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Hurlee returns to Piston with the two tracker, The Vox EP. It’s been a while since we last saw this talented Spanish DJ and producer, it was way back in 2013 when he delivered his debut Dancing With You EP. Great to see him back and we look forward to more in the future.
First up we have The Vox with its classic styled intro featuring chunky big kicks and sharp cutting hats. A deep pulsating bass joins in and takes the track to a deeper level with the help of some smooth, warm strings alongside a real cool urbanized vocal. The tight drums keep the rhythm in check and provide the perfect fodder for a packed dancefloor. On the break that vocal stands out perfectly against the downward spiralling chords before we are thrust back into the main sound with a rolling drum build up. Superb stuff that is not to be missed.
Two Souls intros with a cool arrangement as a punchy kick sits alongside a tight scattering of snares and various other drums. A deep bass cuts through the sound and dominates with its luring grooves while a fantastic female vocal sings out in true deep house style. High strings contrast with the warm bass sounds and cool chords which gives off a nice dancey vibe. An expertly crafted track that will add a bit of bounce to the floors for sure.
Ferdas Digital is back with Department 42, eight tracks of purely deep and techy progressive vibes, just what we like here at Progrez. His last outing, Sand Candy EP, made waves in all the right places which led to a lot of interest in this young Russian producer. Still much more to come, so watch this space.
First up we have Adventure Time which intros with a punchy kick and classic electro style drum that is joined by a round of crispy hats and snappy claps. A melodic synth arp fades in bringing a cool contrast to the deep rooted bass that powers through the sound. A smooth steady paced slice of prog that will warm up the floors with its elegant melodies and solid grooves.
Hazard dishes out a tech vibe right from the off as a muted kick fades up alongside a hazy vocal and gritty synth. We go deeper still when the bass drops with a pulsating force to dominate the sound as clangy metallic textures build up. A cool multi layered track to keep the place rocking and a must have for your box.
Crystal takes on a cool house persona as warm chords square up against a tight drum pattern. A probing bass makes its way through before punchy kicks and shuffling hats settle us into a full on house driven groove with tech in mind. The break throws out a cool sequence that gives a retro theme to the sound before we slam right back into the main track for the duration. A crossover track that will bring feet to the floor no doubt.
The title track, Department 42 is up next and brings the full power of a deep progressive tech vibe to the fore. Solid beats are matched against a deep bass while a rising effect builds and leaves us with a stomping groove that will get bodies rocking all over. Big tech inspired stabs litter the sound as a steady flowing rhythm is born out of a tight drum and percussion arrangement. On the break we are treated to a cool twist as the bass is transformed into a pulsating monster. Top notch stuff to go crazy to, a must have for your collection.
Suka intros with a nice big chunky kick and crispy hat combo with an expertly arranged, tight drum pattern. A cool vocal loiters at the rear and adds a cool raw flavour to the sound as a meandering bass trots through with ease. The bass will definitely get asses shakin with its hypnotizing rhythm. Superb slice of prog tech you can get your teeth into, not to be missed.
Next up we have Toy with its smooth deep tech house grooves. Punchy kicks sit over some very cool sounds and FX with vocal one shots thrown in. You get lured into this sound easily and soon find yourself locked right in due to the array of different sounds on offer. Deep basses, swirling FX, mesmerizing drum patterns and warm chords all make for a captivating experience you will not want to miss.
Quantam intros with a very cool pulsing note as various FX pop up around the sound before a well round kick takes over. A chugging bassline drives through beautifully and settles the track into a full on deep tech groove. Sweeping voices flow through as the FX layers continue to build resulting in a gritty vibe that hooks you in for the duration, excellent stuff.
Rounding off this fantastic pack we have Diziness. Right from the off we get drawn into the deep rooted groove of the track as hypnotic synths ply their trade on our senses. A chunky kick keeps the track moving and is soon joined by a wonderfully lush deep bass that grabs your attention. Tech flavours ooze out of the sound with multi layered synth chords and a superb drum sequence that keeps the rhythm flowing. Definitely one for the darker rooms here that will not disappoint.
Belgium based DJ’s J.E.O.F., Config and P.O.W. aka Wild Guess return to Green Martian with their latest creation, Trysal 35 which comes backed up with two superb remixes. The guys debuted last year with Nebulae which charted very well among many. After that they got a great response with their remix on Digital Department featuring Cara Leigh’s You Put A Spell and Mendexx’s Life Begins. So much more to come from this talented trio, well worth keeping tabs on for the future.
The Original Mix sets off with a nice punchy kick as a stabby synth fades in and soon dominates the sound. The track breaks to reveal a neatly woven melodic flavour and a superb deep droning bass that ebbs and flows with the help of some cool filtering. The synths soon take on their own melodies and captivate the mind as they wind their way through the groove. Snappy percussions come to the fore and contrast perfectly with the deeper elements and provide a steady rhythm in the process. On the break the sound intensifies with big synth pads that give a euphoric edge as the lead comes in while that droning bass keeps everything grounded beautifully. Top notch progressive house that will definitely be a peak time destroyer.
Yuriy From Russia has been a busy guy recently and he continues that trait with a fine remix here. At the start of 2015 he remixed Audio Noir’s Life to much praise. He also appeared on various compilations as well as multiple releases and remixes on various labels. Much more to come from this talented guy so stay tuned. On the remix he gives a nod to the original putting his own unique slant on the sound. A super solid groove is formed from the tight drums and attention to detail on the melodies. Rising arps and sweeping pads bring out a real nice melodic flow while a deep probing bass ensures the groove remains on point. Yuriy lays focus on the lead that etches itself into your brain with its smooth, tender vibes and catchy rhythm. A must have track in your box that will still be around for the Summer no doubt.
Jakhira is up next with his Guess Again Remix and yet again he delivers the goods in style. His last outing was back in August 2014 with a remix on Mindgamers’ You Know Why which was very well received indeed. Since then he has shown up on various compilations as well as appearances on Bonzai Basik Beats radio show. On the remix he delivers a truly epic slice of progressive goodness. The intro boasts Dave Clarke-esque chord stabs alongside a well rounded kick with tight drums and percussions that spew out a solid rhythm. A deep and probing bass keeps the groove on course as melodies start to form up. On the break those melodies come into full glory as the lead dominates the sound to the backdrop of a deep bass drone before we are led back into the main track. Top class stuff from Jack you will not want to miss.
Deephno debuts on Eyepatch with the superb two tracker, Hello2J. Hello2J intros with a swelling chord that creates a warm glow over the sound before a chunky kick takes over and drives the groove forward. Cool drum patterns form up in the background and create a smooth flowing rhythm. The groove goes deeper as a lush bass fills the low end and marries perfectly with those warm chord strings. Wonderful swirling noise FX fill the spaces and on the first break we get a real cool synth line that brings an unexpected twist in the tale. The track settles in for a nice ride into deep house before we head into the main break where we are treated to a stunning display of deep keys that really light up the track. A simply divine trek into deep house that will definitely be a main contender on the floors.
Clock Tower sets out with a tough kick alongside sharp, crispy hats and a tight drum arrangement. A swirling chord rises up and is soon joined by a throbbing bass that dominates the sound beautifully. The bass is accompanied by a real cool analogue sound that brings true depth to the groove. The tight drums bring the rhythm that will get the floors moving for sure. As the layers build we get drawn into a much more raw sound with the addition of gritty synths and keys. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss, a must have.
Nico solidifies his return after a short break as he delivers the deep progressive grooves of his two tracker Forty Jokers. Fresh off the back of his remix on Dark Soul Project & Mathov featuring Fe Malefiz’s We Are Not Alone, we are certain that we will be seeing a lot more from this guy. He remains a very popular figure around the Bonzai office and he always pushes himself to come up with only the best quality work. As the summer approaches you will be seeing Nico pop up at some of the many festivals that will be happening across Belgium and beyond. Stay tuned for more because there is still a long way to go in 2015.
Forty Jokers intros with a nice big chunky kick that packs a big punch alongside a hypnotic synth line and is soon joined by a meandering bass that locks the groove into its progressive flow. Nico probes right into the deeper side of prog as that synth line mesmerises the senses. On the break it dominates as a subtle melodic sequence is introduced before we get thrust right back into the main groove. A real mover here that will no doubt get the floors rocking.
Settimana sets off with a cool punchy kick and a steady building drum arrangement to the backdrop of an echoing synth note. A driving bassline bubbles up from the depths and takes us right into the heart of a deep prog groove. The track builds and builds and we find ourselves lost in the sound as rich strings create an intense vibe. On the break the track delves into a sublime sequence of sweeping synths before rising back into the main groove for the duration. A wonderfully epic ride into a top notch solid groove from Nico that is not to be missed.
Brazilian DJ and producer Manni aka DJ Vanni debuts with the superb Could You Be on Bonzai Progressive. Manni is somewhat of a veteran on the scene having started his music career back in 1985 when he was producing radio shows for stations in Sao Paulo. He set up his own recording studio and in 1996 he joined forces with DJ Mau Mau, Marcel SK and keyboardist Franco Jr. to create M4J, one of the first electronic music live acts from Brazil. Since then their tracks have went on to feature in many sets from top world renowned jocks. An exciting time to have this guy on board, stay tuned for more.
Could You Be takes us on a journey into the deeper more groovier side of house. Punchy kicks and expertly crafted hat and drum sequences set the rhythms flowing and get the heads nodding. Cool chord stabs provide a solid hook as a superb electro styled bassline comes though. The track settles into its groove after a short break and reveals many different layers featuring cool vocals and a series of funky sounds. The break strips back those layers lets the myriad of sounds take over before the dominant stabs come back to take control. A real smooth slice of house here that will be a welcome addition in many sets.
I Am Free intros with a cool tough and edgy sequence consisting of chunky kicks and a deep bass sound that fades up from the deeper recesses of the groove. The rhythm builds as cool drum patterns emerge and will no doubt get the feet shuffling with the help of a brilliant dancing bassline that probes through the layers. The break lets loose with some very cool synths that sweep through to the backdrop of some top quality FX before we get hauled back into the main sound for the duration. Deep and dirty grooves for the floors that will not disappoint.
First time appearance on Piston for Irish DJ and producer Cerillo with the deep fuelled two tracker Hold Tight. Cerillo has made quite a name for himself in the last few years with signings to various labels including Waldliebe Familien, Centric Music and Natural Rhythm Berlin. His tracks have gained much support among many DJ’s and radio shows such as B.Traits BBC Radio 1, David Moreno Ibiza Global Radio, wAFF, Marco Carola, Ibiza Voice, Robert Owens, Solomun, Steve Lawler, Defected Residents, Robert Dietz, Flashmob, Loco Dice, DJ Sneak, Chus, Dave Seaman, Horatio, Sam Divine & many more.
Hold Tight gives good instructions as you will need to buckle in for a turbulent ride into deep and moving grooves. Muted kicks are joined by a bright hats section and build the rhythm smoothly as we are led into a very cool warm bass that walks across the sound beautifully. Big chunky kicks soon follow and pound your core mercilessly as that bass takes control. Stretched vocals bring an air of chaos on the break before crashing back into the main sound and that outstanding tight drum arrangement. Definitely a big floor hitter here that you will not want to miss.
Ghettoblaster gets right up in your face with a tough jagged edged kick and sharp hat combi as cool vocal sounds begin to fade through. A warm plucked bass brings the groove into the deep zone and layers continue to build. The drum patterns give off an urban style groove as the raw power of the track is unleashed. The break is a maelstrom of rolling drums and percussions that is only broken with a brilliant, instantly recognisable classic vocal. Top notch cut that will definitely turn a few heads.
Madball debuts on Basiks with the dirty tech house grooves of People Commence which comes in original and instrumental flavours.People Commence will eat you up and spit you out with its tough techy edges that scream dirty house vibes. Punchy kicks and crispy hats keep the rhythmic element in full flow as gritty synths with an oldskool vibe wreak havoc. A deep bass shores up the groove alongside a dark and sinister vocal that chills to the bone with a little help from some cool eerie background sounds. The break unleashes more of that top notch vocal and takes us to the climax where we get slammed right back into this dirty groove. A definite floor monster here that will be a big draw among many no doubt.
The Instrumental Mix strips out the vocal from the main body of the track and leaves us with a superb driving slice of tech house with top notch oldskool flavours.