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Rick Pier O’Neil debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the wonderful two tracker Swim Deep. French native Rick started DJing at just 14 years old, at 16 he already became a sound engineer and built his first home studio. 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. We are delighted to have him on board with much more to come in the future.
First is the title track Swim Deep which intros with a monster kick full of low end subs that will have the bassbins quivering. Crispy sharp claps lead into a layering of percussions that holds the steady rhythmic flow as grungy synths and FX sweep by. The bassline starts to creep up through the sound and settles into a full on driving tough edged progressive groove. The break unleashes a stunning atmospheric sequence where euphoric melodies take over with hair raising effect before slamming back into the main groove. Proper deep progressive vibes that packs a huge punch here and sure to grab a lot of attention.
Arty Grain sets off with a cool bass led intro with shuffling hats and claps over the top. Big chunky kicks soon follow and the tight drum arrangements gets us on our way. Cool melodic synths and pads rise up through the sound and sweep across the groove beautifully. A subtle yet highly effective bass sits down below paving the way for the FX and synths to do their thing. The break offers up a truly awe inspiring cacophony of rich pads and lush strings that come together to deliver a very tough sequence that will have the goosebumps on the rise. A solid progressive workout that will be a big hit in many of the deeper sets.
Javi Alvado & THC aka Victor Alvado make their Piston debuts with the superb two track, Brooklyn Tales EP. The guys started to DJ together back in 2009 and have went on to perform at top venues across Europe including placed like the Plastik Beach Club in Ibiza. In 2012 they started producing together and have amassed many releases across various labels. Their style is a cross between Tech House, Deep House and Techno which makes for some diverse results. They currently run A&R on Ultradrum Records.
First up is the title track Brooklyn Tales with its classic intro, solid kicks and nice crispy hats with sharp claps soon following, this gets the rhythm flowing beautifully and sets us up for a wonderful dancing experience. Old school styled synth stabs are the mainstay here and bring an edge to the track allowing memories of the heady days to surface. At the low end a raw sub bass lurks menacingly yet holds back enough to let the stabs run free and dominate the sound. Cool vocal samples give the track a lot of character making this a definite must have.
Grip Me intros with a nice punchy kick and cool percussion pattern that become infectious as the rhythm builds. Excellent stabbing synths filter through and are joined by cool vocal samples. The bass lets loose with a fathomless sub tone aimed to get you right in the chest with its pulsating groove. The big hitter though are the very cool synths and keys that bring that true house vibe to the sound with a fresh appeal. Superb stuff here that will gain a lot of attention for sure.
DARK SOUL PROJECT & MATHOV FEATURING FE MALEFIZ – AIN’T NO MELODIES LEFT FOR ME (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)
Dark Soul Project & Mathov enlist the stunning vocals of Fe Malefiz on the superb Ain’t No Melodies Left For Me which comes backed up with three fantastic remixes. Dark Soul Project marks his full debuts on Bonzai after his track Feels Like Heaven featured on our Club Traxx Progressive House compilation. He brings a wealth of talents to the table as his impressive back catalogue will attest. Mathov returns after his highly regarded Dark Activity was released in early November with support pouring in from all quarters. Since leaving uplifting trance behind he is definitely causing a stir in the progressive world with his smooth grooves. German singer Fe Malefiz provides the vocals for this release and it’s clear why she has been chosen as you will find out. Fe has worked with many artists over the years including Martin Merkel among others.
First up we have the Original Mix which intros with a cool drum arrangement filled with chunky kicks, sharp hats and rhythmic percussions. The track breaks to reveal a lush bass that sits perfectly within the groove and becomes the mainstay of the track. We get our first glimpse of the vocal here with its haunting tones and melodic phrases. The groove settles in with a strong progressive edge that will keep the heads nodding. The main break unleashes the vocal as it sweeps throughout before the Bjork-esque song comes through just at the right time to round up this absolute stunner of a track. A definite must have.
On remix duty we have Tallinn’s own Zas & Sanze aka Mindgamers. We haven’t seen the guys for a while as they have been busy with DJing and other projects, but we know they will be unleashing their latest works soon which we are all excited about. Here the guys do their thing and they do it well as always. Tight progressive vibes right from the off, muted kicks are joined by a fading in bass alongside cool FX. The kicks transform into chunky hits as the bass warms to become a lush grooving sequence. Fe’s vocal comes through beautifully here and blends so perfectly with the sounds around it. The groove is captivating as it lulls you into its grip with the help of sharp melodic sequences that add character and contrast to the sound. Another fine offering from the guys and sure to be a main feature in many sets.
Kintar returns for remix duty here at Bonzai Progressive with his unique blend of prog house that we know and love. DJing is a big part of his career, playing all over the world, you’d think he wouldn’t have the time for producing but he finds the time and always gets it done with great results. Here he intros the track with a fantastic low end kick, crispy hats and snappy claps. A deep resonating bassline shores up the rear as the layers build bringing surreal sweeping pads that lead up to some cool, subtle melodic flavours. The vocal is used sparingly with great effect as the anticipation builds with the help of an intense piano chord. Wonderful stuff out of Argentina and a track you have got to have.
Audio Noir never stops, he relentlessly churns out top quality productions and remixes to the delight of many. His most recent stint was Reworked Volume 2 from his album Almost Famous which have been getting fantastic support from many quarters. Much more to come out of Australia which we always look forward to. Here he gives us his Rekonstruction mix which takes the tempo back a bit, getting into a more laidback vibe. The intro is a wonderful cacophony of glitched FX and atmospheric sequences which combine beautifully before a superb warm bass breaks things up and provides that almost downtempo quality. The kicks sit mid range and allow you to become immersed in their beat while cool crispy hats bring a rhythmic flow to the sound. The vocal keeps the track firmly on course with its wonderfully haunting and rich tones. Subtle melodies play out as you become hypnotized by this sublime progressive groove. Yet again we get hooked by an Audio Noir cut, not to be missed.
San Francisco based LuRob aka Luis Roberto makes a welcome return to Piston with his Slippery When Wet EP. We last saw Luis back in March 2013 and since then he has continued to grace the finest House establishments as well as releases across various labels.
First up we have the Original Mix of Twin Peaks Lounge which intros with a beautifully filtered funky groove filled with lush tones and grainy guitar licks. The track lets loose with a fantastic punchy kick and shuffling percussions that will definitely get floors moving to the groovy rhythms. The track goes deep with a wonderful pulsating bass that contrasts perfectly with the brighter elements as those funky riffs remain prominent. The track also boasts classy melodic sequences which are joined by some brilliantly crafted drum arrangements. Top notch stuff from Luis and a definite must have.
Dave Dubbz provides the remix on Twin Peaks Lounge and goes right into the heart of deep house grooves. We saw Dave on Secrets Of The Trade 2 back in 2013 with his track Funky Thrills. Dave has seen a multitude of releases across many labels he also remixes many artists including JR From Dallas and Joss Moog. Here the track gets into full swing right from the off with pacey rhythmic groove made up of tight kicks and sharp hats to the backdrop of cool snare rolls. The warm bass comes through beautifully and gives a real sense of depth to the sound. Big chord stabs litter the sound as house synths begin to filter through. The big feature on the track has gotta be those drum arrangements, ever evolving and complex, they will definitely keep those dancing feet moving.
Meet Me After Dark rounds up this stunning EP with its slightly tougher stance as big chunky kicks are joined by harsh and crispy hats alongside some very cool percussions. The bassline evolves out of the depths with a resonating power that dominates the low end. In contrast the track works brilliantly as the harsher sounds meet warmer tones. A great vocal riffs throughout the track adding lots of character and reinforcing the tougher edge. A true deep house groove that will find a home in the deeper sets for sure.
Russian producer Reflection Soul aka Robert Besmaternykh delivers another fine progressive house cut for Green Martian with this two tracker entitled Colours. His last outing April (Dreams) back in the Summer had made a great impact with support coming in from many quarters. Much more to come from this guy and worth keeping an eye on.
Colours intros with a smooth rhythmic drum arrangement as punchy kicks are joined by sharp percussions that really get the track on the move. Offset vocal samples crash into the sound alongside a pulsing pad that just sits perfectly at the back. The big hitter here is that bassline with its deep throbbing grooves that fill the sound beautifully. Melodic synths take over bringing a wonderful house vibe to the track. The break lets loose on the melodies as they converge into wall of sound that is broken by the warm tones on the bass. A very cool driving groove that will get featured on many sets no doubt.
Leak intros with a mish mash of percussions that form up brilliantly into a cool rhythmic flow. Snappy kicks punch through and are joined by a beautiful rising pad that brings subtle melodic flavours along for the ride. The percussions steadily build and culminate in a furious arrangement that binds the track together brilliantly. The bassline sits back and delivers it subtle tones to great effect allowing the brighter elements to dominate. The break unleashes the full wrath of melodies this track has to offer in a euphoric sequence filled with lots of sounds and a hair raising vocal sample. A wonderful display of melodic house that will turn a few heads on the dancefloor.
Diego Herrera returns to Basiks with the double-a side Slow Burn. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Diego, his debut came in September 2013 with Afterhour EP with a great reception, after that he gave us the fantastic Middle Earth EP and then a remix on Christian Bonori & Paul S-Tone’s Chemtrails back in March 2014. Great to see him back with another track we are sure will not disappoint.
First up is the Original Mix of Slow Burn with its smooth deep tech house grooves. The intro boasts cool breaks that build up with percussive elements filtering through to get the rhythm flowing. The track instantly transforms with a four four beat and superb offset bass that seems fathomless as it pulsates through the sound. Bright percussion hits stand out beautifully and become the mainstay of the track keeping that tech flavour going. Subtle chords leak into the sound after the break rounding up this fantastic rhythm fuelled slice of tech.
Slow Burn gets a makeover from Christian Venegas with his Christian Venegas Is Burning In Hell Remix. Chilean DJ and producer Christian is a popular figure in the underground scene. He got into DJing professionally in 2006 after he started to buy records and has since performed at top venues all over the country. His weekly radio show Microtechnia airs on SonidoLikido and he currently produces for a vast array of top labels. Here he toughens up the sound with big punchy kicks and some superb in your face percussions that are a big feature in the sound. Staying true to the original he utilises the deep bass beautifully and carries over the main percussion hook to great effect. A driving and ballsy cut that will be a feature in many sets for sure.
The Vibe intros with a nice chunky kick and clangy synth shots that get the track moving with style. A wonderfully deep sub bass dominates the sound as subtle percussions build around the track. After a short break the groove settles into its tech flavoured vibe as that bass pounds the bassbins. Bright crispy hats stand out and leads us to the break where a surreal sequence filled with metallic sounds and frenzied FX takes over. Before long we get thrust back into the main track for the duration of this epic encounter with full on tech house.
Da One sets off with a monster kick that pounds a throbbing jab right in your face alongside a continuous rimshot and sharp snappy hats. A deep resonating bass rises up in the background and gets you hooked right into its groove. Detuned hits litter the sound and add to the almost eerie nature of the track. The break throws up a brilliant display of automation on the percussions that gives the track a lot of character before we get thrown right back into the mix. Top notch techno which is not to be missed.
Tali Freaks teams up with Matteo Borghi on Eyepatch with the wonderful Buridda which comes in Original, Dub and Instrumental flavours. Tali Freaks’ last outing Set The Sun garnered lots of support and we have no doubt this cut will follow suit.
The Original Mix takes deep techy house to new heights with wonderfully soulful licks throughout the sound. Big chunky kicks get the toes tapping as the shuffling percussions start to build. A fantastic bassline takes over and will definitely get your dancing feet moving with its upbeat patterns. The tight drum arrangements are expertly crafted with classy snare hits being most prominent. A massive feature here is the diverse vocals that really get the juices flowing. A mixture of soul style vocals are met with gritty sequences that blend so perfectly together. This track is a definite must with its catchy grooves and funky vibes, top notch stuff.
The Dub Mix strips out much of the brighter elements and leaves us with a relentless drive through deep techy house. That wonderful bassline just dances through the sound beautifully and will make you move with its funky grooves. In contrast to the deeper shades we get a subtle melodic flow on the break and beyond. A little bit of vocal is thrown in to mix things up making this a track that will turn a few heads for sure.
The Instrumental is just exactly that, the vocal is stripped out and leaves behind a cool driving track that would grace any set with style. Just like the original the track flows beautifully the only difference is the vocal is left out. Top notch stuff that would do well in any deep set.
Here at Bonzai we remain committed to bringing you the very best musical experiences and today we present another round of top notch cuts from our Club Traxx series. Progressive House 13 continues this series with 20 of the finest progressive grooves for your listening pleasure. Original works and remixes come from artists such as Audio Noir, Inkfish, John Freedman, Stan Kolev ft. Albena Veskova, Loquai, Phi Phi & Airwave, Silinder, Dinamica, Progress Inn, Samoratev, Yuriy From Russia, Subconscious Tales, Manu Riga, Philthy Chit, Squillante & Nae-Tago, Relaunch, Gilbert Ramos, Pheobus, Yefim Malko & Dima Bigulaev, Andro V, Chris Harris, Matteo Monero, Kintar, Etnia, Moshic, MSZ and Horizons. A definitive collection of some of the hottest progressive vibes around and a compilation you gotta have.
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Chris Harris makes a welcome return with fantastic driving progressive grooves of Feels Real? His full debut back in the summer of this year, What’s Left Of Them, turned a few heads with support coming in from all angles. Coming backed up with a brilliant remix you can expect to be blown away with this track.
The Original Mix gets us on the move with its punchy kicks and rolling bassline setting the groove firmly into the progressive realm. Cool percussions layer up bringing a steady rhythmic vibe while sweeping synths take us on a surreal, twisting journey. The track settles beautifully into its groove as the myriad of sounds paint a colourful picture filled with elements of psy and trance. The break reveals an absolute gem of a vocal sample that sits so perfectly into the sound with its melancholic undertones. Superb sweeping arps cascade through the sound before we get thrust right back into the main track. A stunning slice of deep hypnotizing progressive house that will no doubt find itself crossing over into many sets.
Manu Riga is up on remix duty with his Tribal Remix and yet again he hits it right out of the park. Currently he is working on lots of new material with a slightly different direction in mind which we are very excited about. His newest track No Time Left is a collab with DJ Fire and continues to garner much support, keep an eye out for more from this guy and you will not be disappointed. On the remix he digs deep and delivers a superb progressive cut. The intro gets right into it with a nice snappy kick and shuffling percussions that get the rhythm flowing. A very sinister bassline sits in the wings waiting to pounce as it bubbles up with a raw energetic power. The vocal sample used is just the perfect accompaniment to the sound and continues throughout the track in all the right places. Cool arps litter the groove while on the break a much more melodic flow comes through alongside that vocal which takes us back into full on mode. Deep, tribal, full on grooves that will be a big feature in any set.
Our next Piston release comes as a real treat, a trio of artists at the top of their game have joined forces to deliver a stunning slice of smooth deep house vibes. D-Compost & Leandro Silva have recruited the heavenly vocal talents of Veselina Popova on their Piston debut Feel Alive. D-Compost is a DJ and producer who spends his time between Lisbon and London. He got into dance music from a very early age thanks to his older brother. When he moved to a new town at just 13 years of age he quickly settled into life in a new school and became involved with the local radio station. Lots of DJ bookings followed and soon he got into production where he has gained worldwide recognition due to his unique style which is derived from a love of many different genres. Angolan DJ Leandro Silva began to play music in 1997 and turned professional in 2001. He has plied his trade in Luanda ever since and has continued to promote and expand his music with residencies in top clubs all over the city. His DJing skills transfer to music production with ease and he has racked up a very impressive back catalogue across many top labels. Rounding up this trio is Bulgarian vocalist Veselina Popova. After her participation on a local televised talent show Veselina embarked on a singing career with a few Pop releases coming soon after. Currently she focuses her attention on House music projects and with her stunning vocal range we are glad she chose this particular path.
The Original Mix is a true floor filler with its upbeat vibe reminiscent of the heady days of early Chicago House. A tight drum arrangement sits over some smooth keys and a bassline that will have any ass shakin’ resulting in a fine flowing rhythmic groove. The big hitter has to be the vocal which just captivates from the first bar. You instantly get hooked in its catchy phrases and will find yourself singing along in no time. An absolute stomper here that will no doubt be a big hit on many floors across the world.
The Dub Mix leaves out the vocal and concentrates on the smooth deep house grooves on offer. Punchy kicks and rhythmic percussions lead the way as that strolling bassline forces you to move your feet with its dancey vibe. Swirling keys and cool melodies give that upbeat feel making this a definite must have track.
The Heat goes in a slightly tougher direction with a big chunky kick and sharp, more crispy hats that contrast beautifully with the warm lush tones of the deep synths that swirl around and draw you in. A raw sounding oldskool style bass ploughs through the sound and will give the bass bins a bashing. As the track evolves we are treated to some subtle melodies that contrast well with the deep rooted nature of the track. One for the late night darker rooms that will keep the floors in full effect.