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MANU RIGA & ALEX VIDAL – WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Manu Riga teams up with fellow producer Alex Vidal for their first tantalising collaboration on When Worlds Collide. The constant force that is Manu Riga never ceases to amaze, his productions always come in at the high quality end and leaves us stunned with their intricate progressive prowess. To top it all off he now appears as a DJ on many radio shows on the likes of Progressive Beats, Pure FM and Bonzai Basik Beats. 2015 has also seen Manu hit the clubs but the big event of the year has to be his appearance at Tomorrowland alongside studio partner Matt Holliday, something we know he is very much looking forward to and will no doubt relish the experience. The hugely impressive Spanish DJ and producer, Alex Vidal is fresh off the back of his last outing Mesmerized. We know what this guy brings to the table and can safely say that these two guys will definitely hit the progressive sweet spot and we look forward to more from these two in the future. Aside from the Original Mix, the guy’s branch out with their own takes on this monster progressive cut.

The Original intros with a nice and chunky kick and a sharp closed hat as a beautiful, swirling pad begins to swell. Cool and very subtle percussive elements are introduced and sets the rhythm up nicely as the layers build. A deep droning bass takes over and the deep progressive groove is set in stone. In contrast we are treated to some wonderfully rich plucked notes which are accompanied by the most stunning female vocal that will get the hairs raised on the back of your neck for sure. Little nuanced sounds filter through, like the gentle arps that just glide across the sound. A superb piano melody takes the centre of attention on the break alongside that lush bass before we get thrown right back into the main groove for the duration. A definite must have track in your box this Summer, the floors are gonna love this one.

Our first remix comes from Alex with his Inner Void Remix. The track sets of with a punchy kick alongside a wonderfully rich deep bass that captivates from the moment it arises. Soft hats and cool percussions deliver a solid and steady rhythm as the bass begins to transform into s full on driving progressive groove. Subtle melodic arps fill the background and offer a cool contrast between the low and high frequencies of the sound. On the break we are thrown into a world filled with beautifully sweet sounds and prominent tribal edged drums. The melodies float across the sound and keep your attention before taking a back seat once again to allow the driving bass and pounding kicks to shine. An absolute belter of a track you will not want to miss.

Next up we have Manu’s Balearic Dreams which intros with a cool drum filled sequence alongside some very cool synths and stunning FX. A very intense groove is borne out of those deeper elements that shore up this solid groove as tight breaks carry the track forward. The impressively intricate structure will definitely leave you wanting more as you discover new and exciting patterns with each listen. Manu is a master of the drum sequence and here he holds no bars as those breaks deliver a very solid and upbeat rhythm. Trademark voices come through and really capture the imagination which is given a huge boost with the addition of a fantastic ethnic guitar riff. On the break we descend into a melodic filled world that will touch your soul with a sense of euphoria before those tough breaks make their way through once more. A superb display of Balearic vibes that will no doubt feature heavily on the terraces this Summer.

#manuriga #alexvidal #bonzaiprogressive

13 July 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

SURVEYOR MODE – VAL KILMER (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Italian DJ’s and producers Matteo Tonioli and Marco Nascetti make up the duo, Surveyor Mode. The guys mark their Bonzai Progressive debut with the superb two tracker Val Kilmer. Driven by innovative musical inspirations offered by their city, at the age of 15 their passion towards club music reached into their souls. A key moment in their career was playing in a well-known club in Bologna that, in a short time, transformed a simple passion into a real job. From here they started to produce and were quickly signed to different labels. Tracks include Noster Annuit EP on DNC Limited, Arkham EP on Presslab Electro Label, Call Batman EP on Attik Room Records, More Blend EP on MO2 Records and Il Perito EP on Electro Top Records.

Val Kilmer intros with a dark Techno style vibe as muted kicks are met with a solid wall of percussions. A monster deep and throbbing bass comes through and just totally owns the track, all the while a sinister sounding vocal is going off in the background. The track gathers pace as that bassline surges into a driving groove with up and down motions taking your mind on a trip. The track breaks into a surreal melody before those super solid dirty beats raise their head once again to take us back into its murky world for the duration. Top notch stuff that will definitely have bassbins quaking.

051 sets out with a cool percussion led intro complete with muted kicks and cool FX. The kicks deliver a monster blow when they are let loose with pounding prowess. A deep, solid probing bassline sits on the low end with intent as the track drives on. On the break the low end sounds are filtered out and leave behind a super cool sequence made up of delayed vocals and a wall of filtered sounds. We are then thrust back into the main groove and those super pumping kickdrums. A real slice of deep, dark and dirty grooves that will be a welcome addition to your dancefloor arsenal.

#surveyormode #bonzaiprogressive

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RUBBA J – THE NEXT (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Rubba J aka Jan Costermans returns to Piston for more house party goodness with his three tracker entitled The Next. His debut came in 2013 with the fantastic The Art Of Doing Nothing and quickly gained a great amount of support around the circuit. Great to see him back once again and hope to see more of this guy in the future.

The Next intros with a cool house flavour that builds nicely as various deeper sounds converge. Chunky kicks pound out a solid groove and are accompanied by a tight percussion arrangement complete with sharp hats and snappy snares. Lush deep house chords faded in and out of the groove as subtle keys fill in the background. The bass sits perfectly on the low end and lurks ominously with its warm tones that really keeps the track on course. The break throws the focus squarely on that superb bassline before we get thrust right back to the main groove for the duration. Brilliant stuff that you will not want to miss.

Detroit Soul Searchers intros with a cool percussion rhythm alongside a high pitched string. Big phat kicks soon find their way in and really sets the track off on its pure house journey. A wonderful probing bassline cuts through the sound and dominates the groove perfectly. Cool synth plucks are added and give the groovy rhythm a boost. Classy vocals stand out and offer up a true Garage vibe with solid deep roots. Definitely a floor filler for sure, this one will get the booties shakin’.

Grabbit sets off with a fantastic upbeat kinda vibe as big punchy kicks are met with cool shuffling percussions complete with open hats that gets the rhythm moving nicely. Deep and groovy sounds begin to form up as lush chords are accompanied by rougher edged keys. The bassline just trots along superbly and really allows the upbeat elements to come through much more prominently. A definite must have track that will most definitely notch the party up a gear.

#rubbaj #pistonrecordings

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PLACID LARRY – TRAPEZE (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

Daniel Ray Van Zyl aka Placid Larry returns to Bonzai Elemental after a bit of a hiatus with this fantastic two tracker entitled, Trapeze. We last saw this master of all things downtempo back in 2013 with Everything Is Connected which gained a lot of support on the chillout circuit. Great to see him back once again and we hope to see much more in the future.

First up we have the title track Trapeze which intros with a cool mid range note that leads into a much more lush and deep bassy vibe. In the background we hear subtle more brighter elements that offer a very cool contrast to the sound. A smooth drum section keeps the vibe ticking nicely as the track begins to dissolve into a sweet melodic flowing groove. A beautiful and contemplative track for those quiet evenings.

Everywhere takes on a nice and smooth almost R n B groove with those lush bass tones and organ chords and melodies. The addition of the pounding kicks derives a stark contrast to the more softer edged sounds on offer, which results in a perfectly harmonious sound. Such a sweet, sexy and melodic number that will be the perfect addition for those lazy days or romantic evenings by the fire.

#placidlarry #bonzaielemental

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AIRWAVE – IN THE MIX 001 – PROGRESSIVE SESSIONS (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Welcome to our brand new venture, In The Mix. With so much great music around we thought it was time to offer a new showcase where we could spread only the best music far and wide. To help us along we will be recruiting some top DJ’s to deliver the goodness. We are proud to announce our very first In The Mix – 001, from none other than one of the most inspiring and gifted artist’s of our time, Airwave. When we think of an artist who has remained fully committed to the true origins of musical interpretation then this guy’s name is always one of the first to crop up. He retains such integrity in everything he touches and continues to inspire a generation of music lovers with his special brand of Progressive and Trance. His latest incarnation, A Touch Of Grace is riding high on popular charts and is seeing a lot of playlist time across the world. This 2 part mix is the perfect medium for Airwave to impart his vast musical knowledge onto our senses and allow us to go deep into our souls and discover inner feeling we never even knew we had.

Part 1 takes us on a journey into the deeper, darker side of Progressive with an ever increasing intensity that sends shivers down your spine. Tracks and remixes come from the likes of We Are All Astronauts, Rise and Fall, Moshic, Altek, No One & Elliot Duquai, Phi Phi, Roddy Reynaert, Ewan Rill, Napalm & D-Phrag, Audio Noir, Dark Soul Project, Mathov, Nico Parisi, Blufeld, Solarstone and the man himself, Airwave.

Part 2 ramps up the energy levels and builds tough edged, driving grooves into a huge climactic experience, here you can expect top notch tracks and remixes from D.P. Kash, Chris Sheridan, Alex Vidal, Robert Nickson, RNX, Matt Holliday, Kissoff, Sean Tyas, Ewan Rill, Robert Vadney, Alex Di Stefano, Art Of Trance, Rick Pier O’Neil, Facade, Reaky, Synergia Corpo featuring Noxdream Voice, Chris Oblivion & Satinka.

Join us as we go In The Mix and let the music set you free.

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6 July 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

ALEXEY LISIN & ANGE – VESNA (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Alexey Lisin marks his full debut on Bonzai Progressive with Vesna and enlists the fantastic vocal talents of Ange along the way. Not quite his first appearance as he got the Zen remix treatment on Audio Noir’s superb album, Now & Zen. Having burst onto the scene back in November 2014 with the awesome Moscow Calling, and following that up with the equally impressive Desolation at the start of January 2015, we’ve certainly got a taste of this guys musical prowess on the Techno front. With a shifting towards progressive house on his Baroque Records release, Siberia, we are seeing a different side to this up and coming producer, plenty more to come no doubt so stay tuned. Popular vocalist Ange returns to Bonzai after her debut appearance with Yuriy From Russia back in 2013 on Do You Feel. Over the last several years she has worked with a whole host of top class artists with her distinct vocal style and her talents have been showcased on many labels worldwide.

The Original Mix takes us deep into progressive with a beautifully hypnotic vibe that really captivates with the sultry vocals of Ange. Tight percussions and solid drums deliver a brilliant rhythmic vibe that will definitely have the floors shakin. The deep basses sit back teasingly and allow the synth elements to shine. On the break we get locked into those mesmerizing vocals that just melt into the sound effortlessly. A driving slice of progressive that will surely be a hit with the purists.

Yuriy From Russia steps up to the remix plate and shows us yet again his amazing talents. His last outing was on remix duty for Wild Guess’ Trysal 35 back in March this year and since then his tracks have appeared on various compilations among other releases on different labels. The remix intros with a well rounded kick that is joined by a subtle shuffling hat. A melodic arp fades through as a deep rooted bassline takes hold and dominates with its pulsing probing prowess. The vocals from Ange are simply stunning, her voice seems to materialise from nowhere and blend beautifully into the sound providing a melancholic twist on the melodic nature of the track. Such a wonderful, dreamy vibe here that will definitely appeal to many.

Australia’s Audio Noir serves up another of his classic Rekonstruction’s. This guy has been racking up quite a back catalogue of late. 2015 is turning out to be a very busy year as he delivered his first studio album amongst a multitude of remixes. Already working on his second album we are very excited about what this guy will throw at us next. The remix here ramps up the energy levels with a superb, driving groove filled with a tight drum arrangement and a tough edged bassline that sits in contrast with the brighter, more melodic elements of the track. On the break we are led into a world full of beautiful melodies and deep, warm basses before we get shoved back into the main groove where a brilliant gated synth lead takes over. Ange’s vocal comes through with an air of innocence that works very well with the progressive vibe. Another top notch cut from down under, not to be missed.

Russian producer Zatonsky debuts on Bonzai Progressive with this fantastic remix that really raises the bar in the world of prog. With a very impressive list of tracks across various labels we can see why this guy was drafted in for remix duty. The remix opens with a deep, lush piano chord which is joined by the melancholic vocals from Ange that really captivate the imagination. A bright melodic piano provides a stark, contrasting dynamic to the sound as the pianos fade and the track kicks in. Expertly crafted drum arrangements ensue with a deep pulsating bass in tow as the pianos return alongside that stunning vocal. A simply amazing piece of deep progressive vocal house that will capture a lot of attention for sure.

#alexeylisin #ange #bonzaiprogressive #yuriyfromrussia #audionoir #zatonsky

6 July 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

TECH DEALER – PLASTIC VIBES (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Moscow based DJ and producer Vlad Nikulin aka Tech Dealer debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Plastic Vibes. This guy is into all sorts of styles from Deep House and Tech through to Acid and Detroit Techno. In 2013 he released Yellow Brick on Piko Music Deep with much acclaim from within the Deep House world. Plastic Vibes comes backed up with two top class remixes from Bonzai stalwarts Crocy and Manuel Palmitesta.

The Original Mix of Plastic Vibes sets out with a crispy fresh round of bright percussions alongside a smooth warming pad and punchy kicks. The track breaks to reveal a powerful, probing bass that punches through the sound and takes full control of the groove. You will soon find yourself locked into the dancey house grooves on offer here as the synths deliver some cool chord play that give the sound contrasting textures. Definitely a must have track for the bouncey floors.

Manuel Palmitesta returns to Bonzai Progressive with another of his superb remixes. Here he transforms the original into a deep fuelled progressive house vibe that delivers a sublime experience. Right from the off the tone is set to deep with those long release bass notes and chunky bass drums. The track settles into a tight groove that keeps going deeper with the introduction of a sinister, distant vocal as haunting FX swirl around. An awesome slice of deep progressive house that will be the perfect fodder for those late night escapades.

Crocy turns up for remix duty and delivers the goods once more. The remix intros with a classic kick and hat combi which is joined by warm fading chords that mesmerize the mind beautifully. A big phat chunky bassline comes through and gives the track a cool tougher edge which contrasts perfectly with those lush keys. On the break a retro styled synth takes over and winds its way through the track for the duration. The layers build brilliantly and bring new textures that give the sound a richness to be enjoyed on the floors. Top notch stuff yet again from this guy, a must have.

#techdealer #bonzaiprogressive #manuelpalmitesta #crocy

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ITALOBROS – ONCE AGAIN (PISTON RECORDINGS)

Italian DJ and producer duo, ItaloBros, debut on Piston with the fantastic Once Again. These guys are committed to creating unique musical pictures while delivering adrenaline fuelled sounds filled with passion. Always experimenting and looking for new ways to blend sounds, they do not conform to conventional ways. However, they do keep their toes in oldskool vibes with deep and techno influences.

Once Again sets off with a tough edged kick and harsh, jagged hats that cut through the sound beautifully. Tight drums form up and the rhythm lifts off with a little help from a deep probing bass that dances along brilliantly with an upbeat vibe. Cool vocals litter the groove and add character to the sound. The break throws up a retro style synth alongside cool FX on the vocal as a rolling snare takes us back to the main track and that pounding kick and powerful bass combi. Top notch cut from the guys and one that will definitely turn a few heads.

We Get intros with an in your face array of percussions complete with sharp hats and snappy claps that seem to cut through the air like a knife. A nice punchy kick joins in and the groove gets lift off from a playful, gritty bass that carries a very warm analogue sound. At the midway point we get treated to some cool vocals that stand out as well as subtle stabs. The break reels in a smooth deep groovy pad that takes us out and into the main sound for the duration. Super stuff and a must have track in your box.

#italobros #pistonrecordings

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MAJED – TANZ (BONZAI BASIKS)

Majed returns to Basiks for his full debut with the fantastic Tanz. It was back in the Summer of 2014 when we last got a taste of his tight productions when he was on remix duty for Cysxe & Minitech Project’s, Acid Planet EP. Prior to this he teamed up with Van Czar on their In Vino EP. He has been around the scene for a long time having started out perfecting his art at just 12 years old. He has gained a lot of respect in the electronic music world and has been a regular jock at many top events. In 2011 he started his own label, LíEcurie Electro where he brings together like minded producers he had already been working with. With a ton of releases across various labels you can rest assured you will see much more from this guy.

First up is the title track Tanz with it’s in your face bassdrum that pounds out a solid deep tech groove right from the off. Tight drums and percussions form up and deliver a cool rhythmic flow with a tribal aftertaste that lingers on through the sound. A raw bass runs through the sound with a gritty edge that brings the tech side to life alongside some very cool percussions. The break throws up a hint of synth play before getting right back into the tight drum fuelled groove. Superb stuff.

Portinax intros with a deep subby kick and is accompanied by fading in crispy closed hats. Percussive layers start to build and we get a taste of the solid rhythms early on. A playful, deep string bass reverberates through the track as cool FX work goes off in the background. A hint of tribal drums start to peek through amid a cacophony of old vinyl crackles that give a nice organic flow to the sound. Strangely eerie synth sounds make a showing giving the track a dynamic edge with a cosmic twist. Excellent stuff that will definitely rock the techno floors.

Cala Llonga delves right into a cool percussion driven arrangement with a tribal edge that is soon joined by a nice punchy bass note on the offset. The track gives off a bright vibe with the crispy hats and sharp claps keeping the rhythm flowing. A much deeper bass tone lurks in the depths with a threatening prowess and bringing in a cool techno flavour to the sound. An alien world is unleashed on the break as winding, stretching synths fill the groove. Late night fun for the darker more techno fuelled floors, to notch.

#majed #bonzaibasiks

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ALEX VIDAL – MESMERIZED (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Spanish DJ and producer Alex Vidal churns out another top notch cut on Bonzai Progressive with Mesmerized. Just a few months ago we saw him on remix duty for Audio Noir’s, Life which proved very popular indeed on many playlists. Since then he has racked up appearances on our Ibiza 2015 compilation as well as showings on Green Martian’s Afterhour Trax 15 and 16.

Mesmerized takes us down into the progressive abyss with a truly captivating array of sounds that blend effortlessly into a superb construction. Right from the off as the percussions form up to the backdrop of an atmospheric pad and the fading in punchy kicks, we get locked into the groove. A proper, raw, dirty bass picks up the pace and really delivers the goods to keep asses shakin’. Scattered around you’ll find smooth vocal licks and subtle melodic phrases that pop out for a short time before getting lost in the mire once more. An epic slice of prog that will definitely grab the attention of many this summer.

Distant Lights intros with a somewhat tender kick drum that sits nicely alongside those captivating pads that ebb and flow. A smooth and steady rhythm is picked up by the crispy hats and tight percussion arrangement with a further boost by the deep rooted, driving bass line that dominates the track throughout. Sweeping strings and pads come complete with drifting melodies as synths threaten to burst out. On the break be prepared to totally lose yourself in the cosmic soundscape with that tough edged bass line as the backbone. A hell of a track that is most definitely going to be a main player in many sets no doubt.

#alexvidal #bonzaiprogressive

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