Afterhour Trax 16 delivers 20 of the finest progressive cuts in one package from top labels such as Bonzai Progressive, Mistique Music, Sudam and Green Martian. Beautifully crafted curvaceous grooves come from artists such as Michael & levan & Stiven Rivic, Inkfish, Phi Phi & Airwave, Audio Noir, Dark Soul Project & Mathov, Kintar, Simos Tagias & Billy Alex, JWM, Manu Riga, Thorin, Sebastian Busto, Alex Vidal, Wild Guess, Yuriy From Russia, Moshic, Samotarev, Max Magnum, Monojoke, Matan Caspi, Mikko Lahti, Mariano Mellino, Degrassi, Stanisha, Kaan Koray, Ewan Rill, Rick Pier OiNeil, Greenage, Kindred Spirits, Edwin van Cleef, Julian Dep, Robert R. Hardy. If you’re looking for deep, flowing progressive vibes then this one is a must have for your collection.
Atreyus Fate debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Autumn. The Original Mix of Autumn intros with a super sweet and intoxicating pad melody that fades out into a very cool progressive groove complete with chunky kicks, gritty bass and sharp stabs alongside some excellent one shot vocals that get the gated effect. On the break the pads return and bring that rich melodic sound before a nice and pure analogue style bass comes through and sets the track on its sublime progressive house journey. A truly stunning trek into the prog house sound that will clear away those foggy days and get you in the mood for Balearic summer.
Dennis Franchi makes a much anticipated and a most welcome return to Bonzai with the four tracker, Taking Care Of My Shit. Dennis has racked up a raft of top notch releases on the likes of Creaminal Records, Bonzai Basiks, Progrez, Wasabi Recordings, Hi Fi Stories and more since 2009. His last outing on these shores came on remix duty for Fab Code’s Midnight Shuffle which appeared on the epic Bonzai & Friends Underground Progressive compilation. Great to see him back and we hope to see much more in the future.
Spanish DJ and producer Juanma Llopis serves up another deep treat with Going Insane. Last time out he delivered the goods in style with his Baila! EP which gained fantastic support from many quarters. Going Insane intros with a smooth upbeat kinda vibe as nice phat beats are joined by some bright keys and cool risers. Expertly crafted basses clutter together beautifully to deliver an intricate pattern that seals up a proper solid groove. The vocals complete this track perfectly with their raspy, harmonic house flavours. Cool melodies flow throughout and create wonderful textures that allows you to fully immerse into the sound. Sublime stuff from Juanma that will turn a few heads for sure.
Irish DJ and producer Dominic Smith makes his full debut on Monog Records with the superb Dig Deep EP. Dominic is no stranger to these shores having delivered a fantastic remix on Luis Bravo’s Switch Dance at the start of 2015. We know this guy loves his house music and how he dissects genres and moulds them into cutting edge grooves. Since grasping the inner workings of Ableton he has been relentless in his approach to producing as he leaves no stone unturned. It is this attention to detail that has gained the attention of various labels including Monog, we have no doubt there will be much more from this guy in the future so stay tuned.
Venezuelan DJ and producer Alfredo Mena returns after a bit of a hiatus with the stunning Do You Remember on Bonzai Basiks. Last time around he gave us his My House EP which went down a treat across many dancefloors and charted very well also. Do You Remember intros with a real nice tech flavour filled with a helping of punchy kicks, crispy hats and a superb bass that sits perfectly beneath track. A tightly constructed percussion arrangement unleashes smooth rhythms alongside some gritty noises and a deep, hollow vocal that gives so much character to the sound. Very cool stab keys come through and deliver a solid groove as the bassline is transformed into a twisting pattern that will definitely have asses shakin no doubt.
Oz Romita and Chrono join forces to deliver this stunning collaboration entitled Dollin which comes backed up with a slew of top notch remixes. Oz continues to run Sounds R Us with gusto and sources some of the finest techno grooves around from upcoming and established artists. Much more to come from SRUR so well worth keeping an eye on. Chrono aka Zoltan Salai was last seen round these parts back in June 2014 with the wonderful Pantihouse which made a fantastic splash across many floors, great to see him back again.