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RUSLAN VASHKEVICH – ASHUAR (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Russian DJ and producer Ruslan Vashkevich returns to BP after his debut Simargl back in October 2014. This time around on Ashuar, we are treated to three top notch cuts that will get those progressive juices flowing.The title track Ashuar, intros with nice punchy kick drum and cool percussive hits that steadily build up into a full blown rhythm section. Rich strings fade through creating a sublime atmosphere alongside some very cool FX. The bass brings the progressive groove of the track to the fore as it meanders through the sound beautifully with its plucky vibe and clipped edges. A deep hypnotic groove ensues that will have you locked on for the duration.

I’m Fine, What’s Happening picks up the pace a bit with an up-tempo kick that takes us into a rising offset synth and a pulsing bass combi. The synths transform throughout with varying degrees of pitch and modulation. A tight drum arrangement provides a solid rhythm that will keep the feet moving on the floors no doubt. This track will fit nicely into the faster paced sets and bring a nice slice of energy to the proceedings.

Jene Nete takes on a real smooth progressive flow from the outset with its lazy bass and shuffling rhythms. A tight arrangement keeps everything in check as distant pads begin to rise in the background. The break descends into total silence before that punchy kick brings us back into the main groove. Quite a minimalistic vibe that solidifies the saying that less is more, and with Jene Nete this is true. A definite must have track for those late night sets.

#ruslanvashkevich #bonzaiprogressive

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ORAA & EKAI – HOT LIKE 95 FAHRENHEIT (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Oraa & Ekai make their duo debut on Piston the superb two track Hot Like 95 Fahrenheit. Great to see Oraa return to Piston after his last release a few years back with That Go EP which was very well received indeed. Since then he has released on several labels and added his skills on remix duty for various artists. Ekai is a lover of house in all its forms and while he may seem relatively new to the scene he brings a fresh sounding quality to house music and he lists some of the greats of house as his influence such as Masters At Work, MK and Green Velvet. An exciting future for this Spanish duo as their music will attest, we’re looking forward to more in the future.

Hot Like 95 Fahrenheit intros with a classic styled kick and hat combi that always gets the appetite whet. Cool vocals creep into the sound early on and give us a glimpse of things to come. A superb pounding, throbbing bass takes full control of the sound as it bounces through the groove while those MC style vocals do their thing. Super tight drums bring a solid rhythm and keep the dancing feet moving easily. All throughout the track we get shook to the core by that brilliant bassline which really holds the track up beautifully. Get this on your playlist, you will not be disappointed.

Sun Won’t Shine Forever gets going with a powerful kick that hits you right in the chest and is joined by some crispy distorted open hats. Cool siren FX fill out the background as cool analog sounds bounce along the groove. A deep rooted bass lurks at the low end and allows the mid range sounds to flourish. Sinister sounding vocals sound off throughout and provide a dark narrative as much softer voices filter through. Cool dark sounds for the late night sessions, superb stuff.

#oraa #ekai #pistonrecordings

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RAVENHERZ – HOST (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

ravenherz aka Otto Ravenherz returns to Elemental with a blissful trek into chilldom with Host. This young Russian producer debuted at the start of 2014 with Safe Place which has since went on to feature on numerous compilations. In his earlier years he was inspired by the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, AC/DC and Metallica. At the age of †5, he was watching live performances on VHS again and again and decided to become a Rock Star, but his parents always told him that being a musician isn’t a stable way of life. Later, against the odds, he attended music school and found a passion for electronica as well as studying forensic science. Currently he enjoys dabbling with a wide range of music styles of which the results are outstanding. We hope to see much more from this guy in the future.

The Original Mix of Host intros with a beautiful melancholic sequence as deep bass notes lurk in the background. The track bursts into life with an unexpected Drum and Bass rhythm section complete with crispy hats and syncopated kicks underneath a superbly arranged snare. Above the melancholy a much sweeter, melodic flavour can be found among the sweeping pads and the smoothly plucked electric guitar. Perfect fodder for a warm evening by the fire.

Anin Velik steps in for remix duty on Host and delivers a superb cut in the process. The intro glitches into existence with a distorted rising synth and hypnotic low frequency. Beautifully modulated keys fade through as analog sounds sweep past giving off a space age feel. The melancholy seeps into the sound beautifully and is contrasted by some wonderful guitar melodies before the track completely transforms into a tough and edgy slow grooved monster. Big chunky kicks and deep droning basses dominate and then dissipate leaving behind a raw, electrified groove. A track with many faces and interesting twists make this a truly sublime experience.

#ravenherz #bonzaielemental

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PHILTHY CHIT – DICHOTIC (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

The impressive Philthy Chit aka UK based Phil Taylor delivers the powerful progressive groover Dichoctic which comes backed up with a remix from Tribal Warriors. Phil is currently churning out top class work as shown in his last release Confabulate as well as releases on other labels including Perfecto Records with more in the pipeline soon. More recently his works have gained popularity with appearances on the chart topping Bonzai & Friends compilation. He remains an in demand remix artist with many requests coming in thick and fast. Check out Phil’s new radio show Perfecto Black on DI.FM which airs on the first Wednesday of every month from 6pm GMT where you’re sure to catch only the best sounds from Bonzai and beyond.

The Original Mix gets us going with a tough, pounding kick and sharp hat intro as metallic hits drop on the downbeat. A cool shuffling rhythm ensues as a deep bubbling bassline takes control of the sound. The deep bass remains a constant while a sub bass filters off to add an edgy touch. A fantastic ‘deep in the house’ vocal wafts through the sound beautifully and adds a great character to the sound. On the break cascading arps take the track deeper into the progressive world resulting in a super tight groove that will hold you in its grip for the duration. Superb stuff yet again from Phil and a must have track for sure.

The Stripped Mix is a much smoother track than its original sibling. The powerful deep grooves remain but with a slightly different drum arrangement that still packs a huge punch as it dishes out a full flowing rhythmic sequence. The cascading arps are still a big feature alongside that deep, solid bassline and house inspired vocal. Definitely not to be missed.

On the remix we have Tribal Warriors aka M.I.K.E./Push who we last saw on Bonzai Basiks with his Defiance EP. 2014 was another big year for Mike as his tracks and remixes gained chart topping status across various portals. Already in 2015 he has some great things lined up including more Push Live which always makes for exciting times. Don’t forget to check out Club Elite Sessions to stay up to date with all the goings on. The remix intros with a muted kick as a wasp-like sound fades through, instantly grabbing your attention. A strong throbbing bass rises up from the depths and is joined by bright, crispy hats and sharp claps which provide a cool rhythm to the sound. The kicks are transformed into nice punchy shots that balances things out beautifully. An intensity builds in the track as synths begin to form up alongside that very cool vocal. On the break the swirling synths are tweaked and filtered into a frenzy before we crash back down with a superb kick and analog synth combi. A proper tech fuelled groover here that is the perfect crossover track into the progressive world.

#philthychit #bonzaiprogressive #tribalwarriors

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CHRISTOPHER HERMANN – POINT G (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

DJ and producer Christopher Hermann debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the sublime Point G. Also known as KristÛf Hermann, he has been a lover of music all his life. His early years were spent listening to lots of music, but in 2003 everything changed after hearing Hernan Catteneo’s Renaissance Master Of Series. Progressive House became something he would pursue with gusto and he started to as much tracks as he could. In 2007 he made his first mixes under the name Christopher Hermann and quickly gained a reputation as a respected DJ with quality tunes and tight mixes. His tracks have appeared on labels like Klinik Room, Emotional Noise, BQ Recordings, Balkan Connection South America, Clinique Recordings and Crosslink Music. A fine addition to the label and hopefully more to come in the future.

First up we have Point G with its stunningly deep bass driven intro. Phat kicks are layered over a throbbing deep bass as wispy sounds fly through the sound. The rhythm gathers pace with the introduction of a cool hat and clap pattern. The track takes on an erotic flavour as various voices seduce the senses with their sexual appeal. Dark toned stabs litter the groove with cool house textures as the progressive edge drives the track. On the break things heat up to a feverish pitch as a female voice groans with pleasure before that huge kick and bass combo returns. Superb stuff that will go down a treat in the darker rooms.

High Heels & Lingerie intros with a snappy kick and a smooth plucked bass sequence while swirling stynths create a cool atmosphere. The groove goes deep here as that bass etches into your brain, hypnotizing your mind with its progressive prowess. Cascading notes bring a hint of melody as the layers build and create a solid rhythmic flow alongside the crispy hats and percussions. The break lets loose on the synths before slamming right back into the main groove. A top notch progressive cut you will not want to miss.

#christopherhermann #bonzaiprogressive

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BONETTI – DON’T STOP THE RHYTHM (PISTON RECORDINGS)

The stylish sounds of Bonetti return with his new four track EP entitled Don’t Stop The Rhythm. This Spanish DJ and producer likes to add his own unique twists on Tech House and Deep House which you can find on his last release Rupture. Always a delight to have this guys sounds come into the office and hopefully much more to come.

Up first we have the aptly named Don’t Stop The Rhythm with its shuffling percussive intro that really sets the rhythm loose. Tight drum arrangements build up and are soon joined by a nice well rounded kick that adds a cool punch to the track. A short break brings in groovy keys that bring a warm glow to the sound. The keys take on various personas as a result of some nifty finger play creating a smooth head nodding groove that in turn gets the booty shakin. Top notch FX sweep through the sound alongside funky vocals which sit so well into the groove. Superb stuff you will not want to miss.

House Of The Rising Sun intros with a classic styled chunky kick and hat combi which is joined by a throbbing bass that walks through the sound effortlessly gaining momentum as it goes. Warbling keys soon join is also and deliver a real funkness to the groove with the help of cool vocals. The break whittles down to echoed claps and vocals as a brilliant chord stab fades through before slamming us right back into the main groove for the duration. Top notch solid beats here that will be a welcome addition in any deep and groovy set.

Next we have My Lonely Nights which sets off with a smooth, atmospheric house vibe as soft keys come through and transform into a sustained synth complete with filtered edges before slamming into a full deep fuelled vibe. Super tight drums and plucked basses provide the solid rhythms here and the myriad of keys make for a very interesting ride. The vocals stand out beautifully and keep with the funky tones within the groove, a stunning slice of deep house goodness here and a must have track for 2015.

Dance For Me rounds up the EP in style with its classic intro and teasing notes. A wonderfully lush bass meanders through the sound giving off a quick step feel as a tight drum arrangement sets the rhythm off. Cool keys litter the groove throughout and provide a true house experience alongside the fantastic vocals on offer. A proper upfront deep house cut that will have the floors moving no doubt.

#bonetti #pistonrecordings

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INSECT SOCIETY – MADE IN SWEDEN (BONZAI BASIKS)

It’s been a while since we last saw Hungarian producer and composer Insect Society at Bonzai Basiks, the wait is over as we have the newest cut entitled Made In Sweden, which comes with a top notch remix. And Cleopatra Wept was his last outing which went down a treat and prompted a call up to remix duty for Van Czar’s Despote EP. Hopefully much more to come from this talented artist in the future.

The Original Mix intros with a cool robotic voice that trails off into a deep drone that rises up through the sound beautifully as huge punchy kicks are joined by a selection of sharp percussions and top class FX. The bassline is where it’s at here, a solid, driving groove becomes the mainstay of the track and blends perfectly with the rising arps. The arps take on a retro theme with acid undertones filtered in and on the break this is complimented by stunning FX that pop up out of nowhere. A truly hypnotic and driving techno groove that will be a most welcome addition in any set.

The OSC 1 Mix takes on most of the Original Mix’s flavour, the driving bass groove and pounding beats all remain alongside the robotic voice and wonderful FX. The main difference is in the arps, here they are taken up an octave and weave a slightly different pattern. That retro theme is still in play and gives a nod to the old skool Techno sound. The perfect extension to the original and equally a must have addition to your box.

#insectsociety #bonzaibasiks

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E.F.G. & NEPTUN 505 – FOLLOWED BY EYE (GREEN MARTIAN)

E.F.G. aka Oleg Szyszkin and Neptun 505 aka Marcin Stepien join forces for the stunning Followed By Eye on Green Martian. Oleg got into the electronic sound in the late 90’s through listening to the likes of The Prodigy and Fatboy Slim. In 2005 he got into Trance and Tech Trance before finding Techno and groovy deep basses. His aim is to merge these two worlds and ultimately define his own E.F.G sound. This journey has taken him far and wide with slots on many radio stations including Insomnia FM, Proton Radio and Houseradio. A part of the Electronic Tree Crew, he has also worked on many other labels. Marcin is no stranger to the GM stable, his last outing, Zulu EP which showed off his tribal style and was very well received. He has worked extensively with many artists over the years including many times with Oleg, they even debuted together back in 2008 with Trainman Of Switzerland. An exciting duo with plenty to offer and we hope to see more from these guys soon.

The title track, Followed By Eye, gets us moving with a smooth progressive house vibe that strolls along effortlessly carrying you along for the ride. The intro boasts a distant percussion and drum pattern as vibrato strings bring a rich sound. Tribalistic drum patterns emerge and get the rhythm flowing before a deep throbbing bass takes over the sound. Smooth melodic phrases are splattered across the sound beautifully and give a nice warm glow to the track. The break reveals a super sweet melodic sequence complete with rising strings and excellent voices that add a great character to the sound. The perfect remedy for the Winter months, this track will be hot ticket on the floors no doubt.

Mindtrip is aptly titled as right from the off we are attacked by a pounding kick with strange rising synths flowing through. A distinctive spoken vocal lurches out and the track breaks to reveal a surreal sequence of mixed sounds that really penetrate the mind. Those chunky kicks are joined by a round of slapped drums that bring a tribal element to the groove. On the main break, just when you thought the track couldn’t get any more trippy, we are faced with an ever rising wall of strings and pads alongside that deep voice which will blow your mind. A superb slice of mind melting prog here that is a must have.

#efg #neptun505 #greenmartian

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