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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.
Sixth episode in the Bonzai Basiks Pure Tech series, this time featuring original tracks and remixes by Ozan Kanik, D-Formation, Mindgamers, Florian Meindl, Tribal Warriors, Jamez, Oliver Moldan, Anil Chawla, Kini Rao, Joal, Active Line Six, James Harcourt, Amber Long, Gabriel Ben, Ed Whitty, Re Dupre, Rod B. & Angelo Fracalanza, Filth & Splendour, Zolex featuring Nikkie, Soren Aalberg, Crystal Symphony, MC Johnny Def, R.O.N.N., James Hopkins, MiniTech Project, Soulboy, Onofrio Conte, Lyle Quach, Recycled Beats, Victor Vera, Harun Karabulut and Goksel Vancin.
Franky Jones returns to Bonzai on production duties with this tech house stomper “Belgium Goes Detroit”. Franky is considered with legendary status due to his huge DJ workload, but more so for his all time classic “The First Rebirth” as Jones & Stephenson. In recent years, apart from one of the most busiest DJ schedules around, he has also been busy with his own label Bangtraxx Records. Today’s release comes backed with three superb remixes to get those techno juices flowing.
First up is Belgian DJ and producer Redhead aka Steve Vangilbergen with his remix. Steve has worked with Marco Bailey and today he continues to deliver top quality cuts across different labels. Getting right to the point with a straight in your face techno groove, huge kicks and multi layered hats alongside a stunning bass and percussion section. The track holds its course perfectly creating a hypnotic rhythm and a stomping party tune at the same time.
Dutch DJ and producer Jan Liefhebber is next to the mixing desk with his remix. Jan is one of the stalwarts of the Dutch techno and has been since the early nineties. He set up Highland Beats label to showcase the techno and acid scene of the time with big success and today he still churns out quality vibes across many labels. His remix injects a dose of energy into the sound with a well rounded groove. Big chunky kicks are dominant alongside a raw bass. Multiple synth stabs are the perfect contrast giving this track the ability to rock any floor.
Belgian DJ and producer Nice Therapy delivers his 6AM in Detroit remix which sets a darker scene with an intense sounding arp tripping along the groove. The low end on the kicks will have the floors shuddering as they wield massive power. Deep basses rise from the depths and a stark contrasting, almost sweet melodic synth tries to pull the track into the light. After the drop you can settle in for one hell of a ride and lose yourself in this sublime rhythm.
Franky’s Original Mix is the intros with a strong thumping kick and sharp, crisp hat and clap combo. Percussions build in classic style and then a huge stab reverberates through the waves, all the while the bass creeps up and jumps right out into your chest as it pulsates a tough rhythm. On the break modulated synths take over with the bass refusing to let go and locking you firmly into its grip. The build up gets us right back into this awesome ride on the techno rollercoaster, superb stuff!
Our next Basiks release is a very special compilation from one of our most active artists, Van Czar. “Delotux” is the culmination of two years of searching for the right sounds in the right places. Van extensively trawled the underground scene for each of these tracks so he could tell his story through the music. Eight tracks from five artists, three of which are from Van himself. As for Van, well he is still as busy as ever with DJing, producing and hosting the Bonzai Basik Beats Radioshow Spain which is now airing on multiple stations across the globe.
First up is Van Czar with the title track “Delotux”. The intro sets the scene for a mystical ride through the deep house spectrum, rich layered strings probe their way into your soul before a sublime kick and hat combo start to build up a solid rhythm. Sultry deep house chords radiate throughout and these are backed up with Van’s unique FX work that always ties his tracks up to perfection. An epic ten minute journey filled with gritty, tough edged deep house goodness, what a ride!
Next up is Spanish DJ and producer Narol MarGo featuring Mayte Cruz with “Body & Soul”. Narol MarGo has remixed Van’s “Lassitude Active” which was very well received. The track is a master class in deep house with a very powerful bass droning through the spectrum, this is built upon a cool steady and flowing rhythm creating a fantastic groove. The delectable vocals of Mayte Cruz really shine here, deep and melancholic which invokes an emotional response. On the break surreal synth work takes over with just the slightest of melody to hone in on. A monster of a tune with huge appeal.
Zofia Hydel is next with “Paysage Urbain”, a hidden gem of a track full of inventive arrangements and outstanding instruments. The intro is a maelstrom of percussion and FX that seem haphazard yet fall into a splendid rhythmic sequence. A big double bass rises from the depths and many more orchestral instruments make an appearance with the saxophone becoming the most prominent. A simple vocal sample adds extra weight to the sound. This track continues to add new layers at every turn with a string section really lifting the vibe. A sense of hope is the message and a track that will be a big draw for many due to the high quality of the production.
“Le Chic Beat” is Van’s next contribution on this compilation. Nice tight kick and hats accompany a pulsating bassline with the arrangement throwing in some breakbeats on top of the four-four. Van delivers yet again with an array of awesome FX which blend so well with the sound. Very raw groove with a tribal element here and a curious track with a musical “interlude” theme due to its minimalistic nature.
Zofia Hydel is back with another track entitled “La Personne Est Inspireee”. Something special here again from Zofia, a cool and steady flowing rhythm is the backdrop to a kaleidoscope of musical notes delivered with precision via piano and guitar. The piano really stands out with it’s almost surreal melody, this is contrasted well with the big house stabs going on in the background and complimented with quality FX. Top notch stuff that will indeed get those ears twitching.
NaaN is a collab between Spanish producers Marol MarGo and Nacho Almagro. Their track “Psycodelia” pushes the boundaries on deep tech house in spectacular fashion. The drum arrangement sits nicely on the lower end while a huge droning, pulsating bass does all the hard work, and what a job it does as you find yourself hooked into the sound straight away. The synth riffs are top quality as they border on the progressive edge, the track stands fast with the hooks giving off the deep house vibe it truly is. One to watch here and a must for any box.
Belgian duo Kaixta and their track “They Will Go Underground” is up next. Much more of a clubby vibe with an upbeat arrangement, crisp and sharp percussions coupled with a nice thick bassdrum. Cool stabs add to the groove as the rhythm builds through the layers. On the break a crowd pleasing deep bass pulsates before slamming back into this seriously tough groover.
Finally on this stunning album is Van’s “Naked Alice In Wonder Hoz Land”. Tough edged kicks provide the intro with the percussions building up smoothly to give a free flowing rhythmic feel. Big festival atmosphere is generated within the sound as the synths etch out psychedelic melodies that will surely captivate the mind. Quite intricate in its nature but a track that will be easily recognisable and a must for those big parties.
Belgian producer Jimmy Galle teams up with Dimitrius for their “F_ck EP”, a solid two track cut with lots of deep tech flavour.
“F_ck” intros with a chunky low end thump on the kick, the hats are toned down to give the kick prominence and this works brilliantly. The bass is almost secondary to the resonance from the kick and together they are a powerful force. Vocals sample filter through and some top notch FX add great detail on this track. The break descends into a surreal moment with a dark and eerie feeling, brilliant stuff from this duo.
“Just A Dream” gives us a tight arrangement and more of those quality kicks with the percussions taking a back seat to make way for the stunning FX work. Very surreal in parts with strong rising strings and melancholic pianos. One for the darker sets and one that will raise a few eyebrows.