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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE – ADE 2013 FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Bonzai Progressive – ADE 2013 compilation is featured by Beatport on their main page!

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21 October 2013 UPDATES Read more

BONZAI PROGRESSIVE – ADE 2013 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

 

October means ADE and this year is no different! Here is a selection of 60+ tracks featuring original works and remixes from Manu Riga, Gai Barone, Nico Parisi, Kintar, Airwave, DJ Fire, 06R, Narel, Rise And Fall, Samotarev, deepAlexander, Kabalo, Kevin Vega, Audio Noir, Matteo Monero, Rishi K., Kindred Spirits, Philthy Chit, Blufeld, Yuriy From Russia, John Scott, Anthony Yarranton, Steve Sai, Pierre Zamyatin, Mindgamers, Florian Meindl, Chantola, J-Junior, Thomas Genchev, Eric Powa B, Ecco, Jusa, Haze-M, Saccao, Matan Caspi, Mylan, Michael Berklin, Alen Simple, In2Deep, Fulltone, Dimitry Liss, Solartoff, Harmon, Landowski, Rick Wade, Sebastien Desay, Rogerio Martins, Accatone, JR From Dallas, Lurob, Hurlee, Fauvrelle, Oushanmete, Chrono, Ascaloon, Electric Bastards, Oz Romita, Van Czar, RV, The Revolving Junkie, Darouge, Active Line Six, Tribal Warriors, Ugur Yurt, Tofke, Lyle Quach, AngelLopez, Redraft Memories, Sander Bongertman, Sean McCaff, Project KF, Jey Fever, Soren Aalberg, Zolex, Gabriel Ben, Ed Whitty, Re Dupre, Rod B., Angelo Fracalanza, Sa.Du, M.R.T.N, Onofrio Conter, Ozan Kanik, Mariano Santos, Filth & Splendour, THiN, Franky Jones and Redhead.

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16 October 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BLUFELD INTERVIEW

With a new release out on Green Martian in the beginning of this month, we took a couple of minutes to chat with David Hearn aka Blufeld!

Hi David, great to speak with you. How are you today?

B: Hello yes I’m great thanks

What sort of things do you like to do in your downtime?

B: Well I’m always looking really to work on the next loop or chord idea for my next production under one of my aliases, to which there are quite a few, just maybe lesser known than my main Blufeld project. I also enjoy various sporting activities.

How did you get into music production and who or what would be your biggest influences?

B: This could be a long answer but I’ll keep this one as simple as I can, 80’s electronic new romantic tunes, 90’s euro dance, which then led to my absolute love for trance which I really started to listen to closely from when I first heard System F “Out Of The Blue” on Judge Jules’ Radio One show back in 1999. Influences? there are many, but I would say the main few at the time which inspired me the most to produce were, M.I.K.E, Airwave, Plastic Angel and Quadran. Just a real combination of trance acts that were around at that time.

Your music is emotive and designed to provoke deep and thoughtful insight, how would you describe your own sound?

B: I would call it Deep & Emotive, with an ethereal lift. I think a lot of producers are pigeon-holed into a certain type of sound a lot, and I like to think I just create the music that I feel from deep inside on each and every production. It just so happens that I have a leaning to express myself in a progressive trance style of sound quite a lot.

We understand you have a new track out now which is a follow up to a track from your very first album, can you tell us more about that?

B: Yes this is a sequel track to my original single which came out on Bonzai Trance Progressive in 2009, it was well received and I felt it could do with a sequel. “Metrobot” is singular about a name I gave to my own imaginary robot. When I was a kid I used to be fascinated with them, so originally I wanted to bring this childhood fascination to life. The sequel single is entitled “Metrobot City”, basically it’s my finalising of my mind that “Metrobot” has to come from somewhere. I wanted to choose a completely new name for this, but at the same time I wanted people to totally recognise the fact that this is a sequel, so hence the title.

You have a very impressive back catalogue now with Bonzai, how did you first get signed to this label?

B: I had listened a lot to artists from Bonzai from way back in the late 90’s, as I used to buy white labels and vinyl from my local independent underground dance music shop. I still have those early vinyls from artists such as Airwave, Push, Blue Alphabet and Quadran to mention just a few. So when I had the right equipment and I had a track that I felt maybe good enough, I knew exactly where I wanted to send my first real demo. The very first tune that was signed to Bonzai was an EP called “Special” this featured two original tracks, “Special” and “Little Wonder” in early 2008.

There is a healthy demand for you to do remixes for other artists, what would be your favourite remix you have done?

B: Well I only ever agree to remix tunes that I feel I can add something to, I have had a fair few remix requests that’s true, but I always feel bad if I have to say no because it’s such a compliment to be asked in the first place. To be honest all the remixes I have done I have enjoyed, although remixing Quadran’s “Forgive Me” was a real delight and also the chance I had to remix Plastic Boy’s “Silver Bath” for a Bonzai remix competition in 2008 was also amazing. My remix went on to feature on a Cream compilation called “Cream Future Trance” in 2009, which was a great moment for me to see, this gave me a lot of encouragement to continue on my journey producing the best music I could.

Already you have three stunning studio albums in particular your latest “Thoughtscapes”, how do you get inspired to work on these and will there be a fourth anytime soon?

B: Thanks for the compliments. I only ever write music from the heart at that moment when I have an idea. Although I normally start with an overall theme or feel, I want to achieve from the album, as this helps me to focus on keeping it sounding like the tracks should be together as a final package. Although I think “Thoughtscapes” is the truest reflection of the journey of my life so far. This album was a concept album and was so easy for me to write as it was just a case of conveying my journey to sound and it felt so natural and fluid. I really haven’t given a fourth album much thought at this stage, although I never say never!!! I have a few projects forthcoming, and my albums have come out 2009, 2011,and 2013 respectively, so 2015? watch this space!!!?!!!?

Can you tell us a bit about what you are working on at the moment and maybe some upcoming projects?

B: Well I have actually had a little break lately from production, the “Thoughtscapes” album was a lot of work, and took a lot from me emotionally and was many countless evenings and nights of work to be honest. Although I have a few releases coming up including a couple of remixes, one for Philthy Chit and another for 06R, also a possible collab in the future with Manu Riga, working directly with him in his studio hopefully. And I have just started work on a new ‘Original’ so we will see how that goes.

Describe a day in the life of Blufeld?

B: I’ll keep this simple. Well I have a day job to earn my living, so I get up and start work for 9am and finish at 5.30pm so by the time I’m at home and showered etc, it’s gone 6 or 6.30pm. Then its food time, then a choice depending on the day, either see a friend or work in the studio. I keep a simple life.

If you could be anywhere else right now, where would you be?

B: I would want to be climbing my favourite mountain called ‘Blencathra’ in glorious sunshine, with a sweeping and swirling breeze wrapping itself around me. It’s just so stunning and the beauty at the peak of the climb that surrounds you is just simply breathtaking, that it makes my heart flutter just digging back into my memories thinking about it.

Thanks so much for speaking with us David, take care.

B: Thanks very much for giving me this opportunity to have this interview with you, all the very best.

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23 September 2013 UPDATES Read more

BLUFELD – METROBOT CITY FEATURED AT BEATPORT

Blufeld – Metrobot City, out this week on Green Martian, is featured by Beatport on their Progressive House genre page!

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12 September 2013 UPDATES Read more

BLUFELD – METROBOT CITY

 

 

The ever impressive Blufeld returns with a follow up to his 2009 prog trancer “Metrobot”. This sequel entitled “Metrobot City” comes with two superb remixes and is sure to be a hit just like his 2009 track. Currently Blufeld is busy with remixes and original material with the possibility of a few collabs also, so watch this space!

The Original Mix intros with deep rising synths and subtle percussions, this leads up to a chunky kick which gets the groove flowing. Throughout the track the kicks transform into a type of mini breaks which adds a lot of character to the sound. Melodies play a big part here also with many variations combing beautifully and becoming prominent on the break. After the break the track gains a lot more momentum as the vibe intensifies, quality stuff!

First up on remix duties is an emphatic duo who are no strangers to the Bonzai stable. Castra & Sovve serve up a real summery treat on their remix. The guys have both featured many times across many of Bonzai’s different labels and both guys have also worked with Blufeld in the past. The remix takes on a much more upbeat vibe, the classic kick and hat intro blends nicely into a full on pumping track when the bass comes through. The delightful melodies soon follow and you really do get a sense of summer from the sound. On the break the melodies are king and these build up brilliantly to a perfect climax before settling back into a smooth blissed out ride.

Tokyo based producer 06R is next up on remix. Hisataka is fresh from his last release which was “Air 2.0” on Green Martian and he always delivers the goods with his own brand of quality. Here his remix takes the breaks route with a very intense mixture of sounds. From the off a super tight breaks arrangement takes hold with many more layers being added throughout. The melodic sequences are top notch and blend so well with the tougher side of the breaks. A must have for those later evening terrace parties.

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11 September 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

06R – AIR 2.0 (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

 

Tokyo based producer Hisataka Ogura aka 06R returns to Green Martian with a true progressive stomper and a follow up to the original “Air” from 2012 which featured on Paul Oakenfold’s Flouressence Essential Mix in July 2012. “Air 2.0” comes with four remixes, two of which are from outstanding artists.

The Original Mix intros with a real summer vibe, cool breaks and a rich vocal sample with a melody of guitar sounds lead us up to a deep droning bassline. The breaks build anticipation and when the four/four kicks come through the track explodes into a smooth and powerful terrace tune. The break produces a wealth of melodies and will get you right into the spirit of the moment. Loads to listen for on this with its myriad of sounds and a track that is sure to get a lot of attention, the perfect summer groove!

Blufeld is first up on the remix, this guy is churning out quality stuff on a regular basis. Not long after his third studio album and plentiful remixes, we see him apply his awesome style to this stunner. Utilising the original vocal for the super smooth intro before the tight kicks take over. Slightly tougher edge here with a gritty, punchy bassline thundering through the sound. On the break the track delivers a raw, organic sequence before getting back to the groove where a superb melody comes through giving stark contrast, awesome stuff yet again from Blufeld.

Melbourne based Narel aka Nick Simmons is fresh off the back of his last release on LCD Recordings “The Machines Where Dreaming” with his Warm Air Remix. A much deeper vibe is evident here as the bassline seems to dominate, and what a bassline it is, it winds its way through the groove effortlessly mesmerizing your mind. This is coupled with stunning arps and very subtle melodies which light up the track, another great summer party tune fit for any gig.

The 4 On The Floor Mix is the original without the breaks on the intro for those DJ friendly moments.

The Breaks mix is one of those tracks that would be THE perfect soundtrack to a setting sun anywhere in the world. A feeling of euphoria sweeps over you as the wall of sound cascades over your body bringing a complete sense of being at one wherever you may be at that time, quite brilliant!

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7 August 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

PURE CHILLZ 9 (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

 

 

Ninth installment in the Pure Chillz series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, John ’00’ Fleming, R1, Alexander Dancaless, Tatiana Maltseva, Narel, Moshic, Suburban Dreams, Miika Kuisma, CJ Art, Alexey Light, Parafernalia, Thorin, Michele Cecchi, Fushe, Blufeld, Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic, Davide Leonardo, Twins In Mind, DreamMan, Dj Noor, Stefan Addo, Andino, Incolumis, Vechigen and LaboRoss.

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CLUB TRAXX – PROGRESSIVE HOUSE 6 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

 

Sixth installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series comes with original tracks and remixes by Relaunch, Neon, Moshic, Mindgamers, Matan Caspi, Steve McGrath, Chris Sterio, LoQuai, Tom Conrad, Andre Bonsor, Van Bellen, Frangellico, Domased Electronica, Noa Romana, Deersky, Matt G., Booya featuring Iulia Constantin, Kintar, Crocy, Manu Riga, Timewave, Citizen 42, Philthy Chit, Oliver Morgenroth, Erich Lh, Cut Knob, Hector Sawiak, Blufeld, Kevin Vega, Paul Martinez, Fiddler, Thomas Genchev, Downgrooves, Mariano Mellino, Wally M, Deepfunk, and Mathov.

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29 May 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

SECTOR 7 – DNA (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

 

Belgian native M.I.K.E. aka Push resurrects another of his famous monikers, Sector 7 with the track DNA and this comes backed up with a superb remix. The last release for this project came way back in 2006 with “Inside Of Me” and before that “Art Of Balance” and “Deep Breath” both on Green Martian from 2000. This is the second comeback for some of Mike’s projects after he revamped his Tribal Warriors guise very recently also.

“DNA” takes us right back to the pure progressive trance sounds of yesteryear with a modern twist. Understated kicks and just enough percussion to keep the rhythm flowing with the bassline holding things together nicely. Big sweeping synths carve out endless melodies, and this really gives it an almost retro feel. Great to see a return to this sound and sure to be a hit among diehard fans and new listeners alike.

Progressive maestro Blufeld takes to the mixing desk for his remix and what a brilliant effort it is too. Blufeld does what he does best and transforms the original into a warm, sultry progressive stomper, excellent reworking on the melodies while keeping true to the original. The bassline has been beefed up a lot adding that lush vibe, top quality stuff yet again.

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15 May 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

IBIZA 2013 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

 

Ibiza 2013 comes with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, John 00 Fleming, Andre Bonsor, 06R, Davide Catania, Citizen 42, Philthy Chit, Blufeld, Kevin Vega, Chantola, LoQuai, Manu Riga, Frangellico, Shimmer, Dyron, Mindgamers, Metodi Hristov, Jakhira, Luckoni, Diego Alvez, Paduraru, Oushanmete, Pierre Zamyatin, Mylan, Scrub, Barbara Wahnon, Piek, Efron, Hector Couto, Ed Lee, Charles Ramirez, Dimitry Liss, Project KF, Rick Wade, Wonji, Fauvrelle, Rogerio Martins, Crocy, Pozitive, Joal, Tribal Warriors, Tofke, Ugur Yurt, Fabian Jakopetz, Dub Way, Ritch Mollen, Chanelle Pearl, Ecco, Yogimeister, Onofrio Conte, Oz Romita, W&DY, Victor Vera and Ozan Kanik.

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SOVVE & BLUFELD – LYING LOW (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

 

Progressive house-trance stalwarts Sovve and Blufeld team up to deliver an outstanding piece of work in “Lying Low”. The track is backed up with an impressive host of quality remixes that does justice to the original concept in many ways. Both these guys are very busy indeed with numerous releases under their belts and a wealth of remixes to boot.

The original mix is a magical affair filled with super sweet melodies and brilliant throbbing bassline, the tune kicks off in true 4 to the floor style with the percs building up to a cool arrangement. Soon the bassline takes over and an amazing synth-voice becomes the focus with those melodies bringing the vibe together.

Orsenite, which is a side project for Blufeld, delivers the first remix in style. Stripping back the original and exposing a deeper shade to the track. The bassline is a lot more subtle and the melodies sweep in and out, again we here the synth-voice dominate, top notch remix.

A firm favourite at the moment is 06R with his remix, his distinctive promelodic style seeps out of this track and this is a perfect example of an ever increasing sub genre. Total transformation on the original with the voice being the centre piece, much more prominent melodies that continue to build up to something quite euphoric, big club favourite for sure.

Now a veteran in the Bonzai stable, Kevin Vega lends his talents on the remix, a more housey affair ensues with a wall of sound approach. Huge big synths collide to build that wall with a chest pounding bassline. Subtle melodies are evident but the big sound takes over on a stunning mix.

Rishi K drops by for a bit of prog goodness, nice and steady rhythm with the voice sweeping by, good chunky basses blend in with superb synth work while a melody plinks on by. The prog vibe continues to rise throughout and the break reveals a myriad of sounds that combine well, top drawer stuff from Rishi and a big sound for any floor.

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25 April 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BLUFELD – THOUGHTSCAPES (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

 

The stunning talent of Blufeld shines through on this his third studio album. Embroiled in emotive, melodic sounds there is a poetic element as the tracks weave out a story to be told.

Kicking off we have a wonderful melodic intro filled with light, breezy sounds which is a perfect way to set us up for the journey ahead.

The title track “Thoughtscapes” is a super sweet ride on the edges of progressive house and trance, upbeat, fresh and feel good vibe radiates through the speakers and directly into your thoughts. Quite chunky bass adds texture and those melodies release the good chemicals in the brain giving that perfect euphoric feeling.

“Delve” would be considered one of the more darker vibes here with its heavier kicks and deep sinister bassline, sweeping gated vox sounds find their way on top of some brilliant synth work creating awesome melodies, superb!

“All My Life” takes on a more solid progressive approach, again we see some tight drum and percussion work with a constant offset bass delivering a steady groove. Throughout the track a surreal pad captures the imagination and totally hooks you into this sound.

“One Little Wish” is a brilliant extension to the previous track, carrying the vibe along with a lot more melody and a bassline that constantly morphs keeping you locked in to the groove. This is a track that you will listen to again and again finding different sounds with each rotation, very very well constructed.

At the midway point we get “Profound” which is a true progressive trance tune with the kicks and crisp percs providing a solid and steady rhythm. Real nice melodies combine with a cool almost oldskool pad section on the break. A track that will grace a lot of boxes for sure.

“The Sky Between Us” is a typically awesome Blufeld track, lots of layers with differing textures are arranged beautifully over a chunky bassline and delivering a solid slice of prog. It has the qualities of a dark edged track with an uplifting feeling, brilliant.

“Viewpoint” is one of those musical moments that captivates the mind, warm, lush sounds swirl around in a melodic carousel. Very subtle intro that soon settles into a solid progressive groove, the many sounds build layer upon layer with a tight drum arrangement cementing the vibe. Real nice flow on this and a firm favourite for sure.

“Told You So” takes a slight different direction in the signature style, progressive breaks veering towards 4/4 with light melodies and a heavy bassline. Another fine moment of thought provoking music hooking you in for the duration.

“Clarity” is a short melodic interlude filled with the melodies we have come to love within this album, simply beautiful.

Finishing this album, but not our journey, is “I’m Found”. Blufeld’s talents allow him to create a wonderfully sublime soundscape that invokes a feeling of realisation through sweet subtle sounds and a quality drum arrangement, a fitting way to leave the album and continue with your own thoughts.

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27 February 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

WMC MIAMI 2013 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

 

2013 edition of our WMC Miami series, this year including original tracks and remixes by John 00 Fleming, Velvet Girl, Nancy Burrello, Tom Conrad, Andre Bonsor,Van Bellen, Rishi K., Natalia Data, Ed Lee, Manu Riga, Solar Fields, Blufeld, 06R, Airwave, Nico Parisi, Moshic, Arthur, Manos, LoQuai, Shimmer, Digital Angel, Matteo Monero, Thomas Genchev, Mindgamers, Metodi Hristov , Chantola, Matan Caspi, Crocy, George V, The Revolving Junkie, Mylan, Dee Brown, Diego Alvez, Ecco, Chanelle Pearl, Andree Wischnewski, Eric Kanzler, Mr. Dello, Sa.Du, Oliver Moldan, Oliver Moldan, Oz Romita, Billy Mason, Lights Electronika, Valeria Croft, Daniele Kama, Piek, Wonji, Gabriel Feitor, Tiago Ribeiro, Dimitry Liss, Rogerio Martins, Nasrawi, Project KF, RV, Jimmy Galle, Ittai Barkai, I3000, and Prompter.

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20 February 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BLUFELD – VIEWPOINT (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

 

Music maestro Blufeld delivers another top quality production on our main label with this latest release which is backed up with some superb remixes.

“Viewpoint” is one of those musical moments that captivates the mind, warm, lush sounds swirl around in a melodic carousel. Very subtle intro that soon settles into a solid progressive groove, the many sounds build layer upon layer with a tight drum arrangement cementing the vibe. Real nice flow on this and a firm favourite for sure.

One of our most popular remixers Kevin Vega steps up to the desk with a more darker, harder edged sound while keeping the focus on the original. Well tuned kicks and percussions reside over some awesome synths where the melodies are almost sinister with a gritty feeling, top stuff!

Blufeld ramps up the energy on the first of two of his own remixes. Blufeld’s Distorted Reality Retake is a lot more upbeat with pulsating rhythms and some wonderful variations on the original melodies which will put this remix into a lot of playlists, big sound!

For his second remix we see Blufeld turn his hand to a more chilled out ambient sound which he does so very well. Beautiful sounds with feel good qualities that are perfect for those lazy days or relaxing evenings where your mind will wander, sublime.

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6 February 2013 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MULTIPLE FEATURES AT BEATPORT CHILL OUT

Multiple features from our releases at Beatport’s Chill Out genre page!
LaboRoss – Sunday Afternoon EP (Bonzai Elemental), Vechigen – What We Don’t Know (Bonzai Elemental) and Blufeld – Viewpoint (Green Martian)

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