Recent posts: Bonzai Progressive
Flembaz are Joao Bandarra and Pedro Freitas, the guys teamed up in 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal. They are an eclectic duo who like to play around with different genres ranging from playful beats to deep creative techno and progressive. Here they mark their Bonzai debut with the two tracker “Cafe EP”.
“Cafe” sets off on a sublime journey through progressive sounds with an infusion of tech thrown in. Beautiful chunky kicks set the scene perfectly with a baseline that will have any woofer quaking. A nice round of percussions keep a cool flowing rhythm as warm synth pads fade through on top of a short vocal sample. Techy synths begin to form as the track intensifies carving out a sure fire hit with many DJ’s.
“Quinalle Express” takes a subtle approach to the intro before a huge kick comes slamming through and bringing with a massive sub bass that will reverberate through your body. Expertly crafted percussions knit a steady rhythm and some wonderful flute/pipe type sounds peek through giving a stark contrast. Very cool track indeed and one that will fit many sets.
Back and refreshed from his last release, the hugely popular “Don’t You Know” (with Junior J), Chantola delivers another fine slice of house driven beats jacked up with a dose of progressive. “I Want You” also comes packed with a very impressive collection of remixes to suit any venue.
The Original Mix constructs a well balanced house groove with its thumpy kicks and crispy percussions giving good rhythm. A very cool bass rips through the track and is further enhanced with some very nifty synth work, the house vibes are ramped up to funky proportions with a great and catchy vocal sample which is coupled with real smooth guitar licks. One hell of a floorfiller on offer and one to watch for sure.
House producer Tero steps up for his first remix on Bonzai with a truly wonderful display of house beats with a sprinkling of deep funk thrown in. Tero has an impressive release count under his belt on labels like Club 86 Recordings and Bullbeat Recordings. From the off the vibe oozes with the pleasures of funky keys which soon build into full on house mode. Perfect drum arrangements give the track a cool bounce, the added vocal samples solidifies the sound while the bass works wonders on the rhythms. Awesome piano work gives this track an all round feel and makes it a must have in any box!
No Chantola release would be complete without the Johny S treatment. This is his sixth remix for Henrik and we can see why he keeps coming back for more. Johny’s own tracks have been on labels like Club 86 Recordings, Bullbeat Recordings and 4 Play Trax to name a few. Here we get into a much more progressive vibe with a super tight arrangement on the drums and percussions. A very cool retro sounding synth does most of the work here as it draws you right into its groove while the deep bass keeps the rhythm flowing. Nice vocal samples come through and on the break the guitar and melodies transform the track before crashing back. Top notch prog house and sure to feature in many sets no doubt.
Another remix debut, this time from Finnish DJ and producer Jesse Suosalmi aka FunkyDee. Jesse too has seen releases on Club 86 and Bullbeat. If you’re after a big floor tune then you’ve come to the right place. The smooth grooves of the original have been taken and ramped up into a party pumping house masterpiece. The funk has certainly been injected here and for those of us who like our music with an oldskool flair then be prepared for a trip that will have you throwing your hands in the air. Absolutely stunning remix and a cert to be featured many times on playlists all over!!
Fresh off the back of his “Revelations” track, Audio Noir serves up another round of progressive goodness with his two tracker entitled “Floorlicker”.
The title track sets us off on a wonderful trip through surreal progressive grooves. The intro creates a vibrant atmosphere as the vocal samples and FX clash alongside a superb thumping kick. Danceable rhythms are built with the aid of a fantastic percussion arrangement and on the break the track transforms into full on progressive meltdown. A chest pounding baseline pulsates through the sound as a cool riff moves alongside. Such a dynamic groove here which will get a lot of attention.
“Fibre Feelings” intros with a myriad of percussion instruments amalgamating to form a diverse rhythm. The beat gets rocking with the kicks coming through accompanied by a monstrous baseline and well crafted FX. The track intensifies and a huge wall of sound erupts, raiding the senses with a very complex groove, top stuff.
What do you get when two legends join forces in the studio? The answer is some of the best progressive sounds ever. That is what’s happening here, Phi Phi aka Philippe Toutlemonde and Airwave aka Laurent Veronnez combine their skills to deliver a solid progressive house stomper with “Back On Track” that comes backed up with a slew of quality remixes. Phi Phi has been a huge presence on the trance and progressive scene for a very long time (he celebrated his 50th birthday not too long ago). He was integral in the defining of the uplifting/vocal trance genres in the early nineties, a sound which carries through to this day. Still DJing consistently and now back in production we are sure to see lot more from this guy, no doubt. Another artist with legendary status is Airwave, Laurent has garnered this status over the last 17 years as he relentlessly poured out hit after hit through Bonzai. His work ethic is second to none and when he performs his live sets he dispatches his own unique style with great professionalism. Great to see these two guys get in the studio together with the hope of much more to come.
The Original Mix is a true progressive driven track, the intro sets up the scene beautifully with percussions slowly building up the rhythm and then settling in with a snappy kick. The attention to detail is astonishing with a multitude of FX going off adding great texture to the sound. The bass comes in and the track sets off through the wonderful world of progressive house. On the break a myriad of melodic sequences will keep the ear trained and send you back for more. One truly awesome ride and a sure fire hit with many!
Progressive guru Moshic is our first remix artist, this guy really needs no introduction as he is synonymous within the prog world for his outstanding quality. Moshic has appeared on many Bonzai compilations and has remixed quite a few Bonzai artists also. With a new track coming out very soon we get another taste of this guys talents on the remix. The subtle intro lulls you into a sublime groove made up of sharp hats, top notch percussions and FX with a surreal pad in the background. We are set on a hypnotic ride as the track continues to build layer upon layer before we are confronted with a massive wall of sound filled with superb bass and wonderful melodies. A masterclass and definitely one for any DJ box.
Rise and Fall return to BP after their well received debut “Imagination”. Solid kicks and swirly pads provide the intro before the well crafted percussion elements filter through. The bass drops like a bomb on this as it reverberates through the speakers with dramatic effect. Clever FX and lots of sub plots evolve from this and on the break melodies shine through adding a very cool contrast to the overall sound. A monster hypnotic, progressive cut and a must have on those playlists.
Australian producer Audio Noir is next up to the remix desk with his Drop Mix and we are really in for something special on this. This guy has been churning out some outstanding work recently, in particular his last BP release entitled “Floorlicker”. The epic intro is made up of a mixture of FX and brilliant percussion which gives a tribal feel and is built upon with many other sounds that take us up to the main event when the chunky kicks come into play. Subtle melodies offer a lot of diversity within the sound as the much more raw basses do their work. One hell of a ride with superb rhythms and one to watch.
Audio Noir also provides us with his Zen Mix, a stunning slice of chilled out vibes perfect for a set intro or for just chilling after a long day.
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.