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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.
Debut release on Basiks for Darouge with his three track “Ohwha EP”. Darouge was first introduced to electronica through listening to top trance and progressive jocks and as time went on his musical preferences changed. After attending many different styled parties he began to settle on the house music with minimal tech and techno being his main focus. Now, after much hard work and determination he is ready to unleash his talents onto the scene with this superb minimal-techno-house effort.
The title track “Ohwha” is a strong tough edged slice of tech with a wonderfully deep bassline backed up with a very rhythmic percussion section. A real low deep vocal is present throughout and some classic house chords add a cool contrast to the sound, excellent start!
“Yehri” intros with a monster kick that would shudder any speaker system going. A brilliant tech bassline thunders along and gets right into your core and this is backed up with a myriad of FX and percussions. The big focus here is the almost horror movie type pad sequences, quite eerie and working so well with the sound.
“Looking Through The Barrel” ramps up the energy factor with a very bouncy techno rhythm, sharp hats and again a deep bassline dominates. Nice flow here and a dark vocal sample comes through to shake things up a bit, top stuff here and definitely tracks that will feature heavily on many playlists.
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Mexico based Ricardo Medina aka Redraft Memories returns to Bonzai with his “Traveller EP”. Ricardo has had many releases on different labels and has also released on Bonzai Progressive and Green Martian with his works also being snapped up to appear on top compilations.
The original mix takes us on a cool sophisticated journey through the world of deep tech. The bassline is so deep you will literally quake. Nice solid groove with a rhythmic percussion section and minimal synth work all make for a very handy tool indeed.
Mario Foksa aka Foxa returns for remix duty after his well received “Medicine EP” on Basiks with his Goes Travel Mix. Slightly tougher edge to this one with chunkier kicks and much more brilliant FX work. The bass is another monster here and really comes to life on the break, brilliant stuff.
Netherlands native Sander Bongertman returns to Bonzai with his remix. Sander has had a couple of other remixes through Basiks and Progressive as well as many other releases for other labels. This track goes all out tech, cool chunky kicks and sharp hats lead us up to the superb bass which becomes the main event here. Loads of quality percussions and FX doing the rounds which will make this a firm favourite!
Onofrio returns to Basiks after his well received debut with “Red Lights EP”. This two tracker is another fine example of this Naples native’s talent and Basiks is the perfect home for his style and sound.
The title track is a full on tech house ride bursting with energetic tribal elements presented through the wonderful array of tablas and bongos in the percussion section. Real deep bass accompanied by chunky kicks give way to a solid groove with some intense synths and an echoed vocal adding extra weight, top stuff.
“Badass” is… well a badass track indeed, very understated groove with a lot of punch. Tight drums and sharp hats provide a steady rhythm and the bass is a huge pounding monster. A slight twist takes place with a funky styled vocal popping up which is a great contrast with the tribal rhythms taking place, another expertly crafted effort with huge prospects on any floor.
Based in Zagreb, Croatia, Active Line Six makes a welcome return to Bonzai with this fantastic EP. AL6 has been involved with EDM since he was 17 when he got his first residency at popular Croatian club Kulusic and this led him to play many gigs around the country. In 1995 he first got together with Bonzai at Dom Sportova when he played trance sets with the likes of Fly, Franky Kloeck and others. In the last few years AL6 began to produce and the results are brilliant. In 2012 he debuted on Basiks with “Requiem” and then with “Silent Dream” on Eyepatch.
First up is “Chrome” a very subtle understated techno vibe with a hypnotic rhythm. The track starts with a classic kick and offset bass overlaid with a simple yet very effective tone. A nice flow builds up on the percussion with a raft of quality FX keeping the vibe alive, a very cool short vocal shot drops in throughout to make for a top notch slice.
“Hearts” is a much brighter tune with the intro filled with crisp, sharp hats and some quality percussions. Again we see a FX put right into the mix at the right time which shows tight arrangement skills. The track builds slowly with the bass causing a transformation in the groove, a real techno/house hybrid that will fill those boxes for sure.
Oli Cassidy and James Trystan make up the duo of Filth & Splendour and after appearing on a few compilations they make their full Bonzai debut with “Romper Stomper” along with a couple of banging remixes. Based in London and enjoying residencies at top clubs, the guys run their own label Itch Records and they have also appeared on many other labels releasing everything from house, deep house, techno, electro and progressive tech.
The original mix is a wild ride into tech house, the track intros with a well rounded subtle vibe but soon transforms with a thick grungy feel on the bass and real crisp razor sharp hats over a cool thumping kick. Perfect fodder for the floors and will easily get the crowd rocking with a romp and a stomp!
Up first on remix duties is the return of techno master Tribal Warriors aka M.I.K.E.. TW has made a comeback with his latest track “08” on Basiks and that unique sound has stayed true. Today we see his talent applied beautifully to this track. Well crafted techno kicks and hats intro the tune with a simply amazing hook coming in soon after, deep tech house at its best here folks, listen and learn!
Amsterdam based Ozan Kanik is our next remixer and he delivers the goods in style, huge kick and offset bass intros with a mini break leading up to a full on pumping groove. On the main break a brilliant robotic vocal fits perfectly in the sound and then we kick right back into it for a huge banging sound.
Tribal Warriors aka M.I.K.E. aka Push returns in explosive fashion with a highly infectious slice of techno, backed up with quality remixes that are sure to rock the floors.
Mike Dierickx really needs no introduction, one of the hardest working artists on the scene we are all very well familiar with the scope of his amazing talents as a DJ, producer and highly sought after remix artist. Tribal Warriors last release came back in 2002 with “Spirits In Love” on Bonzai Limited and was a top club track for a long time after, now he’s back with that unique vibe and a modern twist on this track entitled “08”.
The original mix fits right into the techno grooves of today with a classic kick and percussion intro with a subtle bassline waiting in the wings. The tune builds up to some quality tech synth work with a retro vibe oozing from the sound. A huge monster of a tune which will be on a lot of playlists for sure.
Popular visitor to Basiks Jamez delivers a sublime take with his Jamez’s Peace and Love Remix. The funk is turned up a notch with a stunning bassline. Hypnotic percs are a big focus here but the main event is on the synths. Superbly crisp and clear old style synth pushes this track up to peak time status and will be a feature on many floors around the world, brilliant stuff.
Ugur Yurt & Tofke are no strangers either and they pull out all the stops to deliver a wonderful remix full of depth and a tribal twist. Surreal basses intro the track with bongos and tablas giving that tribal element while a siren like synth hits you between the eyes and we settle in for an energetic ride. On the break things heat up with quality FX and a riser kicking us right back into this strong, solid groove.
A welcome return for a project that was hugely respected and missed for all these years, welcome back Tribal Warriors!
Based in Bratislava, Slovakia, Mario Foksa aka Foxa is no stranger to Bonzai. He has released under his Foxa guise on Nemesis, Green Martian, Musashi and also appears on a few compilations under the B-Progrez, B-Music and B-Bonzai Trance Progressive umbrellas where he mainly focused on trance. Now releasing under his own name he has made the journey into deep house, tech and techno styles. Here we see his debut on Basiks with “Medicine” which is backed up with a top notch remix.
The original mix is a true club stomper, big, bold in your face sounds, heavy bassline and a cracking kicks build up a gritty, hard edged groove with some amazing vocal samples. Little hints of house creep through with an almost retro type synth hiding away in the background, this adds a cool contrast to the vibe.
Belfast’s own Brisboys step up for remix duty and deliver their brand of quality as usual. More minimal vibe off this track with well crafted beats and FX, the track builds nicely using the vocal sample brilliantly. Some real cool house synths make a show and an awesome ride ensues, definitely a favourite for many playlists.
Basiks regular Sa.Du returns with more quality deep tech house flavours with Lucio Grandi stepping up for remix duties. Sa.Du is a busy guy with releases across many labels and he is also a popular remixer on many tracks.
“Avorani” takes us into the depths with a low end bass and solid groove. Nice sharp hats and other percussions give a tribal element with the vocal samples adding weight. Contrasting melodies take hold unexpectedly that gives the track new dimension, very well constructed.
Lucio Grandi drops by with his Deconstruction Remix, a masterclass in percussive arrangement backed up with a brilliant array of quality FX. The original melody makes an appearance adding an extra layer, top notch!
“Citizen” takes on a tribal feel, this is manifested through the drums section and with the vocal samples. Cool retro type synths show up which will give a club appeal and we get a whole new realm of sound on the break, very contrasting stuff. A strong and steady groove that will keep those late night parties in full swing.