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LAJohnson debuts on Green Martian with the sublime two tracker, Absolution. Absolution intros with a full on punchy kick with shuffling hats and a lush rolling bassline that will get the dancing feet moving right from the off. In the background rich melodic strings float across the sound and deliver an intensity that builds throughout the sound. On the break the strings morph into a pulsating sequence as a melodic arp synth teases us with its imminent prowess. The bass has a huge impact on the sound as it effortlessly plods along with ever changing notes. Such an upbeat and euphoric sound here that will definitely turn a few heads, one to watch.
Never Forget sets off with a driving bassline alongside a nice chunky kick and rhythmic hats. Sweeping pads and strings fade through and bring a sweet melodic flavour as various sound also lend a hand. On the break we get treated to an epic slice of melody building as arps and strings combine to deliver that euphoric feeling. A super smooth solid slice of melodic progressive house that would sit perfectly in any peak time set.
My House Is Your House delivers its 11th incarnation filled with the very best Techno, Deep House and Tech House on offer. 20 of the finest cuts have been selected for your listening pleasure with tracks and remixes from the likes of Ecco, Johnny Deep & Pierre lusithingy, Charles Ramirez & J.Nandez, Kunda, GgDex, Mr. Beat, Luis Bravo, King & Johnston, Rion Oidua, Tali Freaks, Ivan Masa, Art Sparks, Eric Powa B, Nouskynousk, Son of Gabriela, Leandro Silva, Jazzman Wax & Iban Montero, Charles Ramirez & Stan Garac, TMRP, Bonetti, Filta Freqz and Thermo & DJ Phase. The perfect fodder to keep any party rocking, you will definitely want this in your collection.
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Phi Phi and Roddy Reynaert join forces again to bring us the superb three tracker Atlan. They teamed up in 2014 for Platinum on Infonika Recordings to a great reception. Phi Phi is no stranger to these shores, he’s been cutting tracks under Bonzai’s umbrella for many years alongside the likes of Philip Van Mullem, Airwave, Greg D, Yves Deruyter and M.I.K.E.. In recent years he got into the studio with Airwave with jaw dropping results. French DJ and producer Roddy makes his Bonzai debut, although he has been around the scene for a while. He has tracks released on Anjunabeats, Fuzzy Recordings, Intricate Records and Ifonika Recordings. He is definitely making waves with his style and he was snapped up for remix duty on DedRekoning feat Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Only Child on Perfecto Records.
Atlan delivers a solid progressive groover with tight beats and a cool rolling bassline. The track builds steadily and keeps you locked in as various layers are revealed. An intensity comes through on the synths which are backed up by some rising pads real cool vocal FX. On the break a plucky arp takes over as those rich strings add to the melodies before the track reaches climax and we are thrust back into the main groove. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.
Believe intros with a nice punchy kick alongside a cool drum pattern and crispy hats and soon descends into a deep grooving progressive monster with a dose of gritty sounds, winding synths and an aggressive bassline that dominates throughout. Cool voices sweep around and contrasts beautifully with the deeper elements and bright melodic arps. A real solid slice of prog here that is a definite must have track.
Mayhem is an obsessive in your face 4×4 track that delivers a solid punch with its no-nonsense kicks and filtered percussions. The bass is where it’s at here, deep rooted pulsating notes are drawn up form below and really take command of the sound. A tribalistic vibe comes through with the wonderful drum arrangement and tight patterns. This one is a must for those late night sessions, not to be missed.
German DJ producer Thorsten Hammer debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb two tracker Black Hole EP. Thorsten grew up with the early 90’s German sound and frequented clubs such as Omen and Dorian Gray, this is when he really fell in love with electronic music. After many years of DJing he decided he would try to find his own unique sound. In 2011 he started up his own label, Ametist Records which focused on bringing in new talent and Tech House and Deep House with room left for some Techno. Aside from Ametist his tracks have been released on a hugely impressive amount of labels. Delighted to have him on board.
We kick off with Black Hole Breakfast with its bright intro packed full of snappy snares, crispy hats and punchy kicks. A deep, probing bass soon follows with an accompanying chord to get the groove flowing. Cool vocal one shots litter the sound and give a nice added texture to the vibe. In the background various pads and strings are on the rise and give way to a warbling riff that soon dominates for the duration. A real nice slice of deep Tech House that you will not want to miss.
Soda intros with a nice crispy vibe as various hats and cymbals combine before a punchy kick takes over. Rich pads and strings take over on the first break and bring a beautiful atmospheric vibe which is backed up by a very cool singing vocal and a sinister deep spoken vocal. The track settles into a deep groover complete with a phat bassline that drives the track brilliantly. An expertly crafted slice of prog tech with wonderful contrasting vibes, a must have.
Italian producer Marcus Raute is back at Piston with the fantastic two tracker, Without You EP. We last saw London based Marcus back in the summer of 2014 with Samplin’ Memories which went down a storm in all the right places. Since then he has notched up a raft of releases across various labels and solidifying his hold on the Deep House arena. He also recently played at the famous Ministry Of Sound in February 2015 and no doubt you will see him other top venues soon.
Echoes settles into an edgy slice of deep tech right from the off with a raw urbanised sound that locks you into its groove with nice punchy kicks tight percussions and a cool street vibe ambience. Deep house chords crop up from time to time alongside a tribalistic vocal and pave the way for a very cool percussion driven lead to the backdrop of rising pads that ebb and flow throughout. A real solid deep tech and tribal stomper that will not disappoint.
You Don’t Say intros with a real tribal vibe as tight drums and percussions lock horns alongside a very cool and subtle vocal. Rich, high strings make an appearance and give off some cool contrasts to the sound as a deep rooted bass lurks in the depths. The vocal has a huge impact on the track and soon draws a lot of attention with its pure house vibe. Superb stuff with a strong, powerful groove that will definitely dominate the floors.
The Muzika train just keeps on running, already we are seeing the 10th instalment featuring some of the finest Techno cuts around from the likes of Harun Karabulut, Patrik Prelovsky, Dr. Mabuze and Sylar.Harun Karabulut kicks us off with the fantastic Complex Gravity. Harun is no stranger to the Muzika series, he teamed up with Ozan Kanik on Volume 7 with Yavas Yavas back in 2014 and has been churning out quality cuts on various labels since. We’re delighted to see him back with this stomper. The track gets right into the bowels of Techno with chunky beats and a superb deep bass that packs a huge punch throughout. The tight arrangement is tied up with expertly crafted noise FX that sweep over the sound perfectly as classic chord stabs litter the groove. Top notch yet again from Harun, a track you will not want to miss.
Next up we have Patrik Prelovsky with Hypnotic. Czech Republic born Patrik quickly climbed the ranks as a DJ from a young age. He has shown up on various labels including Eyepatch Recordings, Mint & Mustard and many more with his brand of Techno fuelled cuts. Here, the track intros with a solid pumping kick drum and sharp accompanying hats and claps. A throbbing bass forms up from below and brings a hypnotic rhythm to the sound. Short and snappy percussive hits play a big role here and add to the infectious grooves within the track. Cool vocals litter the sound as stabby synths join in. A definite floor hitter that will have you hooked in for the duration.
Dr. Mabuze debuts on SRUR with Same Question and turns up the heat with his sublime Techno grooves. The intro sets the tone perfectly and takes us deep into the sound with muted kicks and downward spiralling notes. The kick drum transforms delivering a huge punchy hit alongside crispy hats that get the rhythm flowing with a little help from a tight drum arrangement. A dark tone develops as the track progresses with the introduction of an eerie, deep and raspy vocal. Powerful stuff that will keep the floors alive no doubt.
Sylar marks a full SRUR debut with Long Distance. We last saw him back in 2012 on remix duty for Calbos’s The Grind which was very well received. Today we get the full on deep experience right from the off as nice punchy kicks are joined by a rhythmic percussion section. Grainy synth stabs dominate the track with their sketchy lines and infectious aftertaste. The bass rolls through the sound perfectly and keeps the groove pumping while adding to the hypnotic flavour. A masterful slice of Techno that is not to be missed.
Finnish producing duo, Soft Knees, make a welcome return to Bonzai, this time around they show up on Bonzai Elemental with the sublime three tracker Lost Tapes. Soft Knees intros with a super smooth and grooving arrangement filled with cool electric guitars, deep droning basses and a slow drum creating a beautiful atmosphere. Distant voices come through and have a huge impact on the sound as the intensity rises with a nod to prog rock through electrified guitar riffs. A simply stunning slice of music that you need in your collection.
Cosmos Got The Blues takes us on a journey right into the heart of a blissed out, euphoric groove. The track meanders along at a steady pace and offers up some real cool synth sequences that rise consistently throughout. Subtle melodies filter through also and accompany the dirty style bass brilliantly. The second half of the track delves into the murky world of the blues as electric guitars unleash their woe laden riffs. Hypnotic and mesmerizing, you will definitely come back for more on this one.
AI Dub rounds off this fantastic pack with its surreal intro filled with spoken words sounding off numbers as a soft and melodic synth rises up. A very warm bass soon joins in alongside a smooth drum arrangement before a much dirtier synth takes over. As the track progresses you can feel the intensity rise as those synths become beefier and take on a much more organic flavour. A very cool breaks – rock hybrid that is chock full of wonderful electronic sounds.
Matt and Manu are back in duo form again with another sublime, tantalising progressive cut. These guys are currently hitting top form with their works, they set the bar high when they delivered You Are Contagious back in February and without doubt they have maintained their attention to quality this time around. So much going on at the moment for these guys, individually and together. They have successfully launched their own radioshow Ethnoscience and have appeared as guests on many other shows over the last few months including a spot on The Diversity of Progressive. Manu continues his run of top notch pressings with remixes for various artists including his own remix on Blufeld’s A World Less Ordinary and with Matt on Dark Soul Project & Mathov featuring Fe Malefiz’s We Are Not Alone. He is also working alongside another superb artist on a new project which we will learn more about soon, so stay tuned. Matt also continues to deliver the goods, he is a constant feature on Joof and has a brand new single coming very soon on Bonzai Progressive as well as a feature on Recoverworlds newest compilation. Lots of things happening for Matt in the coming months covering both releases and DJing, so keep an eye out as he could be playing somewhere near you soon.
Submerged Needs intros with a dark atmospheric vibe as tight drums combine with a nice big chunky kick and FX that lurk in the background with a sinister edge. A deep throbbing bass shores up the rear as various layers begin to rise including rich strings and a superb ethnic voice. A short break winds down before we get locked into the solid grooves of the track complete with chugging bassline and fantastic synths. A subtle melodic flavour rings throughout the sound as we are led deep into the progressive world. The main break throws up more of that stunning ethnic flavour and a colourful selection of sounds before getting right back into full on mode. A truly deep slice of progressive that is not to be missed.
Silence In My Head can only be described as a stunning piece of work. A super tight construction filled with punchy kicks and a bassline that melts into the groove beautifully while chugging right through the sound. A superb display of various little synth shots litter the groove and build a kaleidoscope of perfectly matched sounds. On the break we find ourselves deep within a classic progressive vibe as a haunting vocal comes through alongside a sweet melodic sequence. The lead synth is where it’s at here and coupled with that driving bassline we get a nod to the great days of progressive sounds. A big hitter here that will definitely be featuring in many, many sets all over.
Debut appearance on Bonzai Progressive for Tomin, Aniko and Cherif with the wonderful deep progressive tones of Summer’s Gone. First time venture for this trio of artists with each bringing their own unique flavour to the table. Bratislava based Tomin has been around the scene for quite a while having started out in 2004 as resident DJ in Exit and Mecca before getting his teeth into music production. He has flirted with many styles of music but always brings out a deep emotional vibe.
Summer’s Gone Original Mix gets right into a smooth groove right from the off with those punchy kicks and subtle drums which are contrasted by snappy, sharp claps. In the background a nice melody floats around before the track takes a nose dive into progressive depths with a superbly deep and throbbing bass that will have sub woofers quaking. Cool synth notes litter the sound and form a textured layer throughout as sweeping pads and strings dish out a cool atmospheric vibe. On the break the track whittles down to reveal a super sweet melody as soft plucks are faced off by that bass before we are plunged back into the groove for the duration. Top notch cut here you will definitely want in your collection.
The Deeper Dub Mix of Summer’s Gone takes on a deeper role as the more progressive elements are enhanced. That deep throbbing bass remains and is a big focus in the sound alongside very subtle synth plucks and chords. As the track evolves we are drawn into the depths as the hypnotic groove takes hold of your senses. The break throws up a hint of melody but is overshadowed by that powerful bass. One for the late night sessions here, a must have.
Divergence intros with a cool drum arrangement that boasts cool hat and percussion patterns alongside a muted kick. That kick gets its punch on soon after as the layers build creating a nice, flowing pro house groove. The bassline comes at us with a merciless reverberating prowess that will definitely have the floors shakin. Colourful textures evolve from the various synth sounds on offer as the track mesmerizes with each phrase. Tucked away deep inside the track are subtle house chords that adds a great character to the sound. A relentlessly powerful track that will sit well in the deeper sets for sure.
Brett Lawrence is back at Piston with the superb Just Jestin’ EP. His last outing Different Heat EP was very well received and you can rest assured that this new cut will turn a few heads. Brett has been around the music scene for quite a while now and he remains as dedicated as ever. After shuffling around the UK organising parties, DJing and clubbing he settled in London where he established the thriving Assembly Records which continues to be a go to label for uncompromising sounds.
Just Jestin’ intros with a tight drum and percussion arrangement that gets the rhythmic juices flowing beautifully. A butt shakin bass soon takes over and will definitely have the floors rocking to its deep and lush groove. Cool synths flutter throughout the sound and really bring forth that true house feeling. On the breaks we are treated to a superb display as a wall of synths rise up alongside filtered kicks and bass before we slam right back into full on mode. Definitely one for the boxes here that will not disappoint.
Tear It Up brings home a real sense of deep house right from the get go with its chunky kicks and bobbing bass. Cool crispy hats and snappy claps deliver a solid rhythm to the sound as that bass continues to hold power in the groove. Smooth keys begin their journey as they fade up into the groove alongside scattered vocal hits. But, it’s that bassline that will have punters coming back for more, a must have slice of deep goodness.
Altek debuts on Green Martian with the tantalising Control EP. Hailing from El Paso, Altek has been influenced by lots of different genres which have shaped his sound today. In mid-2000’s he became more involved with electronic music, particularly deep house, progressive house, minimal, techno, and trance. He started DJing in 2006 and was mainly focused on trance but changed direction as he looked more into progressive sounds. Now residing in Austin, TX and thanks to the help from RealMusic Events, Electric Avenue ATX †and Hypersonic Radio, today Altek can showcase his record box at local clubs (Kingdom and Lania) which contain sounds from Cid Inc, Stas Drive, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, Guy J, Guy Barone, †Mike Griego, Marcelo Vasami, Andrea Cassino, Anthony Mea, Addex and many more underground house hold names. He started producing back in 2007 when he took piano and music theory lessons which in essence have helped with his understanding of music.† After many years of learning and practicing, he got recognition for his remix on One of Use, One of Them by Lukajieff. Delighted to have him on board and we look forward to more.
First up we have the slinky progressive house grooves of Control. A tight punchy kick intros with cool atmospheric sounds coming through in the background. The track breaks early to reveal a fantastic dancing bassline that will definitely get the floors moving. The bassline melds into the groove as cool vocals blend in alongside subtle melodies. On the main break we get drawn into a superb melodic sequence filled with sweeping pads and lush synths. A real smooth slice of prog here that will not disappoint.
Coven intros with a cool melodic arp as deeper tones go off in the background. A nice and phat kick soon takes over and we begin our trek into a true progressive house groove. Smooth swelling pads rise up alongside a superb bass that meanders along in its slinky groove. Fresh sounding synths bring an air of brightness to the sound and on the break we get a taste of a very cool lead that ties the track together beautifully. Perfect fodder for an early morning session, not to be missed.
Rounding up this fine EP we have Bayside Drive with its classic intro filled with a surreal atmosphere that builds and builds with a blissful flavour. Cool synth arps deliver a subtle melody as the track evolves and takes us deeper into the groove. Sleek percussions dish out a solid flowing rhythmic vibe as we head into the break where we are drawn into the sound even more with a little help from a smooth melodic groove. A top class progressive house experience that will turn a few heads for sure.
Alex Wolf and Claas Herrmann join forces on the techno fuelled Wormhole EP. These two young German producers have been around for a while now and have worked together in the past on Captiol Input. Alex started out at a young age and found himself immersed in Minimal Techno vibes. In 2011 he began to produce his own material and gained a lot of support with his first release Drugs All Night. Soon after he embarked on a new journey when he got the DJing bug which led him to play at lots of top parties. Claas also started out in music when he was young, his first release Unknown Groove was snapped up by many labels and spread around the globe with much support. He also DJ’s regularly alongside some of the world’s top jocks.
Wormhole is a straight up techno stomper with big chunky beats and a hypnotic groove that locks you right in for the duration. A deep probing bass rocks the speakers with its raw power and sits perfectly at the lower end. Cool FX litter the background and pair up brilliantly with a tight drum arrangement. Definitely a big hitter that will dominate the floors.
Vortex goes in for the kill with a tight construction filled to the brim with punchy kicks and shuffling hats that dish out a solid rhythmic flow. The bassline dominates in a simplistic style that hooks you into its grip for a deep and groovy ride. Grungy synths fill out the break as a riser takes us back into full on mode, top notch stuff you will not want to miss.
The Club Traxx journey continues with Psy Progressive 2, an expedition into full on banging beats and trippy basslines. The first outing proved popular and this time around again, we have meticulously selected only the finest cuts for inclusion. 20 of the best top notch, hard hitting grooves are on offer from the likes of Liquid Soul, Zen Mechanics, ManMadeMen, Martian Arts & Black Noise, Ananda Shake, Faders, ON3, Bliss, Outsiders, Symbotic , Spirit Architect, Dj Antrix, Killer Weekend, Masticate, Sonic Species, System Nipel, Aquatica, Dapanji, Mystical Complex, Vibe Tribe, Spade, X-Noize, Funk, Truck, Nitro Drop, Roger Rabbit, Stereo Plug ft. Twelve sessions, Aerospace, Planet 6, Mystical Complex, Kali, Lifeforms, Yar Zaa and Artsense. Grab yourself this megapack and boost your DJ prowess to the limit.
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Hurlee returns to Piston with the two tracker, The Vox EP. It’s been a while since we last saw this talented Spanish DJ and producer, it was way back in 2013 when he delivered his debut Dancing With You EP. Great to see him back and we look forward to more in the future.
Hurlee – The Vox EP, out this week on Piston Recordings, is featured by Beatport in the Tech House genre page!
Blufeld returns to take us on one of his beautifully colourful progressive trips with the superb A World Less Ordinary which comes packed to the hilt with three top notch remixes. As ever Blufeld remains hard at work in the studio and he has recently announced his 4th studio album is just about ready for our listening pleasure, so stay tuned for more on that. In the meantime his latest track Threlkeld got a nod on Drizzly Records’ Trance Sessions 14. As well as that his remix on Greenage’s Lost Memories stalked the charts for a while and keeps with his constant presence on the scene. Exciting times ahead that you will not want to miss.
The Original Mix takes us on a beautiful journey into the progressive sound with a wonderful driving bassline on top of a tight drum arrangement. The attention to detail is sublime with sweeping pads and FX creating textured layers that blend effortlessly. As the track reaches its peak we are locked into an intricate web of melodies that just seem to flow into our minds with ease. The break gives those melodies their chance to shine with a superb synth hook that climaxes with us getting shoved right back into the main groove, excellent stuff yet again from Blufeld and not to be missed.
Up first on remix duty we have the ever impressive Manu Riga with his Vision Remix. Manu continues to deliver the goods with only the highest quality in mind. He is always looking for new angles and pushes himself past any barriers that get in the way. While 2014 was a big year for him, 2015 is already shaping up to be even bigger with multiple projects on the go with various artists. His collab with Matt Holliday got off to a flying start with their Ethnology EP (You Are Contagious & Roots) which charted well upon release. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more on this guy soon, you will not be disappointed. On the remix Manu goes full on right from the get go with a brilliant evolving offset bass that drives the track beautifully with the help of a nice punchy kick and a trademark tight drum arrangement. Running through the track we get an almost acid-style riff that filters brilliantly throughout. High strings come into play alongside an angelic voice that melts into the sound. In the background a complex array of FX and sounds fill the spectrum giving us lots to focus on. Another fine slice of prog from Manu that will definitely fill a peak time slot.
Mark Found is up next on the remix and in typical fashion he knocks it outta the park. We last saw Mark on the remix for Thorin’s Secrets back in October 2014 and since then he has released various cuts on different labels with a lot of attention going his way. Also in recent months, Mark launched his own radioshow, Cityscape on DI.FM which is gaining great momentum as he takes listeners deep into progressive territory, worth checking out every third Thursday of the month at 20:00 CET. The remix here intros with a well rounded kick that packs a nice punch alongside crispy hats and a spacey synth line. The intro climaxes into a solid, deep bass that shores up the groove beautifully. On top we have winding synth pads that ebb and flow and bring subtle melodic sequences to the fore. An array of layers provide for contrasting textures that will keep you looked in for the duration. On the break a much brighter melody is unleashed as those sweeping synths mesmerize the mind. A superbly tight slice of prog that will definitely be a big floor hitter.
Horizons aka DJ Shy rounds off this top notch pack with his remix. It’s been a while since we last saw this guy over at the Bonzai offices, although he has been busy with DJing and other releases. Since his last outing he has been a prominent feature on our compilations such as Bonzai & Friends, After Hour Trax 14 and Club Traxx Progressive House 13. Great to see him back and we hope to see more in the future. The intro on the remix takes hold right from the off as we are drawn into a surreal world of floating strings and droning pads that create a stunning atmosphere. A nice big chunky kick gets the track on the move and is soon backed up by a lush bassline that takes control and drives the groove beautifully. On the break a wonderful melodic sequence unfolds as the lead synth winds its way through the kaleidoscope of sweeping pads. A truly epic slice of progressive vibes you will really not want to miss.