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A Belgian legend joins us at Bonzai Progressive with a sublime track, Angel’s Arms. Fatal Error aka Patrick De Meyer is hailed as one of the New Beat and early Belgian rave greats. Having started his career in 1986 with the group Turbo 99, he soon became recognised as a top producer, remixer, arranger and composer. As the New Beat era raged on many artists were nurturing the new club sound that would be acid house and early rave. Patrick soon found himself at the forefront of this new movement as Technotronic’s Pump Up The Jam stormed the charts all over Europe. Prior to this, Patrick’s T99 project was lurking in the background having secured a couple of New Beat hits. T99 would be transformed into the much loved acid, hardcore, techno sound with the hard hitting Anasthasia which would become a benchmark for the rave sound in the early 90’s. As the years rolled on Patrick has notched up a dizzying amount of works covering many styles which will definitely remain firmly rooted in Belgium’s rich music history. As a nod to this Fatal Error and T99 have been included in the hugely popular The Sound Of Belgium (TSOB) compilation which covers the whole spectrum of the Belgian dance music scene. Angel’s Arms comes with three top quality remixes that you simply cannot miss out on.
First up on remix duty is Airwave with his Breaks Remix and boy does he deliver. Airwave continues to be a firm favourite among many due to his strong commitment to his profession. Never scrimping on quality and always leaving you with wanting more. His latest outing, Gaijin, on Joof is currently doing the rounds at the top end of many charts which is no surprise. Lots of gigs coming up as well as new material in the works, expect load more in the future. Big, pounding kicks are joined by snappy snares and bright hats that really get the rhythm flowing. A deep droning bass keeps the low end grooving as those big beats take full control. The deep and raspy vocal from Patrick sits perfectly within the sound and is contrasted by some spritely high pitched strings. On the breakdown distorted guitars fade out as Airwave delivers his signature soundscape that always captivates the mind before slamming right back into the main groove for the duration. Another top notch cut from the master which is most definitely not to be missed.
Belgian DJ, producer and house music stalwart Tom De Neef is up next with his remix that delivers a burst of quality house grooves. Tom has been around the scene for quite a while now and from his earliest tracks to his latest tracks he has always delivered the goods. He was a member of various groups such as Blue Minds and Calvin Stones as well as several aliases of his own and he has a vast back catalogue spanning many top labels. 1997 and 1998 saw him get great support on labels like Additive, Positiva and FFRR with subsequent releases on Fluential and Defected. His remix CV covers the likes of Kylie Minogue, Roger Sanchez, Jon Cutler and Kings Of Tomorrow. On the remix he lets loose with a superb house fuelled groove with a fantastic piano hook that will definitely get the floors pumping. Tight drums and a deep pulsing bass keeps the groove flowing with ease as Patrick’s deep monotone voice is joined by a crisp female vocal. A nice full on house joint that has a classic feel, not to be missed.
Australian producer Audio Noir returns with his remix entitled An Audio Noir Trip, and what a trip we are in for. As promised, Audio Noir continues to make 2015 one of his best years to date. Already he has dished out the superb Life as well as remixes on Rise and Falls Immersion and the late great Quadran’s Animals Rebellion. Much more to come from this guy so stay tuned. On the remix he takes us deep into the progressive world with chunky kicks, bright hats and tight drum section. A hypnotic bassline runs right through the sound and locks you into the groove beautifully. The vocals have been given a sinister makeover as they sit deeper in the sound. The background is littered with sweeping FX and cool noises that add great textures all over. Another top notch cut from down under that will not disappoint.
Debut appearance on Piston for Spanish DJ and producer Pandeo with the superb two tracker entitled My Brother. Since 2012 Pandeo has seen a raft of releases across many labels including Hall Of Fame Recordings, Umtata Records, Original Fake, Los Bandidos Records and Sonido Local Recordings as well as a feature on Bonzai Progressive’s Tech House Toolbox 3.
My Brother intros with a cool muted beat and bright crispy hats before a pounding kick comes through alongside a snappy snare on the half downbeat. A commanding analogue bass takes over the groove and drives the classic vibe of the sound. Cool chords keep the deep grooves in check as a catchy vocal repeats throughout. A real smooth slice of deep tech that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Bring Us Back sets off with a punchy kick and a shuffling hat accompaniment that gets the rhythm on the move. A deep rooted, gurgling bass adds a sinister twist to the sound as cool vocals are scattered throughout. The track moves along with its tough exterior, while on the break we get locked into a classic vibe with cool house chords and a great, back to the old skool vocal. Definitely one for the boxes here.
Finnish DJ and producer Mikko Lahti debuts on our Green Martian imprint with the wonderful Pain By Numbers. 2014 saw his first release Tokyo Story on Club 86 Recordings with Back To Mine soon following on Tiger Tycoon. With a hand firmly in the trance sound, his influences are the likes of Armin, Chicane, Above & Beyond, Tiesto and Ferry Corsten. This time around he takes on a slightly different approach with smooth progressive house in mind.
Paint By Numbers sets off with a superb rising pad as a deep and lush bass makes its mark. Nice big chunky kicks are joined by bright and crispy hats with cool percussions forming up as the layers build. The bassline evolves into a solid grooving monster that dominates the sound brilliantly. Tight drums and an expertly crafted hat arrangement get the rhythm flowing as stylish synths make their entry into the groove. The break throws up a subdued sequence that is filled with stark piano chords while those sweeping pads fade off. Before we know it we are back into the main sound for the duration of this superbly crafted prog house cut, top notch.
Om Namaha Shiva intros with an energetic vibe right from the off as a probing bassline builds the groove with the help of cool percussions and FX. Punchy kickdrums are on offer to get the feet stomping and get us locked in to the upbeat nature of the track. The break reveals a smooth pad sequence as a wonderful vocal rises up giving off a retro feel. Cool stabs blend in perfectly with that brilliant bassline and you find yourself caught up in the colourful textures. Superb stuff here that is a definite must have track for sure.
The second release from Portuguese Techno outfit, Skull & Tones comes from the mysterious Isonoe with the sublime two track Outer Rim Tales.First up is 000 which intros with a dark themed atmosphere filled with spacey arps and a punchy kick alongside a multi layered rhythmic hat section. The track bores out a hypnotic groove that intensifies with the addition of a deep reverberating, growling bass. The arrangement peaks and troughs with tight precision as we get locked into the vibe for the duration. A late night stomper for sure.
001 intros with a monster kick that pounds at your chest like a battering ram, crispy sharp claps and open hats cut through the thump on the kicks and get the rhythm moving as the layers build. Bright synth notes give off a real early minimal techno vibe as dark, haunting pads ebb and flow in the background. A subtle acid line sits in the back teasing as the groove picks up the pace leading us into the dark world of techno. One for the purists here that will not disappoint.
Enter 42 returns to Elemental with the superb Borde. He debuted here around the middle of 2014 with a stunning album entitled Distorted Times which grabbed the attention of many chill fans. He plied his trade in the Trip Hop scene for a while with much success before branching out into other areas. A very diverse artist with a great talent to offer, we’re delighted to see him back.
The title track, Borde, intros with a sweet melodic piano that cascades beautifully to the backdrop of subtle percussions. A nice chunky kick is introduced in a laidback break style that brings a smooth downtempo groove. Spacey synths are scattered throughout as a superb, lush bass holds the track together. Perfect fodder for those lazy nights, a must have.
Fade In evokes a real sense of melancholy a dark chords form up against a misty background noise that really grabs your attention. A pulsing bass probes throughout the groove as a tight drum arrangement gets the toes tapping and heads nodding. A beautifully contrasting melodic sequence runs through the sound and takes the edge of the melancholic nature of the sound. Top notch chilled out grooves.
Tired intros with a nice melodic sequence which showcases some deft skills with FX and envelope automation. Deep, throbbing basses are joined by a laidback breaks groove that sets the mood for a relaxing time against the heat of an open fire on a cold winters night.
Buenos Aires producer Nicolas Ferrero debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the two tracker Pachanga Night. He started his music career at just 13 years old when he began to study classical music which developed into a love for electronic sounds. Hernan Cattaneo, John Digweed, Tiesto, Sasha and Danny Howells, among others, have been his biggest influences and have shaped how he produces. In 2007 he took the step into the professional world and studied the art of music production and after a few years he released his first track on Stellar Fountain.
Pachanga Night intros with a really cool vibe as punchy kicks are met with subtle closed hats to the backdrop of a crowded area that creates a wonderful ambience. The Latin inspired bassline is the star of the show here as it gyrates through the groove forcing you to shake that booty. Subtle sounds and FX litter the background and fill the space beautifully. A wonderfully bass driven slice of progressive house that will definitely be a floor mover, a must have track indeed.
Night Moon sets off with a muted kick as various FX are introduced. Crispy hats join in and the rhythm picks up the pace with the help of cool percussive elements. A deep droning bass lurks at the low end and dominates the groove. Melodic pads rise up and bring a smooth contrasting vibe to the sound while synths deliver their contribution which adds to the melodic structure of the sound. The break reveals a melancholic strain that works beautifully with the sweeter flavours of the track as that droning bass continues its run. Deep and thoughtful vibes here that will be a welcome addition in any late night set.
Rise And Fall aka Russian based DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov is back at the helm with Immersion which comes with a superb remix from Audio Noir. June 2014 saw his last release Seize The Day gain a lot of support, since then he has delivered various remixes as well as appearances on many of our compilations, the most recent being the Miami WMC 2015 compilation.
The Original Mix intros with a nice dark theme as a deep growling bass is met with punchy kicks and rising FX. The bass meanders through the sound beautifully as it command authority over the groove. Percussion and drum layers build to bring out a solid rhythmic flow as the atmospheric tones of the track are revealed by the superb array of pads and FX. The break delves into the deeper elements before we get slammed back into this tough edged progressive stomper that is not to be missed.
A firm favourite on the remix is back with another of his stunning reworks. Audio Noir delivers his Hypnotiks remix and once again he knocks it outta the park with his signature deep fuelled style. 2015 already looks like a bumper year for this guy, he kicked off with his own track Life before submitting remixes for Matan Caspi and Quadran aka Philippe van Mullem who sadly passed away in February. Much more to come from Audio Noir so be sure to stay tuned. As the title of the remix suggest we are in for a hypnotic ride through the deeper sounds of progressive house. The intro provides a subtle induction with sweeping FX, smooth percussions and a soft hat. Nice punchy kicks join in and the groove gathers pace alongside a solid rhythm. The bass adds a world of depth to the sound that really draws you in and captivates the mind, body and soul. The first break reveals a sublime atmosphere which is greatly enhanced by a fantastic spoken vocal that leads us back into the main groove. The epic ride continues with that bass dominating as melodic pads sit aloof in the background. A super solid ride through deep progressive that you most definitely will not want to miss.
French DJ and producer Vincent Esperanza makes his Piston Recordings debut with the wonderful four track Night Fever EP. Growing up in his native Paris, Vincent found House music around 2001 while partying in the French capital. Richie Hawtin, Josh Wink and Steve Bug are just some of the artists who have influenced him over the years. In 2007 he started producing and saw releases on labels like Look Ahead Records and Zikomatik. He likes to infuse warm tones and techno edges into his sound, just what we like to hear.
First up is When You Fly which intros with sharp edged percussions that lead into a punchy kick and crispy hat combo. The groove gets down and dirty with a brilliant deep bass that saunters through the sound with a suave laziness. A raspy male vocal comes in gives a surreal trippy vibe with the help of some very cool synths. Definitely one for the late night parties.
Walking Dead sets off with a sinister tone right from the outset as a chunky kick is met with deep scraping sounds. A contrastingly warm bass comes through and creates a cool textured layer while shuffling hats provide a solid rhythm alongside a tight drum arrangement. The groove settles in for the long haul as a biographical spoken vocal winds its way through to the backdrop of cool metallic effects. Deep and dark grooves that will keep the floors moving into the early hours.
Get Down intros with a cool percussion arrangement over a subdued kick. An infinitely deep bass crashes in that will definitely give the woofers a run for their money. Cool vocals litter the groove as that bass dominates all the way through the sound. Tight drums ensure the rhythms keep moving as a hypnotic vibe is forced through your ears locking you right in, this one will no doubt get a few heads turning.
Rounding up this stunning EP we have Something Special with its rhythmic intro filled with punchy kicks, sharp claps and a cool tribal ridden slapped drum pattern. Spacey effects streak through the sound as a dancing bass gets the groove into full flow. Deep house vibes get a showing from the groovy keys on offer as a spoken vocal pops up throughout. The break unleashes a wall of sound that is broken up by those warm keys before we get slammed right back into the main track for the duration. Top notch stuff that will get the imagination working overtime.