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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.
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.