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.
UK based DJ and producer Jamie Baggotts returns to Bonzai Progressive after a short hiatus with the fantastic Mexico City. It was back in February 2015 when we last saw this guy with the equally fantastic The Chant which gained great support across the board. In the meantime he has been busy on the DJ circuit as well as collaborating with top producers such as The Digital Blonde. Much more to come from this guy and well worth keeping a lookout for more news.
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.
Argentine DJ and producer Ariel Parra aka A.R.E.S. debuts on Progrez with the stunning Belisha Beacon. Ariel’s love for music began after listening to Grunge Rock and the many bands that lie in that genre. He played in his own band for a number of years, before they set their sights on a more electronically fused sound. Since 2011, after starting to produce his own works under the A.R.E.S. guise, he released tracks on Balkan Connection S.A, Green Snake Records, Massive Harmonys, Ambber Records and Entangled. During this time he also put in some live shows before he edits his first album, Truth Be Told with 8 original tracks under the Ambber label.
Last week Airwave gave a short interview for Relentless Beats website, speaking about his latest mix compilation In The Mix 001, his gigs, podcast and upcoming releases! “A few months ago I didn’t know who Airwave was. Then he releases In The Mix 001: Progressive Sessions. This album is amazing, and if you haven’t heard it ,do yourself a favor and go listen to it. Then I found his podcast and have been hooked on that ever since. Oh, and I got the chance to meet him and interview him. How neat is that? We talked about his new album, the podcast, and why he has changed his name so many times over the years.”
Belgian DJ and producer Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro is at the BBB helm for this week’s show and he packs a powerful punch with a full on tech driven mix to get the party heads in the mood. This guy has released no less than four superb tracks on Bonzai Basiks with the latest track – Deflector, proving popular in many sets. The mix today features tracks and remixes from the likes of Bjarki, Lando, Doris Burg, Misoo, John Dezzet, Yoikol, John Kramer, Aumrec, Bary Beck, MDS, Laurent Garnier and three fantastic tracks from Petri himself.
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.
Argentinean DJ and producer Leandro Di debuts on piston with his Love From Another Woman EP. Leandro started out listening to funk, disco and jazz which began to shape his musical tastes and added influences like deep basses and hypnotic rhythms. As the years progressed he got into DJing and played styles like deep house, house, acid house and tech house. His impressive catalogue of tracks have seen releases on labels like Vulcania Records, Ho Records, Making Smiles, Restore Music and Complex Textures to name just a few.