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Finnish DJ, producer and Club 86 Recordings label boss Chantola returns to Bonzai Progressive after a bit of a hiatus with the superb Casablanca. It was almost 18 months ago when we got our last glimpse of this guy with the fantastic It’s Not What You Say, which was well received among many. Since then he has been quite buy with some juicy releases on his Club 86 Recordings among others. Always nice to see this guy back, he’s been around BP for quite a while now and we’ve no doubt he will continue to deliver the goods. Casablanca comes backed up with two top notch remixes.
The Original Mix intro with a nice arrangement of percussions, punchy kicks and a cool bassline that weaves through the sound beautifully. House styled, heavy chord stabs burst through and take the track on a collision course with the 80’s as big synth riffs come into play. As the layers build you’ll find yourself locked on the infectious grooves that seep out of this collection of fantastic sounds. Brilliant stuff from Chantola that you do not want to miss.
Belgian DJ and producer Nico Parisi steps for remix duties and delivers another of his progressive house filled journey’s that you don’t want to end. Nico’s last outing – Forty Jokers, gained a lot of interest as did his superb remix for Dark Soul Project & Mathov featuring Fe Malefiz’s We Are Not Alone back in March 2015. Since then he has been very busy indeed with gigs and festivals, including a superb set at Tomorrowland. On top of that his works are a continuous feature on many compilations, most recently Bonzai’s newest mix concept – In The Mix which featured a sublime mix from Airwave. When it’s time to get deep into progressive grooves we know that Nico will deliver, the remix intros with that in mind. Punchy kicks with a noisy tail and some bright and crispy hats and cymbals provide a solid rhythmic flow alongside a bubbling bassline that sits beautifully underneath. Warmer sounds fade in from the back as pads sweep through with a soft embrace which contrasts well to the harsher sounds. The bassline begins a transformation that ebbs and flows throughout before the track breaks to reveal some brilliant melodic sequences with intricate patterns.
El Paso based DJ and producer Altek is up next on the remix and ramps up the progressive vibes with style. Back in June 2015 was his last outing with the superb – Someone on Green Martian, which saw great support. Altek started DJing in 2006, mostly Trance from labels like Anjunabeats, Armada, Alter Ego, AVA Recordings, Black Hole Recordings,†Coldharbour Recordings, †Enhanced Music, Euphonic Records and many more. As the years progressed and sounds changed his style has evolved into the deeper realms of progressive house, deep house, and techno. On the remix we get led into the prog world with ease as those chunky kicks are met with very cool synth pluck, rich vox and a teasing bassline that’s just waiting to pounce. A wonderfully melodic flavour strides through the sound which really holds your imagination. Sweet little arps dance playfully along and mesmerize as they go. On the break the track unleashes it’s secret weapon in the shape of those big 80’s styled synths that provide a brilliant climax amidst an array of melodies. Top notch stuff here that is most definitely not to be missed.
Andrew Michael debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic two tracker, Self Control. The title track, Self-Control kicks us off with a nice punchy kickdrum with a super crisp hat on the offset and various percussive elements filling in the gaps. The bass suddenly looms large and takes the groove on its progressive house fuelled journey. On the way we pick up a rising pad that fades into the sound beautifully providing a wonderfully atmospheric vibe. Cool, subtle chords litter the background as those pads intensify and transform into a pulsing lead. A kaleidoscope of colourful sounds deliver a very rich mosaic that keeps you locked in, trying to filter out all the different patterns. A fantastic, epic ride that will have you coming back for more and more, top notch.
Release intros with a nice slow and easy kinda vibe as a warm synth pad settles into a seemingly meditative segment before a strong, punchy kick ploughs through and takes the track on a new direction, straight into the realms of progressive house. Those pads continue to mesmerize as tight drum patterns form up delivering a steady rhythmic flow while various well crafted arps cascade up and down the sound bringing some cool melodic sequences along for the ride. A very subtle yet highly effective bass runs through the track leaving the myriad of pads to do most of the work. At the midway point the track gets ramped up a gear as those melodic arps dominate the groove for the duration. A wonderful slice of the more melodic side of epic progressive house which is a definite must have track, this one will not disappoint.
Adrian Romero and Mariano Chiappe make up Argentine DJ and producer duo Southern Groove. The guys combine various styles and bring their own influences to the table resulting in cool and diverse sounds. House music is their main genre and their years of experience ensure that only the very best sounds are unleashed. They have seen releases on labels like Eernal Sunday, UranoBeat Records, Digital Void, Different Attitudes, Heavy and more. In the DJ sets the create you may find influences from pioneers like Larry Levan, David Mancuso, Alfredo Fiorito, Frankie Knuckles,
Marshall Jefferson, Todd Terry and Moodymann. A truly dynamic duo who we are delighted to have on board at Piston.
Yes You Do gets going with deep house grooves in mind as a chunky kick is accompanied by a myriad of cool vocal shots and teasing chords that pop out along the way. Crispy hats and a tight drum arrangement make up a solid rhythm for the floors to get moving to as the bassline gets the booty’s shakin. That bassline has a great big dirty funk driven groove that transforms into cool acid squelches that will give the filter tweakers something to play with. Top notch stuff from these guys, a definite big party tune no doubt.
Know What I Mean intros with a cool punchy kick and a deep bass alongside sharp claps and crispy hats that deliver a solid tech house flavour. As the layers build the groove is ramped up a gear becoming a pacey and energetic floorfiller. Cool vocals run through and give a nice texture to the sound as various synths are tweaked and contorted resulting in a fantastic arrangement of sounds. Superb stuff yet again from this talented duo, a must have track for sure that will not disappoint.
Spanish DJ and producer Adrian Roman debuts on our Progrez imprint with the superb Reverse, which comes backed up with delicious remix from Phat Traktor and Bern Gomez. From a young age Adrian was interested in music, he took guitar lessons at age 8 before he started to listen to electronic music. He became interested in DJing and got hold of the tools needed to hone his skills. Production soon followed and he became fascinated with creating something from scratch. Releases on various top labels have came to fruition over the last couple of years and he is definitely making a name for himself on the circuit. Plenty more from this guy in the future so keep your eyes peeled for more.
Reverse sets out with a very cool drum and percussion arrangement that gets the rhythmic juices flowing and leads us into a deep grooving bassline that just oozes progressive tech. The bass makes a superb transformation as the filters open up unleashing a gritty sound that fades off to start all over again. Surreal swirling pads build a cool atmosphere as voices float across the sound. The track goes deeper with a little help from some awesome haunting jazzy themed sounds that construct a colourful display. The perfect late night track to keep the party groove moving.
Up on remix duty Phat Traktor & Bern Gomez join forces for a deep trek into prog that will leave your mind wide open. It’s been a while since we last saw Phat Traktor, back in December 2014 was our last taste with Cette Nuit which turned a few heads with its deep grooves. Bern marks his Progrez debut but is no stranger to the scene with releases on many top labels. The remix intros with a nice punchy kick with swirling voices going off in the background. Cool, crispy hats form up and let the rhythm loose as the layers build. The big focus goes to the leads as they deliver cool melodic phrases and licked with a strong progressive edge. The bassline meanders through the sound beautifully and packs a big punch that keeps the groove firmly rooted to the lower depths. Top notch stuff that will definitely turn a few heads.
Atsunori Murata debuts on Green Martian with the tantalising two tracker Vanishing Point EP. A relative newcomer on the scene this guy has a few releases under his belt on various labels including Fourreal Records, Clinique Recordings and Suffused Music. We’re pleased to have him here at GM and hope to see more in the future.
Vanishing Point delivers a solid progressive workout that packs a lot of energy which is dispatched by a driving bassline and a super tight arrangement. You will definitely get on the floor with this one with its infectious groove that hooks you in for the duration. The bassline sits perfectly on the low end as the tight drum patterns get the rhythms flowing and on the midrange a series of arps and synths dish out their own syncopated grooves. A real prog mover here that will most definitely grab the attention of many jocks and listeners alike.
Freedom And Restraint intros with a cool melodic flavour that has a streak of Balearic vibes running through. The lush tones of the bass notes blend beautifully with the higher end as the mids take us for a ride on the progressive skyway. Tight drums offer up cool rhythms as the layers build and all the while we are being sucked right into this full on progressive groove. The break delves right into melodic territory as the pads and synths converge to leave us with a very uplifting experience that is climaxed beautifully before crashing back into the main track, superb stuff that is not to be missed.
Egyptian brothers Ahmed and Adham Goda aka Goda Brother debut on Bonzai Elemental with the wonderful Rejection Story EP. With a very keen interest in music the guys decided to DJ together and quickly rose to prominence with their exciting mixes. They have made many guest appearances on top radioshows around the world and from here they will only get bigger and better. Their sets are dominated primarily by driving progressive grooves and occasionally they will dip into other genres. 2015 saw them embark on a production journey that has taken off with gusto already. Huge support has come from all quarters and their track Versa on Revelation Records has been very well received. Big things ahead for these guys and we’re happy to have them on board at Elemental to show the world their chill out side.
Rejection Story goes straight for the heart strings with a melancholic intro filled with sad notes and cool atmospherics that get your mind fully immersed in the chill out zone. Sharp sounds sweep through as striking piano notes cut through the misty soundscape. A super laid back drum section will get your head swaying as you go deeper into the sound with no chance of escape until the very last breath of the track has been expelled. Simply awesome.
Your Whisper sets off with a smooth fading pad sequence with a whispering voice gliding through. Deep bass notes bring a melancholic air to the sound as an arp dances along the arrangement offering a release from the lower sound. A wonderful display of merging different sounds and creating a beautiful arrangement of melodies, top notch.
Montenegro based producer AudioStorm aka Ognjen Vukovic returns to Bonzai Progressive with the outstanding Seismic Activity which comes backed up with two fantastic remixes. His debut – Oblivion EP, came back in May 2015 and quickly gained a lot of attention with features on top download portals. Since childhood this guy has been honed in on quality sounds and these early inspirations have helped him shape the superb progressive style we know today.
The Original Mix of Seismic Activity opens with a dark tribal driven arrangement that boasts a gritty low end bass synth that lurks menacingly setting the scene for a trek into the depths of progressive. A fantastic bassline comes through and blends effortlessly into the sound with its infectious groove. Brighter, melodic arps cascade down among the deeper sounds bringing a wonderful contrasting texture. Tight drums complete with a powerful punchy kick set up a smooth rhythmic flow as we get totally hooked in on the arrangement. One for the darker rooms that will definitely keep the floors rocking.
Up first on remix duty we have the formidable Belgian producer and DJ, Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens with his Atomic Remix. This guy has been of fire for quite a while with his superbly constructed originals as well as expertly crafted remixes for a litany of tracks. Since he began his progressive house journey in 2009 he has racked up a quite impressive catalogue of over forty originals and a multitude of remixes, he is definitely a go to guy if you want your sound given that magic touch. His last outing, The Fallen, performed very well indeed featuring on Beatport among others and showing up in many sets across the world. We are delighted to hear he is currently working on an album which we are waiting for very patiently and can’t wait to get a taste. On the remix the intro delivers the Manu Riga sound right from the off as those chunky kicks pound out a solid groove to the backdrop of cool tribal style drums. A strong FM bassline bubbles up from the depths and brings a huge warmth that will reach right into your soul. Distant voices sweep by at distance but become a very effective tool in the sound as they are joined by sweet strings and fleeting pads. A superb spoken vocal fills in the breaks adding a wonderful character to the groove. A definite must have track to keep the floors locked into a progressive flow.
Berbush & Kotobuki provide the second remix in this pack and yet again they deliver the goods as they did on their Bonzai Progressive debut in August with Shadows EP. Brazilian DJ and producer Berbush aka Bernardo Buschle has notched up a huge amount of respect among his peers due to his solid DJ performances and tight production. Kotobuki has worked alongside Bernardo on the their last three tracks and have proved to be a good connect with each bringing his own unique style, definitely a duo to be on the lookout for. On the remix the guys go for the more upbeat vibe as punchy kicks are joined by cool and crisp hats the beat out a solid rhythm with a little bit of bounce added in. A deep offset bass throbs at the low end bringing a real sense of depth to the groove as superb layered synths knock out cool house fuelled chords. Tantalising synths roll through on waves while on the break we get a cool arp sequence that leads into those stunning chords before the track kicks back in for the duration. Top notch stuff, not to be missed.
Dharam Vir aka Dharmalogy debuts on Bonzai Progressive with stunning Back To 315. He got his first taste of electronic music at the age of 12 and immediately he felt a deep connection with hypnotic sounds that could lead one into a beautiful trance-like state of mind. He started his career as a DJ with the sole intention of letting his sounds reach people and soon started getting massive recognition for his unique style of music. The travelling and playing for different audiences in different cities, soon led to his need to express himself truly through his own music and sounds. His productions have an undeniable progressive vibe full of the atmospheric sounds that transport you to some other place, and have been receiving great support from artists like Fernando Ferreyra, D-Phrag, Praveen Achary, Kash Trivedi and Max Graham to name a few. Delighted to have this guy on board and we hope to see more soon.
Back To 315 delivers a solid progressive vibe steeped in warm basses and a fantastic tight drum arrangement that allows the rhythmic flow to control your movements. The intro eases in with a muted kick that soon finds its bottom end and dishes out a cool pounding groove. Superbly crafted FX litter the sound as the progressive journey unfolds with a chugging bassline as the driving force. Serene pads and strings bring a blissful tone and stands in cool contrast to the deeper elements. A definite floor burner for sure, not to be missed.
Revolve intros with a full on in your face kinda vibe as punchy kicks deliver a solid thump alongside sporadic percussions and a wonderfully rich droning pad that rises and falls sending shivers down your spine. A beautifully lush and warm bubbling bassline takes over and settles us into a strong progressive groove that will delight many floors. Various brighter sounds glide through the track alongside stabbing synths that pop up throughout. On the break we get treated to some very cool melodies to keep us locked into the groove before we head back into the main track. An absolute stunner that will give any set a welcome boost.
Piston welcomes back UK based Capryo for another round of his delectable deep tech house flavours with his Titan EP. Back in November 2014 we got a taste of this guy on his Piston debut with his Hold Back EP. Since then he has saw his music released on Restore Music, HiFi Stories and Overdrive as well as a showing on Bonzai Progressive’s Tech House Toolbox Volume 4.
First up we have the title track Titan with its full on in-your-face intro filled with nice chunky kicks, shuffling percussions and a superb warping synth that fades up to dominate the sound. Distant voices can be heard alongside darker synth elements which bring cool textures to the sound. A deep and probing bassline keeps the groove firmly locked into deeper side of tech house. On the break a spoken vocal takes over before we get slammed right back into this solid UK groove that boasts a cool retro garage sound. Top notch stuff not to be missed.
Bad Decisions intros way down in the depths as bubbling bass sounds make a showing alongside a pounding kick and sharp percussion. The rhythm gathers pace as those percussions light up the groove with sharp, slicing hits. Cool spoken vocals come through and blend perfectly into the tech house fusion that ensues. A subtle, tight drum arrangement keeps this groove in check and becomes a big focus outside of that superb bassline. A masterful slice that will definitely have the floors buzzing.
Spiritual goes tribal on the intro as cool slapped drums and muted kicks join forces alongside shuffling hats and a brilliant rising synth pluck. The kicks get a boost and the track takes us along for the coolest tech house ride filled with dark spoken vocals and surreal pads that lurk in the background. Sweeping FX glide through the sound creating a wonderful atmospheric vibe as that vocal penetrates the mind. A stunning mesmerizing display complete with trippy after effects that you will not want to miss.
Sa.Du delights with another slice of top notch deep tech vibes on his latest offering Glide. We didn’t have to wait too long for this one, we’re still loving his last effort La Musique M’Appelle from June 2015 which gained great support. Never one to disappoint, as proven over the last number of years, Sa.Du brings his unique flavour to everything he touches. Releases on various other labels also gain ground and on the DJ front he wows with tight, intelligent mixing. Always well worth keeping an eye on.
Glide intros with a deep and moody muffled kick that oozes a powerful low end sub bas sound. Sharp hats and intricate percussions layer up alongside a very cool deep voice and a rising metallic industrialised synth effect. A short break intensifies the synth before a huge cymbal splash gets us going into full on dirty techno mode where we get gripped by a raw power for the duration. The track really has an intoxicating edge that will keep the purists on the floors no doubt, superb stuff.
De Nuit sets out with a big bass heavy sound that delivers a truly raw flavour as subtle percussions begin to form up. The chunky kicks almost get lost in the turbulence created from the bass, but do enough to get the rhythm flowing alongside the tight percussion arrangement. A cacophony of expertly crafted sounds ranging from strange pianos to distorted shakers fill the groove as it winds its way into our senses. An intense pad straddles the edges and provides a cool texture to the sound. A very cool slice of the deeper side of tech that is not to be missed.
Amount intros with a cool percussions which are soon joined by a monster kick that packs a huge punch. A steady rising bassline bubbles up from the depths and gives the track a wonderful techno coating. The drums ride along in tight formation bringing a solid rhythm and paves the way for an infectious trek deep into techno territory. Subtle yet very effective one shots litter the groove painting a colourful picture of sound that mesmerizes at every turn. Another fine effort from this guy that will definitely grab a lot of attention.
Eleven rounds up this fantastic pack and intros with a wonderful probing bass note before the powerful kicks takeover and drive the groove deep into technoville. A superb sub melody lurks just below the mid range waiting to pounce as various FX sound off on the overlay. Darkly sinister voices creep through and leave the imagination wide open as the groove intensifies and weaves its way into your soul. The track gathers pace just before the break where a much sharper bass is unloaded as we head back into full on mode for the duration. Top notch stuff that is a must for your box.