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Matan is back with the irresistible Serenity which comes backed up with a remix from Audio Noir, enough to get the progressive taste bud flowing. Matan remains a very popular figure at Bonzai, his work always oozes quality and attracts a lot of attention. His last outing Aim To The Moon, did just that having gained top spots across various platforms. Always an exciting time when his stuff comes through the office.
On the Original Mix the track eases into its progressive flow with a strong kick and a selection of sublime strings and pads that give off a nice ethnic flavour. The bassline sits perfectly at the low end and really drives home the deeper side of the groove. Drums and percussion slowly build up and provide a solid rhythm to the backdrop of stunning FX and surreal vocal snippets. At the break huge strings swell up as bright and beautiful pianos plink along the sound before we are taken right back into the main groove for the duration. A superb slice of prog once again from this man and a definite must have.
Australian DJ and producer Audio Noir never lets up on the quality front as he always delivers the goods, his Audio Noir Safari mix on Serenity is no exception and must be heard. Audio Noir kicked off 2015 with Life which gained a lot of support all over and he is currently working on other material, which is exciting as he always likes to delve into different styles, drawing inspiration from unlikely sources. Much more to come from this guy in the months ahead so stay tuned. The remix intros with a beautifully constructed sequence filled with bright melodic notes and tribalistic slapped drums. The layers just keep on building as wave after wave of rich strings and pads sweep across a steady chord layout. Whispered voices bring an air of mystery to the sound that builds a lot of character into the track. We get a superb dosing of strummed guitars that lead up to the tight beats as the melodies continue to float by before the track settles into its progressive groove filled with probing basses and shuffling hats. A fantastic cut yet again that you will not want to miss.
UK based DJ and producer Jamie Baggotts is back at BP with The Chant. His debut a few months ago made waves in all the right places and charted well across many platforms. Jamie keeps up his pacey progressive style this time around on this superb two tracker.
The Chant gets us right into the heart of driving progressive grooves with its acid styled basslines and tight drum arrangement. A deep, much more powerful bass sits underneath the rolling acid lines beautifully providing great depth to the sound. On top a sweeping female vocal mesmerizes the mind for the duration. This epic monster just keeps on giving, at the midway point a sublime transformation takes place and the groove is ramped up a notch as the bassline drives on relentlessly. Rising synths fade through and take us up to the break where the synths weave out intricate melodies coupled with that fantastically constructed bass sequence. Definitely a track for the late night sessions due to the pure epicness within.
The Voyager intros with a nice punchy kick and distant sounding percussion sequence. A sinister pad lurks behind as the drum arrangement gathers pace and is joined soon after by an expertly crafted bass pattern filled with cascading arp notes. A short break reveals a brilliant synth that fades out to leave us with a full on driving progressive groove. Bright melodic synth riffs enter the fray and take on a euphoric flavour that leave the hairs on your neck at attention. On the break the bass keeps the groove flowing before a wonderful synth lead delivers a huge build up filled with a massive riser like an oncoming swarm of bees and the crashes back into the main sound for the duration. Another epic fuelled prog monster here that will definitely turn a few heads.
Debut appearance on Piston for Blackpool, UK based DJ and producer Oli Frances with his superb Slow Mo, which also comes backed up with a top class remix from Alvaro Martins. This relatively young artist is proving to be a person of interest due to his great knowledge and love of house music. At 23 years old he has already got the attention of many in the industry having played at top nights such as Sub Sono, Edit and Kaluki in venues like Sankey’s, Bar 137 and Warehouse. On the production front he is making waves on various labels with his raw style and driving house grooves. Great to have him on board here at Piston and we hope to see more in the months ahead.
First up we have the Original Mix which intros with a cool punchy kick and sharp hat combi with a teasing bass lurking in the rear. The bass comes to the fore with its amazing analog prowess and brings with it a warm flowing house groove. Offset keys provide a cool contrast to the lower frequencies that playfully dance their way through the groove. Throughout the track we get a very cool 90’s flavour that just oozes out of the piano riffs. A very tight and solid slice of house which is a definite must have.
On remix duty we have Porto based producer Alvaro Martins. Alvaro grew up with a love for 80’s and 90’s Pop and Rock sounds which soon developed into a passion for Classic Soul and Funk. At 8 years old he joined a music school and learned classic piano which gave him a deeper insight into how music evolves. Nowadays his early influences have proved useful in his outstanding production style. He has released a plethora of top quality House cuts across many labels and he also joins forces with his friend to form Peers & Upright with releases on Something Else and Save Room Recordings. On the remix we get a bass heavy intro that reverberates beautifully through the sounds system with sharp, crispy hats cutting through the low end. Very smooth house keys make their way into the sound with groovy riff that leads us into a raw analog groove. On the break the 90’s flavour pours out in the form of classic piano stabs as cool vocals pop up all around. A fantastic contrast between the old skool style and modern deep house grooves, top notch stuff.
After a superb remix on Van Czar’s Rumba, Onofrio is back at the SRUR helm with the brilliant Rumble which comes backed up with three quality remixes. Get ready for this unique, energetic style as Onofrio rustles up another slice of intense Techno for your listening pleasure.
The Original Mix gets us on the move with a pounding kick drum that will hit the mid rift hard with a little help from a super low end bass. Crispy, sharp hats cut through the low frequencies like a knife as an intensity builds in the background with a rising synth. Shuffling rhythms form up as the hats begin to stutter and drum patterns emerge. The bass moves into an offset position creating an energetic feel to the sound while on the break the synths get a look in as the groove flourishes. Top notch stuff yet again that you will definitely want to get into your sets.
The popular Ozan Kanik steps up to the remix desk for the first of three remixes. 2015 has kicked off very well for SRUR boss Oz Romita, and with tracks like this and Ozan’s own Back Ally Rally, in the frame it looks set to continue. The intro sets off with a somewhat intense vibe as nice punchy kicks are joined by sharp hats and a sinister sounding synth drone. Cool drum patterns litter the groove and keep the rhythm flowing while top quality FX take us through the composition effortlessly. The intense vibe continues to rise and is enhanced by the introduction of some hypnotic sounds that show up through the break. A super sleek, super solid slice of Techno that will keep the floors pumping no doubt.
Naples native Bulaklak aka Francesco Flores debuts on SRUR with his remix. Having grown up with music through playing instruments and listening, it was inevitable that he would end up making it his career. At 15 he discovered underground house music and he began to DJ. On the production front he has released across many labels and is known for his experimental style. The remix here feeds perfectly into that experimental style he loves, the intro boasts some cool pulsing basses, sinister synths and rising pads that give off a surreal vibe. Nice, big chunky kicks soon take charge with the bass settling in nicely at the low end to allow the vast array of sounds and strange shapes to form. As the layers build you find yourself locked into the sound with no escape. Bulaklak blends the minimal side of Techno with some powerful grooves to create a tight and solid Techno workout that will really get the heads nodding, a must have.
Moll returns to SRUR with a superb remix. We last saw him on remix duty for Oz Romita’s Idiots and before that on Bonzai Basiks with At The Dawn EP. Always great to see this guys work come through the office as we know we’re always in for a real treat. On the remix we get thrust into a sublime world filled with pounding kicks and rising FX and hypnotic rhythms. The intro gets right into it with powerful kicks coupled with sharp claps and super sharp hats. The bass rumbles along nicely on the bottom as the mid frequencies take control of the sound. The synths sit perfectly among the cacophony of percussions and echoed claps that give the track a real edgy feel. A truly intense Techno groove, only for the headstrong.
US based DJ and producer Beyond Beats turns up on our Green Martian imprint with Finally Ready. His debut came through Progrez back in June 2014 with Somewhere Out There, which got a feature on Club Traxx Dark & Deep 2. Finally Ready delivers four atmospheric progressive house cuts you’ll not want to miss.
First up we have the title track Finally Ready with its beautifully constructed intro filled with deep strings and cascading notes. A nice snappy kick gets the groove going as it cuts through the mesmerizing melody. Tight percussion sequences deliver a smooth rhythm that lead us into the first break where a sublime spoken vocal takes us deeper into the sound. A truly surreal experience that plays with your imagination wonderfully.
Midnight Memories intros with a blissful rising pad on top of a smooth deep bass. Subtle kick drums and a crispy percussion sequence bring a rhythmic flow to the sound as melodies litter the groove. The bass notes come through beautifully as they meander around the sound creating an almost downtempo feel. A superbly crafted slice of uplifting house music that will be a welcome addition to your collection.
Next up we have Kool Kat with its haunting intro filled with deep basses and eerie soundscapes that rattle their way through the sound. A subtle acid style bassline fades in and is joined by muted kicks and effective percussion that get the groove moving nicely. Rich strings rise and fall creating a smooth euphoric vibe that contrasts effortlessly with the ever evolving acid line. The break reveals a much more melodic flow before we get taken back into the main groove for the duration, top notch stuff.
Rounding off this fantastic four tracker we have River In The Woods. The intro brings a brilliantly contrasting sequence filled with deep bass drones and bright synth notes. Cool kick drums and crispy percussions form up and deliver a nice and solid rhythmic flow. The break keeps the percussion section going which is joined by various sounds that capture the imagination beautifully. A nice early morning track to start your day, perfect.
The ever impressive Van Czar gets his techno groove on at Bonzai Basiks once again with his Rumba EP complete with two brilliant remixes. A truly gifted artist, Van devotes his time to music in many ways. His very successful Bonzai Basik Beats Spain, which can be heard on multiple internet radio stations, will have passed its 65th episode by the time of this release. On top of that he is also releasing material as Cysxe as well as various collaborations. Just recently he got a vinyl release on our Bonzai Worx Volume 5 series with Love Trip featuring Sugar Love. Still a lot more to come from this guy, so stay tuned.
The Original Mix intros with a nice, big punchy kick with a healthy dosing of claps that really get the rhythm flowing. The Techno just oozes out of the sound with sharp synth stabs joining forces with cool vocals. The rhythms keep with the title of the track and bring out that rumba-esque groove which ties in perfectly given Van’s African roots and his current Spanish residence. A nice mixture of cultures that has been captured beautifully in this driving Techno sound. A definite must have you won’t want to miss.
Fran Navaez returns to Basiks with his remix and really darkens the tones beautifully. His last appearance was with the fantastic Feeling back at the start of 2014 as well as a guest spot on Bonzai Basik Betas. On the remix a monster kick drum resides over the proceedings as crispy hats break through. A deep bass rattles right through the sound as it lurks on the low end. Sweeping FX litter the groove and give way to the superb synth hits that pop up all around. A tight drum arrangement ensures a solid groove that will be a welcome addition in many sets.
Onofrio Conte joins in on the remix duties with his superb slice. Onofrio has cropped up across various labels under the Bonzai umbrella including Sounds R Us Recordings, Eyepatch Recordings and Bonzai Basiks. His works are well renowned for their energetic vibes and we are never disappointed. Great to see him return to these shores and hope for much more in the future. The remix intros with a subdued kick drum as a throbbing, deep bassline takes control. Bright, crispy hats cut through the low frequencies like a knife providing a great contrast to the sound. Shuffling percussions begin to form up alongside a cool stab as that bassline dishes out its driving force. The break throws up a surreal pad sequence before we get thrust right back into the main sound for the duration. Another gem from Onofrio that will no doubt feature heavily in many sets.
Our Afterhour Trax compilation series continues its dominance of the progressive world with instalment number 15. Set your mind to be invaded by some of the very best progressive house grooves around from highly regarded labels including Bonzai Progressive, Sudam, Mistique Music and Green Martian. The artist roster for this edition features artists at the top of their game including the likes of, Airwave, Monojoke, TFC, Alex Vidal, Kintar, Alfonso Muchacho, Audio Noir, 21Street, Greenage,+Ewan Rill, Phi Phi, Loquai, Mathov, Napalm & Dphrag, One Man Groove, Moshic, Diego Ferran, David Duque, Mendexx, Manu Riga, Simos Tagias & Billy Alex, Michael A, Dj Fire, Progress Inn, Thorin, Mark Found, Emlab and Seamless Beat. Get your groove on with these top notch cuts, we promise you will not be disappointed.
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Having joined forces just a few short months ago, Manu Riga and Matt Holliday deliver the fruits of their labour with the superb two tracker You Are Contagious. Both artists bring their different expertise to the table, Manu aka Adriaan Baussens, with his deep, dark and tribal ethnic flavours merges beautifully with Matt’s progressive trance, tech edged grooves. Their producer minds have connected effortlessly as they collaborated initially via Skype and then in person with Manu travelling to Matt’s hometown of Birmingham. Manu is a longstanding member of the Bonzai family and has brought many top notch progressive tracks to the table, a list way too big to type. Matt has established himself firmly within the underground scene in the last few years, he has released on top labels including JOOF, L*C*D, Discover and Go On Air. His style of producing covers progressive, trance and deep tech grooves and it was this that caught the eye of John 00 Fleming, who described him as a “great discovery”. A big moment for Matt, and one he takes great pride in, was back in 2014 when he had the opportunity to remix a track for the legend that is Airwave. Big plans are ahead as these two gifted artists let loose their creativity in the studio and refine their DJing skills with upcoming radio guest spots.
You Are Contagious is a definite peak time track with it’s tough edged, tribal infused grooves. We get sucked right into this groove from the get go as a deep, throbbing bass bubbles up from the depths alongside some expertly placed sounds and FX. Classic house styled chord stabs litter the sound and lead us seamlessly into the more progressively charged side of the track with the addition of ethnically charged voices and tribalistic drum sequences. On the break is where this track really lifts off, deep droning basses converge as bright melodic leads splatter across the spectrum alongside rich sweeping strings. The voices come to the fore before tribal drums get us back into the beat driven rhythms. A roof raiser for sure you will not want to miss.
Roots takes us deep into the darker side of progressive with its haunting intro filled with chunky beats and ghostly scraping sounds. A myriad of one shot hits litter the arrangement and add wonderful textures to the sound. A real deep rooted vibe emerges as the pulsating basses lock horns with the superb tribal beats. The haunting theme is greatly enhance with an absolute gem of a female whispering vocal that will send shivers down your spine. Throughout the track we get treated to many ethnic sounds but the stand out moment is a didgeridoo riff that is placed so perfectly in the composition. Another must have track that will be right at home in the middle of your set.