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Fresh and talentful Matt Holliday from England is back on LCD and how! Dear Lorraine is a pure smasher for every progressive and trance fan. To make it complete on the “flip side”, Lost In Translation is for us as good. Put simply the genius of this man seems to know no boundaries. Set to rock your progressive dance floor, courtesy of Matt!
Phi Phi & Airwave’s newest collaboration session has produced another stomper with Vanilla. It’s stunning the work these guys put in, a dedication that always pays off. Their last outing, The Horn was a huge success and we have no doubt this will follow suit. Vanilla comes with no less than four top quality remixes that will appeal to many.
The Original Mix kicks us off as an already established groove finds its way into our brains. Big phat kicks will have those dancing feet moving in no time and the tight percussion patterns provide for steady rhythms throughout. Layers begin to form up with the addition of some cool sub basses that sit on top of a stomping, pulsing bassline. The break reveals a stunning atmospheric sequence filled with ethereal pads and break beats that give off a darker progressive vibe. Hints of melodies filter through as the track climaxes back into the main sound to continue this wonderful journey to its conclusion, epic stuff.
The Stripped Down Original Mix is a much more clubby affair with the focus bearing down on the drum patterns and percussion arrangements. We get some very cool FX that add contrasting textures to the bubbly bassline that sits perfectly underneath the sound. An acid type arp teases and you find yourself wanting it to burst out and take control. The break unleashes dark pads that hold intense vibes, break beats ensue and we soon get locked back into this hypnotic groove. Definitely a contender for many playlists, not to be missed.
Gai Barone is up next with his superb remix. Gai is a firm favourite here at Bonzai and we are always delighted to hear his works. Currently working with other artists as well as his own material we are sure to be seeing a lot more from this guy in the future. Pounding kicks and surreal atmospheres bring the remix to life. A deep droning bass note rises up and is joined by haunting voices as we settle into a deep progressive groove. Beautifully arranged note changes and the addition of some very cool classic styled arps bring in a euphoric feeling to the sound. The break conjures up a mystical scene as those calming voices are joined by swirling melodic pads and strings to the backdrop of that ever pulsing bass. A subtle climax gets us back into full swing on this epic ride, a must have track in your collection.
Argentinean producer Hector Sawiak returns to remix duties after his stint on Chantola’s Don’t You Know back in the summer of 2013. Here he takes the track on a sublime journey into prog with a smooth pulsating offset bass against a steadily flowing rhythmic drum arrangement. Cool FX litter the sound beautifully as the bass begins to become a real driving force. Hypnotic melodies form up out of the synths as the break offers up a medley of bass structures that lead us back into the main groove for the duration of this exquisite journey.
LoQuai turns up on remix duty with another of his stomping cuts. We haven’t seen LoQuai at Bonzai since his last escapade Flying Fortress alongside studio partner Shimmer. He has been busy though with top class releases across various labels, still one to watch for the future. The remix sets off into a world full of flowing progressive grooves that captivate beautifully. Cascading pads score cool melodies into your mind and keep you hooked into the sound. Wonderfully arranged drums will keep the feet dancing along with that deep and lush bass. A track that is not to be missed for sure.
Matan’s newest release Dangerous Change features the vocal talents of Mykle Anthony and comes backed up with two stunning remixes. His last outing Just Let Go featured heavily on download portals and playlists alike and no doubt we are in for a real treat with this latest offering.
The Original Mix gets us going in a full on progressive flow as the intro eases in with cool kicks and sweeping pads. The kicks gets buffed up with a punch and is joined by a deep bubbling bass giving a dancey vibe to the sound. The vocals begin to filter through with little one shots that set the scene for Mykle to showcase his wonderful talent. Deep and thoughtful lyrics are the perfect companion to this sound and are further enhanced with a brilliant melodic sequence on the break. Floorfilling stuff yet again from Matan and not to be missed.
Nico Parisi gives us his Deep Sofa Remix and delivers an absolute stunner. Nico has recently released a few gems that have gotten huge support from many quarters and currently has plenty more in the works. He is a constant presence at big events around Belgium and will feature on Bonzai’s stage at Tomorrowland 2014. The remix intros with a nice chunky kick and a round of soulful vocal shots that set the pace brilliantly. The bass sits back while packing a punch alongside some cool synths and a gritty riff that sweeps by. The track mesmerizes as it takes us to the break where the vocal comes to the fore and the synths become more prominent before settling back into this deep and lush progressive groove. Great stuff.
Davide Catania turns up at the remix desk with his pumping take on the original. We last saw Davide on his Desert Sky release on Green Martian and more recently on AnLight’s track No Advance. Here Davide raises the bar as he gets right into a full on progressive stomper. Phat kicks and cool percussions are laden with subtle downward arps as a swirling synth pad fades through with the amazing vocal on top. The bassline soon takes control as it powers through the sound beautifully giving off that strong prog vibe we love. The vocals are just stunning and blend seamlessly alongside the piano riffs. The break offers up a cool sax riff that really sets the track off and works so well with the piano and vocal. One to watch here and will no doubt be the choice of many.
Miguel Reis is back at Piston with Boom Bam. His last release Classic Motherfucker Record was well received and landed a spot on Piston’s Ghetto Tales EP Volume 2.
Boom Bam intros with a super tight drum arrangement that provides a cool shuffling groove with the help of subtle percussion. A catchy vocal is very distinctive throughout and puts the track at the dancey side of the tracks. The groovy bass is a big feature and will no doubt shake the speakers at any club. AS the track evolves we are led into a world full of expertly tweaked FX and erotic vocal snippets that keep the sound firmly at the deeper end making this a definite must for the darker rooms out there.
Dancefloor sets off with a bass heavy sequence which is contrasted with bright tinkling percussions. Classic vocal samples filter through as sublime strings and melodic pianos clash. We are taken into the main track with a brilliant vocal sample that leads to a tough kick and deep bass combi with contrasting open hats. The groove builds as various percussive instruments get the rhythms flowing resulting in a very urban feeling sound. Superbly constructed piece that will turn a few heads for sure.
Moll returns to Basiks with his latest offering, At The Dawn EP. Moll always delivers and his last outing Tech-On proved a favourite among many. This time around we are treated to three deep tech cuts that will burn up floors all over no doubt.
First up we have the title track At The Dawn with haunting intro that soon turns into a full on driving deep tech ride with punchy kicks, smooth percussions and a cool deep throbbing bass. Whispered vocals add a sinister element as those haunting pads sweep through the sound. A real proper dark themed sound with a pumping groove that will turn a few heads for sure.
Premonition sets off with cool percussion patterns and a muted kick, a deep growling bass bubbles up from the depths and soon takes control of the sound. A strong and rhythmic experience ensues a darker themes are introduced. Well crafted FX are perfectly placed within the sound for maximum effect and we are led into a world of deep techno vibes. Top notch yet again from Moll and not to be missed.
Anonymous takes a minimal approach as classic styled kicks and hats provide a steady rhythm to the backdrop of rising and falling FX. Cool vocal samples pop up and add a gritty texture to the sound as the bassline sits back in just the right spot with its throbbing power. Smooth minimal vibe that will be a main feature in sets for sure.
Rajiv Jay makes his SRUR debut with this brilliant three tracker, Lovers EP. Hailing out of the Netherlands this DJ and producer loves to delve into upbeat sounds through to techno and tech house. In 2013 he started his own parties called tech.fabrik in Hoofddorp where he is able to showcase his skills. Now producing he feels proud to deliver his works to the dance floor, we have no doubt these will be well received.
First up is Strangers with its percussion fuelled intro that is soon joined by a chunky kick and throbbing bass combi. Steady rhythms will keep the floors moving as quirky vocals begin to filter through. The break keeps the vibe going with cool modulations on the drums and bass. A brilliant bouncy tune for the floors and a definite must.
Freaks intros with a heavy kick and sharp hat combi as percussions are filtered through. A classy strolling bassline ensues and the tech begins to flow out of the sound beautifully. The drum arrangements are top notch as varying patterns etch out cool rhythms. Short vocal samples add textures and on the break the track transforms into a sublime techno workout with superb keys, before slamming right back into full swing, excellent stuff.
Lovers goes into full on tech mode, big phat kicks are joined by a myriad of hats and cymbals as a fantastic throbbing bassline sets the mood. The arrangement gathers pace with the addition of layered percussions and well crafted FX. On the breaks we are exposed to a sublime detuned piano sequence that gives the track its true tech roots before we are thrust right back into full on mode after a heavy build up for the duration, top notch debut from Rajiv.
Swiss producer Louis Desero returns to Green Martian with Oriental Breeze comprising five stunning deep progressive house tracks. Louis was last seen at Green Martian with his very well received Masquerade EP so you can expect to hear more top quality tunes this time around.
First up we have Oriental Breeze with its beautiful and mesmerizing vocal led intro alongside lush vibrato synth chords. A deep almost growling bass commands authority soon after and the track settles into its intoxicating rhythm with the help of a tight drum arrangement. Dry arps fill the background and as the note changes come the hairs on your arm are raised. A truly heads down and move to the groove track that will keep floors going all out.
Desert Storm sets the scene with a wonderfully melodic vocal alongside some fading pads. A twisting bassline ensues as punchy kicks and minimal percussions take the sound on its journey through the progressive house sphere. A cool array of FX come out of nowhere and add smooth textures to the sound. Beautifully layered strings and various instruments are the perfect addition with the help of more from that stunning vocal on the break. The track takes a slight turn as big stabby synths take hold making this a definite must have.
Next up is The Rush with its tough gritty offset bass and floaty kicks accompanied by expertly crafted percussion patterns. Contrasting melodies sweep by as the strings and pads come into play and bring a dynamic edge. These sounds marry well and we are left with a sublime and epic trek into the progressive world which we do not want to leave. In another twist a simply stunning piece of piano play comes in alongside a plucked instrument giving off a world music vibe. Breathtaking stuff.
Tribalistic drums provide the intro to Artificial Sleep and soon after a nice and well rounded kick joins in. Short and sharp offset basses will get the feet moving for sure as wistful pads flow through the sound creating a magical atmospheric vibe. Louis showcases his musical skills with a beautiful piano sequence that fits into the groove perfectly. The break offers up sweet arps and strings before a winding sub bass takes over and brings the track back with a bang. Wonderfully layered slice of prog with varying sounds that will provide the perfect backdrop to a sunset party on the terrace.
Scirocco is quite simply stunning, a delightful listening experience for any occasion. The intro boasts Mediterranean styled guitars that will captivate as each string is plucked. A distinctive electric guitar etches out a warm melody as downtempo drums begin to fill the space. The big hitter on this track and the part that will have you locked in is the stunning piano arp that effortlessly glides up and down the keys. Amazing stuff that is not to be missed.
Stardust is the newest single from Steve Sai. We last saw Steve with his hugely impressive White Fluffy Clouds back at the end of 2013 and then shortly after with his remix on Crocy’s – Cry. Stardust comes with the Original plus four top quality remixes from some of the hottest artists on the Bonzai books.
The Original Mix oozes deep progressive grooves right from the off as cool punchy kicks are set against a brilliant pulsating bassline. Perfectly placed sub bass shots enhance the sound beautifully with various other synths layered on top resulting in a pumping groove. Steady flowing rhythms are formed out of tight drum and percussion patterns that give the track that driving surge. The break reveals some cool distant arps alongside dark edged pads. The big hitter comes in the shape of melancholic pianos that keep the track well within its progressive sphere. Superb stuff yet again from Steve, not to be missed.
Fresh off the back of his last release Big and Small EP, Belgian DJ and producer Ben Solar is up first to remix duty. The intro boasts nice chunky kicks that are soon joined by crispy sharp hats and cool synth shots. A deep rolling bassline bubbles up from below and takes us by surprise as the full power of its thump is unleashed. Layers build smoothly with the addition of metallic sounding FX that adds stark contrast to the deeper edge of the sound. Strong and driving track that will be a big player in any of the deeper sets.
DJing and production duo Jon ManimaL & Magros aka metrONomes take a break from sister label Progrez and deliver a stripped down smooth ride through deep progressive sounds with their superb Hypnotic Remix. The percussive led intro sets the scene perfectly as flat kicks are joined by various percussions and atmospheric FX. The kicks develop a punch and the groove gets into full swing as the bassline begins to form up into a real groovy mover. A dark and long drawn out bass drone hypnotises alongside those stark piano riffs that give a surreal melancholic feel to the sound. Brilliant stuff from the guys, top notch.
Athens based DJ and producer John Tsamis is welcomed at Bonzai with his brilliant remix. John began DJing in Athens at small parties with his friends which led to playing bigger events with top names. In 2005 he got his own residency at Stereo before moving on to the bigger Luv Club. 2014 saw his first releases on Baboon Recordings with much more to come. The track intros with sharp hats and a long released kick that has a smooth bass edge. Percussions build nicely and provide a solid rhythm for the track to progress. Quirky vocal one shots peek through on the first break as a riser brings with it a thumping kick and a super low end bass that reverberates through the sound wonderfully. The main break unleashes a melancholic piano riff that adds a cool twist and so much character to the track. Great stuff.
Big and brash synths with a powerful bass driven groove is what the Alex Sense remix is all about. Alex is a newcomer to the Bonzai stable and no doubt this remix will make a huge impression. Based in Athens, Alex began to DJ around 1990 after he was introduced to a bit of Psy Trance. Soon after, in 2000 he set up 6thSense LTD and started to manage, produce and promote events among other things. Since 2009 he has seen releases on Movement Recordings, Micro Digital Records and Audiophile Live. The remix intros with a nice chunky kick with minimal percussions coming through. The percussions build smoothly and soon they are joined by a super punchy bass that will have any floor on the move. Big synths sweep by and give the track a purely deep streak which is further enhanced with top quality FX. The break plays on the melancholy of the original beautifully as deep piano chords are contrasted with bright arps. Strong and driving grooves for the darker rooms that will go down a storm.