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Spanish DJ and producer Phat Traktor is back at Progrez with another of his sublime dark edged progressive cuts. His last outing marked his debut with Voyage EP and he did not disappoint.
First up is the title track Negative with its smooth deep and techy progressive vibes. Understated kicks are caught up in a subtle percussion arrangement as wispy FX create a late night atmosphere. Prominent chord stabs dominate with sharp precision and remain the focus throughout. A low end bass provides a solid bass and make this a definite must for those late night terrace parties.
Pam 52 intros with a nice punchy kick with classic crispy hats driving the percussion section. Warbling FX fade through giving that techy edge to the sound as cool strumming guitar riffs give off a surreal Balearic vibe. As the track evolves plucky notes compliment the sound beautifully to the backdrop of fantastic vocal samples. Just the tonic for a hot night time session on a beach anywhere this summer.
Swedish quartet Inkfish make their full Bonzai debut with The Shadow. The group had previously remixed various tracks with much praise, including Airwave’s Triangle which gained a lot of support.
First up we have The Shadow with its eighties led synth intro that packs so many textures into one space. The track soon settles into a smooth and deep progressive house groove with nice punchy kicks alongside a rhythmic percussion and a rolling bassline that keeps things moving beautifully. Those big synths make a return on the break and throughout and give the track so much character. Very cool stuff and not to be missed.
Misophone intros with a gritty pad sequence to the backdrop of subtle breaks. Brighter melodic phrases begin to peak through and takes us up a much more pronounced drum arrangement with a superb deep low end sub bass shaking the foundations of the groove. Expertly crafted drum patterns materialise on the break as that super low bass continues to shudder. Super cool atmospheric track that holds a lot dynamic structures which will appeal to many.
TFC debuts on Bonzai Progressive with Joey.L which is filled with wonderful deep progressive layers and comes backed up with two superb remixes.
The Original Mix intros with a tight clipped kick and sharp hat combi as a very cool bouncing bass dances across the lower end getting this track into full swing early. Cool percussion patterns evolve and get the rhythms flowing beautifully as rising and falling FX bring wonderfully textured layers. The bass holds the track up brilliantly as bright and short arps deliver cool melodies. The break produces a pulsing bass with short vocal samples and takes us back to the main groove in style as the track intensifies to its climax. Top notch stuff and a must have track in any playlist.
Spanish DJ and producer Alex Vidal returns to Bonzai Progressive for remix duty after his much anticipated debut Solar Citadel which gained much support from all quarters. The intro here boasts a punchy kick and subtle hats arrangement as distant synths fade through bringing smooth deep progressive vibes along the way. The bass line throbs as it teases its way into the groove before letting loose and taking us on a deep and thoughtful journey. The track builds steadily to the break where a wave of melodic flavours are unleashed alongside rich pads that take us back into the main sound for the duration. Great stuff from Alex that will no doubt turn a few heads.
Australia’s own Audio Noir shows up for remix duty with another of his outstanding creations. With a new album and lots of other remixes on the way, we are always excited to see what this guy has in store and yet again he does not disappoint. Big and ballsy breaks would be a nice description here with an added dose of dubstep flavours while retaining a progressive edge. The intro is a maelstrom of percussive elements that merge beautifully into flowing rhythms. Short stabs are met with brash edgy synths that tease and tease. The beats intensify and culminate in a frenzy of breaks alongside glitchy ear crunching synths. Contrasting bright arps play out in tandem creating a quite surreal groove that will appeal to many floors all over.
Italian producer Marcus Raute returns to Piston with the three tracker Samplin’ Memories EP. His debut Basement Of Love back in the Spring was very well received and no doubt we will see much support with this new cut.
First up we have the title track Samplin’ Memories which intros with a nice big chunky kick drum alongside sharp and crisp hats. A smooth rhythmic flow is crafted early on and as the layers build the groove oozes deep house. You will find yourself dancing to this infectious beat easily, the bassline sits just at the right spot allowing the beats and the superb keys to do their work. Cool snappy vocal samples keep the house flavour intact. A definite must for any set.
Going On intros with a fantastic punchy kick with crispy cool hats and claps alongside generating a very dancey beat. A wailing vocal comes through alongside deep and smooth house chords that stab out a cool sequence which doubles up over time giving a full on deep house vibe. On the break a fading pad rises and leads up to more of those chords which take a new direction while keeping our bodies moving to the grooves. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
What A Day intros with a smooth round of FX a rising synth and cool percussions. A pumping kick ties this all together as the grooves settles into its flow. The synths begin to form into chord stabs as the bass bubbles up from below alongside a cool vocal sample which becomes more prominent on the break. Fantastic percussion arrangements will have the floors moving for sure making this the perfect addition to any set.
The Muzika series continues to gather pace with this its eighth instalment. Four top class cuts from SRUR debutants Juciff & T-Bars as well as some familiar faces including, Mariano Santos, Ozgar Uzur and Rajiv Jay.
First up we have Ozgur Uzar who we last saw on remix duty for Fabian Jakopetz & Dub Way – Mellow Mode way back in 2012. Here he lashes copious amounts of bass onto our senses with the highly impressive Memento. Upbeat grooves are the order right from the off a punchy kicks are met with a round of superbly rhythmic percussions. That huge bass sound produces a massive punch right into your midriff where it lingers for you to savour. Various drum elements pop up throughout the arrangement. The track goes deep on the break with a lush and intense pad alongside a sultry vocal before we are slammed right back into the main groove, big dancefloor hitter here.
Next up we have Mariano Santos with The Memory House. Mariano is no stranger to SRUR having been studio partner with label boss Oz Romita on their Together EP and with Ozan Kanik on their 2013 track Family Love EP. Here Mariano gets the grooves flowing with a tight arrangement from the off as attacking kicks are joined by a beautifully constructed percussion section. A deep rolling bass sits in the background with brilliantly tweaked vocal samples coming through. The break offers of squeaky synth hits as this techno monster takes control, top notch stuff.
Juciff & T-Bars are up next with their deep grooving cut entitled Tek. Juciff has been around SRUR previously with his remix on Alessan Main’s track Storm which appeared on Muzika Volume 4. T-Bars marks his debut appearance here but he has worked with the likes of Alessan, Juciff and Daniele Kama who are no strangers to SRUR and Bonzai. The track oozes dark techy vibes with the intro providing a cool punchy, clicky kick alongside a sharp hat. Dark atmospherics play out in the background with the bass sitting menacingly on the edge as it rumbles through the sound. A relentless monster of a track that will suit any set in those darkened late night rooms.
Rajiv Jay returns to SRUR with Big Guys. Rajiv is fresh off the back of his debut track Lovers which was very well received indeed. Here he takes a dark tone with a wonderfully long decay on the kicks that gives a oomph to the sound. Perfectly tuned hats sit beautifully in the solid percussion arrangement which provides a brilliant rhythmic flow. The bassline is monstrous as it throbs with the beat to the backdrop of sinister sounding vocals. Beautifully tweaked and tightly packed grooves for the darker more serious floors out there, not to be missed.
Our next Bonzai Basiks release comes from Majed and Van Czar with their three tracker, In Vino EP. Van is such a consistently great and talented artist as his productions will testify, recently his Black Diamond EP hit the ground running and was well received among many. It’s always an exciting time when Van’s latest offering hits the office and this is no exception. Van is joined by DJ and producer Majed who is making his debut appearance on Basiks. Majed has been around the scene for a long time having started out perfecting his art at just 12 years old. He has much respect in the electronic music world and has been a regular jock at many top events. In 2011 he started his own label, LíEcurie Electro where he could bring together like minded producers he had already been working with. With a ton of releases across various labels you can rest assured you will see much more from this guy.
In Vino intros with a hollowed kick and shuffling percussions as a spoken vocal narrates. The track is amped up by a surging deep bass that dominates the sound as the kicks transform into nice chunky hits. The vocal returns on each break as various synths and FX merge to create a very cool dynamic on the track. Straight into the heart of techno this is a definite must for those deep sets.
The Original Mix of Euro3 is up next with its cool percussive intro that transforms into a throbbing techno groove filled with punchy kicks and a sublime deep bass. The drum arrangements weave out a rhythmic pattern to the backdrop of some awesome rising and falling FX creating wonderful textures right through the sound. Top notch stuff that will work well in experimental sets for sure.
Van delivers his Revolution Remix of Euro3, a truly deep rooted techno experience from start to finish. Big chunky kicks fill the intro as the percussion elements build a solid rhythmic platform. The bass comes from the depths as it resonates through shuddering the bins into submission. Surreal synths reveal a sinister theme to the track and on the break a hypnotic vocal sample joins in before we are thrust back into the main groove. Stunning cut yet again from Van and not to be missed.
Years after the release of Triloops Dance Breaks, Airwave’s first sample collection, which got an insane 10/10 by the reviewers of Computer Music magazine, time for another episode and another concept: 300+ files that represent about 30 different vibes and about a dozen variations of each.
13th episode in the Afterhour Trax series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, Phi Phi, Relaunch, Matt Holliday, Kay-D, Alex Vidal, Manu Riga, Van Bellen, LoQuai, Moshic, Solar Fields, Gai Barone, Audio Noir, Silicon Syndicate, Ewan Rill, Quincy, Nico Parisi, DJ Fire, Kintar, Nae-tago & Squillante, AnLight, Julian Dep, Quadran, Anthony Yarranton, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Derek Howell & Faskil Warm, Soft Knees, Cordoba, Etnia and Suggy.
Fresh off the back of his last outing Perla with Gai Barone, Nico is back with the wonderful Napoli By Night and comes backed up with three superb remixes. Nico has consistently proven his skills in the studio as his productions continue to deliver that WOW factor. Support is always near when he release and features on top download sites and charts remain constant. Currently enjoying a thriving festival season, Nico appeared for a double stint at Tomorrowland’s double weekender at the Bonzai Stage. Watch this space as much more works are in the pipeline.
The Original Mix intros with a nicely rounded kick and hat classic combi as a stuttering synth fades through with the filters opening teasingly. The track bursts into life with the introduction of a stunning bassline that provides a solid bedrock for this fantastic deep progressive mover. Epic pads sweep across the sound beautifully and pulse with the beat taking us up to the break. Solid progressives grooves from Nico that will no doubt grab a lot of attention.
Chris Harris debuts on Bonzai with his superb remix. Chris has been around the scene for many years having started out as a bass player in 1992. He turned to DJing and played all over the UK with much success. After a short hiatus he returned to the scene and threw himself into production focusing on his love of Progressive Trance, with his first release coming in February 2014 with Lost In The East on Transportal Digital. With a new track of his own on the way we are delighted to have Chris on board. Here he sets the tone for a sublime progressive journey as the track intros with a solid driving beat comprising chunky kicks and a smooth pulsating bassline. Rhythmic percussions are applied beautifully as rising synths take us through the layers. Synth pads burst into life and send us on a euphoric ride as the darker beats keep the groove flowing. Melodies weave in and out of the sound creating a refreshing seam on this outstanding cut, a must have for sure.
Next up we have Jakhira’s Rework which testifies the skills on offer from this hugely talented artist. A very popular choice at Bonzai as proven with his last effort on Crocy’s Recht, Jakhira certainly knows how to get the progressive juices flowing. A nice a smooth intro with percussions leading the way as a deep house chord stabs through. Chunky kicks punch in and the groovy chords begin to weave their magic releasing a purely deep house vibe. The bassline provides the proggy edge to the sound as it cuts a lush swathe through the groove with a little help from beautiful rich pads. The break lets loose with bright melodic sequences to the backdrop of a droning bass as the track builds back up and continuing on its wonderful journey, top notch.
Up next we have Lonely Sun & Nicolas Agudelo on remix duty. The guys recently remixed Alex Vidal – Solar Citadel with much praise coming from many quarters. They are relative newcomers to the Bonzai stable and have already made quite an impression. Deep progressive tones provide the intro with a cool offset bass driving the groove alongside a tight drum arrangement. Melodic flurries cascade throughout in short arp bursts adding smooth textured layers. The break unleashes a euphoric episode as the melodies are enhanced by rich pads leaving you lost in this wonderful slice of prog, top class stuff.
Crocy’s Recht gets a full makeover with four fantastic remixes and a Vocal mix. The track was previously featured on Cry back in the Autumn of 2013 in instrumental form. This time around we are treated to the wonderful vocals of Cotry which give the track a beautiful narrative.
First up we get right into the action with the Vocal Mix. Tight drum arrangements sit over subtle percussions that build up a nice flowing rhythmic vibe. In contrast the deep bass transforms from soft and rounded into tough and gritty effortlessly adding a strong dynamic. The tantalising vocal really sets the track off as you find yourself locked in to the sultry grooves, great stuff yet again from Crocy.
Audio Noir just can’t keep away at the moment, the guy is churning out quality cuts and remixes at every turn. Here we have his Sound Of Eve Remix which totally beefs up the original in a big way. A shuffling percussion led intro is soon joined by a nice chunky kick that really gets the track on the move. A lush bass note takes over and oozes progressive house vibes to the backdrop of a tweaked vocal sample. The bassline rumbles through the sound as the layers come together to complete a truly epic slice of prog that is not to be missed.
Hady Tarek returns to Bonzai Progressive on remix duties after his debut Night Shift performed very well indeed. He also recently saw a stint on Bonzai Basik Beats radio show among other things. Here he churns out a top class offering as the intro boasts a cool punchy kick withy rhythmic percussions bringing up the rear. Short chord stabs tease as a very smooth guitar lick in introduced adding an air of Balearia to the groove. The deep bass which powers the track is accompanied by the beautiful vocal from Cotry and takes us to the break where that guitar lick becomes more prominent. Edgy stuff and a definite must for any party this summer.
Jakhira delivers his stunning Undercurrent Remix. Recently we saw Jack on remix duty for Kindred Spirits and Wild Guess as well as his own Princess EP which featured very well on the circuit. Here he strips the groove back to a smooth flowing progressive vibe. Cool, punchy kicks are complimented with a subtle yet very effective percussion line that keeps the rhythm grooving. Deep and lush basses are the order of the day as the track takes us through the paces beautifully. The vocal sits perfectly in the sound as it contrasts the bass wonderfully. The break serves up a very cool melodic sequence as stuttered strings and synths do their work. Excellent stuff that is not to be missed.
Lastly on this superb pack we have a stunning slice from deepAlexander who we last saw on remix duty for Matan Caspi and Chantola as well as his own Midnight Launch. Here the groove takes a laidback approach with smooth flowing rhythms. The intro goes deep with a chunky kick alongside subtle percussion as a bubbling bass lurks in the rear. Sweet melodic flavours filter through and tease throughout as the layers form. On the break deep rooted chords accompany that sultry vocal as the track heads back into the main groove for the duration. Classy stuff that will be a welcome addition to any set.