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Steve Sai returns to Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Drops which comes backed up with two top class remixes. We last saw Greek DJ and producer Steve back at the start of 2015 with a remix on Mindgamers’ The Preachers which gained a lot of support from all over. The Original Mix intros with a cinematic themed sequence filled with sweeping sounds and a thick probing bass. Cool staggered hats come through alongside an otherworldly string which leads us into nice chunky kicks and warm melancholic vocals. The track goes deeper with the bassline providing the deep groove alongside those stunning vocals and a super tight drum arrangement. Another wonderfully deep progressive cut from Steve that will definitely grab a lot of attention.
Dutch DJ and producer Jesper Mauerhoff debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic two tracker, Eyes Wide Shut. Eyes Wide Shut settles into a solid progressive vibe from the get go with a subtle rolling bassline, chunky kicks and a cool bending synth. A strikingly sharp siren rises and takes us into full on mode as the drums and percussions deliver a smooth rhythmic flow. Some fantastic sounds come through and bring an 80’s vibe alongside a superb contemporary melodic arp that rises and falls beautifully through the track. A nice slice of progressive fodder that will do well in any set.
Italian DJ and producer Francis White marks his Piston debut with the fantastic three tracker, Don’t Wanna Be EP. Francis developed a love for all things Techno from an early age after experiencing many clubs in Verona. He soon found himself at the other end, behind the decks, where he refined his skills and honed his sets into relentless melody driven grooves. His tracks have seen releases on labels such as Autan Records, Fish Records, FHD Records and Crossworld to name just a few. For the last few years he has been running hiss monthly event, DOC, which has now been transformed into a label called DOC Music. Plenty more to come from this guy in the future, so keep an eye and an ear out for more.
Cysxe, the deeper side of Van Czar’s brand of techno, returns with the superb OxO EP which comes backed up with a fantastic remix from Lauro Martins. As ever we get nothing but the best from Van as he has shown us over the last few years. His last outing as Cysxe was no exception when he teamed up with Minitech Project on their Acid Planet EP. Van remains a constant force on the airwaves with his Bonzai Basik Beats Spain attracting a core following of listeners on a regular basis. In June 2015 Van rocked the Tekno Beach stage at Legacy Festival alongside Dantiez Saunderson for a stunning back to back session becoming one of the highlights of the event. A true keeper of the Techno sound who never disappoints.
Iraqi born DJ and producer Moosick aka Mustafa Ismaeel debuts on Green Martian with The Chase. Although born in Baghdad, Mustafa grew up in India and ultimately ended up living in Canada. The experience of being exposed to different cultures has played a huge part in his sound. He started to DJ while at university and played at top clubs around Toronto including Sound Academy and Club 77. He has also graced the decks at the Bacardi NH7 festival in Bangalore and the Garden Of Eden festival in Southern Ontario as well as multiple guest spots across various radio stations. Lots more to come from this guy in 2015, so stay tuned. The Chase comes packed with three top notch remixes.
We are delighted to welcome the wonderfully talented DJ and producer Rick Pier O’Neill to Bonzai Basik Beats this week. Rick is somewhat of a very much in demand artist, this is no surprise given his attention to quality and detail in any of the work he undertakes. He is the owner of two top quality labels, RPO and Garbage Records and has appeared on a raft of top labels including Bonzai Progressive, JOOF, Mistique Music and many more. Expect an epic ride into progressive as Rick tears it up with tracks and remixes from Michael, Levan, Stiven Rivic, Rise and Fall, Shocknorte, Elliot Duquai, No One, Alexis Centurion, Auditech, Desaturate, Marensijack, Butch Warns, Andy Notalez, David Kinnard and DJ Csemak as well as no less than 8 of Rick’s own creations.
Bonzai Progressive firm favourite Crocy is back with another of his spine tingling progressive cuts entitled Mind. He once again enlists the delicious talents of Canadian vocalist Ashley Berndt who was also the voice behind the very well received Cry. Crocy continues to be a much revered artist on the scene given his attention to detail and levels of creativity. His music finds its way into many sets and has featured on lots of compilations across Europe. On the DJing front he continues to impress with ass shakin, feet stompin mixes. Much more to come from this guy, well worth keeping an eye on. Ashley is making her mark on the scene with perfectly executed vocals and strong lyrics, both of which fit snugly into the progressive, deep house genre. A superb talent that captivates with a magical singing voice, we are sure to be hearing a lot more from this lady in the future.
Jader Ag aka Italian born, Canada based DJ and producer Jader Agnolin debuts on Piston with the superb Triggs EP. Jader began his musical journey at a young age when he started to play electric guitar in a Punk band before moving onto drums which gave him an insight into changing things up with a variety of sounds. He began to DJ and soon found himself playing at many parties in Italy and in 2010 he started to produce his own sounds. While travelling through Europe and America he experimented with many genres and discovered his love for all things tech house with deep undertones. Like his own music, his DJ mixes are authentic and carry a deep understanding of sounds which unveils his passion for music.
Our Tech House Toolbox series continues with volume 4 churning out another round of the finest tech fuelled cuts from labels including Piston Recordings, Bonzai Basiks, Sounds R Us Recordings, Sudam, Monog Records and more. We never let up on the quality front and this time around we have sourced top notch original tracks from the likes of Carlo Caldareri, Ecco, Jonathan Calvo, Oz Romita, Chrono, Toral, Lagho, Hermann Dius, Davina, GgDex, Di Chiara Brothers, Laesh, Ricardo Espino, DJ Ferry, JR From Dallas, Alan Castro, Art Sparks, Matteo Cabassi, Lucky, Cerillo, Ecco, Milos Pesovic, Blansch, Jazzman Wax, Iban Montero, Capryo, Wrightly, HedUbble, Marco Madia and Johnny Deep. Just the boost required to get your dance filled weekend started.
Manu Riga teams up with fellow producer Alex Vidal for their first tantalising collaboration on When Worlds Collide. The constant force that is Manu Riga never ceases to amaze, his productions always come in at the high quality end and leaves us stunned with their intricate progressive prowess. To top it all off he now appears as a DJ on many radio shows on the likes of Progressive Beats, Pure FM and Bonzai Basik Beats. 2015 has also seen Manu hit the clubs but the big event of the year has to be his appearance at Tomorrowland alongside studio partner Matt Holliday, something we know he is very much looking forward to and will no doubt relish the experience. The hugely impressive Spanish DJ and producer, Alex Vidal is fresh off the back of his last outing Mesmerized. We know what this guy brings to the table and can safely say that these two guys will definitely hit the progressive sweet spot and we look forward to more from these two in the future. Aside from the Original Mix, the guy’s branch out with their own takes on this monster progressive cut.