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Third Single of Olivier Decroix aka A Robot Comes To Her on the LCD Recordings label, and for us one of the better singles from him. A Deeper Blue adds this Dancefloor bionic dimension to the artist’s style while The Day She Was A Hill is a perfect match to complete the package. Psy-progressive at its best!
Algerian DJ and producer Belmesk Hamza aka Balearia debuts on Bonzai Elemental with the surreal two tracker entitled Antiquity EP. Growing up in a musical family has directed Belmesk toward his chosen career. He loves woodwinds, mostly Flutes and the Duduk which offers great melodic atmospheres, also the guitar and flamenco vibes, he uses traditional methods such as the lick in order to give variations on notes. He has seen releases on labels like Abora Recordings, Trance Temple Records and Cinesphere Records. Much more to come from this rising talent and now signed with Bonzai we can expect to see some great tracks come our way.
First up we are drawn by the dark atmospheric tones of Antiquity as a cacophony of woodwinds expel sublime melodic phrases that captivate the mind. Deep basses rise from the depths and give way to the dark scapes. Super cool downtempo beats keep the heads bobbing as ethnically charged vocals lift the hairs on your neck and send a tingle down your spine. Wonderful stuff that will allow you to chill the night away.
Rub al-Khali intros with a sinister sounding melody full of melancholy. Fading pads bring a surreal vibe as fantastic vocals aim to inspire. Chilled out beats offer a smooth backdrop to the intensity of the melodies that continue to build throughout. A stunning slice of chill that will turn heads no doubt.
Rise And Fall aka Russian based DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov is back at Bonzai Progressive with another stomping progressive workout. ‘Seize The Day’ comes with two stunning remixes from two masters of their trade.
The Original Mix sets off on a smooth deep progressive groove as a deep resonating bass is joined by a snappy kick and subtle percussion arrangement. Intensity within the sound builds with the addition of some brilliant risers and quality FX. The track breaks down into a surreal display of pads and basses that really captivate your mind and take you on a hypnotic journey. A wonderful trek into the darker side of progressive house and most definitely not to be missed.
Airwave is first up on the remix and we are in for a real treat as always. This guy has been at the top of his game for quite a while and he continues to deliver the goods. The workload he takes on is hugely impressive and the results outstanding. He relentlessly strives for the best out of himself and he always manages to surprise. Currently working on new material and collaborating we remain excited to see what he comes up with next. Here he takes the remix down the breaks path with a beautifully arranged progressive cut. Huge soundscapes are formed out of an array of synths and pads to the backdrop of a solid break beat groove. An intricate web of melodies are there to be discovered which gives the track a truly unique flavour. Lots to look out for hear and will no doubt have you back listening again and again.
Another master of progressive vibes is up next on remix duty. Moshic delivers his remix in style as always. His last Bonzai outing came in the form of ‘Do It To Me Now’ which saw much attention on the circuit for its quality and the diverse range of remixes available. Always great to see this guys works hit the office and we hope to see lots more in the future. The remix intros with cool distant sounding kick and percussion combi, this soon dissipates and becomes a powerful, thumping kick with crisp and sharp hats. The bassline is the dominant force here as it etches out a fantastic groove that will have those dancing feet moving in no time. There is a darker element rolling through this sound and it remains in just the right spot throughout allowing the main track the space to evolve. As the track progresses you suddenly realise you’ve become totally immersed with its hypnotic qualities, even on the break, as the percussive elements take over you are still locked right into the groove. A monster of a tune that is not to be missed!
As the vinyl resurgence continues to gain momentum Piston Recordings head honcho Rogerio Martins has selected top quality cuts to make up the next vinyl release entitled ‘Ghetto Tales EP Volume 2′. Rogerio is joined by friends Miguel Reis, Carlo Caldareri and Yusuke Yamamoto as four stunning deep house slices are etched onto plastic so you can enjoy the analogue pleasure of putting the needle on the record. Undoubtedly the best way to listen to music, you will not be disappointed.
First up is Rogerio with his exclusive Taking It Back. As ever Rogerio continues to run a tight ship putting in the hours running the label, DJing, remixing and producing. Lots more to come through for 2014 so it’s worth keeping an eye on. The intro goes classic with a chunky kick and sharp hat combo along with a well crafted snare arrangement. The rhythms soon gather pace as a beautifully lush bass joins in. Groovy house keys add great depth to the sound while simple vocal samples sit back before being unleashed with a long release. The break brings forth a deeper sub bass that marries perfectly with those vocals before slamming back into the main groove. Top class stuff yet again from Portugal and a great addition to those “physical” record boxes.
Miguel Reis is up next with his Classic Motherfucker Record. Miguel Reis is a new moniker and is the very same artist with a multitude of releases under the alias of Mike Kings who has seen tracks on labels like Nervous Records, Stereo Productions, Kult Records, Session Trax, Fatal Music, Magna Recordings, and many more. The track intros with a nice mix of kicks and percs which set up a smooth rhythmic vibe, a deep, rasping vocal comes in with a very cool narrative which blends perfectly with the house beats. The track builds steadily as the vocal becomes a big focus before a truly deep and groovy bassline comes to the fore and injecting a funky flavour to the sound, top stuff.
Italian born DJ and producer Carlo Caldareri is back to Piston with this exclusive vinyl cut Not Before. Since he was young he always cultivated a passion for music, he spent the first years of his career looking into different genres of music. Soon he focused in on house music and his DJ sets began to take on house and deep house grooves. Carlo has worked with top artists and his tracks have appeared on many labels including Digital Traffik, Microtech Records and Mono Recordings to name just a few. Here the track intros with a cool percussion arrangement before classic styled kicks gets the sound locked into a solid groove. The bass rules from below as it cascades up through the sound, simple and effective short vocal samples add huge weight to the groove as the track takes us into a gritty workout complete with brass stabs. The break unleashes a brilliant Hip Hop styled vocal sample that leads us right back into this full on deep house monster groover.
Yusuke Yamamoto aka Freischwimmer delivers with his stunning Night Journey which is exclusive to this vinyl release. Yusuke is a contemporary house music producer and DJ currently based in Kyoto, Japan. His authentic sound remains universal and independent of trends and periods. He runs his own label Vacances Records and has seen release on many other labels including Oasi Lab, Houseworx, City Life, Ibiza House Hotspot and more. His last outing on Piston ‘Sun Shower EP’ was well received and is a testament to the eclectic nature of his style. A minimal sounding approach with a nicely clipped kick and percussion combo while a cool atmosphere is created in the background with great FX work. A simple yet highly effective bass joins the fray and soon transforms into a dominating force in the sound. Cool synth keys hypnotise and are joined by a much tougher synth riff that has a gritty edge. Throughout the sound a brilliant vocal sample keeps the groove flowing and continues through the break where a striking high pitched string comes in and leads us back into the swing of the main groove. Great stuff from Yusuke and definitely not to be missed.
Belgian DJ and producer Benjamin Vanderzeypen aka Ben Solar debuts on Bonzai Progressive with this superb four track EP entitled Big & Small. Ben’s venture into the electronic music world started off with small steps, he worked hard at learning his craft and the deep soundscapes, crazy riffs and driving basslines came together very well and soon he got noticed from various labels. As a DJ, he tries to keep up with every new track on the market. Every DJ set will be different, interesting and gives you a great idea on what’s new in the scene. Hopefully lots more to come from this guy and well worth looking out for.
First up we have the infectious Deepin Deepin which intros with a brilliant thumping kick and pulsating bass. You are locked firmly into this vibe as the hypnotic beats and bass work their magic. Subtle stabs filter through and further enhance the sublime experience. Crisp, sharp hats keep the rhythms flowing and on the break we get a glimpse of some beautifully layered soundscapes which work so well. Before long we go straight back to the solid grooves of this track which is definitely not to be missed.
Night Shift intros with a cool mixture of percs and bass notes that soon form up into a steady rhythmic groove with a chunky kick as the backdrop. The track is laden with quality FX that set a unique progressive vibe that continues to build throughout. A deep throbbing bassline keeps the track on the darker side of prog while on the break things whittle down to a tight drum arrangement before slamming back into full on mode, superb stuff!
Not Tested On Animals immediately sets a darker tone as a deep resonating bass lurks below. Cool percussion patterns begin to show and bring a solid groove to the sound. Thumping kicks are the perfect companion as the track begins to captivate. Sublime synths join beautifully with the FX on offer here as the progressive elements burst forth. A real solid progger here that will do well in any of those darker sets for sure.
Lastly on this stunning EP we have Timewarp which oozes progressive tech from the off. Multi layered drum patterns come together brilliantly and deliver a complex rhythmic sequence while the long release on the kicks adds texture. The bass pulsates throughout the sound beautifully providing the perfect backdrop. Vocal samples and FX are aplenty as the track eats its way into your brain. Surreal, hypnotic grooves that is a must for those late night sessions.
It’s been a while since we seen the impressive Solartoff at Eyepatch. His last outing ‘They Love Me’ saw great support from the promo pool and beyond. This time around we are treated to the deep treats of ‘Splash Chord’ which also comes backed up with a wonderful remix.
The Original Mix intros with a super chunky kick and classic electro styled percs. Drum layers build steadily into a smooth rhythmic vibe complete with cool vocal samples. Hard edged deep house chord stabs soon join the party as the bassline starts to dominate with its groovy delights. The break lets loose with those classy stabs and a fantastic vocal filled with soulful vibes which contain a classic retro theme. Big track for those terrace evenings on the beach and a definite must have.
DJ and producer Aphreme makes his Eyepatch remix debut with his superb Classic Remix. Big old school flavours are pouring out of this one as that brilliant vocal will attest. Nice tight drum arrangements give off that classic garage vibe which is only enhanced by those deep organ and piano chords. This track is not to be missed and will no doubt feature in many playlists this summer and beyond.
Chrono aka Zoltan Salai returns to SRUR after a short hiatus with his ten track album entitled ‘Pantihouse’. We last saw Chrono with his collaboration with studio partner Ascaloon and their ‘Balkan Express EP’. Zoltan began his musical journey at an early age with DJing being his big focus with many gigs all over the country. He soon met up with Otto (Ascaloon) and they began to organise parties all over Serbia and they were tagged as the “new generation”, like his friend he soon found himself on the producing side and the results speak for themselves.
The album kicks off with ‘Blues feeling’ which intros with a solid, thumping kick complete with sharp hats. A strong plucky bass is unleashed alongside a brilliantly tweaked blues style vocal. Silky smooth deep vibes and the perfect intro for this sublime journey.
Next up we have the Deep Version of ‘Rail Road’ that starts life with a rhythmic percussion arrangement before a well rounded kick sets the track off. The bassline is introduced soon after and gives the sound a cool bounce to dance to. Deep house styled chords come through alongside a round of silky keys and a smooth female vocal snippet. Perfect fodder for any deeper set.
‘Flight’ continues this journey into deep tech with a very cool percussive intro with a few bass shots thrown in. We gather pace as a pumping kick enters the fray and sets the mood perfectly. A very subtle yet hugely effective deep bass pulsates through the sound as expert FX work creates varying textures along with vocal samples thrown in. Superb stuff!
Next up we have ‘Mother Road’ which stays true to the albums theme, very percussive intro that leads into a powerful stomping kick. The vocal samples are outstanding a give the track great character while a myriad of drums provide solid rhythms for the dancing feet. An infectious deep and low bass sends reverberations through the sound as the layers continue to form. Surreal atmospheres are apparent as the contrast between the basses, chords and vocal blend beautifully.
‘Shake That Ass’ goes for an all out club fuelled dance tune. Nice chunky kicks and crispy percs provide the rhythms for this pumped up deep house groove. Bright chords keep the groove flowing while the long released bass will force you to shake it. The track is complimented with an upbeat ‘shake that ass’ vocal. A definite must on those bouncier floors!
‘Slim Fit’ takes us further into tech with a cool punchy kick and sharp percussion intro which leads into a lush piano chord. Surreal sweeping pads fade through alongside some vocal samples and lead up to a smooth bit of piano play. The bass takes the track deeper as it throbs throughout the groove and is joined by a grittier companion. Stark contrasts abound here and they come together beautifully.
The Original Mix of ‘Rail Road’ sets off in classic style with cool percussions and a nice phat kick combi. The bass takes control of the track early on and dominates throughout as it wields its powerful sub sounds that will no doubt have the speakers rocking. The vocal comes in nicely and is joined by some very cool keys that give the track a dynamic edge and one that will no doubt feature in many sets.
‘Train Signal’ brings us a perfectly arranged party tune for the floors. A cool and fun bassline pulsates through the sound and will have the party people jumping for sure. An element of funk comes through in a delicious sax riff while the drum arrangements deliver a solid rhythmic workout with an offset synth adding an extra bounce to the sound. Again we see some very cool vocal samples used which really set the track up nicely and makes this a must for any box this summer.
‘Wildlife’ takes us deeper still with a fantastic low end bass doing most of the work. Tightly arranged patterns dish out smooth rhythmic vibes giving this track a big dance factor. Aside from the bass we are treated to a brilliant display of keys that give the sound a beautiful deep house groove. Lots going on here and is definitely not to be missed.
We end this sublime album with ‘Pantihouse’, slightly more laid back due to the slower BPM’s, but still packing a huge punch. Chunky kicks and sharp, crisp percussion keep the rhythms flowing as a deep throbbing bass dominates the track. The vocal sample arrangements are spot on and blend superbly with the short synth shots. The perfect ending to this journey through deep techy house and will be a definite must for you collection!
Nico Parisi and Gai Barone have joined forces in the studio and came up with the stunningly deep progressively charged ‘Perla’ which is packed full with four brilliant remixes. The guys have both been on fire lately with their own works, Nico’s ‘Soulit’ gained rave reviews from many quarters while Gai’s ‘Cartaria’ continues to perform well all over. We’ve seen some exciting partnerships over the years at Bonzai and this one will no doubt be the start of something great with the hope of more to come, watch this space.
We get started with the Original Mix which intros with a punchy kick and some very cool percussions, but the big draw on the intro is the haunting background sounds that will send a chill down your spine. A deep growling bass takes the track further into the progressive depths as those haunting sounds continue. The bass intensifies as the track unfolds with the help of dark pads. The short break leads us directly back into full on mode as this relentless journey reaches its climax. Superb stuff and sure to be a hit with many!
Philthy Chit aka UK based producer Phil Taylor is first up on remix duty. Phil is a very popular choice for remixing as he has the Midas touch when it comes to reworking original tracks with his own brand of the darker side of progressive. That’s exactly what we get here. The intro gets the grooves flowing with a great breaks type beat along with cool percussive elements and shored up with a stuttering bass. Haunting soundscapes stay true to the original as the track gathers pace with the introduction of a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combi. The track builds and builds and climax with a superb vocal sample and a full on gritty vibe that takes us through to the end. Great stuff yet again from Phil, not to be missed.
Dutch DJ, producer and Bonzai regular Thorin delivers another stunning remix. Thorin has had a whole raft of top class cuts in recent times and is always ready to step up to the remix plate. His last outing on Bonzai Progressive, ‘Hallucinogen’ was very well received indeed and since then he has been responsible for many fantastic remixes, including this one. The track intros with a strong thumping kick and consistent arp sequence and backed up with a round of rhythmic percussions. Deep droning bass pads sweep throughout the track and add an air of intensity to the sound. The main bass ploughs right through the track and gives it that wonderful progressive edge we love. Cool stabby synths build their way up to the break where we descend into the abyss before being slammed right back into the main groove with a vengeance. Absolute stomper of a track with epic qualities that will get a lot of attention.
Rise And Fall aka Russian DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov is up next with his remix. Recently we saw Rise and Falls’ ‘Imagination’ get a lot of attention just like his previous outings. He has a unique progressive style that really gets under your skin and here he holds no bounds as we are treated to a stunning display of craftsmanship. A very understated intro sets us off as a simple kick is joined by distant hats and some fantastic percussions. The backdrop to this is a truly mesmerizing sequence of sinister sounding pads and a heartbeat type bass sound. All these sounds blend perfectly as the main track gets into full swing with the addition of chunky kick and a deep, pulsing bass. As the layers build you get locked in to this sound with its tough, gritty edge. You will not want this to end, a definite must for the darker sets for sure!
Belarusian Dmitry Molosh makes his Bonzai debut with a wonderful remix. Dmitry is no stranger to the scene as he has released a huge amount of tracks across many labels. He is a DJ and producer who built up huge respect from his peers as he worked his way around the circuit having played in lots of small venues which ultimately led to the bigger clubs. His desire for progressive house drew him to production where he has built up a large portfolio of works and got him in touch with other worldwide talents. Here, on the remix the track intros with a smooth ubiquitous vibe as well rounded kicks and sharp hats combine with a cool arp sequence. Warm pads come through alongside sweet melodic strings before an absolutely stunning bassline takes over. A beautifully melancholic synth contrasts well with the somewhat summery bassline to great effect. A stomper of a track that will be perfect fodder for those late night terrace sessions!