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GIULIANO A.L. – WINTER EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

Italian DJ and producer Giuliano A.L. debuts on Bonzai Basiks with the fantastic Winter EP which comes backed up with remixes from Bonzai stalwart Van Czar. Giuliano brings his own style to Deep House and Tech-house and loves to display his passion for a variety of musical influences. At age 14 he began doing some casual DJ sets in local disco – Mythos – and there after he became the resident DJ running both Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons for more than a decade. In 2002 the opportunity arose to play in Switzerland where he played with International DJ’s such as Victor Simonelli and was widely sought after by the crowds for his music. After a few years away from the scene he moved to Ibiza and rekindled his love of dance music. It wasn’t long before he got right back into things playing at top Island venues. Giuliano has been a proud returning resident to the fantastic Ocean Beach Ibiza bringing a taste of his style to the massive crowds flocking to enjoy the day time club scene. He is regularly invited to play guest sets from time to time in other island hot spots such as Pacha, Space, Eden, Destino, the legendary Pikes Hotel, El Hotel Pacha, Sands beach bar in Playa díen Bossa and Pukka-Up Vip Boat parties. Winter sees Giuliano turn all of his focus into the studio to concentrate on his production projects. As a producer he has released on labels like Go Deva Records and Tonspur Records where he released an EP, remixes and tracks. In summer 2014 Giuliano collaborated with the iconic Hotel Es Vive along with Iban Mendoza to create their 10 year anniversary CD on Seamless Records. Delighted to have this guy onboard at Basiks and we hope to see much more in the future.

The Original Mix of Caracas intros with a tribal-esque percussion arrangement that is joined by a superb punchy kick that gets the track moving into top gear. A warbly synth bass takes over alongside some curious voices that add a cool dimension to the sound. Those basses become the big focus as they transform into many mesmerizing shapes that lock you on to their powerful tech grooves. Top notch stuff that will no doubt be a strong favourite in many sets.

Madrid based Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar delivers the first of 2 remixes in this superb EP. Never failing on the quality front this guy always notches up a solid performance both in original works and remixes. His last outing was alongside Majed with the brilliant Panimic EP and proved popular among many deep, dark, techno sets. Prior to this one he had a vinyl and digital release with The Force which featured the legendary Kevin Saunderson as well as his wife Ann and son Dantiez. We’ve no doubt that this guy will continue to pile on the quality and we always look forward to his sounds coming through the office. Van’s Black Beach Remix of Caracas opens with a solid kick that carries a massive punch and is soon met with a deep throbbing bass that rises from below. Haunting voices present a sinister backdrop to a sound that drips with intensity. The attention to detail is sublime with simple yet highly effective FX delivering cool textures to the sound. On the break things quieten down before a massive wall of sound brings us to the climax and back into full on mode. Another tough offering from Van that is sure to be a top pick among many.

The Original Mix of Winter sets out with some cool synth plucks before a nice and chunky kick takes over alongside a shuffling, rhythmic hat pattern. The track soon delivers its tech grooves in style as a fantastic driving, bubbling bass is introduced. In the background we get a tight percussion section that keeps the track flowing through a cacophony deep tones. Cool textures emerge creating a real sense of space and surroundings before a strange hypnotic chant comes through to send the groove on a surreal trip. Brilliant stuff that will definitely be an asset in any mix.

Van Czar’s Jam Remix of Winter rounds of this EP in style and yet again we are exposed to the sheer brilliance of this guys talents. The track opens with a percussion driven tribal tech groove that has you hooked in from the first few bars. A perfectly placed bass adds a bit of oomph to the groove as those percussions keep a steady flowing rhythm. Short breaks provide little to no respite from this stomper as a wall of noise rises before you. A real solid slice of tech to keep the floors moving, this one is a must have.

#giulianoal #bonzaibasiks #vanczar

28 December 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

VAN CZAR & MAJED – PANIMIC EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

Van Czar returns to Basiks with a brand new collaboration with Majed on their Panimic EP which comes packed with four quality remixes as well as the outstanding original. Van is fresh from his latest vinyl release – The Force, which featured the Saunderson family including Dantiez, Ann and the legendary Kevin. This is not the first time Van and Majed have joined forces in the studio, back in 2014 they put out the In Vino EP and then Majed stepped in on remix duties for Cysxe & Minitech Projects Acid Planet EP.

The Original Mix is a trek deep into the techno sound and full of wonderfully crafted sounds to mesmerize us. A very subtle kickdrum leads the way and is backed up by crispy hats and a tight percussion arrangement that delivers a smooth rhythmic flow. A cacophony of warm synths fill the void as a subdued bassline lurks deeper in the groove. A straight up dark techno offering that is a must have for sure.

Brazilian DJ and producer Lauro Martins returns to Bonzai Basiks with a superb remix. We first got a glimpse back in the Summer of 2015 with his debut remix on Cysxe’s OXO EP which gained great support from many quarters. The remix here intros with a fantastic kick that packs a lot of low end and leaves a nice trail of bass in its wake. Subtle synths crop up throughout but here it’s definitely all about the bass. The bassline rattles along with a dominating force and moves in so many ways that will leave bassbins wanting more. A real deep and moody techno monster here that you gotta get into your collection.

Amsterdam based DJ and producer Sirena aka Renske van Kollenburg debuts on Bonzai Basiks with this stunning remix. Sirena boasts 15 years of active involvement in the electronic music scene and Ibiza’s DC10 sounds. She started out as a music journalist and from there she secured many contacts in the scene and started to work on various projects including Ultra Music Festival Miami, Coachella Festival USA, Awakenings, Amsterdam Dance Event, IMS Ibiza, ID&T, Pacha and Arminís label Armada. 2015 will see her release her first creations on Bonzai and KMS. Here she takes a deep and dubby techno approach to the remix. The muffled intro fades into existence with beautifully warm pads that are soon joined by a chunky kickdrum and superb chord stabs that will definitely have the booties shakin to the no doubt. Crispy hats come through and keep the rhythm flowing as the groove deepens. A top notch effort that will see a lot of playtime for sure.

Sirius Brown returns to Basiks with his remix and gets the energy levels ramped up a notch with a much more pacey and harder hitting techno slice. We last saw Sirius back in February 2015 with his debut – Click Time, which saw good support coming in from many quarters. Here the remix gets moving with a tough thumpy kickdrum alongside some sharp crispy hats that dish out a cool rhythm. Sinister sounding synths glide through the sound with a wide resonance filter that gives it a harsh edge. On the break the synths continue to dig into your brain as a very dark haunting voice comes through and fits perfectly with the sound. A wonderful slice of the deeper, darker side of techno.

A firm favourite around these shores – Onofrio Conte offers up his slice of techno on the remix. This guy has been around for a while now and has dished out some quality sounds for Bonzai Basiks and Sounds R Us Recordings. Always a pleasure to see his work come through and we know what to expect when his name is attached. The remix throws up a real techno stomper as chunky kicks are met with a tight rhythmic hat and percussion arrangement. Super cool basses operate on various layers and provide a solid platform for the techno grooves to flow. In the background a myriad of FX go off adding some wonderful textures to the sound while on the break we get treated to a simple kick with haunting atmospherics before we get thrust back to the main groove for the duration. Excellent techno groove for the floors here and a must have for those darker sets.

#vanczar #majed #bonzaibasiks #lauromartins #sirena #siriusbrown #onofrioconte

14 December 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

VAN CZAR & DANTIEZ SAUNDERSON featuring ANN SAUNDERSON – THE FORCE FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Our next Bonzai Basiks release – The Force – comes courtesy of a fantastic collaboration of artists featuring Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar, DJ and producer Dantiez Saunderson and UK songstress Ann Saunderson. Van continues to lead the way in deep techno grooves and his tracks are always powerful tools in the mix for many jocks. After he joined Dantiez on their back to back set at this year’s (2015) Legacy Festival, they decided to get together in the studio and soon after they started working on this fine cut. Over the last few years Dantiez has taken after his legendary father, Kevin Saunderson, and released quality cuts on several labels including Kevin’s own KMS. The guys then decided to employ the soulful, gospel-esque vocals of Dantiez’s mother, Ann. Back in 1992 Ann featured as backing vocals on the anthemic Pennies From Heaven by Inner City which was headed up by her husband Kevin, and went on to record several high profile tracks over the years. To keep it all in the family we get treated to a wonderful remix by the legend himself, Mr Kevin Saunderson who led the way in the early Detroit house and techno scene and gave the world some of the most memorable tunes ever with Inner City and others.

Van Czar & Dantiez Saunderson featuring Ann Saunderson – The Force, out this week on Bonzai Basiks, is featured by Beatport in the Homepage plus in the Techno genre page!

#bonzaibasiks #beatport #vanczar #dantiezsaunderson #annsaunderson #kevinsaunderson

25 November 2015 UPDATES Read more

VAN CZAR & DANTIEZ SAUNDERSON featuring ANN SAUNDERSON – THE FORCE (BONZAI BASIKS) – VINYL + DIGITAL RELEASE

Our next Bonzai Basiks release – The Force – comes courtesy of a fantastic collaboration of artists featuring Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar, DJ and producer Dantiez Saunderson and UK songstress Ann Saunderson. Van continues to lead the way in deep techno grooves and his tracks are always powerful tools in the mix for many jocks. After he joined Dantiez on their back to back set at this year’s (2015) Legacy Festival, they decided to get together in the studio and soon after they started working on this fine cut. Over the last few years Dantiez has taken after his legendary father, Kevin Saunderson, and released quality cuts on several labels including Kevin’s own KMS. The guys then decided to employ the soulful, gospel-esque vocals of Dantiez’s mother, Ann. Back in 1992 Ann featured as backing vocals on the anthemic Pennies From Heaven by Inner City which was headed up by her husband Kevin, and went on to record several high profile tracks over the years. To keep it all in the family we get treated to a wonderful remix by the legend himself, Mr Kevin Saunderson who led the way in the early Detroit house and techno scene and gave the world some of the most memorable tunes ever with Inner City and others.

The Original Mix delivers a wonderfully upbeat techno vibe with massive sprinklings of cool house flavours. Big chunky kicks pair up with sharp claps and shuffling open hats while the rhythm gets a boost from a top notch, tight drum section. A rumbling bassline rattles through the sound as the vocal starts to come into play. Warm chords fade through and we settle into the groove nicely before we get blasted with amazing retro style piano chords and a transformed vocal that will have you up and on that floor for sure.

Kevin Saunderson’s remix goes straight for the jugular with a monster kick on the intro that pounds out a solid techno sound. Perfectly placed vocals litter the groove and keep with the darker elements of the track. A deep, growling bass comes through and takes control of the groove and is soon joined by scathing gritty synths that rise up from the murky depths and take the track deeper into techno. A definite must have track for the purists that will get any floor moving.

Van Czar turns up the heat with a double remix. First up is the Playa Den Bossa Mix which serves up a real nice treat filled deep grooving techno vibes that’s come straight out of those late night Ibiza sessions leaving you frazzled and fully partied up. Punchy kicks and crispy sharp hats dish out a solid rhythmic flow to the track as tight drum patterns are let loose. Swirling synth chords stand out beautifully as subtle chord stabs hold back waiting to pounce while a slicing higher pitched single note cuts through. Top notch stuff you do not want to miss.

We go deeper on Van’s second remix, the Gladiator Cysxe Remix which delivers a more punchy sound with a darker techno edge that stands out brilliantly with its powerful grooves and superb synths that range from swirling warm chord to classic stabby hits. Along the way we are introduced to a much harsher synth that carries a brilliant techno vibe. Another sure fire floor filler that will appeal to many no doubt.

#vanczar #dantiezsaunderson #annsaunderson #bonzaibasiks #kevinsaunderson

23 November 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

PETRI PETRO – BEAM OF LIGHT EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

Belgian DJ and producer Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro returns to Basiks with the superb four tracker Beam Of Light EP. It was back in April 2015 that we last got a glimpse of this guy’s talents when he delivered his Deflector EP, which saw great support on the techno and tech house floors. This one marks his 4th Bonzai release and we look forward to many more.

Beam Of Light intros with a solid kick and bass combi that gets right down to a pacey Techno groove. Cool percussions slice through the low end frequencies like a knife as crispy hats and sharp snares do their thing. The drum arrangement is top notch and provides a steady flowing rhythm that will definitely have those dancing feet on the floors. Expertly crafted noise FX and a mesmerising synth light the track on fire as that strong offset bass keeps the techno groove moving. Brilliant stuff here that will be a big hitter on the techno floors for sure.

Elliptical intros with a tough edged kick drum that pounds out a solid punch and is joined by subtle hats and cool noise FX that fade in nicely. An underlying bass accompanies those kicks perfectly and the two become one with ease delivering that solid punch with some oomph behind it. Shuffling hat patterns appear and the rhythm gets flowing beautifully as we are taken deeper into the techno sound. A pure in your face techno monster here and a definite must have track no doubt.

Polygone sets off with an effortless kick and bass combi and the two complement each other perfectly, the kicks have a nice thump with clicked top end while that bass resides much lower in the depths and provides the warmth. Cool drums start to form up into intricate patterns as shuffling hats come through to keep the rhythm tight. Intense synths rise up in the background and deliver a tension to the sound that builds and builds before dissipating and taking right back into the main groove. A definite big hitter here that will be at home in any of the tougher techno sets.

Nebulosity rounds off this superb pack and takes us on a surreal trek into the deeper side of techno. Right from the off we are locked into this solid techno workout with thumping kicks and cool sharp claps and an on beat bas that hypnotises the mind. A fantastic round of tight percussion patterns gives the track a nice bounce ass mesmerising synths lurk in the background. Another fine slice of pure techno that is most definitely not to be missed.

#petripetro #bonzaibasiks

19 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

VAN CZAR – AMORE IN SCOPULOS (BONZAI BASIKS) – STEMS RELEASE

Madrid based Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar delivers yet another of his techno fuelled cuts with Amore In Scopulos. Van remains a firm favourite around the office and he is flying the Bonzai flag high in Spain with various club nights and his own Bonzai Basik Beats Spain radioshow. His last outing was back in February 2015 with Rumba EP as well as a stint with hiss deeper techno guise Cysxe – OxO EP. Always great to see this guy drop one of his tunes and no doubt we will be seeing lots more of him in the future.

Amore In Scopulos intros with a solid bass heavy workout as chunky kicks are met with deep bas tones and crispy hats. A hypnotic percussion rides through the sound perfectly and becomes a big focus ass it tightens up the rhythm and digs deep into your imagination. A very minimal construction that carries a big punch with enough weight to destroy the floors, a must have.

Alea Jacta Est sets out with fading percussions that lead up to a phat kick and shuffling hat sequence. Cool vocal snippets ring out and bring character to the sound. The track gathers pace as the drums tighten up alongside a mysterious and mesmerizing note. Deep, tech fuelled chords rattle out a solid groove as those vocals become prominent working well with the noisy risers. The bass sits perfectly on the sound and allows the drums to do the work and deliver a solid rhythmic groove. Top notch stuff that will get attention no doubt.

Remove fades in with a tribalistic drum workout complete with a powerful punchy kick. A syncopated rhythmic structure takes shape that will definitely get the bootys on the floor. Surreal vocals crop up throughout and give the track a playful character while a techno vibe is built upon with rising lead synths. The bass sits low and beefs up the solid groove with a strong tribal vibe. Tough edged, in your face techno from Van that is not to be missed.

#vanczar #bonzaibasiks

6 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

HP VINCE & ACID JUNKIES – ACID 1988 (BONZAI BASIKS)

Dutch DJ and producer Vincent Kriek aka HP Vince is returns and has joined forces with fellow Dutch artists Acid Junkies aka Harold de Kinderen and Stefan Robbers on the sublime Acid 1988. With an impressive repertoire at Bonzai, we’re delighted to see Vincent back at the helm. His back catalogue contains numerous mouth watering progressive, trance and tech cuts that continue to inspire. His last Basiks outing – City Jungle, gained great support and gave us a crucial insight into the diversity of this guys talents. Harold and Stefan bring their no holds barred party style to the Basiks table. They love to mix it up at gigs and play to the crowd with the music they love. They play no particular style as their philosophy is purely about the music and the joy it can bring. The best part of 20 years together have allowed them to take raw acid sounds and add their own ingredients to come up with some of the coolest cuts around, great to see them on board and hope to see more in the future.

We kick off with HP Vince’s Mix that sets the scene for an evolution of sound and acid grooves. A smooth and steady tempo is driven by punchy kicks, crispy hats and sharp claps that form the perfect platform for the track to thrive. The acid line arrives and from here you get locked on for the duration. Expertly tweaked parameters ensure maximum acid effect complete with some very, very cool vocals that give the track a true retro feel. Amazing stuff that will definitely get the attention of many.

Acid Junkie’s Mix is up next and picks up perfectly where the previous mix left off. A faster paced groove ensues with the acid tweaks coming thick and fast, ever evolving and cascading beautifully over the sound. The addition of archived news reports narrating on the drugs link to acid house is a nice touch and feeds into the 20th century pop culture which touched o many. A brilliant display of retro acid that will evoke lots of memories from yesteryear.

DJ Vincenzo take it to the next level with his remix ass the acid lines are taken up an octave and the drums are given a techno makeover. A very raw sound comes through which is perfect for acid house. The spoken vocals are a great insight into the talk of the time around the acid scene. The kicks are beefed up and given a punchy electro vibe which will definitely appeal to many, top notch stuff indeed.

#hpvince #acidjunkies #bonzaibasiks #djvincenzo

28 September 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

SA.DU – GLIDE FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Sa.Du delights with another slice of top notch deep tech vibes on his latest offering Glide. We didn’t have to wait too long for this one, we’re still loving his last effort La Musique M’Appelle from June 2015 which gained great support. Never one to disappoint, as proven over the last number of years, Sa.Du brings his unique flavour to everything he touches. Releases on various other labels also gain ground and on the DJ front he wows with tight, intelligent mixing. Always well worth keeping an eye on.

Sa.Du – Glide, out this week on Bonzai Basiks, is featured by Beatport in the Techno genre page!

#bonzaibasiks #beatport #sa.du

16 September 2015 UPDATES Read more

SA.DU – GLIDE (BONZAI BASIKS)

Sa.Du delights with another slice of top notch deep tech vibes on his latest offering Glide. We didn’t have to wait too long for this one, we’re still loving his last effort La Musique M’Appelle from June 2015 which gained great support. Never one to disappoint, as proven over the last number of years, Sa.Du brings his unique flavour to everything he touches. Releases on various other labels also gain ground and on the DJ front he wows with tight, intelligent mixing. Always well worth keeping an eye on.

Glide intros with a deep and moody muffled kick that oozes a powerful low end sub bas sound. Sharp hats and intricate percussions layer up alongside a very cool deep voice and a rising metallic industrialised synth effect. A short break intensifies the synth before a huge cymbal splash gets us going into full on dirty techno mode where we get gripped by a raw power for the duration. The track really has an intoxicating edge that will keep the purists on the floors no doubt, superb stuff.

De Nuit sets out with a big bass heavy sound that delivers a truly raw flavour as subtle percussions begin to form up. The chunky kicks almost get lost in the turbulence created from the bass, but do enough to get the rhythm flowing alongside the tight percussion arrangement. A cacophony of expertly crafted sounds ranging from strange pianos to distorted shakers fill the groove as it winds its way into our senses. An intense pad straddles the edges and provides a cool texture to the sound. A very cool slice of the deeper side of tech that is not to be missed.

Amount intros with a cool percussions which are soon joined by a monster kick that packs a huge punch. A steady rising bassline bubbles up from the depths and gives the track a wonderful techno coating. The drums ride along in tight formation bringing a solid rhythm and paves the way for an infectious trek deep into techno territory. Subtle yet very effective one shots litter the groove painting a colourful picture of sound that mesmerizes at every turn. Another fine effort from this guy that will definitely grab a lot of attention.

Eleven rounds up this fantastic pack and intros with a wonderful probing bass note before the powerful kicks takeover and drive the groove deep into technoville. A superb sub melody lurks just below the mid range waiting to pounce as various FX sound off on the overlay. Darkly sinister voices creep through and leave the imagination wide open as the groove intensifies and weaves its way into your soul. The track gathers pace just before the break where a much sharper bass is unloaded as we head back into full on mode for the duration. Top notch stuff that is a must for your box.

#sa.du #bonzaibasiks

14 September 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

ELEK-FUN – YOU KNOW WHAT EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

Elek-fun aka Ignasi Romero returns to the Basiks stable with his newest four track EP entitled You Know What. October 2014 saw his last outing Great Minds Think Alike gain a lot of support from across the board. During his early years vinyl was the only media accessible so he had lots of practice. This led to him becoming a fantastic DJ in and around Barcelona. He soon decided to go on to College and study advanced music production so he could build up the tools he would need for his new, chosen career path. Techno soon became his main output and he found himself DJing in some of the best Catalan clubs, places like Zoreks Club, Liquid Sky, The Loft, La cova, Eix Club, La Sala del Cel and†Moog. When his DJ career completely took off, Elek-fun also began to release his first lot of productions, in 2004 he worked on a promotional demo called Wait Me which was released in the very popular Future Music magazine. He kept on slowly releasing tracks on labels such as†Sol Records, Ignored Records, SC-Rec , Subversive Media, Hits Box, Tu Remix (MÈjico), JP Releases, Prisma Records and EF Rec which is his own sub-label.

This four tracker kicks off with the title track You Know What with its dark and edgy intro filled with tough beats and a dirty bassline that is joined by sinister sounding spoken vocals. The track oozes techno flavour and will definitely get the darker floors off to a pumping start, a must have track no doubt.

Bolsa De Plastico intros with a punchy kick and superb offset bass that fades up to the backdrop of a multi note riff that dances along the groove. The riff goes through various transformations that end up with a squidgy acid techno topping that gets a boost from the ever evolving kickdrums. A monster tune that packs a big punch, not to be missed.

Torment sets off with a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combi that is soon joined by a darkly sinister offset bass that lurks down in the depths. Cool percussion deliver a solid rhythmic flow to the track and gets a helping hand from some outstanding FX. Other-worldly sounding melodies break the drum domination and take the track deeper into techno territory complete with acid lines that hit the senses hard. Top notch stuff.

20$ rounds off this stunning EP and does so in style. Staying true to the sound we are in for another trek deep into the heart of big and ballsy techno. Tight beats with electro flavours provide the rhythm as a relentless and hypnotic bassline rattles on to the backdrop of cosmic synths that have just come from a retro sci fi flick. A monster track that will definitely keep the floors rocking no doubt.

#elek-fun #bonzaibasiks

7 September 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

VAN CZAR – AMORE IN SCOPULOS EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

Madrid based Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar delivers yet another of his techno fuelled cuts with Amore In Scopulos. Van remains a firm favourite around the office and he is flying the Bonzai flag high in Spain with various club nights and his own Bonzai Basik Beats Spain radioshow. His last outing was back in February 2015 with Rumba EP as well as a stint with hiss deeper techno guise Cysxe – OxO EP. Always great to see this guy drop one of his tunes and no doubt we will be seeing lots more of him in the future.

Amore In Scopulos intros with a solid bass heavy workout as chunky kicks are met with deep bas tones and crispy hats. A hypnotic percussion rides through the sound perfectly and becomes a big focus ass it tightens up the rhythm and digs deep into your imagination. A very minimal construction that carries a big punch with enough weight to destroy the floors, a must have.

Alea Jacta Est sets out with fading percussions that lead up to a phat kick and shuffling hat sequence. Cool vocal snippets ring out and bring character to the sound. The track gathers pace as the drums tighten up alongside a mysterious and mesmerizing note. Deep, tech fuelled chords rattle out a solid groove as those vocals become prominent working well with the noisy risers. The bass sits perfectly on the sound and allows the drums to do the work and deliver a solid rhythmic groove. Top notch stuff that will get attention no doubt.

Remove fades in with a tribalistic drum workout complete with a powerful punchy kick. A syncopated rhythmic structure takes shape that will definitely get the bootys on the floor. Surreal vocals crop up throughout and give the track a playful character while a techno vibe is built upon with rising lead synths. The bass sits low and beefs up the solid groove with a strong tribal vibe. Tough edged, in your face techno from Van that is not to be missed.

#vanczar #bonzaibasiks

24 August 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

JONATHAN CALVO – A FEW GIRLS EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

Jonathan Calvo makes a welcome return to Basiks, his third outing on this imprint comes in the form of the fantastic A Few Girls EP. Jonathan has been working hard on the circuit with DJing and producing and has been around the scene for twenty years. He has been influenced by 80s and 90s musical styles and in the early 2000s he started to play in several clubs, discos and after hours parties around Barcelona and Girona. His cool and dynamic style has led him to be a much respected name among national and international DJ’s. Aside from Bonzai, Jonathan has seen releases on Steel Ground, Datacode, We In The Box and Doppelgaenger.

A Few Girls sets off with a solid, punchy kick and bright, crispy hats in tow. Forming a cool flowing rhythm, the drums are tight here and that’s just how we like it. A fantastic deep, probing bass takes control of the groove as the tech elements of the track begin to shine. Cool, distorted answer phone vocals come in providing a surreal narrative to the track. Expertly executed filtering takes place on the break as the sound is washed and then recovered beautifully into the pounding groove it is for the duration. Top notch stuff.

Oh! Geez intros with cool hats and percussions that build up a solid, layered drum section with the introduction of that pounding kickdrum. In the background some ambient sounds create a textured atmosphere. A funky ass bassline takes over and the groove settles into a deep, house fuelled slice of tech that will get the dancing feet shuffling in no time. Cool vocals come in and out of the sound while on the break a surreal sequence takes us right back into the main sound with crash. Superb stuff that will definitely turn a few heads.

#jonathancalvo #bonzaibasiks

17 August 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

CYSXE – OXO EP FEATURED BY BEATPORT

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.

Cysxe – OxO EP, out this week on Bonzai Basiks, is featured by Beatport in the Techno genre page!

#bonzaibasiks #beatport #csyxe #lauromartins

5 August 2015 UPDATES Read more

CYSXE – OXO EP (BONZAI BASIKS)

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.

The Original Mix sets out with a deep and dark menacing low bass sound that reverberates with a raw power through the speakers. The kickdrum keeps up and punches through alongside slicing hats and sharp claps. Cool rising FX deliver a spacey vibe to the sound as alien style synths lurk in the background. This one is perfect fodder for the late night, underground parties where you can let yourself go and get lost in its hypnotic groove, top notch.

Brazilian DJ and producer Lauro Martins debuts on Basiks with his superb remix. Raised in California USA, Lauro was exposed to all kinds of music as his Father was a DJ. He played his first gig in Brazil and from here he gained confidence with electronic music. Over the years he found his way into Deep House, Tech House and Techno. He draws inspiration from Latin and African sounds and brings these into his own tracks. On the remix the intro sets off with subtlety as soft kicks are met with clean, crisp hats and a dark underlying bass. The kicks soon break through and deliver their punch with gusto as that bass matures into a deep droning monster that dominates the sound. Those crisp hats are joined by a tight drum arrangement that carves out a smooth rhythmic flow where we get a taste of both Latin and African influences. A superb cut that will definitely be a go to track for many.

#cysxe #bonzaibasiks #lauromartins

3 August 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

DIEGO HERRERA – ROCKER (BONZAI BASIKS)

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.

Rocker serves up a solid wall of deep tech grooves that will definitely grab the attention of many. Tight drums accompany a deep throbbing offset bass that will have woofers quaking for sure. An array of Techno induced sounds descend onto the groove and sends out a tough industrialised vibe. On the break the track goes dark as a sinister voice fades through to the backdrop of an intensely haunting sequence before bursting back into full swing. A must have track that will be a welcome addition in those dark filled rooms.

Respect intros with a nice solid kick and probing bass combo that paints a tough edged groove right from the off. Crispy open hats are let loose and the rhythm starts to boil as various percussive elements come through. Clanging metallic sounds are introduced and fills out that tough edged exterior perfectly. The break takes a closer look at these sounds with a sublime heavily effected vocal thrown in which takes us slamming back into the main track for the duration. A monster of a track that must be respected.

Broke sets out with a superbly textured kick that is soon joined by a hyperactive display of percussion that builds and builds delivering a seemingly chaotic arrangement with a beautifully rhythmic vibe. A very subtle bassline lurks at the low end allowing the percussions to run wild and dominate the sound. The break descends into a smooth atmospheric sequence that retains the chaotic nature of the sound as those expertly crafted drums come back for more. An imaginative and rip roaring trek into drums that provides a powerful tool for any set.

Trutuka intros with a cool display of sounds and FX that play out a surreal scene. Big chunky kicks soon take over and are accompanied by bright and crisp open hats that get the rhythm on the move. A wonderfully deep bass presides as a cavalry like trumpet squeals through the groove alongside detuned clanging metallic sounds. Definitely one for the boxes here that will keep the Techno floors burning no doubt.

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