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Gai Barone is back after a very successful remix on Manu & Nico’s “Reborn” with a fresh twist on progressive house. Gai has been hard at work fine tuning his productions and with results like this we sure are happy to have a great guy like this on board. “Lullaby” comes with two fantastic remixes that will blow your mind for sure.
The Original Mix is quite simply stunning, deep, hypnotic grooves that draw you right in and take control of your senses. Superb arrangement all round with tight drum patterns and rhythmic percussion keeping the flow. The bassline alone is enough to get right into your head as it ebbs and flows alongside top notch FX. On the break a huge sub bass takes control and some awesome synth work adds intensity before crashing back into this solid groover.
Airwave is up first on the remix, this artist has such a hectic schedule at the moment with festivals and parties taking his time alongside his studio work which in itself is epic! Here we see Airwave get into his breaks mode with stunning results. The track intros with calm serenity contrasted with underlying tension and builds up to a powerful thumping kick in breaks style. Melodies are abundant as they weave in and around the track while the bassline springs out of nowhere and adds true progressive depth to the vibe. The break offers up what Airwave does best and that is real intense melodic pads that allow the mind to wander and get lost in the realm of music, amazing.
The hugely talented Manu Riga is up next with his Ethnotic Mix. Manu is another of those artists that puts every effort into his projects to get maximum effect out of his sounds. Much much more to come from Manu in the future so stay tuned. Here he delivers yet again as the track intros with subtle kicks that come out in breaks style before blending into traditional four four beat. An arped bassline rules supreme as it modulates and filters through many different phases then settles into a full on pulsating and hypnotic rhythm. All the while a multitude of FX are going off in the back ground and these add perfectly layered texture to the sound, another fine example of progressive vibes that will most certainly be a feature on many playlists.
Electric Bastards are back with more of their brand of progressive house vibes on the two tracker “Flames EP”.
First up is “Flames” which intros with a cool and steady kick and perc combination, this groove builds up to a stunning deep rooted bassline that takes charge of proceedings. Retro fuelled chords fade through and give the track it’s progressive edge. Getting right down to basics on the break as a sinister vocal sample rattles through the vibe before taking us right back into this full on prog stomper.
“Shake It” provides wonderful rhythms as it focuses in on the percussion side of things. Lots of different generic influences are evident and these combine perfectly to give off a true prog house vibe we all know and love from this talented duo. Quality vocal samples make a showing throughout as this track drives on relentlessly, top stuff!
Just before the new single release out this week on Bonzai Progressive we sat down with Chantola for a few words about him and his work.
Hi Henrik, thanks a lot for talking with us, how are you today?
C: Fine thanks! very good! Enjoying the busy summer here in Finland with lots of gigs and hanging around with my friends.
What kind of things do you like to do when you’re not producing?
C: I have always spent my summers at our summer cottage when I was younger. I still love spending some time in the beautiful Finnish nature. Of course the music takes up most of my time but I love to go fishing every once in a while and hang around with my family and relatives also.
How did you first get into music production?
C: Really hard to say what drove me into producing, but the love for the electronic music comes from my years spent in Germany when I was younger. I used to live in Dusseldorf and that time the German MTV and other music channels where constantly playing stuff by ATB, Cosmic Gate, Blank & Jones etc. When I was first introduced to electronic music it was all about trance at the time, then I slowly discovered great techno acts like Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Ellen Allien etc. At the age of 14 I got my first synthesiser as a Christmas present, it was Yamaha RS-7000 groove box. I still have it and will never ever sell it. I love all things analog. I’ve always been interested in everything electronic, computers, gadgets and naturally instruments and synths. I think that’s the biggest reason I ever thought I wanted to do some sounds and loops by myself.
Who or what would be your biggest inspirations for making music and in life generally?
C: Of course there are lots of artists that I admire and follow but it is impossible to name every one of them. The biggest thing that really opened my eyes was my first visit to the legendary party Island of Ibiza back in 2003. I remember walking into Pacha as a 17 year old teenager and hearing that enormous sound system pumping out some quality house music. That was the moment I realised I want make some tracks and play records in places like this. The whole electronic music scene is full of things that inspire me. Everything from fashion, new technology, parties, tracks and live shows to the most underground clubs and places.
You have a very warm and lush vibe in your sound but how would you describe your sound?
C: I always try to add some soul and depth to my own productions. Sometimes it’s great to play banging danceable straight forward club music but I prefer containing as much emotion as I can in my own tracks and sets.
You’re currently working on your third studio album, can you tell us a little bit about that?
C: Yes! That is 100% true and its coming together really nicely. Not gonna reveal too much but It will be different. It will be a little bit slower that many may expect and it will contain more “organic” sounds like guitar, vocals, sax and even some trumpet action.
With a very impressive back catalogue, mainly through Bonzai, how did you get signed to Bonzai and what does it feel like being part of a close knit family of artists?
C: I’ve always enjoyed working with you guys. Only positive things to say and of course it feels good to be in the “family”. Let’s do great things together in the future!
Describe a typical day in the life of Chantola?
C: Ah. Depends so much but mainly I’m working on my other projects beside music. I’m a freelance graphic designer and have my own web shop that sells speakers, gadgets and everything electronic. I also run a label with my friend and that keeps my busy too. If I’m not working or hanging around with my friends you will find me in my studio working on my new tracks, remixing or doing mixtapes for radioshows or searching new music to play at my gigs.
Some of your tracks have been remixed by great producers, who would be your favourite remixer and on what track?
C: It has to be the Airwave remix of my track called “Another Day At The Dream Factory” released through Bonzai earlier this year. That guy is one of my favourite producers of all time and getting to release my own track with his remix is like a dream come true.
You’ve also collaborated with great producers, which project would be your favourite and why?
C: I have produced music with my good friend and mentor Jussi Vuorivirta for almost a decade now. The most memorable thing has to be our “Shanghai Story” track that was released through Black Hole Recordings in 2009. Mr. Sam contacted me personally and wanted a track similar to our “Passion” track that had been our first release ever. The deadline was very very strict because the track was gonna be released on Mr. Sam’s Opus compilation and at that time Jussi was located in Shanghai. Jussi made some chord variations and sent them over. I recorded some guitars and stuff and when Jussi came back to Finland a couple of days before the deadline we went to the studio, spent hours there and came out with a track called “Shanghai Story” and it was signed straight away. They liked it so much that they even wanted another track from us also and we delivered.
Apart from the studio album what other things do you have planned for the future?
C: I’m working on new singles and remixes also but I’m hoping and really looking forward to playing outside Finland in the near future. That would be another dream come true.
Finally if you could be anywhere else in the world right now, where would it be and why?
C: It’s such a cliché but I think I would like to be in Ibiza, enjoying everything the Island has to offer.
Well Henrik, thanks so much for chatting with us, it’s been a pleasure, take care.
C: Thank you so much! It’s been a pleasure indeed. Till next time.
Purveyor of the finest grooves, Chantola is back with another stunning cut, “Don’t You Know”. Henrik has been very buys in the studio with his own works, including a new studio album and plenty of remixes to keep him going for a while. This track comes with three superb remixes that will raise a few eyebrows for sure.
The Original Mix takes us on a sublime journey through progressive house, tight arrangements and a wonderfully subtle and rich bass that has a huge impact. Great vocal samples throughout keep the ear trained intently while a myriad of classy FX fill in the gaps. On the break a great synth drone takes over as chords weave their patterns through the sound before slamming back into this solid groover.
Argentinean producer Hector Sawiak returns to remix duties for Bonzai after his remix of Cut Knob’s “Deep As We Like” appeared on Clubb Traxx “Progressive House 6″. Hector also has a huge amount of releases on many other labels including Mystique Music and Stellar Fountain to name just a couple. The remix pumps up the groove big time with a super smooth rhythm built up with the nice chunky kicks and expertly crafted percussions. The bass flows beautifully and the understated synths work a treat, the vocal sample is well used and fit perfectly to round off a very cool track indeed.
Fresh from his last outing “Cough Drops” we have popular Bulgarian producer Thomas Genchev next up to the mixing desk. Easing the groove firmly into the realms of house while retaining a progressive undertone. Sweet kicks are accompanied by cool rhythmic percussions and a hypnotic bassline, the break brings is some great FX work and distant piano notes which add stark contrasts, top notch delivery yet again.
Jakhira has been very busy lately with remixes and his latest release “Heartstrings EP”, also on Bonzai Progressive. Jakhira firmly beefs up the sound here with tougher edged take on the original. Multi layered basses provide the perfect platform for the outstanding synths on display, hints of melody creep in and mesmerise the mind and on the break the melodies burst through taking the track to a whole new level. Epic progressive house at its best and one to watch for sure.
Audio Noir is back with another fine slice of progressive for our listening pleasure. “Revelation” comes backed up with a slew of fantastic remixes.
The Original Vox On mix intros with a heavy shuffle type groove on the percussion and drum arrangements. This soon delves into the deep recesses of progressive house as the bassline draws you in, very well crafted track with a diverse range of sounds to keep the ear trained. Subtle melodies are a cool contrast to the overall vibe and on the break an unexpected vocal comes through. Top notch track with a pulsating rhythmic groove.
Veteran Gai Barone steps up to remix duty with his Vox On Wax Remix. Gai is fresh off the back of a wonderful remix for Manu Riga & Nico Parisi’s track “Reborn” and is currently working on new material also. As usual we are treated to a masterclass in progressive vibes from Gai with a sound drenched in deep grooves. A subtle intro builds and builds up to a full flowing hypnotic rhythm with a host of FX doing a great job as the layers continue to build. The break releases a myriad of synths where you can lose yourself completely. Monster of a tune here that will be a perfect fit in many sets!
Italian DJ and producer Matteo Monero is next up on the remix. Matteo is a stalwart in the progressive scene having appeared on top labels like Mystique Music, Sudam and Baroque alongside the likes of Kintar and Loquai. Here he applies his own brand of progressive house and he does it in style. Solid beats create a steady flowing rhythm right from the off with FX adding texture to the sound. The percussions find their way into the track with crisp, sharp hats standing out. A deep bassline lingers in the depths while sweeping pads keep things moving alongside a much more prominent vocal, top quality stuff!
Melbourne based Narel beefs up the groove with his remix. Tougher edged vibe here with the beats and tight arrangements shining through. The deep bassline provides a well rounded groove which will have many floors shaking. Wonderful gated strings come through with the vocal matching up very well with the sound. The break winds things right down before powering back into full swing with an amazing melodic arp, very hard to keep still with this one, the floors are gonna love it.
Near the end we have Yuriy From Russia on the remix. Yuriy has just released two stunning tracks through our Progrez and Bonzai Progressive imprint and is shaping up to be a top draw in the progressive world. Here he adds a much more melodic composition with the bassline serving up some sweet sounds, the vocal works extremely well in this context and the myriad of sounds in the background fill the spaces brilliantly. Superb piano sequences are dotted throughout the track which really gives off a feeling good vibe overall, top quality!
To wrap the pack up the Original Vox Off mix is an added extra, for those who want to lose the vocal then this is for you.
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7th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series this time with original tracks and remixes by Matan Caspi, Gai Barone, Relaunch, Miika Kuisma, Manu Riga, Nico Parisi, Anthony Yarranton, Marc Poppcke, Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Jimmy Galle, Kay-D, Moshic, Sagittaire, Rezo, CJ Art, Rise And Fall, White Resonance, Kindred Spirits, Stan Kolev, Audio Noir, LoQuai, Midnight Star, Andre Bonsor and deepAlexander.
The Revolving Junkie aka UK based producer Paul Kieran is back after his last release on BP “No Stars”, although he has been busy during that time with remixes on RV’s “Disorder” and others. Today he presents us his “Monsieur EP”, a brilliant two track progger with elements of tech thrown in.
The title track gets us moving with a nice thudding kick with the percussions slowly building. As the track meanders its way through a multitude of sounds the synth work starts to shine through, raw and edgy sounding in parts with some softer synths adding contrasts in all the right spots. Intricate patterns weave out this story and its sure to be a perfect addition in any set.
“Centipede” intros with long filtering kicks that builds anticipation with a sense of relief when the kicks start to pound. Again we see some very cool percussion arrangement from Paul as the track builds the sounds layer upon layer. Much more of a minimal vibe here with a deep warping bass coming at ya. Subtle synths wander in and begin to rise through the track until they climax with huge impact taking over the track completely, super stuff.
UK based producer Anthony Yarranton makes his full debut on BP with the stunning “Cotton Candy EP”. He has recently completed remix duties on the track “Reborn” by Manu Riga & Nico Parisi. Anthony has gained a lot of attention in a short space of time, he has been described as deep and impactful by his peers and his brand of deep, melodic progressive house has seen releases on labels like Armada, Proton, Baroque and Lowbit.
The Original Mix is a deep and hypnotic journey through the wonders of deep progressive house and a listen to Anthony’s previous works will give you an idea of his consistency in creating top notch sounds. A subtle kick lingers over a tight arrangement with a powerful bassline doing most of the work. On the break surreal pads draw you in with unrelenting force. An overall quite subtle track that packs a big punch.
The Stripjacket Mix gets right into the groove with a chunky kick and brilliantly worked percussion arrangement, a simple chord stab will have you totally hooked very quickly along with another deep and powerful bassline. Cool FX work wrap this mix up beautifully and makes this a must have for those early evenings by the beach.
With a new release in Bonzai Progressive this week, we took the chance to have a chat with Matan Caspi on his career and future plans!
Hi Matan, thanks for taking the time to have a chat with us, how are you today?
M: I’m fine thanks.
How did you first get into music production?
M: I started experimenting with music since I was little kid playing the guitar and the keyboard, mostly thanks to my father who pushed me into that direction. Later I played in some rock bands but it was not always easy to gather everybody to play at the same time as you relied on other people. With Electronic music I fell in love somewhere in late 99’ after hearing a few tracks which really made me think that by producing it you are not dependant on other players and can compose the entire track by yourself, and so, with time passing and constant practice on some music production programs I understood that this is what I want to do, so I started producing my first tracks Just for fun over my free time on the weekends. Once I realized that the tracks actually had potential I started to take things more seriously and in 2002 went to study professional sound engineering. After studying I had a long period of time where I produced trance music and only 4 years ago made a switch to progressive house, tech house and deep house.
How would you describe the EDM scene in the Ukraine today?
M: I’ve been living here for almost 6 year now and I think that the scene here is constantly evolving and stays updated like in rest of the world. Thereare varietiesof great clubs and styles and you can see good names getting booked in the big cities, most Ukrainian clubbers understand good music and would not compromise on lack of quality and they are always a great and supporting crowd to play too.
Who or what would be your biggest inspirations for making music and in life generally?
M: I get my inspiration mostly from the state of mind that I’m at and the things I experience in my life or in a certain period of my life, also I would say my inspiration comes from a lot of different kinds of music that I like to listen too, not necessarily electronic music. I like many styles of music and many times in my productions I try to combine a fusion of styles to create a unique sound, I think that what differs me from many producers is the fact that i don’t stick to one style of music, this way I am always on the hunt after bringing something innovative and fresh in every new track I write.
How would you describe your sound?
M: I would say a fusion of melodic groovy progressive house combined with tech house & tribal, where sometime I pool it to the edge of the deep house & house and sometimes to the techno and prog-techno basically depends on my mood.
You seem to be a very busy person, running your label Outta Limits, producing and DJing. How do you manage your time to take care of all these things?
M: Always stressful, as there are always things to do and every day something else is coming up that you need to take care of but at the same time I think it’s very challenging. The Label I run with my buddy Stan Kolev, we both push the label and we split the work between us, so we help each other keep everything in flow. We also really love what we do, with the music and the label and we believe it can grow nicely and give an appropriate answer to the quality underground music producers and listeners, now we are both working on our albums which we will release this summer and we are almost done so there is always something to look forward to.
Which would you prefer if you had to choose and why, DJ or producer?
M: If you ask me what I would prefer mostly to do if I didn’t have a choice, only to produce or only to play? I believe it would be a very hard question to answer, hard for me to imagine one thing without the other. In my sets, I mostly play my music and the labels music as I would never get the same satisfaction by playing tunes which are not mine or the labels. I think that every electronic music producer which aims to perform his music worldwide should have the appropriate DJ skills.
How did you get hooked up with Bonzai?
M: Fly contacted me last spring with a remix request and I agreed, since then we signed another two remixes and one original track which is supposed to come out this summer!
You’ve remixed two great tracks for Bonzai Progressive, Chantola’s “Make It Happen” and Mindgamers’ fantastic “Chasing The Sun”, which of those is your favourite and why?
M: I love them both, I think they both came out pretty good though I think I played “Chasing The Sun” the most. If I would had the chance I would change a few things on my “Make It Happen’ remix but I’m totally not objective as I’m very critical about my work.
Describe a typical day in the life of Matan Caspi?
M: My typical working day would be – Coffee, Morning studio session as I find the mornings best to produce when the ears are fresh and nothing on your mind, all energy in the place, later on label work & mastering work till the evening.
What do you have planned for the future?
M: I’m not planning so far ahead, I mostly concentrate on the near future, I believe like all the other producers and artists worldwide to spread the music & talent as much possible, get more people to like your stuff and book you, to grow and evolve in the scene…
Finally if you could be anywhere else in the world right now, where would it be and why?
M: mm.. There are many places I would choose… and so many places I still haven’t been and hope to get the chance to go but I think I will always see the centre of my life in my homeland – Israel.
Well, thanks so much for chatting with us, it’s been a pleasure, take care.
M: Thank you!