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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!
French producer P.A.M.O debuts on Eyepatch with this stunning two tracker entitled ‘The Lost Thing’.
‘The Lost Thing’ intros with a smooth deep chord and a soulful vocal backed up with some cool and crispy hats and claps. The percussions bring forth a steady rhythm and are enhanced with the addition of some tight skinned drum patterns. The vocal samples come flooding in as the sound evolves, funky screams and soulful one
shots are the perfect addition to the evolving grooves. A very cool upbeat track that is a must for any box.
‘Encore’ sets off with a rolling drum sequence filled with punchy kicks and big toms that are joined by sharp open hats and give off a very smooth rhythmic vibe. A deep droning bass dominates the sound soon after and is joined by a silky smooth deep house chord sequence. Contrasting high pitched strings come through alongside short vocal samples creating a sublime deep groove that will definitely turn heads for sure.
Onofrio is back to Basiks with his ‘Underground People EP’ which comes backed with two fantastic remixes. This guy goes round the houses as he has seen tracks appear on our Eyepatch and Sounds R Us labels. His last Basiks outing was way back in 2013 with ‘Red Lights EP’ and since then he has continued to deliver the goods.
The Original Mix intros with full on Techno flavours in mind. A deep rolling bass and punchy kick set the scene for a relentless ride. Percussions build their way in with crispy hats and some great snares and claps that set off a cool rhythm. The vocal sample is heavily effected with superb results and adds character to this minimal sound, particularly on the break. Cool bouncy rhythms that will have any floor moving in no time.
Van Czar is up next with his Ibiza Remix. Van continues to inspire as he pours his soul into each production and remix he does. His latest outing ‘Black Diamond’ on Bonzai Basiks is shaping up to be another of his master strokes. We know he travelled to Ibiza recently and no doubt he will have gotten the inspiration for this remix there. A percussive led intro takes us smoothly into a techno groove with nicely padded kicks and a pulsating bass. Rhythmic patterns evolve beautifully with the addition of subtle percs here and there. Sublime rising pads take the focus and blend well with the tech grooves before leading into the break where a faultless sequence takes place filled with powerful vox and swirling pads. The tracks kicks back in and we are locked on for the duration, another fine slice form Van the man!
Next up is Cysxe with his Dark Room Remix. Cysxe is the moniker of Van Czar and is an outlet for the tougher edged techno he likes to delve into. Cysxe has seen releases on labels like NXT Recordings, Eyepatch Recordings and more over the last year or so and first came to prominence with a remix of Van’s Bonzai debut ‘Bouge’. The remix intros with an energetic feel as phat kicks are paired with a chest pounding offset bass that really sets the track on fire. Cool background FX adds texture to the sound and a hypnotic single synth note really brings out the tougher edged techno vibe. A monster of a tune that gives off a retro feel and will no doubt be a popular choice among many!
Relaunch delivers another of his stunning packs with his ‘Camis Minor EP’ which comprises four tough edged progressive monsters. Maik’s productions are top class and he has seen much support across Joof and Bonzai in recent months along with other works for various outfits.
First up we have the title track ‘Camis Minor’, right from the off we are thrust into a driving progressive groove with punchy kicks and a pulsating bass that provides the power behind the track. Tight drum and percussion patterns give off a steady rhythmic flow as the sounds gather pace around the track. Perfectly tweaked stabby synths lead us to the break where a beautiful lush pad takes over before crashing back into full on mode. Top notch stuff yet again from Relaunch.
‘Cygnus’ packs a huge punch as it delves right into a full on progressive stomper from the get go. Chunky kicks are accompanied by crispy hats providing a smooth rhythm and laced with bubbly basses that seem to just materialise from nowhere. We get a sense of Relaunch’s Psy roots as the synth line along with that powerful bassline will attest. Perfectly placed acid squelches add tough character to the sound while on the break we are taken on a sublime ride as the synths and pads take hold. Progressive, edgy house that will do well on many floors for sure.
‘Despina’ intros with a monster kick and sharp hat combo with a contrasting melodic synth bringing up the rear. A strong plucky bassline throbs throughout and gives the track a purely progressive vibe. Synth patterns form up nicely and take us up to the break where the bass is joined by cool arps and lush pads creating intricate melodies for us to enjoy. The track eases back into the groove for a fantastic journey through prog house at its best!
Lastly we have ‘Rhea’ which intros with a beautifully crafted sequence of bass pulses, FX and pads. A big and ballsy kick adds weight to the intro and the track soon settles in for an epic ride as melodic synth patterns begin to rise. The break unleashes a wave of euphoria as we are taken into a brilliantly crafted build up that will have the hairs on your body rise. Superb track and one that will gain a lot of attention, no doubt!
Spanish DJ and producer Alex Vidal debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic ‘Solar Citadel’ which comes complete with two stunning remixes. Alex found a passion for music at a very young age when he learned to play Spanish guitar and piano. He grew up listening a wide range of music from the 80’s & 90’s, the likes of The Cure, Depeche Mode, A-Ha, New Order, The Cult, Nirvana and Metallica, are just some of the bands that shaped his youth. He started to DJ in the early 90’s playing techno, trance & house in local clubs and private parties.
The Original Mix kicks off our journey into the deeper recesses of progressive house with a sublime intro filled with dark drones and contrasted with bright melodic flavours. Those drones build tension beautifully as the track evolves to the backing of a tight drum arrangement. The bassline forms a solid platform for the track as it packs a huge punch within the sound and is the perfect match for the fleeting melodic sequences. The break reveals a whole new level on the melody front as we are drawn deeper into the vibe before crashing out the other end and back into this relentless groove. Superb debut from Alex and sure to turn a lot of heads.
One of Bonzai’s top rated in-house remix artists, Manu Riga, is called upon to deliver his unique brand of the deeper stuff. Manu Riga’s Weird Dreams Remix goes into a surreal world filled with a wonderful combination of sounds. The intro boasts a punchy kick with wispy melodic phrases floating by. The bass is a big focus here as it pulsates throughout the sound beautifully and offers a deep rooted groove to the track. As the track progresses we are introduced to a stunning display of pads and strings that really move to captivate your mind as they weave intricate melodic sequences. Weird Dreams indeed as this track will definitely take you far far away, awesome stuff.
Up next we have the Lonely Sun & Nicolas Agudelo Remix. This Columbian music production duo are the latest addition to the Bonzai family. The guys joined forces in 2013 and released their track ‘Mistweaver’ on Vacate Music and Vacate Exclusive. Nicolas Agudelo is one of Colombia’s most promising electronic artists, his diverse, elaborate releases are supported by major DJ’s as well as underground DJ’s all around the world. Lonely Sun aka Daniel Cabrera is an emerging producer whose love for electronic music started very early in his life while listening to 80s and 90s music, he found he was fascinated by the sounds of the synths and percussions that were of that time. So he studied to become a DJ and also studied electronic music production. Here the guys really shine on their Bonzai remix debut with deep and dark beauty of a track. Nice chunky kick led intro with rising pads that lead smoothly into one of the warmest basslines you’ll hear as it effortlessly controls the groove with perfectly timed note changes. The background sounds create a perfectly balanced contrast and keep this track firmly in the depths. After the short break the track takes a melodic turn that really beefs up the sound and makes this a definite must have for any set.