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Chrono aka Zoltan Salai returns to SRUR after a short hiatus with his ten track album entitled ‘Pantihouse’. We last saw Chrono with his collaboration with studio partner Ascaloon and their ‘Balkan Express EP’. Zoltan began his musical journey at an early age with DJing being his big focus with many gigs all over the country. He soon met up with Otto (Ascaloon) and they began to organise parties all over Serbia and they were tagged as the “new generation”, like his friend he soon found himself on the producing side and the results speak for themselves.
The album kicks off with ‘Blues feeling’ which intros with a solid, thumping kick complete with sharp hats. A strong plucky bass is unleashed alongside a brilliantly tweaked blues style vocal. Silky smooth deep vibes and the perfect intro for this sublime journey.
Next up we have the Deep Version of ‘Rail Road’ that starts life with a rhythmic percussion arrangement before a well rounded kick sets the track off. The bassline is introduced soon after and gives the sound a cool bounce to dance to. Deep house styled chords come through alongside a round of silky keys and a smooth female vocal snippet. Perfect fodder for any deeper set.
‘Flight’ continues this journey into deep tech with a very cool percussive intro with a few bass shots thrown in. We gather pace as a pumping kick enters the fray and sets the mood perfectly. A very subtle yet hugely effective deep bass pulsates through the sound as expert FX work creates varying textures along with vocal samples thrown in. Superb stuff!
Next up we have ‘Mother Road’ which stays true to the albums theme, very percussive intro that leads into a powerful stomping kick. The vocal samples are outstanding a give the track great character while a myriad of drums provide solid rhythms for the dancing feet. An infectious deep and low bass sends reverberations through the sound as the layers continue to form. Surreal atmospheres are apparent as the contrast between the basses, chords and vocal blend beautifully.
‘Shake That Ass’ goes for an all out club fuelled dance tune. Nice chunky kicks and crispy percs provide the rhythms for this pumped up deep house groove. Bright chords keep the groove flowing while the long released bass will force you to shake it. The track is complimented with an upbeat ‘shake that ass’ vocal. A definite must on those bouncier floors!
‘Slim Fit’ takes us further into tech with a cool punchy kick and sharp percussion intro which leads into a lush piano chord. Surreal sweeping pads fade through alongside some vocal samples and lead up to a smooth bit of piano play. The bass takes the track deeper as it throbs throughout the groove and is joined by a grittier companion. Stark contrasts abound here and they come together beautifully.
The Original Mix of ‘Rail Road’ sets off in classic style with cool percussions and a nice phat kick combi. The bass takes control of the track early on and dominates throughout as it wields its powerful sub sounds that will no doubt have the speakers rocking. The vocal comes in nicely and is joined by some very cool keys that give the track a dynamic edge and one that will no doubt feature in many sets.
‘Train Signal’ brings us a perfectly arranged party tune for the floors. A cool and fun bassline pulsates through the sound and will have the party people jumping for sure. An element of funk comes through in a delicious sax riff while the drum arrangements deliver a solid rhythmic workout with an offset synth adding an extra bounce to the sound. Again we see some very cool vocal samples used which really set the track up nicely and makes this a must for any box this summer.
‘Wildlife’ takes us deeper still with a fantastic low end bass doing most of the work. Tightly arranged patterns dish out smooth rhythmic vibes giving this track a big dance factor. Aside from the bass we are treated to a brilliant display of keys that give the sound a beautiful deep house groove. Lots going on here and is definitely not to be missed.
We end this sublime album with ‘Pantihouse’, slightly more laid back due to the slower BPM’s, but still packing a huge punch. Chunky kicks and sharp, crisp percussion keep the rhythms flowing as a deep throbbing bass dominates the track. The vocal sample arrangements are spot on and blend superbly with the short synth shots. The perfect ending to this journey through deep techy house and will be a definite must for you collection!
Nico Parisi and Gai Barone have joined forces in the studio and came up with the stunningly deep progressively charged ‘Perla’ which is packed full with four brilliant remixes. The guys have both been on fire lately with their own works, Nico’s ‘Soulit’ gained rave reviews from many quarters while Gai’s ‘Cartaria’ continues to perform well all over. We’ve seen some exciting partnerships over the years at Bonzai and this one will no doubt be the start of something great with the hope of more to come, watch this space.
We get started with the Original Mix which intros with a punchy kick and some very cool percussions, but the big draw on the intro is the haunting background sounds that will send a chill down your spine. A deep growling bass takes the track further into the progressive depths as those haunting sounds continue. The bass intensifies as the track unfolds with the help of dark pads. The short break leads us directly back into full on mode as this relentless journey reaches its climax. Superb stuff and sure to be a hit with many!
Philthy Chit aka UK based producer Phil Taylor is first up on remix duty. Phil is a very popular choice for remixing as he has the Midas touch when it comes to reworking original tracks with his own brand of the darker side of progressive. That’s exactly what we get here. The intro gets the grooves flowing with a great breaks type beat along with cool percussive elements and shored up with a stuttering bass. Haunting soundscapes stay true to the original as the track gathers pace with the introduction of a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combi. The track builds and builds and climax with a superb vocal sample and a full on gritty vibe that takes us through to the end. Great stuff yet again from Phil, not to be missed.
Dutch DJ, producer and Bonzai regular Thorin delivers another stunning remix. Thorin has had a whole raft of top class cuts in recent times and is always ready to step up to the remix plate. His last outing on Bonzai Progressive, ‘Hallucinogen’ was very well received indeed and since then he has been responsible for many fantastic remixes, including this one. The track intros with a strong thumping kick and consistent arp sequence and backed up with a round of rhythmic percussions. Deep droning bass pads sweep throughout the track and add an air of intensity to the sound. The main bass ploughs right through the track and gives it that wonderful progressive edge we love. Cool stabby synths build their way up to the break where we descend into the abyss before being slammed right back into the main groove with a vengeance. Absolute stomper of a track with epic qualities that will get a lot of attention.
Rise And Fall aka Russian DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov is up next with his remix. Recently we saw Rise and Falls’ ‘Imagination’ get a lot of attention just like his previous outings. He has a unique progressive style that really gets under your skin and here he holds no bounds as we are treated to a stunning display of craftsmanship. A very understated intro sets us off as a simple kick is joined by distant hats and some fantastic percussions. The backdrop to this is a truly mesmerizing sequence of sinister sounding pads and a heartbeat type bass sound. All these sounds blend perfectly as the main track gets into full swing with the addition of chunky kick and a deep, pulsing bass. As the layers build you get locked in to this sound with its tough, gritty edge. You will not want this to end, a definite must for the darker sets for sure!
Belarusian Dmitry Molosh makes his Bonzai debut with a wonderful remix. Dmitry is no stranger to the scene as he has released a huge amount of tracks across many labels. He is a DJ and producer who built up huge respect from his peers as he worked his way around the circuit having played in lots of small venues which ultimately led to the bigger clubs. His desire for progressive house drew him to production where he has built up a large portfolio of works and got him in touch with other worldwide talents. Here, on the remix the track intros with a smooth ubiquitous vibe as well rounded kicks and sharp hats combine with a cool arp sequence. Warm pads come through alongside sweet melodic strings before an absolutely stunning bassline takes over. A beautifully melancholic synth contrasts well with the somewhat summery bassline to great effect. A stomper of a track that will be perfect fodder for those late night terrace sessions!
French producer P.A.M.O debuts on Eyepatch with this stunning two tracker entitled ‘The Lost Thing’.
‘The Lost Thing’ intros with a smooth deep chord and a soulful vocal backed up with some cool and crispy hats and claps. The percussions bring forth a steady rhythm and are enhanced with the addition of some tight skinned drum patterns. The vocal samples come flooding in as the sound evolves, funky screams and soulful one
shots are the perfect addition to the evolving grooves. A very cool upbeat track that is a must for any box.
‘Encore’ sets off with a rolling drum sequence filled with punchy kicks and big toms that are joined by sharp open hats and give off a very smooth rhythmic vibe. A deep droning bass dominates the sound soon after and is joined by a silky smooth deep house chord sequence. Contrasting high pitched strings come through alongside short vocal samples creating a sublime deep groove that will definitely turn heads for sure.
Onofrio is back to Basiks with his ‘Underground People EP’ which comes backed with two fantastic remixes. This guy goes round the houses as he has seen tracks appear on our Eyepatch and Sounds R Us labels. His last Basiks outing was way back in 2013 with ‘Red Lights EP’ and since then he has continued to deliver the goods.
The Original Mix intros with full on Techno flavours in mind. A deep rolling bass and punchy kick set the scene for a relentless ride. Percussions build their way in with crispy hats and some great snares and claps that set off a cool rhythm. The vocal sample is heavily effected with superb results and adds character to this minimal sound, particularly on the break. Cool bouncy rhythms that will have any floor moving in no time.
Van Czar is up next with his Ibiza Remix. Van continues to inspire as he pours his soul into each production and remix he does. His latest outing ‘Black Diamond’ on Bonzai Basiks is shaping up to be another of his master strokes. We know he travelled to Ibiza recently and no doubt he will have gotten the inspiration for this remix there. A percussive led intro takes us smoothly into a techno groove with nicely padded kicks and a pulsating bass. Rhythmic patterns evolve beautifully with the addition of subtle percs here and there. Sublime rising pads take the focus and blend well with the tech grooves before leading into the break where a faultless sequence takes place filled with powerful vox and swirling pads. The tracks kicks back in and we are locked on for the duration, another fine slice form Van the man!
Next up is Cysxe with his Dark Room Remix. Cysxe is the moniker of Van Czar and is an outlet for the tougher edged techno he likes to delve into. Cysxe has seen releases on labels like NXT Recordings, Eyepatch Recordings and more over the last year or so and first came to prominence with a remix of Van’s Bonzai debut ‘Bouge’. The remix intros with an energetic feel as phat kicks are paired with a chest pounding offset bass that really sets the track on fire. Cool background FX adds texture to the sound and a hypnotic single synth note really brings out the tougher edged techno vibe. A monster of a tune that gives off a retro feel and will no doubt be a popular choice among many!
Relaunch delivers another of his stunning packs with his ‘Camis Minor EP’ which comprises four tough edged progressive monsters. Maik’s productions are top class and he has seen much support across Joof and Bonzai in recent months along with other works for various outfits.
First up we have the title track ‘Camis Minor’, right from the off we are thrust into a driving progressive groove with punchy kicks and a pulsating bass that provides the power behind the track. Tight drum and percussion patterns give off a steady rhythmic flow as the sounds gather pace around the track. Perfectly tweaked stabby synths lead us to the break where a beautiful lush pad takes over before crashing back into full on mode. Top notch stuff yet again from Relaunch.
‘Cygnus’ packs a huge punch as it delves right into a full on progressive stomper from the get go. Chunky kicks are accompanied by crispy hats providing a smooth rhythm and laced with bubbly basses that seem to just materialise from nowhere. We get a sense of Relaunch’s Psy roots as the synth line along with that powerful bassline will attest. Perfectly placed acid squelches add tough character to the sound while on the break we are taken on a sublime ride as the synths and pads take hold. Progressive, edgy house that will do well on many floors for sure.
‘Despina’ intros with a monster kick and sharp hat combo with a contrasting melodic synth bringing up the rear. A strong plucky bassline throbs throughout and gives the track a purely progressive vibe. Synth patterns form up nicely and take us up to the break where the bass is joined by cool arps and lush pads creating intricate melodies for us to enjoy. The track eases back into the groove for a fantastic journey through prog house at its best!
Lastly we have ‘Rhea’ which intros with a beautifully crafted sequence of bass pulses, FX and pads. A big and ballsy kick adds weight to the intro and the track soon settles in for an epic ride as melodic synth patterns begin to rise. The break unleashes a wave of euphoria as we are taken into a brilliantly crafted build up that will have the hairs on your body rise. Superb track and one that will gain a lot of attention, no doubt!
Spanish DJ and producer Alex Vidal debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic ‘Solar Citadel’ which comes complete with two stunning remixes. Alex found a passion for music at a very young age when he learned to play Spanish guitar and piano. He grew up listening a wide range of music from the 80’s & 90’s, the likes of The Cure, Depeche Mode, A-Ha, New Order, The Cult, Nirvana and Metallica, are just some of the bands that shaped his youth. He started to DJ in the early 90’s playing techno, trance & house in local clubs and private parties.
The Original Mix kicks off our journey into the deeper recesses of progressive house with a sublime intro filled with dark drones and contrasted with bright melodic flavours. Those drones build tension beautifully as the track evolves to the backing of a tight drum arrangement. The bassline forms a solid platform for the track as it packs a huge punch within the sound and is the perfect match for the fleeting melodic sequences. The break reveals a whole new level on the melody front as we are drawn deeper into the vibe before crashing out the other end and back into this relentless groove. Superb debut from Alex and sure to turn a lot of heads.
One of Bonzai’s top rated in-house remix artists, Manu Riga, is called upon to deliver his unique brand of the deeper stuff. Manu Riga’s Weird Dreams Remix goes into a surreal world filled with a wonderful combination of sounds. The intro boasts a punchy kick with wispy melodic phrases floating by. The bass is a big focus here as it pulsates throughout the sound beautifully and offers a deep rooted groove to the track. As the track progresses we are introduced to a stunning display of pads and strings that really move to captivate your mind as they weave intricate melodic sequences. Weird Dreams indeed as this track will definitely take you far far away, awesome stuff.
Up next we have the Lonely Sun & Nicolas Agudelo Remix. This Columbian music production duo are the latest addition to the Bonzai family. The guys joined forces in 2013 and released their track ‘Mistweaver’ on Vacate Music and Vacate Exclusive. Nicolas Agudelo is one of Colombia’s most promising electronic artists, his diverse, elaborate releases are supported by major DJ’s as well as underground DJ’s all around the world. Lonely Sun aka Daniel Cabrera is an emerging producer whose love for electronic music started very early in his life while listening to 80s and 90s music, he found he was fascinated by the sounds of the synths and percussions that were of that time. So he studied to become a DJ and also studied electronic music production. Here the guys really shine on their Bonzai remix debut with deep and dark beauty of a track. Nice chunky kick led intro with rising pads that lead smoothly into one of the warmest basslines you’ll hear as it effortlessly controls the groove with perfectly timed note changes. The background sounds create a perfectly balanced contrast and keep this track firmly in the depths. After the short break the track takes a melodic turn that really beefs up the sound and makes this a definite must have for any set.
Brett Lawrence returns to Piston with his two tracker Different Heat EP. Brett made waves with his last Piston release ‘Remember That Jack?’ and this time around we are in for more of the same deep house quality vibes.
Different Heat gets you right into a smooth deep house vibe right from the off with a nice chunky kick and muted synth combo that builds beautifully into a full on pumping deep house cut. Nice crispy hats provide a cool contrast to the lower end sounds as a silky analogue bass come through. You feel the groove move you as the track progresses with the addition of some classy sounds and a well worked side chained synth pad. For the most part the track is dominated by a superb piano chord giving the track so much character, great stuff from Brett and not to be missed!
People In High Places intros with a fading sound before you get slapped right in the face with a phat kick that remains a big force on the track. Sharp hats are soon joined by a very cool drum arrangement as smooth chords litter the background. A sweeping synth pad filters through as the groove gathers momentum and takes us up to the break where a cool vocal sample joins the party, all the while a stunningly deep bass shores up the lower end in style as this perfectly tweaked deep house joint weaves its magic, brilliant!
Italian DJ and producer Phatool aka Batty debuts on Eyepatch with a classy four tracker entitled ‘I Am Phatool’. This young DJ, producer and resident of Hund Underground Music Movement Vicenza started to DJ in 2006. After a few years experimenting with different styles he settled into techno and deep house music. He has played all over Europe in places like Barrakud Festival (Croatia and Hungary), Alter Ego (Vr), La Plage (Ve), People Club (Vi), Gilda Club (Vi) with lots of artists including Paul Kalkbrenner, Nina Kravitz, Apparell, Dragosh, Marco Faraone, Cassy, Ralf, Unzip Project, Marc Houle, Hobo and more. Besides playing music, he has worked as sound engineer while starting to produce some techno and deep house tracks.
First up we have ‘I Am Phatool’ which gets going with a cool thumping kick and sharp, contrasting hats. Rhythmic percussion patterns begin to form up and create a solid base for the grooves. A nice deep bass comes through alongside some filtered deep house keys and vocal samples. A real groovy mover her that is not to be missed.
‘J Oooh’ is up next and gets right into a classic chunky kick and hat intro with cool atmospheric samples blending in nicely in the background. The bass pulses into existence early and transforms throughout. All the while we are teased with house keys that have a heavily layered deep vibe. Silky smooth grooves are on offer here and this will do well at those summer parties no doubt.
‘Patience’ intros with a cool percussion arrangement that soon lets loose a monster kick that totally dominates. Distant sounding urban vocal samples create a surreal picture as the bass thunders through the sound alongside some very cool chords. The track packs a nice punch and is sure to feature in many sets.
Lastly on this fantastic debut EP we have ‘Tigre’. The track kicks off with minimal effort as cool percussions begin to layer up before a massive kick and bass combo takes the lead. The deep house vibes ooze out of the sound beautifully and the chords provide a real tough and stabby edge. Superb stuff and definitely one to watch.
Digital Department aka Russian DJ and producer Arseniy Somotov, debuts on Green Martian with the superb ‘You Put A Spell’ which features the delectable vocals of Cara Leigh and comes backed up with two quality remixes. Arseniy has been DJing since 2005 and has graced the decks at many top venues across Russia. In 2009 he started producing under his Digital Department guise and has since seen releases on labels like Mystique Music, Incepto Music, Balkan Connection and more. Canadian singer-songwriter-musician and composer Cara is well renowned for her vocal skills within the progressive house and trance sphere. Her vocals hold a melancholic edge which fits very well with electronica and she also records some rock and indie.
First up we have the Original Mix which intros with a nice big 80’s inspired breakbeat featuring big snares a chunky kick and sharp hats, this well crafted drum arrangement holds true throughout and brings a lot of character to the sound. Plucky hard edged basses build a strong platform for the track as the vocals begin to peek through. A darker, deeper bass drone comes into play and gives it a big room feel and works so well alongside much brighter arps with subtle melodic twists. Cara’s vocal tells the story beautifully and you find yourself captivated by her voice which makes this a definite must for any party this summer!
Blufeld steps up to the remix plate with a wonderful progressive house cut that will move the floors no doubt. We last saw the inspirational Blufeld earlier this year with his ‘Huddlestone Arch’ single that performed nicely on the circuit. Since then David has been very busy indeed with other projects which we hope to see very soon. Here he utilises his massive skills and ramps up the grooves with a powerful 4/4 cut. A smooth subtle intro leads us gently into a nice chunky kick and bass combo, the bass reverberates through the sound beautifully as the rhythms come to life with the help of tight percussion and drum arrangements. Cool melodic arps fill the sound and come to prominence on the break alongside samples of Cara’s brilliant vocal. Top notch yet again from Blufeld, a must have!
Next up to remix duties we have Wild Guess which is made up of Belgium based DJ’s J.E.O.F., Config and P.O.W. The guy’s debuted on Green Martian at the start of this year with ‘Nebulae’. Here we are treated to their Incantation Remix. The intro sets of with a muted kick with a throbbing deep bass and a rising synth. The kicks soon get a nice thump attached as the track gathers pace with strings sweeping through the sound and the synth becoming more intense. The track settles into a solid groove and is garnished with subtle, flowing melodic arps. These are matched perfectly to the vocal which has been give a wonderful makeover in the FX department. Nice and solid, hypnotic vibes here and will no doubt turn a few heads.
Julio Tomé aka Blister 13.0 is a fresh Psy-Progressive Talent coming from the Barcelona Area. This first EP of his on LCD Recordings immediately captivated us, Anai Arreba being the banger of the three, Besos Mullidos being the trippy one while Retornos is the melodic tune of this awesome package. Unique is the most suitable adjective here. Keep an eye on Blister 13.0 because he’s well worth it.
Italian DJ and producer Marco Trovato aka Mark Found debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb ‘Sagittarius’ and comes with an Original and Dub flavour. Mark started out at a young age, at just 16 he began to DJ at local radio stations where he soon became noticed and was offered many gigs in local clubs. He was playing Acid House and Rap in 1990 and soon his friends were encouraging him to get into the production side of things. His first equipment was of course a set of 1200’s and an Amiga computer. He learned all about MIDI and was soon churning out his own brand of Acid music using synths, sequencers and samplers. At this time he was also going all over Italy, taking part in DJ competitions where he showed off his mixing and scratching skills.
First up we have the Original Mix which takes us on a sublime journey into the deeper side of progressive house. The intro gets us on the move with a nice chunky kick and a cool array of FX that create a good portion of the sound. A deep bubbly bass comes through brilliantly as subtle melodic sequences play out in the background. Super tight arrangements on the drums and percussions give off a steady flowing groove while swirling pads will captivate your mind. A definite must have track as you will not want to miss this epic journey.
The Dub Mix goes all out deep and dark progressive with a monster kick on the intro and a truly awesome deep throbbing bass that is a big focus of the sound. Smooth and steady percussion patterns bring rhythms to life as cool synths build a nice melodic structure. Beautifully layered textures create a surreal atmosphere that is almost tangible. Top notch stuff from Mark and not to be missed.
Bonzai Basiks stalwart Sa.Du returns with another of his fantastic packages. This time around we have the four tracker ‘Breakfast’. His last outing ‘Field’ at the end of last year saw much support as always and no doubt this one will have heads spinning.
First up we get right into deep tech territory with ‘Breakfast’ as the intro boasts a nice chunky kick alongside some fantastic percussion drums and a scaling FX sound. The track builds nicely as the layers unfold and bringing an intense vibe along the way. The track’s construction is superb and you’ll find yourself coming back for more and finding new patterns each time. Great stuff yet again and a must for any deeper set.
‘Order’ is up next and intros with a stuttering bass and percussion combi. These begin to take shape with the addition of flat snares and rhythmic hats. The bass soon becomes infectious as it relentlessly drives on and the track lifts off with a nice big phat kick. Cool vocal samples are met with some very cool percussion patterns and expertly crafted FX. Energetic and intoxicating rhythms make this a definite hit in those deep tech sets for sure.
‘Spiritual Mind’ gets going with a truly surreal vibe as chunky kicks are coupled with some outstanding FX work and stunning percussion patterns. The bass sits perfectly underneath and allows the myriad of percussive instruments to do their job. Tight arrangements build solid rhythms along the way as the track evolves and becomes a monster of a tune. This is one hell of a hypnotic, epic journey through the deeper side of tech house and is not to be missed.
‘Understand’ rounds of this superb pack and does it in style. Right for the get go you will be locked into this groove as it mercilessly unleashes infectious grooves into your mind. A real driving feel to this as the bass just keeps on going with a little help from a fantastic drum and percussion arrangement. The break offer little respite as we are thrust into a surreal world full of melancholic strings and deep basses alongside cool vocal samples. The track dives right back into full on mode soon after and keeps us hooked to the end, brilliant stuff.