Recent posts: Bonzai Progressive
Moshic, one of the best progressive house artists in the world debuts on Bonzai with “False Emotion” which comes backed up with three top notch remixes. Israeli born Moshic is synonymous with dark, progressive, tribalistic and ethnic grooves. He performs DJ sets around the world at big events and has also been a guest on the famous Radio 1 Essential Mix. With well over 100 original productions across many top labels we are delighted to have this guy come through Bonzai with his unique style.
The Original Mix stays true to his production technique with a full on deep progressive offering. The intro subtly builds with dark percussions fading through alongside a tight kick. The track ramps up with a thump as a raw organic vocal sample takes control and an ethereal pad sweeps over the sound. On the break the bassline makes an appearance which takes the track to a whole new level and stays the course for what is truly a progressive masterclass.
First up on remix duties is the amazing John 00 Fleming. John is considered with legendary status in the EDM world with a mountain of productions under various guises. He is a worldwide renowned DJ who is always behind the decks at the best parties. John’s label JOOF (among others) has released some top tracks over the years, including many of his own productions and he has worked Bonzai for a few years now. He also started a brand new collaboration with Airwave and their label LCD Recordings. The remix is an epic progressive house stomper with a huge amount of energy, the intro gets things moving with a feisty kick and a background filled with quality FX. A strong rhythmic groove is built steadily as the tight percussion arrangement begins to flow. Synth leads fade through and the vocal sample adds a beautiful texture. Intensity builds up to the break and the bassline takes centre stage before crashing back to a full on stomper, top stuff!
Next up is another legendary figure namely, Airwave with his New School Breaks Mix. Currently Laurent is working on lots of new material and remixes which makes for exciting times ahead. He is running LCD alongside John 00 Fleming bringing in lots of new upcoming talent. His radioshow Progrez is going strong with the fanbase increasing with every new episode. Here Airwave takes on his breaks persona which always leads to amazing results. A stunning intro brings with it top notch FX with an intense vibe coming through on the pads. The track then throws out big chunky kicks that pack a huge punch. The first drop brings with it some amazing synth work with very subtle and teasing melodies. The powerful groove intensifies and on the break a massive build up takes us right back into this energetic journey through progressive utopia.
UK based Philthy Chit aka Philippe Sartre & Chitra Kumar are next up for their remix. The guys have been enjoying much success with their releases on Bonzai and they have worked closely in collaboration with other artists including original material and remixes. Here the guys bring their brand of progressive to the fore with a top class rework. Classic intro with a full kick, crisp hat and a wonderfully sublime pad. The bassline powers through to take over the groove and a very vivid picture is painted through this strong progressive vibe. The drop gets down to business with a brilliant melodic sequence built up with a myriad of quality sounds and expert arrangement before jumping back into this awesome groove.
Diamantopoulos Dionysis aka Concealed Truth returns to BP with the two tracker “Bookamvijas”. This 24 year old producer from Heraklion, Crete, Greece. He has been meddling with music from a very young age and travelled through almost every genre of music available. His last outing for Bonzai, “Smooth Rain” was well received as were a number of remixes.
The title track takes on a fantastic house flavour with chords playing a big role and creating quite a retro vibe which we love. The drums and percussions are arranged to perfection and compliment an amazing funky bassline. The break is where it’s at on this one as those house chords come to the fore as they build and build before slamming back into this wonderfully jacked up groove.
“Deck 6″ intros with minimal percussion and a fantastic echo styled effect, well rounded kicks soon take over alongside a tough bassline which gives that rolling effect. On the break a real cool hook fades through and takes the track to the next level before kicking back in to a full on progressive fuelled ride. Top stuff here and a must for any box!
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October means ADE and this year is no different! Here is a selection of 60+ tracks featuring original works and remixes from Manu Riga, Gai Barone, Nico Parisi, Kintar, Airwave, DJ Fire, 06R, Narel, Rise And Fall, Samotarev, deepAlexander, Kabalo, Kevin Vega, Audio Noir, Matteo Monero, Rishi K., Kindred Spirits, Philthy Chit, Blufeld, Yuriy From Russia, John Scott, Anthony Yarranton, Steve Sai, Pierre Zamyatin, Mindgamers, Florian Meindl, Chantola, J-Junior, Thomas Genchev, Eric Powa B, Ecco, Jusa, Haze-M, Saccao, Matan Caspi, Mylan, Michael Berklin, Alen Simple, In2Deep, Fulltone, Dimitry Liss, Solartoff, Harmon, Landowski, Rick Wade, Sebastien Desay, Rogerio Martins, Accatone, JR From Dallas, Lurob, Hurlee, Fauvrelle, Oushanmete, Chrono, Ascaloon, Electric Bastards, Oz Romita, Van Czar, RV, The Revolving Junkie, Darouge, Active Line Six, Tribal Warriors, Ugur Yurt, Tofke, Lyle Quach, AngelLopez, Redraft Memories, Sander Bongertman, Sean McCaff, Project KF, Jey Fever, Soren Aalberg, Zolex, Gabriel Ben, Ed Whitty, Re Dupre, Rod B., Angelo Fracalanza, Sa.Du, M.R.T.N, Onofrio Conter, Ozan Kanik, Mariano Santos, Filth & Splendour, THiN, Franky Jones and Redhead.
Bonzai favourite Crocy teams up with stunning Canadian vocalist Ashley Berndt for “Cry”. Ashley has a very impressive repertoire of vocals, she also creates her own melodies and writes her own lyrics.
“Cry” takes us on a beautiful progressive journey, on the intro the kick and percussion arrangement builds up a superbly deep and laidback bass groove with deep rooted piano chords making a show. High pitched strings and pads take us through to the drop where the sultry vocals appear with melancholic flavour. The vocals paint a stunning picture while the melodies in the music will take you right into the story, what a great collaboration and no doubt will be well received.
Next up is “Recht” with another laidback approach to the progressive house sound. Tight drum arrangement sits over subtle percussions that build up a nice flowing rhythmic vibe. In contrast the deep bass transforms from soft and rounded into tough and gritty effortlessly and this adds a strong dynamic. The break throws out a strange melody as that gritty bass lurks behind, superb stuff from this darkly groove!
Beat Maniacs aka Petar Bogojevic and Nikola Radivojevic debut on Bonzai with “Messine” which comes with two top class remixes. Petar attended music school and played guitar while Nikola is influenced by the earlier pioneers of the electronic sound. In 2010 the guys released their first single and have appeared on labels like Balkan Connection, Chibar Records and more.
The Original Mix is a sublime slice of prog, the understated intro bursts into a tripped out ride with hypnotic beats and constant droning synths which is contrasted by some classic strings. The bassline is a hugely powerful part of the track that commands throughout. Wispy vocals are a perfect addition to this top notch groove.
Australia’s finest Audio Noir is first up on the remix with his Rekonstruction. Audio Noir is no stranger to Bonzai as his first few tracks have been very well received indeed. Here he applies his own brand of prog with much more punchy workout. Chunky kicks and rising arps make up the intro before the gritty bass takes over. Very strong percussion leads a steady rhythm and the synth works adds a melodic twist to the sound, great stuff yet again and sure fire hit on many floors.
Kabalo is up next with his remix. Kabalo’s last track “Waiting For You” gained much support and this remix will no doubt follow that up well. Nice melodic intro with the rich vocal sets up the scene beautifully with subtle kicks giving way to the targeted synths and pads, this provides the perfect build up and as the track gets into full swing the kicks get beefed up with the intensity of the pads coming through. A superb almost acidic bassline meanders along creating a very diverse sounding groove, superb stuff!
This time we sat down with legendary Bonzai artist Quadran aka Philippe Van Mullem for a nice chat about the past, present and future projects!
Hi Philippe, thanks for talking with us, how are you feeling today?
PVM: Hi Brian, I’m really happy to meet you, I’m feeling great in this beautiful hot weather.
What sort of things do you like to do outside of music?
PVM: I like. sailing, motocross, reading & gaming….
You’ve been around the music scene for quite a while now (but still young ), how did you first get into music production and who or what were your main influences?
PVM: Thank you, I think it’s the music that keeps me, it keeps me in a sort of bubble outside of space and time…I started out in the 80’s with Philippe Toutlemonde, we played at various clubs including Carerra and Bocaccio. I was captivated by the new diverse sounds coming through in dance music, the kicks and the snares arrangements were something new and created new ways of dancing. With new technologies becoming available I got into real polyphonic synthesizers and from there I began producing. My first recording was Dobel You – “Mammy” which was recorded using some of the first bar sequencers. I found it amazing that such things could be created with a little imagination and some hardware and I have been producing ever since. I was influenced back then by Jean Michele Jarre, Pink Floyd, Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, I really liked the diversity and colour from these performers.
How did Quadran come into creation?
PVM: I wanted to create a sound that went in between the underground and the commercial EDM spectrum. I wanted to use voice (vocals) as a tool and to be a part of my music, to stimulate emotions much like a solo violinist would do. Quadran was the perfect outlet for this concept.
Quadran’s early tracks “Free Your Mind” and “Eternally” are widely considered as tracks that gave rise to the now popular ‘vocal trance’ scene. How were these tracks conceived and what do you think of how these tracks are regarded?
PVM: “Eternally” and “Free Your Mind” were created at the same time, they were designed to invoke a rivalry between them during the creation process. It was a very exciting time and I loved the challenge it brought. The exceptional vocals of Catherine Mees were very intense and moving and they married so well the electronic sound, a big studio moment! I also received many testimonials from fans who have experienced unforgettable moments from these two titles, nothing has ever made me happier and I thank all of you for that!
Your releases have done pretty well over the years, especially “Eternally”. What was your reaction to the huge following this track generated?
PVM: I reacted with great happiness of course, but to be honest, I suspected as much, because the emotion I felt when creating this title was such that it seemed impossible for me not to share it.
Of course, these releases were in conjunction with the birth of one of trance’s biggest labels, Bonzai Trance Progressive. How did you get signed up with this label?
PVM: When we completed tracks we used to take them to Extreme on a Monday night to test them. There we met Marnik and Fly, we immediately merged because this “new” sound would settle into the scene at the time very easily. But the tracks needed a label and Bonzai Trance Progressive became our home.
Your first album in 1996 was well received also, what was the concept behind this project?
PVM: With the album “Voyages” I wanted to give a much more accurate picture of my personality and my mood as a composer, like the excellent “Oxygen”. I wanted honesty and freedom and not to have to conform to the “mega-mix” money making schemes.
Many releases have followed since then with the sound firmly rooted in trance/progressive trance and clearly you are very comfortable with this sound. Do you ever see yourself producing other genres?
PVM: It is true that I really love trance, I like that I have the freedom to love trance. I also pay attention to all forms of music as inspiration can come from anywhere at any time.
A new single “Rumour” is in the works with a release soon (hopefully) with some top notch remixes included, can you tell us a bit about this track and the remixers?
PVM: Yes, I love listening to this new track, especially in the sun with a cool drink in my hand. I have just found out (I love surprises) that the remixers up to now are Matan Caspi, Anthony Yarranton and Thorin.
Over the years you’ve worked with some fantastic artists on tracks and remixes, which of the artists you’ve worked with would be the most memorable and out of all the remixes of your tracks which one would be your favourite?
PVM: All of the people I have worked with over the years have been fantastic. You’re asking me a very difficult question. I would say that some of the most memorable would be Catherine Mees, Leignel Vincent, Paolo Damanti, Phi Phi, Airwave and Sunscreem. These people have also had a major influence on my musical perception.
You’ve got a special event coming up in November this year as you are performing a special set with Airwave at Bonzai Retro 2013. How excited are you about this and can you give us any hints as to what we can expect?
PVM: I am feeling a mixture of 90% stress and 10% excitation or maybe vice versa I really don’t know, like I said earlier I love surprises and no doubt it will be a great experience no matter what.
Apart from the new single what other plans do you have for the future that you can talk about?
PVM: I don’t have anything specific in mind, but I act on instinct so we will wait and see.
If you could change one thing about the world we live in, what would it be and why?
PVM: Hmmm… if I had the power I would replace our new God “MONEY” with a less evil God!
Well, thanks so much for chatting with us Philippe, take care.
PVM: Thanks a lot, it was a pleasure. PVM
Zas & Sanze are back with their latest works “Caprioska” which is backed up with two stomping remixes. The Tallinn based dynamic duo continue to churn out quality vibes and they now have a very impressive back catalogue consisting of original material and a ton of remixes.
The Original Mix sets us off with a superbly worked prog groove with tech influences. Beefy kicks and sharp hats provide a steady rhythm accompanied by cool house stabs. The bassline throbs through the track and adds extra weight to the rhythm while a fantastic vocal sample adds a strong texture, another top notch effort!
The first remix comes from Tribal Warriors aka M.I.K.E./Push. As we all know Mike is a very busy guy with DJing and a heavy studio workload but thankfully he has had time to revamp Tribal Warriors as it was one of his popular monikers. Keep an eye out for more TW material in the future. The remix intros with some very cool synth and FX sounds that lead up to a nice rounded kick and crispy hat combo. Lots of tech elements creep through here with the bass taking a dominant role, great use of the vocal here and some fantastic synth work gives this track a huge punch!
Yuriy From Russia provides the next remix, Yuriy has been well received since his first couple of tracks on Bonzai Progressive and Progrez. Here he delivers more of that quality with a well rounded progressive house groove. Nice and steady rhythms are built with minimal percussions and chunky kicks. The big contributor here is that bassline as it meanders through the sound with a warm lush vibe, stabby synths make their mark while on the break a short melodic pad gives way to this thumping prog groove.
Napalm aka Hungarian producer Nanai PalIt and d-phrag aka Bulgarian DJ Ivan Filipov debut on Bonzai Progressive with this two tracker “Boiling Point” which is backed up with a top notch remix. The guys first got together in 2012 and have been creating some outstanding works since then with releases through Balkan Connection, Balkan Connection Tech and OLD SQL Recordings. A very talented duo with a lot to offer, these guys will for sure be ones to watch in the future.
The Original Mix of “Boiling Point” intros with classic hat and clap structure before rising up to a raw sounding synth line, the background effects create a gritty texture to the sound. When the bass drops the track gets into full on progressive flow and its depth will draw you in ever closer. Big sweeping synths are a big focus point with very subtle melodies lurking in the background, superb stuff.
Greek producer Simos Tagias steps up to remix “Boiling Point”. Simos has seen his music appear on Lynx Records, Modu Records and Baroque Records. His album “Shadows From The Past” along with his other releases have gained support from top jocks all over. The remix takes us deep into the progressive vibe with huge soundscapes filled with lush pads and swirling FX. A strong and steady groove with massive appeal that will be a feature among many playlists for sure.
The Redub of the original is a very powerful progressive track which will sit well in any set and will for sure be a firm favourite.
Finally we have “Summanus” which is another fine example of the deeper side of progressive. Very subtle intro builds up to a pulsating bassline with some quality synth work bringing up the rear. Big pads are matched perfectly with expertly crafted FX. The intensity continues to build after the break as the groove drives on through, top stuff.