Recent posts: Bonzai Progressive
Two guys who hadn’t worked together until 2013 are currently unleashing a fierce partnership with high quality tracks at every turn. Phi Phi and Airwave are back with another stomper entitled ‘The Horn’ and comes with three superb remixes. These guys really need no introduction as they are stalwarts in their field. Both guys are currently gigging hard in both clubs and bigger events while also getting into the studio either together or with others. Very exciting times ahead with this combination!
The Original Mix is a full on progressive stomper that will have any floor rocking. From the get go the track drives hard with a massive kick and solid percussion arrangement. The bassline bubbles up from below and is the powerhouse to the track while a droning synth lurks in the rear waiting to pounce. Brilliantly worked FX add character to this sound and a massive scary movie type riser takes us to the break where a stuttering bass note carries the groove alongside some cool vocals. This takes us slamming back into the main track with gusto and puts this is the must have category, not to be missed!
Tallinn’s own dynamic duo are back on remix duty with their Mindgamers Remix. These guys also need no introduction as they have a raft of top quality tracks and remixes under the Bonzai umbrella. At present they are working on new material as well as more remixes, so definitely worth keeping an eye on. The remix intros with fading pad that rises with intensity to a nice chunky kick and a crispy hat combination with some very cool synth voices also coming through. The fantastic offset bass reverberates through the sound and is joined by a tough synth on the offbeat. In contrast, a wonderful melodic arp weaves through the sound and takes us into the break where a beautiful melodic sequence place with superb pads and strings before slamming us right back into the main groove for the duration. Top stuff yet again from these guys!
Finnish DJ and producer Cid Inc. aka Henri Hurtig is back at Bonzai Progressive after his superb remix on Manu Riga’s ‘Cimmerian’. Henrik runs his own label, Replug and has a raft of releases across many labels. Subtle intro on the remix with a flat kick and smooth rhythmic percussions. A deep bass soon begins to froth as it bubbles up from below and brings with it a driving force with hypnotic tendencies. Nice and solid workout here as the sounds merge beautifully with the addition of quality FX. A tense atmosphere is created mainly form that driving bass as it evolves and transforms itself brilliantly. On the break the bass takes a back seat paving the way for some melodic sequences with a gritty edge. An epic ride for sure and a must in any box!
Yuriy From Russia offers us his remix and this guy is making a lot of waves at the moment. His tracks have featured on top download stores and DJ playlists alike for some time and with more remixes and original material to come it will be well worth keeping an eye on this superb talent from Russia. Big phat kicks provide the intro and are soon joined by sharp hats and some very cool percussive elements. A huge pulsating bass comes out of nowhere will be an absolute floor shaker. Strong and solid rhythms are formed with a tight percussion arrangement and a scary movie type riser takes us through each section. Subtle pads and soft melodies sit back and are brought forward by a beautiful guitar riff and ever increasing strings. A very cool ebb and flow effect on the groove that will definitely be a feature among many jocks!
Chantola recently delivered his superb artist album ‘Lost In Funny Space Games’ which is being very well received from many quarters and which is no surprise when you have gems like ‘It’s Not What You Say’. This track has been plucked from the album and been subjected to a host of top quality remixes, no less than six remixes in total from top class artists will no doubt get any floor shakin’!
First up is the Original Mix which intros with a beefy kick and some well clipped hats giving that classic house flavour. A strong, throbbing bass sits on the offbeat and adds a huge depth to the sound. Stunning vocals come through and are the perfect companion for a mesmerizing synth pad lurking in the background. The track transforms itself throughout, building the layers beautifully and ending up with fine slice of progressive house. Definitely not to be missed this one, get it into those playlists quick!
Crocy is first at hand to offer his remix skills and what a job he does here. Crocy’s remix takes on a very smooth and subtle groove, the kicks give off a cool laidback feel with a big punch and sit so well with the expertly crafted bass riffs. The vocal comes through beautifully here adding a richness to the sound and is accompanied by some nice, distant melodies thanks to a lovely piano sound. Wonderfully deep vibes here and a definite must for those late night sets. For those who would like to leave the vocal behind we also have an instrumental mix from Crocy.
Koen Mertens aka Daddy is up next with his remix. Right from the off we are met with a huge in your face sound as a deep drone blasts out alongside a cool percussion pattern. The kicks soon follow as that drone powers on relentlessly. The vocal comes through with a very cool transformation thanks to some nifty FX work which puts it right at home alongside this monster groove. On the main break the groove simmers down with a cool arp and the vocal before slamming back with an added synth riff that is really gonna rock those floors for sure.
Audio Noir is up next with his Rekonstruction. As usual we are treated to a solid progressive house workout which intros with a rhythmic percussion and a very cool melodic sequence. The kicks fade in very discreetly and bring with them a very powerful thump and are soon joined by a great vocal. The track really sets off on an epic ride with the deep rooted bass being the driving force. As the groove progresses we get a hint of a classic synth stab that teases as it lurks in the background. The track breaks to reveal a little more on those stabs before the bass takes over and we are thrust back into the main groove, wonderful stuff yet again out of Australia.
Next up we have deepAlexander on the remix and he churns out a very cool slice indeed. Soft kicks are met with a tough well rounded bass that plucks away giving off a strong vibe as a synth note drones out in the back. The vocal is used brilliantly and sits behind the sound just enough to be very effective. The subtle percussions add smooth rhythms and are the perfect accompaniment to this quite minimal groove. Top stuff!
Lastly we have the Extended Zen Mix which is a fantastic journey through the ambient side of this track. Warm and melodic pads are the order of the day and these are joined with the now recognisable vocal which is a nice partnership. A cool synth arp comes through as a mighty crash introduces each section. Smooth deep basses fade up and take over the sound before kicks blast through making this a perfect piece for an intro in any set.
The impressive Moshic is back at Bonzai Progressive with his equally impressive new cut entitled ‘Do It To Me Now’. Moshic’s unique sound is well renowned the world over and he continues to deliver top quality with all that he touches. This new track has been given the remix treatment by three of Bonzai’s popular artists which will definitely help get this track noticed.
The Original Mix intros with a very cool sequence filled with tight hats and percussions with a teasing bass whetting the appetite. Subtle kicks sit back and let the array of sounds do all the work. A rising pad creates an intensity throughout as the groove takes on a gritty feel with the vocal coming through brilliantly. The bass continues to bubble up from below adding a very smooth texture, another fine progressive vibe from Moshic!
Italian producer Gai Barone delivers two stunning remixes on this pack, the first one being his Starsk Remix. The intro boasts a strong and intense drone with chunky kicks and sharp hats building around it as well as some smooth plucked strings. The synths bring in a little melody to the groove while retaining a dark atmosphere. The break unleashes more of those plucks with some heavy FX adding to the already fierce groove, superb stuff from Gai!
Gai’s second offering here is his On A Train Remix which gets us moving with a strong kick with a nice clip on top. Powerfully deep pads rise up giving a real progressive edge to the sound while all around some fantastic percussion takes shape. A strong piercing vibe ensues as expertly crafted FX go to work, all this is shored up with a wonderful deep bass that sits perfectly in the background. Simply stunning and no doubt will gain much attention.
One of Bonzai’s longstanding popular artists Manu Riga takes up remix duties with his Progtrip Remix. Manu is a firm favourite within the progressive realm not only with his own outstanding productions but also for his remix work which always gets plenty of recognition. Here he intros with a brilliant thumping kick with a rolling effect underneath. A resonating bass lingers in the depths waiting to pounce. Tight percussions begin to form rhythmic patterns while a synth pad begins to rise. The bassline evolves beautifully into a proper full on progressive workout as it rolls along in curvy patterns that will have any floor rocking. Plenty of twists and turn on offer here and a track that is not to be missed.
Audio Noir is popping up all over the place at the moment with remixes on many tracks as well as his own material doing the rounds. Here he delivers a stunning remix in his unique progressive way. Very smooth and classic intro with a powerful kick and skipping hats getting us under way. Deep droning basses rise up building the tension before the track breaks with a beautiful vocal over those heavy pads. The track crashes back with those kicks but this time accompanied by an amazing hypnotic bass that pounds the speakers. A superb remix out of Australia which will be a must for any set and most definitely not to be missed!
Alexander Fedosov returns with his DaSmokin’Frogz persona with this stunning three tracker entitled ‘Ezridah’. His last outing ‘Hidden Door’ gained a lot of support from all over and no doubt we will see more support on this release.
‘Ezridah’ intros with a cool kick and hat combo coupled with a superb housey chord which builds us up to smooth groovy bassline. Fantastic flowing rhythms are borne out this arrangement which becomes infectious and forces you to shake that ass. Surreal swirling pads enter the mix and provides a contrasting backdrop to the sound. Great stuff again from Alexander and sure to be a feature on many sets.
‘Nastix’ gets going with a very smooth beat as intricate percussion patterns are joined by a very cool kick. A big dirty bassline gives the track a raw groove and works perfectly alongside a cool guitar riff which adds a funky element. Fresh and sleek vocal samples are great addition to this groove and give off an urban vibe. Quite diverse stuff which will no doubt have a lot of jocks taking notice.
‘Your Smile’ intros with an electro tinged drum section as classic percussions and kicks weave out cool patterns. A very rich and powerful bass dominates the track in a big way and is accompanied by some fantastic synth shots. Very nice and smooth house track with a superb groove which will grab lost of attention.
Napalm aka Hungarian producer Nanai PalIt and D-Phrag aka Bulgarian DJ Ivan Filipov return to Bonzai Progressive with their latest offering ‘Tour De Force’ and comes backed up with two top notch remixes. The guys’ last outing was ‘Boiling Point’ which was very well received from all quarters.
The Original Mix intros strongly with nice chunky kicks and a soft hat combination. Deep droning basses rise from below giving an air of intensity to the sound which is further enhanced by fading synths and brilliant ethnically charged instruments. Dark grooves are formed from these sounds and culminate in serious progressive workout which is perfect fodder for those darker edged sets, brilliant!
The long serving Bonzai family member Manu Riga is up on remix duty with a wonderfully constructed cut. Manu remains a busy guy in the studio with lots of work on the go including his own material as well as a raft of future remixes which we are excited to see. Here he takes the track on its journey through the darker recesses of progressive house. Powerful basses attract a lot of attention here and are given stark contrasts with lush pads that linger far behind. A very cool ethnic vibe rings through the sound and is further enhanced by a superb vocal sample which is the perfect addition to the sound. Big strong grooves from Manu yet again and a must for any box.
The very popular Yuriy From Russia is next on the remix. Yuriy has been churning out top quality vibes for quite a while now and always adds his unique progressive twist to everything he touches. The remix intros with nice phat kicks which sets the scene for a deep, dark ride through the prog house spectrum. Lush pads are on offer and add a certain depth to the sound which works in harmony with the resonating bass. The break settles into a very smooth sequence before a rising effect takes us back to the full on prog grooves, stunning stuff from Yuriy and not to be missed.
Crocy’s previously released ‘Cry’, featuring the vocals of Ashley Berndt, gets the remix treatment in this superb pack. The remixes come courtesy of some of Bonzai Progressive’s hottest artists at the moment, notably Audio Noir, Steve Sai and DaSmokin’Frogz.
First up we get deep into progressive grooves with Australian producer Audio Noir and his Sound Of Eden Remix. Phat chunky kicks get the grooves flowing and are soon joined by a bubbly bass that rises from below. Crispy hats and well crafted percussions provide a steady, flowing rhythm alongside smooth vocals. The break offers up a beautifully surreal sequence with warm pads and that sensual vocal on top of the contrasting deep bass. Superb prog house journey not to be missed.
Steve Sai delivers a solid house groove on his remix as cool thumpy kicks get the track moving with intricate percussion patterns coming through effortlessly. The now trademark deep bass on this track is the perfect companion to the sultry vocals of Ashley Berndt. In the background subtle melodies are woven through cool pads and synth keys. The track culminates in a true prog house groove that will have any floor shaking.
Rounding off this superb pack we have DaSmokin’Frogz Remix. Here the track is given a proper deep tech house makeover. The intro boasts a classic kick and hat combo which leads into the very raw, organic bass that dominates the track. Cool electro styled samples pop up along the way and add smooth textures to the sound. The break is filled with a myriad of blips and bleeps that contrast well alongside the warm pad and stunning vocals before building back up to the main track where we get locked into this solid groove once more, superb stuff.
Belgian DJ and producer Nico Parisi releases his latest work ‘Soulit’ which comes with three wonderful remixes. Nico’s tracks have been featuring heavily on many sets and charts in the last 6 months or so. Most notably his track ‘Caress’ (Philthy Chit Remix) was a popular choice on Paul Oakenfold’s Full On Flouro show. A testament to the quality on offer from one of Belgium’s legendary artists.
First up the Original Mix gets us going with a very smooth progressive vibe, the intro boasts a melancholic soft melody which gives rise to a superb throbbing bassline. Nice big kicks enter and deliver cool rhythms with the help of tight percussion arrangement. The track builds beautifully as the melodies unwind and dominate the break. Cool vocal samples come through on the break as the synths intensify before slamming back into full on progressive mode for the duration. Excellent stuff from Nico and no doubt we will be seeing a lot of this track in the future.
Sector 7 aka M.I.K.E. is up first on the remix with a proper gritty progressive edged workout. Mike, as you would imagine continues to be an extremely hardworking DJ and producer with gigs taking him all around the world. Back at his New York base he delves into his studio to churn out some of the finest tunes around and this remix is no exception. Pumping kicks alongside a powerful vocal get the track started while cool percussive elements build nicely and stamp out flowing rhythms. The bassline plunders in and the whole dynamic changes taking us deep into the progressive sound. Cool synth riffs wait patiently in the background before being unleashed on the break in all their glory. Stunning work from Mike and sure to draw a lot of attention.
Audio Noir sure does get around. Not content with his own quality productions, he lends his skills to other tracks with outstanding results such as this. Audio Noir’s Pressure Mix takes the progressive vibe on the original into the deeper realms. From the get go we are drawn in by a chunky kick and tribal led percussion arrangement with a massive resonating bass coming from way down below. The vocals are used well with a classic sample thrown to great effect. Intense synths sit back as the bass morphs into a metallic sounding riff that dominates the break before the synths show their full force. More top quality prog out of Australia that is most definitely not to be missed.
Rounding up this pack we have Netherlands DJ and producer Thorin. Thorin has been responsible for a litany of top class releases through various Bonzai imprints in recent years and he is also an very much in demand remix artist and DJ. The remix blasts into existence with a monster kick grungy bass combo, percussions slowly build and lead to a fiery rhythm. The vocals have been give a gritty makeover adding to the dark edge on the track. Fantastic synths loiter in the background as hypnotic sound dominates throughout. The break offers a softer side to the track before crashing right back into that solid progressive groove. Simply stunning from Thorin and will no doubt feature in those tougher edged sets.