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Spanish DJ and producer Jonathan Calvo makes a welcome return to Basiks with his brilliant two tracker Traumatizer. It’s been just over a year since we last saw Jonathan with his summer 2013 release The Instructor which performed well.
Traumatizer intros with a big chunky low end kick and crispy sharp hats that get the rhythms flowing nicely. Cool FX go off in the background and give an almost industrial feel to the sound as the layers build with various percussions. The bass sits off the main groove beautifully and provides a solid platform for this techno monster to shine. Darkly sinister whispered vocals toughen up the groove brilliantly as the track goes deeper into the realms of edgy techno. Superb stuff that will be a top pick for those deep dark sets.
Timing fades in with a smooth filtered bass and is soon joined by a punchy kick and shuffling percussion section. The bassline dominates as it locks you into the groove beautifully while various FX keep the techno vibe flowing. The break offers a subtle high pitched string with tribal chants also coming through before slamming right back into the main track. A brilliant tribal techno workout that is sure to be on many playlists.
Elek-Fun delivers his newest slice entitled Great Minds Think Alike on Basiks. Back in July this year we saw his debut with the powerful Lovely Mother Fucker EP which charted well and appeared in many sets. This time around you can expect another feisty run out in a deep tech style.
First up we have the title track Great Minds Think Alike which intros with a monster kick that punches mercilessly right in the chest and is accompanied by a deep throbbing bass from the off. Cool vocal samples add contrasting textures as harsh hats are joined by subtle percussions and FX to etch out a rhythmic groove. Very powerful stuff that will be a welcome addition in those dark late night parties.
Stand & Fight sets off with a huge kick that punches right through your body, this is offset by a sharp crispy hat and builds up a solid rhythm. At the backend of those kicks and just at the offset beat is a pulsating bass that just sits waiting to pounce as the groove intensifies with various layers coming through. A relentless slice of deep techno that will be a top pick in many sets for sure.
Cysxe aka Van Czar and Minitech Project aka Faroukh Hasham team up for the first time to deliver this stomping techno cut, Acid Planet EP. Cysxe is the darker, tougher side of Van’s techno style who we first got a glimpse of on Bouge back in 2012 and then more recently on Onofrio Conte’s Underground People. It has been a while since we seen Minitech Project on these shores, he has been busy with other works in the meantime but we are delighted to see him back. Time to buckle up for a ride deep into pure techno vibes.
The Original Mix of Acid Planet sets us off with its chunky, bass heavy kicks packing a huge punch that hits you square in the chest. The kicks produce a tough driving groove with the help of some intricate percussion patterns that create a flowing rhythm. The break throws up a darkly tribal, primitive drum sequence before leading us back to those pounding kicks. Superb stuff from these guys that will have those dark rooms bouncing.
Next up we have the Majed Remix of Acid Planet. Majed is returning to Bonzai after his debut alongside Van and their In Vino EP back in July this year. The remix intros with a smooth and crispy percussion before a nice punchy kick comes through and bringing that cool techno flavour along for the ride. The super smooth bass meanders through the track beautifully with its up and down motion, this works so perfectly with percussion driven nature of the sound and will no doubt appeal to many jocks, top notch yet again.
Deep Me features the vocal talents of Padhme who last featured on You And Me in 2013 and who remains mysteriously anonymous. The track intros with a sharp percussion arrangement that builds a steady flowing rhythm. Gut pounding bass heavy kicks soon join in and give that raw techno coating to the sound. Big focus on drums and percussions with cool fills and smooth filtering. The vocals add wonderful character as they bring a deep hypnotic groove which is the perfect combination for this purist sound.
Majed steps up to remix Deep Me and does a fantastic job. The intro hits hard with a deep pulsating kick stutter that is lit up by a cool drum section that fades through beautifully. The kicks filter out superbly to reveal a very electro fuelled breakbeat arrangement complete with snappy kicks and punchy snares. The break lets loose with a very cool synth riff that has that distinct metallic electro flavour. A brilliantly constructed slice of techno that is not to be missed.
TK Anderson joins the Bonzai Basiks stable with the superb two tracker Motu. TK has seen releases across various labels over the last couple of years and he likes to take things into experimental realms using Techno, Deep House and Minimal as his guides. A welcome addition to the label with exciting times ahead for sure.
First up we go right into the industrialised sounds of Motu. A huge thumping kick dominates the track throughout with a wide variety of tightly arranged percussions over the top. These sounds dish out that minimalist feel as metallic clangs and eerie FX whip up a techno frenzy. Superbly crafted from start to finish this track will be a must for those darkened rooms.
Analog Devil intros with a punchy kick to the backdrop of some very cool FX and a sweeping pad which contrasts beautifully with techno edge on the sound. A deep reverberating bass lurks below as spacey sounds fly through. A sinister sounding vocal pops up as the track settles into a relentless techno groove that is filled with classic analog sounds. A beautifully textured slice that will appeal to many no doubt.
Debut appearance on Basiks for producer Martyn Mlostekk. Over the last few years Martyn has raised his profile with quality releases on various labels. Techno, Breaks and Progressive vibes are his weapons of choice with Techno being the most prominent. Here he delivers two stunning tracks on Evolution which are a real treat so buckle up for a monster ride.
Evolution is up first with its dark atmospheric breaks intro. Chunky kicks are scattered across the arrangement beautifully as percussive layers begin to fill up the space. In the background a deep droning bass sound is joined by sinister sounding FX creating a gritty texture across the track. Understated arps rise and fall and are lost in the big bassy drone that dominates throughout. A deep and moody affair that will do well in those dark rooms.
The Tube delivers a cool raw vibe as the intro boasts a rhythmic percussion to the backdrop of some organic sounds. Punchy kicks sit well against a brilliantly tweaked synth that pulsates through the sound as a the deep basses form up from below. The synths evolve effortlessly as the filters open up injecting a deep tech groove. Top notch stuff which will turn a few heads no doubt.
Our next Bonzai Basiks release comes from Majed and Van Czar with their three tracker, In Vino EP. Van is such a consistently great and talented artist as his productions will testify, recently his Black Diamond EP hit the ground running and was well received among many. It’s always an exciting time when Van’s latest offering hits the office and this is no exception. Van is joined by DJ and producer Majed who is making his debut appearance on Basiks. Majed has been around the scene for a long time having started out perfecting his art at just 12 years old. He has much respect in the electronic music world and has been a regular jock at many top events. In 2011 he started his own label, LíEcurie Electro where he could bring together like minded producers he had already been working with. With a ton of releases across various labels you can rest assured you will see much more from this guy.
In Vino intros with a hollowed kick and shuffling percussions as a spoken vocal narrates. The track is amped up by a surging deep bass that dominates the sound as the kicks transform into nice chunky hits. The vocal returns on each break as various synths and FX merge to create a very cool dynamic on the track. Straight into the heart of techno this is a definite must for those deep sets.
The Original Mix of Euro3 is up next with its cool percussive intro that transforms into a throbbing techno groove filled with punchy kicks and a sublime deep bass. The drum arrangements weave out a rhythmic pattern to the backdrop of some awesome rising and falling FX creating wonderful textures right through the sound. Top notch stuff that will work well in experimental sets for sure.
Van delivers his Revolution Remix of Euro3, a truly deep rooted techno experience from start to finish. Big chunky kicks fill the intro as the percussion elements build a solid rhythmic platform. The bass comes from the depths as it resonates through shuddering the bins into submission. Surreal synths reveal a sinister theme to the track and on the break a hypnotic vocal sample joins in before we are thrust back into the main groove. Stunning cut yet again from Van and not to be missed.
It’s been a while since we last saw Lucio here at Bonzai HQ. His last outing was way back in the Spring of 2013 with Templum EP, since then he has been a guest on Bonzai Basik Beats among other things. Today we have this stunning two tracker Let’s Go which will no doubt turn a few heads.
First up we have Get Back with its cool pulsing bass intro that leads to a punchy kick and crisp hat combi. The offset bass drives the track beautifully as a funky house vibe comes off the synths. The synths will get the dancing feet moving as the filters sweep over creating a wonderfully textured layer. Cool bouncy vibes burst out of the groove making this a definite must have for any set this summer.
Next up is Get Ready which intros with a nice chunky kick and is soon joined by a deep fuelled bassline that just materialises out of nowhere. Contrasting crispy hats and percussions keep the rhythms flowing steadily as tech elements filter through the sound. The break reveals a very cool underlay with a distant acid riff and some very cool FX work before we slam right back into full on mode. Superb stuff that will appeal to many for sure.
Moll returns to Basiks with his latest offering, At The Dawn EP. Moll always delivers and his last outing Tech-On proved a favourite among many. This time around we are treated to three deep tech cuts that will burn up floors all over no doubt.
First up we have the title track At The Dawn with haunting intro that soon turns into a full on driving deep tech ride with punchy kicks, smooth percussions and a cool deep throbbing bass. Whispered vocals add a sinister element as those haunting pads sweep through the sound. A real proper dark themed sound with a pumping groove that will turn a few heads for sure.
Premonition sets off with cool percussion patterns and a muted kick, a deep growling bass bubbles up from the depths and soon takes control of the sound. A strong and rhythmic experience ensues a darker themes are introduced. Well crafted FX are perfectly placed within the sound for maximum effect and we are led into a world of deep techno vibes. Top notch yet again from Moll and not to be missed.
Anonymous takes a minimal approach as classic styled kicks and hats provide a steady rhythm to the backdrop of rising and falling FX. Cool vocal samples pop up and add a gritty texture to the sound as the bassline sits back in just the right spot with its throbbing power. Smooth minimal vibe that will be a main feature in sets for sure.
Elek-fun aka Ignasi Romero debuts on Basiks with this pumping two track EP entitled Lovely Mother Fucker. Ignasi grew up within a musical family and this brushed off on him as he went on to attend college where he studied advanced music production. He has been a DJ for a long time and has been around the world gigging. Having moved to London in 2009 he now runs a very successful club night called Leading Astray. In 2013 he set up his own label, Leading Astray Records where he can showcase his work alongside artists such as Danniel Selfmade, Dani Sbert, and JJ Gullo. Now with Bonzai we can see a bright future for this talented guy.
First up we have the title track, Lovely Mother Fucker, with its straight in your face intro filled with tough kicks and a monster, raw bassline that grabs a hold of you from the off. Crisp and sharp hats join the fun and provide a steady rhythm. In the background subtle percussions soon follow and we find ourselves locked into this full on techno stomper. Cool variations on the bassline chop things up a bit giving a cool dynamic edge. The break reveals some cool and very subtle synth work that adds stark textures, top notch stuff.
Zero is up next and intros with cool FX array and a pulsating, deep low end bassline. Big chunky kicks come through and the rhythm section begins to form. Very basic and minimal approach to the sound with most of the work coming out of the brilliant FX. The dominating force is the bassline as sits perfectly in the groove and gives off a hypnotic vibe. Deep and dark techno that is a must for those late night sessions.
While most of our posse is present at ADE every year we’ve never really showcased any of the new generation labels and artists that currently reside under Bonzai’s wings.
Our ADE event will be hosted by Bonzai Basiks Beats (our radio show) and Djunkee Bookings, they are lining up some of the best dj’s such as Airwave (Bonzai Progressive),Rogerio Martins (Piston Recordings) , Oz Romita (Sound R Us Recordings), Nico Parisi (Bonzai Progressive), Joal (Monog Records) and Van Czar (Bonzai Basiks)
Today Bonzai is an imprint that feels at home in many styles and genres throughout a vast network of sublabels and label managers, come check out what we have to offer at this Free entry event!!!
Onofrio is back to Basiks with his ‘Underground People EP’ which comes backed with two fantastic remixes. This guy goes round the houses as he has seen tracks appear on our Eyepatch and Sounds R Us labels. His last Basiks outing was way back in 2013 with ‘Red Lights EP’ and since then he has continued to deliver the goods.
The Original Mix intros with full on Techno flavours in mind. A deep rolling bass and punchy kick set the scene for a relentless ride. Percussions build their way in with crispy hats and some great snares and claps that set off a cool rhythm. The vocal sample is heavily effected with superb results and adds character to this minimal sound, particularly on the break. Cool bouncy rhythms that will have any floor moving in no time.
Van Czar is up next with his Ibiza Remix. Van continues to inspire as he pours his soul into each production and remix he does. His latest outing ‘Black Diamond’ on Bonzai Basiks is shaping up to be another of his master strokes. We know he travelled to Ibiza recently and no doubt he will have gotten the inspiration for this remix there. A percussive led intro takes us smoothly into a techno groove with nicely padded kicks and a pulsating bass. Rhythmic patterns evolve beautifully with the addition of subtle percs here and there. Sublime rising pads take the focus and blend well with the tech grooves before leading into the break where a faultless sequence takes place filled with powerful vox and swirling pads. The tracks kicks back in and we are locked on for the duration, another fine slice form Van the man!
Next up is Cysxe with his Dark Room Remix. Cysxe is the moniker of Van Czar and is an outlet for the tougher edged techno he likes to delve into. Cysxe has seen releases on labels like NXT Recordings, Eyepatch Recordings and more over the last year or so and first came to prominence with a remix of Van’s Bonzai debut ‘Bouge’. The remix intros with an energetic feel as phat kicks are paired with a chest pounding offset bass that really sets the track on fire. Cool background FX adds texture to the sound and a hypnotic single synth note really brings out the tougher edged techno vibe. A monster of a tune that gives off a retro feel and will no doubt be a popular choice among many!
Bonzai Basiks stalwart Sa.Du returns with another of his fantastic packages. This time around we have the four tracker ‘Breakfast’. His last outing ‘Field’ at the end of last year saw much support as always and no doubt this one will have heads spinning.
First up we get right into deep tech territory with ‘Breakfast’ as the intro boasts a nice chunky kick alongside some fantastic percussion drums and a scaling FX sound. The track builds nicely as the layers unfold and bringing an intense vibe along the way. The track’s construction is superb and you’ll find yourself coming back for more and finding new patterns each time. Great stuff yet again and a must for any deeper set.
‘Order’ is up next and intros with a stuttering bass and percussion combi. These begin to take shape with the addition of flat snares and rhythmic hats. The bass soon becomes infectious as it relentlessly drives on and the track lifts off with a nice big phat kick. Cool vocal samples are met with some very cool percussion patterns and expertly crafted FX. Energetic and intoxicating rhythms make this a definite hit in those deep tech sets for sure.
‘Spiritual Mind’ gets going with a truly surreal vibe as chunky kicks are coupled with some outstanding FX work and stunning percussion patterns. The bass sits perfectly underneath and allows the myriad of percussive instruments to do their job. Tight arrangements build solid rhythms along the way as the track evolves and becomes a monster of a tune. This is one hell of a hypnotic, epic journey through the deeper side of tech house and is not to be missed.
‘Understand’ rounds of this superb pack and does it in style. Right for the get go you will be locked into this groove as it mercilessly unleashes infectious grooves into your mind. A real driving feel to this as the bass just keeps on going with a little help from a fantastic drum and percussion arrangement. The break offer little respite as we are thrust into a surreal world full of melancholic strings and deep basses alongside cool vocal samples. The track dives right back into full on mode soon after and keeps us hooked to the end, brilliant stuff.
Alfredo makes a welcome return to Bonzai Basiks with his My House EP. We last saw Alfredo around this time last year when he delivered the stunning Retrospective EP and we have no doubt that we will see the same top quality this time around.
The title track My House sets us off with a smooth intro dishing out some silky percussions and cool kicks. This leads us to a deep and raw sounding bass that really works its way through the sound and is joined by a raspy spoken vocal sample. We get drawn right into the groove on this as the deep tech edged vibe takes hold. On the break the bass takes a back seat and allows a cool percussion arrangement to come through before slamming right back into the darkness this track creates, superb stuff.
The Scrawl is up next and right from the off we are thrust into a full on techno fest. A deep throbbing sub bass is joined by cool clipped kicks and a superb percussion line followed up with crispy clear hats. Cool vocal samples give the track a darker feel and will makes this a strong favourite for the darker rooms. A big feature in the track is the expertly arranged percussion section, tight and to the point as various rhythms filter through alongside a more energetic secondary bass and a continuous metallic perc hit. Brilliant!
Fly To Chicago rounds off this EP with a cool punch. Nice chunky kicks are joined by brittle closed hats that continue to surprise throughout the track as they open and close to great effect. A bubbly and pulsating bass rides the rhythms brilliantly over the course of the track as surreal synths and pads make a show. Again we see a perfectly executed percussion arrangement that provides the basis of this stunning cut, a must have no doubt.
Van Czar returns to Basiks with his wonderful ‘Black Diamond EP’ which comes with two fantastic remixes as well as the Original. Van’s last outing ‘African Roots’ saw him collaborate with a myriad of top artists which gained a lot of support from all quarters. As usual Van continues to keep the wheels turning with DJing, radio and producing taking a lot of his time. No doubt we will be seeing much more from this Spanish based Belgian.
First up we get into the Original Mix which intros with a superb jungle theme and a tense rising pad. Very cool percussions form up and create a tight rhythmic groove as chunky kicks come into play giving off a cool tribal vibe. The break offers up those surreal pads to the backdrop of jungle sounds which work so well together. Brilliant percussion led track that will be a welcome addition to those deeper techno sets.
Popular remixer Onofrio Conte steps up to the controls with a brilliant display of his skills. The intro gets us moving with beautifully released kicks and contrast well with sharp hats and a tight percussion arrangement. Lush deep chords play through the sound and build a tense picture as the track evolves. A truly infectious groove is the result and will sit well in any playlist, top notch stuff!
German DJ and producer Eric Kanzler delivers his Dirty Remix and injects his brand of techno in style. The intro sets us up for a brilliant display of percussions as many sounds converge and mould into a great big dirty ride through techno. Perfectly tuned beats and a very subtle and simple bass are the backbone to an array of drums that blend beautifully. Expertly crafted and a lot of fun, this is not to be missed.
7th installment in the Pure Tech series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Van Czar, Kini Rao, Charles Ramirez, Moll, Jamez, Jimmy Galle, Sa.Du, Cele, Ozan Kanik, Enrico Caruso, Ozgur Uzar, Jonathan Calvo, Andy Slate, Zolex, Alessan Main, Kevh Ripple, Eric Kanzler, Ed Whitty, The Electric 10, Diego Herrera, Onofrio Conte, Tribal Warriors, Oz Romita, Roderick Fox, HP Vince, John Manning, Redhead, Franky Jones and NaaN.