Recent posts: Bonzai Progressive
Mindgamers are back from their recent stint on Frisky Radio’s world tour when they stopped off in Talinn for the guys to do an exclusive set in which they played this track for the first time. These guys need no introduction really as they are now firmly rooted within the Bonzai sound. Their new track “The Crown” comes backed up with two top notch remixes.
The Original mix gets flowing with a cool percussion led intro that builds the rhythm nicely. A superb deep bassline soon takes over the sound and matches up beautifully with a tight drum arrangement. Vocal snippets give the track a punch while the synths rise up to epic heights. On the break the levels rise yet again with wonderful strings and an awesome female vocal before crashing right back into this solid slice of progressive house, enough to raise the roof at any venue and a must for any set.
Koen Mertens has been very busy of late with a round of brilliant remixes, here he makes no exceptions as he delivers his brand of prog with another great remix. Chunky kicks fade through on the intro as the vocal sits back on top of some tight percussions. The bassline rises up in a stealthy approach and before you know it you are locked into its groove, alongside this a wall of sound is forming with huge synths stacking up on top of each other. The break does a great job maintaining the vibe and the female vocal is the perfect companion. An intense build-up gets us back into full swing, a true prog monster that is not to be missed.
UK based Lloyd Trimmer aka Cordoba is next on the remix. Lloyd has seen releases on House Proud Records and Kushtee Records. As a DJ he has played at prestigious clubs such as London’s Ministry Of Sound, The Egg and Mango, he also co-founded Substance Promotions to progress the sound of House in some of the finest venues in Hampshire and Surrey. The remix takes the prog sound a little deeper with hypnotic rhythms and a wonderful deep bass that transforms as the track drives on. Very cool FX make a big play also and work perfectly with a tight drum and percussion arrangement. Sweeping synths and subtle melodies add texture alongside clever use of the vocal samples, great stuff!
Matevz Crocy returns after his last outing ‘Cry’ featuring Ashley Berndt with a superb two track progressive house cut ‘Rotten Hour’. Crocy has been consistently churning out the goods with quality productions across different labels within the Bonzai stable and here he keeps up the momentum with the prospect of much more to come.
First up is the title track ‘Rotten Hour’, the intro boasts a chunky kick and percussion combi that builds up steady rhythms with a synth pulsing in the background. The bassline sets the track off with a true deep resonance alongside a soft vocal sample. The break enhances the vocal with cool mangled piano sound coming through, top stuff yet again out of Slovenia!
‘LanteSol’ is up next and packs a punch with a chunky kick intro and fading pads. Percussions build nicely adding smooth rhythms while a warm synth note begins to form. The bass cuts deep with resounding power and the rhythms get a boost with some very cool bongos and tablas. Vocal samples come into play throughout and on the break we are treated to more lush keys before the track kicks back in taking us on a wonderful prog house trip.
Well known Russian DJ and producer Alexander Fedosov aka DaSmokin’Frogz debuts on BP with this superb three tracker entitled ‘Hidden Door’. Alexander also goes by the names Patrick P and P. Lankton, he runs his own radioshows like Family Business on Pure.FM and has seen releases on labels such as Carica, Vise Versa, Baroque, TrippleFire, Reelaux and Pure Substance.
First up we get right into the deep progressive house vibes of the title track ‘Hidden Door’. The intro sets off with a cool raspy FX line that leads nicely into a punchy kick and crisp hat combination. The super low bass resonates through the grooves as the track gains momentum. Plucky notes provide a slither of melody that fits well into the deeper vibe while a cool modulated arp sweeps in and out, brilliant stuff!
‘Flex’ goes straight for the jugular with a heavy layered bass powering through from the off. Very cool percussive FX form the beginnings of a solid rhythmic sequence as the layers build. The track breaks into smooth tech vibes as a vocal sample creeps in. Cool housey keys are loitering at the rear before crashing back into that superb deep bass structure, top class production!
‘Shadowz’ rounds up this fantastic package with a full on tech fuelled ride. Rhythms flow from the intro as a well crafted percussion and kick section take hold. Again we see a heavy and deep bass take centre stage as it pounds out a strong groove. The break delivers a superb vocal that adds amazing texture to the sound as it dominates the biggest part of the track. Great track and sure to be destined for many sets!
‘Aloha’ sees the second release from the newly revamped moniker Sector 7 which is the brainchild of Belgian legend M.I.K.E.. With a hectic schedule we are delighted that this guy finds the time to produce under this guise as it was a popular attraction in the good old days, and still remains to this day. Aside from the Original we have a top class line up of remix artists on show in what will prove to be a very well received pack.
The Original Mix intros with a punchy kick that leads into subtle percussions before breaking into a cool chord sequence. The bassline comes into the track and really sets things alight as the layers build with intensity. The main riff makes a show midway transforming the track into a full on progressive tech stomper which will grace many a dance floor for sure.
The very popular Relaunch is next up to remix, dark progressive vibes are what this guys is all about at the moment. German based Maik Relaunch is fresh off the back of a superb remix on Thorin’s ‘End Game’ which saw rave reviews and high positions on top download portals. Here the temperatures are rising with a full on progressive monster in the making. Right from the off you get a real sense of deep rooted nature of the progressive vibe within this sound. Snappy kicks and wide hats lead beautifully to a driving bassline while melodic pads rise up through the sound. Melodies are used teasingly on the break before powering back into full on prog mode, quality stuff and one to watch no doubt.
Audio Noir is back after his last track ‘Floorlicker’ which performed very well indeed. Here we see his popular Rekonstruction style remix. It’s worth keeping an eye on this guy as there is much more original and remix work in the pipeline. Nice chunky kicks fill the intro and lead into a very cool synth and bass combi before the percussions begin to show and taking the track to a strong progressive groove. On the first break the track transforms with a huge retro styled riff that will be instantly recognisable and loved by all who remember it. The main break brings with it subtle melodic pads alongside an almost siren like synth that takes us right back to pure unadulterated progressive goodness.
Up next we have Yuriy From Russia and his superb remix. Yuriy has been busy on the remix front and just recently we seen his track ‘Do You Feel’ featuring Ange, perform very well indeed. Here he takes us deep into the darker side of progressive house. The intro boasts a brilliant kick that packs a huge punch, this is coupled with a rhythmic hi hat sequence and leads nicely to a cool flowing bassline. Percussive elements continue to build throughout the track before the bassline is joined by some serious synth work that ramps up the groove perfectly. The track takes a twist when some melodic synths make a show adding diverse textures to the overall sound. Stunning remix that will be sure to grab a lot of attention.
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Second installment on the Tech House Toolbox series comes with original tracks and remixes by Jonathan Calvo, Krusound, Kini Rao, Alexandro Tachyani, Khris Rios, B Gutierrez, Florian Meindl, Mindgamers, Project KF, Jey Fever, Ecco, Charles Ramirez, Diego Alvez, Onofrio Conte, Sean McCaff, Mylan, Ivan Montoro, Jazzman Wax, Electric Bastards, Enrico Caruso, Alex Satry, The Revolving Junkie, Soren Aalberg, Zolex, Nikkie, Thomas Genchev and Lucio Grandi.
Joining forces for the first time we have two of the finest producers on the circuit with a multitude of quality releases between them. Airwave and Jimmy Galle deliver a stunning slice of prog with “Karaba” which comes with their own plus two additional top notch remixes. Laurent is currently working his way around many collabs with quite amazing results while Jimmy is his usual busy self churning out awesome music on a regular basis. Both guys come to the desk armed with a wealth of experience which they have pumped into this epic release, expect to get blown away by the sheer quality within the sound on this release.
Airwave’s mix intros with a cool percussion led sequence that builds up to a solid progressive groove with a tribal element. Laurent’s distinct atmospheric vibes shine through as a myriad of sounds blend in perfect harmony. The break takes us into a world of melodic guitar plucks with superb pads rising through the background. The track kicks back in style and continues on a purely progressive rhythmic journey, wonderful stuff yet again from a master of his craft.
Jimmy’s mix takes on a much more house orientated vibe with a strong progressive slant. The track gets moving with a chunky kick as percussions ease their way into the grooves. Deep basses take this track more towards the house side of the tracks alongside a tribal tinged vocal. Flowing rhythms are quickly established and as we approach the break the tracks signature guitars come through. Very well crafted track which would go down well in any set.
DJ and producer Crocy delivers a fine slice of prog house with his usual tight arrangements. Nice and steady flowing rhythms emanate from cool kicks and superb percussions giving off a groovy house vibe. Bright melodic plucks add contrast to the deep bass and on the break subtle synth stabs peek through before easing back into this fine house joint, superb stuff!
Alexey Samotarev is up next with a sublime prog house cut. Alexey’s last release “Odyssey” gained a lot of support through our Progrez imprint and he sure knows how to deliver the goods. Here he attacks the remix with a focus on the guitar sounds from the original. A super tight drum section with very cool percussive elements sit over a swirling pad as the guitar licks echo throughout the sound, big house grooves abound on this and a sure fire hit in many sets.
Koen Mertens aka Daddy makes an appearance on BP with “Accelerator” which comes backed up with a superb remix. Koen’s last release on Eyepatch was well received and no doubt this release will see support from all over.
The Original Mix gets us moving straight into a tech fuelled progressive groove as the intro blasts out some fine chunky kicks and tech styled percussions. A simple vocal sample adds cool textures to the sound before a deep synth riff starts to build. The bassline sets the track on fire as it churns out hypnotic rhythms. The bassline continues through the break transforming many times alongside some amazing FX work before coming right back into a full on monster tune!
Tribal Warriors is busy as always and yet again we see a side of M.I.K.E. where he gets right into the nitty gritty realm of tech on his remix. The track intros with a vocal sample and minimal percussion, out of nowhere a stunning kick blasts through as the rhythms begin to form through some tight percussions before breaking down into a fantastic French-kiss-esque bassline. The bassline relentlessly powers on drawing you in to its hypnotic rhythm while rising pads sweep through. Superbly worked track that will be a feature in many sets for sure, one to watch!
Back from his last release on BP with “Reborn” alongside Manu Riga, Nico Parisi delivers “Caress” which comes with no less than five fantastic remixes. Nico has been very busy lately with his own productions and a stack of remixes, he also has a hectic DJ schedule with many gigs across Belgium. Recently he featured in the launch of a new concept night “INSANE” which is a product of DJunkee and Bonzai progressive. He will also feature at this year’s Bonzai Retro event in November with the crème de la crème of Belgian DJ’s.
The Original mix is a strong, solid slice of progressive house vibes. Snappy kicks and a subtle melodic sequence provide the intro with rising pads soon coming through. Percussions slowly build and form into a cool flowing rhythm while an early and intense build up leads us into a full on prog monster. Offbeat bass drives the track forward with excellent synth work keeping the intense nature on point. Wonderful stuff from Nico and a must have in any box.
First up on remix is Inkfish who are four Swedes. Mattias Lindblom, Jesper Lindqvist and brothers Andreas and Johan Hermansson. These guys run their own label, Inkfish Recordings with Mattias or Andreas taking care of the production side of things. Johan and Andreas do all the DJ work while Jesper is a self-styled Bez from Happy Mondays character. Together these guys have a very impressive list of releases across many top labels and now we see their first appearance on Bonzai Progressive. The remix intros with some cool FX, synths and pads before a nice chunky kick takes over. The bass delivers a deep grooving flow while rising pads add beautiful textures with subtle melodic hints. Solid track with a big punch!
The very popular Manu Riga is up next with his Sofia By Night Remix. After their last and very successful outing on “Reborn” it’s no wonder these guys are working together again, they click well in the studio and no doubt we will see a lot more from them in the future. The remix goes into full on mode with a massive snappy kick with a sharp click on top which really sets the scene up well for a trip down progressive lane. Some great FX and synth work give off subtle melodies with a very teasing vox lying in wait in the background. Superb bassline works wonders throughout the track and makes this a track you will never want to end.
Philthy Chit deliver a stunningly epic progressive house experience with their remix. The intro slowly builds with simple percussions and a hypnotic synth note before blazing into a driving deep bass led groove. Intensity rises with wonderful pads and an amazing vocal sample. The magic happens on the break with deep resonating synths and melodic sequences before getting back into a full blown prog monster. A sure fire hit and a definite must have for those progressive sets.
Next up on the remix is Eric Hubo whom Nico has worked with in the past. Belgium based Eric has featured on tracks from Nico’s Danza Records including “Metro”, “S.A.X.X.” and “Move Your Body” as well as works on LCD Recordings on “Romeo and Juliet”. His remixes have also appeared on “A State Of Trance Classics Vol. 7″ back in 2012. The remix sets off with a smooth kick and offset bass which is the perfect foundation for a progressive house journey. Cool FX and well crafted percussion provide a steady rhythm before the track settles in for the duration as the bassline shines through. Sweet melodic pianos are the focus on the break as sweeping phased synth pads shore up the background. The track kicks back into the steady groove and a beautiful prog house record in born, superb stuff.
Yuriy From Russia is our next guest with his Dark Remix. Yuriy has been churning out top quality productions in recent times most notably with his latest offering “Do You Feel” featuring the vocal talents of Ange. Chunky kicks and sharp hats get us moving on the intro with a warpy, thick bass soon following. Sweeping synths begin to come through and they provide stark contrasts with the bass which makes for a cool dynamic. Blippy FX work adds texture to the sound and all the while the groove has built into full on progressive mode. The break brings forth those sweeping pads and builds back into the main groove with a wall of noise. Very intense and very epic piece of work which no doubt get attention from all quarters.
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8th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series, featuring original tracks and remixes by Manu Riga, Cid Inc., Lloyd Trimmer, 21street, Stan Kolev, Matan Caspi, Airwave, DJ Fire, Kintar, Gai Barone, LoQuai, Philthy Chit, Matteo Monero, Audio Noir, AquAdro, Moshic, Hector Sawiak, Chantola, J-Junior, Angga, Rise And Fall, John 00 Fleming, Christopher Lawrence, Santiago Garcia, Dark Soul Project, Franbeats, Anthony Yarranton, Zan Prevvé, WayWork, Jakhira, Kindred Spirits, CJ Art, Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic, Rishi K., JJ Grant and Digital Department.