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Based in Zagreb, Croatia, Active Line Six makes a welcome return to Bonzai with this fantastic EP. AL6 has been involved with EDM since he was 17 when he got his first residency at popular Croatian club Kulusic and this led him to play many gigs around the country. In 1995 he first got together with Bonzai at Dom Sportova when he played trance sets with the likes of Fly, Franky Kloeck and others. In the last few years AL6 began to produce and the results are brilliant. In 2012 he debuted on Basiks with “Requiem” and then with “Silent Dream” on Eyepatch.
First up is “Chrome” a very subtle understated techno vibe with a hypnotic rhythm. The track starts with a classic kick and offset bass overlaid with a simple yet very effective tone. A nice flow builds up on the percussion with a raft of quality FX keeping the vibe alive, a very cool short vocal shot drops in throughout to make for a top notch slice.
“Hearts” is a much brighter tune with the intro filled with crisp, sharp hats and some quality percussions. Again we see a FX put right into the mix at the right time which shows tight arrangement skills. The track builds slowly with the bass causing a transformation in the groove, a real techno/house hybrid that will fill those boxes for sure.
Oli Cassidy and James Trystan make up the duo of Filth & Splendour and after appearing on a few compilations they make their full Bonzai debut with “Romper Stomper” along with a couple of banging remixes. Based in London and enjoying residencies at top clubs, the guys run their own label Itch Records and they have also appeared on many other labels releasing everything from house, deep house, techno, electro and progressive tech.
The original mix is a wild ride into tech house, the track intros with a well rounded subtle vibe but soon transforms with a thick grungy feel on the bass and real crisp razor sharp hats over a cool thumping kick. Perfect fodder for the floors and will easily get the crowd rocking with a romp and a stomp!
Up first on remix duties is the return of techno master Tribal Warriors aka M.I.K.E.. TW has made a comeback with his latest track “08” on Basiks and that unique sound has stayed true. Today we see his talent applied beautifully to this track. Well crafted techno kicks and hats intro the tune with a simply amazing hook coming in soon after, deep tech house at its best here folks, listen and learn!
Amsterdam based Ozan Kanik is our next remixer and he delivers the goods in style, huge kick and offset bass intros with a mini break leading up to a full on pumping groove. On the main break a brilliant robotic vocal fits perfectly in the sound and then we kick right back into it for a huge banging sound.
Tribal Warriors aka M.I.K.E. aka Push returns in explosive fashion with a highly infectious slice of techno, backed up with quality remixes that are sure to rock the floors.
Mike Dierickx really needs no introduction, one of the hardest working artists on the scene we are all very well familiar with the scope of his amazing talents as a DJ, producer and highly sought after remix artist. Tribal Warriors last release came back in 2002 with “Spirits In Love” on Bonzai Limited and was a top club track for a long time after, now he’s back with that unique vibe and a modern twist on this track entitled “08”.
The original mix fits right into the techno grooves of today with a classic kick and percussion intro with a subtle bassline waiting in the wings. The tune builds up to some quality tech synth work with a retro vibe oozing from the sound. A huge monster of a tune which will be on a lot of playlists for sure.
Popular visitor to Basiks Jamez delivers a sublime take with his Jamez’s Peace and Love Remix. The funk is turned up a notch with a stunning bassline. Hypnotic percs are a big focus here but the main event is on the synths. Superbly crisp and clear old style synth pushes this track up to peak time status and will be a feature on many floors around the world, brilliant stuff.
Ugur Yurt & Tofke are no strangers either and they pull out all the stops to deliver a wonderful remix full of depth and a tribal twist. Surreal basses intro the track with bongos and tablas giving that tribal element while a siren like synth hits you between the eyes and we settle in for an energetic ride. On the break things heat up with quality FX and a riser kicking us right back into this strong, solid groove.
A welcome return for a project that was hugely respected and missed for all these years, welcome back Tribal Warriors!
Based in Bratislava, Slovakia, Mario Foksa aka Foxa is no stranger to Bonzai. He has released under his Foxa guise on Nemesis, Green Martian, Musashi and also appears on a few compilations under the B-Progrez, B-Music and B-Bonzai Trance Progressive umbrellas where he mainly focused on trance. Now releasing under his own name he has made the journey into deep house, tech and techno styles. Here we see his debut on Basiks with “Medicine” which is backed up with a top notch remix.
The original mix is a true club stomper, big, bold in your face sounds, heavy bassline and a cracking kicks build up a gritty, hard edged groove with some amazing vocal samples. Little hints of house creep through with an almost retro type synth hiding away in the background, this adds a cool contrast to the vibe.
Belfast’s own Brisboys step up for remix duty and deliver their brand of quality as usual. More minimal vibe off this track with well crafted beats and FX, the track builds nicely using the vocal sample brilliantly. Some real cool house synths make a show and an awesome ride ensues, definitely a favourite for many playlists.
Basiks regular Sa.Du returns with more quality deep tech house flavours with Lucio Grandi stepping up for remix duties. Sa.Du is a busy guy with releases across many labels and he is also a popular remixer on many tracks.
“Avorani” takes us into the depths with a low end bass and solid groove. Nice sharp hats and other percussions give a tribal element with the vocal samples adding weight. Contrasting melodies take hold unexpectedly that gives the track new dimension, very well constructed.
Lucio Grandi drops by with his Deconstruction Remix, a masterclass in percussive arrangement backed up with a brilliant array of quality FX. The original melody makes an appearance adding an extra layer, top notch!
“Citizen” takes on a tribal feel, this is manifested through the drums section and with the vocal samples. Cool retro type synths show up which will give a club appeal and we get a whole new realm of sound on the break, very contrasting stuff. A strong and steady groove that will keep those late night parties in full swing.
Yogimeister debuts on Basiks with a deep down and dirty ride through tech house with a top quality production.
“Rollin Lights, Lonely Nights” kicks off with solid drums and nice echoed FX in the background, the hypnotic bass soon follows and we settle in to an awesome groove. Minimal sounds create huge effect and a deep sinister vocal reverberates throughout, one to watch here!
MiniTech Project step up with a brilliant remix, the energy levels rise on this with a bright, sharp sounds and an amazing bass. From start to finish this tune never lets up, constant rolling sound with great FX work will make this a feature on many playlists.
Based in Mexico, DJ and producer Ritch Mullen makes his debut on Bonzai Basiks with a superb deep, tech, electro slice in the form of “Enough Of Disco”. With an impressive list of releases already under his belt we get a glimpse at the amazing talent on offer. Ritch delves into all kinds of sounds from house, deep house, tech house, indie and nu-disco, and he has seen many releases over various labels. So get up and enjoy the flow from this awesome vibe.
The original mix is a true club orientated vibe, big crisp hats with a solid thump on the kick shored up with some real cool FX work. The big hitter on this track, apart from an amazing whispered vocal, is the ass-shakin bassline, quality. Watch out for some sweet electro snares also!
The ever popular Sa.Du steps up for remix duty and yet again he brings the wow factor along for the ride. The original elements are well represented but with a deeper, darker edge. Loads of FX create a wonderful atmosphere while the vocal is used to great effect. Real solid groove with the drums and percs, this is topped off with an energetic bouncing bassline, great great stuff.
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Fifth installment of the Pure Tech series comes with original tracks and remixes by Anil Chawla, Oliver Moldan, Tom Hades, Akihiro, Del Horno, Alex Sandrino, James Harcourt, Quivver, Dan Marshall, Beckers, Goksel Vancin, Eric Kanzler, Jamez, Soulboy, Tim Sneath, Alvaro Maretti, Michael Sanchez, Miguel Bastida, Billy Mason, Oz Romita, Speculum, Lützenkirchen, Michel Van Tune, Ionic Benton, Matt Sanchez, Wasabi, Victor Ruiz, Mariano Santos and Calbos.
Minitech Project aka Faroukh Hasham has been a stalwart within the many changes seen at Bonzai Towers over the last few years. He has been at the forefront of Bonzai Basiks with his signature techno and tech house sounds with a host of remixes under his belt also. Born in England and spending most of his childhood between the USA and India, Faroukh has been able to draw influence in that diversity and is continuing to evolve his sound at every turn. Now firmly rooted (but never exclusive to) in the more minimal and tech side of the house we see another fine example of his talent.
“Sexy Dark Drms” kicks off with a bouncy 4/4 minimal type groove, crisp sharp hats are in contrast with a low end bass that is relentless as it throbs and pounds the speakers. Some real cool FX work pops up on the break before taking us right back into the midst of a strong techno vibe.
“Work This” keeps up the bouncy rhythm with another tightly woven arrangement. Again, the bass keeps on pounding with the drums doing a fine job. Lots more FX going on that adds an extra layer to an already brilliant vibe, a must for the boxes.
Ischia (Naples) native Onofrio Conte debuts on Basiks with a thumping deep tech driven monster of an EP. Onofrio was born on a small island in the Gulf Of Naples and has always been fascinated by music and listens to all kinds of genres including Classical, Hip Hop, House, 90’s dance and Italian Pop. He has been influenced by the likes of Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, Sandy Rivera and others and continues to draw inspiration from these peers. With releases on the likes of Passion Recordings and Gam Recordings we are sure to see a lot more from this guy in the future.
Kicking us off is the title track “What Da Hell”, pure tech house driven vibes abound here with a fresh upbeat rhythm section topped off with cool tabla action. This track builds well and just after the break we get down and funky with a classic synth stab and a nice short vocal shot that ties everything up beautifully.
“Feel The Funk” has more of that well honed drums section and this gives an upbeat naturally bouncy rhythm. Cool sampled sax loops around and a true funky vibe comes through while retaining the tech element, big party sound here and one that will be on a lot of playlists for sure.
Popular Croatian DJ/producer Fabian and Munich born DJ/producer Dub Way join forces to bring us a serious slice of funky tech house on Basiks with a couple of superb remixes. Fabian is no stranger to Bonzai with a raft of releases across many of its labels, he has over 100 releases on many many labels with support from around the world. Dub Way is equally a veteran on the scene with many quality tracks and also a lot of support from top DJ’s all over.
“Mellow Mode” is a journey that takes us back in time with its retro vibes while keeping our heads firmly rooted to today. Cool bouncy feel on the drums and percs with some quirky sounds filling the spaces, the big sound here comes from the retro funky synth, huge floorfilling groove that is gonna do well everywhere.
Turkish producer Ozgur Uzar steps up with the first remix. Ozgur has an impressive career beginning in 1994 with many successful releases under his belt. He picks up the original vibe well and applies his own take with sophistication, big focus on the drum arrangement here with a truly massive synth stab entering the arena to give us the retro touch, another banging big floor sound.
German based house music veteran Mario De Bellis is still spinning since 1979, Mario also has a lengthy discography and remix collection. His take on the original adds a hypnotic depth with a sublime drum and bass combo, cool tech sounds abound here giving this a huge clubby feel. That huge synth stab makes an appearance and a cracking job it does.
Founder of Kiss My Beat Records, Belgian tech house stalwart Ecco delivers a solid artist album on Basiks. With many tunes enjoying full release on labels like Mint & Mustard, Howz Choonz, Creamminal Records, Bonzai Basiks, Eyepatch Recordings and Bonzai Progressive, we are treated to this stunning round-up of his works so far.
First up is “Funky”, a quite minimal tech house joint with a cool steady rhythm and an element of funk appearing through some wicked sampling, top stuff.
“I Like Dancing” continues on the tech house side with chunky beats and an impressive percussive line. Real cool synth work on the break for this one and a short vocal popping in, quite a bouncy track released on Creamminal Records previously enjoying top support all over.
Next up we get brilliant house vibes on “Savana”, which also comes along with a superb effort from Justin Harris and his Deep Grass Remix. Edging toward the deeper side here with a constant hypnotizing bassline topped up with superb kicks and percs. On the break a sublime vocal straggles in the background with great effect, top notch stuff. Justin’s remix beefs up the sound big style, big club friendly groove!
“Wild Forest” saw a release on Ecco’s own Kiss My Beat Records, fully charged house with a retro feel, sublime ethno type instruments invade the waves and really captivates the mind, quality.
Released on Bonzai Worx Volume 2 (vinyl), “El Carnaval” has had a lot of that support with its tango rhythm and cool grooves. Beautiful guitar and a mesmerising vocal on the break gives this tune big club appeal, what a gem!
Next we get “Fresh”, with Ecco’s style firmly rooted to the core of this track. Feels quite minimal yet a lot goes on that keeps you hooked. Solid kicks and well crafted percussion arrangement, deep basses groove along and some brilliant strange sounding synths make an appearance.
2011 saw the release on Bonzai Basiks of “Red Wall”, a highly infectious retro sounding banging tune. Heavy kicks are dominant but the main focus here is that retro synth and bass groove, outstanding stuff.
Deep house vibes are what “Mosquito” is all about, deep pounding kick and a controlling bassline with some cool acid type stabs build up to the break where a vocal sample takes over alongside some super buzzing synths, solid grooves!
“Baobab” delivers a minimal tech house vibe with a slightly tribal element. Super tight arrangement on the drum and percs, we are teased with a cool sounding synth and the vocals work very very well.
One of Ecco’s first releases on Basiks came in the form of “Safari” back in 2010. The tech house vibe oozes from this track with some heavy duty offbeat metallic sounding synths backed up with some cool African singing.
The house driven “Waikiki” first released on Howz Choonz really delivers the goods, pure solid drive on the drums and percs with the bass providing cool rhythms. Again we see heavy references to world music that fits so so well into the vibe.
“Papou” takes us back into the tech sound with ethnic tendencies. Super deep bassline here with the kicks, percs and tribal patterns stoking up the groove into a rhythm frenzy, brilliant.
“Run Dancing” is an awesome ride through funky tech house, super cool organ sounds prevail backed up with a real classy vocal.