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New concept compilation series titled Tech House Toolbox 1 comes with original tracks and remixes by Beckers, Redraft Memories, Mario Foksa, Ecco, Daniele Kama, Darouge, Mylan, Filth & Splendour, Charles Ramirez, Stan Garac, Valeria Croft, Joal, Sean McCaff, Wonji, Lights Electronika, Yanysh, Poison Pro, Luckoni, Diego Alvez, Baum, Peker, MGC, Fabinii, Element, Recess and Project KF.
Zolex aka Frank Struyf returns to Bonzai with “Assault” and is backed up with a slew of quality remixes. The vocals come courtesy of Nikkie aka Jade 4 U who had great success with many projects notably Praga Khan. Frank gained notoriety with his Zolex project back in the nineties under Bonzai Records and through his many residencies in Belgium’s top clubs. He went on to create his own Zolex Records with many successful releases. Frank is still very much in demand for his DJ skills and now also for his production skills, we are sure to see a lot more from this man.
The original mix intros with a very ethnic guitar theme before the very unique vocal comes through. Super solid drum arrangements build up a steady rhythm and the track takes on an almost Indie rock vibe which breaks down into a strong progressive groove. The kick and percussion section drive through with Nikkie’s vocal becoming much more powerful and raw. What a great comeback from Frank, sure to be a big hit with jocks everywhere.
Danish producer Soren Aalberg is first up to remix duties. Soren has seen releases on Bedrock Records, Mindtrip Music and more, his sounds have been played by the likes of Richie Hawtin and Len Faki. Here Soren takes the track to its basics with a minimal approach, much deeper vibe on the bass and chunky kicks and brilliantly crafted percussion. A sinister sounding string fades through while Nikkie’s vocal is used to perfection to round of a top class remix.
Soren also provides us with his Add Lips remix which takes on a clubby vibe, cool, crisp and sharp hats are prominent and the kicks add a nice thump. Deep basses are accompanied by an intense fading in string that builds the track up to a climax superbly, big big tune for the floors!
Guss Carver is up next with his remix. Guss has been producing since the nineties and seen many releases across a host of quality labels. He produces many different genres as he loves all dance music and he has his own label called Hypnocat. Guss’s remix entrees with a nice solid kick, hat, snare combi over a deep droning bassline. On the break a rising synth thunders into a stunning hook while the vocal is perfectly slotted in at all the right places, just brilliant.
Belgian DJ and production duo Jean Delaru & DJ Philip swing by with their Dubbel XX remix. Both these guys hold residencies at some of Belgiums top rated clubs. Jean has seen releases on a few labels while DJ Philip would be considered a veteran on the scene with releases as far back as 1997 on labels like XTC – Music For The Mind, Tripomatic and Black Hole Recordings. The remix intros with subtle percs which soon build up to a pumping groove. As the track progresses the sweeping bassline adds depth with the reverbed vocal adding extra weight. On the break a real cool melody pans out before we get right back to that powerful bassline and tough groove.
Heading deeper into prog with Nocturno and his remix. Superb bass’s intro this track with FX work helping to build up the sound to an all out progressive monster. The kick and bass combi forms most of the track and keeps the deep vibe flowing throughout. On the break a simple melody transforms the setting and the bassline morphs into a hypnotic groove with Nikkie’s vocal holding everything in place, seriously tough tune that will be on many lists for sure.
Finally we have a short version of the original mix which would be perfect for a radio slot.
Rise And Fall debut on Bonzai Progressive with the stunning “Imagination” which comes packed with an awesome remix from Manu Riga.
The original mix is a true prog house affair with all the right ingredients for dancefloors to come alight. Very strong bassline dominates the arrangement with a fantastic thud on the kicks. Huge sweeping pads make an appearance which keeps the ears trained. Real deep prog vibe oozes from this and the relentless groove will have this appear on a lot of playlists.
The highly impressive Manu Riga takes control at the desk for his Prog Remix. Adriaan is a very busy man as he is completing many remixes and lots of his own studio work which is to be announced very soon. Here, he utilises his many skills to deliver an outstanding remix. Strong, solid vibe from the start as the basses build up and combine beautifully with the kicks and percussions. Ethnic flavours come through, while on the break the synths deliver an awesome arp with a beautiful whispered vocal. The track kicks back with style after the break and we settle into this amazing ride, top stuff.
Shimmer is back after his outing with LoQuai and their “Flying Fortress” track, a track that gained a lot of attention on major download portals with support from around the world. Here we see a monster release “Give Me” with a host of top quality remixes from some great producers.
The original mix is smooth ride through progressive house creating a relaxed atmosphere. Steady rhythms from the drums and percs with some real nice FX work. Bright melodic short synths build the mood with a wonderful chunky bassline underneath. Very hypnotic groove that locks you in for the duration.
First up on the remix is Chantola with his Give Me Techno Remix. Henrik transforms this tune beautifully with some quality techno elements, particularly in the kicks. Grungy acid blips formulate a great sound which becomes much more prominent on the break. Very well worked mix with huge appeal for many jocks.
Mylan takes us on one of his tech tours with his remix. Classic intro with kicks, hats and percussions building layer by layer. Groovy bassline adds a little bounce here and the FX work fits well. This track is a solid builder with teasing synths coming through on the break, top stuff.
Accatone takes things deeper with his Black Keys Remix. Staying true to the bassline as it bounces along we are treated to a masterclass indeed. Minimal percussions with a crisp hat and clap combi. The big focus of course are those keys, a wonderful display of deep house play that will stand up well in those late night rooms.
Concealed Truth return to BP with Cold Sun Ray Remix. Powerful progressive house at its finest with brilliantly subtle synth melodies and great FX. Nice and steady rhythm with another superb bassline will keep the bootys shakin to this. On the break the melodies are ramped up a notch and the vocal sample is the perfect addition along with the pads, very nice indeed.
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Sixth installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series comes with original tracks and remixes by Relaunch, Neon, Moshic, Mindgamers, Matan Caspi, Steve McGrath, Chris Sterio, LoQuai, Tom Conrad, Andre Bonsor, Van Bellen, Frangellico, Domased Electronica, Noa Romana, Deersky, Matt G., Booya featuring Iulia Constantin, Kintar, Crocy, Manu Riga, Timewave, Citizen 42, Philthy Chit, Oliver Morgenroth, Erich Lh, Cut Knob, Hector Sawiak, Blufeld, Kevin Vega, Paul Martinez, Fiddler, Thomas Genchev, Downgrooves, Mariano Mellino, Wally M, Deepfunk, and Mathov.
Electric Bastards are production and DJing duo Jordan Drieghe and Curt Savage, based in Belgium these guys have lost their souls to music. They are devoted to house beats and like to experiment with different genres. For several years they have been active in the music scene with different projects and appearing on many labels including a remix on “Once Again” by Mindgamers. Today they make their full Bonzai debut with “High Pass” including a fabulous remix, enjoy!
The original mix kicks off in true tech style with sharp percussion and a low end thumping drum. The layers are slowly stacked up with a brilliant bassline holding things up well. Lots of FX give the track a lot of character with a real cool vocal sample rounding things off.
Zas and Zanse aka Mindgamers return the previous favour to Electric Bastards with a stunning remix of the highest quality. Building up a cool tech vibe from the off with a rhythmic drum and percussion mix, strong, solid grooves come through and the track takes off when the bassline kicks in. Big sytnh sweeps on the break give an air of prog n the sound but the true roots are in tech as the track kicks back in, these guys sure know how to work a remix!
Henrik is back with another round of his mellowed out progressive vibes on this two tracker “Days Go By”. His last release “Another Day At The Dream Factory” done very well with support coming from many corners and top download stores featuring it heavily.
The title track intros with a nice thud on the kick and a warm pad sweeping through, subtle keys come in and the percussion starts to build up a cool flow on the rhythm. The strings gain slightly in intensity and the bassline adds a bouncy touch with some very cool pianos filling in the background. On the break we get an almost trancey feel with the synth chords ramping up the groove, very nice indeed.
“XTC” takes us deep into progressive vibes with a journey through a myriad of lush sounds, lots going on here and a perfect example of Henrik’s technical ability to be able to marry all these sounds while keeping the structure on point. Deep prog bassline with many different melodic sequences blending beautifully over a tight drum and percussion section. Elements of both house and trance are evident yet still offering a unique style, very well crafted and a joy to listen to.
Fresh off the back of his last release “Groove Romance” Bulgarian producer Thomas Genchev returns with another cool progressive house slice which is backed up with two stunning remixes.
The original mix is a testament to house music at its most raw with progressive elements thrown in. Chunky pounding kicks and minimal percussion hold a solid rhythm while the throbbing deep bass gives us the progressive edge. Very cool house chords sit back and tease their way through the groove while a deep south vocal keeps the ear trained intently, top stuff!
Dutch tribalist and all round house junkie Thorin Van Gelderen steps up with a wonderful remix. Right from the off we get hooked into this tribal fuelled groove with huge amounts of house goodness. Superb bassline throughout adds an almost funky vibe and this is beefed up by the housey chords, a bouncing rhythms that will keep the floors shaking their thang all night.
Jakhira, who recently had his debut with Bonzai returns with a funked rework on the original. Fresh upbeat vibe from the start, subtle muted hats and percs keep the track on a perfect level heading. Midway through we get an amazing transformation into some pretty nifty funky chords and synths with the bassline adding a cool progressive contrast. Top notch remix here and a sure fire hit among many DJ’s.