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DENNIS ZEPHYR – SUMMER MEMORIES (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

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Ukranian DJ and producer Dennis Zypher debuts on Green Martian with the two tracker “Summer Memories”, a divine slice of blissful progressive house vibes. Dennis got into creating music on computers from a young age, he studied the ins and outs of electronic music compositions. He gained a lot of knowledge and by 2008 he was starting to DJ at various events and radio stations, since then he has produced quality cuts in various genres with support coming from across the world.

“Summer Memories” intros with sweet melodic sounds that lead to a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combo. The surreal FX add a cool contrast and create a sublime atmosphere. A deep and lush bassline comes through adding a true summer vibe and you could easily find yourself locked into this groove on any terrace party. Melodies play a big part in the track as it progresses giving us plenty to listen out for, top notch!

“Sweet Miami” gets right into a full on house groove, the intro sees quality stabs set the scene against a rhythmic drum and percussion section. The bassline takes on a very lush persona that will get any floor moving, melodies creep into the vibe brilliantly and again we are left with a top quality tune, perfect for those banging terrace evenings.

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25 September 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

CLUB CULT 003 (AU RECORDS)

 

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Inês Duarte is not just another dj, she has created a certain and stable foundation that can be heard and felt in any one of her sets to date. What Inês lacks in years, she makes up for in the extensive knowledge she has acquired in her younger years, with time spent listening to some of the most talented musicians in the genre who have gone on to be some of the most influential. Her musical selection pushes through boundaries and to simply describe it as “premium”, a word commonly thrown around in the industry, sounds depreciative to anyone who knows and follows her music. Inês mainly spins House music but her foot in Techno cannot be ignored, an undeniable distinction.

This is what Club Cult has always strived for; our vision is to provide contemporary electronic music that is ruled by quality and since its inception we have always tried to not follow any trends but to forge our own path creatively.

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MANU RIGA – CIMMERIAN (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Notable Bonzai artist Manu Riga is back once again with a quite stunning piece of work. “Cimmerian” is an ethnically charged dark prog house stomper and comes backed up with top notch remixes. Manu is a busy guys at the moment as he works hard in the studio on his own material, remixes and collaborations which makes for a very exciting future.

We open with the Album Mix, the intro alone will have you intrigued as a watery effect rises from the depths accompanied by hair raising ethnic vocals. It’s not long before the kicks ramp up the energy on an epic journey that lies ahead. Brilliantly crafted percussion arrangements build up layer upon layer to create a strong progressive groove while the bass drones away in the background drawing you in. The ever changing vocals are prominent throughout and are a very strong feature of the track with some beautiful synth work matching up perfectly. Just at the midway point the intensity of this track increases tenfold as a myriad of sounds clash in total harmony and a big surprise pops up in the shape of some classic piano, awesome! This is an experience not to be missed and a testament to the stunning talent shown in Manu’s work.

Veteran of the progressive sound Van Bellen is up first on the remix. Yoogie is responsible for some absolute stunning remixes and releases on Bonzai over the years and here he continues with the same forthright creativity that always inspires. To say we are in for an epic journey is an understatement, the track opens with a superb punchy kick with percussions supplying a cool underlay. The bassline creeps up out of nowhere and before you know it your locked into a full on progressive ride. Brilliant synth and pad work keep the ears trained with anticipation as the dynamics of the track flow effortlessly. The break reveals beautiful melodic sequences which leads us straight back into the pulsating rhythm, superb stuff!

The impressive LoQuai takes to the mixing desk next with a progressive masterclass. The ethnic vocal opens the track and then powers straight into a head on collision with chunky kicks, crisp hats a brilliant rolling bassline. LoQuai certainly takes the track deeper with dark grooves and minimal use of the vocal, when the vocal is used it creates full effect and this creates a wonderful dynamic within the sound. Intense strings rise and fall as this non-stop relentless groove weaves its magic across the spectrums, top notch indeed.

Finnish DJ and producer Cid Inc. aka Henri Hurtig debuts on Bonzai with a huge progressive monster. Henri is responsible for a massive amount of releases and remixes across many many labels and his talents don’t stop there as he also runs his own label Replug. Here he kicks off the remix with a nice chunky kick drum alongside a rhythmic shaker while the bassline rises up to form the basis of a true hypnotic experience. The bassline also forms subtle melodies from deep within and as the track progresses the intensity builds to that of merciless heights. The break reveals stunning sequences that provide respite before getting launched right back into this upfront progressive groove.

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ERIC POWA B – SUNSHINE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Belgian DJ and producer garners legendary status wherever he performs. Eric has been at the forefront of the EDM scene for a long time and has held residency in some of Belgium’s top clubs. He has also produced many tracks under various guises and across many labels. In 2013 Eric’s status continues bare truth as he churns out tracks like this latest offering on BP entitled “Sunshine”, this release features four top quality remixes alongside dub and instrumental mixes.

The Original sets up a scene of true deep techy progressive house, perfect for those late night terraces. Nice beefy kicks against cool, crisp hats are set beside a throbbing, deep rising and falling modulated bassline. The big hitter on this will be the vocals which come from a very popular and legendary artist. The vocal sits beautifully within this sound and the extra FX added give it a robust feel, great stuff!

Hailing from Texas, USA, John Rivera steps up on the mix with his Sexy Summer Remix. John is well travelled on the DJ scene and has a multitude of productions under his belt across many labels including the might Slip n Slide. John has also performed at many top fashion events including the likes of Armani and Calvin Klein and his ability to play guitar is the driving force behind his productions. The track is a much more upbeat affair with that scorching summer beach party in mind as the name remix title suggests. From the off the sound makes you move as the kicks are combined with a cool piano riff and rhythmic percussions. The vocal makes an early appearance and sets the scene for the remainder of an excellent house vibe.

Mindgamers, who really need no introduction, are up next with their sublime remix. The guys are busy as always and here they deliver the goods yet again in their own unique style. A higher tempo pulls this track towards the progressive end of the scale while retaining the ever present house roots. Tight drum arrangements are married brilliantly to a rolling groovy bassline while house styled strings ebb and flow throughout the track. Subtle melodies creep in while the minimal use of the vocal create an urge for more, another stunner from Zas and Sanze!

Belgian DJ and producer Ecco makes a welcome return to remix duties with his own brand of tripped out progressive tech influenced vibes. From the get go the beats are locked into a strong steady groove with a deep pulsating bassline which dominates the track. Fantastic percussion arrangements keeps the rhythm flowing while the synths lie in wait in the background. Ecco has used the vocal here superbly, he adds multiple FX and creates an ethereal sound that captivates, great remix and one for the darker rooms!

deepAlexander returns to the Bonzai stable after his track “Timeloop” went out on Green Martian and was well received. Here his attention turns to hypnotically driven progressive beats as a brilliantly crafted drum arrangement carves out a mesmerizing groove. A nice chunky bassline delivers a punch while arpeggiated synths provide a contrasting melodic sequence. Again we see the vocal applied perfectly over the sound which will put this one on many playlists all over.

Thomas Genchev has become a firm favourite in a very short time as he is in big demand for remix duty. His latest outing “Noise & Silence” is a testament to the quality on offer from this talented producer. The remix takes things deeper with a sublime progressive workout, big focus is placed on a throbbing bassline and a subtle yet infectious and stealthy synth that gets right into the sound. The vocals come through very well indeed fitting into the groove without hesitation, another fine slice from Thomas!

Also included is a Dub Mix for the Dub heads and an instrumental version for those who want to lose the vocal.

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JOHNNY DEEP (AKA YONATHAN DAHAN) – PORTAL STEPS (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

 

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Israeli DJ and producer Johnny Deep aka Yonathan Dahan makes his full release debut with Bonzai on the ever popular Eyepatch imprint with his own brand of delectable deep tech. Johnny got a taste for electronica after listening to top jocks in the 90’s, he spent three years in and around Detroit as well as other parts of the US and Canada. He gained a mountain of music experience which he took back to Israel where performs at all the big parties and does his part to keep the underground scene alive.

“Portal Steps” intros with a deep throbbing bass alongside cool vocal samples and percussion arrangements. The beats kick in throwing us into a full on deep and techy house jam with some very groovy synth stabs bursting with house flavours. Throughout the track the vocal samples come through very well and the funk levels keep on rising, one to watch and sure to be on many floors upon release.

“Soulvation” is Johnny’s next track and comes in the form of his Deeper Dub. A much deeper vibe is evident with a slower tempo driving the grooves. Very well crafted percussions and FX work tie the track up beautifully while a super smooth deep, infectious baseline brings up the rear. On the break classy synths do their work and force you to shake that ass, great stuff.

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MUZIKA – VOLUME 4 (SOUNDS R US RECORDINGS)

 

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Muzika is now already on its fourth instalment and again we bring you four top class tracks from four top class artists, so buckle up for a techno fuelled ride into the wonderful world of Sounds R Us Recordings.

First up is Alessan Main & Juciff with “Storm”. Chilean born DJ and producer Cristian Alexander Soto López aka Alessan Main began his music career at nineteen years old, playing in clubs and bars he soon got into production and has appeared on labels like The Room, WTF! Music, Jekos Music and more. Colombian based DJ and producer Juciff started out at just sixteen, he has played many clubs around his homeland and has appeared on labels including Nature Music and Junka Records. The track is a dark edged techno offering full of an array of FX and filtered synths, a very eerie atmosphere is created also with some brilliant vocal samples, excellent stuff.

The very popular boss of SRUR, Oz Romita, gives us another taste of his superb brand of techno grooves. His track “No Doubt” will be destined for club classic status, chunky kicks and a heavy bass are gelled together seamlessly with a cool rhythmic percussion arrangement. Cool vocals show up from time to time and on the break we get a huge build up that includes sirens, a must have in any techno set.

Debut appearance on SRUR for Turkish DJ and producer Ozgar Uzar with his track “Blue Wind”. Ozgar has been around the EDM scene since 1995 and has a huge amount of releases under his belt on labels like Desperadoz Records, Workstation, Bedroom Muzik and many more. The track is a masterclass in techno grooves with percussions playing a big part in the sound. Just after the intro a huge riser takes us through to the main groove that goes on relentlessly, big sound for big floors here and one to watch.

Another debut appearance on SRUR for Los Angeles based DJ and producer Andy Slate and his track “Mandalay”. Andy first came into contact with turntables in 1983 and has been thrashing out techno beats ever since. His longstanding production career has seen his music on labels such as Soulmate, Eightmileshigh and Nervous Records to name just a few. “Mandalay” gets right into a full on techno groove from the off with a tight drum and percussion arrangement backed up with a popping bass and crunchy brass stabs, excellent workout!

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HORIZONS – ARGENTINA EP (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

 

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Horizons aka DJ Shy delves into a world of beautiful blissed out vibes on his new “Argentina EP”.

“Ushuaia” Original Mix gets you in the mood for some laidback chill time as sweeping pads are contrasted with a dark edged drone, subtle breaks fade through and then suddenly we are right into a full on progressive driven groove filled with wonderful melodies. Quite a unique sound here that borders on uplifting euphoria and the solid drive of progressive trance, top stuff.

Next up we have the DJ Shy Presents Outerspace Rework of “Ushuaia” which is an incredible take on the original with a true chill out vibe attached. Massive soundscapes are on the go here with a plethora of brilliant sounds combining perfectly to get you into that zoned out mood, superb!

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MY HOUSE IS YOUR HOUSE #7 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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7th installment in the My House Is Your House series, this time with original tracks and remixes from Shades Of Gray, Rogerio Martins, In2Deep & Fultone, Accatone, Dimitry Liss, Ed Lee, Oushanmete, DJ Mishakov, Fauvrelle, Project KF, Oliver Maier, Rick Wade, Sebastien Desay, Sensoreal, JR From Dallas, Lurob, Daniel Ray, Victor Maximiliano, Luis Bravo, Michael Berklin and Chanelle Pearl.

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THOMAS GENCHEV – NOISE & SILENCE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Thomas is back again with another round of quality progressive house vibes with “Noise & Silence”. His last outing “Cough Drops” performed very well on the circuit and no doubt this two tracker will follow suit.

The title track starts off with an almost tribal vibe, tough kicks over a classic percussion arrangement and a very subtle bassline. As the track progresses a hypnotic vocal sample fades in and quickly becomes the forefront of the sound before retreating. Intensity builds with quality synths and on the break a heavily FX’d vocal peeks through before getting right back into this true solid progressive house groove.

“From The Beginning” delves back into the prog house arena but with a slightly more upbeat vibe. Again we see quality beats and arrangements applied expertly. Thomas has a knack of bringing in sounds in a very subtle way yet they have a major impact overall, this ability is manifested here beautifully. On the break those sounds combine well and will have you keeping this tune on repeat as there are new things to hear on each listen, superb stuff.

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11 September 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

YAROSLAV LENZYAK – PANORAMA (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Ukranian producer Yaroslav returns to Bonzai Progressive after his last instalment under his Pozitive moniker. The two track release “Panorama” comes backed up with two top class remixes. His last track “Colibri” was well received with support coming from all quarters.

The Original mix on “Panorama” serves up a tasty tech house offering with a cool and steady flowing rhythm and a nice deep bass on the lower end. Sharp, crisp hats keep the flow and some nifty acid type sounds give off a raw edge. The break gives us very well crafted pads which seem in total contrast with the sound but blend in perfectly, a nice round of prog to get the party started.

Popular remixer and producer Kevin Vega drops by for a remix and he delivers the goods yet again. Kicking off with a tougher more gritty feel he blends the sounds in his usual unique fashion. The percussions lead to a hypnotic state and the bass sits nicely on the arrangement. A bit of epicness comes through on the sound with the addition of huge soundscapes and very subtle melodies which create tension brilliantly. A top notch remix that would be a welcome addition to any deeper prog set.

Yaroslav’s next track “Tech Clips” brings out the techy side of prog, big chunky kicks are accompanied with some wonderfully arranged percussions and a bassline that reverberates throughout the sound. Tech fuelled synth stabs light up the groove while on the break a fantastic guitar type sound takes over, great stuff!

Purveyor of fine deep grooves Diego Alvez makes a welcome return to the Bonzai stable with his superb remix. Great intro with a shuffled groove that blends effortlessly into a steady four to the floor kick and hat combo. A short melodic arp sequence then dominates the sound and creates a cool progressive charged atmosphere. On the break Diego applies a very cool and strange metallic type synth that captivates and adds intensity, brilliant stuff from Diego!

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YUSUKE YAMAMOTO – YELLOW EDGE (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

 

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“Yellow Edge” is a three track debut release on Eyepatch for Japanese DJ and house music producer Yusuke Yamamoto. He runs his own label Vacances Records and has seen releases on many other labels including Oasi Lab, Houseworx, City Life, Ibiza House Hotspot and more. His tracks are supported by a lot of big DJs including Luciano, Claude VonStroke, D’julz, Anthony Collins and Moodymanc to name a few. He brings a fresh approach to house and this is manifested within this superb pack and we love the sound so much we will also be releasing this onto good old 12″ vinyl which will be a welcome addition to any DJ’s box.

The title track kicks us off with a cool rhythmic vibe through a well crafted drum and percussion arrangement. The hats, combined with subtle bongos bring the track to life early on before a wonderfully deep bassline takes the centre stage. Deep rooted chord synths fade in taking the track well into the depths of house music. A classic styled simple vocal sample adds a big punch to this while higher pitched strings ease the track along.

“Noir” is up next and again we see an intro that gets right into a rhythmic flow from the off through a brilliant mixture of kicks and percussions. Deep synth chords soon follow and we are set on a head on collision with more quality deep house grooves. Yusuke uses vocals samples very well which adds a certain retro richness to the vibe. An infectious groove fit for any deep set.

“Olene” rounds up this release in style with a bit more pace in the groove. The arrangements on the drums and percussions are top class yet again and the deep bassline pulsates and throbs enough to the asses shakin’. Some brighter synth moments with a little bit of melody thrown in are coupled with stabs of brass instruments and strings. The vocal samples ooze class and sums up the track quite well overall.

Another top notch exclusive Eyepatch release which will be a must for those deeper sets.

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JONATHAN CALVO – THE INSTRUCTOR (BONZAI BASIKS)

 

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Long time Spanish DJ and producer Jonathan Calvo debuts on Basiks with a stunning tech house fuelled package. Jonathan has been a DJ for more than 20 years and recently he has used this extensive experience to enter the world of production. He has seen many releases since 2011 on labels like Ambiosphere Recordings, White Island Recordings, New Era Recordings and many more. Here he delivers two tracks backed up with quality remixes.

The Original Mix of “The Intstructor” is a powerful tech house stomper, heavy kicks are accompanied with a deep throbbing bassline and steady rhythmic percussions. The overall sound is quite minimal but packs a massive punch, throughout the track a cool vocal sample subtly delivers a narrative to the vibe, top stuff.
The Club Mix delivers more of the same tech vibes but with a deeper house twist due to the synth chords coming through, perfect for a deep set on any floor.

Argentina born Martin Lacroix is up on remix duty with a superb gritty take on “The Instructor”. Now residing in Barcelona this DJ and producer has seen releases on many labels over the years and currently DJ’s at top venues around Barcelona. The track intros with a sort of metallic feel as the synths punch out their groove. Tough beats are matched well with cool percussions and deep basses. The vocal is much more prominent here as it gets beefed up to become the main feature of the track.

Jonathan’s next track is “Sai Baba”, the intro puts us right into a solid groove with a thumping kick and crisp percussion combo. The tech vibes begin to flow when the super low end bass kicks in with a very subtle synth coming through in the background. A relentless and infectious groove ensues which would be a perfect addition to any set list.

Barcelona based production duo Endika & Sesk make up the project Krusound and here they deliver a superb tech filled house remix on “Sai Baba”. The intro gets the rhythm flowing early on and soon a deep throbbing bassline takes over the sound with cool synths and vocals adding to the dynamic vibe. Another fine addition to this pack and a must for the deeper floors out there.

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