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KUSH – SUBSTANCE ABUSE FEATURED BY BEATPORT

DJ and producer Kush debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the wonderful two tracker entitled Substance Abuse. Kush was interested and passionate about music since his early childhood. He started to learn the basics of music using a keyboard at the age of 5. Growing up, he discovered the possibility of making music using computers and grabbed the opportunity to develop his skills and talents to produce electronic music. He was also part of a local rock band as a keyboardist. He is into many different genres of music, Techno, Tech-House, Minimal, Deep House, Jazz, Rock and Metal, to name a few. His electronic music inspirations and selections are rooted from groovy beats, heavy bass lines, emotive chords, dark synths, percussive, melodic and old school soundscapes. The perfect recipe for some tasty tracks no doubt, great to have him on board at Bonzai Progressive.

Kush – Substance Abuse, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #kush

15 June 2016 UPDATES Read more

MANU RIGA – SURROUNDED (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Prolific Belgian artist Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens delivers his stunning new debut album Surrounded, and after a while in the making we can say that this has been well worth the wait. 12 beautifully rich and deeply intimate tracks will lift you up and carry you along on a rollercoaster of emotions, as the title suggests you’ll be surrounded by a mixture of dark and beautiful moments, leaving you with plenty to think about. From First Steps through to Immortal Sins and Urge To Live, to the wonderfully chilled Forgotten, all the bases are covered in this one. On top of that, and exclusive to the album, Adriaan has created a deft transitional mix of tracks which includes special edits of tracks from the album that will both inspire and move. We spoke to Adriaan briefly regarding the album and we got the impression of just how much of himself he has put in. The last year was a tough one to say the least, but he battled through and produced the goods as he always does, and he also managed to churn out multiple remixes along the way. It’s with great pleasure that we present this album to you and we have no doubt you will find it to be an expertly crafted and emotionally charged piece of work.

The album intros with the exquisite First Steps which takes us on a surreal journey through a deeper curve in the Manu Riga sound. Swirling pads swell up against a backdrop of soft percussions as a strong voice comes through. A wonderfully deep droning bass fills the low end while an array of melodies float overhead. You get a sense of taking your first steps in life as the groove envelops your soul taking you deeper. A track that flourishes with expectations invoking deep thoughts, top notch.

Moments Of Sobriety is up next and tells the story of being on autopilot in life, having a sudden awareness, a realisation making you think of life around you and the important things. The track opens with a cool punchy kick and is surrounded by layering percussions that form into a solid rhythmic sequence. A wonderful sequence follows as a Turkish Oud plays out its rich melodic sound to the backdrop of some cool sweeps and FX. A fantastic bassline sits perched on the low end and moves effortlessly through this sea of melodies, driving the track forward. The break is a beautifully constructed kaleidoscope of sound which is joined by some stunning hair raising vocals that deliver a haunting groove.

Migrations represents a cycle of change in the Manu Riga journey as he took the huge step in moving countries which in itself can be quite a daunting experience. It also highlights milestones in his life which remain personal to him. The track opens with a nice punchy kick drum as various percussions start to creep in. A deep and probing bassline rears its head and creates a nice warm groove for the track to build on. Darker elements begin to show as the layers build and we soon find ourselves totally hooked on the sound. Wonderfully lush pads contrast brilliantly against sharper pads that mesmerize throughout. On the break we get drawn into a beautiful melodic sequence that would seem to have come straight out of a movie score complete with a stunning poem recited in sultry tones before we’re blasted right back into full on mode. Simply outstanding.

Indigenous Rights is up next and is a depiction of the destruction of a culture and a celebration of cultural aspects that remain strong through dedication and determination. The track intros with a nice chunky kicks and rhythmic hat alongside a fading in bass pulse. We get a glimpse of some beautiful melody from the superb vocal snippets and swirling pads and strings that mesmerize throughout. The pulsing bass is soon joined by a much grittier but very subtle wub wub bass that works perfectly within the track. The track takes a short break to prepare for one of the stars of the show, those stunning vocals which carry Vietnamese origins. As the title suggests we get treated to some of the most beautiful chants that takes us up to the main break where a powerful poetic vocal rings out and sends shivers down your spine.

The title track is up next and represents all that the album and its creator stands for, the feeling of being Surrounded in a world of unknowns, enveloped by darkness with the walls closing in and the impending anxiety that follows. The track is a dark affair with a morbid undertone that comes through brilliantly in the sound. Chunky kick drums and sparse percussions make way for the bass to rule the show here with its probing tentacles weaving into every crevice of the groove. Throughout the track a superb vocal from Mimi rings out as she narrates the story of the darkness. On the break though is where the track goes deeper with those stunning strings and pads telling their own story. Another superb cut from Manu Riga that will appeal to many no doubt.

Immortal Sins is up next and was written by Adriaan to reference the past and the sins against the tribes of the world. This track is a way of trying to repair the sins of our ancestors and with such an epic feeling to it we’re sure that this one will create the space in your mind to consider all that has gone before us and how we can make things better. The intro boasts a solid kick drum that is soon joined by shuffling hats and a teasing arps that lie in wait ready to pounce. Beautifully crafted pads and strings float overhead creating a mesmerizing sequence while a deep probing bassline works its way into the groove. On the break the tribal elements come through with stunning chants against a backdrop of tight drums and ethnic instruments. Excellent stuff once more, not to be missed.

Cry To Oblivion is a cry for help, it’s a crying out in pain, a scream. Feeling powerless and helpless Adriaan sat down and brought together his old Manu Riga style against the new Manu Riga style with a hope to create something new. The track has a dark flowing progressive groove made up of tight beats and ethnically charged instruments topped off with distant voices and bright piano keys. The break blends all these elements beautifully taking us deeper into the sound. The short vocal was provided by Irish DJ and Bonzai’s music reviewer and copy writer Brian Doran. After a long friendship Adriaan wanted him to be a part of his album and so he asked for the vocal. This vocal depicts the change in style for Manu Riga, a new dawn which is evident throughout the track. Another must have cut for the late night progressive sessions.

Urge To Live was written when Adriaan became sick, portraying fear and uncertainty. The intro is filled with a sense of dark, of hopelessness. Chunky kicks are backed with a raw hypnotic sound that is joined soon after by a deep punchy bassline that dominates the low end. Melancholic piano chords come through and takes us deeper while beautiful strings fleet across the sound. As the track evolves we see a light at the end of the tunnel. On the break we see sweeter melodies introduced along with a captivating vocal bringing a sense of hope, an urge to live that culminates in an epic fight for survival style composition. A simply wonderful piece of music that will give listeners a chance to reflect and get lost in the essence of the sound.

Next up we have I Don’t Need You which is a superb slice of progressive house that will sit perfectly in any set. It’s a track about realising one day that you don’t need someone after years of believing that they’re all you had, something personal to Adriaan once again in which he was able to translate into music. The track is solid, it carries a strong groove that will make you move and open your eyes at the same time. The intro is made up of a probing bass and scattered percussions that come together to form a tight rhythm alongside a nice punchy kick drum. Cool melodies rise up in an intricate arp form and are consistent throughout the track. The main break is dominated by that superb bass as it pulsates and transforms before melting away and then coming back with a bang as the track goes back into full on mode. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss.

Get Me Down is the new Manu style, he is reconnecting to his roots in house music to bring a more clubby vibe to his sound. The track is big and brash and will definitely compete on the floors with its solid groove and superb vocals. Big punchy kick drums are at the forefront with crispy hats on the offset alongside a tight drum arrangement. The bass warps brilliantly and is the perfect accompaniment for that vocal. The break reveals some expert LFO manipulation on the synths creating a harsh, raw sounding element in the groove. One to watch out for here, this one will not disappoint.

The penultimate track, When The Day Is Gone, was a painful track for Adriaan to get through. He was going through different emotions, a sense of when the day is gone it’s gone and to try and enjoy everything while you can. The track does a great job of getting right into emotions, not least with the outstanding vocal and the heavy piano chords. The drum arrangement makes for a smooth rhythmic flow while the vocal and the piano create wonderful textures and colours. The break is a melancholic affair with a sweet melody against the harsher vocal before crashing back into the main track for the duration. A definite must have track, not to be missed.

To round off this simply outstanding album we have Forgotten featuring Fe Malefiz. This one is special, not only a special mix – Last Day On Earth Mix – but a special message from Manu Riga to the world. You are invited to listen, listen to the poem for yourself and take your message from within. The track is a beautiful cinematic chillout piece that creates magical colours and allows you to lose yourself in the beauty of the music. Just listen, because nobody wants to be forgotten.

#manuriga #bonzaiprogressive #femalefiz #mimi

13 June 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

KUSH – SUBSTANCE ABUSE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

DJ and producer Kush debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the wonderful two tracker entitled Substance Abuse. Kush was interested and passionate about music since his early childhood. He started to learn the basics of music using a keyboard at the age of 5. Growing up, he discovered the possibility of making music using computers and grabbed the opportunity to develop his skills and talents to produce electronic music. He was also part of a local rock band as a keyboardist. He is into many different genres of music, Techno, Tech-House, Minimal, Deep House, Jazz, Rock and Metal, to name a few. His electronic music inspirations and selections are rooted from groovy beats, heavy bass lines, emotive chords, dark synths, percussive, melodic and old school soundscapes. The perfect recipe for some tasty tracks no doubt, great to have him on board at Bonzai Progressive.

Substance Abuse intros with a superb punchy kick drum that pounds out a solid beat and is joined soon after by a deep reverberating bassline that delivers a deep warm groove. Various pads swirl overhead as one synths create a patchwork of colours that blend together beautifully. The main synth reveals a cool melody that mesmerizes all the throughout the track as we get lost in its hypnotic groove. A proper slice of progressive house that will definitely get any crowd moving.

Drive sets off with a wonderful punchy kick drum and crispy hat combi as tech house fuelled sounds fade up from the depths. A playful bassline enters the fray and brings a powerfully deep groove that digs deep into your soul. Percussive layers build up and we are soon locked in a superb rhythmic groove that will force you to move. A collection of synths and FX create a beautifully textured sound complete with vocals that are scattered throughout. You get a hint of progressive in the sound that adds great depth and tones making this a pretty cool hybrid track that will slot in nicely in any set.

#kush #bonzaiprogressive

13 June 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BONZAI BASIK BEATS 301 – MIXED BY KEVIN VEGA

Prolific DJ and producer Kevin Vega is back at BBB with another tasty mix for our listening pleasure. With a plethora of cuts on various labels under the Bonzai umbrella, we’ll see Kevin once more on our Bonzai 500 (Remixes) compilation. In the mix this week you can find top tracks and remixes from Atlantik, Chicola, Sasha, Joc H, Ruede Hagelstein, Robert R Hardy, Ewan Rill and Matt Holliday among others.

Tracklisting – Episode 301: mixed by Kevin Vega

1º Atlantik – Abyss (Mononoid Remix)
2º Stereo Underground – Empty Spaces (Chicola Remix)
3º Maribou State – Rituals (Sasha Remix)
4º Joc H – Never Give Up (Original Mix)
5º Marc Romboy – Counting Comets (Ruede Hagelstein Remix)
6º Chicola, Sahar Z – It Happened One Night (Original Mix)
7º Lom(Ar) – Pillars Of Creations (Original Mix)
8º Brigade, Niels Poensgen – Afraid (Original Mix)
9º Robert R. Hardy – Adversum (Miraculum Remix)
10º Matt Holliday – Memories Of Yesterday (Ewan Rill Remix)
11º Brian Cid – Belles Du Shaman (Original Mix)

#bonzaibasikbeats #bonzaiprogressive #kevinvega

 

10 June 2016 RADIOSHOWS Read more

RISE AND FALL – GENETIC FEATURED BY BEATPORT

After the success of the hugely impressive New Impressions EP, which featured a host of remixes from top remixers, Russian based DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov aka Rise and Fall returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Genetic. As always this guy produces the goods and does it in style. Genetic also features two top notch remixes that deliver a wonderful insight into the worlds of progressive and techno.

Rise And Fall – Genetic, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #riseandfall

8 June 2016 UPDATES Read more

TRAVELTECH – EIFFEL TOWER FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Traveltech aka Hungarian DJ and producer Balint Bendeguz Bakos debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the impressive Eiffel Tower. He has been a music lover since childhood and in 1999 he started to create his own sounds using the latest software. Soon after he started to DJ in various clubs using only vinyl as his medium which resulted in a better connection to music in general. His first releases came between 2005 and 2007 before putting music on hold for a period of time so he could settle in a new home. In 2012 he was back with renewed purpose and a desire to have his work released on vinyl. Today he boasts a hugely impressive back catalogue with releases on the labels such as Dash Deep Records, System Recordings and Debuger to name just a few. Great to have him on board and we hope to see more from this guy in the future.

Traveltech – Eiffel Tower, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #traveltech

8 June 2016 UPDATES Read more

RISE AND FALL – GENETIC (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

After the success of the hugely impressive New Impressions EP, which featured a host of remixes from top remixers, Russian based DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov aka Rise and Fall returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Genetic. As always this guy produces the goods and does it in style. Genetic also features two top notch remixes that deliver a wonderful insight into the worlds of progressive and techno.

The Original Mix intros with a solid beat that packs a nice thumping kick drum alongside crispy hi hats and cool FX. A sub rattling bass lurks on the low end and is accompanied by various other bass patterns creating a top notch groove. The super tight arrangement is made up of an array of drums that give off a techno vibe while the deep grooving basses lock us into a progressive streak. A dancefloor burner no doubt, not to be missed.

Fresh off the back of his full Bonzai Progressive debut, Stan Kolev steps up for remix duties and does not disappoint. After several appearances on various Bonzai compilations, Stan recently debuted with his Forsaken EP which continues to gather support from all quarters. Here on the remix he pulls out all the stops and takes us down a progressive path laced with techno flavours. A solid punchy kick drum leads the charge and is joined by a deep probing bass that finds its way deep into your core. Tight drums set up a cool steady rhythm as superb synth chords and stabs keep the sound moving. Excellent stuff here that will be a welcome addition in any set for sure.

Koschk debuts on Bonzai Progressive with a superb remix that takes us deep into the techno sound right from the off. A myriad of percussion greets us on the intro giving off a tribalistic vibe that hypnotizes. A muted kick comes through and we find ourselves wanting the low end to burst out, and soon enough we get our wish as the bass filters in and the kicks get a punchy boost. This ramps up the groove brilliantly and we are soon locked in to the deep groove for the duration. As this epic track progresses a fantastic synth pad fades up to deliver a surreal mix of sounds. On the break the synth is the master taking us on a trippy vibe full of colourful textures. Outstanding is an understatement here, this one is a definite must have that will slot perfectly into any peak time set.

#riseandfall #bonzaiprogressive #stankolev #koschk

6 June 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

TRAVELTECH – EIFFEL TOWER (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Traveltech aka Hungarian DJ and producer Balint Bendeguz Bakos debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the impressive Eiffel Tower. He has been a music lover since childhood and in 1999 he started to create his own sounds using the latest software. Soon after he started to DJ in various clubs using only vinyl as his medium which resulted in a better connection to music in general. His first releases came between 2005 and 2007 before putting music on hold for a period of time so he could settle in a new home. In 2012 he was back with renewed purpose and a desire to have his work released on vinyl. Today he boasts a hugely impressive back catalogue with releases on the labels such as Dash Deep Records, System Recordings and Debuger to name just a few. Great to have him on board and we hope to see more from this guy in the future.

Eiffel Tower intros with a sombre sounding deep groove that is made up of big chunky kicks and a rumbling low end bass. Various FX create cool textures in the sound as bright crispy hats come through to get the rhythm moving. A hypnotic synth note hooks you in to the sound as rich melodic pads rise to the surface. The break unleashes a myriad of colourful sounds resulting in a trippy experience that continues for the duration. A perfect blend of tech meeting progressive here that is most definitely not to be missed.

Journey gets into a solid deep progressive groove right from the off as chunky kick drums deliver a solid thump alongside cool stuttering percussions. A deep droning bassline moves menacingly through the track taking us lower into the abyss while cosmic synths float across the spectrum. A subtle, raw melody begins to flourish in the sound and we soon find ourselves swept away by the ubiquitous groove. On the break we are treated to some very cool sequences that play on the simple synths and that shuddering bassline making this one for the late night sessions.

#traveltech #bonzaiprogressive

6 June 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BONZAI BASIK BEATS 300 – MIXED BY MANU RIGA & MATT HOLLIDAY

DJ and producer duo Manu Riga and Matt Holliday return to the Bonzai Basik Beats aiways for their second stint on guest mix duties. Both guys continue to dish out top quality tunes for the likes of Bonzai Progressive and JOOF. 2016 has already proven to be a big year for these two with Manu Riga unleashing his album Surrounded (June 2016) while we await Matt’s first album on JOOF Aura. In the mix today you can expect nothing more that pure progressive sounds with tracks and remixes from the likes of Srinavas, Antone Make, Michael A, Matt Lange, Rick Pier O’Neil, Alejandro Manso, Khen and a special track from Manu Riga.

Tracklisting – Episode 300: mixed by Manu Riga & Matt Holliday

1º Srinivas – Profound (Original Mix)
2º Jose Tabarez – Stardust (Antone Make Remix)
3º Pedro Aguiar – Ego Tripping (Guy J Remix)
4º Michael A – Azimuth (Original Mix)
5º Matt Lange – Falling Into Place (Original Mix)
6º C9 – A1T8 (Rick Pier O Neil Aka Rpo Remix Part 2)
7º Graham Lloris – Dependalejandro Manso Dark Suit Remix)
8º Kay-D – Crossing Lights (Original Mix)
9º Khen – Bustan (Original Mix)
10º Manu Riga – White Label Promo

#bonzaibasikbeats #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga #mattholliday

 

3 June 2016 RADIOSHOWS Read more

AUDIO NOIR – IN THE MIX 002 – PROGRESSIVE SESSIONS FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Australia’s Audio Noir heads up our next In The Mix – Progressive Sessions with 2 fantastic studio mixes to whet the progressive appetite. The mysterious Audio Noir has racked up quite an impressive back catalogue on our flagship label Bonzai Progressive over the last few years. His latest slice – Progressive Tales 2 is yet another example of his musical acumen and diverse style. He always delivers the goods in original and remix formats and he is not afraid to get close to the edge when it comes to trying new things. A solid artist who has so much to give, we will definitely be seeing much more from him in the future.

Audio Noir – In The Mix 002 – Progressive Sessions, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Staff Picks at the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #audionoir

2 June 2016 UPDATES Read more

AUDIO NOIR – IN THE MIX 02 – PROGRESSIVE SESSIONS (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Australia’s Audio Noir heads up our next In The Mix – Progressive Sessions with 2 fantastic studio mixes to whet the progressive appetite. The mysterious Audio Noir has racked up quite an impressive back catalogue on our flagship label Bonzai Progressive over the last few years. His latest slice – Progressive Tales 2 is yet another example of his musical acumen and diverse style. He always delivers the goods in original and remix formats and he is not afraid to get close to the edge when it comes to trying new things. A solid artist who has so much to give, we will definitely be seeing much more from him in the future. Part 1 of this 2 part journey takes us on a surreal trek though his musical tastes in seamless fashion. From dark beginnings filled with swirling melodies, chunky beats and haunting vocals to full on driving progressive grooves, we are treated to a superb line-up of tracks and remixes from artists such as Tru Thoughts, Moonbeam, AudioStorm, Sound Quelle, Dofamine, Manu Riga, Alex Vidal, Ewan Rill, Phi Phi & Roddy, Yuriy From Russia, Ben Coda, Forerunners and Audio Noir himself. Part 2 takes us deeper into the progressive abyss with mind bending sounds and smooth melodies on top of infectious grooves that dig deep into your soul. A super tight mix, this one stays the course with some powerful tracks and remixes from the likes of Ruslan Vashkevich, Rise and Fall, Dark Soul Project & Mathov, Nico Parisi, Prelude, Luciano Delgado, Diyo, Tommi Oskari, Manu Riga, Euphoric Traveller, Sylvering, AK/DK and Airwave. Get yourself lost in the mix and experience progressive house like never before.

#audionoir #bonzaiprogressive #yoky #ewanrill #forerunners #yuriyfromrussia #nicoparisi #tommioskari #airwave #ak/dk #manudelago #rahel #luxdeparture #moonbeam #loolacoma #dofamine #audiostorm #soundquelle #juanastudillo #alexvidal #manuriga #phiphi #roddyreynaert #bencoda #resonantdawn #riseandfall #darksoulproject #mathov #femalefiz #lucianodelgado #diyo #ruslanvashkevich #theseshen #euphonictraveller #sylvering

31 May 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BONZAI BASIK BEATS 299 – MIXED BY DAFAR

Dafar marks his second Bonzai Basik Beats guest spot with a quality with a mixed bag of pumping goodies for our listening pleasure. Tracks and remixes from artists such as Ad Brown, Orsen, Van Czar, D-Shake, Cid Inc, The Junkies, Gabriel Ananda, Pig & Dan, metrONomes, Matt Lange, Maribou State, Sasha, Christopher Hermann, East Cafe, Yuriy From Russia, M83, Jean Michel Jarre, 16Bit Lolitas and more will be on offer to kick start the party wherever you are.

Tracklisting – Episode 299: mixed by Dafar

1º Ad Brown – Calibre (Orsen Remix)
2º Van Czar – Bises Marines (Original Mix)
3º Dshake – Techno Trance (Cid Inc Remix)
4º The Junkies – Last Love (Original Mix)
5º Gabriel Ananda – In Between (Pig&Dan Remix)
6º Metronomes – Aeriko (Original Mix)
7º Matt Lange Bad – Year Blimp (Original Mix)
8º Maribou State – Rituals (Sasha Remix)
9º Christopher Hermann – Emerald Queen (Robert R. Hardy Remix)
10º East Cafe – One Silent Cloudburst (Original Mix)
11º Few Nolder – One (Karl Friedrich Remix)
12º Yuriy From Russia – Sunrise Theme (Original Mix)
13º M83, Jeanmichel Jarre – Glory (16Bit Lolitas Remix)

#bonzaibasikbeats #bonzaiprogressive #dafar

 

27 May 2016 RADIOSHOWS Read more

STAN KOLEV – FORSAKEN EP FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Having appeared on several of our compilations over the years, Stan Kolev marks his full Bonzai Progressive debut with the superb three tracker Forsaken EP. Since 2005 this guy has been dishing out top quality cuts on many top labels. Everything from progressive house, deep house and tech house has been covered. In recent times he has shown up on our own compilations including Club Traxx – Progressive House 13, 15 and 16. No doubt we’ll be seeing more from this guy in the future.

Stan Kolev – Forsaken EP, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #stankolev

25 May 2016 UPDATES Read more

DANIEL CUROTTO – DECK OF CARDS EP FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Argentinean DJ and producer Daniel Curotto marks his Bonzai Progressive debut with a very impressive three track EP entitled Deck Of Cards. It was shortly after a trip to Europe that Daniel first decided he wanted to get into music, in particular DJing. After a few years of playing in and around Mar del Plata he decided to create his own music. He started to practice with Subiela Francisco Fernandez who not only taught him about bass or drums, he also taught about emotion in music. Influenced mainly by the techno genre, Daniel had the opportunity to meet artists like+John Creamer, 16 Bit Lolitas, Tocadisco, Fatboy Slim, John Acquaviva, Trentemoller, Tiga, Loco Dice, Guy J etc. Today his style is a mixture of techno, house and progressive, and he plans to continue to evolve his sound and style.

Daniel Curotto – Deck Of Cards EP, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Staff Picks at the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #danielcurotto

25 May 2016 UPDATES Read more

STAN KOLEV – FORSAKEN EP (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Having appeared on several of our compilations over the years, Stan Kolev marks his full Bonzai Progressive debut with the superb three tracker Forsaken EP. Since 2005 this guy has been dishing out top quality cuts on many top labels. Everything from progressive house, deep house and tech house has been covered. In recent times he has shown up on our own compilations including Club Traxx – Progressive House 13, 15 and 16. No doubt we’ll be seeing more from this guy in the future.

Forsaken is up first and comes in two flavours, the Original Mix and the Instrumental. Both offer up a solid slice of techno with the Instrumental made available or those that want to lose the sparse vocals. Right from the off you find yourself locked into a powerful techno groove that is made up of thumping kicks, bright hats and a superb deep and lush bassline that drives the groove beautifully. In the background a series of almost industrialised clangy FX set the tone and deliver a tough edge to the sound. The sinister vocal adds cool texture to the sound and works perfectly against the backdrop of a stunning techno groove. Simply awesome.

Mauve intros with a cool stuttering bass sound alongside a subdued kick drum with crisp hats and sharp claps riding alongside. Percussive layers start to build and a solid rhythm ensues as the kick drum gets beefed up into a powerful pounding punch. Cool FX fill in the spaces and create a colourful multi layered sound with a super tight arrangement. Sweeping vocal sounds make their presence know from time to time as we are drawn deeper into the groove. A somewhat minimalist approach to progressive that will most definitely beef up any set, no doubt.

#stankolev #bonzaiprogressive

23 May 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

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