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MANU RIGA & MATT HOLLIDAY – YOU ARE CONTAGIOUS (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Having joined forces just a few short months ago, Manu Riga and Matt Holliday deliver the fruits of their labour with the superb two tracker You Are Contagious. Both artists bring their different expertise to the table, Manu aka Adriaan Baussens, with his deep, dark and tribal ethnic flavours merges beautifully with Matt’s progressive trance, tech edged grooves. Their producer minds have connected effortlessly as they collaborated initially via Skype and then in person with Manu travelling to Matt’s hometown of Birmingham. Manu is a longstanding member of the Bonzai family and has brought many top notch progressive tracks to the table, a list way too big to type. Matt has established himself firmly within the underground scene in the last few years, he has released on top labels including JOOF, L*C*D, Discover and Go On Air. His style of producing covers progressive, trance and deep tech grooves and it was this that caught the eye of John 00 Fleming, who described him as a “great discovery”. A big moment for Matt, and one he takes great pride in, was back in 2014 when he had the opportunity to remix a track for the legend that is Airwave. Big plans are ahead as these two gifted artists let loose their creativity in the studio and refine their DJing skills with upcoming radio guest spots.

You Are Contagious is a definite peak time track with it’s tough edged, tribal infused grooves. We get sucked right into this groove from the get go as a deep, throbbing bass bubbles up from the depths alongside some expertly placed sounds and FX. Classic house styled chord stabs litter the sound and lead us seamlessly into the more progressively charged side of the track with the addition of ethnically charged voices and tribalistic drum sequences. On the break is where this track really lifts off, deep droning basses converge as bright melodic leads splatter across the spectrum alongside rich sweeping strings. The voices come to the fore before tribal drums get us back into the beat driven rhythms. A roof raiser for sure you will not want to miss.

Roots takes us deep into the darker side of progressive with its haunting intro filled with chunky beats and ghostly scraping sounds. A myriad of one shot hits litter the arrangement and add wonderful textures to the sound. A real deep rooted vibe emerges as the pulsating basses lock horns with the superb tribal beats. The haunting theme is greatly enhance with an absolute gem of a female whispering vocal that will send shivers down your spine. Throughout the track we get treated to many ethnic sounds but the stand out moment is a didgeridoo riff that is placed so perfectly in the composition. Another must have track that will be right at home in the middle of your set.

#manuriga #mattholliday #bonzaiprogressive

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RUSLAN VASHKEVICH – ASHUAR (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Russian DJ and producer Ruslan Vashkevich returns to BP after his debut Simargl back in October 2014. This time around on Ashuar, we are treated to three top notch cuts that will get those progressive juices flowing.The title track Ashuar, intros with nice punchy kick drum and cool percussive hits that steadily build up into a full blown rhythm section. Rich strings fade through creating a sublime atmosphere alongside some very cool FX. The bass brings the progressive groove of the track to the fore as it meanders through the sound beautifully with its plucky vibe and clipped edges. A deep hypnotic groove ensues that will have you locked on for the duration.

I’m Fine, What’s Happening picks up the pace a bit with an up-tempo kick that takes us into a rising offset synth and a pulsing bass combi. The synths transform throughout with varying degrees of pitch and modulation. A tight drum arrangement provides a solid rhythm that will keep the feet moving on the floors no doubt. This track will fit nicely into the faster paced sets and bring a nice slice of energy to the proceedings.

Jene Nete takes on a real smooth progressive flow from the outset with its lazy bass and shuffling rhythms. A tight arrangement keeps everything in check as distant pads begin to rise in the background. The break descends into total silence before that punchy kick brings us back into the main groove. Quite a minimalistic vibe that solidifies the saying that less is more, and with Jene Nete this is true. A definite must have track for those late night sets.

#ruslanvashkevich #bonzaiprogressive

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ORAA & EKAI – HOT LIKE 95 FAHRENHEIT (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Oraa & Ekai make their duo debut on Piston the superb two track Hot Like 95 Fahrenheit. Great to see Oraa return to Piston after his last release a few years back with That Go EP which was very well received indeed. Since then he has released on several labels and added his skills on remix duty for various artists. Ekai is a lover of house in all its forms and while he may seem relatively new to the scene he brings a fresh sounding quality to house music and he lists some of the greats of house as his influence such as Masters At Work, MK and Green Velvet. An exciting future for this Spanish duo as their music will attest, we’re looking forward to more in the future.

Hot Like 95 Fahrenheit intros with a classic styled kick and hat combi that always gets the appetite whet. Cool vocals creep into the sound early on and give us a glimpse of things to come. A superb pounding, throbbing bass takes full control of the sound as it bounces through the groove while those MC style vocals do their thing. Super tight drums bring a solid rhythm and keep the dancing feet moving easily. All throughout the track we get shook to the core by that brilliant bassline which really holds the track up beautifully. Get this on your playlist, you will not be disappointed.

Sun Won’t Shine Forever gets going with a powerful kick that hits you right in the chest and is joined by some crispy distorted open hats. Cool siren FX fill out the background as cool analog sounds bounce along the groove. A deep rooted bass lurks at the low end and allows the mid range sounds to flourish. Sinister sounding vocals sound off throughout and provide a dark narrative as much softer voices filter through. Cool dark sounds for the late night sessions, superb stuff.

#oraa #ekai #pistonrecordings

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RAVENHERZ – HOST (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

ravenherz aka Otto Ravenherz returns to Elemental with a blissful trek into chilldom with Host. This young Russian producer debuted at the start of 2014 with Safe Place which has since went on to feature on numerous compilations. In his earlier years he was inspired by the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, AC/DC and Metallica. At the age of †5, he was watching live performances on VHS again and again and decided to become a Rock Star, but his parents always told him that being a musician isn’t a stable way of life. Later, against the odds, he attended music school and found a passion for electronica as well as studying forensic science. Currently he enjoys dabbling with a wide range of music styles of which the results are outstanding. We hope to see much more from this guy in the future.

The Original Mix of Host intros with a beautiful melancholic sequence as deep bass notes lurk in the background. The track bursts into life with an unexpected Drum and Bass rhythm section complete with crispy hats and syncopated kicks underneath a superbly arranged snare. Above the melancholy a much sweeter, melodic flavour can be found among the sweeping pads and the smoothly plucked electric guitar. Perfect fodder for a warm evening by the fire.

Anin Velik steps in for remix duty on Host and delivers a superb cut in the process. The intro glitches into existence with a distorted rising synth and hypnotic low frequency. Beautifully modulated keys fade through as analog sounds sweep past giving off a space age feel. The melancholy seeps into the sound beautifully and is contrasted by some wonderful guitar melodies before the track completely transforms into a tough and edgy slow grooved monster. Big chunky kicks and deep droning basses dominate and then dissipate leaving behind a raw, electrified groove. A track with many faces and interesting twists make this a truly sublime experience.

#ravenherz #bonzaielemental

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PHILTHY CHIT – DICHOTIC (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

The impressive Philthy Chit aka UK based Phil Taylor delivers the powerful progressive groover Dichoctic which comes backed up with a remix from Tribal Warriors. Phil is currently churning out top class work as shown in his last release Confabulate as well as releases on other labels including Perfecto Records with more in the pipeline soon. More recently his works have gained popularity with appearances on the chart topping Bonzai & Friends compilation. He remains an in demand remix artist with many requests coming in thick and fast. Check out Phil’s new radio show Perfecto Black on DI.FM which airs on the first Wednesday of every month from 6pm GMT where you’re sure to catch only the best sounds from Bonzai and beyond.

The Original Mix gets us going with a tough, pounding kick and sharp hat intro as metallic hits drop on the downbeat. A cool shuffling rhythm ensues as a deep bubbling bassline takes control of the sound. The deep bass remains a constant while a sub bass filters off to add an edgy touch. A fantastic ‘deep in the house’ vocal wafts through the sound beautifully and adds a great character to the sound. On the break cascading arps take the track deeper into the progressive world resulting in a super tight groove that will hold you in its grip for the duration. Superb stuff yet again from Phil and a must have track for sure.

The Stripped Mix is a much smoother track than its original sibling. The powerful deep grooves remain but with a slightly different drum arrangement that still packs a huge punch as it dishes out a full flowing rhythmic sequence. The cascading arps are still a big feature alongside that deep, solid bassline and house inspired vocal. Definitely not to be missed.

On the remix we have Tribal Warriors aka M.I.K.E./Push who we last saw on Bonzai Basiks with his Defiance EP. 2014 was another big year for Mike as his tracks and remixes gained chart topping status across various portals. Already in 2015 he has some great things lined up including more Push Live which always makes for exciting times. Don’t forget to check out Club Elite Sessions to stay up to date with all the goings on. The remix intros with a muted kick as a wasp-like sound fades through, instantly grabbing your attention. A strong throbbing bass rises up from the depths and is joined by bright, crispy hats and sharp claps which provide a cool rhythm to the sound. The kicks are transformed into nice punchy shots that balances things out beautifully. An intensity builds in the track as synths begin to form up alongside that very cool vocal. On the break the swirling synths are tweaked and filtered into a frenzy before we crash back down with a superb kick and analog synth combi. A proper tech fuelled groover here that is the perfect crossover track into the progressive world.

#philthychit #bonzaiprogressive #tribalwarriors

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CHRISTOPHER HERMANN – POINT G (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

DJ and producer Christopher Hermann debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the sublime Point G. Also known as KristÛf Hermann, he has been a lover of music all his life. His early years were spent listening to lots of music, but in 2003 everything changed after hearing Hernan Catteneo’s Renaissance Master Of Series. Progressive House became something he would pursue with gusto and he started to as much tracks as he could. In 2007 he made his first mixes under the name Christopher Hermann and quickly gained a reputation as a respected DJ with quality tunes and tight mixes. His tracks have appeared on labels like Klinik Room, Emotional Noise, BQ Recordings, Balkan Connection South America, Clinique Recordings and Crosslink Music. A fine addition to the label and hopefully more to come in the future.

First up we have Point G with its stunningly deep bass driven intro. Phat kicks are layered over a throbbing deep bass as wispy sounds fly through the sound. The rhythm gathers pace with the introduction of a cool hat and clap pattern. The track takes on an erotic flavour as various voices seduce the senses with their sexual appeal. Dark toned stabs litter the groove with cool house textures as the progressive edge drives the track. On the break things heat up to a feverish pitch as a female voice groans with pleasure before that huge kick and bass combo returns. Superb stuff that will go down a treat in the darker rooms.

High Heels & Lingerie intros with a snappy kick and a smooth plucked bass sequence while swirling stynths create a cool atmosphere. The groove goes deep here as that bass etches into your brain, hypnotizing your mind with its progressive prowess. Cascading notes bring a hint of melody as the layers build and create a solid rhythmic flow alongside the crispy hats and percussions. The break lets loose on the synths before slamming right back into the main groove. A top notch progressive cut you will not want to miss.

#christopherhermann #bonzaiprogressive

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BONETTI – DON’T STOP THE RHYTHM (PISTON RECORDINGS)

The stylish sounds of Bonetti return with his new four track EP entitled Don’t Stop The Rhythm. This Spanish DJ and producer likes to add his own unique twists on Tech House and Deep House which you can find on his last release Rupture. Always a delight to have this guys sounds come into the office and hopefully much more to come.

Up first we have the aptly named Don’t Stop The Rhythm with its shuffling percussive intro that really sets the rhythm loose. Tight drum arrangements build up and are soon joined by a nice well rounded kick that adds a cool punch to the track. A short break brings in groovy keys that bring a warm glow to the sound. The keys take on various personas as a result of some nifty finger play creating a smooth head nodding groove that in turn gets the booty shakin. Top notch FX sweep through the sound alongside funky vocals which sit so well into the groove. Superb stuff you will not want to miss.

House Of The Rising Sun intros with a classic styled chunky kick and hat combi which is joined by a throbbing bass that walks through the sound effortlessly gaining momentum as it goes. Warbling keys soon join is also and deliver a real funkness to the groove with the help of cool vocals. The break whittles down to echoed claps and vocals as a brilliant chord stab fades through before slamming us right back into the main groove for the duration. Top notch solid beats here that will be a welcome addition in any deep and groovy set.

Next we have My Lonely Nights which sets off with a smooth, atmospheric house vibe as soft keys come through and transform into a sustained synth complete with filtered edges before slamming into a full deep fuelled vibe. Super tight drums and plucked basses provide the solid rhythms here and the myriad of keys make for a very interesting ride. The vocals stand out beautifully and keep with the funky tones within the groove, a stunning slice of deep house goodness here and a must have track for 2015.

Dance For Me rounds up the EP in style with its classic intro and teasing notes. A wonderfully lush bass meanders through the sound giving off a quick step feel as a tight drum arrangement sets the rhythm off. Cool keys litter the groove throughout and provide a true house experience alongside the fantastic vocals on offer. A proper upfront deep house cut that will have the floors moving no doubt.

#bonetti #pistonrecordings

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INSECT SOCIETY – MADE IN SWEDEN (BONZAI BASIKS)

It’s been a while since we last saw Hungarian producer and composer Insect Society at Bonzai Basiks, the wait is over as we have the newest cut entitled Made In Sweden, which comes with a top notch remix. And Cleopatra Wept was his last outing which went down a treat and prompted a call up to remix duty for Van Czar’s Despote EP. Hopefully much more to come from this talented artist in the future.

The Original Mix intros with a cool robotic voice that trails off into a deep drone that rises up through the sound beautifully as huge punchy kicks are joined by a selection of sharp percussions and top class FX. The bassline is where it’s at here, a solid, driving groove becomes the mainstay of the track and blends perfectly with the rising arps. The arps take on a retro theme with acid undertones filtered in and on the break this is complimented by stunning FX that pop up out of nowhere. A truly hypnotic and driving techno groove that will be a most welcome addition in any set.

The OSC 1 Mix takes on most of the Original Mix’s flavour, the driving bass groove and pounding beats all remain alongside the robotic voice and wonderful FX. The main difference is in the arps, here they are taken up an octave and weave a slightly different pattern. That retro theme is still in play and gives a nod to the old skool Techno sound. The perfect extension to the original and equally a must have addition to your box.

#insectsociety #bonzaibasiks

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E.F.G. & NEPTUN 505 – FOLLOWED BY EYE (GREEN MARTIAN)

E.F.G. aka Oleg Szyszkin and Neptun 505 aka Marcin Stepien join forces for the stunning Followed By Eye on Green Martian. Oleg got into the electronic sound in the late 90’s through listening to the likes of The Prodigy and Fatboy Slim. In 2005 he got into Trance and Tech Trance before finding Techno and groovy deep basses. His aim is to merge these two worlds and ultimately define his own E.F.G sound. This journey has taken him far and wide with slots on many radio stations including Insomnia FM, Proton Radio and Houseradio. A part of the Electronic Tree Crew, he has also worked on many other labels. Marcin is no stranger to the GM stable, his last outing, Zulu EP which showed off his tribal style and was very well received. He has worked extensively with many artists over the years including many times with Oleg, they even debuted together back in 2008 with Trainman Of Switzerland. An exciting duo with plenty to offer and we hope to see more from these guys soon.

The title track, Followed By Eye, gets us moving with a smooth progressive house vibe that strolls along effortlessly carrying you along for the ride. The intro boasts a distant percussion and drum pattern as vibrato strings bring a rich sound. Tribalistic drum patterns emerge and get the rhythm flowing before a deep throbbing bass takes over the sound. Smooth melodic phrases are splattered across the sound beautifully and give a nice warm glow to the track. The break reveals a super sweet melodic sequence complete with rising strings and excellent voices that add a great character to the sound. The perfect remedy for the Winter months, this track will be hot ticket on the floors no doubt.

Mindtrip is aptly titled as right from the off we are attacked by a pounding kick with strange rising synths flowing through. A distinctive spoken vocal lurches out and the track breaks to reveal a surreal sequence of mixed sounds that really penetrate the mind. Those chunky kicks are joined by a round of slapped drums that bring a tribal element to the groove. On the main break, just when you thought the track couldn’t get any more trippy, we are faced with an ever rising wall of strings and pads alongside that deep voice which will blow your mind. A superb slice of mind melting prog here that is a must have.

#efg #neptun505 #greenmartian

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METRONOMES – DOMIN.US (PROGREZ)

Deep progressive duo metrONomes return to Progrez with the superb three tracker Domin.US. Their last outing came in the form of the wonderful Madam Butterfly which gained lots of attention. You can also catch the guys in action on Bonzai Basik Beats radioshow where they showcase their brand of progressive vibes with tight mixes. Always a pleasure to see these talented artists and we are sure to see much more in the months ahead.

First up is the title track Domin.US with its percussion led intro filled with snappy snares and crispy hats. The brightness is broken by a monster kick and a pounding bass that beats at your chest mercilessly. The tight arrangement brings a deep rhythmic groove that would be at home in a darkened club with the amps all the way up. Quite a minimal approach with a few layers being added as the track progresses, this makes for a truly dark experience that will definitely blow your mind, not to be missed.

Pussy Hat intros with a winding bass that fades in and out to the backdrop of an eerie soundscape filled with multiple textures. Crispy sharp hats are met with a big chunky kick that dominates the sound beautifully. A deep rooted bass begins to find its way through as it rises up from the depths. The break reveals more of that huge soundscape before we are thrust back to the main groove and those solid beats. A monstrous sound that have any system quaking in its boots.

Narcosis rounds up this fine package with its deep progressive offering. Tight beats and sharp percussive elements are shored up by a pulsing bass that gets the head nodding. A great drum arrangement gets the rhythm flowing nicely as deep low end frequencies begin to rise up. Top quality FX litter the sound adding cool textures throughout. An intensity is generated with the introduction of cool synths that are perfectly filtered in and come to prominence on the break. Superb stuff yet again from the guys and a definite must have.

#metronomes #progrez

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OZAN KANIK – BACK ALLY RALLY (SOUNDS R US RECORDINGS)

SRUR stalwart Ozan Kanik delivers his next slice of pounding Techno with the superb Back Ally Rally. Last time around we got a dousing of bass driven Techno with Adults Only which was very well received. Aside from that there was a lot of activity on the remix front with a monster remix on Oz Romita’s revamped Idiots. Back Ally Rally comes packed to the hilt with no less than four top notch remixes as well as the original.

The Original Mix is a heavy hitter with pounding kicks and a throbbing bass that lurks in the rear while crispy open hats fill up the higher frequencies with a very cool release giving a nice aftertaste. A sinister sounding pad remains a constant throughout the track and adds a lot of depth to the sound alongside some super cool vocals that stand out brilliantly. A proper slice of pounding Techno grooves that will definitely be a go to track in your collection.

Canadian DJ and producer D-Unity debuts on SRUR with a stunning remix. With releases on various top quality labels like Universal Music, Toolroom, Yoshitoshi, Great Stuff, Stereo Productions, Ultra and Armada, and his own Beat Therapy Records we know we’re in for a stomping good time. He’s also played at various gigs all over the world where he delivers his own unique style through solid DJ sets, great to have him on board here. The remix certainly ramps up the groove with a tough, in your face pumping kick drum that really hits the mid-rift with great force. The bass is perfectly tweaked to merge beautifully with those kicks and the two together really will shale the bins no doubt. A nice and tight drum arrangement provides a smooth rhythm to the track as a constant pad hangs about the background. Great use of the vocals that work so well with the sound here making this a must have track for peak time madness.

Dutch DJ and producer Steve Mulder returns to SRUR with his brilliant remix. It’s been a while since Steve graced these shores, back in 2013 he featured on our ADE sampler with Matador. Since then he has racked up a raft of releases on various labels including Toolroom Records, Hi Tek Records, Mad Hatter Recordings and Tegno Records, great to see him back. On the remix we are taken down the rabbit hole of Techno. From punchy kicks to bright hats and solid bass to hypnotic chants, we enter into a maelstrom of noise that blends together so effortlessly. The vocals are used sparingly allowing the arrangement to churn out its sublime grooves. A superb slice of Techno that be right at home in the darker rooms.

Netherlands based Don Ruijgrok debuts on SRUR and what an entrance he makes with his remix. Don can boast a very impressive release count and his work has gained the support of many top jocks including Richie Hawtin, Sasha Carassi, Slam, Axel Karakasis, Piatto, Electric Rescue, Secret Cinema, D.A.V.E. The Drummer and Tom Hades. His works can be found on the labels like Capsula, Globox, Plastic Rules, High Definition Records, MBD, Selected Records, LCMTC, Phobiq, Respekt Recordings, Driving Forces and Akoom Records. Nice to have him on board with this one. Nice big thumping kicks get us on the move alongside a sharp hat. A deep reverberating bass swells up from below and drives a solid Techno groove into our brains. The vocal gets a hefty dose of delay which really enhances the character of the sound. Cascading arp riffs fill in the gaps and take us on a swirling hypnotic ride before spitting us out back into the driving groove. Outstanding track that is a definite must have.

Atesh K. Is another debutant here at SRUR and we are thrilled to have him on board. Atesh has a longstanding electronic music career which started back in the 90’s. Born in Cyprus he has always had an interest in music and began to DJ in the early 90’s. By 2002 he had his first release on Berlin based DJ Sets Records. Since then he has released on many other labels and his music gets regular support from Richie Hawtin, Alex Flatner and Marco Bailey to name just a few. The remix begins life as cool bass note with distant percussions fading through. A monster kick takes over alongside a wonderful probing, deep bass that gives off a cool retro feel. Super tight drum arrangements provide a solid rhythm that will definitely get the dancing feet going. As the vocal fade up the intensity builds in the groove as that bass just eats into your brain forcing you to surrender. The break throws up a fantastic display of effects on the vocals that give a surreal edge to the sound before slamming right back into the main groove for the duration. Superb stuff that is not to be missed.

#ozankanik #soundsrusrecordings #dunity #stevemulder #donruijgrok #ateshk

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AUDIO NOIR – LIFE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

After a sublime remix on Quadran’s, Animals Rebellion, Audio Noir kicks off 2015 with the superb Life, which comes packed with three awesome remixes as well as two original versions. 2014 was extremely busy for Australia’s hardest working producer, a studio album, multiple releases and a plethora of remixes have put this guys at the top of his game. So much more to come from down under so make sure you stay tuned.

The Vox On mix intros with a cool scratchy percussion arrangement that leads into a pounding kick and sharp hat combi. Swirling strings bring a surreal feeling to the track with a melodic flavour that draws you in. The track breaks to reveal a stunning female vocal full of melancholy and the perfect contrast to the high pitched strings before descending into a deeper, darker progressive groove with the addition of a bubbling bass that adds a wonderfully warm texture to the sound. Excellent stuff yet again that will whet the appetite for those deep prog sets. Also, check out the Vox Off with the vocal stripped out to leave a sublime instrumental version.

First up on remix duties we have Alex Vidal with his deep and lush progressive grooves. Alex’s last outing, Pieces Of A Dream back in the last quarter of 2014 was very well received indeed with support coming in from all angles. Here he injects some fantastic prog vibes into the remix right from the off as a nice punchy kick is joined by crispy hats and a rolling bass that fades up beautifully to dominate the track. In the background pads form up and provide a wonderful atmosphere to the sound that fits perfectly with the darker tones. The bass is complimented by some very cool chord stabs that evolve throughout the track. On the break we get a glimpse of the vocal with its playful yet haunting feel. A true deep and hypnotic slice here that you will not want to miss.

The ever popular Yuriy From Russia is next up on the remix. In 2014 Yuriy churned out multiple remixes for Bonzai, including a remix on Audio Noir’s Almost Famous, that gained lots of attention and charted across many platforms. He also got showings on many compilations including Club Traxx Progressive House 13 and Bonzai & Friends Underground Progressive Collection among others. Here the track intros with a cool round of percussions that layer up into a smooth flowing rhythmic vibe. A deep and lush bass takes over the track and drives the groove beautifully into progressive utopia. Swirling pads litter the background and bring a melodic edge to the sound as the vocals tease their way through. The track builds nicely and those playful vocals really add great character. The bass develops into a groovy mover as various notes begin to cascade through. Another top notch effort from Yuriy that will be a welcome addition to any set.

Narel aka Nick Simmons rounds up this package with his Remix Parts 1 & 2. We last saw Narel on Green Martian with the outstanding The View At 2 AU. On top of that he also got an appearance on the chart topping Bonzai & Friends compilation. Great to see this guy back and we hope to see more of him in the future. The remix today comes in two parts, the intro brings a myriad of synths and strings that form intricate and colourful patterns. The track takes off with a fantastic punchy kick that really dominates and works perfectly with the mid range sounds. A somewhat laidback groove comes off the bass as it meanders through the sound working in tandem with the melodic flow of the track before it begins its rise with superb note changes. On the break we get drawn into a beautiful melodic sequence as cascading arps fade through and lead us into the second half of the remix which becomes a slightly more upbeat affair. The vocal sweeps through the sound throughout and brings with it a contrasting melancholy. A stunning journey into the progressive world from Narel making this a track you will not want to miss.

#audionoir #bonzaiprogressive #alexvidal #yuriyfromrussia #narel

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QUADRAN – ANIMALS REBELLION (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Veteran DJ and producer Quadran aka Philippe Van Mullem makes a welcome return with the fantastic Animals Rebellion which comes packed with two superb remixes. His last outing Rumour performed very well indeed with much support across the board. Since then his tracks have appeared on multiple compilations through various labels, including the 2012 stomper Vertigo which appears on the chart topping Bonzai & Friends mega pack. Delighted to see this man return and we look forward to more in the future.

First up is the Original Mix which sets out with an energetic intro filled with a rolling bassline and a nice punchy kick alongside crispy hats. The bassline gets you locked right into the groove as various sounds begin to filter through, creating a cool, colourful image. The track breaks to reveal an atmospheric pad that brings a sense of euphoria to the sound. The pads ebb and flow as a myriad of cascading arps shine through and give the track its hook. Quite a nostalgic sounding track here from a master of the original trance sound and well worth queuing up in those upbeat progressive sets.

The man from down under, Audio Noir, delivers Another Audio Noir Odyssey, and yet again we find ourselves totally locked into his tribalistic, futuristic vibes. 2014 proved to be extremely productive for this talented artist, he had his hand in multiple remixes as well as an exhaustive release schedule. On top of all that he had his debut album, Almost Famous see the light of day, and on the back of that we saw two volumes full of top class remixes from various tracks off the album. No doubt 2015 will be even bigger, we hope so. Here the remix intros with a cool glitchy sound which is soon joined by a tough edged bassline that fills the sound beautifully. A steady rhythm is formed with the addition of sharp hats, snappy claps and a tight tribal fuelled slapped drum arrangement. The intro gains intensity with a sudden burst of rich synth pads as distant kicks tease their way in, the track fades off to reveal a very cool spoken vocal before we slam right into the 4×4 beat we’ve been craving. The relentless bassline and the sub retro synths make for a truly hypnotic experience as the track settles in for the duration. The break hones in on those wonderfully sharp pads and takes us back into the main groove with ease. Another top quality slice, not to be missed.

Relaunch returns with another absolute stomper of a remix. His stunning sounds continue to garner great support from many around the world, as seen with his last release, Sleepwalking EP. A very much in-demand artist whose sounds span various labels and cover various genres with ease. His radioshow, Electronic Delight just recently passed its 50th episode and has an ever increasing fan base. Expect more from this guy in 2015. On the remix he holds no bounds as he unleashes the power of a strong and driving progressive groove on our senses. The intro crashes in with wonderful pads and sharp synth layers alongside solid beats and cool FX. The bassline lurks in the background with its deep drone allowing the myriad of mid range sounds time to play. The short break offers a respite before slamming right back into this full on prog monster of a tune. Perfect ammo for those late night sets.

The Balance Mix intros with a solid bass and kick combi that raises the energy levels right from the off. Shuffling hats give off a smooth rhythmic flow and blend perfectly with the deeper bass and punchy kicks. Big focus on the melodies with wispy pads that bring a richness to the sound, alongside a catchy note sequence. The synths are where it’s at here, big trance-like stabs with an infectious appeal that will definitely raise the roof at any venue. Top notch stuff and a definite must have.

#quadran #bonzaiprogressive #audionoir #relaunch

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QUBIKO & FABIO RICCIUTI – BOZZA GREZZA EP (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Debut appearance on Piston for this trio of artists with the superb two tracker entitles Bozza Grezza EP. Qubiko is made up by DJ and producer duo Giuseppe and Andrea who got together in 2010 in an unlikely partnership. Since then they have racked up residencies in the likes of K.Lab and Monica as well as a vast array of releases on many labels including multiple remixes. These guys continue to make waves in the House scene and are definitely ones to watch. Fabio is an Italian DJ and producer who started out as a drummer and at the age of 23 he ventured into the DJing world securing residencies at many top venues. He has worked with a host of artists over the years and has a longstanding connection with Qubiko having collaborated with them over the years. A fine addition to the Piston stable, we hope to see more from these guys in the future.

Bozza Grezza gets right into a deep and dirty groove from the off with a cool, crispy hat and chunky kick combo alongside a tight percussion section. We get drawn into the rhythmic nature of the track as the expertly crafted drums become a big feature providing the groove beautifully. Brilliantly effected vocals come through and bring striking textures to the sound in their various forms. Superb stuff that will get any dancefloor rocking with its bouncy beats.

Inside intros with a high pitched string, muted kicks and an inviting open hat which leads up to a strong punchy kick that takes over beautifully. A big, brash dirty bassline soon enters the fray with its menacing groove that will get the booty shakin no doubt. Superbly tweaked vocals litter the sound throughout and give the track its character as late night grooving monster. Perfect fodder for the late night sessions, not to be missed.

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SON OF GABRIELA – JUST BE EP (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

Son Of Gabriela debuts on Eyepatch with this two track deep stomper entitled Just Be EP. Son Of Gabriela is the new moniker of Solartoff who has provided some top quality work on Eyepatch as well as superb remixes of various artists including Van Czar. He has also appeared on two of our compilations, Deep Worx 10 and My House Is Your House 10. No doubt we are in for a real treat with this new project and we hope to see more soon.

First up is the Analog Tape Vocal Mix of the outstanding Instantly. The intro features a beautifully constructed drum and percussion sequence that gets the deep vibes flowing nicely and is complimented by a soft kick that brings out the groovy rhythms. Intricate synth patterns caress the sound with warm tones and keep with the almost laidback nature of the track. An outstanding sultry female vocal runs throughout the track and becomes the main focus as the narrative unfolds giving the track a great character. Top notch stuff that is most definitely not to be missed.

The Sun intros with a warm synth pad that lulls you into its embrace with the help of a subtle percussion arrangement. Throbbing basses soon follow and takes us deep into the groove as sharp chord stabs litter the midrange. The track picks up a groovy persona with the introduction of various riffs on the keys while higher pitched strings float across the sound. A definite late night groover here that is the perfect tonic to wash away a hard days work.

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