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3rd installment in the Tech House Toolbox series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Joal, Sa.Du, Daniele Breschi, Charles Ramirez, Stan Garac, Haustuff & Leesboon, Ricardo Albuquerque, Paul Rudder, Mylan, Manoah, Ivan Masa, Daniele Kama, Cele, June Lopez, Furniture Crew, Tommy Hogunz, Joshua Puerta, Cihan Mareno, Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax, Iosupescu Lucian, Mess & Juice, Alex Satry, Johnny Deep (aka Yonathan Dahan), Alfredo Mena, Danny Murphy, Pandeo, Mr Drew, Luis Bravo, Khaan, Dj Berkin, Judith La Loba, Eat Dust and Mend.
Airwave and DJ Fire join forces once again to deliver another stunning deep progressive monster entitled Without Roots which comes backed up with four superb remixes. The guys have work well together in the past with their hugely successful Fire and Ice project, and more recently with cool cuts such as Kabalash.
First up we have the original mix that starts life with a nice chunky kick and subtle percussions. A deep rooted pad begins to fade through as the percussion arrangements become more prominent. As the track progresses we are drawn into a darkly atmospheric space that consumes your mind beautifully. Distant ethnic sounds further enhance the deep progressive vibes and add a surreal element. Deep basses bubble up from deep within the groove as soft melodic phrases break through and we are left with a stunningly epic track that will prove a hit in many sets for sure. Not to be missed.
Relaunch is first up with his brilliant remix. Big and bold intro as monster kicks take full control from the off to the backdrop of tight percussions and a hypnotic synth loop. Dancey drum patterns soon follow and lead us up to a fantastic Psy styled riff that really sets the track off. The bass sits perfectly under the track and adds its own pulsating rhythms to the sound. The break is an out of this world moment that delivers a beautiful euphoric vibe as melodies are forged out of a wonderful string and pad arrangement. We are then thrust back into this tough edged workout for the duration, absolute top quality yet again from Maik.
Kevin Vega is back on remix duty and as he normally tends to do he has raised the bar again with this remarkable journey through the progressive spectrum. The intro eases in with a beautiful atmospheric soundscape filled with lush tones and subtle melodic flavours. Distant percussions lead up to a fantastic pulsing bass which is soon joined by a smooth kick and the track flows magically. Intensity breeds at every turn and soon you will find yourself locked into a stunning hypnotic groove. A truly epic ride that will appeal to many, a must have.
On fire producer Audio Noir is up next with his remix that stuns with its wonderful complexities. An Audio Noir Odyssey is a master stroke of epic proportions as the intro guides us into a progressive world filled with a myriad of melodies and tight arrangements. Beautifully tweaked sound designs light up the spectrum with warm pads, cascading arps and a haunting chorus. These sound blend perfectly into an epic intro that builds to a stomping rolling kick climax. Big chunky kicks take over alongside a brilliant bassline that just oozes acid flavour. The track holds a steady flowing rhythm and takes us to the break where we are given respite in a serene setting with fluctuating melodies before we are slammed right back with the help of a massive build up. No more words, just listen, you will not be disappointed.
Audio Noir offers up his Zen Mix which encapsulates the ambient side of his Odyssey. All the mesmeric and haunting qualities are gathered together to captivate us into a surreal progressive driven utopia. Anticipation builds as we are teased with the prospect of a full on 4×4 beat that never arrives. Absolutely amazing work yet again from this wonderfully talented guy.
German DJ and producer Jonny Calypso is back with this brilliant two tracker, Girls Gone Wild. His last outing, Definition was well received and no doubt we will be treated to more of the same on this one. You can catch Jonny on upcoming Bonzai Basik Beats radio episodes soon.
The title track, Girls Gone Wild, intros with a nice big phat kick and a deep rooted bass combi. The percussion arrangements build nicely giving off a smooth rhythmic flow as distant arps form up in the background. The bassline keeps a relentless course as it pulsates through the sound beautifully while some very cool and subtle synth work goes off to great effect. The break downs are a showcase for the percussive elements and keep the sound on trek brilliantly. Top notch deep progressive vibes, not to be missed.
Home Alone gets right into the progressive house vibe from the get go as nice and chunky kicks sit beside sharp hats and cool percussions. The bass throbs out a powerful groove that hooks you in for the duration as it hypnotises your mind. In the background a surreal hook plays out and teases up to the break where a gritty analog bass synth takes over before slamming us right back into the main track with a punch. The deep side of prog house just got deeper, a must have for those darkened rooms.
Troy Douglas debuts on Piston with the superb Hipster Break. Troy Douglas is made up of three likeminded DJ’s and producers Victor Backlin Bergh, Tomas Harenstam and Daniel Hollstrom, who like to delve into a bit of deep, funky dance floor friendly grooves. Hailing out of Stockholm the guys are mostly a DJing trio who like to have an awesome time.
First up we have the full on dance beats of Hipster Break which intros with a classic kick and hat combi. Cool percussions lurk in the background and a smooth deep bassline brings up the rear. Snappy vocal samples lead us into the main track proper where the bass begins to have a huge impact alongside cool and groovy deep house keys. Hip Hop elements break through on the break with a brilliant rap styled sample taking full control. Perfect floor fodder here and definitely not to be missed.
Lazersack intros with a round hats and cymbals that begins to get the rhythms flowing. Cool, chunky kicks and a stabby synth fade through leading up to a stomping floor filling groove. A deep pulsing bass lurks in the rear and sits perfectly allowing those stabs to dominate. On the break cool vocal samples come through alongside a classic crowd FX. Funky, deep and dancey grooves, perfect for summer parties anywhere.
Elek-fun aka Ignasi Romero debuts on Basiks with this pumping two track EP entitled Lovely Mother Fucker. Ignasi grew up within a musical family and this brushed off on him as he went on to attend college where he studied advanced music production. He has been a DJ for a long time and has been around the world gigging. Having moved to London in 2009 he now runs a very successful club night called Leading Astray. In 2013 he set up his own label, Leading Astray Records where he can showcase his work alongside artists such as Danniel Selfmade, Dani Sbert, and JJ Gullo. Now with Bonzai we can see a bright future for this talented guy.
First up we have the title track, Lovely Mother Fucker, with its straight in your face intro filled with tough kicks and a monster, raw bassline that grabs a hold of you from the off. Crisp and sharp hats join the fun and provide a steady rhythm. In the background subtle percussions soon follow and we find ourselves locked into this full on techno stomper. Cool variations on the bassline chop things up a bit giving a cool dynamic edge. The break reveals some cool and very subtle synth work that adds stark textures, top notch stuff.
Zero is up next and intros with cool FX array and a pulsating, deep low end bassline. Big chunky kicks come through and the rhythm section begins to form. Very basic and minimal approach to the sound with most of the work coming out of the brilliant FX. The dominating force is the bassline as sits perfectly in the groove and gives off a hypnotic vibe. Deep and dark techno that is a must for those late night sessions.
Italian DJ and producer Duluth aka Marco Trovato makes his debut on Green Martian with the superb Tribute. Marco got into music at a young age and at just 16 he began to DJ at local radio stations where he soon became noticed and was offered many gigs in local clubs. He was playing Acid House and Rap in 1990 and soon his friends were encouraging him to get into the production side of things. Marco has released top rated tracks like Icarus on Mistique Music , Origin and Cremisi on Darkpload Deep and Beggar on Iboga Records. Now with Bonzai we are sure there is much more to come in 2014.
The Original Mix is up first and takes us into a smooth deep progressive house journey. The intro boasts a nicely arranged percussion section with a warm synth forging a melancholic groove to the backdrop of a mystical speech by the late great Nelson Mandela. Smooth flowing rhythms give off a laidback groove which is shored up by a dominating deep rooted bass. Superb stuff and a definite must have.
On remix duty we have another of Marco’s guises, the Mark Found remix turns the heat up to a simmer as tougher edged kicks get the track flowing. Tight percussion patterns provide a solid rhythmic groove here and the bass reverberates beautifully through the sound. That wonderful Mandela speech is reprised here and adds a truly inspirational tone to the sound. A much deeper affair in the remix and will no doubt appeal to many.
David debuts on Progrez with this wonderful two tracker entitled Iowa. David is a UK based DJ and producer. He writes his own music using Cubase and Reason and has been producing for around 2 years now, building his portfolio of original works and remixes. He enjoys DJing live and his love for deep soulful electronic music remains the foundation of his creative output. To date David has built a respectful amount of releases on labels like Mindwarp Records, Society 3.0, Green Snake Records, Kroton Sound Recordings and Music Cell. These releases include his own recordings as well as remixes. Now signed with Bonzai we are certain to see much more from this highly talented guy, watch this space.
We kick off with Iowa which intros with a brilliantly tight percussion arrangement. Big and ballsy breaks soon take command of the track as the layers begin to form. A deep bubbling bass raises its head and leads us into a wonderful 4×4 driven groove filled with deep progressive house vibes. The break delivers a beautifully tweaked atmosphere as an array of pads and FX take over before slamming right back into the main groove, top notch stuff.
These Galaxies intros with a nice punchy kick and minimal percussions. A warm synth key brings a deep house vibe which evolves into a very cool percussive sounding hook. Expertly crafted FX come through adding cool textures to the sound. The subtle bassline hangs back and is brought forward to show its true pulsating power. Top quality cut that will definitely be a must in many boxes.
Third Single of Olivier Decroix aka A Robot Comes To Her on the LCD Recordings label, and for us one of the better singles from him. A Deeper Blue adds this Dancefloor bionic dimension to the artist’s style while The Day She Was A Hill is a perfect match to complete the package. Psy-progressive at its best!
Algerian DJ and producer Belmesk Hamza aka Balearia debuts on Bonzai Elemental with the surreal two tracker entitled Antiquity EP. Growing up in a musical family has directed Belmesk toward his chosen career. He loves woodwinds, mostly Flutes and the Duduk which offers great melodic atmospheres, also the guitar and flamenco vibes, he uses traditional methods such as the lick in order to give variations on notes. He has seen releases on labels like Abora Recordings, Trance Temple Records and Cinesphere Records. Much more to come from this rising talent and now signed with Bonzai we can expect to see some great tracks come our way.
First up we are drawn by the dark atmospheric tones of Antiquity as a cacophony of woodwinds expel sublime melodic phrases that captivate the mind. Deep basses rise from the depths and give way to the dark scapes. Super cool downtempo beats keep the heads bobbing as ethnically charged vocals lift the hairs on your neck and send a tingle down your spine. Wonderful stuff that will allow you to chill the night away.
Rub al-Khali intros with a sinister sounding melody full of melancholy. Fading pads bring a surreal vibe as fantastic vocals aim to inspire. Chilled out beats offer a smooth backdrop to the intensity of the melodies that continue to build throughout. A stunning slice of chill that will turn heads no doubt.
Rise And Fall aka Russian based DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov is back at Bonzai Progressive with another stomping progressive workout. ‘Seize The Day’ comes with two stunning remixes from two masters of their trade.
The Original Mix sets off on a smooth deep progressive groove as a deep resonating bass is joined by a snappy kick and subtle percussion arrangement. Intensity within the sound builds with the addition of some brilliant risers and quality FX. The track breaks down into a surreal display of pads and basses that really captivate your mind and take you on a hypnotic journey. A wonderful trek into the darker side of progressive house and most definitely not to be missed.
Airwave is first up on the remix and we are in for a real treat as always. This guy has been at the top of his game for quite a while and he continues to deliver the goods. The workload he takes on is hugely impressive and the results outstanding. He relentlessly strives for the best out of himself and he always manages to surprise. Currently working on new material and collaborating we remain excited to see what he comes up with next. Here he takes the remix down the breaks path with a beautifully arranged progressive cut. Huge soundscapes are formed out of an array of synths and pads to the backdrop of a solid break beat groove. An intricate web of melodies are there to be discovered which gives the track a truly unique flavour. Lots to look out for hear and will no doubt have you back listening again and again.
Another master of progressive vibes is up next on remix duty. Moshic delivers his remix in style as always. His last Bonzai outing came in the form of ‘Do It To Me Now’ which saw much attention on the circuit for its quality and the diverse range of remixes available. Always great to see this guys works hit the office and we hope to see lots more in the future. The remix intros with cool distant sounding kick and percussion combi, this soon dissipates and becomes a powerful, thumping kick with crisp and sharp hats. The bassline is the dominant force here as it etches out a fantastic groove that will have those dancing feet moving in no time. There is a darker element rolling through this sound and it remains in just the right spot throughout allowing the main track the space to evolve. As the track progresses you suddenly realise you’ve become totally immersed with its hypnotic qualities, even on the break, as the percussive elements take over you are still locked right into the groove. A monster of a tune that is not to be missed!
As the vinyl resurgence continues to gain momentum Piston Recordings head honcho Rogerio Martins has selected top quality cuts to make up the next vinyl release entitled ‘Ghetto Tales EP Volume 2′. Rogerio is joined by friends Miguel Reis, Carlo Caldareri and Yusuke Yamamoto as four stunning deep house slices are etched onto plastic so you can enjoy the analogue pleasure of putting the needle on the record. Undoubtedly the best way to listen to music, you will not be disappointed.
First up is Rogerio with his exclusive Taking It Back. As ever Rogerio continues to run a tight ship putting in the hours running the label, DJing, remixing and producing. Lots more to come through for 2014 so it’s worth keeping an eye on. The intro goes classic with a chunky kick and sharp hat combo along with a well crafted snare arrangement. The rhythms soon gather pace as a beautifully lush bass joins in. Groovy house keys add great depth to the sound while simple vocal samples sit back before being unleashed with a long release. The break brings forth a deeper sub bass that marries perfectly with those vocals before slamming back into the main groove. Top class stuff yet again from Portugal and a great addition to those “physical” record boxes.
Miguel Reis is up next with his Classic Motherfucker Record. Miguel Reis is a new moniker and is the very same artist with a multitude of releases under the alias of Mike Kings who has seen tracks on labels like Nervous Records, Stereo Productions, Kult Records, Session Trax, Fatal Music, Magna Recordings, and many more. The track intros with a nice mix of kicks and percs which set up a smooth rhythmic vibe, a deep, rasping vocal comes in with a very cool narrative which blends perfectly with the house beats. The track builds steadily as the vocal becomes a big focus before a truly deep and groovy bassline comes to the fore and injecting a funky flavour to the sound, top stuff.
Italian born DJ and producer Carlo Caldareri is back to Piston with this exclusive vinyl cut Not Before. Since he was young he always cultivated a passion for music, he spent the first years of his career looking into different genres of music. Soon he focused in on house music and his DJ sets began to take on house and deep house grooves. Carlo has worked with top artists and his tracks have appeared on many labels including Digital Traffik, Microtech Records and Mono Recordings to name just a few. Here the track intros with a cool percussion arrangement before classic styled kicks gets the sound locked into a solid groove. The bass rules from below as it cascades up through the sound, simple and effective short vocal samples add huge weight to the groove as the track takes us into a gritty workout complete with brass stabs. The break unleashes a brilliant Hip Hop styled vocal sample that leads us right back into this full on deep house monster groover.
Yusuke Yamamoto aka Freischwimmer delivers with his stunning Night Journey which is exclusive to this vinyl release. Yusuke is a contemporary house music producer and DJ currently based in Kyoto, Japan. His authentic sound remains universal and independent of trends and periods. He runs his own label Vacances Records and has seen release on many other labels including Oasi Lab, Houseworx, City Life, Ibiza House Hotspot and more. His last outing on Piston ‘Sun Shower EP’ was well received and is a testament to the eclectic nature of his style. A minimal sounding approach with a nicely clipped kick and percussion combo while a cool atmosphere is created in the background with great FX work. A simple yet highly effective bass joins the fray and soon transforms into a dominating force in the sound. Cool synth keys hypnotise and are joined by a much tougher synth riff that has a gritty edge. Throughout the sound a brilliant vocal sample keeps the groove flowing and continues through the break where a striking high pitched string comes in and leads us back into the swing of the main groove. Great stuff from Yusuke and definitely not to be missed.
Belgian DJ and producer Benjamin Vanderzeypen aka Ben Solar debuts on Bonzai Progressive with this superb four track EP entitled Big & Small. Ben’s venture into the electronic music world started off with small steps, he worked hard at learning his craft and the deep soundscapes, crazy riffs and driving basslines came together very well and soon he got noticed from various labels. As a DJ, he tries to keep up with every new track on the market. Every DJ set will be different, interesting and gives you a great idea on what’s new in the scene. Hopefully lots more to come from this guy and well worth looking out for.
First up we have the infectious Deepin Deepin which intros with a brilliant thumping kick and pulsating bass. You are locked firmly into this vibe as the hypnotic beats and bass work their magic. Subtle stabs filter through and further enhance the sublime experience. Crisp, sharp hats keep the rhythms flowing and on the break we get a glimpse of some beautifully layered soundscapes which work so well. Before long we go straight back to the solid grooves of this track which is definitely not to be missed.
Night Shift intros with a cool mixture of percs and bass notes that soon form up into a steady rhythmic groove with a chunky kick as the backdrop. The track is laden with quality FX that set a unique progressive vibe that continues to build throughout. A deep throbbing bassline keeps the track on the darker side of prog while on the break things whittle down to a tight drum arrangement before slamming back into full on mode, superb stuff!
Not Tested On Animals immediately sets a darker tone as a deep resonating bass lurks below. Cool percussion patterns begin to show and bring a solid groove to the sound. Thumping kicks are the perfect companion as the track begins to captivate. Sublime synths join beautifully with the FX on offer here as the progressive elements burst forth. A real solid progger here that will do well in any of those darker sets for sure.
Lastly on this stunning EP we have Timewarp which oozes progressive tech from the off. Multi layered drum patterns come together brilliantly and deliver a complex rhythmic sequence while the long release on the kicks adds texture. The bass pulsates throughout the sound beautifully providing the perfect backdrop. Vocal samples and FX are aplenty as the track eats its way into your brain. Surreal, hypnotic grooves that is a must for those late night sessions.