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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.