Recent posts: Bonzai Progressive
Belgian DJ and producer Benjamin Vanderzeypen aka Ben Solar debuts on Bonzai Progressive with this superb four track EP entitled Big & Small. Ben’s venture into the electronic music world started off with small steps, he worked hard at learning his craft and the deep soundscapes, crazy riffs and driving basslines came together very well and soon he got noticed from various labels. As a DJ, he tries to keep up with every new track on the market. Every DJ set will be different, interesting and gives you a great idea on what’s new in the scene. Hopefully lots more to come from this guy and well worth looking out for.
First up we have the infectious Deepin Deepin which intros with a brilliant thumping kick and pulsating bass. You are locked firmly into this vibe as the hypnotic beats and bass work their magic. Subtle stabs filter through and further enhance the sublime experience. Crisp, sharp hats keep the rhythms flowing and on the break we get a glimpse of some beautifully layered soundscapes which work so well. Before long we go straight back to the solid grooves of this track which is definitely not to be missed.
Night Shift intros with a cool mixture of percs and bass notes that soon form up into a steady rhythmic groove with a chunky kick as the backdrop. The track is laden with quality FX that set a unique progressive vibe that continues to build throughout. A deep throbbing bassline keeps the track on the darker side of prog while on the break things whittle down to a tight drum arrangement before slamming back into full on mode, superb stuff!
Not Tested On Animals immediately sets a darker tone as a deep resonating bass lurks below. Cool percussion patterns begin to show and bring a solid groove to the sound. Thumping kicks are the perfect companion as the track begins to captivate. Sublime synths join beautifully with the FX on offer here as the progressive elements burst forth. A real solid progger here that will do well in any of those darker sets for sure.
Lastly on this stunning EP we have Timewarp which oozes progressive tech from the off. Multi layered drum patterns come together brilliantly and deliver a complex rhythmic sequence while the long release on the kicks adds texture. The bass pulsates throughout the sound beautifully providing the perfect backdrop. Vocal samples and FX are aplenty as the track eats its way into your brain. Surreal, hypnotic grooves that is a must for those late night sessions.
Nico Parisi and Gai Barone have joined forces in the studio and came up with the stunningly deep progressively charged ‘Perla’ which is packed full with four brilliant remixes.
Nico Parisi & Gai Barone – Perla, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport on the Progressive House genre page.
Spanish DJ and producer Alex Vidal debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic ‘Solar Citadel’ which comes complete with two stunning remixes.
Alex Vidal – Solar Citadel, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport on the Progressive House genre page, plus the Manu Riga’s Weird Dreams Remix is charted in the 10 Must Hear Progressive House Tracks – Week 28 chart!
Relaunch delivers another of his stunning packs with his ‘Camis Minor EP’ which comprises four tough edged progressive monsters. Maik’s productions are top class and he has seen much support across Joof and Bonzai in recent months along with other works for various outfits.
First up we have the title track ‘Camis Minor’, right from the off we are thrust into a driving progressive groove with punchy kicks and a pulsating bass that provides the power behind the track. Tight drum and percussion patterns give off a steady rhythmic flow as the sounds gather pace around the track. Perfectly tweaked stabby synths lead us to the break where a beautiful lush pad takes over before crashing back into full on mode. Top notch stuff yet again from Relaunch.
‘Cygnus’ packs a huge punch as it delves right into a full on progressive stomper from the get go. Chunky kicks are accompanied by crispy hats providing a smooth rhythm and laced with bubbly basses that seem to just materialise from nowhere. We get a sense of Relaunch’s Psy roots as the synth line along with that powerful bassline will attest. Perfectly placed acid squelches add tough character to the sound while on the break we are taken on a sublime ride as the synths and pads take hold. Progressive, edgy house that will do well on many floors for sure.
‘Despina’ intros with a monster kick and sharp hat combo with a contrasting melodic synth bringing up the rear. A strong plucky bassline throbs throughout and gives the track a purely progressive vibe. Synth patterns form up nicely and take us up to the break where the bass is joined by cool arps and lush pads creating intricate melodies for us to enjoy. The track eases back into the groove for a fantastic journey through prog house at its best!
Lastly we have ‘Rhea’ which intros with a beautifully crafted sequence of bass pulses, FX and pads. A big and ballsy kick adds weight to the intro and the track soon settles in for an epic ride as melodic synth patterns begin to rise. The break unleashes a wave of euphoria as we are taken into a brilliantly crafted build up that will have the hairs on your body rise. Superb track and one that will gain a lot of attention, no doubt!
Spanish DJ and producer Alex Vidal debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic ‘Solar Citadel’ which comes complete with two stunning remixes. Alex found a passion for music at a very young age when he learned to play Spanish guitar and piano. He grew up listening a wide range of music from the 80’s & 90’s, the likes of The Cure, Depeche Mode, A-Ha, New Order, The Cult, Nirvana and Metallica, are just some of the bands that shaped his youth. He started to DJ in the early 90’s playing techno, trance & house in local clubs and private parties.
The Original Mix kicks off our journey into the deeper recesses of progressive house with a sublime intro filled with dark drones and contrasted with bright melodic flavours. Those drones build tension beautifully as the track evolves to the backing of a tight drum arrangement. The bassline forms a solid platform for the track as it packs a huge punch within the sound and is the perfect match for the fleeting melodic sequences. The break reveals a whole new level on the melody front as we are drawn deeper into the vibe before crashing out the other end and back into this relentless groove. Superb debut from Alex and sure to turn a lot of heads.
One of Bonzai’s top rated in-house remix artists, Manu Riga, is called upon to deliver his unique brand of the deeper stuff. Manu Riga’s Weird Dreams Remix goes into a surreal world filled with a wonderful combination of sounds. The intro boasts a punchy kick with wispy melodic phrases floating by. The bass is a big focus here as it pulsates throughout the sound beautifully and offers a deep rooted groove to the track. As the track progresses we are introduced to a stunning display of pads and strings that really move to captivate your mind as they weave intricate melodic sequences. Weird Dreams indeed as this track will definitely take you far far away, awesome stuff.
Up next we have the Lonely Sun & Nicolas Agudelo Remix. This Columbian music production duo are the latest addition to the Bonzai family. The guys joined forces in 2013 and released their track ‘Mistweaver’ on Vacate Music and Vacate Exclusive. Nicolas Agudelo is one of Colombia’s most promising electronic artists, his diverse, elaborate releases are supported by major DJ’s as well as underground DJ’s all around the world. Lonely Sun aka Daniel Cabrera is an emerging producer whose love for electronic music started very early in his life while listening to 80s and 90s music, he found he was fascinated by the sounds of the synths and percussions that were of that time. So he studied to become a DJ and also studied electronic music production. Here the guys really shine on their Bonzai remix debut with deep and dark beauty of a track. Nice chunky kick led intro with rising pads that lead smoothly into one of the warmest basslines you’ll hear as it effortlessly controls the groove with perfectly timed note changes. The background sounds create a perfectly balanced contrast and keep this track firmly in the depths. After the short break the track takes a melodic turn that really beefs up the sound and makes this a definite must have for any set.
Italian DJ and producer Marco Trovato aka Mark Found debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb ‘Sagittarius’ and comes with an Original and Dub flavour.
Mark Found – Sagittarius, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport on the Progressive House genre page.