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Austrian duo Mann & Klamm debut on Piston with this floor stomping three tracker entitled ‘It’s All On You EP’. The guys met in 2010 and since then they have been on the international DJ circuit playing top venues alongside other top jocks. Sexy house cuts are what the guys are about and their track on Houseology ‘Don’t Hold Me Back’ is a perfect example.
The Original Mix of ‘It’s All On You’ sets off in a smooth and groovy beat with some cool electro styled percussions going off. Big chunky kicks and crispy hats keep the rhythm flowing as a pounding bass enters the fray. All along we have a sultry vocal which gives the track so much character and soon the vocals are joined with a warbly deep house chord that sets the track off beautifully. Superb stuff from the guys!
Next up is the DOS Remix of ‘It’s All On You’. The intro gets right up in your face with a bouncy kick and hat combi that will get those toes tapping. The vocal comes through nicely alongside a cool chord and strings. The plucky bass ramps up the groove and leaves us with a well balanced deep house joint that will do well on the floors, no doubt.
‘We Know It Is’ intros with a very cool percussive element alongside a low end kick, crispy hats soon join in and a cool rhythm is formed. The bass creeps up on you and soon you are wrapped up in its strong and powerful groove. Beautifully layered chords work in tandem with that bass with stunning results. Cool vocals are dotted throughout giving the track cool twist, big floor friendly track here, not to be missed.
‘People’ has that classic kick and hat intro we all know and love. A brilliant repetitive vocal fades through as the layers build around this solid groove. The bass has a powerful resonating tone that creates an infectious groove and have you shakin that ass in no time. Fantastic stabs give the track a pure house vibe and takes us up to the break where the vocal becomes prominent before the stabs take over again and bring us right back to this solid, deep house stomper!
Alfredo makes a welcome return to Bonzai Basiks with his My House EP. We last saw Alfredo around this time last year when he delivered the stunning Retrospective EP and we have no doubt that we will see the same top quality this time around.
The title track My House sets us off with a smooth intro dishing out some silky percussions and cool kicks. This leads us to a deep and raw sounding bass that really works its way through the sound and is joined by a raspy spoken vocal sample. We get drawn right into the groove on this as the deep tech edged vibe takes hold. On the break the bass takes a back seat and allows a cool percussion arrangement to come through before slamming right back into the darkness this track creates, superb stuff.
The Scrawl is up next and right from the off we are thrust into a full on techno fest. A deep throbbing sub bass is joined by cool clipped kicks and a superb percussion line followed up with crispy clear hats. Cool vocal samples give the track a darker feel and will makes this a strong favourite for the darker rooms. A big feature in the track is the expertly arranged percussion section, tight and to the point as various rhythms filter through alongside a more energetic secondary bass and a continuous metallic perc hit. Brilliant!
Fly To Chicago rounds off this EP with a cool punch. Nice chunky kicks are joined by brittle closed hats that continue to surprise throughout the track as they open and close to great effect. A bubbly and pulsating bass rides the rhythms brilliantly over the course of the track as surreal synths and pads make a show. Again we see a perfectly executed percussion arrangement that provides the basis of this stunning cut, a must have no doubt.
Kindred Spirits return to Green Martian with Close Up and comes with a fantastic remix from Jakhira. We last saw the guys a while back with Square 1 EP which saw good support from many quarters.
First up we have the Original Daytime Setting mix which gets right into full swing with a superb kick that punches through beautifully and is joined by cool and rhythmic percussion. On the break we see a sweet melodic piano take centre stage before crashing right back into this powerful mover. The track is driven by those wonderful basses that truly defines the characteristics of this duo as they deliver another top notch progressive house joint.
Jakhira’s Night-Time Setting mix is up next and again we see the quality of production dripping with purely progressive flavours. Nice and punchy clubby kicks are joined by tight percussion patterns that provide a solid rhythmic base. Beautifully sequenced melodies are big feature and sit perfectly with the groovy bassline. The break is a journey in itself as pads and strings combine with a sweet melodic piece before building back into this full on prog house slice. A definite must and not to be missed!
Enter 42 debuts on Elemental with the sublime album Distorted Times. Having started to dabble in music around five years ago a lot of experimenting was done with different genres like Metal and Rock before electronic music was found. After getting himself a midi keyboard and some top class audio software, Enter 42 was born and as you will see the results are stunning.
First up we have Membrane Poetry which intros with a wonderfully melodic acoustic guitar with soft synth keys wafting through the background. A real smooth downtempo beat eases its way into the sound as various other melodic elements filter in. Very nice and laid-back piece.
Crowds slowly fades in with a beautifully layered pad filled with cool melodies and leads up to a bassy drum section giving off a surreal urban vibe. The track meanders along before breaking into an atmospheric sequence and ultimately going silent with just a hint of a bass note. Softly struck keys break the silence as the track slowly builds up to the main groove, great stuff.
Whenever gets going with an orchestral feel as deep noted strings blend to reveal a smooth and melancholic melody. Super chilled beats come through alongside a throbbing bass that dominates the sound brilliantly. A perfectly synced ride through the ethereal world of chilldom!
Next up we have Burnout with its sweet melodic intro and distant sounding drums. The drums come up top to unleash a very cool, almost drum and bass rhythm which is accompanied by a superb pulsating bass. Excellent stuff that will let your mind drift high!
Runaway comes to life with a surreal and melancholic tune that really grabs a hold of your imagination. Smooth and silky beats provide toe tapping grooves as the track digs deeper into your soul. A very cool interpretation that will have you wanting more!
And Again intros with a deep rooted bass stab alongside a sweet melodic sequence. Heavy, hard edged drums with an industrial flavour give the sound a huge punch as more melodies are formed. Great work on the filters provide cool textures as the track fades right out before coming back in with a smooth synth, top notch!
42 is an epic ride through chilled out, laid-back grooves. A cool percussive intro that builds a solid platform for the variety of soundscapes being constructed. Distant sounding gated FX are coupled with very subtle melodies which comes to the fore during the break alongside a cool bass. A definite must as you will soon find yourself lost within your thoughts!
Surfing Myself intros with a cool and very chilled slow hip hop beat. Gritty, grungy synths reverberate through the sound brilliantly with lots of cool tweaks creating various textures. A nice little acid line weaves its way through the sound also that gives the track a lot of character. Superb stuff!
Lastly on this fantastic debut album we have Random Acts Of Violence with its distorted synth intro and deep throbbing bass. Cool snare based drum sections give off solid rhythms and as the track builds you get locked right into its groove. A short break reveals a classy pad before we are drawn back to this glitchy downtempo vibe.
Elements records presents its 4th release, the LP ‘Hexágono Amoroso’, by Miguel Torga, one of the most exciting portuguese producers of recent times. Eleven tracks that tell the story of an abstract portugality, somewhere between the sweet melancholy of countryside mornings, dancing at some friendly after hours, or the dawning while embraced by someone to whom we feel inevitably attached to, but life’s game makes us wander through labyrinthine emotions. It is not a heavy record though. The blend of house/dub music, clever voice samples and this portugality, a nostalgia of the past, the eternal return to a beauty and peace of the most bucolic country, make for a very light and graceful record, as though it is bringing down the curtain of the fatalist history of Portugal, to a happy ending and in a warm nest. Production is cohesive, full of arrangements that are original and laden of personality, and his love for film, literature and intelligent humour is translated throughout the LP by means of more or less obvious references.Arty and colourful, it´s a must have abum for the arriving summer.
‘Pina Bausch do Intendente’, the opening track, as a matter of fact, immediately shows the subversive game of daily relationships, through undefined word plays, inviting to a sensual game of funk, tension and uncertainty. The elements of percussion, field recordings and the almost tragic sweeps, because so determinant,
complete this picture of uneasy crescendo.
‘Rosa Maria e os calores’ comes right away to ease all the tension with a solid and cheerful groove, pointing that dance can solve complex questions. Surrender completely to this wise track, where almost clinical voices, a sudden shout and a naughty tropical flute makes us aware and alive right on the dancefloor. The story goes on…
‘Do Lago’ is the third track, a superb ode to this portuguese paradise so envied outside. Ambient, dub, water sounds and an ethereal lead line take us to an almost hipnotic state of existencial perfection. Slowdown is intended but the mechanical
groove keeps the soul positive.
‘Pela água eu rei’ follows, a spacey-techno-dub bomb, spiced up by a languid and lazy voice that invites to a closing of the eyes, and an offering of our body to the dance. At this point we realize how this story makes sense in a frightful way, due to Miguel’s artistic sensibility and experience as a producer.
‘A Mariana’ keeps the dancing tone, cheerful and suggesting balance in a deconstructed groove with dramatic melody, of an almost ludicrous surreality. The instruments play and react together naturally, inscribing physicality to the track.
‘Tu és tão fresca’, aka ‘minimal doesn’t equal boring repetition’, makes tropicality show up once more, not letting us down. This element is actually preponderant throughout the record, giving pleasent sensations and a sunny feeling to the story: Portugal is sun.
‘Fauna e Flora’ comes next, a nostalic story full of hope, where the repetitious groove leads to a travelling through this hidden country, so constrasting in spaces and memories. That feeling of being on the road.
‘Quero-te longe’ is an incursion in pop house and minimal, with wandering and abstract pads, making for a potential perplexity along the jumpy rhythm of the track. Divergent emotions in full kinetic harmony.
‘Foguete’ could just as well put an end to the record, an anthem to classic house, where smiles and the complicity of dance are unavoidable. Love is a party, of one, two, three, a thousand. Once more the melodic arrangements create a well achieved cinematic effect, which is no surprise coming from a film fan, even though it’s a straight to the point track.
‘Caminhos’ is still on hold, a true hard to classify epic, somewhere between post-dubstep and solid acid that leaves us tiny before such sonic moment. It is hard to imagine a better counterpoint to the whole record, music that shows the confident maturity and eclecticism of Miguel. Proper destructive. Welcome be the future.
‘Ex’ is the exitus opus, disarming of all racional structures supported on rhythm and dance, leaving us drifting in a marvelous filigree of ambient, dreamy and mysterious.
12th installment in the Afterhour Trax series, this time featuring original tracks and remixes be Airwave, Phi Phi, Yuriy From Russia, Moshic, Manu Riga, Velvet Girl, Tom Conrad, Andre Bonsor, Dale Middleton, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Quincy, Audio Noir, Crocy, Steve Sai, LoQuai, Audiotox & Overtone Watson, Reflecton Soul, SeamLess Beat, Gibbon, Chantola, Martusciello, Hoova & White Resonance, Apsara, Davide Catania, Aeonism, Rafa’EL featuring Olga Misty, deep Alexander, Mindmusik, WayWork & Ignacio Guana, Horizon and Smartwave.
Belgian DJ and producer Quincy aka Quincy Steveninck returns with the sublime Acid Jungle and is backed up with three top notch remixes from Bonzai’s elite roster. His last track In Balance was heavily featured on many top download sits and saw rave reviews from many quarters. Quincy himself started producing after a long stint as club and event promoter for various venues around Belgium. His Age Of Love gig ran for more than 6 years and is still regarded as a major success among Belgium’s seasoned clubbers. Quincy is a vinyl only DJ and has graced the decks at many parties, he also enjoyed top releases as part of Soul Phonic on Punk’ID Records.
The Original Mix gets the party started with nice chunky kick and percussive led intro that builds into a cool steady groove. A deep plucky bass is unleashed alongside a wavering synth that roams throughout the sound beautifully. We start to get a bit of an acid line creeping through and on the break this becomes more pronounced and is joined by a chorus of synth arps before getting right back into full swing as this deep, hypnotic track enters its final run.
The hugely impressive Manu Riga is back to remix duties with his Deacidified Remix. Manu delivered his usual brand of quality progressive on the re-released remix pack of Transfagarasan Highway by Audio Noir and no doubt we will see much more from this highly talented artist. Here the remix kicks off with an immersive progressive vibe as chunky kicks are lined up against a cool flowing bass with a subtle percussion arrangement coming through. Wafting synth pads create a sublime atmosphere as the bass ramps itself up a gear and transforms into a powerful resonating monster. Melodic sequences find their way through the maelstrom of basses giving the track a stark contrast and keeping you hooked right to the last beat.
Belgian Nice Therapy is next up to the remix desk with his 6AM-On-Acid Remix. We last saw Nice Therapy on Frankie Jones’ Belgium Goes Detroit on Bonzai Basiks and we are sure to be in for a real treat here. The remix intros with smooth kick and offset bass with crispy clear hats soon joining in. A rising synth pad gains momentum and is accompanied by the first inklings of an acid line which becomes a big focus on the track. Plucky FX deliver some cool distractions and these soon combine to form their own melodic sequence. The break is where it’s at as melodies come together in a strangely uplifting way while acid blips go off all around. A perfectly timed climax brings the track back into a full on progressive groove. Lots going on here and a joy to listen to as new patterns are found with each listen.
Top Bonzai artist Audio Noir lends his skills on remix duties with his Oldskool Remix. Saying that this guys is on fire at the moment is an understatement. His soon to be released Rewind EP shows us how the oldskool era can be applied with modern technology and this remix is also testament to that. Solid intro as tightly arranged percussions lead us into the mother of all kicks, an instantly recognisable kick that was the basis of so many classics. The track moves into gear at the first very short break where a super cool classic vocal sample leads us to the superb bassline that just pulsates right through the track. A very cool acid line takes the track to the next level and beyond and on the break this is where it really shines. This track has it all, it pays tribute to fantastic era and it does it with so much respect, this is no doubt one of the tracks you have got to have, raise the roof time is here!
A welcome return to Bonzai Progressive for UK based producer Paul Kieran with the tow tracker Check One. His last outing, Monsieur EP was very well received and no doubt we are gonna see more groovy progressive vibes here today.
Check One intros with cool percussions as a sharp snare hits the downbeat along with a crisp hat. A huge chunky kick bursts through and gets the groove flowing beautifully as a lush bass comes in. Cool vocal samples doing the classic -check one, check two- and doing it in style with echo and reverb effects popped into the right places. A quirky little synth blip is the perfect addition to the sound with an electro styled wood click thrown in to the mix. The break reveals a classy piano sequence that just blows the track up superbly, top stuff yet again from Phil!
Next we have Lyme that sets off with a fading in percussion arrangement and settling into a breakbeat styled pattern with rising FX going off in the background before a short silence and then slamming into a super groovy workout. Nice tight construction on the drums let loose flowing rhythms while a laid back bass packs a huge punch. Short, sharp synth stabs permeate the sound as the filters do their thing. Nice, smooth flowing deep progressive house that will get a lot of attention.