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Spanish DJ and producer Adrian Roman debuts on our Progrez imprint with the superb Reverse, which comes backed up with delicious remix from Phat Traktor and Bern Gomez. From a young age Adrian was interested in music, he took guitar lessons at age 8 before he started to listen to electronic music. He became interested in DJing and got hold of the tools needed to hone his skills. Production soon followed and he became fascinated with creating something from scratch. Releases on various top labels have came to fruition over the last couple of years and he is definitely making a name for himself on the circuit. Plenty more from this guy in the future so keep your eyes peeled for more.

Reverse sets out with a very cool drum and percussion arrangement that gets the rhythmic juices flowing and leads us into a deep grooving bassline that just oozes progressive tech. The bass makes a superb transformation as the filters open up unleashing a gritty sound that fades off to start all over again. Surreal swirling pads build a cool atmosphere as voices float across the sound. The track goes deeper with a little help from some awesome haunting jazzy themed sounds that construct a colourful display. The perfect late night track to keep the party groove moving.

Up on remix duty Phat Traktor & Bern Gomez join forces for a deep trek into prog that will leave your mind wide open. It’s been a while since we last saw Phat Traktor, back in December 2014 was our last taste with Cette Nuit which turned a few heads with its deep grooves. Bern marks his Progrez debut but is no stranger to the scene with releases on many top labels. The remix intros with a nice punchy kick with swirling voices going off in the background. Cool, crispy hats form up and let the rhythm loose as the layers build. The big focus goes to the leads as they deliver cool melodic phrases and licked with a strong progressive edge. The bassline meanders through the sound beautifully and packs a big punch that keeps the groove firmly rooted to the lower depths. Top notch stuff that will definitely turn a few heads.

#adrianroman #progrez #phattraktor #berngomez

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Atsunori Murata debuts on Green Martian with the tantalising two tracker Vanishing Point EP. A relative newcomer on the scene this guy has a few releases under his belt on various labels including Fourreal Records, Clinique Recordings and Suffused Music. We’re pleased to have him here at GM and hope to see more in the future.

Vanishing Point delivers a solid progressive workout that packs a lot of energy which is dispatched by a driving bassline and a super tight arrangement. You will definitely get on the floor with this one with its infectious groove that hooks you in for the duration. The bassline sits perfectly on the low end as the tight drum patterns get the rhythms flowing and on the midrange a series of arps and synths dish out their own syncopated grooves. A real prog mover here that will most definitely grab the attention of many jocks and listeners alike.

Freedom And Restraint intros with a cool melodic flavour that has a streak of Balearic vibes running through. The lush tones of the bass notes blend beautifully with the higher end as the mids take us for a ride on the progressive skyway. Tight drums offer up cool rhythms as the layers build and all the while we are being sucked right into this full on progressive groove. The break delves right into melodic territory as the pads and synths converge to leave us with a very uplifting experience that is climaxed beautifully before crashing back into the main track, superb stuff that is not to be missed.

#atsunorimurata #greenmartian

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Egyptian brothers Ahmed and Adham Goda aka Goda Brother debut on Bonzai Elemental with the wonderful Rejection Story EP. With a very keen interest in music the guys decided to DJ together and quickly rose to prominence with their exciting mixes. They have made many guest appearances on top radioshows around the world and from here they will only get bigger and better. Their sets are dominated primarily by driving progressive grooves and occasionally they will dip into other genres. 2015 saw them embark on a production journey that has taken off with gusto already. Huge support has come from all quarters and their track Versa on Revelation Records has been very well received. Big things ahead for these guys and we’re happy to have them on board at Elemental to show the world their chill out side.

Rejection Story goes straight for the heart strings with a melancholic intro filled with sad notes and cool atmospherics that get your mind fully immersed in the chill out zone. Sharp sounds sweep through as striking piano notes cut through the misty soundscape. A super laid back drum section will get your head swaying as you go deeper into the sound with no chance of escape until the very last breath of the track has been expelled. Simply awesome.

Your Whisper sets off with a smooth fading pad sequence with a whispering voice gliding through. Deep bass notes bring a melancholic air to the sound as an arp dances along the arrangement offering a release from the lower sound. A wonderful display of merging different sounds and creating a beautiful arrangement of melodies, top notch.

#godabrother #bonzaielemental

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Montenegro based producer AudioStorm aka Ognjen Vukovic returns to Bonzai Progressive with the outstanding Seismic Activity which comes backed up with two fantastic remixes. His debut – Oblivion EP, came back in May 2015 and quickly gained a lot of attention with features on top download portals. Since childhood this guy has been honed in on quality sounds and these early inspirations have helped him shape the superb progressive style we know today.

The Original Mix of Seismic Activity opens with a dark tribal driven arrangement that boasts a gritty low end bass synth that lurks menacingly setting the scene for a trek into the depths of progressive. A fantastic bassline comes through and blends effortlessly into the sound with its infectious groove. Brighter, melodic arps cascade down among the deeper sounds bringing a wonderful contrasting texture. Tight drums complete with a powerful punchy kick set up a smooth rhythmic flow as we get totally hooked in on the arrangement. One for the darker rooms that will definitely keep the floors rocking.

Up first on remix duty we have the formidable Belgian producer and DJ, Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens with his Atomic Remix. This guy has been of fire for quite a while with his superbly constructed originals as well as expertly crafted remixes for a litany of tracks. Since he began his progressive house journey in 2009 he has racked up a quite impressive catalogue of over forty originals and a multitude of remixes, he is definitely a go to guy if you want your sound given that magic touch. His last outing, The Fallen, performed very well indeed featuring on Beatport among others and showing up in many sets across the world. We are delighted to hear he is currently working on an album which we are waiting for very patiently and can’t wait to get a taste. On the remix the intro delivers the Manu Riga sound right from the off as those chunky kicks pound out a solid groove to the backdrop of cool tribal style drums. A strong FM bassline bubbles up from the depths and brings a huge warmth that will reach right into your soul. Distant voices sweep by at distance but become a very effective tool in the sound as they are joined by sweet strings and fleeting pads. A superb spoken vocal fills in the breaks adding a wonderful character to the groove. A definite must have track to keep the floors locked into a progressive flow.

Berbush & Kotobuki provide the second remix in this pack and yet again they deliver the goods as they did on their Bonzai Progressive debut in August with Shadows EP. Brazilian DJ and producer Berbush aka Bernardo Buschle has notched up a huge amount of respect among his peers due to his solid DJ performances and tight production. Kotobuki has worked alongside Bernardo on the their last three tracks and have proved to be a good connect with each bringing his own unique style, definitely a duo to be on the lookout for. On the remix the guys go for the more upbeat vibe as punchy kicks are joined by cool and crisp hats the beat out a solid rhythm with a little bit of bounce added in. A deep offset bass throbs at the low end bringing a real sense of depth to the groove as superb layered synths knock out cool house fuelled chords. Tantalising synths roll through on waves while on the break we get a cool arp sequence that leads into those stunning chords before the track kicks back in for the duration. Top notch stuff, not to be missed.

#audiostorm #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga #berbush #kotobuki

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Dharam Vir aka Dharmalogy debuts on Bonzai Progressive with stunning Back To 315. He got his first taste of electronic music at the age of 12 and immediately he felt a deep connection with hypnotic sounds that could lead one into a beautiful trance-like state of mind. He started his career as a DJ with the sole intention of letting his sounds reach people and soon started getting massive recognition for his unique style of music. The travelling and playing for different audiences in different cities, soon led to his need to express himself truly through his own music and sounds. His productions have an undeniable progressive vibe full of the atmospheric sounds that transport you to some other place, and have been receiving great support from artists like Fernando Ferreyra, D-Phrag, Praveen Achary, Kash Trivedi and Max Graham to name a few. Delighted to have this guy on board and we hope to see more soon.

Back To 315 delivers a solid progressive vibe steeped in warm basses and a fantastic tight drum arrangement that allows the rhythmic flow to control your movements. The intro eases in with a muted kick that soon finds its bottom end and dishes out a cool pounding groove. Superbly crafted FX litter the sound as the progressive journey unfolds with a chugging bassline as the driving force. Serene pads and strings bring a blissful tone and stands in cool contrast to the deeper elements. A definite floor burner for sure, not to be missed.

Revolve intros with a full on in your face kinda vibe as punchy kicks deliver a solid thump alongside sporadic percussions and a wonderfully rich droning pad that rises and falls sending shivers down your spine. A beautifully lush and warm bubbling bassline takes over and settles us into a strong progressive groove that will delight many floors. Various brighter sounds glide through the track alongside stabbing synths that pop up throughout. On the break we get treated to some very cool melodies to keep us locked into the groove before we head back into the main track. An absolute stunner that will give any set a welcome boost.

#dharmalogy #bonzaiprogressive

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Piston welcomes back UK based Capryo for another round of his delectable deep tech house flavours with his Titan EP. Back in November 2014 we got a taste of this guy on his Piston debut with his Hold Back EP. Since then he has saw his music released on Restore Music, HiFi Stories and Overdrive as well as a showing on Bonzai Progressive’s Tech House Toolbox Volume 4.

First up we have the title track Titan with its full on in-your-face intro filled with nice chunky kicks, shuffling percussions and a superb warping synth that fades up to dominate the sound. Distant voices can be heard alongside darker synth elements which bring cool textures to the sound. A deep and probing bassline keeps the groove firmly locked into deeper side of tech house. On the break a spoken vocal takes over before we get slammed right back into this solid UK groove that boasts a cool retro garage sound. Top notch stuff not to be missed.

Bad Decisions intros way down in the depths as bubbling bass sounds make a showing alongside a pounding kick and sharp percussion. The rhythm gathers pace as those percussions light up the groove with sharp, slicing hits. Cool spoken vocals come through and blend perfectly into the tech house fusion that ensues. A subtle, tight drum arrangement keeps this groove in check and becomes a big focus outside of that superb bassline. A masterful slice that will definitely have the floors buzzing.

Spiritual goes tribal on the intro as cool slapped drums and muted kicks join forces alongside shuffling hats and a brilliant rising synth pluck. The kicks get a boost and the track takes us along for the coolest tech house ride filled with dark spoken vocals and surreal pads that lurk in the background. Sweeping FX glide through the sound creating a wonderful atmospheric vibe as that vocal penetrates the mind. A stunning mesmerizing display complete with trippy after effects that you will not want to miss.

#capryo #pistonrecordings

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Sa.Du delights with another slice of top notch deep tech vibes on his latest offering Glide. We didn’t have to wait too long for this one, we’re still loving his last effort La Musique M’Appelle from June 2015 which gained great support. Never one to disappoint, as proven over the last number of years, Sa.Du brings his unique flavour to everything he touches. Releases on various other labels also gain ground and on the DJ front he wows with tight, intelligent mixing. Always well worth keeping an eye on.

Glide intros with a deep and moody muffled kick that oozes a powerful low end sub bas sound. Sharp hats and intricate percussions layer up alongside a very cool deep voice and a rising metallic industrialised synth effect. A short break intensifies the synth before a huge cymbal splash gets us going into full on dirty techno mode where we get gripped by a raw power for the duration. The track really has an intoxicating edge that will keep the purists on the floors no doubt, superb stuff.

De Nuit sets out with a big bass heavy sound that delivers a truly raw flavour as subtle percussions begin to form up. The chunky kicks almost get lost in the turbulence created from the bass, but do enough to get the rhythm flowing alongside the tight percussion arrangement. A cacophony of expertly crafted sounds ranging from strange pianos to distorted shakers fill the groove as it winds its way into our senses. An intense pad straddles the edges and provides a cool texture to the sound. A very cool slice of the deeper side of tech that is not to be missed.

Amount intros with a cool percussions which are soon joined by a monster kick that packs a huge punch. A steady rising bassline bubbles up from the depths and gives the track a wonderful techno coating. The drums ride along in tight formation bringing a solid rhythm and paves the way for an infectious trek deep into techno territory. Subtle yet very effective one shots litter the groove painting a colourful picture of sound that mesmerizes at every turn. Another fine effort from this guy that will definitely grab a lot of attention.

Eleven rounds up this fantastic pack and intros with a wonderful probing bass note before the powerful kicks takeover and drive the groove deep into technoville. A superb sub melody lurks just below the mid range waiting to pounce as various FX sound off on the overlay. Darkly sinister voices creep through and leave the imagination wide open as the groove intensifies and weaves its way into your soul. The track gathers pace just before the break where a much sharper bass is unloaded as we head back into full on mode for the duration. Top notch stuff that is a must for your box.

#sa.du #bonzaibasiks

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Monog Records celebrates its 50th release with the superb Acro-Iris EP from debutants Nyvs & Sugark. Nyvs started listening to various forms of music, from hip hop to punk and rock to electronic. But it was electronic music that caught his ear and he grew into this sound more and more. Now, totally hooked, he has been twiddling the knobs for over 10 years and we are delighted to have him here at Monog. Sugark has followed electronic music since he was just 14 years old. He grew up listening to Dave Clarke, Laurent Garnier and Plastikman to name a few. DJing has taken him all over Europe where he delivers his intense and melodic vinyl sets, another fine addition to the stable.

First up we have the Original Mix with its slow, meandering groove filled with deep, lush basses and surreal mesmerizing sequences. Cool shuffling hats and percussions keep the rhythm steady as rising synths lock horns with gritty arps and superb low end tones. A definite must have for those late night sets to keep your mind open and body flowing.

Tunis based DJ and producer Anis Hachemi is up first on remix duty and delivers a solid deep house cut with a sprinkling of techy vibes over the top. Anis is an unashamed lover of hardware based production and loves the 303’s, 808’s and 909’s. Under his alias Sin Tek he has racked up a hugely impressive discography on many top labels since 2007 and continues to ply his trade in style with a hands on approach. The remix ramps up the energy levels with a superb upbeat vibe that delivers a nice chunky kick and a tight drum section that will have the floors moving for sure. Warm basses wash over the sound beautifully as hypnotic tones sweep through. Subtle rising and dropping FX paint some very cool textures into the sound as a distant voice lurks in the rear. The break throws up a stylish distorted lead that blends into the sound with ease before we get shuffled back into the main groove for the duration. Top notch stuff that will definitely turn a few heads.

Portuguese-Finnish music producer and DJ, Monoritmo aka Miguel Parreira delivers the first of two remixes that will get the deep tech house juices flowing for sure. Based in Portugal and Spain, this guy is all about the music and loves all things Electronica, Techno and House. This remix takes us on a surreal journey through electronica as spiralling, complex synths cascade across the sound to the backdrop of a solid kickdrum and steady percussions. The bass has a raw edge that probes deep into your soul forcing you to move to its rhythm. Intricate drum patterns sit perfectly in the groove and allow those wonderfully crafted synths to do their thing. Superb stuff that will blow your mind wide open.

Monoritmo’s second effort in this pack, the Alternative Mix, focuses in on those organic synths that play havoc through the sound in a seemingly chaotic fashion, yet they hold a perfectly timed structure that takes your imagination further and further into the abyss. This hypnotic groove is shored up by that brilliant bassline and those rhythmic drum patterns. Another fine slice from this guy, and a difficult choice for you to make as to which one to play, just play both.

#nyvs #sugark #monogrecords #monoritmo #anishachemi

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SRUR debutant Nignus delivers his Low Pass EP and what an entrance this guy is making. A relative newcomer to producing he has been making quite a splash since 2014 with releases on the likes of DoubleIncRec, Blackpoint Records, Async Records and Subwoofer Records. His tougher edged tracks are definitely getting noticed and we’re delighted to have him on board.

Low Pass intros with the phattest, toughest Techno kick around that plunders through the sound with a hard hitting dominance and causing shudders all over. The bass heavy kicks are joined by very distinctive snares that will bring back some memories for sure. Quirky notes fill the spaces as the drum layers continue to build delivering a solid rhythm alongside a darkly sinister voice. A monster tune for the late night session no doubt.

Lessen sets out with a big and ballsy bass driven kick that will give the bassbins and woofers something to think about. The sound just oozes a straight in your face techno groove that will force you to the floor. Cosmic sounds litter the spectrum as we are led deeper into this full on groove. The break throws up a scary deep voice that will have you looking over your shoulder as the spacey vibe continues. A stunning track that will definitely destroy the darker floors for sure.

#nignus #soundsrusrecordings

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Berbush & Kotobuki debut on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Shadows EP. Brazilian DJ and producer Berbush aka Bernardo Buschle has notched up a huge amount of respect among his peers due to his solid DJ performances and tight production. Kotobuki has worked alongside Bernardo on the their last three tracks and have proved to be a good connect with each bringing his own unique style, definitely a duo to be on the lookout for.

Shadows intros with a smooth and steady rhythmic drum arrangement that employs a punchy kick, crispy hats and a cool slapped drum pattern. A meandering and powerful bassline comes through and takes control as various synth plucks and FX form up. A short break brings in cool chords and a haunting voice that delivers Gregorian monk style that fits perfectly with the deeper house elements of the sound. Top notch stuff that will definitely perform well in any set.

Bonzai debutant Cartos shows up for remix duty with a wonderfully tweaked remix on Shadows. The pace get ramped up a notch from this guy as the original track gets a makeover for the more progressive floors. Super tight drums and a fantastic bassline that just melts into the sound provide a solid groove for the prog heads. Darker elements creep into the sound and an air of mystique is created with a brilliant display of FX alongside that awesome voice that adds so much depth. A definite contender that is not to be missed.

Under Flowers sets out with a pure deep tech house drive that draws you in with its sophisticated groove made up of rhythmic drums and slowly forming bass. An instantly recognisable robotic voice dripping with FX adds a little spice to the sound but the big player here is the drum arrangement, the infectious rhythm will have you moving your feet in no time. Simplistic synth notes provide a big focus in the track and stand out well in the groove. A must have track for your collection no doubt.

#berbush #kotobuki #bonzaiprogressive

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UK native, Jakarta based Tim Bourne debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the stunning Hadrenaline. Tim is beginning to make waves around the circuit with his tight production skills, his first release, One Way Ticket on Speedsound proved popular in the trance fraternity. He also got his track The Root featured as a Hot Or Not on Ottaviani’s Go On Air which was very well received. Definitely one to watch out for in the coming months.

Hadrenaline intros with trippy spoken vocals alongside a futuristic soundscape that gets broken by a rising energy that morphs into a full on energetic vibe complete with a solid driving bassline. The track gathers pace as sub melodies form up and the bass gets locked down into its solid state for the duration. The main lead fades through and the groove takes us into a magical borderline between progressive trance and psy trance where get the best of both worlds. The break lets loose on the main riff before reaching a sizzling climax that slams us right back into the full main groove. This one is something you need to get hold of, top notch.

Substances intros with a flowing atmospheric vibe boasting distant voices and Eastern flavoured strings that lead us into a stunning psy fuelled bassline that packs an energetic punch. Tight drums and superb FX form up to get the groove moving as big stabby synths rain down. The fantastic voices return and offer a lot of texture to the sound as we settle into the driving nature of the track. If there was ever a crossover track from progressive into psy then this is it. Wonderfully layered melodic synths gives off one of those hands-in-the-air moments you just wish would never end before sinking down with a twisting, spiralling effect and crashing back into full on mode for the duration. Just amazing, you have got to have this one.

#timbourne #bonzaiprogressive

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Greek DJ and producer duo Dimi Wilson and Lex (Athens) debut on Piston with the superb Thoughts About It. For the last number of years both these guys have racked up an impressive back catalogue across many top labels. From deep house grooves through to tough techy vibes, these guys have done it all and no doubt we will be seeing more of them in the future.

Thoughts About It intros with a slamming kickdrum that pounds out a solid groove alongside crispy hats and a rising synth. Before long a beautifully warm bass sound fades through and brings a memorable retro flavour to the groove as the techy side forms up. A solid workout here that is filled with tight drums that deliver the rhythm in style. That bass flows through the groove beautifully and marries well with the pads and synths that are built up around it. A nice retro fuelled slice of house to the party started.

Purple Grim gets moving with a tight drum workout filled with punchy kicks and rhythmic percussions alongside a sweeping synth that sets the mood nicely. A deep voice rings through the sound as a fantastic oldskool style bass powers through to take the floor by storm. The groove gets locked down by the solid construction of the track and will definitely be a big hitter on the floors for sure. Brighter sounds come through as those sweeping synth gain volume alongside melodic riffs that come to the fore on the break with superb acid licks adding cool contrasts. A must have track that will not disappoint.

#dimiwilson #lex(athens) #pistonrecordings

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Elek-fun aka Ignasi Romero returns to the Basiks stable with his newest four track EP entitled You Know What. October 2014 saw his last outing Great Minds Think Alike gain a lot of support from across the board. During his early years vinyl was the only media accessible so he had lots of practice. This led to him becoming a fantastic DJ in and around Barcelona. He soon decided to go on to College and study advanced music production so he could build up the tools he would need for his new, chosen career path. Techno soon became his main output and he found himself DJing in some of the best Catalan clubs, places like Zoreks Club, Liquid Sky, The Loft, La cova, Eix Club, La Sala del Cel and†Moog. When his DJ career completely took off, Elek-fun also began to release his first lot of productions, in 2004 he worked on a promotional demo called Wait Me which was released in the very popular Future Music magazine. He kept on slowly releasing tracks on labels such as†Sol Records, Ignored Records, SC-Rec , Subversive Media, Hits Box, Tu Remix (MÈjico), JP Releases, Prisma Records and EF Rec which is his own sub-label.

This four tracker kicks off with the title track You Know What with its dark and edgy intro filled with tough beats and a dirty bassline that is joined by sinister sounding spoken vocals. The track oozes techno flavour and will definitely get the darker floors off to a pumping start, a must have track no doubt.

Bolsa De Plastico intros with a punchy kick and superb offset bass that fades up to the backdrop of a multi note riff that dances along the groove. The riff goes through various transformations that end up with a squidgy acid techno topping that gets a boost from the ever evolving kickdrums. A monster tune that packs a big punch, not to be missed.

Torment sets off with a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combi that is soon joined by a darkly sinister offset bass that lurks down in the depths. Cool percussion deliver a solid rhythmic flow to the track and gets a helping hand from some outstanding FX. Other-worldly sounding melodies break the drum domination and take the track deeper into techno territory complete with acid lines that hit the senses hard. Top notch stuff.

20$ rounds off this stunning EP and does so in style. Staying true to the sound we are in for another trek deep into the heart of big and ballsy techno. Tight beats with electro flavours provide the rhythm as a relentless and hypnotic bassline rattles on to the backdrop of cosmic synths that have just come from a retro sci fi flick. A monster track that will definitely keep the floors rocking no doubt.

#elek-fun #bonzaibasiks

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Aitra aka Polish producer Matgorzata Imiotek debuts on Green Martian with the superb Faith In Space EP. He recently showed up at Bonzai Progressive alongside E.F.G. with Splash back in June 2015, but this time around he is flying solo with a much more Balearic, emotional vibe.

Faith In Space intros with a friendly kick and hat combi complete with rhythmic percussions that settle us into a perfect, upbeat dancey groove. Ibiza-esque basses wash over the sound with a warming glow that really lifts the track beautifully while cool pads pulse along the sidechain. The track breaks to reveal a wonderful display of melody that captivates with intricate patterns. The melody fades out and leaves behind a solid grooving progressive house cut that will definitely have the floors bouncing for the remainder of the Summer.

On Give Me A Sign, Aitra enlists the vocal talents of Angel Falls who adds a wonderful mystifying character to the sound that will max out the euphoric receptors in your brain. The track itself boasts a solid groove to get the feet shuffling as a tight drum arrangement leads the way alongside a well crafted rhythmic percussion section. The White Isle gets another nod as blissful melodic guitar riffs float across the sound. The vocal definitely gives the track a huge boost making this an absolute must have cut for the terrace or the club.

#aitra #greenmartian

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Australian DJ, producer and Bonzai stalwart Audio Noir returns with his latest studio album Artificial Star. This will be the 2nd album from this guy in the space of just over one year, Almost Famous set the bar high and we have no doubt that this time around will be no exceptions. We spoke to Audio Noir to get a taste of what drove him during this album’s creation and he spoke about how he wanted to employ a subtle theme of space and philosophy. He simply wrote what he felt and consciously wanted to deliver an accessible album that would appeal across the board whilst maintaining his own artistic desires. He also pointed out that the bass heavy, rich sounding Jazz Noir was his favourite and most challenging track to produce alongside the surreal, prog tech driven Drk Mttr. We have no doubt that this album will resonate among many as it takes us on a deep, dark cosmic journey filled with peaks and troughs that keep the imagination sharp.

We kick off the album with The Dark Place, and the title really does do the track justice as we get drawn into a dark progressive tech cut. Nice big chunky kicks provide the intro alongside sharp hats that cut through the lower frequencies. Sinister sounding spoke vocals telling us about ‘the beat, the bass, the dark place’ ring out taking us to that dark place. Rising FX litter the sound bringing in a spacey vibe as a meandering bass lingers in the depths. Top notch stuff and the perfect opener.

Up next we are taken further into the cosmic abyss with Travel Tube which intros with a cool breakbeat arrangement that projects a trendy urban theme alongside the spaced out vibes coming off the vocals and FX. A probing bass carries a lot weight here and really gets you hooked on the sound and provides a beautiful contrast with the slicing vocal. Suddenly the track breaks with just a low frequency in play before bursting back into the main groove for the duration, superb stuff.

From London To Moscow intros with a nice chunky kick with a clipped top and a stuttering hat that picks up the tempo. Rising FX takes us through each stage and brings in new layers filled with tight drums that generate a solid rhythm. A straight up four by four groove ensues complete with a driving bass and mysterious vocal. Subtle melodic sequences linger in the background and add a little spice to the sound as it drives on. At the break we are left with that superb bass and those fading melodies as we descend into silence before the powerful kicks return and get us on the move once again. An excellent display of progressive house that will definitely gain favour among many.

Next up we have Drk Mttr with its superb solid groove and tight arrangement that spews out a surreal space-like vibe. On the low end a deep bass reverberates through the sound providing the perfect platform for the more ethereal sounds to develop. A cacophony of beautifully crafted FX line up to blast this track high into the atmosphere and take us all along for the ride. The groove remains solid here and will definitely give the darker sets a boost. On the break is where this track really shines as we are led into a total science fiction soundtrack complete with radio chatter that adds cool textures to the sound. A must have track for sure, this will not disappoint.

Like The Wind is up next and employs the talents of Russian vocalist Lena Grig who is a very much respected artist in her field having worked with many artists over the last number of years. She has seen releases on labels like Polaris, Impressed Records, UM Records and Silk Textures. The track intros with a punchy kick that gathers pace alongside sharp claps and a cool shuffling percussion arrangement. Sweeping pads come through and bring an almost euphoric vibe as the bass sits back with subtlety and only showing its power on the downbeat. The track moves along and hypnotises in its wake before heading to the break and the stunning vocal from Lena which really captivates the mind. Strong, solid, driving grooves for the prog heads here that will not disappoint.

Jazz Noir sets out with a beautifully complex drum arrangement complete with punchy kicks, snappy snares and cool open rim hats that leave behind a jazzy aftertaste. A monster bass comes through and takes over with its probing reach as haunting vocals capture the moment perfectly. The kicks transform into a full on 4×4 groove as the track heads to the break where the dark jazzy flavours really come through alongside that superb vocal. Softly smooth melodic phrases flow across the sound and contrast nicely with the darker elements. One for the late night floors here, a must have for sure.

Far From Home features stunning vocals from Jimmie Westwood that really gives the track a wonderful character. A smooth almost laidback groove is taken on as a cool kick-snare combi is formed while crispy hats deliver the pace. The meandering bassline goes from top to bottom with ease and settles the groovy nature of the track into its stride. Short melodic snapshots crop up and work well with the deep progressive house vibe. The vocals are the standout feature here as Jimmie’s voice courses through the sound with its unique flavour. Brilliant stuff you must have in your collection.

Modular Distortion takes us on a cool progressive journey that delivers a solid groove which will have floors moving for sure. Super tight drums provide the rhythmic flow of the track as the hypnotic bass grabs hold of your senses. The trip takes us higher with sweet melodic phrases that fleet across the sound beautifully. On the break we are dropped into a surreal atmospheric vibe that would be the perfect soundtrack while floating in space. As the track gets back into full on mode we are treated to a nicely balanced wall of noise that distorts the open mind before drifting back to a more serene sequence. A fantastic slice of prog you do not want to miss.

Paper Planes offers up a respite just after the midway point of the album. A myriad of sweet melodic sounds descend from above to the backdrop of a brilliantly constructed drum arrangement that gives off a nice downtempo feeling. Inside the maelstrom of sounds we are treated to some awesome vocals that send shivers down the spine. The perfect fodder for those late night wind down sessions.

Cloud Catcher intros with a mixture of well crafted percussions that form up into a cool rhythmic flowing vibe which are soon joined by a nice chunky kick to get the party started. Subtle sounds begin to fade through and a stark contrast takes shape between the low and high frequencies that really captivates. A wonderfully warm, lush bass takes command of the structure and leads the track into the depths of progressive house. The break throws up a fantastic twist as soft guitar plucks dish out a beautiful melodic sequence complete with distant voices that resonate magically through the section. A super tight construction that will definitely grab the attention of many jocks no doubt.

A Deeper Future gets us locked right into the groove from the off as a beautifully deep, lush bass washes over the sound to the backdrop of cool percussions. The bass is the big player here with hypnotizing prowess, you become one with its sound and allow yourself to open up. A subtle drum arrangement holds off and allows the bass to shine while on the break we get a cool trippy spoken vocal and distant sounding trumpet that shakes up the imagination. A definite must have track, one listen and you’ll be hooked for sure.

The penultimate track El Oceano Y La Luna opens up into a more upbeat vibe with a Balearic edge. A nicely paced track that delivers bright sounds and a solid grooving bass workout. The synth work is outstanding as it sways to the beat and lulls you into its grasp. That bassline plays a big part here as you’d imagine, it has a tough edge yet blends beautifully into the more softer side. Arps cascade through the sound and bring euphoric feeling as the filters open up while your hands reach for the sky. The track continues to throw up surprise after surprise as the tight drums dictate where the groove will take us next. The perfect end of summer cut that needs to be in your playlists.

We round off the album with Your Love featuring a superb vocal from award winning artist Lokka Vox. Lokka has had her fair share of success over the years having worked with many top artists and producers which resulted in her winning awards including National Winner of 2010 Songwriter of the year South African Tempo Awards among others. She has seen releases on labels such as Enhanced, Blackhole Recordings, Armada, Red Soho, Synergy, Melodika and Elliptical Sun to name a few. On Your Love her vocal really shines through and marries beautifully with the tough edged sound of the track. Right from the off we get locked into a solid groove complete with chunky kicks, crispy hats and a fantastic dirty bass that dominates throughout. In the background a mesmerizing arp skips along the sound while cool FX and sweeping synths come through. When the vocal kicks in the sound gets a boost with the subtlety and raspy nature of Lokka’s voice. A wonderfully intense and energetic ending to a fantastic album.

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