Recent posts: Bonzai Basiks
The highly impressive Van is back to Basiks with his superb three track EP entitled “Mar Menor”. Van, as usual remains a very busy producer and DJ with many remixes and original productions always on the go. His radio show, Bonzai Basik Beats Spain is going strong with many top artists performing and with many more to come. Based in Madrid, Van is a big part of the techno and deep house scene and recently his track “Vapeur Tardive” was showcased in a mix broadcast live on the UK’s 6 Mix show by none other than the legendary Derrick May!
“Mar Menor” sets us off on this EP and the groove begins to flow from early on as the kicks and percussions gel together beautifully alongside a superb deep and chunky bass. The percussion arrangement leads to a solid rhythm with lots of fills keeping the vibe flowing. The break provides some very cool synth chords that really sets the track alight, superb stuff from Van and a track that is sure to feature on many sets!
“Arena Blanca” is up next and delivers a sharp edged groove with a cool techy vibe. Big chunky kicks take over the track from the off with a round of tight percussions blending nicely. A deep resonating bass weaves through the track as a strangely hypnotic synth comes forth. Very cool driving rhythms on this and a must for any box!
“OMG” dishes out some very cool kicks and crisp hats on the intro with more percussions building as the track progresses. The break is a masterclass in arrangement as rolling drums ebb and flow before kicking back. Strong grooves and solid rhythms burst through as a distant bass teases throughout. Wonderfully crafted track that would be a welcome addition for any DJ.
Belfast based John Manning aka one half of Brisboys, steps out on his own with a superb slice of tech with his latest offering “Feelin Alright”. John has appeared on Basiks before with his track “Pikadeli Shindig” alongside Matt Silver. He has also seen solo releases on Baroque, Future Lovers and Remedy Records to name a few. John is also very much involved with DJing and can be seen regularly at top parties.
The Original mix gets us moving with a percussive intro providing the building blocks for a solid rhythm. A thumping kick soon makes an appearance with a wonderfully deep tough bass following shortly after. Very much a techno vibe here as the beats toughen up even more, a brilliant vocal sample is perfectly placed in the arrangement and makes for a must have track in any tech set!
The Synth mix ramps up the pressure as it belts out the superb techno grooves from the original mix, except this time we are treated to a wonderfully rich deep tech/house synth line that has retro written all over it. A monster of a tune with a catchy hook that will have the floors bouncing.
Koen Mertens aka Daddy steps up to the remix plate and is fresh off the back of his last release “Hidden Mojo” on Eyepatch Recordings. Koen certainly turns up the heat with his take on the original as the beats get dirtier and the tech gets groovier. Fantastic percussion arrangement on the intro coupled with a simple vocal snippet lead us into a very raw sounding groove as the kicks come through. Deep resonating basses fill the sound as a more sinister vocal shot is delivered, cool contrasts are drawn as warm synths filter through before a huge organ sound takes control, superb stuff yet again from Daddy!
Rion Oidua is back on remix duty after two very successful remixes for Tribal Warriors on “New York To Ibiza” and Zolex’s “Vette Jahren”. The remix gets down to a full on tech groove from the get go as the intro delivers a cool percussion and vocal combi. Driving beats take hold and the rhythm get flowing effortlessly. The track builds nicely with subtle sounds and risers coming through, a great funky riff comes in and offers a real focus as the sounds combine beautifully, another fantastic delivery from Rion.
DJ Yoichi Hayashi aka Do Shock Booze debuts on Basiks with this two tracker, “Army Of Normad”. Yoichi started off his DJ career in Japan around 2006 after a stint in Germany and the Netherlands. Over the last number of years he has remixed for and worked with many artists and labels where he attaches his unique organic, live sound. He is the owner and founder of the Japanese label Totem Traxx from which he has developed his Totem events performed both at home and overseas.
“Army Of Normad” is up first with a true organically driven vibe as evident within the multitude of sounds on offer. You will find many instruments make an appearance even for just the briefest of moments which adds to this raw feeling sound. Yoichi has been known to sample his own voice and more than likely that’s what we have here with cool vocal samples popping up. Solid rhythms with the drums and percussions keep the track flowing and shapes up to be an all round top notch slice of tech.
“Atomic Tribe” kicks off with a superbly tweaked bass drum that packs a huge punch. Soft hats bring a steady rhythm as the track builds up to a brilliant deep bass sound alongside sinister vocal snippets. This track continues to build and build with much more gritty sounds coming through and culminating with a full on techno groove, top stuff!
Zolex returns after the successful “Assault” on Bonzai Progressive. “Vette Jahren” comes packed to the gills with six fantastic remixes from a variety of artists, making this a must have pack.
The Original Mix sets off with a tough edged techno signature as the bass and kicks combine nicely. Subtle note changes on the bass add a cool bounce to the sound as the percussions build a steady rhythm. The track builds in intensity as a vocal sample comes through and on the break things take a darker twist before getting right back into the action, superb stuff!
Danish producer Soren Aalberg is back for more remix goodness after his last stint on Zolex’s “Assault” back in May of this year. Soren’s New Dawn remix certainly beefs up the sound with his effort, big burly kicks with a brilliant offset bass. Great FX work also comes through with some sublime synths going off in the background.
Antwerp based producer and DJ Jerry May is up next with his Boter Bhlum Remix. Jerry grew up with the sounds of Acid House which led him onto being a DJ and in the last few years he has had the chance to perform at many top events across Europe. In 2010 he took up producing with firm results making him one to watch. His remix strips the original to its core and spits out a rolling, pumping groove. The bassline provides most of the jump as it pumps mercilessly. Cool use of the vocals and all this is backed up with a super tight drum arrangement.
Jimmy Galle throws us another of his fantastic remixes in his great style that we all love here at Bonzai. The first thing to hit you here is the massive thump off the kicks which are contrasted with a plucky synth riff. A much more organic sounding rich burrows its way into the sound and is matched well with the well crafted vocal samples, top stuff again from Jimmy!
Rion Oidua delivers a solid remix which takes on a much more tougher vibe. Superb intro with the percussions setting up the groove, the kicks come in with gusto and the track is on course for a techno fuelled ride! Vocal snippets pop up throughout before the track fades out and comes back in with a stunning bassline that really gets things moving. Definitely one to check out here and sure to be featuring on many playlists.
metrONomes aka Jon ManimaL & Magros hooked up their Dark Mix and dark it is. The intro is a sub woofers wet dream as the low frequencies pound out a wall of sound. Snappy kicks are soon added giving stark contrasts as the percussions build up the rhythms smoothly. Darkly sinister and minimal techno from the guys that will surely make a splash!
The Revolving Junkie aka UK based producer Paul Kieran delivers a fine remix indeed. Phat kicks provide the intro to a track that locks you in from the get go. The baseline adds a cool bounce to the track as synth stabs give off a funky element. Again we see the vocal applied very well which gives this track a cool signature. Very club friendly vibe perfect for any set.
German producer and DJ Eric Kanzler returns to Basiks with a fantastic two tracker “Square EP”. Eric is proving to be very popular around the Basiks office due to the fact that he always delivers the goods with his sounds. His last outing “Hypnotiz” which was taken from his album “Scary Faces”, saw great support from many quarters.
First up we have “Square 303” and as you can imagine we are in for a nice treat with some raw sounds. Eric doesn’t disappoint here as he pulls out the blips and sets us up for a tasty ride through tech. A super tight drum arrangement is the perfect companion for the maelstrom of analog sounds coming through. We get acid squelches coming from all angles forming up into a superb tech house stomper. A must for any box!
“Dusk” goes deep with a dark vibe from the off delivering a very tense feeling as a sinister sounding vocal creeps up. The kicks pack a huge punch and are met with a well constructed percussion section. Hypnotic rhythms take over before the track takes a twist with an acid line that will have you quaking, superb stuff yet again from Eric!
Debut release on BB for Diego Herrera with his fantastic two track “Afterhour EP”.
“Afterhour” is up first and goes right for the jugular with a full on pulsating techno rhythm. Chunky kicks sit over a pounding offset bass that will get any floor moving. The track builds nicely with minimal percussions coming through, on the break we get a respite from this relentless groove with some cool vocal samples and FX before getting straight back into the thick of it, top stuff.
“No Idea What I’m Doin'” carries on in the same vein with pounding techno ride from the off. The bass has that chest pounding quality that will keep floors alive all over. The percussions are brilliantly arranged into the sound giving a smooth rhythmic feel. Throughout the break the bass is boss and it continues its dominance all the way. A hell of a ride here and a definite must for any techno set.
Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro debuts on Basiks with his “Revival EP”. Petro is Belgium based DJ and producer, he was strongly influenced by early Hip Hop and Big Beat sounds. After studying at SAE in Brussels he gained the required skills in audio production and after listening to the likes of Armand Van Helden and Junior Jack, he decided to start into creating house beats. Since then he has appeared on labels like Dash Deep Recordings and Gam Recordings.
“Revival” is a fine slice of tech fuelled beats, the kicks have a well rounded punch and the offset bass has a shattering, pulsating rhythm. The percussions build up the sound brilliantly and on the break some expert work is applied to FX on the vocal samples. Very strong groove that would be a welcome addition in any techno set.
“Identity” gets right into techno mode from the get go. Chunky kicks and prominent percussion make up a solid flowing rhythm. The bassline goes way deep exuding a lot of power in the process while the FX work has a massive impact on the sound. A hypnotic groover from start to finish!
Purveyor of the finest tech beats Sa.Du delivers his latest three tracker “Save As”. Sa.Du now has a very impressive collection of works under the Bonzai imprint and this is sure to continue as he thrashes out quality vibes every time.
“Save As” intros with a myriad of different percussions which form beautifully into a solid groove, heavy kicks are the perfect addition with a superb bassline getting the groove into full effect. The introduction of strange sounding synths gives the track a slight twist and on the break warm lush synths accompany melodic piano sequences before reverting back to a sublime tech groove.
“Make Noise” gets going with a fantastic big room kick and open hat combi, a throbbing bass soon enters and a top notch groove is born. Rhythms build up nicely and on the break some brilliant FX work on the vocal creates a sinister vibe. Kicking back into the groove we get a superb synth which alone will have any floor jumping.
Finally we see super club groover “Lost Package”, the intro reveals an offset bass which goes on to dominate proceedings, this is backed with a strong kick and tight perc arrangement. A truly hypnotic vibe follows with FX work sitting in very well, great sound here and one to watch.
Long time Spanish DJ and producer Jonathan Calvo debuts on Basiks with a stunning tech house fuelled package. Jonathan has been a DJ for more than 20 years and recently he has used this extensive experience to enter the world of production. He has seen many releases since 2011 on labels like Ambiosphere Recordings, White Island Recordings, New Era Recordings and many more. Here he delivers two tracks backed up with quality remixes.
The Original Mix of “The Intstructor” is a powerful tech house stomper, heavy kicks are accompanied with a deep throbbing bassline and steady rhythmic percussions. The overall sound is quite minimal but packs a massive punch, throughout the track a cool vocal sample subtly delivers a narrative to the vibe, top stuff.
The Club Mix delivers more of the same tech vibes but with a deeper house twist due to the synth chords coming through, perfect for a deep set on any floor.
Argentina born Martin Lacroix is up on remix duty with a superb gritty take on “The Instructor”. Now residing in Barcelona this DJ and producer has seen releases on many labels over the years and currently DJ’s at top venues around Barcelona. The track intros with a sort of metallic feel as the synths punch out their groove. Tough beats are matched well with cool percussions and deep basses. The vocal is much more prominent here as it gets beefed up to become the main feature of the track.
Jonathan’s next track is “Sai Baba”, the intro puts us right into a solid groove with a thumping kick and crisp percussion combo. The tech vibes begin to flow when the super low end bass kicks in with a very subtle synth coming through in the background. A relentless and infectious groove ensues which would be a perfect addition to any set list.
Barcelona based production duo Endika & Sesk make up the project Krusound and here they deliver a superb tech filled house remix on “Sai Baba”. The intro gets the rhythm flowing early on and soon a deep throbbing bassline takes over the sound with cool synths and vocals adding to the dynamic vibe. Another fine addition to this pack and a must for the deeper floors out there.
Van is back on Basiks with his “Despote EP” which is backed up with two top quality remixes. Van’s workload really is impressive and after his last epic release “Delotux” he really hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. DJing, hosting multiple radioshows, producing and remixing are what he loves to do and he delivers on quality every time.
The Original Mix of “Despote” is a tough and gritty deep techno offering, chunky kicks and crisp hats set up the scene while the bassline creeps in and settles into a solid groove. The FX work here is second to none and the vocal samples are expertly placed which is one of Van’s specialties.
First on remix duty is Insect Society, fresh off the back of the well received “And Cleopatra Wept”. Big thumping kicks on the intro with subtle hats and percussion easing their way into the sound, a deep sub bass is on the offset beat and this will send ripples through any floor. As the track builds we get some cool vocal samples and stunning synths coming into play while a classic siren type FX give this a big arena feel and this is just where a track like this belongs, superb stuff.
Minitech Project returns with his own brand of techno fuelled grooves on the remix. A solid reworking here with big focus on the lower end of the frequencies, stark contrasts are felt with the crisp hats and percussion and we go lower with a throbbing deep bass. Again we see expertly placed vocal samples which have a big impact on the groove, great to see Minitech back and hopefully more to come.
Dutch DJ and producer Vincent Kriek aka HP Vince returns to the Bonzai stable with a deep techno stomper entitled “City Jungle”, the track also comes with a superb remix from Roderick Fox. Vincent is also better known as DJ Vincenzo, Automode, Black Onyx and in groups like Menthol and Yamakasi with Laurent Veronnez. He has seen quite a few releases on labels like Musashi, Bonzai Limited, Bonzai Music, Bonzai Trance Progressive and Green Martian to name just a few.
The Original Mix is an absolute stomper of a tune, seriously heavy kicks and rhythmic percs provide the intro with a few sweeping FX adding cool textures. The rhythm builds nicely as the hats do their work. An almost retro type bass comes through giving the track wonderful depth while some brilliant tribal drums keep the groove flowing. The break transforms into full on drum mania mode with many different drums coming in to the sound before getting back into that solid pulsating groove, top notch.
Sounds R Us Recordings regular Roderick Fox is up on remix duties with a total techno workout on offer. Tight arrangements give off a steady flowing rhythm while a classic style bass keeps the track rooted in the groove. Wonderful risers are dotted throughout and some classy percussion work raises the tracks profile beautifully. The track is all wrapped up with expert FX work and really sets the scene perfectly, superb stuff.
Hungarian producer and composer Insect Society is back on Basiks with “And Cleopatra Wept”. His last release “Really Insane EP” gained huge support all over.
The Original mix starts off with an intense kick and bass combo that exudes power, lots of different FX sweep in and out of the sound and the percussions build up nicely. An acid line forms out of nowhere creating a truly hypnotic rhythm with a little bit of retro flavour. Quality synth work pops up and the break gives off a raw, organic vibe before slamming back into this very powerful groover, one to watch here.
The Floor Of Tears version is an epic extension on the original, a bit more club orientated while keeping to the hypnotic prowess of the main track. Definitely a must for DJ boxes all over.
Bjoern Small is back! Bjoern debuted on our label Musashi way back in2004 with “The Theory” and since then he was consistently churning out quality work. After multiple releases he showed his album “A Sense Of Occasion” in 2008 which was very well received indeed. After that he saw releases on Green Martian and he also remixed one of Bonzai Basiks first cuts on Funky Harry & Kris Voog’s track “Never Never Land”. This track “Mangue” is a welcome sight from such a talented artist.
The Original Mix is a true deep tech bomb with a huge double bass plucking out the notes with a jazzy twist. Tight kicks and top notch percussions set up the rhythm perfectly and create a solid groove. On the break lots of instruments combine with the slightest hint of melody coming through the maelstrom of sound. Expert craftsmanship here with the finer details becoming more apparent as the track progresses.
The “Stay At Home And Chill Dub Mix” is a much more rounded track with warmer sounds adding a certain richness to the groove. Cool clubby vibe here and a track that would be the perfect addition to any deep set. Keep an ear out for more from this guy in the near future.