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VAN CZAR – BLACK DIAMOND EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

Van Czar returns to Basiks with his wonderful ‘Black Diamond EP’ which comes with two fantastic remixes as well as the Original. Van’s last outing ‘African Roots’ saw him collaborate with a myriad of top artists which gained a lot of support from all quarters. As usual Van continues to keep the wheels turning with DJing, radio and producing taking a lot of his time. No doubt we will be seeing much more from this Spanish based Belgian.

First up we get into the Original Mix which intros with a superb jungle theme and a tense rising pad. Very cool percussions form up and create a tight rhythmic groove as chunky kicks come into play giving off a cool tribal vibe. The break offers up those surreal pads to the backdrop of jungle sounds which work so well together. Brilliant percussion led track that will be a welcome addition to those deeper techno sets.

Popular remixer Onofrio Conte steps up to the controls with a brilliant display of his skills. The intro gets us moving with beautifully released kicks and contrast well with sharp hats and a tight percussion arrangement. Lush deep chords play through the sound and build a tense picture as the track evolves. A truly infectious groove is the result and will sit well in any playlist, top notch stuff!

German DJ and producer Eric Kanzler delivers his Dirty Remix and injects his brand of techno in style. The intro sets us up for a brilliant display of percussions as many sounds converge and mould into a great big dirty ride through techno. Perfectly tuned beats and a very subtle and simple bass are the backbone to an array of drums that blend beautifully. Expertly crafted and a lot of fun, this is not to be missed.

#bonzaibasiks #vanczar #onofrioconte #erickanzler

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DYRON – BEYOND HORIZON EP (GREEN MARTIAN)

It’s been a while since we last saw Dyron aka Lucas Bika. His last outing ‘Berlin EP’ saw great support and today we have this new four track EP entitled ‘Beyond Horizon’. He has been involved with electronic music since childhood when he started making his first tracks and DJ sets using a PC. He was mainly interested in trance music during that time until 2006 when his thoughts and desires went different ways and he turned away from electronic music for the next three years until his return in 2009, we are glad he made that return as the quality of his productions is top notch.

First up we have ‘The Morning’. Cool progressive vibes get us moving as tight drum arrangements kick us off. Sweeping hypnotic pads will have you locked in from the off as a deep churning bassline deliver a massive punch. The percussions are doing a lot of work here and they provide super smooth rhythm that will have the party heads bobbing. Cool vocal samples are the perfect addition to this sound, a must have track in those early summer sets!

‘Fantasy 1′ intros with a nice tough and punchy kick with a nice release on the end. This is joined with a cool crispy hat and groovy house keys. The bass attacks the low end brilliantly as it reverberates through the sound with authority. In the background the pads hold court beautifully and give off a truly mesmerising vibe. The percussions are well constructed and give a real flowing rhythm as they evolve. On the break those house keys do their thing which gives the track so0 much character. Perfect fodder for the terraces and the floors!

‘Magic Journey’ sets off with an upbeat phat kick and tight percussion arrangement with classic slap drums in prominence. A classy female vocal takes full control of the sound as you find yourself lost in its melody and warmth. Smooth pads and a superbly deep bassline give this track a monster groove that is most definitely not to be missed.

Lastly on this stunning EP we have ‘Beyond Horizon’, the intro bursts into life with a very cool and bright sound. Nice punchy kicks sit over a beautiful swirling house pad and a deep droning bass. The percussions are well arranged with a very prominent cowbell keeping the rhythm flowing. Beautiful melodies waft through the sound as this true progressive house groover gathers momentum. A stunning combination of sounds that will do well in any setting for the summer!

#greenmartian #dyron

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MACIEJ LABUDA – LAKE OF SADNESS EP (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

Maciej Labuda makes his debut on Elemental with the superb ‘Lake Of Sadness EP’ which is made up of five beautifully crafted tracks.

‘Blue Hope’ is up first and begins with a perfectly chilled intro as soft waves ebb and flow to the backdrop of a laidback slapped drum section. Serene synths form sweet melodic phrases before a powerfully deep bass takes over. The sounds are intricately woven to create a surreal experience, superb stuff.

‘Be Free’ intros with cool raspy synths and classy drum hits that evolve with the addition of the percussions. Whispered vocals lead us into stunning synth pads alongside a deep bass with long releases. Soft piano melodies caress the sound perfectly and lock you into a purely chilled out vibe, wonderful!

Next up is ‘Into The Wild’ which gets going with some cool percussive hits and a sweeping pad that leads to a super deep bass that reverberates through the sound. Nice bright strings provide a cool contrast as they form melodic sequences topped off with distant spoken voice samples. A hypnotic tone runs through as the soft keys do their work. The perfect track for laid back evenings in the sun.

‘Maybe One Day’ is a surreal piece as your mind will drift off to another world. Nice and smooth pads on the intro lead us gently to this world with a deep bass keeping you rooted. A cool downtempo drum arrangement fits the sound perfectly as melodies are formed from various instruments with strings being most prominent, very nice track indeed.

Lastly on this superb EP we have the title track ‘Lake Of Sadness’. The intro boasts and stunning piano sequence that really brings out the nature of the track as you find yourself getting totally hooked on the melodies. Beautifully arranged sounds are gelled together with a deep bass that throbs with each note. As the track evolves a certain uplift can be felt mainly down to the super sweet melody, a fantastic piece here which you will listen to again and again.

#bonzaielemental #maciejlabuda

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CLUB TRAXX – DARK & DEEP (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Club Traxx new series Dark & Deep comes with original tracks and remixes by metrOnomes, Kevin Vega, deepAlexander, Yuriy From Russia, Jonny Calypso, Dafar, Kabalo, Rise And Fall, Samotarev, Napalm & D-Phrag, Steve Sai, 10000 Sounds Project, Ego Progressus, Sa.Du, The Revolving Junkie, Phat Traktor, Antonio Citarella, Pierre Zamyatin, Fran Navaez, Ruben Losada and Eric Kanzler.

#bonzaiprogressive

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DEEP WORX 8 (EYEPATCH RECORDINGS)

8th instalment in the Deep Worx series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Rogerio Martins, James Dexter, Eric Powa B, Ecco, Haustuff & Leesboon featuring Jonny Keys, Dan Cano, Miguel Reis, Gaulois, Furniture Crew, Fauvrelle, JR (UK), Charlex Ramirez, Stan Garac, Yaroslav Lenzyak, Savvas, Iosupescu Lucian, Klaus Benedek, Accatone, Kisk, Ittai Barkai, Martusciello, E-Klash, Limyth and diSapia.

#eyepatchrecordings

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GAI BARONE – CARTARIA (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

When it comes to progressive one name will always come to mind, Gai Barone. A veteran within the scene Gai has been responsible for some gems in the past and here he continues that trend with the fantastic ‘Cartaria’. Backed up with three superb remixes you are in for a real treat on this one.

First up we have the Original which takes a dive into the deeper side of prog with a subtle, percussive intro and a haunting pad. The beats filter through beautifully and bring a nice warm edge to the sound as the percussions begin to tighten up into a solid flowing rhythmic sequence. A mesmerizing arp plays throughout the track and really takes your mind away as the track evolves. Cool melodies ebb and flow as they tease their way making you want more, while on the break the synths intensify and climax into a full blown progressive workout, top notch!

Maik Relaunch turns up the heat with the first of two remixes from this ever popular artist. His Early Morning Remix is aptly titled as it is a track you would expect to hear at the end of sweat inducing, pumping progressive party. Big chunky kicks hold the track together as crispy hats are contrasted with a bubbly bass that provides a solid platform for what is to come. Big sweeping synths dominate the sound and on the first break you will have your mind blown by the clarity and sheer tangibility of the synths. The track kicks back into a solid progressive groove before those synths come around again, an absolute monster and a definite must for those playlists!

Relaunch’s second remix, the Late Night Remix, is much tougher offering as you would expect. A perfect track for the peak time festivities as edgy beats are met with a fantastic synth hook. Nice and chunky kicks alongside tight percussions release flowing rhythms. The bass meanders through the sound beautifully as it pulsates through the track. Those big and powerful synths make a return on the break and give this track big floor appeal, not to be missed.

A man who needs no introduction, he has been responsible for a vast amount of remixes and original works lately on Bonzai Progressive and we always get excited when his creations are delivered. Another Audio Noir Trip goes right into the soul of darker progressive vibes. The intro boasts a chunky kick with a cool FXed vocal over the top as a beautifully haunting pad rises up from the depths. All the while a superbly tight percussion arrangement steadily builds up a solid rhythmic base. The first break brings forth a wonderful array of sounds before kicking back in with the most surprising and superb basslines you are likely to hear any time soon. Smooth melodic sequences ease in on the main break as the track builds back up into the main groove. Fantastic cut from Audio Noir yet again!

#bonzaiprogressive #gaibarone #relaunch #audionoir

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26 May 2014 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

IVAN MASA – DON’T STOP THE GROOVE MAN (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Italian DJ and producer Ivan Masa debuts on Piston with this wonderful two tracker ‘Don’t Stop The Groove Man’. Ivan recently released his old school inspired ‘From London’ on Eyepatch gaining much praise for a stunning piece of work.

First up we get ‘Don’t Stop The Groove Man’ which intros with a nice and smooth percussion arrangement before the chunky kicks and cool deep stabs come through. A brilliantly lush groovy bass pops up and totally dominates the sound to the backdrop of a pure House pad that sweeps through the sound. Very cool classic vocal samples get a show and soon the funk factor rises as the sounds evolve. Very dynamic sounding track and one that will be a must for any box.

‘Caramel And Chocolate’ sets off with a funky rhythm made up of cool hats and a groovy synth note. The bass come through beautifully and ramps up the groove big time as vocal samples begin to shine all over the track. The break showcases the power of the funky groove as the synth takes over with a high note oscillating in the background. Fantastic structure on this track as the bass transforms perfectly with the sound and the vocal popping up at the right places.

Top notch stuff yet again from Ivan, not to be missed.

#pistonrecordings #ivanmasa

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