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MATAN CASPI – SERENITY (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Matan is back with the irresistible Serenity which comes backed up with a remix from Audio Noir, enough to get the progressive taste bud flowing. Matan remains a very popular figure at Bonzai, his work always oozes quality and attracts a lot of attention. His last outing Aim To The Moon, did just that having gained top spots across various platforms. Always an exciting time when his stuff comes through the office.

On the Original Mix the track eases into its progressive flow with a strong kick and a selection of sublime strings and pads that give off a nice ethnic flavour. The bassline sits perfectly at the low end and really drives home the deeper side of the groove. Drums and percussion slowly build up and provide a solid rhythm to the backdrop of stunning FX and surreal vocal snippets. At the break huge strings swell up as bright and beautiful pianos plink along the sound before we are taken right back into the main groove for the duration. A superb slice of prog once again from this man and a definite must have.

Australian DJ and producer Audio Noir never lets up on the quality front as he always delivers the goods, his Audio Noir Safari mix on Serenity is no exception and must be heard. Audio Noir kicked off 2015 with Life which gained a lot of support all over and he is currently working on other material, which is exciting as he always likes to delve into different styles, drawing inspiration from unlikely sources. Much more to come from this guy in the months ahead so stay tuned. The remix intros with a beautifully constructed sequence filled with bright melodic notes and tribalistic slapped drums. The layers just keep on building as wave after wave of rich strings and pads sweep across a steady chord layout. Whispered voices bring an air of mystery to the sound that builds a lot of character into the track. We get a superb dosing of strummed guitars that lead up to the tight beats as the melodies continue to float by before the track settles into its progressive groove filled with probing basses and shuffling hats. A fantastic cut yet again that you will not want to miss.

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2 March 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

JAMIE BAGGOTTS – THE CHANT (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

UK based DJ and producer Jamie Baggotts is back at BP with The Chant. His debut a few months ago made waves in all the right places and charted well across many platforms. Jamie keeps up his pacey progressive style this time around on this superb two tracker.

The Chant gets us right into the heart of driving progressive grooves with its acid styled basslines and tight drum arrangement. A deep, much more powerful bass sits underneath the rolling acid lines beautifully providing great depth to the sound. On top a sweeping female vocal mesmerizes the mind for the duration. This epic monster just keeps on giving, at the midway point a sublime transformation takes place and the groove is ramped up a notch as the bassline drives on relentlessly. Rising synths fade through and take us up to the break where the synths weave out intricate melodies coupled with that fantastically constructed bass sequence. Definitely a track for the late night sessions due to the pure epicness within.

The Voyager intros with a nice punchy kick and distant sounding percussion sequence. A sinister pad lurks behind as the drum arrangement gathers pace and is joined soon after by an expertly crafted bass pattern filled with cascading arp notes. A short break reveals a brilliant synth that fades out to leave us with a full on driving progressive groove. Bright melodic synth riffs enter the fray and take on a euphoric flavour that leave the hairs on your neck at attention. On the break the bass keeps the groove flowing before a wonderful synth lead delivers a huge build up filled with a massive riser like an oncoming swarm of bees and the crashes back into the main sound for the duration. Another epic fuelled prog monster here that will definitely turn a few heads.

#jamiebaggots #bonzaiprogressive

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MANU RIGA & MATT HOLLIDAY – YOU ARE CONTAGIOUS FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Having joined forces just a few short months ago, Manu Riga and Matt Holliday deliver the fruits of their labour with the superb two tracker You Are Contagious. Both artists bring their different expertise to the table, Manu aka Adriaan Baussens, with his deep, dark and tribal ethnic flavours merges beautifully with Matt’s progressive trance, tech edged grooves. Their producer minds have connected effortlessly as they collaborated initially via Skype and then in person with Manu travelling to Matt’s hometown of Birmingham. Manu is a longstanding member of the Bonzai family and has brought many top notch progressive tracks to the table, a list way too big to type. Matt has established himself firmly within the underground scene in the last few years, he has released on top labels including JOOF, L*C*D, Discover and Go On Air. His style of producing covers progressive, trance and deep tech grooves and it was this that caught the eye of John 00 Fleming, who described him as a “great discovery”. A big moment for Matt, and one he takes great pride in, was back in 2014 when he had the opportunity to remix a track for the legend that is Airwave. Big plans are ahead as these two gifted artists let loose their creativity in the studio and refine their DJing skills with upcoming radio guest spots.

Manu Riga & Matt Holliday – You Are Contagious, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

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MANU RIGA & MATT HOLLIDAY – YOU ARE CONTAGIOUS (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Having joined forces just a few short months ago, Manu Riga and Matt Holliday deliver the fruits of their labour with the superb two tracker You Are Contagious. Both artists bring their different expertise to the table, Manu aka Adriaan Baussens, with his deep, dark and tribal ethnic flavours merges beautifully with Matt’s progressive trance, tech edged grooves. Their producer minds have connected effortlessly as they collaborated initially via Skype and then in person with Manu travelling to Matt’s hometown of Birmingham. Manu is a longstanding member of the Bonzai family and has brought many top notch progressive tracks to the table, a list way too big to type. Matt has established himself firmly within the underground scene in the last few years, he has released on top labels including JOOF, L*C*D, Discover and Go On Air. His style of producing covers progressive, trance and deep tech grooves and it was this that caught the eye of John 00 Fleming, who described him as a “great discovery”. A big moment for Matt, and one he takes great pride in, was back in 2014 when he had the opportunity to remix a track for the legend that is Airwave. Big plans are ahead as these two gifted artists let loose their creativity in the studio and refine their DJing skills with upcoming radio guest spots.

You Are Contagious is a definite peak time track with it’s tough edged, tribal infused grooves. We get sucked right into this groove from the get go as a deep, throbbing bass bubbles up from the depths alongside some expertly placed sounds and FX. Classic house styled chord stabs litter the sound and lead us seamlessly into the more progressively charged side of the track with the addition of ethnically charged voices and tribalistic drum sequences. On the break is where this track really lifts off, deep droning basses converge as bright melodic leads splatter across the spectrum alongside rich sweeping strings. The voices come to the fore before tribal drums get us back into the beat driven rhythms. A roof raiser for sure you will not want to miss.

Roots takes us deep into the darker side of progressive with its haunting intro filled with chunky beats and ghostly scraping sounds. A myriad of one shot hits litter the arrangement and add wonderful textures to the sound. A real deep rooted vibe emerges as the pulsating basses lock horns with the superb tribal beats. The haunting theme is greatly enhance with an absolute gem of a female whispering vocal that will send shivers down your spine. Throughout the track we get treated to many ethnic sounds but the stand out moment is a didgeridoo riff that is placed so perfectly in the composition. Another must have track that will be right at home in the middle of your set.

#manuriga #mattholliday #bonzaiprogressive

23 February 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

RUSLAN VASHKEVICH – ASHUAR (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Russian DJ and producer Ruslan Vashkevich returns to BP after his debut Simargl back in October 2014. This time around on Ashuar, we are treated to three top notch cuts that will get those progressive juices flowing.The title track Ashuar, intros with nice punchy kick drum and cool percussive hits that steadily build up into a full blown rhythm section. Rich strings fade through creating a sublime atmosphere alongside some very cool FX. The bass brings the progressive groove of the track to the fore as it meanders through the sound beautifully with its plucky vibe and clipped edges. A deep hypnotic groove ensues that will have you locked on for the duration.

I’m Fine, What’s Happening picks up the pace a bit with an up-tempo kick that takes us into a rising offset synth and a pulsing bass combi. The synths transform throughout with varying degrees of pitch and modulation. A tight drum arrangement provides a solid rhythm that will keep the feet moving on the floors no doubt. This track will fit nicely into the faster paced sets and bring a nice slice of energy to the proceedings.

Jene Nete takes on a real smooth progressive flow from the outset with its lazy bass and shuffling rhythms. A tight arrangement keeps everything in check as distant pads begin to rise in the background. The break descends into total silence before that punchy kick brings us back into the main groove. Quite a minimalistic vibe that solidifies the saying that less is more, and with Jene Nete this is true. A definite must have track for those late night sets.

#ruslanvashkevich #bonzaiprogressive

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PHILTHY CHIT – DICHOTIC CHARTED BY BEATPORT

On top of this week feature on the Progressive House genre page, Philthy Chit – Dichotic (Stripped Mix) is charted by Beatport in the 10 Must Hear Progressive House Tracks – Week 8 chart!

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PHILTHY CHIT – DICHOTIC FEATURED BY BEATPORT

The impressive Philthy Chit aka UK based Phil Taylor delivers the powerful progressive groover Dichoctic which comes backed up with a remix from Tribal Warriors. Phil is currently churning out top class work as shown in his last release Confabulate as well as releases on other labels including Perfecto Records with more in the pipeline soon. More recently his works have gained popularity with appearances on the chart topping Bonzai & Friends compilation. He remains an in demand remix artist with many requests coming in thick and fast.

Philthy Chit – Dichotic, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#bonzaiprogressive #beatport #philthychit

18 February 2015 UPDATES Read more

PHILTHY CHIT – DICHOTIC (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

The impressive Philthy Chit aka UK based Phil Taylor delivers the powerful progressive groover Dichoctic which comes backed up with a remix from Tribal Warriors. Phil is currently churning out top class work as shown in his last release Confabulate as well as releases on other labels including Perfecto Records with more in the pipeline soon. More recently his works have gained popularity with appearances on the chart topping Bonzai & Friends compilation. He remains an in demand remix artist with many requests coming in thick and fast. Check out Phil’s new radio show Perfecto Black on DI.FM which airs on the first Wednesday of every month from 6pm GMT where you’re sure to catch only the best sounds from Bonzai and beyond.

The Original Mix gets us going with a tough, pounding kick and sharp hat intro as metallic hits drop on the downbeat. A cool shuffling rhythm ensues as a deep bubbling bassline takes control of the sound. The deep bass remains a constant while a sub bass filters off to add an edgy touch. A fantastic ‘deep in the house’ vocal wafts through the sound beautifully and adds a great character to the sound. On the break cascading arps take the track deeper into the progressive world resulting in a super tight groove that will hold you in its grip for the duration. Superb stuff yet again from Phil and a must have track for sure.

The Stripped Mix is a much smoother track than its original sibling. The powerful deep grooves remain but with a slightly different drum arrangement that still packs a huge punch as it dishes out a full flowing rhythmic sequence. The cascading arps are still a big feature alongside that deep, solid bassline and house inspired vocal. Definitely not to be missed.

On the remix we have Tribal Warriors aka M.I.K.E./Push who we last saw on Bonzai Basiks with his Defiance EP. 2014 was another big year for Mike as his tracks and remixes gained chart topping status across various portals. Already in 2015 he has some great things lined up including more Push Live which always makes for exciting times. Don’t forget to check out Club Elite Sessions to stay up to date with all the goings on. The remix intros with a muted kick as a wasp-like sound fades through, instantly grabbing your attention. A strong throbbing bass rises up from the depths and is joined by bright, crispy hats and sharp claps which provide a cool rhythm to the sound. The kicks are transformed into nice punchy shots that balances things out beautifully. An intensity builds in the track as synths begin to form up alongside that very cool vocal. On the break the swirling synths are tweaked and filtered into a frenzy before we crash back down with a superb kick and analog synth combi. A proper tech fuelled groover here that is the perfect crossover track into the progressive world.

#philthychit #bonzaiprogressive #tribalwarriors

16 February 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

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