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Argentine DJ and producer Ariel Parra aka A.R.E.S. debuts on Progrez with the stunning Belisha Beacon. Ariel’s love for music began after listening to Grunge Rock and the many bands that lie in that genre. He played in his own band for a number of years, before they set their sights on a more electronically fused sound. Since 2011, after starting to produce his own works under the A.R.E.S. guise, he released tracks on Balkan Connection S.A, Green Snake Records, Massive Harmonys, Ambber Records and Entangled. During this time he also put in some live shows before he edits his first album, Truth Be Told with 8 original tracks under the Ambber label.
Belisha Beacon takes on a deep and grooving progressive persona right from the get go as muted kicks are joined by a superb deep droning bass with a sprinkling of cascading arps. The kickdrums get a nice punchy boost ass the percussion layers build giving off a cool rhythmic flow. You can find very subtle psy element creep into the sound with the construction of the synth layers and the energizing bassline. A serious contender no doubt and a track that will definitely grab the attention of many, one to watch here.
Our very own Kevin Vega shows up on remix duty and delivers another super cut for our pleasure. He gave us The Gambler back in April 2015 which saw great support from all quarters which is a testament to the expertly crafted sounds he churns out. The remix intros with a wonderful chunky bass with atmospheric FX and percussions going off in the background. At the forefront a fantastic bass takes over with deep probing prowess. The drum section continues to build and adds a shuffling groove to the rhythm which is brought to prominence by hypnotic shakers and tight patterns. Surreal synths give off a mysterious vibe that plays beautifully into the nature of the track, dark and moody. A fine slice of prog to get the juices flowing.
Alexey Lisin is back and this time around he enlists the vocal talents of Ann Di on the superb Gloss. Alexey’s last outing saw him utilise vocals from Ange on Vesna, and we have no doubt this new pairing will yield another great result.
The Original Mix sets out with deep, grooving house in mind as warm chords fade in and out alongside a cool shuffling hat patter. The stunning vocal from Ann glides in effortlessly and marries to the sound beautifully. The track gets into full swing as chunky kicks come through and tighten up the drum section perfectly. Those chords dominate right the way through the sound and are joined by cool glittering synths that cast brilliant textures. The bass sits back innocently while adding a great deal of depth to the groove and compliment the smooth vocals superbly. Top notch stuff that will surely get the floors moving.
Long Garden Avenue aka the hugely talented Manu Riga debuts on Bonzai Progressive with two very impressive remixes. Manu is currently one of Bonzai’s top deep progressive artists, but in 2005 he entered the scene through house music and slowly changed into a more progressive style. Over the last several months he has began to bring in more of his house music background with smooth melodies and emotional tracks coming through. 2015 is proving a big year for this guy and it is only going to get better from here. On the remix we get strapped into cool house grooves right from the get go as punchy kicks are joined by snappy snares and sharp claps. A smooth FM bass dances along the groove nicely while distinct house chords glide through. The track breaks with those chords fizzling in and out to the backdrop of Ann’s stunning vocal that fills the sound beautifully. A super tight drum arrangement keeps this rhythm in check and allows the musical side to flow effortlessly. Top notch stuff that puts Manu firmly back in the deep house game.
The Long Garden Avenue Dub Mix takes us deep into the groove with a pure musical journey with just the slightest hint of vocals popping up throughout. One for the late night trips for sure.
Abi-Q returns after a short hiatus to deliver a wonderfully deep, prog fuelled remix. We last saw Abi-Q back in February 2015 with the fantastic Boaka Chiringo which turned a few heads on the circuit, delighted to see him back once again. The remix gets right into prog mode as punchy kicks are met with sharp, crisp hats and a hypnotizing repeated vocal shot. A cool riser teases and leads us into a mixture of cool sounds and FX while in the background rich pads are forming up and creating a surreal atmosphere. The bassline soon follows and we find ourselves locked on for the duration. On the break we are hit with big stabby chords and glitchy sounds as fleeting synths leave a trail of progressive goodness. Superb stuff that will definitely grab attention.
Russian DJ and producer Ruslan Vashkevich heads back into Bonzai Progressive territory with the brilliant two tracker Thought The Smoke. Ruslan was last round these shores back in May 2015 with Bodhisattva which saw good support and features on top download portals.
Thought The Smoke intros with a pacey beat as punchy kicks get moving alongside subtle shuffling hats. A solid progressive groove is in the making and gets a boost with that rolling, chugging bassline. Sweeping FX glide across the sound as melodic phrases fill the spectrum delivering a surreal experience. The break digs deeper and allows that bass to hypnotize while the melodies continue to float by. Super deep and super groovy, one for the late night sessions for sure.
Laughing Buddha goes straight for the jugular with a solid kick that pounds out a tight groove alongside subtle percussions and rising FX. The bassline takes over and command authority as it rolls along with relentless power. Those sweeping FX add wonderful textures to the subtle nature of the track. On the break we get a glimpse of melody with a superb lead synth that captures the imagination beautifully. A proper progressive trip that will keep you wanting more and more.
Argentinean DJ and producer Leandro Di debuts on piston with his Love From Another Woman EP. Leandro started out listening to funk, disco and jazz which began to shape his musical tastes and added influences like deep basses and hypnotic rhythms. As the years progressed he got into DJing and played styles like deep house, house, acid house and tech house. His impressive catalogue of tracks have seen releases on labels like Vulcania Records, Ho Records, Making Smiles, Restore Music and Complex Textures to name just a few.
Love From Another Woman intros with a crispy bright drum arrangement which is joined by a warm pad chord that rises up from the depths bringing a world of deep house to the surface. Nice punchy kicks join in and give the track a cool rhythm to move to. The slow, lazy bass comes through and gives off a laid back groovy feeling to the sound. A soulful vocal enters the fray and really sets the track on fire with its lush tones. Super smooth, super sexy grooves to get down and dirty with.
Just For House notches up a gear with a cool heavy kick and crisp slicing hat that carries a lot of weight as it cuts up the frequencies. Pure house driven chord stabs linger through the groove as a deep probing bass comes in to get those asses shakin’. Drum patterns form up and let loose with a solid driving rhythmic flow that will definitely have the floors moving. Cool vocals and high strings add texture and allow this track to shine. A soon to be firm favourite no doubt.
Jesus Street kicks off with a pounding bassdrum that strikes the perfect balance between mid and low frequencies while razor sharp are cutting through. A subtle drum arrangement layers up delivering a steady rhythm as a deep, resonating bass lurks at the low end. Cool spoken vocals come through bringing a surreal narrative with an urban twist. A minimal construction with just enough suggestive keys to keep the house flavour going and a definite must have track in your box.
Madrid based Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar delivers yet another of his techno fuelled cuts with Amore In Scopulos. Van remains a firm favourite around the office and he is flying the Bonzai flag high in Spain with various club nights and his own Bonzai Basik Beats Spain radioshow. His last outing was back in February 2015 with Rumba EP as well as a stint with hiss deeper techno guise Cysxe – OxO EP. Always great to see this guy drop one of his tunes and no doubt we will be seeing lots more of him in the future.
Amore In Scopulos intros with a solid bass heavy workout as chunky kicks are met with deep bas tones and crispy hats. A hypnotic percussion rides through the sound perfectly and becomes a big focus ass it tightens up the rhythm and digs deep into your imagination. A very minimal construction that carries a big punch with enough weight to destroy the floors, a must have.
Alea Jacta Est sets out with fading percussions that lead up to a phat kick and shuffling hat sequence. Cool vocal snippets ring out and bring character to the sound. The track gathers pace as the drums tighten up alongside a mysterious and mesmerizing note. Deep, tech fuelled chords rattle out a solid groove as those vocals become prominent working well with the noisy risers. The bass sits perfectly on the sound and allows the drums to do the work and deliver a solid rhythmic groove. Top notch stuff that will get attention no doubt.
Remove fades in with a tribalistic drum workout complete with a powerful punchy kick. A syncopated rhythmic structure takes shape that will definitely get the bootys on the floor. Surreal vocals crop up throughout and give the track a playful character while a techno vibe is built upon with rising lead synths. The bass sits low and beefs up the solid groove with a strong tribal vibe. Tough edged, in your face techno from Van that is not to be missed.
Our Club Traxx series continues with Progressive House 16 where we take you deep into the rabbit hole of progressive grooves, a place where your imagination becomes reality to the backdrop of some of the finest sounds around. 20 top notch cuts featuring remix and original works from artists such as Airwave, Art Of Trance, Gai Barone, Phi Phi, Platunoff, Rick Pier O’Neil, Sebastian Busto, Andrees & Yakoff, Michael Berklin, Manu Riga & Fe Malefiz, Michael & Levan & Stiven Rivic, Lank, Stan Kolev, Audio Noir, Rosa Project, Dina Eve, Waywork & Gebio, Wild Guess, Yuriy From Russia, Kay D, Manu F, Julian Dep, Ri9or, Dimitry Molosh, Ametron, EDwan Rill, AudioStorm, Diogo Ribeiro and Altek, are on hand to deliver pumping prog house grooves to our senses. A must have tool in your collection no doubt.
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Beat Talk Records kicks of with it’s debut release! Rise And Fall who is already making waves on progressive house scene with releases on Bonzai Progressive, Perfecto Black, Baroque Digital, Particles and more delivers two driving late night progressive house / techno crossovers. Powerful low-end, crisp and clean percussions, clever synth work and dark hypnotic feel – this is how we like it at Beat Talk! Expect more of this sound from the label in the near future.
Alexey Samotarev returns to Bonzai Progressive with his latest deep progressive offering, Midnight Pinball. We always get an air of excitement around the office when this guys stuff drops in the box. No wonder, as his previous cuts with testify that he sure knows how to deliver the goods. We last got a glimpse of this guy on Audio Noir’s Now & Zen album as well as multiple appearances on various Bonzai compilations. Great to see more from this talented artist and we hope to see much more in the future.
Midnight Pinball intros with a solid kick and cool percussion line as a reverb heavy sound kicks in. The bass ploughs through with a super deep groove that drives the track beautifully as the tight drums keep the rhythm pumping. Blippy sequenced notes scatter across the sound with a playful manner that is in stark contrast to the deeper leanings of the vibe. Sweeping synths come in and add a cool richness to the groove that keeps it firmly locked into the progressive sphere. Brilliant stuff yet again from Alexey that you will not want to miss.
Bonzai regular Yuriy From Russia hits us up with one of his outstanding remixes, and once again he knocks it outta the park. Yuriy is fast becoming a remix guru here, his last outing was on knob tweaking duty for Alexey Lisin & Ange’s Vesna which was very well received indeed. Mush more coming from this guy, so keep a lookout. The track intros with a super punchy kick and shuffling hat sequence that builds up a steady rhythm. The bassline is the big hitter with an offbeat-onbeat pattern that drives the groove beautifully on a deep progressive course. A cascading melodic arp flows through the sound and is the perfect accompaniment for that superb deep bass. The synths open up and sweep across the sound as the layers build. The track losses all high end frequency as that bass toughens up for a short stint on its own before the high end returns with rhythmic gusto. Expertly crafted sounds from a hugely talented artist that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Following Light debuts on Bonzai Progressive with this stunning remix. Ukranian born Kirill Guk has remained a constant force in the progressive house world since 2010 having released on a vast selection of labels. Inmost Records, Balkan Connection and Abstract Space are just a few of the labels mentioned but gives you an idea of the status this guy holds. His music features heavily in sets across the globe and he has worked with some top artists along the way. The remix intros with a cool, textured vibe filled with swirling pads and a smooth synth chord alongside stuttering percussions. A nice punchy kick takes over and is joined by a crispy hat section that tops the tight arrangement. A deep probing bass comes in and gets this progressive groove on the move. The layers build and transforms this sound into a hypnotic, infectious groove that locks you in for the duration.
CompleteJ aka US based DJ and producer Josh Routin debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the sublime Tell-Tale. Josh spins regularly at various clubs and holds a residency at Kingdom Austin Night Club as well as being a part of Real Music Events. Over the last few years he has worked alongside many artists and has seen releases on the likes of Beat Binge, Deep Binge, Tiger Records, Big Alliance Records, Peakhour Music, Pyramid Recordings, Pop Rox Muzik, Soniquarium Muzika, LuPS Records, GruvTech Recordings and Pulse Records. Delighted to have him on board and look forward to more in the future.
Tell-Tale intros with a surreal sequence filled with crackling noises and a buzzing fly alongside other, imaginative sounds that combine beautifully. A muted kick fades through and transforms into a monster with a pounding thump and bassy aftertaste. A throbbing bassline comes out of nowhere and drives the groove on with relentless power while tight drums are formed creating a solid rhythmic flow. The track takes on its epic persona as the layers build taking us deeper into its surreal, dark progressive world. Intense pads and sizzling synths make up the main body of the track and deliver a wonderfully rich texture to the sound. A must have track for sure.
Josh teams up with fellow US based producer, Mr Sativo on Born In Darkness – which comes in two flavours, Vox Mix and Dub Mix. The Vox Mix intros with a superb drum filled sequence that delivers a full on deep progressive tribal vibe that lulls you in. A solid kickdrum joins in and the rhythm is let loose. In the background haunting voices ebb and flow as rich strings and pads sweep across the sound. The bass sits very subtly under the track and packs a huge low end boost that drives the groove beautifully. Darker, more atmospheric sounds converge as that raspy vocal flows through becoming a huge part of the track. The Dub Mix strips out the vocal completely for those you interested in the music only. Both tracks are definitely destined for those late night parties that you will not want to miss.
Italian DJ and producer duo Alessio Rizzo and Ilario Laggetta debut on Piston with the fantastic Breakfast In Lebanon. Alessio got into music from an early age and by 14 years of age he started to DJ and found himself playing at various parties around his hometown. Over the years he has honed his skills to perfection, his sets are engaging and charismatic that convey his passion for music with every beat. This will be his first outing as producer and we are sure that you will not be disappointed with the outcome. Ilario found music early in his life also and in 1988 he stepped into the DJ world and began a magical journey that would take him through various clubs and top spot at various DJ competitions. His sets deliver a cool blend of rhythmic tech house with melodic touches. Another debut producer that shows us the goods.
Breakfast In Lebanon sets off with a fantastic, thumping kickdrum with crispy hats cutting through the low end like a knife. An acid style bass fades in and adds a cool driving groove to the sound with a little help from cool vocals and an iconic ‘woo’ thrown in for good measure. Tight drum arrangements keep the rhythm flowing here as a much deeper bass joins the fun and locks this groove up for the duration. Top notch stuff that will definitely light up the floors.
Alessio goes solo on Distraction and toughens up the vibe with a monster kick and superb spoken vocal that hangs over the sound beautifully. A warm bass creeps in and adds a cool contrast between the crispy hats, echoed claps and the lower frequencies. The vocals definitely dominate this track and give it a great character that will feed into the floors for sure. A full on banging track that will keep the club pumping no doubt.
Alessio is up again on The Start and he delivers another absolute stomper. The pounding kicks on the intro are matched with sharp hats and claps and really get the rhythm flowing nicely. Cool spoken vocals come through and give the groove that real club feel while a deep, probing bass thunders along at the low end. The break sees the bass filter out while keeping a foothold on the sound as that vocal rattles out another phrase. Super tight drums are on offer to keep the dancing feet shuffling and the floors alive, brilliant stuff.
Jonathan Calvo makes a welcome return to Basiks, his third outing on this imprint comes in the form of the fantastic A Few Girls EP. Jonathan has been working hard on the circuit with DJing and producing and has been around the scene for twenty years. He has been influenced by 80s and 90s musical styles and in the early 2000s he started to play in several clubs, discos and after hours parties around Barcelona and Girona. His cool and dynamic style has led him to be a much respected name among national and international DJ’s. Aside from Bonzai, Jonathan has seen releases on Steel Ground, Datacode, We In The Box and Doppelgaenger.
A Few Girls sets off with a solid, punchy kick and bright, crispy hats in tow. Forming a cool flowing rhythm, the drums are tight here and that’s just how we like it. A fantastic deep, probing bass takes control of the groove as the tech elements of the track begin to shine. Cool, distorted answer phone vocals come in providing a surreal narrative to the track. Expertly executed filtering takes place on the break as the sound is washed and then recovered beautifully into the pounding groove it is for the duration. Top notch stuff.
Oh! Geez intros with cool hats and percussions that build up a solid, layered drum section with the introduction of that pounding kickdrum. In the background some ambient sounds create a textured atmosphere. A funky ass bassline takes over and the groove settles into a deep, house fuelled slice of tech that will get the dancing feet shuffling in no time. Cool vocals come in and out of the sound while on the break a surreal sequence takes us right back into the main sound with crash. Superb stuff that will definitely turn a few heads.
Hungarian producer Paul Kardos debuts on Green Martian with the wonderful Tres Sonidos EP. Since 2013 Paul has been churning out the quality on OLD SSQL Recordings with a raft of releases focusing in on the Progressive House side of the tracks. This release is no exception as we are treated to some beautifully crafted smooth progressive vibes.
Tres Sonidos En La Vigilancia brings the summer vibe to life with a beautifully structured arrangement filled with ubiquitous sounds upbeat vibes. Right from the off we are lured into its grasp as sweet, subtle melodies float by. Subtle kicks with just the right amount of oomph are joined by rhythmic percussions and a warm bass that fills the sound perfectly. The track moves with grace as we are carried along it its clutches for the duration, brilliant stuff that will not disappoint.
Persian Soul opens with cool distant hats and sweeping pads that bellow up from below and cloak the sound with their richness. A pulsing bass note is joined by much crisper hats as the rhythm gathers pace. After a short, surreal break chunky kicks come in and the track is let loose with its beautiful euphoric flow. The main break throws up a fantastic melodic sequence that oozes a trance-like vibe with those subtle gated synths. A very simple, yet highly effective slice of melodic progressive house that is not to be missed.
Pandemonium intros with a sweet melody that draws on the imagination with ease. A throbbing deep, low end bass comes through as shuffling hats rattle in. Sweeping pads and strings fly through the sound and bring in a euphoric melody. Two minutes in we get a taste of the chunky kicks that drives the groove on perfectly. A gritty bass is introduced and gives the track an edge, but the bright, airy sounds will keep this one firmly in the tripped out section for sure.