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Chris Harris makes a welcome return with fantastic driving progressive grooves of Feels Real? His full debut back in the summer of this year, What’s Left Of Them, turned a few heads with support coming in from all angles. Coming backed up with a brilliant remix you can expect to be blown away with this track.
The Original Mix gets us on the move with its punchy kicks and rolling bassline setting the groove firmly into the progressive realm. Cool percussions layer up bringing a steady rhythmic vibe while sweeping synths take us on a surreal, twisting journey. The track settles beautifully into its groove as the myriad of sounds paint a colourful picture filled with elements of psy and trance. The break reveals an absolute gem of a vocal sample that sits so perfectly into the sound with its melancholic undertones. Superb sweeping arps cascade through the sound before we get thrust right back into the main track. A stunning slice of deep hypnotizing progressive house that will no doubt find itself crossing over into many sets.
Manu Riga is up on remix duty with his Tribal Remix and yet again he hits it right out of the park. Currently he is working on lots of new material with a slightly different direction in mind which we are very excited about. His newest track No Time Left is a collab with DJ Fire and continues to garner much support, keep an eye out for more from this guy and you will not be disappointed. On the remix he digs deep and delivers a superb progressive cut. The intro gets right into it with a nice snappy kick and shuffling percussions that get the rhythm flowing. A very sinister bassline sits in the wings waiting to pounce as it bubbles up with a raw energetic power. The vocal sample used is just the perfect accompaniment to the sound and continues throughout the track in all the right places. Cool arps litter the groove while on the break a much more melodic flow comes through alongside that vocal which takes us back into full on mode. Deep, tribal, full on grooves that will be a big feature in any set.
Our next Piston release comes as a real treat, a trio of artists at the top of their game have joined forces to deliver a stunning slice of smooth deep house vibes. D-Compost & Leandro Silva have recruited the heavenly vocal talents of Veselina Popova on their Piston debut Feel Alive. D-Compost is a DJ and producer who spends his time between Lisbon and London. He got into dance music from a very early age thanks to his older brother. When he moved to a new town at just 13 years of age he quickly settled into life in a new school and became involved with the local radio station. Lots of DJ bookings followed and soon he got into production where he has gained worldwide recognition due to his unique style which is derived from a love of many different genres. Angolan DJ Leandro Silva began to play music in 1997 and turned professional in 2001. He has plied his trade in Luanda ever since and has continued to promote and expand his music with residencies in top clubs all over the city. His DJing skills transfer to music production with ease and he has racked up a very impressive back catalogue across many top labels. Rounding up this trio is Bulgarian vocalist Veselina Popova. After her participation on a local televised talent show Veselina embarked on a singing career with a few Pop releases coming soon after. Currently she focuses her attention on House music projects and with her stunning vocal range we are glad she chose this particular path.
The Original Mix is a true floor filler with its upbeat vibe reminiscent of the heady days of early Chicago House. A tight drum arrangement sits over some smooth keys and a bassline that will have any ass shakin’ resulting in a fine flowing rhythmic groove. The big hitter has to be the vocal which just captivates from the first bar. You instantly get hooked in its catchy phrases and will find yourself singing along in no time. An absolute stomper here that will no doubt be a big hit on many floors across the world.
The Dub Mix leaves out the vocal and concentrates on the smooth deep house grooves on offer. Punchy kicks and rhythmic percussions lead the way as that strolling bassline forces you to move your feet with its dancey vibe. Swirling keys and cool melodies give that upbeat feel making this a definite must have track.
The Heat goes in a slightly tougher direction with a big chunky kick and sharp, more crispy hats that contrast beautifully with the warm lush tones of the deep synths that swirl around and draw you in. A raw sounding oldskool style bass ploughs through the sound and will give the bass bins a bashing. As the track evolves we are treated to some subtle melodies that contrast well with the deep rooted nature of the track. One for the late night darker rooms that will keep the floors in full effect.
Time for another taste of progressive techno with Antonio Citarella with his two tracker Dream Sequencer. Antonio has been churning out the quality at every turn and this one is no exception, we recently saw his previous track, Traveller, gain lots of support as well as his superb remix on Audio Noir’s Almost Famous Reworked package.
First up we have the title track, Dream Sequence, the intro here is filled with cool crispy hats and rising FX that lead up to a nice and solid chunky kick. A fantastic array of in your face percussive hits bleed into the sound and ramp up the rhythms nicely. A raw sounding analogue bass plucks its way through and brings a real depth to the vibe. Strange and surreal melodies float around and are contrasted with some very smooth brighter phrases that bring a real dynamic feel to the track. There also lies a pure and organic flow here that resonates beautifully throughout. Top notch yet again and a definite must have track.
Radio Connection intros with a full, lush synth pad that sweeps by in a haunting manner. Sharply contrasted hats appear and bring a shuffling rhythm to the intro before we settle down with a cool punchy kick and a deep throbbing bass. The track holds some expert arrangements that serve to keep the booty’s shakin along with its classy electro styled grooves. The break unleashes more of those wonderful synths before a brilliant classic snare fill gets us back to the main track for the duration. A beautiful and mesmerizing sound filled with deep grooves and classic percussions that will turn a few heads for sure.
Alan Castro is back at Monog with Bata EP. Alan’s last outing for us was on remix duty for Kruno Kereta’s Disquiet and before that it was a while since we seen him around these shores. Delighted to see another fine release from this guy and hope to see much more.
First up we have the title track Bata and right from the off we are lured into the deep grooves on offer with a superb kick and subtle percussion arrangement to the backdrop of a musical bass that locks you in for the ride. The grooves build slowly and tease us before we get to the break where some very smooth chords give you a little respite and then back into full swing. Cool vocal samples and FX splatter across the sound keeping your interest and adding many textures. A real nice and smooth cut that will not disappoint.
Dad0s sets off with a real deep groovy vibe as pulsing basses are joined by muted percussions that slowly weave a smooth rhythmic flow. Darker elements creep through in the shape of a mysterious echoed bell sound, which also adds a dramatic effect. Wonderfully positioned FX keep the ears trained as the groove unfolds taking us deeper. A strange yet very appealing sound that will draw the attention of many for sure.
Sounds R Us continues its Muzika series with another round of top notch cuts. Volume 9 brings together four debutants to SRUR with each bringing a multitude of experience covering many years in the industry. Another fine collection for your crates you will not want to miss.
First up we have the first of two tracks from Ricardo Espino with Golden Room. Ricardo has been producing professionally since 2009 and has found his work on over 50 different labels in that time. He boasts a great talent for diversity in his music, at the moment he is firmly rooted to tech house and house with the propensity to change things up when required. The intro boasts a classic chunky kick and hat combo that really sets the rhythm loose early on. A very cool vocal sample plays out in the background as various percussion begin to fill the space. Cool rising FX take us into the main groove where a deep throbbing bass commands and takes centre stage. The bass produces a fantastic groove that will get the floors pumping for sure. A real nice slice of techno with a smooth dusting of soul thrown in, a must have.
Next up we have another track from Ricardo Espino and this time he joins forces with DJ Ferry on the track Laspus. DJ Ferry is a highly regarded artist having plied his trade in Tehran and further afield. 2009 saw his first release on remix duty as his moniker Dented Minds for the BluFin Records track Namtrak – Uprising. Since then he has released on several labels worldwide and brings his unique blend with each recording. Laspus intros with that all familiar punchy kick and bright hats combo that is a gift to DJ’s. In the background rolling percussions ramp up the groove and gets the feet tapping. Cool vocal samples blend in nicely in the background and bring an upbeat vibe. A superb pulsating bass takes over the track will definitely give the bassbins a hard time. As the track progresses various rising FX bring us into a new layer. A fantastic slice of tech house that will do very well on floors all over.
Newmanhere is up next with his track Raspberry. This guy has achieved a lot in a relatively short space of time. His first release came at the start of 2013 on Avenue Records with the Safari EP. This EP gained him world recognition and the track was snapped up and played by top jocks. Since then this guy just hasn’t stopped with a plethora of releases across many labels as well as multiple appearances on compilations. One to watch for the future here. Raspberry intros with a beautifully raw and organic flavour as tribalistic drums sit over some cleverly filtered FX before a superb big chunky kick is introduced alongside a fathomless bass that seems to hover in just the right spot. All the while a hypnotic chant goes off in the background which adds huge character to the track and reinforces its tribal roots. This one is epic and will no doubt see a lot of airtime.
Rounding off this wonderful collection is our final debutant Kevin Es with Concern. Kevin is a relative newcomer to production in general and had his first release back in October 2014 on Kaleydo Beats with Push You Down. We are sure there will be a lot more from this guy in the future so stay tuned. The track goes straight in for the jugular as a tough edged bass pounds alongside a punchy kick and some very crisp claps. Cool percussion patterns bring a rhythmic flow to the sound which becomes much more enhanced as the layers build. Various FX filter through and a brilliant vocal sample keeps us guessing for the duration. A top notch track with a relentless groove that will definitely keep the floors rocking no doubt.
As vinyl continues its steady rise we are pleased to present our next vinyl release, Bonzai Worx Volume 5. After the success of previous wax releases we trawled through our catalogue and came up with four of the hottest and grooviest cuts to get the etching treatment. Tracks from Van Czar featuring Sugar Love, Ecco, Sa.Du and Alfredo Mena as well as a remix from Manuel Palmitesta have all been selected this time for their diverse ranges. Expect deep, groovy, sultry, edgy, gritty and downright banging tracks on this limited pressing.
Sa.Du’s Imaging Your Self gives off deep and sultry sounds as a provocative female vocal swamps the vibe. Cool rhythms are formed out of a tight drum arrangement with punchy kicks and sharp hats. The bassline gels everything together brilliantly and on the break a female vocal comes to life with a huge diva-esque chorus, top notch production in effect.
Ecco’s Switch gets the remix treatment from Bonzai debutant Manuel Palmitesta. The track intros with a punchy kick and classic percussion set up with an in your face hypnotic siren styled synth note that dominates the sound. A very subtle yet effective bass sits in the rear and binds the track together beautifully. On the break a techy element filters into the sound as the percussions keep the groove flowing before we slam right back into full swing with an air raid siren for good measure. Top notch stuff.
Alfredo Mena gives us his track The Scrawl with its full on techno vibes. A deep throbbing sub bass is joined by cool clipped kicks and a superb percussion line followed up with crispy clear hats. Cool vocal samples give the track a darker feel and makes this a strong favourite for the darker rooms. A big feature in the track is the expertly arranged percussion section, tight and to the point as various rhythms filter through alongside a more energetic secondary bass and a continuous metallic perc hit.
Van Czar joins forces with Sugar Love on Love Trip which intros with a tough bass sound and an enticing sultry vocal. The track settles into a full on Techno groove with punchy kicks and super crisp hats alongside that gritty edged bass. The vocals continue to lull you into their lustful grasp and adds a real dynamic contrast to the sound. A real powerful Techno slice yet again from Van and no doubt this one will see a lot of playtime.
Debut appearance on Bonzai Progressive for Mendexx with the superb Life Begins which is backed by three fantastic remixes.The Original Mix intros with a smooth kick and strolling bass that gets the juices flowing. Cool percussions form up and bring a nice rhythmic vibe to the sound as various FX add depth. The bass hypnotizes as it unleashes its groove on our senses and takes us deep into the progressive abyss. Spacey synths dominate as they deliver their harsh tones giving the track a real edgy feel. The break reveals some very cool and subtle melodic flavours which stand in contrast to those harsher synths before the track rises back into the main groove. A top notch slice of prog for those darker rooms.
Manu Riga, a firm favourite at Bonzai, delivers his Progrezz Remix. We know and love Manu’s work and here he transitions himself into slightly different territory with an emphasis on a much tougher vibe with a true driving progressive groove. The intro boasts a wonderful kick with a nice clipped top as crispy hats sit alongside some classy FX that rise and fall beautifully. Melodies are borne out of cool synth riffs that litter the track in all the right places. A harsh sounding vocal adds some very cool textures and fits perfectly into the dynamics of the track. The bass drives the track forward while giving space to the multitude of layers to shine. Something slightly different from Manu and no doubt we will be seeing this track get a lot of attention.
Next up we have Wild Guess’ Life In Space Remix. We last saw J.E.O.F., Config and P.O.W. aka Wild Guess back in June this year on remix duty for Digital Department featuring Cara Leigh’s You Put A Spell. Here they hold no bars in letting loose their superb progressive house grooves. The intro sets off with punchy kicks and sharp percussions as a superb melodic arp fades through. A deep throbbing bass soon follows and dominates the sound wonderfully as those arps continue to rise. The track settles into an infectious groove that holds you in as those basses begin to really let loose with fantastic note changes. The break is a cacophony of melodies that interweave beautifully and are joined by a pulsing bass before the beats kick back in. A truly stunning slice from these guy’s as you’d expect, a definite must have.
Rounding off this superb pack we have Alfonso Muchacho on remix duty. July 2014 saw Alfonso mark his Bonzai debut with the fantastic Despina, delight to have him on board here and no doubt we’ll be in for a treat. The intro gives that driving feel right from the off as chunky kicks and syncopated percussions merge beautifully alongside a deep-rooted bass that strolls along wonderfully. Tough and gritty stabs litter the groove and add great contrasts to the sound as much brighter sparks sit in the background. The break unleashes those gritty synths in full effect before slamming back into the main track. A brilliant display of contrasting sounds that will appeal to many.