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Head honcho at SRUR and the king of energetic techno Oz Romita joins forces with one of the most sought after DJ’s/producers on the scene, Lyle Quach, to bring in another round of high quality techno pressings. Lyle started his career in Montreal, Canada where he played many big parties which also led him to play across the USA. He is much sought after and has had collaborations with many artists all over the world and released on lots of labels during this time. Today with Oz we see the latest SRUR slice entitled “Piece Of Cake” and backed up with a couple of brilliant remixes.
The original mix is a cool blend of techno that hits maximum groove form the off with a subtle kick and a shake-that-ass percussion combo. A hypnotic bassline is prominent throughout with plenty of FX to fill up the spectrum. Simple and stylish techno with a lot of punch!
Spain based DJ/producer AngelLopez takes to the mixing desk on the first remix. Angel is another highly respected figure in the techno/house scene with an impressive list of tracks and remixes to his name. Here he takes the original theme and adds a more deep house twist while retaining that tech element. Real solid steady grooves are carved out through the kicks and percussions with a superb bassline adding the deep house touch that locks you into its grip for the duration, top notch stuff.
SRUR regular Roderick Fox is up next with his remix and he does what he does best, crafting fantastic beats and adding sublime techno flavours to everything he touches. Another solid groover with a more upbeat approach and a clever rework of the original hook. Roderick adds in quality percussions and some classic little one shot vocal samples, perfect for any floor.
Berlin based Agrande delivers a stunning slice of progressive goodness on Progrez with “Kelang” and is backed up with a range of quality remixes from top producers. Agrande’s style is quite unique as he likes to delve into eerie atmospheres and glitchy loops creating surreal ambience within each of his tracks. With a respectable list of releases on many labels Agrande is sure to impress for years to come.
The original mix fits his style very well indeed, glitched loops abound add a gritty edge while eerie whispered vocals add to the sublime vibe on this tracks. Super tight kicks and percs with a deep rolling bass are layered against a sweeping modulated synth, top stuff.
First up to remix is Orlando, Florida based DJ and producer Chris Domingo. Chris is responsible for creating his own labels of which there are five at the moment, he is described as one of the old school DJ’s from Orlando and gains the respect of his peers with top notch productions and sets. On this remix he gets deep down into the depths of progressive house, an amazing bass and synth combi are the perfect match for the hypnotic pads that dominate the sound. We also see the use of the vocal from the original and it’s still gives an eerie vibe!
Sterling provides the next two remixes, Whisper Remix and Dub Remix. Slightly different approach on this with a very subtle cinematic feel created from the near wall of sound which stands out brilliantly. Hypnotic grooves and again the vocals are used to great effect with a super tight drum and perc arrangement, great stuff.
The In Session Remix gets right into the house theme with an underlying tribal element yet still stays true to the progressive roots of the main track. Very sinister sound here due that whispered vocal and an expertly crafted arrangement suitable for any late night dark room!
Morpheus 7 and Nale have been around the chill out scene for quite some time with multiple releases on Elemental over the last couple of years. This release sees four new and original tracks with all the quality you’d expect from these guys.
First up we have “Tomorrow” which is a beautiful melodic laidback moment of bliss overlayed with a subtle drumtrack. The melodies are manifested in many instruments from piano to pads and guitars, sit back, relax and be transported far away.
“Terra X” takes us even farther away with a truly awe inspiring arrangement filled with euphoric trancey melodic sequences that allow the mind to drift off and discard the stress of the day, brilliant.
“Remember The Time” takes us on a kind of surreal synthpop journey back in time with the bassline and the distant synths adding that bygone era feel. The wonderful piano sequences keeps the vibe up to date and again we are treated to some pure quality chilled out bliss.
“Irreplaceable” takes a sort of ballad approach while keeping true to the chill out theme, beautiful bright piano synths coupled with an awesome pad will have you relaxed and feeling good in no time, just amazing.
Based in Adelaide, Australia DJ and producer Audio Noir is a relative newcomer to the production scene having launched his career in 2007 via Next Dimension Records. His releases have gained support from the likes of Chris Fortier, Jay Tripwire and many more. Here we see his stunning two track debut with “Abgeklärt”.
The title track kicks off in true prog house style with a solid steady rhythm built up with cool crisp percs and a nice thump on the kick. The bass makes an early appearance and soon morphs into s somewhat techy vibe that packs a lot of punch. Plenty of awesome grungy synths and FX will make this a floorfiller for sure.
Heading towards the darker side of progressive house next with “Nocturnalogic”, more fast paced action with a lot of energy and some really cool melodic sequences on the break that could steer this into a trance set just as easily. Tight production on the drums and the synths stand out very well in the arrangement, top notch stuff and one to watch!
Chanelle returns to Eyepatch after her well received debut, “The Bass EP”. She continues to deliver her own unique style of deep-funky-tech vibes with her three track “Strange Fairytale EP”.
“Forever Young” is up first, full on dark, sublime funky tech grooves. Nice steady flowing rhythm with a superb bassline and some quirky synths all make for a very “strange fairytale” atmosphere indeed. Destined to be on a lot of playlists for sure.
Fresh grooves on “White Snow”, much brighter sound, again Chanelle is able to tell a story so well through music, the sounds created fit the name of the track brilliantly. Another stunning bassline sits back while a wonderfully crafted drum and percussion section keep the rhythm flowing. The big ear-catcher here is the FX and the simple yet highly effective synth work, just awesome!
“The Witch” delves back into the darkness with a heavy kick and bass combo. Very cool synth work again and the FX are pure genius. Very sinister element within the sounds build a cinematic feeling to the track, top quality stuff.
Based in Bratislava, Slovakia, Mario Foksa aka Foxa is no stranger to Bonzai. He has released under his Foxa guise on Nemesis, Green Martian, Musashi and also appears on a few compilations under the B-Progrez, B-Music and B-Bonzai Trance Progressive umbrellas where he mainly focused on trance. Now releasing under his own name he has made the journey into deep house, tech and techno styles. Here we see his debut on Basiks with “Medicine” which is backed up with a top notch remix.
The original mix is a true club stomper, big, bold in your face sounds, heavy bassline and a cracking kicks build up a gritty, hard edged groove with some amazing vocal samples. Little hints of house creep through with an almost retro type synth hiding away in the background, this adds a cool contrast to the vibe.
Belfast’s own Brisboys step up for remix duty and deliver their brand of quality as usual. More minimal vibe off this track with well crafted beats and FX, the track builds nicely using the vocal sample brilliantly. Some real cool house synths make a show and an awesome ride ensues, definitely a favourite for many playlists.
Based in Houston, Texas USA, Zodiacal Light has been in and around the music scene for over 30 years now, he plays many instruments and has produced music from Rock to Metal to EDM. ZL has already had a few releases through Bonzai on labels like, Green Martian, Bonzai Progressive, Android and Nemesis, he also seen releases on compilations from B-Bonzai Trance Progressive, B-Progrez and B-Urban. Today we have his return to Green Martian with the “Marquee Lights EP”, a stunning two tracker full of progressive goodness.
First up we have the title track “Marquee Lights” which intros with a kind of ballad atmosphere that soon kicks into a full on prog vibe with a superb deep chugging bassline and huge drums. The track builds and builds with lots of quality instrumental layers into an awesome ride on the prog highway. ZL’s musical talents really shine here with attention to detail in the sounds created.
“Start The Show” turns up the heat with a breakbeat intro that transforms into a sharp edged progressive trance vibe. Again the musical talent is evident with the sheer complexity of the melodies and sounds used. Another fine deep hypnotic bassline shores up a well crafted drum section, top quality indeed.
Oliver Maier is back with a fresh new EP!
After the success of his debut release on Monog Records (“Organic EP”), Oliver Maier is back with all the power he have!
Once again, this release is made of 3 original tracks with a lot of funk and deepness going on.
“Prophecy (Original Mix)” is the track responsible for the title of this EP and we couldn’t chose a better one for that! This track have everything: A Great groove, hypnotic chords, soulful vocals and a sweet evolving pad creating the right mood!
“Rinky Dink (Original Mix)” its all about funk! Oliver Maier made an outstanding work with those keys and chords that will delight all the Chicago House fans!
At last but not least, “Haus (Original Mix)” is a real house bomb! The “hook” of this track is based on a simple chord progression that will stay in your head for a while! Just listen and see for your self!
Romanian born Cristian Paduraru is a well established producer and DJ on the scene. He is an extremely busy artist with a huge amount of releases and remixes under his belt across many many different labels. He is heavily involved with Christian Records and The Remix Label with an eclectic mixture of styles he can turn his hand to. In the mid nineties he took to the stage with a live performance act called Fire In Water with the style being acid breakbeat with ambient techno. Moving into the 2000’s saw Cristian take to the studio as his main profession and the results are stunning. Today we see Cristian make his full Bonzai debut after brilliant remixes on Manu Riga’s “Everything Comes To An End” and Pablo Gael’s “Libelula”, with the superb prog-tech hybrid, “Games For Girls EP”.
The title track starts us off in Paduraru’s signature style with his Deeptech mix. Strong and steady rhythm on the beats with a wonderful bassline adding extra weight. Top quality synth work here in a true progressive groove, on the break we get an off key piano that adds melancholy to the track. Big strings make a show and a well rounded track is the end product, top stuff destined for many boxes.
“Energetic Enthusiasm” takes on a more minimal approach with tech in mind. A very prominent electro kick takes the lead and builds up along with some quality percussions providing a perfect groove. On the break we get classic tech-house styled synth work with an added short vocal sample with great effect. Big party vibe on this that will have many floors bouncing!
Basiks regular Sa.Du returns with more quality deep tech house flavours with Lucio Grandi stepping up for remix duties. Sa.Du is a busy guy with releases across many labels and he is also a popular remixer on many tracks.
“Avorani” takes us into the depths with a low end bass and solid groove. Nice sharp hats and other percussions give a tribal element with the vocal samples adding weight. Contrasting melodies take hold unexpectedly that gives the track new dimension, very well constructed.
Lucio Grandi drops by with his Deconstruction Remix, a masterclass in percussive arrangement backed up with a brilliant array of quality FX. The original melody makes an appearance adding an extra layer, top notch!
“Citizen” takes on a tribal feel, this is manifested through the drums section and with the vocal samples. Cool retro type synths show up which will give a club appeal and we get a whole new realm of sound on the break, very contrasting stuff. A strong and steady groove that will keep those late night parties in full swing.
Amsterdam native Ozan started as a DJ back in the late 90’s playing many Dam clubs and bringing something different to the crowds than the average DJ was doing. Now after a break we see him return with a couple of releases though various labels and this track “Enough”, backed up with two remixes, which is his debut on SRU.
The original mix is top quality, strong, solid deep tech house groove with a heart pounding drone of a bassline. Cool crisp hats are a contrast to the bass and we get a wonderful vocal sample throughout that has the power to hypnotise the mind. Very cool FX work adds weight on the break, very cool track.
D-Formation aka Dimos Carbajo is a Spanish DJ, producer and very popular remixer. With a huge amount of releases under his belt and having worked with some of the top names in house and techno, Dimos has built up the respect of many all over the world. Today he adds his midas touch with a superb take on the original. Pure pumping tech house at its best, high quality beats and percs with expert arrangements. The sounds just draw you in with a constant synth note being the main focus, on the break things heat up and crescendo with huge impact. This track will be a main component for many jocks all over.
USA based Gabriel Ben steps up to the mixing desk with a high octane stab of house goodness. Gabriel has a very impressive list of releases through many labels over the years and he has been complimented by none other than Carl Cox as “have a really good ear for music”. His career has spanned over two decades when he started as a DJ, he has travelled the world doing gigs and continues to deliver quality productions to this day. Here Gabriel turns up the energy levels, taking the deep bass and making it roll even more over some arm pumping beats. Great use of the vocal sample that rounds up this track perfectly, big big sound here!
Daniel Ray Van Zyl better known as Placid Larry and other guises returns to Elemental after the well received “Yesteryear”. He delivers another fine example of his skills within the world of downtempo and chill with this stunning 3 tracker.
“Everything Is Connected” has a strong, deep and melancholic feel to it with the heavy kicks and detuned piano. Wonderfully subtle basses add contrast and the half spoken, half sung vocals add great effect.
“Safe House” comes through as more melodic with an urban, street vibe focusing on the well crafted drums and percussion arrangement. Lots of beautiful sounds fill the waves and it’s the diversity in the sounds that give this an edge.
“Mechanize” takes us way into downtempo territory with a truly laidback groove. Intriguing piano melodies will keep attention and the beats are pure sublime backed up with a myriad of FX that tie the track together beautifully.
Now on its fifth instalment the Mars Attacks series just keeps getting bigger and better at showcasing the best of upcoming and already established talent. Kick back and enjoy the latest round of progressive vibes from across the globe and we promise you will not be disappointed!
First up we have UK based producer Kevin Miller aka DJK with “Der Traum”. Kevin is an extremely talented guy at the mixing desk and has already seen releases perform very well on the circuit, this is also his second appearance on Mars Attacks and no doubt more will follow. “Der Traum” intros with solid kicks with the percussions building up the rhythm well. The bassline comes in to set the mood for one awesome ride through progressive house grooves with subtle melodies playing a part, top quality stuff.
Next up is Davide Catania with the amazing “Distant Dream”, a progressive trance inspired masterpiece. The track kicks off with a formulaic 4/4 beat that soon transforms when the bass and vocal break through into an almost uplifting kinda vibe. The big hitter on this tune is the wonderful melody, proper straight to the heart feel good sounds, perfect for any big floor!
Hailing from the Italian capitol, Rome, our next artist Charlie Nathan delivers a stunning slice of progressive tech house with the super charged grooves of “Valle Fiorita”. Classic oldskool drums are the perfect intro for what follows with crisp, clear hats and no frills synths and chords working their magic, giving off a very diverse style to the track, we love it and one to fill a lot of boxes.
UK based producer Horizons aka DJ Shy ramps up the energy with a breathtaking journey into progressive trance with his upbeat monster of a tune. From the start this tune will rock your socks off, wonderful pads over a grooving bassline and a solid well crafted beat will have that effect on you. Superb melodies are the big focus throughout this track as they draw you into a world full of bliss. A sure fire hit with the clubbing fraternity all over the world.
DJing and production duo Jon ManimaL & Magros are back to Progrez with an absolute stunning progressive house release, “Spiders” features three quality slices of dark vibes.
The title track starts us off with the dark theme coming to the fore straight away. Subtle kicks soon find their thump on the intro and what a thump it is, the track then builds its way through the layers with bass suddenly exploding onto the scene. An eerie synth and vocal add intensity while on the break some well crafted melodies take hold. A true all round solid progressive groove.
“I Can Phil U” ramps up the pressure chugging along in another fine progressive groove. Heavy on the bass frequencies here that adds real depth to the sound, awesome high quality FX make up a big part of the sound. Perfect fodder for the more dedicated floors.
“Strange Dancers” changes direction slightly with a more melodic approach yet retaining that deep progressive element. Brighter sounds conflict with the deep basses and some beautiful synth work provides the melody while the pads enhance this feature, very well crafted indeed.