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Monog Records celebrates its 50th release with the superb Acro-Iris EP from debutants Nyvs & Sugark. Nyvs started listening to various forms of music, from hip hop to punk and rock to electronic. But it was electronic music that caught his ear and he grew into this sound more and more. Now, totally hooked, he has been twiddling the knobs for over 10 years and we are delighted to have him here at Monog. Sugark has followed electronic music since he was just 14 years old. He grew up listening to Dave Clarke, Laurent Garnier and Plastikman to name a few. DJing has taken him all over Europe where he delivers his intense and melodic vinyl sets, another fine addition to the stable.
First up we have the Original Mix with its slow, meandering groove filled with deep, lush basses and surreal mesmerizing sequences. Cool shuffling hats and percussions keep the rhythm steady as rising synths lock horns with gritty arps and superb low end tones. A definite must have for those late night sets to keep your mind open and body flowing.
Tunis based DJ and producer Anis Hachemi is up first on remix duty and delivers a solid deep house cut with a sprinkling of techy vibes over the top. Anis is an unashamed lover of hardware based production and loves the 303’s, 808’s and 909’s. Under his alias Sin Tek he has racked up a hugely impressive discography on many top labels since 2007 and continues to ply his trade in style with a hands on approach. The remix ramps up the energy levels with a superb upbeat vibe that delivers a nice chunky kick and a tight drum section that will have the floors moving for sure. Warm basses wash over the sound beautifully as hypnotic tones sweep through. Subtle rising and dropping FX paint some very cool textures into the sound as a distant voice lurks in the rear. The break throws up a stylish distorted lead that blends into the sound with ease before we get shuffled back into the main groove for the duration. Top notch stuff that will definitely turn a few heads.
Portuguese-Finnish music producer and DJ, Monoritmo aka Miguel Parreira delivers the first of two remixes that will get the deep tech house juices flowing for sure. Based in Portugal and Spain, this guy is all about the music and loves all things Electronica, Techno and House. This remix takes us on a surreal journey through electronica as spiralling, complex synths cascade across the sound to the backdrop of a solid kickdrum and steady percussions. The bass has a raw edge that probes deep into your soul forcing you to move to its rhythm. Intricate drum patterns sit perfectly in the groove and allow those wonderfully crafted synths to do their thing. Superb stuff that will blow your mind wide open.
Monoritmo’s second effort in this pack, the Alternative Mix, focuses in on those organic synths that play havoc through the sound in a seemingly chaotic fashion, yet they hold a perfectly timed structure that takes your imagination further and further into the abyss. This hypnotic groove is shored up by that brilliant bassline and those rhythmic drum patterns. Another fine slice from this guy, and a difficult choice for you to make as to which one to play, just play both.
SRUR debutant Nignus delivers his Low Pass EP and what an entrance this guy is making. A relative newcomer to producing he has been making quite a splash since 2014 with releases on the likes of DoubleIncRec, Blackpoint Records, Async Records and Subwoofer Records. His tougher edged tracks are definitely getting noticed and we’re delighted to have him on board.
Low Pass intros with the phattest, toughest Techno kick around that plunders through the sound with a hard hitting dominance and causing shudders all over. The bass heavy kicks are joined by very distinctive snares that will bring back some memories for sure. Quirky notes fill the spaces as the drum layers continue to build delivering a solid rhythm alongside a darkly sinister voice. A monster tune for the late night session no doubt.
Lessen sets out with a big and ballsy bass driven kick that will give the bassbins and woofers something to think about. The sound just oozes a straight in your face techno groove that will force you to the floor. Cosmic sounds litter the spectrum as we are led deeper into this full on groove. The break throws up a scary deep voice that will have you looking over your shoulder as the spacey vibe continues. A stunning track that will definitely destroy the darker floors for sure.
Berbush & Kotobuki debut on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic 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.
Shadows intros with a smooth and steady rhythmic drum arrangement that employs a punchy kick, crispy hats and a cool slapped drum pattern. A meandering and powerful bassline comes through and takes control as various synth plucks and FX form up. A short break brings in cool chords and a haunting voice that delivers Gregorian monk style that fits perfectly with the deeper house elements of the sound. Top notch stuff that will definitely perform well in any set.
Bonzai debutant Cartos shows up for remix duty with a wonderfully tweaked remix on Shadows. The pace get ramped up a notch from this guy as the original track gets a makeover for the more progressive floors. Super tight drums and a fantastic bassline that just melts into the sound provide a solid groove for the prog heads. Darker elements creep into the sound and an air of mystique is created with a brilliant display of FX alongside that awesome voice that adds so much depth. A definite contender that is not to be missed.
Under Flowers sets out with a pure deep tech house drive that draws you in with its sophisticated groove made up of rhythmic drums and slowly forming bass. An instantly recognisable robotic voice dripping with FX adds a little spice to the sound but the big player here is the drum arrangement, the infectious rhythm will have you moving your feet in no time. Simplistic synth notes provide a big focus in the track and stand out well in the groove. A must have track for your collection no doubt.
UK native, Jakarta based Tim Bourne debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the stunning Hadrenaline. Tim is beginning to make waves around the circuit with his tight production skills, his first release, One Way Ticket on Speedsound proved popular in the trance fraternity. He also got his track The Root featured as a Hot Or Not on Ottaviani’s Go On Air which was very well received. Definitely one to watch out for in the coming months.
Hadrenaline intros with trippy spoken vocals alongside a futuristic soundscape that gets broken by a rising energy that morphs into a full on energetic vibe complete with a solid driving bassline. The track gathers pace as sub melodies form up and the bass gets locked down into its solid state for the duration. The main lead fades through and the groove takes us into a magical borderline between progressive trance and psy trance where get the best of both worlds. The break lets loose on the main riff before reaching a sizzling climax that slams us right back into the full main groove. This one is something you need to get hold of, top notch.
Substances intros with a flowing atmospheric vibe boasting distant voices and Eastern flavoured strings that lead us into a stunning psy fuelled bassline that packs an energetic punch. Tight drums and superb FX form up to get the groove moving as big stabby synths rain down. The fantastic voices return and offer a lot of texture to the sound as we settle into the driving nature of the track. If there was ever a crossover track from progressive into psy then this is it. Wonderfully layered melodic synths gives off one of those hands-in-the-air moments you just wish would never end before sinking down with a twisting, spiralling effect and crashing back into full on mode for the duration. Just amazing, you have got to have this one.
Greek DJ and producer duo Dimi Wilson and Lex (Athens) debut on Piston with the superb Thoughts About It. For the last number of years both these guys have racked up an impressive back catalogue across many top labels. From deep house grooves through to tough techy vibes, these guys have done it all and no doubt we will be seeing more of them in the future.
Thoughts About It intros with a slamming kickdrum that pounds out a solid groove alongside crispy hats and a rising synth. Before long a beautifully warm bass sound fades through and brings a memorable retro flavour to the groove as the techy side forms up. A solid workout here that is filled with tight drums that deliver the rhythm in style. That bass flows through the groove beautifully and marries well with the pads and synths that are built up around it. A nice retro fuelled slice of house to the party started.
Purple Grim gets moving with a tight drum workout filled with punchy kicks and rhythmic percussions alongside a sweeping synth that sets the mood nicely. A deep voice rings through the sound as a fantastic oldskool style bass powers through to take the floor by storm. The groove gets locked down by the solid construction of the track and will definitely be a big hitter on the floors for sure. Brighter sounds come through as those sweeping synth gain volume alongside melodic riffs that come to the fore on the break with superb acid licks adding cool contrasts. A must have track that will not disappoint.
Elek-fun aka Ignasi Romero returns to the Basiks stable with his newest four track EP entitled You Know What. October 2014 saw his last outing Great Minds Think Alike gain a lot of support from across the board. During his early years vinyl was the only media accessible so he had lots of practice. This led to him becoming a fantastic DJ in and around Barcelona. He soon decided to go on to College and study advanced music production so he could build up the tools he would need for his new, chosen career path. Techno soon became his main output and he found himself DJing in some of the best Catalan clubs, places like Zoreks Club, Liquid Sky, The Loft, La cova, Eix Club, La Sala del Cel and†Moog. When his DJ career completely took off, Elek-fun also began to release his first lot of productions, in 2004 he worked on a promotional demo called Wait Me which was released in the very popular Future Music magazine. He kept on slowly releasing tracks on labels such as†Sol Records, Ignored Records, SC-Rec , Subversive Media, Hits Box, Tu Remix (MÈjico), JP Releases, Prisma Records and EF Rec which is his own sub-label.
This four tracker kicks off with the title track You Know What with its dark and edgy intro filled with tough beats and a dirty bassline that is joined by sinister sounding spoken vocals. The track oozes techno flavour and will definitely get the darker floors off to a pumping start, a must have track no doubt.
Bolsa De Plastico intros with a punchy kick and superb offset bass that fades up to the backdrop of a multi note riff that dances along the groove. The riff goes through various transformations that end up with a squidgy acid techno topping that gets a boost from the ever evolving kickdrums. A monster tune that packs a big punch, not to be missed.
Torment sets off with a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combi that is soon joined by a darkly sinister offset bass that lurks down in the depths. Cool percussion deliver a solid rhythmic flow to the track and gets a helping hand from some outstanding FX. Other-worldly sounding melodies break the drum domination and take the track deeper into techno territory complete with acid lines that hit the senses hard. Top notch stuff.
20$ rounds off this stunning EP and does so in style. Staying true to the sound we are in for another trek deep into the heart of big and ballsy techno. Tight beats with electro flavours provide the rhythm as a relentless and hypnotic bassline rattles on to the backdrop of cosmic synths that have just come from a retro sci fi flick. A monster track that will definitely keep the floors rocking no doubt.
Aitra aka Polish producer Matgorzata Imiotek debuts on Green Martian with the superb Faith In Space EP. He recently showed up at Bonzai Progressive alongside E.F.G. with Splash back in June 2015, but this time around he is flying solo with a much more Balearic, emotional vibe.
Faith In Space intros with a friendly kick and hat combi complete with rhythmic percussions that settle us into a perfect, upbeat dancey groove. Ibiza-esque basses wash over the sound with a warming glow that really lifts the track beautifully while cool pads pulse along the sidechain. The track breaks to reveal a wonderful display of melody that captivates with intricate patterns. The melody fades out and leaves behind a solid grooving progressive house cut that will definitely have the floors bouncing for the remainder of the Summer.
On Give Me A Sign, Aitra enlists the vocal talents of Angel Falls who adds a wonderful mystifying character to the sound that will max out the euphoric receptors in your brain. The track itself boasts a solid groove to get the feet shuffling as a tight drum arrangement leads the way alongside a well crafted rhythmic percussion section. The White Isle gets another nod as blissful melodic guitar riffs float across the sound. The vocal definitely gives the track a huge boost making this an absolute must have cut for the terrace or the club.
Australian DJ, producer and Bonzai stalwart Audio Noir returns with his latest studio album Artificial Star. This will be the 2nd album from this guy in the space of just over one year, Almost Famous set the bar high and we have no doubt that this time around will be no exceptions. We spoke to Audio Noir to get a taste of what drove him during this album’s creation and he spoke about how he wanted to employ a subtle theme of space and philosophy. He simply wrote what he felt and consciously wanted to deliver an accessible album that would appeal across the board whilst maintaining his own artistic desires. He also pointed out that the bass heavy, rich sounding Jazz Noir was his favourite and most challenging track to produce alongside the surreal, prog tech driven Drk Mttr. We have no doubt that this album will resonate among many as it takes us on a deep, dark cosmic journey filled with peaks and troughs that keep the imagination sharp.
We kick off the album with The Dark Place, and the title really does do the track justice as we get drawn into a dark progressive tech cut. Nice big chunky kicks provide the intro alongside sharp hats that cut through the lower frequencies. Sinister sounding spoke vocals telling us about ‘the beat, the bass, the dark place’ ring out taking us to that dark place. Rising FX litter the sound bringing in a spacey vibe as a meandering bass lingers in the depths. Top notch stuff and the perfect opener.
Up next we are taken further into the cosmic abyss with Travel Tube which intros with a cool breakbeat arrangement that projects a trendy urban theme alongside the spaced out vibes coming off the vocals and FX. A probing bass carries a lot weight here and really gets you hooked on the sound and provides a beautiful contrast with the slicing vocal. Suddenly the track breaks with just a low frequency in play before bursting back into the main groove for the duration, superb stuff.
From London To Moscow intros with a nice chunky kick with a clipped top and a stuttering hat that picks up the tempo. Rising FX takes us through each stage and brings in new layers filled with tight drums that generate a solid rhythm. A straight up four by four groove ensues complete with a driving bass and mysterious vocal. Subtle melodic sequences linger in the background and add a little spice to the sound as it drives on. At the break we are left with that superb bass and those fading melodies as we descend into silence before the powerful kicks return and get us on the move once again. An excellent display of progressive house that will definitely gain favour among many.
Next up we have Drk Mttr with its superb solid groove and tight arrangement that spews out a surreal space-like vibe. On the low end a deep bass reverberates through the sound providing the perfect platform for the more ethereal sounds to develop. A cacophony of beautifully crafted FX line up to blast this track high into the atmosphere and take us all along for the ride. The groove remains solid here and will definitely give the darker sets a boost. On the break is where this track really shines as we are led into a total science fiction soundtrack complete with radio chatter that adds cool textures to the sound. A must have track for sure, this will not disappoint.
Like The Wind is up next and employs the talents of Russian vocalist Lena Grig who is a very much respected artist in her field having worked with many artists over the last number of years. She has seen releases on labels like Polaris, Impressed Records, UM Records and Silk Textures. The track intros with a punchy kick that gathers pace alongside sharp claps and a cool shuffling percussion arrangement. Sweeping pads come through and bring an almost euphoric vibe as the bass sits back with subtlety and only showing its power on the downbeat. The track moves along and hypnotises in its wake before heading to the break and the stunning vocal from Lena which really captivates the mind. Strong, solid, driving grooves for the prog heads here that will not disappoint.
Jazz Noir sets out with a beautifully complex drum arrangement complete with punchy kicks, snappy snares and cool open rim hats that leave behind a jazzy aftertaste. A monster bass comes through and takes over with its probing reach as haunting vocals capture the moment perfectly. The kicks transform into a full on 4×4 groove as the track heads to the break where the dark jazzy flavours really come through alongside that superb vocal. Softly smooth melodic phrases flow across the sound and contrast nicely with the darker elements. One for the late night floors here, a must have for sure.
Far From Home features stunning vocals from Jimmie Westwood that really gives the track a wonderful character. A smooth almost laidback groove is taken on as a cool kick-snare combi is formed while crispy hats deliver the pace. The meandering bassline goes from top to bottom with ease and settles the groovy nature of the track into its stride. Short melodic snapshots crop up and work well with the deep progressive house vibe. The vocals are the standout feature here as Jimmie’s voice courses through the sound with its unique flavour. Brilliant stuff you must have in your collection.
Modular Distortion takes us on a cool progressive journey that delivers a solid groove which will have floors moving for sure. Super tight drums provide the rhythmic flow of the track as the hypnotic bass grabs hold of your senses. The trip takes us higher with sweet melodic phrases that fleet across the sound beautifully. On the break we are dropped into a surreal atmospheric vibe that would be the perfect soundtrack while floating in space. As the track gets back into full on mode we are treated to a nicely balanced wall of noise that distorts the open mind before drifting back to a more serene sequence. A fantastic slice of prog you do not want to miss.
Paper Planes offers up a respite just after the midway point of the album. A myriad of sweet melodic sounds descend from above to the backdrop of a brilliantly constructed drum arrangement that gives off a nice downtempo feeling. Inside the maelstrom of sounds we are treated to some awesome vocals that send shivers down the spine. The perfect fodder for those late night wind down sessions.
Cloud Catcher intros with a mixture of well crafted percussions that form up into a cool rhythmic flowing vibe which are soon joined by a nice chunky kick to get the party started. Subtle sounds begin to fade through and a stark contrast takes shape between the low and high frequencies that really captivates. A wonderfully warm, lush bass takes command of the structure and leads the track into the depths of progressive house. The break throws up a fantastic twist as soft guitar plucks dish out a beautiful melodic sequence complete with distant voices that resonate magically through the section. A super tight construction that will definitely grab the attention of many jocks no doubt.
A Deeper Future gets us locked right into the groove from the off as a beautifully deep, lush bass washes over the sound to the backdrop of cool percussions. The bass is the big player here with hypnotizing prowess, you become one with its sound and allow yourself to open up. A subtle drum arrangement holds off and allows the bass to shine while on the break we get a cool trippy spoken vocal and distant sounding trumpet that shakes up the imagination. A definite must have track, one listen and you’ll be hooked for sure.
The penultimate track El Oceano Y La Luna opens up into a more upbeat vibe with a Balearic edge. A nicely paced track that delivers bright sounds and a solid grooving bass workout. The synth work is outstanding as it sways to the beat and lulls you into its grasp. That bassline plays a big part here as you’d imagine, it has a tough edge yet blends beautifully into the more softer side. Arps cascade through the sound and bring euphoric feeling as the filters open up while your hands reach for the sky. The track continues to throw up surprise after surprise as the tight drums dictate where the groove will take us next. The perfect end of summer cut that needs to be in your playlists.
We round off the album with Your Love featuring a superb vocal from award winning artist Lokka Vox. Lokka has had her fair share of success over the years having worked with many top artists and producers which resulted in her winning awards including National Winner of 2010 Songwriter of the year South African Tempo Awards among others. She has seen releases on labels such as Enhanced, Blackhole Recordings, Armada, Red Soho, Synergy, Melodika and Elliptical Sun to name a few. On Your Love her vocal really shines through and marries beautifully with the tough edged sound of the track. Right from the off we get locked into a solid groove complete with chunky kicks, crispy hats and a fantastic dirty bass that dominates throughout. In the background a mesmerizing arp skips along the sound while cool FX and sweeping synths come through. When the vocal kicks in the sound gets a boost with the subtlety and raspy nature of Lokka’s voice. A wonderfully intense and energetic ending to a fantastic album.
UK based DJ and producer Jamie Baggotts returns to Bonzai Progressive after a short hiatus with the fantastic Mexico City. It was back in February 2015 when we last saw this guy with the equally fantastic The Chant which gained great support across the board. In the meantime he has been busy on the DJ circuit as well as collaborating with top producers such as The Digital Blonde. Much more to come from this guy and well worth keeping a lookout for more news.
Mexico City intros with a subtle muted kickdrum and minimal percussions as a melodic synth note plays out on top. The bass teases as it fades in and out before the kicks get their punch and the track starts to lift off. The bass finally bursts out delivering a driving groove with a beautifully warm overtone that hypnotises throughout. Tight drum patterns form up and give us a solid dancey rhythm to play with. An understated intensity is felt as a mid level synth line etches out its groove that threatens to burst into a full on chord sequence. Subtle melodies can be heard through =out and makes this track a very intriguing one and a definite must have in your collection.
Buenos Aires sets out with a punchy, tough kick that grabs attention straight away. Subtle synth arps litter the background as trance-like basses come through with their deep, driving grooves. Cool, slicing hats cut through the lower frequencies beautifully giving a stark contrasting vibes. Teasing synths play out in the background as the track powers on in its solid groove. On the break we get a taste of those synths opened up and unleashing their potential as the track enters its final run. A wonderful display of progressive house that borders on uplifting that will no doubt rock the floors.
Debut appearance on Piston for Columbian DJ and producer Camilo Do Santos with the superb West Coast. Camilo is a lover of funky, deep and tech house grooves, and some of his early influences are the likes of Kerri Chandler and Darius Syrossain. He began producing amidst a very competitive arena in South America and got his first release on the German label Little Helpers. In 2012 he started his own label – Moustache, and is working hard to make this a front runner on the scene. Delighted to have this guy on board as he brings a wealth of talent to the Piston roster.
West Coast gets going with a classic styled punchy kick and shuffling hat combi that will definitely get those dancing feet moving towards the floor. Tight drum patterns form up with those intricate percussions delivering a solid rhythmic vibe. After a cool snare roll a probing bass brings the house vibe to life and settles the track into its swing. Playful riffs dance along the groove with funky flavour as snare rolls cascade over the sound. On the break we get a treat filled with those tight drum patterns before getting thrust back into full on mode, top notch stuff you need to have in your box.
Business Dope intros with a cool chunky kick and hat combi that lays a solid foundation for a proper trek into deep house grooves complete with characteristic urbanised vocal snippets. A throbbing bass grooves out on the low end and shores up the sound perfectly. The break takes on a surreal twist as sirens are followed by strange harmonica riffs that keep to the deep and grooving nature of the track beautifully. A fine slice of house music you will not want to miss.