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BONZAI BASIK BEATS 277 – MIXED BY AUDIO NOIR

This week’s BBB guest mix comes from Australia’s own – Audio Noir. 2015 has so far been a massive year for this guy having released his album Artificial Star, a collection of remixes of his Almost Famous as well as a plethora of other cuts and remixes including the exclusive Apodyopsis on Bonzai Progressive’s Bonzai & Friends 500. This is his second time around here at BBB and he brings us music from Dofamine, Blue Amazon, Pedro Aguiar, Julian Dep, Somersault, Manu Riga, Matt Holiday, Alex Vidal and a superb remix from Audio Noir to round things off. A top quality mix that will have you primed and ready for a full on party weekend.

Tracklisting – Episode 277: mixed by Audio Noir

1º Dofamine – Wind (Original Mix)
2º Pedro Aguiar – Intelecto (Original Mix)
3º Julian Dep – Structural Depth (Original Mix)
4º Somersault – Space Is Big (Original Mix)
5º Manu Riga & Matt Holliday – Sumerged Needs (Original Mix)
6º Manu Riga & Alex Vidal – When Worlds Collide (Manu riga’s Balearic Dreams Mix)
7º Manu Riga & Matt Holliday – Silence In My Head (Original Mix)
8º Blue Amazon – No Other Love (Audio Noir Rekonstruction)

#bonzaibasikbeats #bonzaiprogressive #audionoir

 

26 December 2015 RADIOSHOWS Read more

AFTERHOUR TRAX 18 (GREEN MARTIAN)

Afterhour Trax 18 takes us deep into the progressive abyss with 20 fresh new cuts to lead the way. Heading up this quality pack we have some of the very best progressive house productions, including tracks and remixes from Manu Riga, AudioStorm, Dofamine, Alex Vidal, Steve Sai, Acud, Matt Holliday, Audio Noir, Andrew Michael, Chantola, Altek, Crocy ft Ashley Berndt, Jakhira, Config, Berbush, Cartos, Alexey Lisin ft Ange, Alex Vidal, Zatonsky, Phi Phi, Dharmology, Pavlin Petrov ft Selina Stoane, Experimental Feelings, Yuriy From Russia, Nico Parisi, Smotarev, Following Light and Paul Kardos. A fine selection no doubt and just the perfect addition to your playlist.

#greenmartian #manuriga #acud #audionoir #altek #config #cartos #zatonsky #experimentalfeelings #yuriyfromrussia #followinglight #audiostorm #dofamine #alexvidal #stevesai #mattholliday #andrewmichael #chantola #crocy #ashleyberndt #jakhira #berbush #kotobuki #ange #alexeylisin #phiphi #dharmalogy #selinastoane #pavlinpetrov #nicoparisi #samotarev #paulkardos

8 December 2015 UPDATES Read more

AUDIO NOIR featuring JIMMIE WESTWOOD – FAR FROM HOME FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Taken from his second studio album Artificial Star and featuring a superb vocal from Jimmie Westwood, Audio Noir’s Far From Home gets the remix treatment delivering three very different takes on the original.

Audio Noir featuring Jimmie Westwood – Far From Home, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#bonzaiprogressive #beatport #audionoir #jimmiewestwood

3 December 2015 UPDATES Read more

AUDIO NOIR featuring JIMMIE WESTWOOD – FAR FROM HOME (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Taken from his second studio album Artificial Star and featuring a superb vocal from Jimmie Westwood, Audio Noir’s Far From Home gets the remix treatment delivering three very different takes on the original.

Audio Noir’s Rekonstruction intros with a cool 80’s electro styled drum arrangement which delivers a dancey feel to the sound. The drums are the big focus here and are soon joined by equally cool percussions that etch out smooth rhythms throughout. Swirling pads offer up a sweet melodic sequence that fizzles out to be replaced by a heavy hitting gritty bass workout that totally transforms the sound. That gritty bass twists and morphs with an underlying acid tone and sits snuggly with the raspy vocal from Jimmie to the backdrop of some seriously shuffling hi hats and stuttering perc hits. Top notch stuff that will appeal to many for sure.

The legend that is Airwave takes on remix duties on Audio Noir’s Far From Home and delivers another slice of pure progressive breaks that will get any venue to fever pitch. Airwave continues to enjoy a hectic schedule as an artist and DJ with gigs taking him all over the world. How he still finds the time to produce top quality sounds we will never know, but one thing we do know is he never disappoints. His recent showing on Bonzai & Friends 500 with the exclusive Vega Shining, was a most welcome surprise for his army of fans and no doubt we’ll be seeing much more from this guy in the future. On the remix he takes us on an exciting journey that raises the energy levels with that solid breaks arrangement complete with a chunky kick and super cool snares that add a lot of character to the sound. The drums evolve throughout the track with little nuanced beats cropping up here and there while a wonderfully low bass resonates all around. Simple and highly effective short guitar riffs get the musical side flowing alongside Jimmie’s New Order-esque vocal delivery. The verses of the song ride along so smoothly and melt into the sound while the chorus winds up into a brilliant climactic event. Top notch from Laurent yet again, not to be missed.

Bonzai stalwart Crocy shows up on remix duty with a fantastic progressive workout that will light up the floors no doubt. His last outing gave us a brilliant remix on Matan Caspi & Roy Lebens’ Klubnichka as well as an exclusive track for Bonzai & Friends 500 entitled Bedroom Stories. The remix intros with a solid kickdrum that pounds out a nice big chunky beat. Warm synths start to fade in and are soon joined by a rhythmic percussion section that gets the feet moving toward the floor. A phat probing bass comes at us in various layers resulting in a deep driving bassline that really ramps up the energy on the track. Short vocal snippets creep through as the lead synth delivers an electrifying groove. Excellent stuff yet again from Crocy that will be a welcome addition in any set.

#audionoir #jimmiewestwood #bonzaiprogressive #airwave #crocy

1 December 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

YOUNGEN – THE LONG WAY HOME (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Hailing from Zvornik, Bosnia and Herzegovina Mladen Jurosevic aka Youngen debuts on Bonzai Progressive with The Long Way Home which comes backed up with two top notch remixes. Mladen got into music from a very young age. At just 10 years old he began to play the accordion and made the switch to synthesiser a few years later. His music collection started with an Astral Projection CD – Trust In Trance – and this set him on a collision course with electronic music which he has a passion for. In the year 2000 he invested in his first music production suite – Propellerhead Reason – and from there he learned the program inside out and started to produce his own sounds. As a teenager, he frequented many techno and psytrance parties which would have an influence in his sounds. Over the years he switched to a more progressive house and deep house output, and now his sound is deep, emotional and dreamy electronic dance music filled with deep grooves and melodic sequences.

The Original Mix intros with a soft tone full of warm keys and a rising drum pattern that leads up to a solid kickdrum that packs a strong punch. The atmospherics continue with the kicks leading the way alongside the fledgling bassline. A short break builds us up to the main event where the bassline takes over and drives the solid progressive groove forward. In the background the pads cascade through the sound perfectly and move with the key changes effortlessly. A subtle melodic flavour creeps in as a cool voice teases. The voice stands out on the break as the melodies evolve before we are settled back into the main groove for the duration. Superb stuff that you will not want to miss.

Manu Riga steps up to the desk first with his Ethnotized Remix and yet again we find out just how talented this guy is. As well as knocking out quality remixes and original works, he is currently in the midst of creating an album which we hope will be dropping sometime in early 2016. So far the standard is extremely high and we have no doubt that he will blow us away once more, we can’t wait for this one. His last release was for Bonzai’s 500th where he was allocat6ed no less than three slots which he filled with the superb A Sense of Hope, As We Become One with Matt Holliday and a remix alongside Matt on Phi Phi’s Hiccup. The remix intros with a superb punchy kickdrum and is soon joined by a probing bassline that hypnotizes the mind. Cool rhythmic structures form up with crispy hats and sharp claps alongside a solid Manu-esque tight drum arrangement. The bass dominates the sound and takes us deeper into progressive with every key change. On the break we get a subtle synth driven melody that paves the way for the most amazing female voice that will send shivers down your spine. Another excellent Manu Riga cut that will tear up any floor no doubt.

Australian producer Audio Noir heads up the next remix with Another Audio Noir Trip. This guy is another one who just never lets up on the quality front and who always delivers that extra bit of sound to get a track to its peak. Aside from his latest album – Artificial Star – his Almost Famous Reworked series is proving popular with many tracks showing up in sets all over. Still much more to come from this guy and we always get excited when his latest cuts drop in. Here the remix sets out with a punchy kick and a slicing hat combo complete with a rhythmic percussions. A surreal synth comes through that seems to morph in and out of shape before a rolling bassline takes over and gets the track into its progressive flow. The track goes deep as growling basses begin to emerge and that drum arrangement intensifies. The break offers a little respite and reveals a hypnotic sequence that lures you in only to be thrust back into the solid wall of sound for the duration. Top notch yet again from this guy, not to be missed.

#youngen #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga #audionoir

23 November 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

ALEXEY LISIN featuring ALEXANDRA PRIDE – TRY MY SOUL (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Alexey Lisin returns to BP with the delectable Try My soul which features the stunning vocal talent of Alexandra Pride and comes with three superb remixes that deliver a variety of moods. Alexey surely knows how to turn on the progressive neurons, his last outing – Gloss, also featured a strong vocalist and gained a lot of support across the board. Russian singer-songwriter Alexandra Pride exudes elegance with her sultry vocals and is finding her voice make its way into many hearts, a special talent who will be making waves for years to come.

The Original mix of Try My Soul delivers a deep and moody sound, the perfect track to kick back to. The track opens with a nice full kick drum that rattles along to the backdrop of some real smooth, soft pads before Alexandra’s vocals take over and lull us into its sultry core. Cool drum patterns accompany the vocal perfectly and both simply melt into each other while sharper instruments paint a warm colourful glow. A very thought provoking track that will set your imagination free.

Up first on remix duty we have Australia’s own Audio Noir and his Another Audio Noir Safari. Having recently released his album Artificial Star – and his Almost Famous Reworked remix package, this guy just never lets up on the quality front. Here he settles the track into a solid progressive workout right from the off with a little help from that superb, chugging bass line that is joined by a tight drum section and beautiful cascading melodies that float across the background. The vocal is used to perfection here and is manipulated in a way that gives it a much more club feel. A relentless groove that will definitely keep the floor moving all night long.

Alexey takes to the remix desk himself and offers up his Lisin Remix which intros with a nice crispy hat arrangement with a sharp clap on the second beat while warm atmospheric pads control the background. Little snippets of vocal creep through alongside a very cool electric guitar. Punchy kicks set the track off on its progressive course and are soon joined by the grooviest bass line that will get those booty’s shakin on the floors no doubt. The break reveals more of the vocal which really captivates and holds you in its grip until the full on mix comes back to get us moving once more. Top notch stuff that you will not want to miss.

Belgian legendary DJ and producer Nico Parisi is up next with his fantastic remix. Nico’s recent outing Cacaooh turned a few heads and here he offers no respite as we are led deep into the progressive sound with a solid groove to hold us down and keep those feet shuffling. A raft of quality remixes have also kept this guy on top of his game recently with no sign of letting up. A resident of the famous Atmoz for a number of years he is headlining an Atmoz 19 year celebration this October at Area V in Hasselt. Nico’s own sound has developed over the years and has brought in a slight mellow vibe which is evident here as the background atmospherics really give the track a deep and meaningful groove. Huge throbbing basses cause a stir and are joined by a tight drum arrangement which is complimented by echoed vocal snippets that tease throughout. All over the track we find little flutters of guitar and melodic flares that add some wonderful textures to the sound. Another fine slice from this guy and a definite must have track.

#alexeylisin #alexandrapride #bonzaiprogressive #audionoir #lisin #nicoparisi

9 November 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BONZAI & FRIENDS WEBSITE IS NOW ONLINE!

With the second release of our Bonzai & Friends compilations we decided to create a dedicated website for it, www.bonzaiandfriends.com, where you can now follow all the info regarding the projects! Bonzai & Friends’ second instalment is a celebration of 2 decades of music of one of the world’s most renowned, pioneering labels Bonzai Progressive – formerly Bonzai Trance Progressive. As we approach our 500th release we decided to create something that will go down in the history books and stand as a showcase to what we have become over the years. We’ve enlisted the talents of an army of top notch producers to help us along the way and these artists have been tasked to create 50 brand new tracks and remixes, tracks that will only be found on this exclusive celebration compilation.

#bonzaiprogressive #mattholliday #manuriga #airwave #john00fleming #phiphi #roddyreynaert #manuriga #matancaspi #eastcafe #riseandfall #loquai #audiostorm #thorin #yuriyfromrussia #rickpieroneil #ruslanvashkevich #relaunch #stevesai #audionoir #inkfish #tribalwarriors #alexeylisin #alexandrapride #crocy #berbush #alexvidal #alfonsomuchacho #philthychit #samotarev #jamiebaggotts #nicoparisi #paulkardos #cjart #hadytarek #kevinvega #mathov #anuragnandvanshi #jonnycalypso #mendexx #altek #blufeld #emlab #jakhira #abi-q #platunoff #djfire #chrisharris #adammartin #rishik #houselovincriminals #deuzler #metronomes

6 November 2015 UPDATES Read more

BONZAI & FRIENDS 500 FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Bonzai & Friends’ second instalment is a celebration of 2 decades of music of one of the world’s most renowned, pioneering labels Bonzai Progressive – formerly Bonzai Trance Progressive. As we approach our 500th release we decided to create something that will go down in the history books and stand as a showcase to what we have become over the years. We’ve enlisted the talents of an army of top notch producers to help us along the way and these artists have been tasked to create 50 brand new tracks and remixes, tracks that will only be found on this exclusive celebration compilation.

Bonzai & Friends 500, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House, Trance and Psy-Trance genre pages, plus on the homepage!

#bonzaiprogressive #beatport #mattholliday #manuriga #airwave #john00fleming #phiphi #roddyreynaert #manuriga #matancaspi #eastcafe #riseandfall #loquai #audiostorm #thorin #yuriyfromrussia #rickpieroneil #ruslanvashkevich #relaunch #stevesai #audionoir #inkfish #tribalwarriors #alexeylisin #alexandrapride #crocy #berbush #alexvidal #alfonsomuchacho #philthychit #samotarev #jamiebaggotts #nicoparisi #paulkardos #cjart #hadytarek #kevinvega #mathov #anuragnandvanshi #jonnycalypso #mendexx #altek #blufeld #emlab #jakhira #abi-q #platunoff #djfire #chrisharris #adammartin #rishik #houselovincriminals #deuzler #metronomes

4 November 2015 UPDATES Read more

BONZAI & FRIENDS 500 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Bonzai & Friends’ second instalment is a celebration of 2 decades of music of one of the world’s most renowned, pioneering labels Bonzai Progressive – formerly Bonzai Trance Progressive. As we approach our 500th release we decided to create something that will go down in the history books and stand as a showcase to what we have become over the years. We’ve enlisted the talents of an army of top notch producers to help us along the way and these artists have been tasked to create 50 brand new tracks and remixes, tracks that will only be found on this exclusive celebration compilation. For more info about this release go to www.bonzaiandfriends.com

#bonzaiprogressive #mattholliday #manuriga #airwave #john00fleming #phiphi #roddyreynaert #manuriga #matancaspi #eastcafe #riseandfall #loquai #audiostorm #thorin #yuriyfromrussia #rickpieroneil #ruslanvashkevich #relaunch #stevesai #audionoir #inkfish #tribalwarriors #alexeylisin #alexandrapride #crocy #berbush #alexvidal #alfonsomuchacho #philthychit #samotarev #jamiebaggotts #nicoparisi #paulkardos #cjart #hadytarek #kevinvega #mathov #anuragnandvanshi #jonnycalypso #mendexx #altek #blufeld #emlab #jakhira #abi-q #platunoff #djfire #chrisharris #adammartin #rishik #houselovincriminals #deuzler #metronomes

3 November 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

AUDIO NOIR – ALMOST FAMOUS REWORKED, VOL.3 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Audio Noir’s Almost Famous gets its 3rd Rework with another round of top notch remixes from Yuriy From Russia, Rise And Fall, Leon Krasich and Narel. Audio Noir’s last outing was the very well received studio album – Artificial Star, which attracted a lot of attention indeed which is no surprise given the level of quality in the production. Still much more to come from this mysterious Australian so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

First up we have Rise And Fall with his remix on Wunderschong which intros with a nice solid kick with a bubbling bass line fading through that is soon joined by cool swirling pad FX. A much more probing bass layers up on the groove and we settle into a proper progressive flow that takes us deep. Subtle synths creep in and layer up to create a strong mid range that carries the track beautifully along on its prog groove. Top notch stuff from this guy as expected, not to be missed.

Leon Krasich takes control on remix duty also on Wunderschong and delivers a superb prog effort that will keep the darker rooms moving well into the night. A brilliant kick drum opens up the track and packs a nice punch as the bass starts its upward journey from the depths to drive the deep groove on. Bright open hats get the rhythmic juices flowing and are joined by cool shuffling hats to really get things moving. A mesmerising chord hangs in the background for most of the track and adds a deep groove that binds perfectly with the construction of the sound. The break descends into a cacophony of synths that eat their way into your brain before subsiding and getting us back into the main groove for the duration. Excellent stuff and a must have track for those late night sessions.

Next up is Yuriy From Russia and his fantastic remix on Love which opens with a beautifully soft sound that is joined by a contrasting punchy kick and a deep probing bass line that dances along the groove brilliantly. Those sweetly soft sounds transform into a superb vocal arrangement that provides an uplifting vibe which works perfectly with the meandering groove from the bass line. The break reveals some cool distant piano melodies which work so well with that fantastic bass. A simply wonderful slice of prog that will keep any floor on a musical high.

Rounding off this superb pack we have Narel’s Age of Love & Acid Mix on Love which intros with a drum filled set up as various drums are tightly packed into cool patterns forming an equally cool tribal rhythm. Swirling pads float across the sound as a soft, sensual vocal appears alongside a tough kick drum that starts to give the track its progressive drive. This drive is reached with the introduction of a superb, solid chugging bass line that wraps everything up into a wonderful progressive cocoon. Cool melodic synths find their way into the sound as that vocal continues to mesmerise. A brilliant acid line starts to form up and becomes a big focus on the track and totally dominates the break where it ebbs and flows with the tweaking of the knobs before we slam right back into full on mode. Brilliant stuff that is a must for any peak time set.

#audionoir #bonzaiprogressive #riseandfall #leonkrasich #yuriyfromrussia #narel

19 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BONZAI PROGRESSIVE – ADE 2015 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

It’s that time of year again when we head off to the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), for a round of networking, socialising and business meetings. Over the years we have showcased our hugely talented pool of artists to the world through various mediums including compilations and DJ events. With compilations proving popular among listeners we decided to notch up another superb selection of the finest cuts which really shows what the Bonzai Progressive sound is all about. Tracks and remixes from the likes of Airwave, Manu Riga, Audio Noir, Matt Holliday, Crocy ft. Ashley Brandt, Matan Caspi, Phi Phi, Jamie Baggotts, Ewan Rill, Steve Sai, Alex Vidal, Dofamine, AudioStorm, Amteron, Jakhira, Time Bourne, Jesper Mauerhoff, Samotarev, Yuriy From Russia, Anurag Nandvanshi, Hady Tarek, Dennis Franchi, Tribal Warriors, K-Fel, CompleteJ, Surveyor Mode, House Lovin’ Criminals, EFG, Aitra, Alexey Lisin, Ange Vesna, A.Eryomin, Geonis, Mier and Daddy will be on hand to deliver deep tech house grooves to full on progressive vibes and everything in between. Give your DJ tool box a boost with this fantastic collection and come along and join us at ADE, we might be just what you’re looking for.

#bonzaiprogressive #airwave #manuriga #audionoir #mattholliday #crocy #ashleybrandt #matancaspi #phiphi #jamiebaggotts #ewanrill #stevesai #alexvidal #dofamine #audiostorm #amteron #jakhira #timebourne #jespermauerhoff #samotarev #yuriyfromrussia #anuragnandvanshi #hadytarek #dennisfranchi #tribalwarriors #k-fel #completej #surveyormode #houselovincriminals #efg #aitra #alexeylisin #angevesna #aeryomin #geonis #mier #daddy

13 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BLUFELD – OUT OF THIS LIFE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Blufeld is back with another cut entitled Out Of This Life which is taken from his recently released 4th studio album A World Less Ordinary. Very exciting times for this guy and he doesn’t seem to be letting up. With the album just out this new cut and its superb 3 remixes gives you a deeper insight into Blufeld’s world. Always worth keeping an eye out for this guy as he never disappoints.
The Original Mix of Out Of This Life straddles the prog house-trance borderline with a slight leaning towards trance. We are faced with an expertly crafted construction filled with driving beats and fantastic synth play. The bass line is where it’s at here though, a multi layered approach ensures an energetic ride which bonds perfectly with the sweeping pads and strings on the higher end. Cool melodies float across the sound and bring home that euphoric touch with a hypnotic edge. A tasty Autumn treat for us all.

First up on remix duty we have Audio Noir with his Rekonstruction, all the way from down under. This guy has become a very much recognisable force on the scene, but he shrouds himself in mystery by not revealing his identity. He has however given a few interviews which can be found online, these rare glimpses give an insight into the man behind the music, but not the face in front of the man so don’t be disappointed there is no big reveal, anyway, to the music. The remix intros with a cool percussive driven arrangement that is soon joined by a nice punchy kick and some tight drums to get the rhythm flowing. Sweet melodic synths etch out cool patterns that provide a colourful sound. A deep, relentlessly probing bass line follows and takes over the sound beautifully which gives some cool contrasting textures. The break reveals a superb vocal that comes as a pleasant surprise full of retro flavour. The track gets back into full swing with a tough, gritty bass sound joining the party. Top notch stuff yet again that is not to be missed.

Platunoff aka Russian DJ and producer Igor Platunoff shows up on remix duty and takes us deep into the progressive abyss. While this will be his first outing on a single release for Bonzai Progressive, he did make an appearance on Club Traxx Breaks 3 back in May 2015 with no less than three tracks including his own, From Chelyabinsk To Moscow as well as two top notch remixes. Here he takes us on a sublime journey that starts out with a cool drums and percussion intro that soon gets a boost from a nice chunky kick. Bright synth shots add a smooth melodic flavour to the sound as a contrastingly deep throbbing bass takes us into the depths. Crystal clear synth riffs light up the sound as the lower end gains intensity and takes us to the break where the bass is king before we get right back into full on mode. Brilliant stuff from this guy and a must have track.

The impressive Ruslan Vashkevich delivers his super solid mix that delves deep into progressive house. His last outing for Bonzai Progressive, Thought The Smoke gained a lot of attention and featured heavily on top portals and sets. With four releases already at BP, this guy certainly knows how to deliver the quality. Here he brings the tempo down a notch and settles us into a wonderful progressive house flow that locks you in for the duration. Nice chunky kicks and subtle percussions allow the driving bass line to stand out, and stand out it does. The bass just sits perfectly within the sound and draws you in with its mesmerising pull. Cool synths sit nicely over the bass as tight drums form up to deliver a smooth rhythmic flow. Fantastic effort from this talented artist and we look forward to much more in the future.

#blufeld #bonzaiprogressive #audionoir #platunoff #ruslanvashkevich

5 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

NICO PARISI – CACAOOH (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Nico Parisi heads up our next BP release with the deep grooving Cacaooh featuring two sublime remixes from Steve Sai and Audio Noir. Nico is fresh from a wonderful remix on Chantola’s Casablanca which is proving popular among many. Always exploring the progressive sound and pushing the boundaries, Nico continues to impress with his intricately perfected constructions. On the gig front he has had a whirlwind Summer season with the highlight of course going to Tomorrowland, but he has also made appearances at Pukkelpop and Legacy festival.

The Original Mix intros with a nice chunky kick as subtle percussions begin to form up. The bass line delivers a cool rhythmic groove while various sounds begin to form up adding a surreal twist to the track. The break descends into silence before those soft synths start to fade in alongside the bassline to start us back on this deep progressive trek. Great stuff from Nico that will turn a few heads for sure.

Greek DJ and producer Steve Sai steps up first on remix duty and delivers another of his sublime treks deep into the progressive sound. Steve’s last outing – Drops, proved very popular and gained great reviews and lots of playtime as well as chart positions. Always a pleasure to listen to his work and no doubt we’ll be hearing much more in the future. Steve takes us deep into progressive territory on his remix as a super tight arrangement takes shape. Beautifully crafted drum patterns keep the rhythm moving as a probing bassline ensures the groove goes deep. Cool chord stabs litter the sound and deliver a house vibe as hypnotic synth arps tease in the background. The break takes us into a surreal space that mesmerizes before being thrust back into the main sound for the duration, wonderful stuff yet again.

Audio Noir is up next at the remix helm and yet again he pulls out all the stops. His much anticipated second studio album – Artificial Star, dropped recently and quickly gained a lot of attention from across the board. A very diverse collection of tracks covering everything from chilled grooves to full on dark progressive, there is a lot happening within the album. Definitely worth checking out which will not disappoint. The remix sets off with some nifty drums led by a cool chunky kick and metallic sounding percussions that stand out brilliantly and giving off an almost industrial vibe. A super charged bassline drives the track as swirling pads and soft acid shots float across the groove. A much fuller acid line develops and is the perfect companion for that superb bassline. The acid line becomes the main focus as it weaves its way through the sound adding layers to create a fantastic display of acid goodness. Brilliant stuff from down under once more, a definite must have track.

#nicoparisi #bonzaiprogressive #stevesai #audionoir

28 September 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

AUDIO NOIR – ARTIFICIAL STAR FEATURED BY BEATPORT

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.

Audio Noir – Artificial Star, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in their Homepage, plus on Progressive House and Tech House genre pages!

#bonzaiprogressive #beatport #audionoir

2 September 2015 UPDATES Read more

AUDIO NOIR – ARTIFICIAL STAR (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

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.

We kick off the album with The Dark Place, and the title really does do the track justice as we get drawn into a dark progressive tech cut. Nice big chunky kicks provide the intro alongside sharp hats that cut through the lower frequencies. Sinister sounding spoke vocals telling us about ‘the beat, the bass, the dark place’ ring out taking us to that dark place. Rising FX litter the sound bringing in a spacey vibe as a meandering bass lingers in the depths. Top notch stuff and the perfect opener.

Up next we are taken further into the cosmic abyss with Travel Tube which intros with a cool breakbeat arrangement that projects a trendy urban theme alongside the spaced out vibes coming off the vocals and FX. A probing bass carries a lot weight here and really gets you hooked on the sound and provides a beautiful contrast with the slicing vocal. Suddenly the track breaks with just a low frequency in play before bursting back into the main groove for the duration, superb stuff.

From London To Moscow intros with a nice chunky kick with a clipped top and a stuttering hat that picks up the tempo. Rising FX takes us through each stage and brings in new layers filled with tight drums that generate a solid rhythm. A straight up four by four groove ensues complete with a driving bass and mysterious vocal. Subtle melodic sequences linger in the background and add a little spice to the sound as it drives on. At the break we are left with that superb bass and those fading melodies as we descend into silence before the powerful kicks return and get us on the move once again. An excellent display of progressive house that will definitely gain favour among many.

Next up we have Drk Mttr with its superb solid groove and tight arrangement that spews out a surreal space-like vibe. On the low end a deep bass reverberates through the sound providing the perfect platform for the more ethereal sounds to develop. A cacophony of beautifully crafted FX line up to blast this track high into the atmosphere and take us all along for the ride. The groove remains solid here and will definitely give the darker sets a boost. On the break is where this track really shines as we are led into a total science fiction soundtrack complete with radio chatter that adds cool textures to the sound. A must have track for sure, this will not disappoint.

Like The Wind is up next and employs the talents of Russian vocalist Lena Grig who is a very much respected artist in her field having worked with many artists over the last number of years. She has seen releases on labels like Polaris, Impressed Records, UM Records and Silk Textures. The track intros with a punchy kick that gathers pace alongside sharp claps and a cool shuffling percussion arrangement. Sweeping pads come through and bring an almost euphoric vibe as the bass sits back with subtlety and only showing its power on the downbeat. The track moves along and hypnotises in its wake before heading to the break and the stunning vocal from Lena which really captivates the mind. Strong, solid, driving grooves for the prog heads here that will not disappoint.

Jazz Noir sets out with a beautifully complex drum arrangement complete with punchy kicks, snappy snares and cool open rim hats that leave behind a jazzy aftertaste. A monster bass comes through and takes over with its probing reach as haunting vocals capture the moment perfectly. The kicks transform into a full on 4×4 groove as the track heads to the break where the dark jazzy flavours really come through alongside that superb vocal. Softly smooth melodic phrases flow across the sound and contrast nicely with the darker elements. One for the late night floors here, a must have for sure.

Far From Home features stunning vocals from Jimmie Westwood that really gives the track a wonderful character. A smooth almost laidback groove is taken on as a cool kick-snare combi is formed while crispy hats deliver the pace. The meandering bassline goes from top to bottom with ease and settles the groovy nature of the track into its stride. Short melodic snapshots crop up and work well with the deep progressive house vibe. The vocals are the standout feature here as Jimmie’s voice courses through the sound with its unique flavour. Brilliant stuff you must have in your collection.

Modular Distortion takes us on a cool progressive journey that delivers a solid groove which will have floors moving for sure. Super tight drums provide the rhythmic flow of the track as the hypnotic bass grabs hold of your senses. The trip takes us higher with sweet melodic phrases that fleet across the sound beautifully. On the break we are dropped into a surreal atmospheric vibe that would be the perfect soundtrack while floating in space. As the track gets back into full on mode we are treated to a nicely balanced wall of noise that distorts the open mind before drifting back to a more serene sequence. A fantastic slice of prog you do not want to miss.

Paper Planes offers up a respite just after the midway point of the album. A myriad of sweet melodic sounds descend from above to the backdrop of a brilliantly constructed drum arrangement that gives off a nice downtempo feeling. Inside the maelstrom of sounds we are treated to some awesome vocals that send shivers down the spine. The perfect fodder for those late night wind down sessions.

Cloud Catcher intros with a mixture of well crafted percussions that form up into a cool rhythmic flowing vibe which are soon joined by a nice chunky kick to get the party started. Subtle sounds begin to fade through and a stark contrast takes shape between the low and high frequencies that really captivates. A wonderfully warm, lush bass takes command of the structure and leads the track into the depths of progressive house. The break throws up a fantastic twist as soft guitar plucks dish out a beautiful melodic sequence complete with distant voices that resonate magically through the section. A super tight construction that will definitely grab the attention of many jocks no doubt.

A Deeper Future gets us locked right into the groove from the off as a beautifully deep, lush bass washes over the sound to the backdrop of cool percussions. The bass is the big player here with hypnotizing prowess, you become one with its sound and allow yourself to open up. A subtle drum arrangement holds off and allows the bass to shine while on the break we get a cool trippy spoken vocal and distant sounding trumpet that shakes up the imagination. A definite must have track, one listen and you’ll be hooked for sure.

The penultimate track El Oceano Y La Luna opens up into a more upbeat vibe with a Balearic edge. A nicely paced track that delivers bright sounds and a solid grooving bass workout. The synth work is outstanding as it sways to the beat and lulls you into its grasp. That bassline plays a big part here as you’d imagine, it has a tough edge yet blends beautifully into the more softer side. Arps cascade through the sound and bring euphoric feeling as the filters open up while your hands reach for the sky. The track continues to throw up surprise after surprise as the tight drums dictate where the groove will take us next. The perfect end of summer cut that needs to be in your playlists.

We round off the album with Your Love featuring a superb vocal from award winning artist Lokka Vox. Lokka has had her fair share of success over the years having worked with many top artists and producers which resulted in her winning awards including National Winner of 2010 Songwriter of the year South African Tempo Awards among others. She has seen releases on labels such as Enhanced, Blackhole Recordings, Armada, Red Soho, Synergy, Melodika and Elliptical Sun to name a few. On Your Love her vocal really shines through and marries beautifully with the tough edged sound of the track. Right from the off we get locked into a solid groove complete with chunky kicks, crispy hats and a fantastic dirty bass that dominates throughout. In the background a mesmerizing arp skips along the sound while cool FX and sweeping synths come through. When the vocal kicks in the sound gets a boost with the subtlety and raspy nature of Lokka’s voice. A wonderfully intense and energetic ending to a fantastic album.

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