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Manu Riga returns with another of his superb solo efforts, this time around he focuses in on some stunning deep and grooving progressive vibes with The Fallen EP. Manu continues to serve Bonzai well with his unique brand of prog, he always delivers on the quality front which is a testament to his character and his abilities as a talented artist and musician. It is these qualities and a passion for music that drive this guy on and it’s also what steers other, like minded producers in his direction. Over the last few years a raft of collaborations have come out of Manu’s studio. The most recent being an excellent partnership with Alex Vidal and their When Worlds Collide release. Guest DJ mixes remain a constant also, Ethnoscience and Escape on radio stations such as Progressive Beats and Pure.FM are fast becoming a common feature and have been gaining lots of support from all over. Still much, much more to come from this outstandingly talented artist, so stay tuned for more.
Dennis returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Basetimes EP and HE brings along the House Lovin Criminals for their debut appearance with the equally fantastic, feet stomping On The Road Again. We last saw Dennis around April 2015 with his brilliant four tracker entitled, Takin Care Of My Shit, which gained a lot of support on the circuit. Dennis and studio partner C-Les make up the House Lovin Criminals and their mission is to take various house music fusions and bring them to new heights while retaining a classic vibe. The guys have known each other for a number of years and regularly DJed together at various parties. They went their different ways for a time before somehow getting back together and ultimately getting into the studio. A truly fresh approach from this dynamic duo and we have no doubt they will make their mark on the scene in a big way.
German DJ and producer Flat aka Florian Kleinschmitt debuts on Piston with the brilliant I Feel. This young up and coming artist is making bold statements with his brand of Deep House, already he has seen releases such as Get This Feeling on Rough Recordings and Say What EP on Mr Carter. Definitely one to keep an eye and an ear on in the future.
Monog Records label boss Joal heads up our next release with the fantastic My Favourite Outfit EP which comes complete with three top notch remixes as well as the original. Joal has been running Monog since 2009 and he remains committed to sourcing only the best sounds to get on the books. Joal also releases his works on various other labels including Selador, Knee Deep in Sound and High Strings to name just a few. On top of that he is currently developing his live act which is well worth checking out on Youtube.
Joe Le Blanc aka Giacomo Bisciarri marks his Bonzai Elemental debut with the superb Trick Trock EP. This new project from Giacomo was started in early 2015 and has already seen a raft of quality releases on various labels such as Lounge Colour, Dubfeet and New Creatures. He digs deep into chilldom and downtempo with the odd drum n bass and deep house effort thrown in for good measure. Delighted to have him on board and we look forward to more in the future.
Mathov takes the helm this week and delivers another of his superb and captivating mixes. 2014 saw Mathov take off over at Bonzai Progressive as he joined forces with Dark Soul Project. Together they have unleashed some memorable moments with their dark progressive vibes and we have no doubt that this partnership will continue. In the mix today we are treated to some banging tracks from artists such as 16 Bit Lolitas, Guy J, Cid Inc, Seamless Beat, Franz Lehmann, Fractal Architect, Ilic, Rick Pier O’Neill, P-Ben, Adam Beyer, Mladen Tomic and Audio Noir as well as two teaser ID’s from Mathov himself. The perfect guide to get the party started you’ll not want to miss.
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.
Futurity sets off with a filtered kick which joined by a slicing hat that and some cool vocal sounds that pop up along the way. The kicks get a massive thump added as the track lifts off with its infectious groove. The rolling bass line becomes a main focus in the sound while a cool house atmosphere builds up in the background. Expertly tweaked filters keep the track bouncing along nicely as those one shot vocals add that urban vibe. Superb stuff that will be a welcome addition in your box.
Dofamine heads up our next Bonzai Progressive release with the superb artist album, Introvert. We last saw him over at Green Martian back at the start of 2015 with Zero, which gained a lot of support from across the board. Introvert takes us on a fantastic journey deep into the realms of house, from progressive to deep, filled with melodic flavours and harsh tones. A truly wonderful ride that will bring emotion and inspiration which you will embed deep into your soul. Dofamine’s Introvert is a superb collection of tracks that will give its listener a wonderful insight into the inner workings of progressive grooves sprinkled with infectious musical sequences.
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. Electric Gathering intros with a wonderful driving synth sound that binds perfectly with the punchy kicks. A round of very cool percussions builds up and delivers a flowing rhythm right throughout the track with a very subtle tribal element. The groove goes full on cosmic with the introduction of winding spacey themed synths and pads. A definite set builder and a must have track no doubt.
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.