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Ametron aka Athens based DJ and producer Tigran Mkrtchian debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the sublime two track Ei A Ei. Tigran played in rock bands in the 90’s as a teenager before moving on to experiment with electronic sounds. In 2005 he was co-founder of the party crew Psyacoustics who organised lots of events and played alongside some of the worlds to psychedelic artists. His musical background has enabled him to continue his journey and produce many different styles. In 2011 he released the compilation, Landing on Neurotrance Records. These days he works as a physiotherapist and spends all his free time experimenting with music with some great results. A highly talented artist no doubt, we’re glad to have him on board.
Ei A Ei intros with a throbbing sub bass that will have the bassbins quaking. A nice thumping kick is introduced and gives the track a real deep and almost psy feel. That bassline levels out into a full on driving monster and carries a lot of psy elements while keeping firmly in the deep, dark progressive sphere. A myriad of sounds converge on the track and create cool layered textures throughout. Articulate short synth stabs litter the groove and lead the way as the track gathers pace on its epic journey. Acid lines, cool vocals, driving rhythms and more, this track has it all and you do not want to miss this one.
Undercover Obsession intros with a strange mixture of blips, detuned notes and a pulsing bass sound. A chunky kick comes through and brings order with its pounding dominance as darkly sinister pads fill out the background. A proper deep low end bass sits perfectly as a much sharper raw bass gets the groove into full flow. The break delves deeper as the sinister element intensifies with some harsh synths and that constant, hypnotizing bass which fades off to leave a subtle melody and gritty sounds in its wake. Definitely a late night thumper here, top notch stuff.
Italian DJ and producer Laesh debuts on Piston with That Old Fiction, two sublime deep and grooving tracks that will not disappoint. His passion is House music with deep, old school influences. Since getting his first set of turntables he has played at many clubs on the circuit. In 2010 he ventured into producing and found himself getting releases on labels like Oasi Lab, Malo, Bluedye, Redlight and Joyful Family Records. His DJ sets are performed using vinyl and he prides himself for his eclectic vinyl collection. Great to have him on board at Piston.
That Old Fiction gets us on the move with a superb classic style intro filled with big chunky kicks, crispy hats and sharp claps. A very cool, deep bassline comes through and takes over the sound to deliver a solid dancey groove. You can tell this guy loves his retro with the addition of brilliant filtered disco samples that pop up throughout the track. A proper in your face groove that will delight many floors for sure.
A Dirty Vintage Fantasy intros with that classic styled chunky kick and crisp hat combi we all know and love. This sets the track up perfectly and will definitely get feet on the floors. A cool house fuelled filtered bassline and accompanying vocal fades through and soon takes over the sound to deliver a super funky groove. Straight up fresh beats for the big floors that will most definitely make it onto many playlists.
Sween returns to Green Martian after quite a long hiatus with the superb Neutron. It was back in 2009 when we last saw this talented artist with the wonderful Sweencity which was backed with Danceity. Sweencity was included in several compilations such as Deep Trance Trax 1 and the very first Afterhour Trax as well as a spot on Bonzai Worx DJ Session 19 compiled by Chantola. A very exciting return that will definitely get a few heads turning for sure.
Neutron intros with a smooth dark tone that is filled with cool punchy kicks and distant sounds. The bassline bubbles up from the depths and brings that dark edge with it which is the dominant force throughout the track. Cool atmospheric sounds fill the spectrum as bright arps bring a melodic flavour. The track drive on with a hypnotic force that keeps the groove in check. A wonderfully diverse sound filled with deep, dark vibes and contrasting bright melodies, superb stuff.
Angels sets off with a cool drum pattern and a nice chunky kick on top. The bass creeps into the sound from out of nowhere and becomes the driving force throughout. Beautifully rich melodies cascade down through synth arps and are joined by sweeping pads that really captivate the mind. A totally mesmerizing experience that will keep you hooked for the duration, a must have.
Progrez stalwart Kevin Vega returns with the fantastic three tracker entitled The Gambler. A big part of the Progrez journey, Kevin has consistently delivered the goods with his lush progressive house vibes. His last outing, Andromeda gained a lot of support across the board and since then he has racked up several top notch remixes for the likes of Dofamine and Airwave & DJ Fire. Always worth checking this guy out, he never disappoints.
The Gambler gets us on the move with a real nice punchy kick and mesmerizing percussions that lock you right into the groove. A wonderfully lush probing bass joins in and takes the track right into the deepest depths of progressive house. Sweeping pads form various layers and bring a melodic edge to the sound that captivates the mind. On the break a beautifully constructed kaleidoscope of sound takes over and you soon find yourself lost in this fantastic epic world. Another superb Kevin Vega cut that you will not want to miss.
The Wizard intros with a huge kick that pounds hard on the subs while subtle percussions begin to layer up alongside a rising synth and deep bass. You feel the intensity building as the track progresses with the bass staying firm on the low end. The break delves into a surreal soundscape with cool atmospheric sounds and a subtle synth before getting right back into the main groove for the duration and those pounding kicks once again. Top notch stuff, definitely one for the late night sessions.
The Preacherman takes us on another epic Kevin Vega journey, deep into the heart of progressive house grooves. A big chunky kick provides the intro and will give the bassbins a run for their money alongside that probing, powerful bassline. Bright crispy hats and some cool drum patterns let the rhythms loose as various strings rise up to combine into a spacey sequence. The break reveals a very cool sequence filled with a distant spoken vocal over some gritty, raw sounds that add superb textures to the track. Another highly effective track that would be a welcome addition in any progressive set.
Extreme Trax is back after a long hiatus with the superb Sound And Future which comes in original and dub flavours as well as a remix from the on form Audio Noir. Extreme Trax is responsible for a multitude of Progressive Trance and Trance hits in the late 90’s and early 00’s on XTC and Bonzai Trance Progressive with tracks such as Don’t Hold Back, Monday’s Blue and Final Fantasy. Now headed up by the legendary Yves Deruyter and given a 2015 makeover we are sure that this will strike chord with old and new fans alike.
First up we have the Original Mix of Sound And Future which gives off a real live sounding particularly through the drums with their session like qualities. The drum arrangement is big feature here and really gets the feet moving with their tight construction and solid rhythm. A raw sounding organic bass chugs through the sound beautifully and dominates for the duration. On top of the bass we have some very cool synth leads that ooze early 90’s flavour and sit so perfectly in the sound alongside sweeping pads and climactic risers. Stunning work from Mr Deruyter that will surely have the discerning clubbers wanting more.
The Dub mix is a stripped version of its big brother, we still get that live feel from the drums and that bass just dominates with its chugging driving force. In fact the bass has an even bigger place on this mix as the synths take a slight step back. But do not despair as those expertly crafted leads are still in effect and still carry their big lead qualities. Look out for the nod to the 80’s in the form of some very cool FX that lay hidden within the sound. Top notch stuff and a must have track for sure.
Audio Noir is up on remix duty with his EuroBeat remix and he really does do the original some justice with a sprinkling of his own trademark sound. Recently Audio Noir has confessed to changing things up a bit in his productions, he started toying with Electro and 80’S sounds and this remix is providing the perfect platform to showcase this slight change in direction. Nice chunky kicks are joined by stuttering crispy hats and snappy snares alongside delayed claps. A beautifully deep piano chord takes us up the I Feel Love styled rolling bassline that just sits perfectly within the 80’s inspired drums and percussions. Sweeping pads and rising FX complete with laser sounds litter the groove as we lose ourselves in this medley of synthtastic sounds. In true Audio Noir style we are treated to a sublime break that unleashes sweet melodic phrases before a sci-fi riser takes us back into the main groove. Superb stuff yet again from this guy you will not want to miss.
Hady Tarek is back with his stunning two tracker entitled The Boat Effect. We last saw Hady back in 2014, firstly with his Bonzai debut Night Shift and later on with remixes for Phi Phi & Airwave on Finesse and Crocy feat Croty on Recht. As always he delivered the goods on each occasion and this time around he holds true with a sublime trek into the tech side of progressive.
The Boat Effect intros with a tough punchy kick with sharp distorted hats and claps that lead up to a sub shaking bassline that rolls right through the track and providing the driving force of the sound. The track breaks to reveal a plethora of retro styled synth stabs and chords that give a real edge to the sound bringing it very close to the Techno side. The result is an energetically charged slice of dark matter that you simply must get hold of, not to be missed by any means.
Next up we have Restless which sets off with a big and ballsy kick that pounds out a solid beat alongside rhythmic hats and tight drums and percussions. A deep probing bass swells up from the depths and takes control of the sound while teasing chords fade through. The track breaks and unleashes a very cool array of synths and chords that set the tone for our journey into this darkened world. A nod to the early Techno sounds is evident and sits perfectly in this contemporary construction. A hint of melody seeps through and keeps the track within the progressive realm while retaining its dark roots. A must have track that will definitely spruce up any set.
Italian producer Marco Madia is back at Piston with another superb four track EP entitled Sugar Lift. We last saw this talented artist back in the summer of 2014 with his 12 Seagulls EP which went down a treat among many in the deep and tech world.
Sugar Lift intros with a nice and smooth deep grooving vibe as steady beats are formed into a cool 4×4 flow. Sharp hats and snappy claps are merged with a tight drum arrangement as deep rooted basses growl their way through the low end. Raw, dirty synths provide a dark element as the track evolves and draws you into its organic world. A mesmerizing and trippy experience here that you won’t want to miss.
Mezzotint sets off with cool muted kicks and muffled chords that filter into the sound beautifully. The kicks transform into chest pounding thumps alongside warm analogue stabs and a sub shattering bass. The tight drum patterns blend perfectly delivering a solid grooving rhythm that locks you in. On the break we are met with a superb showcase of keys, from funky licks to raw shots before we are led back to the main sound for the duration. Top notch stuff here that will definitely be a welcome addition in many sets.
Tarlatan gives off an upbeat kinda vibe right from the off with the groove taking on a bouncy form. Nice chunky kicks are paired up with a very cool rhythmic percussion section that continues to grow throughout. Warm, rising strings bellow up from below and compliment the lush and sometimes rough edged bass. A very smooth ride through the deep side of tech here that keep floors lit up for sure.
Acquatint intros with a deep sinister sounding vibe which leads up to a punchy kick that pounds out a cool rhythm alongside a bright offset hat. In the background tight drum patterns begin to emerge as the layers build. The bass stands out brilliantly with its garage flavour and blends perfectly with those deep rooted chords. The rhythm section will keep the feet dancing with its complex patterns and expert arrangement. Definitely a track for the deeper sets, not to be missed.
German producer and DJ Eric Kanzler is back to Basiks with the impressive three tracker, Cigu. Over the years Eric has worked with many artists on various projects, since 2012 he began going solo and performing live. He has a knack of getting his soul right into his music and whipping his audience into a frenzy. Here at Bonzai Basiks we are always excited when his tracks drop into the mailbox. His last outing for us came back in 2014 with Exercise Of Life which gained a lot of support across the board.
Cigu rolls up with a full on tech house flavour that grabs your attention right from the off with its solid, tight beats and deep probing bass. Cool percussive elements provide a steady flowing rhythm as a scattering of one shot FX pop up throughout. We get a nice surprising twist on the breaks with the introduction of an ethnic sound that adds a cool character to the track. Very nice, polished sound that will keep the floors grooving no doubt.
Neurotisch intros with a cool bass heavy theme as various drum and percussion layers form up to deliver a real tight and beautifully crafted arrangement that carries a cool rhythmic flow. That bass dominates as it probes its way through the sound alongside subdued kicks. At the midway mark we are treated to some stunning murky acidified stabs that add some very cool textures to the sound. A superb, tough edged Tech groove that will definitely feature in many sets for sure.
Welcome In The Club sets off with a nice bright intro with crispy hats and sharp claps that are soon joined by punchy kicks and a proper sub shaking bassline. The bass draws you in with its hypnotic groove and locks you down for the duration. On the break we get some real cool synths that tease just before the track gets back into its deep rooted groove. A must have track in your box that will not disappoint.