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TUNEON – CHANTE FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Russian DJ and producer Tuneon aka Mikh Solvis debuts on Piston Recordings with the superb two tracker – Chante. Tuneon’s music is based on many influences from 90’s style old school Chicago house and disco vibes to hypnotic tech grooves a common goal, to rock the dancefloors. Delighted and excited to have him on board.

Tuneon – Chante, out this week on Piston Recordings, is featured by Beatport in the Deep House genre page!

#beatport #pistonrecordings #tuneon

11 May 2016 UPDATES Read more

MARCO MADIA – SWANNING UP EP FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Piston firm favourite Marco Madia returns with his fifth outing – Swanning Up EP. His last outing came back in February with ExoS Lucius EP which went down well with great support coming in from all quarters. He has also made appearances on several compilations for Piston and Bonzai including Tech House Toolbox 4, My House Is Your House 10 and Best Of Piston Recordings 2014. Always great to see him round these parts and no doubt we’ll see more soon.

Marco Madia – Swanning Up EP, out this week on Piston Recordings, is featured by Beatport in the Tech House genre page!

#beatport #pistonrecordings #marcomadia

11 May 2016 UPDATES Read more

MATAN CASPI – FRAGILE SUNRISE FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Matan Caspi remains a powerful force in the progressive world and as ever he delivers the good once more with Fragile Sunrise which is backed up with no less than three stunning remixes from top class artists Manu Riga, Rick Pier O’Neil and Hady Tarek. Last time out Matan delighted with Celebrium before an appearance on the bumper Bonzai & Friends 500 Remixes pack. We’ll let the music do the talking here, enjoy.

Matan Caspi – Fragile Sunrise, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #matancaspi

4 May 2016 UPDATES Read more

DJ DIMITRI – NORTH EAST EP FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Dimas Ramadian aka Jakarta based DJ and producer debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic North East EP. A popular DJ in the worlds of House and Techno and everything in between, this guy boasts an impressive back catalogue spanning back to 2008. Dimas has gained the respect of his peers after cutting his teeth in the Indonesian underground scene, by 2005 he was a well-known artist and soon after he started to produce his own sounds. His extensive musical knowledge allows him to command any dance floor with his choice cuts. He is the proud presenter of Indonesia’s first worldwide podcast, namely Bagong Odyssey With DJ Dimitri, and this has given him the exposure to work with talented artists from around the world and which also led to the creation of his own label Bagong Digital. With appearances on many labels including The 45MF Group, Bagong Digital, Celestial Tracks, LW Recordings, Laxity Recordings, ACID029 and State Of Play, we’re delighted to have him on board at BP.

DJ Dimitri – North East EP, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Staff Picks section at the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #djdimitri

4 May 2016 UPDATES Read more

VICTOR BERGH – SOT/VAED FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Swedish DJ and producer Victor Bergh aka Victor Berghmeister returns to Piston with the fantastic two track Sot/Vaed. Victor is no stranger to Piston having released Leaving Yous back at the start of 2014 as Victor Berghmeister. Great to see him back once more and we hope to see more from him soon.

Victor Bergh – Sot/Vaed, out this week on Piston Recordings, is featured by Beatport in the Tech House genre page!

#beatport #pistonrecordings #victorbergh

4 May 2016 UPDATES Read more

PHI PHI INTERVIEW

Veteran DJ and producer Philippe Toutlemonde aka Phi Phi has been churning out quality vibes since the mid 80’s with projects like Dobel You, Honey C, The Gaps, Extreme Trax and the famous Quadran, most of which he produced alongside the late great Philippe Van Mullem. Over these years Phi Phi’s attention was mainly on progressive and trance, and he still leans in that direction to this day. He has had countless residencies and club and festival appearances and is regarded with legendary status amongst his peers. We sat down with Philippe to get the low down on his forthcoming new single – Breaking Danger, and we also dropped in a few other questions to get a look at the man behind the music.

BP: Hi Philippe, thanks for chatting with us, how are things with you at the moment?

PT: I’m going well, thx. I’m spending a lot of time in the studio on new tracks, and working full time doing promo for forthcoming releases. I’m also working on a compilation for Bonzai Progressive.

BP: How did you first get involved with DJing and producing?

PT: I started to mix back in 1985, I played some Italo Disco and New Wave, it was the beginning of in tempo mixing or beat matching. I got started in underground clubs and held a residency with Johan in At The Villa in 1987, all this was happening during the rise of the New Beat era. Soon after I got residencies at Boccaccio Life, Extreme, Fuse and Café d’Anvers etc…
In 1987 I met Philippe Van Mullem and we started producing together as Dobel You, soon we had our first release with Mammy. We were then contacted by Jean Vanloo and Patrick Hernandez who wanted to produce us and that’s where it all started. There have been many different projects since including Una, Honey C, Innertales, Quadran with PVM and Phi Phi & Greg D with Gregory Dewindt. Other collaborations have followed through the years.

BP: You’ve been around the dance music scene for a great number of years and seen many changes. What’s your take on today’s scene and how have you been able to stay at the top of your game?

PT: If you talk about the European scene, it is amusing to note the shifting of influences, of creative places, London yesterday, Berlin today and Paris seems to always come back, this is very interesting. Since I started, I’ve always been attracted to new sounds, new vibrations. There are so many rich and varied sounds to listen to, beyond the Retro tracks. New and underground sounds are so much more exciting to explore. That’s why my project is named ‘Mouvement Perpétuel’, it’s like the underground, always moving. Ok, lots of people know me as a pioneer DJ, my appearances in Retro events puts the emphasis on me for that. I’d say that one key thing is to always trying to find unexpected and sharp music. It’s like a quest, searching for hidden treasures. I did it before and I still do it today! A DJ must give people something they won’t expect and I’ve always tried to do that since my debut up to today. Few know me for my underground side and I invite people to listen to my current sets. On my website – djphiphi.com – we work to separate Retro mixes from New mixes. Passion for music and public reaction motivates me, I like each moment spent behind the decks as if it’s the first time. In particular when the crowd shouts when I play an unknown track, something happens between us, I’ve completed my mission!

BP: Your residencies over the years have included some top venues like Extreme and At The Villa, which would you consider to be your favourite venue and why?

PT: At The Villa was the first. Boccaccio was the biggest one and Extreme was where I played for 7 years, they were all magical. We were at the birth of a scene that became a real culture in just a few years. Being a resident gives the opportunity to offer long sets that tell stories and take people on a journey. I’m a storyteller, I’d really like to do it again, which is the reason why we’ve created the Mouvement Perpétuel project with no more than 4 DJ’s at each event.

BP: So your new single ­ Breaking Danger (awesome track by the way) features a really cool monologue from Mr. Heisenberg, we’re guessing you’re a big fan of Breaking Bad, right? How did you end up using that particular reference to the show?

PT: Thank you! But a fan of Breaking Bad? not really, sorry. I’m not a big fan of TV shows, not enough time. I thought the monologue was interesting enough to use it like that, going into the bridge.

BP: The track feels complex in its structure and arrangement with so many layers, how long did you work on this one and what was the inspiration that brought you to create it?

PT: Yes it’s a rich track. I like when sounds are complex and twinkling. The first version was made in two days. It was reworked later after a try on the dance floor. In particular some arrangements to make the sound stronger.

BP: Have you played this one out yet? What reaction has it got?

PT: I played it on the intro of my set at Tomorrowland, I was very pleasantly surprised by the public reaction, absolutely crazy.

BP: In general, your tracks always seem to have a unique quality that is instantly recognisable as a Phi Phi piece of work. What’s your secret when it comes to putting this quality into sound?

PT: This is exactly the goal, give an identity to each track. Be exigent and don’t hesitate to spend time on details, work the spectrum of each sound in order not to overlap the frequencies and mix them perfectly. A well balanced mix is required to get an optimal sound.

BP: You’ve worked with so many brilliant producers over the years and continue to do so. Do you have any favourite collaborations?

PT: It’s not easy to give a preference over one composer or producer over the other. All are talented, but each with a different feeling. I will always have a top spot for Philippe Van Mullen who passed away last year and who was my friend for 25 years.

BP: What would you consider to be your best work, and why?

PT: For the sound quality, I think Breaking Danger, it’s one of the most finished and the more recent of my tracks. During the last 25-30 years, each track produced corresponds to its time. For the rest it’s not for me to judge but it’s to the public to do so. It’s a question of emotion.

BP: You’ve been connected with the Bonzai crew from the early 90’s, how did you guys get together?

PT: In 1994-95 – when I was resident DJ at Extreme (Affligem) – Fly, the boss of Bonzai came to me and asked me to sign with Bonzai in a new division created especially for us (Philippe Van Mullem and I) and the trancey sounds we played at that moment in time. Bonzai Trance Progressive was the label and I’ve released so many tracks since then as Quadran, Phi Phi & Greg D etc. Today the label is rebranded as Bonzai Progressive.

BP: What do you like to do in your time away from music?

PT: I like to spend time with my family and caring for my daughter among other things. I also enjoy gardening, being in the quietness of the nature.

BP: Well Philippe thanks so much for talking with us it’s been a pleasure, take care.

PT: Thank you, the pleasure is mine also. Hope to see you soon, at my next event maybe.

#phiphi #bonzaiprogressive

3 May 2016 UPDATES Read more

SRINIVAS – PROFOUND EP FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Srinivas debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic three track Profound EP. For the last couple of years Srinivas has been delighting with some superb tracks having appeared on labels like Sensoria Records, Electronic Tree and Low Pressings. Good to have him on board at BP and hopefully we’ll see more from him soon. Profound is a deep progressive grooving track that will sit beautifully in any late night set with its lush tones and captivating nature. A droning bass is the big player here as it hooks you in while the cascading arps and fleeting melodies give our imagination lots to work with. Underneath the complex synths and FX we have a solid drum section that drives the track with a solid rhythm. Excellent stuff not to be missed.

Srinivas – Profound EP, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Staff Picks section at the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #srinivas

27 April 2016 UPDATES Read more

SEBASTIAN BUSTO featuring PAULA MELICCI – TEMPTATION FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Innovative Argentine DJ and producer Sebastian Busto debuts on our Green Martian imprint with the superb Temptation which features a wonderful vocal from fellow Buenos Aires native Paula Melicci. The Original Mix sets out with a cool percussion led intro before a nice and solid kick drum joins in. A lush offset bass comes through and gives the track a nice classic feel as those drums continue to build up a steady flowing rhythm. Warm pads float overhead as various one shot synths come in to tease us. The break throws up a real smooth acoustic guitar riff over a fantastic vocal from Paula that drips with charm and sophistication. A stand out track with a stunning vocal you will not want to miss.

Sebastian Busto featuring Paula Melicci – Temptation, out this week on Green Martian, is featured by Beatport in the Staff Picks section at the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #greenmartian #sebastianbusto #paulamelicci

21 April 2016 UPDATES Read more

UPRIGHT – MOVE AROUND (ORIGINAL MIX) FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Move Around sets out with a nice pumping kick drum and a pulsing bass that sits lurking on the low end. Shuffling hats make for a steady rhythmic flow as retro house stabs come through alongside a raspy synth and some cool vocal snippets. The track holds a superb deep house groove that builds and builds until you have no choice but to hit the floor and get dancing.

Upright – Move Around (Original Mix), out this week on Piston Recordings, is featured by Beatport’s streaming portal in the Deep House genre page!

#beatport #pistonrecordings #upright

21 April 2016 UPDATES Read more

MI KE – CLOSE TO MY HEART (ORIGINAL MIX) CHARTED BY BEATPORT

Close To My Heart is one of those tracks that will quickly fall into the ‘I gotta drop this one tonight’ category. Pounding kick drums and crispy hi hats alongside tight percussions make for a solid rhythmic groove. A subtle yet hugely effective bassline lurks on the low end ready to pounce. The track gives off a retro vibe as cool vocal snippets come through, but it’s the layers of bass that make this one special as well as background organs that tease all the way through. A truly epic slice of deep and groovy house that will most definitely not disappoint.

Mi Ke – Close To My Heart (Original Mix), out this week on Piston Recordings, is featured by Beatport’s streaming portal in the Deep House Pulse Chart!

#beatport #pistonrecordings #mike

21 April 2016 UPDATES Read more

PAVLIN PETROV featuring SELINA STOANE – SET ME FREE FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Bulgarian DJ and producer Pavlin Petrov returns to Bonzai Progressive with another sublime effort – Set Me Free. Once again he enlists the vocal talents of Selina Stoane and we can certainly see why. His last outing – Feeling Alive – also featured Selina on vocals and the chemistry created between the two did not go unnoticed. Great to see these two talented artists back once again and we hope to see much more in the future.

Pavlin Petrov featuring Selina Stoane – Set Me Free, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #pavlinpetrov #selinastoane

20 April 2016 UPDATES Read more

CHANTOLA – LIONHEART EP FEATURED BY BEATPORT

For the last number of years Finnish DJ and producer Chantola has been providing some fine quality cuts in many forms for our labels. He continues this trait with the superb Lionheart EP which is filled awesome progressive beats and lush vibes that will definitely find their way into many sets.

Chantola – Lionheart EP, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #chantola

20 April 2016 UPDATES Read more

EAT DUST – ROBOTS EP FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Portuguese DJ and producer Mario Silva aka Eat Dust delivers his third outing on Piston Recordings with the fantastic two tracker – Robots EP. We last saw Mario back at the start of 2016 with his Invaders EP which followed an appearance on Monog Records’ 5 year celebratory release. Robots sets out with a real nice thumping kick drum as the percussions fade through building to a solid and steady rhythmic drum section. Cool vocal snippets are introduced but soon make way for a beautifully lush deep house bassline that soon becomes the big focus on the track. Quirky FX fill out the spaces and add cool textures to the sound making this a definite must have track.

Eat Dust – Robots EP, out this week on Piston Recordings, is featured by Beatport in the Deep House genre page!

#beatport #pistonrecordings #eatdust

20 April 2016 UPDATES Read more

MI KE – CLOSE TO MY HEART (ORIGINAL MIX) FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Close To My Heart is one of those tracks that will quickly fall into the ‘I gotta drop this one tonight’ category. Pounding kick drums and crispy hi hats alongside tight percussions make for a solid rhythmic groove. A subtle yet hugely effective bassline lurks on the low end ready to pounce. The track gives off a retro vibe as cool vocal snippets come through, but it’s the layers of bass that make this one special as well as background organs that tease all the way through. A truly epic slice of deep and groovy house that will most definitely not disappoint.

Mi Ke – Close To My Heart (Original Mix), out this week on Piston Recordings, is featured by Beatport’s streaming portal in the Deep House genre page!

#beatport #pistonrecordings #mike

14 April 2016 UPDATES Read more

RUSLAN VASHKEVICH – PERFECT CHOICE FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Ruslan kicked off 2016 at Bonzai the way he left 2015, by churning out top quality sounds. Perfect Choice comes after his January 2016 slice Crystal Jelly made some headway on the scene. This year is already shaping up to top the last one and the excitement is rising with every track he delivers. First up we have the lush progressive vibes of Perfect Choice which intros with a cool shuffling hat sequence before a pounding kick drum takes control and steers the track into a solid progressive workout. The bassline provides great depth to the sound and hypnotizes with its warmth and downright grooviness. Sweeping synths and cool FX litter the sound adding wonderful textures while on the break we are treated to a surreal sequence that throws in subtle melodies before we slam right back into full on mode. Superb stuff once more from this guy, not to be missed.

Ruslan Vashkevich – Perfect Choice, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #ruslanvashkevich

13 April 2016 UPDATES Read more

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