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German DJ and producer Flat aka Florian Kleinschmitt debuts on Piston with the brilliant I Feel. This young up and coming artist is making bold statements with his brand of Deep House, already he has seen releases such as Get This Feeling on Rough Recordings and Say What EP on Mr Carter. Definitely one to keep an eye and an ear on in the future.
I Feel intros with a cool panning vocal that sweeps through creating wide spacious groove that is boosted with punchy kicks, super crispy open hats and sharp percussions. The track breaks to reveal a fantastic bassline that oozes deep house flavour before we kick back into the main sound and a transformed deep bass that solidifies the groove perfectly. A beautifully arranged and layered sound that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Where House sets out with a drum fuelled intro that boasts phat kicks, sharp percussions, snappy snares and a lush probing bass. Those snares deliver a top notch rhythmic groove which fast becomes the backbone of the sound. A cool high string lingers alongside scattered vocals that add a touch of character to the seemingly urban groove. Throughout the track a collection of sounds and FX come together delivering a cool upbeat vibe. The perfect set building tool that is not to be missed.
Monog Records label boss Joal heads up our next release with the fantastic My Favourite Outfit EP which comes complete with three top notch remixes as well as the original. Joal has been running Monog since 2009 and he remains committed to sourcing only the best sounds to get on the books. Joal also releases his works on various other labels including Selador, Knee Deep in Sound and High Strings to name just a few. On top of that he is currently developing his live act which is well worth checking out on Youtube.
The Original Mix intros with a very cool thumping kick that is accompanied by equally fresh percussions that deliver a nice retro theme. A long, easy bass note rings out and gets us settled into the deep tech groove. We go deeper into the sound with a wonderful acid line that fades in from nowhere and totally dominates the groove. Big stabby synths fill in the gaps and add a kind of futuristic vibe that contrasts well with the deeper, retro elements. On the break we get treated to a smooth, subtle breakbeat as the cosmic synths are joined by an eerie high string and cool spoken vocals. A strong build up takes us back to the main sound for the duration of this superb slice of tech, a must have for sure.
Berlin based Pascal Hetzel debuts on Monog with his fantastic remix. DJ and producer Pascal has spent the last few years conquering the Berlin’s bustling club scene and along the way he has released his music through various labels including Sound Of Vast, Upon You Records, Non Pop Records, Wood Recordings and many more. As well as playing at top gigs in Berlin, Pascal has played around the world at various top venues including at the Analog Room in Dubai and Resolute in New York City. The remix intros with a solid kick that packs a nice punch and sits snugly amidst an ever increasing array of drums and percussions. Soft plinks and plonks dissolve into the sound in a playful manner that gives the impression of being trapped inside an 8bit video game. These sounds keep the vibe firmly locked into a techno groove that builds and builds to become even more surreal. The bass offers up a smooth warmth to the sound that contrast beautifully with the higher frequencies. A superb display of tech grooves that will both captivate and invigorate.
Berlin based, Portuguese DJ and producer Jepe debuts on Monog with the first of two remixes. Jepe started out in 1994 on local radio stations in Portugal, which led to his first residency in the Estacao La Luz club, a residency he has held since 1997. From here he got in production and has released on many top labels including Let’s Play House, Circle Music, Cecille Records, Brown Eyed Boyz, Beef Records and Get Physical as well as his own label, Blossom Kollektiv. A much revered artist who has played all over the world, we are delighted to have this guy on board. The Let’s Celebrate remix intros with a nice and strong punchy kick alongside rhythmic percussions that will get the feet dancing on the floors. Strange sweeping synths come through and add a metallic edge to the sound as the tech layers build. Cool vocals litter the sound throughout and add character to the track creating a very fresh rhythmic groove. The low end sounds subtly ply their trade as this track is all about the drums and synths. A top notch relentless groove that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Jepe’s Stripped Raw Mix is up next and does exactly what the title suggests. Very smooth, rounded sounds blend perfectly to deliver a solid deep tech workout. The synths develop a little grit to beef things up a bit and add an edginess to the sound. The drums beat out a cool rhythmic groove that is joined by those cool vocals. Excellent stuff yet again from Jepe and a track that will not disappoint.
Joe Le Blanc aka Giacomo Bisciarri marks his Bonzai Elemental debut with the superb Trick Trock EP. This new project from Giacomo was started in early 2015 and has already seen a raft of quality releases on various labels such as Lounge Colour, Dubfeet and New Creatures. He digs deep into chilldom and downtempo with the odd drum n bass and deep house effort thrown in for good measure. Delighted to have him on board and we look forward to more in the future.
Trick Trock intros with a laid back kickdrum and subtle percussions which are soon joined by a smooth, warm chord that leaves a lingering tone in its wake. A funky plucked bass guitar etches out a solid groove that is soon joined by a beefed up drum section and cool chanting vocals. A wonderful lead synth sits back perfectly adding a touch more groove to the sound. Just the tonic for the lounge to put your mind at ease.
Wide intros with a tough, powerful kickdrum that packs a punch and is coupled with a steady hat and cymbal combi. All at once the bass and lead sounds burst through and deliver a solid downtempo groove with an R n B trait running through. The sounds are luscious and smooth creating an easy, laidback romantic atmosphere. One for the cosy evenings by the fireside.
White Dish delivers a sultry groove that will definitely get the passion levels rising. Deep, lush bass notes are joined by warm keys and rich strings delivering a beautiful cacophony of melody that takes us deep into the groove. Time to break out the candles, and get your freak on with this one.
Rounding up this stunning EP we have Worth which takes on a funky persona with its groovy guitars and shuffling drums. Beautifully executed piano chords deliver a smooth lounge groove as the bass brings the funk. Rising and falling plucks give the track a distinct flavour which boasts a hint of jazz. A brilliant display of easy listening that will not disappoint.
Dofamine heads up our next Bonzai Progressive release with the superb artist album, Introvert. We last saw him over at Green Martian back at the start of 2015 with Zero, which gained a lot of support from across the board. Introvert takes us on a fantastic journey deep into the realms of house, from progressive to deep, filled with melodic flavours and harsh tones. A truly wonderful ride that will bring emotion and inspiration which you will embed deep into your soul.
Dofamine’s Introvert is a superb collection of tracks that will give its listener a wonderful insight into the inner workings of progressive grooves sprinkled with infectious musical sequences. From the deep progressive house grooves of Hydra and Traveller, to the more subdued, smooth vibes on Wind, Mirror, Moon and March 29 there is something for everyone. Monotone takes on a more Techno persona with its harsh bass and tribal fuelled drums while we get a respite from the madness with tracks like Sun, Native and No Way Out as they takes us high into the sky with their blissful ways leaving a sense of fulfilment in their wake.
Rounding off the album we get a glimpse at the title track, Introvert which intros with a crisp hat and distant drums before a nice punchy kick takes over. The bass powers into the sound and delivers an instant injection of smooth progressive vibes. The bass transforms into a gritty throbbing monster and sits perfectly below the maelstrom of sounds above. Bright sweeping, melodic pads fill out the groove beautifully and give off an almost euphoric feeling that captivates the mind, body and soul. A wonderful display that will definitely find its way into many sets this Summer.
Steve Sai returns to Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Drops which comes backed up with two top class remixes. We last saw Greek DJ and producer Steve back at the start of 2015 with a remix on Mindgamers’ The Preachers which gained a lot of support from all over. The Original Mix intros with a cinematic themed sequence filled with sweeping sounds and a thick probing bass. Cool staggered hats come through alongside an otherworldly string which leads us into nice chunky kicks and warm melancholic vocals. The track goes deeper with the bassline providing the deep groove alongside those stunning vocals and a super tight drum arrangement. Another wonderfully deep progressive cut from Steve that will definitely grab a lot of attention.
Bonzai Progressive debut remixer Acud drops a super smooth prog house stomper complete with solid grooves and sophisticated vocals that blend perfectly with punchy kicks and crispy hats. The bassline probes right through the sound as wispy strings fade in and out alongside a cool, subtle synth arp. Rich pads light up the track and bring in a spacious atmospheric vibe that adds an intense flavour to the sound. Wonderfully crafted stuff that is a must have track in your collection.
The ever present Audio Noir is back on remix duty and delivers another top notch job as usual. His last outing was on remix duty for Matt Holliday’s Memories Of Yesterday as well as his artist album Now & Zen and yet again he provides the goods in style. The Audio Noir Rekonstruction intros with a deliciously cool pad sequence that ebbs and flows to the backdrop of a solid kick and a powerful bassline. Beautiful, bright arps sweep across the sound as subtle yet very effective vocal shots pop up. We settle in for a truly epic ride as this relentless groove just keeps on giving. The break takes us deeper as those pads and arps lull us deep into the groove before that lush kick and strong bass takes us back into full on mode. From here we get locked into a solid workout complete with a full on electric rock guitar that gives off a progressive rock Pink Floyd vibe as it marries up with that superb driving bass. Sublime.
Dutch DJ and producer Jesper Mauerhoff debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic two tracker, Eyes Wide Shut. Eyes Wide Shut settles into a solid progressive vibe from the get go with a subtle rolling bassline, chunky kicks and a cool bending synth. A strikingly sharp siren rises and takes us into full on mode as the drums and percussions deliver a smooth rhythmic flow. Some fantastic sounds come through and bring an 80’s vibe alongside a superb contemporary melodic arp that rises and falls beautifully through the track. A nice slice of progressive fodder that will do well in any set.
Electric Gathering intros with a wonderful driving synth sound that binds perfectly with the punchy kicks. A round of very cool percussions builds up and delivers a flowing rhythm right throughout the track with a very subtle tribal element. The groove goes full on cosmic with the introduction of winding spacey themed synths and pads. A definite set builder and a must have track no doubt.
Italian DJ and producer Francis White marks his Piston debut with the fantastic three tracker, Don’t Wanna Be EP. Francis developed a love for all things Techno from an early age after experiencing many clubs in Verona. He soon found himself at the other end, behind the decks, where he refined his skills and honed his sets into relentless melody driven grooves. His tracks have seen releases on labels such as Autan Records, Fish Records, FHD Records and Crossworld to name just a few. For the last few years he has been running hiss monthly event, DOC, which has now been transformed into a label called DOC Music. Plenty more to come from this guy in the future, so keep an eye and an ear out for more.
Don’t Wanna Be intros with a classic punchy kick drum and crispy hi-hat combo that always grabs attention. Sharp claps and other subtle percussions deliver a cool rhythmic flow to the sound as grainy spoken vocals come through to get the groove moving. A solid, deep bass meanders through the sound while those tight drums force you to move. A very fresh sound that will definitely get the floors buzzing.
Futurity sets off with a filtered kick which joined by a slicing hat that and some cool vocal sounds that pop up along the way. The kicks get a massive thump added as the track lifts off with its infectious groove. The rolling bass line becomes a main focus in the sound while a cool house atmosphere builds up in the background. Expertly tweaked filters keep the track bouncing along nicely as those one shot vocals add that urban vibe. Superb stuff that will be a welcome addition in your box.
True Life intros with a nice solid kick drum a shuffling hat pattern that gathers pace and lets the rhythm loose. Cool, sweeping synths are joined by an equally cool spoken vocal and lead us into a superb bass line that sets the track off beautifully. Francis has a knack for building on the groove at every turn, subtle filters here and there keep the sound fresh and the vocals give the track a dark edge that works perfectly. You will find yourself on the dance floor with this one as tight drums keep the rhythm flowing. A must have track that will not disappoint.
Cysxe, the deeper side of Van Czar’s brand of techno, returns with the superb OxO EP which comes backed up with a fantastic remix from Lauro Martins. As ever we get nothing but the best from Van as he has shown us over the last few years. His last outing as Cysxe was no exception when he teamed up with Minitech Project on their Acid Planet EP. Van remains a constant force on the airwaves with his Bonzai Basik Beats Spain attracting a core following of listeners on a regular basis. In June 2015 Van rocked the Tekno Beach stage at Legacy Festival alongside Dantiez Saunderson for a stunning back to back session becoming one of the highlights of the event. A true keeper of the Techno sound who never disappoints.
The Original Mix sets out with a deep and dark menacing low bass sound that reverberates with a raw power through the speakers. The kickdrum keeps up and punches through alongside slicing hats and sharp claps. Cool rising FX deliver a spacey vibe to the sound as alien style synths lurk in the background. This one is perfect fodder for the late night, underground parties where you can let yourself go and get lost in its hypnotic groove, top notch.
Brazilian DJ and producer Lauro Martins debuts on Basiks with his superb remix. Raised in California USA, Lauro was exposed to all kinds of music as his Father was a DJ. He played his first gig in Brazil and from here he gained confidence with electronic music. Over the years he found his way into Deep House, Tech House and Techno. He draws inspiration from Latin and African sounds and brings these into his own tracks. On the remix the intro sets off with subtlety as soft kicks are met with clean, crisp hats and a dark underlying bass. The kicks soon break through and deliver their punch with gusto as that bass matures into a deep droning monster that dominates the sound. Those crisp hats are joined by a tight drum arrangement that carves out a smooth rhythmic flow where we get a taste of both Latin and African influences. A superb cut that will definitely be a go to track for many.
Iraqi born DJ and producer Moosick aka Mustafa Ismaeel debuts on Green Martian with The Chase. Although born in Baghdad, Mustafa grew up in India and ultimately ended up living in Canada. The experience of being exposed to different cultures has played a huge part in his sound. He started to DJ while at university and played at top clubs around Toronto including Sound Academy and Club 77. He has also graced the decks at the Bacardi NH7 festival in Bangalore and the Garden Of Eden festival in Southern Ontario as well as multiple guest spots across various radio stations. Lots more to come from this guy in 2015, so stay tuned. The Chase comes packed with three top notch remixes.
The Original Mix intros with a superb kickdrum that packs a nice punch on the low end and some cool rhythmic drums to get the floor moving. A deep, probing bassline comes through and takes over with its powerful groove and is soon joined by cool pads that sweep across sound. Sustained chords drive the hypnotic edge of the track as the shuffling hats keep the rhythm flowing. On the break those chords come to life with sharp stabs that split the low frequencies in two. A top notch cut that will be a welcome addition in many sets.
The first of three remixes is Jekyll’s Metastasis Remix which intros with a cool elemental flow as rattling chimes are met with blowing winds and light rain. In the background a warm pad begins its rise alongside a distant heart beat. A nice big punchy kick comes out of nowhere with crisp hats in tow and we soon find ourselves on the cusp of an epic ride. Sharp, bright melodic keys dish out a cool lead as a siren winds up and takes us deep into the groove with the addition of a driving bassline. On the break the melodies break free in various guises and deliver a sublime sequence before crashing right back into the main track for the duration. A wonderfully rich progressive journey you will not want to miss.
Onez!e returns to remix duty on Green Martian after a short hiatus. We last saw this talented artist back in November 2014 with his remix on Lonely Sun & Nicolas Agudelo’s Robotronica which turned a few heads and gained great support. Here he takes the remix on a fantastic ride filled with wonderful melodies and a driving relentless bassline that never lets up. An intensity develops in the track as those background pads and winding synths rise and rise bringing the track to its highest level before we drop into the break where the bass remains king. A deep progressive monster that will shake up a lot of floors.
Video Life debuts on Green Martian with a fantastic remix that will fast become a go to track for sure. On the intro we get a soft start as muted kicks are joined by a cascading percussion and shuffling hats. The softness disappears as a superb offset bass ploughs through and dominates the sound. The bass transforms after a short break and delivers a powerful, driving groove that is matched beautifully with strong chords and a tight drum arrangement. A definite go to track that will keep the party rocking.
Our Tech House Toolbox series continues with volume 4 churning out another round of the finest tech fuelled cuts from labels including Piston Recordings, Bonzai Basiks, Sounds R Us Recordings, Sudam, Monog Records and more. We never let up on the quality front and this time around we have sourced top notch original tracks from the likes of Carlo Caldareri, Ecco, Jonathan Calvo, Oz Romita, Chrono, Toral, Lagho, Hermann Dius, Davina, GgDex, Di Chiara Brothers, Laesh, Ricardo Espino, DJ Ferry, JR From Dallas, Alan Castro, Art Sparks, Matteo Cabassi, Lucky, Cerillo, Ecco, Milos Pesovic, Blansch, Jazzman Wax, Iban Montero, Capryo, Wrightly, HedUbble, Marco Madia and Johnny Deep. Just the boost required to get your dance filled weekend started.
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