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Club Trax continues its mission to deliver only the finest progressive cuts straight to the floors with Progressive House 18. Over the last number of years this series has unleashed some top notch tunes, and this one is no exception. 20 superb tracks are poised and ready to be worked into your sets from a slew of top artists including Gai Barone, Manu Riga, Rise and Fall, Steve Sai, Phi Phi, Matt Holliday, Youngen, Audio Noir, Matan Caspi, Nico Parisi, Paul Kardos, Mathov and more are on hand to give you the tools that will rock your floors. The perfect arsenal for a long, sweat induced party filled with progressive gems.
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Prolific artists Blufeld and Platunoff join forces as they both return to Bonzai Progressive after a short hiatus with the superb Tiefe Gedanken which also comes backed up with two quality remixes from Nico Parisi and Alex Vidal. We last saw Blufeld back towards the end of 2015 with Out Of This Life which came shortly after his superb studio album A World Less Ordinary. Some big things in the pipeline with this guy so make sure you keep up to date with all his goings on via social media and of course the Bonzai Progressive website. Russian DJ and producer Igor Platunoff also returns with a quality remix and his last outing was on remix duties for Blufeld’s Out Of This Life. Great to see both of these diverse artists back at the helm and we hope they collaborate more in the future.
The Original Mix opens with a smooth almost dreamy sequence complete with swirling pads and playful melodics alongside a building percussion arrangement. A subtle bass appears and steers the track toward the deeper side before superb punchy kick drums come in. The track settles into a solid prog groove that becomes filled with subtle melodies and cool FX. The bass is a truly hypnotic experience that is enhanced by those tight drums, this one is a definite must have for those late night sessions.
Nico Parisi returns with a top quality remix which comes fresh off the back of his recent remix of Thorin’s Dreaming of A Better World which appeared on the massive Bonzai & Friends – 500 (Remixes). No doubt we’ll be seeing more in the coming months from this hugely talented artist, so stay tuned. On the remix Nico opens with a punchy kick drum with a subtle synth arp chasing in the background. Percussions start to form up and we soon find ourselves drawn to the groove. The progressive vibes on offer really shine through as a deep droning bass takes over the low end while up top a myriad of melodies take charge and steer the track in a hypnotic direction. A real nice slice of prog here that is not to be missed.
The ever impressive Alex Vidal steps up to remix duties and delivers another one of his sublime progressive cuts. His last outing for BP was also on remix duties, this time on LoQuai’s Numans Prayer on Bonzai & Friends – 500 (Remixed). Much more to come from this guy in the future, well worth keeping an eye and an ear on. Alex’s remix intros with a punchy kick drum that sits over a dreamy pad sequence complete with swirling FX and subtle melodies. A deep, probing bassline fades in and soon takes control of the groove as it drives the track forward. Cool spacey vibes ooze out of the sound as the intensity rises. On the break we get drawn deeper into the vibe with a series of melodic pads and a tight percussion keep us going before getting slammed right back into full on mode. One for the deeper darker progressive sets here that will not disappoint.
French producer Bob The Groove debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Eddy’s Theme. Over the last couple of years this guy has racked up an impressive back catalogue with appearances on labels like Abstract Space Records, 238w, D&R Digital, Aeriform, Hydrogen and 3xA Music. Great to have him on board here at BP and we hope to see more soon. The Original Mix intros with a warming kick drum and deep bubbling bass alongside a rising arp which is laced with a sprinkling of acid. The track moves beautifully with its progressive groove delivering the goods. A tight drum arrangement provides a steady flowing rhythm as rich strings create colourful textures. The synth arp remains a constant and really grabs a hold of your imagination. A wonderful slice of prog with a retro vibe that will definitely turn a few heads.
Up next we have the Disco Lights Mix which sets of with a punchy kick and a superb offbeat bassline that dominates the track. Bright crispy hats come through and add a classic feel to the sound as mesmeric arps rise up. As the track builds we get locked on to the solid progressive groove complete with a deep probing bass and cool chord stabs. Again we get a retro vibe through the track which will be to the delight of many no doubt.
Rounding of this quality pack we have the Deep Side Mix which as you’d expect goes deep into the progressive house sound. Super tight drums and a rich strings combine as a probing bass weaves through the sound. The distant sounding arps provide some beautiful melodies that blend perfectly with the note changes on the bass. A wonderfully deep and moving track that will captivate and keep the floors rocking all night long.
Russian DJ and producer Tuneon aka Mikh Solvis debuts on Piston Recordings with the superb two tracker – Chante. Tuneon’s music is based on many influences from 90’s style old school Chicago house and disco vibes to hypnotic tech grooves a common goal, to rock the dancefloors. Delighted and excited to have him on board.
Right from the off we get a nice taste of what Chante has to offer. Nice and chunky kick drums are met with slicing hats and a high pitched string. A beautifully classic styled chord stab comes through and transports us back to the heady days of garage house with a modern day deep house twist. Cool vocals make their way through the sound and add character to the track as we go deeper into the retro house sound. Top notch stuff that will definitely be a welcome addition in any set.
Renovation intros with a classic style bass on beat combi as shuffling hats deliver a nice rhythmic flow. Cool vocals are scattered around the track and create some real nice textures as they echo out. Warm retro style keys come in and are soon joined by a deep probing bassline that will hook you in for the duration. As the layers build a funky element shows up which works so wonderfully with the deep soulful side of the track. Excellent stuff, not to be missed.
Piston firm favourite Marco Madia returns with his fifth outing – Swanning Up EP. His last outing came back in February with ExoS Lucius EP which went down well with great support coming in from all quarters. He has also made appearances on several compilations for Piston and Bonzai including Tech House Toolbox 4, My House Is Your House 10 and Best Of Piston Recordings 2014. Always great to see him round these parts and no doubt we’ll see more soon.
Mute Swan intros with a real smooth tech house vibe complete with a chunky kick drum and slicing hats that cut through the low end with a sharp edge. A probing bassline ducks and weaves through the track as cool chord stabs fade in. The chords and bass work in tandem creating a fantastic groove to get down on the floor to. A proper slice of club music that is not to be missed.
Trumpeter Swan sets off with a muted kick alongside a cool closed hat that delivers a defining snappy hit. Deep synth chords fade in alongside a smooth plucky bassline delivering a cool tech flavour to the sound. The synths create a real nice colourful texture as they twist and bend throughout. Nice thick sounds for the floors here and a must have track for sure.
Dimas Ramadian aka Jakarta based DJ and producer debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic North East EP. A popular DJ in the worlds of House and Techno and everything in between, this guy boasts an impressive back catalogue spanning back to 2008. Dimas has gained the respect of his peers after cutting his teeth in the Indonesian underground scene, by 2005 he was a well-known artist and soon after he started to produce his own sounds. His extensive musical knowledge allows him to command any dance floor with his choice cuts. He is the proud presenter of Indonesia’s first worldwide podcast, namely Bagong Odyssey With DJ Dimitri, and this has given him the exposure to work with talented artists from around the world and which also led to the creation of his own label Bagong Digital. With appearances on many labels including The 45MF Group, Bagong Digital, Celestial Tracks, LW Recordings, Laxity Recordings, ACID029 and State Of Play, we’re delighted to have him on board at BP.
North East intros with a nice punchy kick drum and crispy hat combi alongside a cool and very subtle synth that results in a superb progressive flow. A deep rumbling bassline dominates the low frequencies and powers the track on relentlessly. The drums are tight and will keep the floors rocking no doubt as darker vibes come through. Throughout the track we are treated to some ultra cool electronic snare rolls and early synth style sounds that give the track a lot of character. A definite must have for any late night prog set.
South West sets off with a well rounded kick drum and a tribalistic drum section. Soft hi hats are joined by various percussions to deliver a tight and solid beat to move to. Some nice synth work provides colourful textures that shift within the sound beautifully as the driving beats keep the groove moving. The bassline sits perfectly with a very powerful throb that reverberates right through the sound yet allows the higher frequencies to shine. Warm pads are dominant on the break as they swirl overhead before we are slammed back into full on mode. A wonderfully deep and rich progressive sound that is not to be missed.
Matan Caspi remains a powerful force in the progressive world and as ever he delivers the good once more with Fragile Sunrise which is backed up with no less than three stunning remixes from top class artists Manu Riga, Rick Pier O’Neil and Hady Tarek. Last time out Matan delighted with Celebrium before an appearance on the bumper Bonzai & Friends 500 Remixes pack. We’ll let the music do the talking here, enjoy.
The Original Mix is laced with all the traits we’ve come to love about Matan’s work. A real sense of deep progressiveness with wonderful lush tones and contrasting sounds. The drum sections delivers a solid rhythmic foundation for the groove to take hold. The track drives forward with a fantastic low end filled with plush, probing basses while the mid range dishes out cool synths and FX. The break reveals a superb synth line that cascades up and down before slamming us right back into full on mode. Another epic slice from this super talented artist.
First up on the remix we have Rick Pier O’Neil who is enjoying great success with various tracks on labels like 76 Recordings, Balkan Connection, Green Martian and Bonzai Progressive to name just a few. A hard working artist both DJing and in the studio, we know we’re in for a real treat when this guy is at the helm. The remix intros with a dark stab that is soon joined by a subtle bass and muted kick drum. Scathing FX come through creating a mysterious and edgy sound before the track takes off with chunky kicks and bright crispy hats. A rumbling bass takes over and we find ourselves totally locked on to the solid prog groove. As the layers build we’re hypnotised by the sound making this a sure fire weapon for the floors.
Widely regarded as a top class artist by a panel of peers across the globe, Manu Riga steps up to the remix desk with his Darkside Remix. A hugely talented and gifted artist, Adriaan Baussens has dedicated himself to music for a great number of years, this has resulted in countless tracks and remixes that continue to garner support for this Belgian native. The last year has been a tough one for this guy, but still he has managed to wow us with his works, and to top it all off he – along with Bonzai Progressive – will proudly present his much anticipated studio album, coming in around June 2016. We say thank you to Manu Riga, and in the meantime check out this superb remix. Taking a detour into the darker side of prog, Manu takes us along for the ride and right from the get go you can tell it’s gonna be epic. A swelling bass ebbs and flows as punchy kick drums are lined up against sharp hi hats. Manu’s sublime signature sound oozes out of the track as tight drums layer up into a solid rhythmic groove as the progressive elements evolve. On the break we get some cool synths alongside a deep sinister sounding vocal before crashing right back into full on mode. Another fine example of the diversity this guy can show and a definite must have track.
It’s been a while since we last saw Hady Tarek and we’re happy to see him back on remix duties here. His last outing was back in April 2015 with The Boat Effect which gained great support across the board. The remix intros with a classic styled thumping kick drum and bright crispy hat as various percussions come through with each phrase. The drum section provides a steady rhythm as cool synths begin to thrive. The big hitter here though is that bassline, a wonderful, powerful, pulsating deep low end bass that will have the bins shuddering. Throughout the track we get hooked onto a beautifully tweaked synth line that captivates as it twists and turns. Top notch stuff here you will not want to miss.
Swedish DJ and producer Victor Bergh aka Victor Berghmeister returns to Piston with the fantastic two track Sot/Vaed. Victor is no stranger to Piston having released Leaving Yous back at the start of 2014 as Victor Berghmeister. Great to see him back once more and we hope to see more from him soon.
Sot intros with a nice chunky kick drum and a superb warbling, ever shifting wah wah type synth that delivers a cool tech house groove. The synths sit perfectly with the vocals that find themselves embroiled in a myriad of FX that create some very cool textures in the sound. A subtle and very deep bass sits on the low end as that dominating synth line takes control. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.
Vaed sets out with a cool percussive driven intro filled with shuffling snares and rides and crispy hats that blend nicely into a smooth rhythmic flow. Swirling synths rise up and lead us to the thumping kick drums and a brilliant synth chord pad that begins its twisting journey with gusto. Cool house styled vocals filter through as the tech house groove carries us along for an epic ride that will leave a sweet taste making you want more and more, not to be missed.
Canada based DJ and producer Jader Agnolin aka Jader Ag returns to Piston with the superb Road 801. Last time around we saw this talented artist on remix duties for Hermann Dius’ UK Movement, also on Piston, back at the end of 2015. Prior to this he debuted back in the Summer of the same year with Triggs EP with appearances on Complex Textures, Hi Fi Stories and Wasabi Recordings in between. An on-the-rise artist with a steady building solid collection of grooves, it’s great to see him back for more at PR.
If you like your house deep (just like we do) then Road 801 will surely have you cutting up the rugs with its deep rooted grooves that will take you late into the night. Nice and big chunky kick drums are paired with a superb low end bass that is perched beautifully within the sound for maximum effect. Cool chords are interwoven throughout and really bring a smooth soulful vibe to the sound. Some fantastic classic style vocals have been added that will definitely get the crowd moving making this a must have track that will not disappoint.
Hezo is a deep contrasting track that takes us way beyond the boundaries of deep house. A solid wall of bass greets us right from the get go as bright crispy hi hats join the punchy kicks. In the background we find a myriad of subtle percussion elements that build up a steady rhythm. On the break a distant voice comes through adding an air of mystery before they move up top bringing a tribal feeling to the sound. An excellent slice that will sit perfectly in those late night smoky venues.
Rouge goes straight into a cool funky kinda groove from the off as pumping kick drums are met with slicing hi hats and a wonderful warm chord stab. A bouncing bassline is introduced that works flawlessly with the keys creating a smooth swaying dancefloor groove. A tight percussion section keeps the rhythm flowing while on the break we get treated to a surreal sequence that draws us in before we get churned back into the main groove. Fantastic deep grooves you do not want to miss.
Bulgarian born and now residing in Turkey, DJ and producer Askin Dedeoglu debuts on Green Martian with the superb White which comes in two flavours namely Re-Awakening and Al-Kan’s Hard Drug Mix. Askin became interested in electronic music around 1990 and in 1994 he started to DJ securing gigs at various night clubs. In 2005 he started to look into producing while working in the IT industry. His first release came in 2014 and was representative of the sounds he was creating between 2005 and 2008. Tracks he made between 2008 and 2012 were part of his second album Route 34 and all tracks after that make up his hugely impressive back catalogue. Delighted to have him on board and hopefully we will be seeing much more from this guy in the future.
White (Re-Awakening) intros with a nice smooth percussive driven groove that builds up to deliver a rhythmic vibe before a punchy kick drum comes through to take control. Superb dark laced synth stabs get the progressive juices flowing as cascading arps do their thing. On the low end a deep probing bass lurks that carries the groove with ease. Throw in some warm chords and expertly crafted FX and you have yourself the perfect recipe to get any floor moving.
Al-Kan debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the Hard Drug Mix of White. This one delivers a fine slice of progressive vibes that start off with some tasty beats to get the groove moving. Chunky kick drums and crispy hi hats are on hand to get us on to the floors while a solid probing bassline ramps up the prog groove. Throughout the track we’re treated to an array of cascading arps. On the break lush chord stabs take over before we get slammed back to full on mode for the duration, top notch stuff.
Top Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar joins forces with top Mexican DJ and producer Acid Kit to deliver the superb Take Control which features a stunning remix from DJ ESP aka Woody McBride. Van Czar has built up quite a solid reputation as a quality artist over the last number of years. His fresh approach to producing and DJing has led him down some successful paths resulting in him working with some of the most well known and respected artists in the world. A consistent giver of quality sounds is what this guys is all about and his recent album – Ibiza Legacy – is a testament to his versatility and musical expertise as is his newly launched label CZ. Acid Kit is a hugely respected artist also, a pioneer in the Mexican scene, his work has appeared on many top labels around the world. He recently appeared on Van’s CZ label on remix duties for Van Czar and Cysxe’s Horny Acid Phone. He runs his own promotion company – We Love Techno Group – which is dedicated to promoting all aspects of music, from festivals and artists as well as running 5 music labels We Love Techno, We Love Tech House, We Love Minimal, We Love Psy Trance and Mexicanilicious.
The Original Mix intros with a seriously thumping kick drum that leave a trail of low end in its wake. Sharp claps sit over a cool rhythmic percussions section as a rumbling bassline bubbles up from below. A dark and sinister vocal comes through demanding to get on the floor as the beats pound you into submission. A top notch cut no doubt and a must have track.
US DJ and producer DJ ESP aka Woody McBride is regarded with legendary status in the world of acid and techno and beyond. He was at the coalface when the acid techno boom hit the early nineties and has remained there ever since, consistently churning out quality vibes. His tracks and remixes have appeared on Dave Clarke’s White Noise, Josh Wink’s Ovum, Eric Powell’s Bush, Fat Boy Slim’s Skint, Novamute, Acid Tracks, Drop Bass Network and dozens of other labels. Here he delights with a simply stunning remix that intros with a pounding kick drum that commands right from the get go. A deep and raw techno vibe oozes from the track as dark elements creep in from the vocal and the mesmeric synths to the low end subs. The groove locks into place and forces you to the floor without mercy. Deep, dark, tough, perfect.
Qosmio debuts on Progrez with the sublime techno fuelled Dark Entity. Dark Entity intros with a tribal fuelled drum pattern that sits under a well rounded, warm kick drum. The drums hypnotize as they beat out their rhythm while on the low end a powerful and dark bassline comes through. The darker elements creep into the tech house groove with a stealthy approach and soon we find ourselves totally hooked. Eerie, twisted melodies play out their enticing song as the track powers on with its solid groove, top notch stuff indeed.
Nightmare intros with a pounding kick drum that will beat its way into your chest and force you to move to its thump. Cool and crispy hats add a rhythmic shuffle to the sound as a piercing synth note fades in. The groove intensifies and the drum section gets a boost as that synth notes becomes more prominent. On the low end a fantastic pulsing bassline does the business and gets under our skin with its relentless power. A superb building track that will work both a set opener and at peak slot, excellent stuff.
Srinivas debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic three track Profound EP. For the last couple of years Srinivas has been delighting with some superb tracks having appeared on labels like Sensoria Records, Electronic Tree and Low Pressings. Good to have him on board at BP and hopefully we’ll see more from him soon. Profound is a deep progressive grooving track that will sit beautifully in any late night set with its lush tones and captivating nature. A droning bass is the big player here as it hooks you in while the cascading arps and fleeting melodies give our imagination lots to work with. Underneath the complex synths and FX we have a solid drum section that drives the track with a solid rhythm. Excellent stuff not to be missed.
Covert sets out with an epic kinda vibe as swelling pads and deep bass tones create a warm atmosphere which is only broken by a superb 80’s style synth. Chunky kicks and crispy hats provide the rhythmic drive on the track and a monster bassline declares ownership of the groove as it flows through the track effortlessly. Some very cool contrasting sounds combine perfectly here giving you lots to play with, top notch stuff.
Boundless throws up some very cool time signatures with fluid movements between the beats. On top of the ever shifting beats we have a fantastic gated, stabbing synth that just totally hooks you in from the fade until it goes wide open. Rich strings play a part in shaping this diverse sound while a deep probing bass drives the groove. From the sweetest of melodies to the harshest stabs, this one has it all. An expertly crafted slice that will definitely turn a few heads.
Andrés Tamayo aka An-Beat debuts on Piston with the fantastic three tracker Kingz EP. Since 2009 Andres has built up a solid electronic music profile with a vast back catalogue on many labels. It was 2007 when he started to use local musical influences such as House, Tech House, Techno and Minimal which led to him starting to produce his own sounds in 2008. His music has appeared on the likes of Witty tunes, 1605, Deeperfect and Neurotraxx Recordings among others and has been supported by top artists such as Claude Vonstroke, DJ Sneak, Maximiljan, Richie Hawtin, Joris Voorn and Karotte to name just a few. He is currently owner of Moustache label along with Camilo Do Santos.
Kingz intros with crisp snappy snare on top of a muted kick drum and bright percussions before a fantastic punchy kick powers through to take control. A cool house vibe ensues with a playful groove to get the feet shuffling to the beat. Tight drums and percussions lead the way becoming a big focus in the track and take us to the break where we’re met with a display of various sounds and cool vocal snippets. A rattling snare roll takes us out of the break and slams us back into full on mode complete with that superb probing bassline. Top notch stuff and a definite must have track.
If you’re after deep edgy late night grooves then I Am is the track for you. A cool flowing rhythm is established from the outset as crispy bright percussions form up. Nice and chunky kick drums deliver a powerful punch and join forces with a wonderfully crafted bassline to take over the track. The drums tighten up and you will be forced to move to the groove. On the break a cool vocal delivers a self professing narrative that will captivate and intrigue. Super smooth basses shore up the low end bring depth and texture to the sound. Excellent stuff not to be missed.
Eats takes us on a cool tech fuelled ride filled with tight drums and quirky basses to whet the appetite. Punchy kicks join in as the layers build into a solid rhythmic flow. A wonderful moving bassline shows up in all its analog glory alongside a really cool vocal that gives a great character to the sound. This one will definitely do the damage on the floors with its tight solid grooves.
Jurgi Oraa Diaz aka Oraa returns to Piston with the superb two track Rocketship EP. This guy always delivers the goods and judging by his last outing back in January 2016 with Time Out For Love, we know we’re in for another tasty treat. Rocketship blasts off with a real nice drum arrangement complete with bright crispy hats and snappy snares. A monster kick drum soon comes through and takes over as cool vocals litter the sound. As if this wasn’t enough to get the floors shakin, we soon find ourselves on the receiving end of a superbly chunky bassline that drives the groove beautifully. Gritty synths come into play but soon make way for a much smoother spacey kinda hook as a high pitched string hangs over head. A big, brash slice of tech house grooves you do not want to miss.
Back In Time intros with a classic punchy kick and hat combo that builds into a feet shuffling rhythmic groove. Cool vocals deliver a raw, urban vibe as a superb bassline weaves its way through the track taking us on along for the ride. Quirky effects build a solid texture in the sound, but the big player here has got to be those fantastic retro styled synth chords that light up the track brilliantly. This one will not disappoint, a must have for sure.