Recent posts: Bonzai Progressive
Apsara debuts on Bonzai Progressive with this stunner entitled ‘In Motion’, which comes with two superb remixes. Apsara commands huge respect in the electronic music world. She has built a reputation as a forward thinking, stand out DJ and this has been recognised by her peers on many occasions, most notably when John 00 Fleming described her as a “super talent”. Having played all over the world and released her music on top quality labels, we are delighted to be welcoming Apsara into the Bonzai family.
The Original Mix has a quite energetic feel with a jagged bass coursing along to the backdrop of some very cool drum percussions. Nice tough kicks soon follow alongside crisp hats creating a flowing groove. Heavy duty metallic sounds become a focus on the track as the bass deepens giving off a pulsating vibe. Strong progressive edge here with a very cool organic flow, not to be missed.
UK born but now residing in Greece, Steve Self marks his Bonzai debut with a stunning remix. Steve started producing in 2004 and is currently learning classical piano. He got into electronic music during his student days in Manchester where he organised parties and held his own residencies. Steve has also released on many labels covering different genres. Here he gets the remix going with a surreal intro full of garbled vocals that etch a strange vision. Nice and chunky kicks take control soon after and a very well constructed drum and percussion section soon get the rhythms flowing. A cool deep bass lurks in the rear before easing into full flow with lush texture. Full of quirky sounds and quality FX this track is an epic ride that will be a big feature in many sets, no doubt!
Hoova & White Resonance debut on Bonzai with this simply amazing remix. The guys boast an absolute horde of quality releases across many top labels. They are a formidable pair with the progressive house realm and they also delve into other genres on occasion. Here the guys get the remix up to boiling point with a fine display of production skills. Nice and smooth intro with a simple percussion tap and a beautiful melodic pad which transforms into lush chords with a phat kick over the top. A top class vocal that just oozes classic house is the perfect accompaniment to those chords and gives this track a truly house vibe. The deep bass though keeps the track firmly with the progressive range making this an absolute must for any box, top stuff!
Kevin Vega makes a very welcome return to Bonzai with his three tracker entitled ‘Andromeda’. Kevin remains a popular figure around Bonzai and he is always on hand to deliver some fantastic remixes as well as keeping us hooked with his own material.
First up we have ‘Andromeda’ which sets off on a silky smooth progressive road trip filled with a myriad of cool sounds. The groove here is just divine as the kicks meander along with ease and are backed up with a subtle percussion arrangement. A big feature on the track is the attention to detail as intricate sounds are woven together beautifully. The break descends into a world of wispy delight with a cool vocal sample keeping the ears trained perfectly. Great stuff from Kevin and not to be missed.
‘Consolidate’ intros with a nice punchy kick with a smooth percussion underlay. The bass begins to form from way down below and bubbles up to the surface to get the asses shakin. Expertly crafted synths provide a classy arp which is complimented with a sweeping pad and a hint of melody. The track evolves sweetly with an intensity being generated through raspy sounds and culminating in a very enjoyable journey.
Lastly we have ‘Destiny’ which gets going with a chunky kick that packs a massive punch. The beat drops off revealing a distant synth that leads the way for a nice flowing bassline. The sounds start to come out of nowhere and create a very fine and flowing groove with percussions spicing up the rhythm brilliantly. A very nice set builder for sure.
Club Traxx – Progressive House 10th installment comes with original tracks and remixes by John 00 Fleming, The Digital Blonde, Moshic, Yuriy from Russia, 21street, Relaunch, Phi Phi, Airwave, Kasall, Dark Soul Project, Dale Middleton, Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic, Rafa’EL, Darko De Jan, Kastis Torrau, Arnas D, Cordoba, Velvet Girl, Tome Conrad, Andre Bonsor, Mindshield, Domased Electronica, Lonely Sun, Nicolas Agudelo, Aggressor, Ivan Nikusev, Samotarev, Paduraru, Spacebeat, Javanny, EmLab and One Million Toys.
German DJ and producer Jonny Calypso makes his solo debut on Bonzai Progressive with the amazing two tracker ‘Definition’
Jonny Calypso – Definition, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport on the Staff Picks section at the Progressive House genre page!
German DJ and producer Jonny Calypso makes his solo debut on Bonzai Progressive with the amazing two tracker ‘Definition’. Jonny first headed our way on his collaboration with Dafar late in 2013 with ‘Spirit’.
First up we have the title track ‘Definition’ which intros with a lovely phat kick and crisp hat combo. A deep and burly bass comes on the scene and will be a contender to punish bass bins all over as it pulsates through the sound. This tough groove powers on mercilessly before a short respite on the break where the percussion takes over and a fading vocal sample is introduced then its right back into this solid deep progressive workout.
‘San Zhi’ is up next and we are eased into the track with a smooth kick led intro and a soothing pad in the rear. Sharp edged hats are a perfect contrast and provide a cool dynamic. A sub level bass is matched brilliantly with pads and give off a solid feel to the sound. As the track progresses a gritty and very powerful synth line is introduced which gives the track a cool edgy vibe. Truly deep and dark progressive house which be a gift in any box.
Hady Tarek launched his DJ career in 2002, when he began arranging his favourite tunes in mix sessions that became very popular among his friends and extended social networks. Due to the popularity of his mixes, he started hosting small parties, where he was enthusiastically received for his track selection skills. After a year of continuous gigs and club nights, he took his mixes to Nile FM, the biggest radio station in Egypt with FM, satellite and online broadcasts. His first appearance in 2004 brought his music to a wider audience and marked the beginning of a regular guest appearance on the station. Many more radioshow spots followed along with an impressive release count across many labels. Here he debuts with his two tracker, ‘Night Shift’.
Kicking us off into a full on progressive stomper we have ‘Night Shift’. Big and burly kicks are accompanied by a tight percussion arrangement as a sweeping synth stabs through. A fantastic arp provides a rhythmic backdrop as a truly deep rooted bass shores up the rear. The break brings the arp to the fore as it modulates against that synth stab and squealing string before slamming back into the main groove, a definite keeper!
‘Robo Ride’ gets the levels rising with a big phat kick and percussion combo including some skilfully placed drums. A sharp stabbing synth is a big feature and leads into a monstrously deep bassline that will have any bass bin quaking. A relentless groove ensues before the break offers up a cool melodic sequence which contrasts well with that deep bass. A hell of a ride into the deeper side of prog and a must for any box.
Australian DJ and producer Audio Noir is back with another release on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic “Transfagarasan Highway”. Audio Noir has recently completed a few remixes for Bonzai and here he shows us his talents in epic fashion yet again.
Audio Noir – Transfagarasan Highway, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport on the Progressive House genre page!
Audio Noir’s ‘Transfagarasan Highway’ which performed very well on the circuit gets a rerub with the help of some top producers in this massive remix pack.
The Original Mix intros with a wonderful and very distinct sub bass, the bass just eases in effortlessly and you begin to realise how recognisable it is, this track is one that will bring back memories of an awesome time in EDM, all the qualities are there for your aural pleasure. The classic vocal sample will have you jumping in no time along with the rolling bassline and tight arrangement. On the break we are treated to a super cool piano and again that vocal sample will keep you focused in on the journey ahead, simply stunning!
Belgium’s legendary M.I.K.E. is first up to the remix desk with an absolute stomper of a remix. Currently, as you would expect, Mike is always busy with something. He juggles a hectic DJ schedule which takes him all over the world, he churns out the quality from the studio on a regular basis and he still finds the time to engage with his loyal fanbase and spend time with family, how does he do it! On this remix he takes the main elements from the original and adds that M.I.K.E. touch that will light up any floor. A thumping great bass intros alongside some sharp percussions that steadily build a smooth rhythmic vibe. That massive vocal sample gets the veins pumping as the track breaks loose with a classic bassline and techy synths as rolling snares raise the temperature even more. The track continues to build with high octane precision and forces you to get those hands in the air as the break unleashes a massive hook which quite simply blows your mind, top stuff from the master!
Airwave aka one hell of a talented guy is up next to remix duty with his own stunning take on this classy track. Laurent is an extremely busy artist at the moment, he is a regular feature and many venues worldwide and this trend is ever increasing as gigs will be taking him to Canada as well as a recent stint in Goa. He is also a hard working studio artist, at present he has many projects on the go alongside Phi Phi and with J00F, aside from that he lends his talents to remixes like we have here. The track intros with that familiar kick and bass combination as crisp hats and percussions begin to form up. Very cool FX deliver a surreal atmosphere before the track takes on a new dimension with the introduction of some tightly arranged drums. The pace quickens and we soon met with some amazing melodic pads that sweep across the sound which is further enhance by a beautifully deep pipe instrument. The break offers up a sublime sequence of melodies before slamming back into this full on progressive grooving monster, stunning!
The ever impressive Manu Riga is up with his Angel On Earth Mix. Manu is always keeping busy with lots of remix work as well as his own material which we will hope to be seeing very soon. From the get go you can feel the energy dripping off this remix as the kicks pick up the pace. These are complimented by a tweaked stuttering vocal and a bassline that drives the groove with a throbbing punch. Beautifully emotive melodies weave an intricate pattern with an ethnic tinge. The break delivers sweet laced arps which ebb and flow alongside that bubbly bassline. A cool, flowing and intense groove for the floors which is not to be missed.
Next up is Thorin with his stunning remix which is full of deep progressive delights. Thorin churns out quality productions on a regular basis. He has a hugely impressive catalogue of remixes as well as his own material which is always very well received from all quarters. His remix intros with a full on in your face groove as chunky kicks are met with contrastingly lush pads a tough edged bass, which makes for a cool combination. This groove powers on relentlessly up to the first short break where the pads come to the fore. Soon after a nice and smooth synth comes into play and adds cool textures to the sound. At the main break some more melodies ease in and that vocal sample also makes a showing before the track kicks right back into the main sound, which makes this a must have track in any set!
The Zen Mix is pure bliss, a huge soundscape that you wish would go on and on. The bass just flows along and is the perfect match for the myriad of sounds in attendance. Spitting pipes, bright synths and that superb vocal blend together beautifully creating an awesome atmosphere where you will lose yourself for a while, brilliant!
New Club Traxx series covering the infamous Breaks style, including original tracks and remixes by Phi Phi, Airwave, John 00 Fleming, Philthy Chit, Superlifter, Timewave, Monojoke, Nick O’Sean, Moshic, Subtara, Planisphere, Kevin Vega, LoQuai, Anton MAKe, Plu-Ton, Elev8, VidesAngelini, 06R, Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic, Douglas Howarth, Thorin, And3rsun, Javanny, Viktor K, Esprit Fort, SoulState, Shiloh, Zakat Project, Ayelon and The Digital Blonde.
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Phi Phi & Airwave – The Horn, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport on the Progressive House genre page, plus Cid Inc. Remix is charted in the 10 Must Hear Progressive House Tracks – Week 13 chart!