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Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar delves into his ancestry and discovers his own African roots. Van has an ability to deliver quality productions every time, from Techno to House, he always puts his soul into his sound. Drums and percussions are big elements in his sound and with his ancestry we can see how he is able to tap into this and create purely soulful, outstanding rhythmic structures. Here we see Van recruit a few of his friends to contribute to the wonderful ‘African Roots’. Nine tracks filled with all the goodness of house and techno and burgeoning with tribal driven grooves.
Top Belgian DJ and producer Eric Powa B gets us going with ‘Supafly’. The intro boasts a penetrating tribal rhythm with some well constructed drum patterns. Nice and crisp hats sit over a cool chunky kick while some vocal samples add texture. The bass is the big hitter here as it pulsates through the groove keeping you locked in. On the break we get some awesome tribal chants which gives the track character, superb stuff from Eric and a wonderful start to this project.
Van is joined by New York based South African DJ and producer Brendon Moeller aka Echologist on the title track ‘African Roots’. Brendon has been around recording studios for a long time with a very respectful list of releases to his name and under various guises. The track takes on a tribal vibe right from the off as a myriad of drums weave out intricate patterns resulting in smooth rhythms. Nice crisp hats accompany a full kick giving the track a techno edge. Vocal samples ebb and flow in the track and add to the tribal textures. The break gives off a sweet string sequence adding a cool contrast to the sound. The track powers on and releases an acid line late on which further enhances the sound, wonderful stuff!
Next up we have Surasela with ‘Southern Attraction’. Cool percussion led intro which shapes up into a fine flowing rhythm. Chunky kicks and brilliant hats come through alongside some really cool deep chanting vocals. Simple synth notes add a beautiful texture to the sound and marry well with driving nature of the groove, top notch!
Darouge is up next with ‘Around The Corner’. Darouge was first introduced to electronica through listening to top trance and progressive jocks and as time went on his musical preferences changed. After attending many different styled parties he began to settle on house music with minimal tech and techno being his main focus. His last outing through Bonzai was his ‘Displacement EP’ on Eyepatch. Here he keeps with main theme behind the album and focuses on tribal rhythms with outstanding results. Expertly crafted drum and percussion patterns form up into driving rhythms with vocal samples thrown in. A truly deep throbbing bass shores up the grooves while on the break we get treated to a beautifully tweaked, hat, drum and vocal workout which builds back up to full on techno delight.
Van’s ‘Tobassi’ is next, the track intros with a slowly fading in beat accompanied with sharp slappy drums and cool hats. Powerful kicks give off a classic techno vibe and the drums intensify building to a sublime tribal rhythm. The break brings in surreal African chants which blend perfectly with the beats. Van has gone down the full on tribal route here and what a brilliant job he has made of it, simply stunning!
Swiss producer Mark Kavas and relative newcomer Peter Storm deliver a stunning tech fuelled slice with ‘Fennec’. Right from the off the track takes a cool tech edge with phat kicks and well balanced hats building the platform for a superb ride through the deeper side of tech house. Fantastic carnival-esque drums pop up and are the perfect companion for the gritty bass that dominates the sound. Sweeping FX make a show alongside cool and subtle synth work. Great track from these guys and a must for those deeper sets.
Mexican DJ and producer Ritch Mollen gives the vocal fuelled ‘Togo’. Ritch made his Bonzai debut with ‘Enough Of Disco’ at the start of 2013. He delivers the goods yet again with this electro-tech monster. On the intro we get a classic kick and hat combination which leads into a very cool male vocal which is a big attraction on the track. A tough bass soon follows taking much of the focus as it powers through the sound. Superb electro snares bring in each section with great effect and gives the track a surreal diversity, top stuff!
Van and Brendon Moeller aka Echologist give us a Dub Mix of ‘African Roots’ which is a full on jaunt through the deeper side of techno with tribal elements. Very dark atmospheres are created with dull thudding drums and beautifully crafted bassline that dominates the sound. Vocal samples give a hypnotic vibe and really set the track off. A hell of a ride this one and sure to be a big feature in many sets.
Spanish, veteran DJ and producer Mauro Nakimi delivers his track ‘Black Cube’. Mauro has been active on the scene since 1991 when he was big into the jungle, breakbeat, hardcore scenes. He became a regular feature around London playing at all the big clubs and in the mid nineties he began to write his own music. This resulted in numerous releases across many top labels. Today he sticks mainly to Techno as evident within this superb track. Big chunky kicks and percussions get us going along with the odd vocal sample. The percussion are very well arranged giving off smooth flowing rhythms as a deep rooted bass brings up the rear. As the track evolves many different elements combine giving a Techno flavour, on the break this is magnified with a brilliant deep bass arp that teases throughout the rest of the track. An epic ride that is not to be missed!
Chilean DJ and producer Diego Herrera returns to BB with the superb ‘Middle Earth EP’. His last outing ‘Afterhour’ gained much attention as he delivers a full on deep tech experience. This EP covers two tracks plus a brilliant remix.
The Original Mix of ‘Middle Earth’ gets right into tech grooves from the off with a snappy kick, crisp hat and some deep throbbing basses. Cool rhythms are the result of this arrangement with some raw, almost industrial sounds creeping in. This is evident on the break, sublime organic sounds are merged brilliantly with some vocals that give the track an even darker edge, top notch yet again from Diego.
Buenos Aires based DJ and producer Rodrigo Estevez offers up a wonderful remix on ‘Middle Earth. Rodrigo has begun releasing his own material through labels like Mismatch Music and Power Beat Records since late 2013, definitely one to watch here. The remix gives us a cool 4 x 4 groove with a tight arrangement on the drums and percs which makes for smooth rhythmic vibes. Nice depth on the bass as it powers through the track drawing lots of attention. The original vocals are used well throughout this full on tech workout.
Diego’s next track is ‘Raw Wax’, the intro boasts a sharp hat and muted kick combo with a fantastic arp rising up alongside. Before you know it, after a short break the track explodes with a superb bouncy rhythm which is formed by some expert arrangement. The bass is the big hitter as it bubbles up from below, the bass is complimented by some outstanding construction on the kicks and percussions giving off a nice techno bounce. The track trudges on relentlessly as the groove fully takes control, simply stunning stuff!
Sa.Du is back with another round of deep tech goodness on his four tracker ‘Field’. His last outing ‘Save As’ gained huge support from all over which is a tip of the hat to this fine talent.
‘Field’ intros with a smooth and steady rhythm as the subtle kicks merge beautifully with a tight percussion arrangement while some wistful vocal samples fade through. Throughout the track we are treated to a different array of vocals that really set the track off in style. The bassline sits in the background yet has a big impact on the sound. An all round super ride through deep tech house that will do well in any set.
Nice and full kicks provide the intro on ‘To Me’, soft open hats are the perfect addition as one shot synth notes begin to form around a very cool female vocal. The arrangements on this are top notch as a diverse range of sounds amalgamate perfectly. Subtle basses and saxophones serve up a groovy vibe as we ride through deep shades of tech house, great stuff.
Next up we have ‘Imaging Your Self’, deep and sultry sounds abound here as a provocative female vocal swamps the vibe. Cool rhythms are formed out of a tight drum arrangement with punchy kicks and sharp hats. The bassline gels everything together brilliantly and on the break a female vocal comes to life with a huge diva-esque chorus, top notch production in effect!
‘Am I Crazy’ is up next with a classy intro filled with multiple FX and another tight drum pattern. Alongside a superb female vocal sits a piano riff that scales the keys in various sequences, this sound becomes the big focus and is contrasted with a much brighter, higher pitched toy piano type arp. The bassline comes through late on but only serves to fully enhance the groove making this an epic slice of deep tech.
Debut release on Basiks for Spanish DJ and producer Vincente Moll aka Moll with his three tracker “Tech-On”. Vincente has released tracks across various labels such as “Losing Control” on Bronzai Records, “Entertainment” on Cibicaldi Records, “O.M.G. on Tiamat Records and “Deepfferent” on Click Muzic Recordings. Tech house is very much his focus and this makes for exciting times ahead.
“Tech-On” takes no prisoners as it enters straight into full on tech mode with a cool chunky kick and synth stab combi which is backed up with low end bass. A fresh vocal sample soon takes over the track adding to the already funky rhythms. The track powers through relentlessly with the odd mini break to recharge the batteries before getting right back to a superb tech groove, a top track with huge dancefloor appeal and will no doubt gain a lot of support.
“Restart” intros with crispy hats and very cool percussive effects, a subtle yet effective kick comes through accompanied by a deep bass and vocal sample with cool scratching. The track gets into full swing with the bass and kicks becoming more prominent. The break boasts some well crafted FX as the bass takes a back seat before slamming back into a full on tech stomper complete with a very recognisable and much loved retro vocal shot, top stuff.
Finishing up this superb release we have “Mystery”. Tight drums and percs get the grooves flowing right from the off before a wonderful deep bass bursts through. A brilliant spoken vocal sits well in the sound while the main focus edges toward a techno fuelled stab. The track embarks on a merciless jaunt through the techno spectrum which makes this a must for any set.
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.