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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.
Berlin based German producer and DJ, Andree Wischnewski returns to Basiks after the successful “Dreamers Choice EP”. 3 superb tracks fitting well into the world of tech house with passion.
The title track “Borderline” is one seriously jacked up sound, thumping kick and a chest throbbing bassline will have your whole body shaking. Deep muted synths and some cool sliding effects adds character on the build. Prepare yourselves to be blown away, when the synths filter through they hit hard and a solid groove is here for the duration. Caution: Bass, you have been warned.
“Stupid Girl” is a slightly more lighter approach while keeping a huge bass sound. Cool steady rhythm, short, sharp hats and real nice FX accompany an offbeat deep bass. The grabber on this track is the synth stabs, lots of changes that keep you hooked with surprises at every turn, a big sound for the floors here.
“Lost” takes us on an epic journey, huge cinematic sequences with big pads over a consistent almost hard edged groove with the deep bass and drum arrangement. Melodies play a big part and this contrast will be keen for a lot of ears.
Something very special here from Andree and a twist in the ever evolving electronic scene, enjoy!
Not long after the popular “The Bass EP” on Eyepatch, we are delighted to welcome the talented Chanelle Pearl to the home of tech, Bonzai Basiks. Superb 4 tracker here with everything from deep tech house to funky tribal rhythms.
Kicking off we have the techno fuelled “No Guestlist Tonight”, quite bouncy to begin, with cool crisp hats, deep range on the bassline which gains momentum building into an awesome vibe. Real nice synths at work and a spoken vocal adds weight to the tune, top stuff.
“Teka Therapy” adds funk to the sound while retaining that ever present tech undertone, cool, upbeat and catchy sounds will have any floor grooving.
Coming into a solid tribal groove is “Konga”, super deep bass with hypnotic percs lead up to a wild ride on the bongos, tablas and all things slappy with big snare hits for good measure, top notch sound that will fill a lot of playlists.
Taking the tribal groove to new heights here on “Kuthumi”, heavy duty drums at play with a super tight arrangement, lots going on yet easy to pick out individual sounds, big big sound here that would rock any speaker system.
Founder of Kiss My Beat Records and Belgian tech house stalwart Ecco delivers a solid all rounder on Basiks backed up with some quality remixes. Ecco began listening to the New Beat sound at the age of just 14, he was a regular at Belgiums top venues enjoying these sounds. At 20 he took to the decks and also embarked on a studio career. After many successes on labels like Wasabi, Bonzai, Dopplegaenger and Push It, his music is supported by many like Carl Cox, Nic Fancuilli, Roger Sanchez and Wally Lopez to name a few.
The original mix of “No Change” is a quite minimal tech vibe with a steady hypnotic groove, tight kicks and percs, deep rooted bass and a meandering female vocal sample makes for a top notch tune.
Portuguese producer Scrub joins the remix crew with his take on this quality tune. Scrub aka Joal is a deep experimentalist focusing on the bassy side. This remix shows just that, starting off with a cool house groove that soon blows up into a steady power driven ride, awesome bassline and equally awesome instruments combine very well. Gets a little funky with those superb guitars, a definite must for any DJ box.
Next up is the original of “Keep Myself”, again we see Ecco on the deep tech tip, real thumping kicks and a highly effective bassline keep this groove going, lots of sample drops add an extra flavour while on the break a tense synth line hooks you in and keeps you wanting more.
On the remix for “Keep Myself” we have Alvaro Maretti vs Michel Manzano. Spanish producer Alvaro is no stranger to Basiks after his “Arcadia” release earlier this year. He has a number of releases on labels like Lux23, 2Real, Click On Music and Technical Deejay Records. Michel is also no stranger with his “Droop Live” on Bonzai Progressive with partner Pablo Santana. This remix is a real solid groover, steady beats and an impressive percussion section apply the rhythm well, brilliant sound on the break that builds to kick back to that amazing groove.
Best of Bonzai Basiks 2012 comes with original tracks and remixes by Alvaro Maretti & Michael Sanchez, Miguel Bastida, Active Line Six, Ecco, Eric Kanzler, Oz Romita, Jamez, Sa.Du, Project KF, Dee Brown, Radio Source, Markus Ilgner, Simone Girau, Birkenmeier, Jordan Rivera, Cassandria Daiva, Lucio Grandi, Mr. Dello, The French Connection, Kenny Dahl and Andree Wischnewski.
Based in Tel Aviv, Hilal is no stranger to the Bonzai stable with releases on Bonzai Progressive, Howz Choonz, Mint & Mustard and a few remixes and appearances on compilations on Bonzai Basiks. “Up In The Air” is Hilal’s full Basiks debut and what we get is a full ride into techno utopia with all the trimmings you’d expect.
The title track kicks us off in style with a minimal intro, classic kick and FX’d percussion lead up to a stomping deep bass and some very nice synth work. On the break a melody is unexpected but creates a cool atmosphere with heavy synths and pads, then it blows up into a solid techno groove once again, superb stuff!
“Let’s Go” is a huge sound, heavy hitting low ends with a myriad of samples, lots of funk on this one with parts giving an industrial feel. The break is a total surprise which will have floors quaking in their dancing shoes, so be ready for that!
Finally we have “When Two Become One”, another minimalistic intro building gradually to a big club friendly vibe. Chunky kicks and sharp percs over an offset bass that twists and morphs with each bar, very surreal synth pad adds an extra layer to this hybrid sound. Special stuff happening here which we think will perform very well on the circuit.
Returning to Bonzai Basiks with a stunning album, Eric Kanzler whips up an emphatic selection of quality sounds full of tech goodness.
Kicking off we get the somewhat laidback and smoothly grooving “A Wake”, cool tech sounds and chords are coupled with a tight drum and bongo section with short vocal samples filling up the space, nice opener.
“Greyscale” gets darker, vocal samples taken down an octave give this effect along with warbling synths, some real cool FX used on this one that adds a special taste to the tech sound.
“Ice Came” is a solid minimal techno groove, super tight percs and drums with the odd effect on various blips and bleeps, perfect fodder for filling any set.
“In Your Face” starts off with a cool vocal and classic techno sounds, the track builds up to a raw sound which again is quite minimal yet enough to get the mind indulged to layout of the sounds, brilliant stuff that is sure to get a lot of plays.
Next up is “Oh Shake It” and that is exactly what will happen when you listen to this, you must shake it to this sound, it’s infectious. Retro sounding synths add a bounce here, well crafted percussions with crisp hats keep the rhythm flowing, big sound here for the big floors!
The title track comes up next and midway through this album it does not disappoint. Sharp percs are coupled with a strangely eerie string and a toy box melody adds tension, suddenly darkness creeps in and you are locked in on this groove, top notch vibe here.
“Hypnotiz” is the next track and it does just that, again Eric adds cool sharp hats and the arrangement slowly builds to huge heights with lots of fillers and then you find yourself deep inside the groove, a myriad of sounds invade your brain with much focus on the FX work on each sound. Heavy bass kicks in midway and it is now the hypnotizing begins, super track and for sure will be on a lot of playlists.
“Fair Play” comes along with a more lighter feel to it, solid rhythm with drums doing all the work, cool quirky one shot sounds give the lighter edge here and creates an all round nice track.
“Sleep Now” is an extension of the last track with a little more depth, this is evident with a more melodic approach and the addition of the dark vocal at various points, real nice work here and a cool contrast on the previous.
“Sensivity” lays on the tech in huge doses, we have the familiar percs and drums with a slowly building detuned melody creating a stunning sequence of music, lots of cool FX are tweaked into the sounds resulting in a sublime look into the world of tech.
Finally we have “La Secrete”, yet more awesome sharp percs and arrangement, quite experimental in most parts with the “movie score” like sequences.
A very diverse collection of tracks that range from dark tech to minimal techno to experimental sequences and quite simply a superb piece of work from Eric.
Berlin native Andree Wischnewski debuts on Bonzai Basiks with his minimal tech “Dreamers Choice EP”.
Andree is a prominent club DJ having graced many decks for the last 10 years. In 2011 he teamed up with Eric Kanzler (who is responsible for Fog Horn on Bonzai Basiks) and this partnership was a breakthrough for Andree. He has enjoyed releases on K:Lender, ONA Records, Mimique Records and Doppelgaenger. We are delighted to see Andree’s unique style of minimal tech enter into the Bonzai family.
The first track on this EP is “Dreamers Choice”, very dark sound with a heavy kick and some FX building up to a break with a cool melody and rising effect. The melody works quite well with the darker tech vibe and provides a solid groove.
“Incredible” continues the minimal vibe, loads of FX over a chunky kick lead up to the break with quirky melancholic melodies, very impressive stuff and the melodies are well crafted to suit the style.
Finally we have “Wish Sometimes”, deep tech groove on this, again Andree keeps things minimal and the production of the melody is superb, swirling pads invade your mind in a kind of spacey effect which works so well with the arrangement.
A super debut on Bonzai Basiks and definitely one to watch for the future!
Bonzai and Beatport celebrate the label’s 20 years anniversary with a special 20% discount coupon code on selected labels under our umbrella.
From 12 until 19 November you can claim your discount simply by entering the respective label code when checking out.
Labels and codes are:
Bonzai Progressive: BONZAI20
Bonzai Basiks: BASIKS20
Bonzai Elemental: ELEMENTAL20
Piston Recordings: PISTON20
Eyepatch Recordings: EYEPATCH20
Green Martian: MARTIAN20
Sounds R Us Recordings: SOUNDSRUS20
Monog Records: MONOG20
Italian born technoist Carlo Micali aka Kenny Dahl brings his brand of techno to the Bonzai Basiks stable.
Having become hooked on house music from the age of 11 in 1991, he knew he wanted to be a DJ and play in all the Italian clubs. By 1999 he had discovered the sound of Techno and was soon performing in the top spots all over Italy. Not long after this he got into music production on his PC, Carlo has great passion for music and sound and he is now working as a sound engineer.
Here we have a minimal slice of techno goodnesss backed up with a quality remix.
“Telecommander” is an all out stripped down minimal journey through an almost tribal techno sound, plenty of ethnic percussions and an elasticated constant synth sound that starts to filter as the track goes on, an all round tight production that will create a buzz on any floor.
On the remix we have the Ultimate Breakers with their beefed up tech house joint. Real cool percussion at different pitches over a thumping kick drum and a proper deep bassline, still retains the almost minimal feel of the original but really does turn up the drive.
4th installment of the Pure Tech series from Bonzai Basiks.
Includes original mixes and remixes from Filth & Splendour, Kalva, Umek, Tim Taylor, Ortin Cam, Oliver Moldan, Analog Effect, Simone Girau, Steve Lawler, Ryuji Takeuchi, Lucio Grandi, James Harcourt, The Electric Press, Orlando Voorn, A.Paul, Oz Romita, Neurodriver, Dyno, Eric Kanzler, DJ One Finger, Jamez & Soulboy, Samuel L Session, Andy Chatterly and Clinton Brown, Markus Ilgner, Radio Source, Wehbba, Yanysh and Poison Pro, Magitman, Carlos Rios and Paul Farrell.