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Italian house music maestro Alessandro Sarsano debuts on Piston Recordings with the delectable three track UndaFunk EP. From a young age he developed a passion for music and the visual arts. At 14 he started to take notice of the Hip Hop scene in his home city as well as starting to get into DJing. He understood that scratching and cutting was an important form of entertainment and this led to him generating a collection of vinyl ranging from funk to disco and pop to new wave. from here to collect discs ranging from funk to disco, from pop to new wave. In the late 80s and early 90s Italy experienced the house phenomenon and this appealed to him very much and brought him into contact with many DJ’s. He soon discovered the Balearic beat after a Summer in Ibiza and found that house music was his passion. Over the years he has played alongside the likes of Jose de Divina, DJ Oliver, Willie Graff, Tuccillo, Alfredo, Pippi, Jon Sa Trinxa and many more. Since 2010 he has released quality tracks on many labels and we’re delighted that his next effort will be on Piston.
Emotional Lee intros with a cacophony of shuffling snares that lead us straight to the floors alongside a warm house laced chord. Big chunky kick drums soon follow with a sublime pulsing bass in tow which solidifies the groove and locks you in for the duration. The track has a rich urban vibe that is bolstered by cool vocal snippets. A powerful slice that will surely get the booty’s shakin’.
Next up we have the Latino inspired Viva Chicanos with its fantastic Samba style groove and wonderful flowing rhythms. Leading the charge is a pumping kick drum with an array of rhythmic percussions in accompanying mode. In the background we get a House Of Pain inspired sample alongside some very cool vocals that give the track character. As we get drawn deeper we’re treated to some very cool sounds from various instruments that give this track a distinct flavour. A definite must have.
The Basement rounds off this superb pack with a deep fuelled ride deep into the house sound. Beautifully lush low end basses and chunky kick drums with crispy hi hats alongside sharp claps and snappy snares make for a wild ride. The groove is hypnotic and the cool spoken vocal is both mesmeric and informative as it delivers a philosophical narrative. At the midway point a sublime bassline change drives the groove harder which will most definitely get the floors pumping, top notch stuff.
Jakarta, Indonesia based DJ and producer Chris.M aka Krishna Prabawa returns to Green Martian after a bit of a hiatus under his new guise Jumpers_27 and the impressive Feel You EP. With many releases under his belt during his time with Bonzai, Krishna delivers yet again in his true professional style. Great to see him back once again and we hope to see much more in the future.
The Original Mix carries a very distinctive sound that would certainly befit Krishna’s native land. Right from the off we are thrust into a world filled with rich and beautiful melodies dished out via a cascading arpeggio. Throughout the track we are mesmerized by a stunning vocal that delivers a wonderfully warming vibe and which fits so perfectly with the Balearic bassline. The groove intensifies on the break with a wall of synths delivering a sublime progressive trance vibe that lingers for the duration. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
The Chris.M Remix takes things up a notch or two with his pacey driving groove made up of a solid drum arrangement and a throbbing bass that lurks on the low end. Punchy kicks and bright crispy hi hats lead the way as a super tight percussion arrangement delivers an edgy, dark vibe. That wonderfully rich, euphoric vocal dominates the track and is backed up by calming choir voices. On the break we get into a Balearic feel with beautifully plucked guitars and melodic synths before slamming back into full on mode for the duration. Simply amazing, a definite must have.
German DJ and producer Manuel Palmitesta marks his full release debut on Bonzai Progressive with the superb two tracker Rush Hour EP. Over the last few years we have seen this guy crop up on several releases where he delivered top notch remixes. Ecco’s Switch, A.M.X’s Secret Lover and Tech Dealer’s Plastic Vibes are just some of the releases he’s contributed to. We’ve also seen him appear on Bonzai Basik Beats radio show. He has also seen releases on many labels over the last few years and he always gains lots of support. We’re delighted to see him back with his own cut and we’ve no doubt this one will turn a few heads.
Rush Hour is a solid tech house driven minimalistic slice that delivers a superb four to the floor groove. Pumping kick drums lead the way as a beautifully arranged percussions arrangement keeps the rhythm moving. The minimal approach speaks volumes as we’re drawn into the hypnotic nature of the track thanks to some cool FX and an eerie vox sound. Excellent stuff you do not want to miss.
Corruption takes us deep into the tech house abyss with a bassy thumper that will certainly get the bootys shakin. The track is powered by some chunky kick drums and a cacophony of bright and noisy hats and cymbals. On the low end we’re treated to a pulsating bassline that becomes the soul of the groove. Tribal style percussions mesmerize as the bass transforms and intensifies the groove. Definitely a track not to be missed.
DJ and producer Kush returns to Bonzai Progressive with the impeccable Trigger. Kush was interested and passionate about music since his early childhood. He started to learn the basics of music using a keyboard at the age of 5. Growing up, he discovered the possibility of making music using computers and grabbed the opportunity to develop his skills and talents to produce electronic music. He was also part of a local rock band as a keyboardist. He is into many different genres of music, Techno, Tech-House, Minimal, Deep House, Jazz, Rock and Metal, to name a few. His electronic music inspirations and selections are rooted in groovy beats, heavy bass lines, emotive chords, dark synths, percussive, melodic and old school soundscapes. In recent times he has delivered quality cuts for many labels. In 2016 he debuted on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Substance Abuse.
Trigger intros with a nice pounding kick drum alongside crispy hi hats and some cool percussion patterns that get the rhythm moving smoothly. A throbbing, pulsing deep low end bassline weaves its way through the track becoming infectious to the mind. Some seriously clever play with the drums and percussions creates stunning textures in the sound against a backdrop of a mesmerizing pad. Definitely a must have track for late night prog sessions.
Winter Sky goes straight for the jugular right from the get go. A solid groove rises instantly out of a punchy kick drum and deep rolling bassline combi. Percussions slowly find their way in generating a fine flowing rhythm out of some interesting patterns. A hypnotic pad rises and forms the seed that will blossom into a full on sublime progressive house workout courtesy of a superb display of synths. Top notch stuff indeed you will not want to miss.
Italian DJ and producer Mattia Scolaro debuts on Piston Recordings with the fantastic two tracker entitled Body Free. Mattia started his career in 2012 in the small clubs of his home city as well as some underground private events. In 2014-15 he delves into the world of production , creating a solid platform to achieve his ambitions. His style includes Techno, Tech-House and underground sounds with bright percussions and funky grooves. Great to see him here at Piston and we look forward to more in the future.
Body Free is a real tasty slice of tech house complete with pumping kick drums and a myriad of quality percussions. Cool hats and snappy rolling snares wrapped up in intricate patterns deliver a solid rhythm for the track to build on. A deep pulsing sub bass locks you in as cool vocals come through alongside an energetic stuttering bassline that sends the track into overdrive. Superb stuff that is a definite must have.
Looking Back wastes no time in getting right down to it, from the off we are thrust into a solid groovy workout complete with thumping kicks, crispy hats and a cool urban vocal. Pulsing basses weave their way through the track as noisy risers draw our attention. A sharp stabby synth twists and morphs on the breaks bringing the track to multiple climaxes that slam us back into full on mode. A sure fire peak time cut here that will not disappoint.
Italian DJ and producer duo Marco Mei and Stefano Ugliano (6884) aka Bicycle Corporation debut on Piston recordings with the fantastic, retro inspired Back To Basics EP. The guys find themselves travelling the world and dishing out their unique mixture of house grooves, prog atmospheres and techno funkadelism. While Marco is a longstanding DJ – having played at major clubs like Pacha, Fuse, SOS Superclub and the Imperia Lounge Moscow – Stefano refined his skills in the art of playing synths. They merged these skills into an original project with a penchant for house music, while always keeping a distinctive sound. Their tracks have been released on labels such as Mauro Picotto’s Alchemy and Phunk Investigation’s Miniatures Records and they have received support from artists such as, like DJ Sneak, Dubfire, Axwell, Danny Tenaglia, Above&Beyond and more. They have also provided remixes for the likes of Mauro Picotto, Eddie Amador, and Chris Fortier. These guys have their finger firmly on the pulse, they traverse the underground scene in tandem with mainstream clubs ensuring that everybody gets a taste of their sound. Delighted to have them on board at Piston and we hope to see more soon.
First up out of the three tracks on offer is Never Go Away which sets the scene perfectly with its cool retro vibe oozing out of the sound. Punchy kick drums are met with shuffling percussions and snappy snares that get the rhythm juices flowing. But, the main even here is that lush hypnotic bass and those oh so beautiful piano chords that infect your mind instantly. A proper slice of deep house grooves to whet the appetite.
Everybody Wants A Swimming Pool is another fine example of this duos love of all things house music. Beautifully crafted drums keep the rhythm flowing while luscious chords wrap us up in a warm glowing groove backed up by a nice pumping bassline. A simple and highly effective cut that will most definitely not disappoint.
If Only I Were Cool Too keeps with the retro theme and pulls out all the stops to great effect with the use of some classic drum sounds that will draw anyone to the floor. The drums build nicely with a pounding kick drum at the fore and erratic shuffling hats following suit. A fuzzy house pad rises up and we’re locked on to the mesmeric groove. Our minds get blown with the introduction of a phat acid line that comes straight outta 1988 to dominate the track with ease. A superb cut that you do not want to miss.
We continue our Club Traxx series with Progressive House 19 and once again we deliver only the finest progressive sounds that will enhance your collection and give you the tools control the floors. 20 top notch originals and remixes from the likes of Manu Riga, Nico Parisi, Matan Caspi, Rick Pier O’Neil, Kush, Robert R Hardy, AudioStorm, Ewan Rill, Blufeld & Platinoff, JoC, Jamie Baggotts and more are on hand to boost your set with their rich, quality grooves that will definitely keep the party rocking. A must have for the serious progressive jocks.
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Belgian DJ and producer Karim Sghaier aka Karim S debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Pilots Of The Millennium which features two tracks alongside two fantastic remixes. Karim started his musical career in the early 1990’s singing and acting in theatre while also learning the piano and synthesizer, nourishing his love of music. He also began to buy his first records and shortly thereafter was inspired by Chicago house music, Detroit techno and Mayday. He started to DJ at many parties in his local area before breaking out and playing all over Belgium.
If you’re looking for some serious progressive beats then Pilots Of The Millennium is for you. This one delivers the goods in style with a solid lush bass at its core. Right from the get go we are entranced with the groove as it draws us in with a superb bassline and intricate percussion patterns. A very subtle and simple melody from just a few notes is enough to pique your interest as we embark on this epic journey. Bubbling acid lines fade in as magical strings are introduced bringing a cosmic vibe to the sound. The break throws up a divine sequence with wonderfully hypnotic melodies climaxing in a kick drum roll before slamming back into full on mode. A definite must have.
Manu Riga continues his exhaustive 2016 with another fine remix that is directed squarely to the floors and the deeper recesses of the mind. The remix intros with a hypnotic thumping kick drum and offset bass combo with a shuffling hat sequence up top providing a steady rhythmic flow. The probing bass digs deep into your mind as the layers build creating a tight arrangement. Club style chords slot in perfectly against a backdrop of some very cool spoken vocals. Mesmeric strings and synths weave their intricate patterns through the sound and on the break we are graced with a beautiful ethnic female vocal that sends shivers down the spine. Another epic slice form the master of the beat, not to be missed.
The Original Mix of Parazard is a brilliant slice of club progressive featuring a stunning, catchy diva inspired vocal. A solid kick drum and rhythmic percussion section gives this one maximum dancefloor appeal and when you throw in a deep probing bassline then you’ll have no choice but to get down. If that wasn’t enough we are treated to some excellent vocals that blend perfectly into the prog style with a distinct house flavour. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.
The ever popular Experimental Feelings delivers yet another fine cut with his remix of Parazard. A solid progressive performance ensues with punchy kick drums and shuffling hi hats alongside a deep bubbling bassline at the forefront. The diva fuelled vocal that rings out dominates the track brilliantly adding that special club appeal to the sound. Mysterious pads and FX give off a wonderfully rich vibe full of cool textures while a beautifully subtle synth line runs through the track. A real stomper here that will generate a lot of attention for sure.
Athens based artists Erikos A and Greg S make up All Species and here they debut on Bonzai Progressive with the sublime progressive breaks of Equinox. Erikos and Greg got into music from a very young age, in the nineties they became hooked on electronic music enjoying various genres like downtempo, chill out and all manner of electronic dance rhythms. They have created their own style that combines nostalgic spacey sounds with live performance acoustic instruments. In 2005 they started to make music together while enjoying the benefits of their friendship and sharing their creativity to find new ways of creating sounds.
Equinox gets us on the move with a fantastic pacey breakbeat that carries a subtle drum n bass kinda groove. The tight drum patterns deliver the goodness and will certainly get feet on the floors with their solid rhythms. The track also generates a beautifully musical vibe with a myriad of synths and effects garnering a rich tapestry of sound with a progressive edge. A wonderful slice here that will be a welcome addition to any collection.
Planet Groove is an epic trek into progressive breaks with a wonderfully diverse arrangement of sounds that captivate the mind. The intro boasts some very nice synths that stay the course before being joined by fantastic beats that carry a fine flowing rhythm. Slick percussions and pumping breakbeats is where it’s at here and combined with progressive elements makes for some very interesting patterns. At the midway point the track goes four to the floor with a punchy kick drum taking the lead alongside a superb warm bassline and sublime synths and FX. An outstanding hybrid track that will generate a lot of interest no doubt.
Time Machine takes us deep into the groove with a wonderful composition made up of psychedelic arps and expertly crafted FX that add beautiful textures to the sound. At its heart we find a throbbing bass that offers a warming sensation as it transcends through the sound. The drum section is simply stunning, it delivers a solid groove with intricate patterns made up of shuffling hats and a driving kick drum that blend perfectly into a fine arrangement. Another superbly constructed slice from this talented duo that will certainly not go amiss.
After two successful Piston Recordings releases in 2016, Mirko Gorelli returns with more tech house flavours in the form of the two tracker Black Dolly. This year has been a very productive one for Italian DJ and producer Mirko. He’s seen his original works released across various other labels as well as appearing on top compilations. On the DJ front he enjoys plenty of gigs and top venues and for future endeavours you can check out his Facebook for more info. Nice to see another fine slice from this guy and no doubt we’ll be seeing more in the future.
Black Dolly is a straight up tech house pumper that will definitely command a presence on the floors with its thumping kick drums and rhythmic percussions. This one delivers a solid groove which is spurred on by the on beat bass that creates a superb vibe. But the big hitter here is the hypnotic acid line that runs right through the heart of the track and coupled with a very cool vocal sets this one up to hammered by many, a definite must have.
Snap sets out with a very cool retro kinda vibe as punchy kicks are offset by bright crispy hats and sharp claps. The kick drums get a huge boost to deliver a solid thump that will get the bassbins working overtime. A cool and funky style bassline eases into the sound as the drums begin to pile up creating a nice rhythmic flow. Cool vocals shots give the track a club vibe and will no doubt generate an interest on the floors, top notch stuff indeed.
Portuguese producer Ricardo Cardoso aka Ritz debuts on Piston Recordings with the tantalizingly seductive two tracker entitled Daydream EP. A relative newcomer on the scene Ricardo used to go by m0u53 and has seen several releases across various labels in the last couple of years. His Ritz moniker is dedicated to all things house. We know you’re gonna love this guys work, the attention to detail is stunning and the passion for house music shines through, enjoy.
Dreams is quite simply a superb slice of blissful house music with nice deep groove that will seduce you with its smooth vibes and inviting presence. A steady flowing rhythm is driven by tight drums and shuffling percussions while the groovy bassline weaves effortlessly through the track. A plethora of keys and pads dish out intricate melodies that captivate. The melodies are backed up by some sultry vocals that blend so beautifully into the sound. A fantastic construction of sounds perfectly suited to late loungy sets, a must have.
Mesh delivers a brilliant slice of deep house. It’s one of those tracks that forces you to let go on the floors, the driving nature of the track ensures this. Punchy kick drums are joined by crispy hi hats and a tight percussion arrangement. The big player though are those wonderful chords and expertly crafted arps that sit perfectly over the driving bassline. Cool vocals grace the track adding textures along with an ever building synth section. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss.
Zeo aka Mexican DJ and producer Eliseo Ramirez Campos holds a strong passion for music. He studies synthesis and electronic music production in G Martell College of music and audio in the city of Mexico. He founded – Fungus Lab a group of producers and DJs to promote culture and the arts using electronic music. His talent allows him to develop in various areas of audio such as mixing, mastering, producing, remixing and DJ jingles. He especially loves to produce his own sound universe with a very fresh and original style that ranges from progressive house , tech house and techno. He has shared the stage with international artists such as Steve Mint, Jossie Telch Ecliptic, Knight and Austere (Undergroove Music Mexico). His tracks have been released on various labels over the last few years and more recently he delivered the superb Cycle EP on Eyepatch Recordings.
Breathing delivers a fresh progressive house sound that will most definitely appeal to many jocks looking for that hybrid slice of house music to transition the night in style. Pumping beats and a strong pulsating bass are the main ingredients that drive this one alongside a side helping of quality house inspired keys and synths. Beautifully rich pads add cool textures to the sound and on the break this becomes distorted by some excellent modulation before we are slammed right back into full on mode. A must have for sure.
Listening is a purely house driven cut that will be the perfect candidate for getting asses on the floors. Punchy kick drums dish out a solid beat as a stuttering bassline leads the way. Cool FX wash over the sound creating a very interesting tapestry while swirling pads enhance the experience. On the break we are treated to some very smooth percussions alongside that lush bass tone that wraps you in a warm embrace. The hypnotic groove eats its way into your soul and you welcome this with open arms and get lost in the moment. A thought provoking piece that will not disappoint.
Airwave is an artist of the highest calibre and Pray for Happiness is cut from a different cloth. Embellished with a mysterious yet uplifting melody, an emotive atmosphere, and his quintessential eastern percussion, this release is poised to create magic moments on dance floors across the world.
On remix duties DeCode and JOOF legend The Digital Blonde each take the reigns and add their own unique flair with their mix.
Matt Holliday is back once again at Bonzai Progressive with another stunning slice entitled Underworld. These last few years have been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride for Matt, on top of moving to a new country, he found himself in great demand after a plethora of quality releases and taking the helm at JOOF Aura. 2016 has been a huge year after what has been described by many as a ‘killer set’ at the Luminosity Trance Gathering in Amsterdam, and the release of his long awaited studio album on Phase Of Life. It’s always great to see this guys work drop into the mailbox and we’ve no doubt we’ll be seeing lots more in the future. In the meantime check out this latest offering and don’t forget to tune in to Matt’s radioshow Ethnoscience alongside Manu Riga, the first Saturday of each month on Progressive Beats Radio.
Underworld could be considered as some of Matt’s deepest, darkest works. Right from the start we are drawn into a murky and moody sound that is steeped in glorious low end basses and sublime pads and FX. A fantastic ethnically charged vocal runs through the track delivering a chilling narrative given the tone of the voice. Quite a minimal piece with a lot of character and raw grooves that will definitely keep those late night sessions moving.
Belfast’s Louis Irvine is up on remix duties and this one also marks his Bonzai Progressive debut. Louis normally resides over on our Progrez offshoot where he dishes out quality techno grooves, the latest of which – Alpas EP – is performing very well indeed. As this is Louis’ first remix he set out to deliver a bad ass mutha, and we think he’s done just that. After a bit of trial and error he found the path he wanted to take and decided to throw in the vocal which definitely takes things up a notch or two. He was thinking big on this one and he has certainly captured that big festival vibe which is sure to please many. The remix intros with thunderous kick drum that would be right at home at any festival and its massive sound system. Bright crispy hats cut through the low frequencies as hypnotic percussions start to fade up. The techno fuelled groove settles into its mesmeric state while some very cool vocals come through. An absolute stomper no doubt that will tear up any floor.
DJ and producer Christopher Hermann aka Kristof Hermann returns for his third stint on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Sands Of Marrakech. Kristof has established himself as a top artist on the scene with releases on various labels and appearances on several compilations. It’s nice to see him back at BP and we’ve no doubt we’ll be seeing much more in the future.
Sands Of Marrakech intros with a warm kick drum and subtle percussion arrangement that draws you in to its shuffling rhythmic sequence. A deep probing bassline comes through to take the reins as we are led deep into the progressive world. Cosmic synths play out surreal melodies creating an almost dreamlike state that you will find yourself completely hooked on. A complex sound design offers up a mystical take on the ancient city of Marrakech making this a definite must have track.
Athens Lights takes us on a sublime journey filled with wonderfully crafted deep basses and cascading arps that fill the spectrum beautifully. The intro delivers a solid progressive vibe right from the off as a tame kick drum sits behind a superb bassline and those mesmerizing arps. The track gives off an almost utopian vibe as those synths combine. A cool percussion section generates smooth rhythms that marry up perfectly with the majestic sounds of Greece. Deeply hypnotic and Ethnically charged, a superb slice of prog that is not to be missed.