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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.
THiN debuts on Basiks with a quite sublime tech house with a hint of progressive vibes.
“Interface” is one of those tracks that grabs you and holds you for the duration. Muted kicks intro with a superb deep low end bass tone that just blows your mind. The tech oozes from this sound but it does give off some progressive flavour due to the BPM’s. Very well crafted FX tie the track up nicely and for sure this is one for the tougher sets.
“Nespressure” is a stark contrast to the other track on this release, raw, organic vibes are evident with a very metallic feeling coming through with the percussions. A monster kick gives the track a cool bounce and the synth work and FX are top notch. Super deep bassline works brilliantly and on the break things take a twist before getting right down to a deep tech groove.
Konstantin is back and here he joins forces with Jey Fever to deliver a superb cut on Basiks. Konstantin has been busy on remix duties this past while and has also made an appearance on Bonzai’s “Eyepatched Volume 3” vinyl. Israeli Jenia Shteingart aka Jey Fever makes his debut on Basiks in this release. He spent a while crafting his own unique sound and has had releases on labels like Rip n Burn, AK-Tek Records and System Recordings.
The original mix of wreaks of deep tech from the off with a filtered kick and tight hat combo taking us up to a superb deep and tough bass. The sound builds layer by layer with percussions and FX adding depth, gritty synths follow alongside a vocal and on the break we get a sweeping synth and a lot of added extras before the track explodes back into a raw groove, stunning!
The highly skilled Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar steps up to remix duties with his Hypnotechnique Remix. Van turns up the heat here with a truly sublime effort, the bass along with a very rhythmic percussion section will surely hypnotize your mind. On the break an intense pad beefs up the sound and we are also treated to Van’s expert FX work. After the drop we kick back to the main groove with a blast and the chance to lose yourself for a time, amazing stuff!
Belfast’s own, the Brisboys aka John Manning and Ciaran Duffy, are back with more brilliant house grooves for our pleasure with their remix. Deep down and funky would best describe this superb remix, phat beats are contrasted with crisp percussions and deep, cool house chords that evoke retro memories. Classic style hook on the break and great use of the vocal round of an awesome track.
Venezuelan born DJ and producer Alfredo Mena debuts on BB with this stunning two tracker entitled “Retrospective EP”. Alfredo began his DJ career when he was just 15 years old with his mobile disco around the Caracas area and he quickly became one of the most popular DJ’s around. His travels have taken him to New York and Chicago where he has played alongside the like of Tiesto, Dubfire and Mauro Piccotto. He has also released on the top labels such as Baroque and Viva Music with lots more to come.
First up we have “Pervert”, a real smooth slice of techno filled with a vast array of FX and percussions. The groove is solid and the arrangement gives off a steady rhythm, a very subtle deep bass binds this track together while on the short break we get a cool vocal sample. The FX and percussions play a massive role here and they work so well.
“In The Suburbs” is up next, another fine techno cut with a slight tribal element given off by the distant sounding drums. This track builds brilliantly with Alfredo showing off his skills on the FX and heavily used percussions. Much more upbeat vibe here as the track gathers pace with a little help from some erotic vocal samples. This is one top notch track that will gain a lot of attention for sure.
Hungarian born producer and composer Insect Society debuts on Basiks with this stunning three track EP entitled “Really Insane. Insect society has been addicted to music since the early nineties and he took to composing in the 2000’s. He started off using computer software with VST’s for his productions but quickly moved over to hardware to get that much richer sound. Very exciting times ahead with this guy as his talents begin to shine.
First up is “16 Hours”, high octane driven tech with that raw analogue sound you get from hardware. Strong chunky kick and a sub bass provide the intro with cool sweeping buzz effects and the percussions gradually building the rhythm. The bass goes through many transformations with some quality filtering, the synths are contrasted with warm lush stabs to tough and gritty arps, very well constructed track!
“Really Insane” intros with a monster kick and bass combi overlayed with a host of FX. This guy really shows how to get the best out of his synths with a multi layered sequence of true electronic sounds. This track continues to build and culminates with a simply amazing acid type lead that seems to go on and on. Solid grooving track that will have any bass bin pushed to the limit, epic stuff.
“Stunned Brain” finishes this EP with a much darker edged track. Another solid groove with acid lines, sweeping chunky basses and eerie pads all rolled into one full on techno experience. The rhythms are expertly crafted with crisp hats and percussions held together by a strong kick. A serious contender for the pure techno jocks cases!
Lucio is back once again with the superb three track “Templum EP”. This guy has been very busy as of late with remixes and productions becoming much more regular, and still each one is filled with the quality you’d expect, enjoy!
Kicking us off is the title track “Templum”. The intro on this will blow your mind, deep throbbing pads with some amazing rhythmic percussions will have you locked in solid, and before you know it the track lifts off into a solid deep techno outing. The subtle kick is a stark contrast to the totally amazing synth arp that truly takes over your senses, be prepared, this will blow your mind!
“Gold Tree” comes at you with a solid intro that builds to a cool deep bass and kick with the percs providing strong rhythms. The techno begins to pour from this track as the pads rise along with a very cool sweeping synth. Big sound here that will perform well during those late night expeditions.
“Merkabah” rounds up this awesome EP in style. Lucio again takes us into the depths of tech in the most simplest yet highly effective fashion. Understated kicks and hats are the perfect companion to the bassline with more well crafted vocal sample manipulation. As the track progresses we hear lots of different FX come through with an ebb and flow on the tempo which works so very well, top stuff yet again.
Belgian deep tech and house stalwart Van returns with “Lassitude Active EP” after his much loved “Tout Much EP”. Van has a very busy schedule these days with more EP’s in the works and gigs around the Madrid area coming thick and fast. He is also about to begin his radioshow on Vicious Radio with a showcase on the best from Bonzai’s labels past, present and future. This EP is backed up with a couple of outstanding remixes.
On the original Van does what he does best, ramp up the energy! Strong deep tech grooves with his trademark quality FX work on vocal samples shining through. Nice steady rhythms on the arrangement with a subtle yet very effective bass shoring up the lower end. Very energetic vibe is generated here, this one is destined for a lot of playlists for sure.
German DJ and producer Marc Zimmerman provides a stunning remix. Marc began music playing trumpet and piano when he was younger, now he co-owns a record label, gigs all over Germany and has a raft of releases under his belt. This remix gets right down to business from the off, straight in your face acid grooves with a great vocal sample coming through. Strong, solid drum and percussions are the perfect companion for the acid bassline that dominates throughout, top stuff.
Spanish DJ and producer Natalia Martinez aka Narol MarGo is next up for the remix with an deep tech house offering. Natalia is a product of the underground Madrid club scene with tech house and deep house being her main preferences. She also hosts shows on Vicious Radio and gigs all around Madrid. The track intros with classic kick and hat combi, even with this the you can feel the energy rise, a deep bass come is soon after with some very cool vocal FX work. Expertly crafted rhythms will have any floor shaking, on the break a huge controlled wall of sound creates a massive build up before the groove kicks back in for a fantastic ride through tech, awesome stuff!
Superb deep tech from Sean McCaff & Mylan with “Pray” which is backed up with a brilliant remix. Debuting on Basiks is Dutch DJ and producer Sean McCaff, Sean has been around the scene for quite some time having started to DJ in 1987 in clubs around The Hague and in Ibiza. He has released a few tracks over the years also with support coming from top jocks from around the world. Mylan is fresh from his last release on Bonzai Progressive the “Doubt EP” and he continues to deliver the goods in style. Here the guys join forces on “Pray” which can be described almost as a hybrid with many different layers of sound that work so well together.
The original mix has a tribal, deep prog tech character and this sound feels like something very special. We get an understated kick as the bass and percussions take centre stage. Very well constructed sound from start to finish with a hypnotic vibe. The big hitter here is the awesome vocal that will keep you hooked in completely.
Onofrio Conte steps up to the desk with his MB Studio Remix. Onofrio’s last outing for Basiks was his “Red Lights EP” which was well received. The overall vibe on this remix has stayed true to the original but with a much deeper intensity. The tribal element is there with a great percussion and bongo-tabla arrangement, the bassline has a hint of progressive creating a superb floor stomper! Again the vocal really does captivate as it unfolds it’s story, awesome!
Bonzai Basik Beats this week comes by the hands of Onofrio Conte!
Tracklisting – Episode 141 – mixed by Onofrio Conte:
1º Lauhaus, Kabale und Liebe – Hiphouse (Original Mix)
2º Matthew Codek – Turn the Music (Original Mix)
3º Onofrio Conte – Badass (Original Mix)
4º Jay Lumen and Gary Beck – Strange Fruit (Origianl Mix)
5º Luca M – Grumpli (Original Mix)
6º Mr Bizz – Bamboo (Original Mix)
7º Loko – Xexi Luv (Original Club Mix)
8º Onofrio Conte – Seriously (Original Mix)
9º Technasia – Heart of Flash (Original Mix)
10º Groovebox – Brooklyn (Original Mix)
11º Tube & Berger – Imprint Of Pleasaure (Original Mix) 12. Dusky – Nobody Else (Original Mix)
The impressively talented Sa.Du delves back into the bowels of tech fuelled house with another four track EP entitled “Secrets”. We never tire of the sounds this guy produces and with every release comes support from all over and this is no exception, super tight production of the highest order.
“Season” gets us started and the intro boasts an intense feeling which is backed up with a very sinister vocal sample. An awesome kick comes in over a very rich church organ pad with the percussion building up the groove. Real nice deep house chords keep the flow and a few surprises come around throughout which really enhances the overall vibe, top notch stuff yet again!
“Secrets” takes on a true tech house vibe with a cool bassline and some quality percussion arranging. Minimal sounding track with a some very nice notes thrown in, big focus goes to creating the bouncy rhythm using lots of wooded percussion. Brilliant use of the vocal rounds up a simply amazing track.
“Giga” ramps up the energy somewhat with a groovy rhythm built up with the tight drum and perc arrangement. Super cool keys add a funky flavour and again we see a vocal sample used very well which fits the sound perfectly. Definitely a track that will grace many decks.
Getting right down to seriously groovy business with “In To You”, a real deep sliding bassline provides just the right amount of funk to this. Upbeat rhythms will shake any ass thanks to the banging kicks and sharp edged hats and percussions. Again Sa.Du uses vocal samples to perfection and again this will be a firm favourite among many listeners.