News // page 22
Birmingham, UK based DJ and producer Matt Holliday shows up at Bonzai Progressive with his solo effort, Memories Of Yesterday. He recently enjoyed a collaboration with Manu Riga on Submerged Needs and You Are Contagious, both of which gained a ton of support from across the world. Known for his dark, edgy, psy laced progressive and trance grooves, Matt has built up a solid rep on the music scene with top notch cuts on labels like JOOF, Black Hole, Afterworld and Drizzly Records among others. Matt also delves into DJing quite regularly and hosts radioshows on various stations as well as his own Moments. On top of all that he will be gracing the decks on the Bonzai stage at this year’s (2015) Tomorrowland with fellow producer and studio partner Manu Riga. Lots more to come from this guy for sure so stay tuned for more.
New Dehli, India based DJ and producer Anurag Nandvanshi returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Expectant. We got our first glimpse of this talented producer back in the Summer of 2014 when he debuted with the very well received Soul Of India. Since then he has released a few cuts on various labels as well as a fantastic remix on JWM’s impressive Wild Soul. Expectant comes in Original and Electronica flavours.
Boosh debuts on Piston Recordings with the upbeat and fresh sounds of Be A Man EP. Be A Man delivers a superbly fresh deep house sound with an upbeat tempo that will certainly get the floors into full swing. Nice and phat kicks deliver a solid punch as cool, crispy hats get the rhythm moving. Powerful chord stabs bring the house groove to life as funky keys work their magic in the background. The bass works perfectly in tandem with those stabs and really ramps up the groove to ass shakin heights. Cool vocals sweep through the sound providing a classic urban theme making this a definite must have track for your box.
The emphatic Diego Herrera returns to Basiks with the superb four track EP entitled Rocker. We last saw Diego back at the end of 2014 with the equally superb, Slow Burn-The Vibe, which gained a healthy following among the Techno fraternity. With cuts across various other labels we are always delighted when his track cross our desk.
Hailing out of Cyprus, Michael Berklin aka Michalis Fotiou debuts on Green Martian with the impressive Citizens Of The Earth Vol.1. Michalis found music from a young age and began to teach himself synthesizer where he would discover the magic of creativity. An explorer of all kinds of musical styles he soon settled into electronica having met film composer and sound designer Mario Christophorou who gave him lots of encouragement and guidance. He also takes to the turntables and has entered into many DJ competitions with good results and reviews. Delighted to have this guy on board and we hope to see more in the future.
The ever present force of metrONomes aka Jon ManimaL & Magros return to Progrez with another fine slice of deep, dark and techy prog on Mistique. The guys have made us wait five months since their last outing, Domin.US which gained a lot of attention on the scene. As always the excitement mounts each time they deliver the goods and this time around is no exception as they gear up for another head twisting cut.
Dutch DJ and producer Dr Mabuze returns to SRUR with the fantastic two track Universe EP which comes in two original cuts alongside two quality remixes. We last saw this guy round these parts back in March 2015 with Same Question on Muzika Volume 10 which gained great support from far and wide. With a fast rising profile on the scene, he has played at top clubs across Europe including multiple appearances in Ibiza and has seen releases on labels like Baroque Records and Babylon Records. He also guests regularly on several Europe wide radio stations where he delivers his own brand of Techno goodness.
For this week’s BBB we are delighted to welcome D-Phrag to the decks with his deep, grooving progressive mix. Normally D-Phrag is hooked up with his long time studio partner Napalm and together they have racked up an impressive back catalogue including their last Bonzai Progressive outing, Tour de Force back in 2014. We’ve no doubt that D-Phrag will fly the flag high for the duo so get the volume turned up and prepare to kickstart your weekend. Tracks and remixes come from the likes of Taras Bazeev, Amber Long, Robert Mason, Alice Rose, Jaap Lighthart, Following Light, Michael A, Lorchee, I-Rec, Experimental Feelings, Platunoff, RPO, Weko Swan, Edu Imbernon, Los Suruda, Lee Van Dowski, Phi Phi, Roddy Reynaert, Adam Beyer, Gabriel D’or, Bordoy, Mohn, Filterheadz, Steve Ward and Rikki Sawyer as well as Napalm & D-Phrag’s own works. An absolute bumper mix that you won’t want to miss.
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.
Italian DJ’s and producers Matteo Tonioli and Marco Nascetti make up the duo, Surveyor Mode. The guys mark their Bonzai Progressive debut with the superb two tracker Val Kilmer. Driven by innovative musical inspirations offered by their city, at the age of 15 their passion towards club music reached into their souls. A key moment in their career was playing in a well-known club in Bologna that, in a short time, transformed a simple passion into a real job. From here they started to produce and were quickly signed to different labels. Tracks include Noster Annuit EP on DNC Limited, Arkham EP on Presslab Electro Label, Call Batman EP on Attik Room Records, More Blend EP on MO2 Records and Il Perito EP on Electro Top Records.