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Podgorica, Montenegro based producer AudioStorm aka Ognjen Vukovic†debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Oblivion EP. Since early childhood Ognjen was fascinated by music and listened to many different bands including Pink Floyd, Joy Division, Depeche Mode and The Cure. During the 90’s he turned his attention to electronic dance music and began listening to a lot of progressive sounds from the likes of Deep Dish, Darren Emerson, John Digweed and Sasha to name just a few. Having built up his knowledge he started to produce his own tracks which led to releases on Balkan Connection, Baroque, Mystique Music, Polytechnic as well as a host of others. Delighted to have this guy on board and hope to see more soon.
Oblivion intros with a subtle rising melody and smooth percussion arrangement that builds slowly into a cool progressive house groove. The groove is helped along by a superb bassline that rattles along with its pulsating prowess. All the while those super sweet pads create a wonderful atmospheric vibe alongside cascading arps and sharp synths. On the break we are treated to a beautifully rich choir voice that captivates before we are thrust back into the main sound for the duration. A real nice slice here that you will not want to miss.
Get High sets off with soft beats and a cool panning bass which is soon joined by a top notch punchy kick that packs a nice punch. Cool percussion elements come through in the form of short closed hats and sweeping FX. As the layers build we get a closer look at this solid grooving stomper which is completed by a probing plucky bassline. On the break we get lost in a surreal world filled with a myriad of pad sounds that mesmerize before leading back into the main sound. Top notch stuff that will do well in any set.
Italian producers Angelo Draetta & Gianni Alessandrelli join creative forces with their Piston debut Kale Polis EP. Since 2010 Angelo has been a prominent figure among the House music fraternity, he dips his toes into Deep House and Tech House also and has appeared on a vast array of labels including Manyoma Records, City Life, Talk Musique, Green Music and many more. Gianni came through onto the scene in 2014 with top releases on Opium Muzik, Revox Records and Tulipe Records. Great sound from these guys, well worth keeping an eye on.
Turtlemen can only be described as a quintessential Piston floorjammer with its rounded, lush basses and super tight drums that keep the rhythm in check. Subtle chord stabs leak out in the background and provide a proper house flavour to the sound as some cool vocals cast their sing-song style lyrics. Definitely a track you will be finding on many playlists, not to be missed.
The Vibes gives off a cool electro themed style as evident in the tight drum and percussion arrangements and chunky kicks. The groove is carried along nicely as those drums dominate the sound before a warm bass is introduced taking the groove that little bit deeper. Cool vocals and sharp synth hits add character to an otherwise drum infested sound. This one is a master class in pattern construction that will be a welcome addition in many sets.
Gianni Alessandrelli goes solo on Kale Polis which intros with a smooth, deep sound complete with throbbing basses and muted kicks. Shuffling hats, crispy claps and marching snares deliver a solid rhythmic groove as those deep basses plod through. Deliciously sultry female vocals captivate as we are taken deeper into House music. A real nice slice of deep goodness that is not to be missed.
Kindred Spirits’ next Green Martian release, Demoiselle, follows on from the superb Folies d’Antan in February 2015. Kevin Vega is called up for remix duty on this one which will definitely get the house juices flowing.
The Original Mix intros with a cool bright flavour filled with crispy hats and sharp percussions which are soon joined by a nice big chunky kick. Synth arps come through early on and set the scene for a melodic trek into smooth progressive house. The offset bass and accompanying deeper sounds provide the perfect backdrop for the melodies to slide effortlessly through the sound. A wonderfully upbeat sound that will do well in any set, just in time for Summer.
Fresh off the back of his last outing, The Gambler on Progez, Kevin Vega shows up at Green Martian for remix duty on Demoiselle. The remix itself delivers an infectious floor jam filled with super tight drums complete with intricate percussion patterns. On top of this we find a punchy kick that really dominates the sound with its well rounded edges and low end prowess. Rising arps cascade right through the sound as we are locked on to the groove, while on the break we are led deeper into the groove before getting slammed right back into the main track for the duration. A super smooth progressive house journey you will not want to miss.
Serbian DJ and producer Milos Pesovic debuts on SRUR with the superb two track EP entitled Promises. Milos caught the electronic music bug in the early 90’s having listened to The Prodigy and Carl Cox. In those days he couldn’t afford DJing equipment but he was able to learn his skills playing at private parties on borrowed decks. In 2007 he was able to get his own set-up and took his mixing to the next level. The next step for Milos was producing, in 2011 he took up working in the studio and has seen releases on Go Deeva, Beat Therapy, Adapt Recordings and 76 Recordings among others.
Promises intros with a cool punchy kick and bright open hats alongside rhythmic drums. A deep, well rounded bass joins in and sets the track up for a groovy ride into tech house. Those slick percussions become the backbone of the track allowing it to stand tall in any set. Subdued vocals litter the track and provide a mesmerizing element to the groove as the tight drum arrangement filters in and out. A superb dance friendly cut that will definitely do well on the floors.
Say Something gets going with a nice big dirty kick and slicing hat combi alongside a collection of various other percussions that make up a solid rhythm. The bassline thunders in with its deep and grooving prowess to dominate the sound. The break throws up some cool house chords that fade away as we head back to the main sound. Sinister, deep voices come through and sit perfectly as huge noisy FX make their presence known. A top notch slice of tech house you will not want to miss.
The hugely talented Manu Riga joins forces with the wonderfully gifted vocalist Fe Malefiz on their track, Forgotten which comes backed up with a top notch remix from Mark Found. Over the last several months we have seen Manu collaborate with various other artists, from which some stunning results have flourished. This time around is no different as Fe is clearly the right voice for this sound. Manu is a Bonzai Progressive stalwart and an all out work horse, his attention to detail and quality is second to none and the proof is in his works. Fe is no stranger to these shores, she has worked with Dark Soul Project and Mathov on a number of occasions with great support coming in from all angles. But, we’ll let the music do the talking here and remember to keep an eye on Manu as he will have much more coming in the months ahead which we are very excited about.
The Original Mix intros with a real smooth progressive sound as nice punchy kicks are met with an array of subtle percussions that add lots of weight to the groove. A deep reverberating bass sits on the low end with a menacing tease as the percussions become much more prominent. We get the first taste of Fe’s vocal and right away we become mesmerized by the subtlety and richness of her voice. On the break, accompanying the beautiful vocal lies a melancholic narrative as rich strings swell up and take us back into the main groove where a cool, more jagged bass comes through. The track takes us on an intriguing journey that throws up many twists and turns filled with melody and emotion. An epic slice of prog that will definitely appeal to many.
The Dub Version picks up the track without the main vocal from the Original. A captivating sound filled with deep, dark and emotional elements with subtle melodic phrases that caress your soul. Manu has left in little snippets of the vocal which really give the Dub its own characteristic. Superb stuff yet again from this guy.
Mark Found steps up to the remix desk with his Red Heart Remix. Very much on form, Mark is fresh off the back of his remix for Blufeld’s A World Less Ordinary which charted well across many sites. Prior to this he had a run of appearances on many compilations with the most recent being Bonzai’s WMC 2015 package. We hope to see more from this guy in the future so stay tuned for more. The remix intros with a surreal sequence as strange voices are joined by eerie sounds and a cool rising arp that dominates the sound. Chunky kicks and crispy hats deliver a solid groove as a deep bass probes its way through. Big stabby synths litter the groove and are soon joined by more menacing, distorted synths that build a wall of sound. At the midway point the break unleashes a myriad of sounds that raid the senses before we get thrust right back into the thick of it for the duration. Top notch from Mark yet again.
Tribal Warriors aka M.I.K.E. Push returns to Bonzai Progressive with the two track tech fest, Revival. Last time out, at the start of 2015, we saw Defiance gain a lot of support from all quarters. Since then, as you would imagine, M.I.K.E. Push continues on his relentless musical journey filled with worldwide DJ appearances and a ton of studio work. His Club Elite Sessions is going strong with a huge fan base and top DJ guests making regular appearances. Always worth keeping an eye on this guy, he never disappoints.
Revival intros with a very cool techy vibe as punchy kicks are joined by razor sharp closed hats and snappy claps. Warm, rounded analogue basses accompanied by brighter synths cascade downwards and deliver a real smooth groove before a gritty sub bass bursts through. Sweeping pads make an appearance and bring a cool contrasting flavour and textured layer. After a short break filled with an array of shuffling hats we are treated to a sublime filtered arp that captivates as it weaves its way through the sound. A brilliant display of progressive house with a fusion of tech, superb stuff.
Alpha Beta sets off with an in your face pounding chunky kick and harsh hats that slice through the sound to the backdrop of cool noise effects. A warm and full bassline fades through and really gets the groove moving with a little help from some organic sounds and cool techno induced blips. The track goes through a series of peaks and troughs as the layers build resulting in some intense climactic sequences. Definitely one for the bouncier floors here and a must have track in your collection.
Italian DJ and producer Hermann Dius aka Emmanuel De Caprio, debuts on Piston with this tasty two tracker, Baht. Hermann has taken a keen interest in music from an early age, at just 10 years old, he got into house music and became influenced by people like Luciano, Loco Dice, DJ Simi, Shlomi Aber, Darius Syrossian, Carlo Lio, Marco Effe, Robert Dietz, Reboot, Alex Picone and Joseph Maesano. This kind of music became part of his life. With hard work and dedication he gained a solid reputation as a DJ and at the age of 20 he got the chance to play alongside DJ’s like Smoking Jo, Pako S, DJ Fiore and Antonio Grassia. Soon after he began to produce his own sounds under the name Manuel Bros, with a little help from his friend Marra Luigi aka Mar-L. Their music got releases on labels such as Push Push Music, 1980 Recordings, Composure Records, Datagroove Records and Arteria Music Label. Now going solo we are delighted to have this guy on board at Piston.
Baht intros with a bright and fresh open hat alongside a well rounded punchy kick and swirling pad in the background creating a nice bounce to the sound. An urbanised spoken vocal brings a cool street vibe and leads the way in keeping a raw element alive. Tight, slicing snares cut through the sound perfectly as the bouncy bass infects your bones drawing you to the floor. A nice spritely slice of upbeat house grooves that will brighten up any set no doubt.
Boiler brings a nice tough, chunky kick and sharp percussion combi on the intro and sets the track up for a ride deep into tech house grooves. The sounds takes on various guises as raw analogue basses are matched against those slicing hats and cool one shot vocals. Warm chords litter the groove providing the deeper house elements that bind the track together. A beautifully constructed arrangement that will definitely appeal to the more discerning floors out there.
Belgian DJ and producer Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro is back at Bonzai Basiks with his latest techno laced cuts on Deflector. Last time out he delivered the goods on his Connectics EP back at the end of December 2014, be prepared to have your tech juices flowing as this guy holds nothing back on the quality front.
Deflector sets the scene with a techno induced intro filled with tough punchy kicks and a sub bass that will rattle the bins with its throbbing power. A proper techno vibe reverberates out of the metallic percussion and accompanying shuffling claps and open hats as a darkly sinister synth stab cascades throughout the groove. An intensity builds as the track progresses that will definitely have you locked in for the duration, top notch stuff.
Solar intros with a super low end sub bass and punchy kick alongside an electrified tone that will etch its way into your brain. Cool analogue sounds bring that raw vibe which gives the track its unique techno character. The track delves into a bit of an interlude with a warm, rich pad that contrasts beautifully with those organic sounds. A wonderfully mesmerizing slice of music that will get the techno juices flowing for sure.
Screening goes all out on the intro with a powerful kick and an offset buzz bass combi as strange electrifying sounds fade through. A sharp hat cuts through the low frequencies and opens up the groove nicely as tight, hypnotic percussions are introduced. This is truly a super charged driving techno offering that will find its way into many sets no doubt, a definite must have.
Satellite intros with a driving groove filled with tough beats and a whopping great big sub bass on the low end that reverberates right through the speakers with menace. High pitched sounds pierce the noise as the percussion layers build bringing a solid rhythmic groove. The track builds brilliantly into a dizzying attack on the senses as the sounds converge and prey on your nerve endings. A fantastic display of techno music that will be a must have track for your collection.