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BONZAI & FRIENDS 500 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Bonzai & Friends’ second instalment is a celebration of 2 decades of music of one of the world’s most renowned, pioneering labels Bonzai Progressive – formerly Bonzai Trance Progressive. As we approach our 500th release we decided to create something that will go down in the history books and stand as a showcase to what we have become over the years. We’ve enlisted the talents of an army of top notch producers to help us along the way and these artists have been tasked to create 50 brand new tracks and remixes, tracks that will only be found on this exclusive celebration compilation. For more info about this release go to www.bonzaiandfriends.com

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3 November 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

RUBEN LOSADA – MINDTRAP EP (PROGREZ)

Ruben Losada returns to Progrez with his superb three tracker – Mindtrap EP. His debut on Progrez came way back in October 2013 with, The Creatures Of The Tenth Planet. Since then he has seen a very impressive list of releases across various labels including Something In The Sky on the Bonzai Progressive compilation- Club Trax Dark And Deep. Great to see this guy back and we hope we don’t have to wait so long for the next one.

Mindtrap is quite simply a rip roaring techno fuelled ride into oblivion. From start to finish we get blasted with a massive punchy kick and a slicing hi hat that sits over a deep, relentlessly pulsating bass that hooks you in for the duration. Sinister, haunting sounds lurk in the background but offer no respite to this driving solid groove. This one will definitely hit the peak time and serve as one huge climax to any floor.

Imposible Cubo De Rubik is up next and ramps up the tempo with a pacey techno offering. A nice big chunky kick sits perfectly perched on top as a double time hat rattles through to be joined soon after by a metallic offset hit that gets the rhythm moving nicely. A deep penetrating bass lurks in the low end and keep you firmly in its grasp right the way through. Cool one shot hits litter the sound adding a splash of colour to this purely black and white structure. Superb stuff that will definitely get the purists on board.

Pulsar offers up a deep and thoughtful trek into the techno sound, right from the off you get a real sense of deep as punchy kicks are met with reverberating bass that dominates the sound. Cool hats and an evolving drum construction give the track a sense of rhythm, but it’s that bass that rules the day. As the groove builds we find ourselves totally immersed in the sound without mercy. Backing up the offset bass we get a pulsating bass that sends the imagination into overdrive while various FX sweep through the background. An excellent display of techno construction that will be a welcome addition in any set.

#rubenlosada #progrez

2 November 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

JOYFULL FAMILY – WISH EP (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Joyfull Family is made up of 3 like-minded Italian DJ’s and producers, Cristian Carpentieri, Guido Nemola and Chico Perulli. Ten years ago these guys got together to create underground tracks and house remixes. Their 2005 hit Da Breaker got plenty of airtime, notably through gaining top spot on various European charts including Pete Tong’s Essential Selection. They went on to remix for international stars like Corrina Joseph and Shawn Christopher as well as a remix for Cajmere and Dajae’s Brighter Days. After a hiatus of a few years the guys are back together and ready to go once more, something we are all looking forward to.

Wish delivers a superb tech house vibe right from the off as bubbling acid lines fade through behind a punchy kick and subtle hat arrangement. We get locked into this one with ease as those deep bassy tones mesmerise. Sharp claps and crispy hats give the track a boost and really set the rhythm loose a those acid lines start to open up into proper squelching 303 sounds. A very cool vocal lurks around and gives the track a nice house texture. The break reveals a surprisingly warm and rich chord structure that stands in stark contrast to those harsher acidic tones. An absolute stomper here that you will not want to miss.

Fresh opens up with a real cool kick and hat combi, the kicks offer a nice punch while those hats have a little rattle on the end that adds an extra weight to the sound. A superb dancing bass line comes through and takes full control of the groove forcing your feet to move and your booty shake. Warm chords bring in a smooth deep house flavour that leaves a wonderful aftertaste that makes you want more. Superb stuff perfect for those late night sessions.

Frankie intros with a classic chunky kick and crispy hat alongside some sharp rim shots and a slowly building drum arrangement. A nice flowing rhythm is born and we find ourselves totally hooked on the groove. Beautifully lush deep rooted pads fade in and takes us deeper into the groove as those tight drums continue to deliver the goods. Swirling pads and soft keys bring a sweet melodic flavour to the sound and on the break the lead synth just steals the show. Wonderful probing bass lines and inventive drum construction make this a must have track in your DJ toolbox.

#joyfullfamily #pistonrecordings

2 November 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

JIMMY ROQSTA – COLD BREATH (GREEN MARTIAN)

Estonian DJ and producer Dmitri Lyssenko aka Jimmy Roqsta return to Green Martian to mark his full release debut with the superb Cold Breath. This guys is no stranger to Bonzai shores as he has appeared on various imprints on remix duties including Bonzai Progressive, Bonzai Basiks, AK-Tek Records and Bonzai Back Catalogue. His sound can be melodic, forward moving with a positive vibe and which has already featured on many other labels over the last number of years, labels such as Lost Language, Baroque, Deep Blue Eye, Incepto Music and more. He regularly guests on online radio shows including Pure FM and Proton Radio. Nice to see this guy return and hope to see more in the future.

Cold Breath opens with a wonderful haunting theme as slicing synths start to fade in and take control. A nice array of chunky beats and shuffling hats join in and deliver a solid rhythmic groove with a little help from a superb probing bass that chugs along driving the main body of the track. Those synths really have all the focus though as they cascade up and down the notes with expert filtering bringing them to life. The break brings back that haunting vibe with its droning basses and super cool plucks. Top notch stuff that will definitely do the job on the floors.

Space Donkey intros with a high end kick and fading arp melody that is joined by cool atmospherics that create a spacey, cosmic vibe in the sound. A fantastic pulsating bass starts its journey and dances along the groove with ease as those arps get beefed up to become a big focus. The break descends into a quieter affair with the bass continuing to throb in the background while superb bright synths do their thing. A real nice slice of progressive house with an upbeat vibe that will get the floors moving no doubt.

#jimmyroqsta #greenmartian

2 November 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

AUDIOSTORM – FIRST STEP (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

The ever impressive AudioStorm aka Ognjen Vukovic delivers his superb debut album – First Step which takes us on a wonderful journey into progressive sounds filled with melody and deep grooves. Podgorica, Montenegro based producer AudioStorm was fascinated by music from an early age and listened to many different bands including Pink Floyd, Joy Division, Depeche Mode and The Cure. During the 90’s he turned his attention to electronic dance music and began listening to a lot of progressive sounds from the likes of Deep Dish, Darren Emerson, John Digweed and Sasha to name just a few. Over the years this guy has proven hugely popular with releases on many top labels including Baroque, Mistique Music, Balkan Connection, OLD SQL and many more. His Bonzai relationship began with Oblivion EP which was quickly followed up by the very well received Seismic Activity. His sound is definitely reaching far and wide and he consistently rides high on various charts. We are delighted to present his first studio album and we have no doubt it will shake things up.

The album kicks off with a fine slice of melodic progressive house, Day in Penthouse gets into a nice smooth flow with chunky kicks and a rhythmic drum arrangement that leads up to a cool dancey bass line that has a rich warmth. Cascading synths and strings stutter across the sound as we approach a real cool melodic structure. The perfect opener to whet the appetite.

Supernatural delivers another cool melody driven yet slightly deeper progressive vibe. A solid groove is crafted with a tight drum section that sends out fine flowing rhythms alongside a chugging bass line that will definitely get the floors moving. The break brings in more melodic flavours delivering a magical setting before we head back into the main track for the duration.

Moon Safari takes a serious look at progressive house and the qualities shine through in this construction. A strong and solid beat carries us through the intro and reveals a fantastic bubbling bass line that dominates the groove. Percussive layers form up and keep a steady rhythm as cool synths start to fade through alongside some swirling atmospheric pads. A top notch cut that will be a go to tool in any set.

Hidden Door intros with a nice punchy kick and a subtle percussion that lies in the distance. Sweeping synth pads float across the sound in a teasing manner before a powerful pulsating bas shows up to take full control. Shimmering arps ride along the solid deep grooves of the track as we get totally hypnotised by the cacophony of sounds. A wonderful display of prog house that will definitely give any floor the gift of many dancing feet.

At the midway point of the album we are hit with a double header in Warm & Loud which comes in Day and Night mixes. As you’d expect AudioStorm pulls out all the stops once again as he takes us through a master class in constructing melodies and building grooves. The Day Mix has all of the above in abundance, the big hitter on this one are those intricate synth patterns that weave out a solid core of sound. The Night Mix ramps up the pace with a much more club friendly and deeper groove. We still get all the goodness of those superb melodies and a super tight drum arrangement but done in a way that puts the spotlight on the dancey elements from within the deep progressive groove. Take your pick with these ones, each one is a sure fire winner.

Crazy World intros with a punchy kick and slow, deep rooted bass that reverberates beautifully through the sound, cutting through those kicks with ease. Crispy sharp hi-hats start the percussion section off which layers up to become a super tight rhythmic section. Cool chords are scattered throughout the track alongside some expertly crafted sweeping FX. A classic styled 303 acid line fades in and becomes the big focus for the track and compliments the musical elements perfectly. Top notch stuff that will definitely be a favourite among many.

No Gravitation delivers a solid workout filled with deep progressive grooves that suck you in. At the forefront we have a distinctive bass sound that really hooks you in with its probing power. Smooth, rhythmic percussions and drums keep the track on course as the layers continue to build while quirky acid lines form up. Brilliant stuff that will turn a few heads for sure.

Rounding off the album we are presented with the outro Titanium which glitches into creation with an electrifying sound as beautiful, rich voices fade up. In contrast to those voices a sharp edged bass powers into the sound to come up against the softer sounds with a harder edge. What a perfect way to end this album than with a showcase of sublime sounds that bring out a real musical side to the artists performance. This album is not to be missed.

#audiostorm #bonzaiprogressive

27 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

PHI PHI – HICCUP (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

We’re delighted to present yet another Phi Phi progressive trip, this time around we get locked on to the sounds of Hiccup which comes backed up with a fantastic remix. Phi Phi’s last outing – Alone, scored very well indeed and gained top spots on many charts. DJ-ing still plays a huge part in this guys career and you never have to wait too long until his next gig. Hiccup intros with a tough kick that packs a nice big punch and carries a cool click on the top end. In the background a cacophony of percussions are let loose and help create a solid platform for the track. Dark, sinister vocals ring out and lead us up to the first short break before the track gets into full on mode with a strong probing offset bass line. That bass line really gets the groove into full swing alongside those expertly crafted drum patterns. The main break throws up a rich string that contrasts beautifully with the sinister vocal sound. A proper progressive monster that will definitely hit any floor hard.

Rise And Fall aka Russian based DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov turn up for remix duties and once again we are treated to some first class sounds from this guy. So far, along with his other persona Templ8, he has currently released tracks on labels like Bonzai Progressive, Monster Deep, Flux Delux (Recover), Clear Water Music, Pitch Music, Alien Technology, Aoses Recordings, Alien Technology Recordings, Green Martian and the mighty JOOF Recordings. Specialising in deep and techy high quality sound along with energetic and atmospheric grooves there can be no doubt that Anton will continue to garner huge support for a long time to come. This remix certainly gears towards his more energetic side with a driving bass line that forces your feet to move. A solid construction filled with punchy kicks and a tight drum section is the perfect fodder for the floors. On top of the bass we get a nice round of synths and FX that light up the groove beautifully. A simply stunning slice of progressive grooves you simply must have.

#phiphi #bonzaiprogressive #riseandfall

26 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MENDEXX – DECEPTIVE MINDS (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

The impressive Glaswegian DJ and producer Mendexx returns with Deceptive Minds. We last got a glimpse of this guy’s talents on remix duty for Wild Guess’ Trysal 35 on Green Martian back in March 2015, as well as several appearances on various compilations. The Original mix settles into a solid progressive groove right from the off thanks to those punchy kicks and that deep pulsating bass line. Swirling FX cascade throughout the sound as striking synth keys cut through the low end frequencies. The break delivers more of those cool pads and FX before leading us back into the main groove for the duration. A simply fantastic slice of prog here that you will not want to miss.

Paul Kardos steps up to the plate with this superb remix that really goes deep into the progressive abyss. Hungarian producer Paul is fresh off the back of his last Bonzai outing – The Workout Song which was very well received indeed. No doubt we will be seeing much more from this guy in the near future so stay tuned. The remix intros with a real sense of depth as muffled kick are joined by a probing bass that lurks menacingly alongside a rising percussion arrangement. The track breaks loose as the kicks get beefed up to deliver a solid punch while that bass meanders through the sound. Cool vocals pop up and add fantastic textures to the groove and keep with the deepness of the sound beautifully. A real solid progressive mover here.

Altek is up next for remix duties and once again shows off his talents in style. Fresh from his 2nd Chance EP over at Green Martian, this guy really know how to turn on the progressive vibes. Here he delivers a superb progressive workout that hits the sweet spot right from the off as distant voices provide the backdrop to a tight drum arrangement alongside a deep rolling bass line. Cool synths find their way through the low end sounds to give off a sharp contrasting groove that will definitely keep the floors occupied. Big noisy FX and spiralling sweeps litter the track and add a real cool texture to the sound. Spacey, hypnotic grooves that are a definite must have.

#mendexx #bonzaiprogressive #paulkardos #altek

26 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

DANIEL RAY – DIRTY LAUGH (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Daniel Ray returns to Piston with the brilliant Dirty Laugh. His last outing – Keeping On, via Eyepatch Recordings performed very well indeed and no doubt this one will be following suit. Dirty Laugh intros with a real drumkit feel as nicely tuned kicks are joined by a snappy snare hit and crispy hi-hats. A warm, deep chord comes in to take control alongside a probing bass providing a deep groove to get down to. Various layered sounds begin to find their way including some excellent gritty synths raw plucked strings. On the break we get a dosing of organic sounds that contrast perfectly off each other as those plucked strings and that deep bass continue leading us back into full swing and those super tight drum patterns. A deep and thoughtful slice of house music that will keep you on the move into the small hours.

Blowing In The Wind offers up some excitingly cool drums that exude real world flavour. That punchy kick drum is complimented by a intricate hat and percussion arrangement which settles into a fine flowing rhythm. Big, brash bas notes dominate as warm piano keys ring out alongside excellent FX. A real hypnotic deep house cut here and a definite must have for those in need of some surreal moments on the floor.

#danielray #pistonrecordings

26 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

ZEO – CYCLE EP (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

Zeo debuts on Eyepatch with Cycle EP, and has the enviable job of offering a bit of a revival for the label as we haven’t had much activity since July 2014, and he definitely delivers the goods in style. Five intros with deep house grooves in mind as stabbing chords are met with a probing bass and crispy hats. You find yourself locked in for the duration as your mind is explored by that probing bass which is joined by a mesmerising pad that hangs in the air beautifully. A real solid slice here that will get the floors moving for sure.

Wave sets out with a huge punchy kick that pounds deep and is accompanied by a panning bass sound and wispy voices. Darker, more gritty sounds appear that belong in the depths yet offer a hypnotic appeal to the track. A much more structured bass line is revealed and we are on course for a superb trek deep into the house sound. Exotic keys rattle subtly over the sound and contrast perfectly with the deeper elements. Top notch tuff indeed you will not want to miss.

Drills delivers another fine slice of deep house grooves and rounds up this superb trio sounds. Big chunky kicks provide the intro as cool drums are scattered around. A smooth rhythmic flow is born out of shuffling hats and sharp claps with a little help from expertly placed FX. Rich pads and strings float across the groove and a superb display of synth work leaves the imagination running wild. The bass line gets a beef up and churns out a solid groove for the duration making this a definite go to tool for any deeper sets.

#zeo #eyepatchrecordings

26 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

HARUN KARABULUT – CLUB ENTRANCE EP (SOUNDS R US RECORDINGS)

Regular SRUR contributor Harun Karabulut returns with the superb four track EP entitled Club Entrance. We’re used to seeing this guy over on our Muzika series but this time around we get a tasty full release. Club Entrance takes us right into a full on techno workout from the get go as a tough kick drum is met with distorted hats and a fantastic FM bass. The track breaks to reveal a rising 303 acid line that twists and morphs into a pitching monster before subsiding and joining in on the groove. The acid line levels out and provides the perfect fodder for a real trip deep into your mind. An expertly crafted slice that will definitely be a must have track.

Modus intros with a cool punchy kick that has a nice bassy aftertaste and is joined by equally cool percussions. The drums get a beef up as the layers build and deliver a solid, steady rhythmic groove as industrialised sounds go off all around. Great big dirty synths take over the sound and stand in contrast to that classic stabs on offer. A great blend of harsh tones against polished sounds here that will appeal to many for sure.

The Original Mix of Mumbi sets out with a pacey tech house vibe that comes complete with a superb, crispy hat and thumping kick. A classic techno piano stab come through with an Inner City style that will get boots on the floors for sure. Those stabs fade in and out of the sound as a deep rooted bass line keeps the groove firmly in place. Brilliant stuff here that will definitely get the bootys shakin.

Bouff Kerlitz offers up his remix of Mumbi and adds a real techno flavour to the sound with house in mind. Huge thumping kick drums are the big hitter here but soon get overshadowed by that Inner City style piano stab. A quite minimal approach which goes a long way to delivering a solid groove that will keep the floors lit up for sure. Bright percussions and crispy sharp hats make for a cool rhythmic flow to the sound as those stabs force you to move your body. Superb stuff, this one is gonna turn a few heads.

#harunkarabulut #soundsrusrecordings #bouffkerlitz

26 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

AUDIO NOIR – ALMOST FAMOUS REWORKED, VOL.3 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Audio Noir’s Almost Famous gets its 3rd Rework with another round of top notch remixes from Yuriy From Russia, Rise And Fall, Leon Krasich and Narel. Audio Noir’s last outing was the very well received studio album – Artificial Star, which attracted a lot of attention indeed which is no surprise given the level of quality in the production. Still much more to come from this mysterious Australian so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

First up we have Rise And Fall with his remix on Wunderschong which intros with a nice solid kick with a bubbling bass line fading through that is soon joined by cool swirling pad FX. A much more probing bass layers up on the groove and we settle into a proper progressive flow that takes us deep. Subtle synths creep in and layer up to create a strong mid range that carries the track beautifully along on its prog groove. Top notch stuff from this guy as expected, not to be missed.

Leon Krasich takes control on remix duty also on Wunderschong and delivers a superb prog effort that will keep the darker rooms moving well into the night. A brilliant kick drum opens up the track and packs a nice punch as the bass starts its upward journey from the depths to drive the deep groove on. Bright open hats get the rhythmic juices flowing and are joined by cool shuffling hats to really get things moving. A mesmerising chord hangs in the background for most of the track and adds a deep groove that binds perfectly with the construction of the sound. The break descends into a cacophony of synths that eat their way into your brain before subsiding and getting us back into the main groove for the duration. Excellent stuff and a must have track for those late night sessions.

Next up is Yuriy From Russia and his fantastic remix on Love which opens with a beautifully soft sound that is joined by a contrasting punchy kick and a deep probing bass line that dances along the groove brilliantly. Those sweetly soft sounds transform into a superb vocal arrangement that provides an uplifting vibe which works perfectly with the meandering groove from the bass line. The break reveals some cool distant piano melodies which work so well with that fantastic bass. A simply wonderful slice of prog that will keep any floor on a musical high.

Rounding off this superb pack we have Narel’s Age of Love & Acid Mix on Love which intros with a drum filled set up as various drums are tightly packed into cool patterns forming an equally cool tribal rhythm. Swirling pads float across the sound as a soft, sensual vocal appears alongside a tough kick drum that starts to give the track its progressive drive. This drive is reached with the introduction of a superb, solid chugging bass line that wraps everything up into a wonderful progressive cocoon. Cool melodic synths find their way into the sound as that vocal continues to mesmerise. A brilliant acid line starts to form up and becomes a big focus on the track and totally dominates the break where it ebbs and flows with the tweaking of the knobs before we slam right back into full on mode. Brilliant stuff that is a must for any peak time set.

#audionoir #bonzaiprogressive #riseandfall #leonkrasich #yuriyfromrussia #narel

19 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MATT HOLLIDAY – LIGHT YEAR (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Matt Holliday delivers his latest progressive slice – Light Year to the Bonzai office and once again he knocks it outta the park. His last solo release was Memories Of Yesterday back in June 2015 and this one hit the ground running with features on many download portals and great support from the DJ and club scene. Based in Birmingham UK, Matt also releases on other labels including the mighty JOOF where he delivers his more trance licked tracks. When he’s not flying solo he joins forces with other artists, most notably Manu Riga whom he has several releases and remixes with. Much more to come from this guy so stay tuned.

First up we have Light Year which intros with a fantastic sequence filled with soft melodies, mysterious voices and strangely atmospheric sounds alongside a deep tribal drum arrangement. The intro takes us on its own journey before we get thrust deeper into the world of progressive with a little help from a solid kick and rolling bass line. The kick and bass combi drives on relentlessly as those atmospherics from the intro continue to float through the sound. The break intensifies the groove with rich, full strings and pads before they subside and slamming us back into the main track for the duration. Another Matt Holliday stomper that will definitely be at home in a deep dark set.

Subsequential is a real prog mover with its tight rhythmic drum arrangements and driving bass line that surfaces from deep below bringing a solid groove in its wake. Sweeping synths play a big part in the sound as they ebb and flow throughout alongside a top notch range of FX. That bass line totally locks you in and won’t let go until we get a respite on the break where a wonderful display of pads and FX takes over before we are locked in once more to that super tight groove. Superb effort yet again which will definitely find its way into many playlists no doubt.

#mattholliday #bonzaiprogressive

19 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

GMT – CLOSER EP (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

GmT aka Gamut returns after a bit of a hiatus since his debut Vices & Transgressions EP on Green Martian back in April 2013. This time out he churns out the goods on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Closer EP. Slovenian born Gamut is the product of a very musical family having taken to this art from an early age with a venture in drums and percussion instruments. His teenage years were spent performing with bands and in 2000 he entered into the world of EDM with his first listen to a progressive CD. It wasn’t too long after that he started to DJ and ultimately produce his own sounds, many releases followed on many labels and here we see this diverse talent shine with more already lined up for the future.

First up we have They Don’t Matter which intros with a soft piano sequence as the kicks start to fade in and take over with a contrasting toughness to the soft piano. A deep, almost growling bass line soon joins in and takes the track down into the depths. In the background tight drum patterns form up and deliver a solid rhythmic flow to the sound. Out of the blue the most wonderful vocal cuts through the groove bringing a classy vibe that works perfectly with that piano and those tough beats. Top notch stuff that will definitely be at home in many sets.

Planet Of Two sets out with a cool drum arrangement alongside an equally cool spoken vocal. Big punchy kicks find their way into the sound and take full control before a fantastic walking bass line comes in to dominate. Striking, pitching synth stabs ride along the mid range as the vocals start to become more prominent. The break lets loose with subtle classic stabs that give the track a pure club vibe that will definitely get the floors moving. A brilliantly constructed slice here filled with tight drums, quirky synths, cool vocals and a smooth driving bass, superb stuff.

#gmt #bonzaiprogressive

19 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

PANDEO & SATOUR – FRESH / KINDEL (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Spanish DJ and producer duo Pandeo & Satour aka Diego Garcia Cruz and Satur Lastra join forces on Piston with the fantastic double A-side entitled Fresh/Kindel. Diego (Pandeo) started out as a DJ many years ago as this was always the best way he could express himself. His sound can be defined as quite diverse ranging from Funk to Hip Hop and Detroit to Chicago, but always with a house music feeling. He has released a raft of top notch tracks over the years on many labels including Recovery Tech, Not For Us Records, Recovery House, Crossworld Vintage and Sonido Local Recordings as well as his March 2015 release on Piston, Bring Us Back. Satur (Satour) is new to these shores but has a hefty back catalogue himself. His music career began as a DJ and he was heavily influenced by the rhythm and groove of Black music from the 70’s. In 2003 he got into producing and set up his own studio from where he would release his cuts on many labels including Logical Records, Freyja Records, Crossworld Vintage, Black Mamba Records, Dubhe Recordings, Disciple Of Groove, Eye Records and more.

The Original Mix of Pandeo’s Fresh sets off with an upbeat kick and hat vibe with an underlying shuffling hat that gets the rhythm flowing nicely. A classic 303 acid line fades in and kicks the groove into overdrive that will definitely get the floors filled. Cool house inspired vocals litter the sound as that acid line goes deep with an added bass touch, bringing a warmth to the sound. The break throws in some contrasting chords that keeps the track firmly rooted into tech house with a sprinkling of deep flavours. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss.

Satour offers up his remix of Fresh and intros the track with a nice punchy kick and rolling chord licks alongside cool vocals. Sharp claps cut through the pounding kicks and crispy hats come in to get the rhythm on the move. A real nice, warm bass walks along the groove at a steady pace as the chords layer up to deliver an intricate structure. Superb warbling keys fade in and take over the sound at the midway point bringing a real groovy feel to the track. Nice and smooth tech vibes that will be at home in any house set for sure.

Satour’s Original Mix of Kindel takes us on a sublime journey deep into smooth house grooves. Keeping the rhythm in check we get a tight drum arrangement filled with crispy hats, punchy snares and a cool pounding kick that reverberates beautifully. Lush chords are scattered all over the track and compliment a solid pulsating bass. The break unleashes a sequence full of rich pads and chords that pulse with the beat before snappy snare rolls slam us back into the main groove for the duration. An excellent deep and grooving slice that will be a valuable tool in any box.

Pandeo delivers his remix of Kindel and keeps the deep house vibe alive right from the off as swirling chords float across the sound and are joined by a super tight drum arrangement. A solid throbbing bass takes over as those upbeat drums move your feet while a classic vocal sample rings out. Cool retro style pianos kick in and really give the groove a bouncy vibe. Those swirling pads stay true to the deep grooves of the track and dominate on the break alongside that fantastic vocal and piano riffs. A definite dance floor destroyer here that you will not want to miss.

#pandeo #satour #pistonrecordings

19 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

PETRI PETRO – BEAM OF LIGHT EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

Belgian DJ and producer Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro returns to Basiks with the superb four tracker Beam Of Light EP. It was back in April 2015 that we last got a glimpse of this guy’s talents when he delivered his Deflector EP, which saw great support on the techno and tech house floors. This one marks his 4th Bonzai release and we look forward to many more.

Beam Of Light intros with a solid kick and bass combi that gets right down to a pacey Techno groove. Cool percussions slice through the low end frequencies like a knife as crispy hats and sharp snares do their thing. The drum arrangement is top notch and provides a steady flowing rhythm that will definitely have those dancing feet on the floors. Expertly crafted noise FX and a mesmerising synth light the track on fire as that strong offset bass keeps the techno groove moving. Brilliant stuff here that will be a big hitter on the techno floors for sure.

Elliptical intros with a tough edged kick drum that pounds out a solid punch and is joined by subtle hats and cool noise FX that fade in nicely. An underlying bass accompanies those kicks perfectly and the two become one with ease delivering that solid punch with some oomph behind it. Shuffling hat patterns appear and the rhythm gets flowing beautifully as we are taken deeper into the techno sound. A pure in your face techno monster here and a definite must have track no doubt.

Polygone sets off with an effortless kick and bass combi and the two complement each other perfectly, the kicks have a nice thump with clicked top end while that bass resides much lower in the depths and provides the warmth. Cool drums start to form up into intricate patterns as shuffling hats come through to keep the rhythm tight. Intense synths rise up in the background and deliver a tension to the sound that builds and builds before dissipating and taking right back into the main groove. A definite big hitter here that will be at home in any of the tougher techno sets.

Nebulosity rounds off this superb pack and takes us on a surreal trek into the deeper side of techno. Right from the off we are locked into this solid techno workout with thumping kicks and cool sharp claps and an on beat bas that hypnotises the mind. A fantastic round of tight percussion patterns gives the track a nice bounce ass mesmerising synths lurk in the background. Another fine slice of pure techno that is most definitely not to be missed.

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