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UK native, Jakarta based Tim Bourne debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the stunning Hadrenaline. Tim is beginning to make waves around the circuit with his tight production skills, his first release, One Way Ticket on Speedsound proved popular in the trance fraternity. He also got his track The Root featured as a Hot Or Not on Ottaviani’s Go On Air which was very well received. Definitely one to watch out for in the coming months.
Greek DJ and producer duo Dimi Wilson and Lex (Athens) debut on Piston with the superb Thoughts About It. For the last number of years both these guys have racked up an impressive back catalogue across many top labels. From deep house grooves through to tough techy vibes, these guys have done it all and no doubt we will be seeing more of them in the future.
Elek-fun aka Ignasi Romero returns to the Basiks stable with his newest four track EP entitled You Know What. October 2014 saw his last outing Great Minds Think Alike gain a lot of support from across the board. During his early years vinyl was the only media accessible so he had lots of practice. This led to him becoming a fantastic DJ in and around Barcelona. He soon decided to go on to College and study advanced music production so he could build up the tools he would need for his new, chosen career path. Techno soon became his main output and he found himself DJing in some of the best Catalan clubs, places like Zoreks Club, Liquid Sky, The Loft, La cova, Eix Club, La Sala del Cel and†Moog. When his DJ career completely took off, Elek-fun also began to release his first lot of productions, in 2004 he worked on a promotional demo called Wait Me which was released in the very popular Future Music magazine. He kept on slowly releasing tracks on labels such as†Sol Records, Ignored Records, SC-Rec , Subversive Media, Hits Box, Tu Remix (MÈjico), JP Releases, Prisma Records and EF Rec which is his own sub-label.
“Through album, single and DJ set, not to mention a list of artist monikers as long as your arm, Laurent Véronnez has been a trance & progressive bastion for close to 20 years. His first mix-comp is a long while is out this month, so I took the opportunity to get the lowdown on its release from Laurent himself. Additionally though it gave me the chance to put some of the questions to him that has built up over the many years in which I’ve followed his career. The results of that conversation are as follows: I hope you find his answers as illuminating as I did”
metrONomes return with another of their super fine mixes for this week’s Bonzai Basik Beats radioshow. The guys are regular contributors here and they never fail to disappoint with their wonderfully imaginative and instinctive brand of progressive. On the publishing front they continue to release quality sounds, their latest effort – Mistique on Progrez is testament to the quality they offer. Today’s show consists of 16 excellent tunes from artistss such as Cylinder, John Drummer, Silinder, Marcelo Vasami, Darkployers, Miab, Michael A, Denis A, Rick Pier O’Neil, Mihai Popoviciu, Kintar, SBK, Pan Pot, Vincenzo and two tracks from metrONomes.
Our very own Kevin Vega shows up on remix duty and delivers another super cut for our pleasure. He gave us The Gambler back in April 2015 which saw great support from all quarters which is a testament to the expertly crafted sounds he churns out. The remix intros with a wonderful chunky bass with atmospheric FX and percussions going off in the background. At the forefront a fantastic bass takes over with deep probing prowess. The drum section continues to build and adds a shuffling groove to the rhythm which is brought to prominence by hypnotic shakers and tight patterns. Surreal synths give off a mysterious vibe that plays beautifully into the nature of the track, dark and moody. A fine slice of prog to get the juices flowing.
Just For House notches up a gear with a cool heavy kick and crisp slicing hat that carries a lot of weight as it cuts up the frequencies. Pure house driven chord stabs linger through the groove as a deep probing bass comes in to get those asses shakin’. Drum patterns form up and let loose with a solid driving rhythmic flow that will definitely have the floors moving. Cool vocals and high strings add texture and allow this track to shine. A soon to be firm favourite no doubt.
Australian DJ, producer and Bonzai stalwart Audio Noir returns with his latest studio album Artificial Star. This will be the 2nd album from this guy in the space of just over one year, Almost Famous set the bar high and we have no doubt that this time around will be no exceptions. We spoke to Audio Noir to get a taste of what drove him during this album’s creation and he spoke about how he wanted to employ a subtle theme of space and philosophy. He simply wrote what he felt and consciously wanted to deliver an accessible album that would appeal across the board whilst maintaining his own artistic desires. He also pointed out that the bass heavy, rich sounding Jazz Noir was his favourite and most challenging track to produce alongside the surreal, prog tech driven Drk Mttr. We have no doubt that this album will resonate among many as it takes us on a deep, dark cosmic journey filled with peaks and troughs that keep the imagination sharp.
Debut appearance on Piston for Columbian DJ and producer Camilo Do Santos with the superb West Coast. Camilo is a lover of funky, deep and tech house grooves, and some of his early influences are the likes of Kerri Chandler and Darius Syrossain. He began producing amidst a very competitive arena in South America and got his first release on the German label Little Helpers. In 2012 he started his own label – Moustache, and is working hard to make this a front runner on the scene. Delighted to have this guy on board as he brings a wealth of talent to the Piston roster.