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LAJohnson debuts on Green Martian with the sublime two tracker, Absolution. Absolution intros with a full on punchy kick with shuffling hats and a lush rolling bassline that will get the dancing feet moving right from the off. In the background rich melodic strings float across the sound and deliver an intensity that builds throughout the sound. On the break the strings morph into a pulsating sequence as a melodic arp synth teases us with its imminent prowess. The bass has a huge impact on the sound as it effortlessly plods along with ever changing notes. Such an upbeat and euphoric sound here that will definitely turn a few heads, one to watch.
Never Forget sets off with a driving bassline alongside a nice chunky kick and rhythmic hats. Sweeping pads and strings fade through and bring a sweet melodic flavour as various sound also lend a hand. On the break we get treated to an epic slice of melody building as arps and strings combine to deliver that euphoric feeling. A super smooth solid slice of melodic progressive house that would sit perfectly in any peak time set.
My House Is Your House delivers its 11th incarnation filled with the very best Techno, Deep House and Tech House on offer. 20 of the finest cuts have been selected for your listening pleasure with tracks and remixes from the likes of Ecco, Johnny Deep & Pierre lusithingy, Charles Ramirez & J.Nandez, Kunda, GgDex, Mr. Beat, Luis Bravo, King & Johnston, Rion Oidua, Tali Freaks, Ivan Masa, Art Sparks, Eric Powa B, Nouskynousk, Son of Gabriela, Leandro Silva, Jazzman Wax & Iban Montero, Charles Ramirez & Stan Garac, TMRP, Bonetti, Filta Freqz and Thermo & DJ Phase. The perfect fodder to keep any party rocking, you will definitely want this in your collection.
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Phi Phi and Roddy Reynaert join forces again to bring us the superb three tracker Atlan. They teamed up in 2014 for Platinum on Infonika Recordings to a great reception. Phi Phi is no stranger to these shores, he’s been cutting tracks under Bonzai’s umbrella for many years alongside the likes of Philip Van Mullem, Airwave, Greg D, Yves Deruyter and M.I.K.E.. In recent years he got into the studio with Airwave with jaw dropping results. French DJ and producer Roddy makes his Bonzai debut, although he has been around the scene for a while. He has tracks released on Anjunabeats, Fuzzy Recordings, Intricate Records and Ifonika Recordings. He is definitely making waves with his style and he was snapped up for remix duty on DedRekoning feat Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Only Child on Perfecto Records.
Atlan delivers a solid progressive groover with tight beats and a cool rolling bassline. The track builds steadily and keeps you locked in as various layers are revealed. An intensity comes through on the synths which are backed up by some rising pads real cool vocal FX. On the break a plucky arp takes over as those rich strings add to the melodies before the track reaches climax and we are thrust back into the main groove. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.
Believe intros with a nice punchy kick alongside a cool drum pattern and crispy hats and soon descends into a deep grooving progressive monster with a dose of gritty sounds, winding synths and an aggressive bassline that dominates throughout. Cool voices sweep around and contrasts beautifully with the deeper elements and bright melodic arps. A real solid slice of prog here that is a definite must have track.
Mayhem is an obsessive in your face 4×4 track that delivers a solid punch with its no-nonsense kicks and filtered percussions. The bass is where it’s at here, deep rooted pulsating notes are drawn up form below and really take command of the sound. A tribalistic vibe comes through with the wonderful drum arrangement and tight patterns. This one is a must for those late night sessions, not to be missed.
German DJ producer Thorsten Hammer debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb two tracker Black Hole EP. Thorsten grew up with the early 90’s German sound and frequented clubs such as Omen and Dorian Gray, this is when he really fell in love with electronic music. After many years of DJing he decided he would try to find his own unique sound. In 2011 he started up his own label, Ametist Records which focused on bringing in new talent and Tech House and Deep House with room left for some Techno. Aside from Ametist his tracks have been released on a hugely impressive amount of labels. Delighted to have him on board.
We kick off with Black Hole Breakfast with its bright intro packed full of snappy snares, crispy hats and punchy kicks. A deep, probing bass soon follows with an accompanying chord to get the groove flowing. Cool vocal one shots litter the sound and give a nice added texture to the vibe. In the background various pads and strings are on the rise and give way to a warbling riff that soon dominates for the duration. A real nice slice of deep Tech House that you will not want to miss.
Soda intros with a nice crispy vibe as various hats and cymbals combine before a punchy kick takes over. Rich pads and strings take over on the first break and bring a beautiful atmospheric vibe which is backed up by a very cool singing vocal and a sinister deep spoken vocal. The track settles into a deep groover complete with a phat bassline that drives the track brilliantly. An expertly crafted slice of prog tech with wonderful contrasting vibes, a must have.
Italian producer Marcus Raute is back at Piston with the fantastic two tracker, Without You EP. We last saw London based Marcus back in the summer of 2014 with Samplin’ Memories which went down a storm in all the right places. Since then he has notched up a raft of releases across various labels and solidifying his hold on the Deep House arena. He also recently played at the famous Ministry Of Sound in February 2015 and no doubt you will see him other top venues soon.
Echoes settles into an edgy slice of deep tech right from the off with a raw urbanised sound that locks you into its groove with nice punchy kicks tight percussions and a cool street vibe ambience. Deep house chords crop up from time to time alongside a tribalistic vocal and pave the way for a very cool percussion driven lead to the backdrop of rising pads that ebb and flow throughout. A real solid deep tech and tribal stomper that will not disappoint.
You Don’t Say intros with a real tribal vibe as tight drums and percussions lock horns alongside a very cool and subtle vocal. Rich, high strings make an appearance and give off some cool contrasts to the sound as a deep rooted bass lurks in the depths. The vocal has a huge impact on the track and soon draws a lot of attention with its pure house vibe. Superb stuff with a strong, powerful groove that will definitely dominate the floors.
The Muzika train just keeps on running, already we are seeing the 10th instalment featuring some of the finest Techno cuts around from the likes of Harun Karabulut, Patrik Prelovsky, Dr. Mabuze and Sylar.Harun Karabulut kicks us off with the fantastic Complex Gravity. Harun is no stranger to the Muzika series, he teamed up with Ozan Kanik on Volume 7 with Yavas Yavas back in 2014 and has been churning out quality cuts on various labels since. We’re delighted to see him back with this stomper. The track gets right into the bowels of Techno with chunky beats and a superb deep bass that packs a huge punch throughout. The tight arrangement is tied up with expertly crafted noise FX that sweep over the sound perfectly as classic chord stabs litter the groove. Top notch yet again from Harun, a track you will not want to miss.
Next up we have Patrik Prelovsky with Hypnotic. Czech Republic born Patrik quickly climbed the ranks as a DJ from a young age. He has shown up on various labels including Eyepatch Recordings, Mint & Mustard and many more with his brand of Techno fuelled cuts. Here, the track intros with a solid pumping kick drum and sharp accompanying hats and claps. A throbbing bass forms up from below and brings a hypnotic rhythm to the sound. Short and snappy percussive hits play a big role here and add to the infectious grooves within the track. Cool vocals litter the sound as stabby synths join in. A definite floor hitter that will have you hooked in for the duration.
Dr. Mabuze debuts on SRUR with Same Question and turns up the heat with his sublime Techno grooves. The intro sets the tone perfectly and takes us deep into the sound with muted kicks and downward spiralling notes. The kick drum transforms delivering a huge punchy hit alongside crispy hats that get the rhythm flowing with a little help from a tight drum arrangement. A dark tone develops as the track progresses with the introduction of an eerie, deep and raspy vocal. Powerful stuff that will keep the floors alive no doubt.
Sylar marks a full SRUR debut with Long Distance. We last saw him back in 2012 on remix duty for Calbos’s The Grind which was very well received. Today we get the full on deep experience right from the off as nice punchy kicks are joined by a rhythmic percussion section. Grainy synth stabs dominate the track with their sketchy lines and infectious aftertaste. The bass rolls through the sound perfectly and keeps the groove pumping while adding to the hypnotic flavour. A masterful slice of Techno that is not to be missed.
Finnish producing duo, Soft Knees, make a welcome return to Bonzai, this time around they show up on Bonzai Elemental with the sublime three tracker Lost Tapes. Soft Knees intros with a super smooth and grooving arrangement filled with cool electric guitars, deep droning basses and a slow drum creating a beautiful atmosphere. Distant voices come through and have a huge impact on the sound as the intensity rises with a nod to prog rock through electrified guitar riffs. A simply stunning slice of music that you need in your collection.
Cosmos Got The Blues takes us on a journey right into the heart of a blissed out, euphoric groove. The track meanders along at a steady pace and offers up some real cool synth sequences that rise consistently throughout. Subtle melodies filter through also and accompany the dirty style bass brilliantly. The second half of the track delves into the murky world of the blues as electric guitars unleash their woe laden riffs. Hypnotic and mesmerizing, you will definitely come back for more on this one.
AI Dub rounds off this fantastic pack with its surreal intro filled with spoken words sounding off numbers as a soft and melodic synth rises up. A very warm bass soon joins in alongside a smooth drum arrangement before a much dirtier synth takes over. As the track progresses you can feel the intensity rise as those synths become beefier and take on a much more organic flavour. A very cool breaks – rock hybrid that is chock full of wonderful electronic sounds.
Matt and Manu are back in duo form again with another sublime, tantalising progressive cut. These guys are currently hitting top form with their works, they set the bar high when they delivered You Are Contagious back in February and without doubt they have maintained their attention to quality this time around. So much going on at the moment for these guys, individually and together. They have successfully launched their own radioshow Ethnoscience and have appeared as guests on many other shows over the last few months including a spot on The Diversity of Progressive. Manu continues his run of top notch pressings with remixes for various artists including his own remix on Blufeld’s A World Less Ordinary and with Matt on Dark Soul Project & Mathov featuring Fe Malefiz’s We Are Not Alone. He is also working alongside another superb artist on a new project which we will learn more about soon, so stay tuned. Matt also continues to deliver the goods, he is a constant feature on Joof and has a brand new single coming very soon on Bonzai Progressive as well as a feature on Recoverworlds newest compilation. Lots of things happening for Matt in the coming months covering both releases and DJing, so keep an eye out as he could be playing somewhere near you soon.
Submerged Needs intros with a dark atmospheric vibe as tight drums combine with a nice big chunky kick and FX that lurk in the background with a sinister edge. A deep throbbing bass shores up the rear as various layers begin to rise including rich strings and a superb ethnic voice. A short break winds down before we get locked into the solid grooves of the track complete with chugging bassline and fantastic synths. A subtle melodic flavour rings throughout the sound as we are led deep into the progressive world. The main break throws up more of that stunning ethnic flavour and a colourful selection of sounds before getting right back into full on mode. A truly deep slice of progressive that is not to be missed.
Silence In My Head can only be described as a stunning piece of work. A super tight construction filled with punchy kicks and a bassline that melts into the groove beautifully while chugging right through the sound. A superb display of various little synth shots litter the groove and build a kaleidoscope of perfectly matched sounds. On the break we find ourselves deep within a classic progressive vibe as a haunting vocal comes through alongside a sweet melodic sequence. The lead synth is where it’s at here and coupled with that driving bassline we get a nod to the great days of progressive sounds. A big hitter here that will definitely be featuring in many, many sets all over.