existence with a real sense of deep as soft kicks are met with a distant hum and building percussions. A wonderfully lush and warm bass comes through and settles the track into a smooth house groove. In the background we find swelling pads mixed with haunting voices that add a great character to the sound as we journey ever deeper. The break reveals subtle melodic flavours that add cool contrast to the darker elements and blend in perfectly with those swirling pads and voices. Top notch stuff from Mash that is a definite must have track.
Jeep House dishes out a nice and solid tech groove right the from the off as those punchy kicks get to work with a little help from some cool percussive elements that build up nicely delivering steady rhythms. The tech flavours just drip off this sound as the bass hangs in the groove while cool vocals pop up throughout. The big focus here has got to be that tight drum and percussion arrangement which really delivers on the rhythm front and will definitely keep those feet shuffling to the floors. Superb stuff here that you will not want to miss.
Fabio Andrea Petrini aka Sween makes a welcome return to Green Martian with the superb two tracker entitled – Transport. His last GM outing was back in April 2015 with Neutron which quickly gained a lot of attention.
Transport gets things moving with a pacey tempo filled with a solid kick drum and nice, crispy shuffling hats. Probing basses find their way through the sound and lay down a superb progressive groove. Cool voices float through and are joined by a building synth line that hypnotizes alongside some fantastic rattling percussions. An intensity creeps into the track as rich strings ebb and flow leaving behind a kaleidoscope of colour and wonderfully textured sounds. Excellent stuff here that you will definitely want in your playlist.
Autocoscienza intros with a smooth kick drum that packs a lot of low end giving it an almost laid back feel. Extremely cool percussions fade in and bring a surreal twist to the sound and in the background we feel the bass start to bubble up. A maelstrom of bells creates a chaotic picture that really gets right in under your skin. In a surprising twist we get hit with some brilliant chord stabs that seem to fit right in on the chaos surrounding them. An absolute stomper that will turn a few heads for sure.