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The impressively talented Sa.Du delves back into the bowels of tech fuelled house with another four track EP entitled “Secrets”. We never tire of the sounds this guy produces and with every release comes support from all over and this is no exception, super tight production of the highest order.
“Season” gets us started and the intro boasts an intense feeling which is backed up with a very sinister vocal sample. An awesome kick comes in over a very rich church organ pad with the percussion building up the groove. Real nice deep house chords keep the flow and a few surprises come around throughout which really enhances the overall vibe, top notch stuff yet again!
“Secrets” takes on a true tech house vibe with a cool bassline and some quality percussion arranging. Minimal sounding track with a some very nice notes thrown in, big focus goes to creating the bouncy rhythm using lots of wooded percussion. Brilliant use of the vocal rounds up a simply amazing track.
“Giga” ramps up the energy somewhat with a groovy rhythm built up with the tight drum and perc arrangement. Super cool keys add a funky flavour and again we see a vocal sample used very well which fits the sound perfectly. Definitely a track that will grace many decks.
Getting right down to seriously groovy business with “In To You”, a real deep sliding bassline provides just the right amount of funk to this. Upbeat rhythms will shake any ass thanks to the banging kicks and sharp edged hats and percussions. Again Sa.Du uses vocal samples to perfection and again this will be a firm favourite among many listeners.
Belgian native M.I.K.E. aka Push resurrects another of his famous monikers, Sector 7 with the track DNA and this comes backed up with a superb remix. The last release for this project came way back in 2006 with “Inside Of Me” and before that “Art Of Balance” and “Deep Breath” both on Green Martian from 2000. This is the second comeback for some of Mike’s projects after he revamped his Tribal Warriors guise very recently also.
“DNA” takes us right back to the pure progressive trance sounds of yesteryear with a modern twist. Understated kicks and just enough percussion to keep the rhythm flowing with the bassline holding things together nicely. Big sweeping synths carve out endless melodies, and this really gives it an almost retro feel. Great to see a return to this sound and sure to be a hit among diehard fans and new listeners alike.
Progressive maestro Blufeld takes to the mixing desk for his remix and what a brilliant effort it is too. Blufeld does what he does best and transforms the original into a warm, sultry progressive stomper, excellent reworking on the melodies while keeping true to the original. The bassline has been beefed up a lot adding that lush vibe, top quality stuff yet again.
Metronomes are a progressive DJing and production duo by Jon ManimaL & Magros, the guys return to Progrez fresh off the back of their last release “Spiders” with this two tracker entitled “Inceptions”.
The title track begins with a monstrous kick complete with a sharp clip on top, this builds and builds with many different percussions entering the fray. A super deep bassline gives lots of depth to the sound and on the break we get a very intense arrangement of FX which leads us back into a strong solid groove, perfect fodder for any prog set.
You would be forgiven if you thought this next track had anything to do with the cult movie classic The Big Lebowski whereby one of the characters named “Jesus” utters the phrase “Nobody Fucks With The Jesus” which is also the name of this track. The track intros with another huge kick with a cacophony of percs following suit, a roaring deep bassline will pound your senses and the floor. Quite minimal track all round with a big focus on percussions, another fine example from this talented duo.
Franky Flowerz aka Mohan Des debuts on Elemental with a truly sublime two tracker. Mohan is a product of many years of musical experimentation which started when he was just five years old. He began with the saxophone and developed into classical music and ultimately electronica. He has a strong passion for music and delves into many different genres, today he takes us on a super chilled journey which is not to be missed.
“It Chose Me” intros with a very subtle, sweet melody with a few vocal samples sweeping through. Nice and cool laidback percussions build up the groove with a superb bassline rolling in. An overall relaxed vibe to chill the night away, brilliant.
“Mur Mur” showcases Mohan’s love of the saxophone with this instrument dominating the intro and throughout with a sultry vibe. Heavy beats add contrast while an array of different sounds fill the spaces beautifully, a wonderful musical piece by any standards.
Fresh off the back of his last release “Groove Romance” Bulgarian producer Thomas Genchev returns with another cool progressive house slice which is backed up with two stunning remixes.
The original mix is a testament to house music at its most raw with progressive elements thrown in. Chunky pounding kicks and minimal percussion hold a solid rhythm while the throbbing deep bass gives us the progressive edge. Very cool house chords sit back and tease their way through the groove while a deep south vocal keeps the ear trained intently, top stuff!
Dutch tribalist and all round house junkie Thorin Van Gelderen steps up with a wonderful remix. Right from the off we get hooked into this tribal fuelled groove with huge amounts of house goodness. Superb bassline throughout adds an almost funky vibe and this is beefed up by the housey chords, a bouncing rhythms that will keep the floors shaking their thang all night.
Jakhira, who recently had his debut with Bonzai returns with a funked rework on the original. Fresh upbeat vibe from the start, subtle muted hats and percs keep the track on a perfect level heading. Midway through we get an amazing transformation into some pretty nifty funky chords and synths with the bassline adding a cool progressive contrast. Top notch remix here and a sure fire hit among many DJ’s.
Gabriel and Ed join forces for a round of top quality techno on SRUR with “Epoch”. US based Gabriel is returning to these shores after a very well received remix on Ozan Kanik’s “Enough” while Irish native but now residing in Florida, Ed, is making his SRUR debut. Both Ed and Gabriel have seen a multitude of releases across many labels focusing mainly on techno and house and they have both worked with many top artists over the years.
The original mix of “Epoch” is a testament to the sound coming from this quality label at the moment, high octane in your face techno delights for the more energetic house parties. Bouncy rhythms with smooth basslines and some brilliant classic type techno-house synths, big sound here for any jock to get the floors moving.
Brazilian DJ Anderson Noise enters the arena with a superbly crafted minimalistic techno remix. Anderson is a major player on the scene having DJed in over 30 countries, released more than 50 tracks, 2 DVD’s, many compilations and runs his own label Noise Music. Here he strips the sound right back to its raw form and applies it in style to his own taste, almost primitive beats that pack a huge punch come flying out and that bassline will move any ass to the floor. Top quality FX and percussions add weight to the sheer rawness of this sound, one for the pure hearts here, top stuff!
Up next is Brazilian trio Re Dupre, Rod B. & Angelo Fracalanza with their collective top notch remix. All three make their SRUR debut and all three can be considered veterans in their field due to the mega amount of output from their labels. Re Dupre is the founder of PopArt , Miami Underground Records and Sessions Records all of which feature heavily on the Miami circuit. Rod B. is a graduate of SAE Miami in Audio Technology (Recording Arts) and is a main feature at some big events across southern US and afar. Angelo is a graduate of Music Production and he likes to focus on melodic tech house with lots of percussion. All three guys have appeared on many of the labels mentioned and their collective sound sits well on this label. The remix itself is a real upbeat slice of tech with lots going on, but the big focus is on the bassline, one of those bassline that just moves you! Tight arrangements and a solid groove all round, awesome stuff!
The boomerang effect! See Airwave hit once, then BOOM he strikes back unexpectedly.
Remember when Airwave was about the perfect blend of progressive house and trance without a single trace of fluffy elements? Yes, THAT period. Escape From Nowhere, Alone in The Dark, Innerspace… Laurent made those tracks that combine his newer sounds with those banging elements from the past and… We can guarantee you a major reaction on “The Wrath Of Tambora”. No less than that. A major release again, and a true turning point in the man’s career, only a few months after his major album “Parallel Lines”.
Debut release on Basiks for Darouge with his three track “Ohwha EP”. Darouge was first introduced to electronica through listening to top trance and progressive jocks and as time went on his musical preferences changed. After attending many different styled parties he began to settle on the house music with minimal tech and techno being his main focus. Now, after much hard work and determination he is ready to unleash his talents onto the scene with this superb minimal-techno-house effort.
The title track “Ohwha” is a strong tough edged slice of tech with a wonderfully deep bassline backed up with a very rhythmic percussion section. A real low deep vocal is present throughout and some classic house chords add a cool contrast to the sound, excellent start!
“Yehri” intros with a monster kick that would shudder any speaker system going. A brilliant tech bassline thunders along and gets right into your core and this is backed up with a myriad of FX and percussions. The big focus here is the almost horror movie type pad sequences, quite eerie and working so well with the sound.
“Looking Through The Barrel” ramps up the energy factor with a very bouncy techno rhythm, sharp hats and again a deep bassline dominates. Nice flow here and a dark vocal sample comes through to shake things up a bit, top stuff here and definitely tracks that will feature heavily on many playlists.
Sagittaire is back with a quite stunning piece of progressive house bordering on trance. If you didn’t know this project is from the mind of none other than EDM genius himself, Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave. There is no limit to the talent from this guy as he proves yet again that music comes from deep within. Sagittaire’s last release came way back in 2007 with the special edition seven part “60”, now revamped and still keeping to the true nature of this guise we are delighted to have the two track release “One Twenty Five”
The title track intros with strange, weird and wonderful melancholic melodies which soon get a lush makeover when super warm pads fade through. The classic styled bassline sneaks in with a rolling effect and the track lifts off with a tight kick and percussion combi. THE big focus here is the amazing slightly gated synths with teasing underlying melodies that you want to burst out and take over completely. A masterclass in sound design here and sure to be a very popular choice among many.
“Omnibus” is a much more upbeat track with its bouncy effect and beautifully crafted melodies. Nice subtle intro with muted kicks that soon transforms into a full on shower of beats washed in bubbles of bliss. Very simple approach with a huge impact, lots of different sounds coming together nicely, offset bass, cool percussions, an amazing full kick and of course magical melodies. Refreshing sounds indeed, perfect for lazy days and upcoming summer evenings.
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Ibiza 2013 comes with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, John 00 Fleming, Andre Bonsor, 06R, Davide Catania, Citizen 42, Philthy Chit, Blufeld, Kevin Vega, Chantola, LoQuai, Manu Riga, Frangellico, Shimmer, Dyron, Mindgamers, Metodi Hristov, Jakhira, Luckoni, Diego Alvez, Paduraru, Oushanmete, Pierre Zamyatin, Mylan, Scrub, Barbara Wahnon, Piek, Efron, Hector Couto, Ed Lee, Charles Ramirez, Dimitry Liss, Project KF, Rick Wade, Wonji, Fauvrelle, Rogerio Martins, Crocy, Pozitive, Joal, Tribal Warriors, Tofke, Ugur Yurt, Fabian Jakopetz, Dub Way, Ritch Mollen, Chanelle Pearl, Ecco, Yogimeister, Onofrio Conte, Oz Romita, W&DY, Victor Vera and Ozan Kanik.
Making his debut at BP we have Diamantopoulos Dionysis aka Concealed Truth with his prog house effort “Smooth Rain”. Diamantopoulos is a 24 year old producer from Heraklion, Crete, Greece. He has been meddling with music from a very young age and travelled through almost every genre of music available. At the age of 6 he started studying the classical guitar and 11 years later he got his B Upper Class degree, a very exciting talent indeed.
“Smooth Rain” takes us on a dark melancholic journey with emphasis on stunning melodic sequences. Deep hypnotic bass notes grab attention from the off while an understated kick and percussion holds the rhythm beautifully. A myriad of different instruments provide the melodies and an expert arrangement ties the track up brilliantly.
“Pink Slip” is a much brighter tune with sharper, crisp percussions and a contrasting deep bass. Again we see a lot of different instruments cover a multitude of melodies, lots going on and all marrying perfectly, very well constructed.
Michael Foiou aka Michael Berklin is a producer and DJ based in Cyprus and here we see his Eyepatch debut with a superb two track EP entitled “S.O.P.A.”. Michael has always loved to explore music and he got his first synthesiser at the age of just 12. After meeting film composer Mario Christophorou (Christopher Breeze) he found himself on the path of electronica and has played with many genres. With releases on many top progressive and trance labels we see a change of direction into deep house and tech.
The title track is a real deep tech monster with a solid and strong groove carved out by the expert arrangements on percussion and drums. A wonderful deep bass sits behind a mesmerizing continuous synth note, this provides the main focus of the track and a perfect tool for any late night party.
“Do Not Cover” continues the deep dark theme for this EP with a bit more attention to the many percussive instruments on offer. Again we see a brilliant bassline keep us in the deeper realms of house while the hypnotising synth work will keep your body flowing, superb stuff.
Mexico based Ricardo Medina aka Redraft Memories returns to Bonzai with his “Traveller EP”. Ricardo has had many releases on different labels and has also released on Bonzai Progressive and Green Martian with his works also being snapped up to appear on top compilations.
The original mix takes us on a cool sophisticated journey through the world of deep tech. The bassline is so deep you will literally quake. Nice solid groove with a rhythmic percussion section and minimal synth work all make for a very handy tool indeed.
Mario Foksa aka Foxa returns for remix duty after his well received “Medicine EP” on Basiks with his Goes Travel Mix. Slightly tougher edge to this one with chunkier kicks and much more brilliant FX work. The bass is another monster here and really comes to life on the break, brilliant stuff.
Netherlands native Sander Bongertman returns to Bonzai with his remix. Sander has had a couple of other remixes through Basiks and Progressive as well as many other releases for other labels. This track goes all out tech, cool chunky kicks and sharp hats lead us up to the superb bass which becomes the main event here. Loads of quality percussions and FX doing the rounds which will make this a firm favourite!
Kevin is a very popular figure around the Bonzai offices and we are delighted to have received this new release, a stomping progressive two tracker that we know will be a big floor hit.
The title “Fear” starts us off very subtly before a thumping bass crashes through along with some minimal percussive elements and a kick drum that teases throughout. Some real nice pads and stabs provide an epic feel while the FX on offer are top notch. This one is a builder and as the journey unfolds we are left in the midst of a true, proper progressive groove.
The much more melodic in nature “Mururoa” takes us to a different side of prog, hypnotic rhythms, vocals and upbeat melodies all make for a cool trip across this spectrum. The overall groove is quite laidback but this definitely has a huge punch and will perform well in any set.