Recent posts: Bonzai Progressive
3rd installment in the Tech House Toolbox series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Joal, Sa.Du, Daniele Breschi, Charles Ramirez, Stan Garac, Haustuff & Leesboon, Ricardo Albuquerque, Paul Rudder, Mylan, Manoah, Ivan Masa, Daniele Kama, Cele, June Lopez, Furniture Crew, Tommy Hogunz, Joshua Puerta, Cihan Mareno, Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax, Iosupescu Lucian, Mess & Juice, Alex Satry, Johnny Deep (aka Yonathan Dahan), Alfredo Mena, Danny Murphy, Pandeo, Mr Drew, Luis Bravo, Khaan, Dj Berkin, Judith La Loba, Eat Dust and Mend.
Airwave and DJ Fire join forces once again to deliver another stunning deep progressive monster entitled Without Roots which comes backed up with four superb remixes. The guys have work well together in the past with their hugely successful Fire and Ice project, and more recently with cool cuts such as Kabalash.
First up we have the original mix that starts life with a nice chunky kick and subtle percussions. A deep rooted pad begins to fade through as the percussion arrangements become more prominent. As the track progresses we are drawn into a darkly atmospheric space that consumes your mind beautifully. Distant ethnic sounds further enhance the deep progressive vibes and add a surreal element. Deep basses bubble up from deep within the groove as soft melodic phrases break through and we are left with a stunningly epic track that will prove a hit in many sets for sure. Not to be missed.
Relaunch is first up with his brilliant remix. Big and bold intro as monster kicks take full control from the off to the backdrop of tight percussions and a hypnotic synth loop. Dancey drum patterns soon follow and lead us up to a fantastic Psy styled riff that really sets the track off. The bass sits perfectly under the track and adds its own pulsating rhythms to the sound. The break is an out of this world moment that delivers a beautiful euphoric vibe as melodies are forged out of a wonderful string and pad arrangement. We are then thrust back into this tough edged workout for the duration, absolute top quality yet again from Maik.
Kevin Vega is back on remix duty and as he normally tends to do he has raised the bar again with this remarkable journey through the progressive spectrum. The intro eases in with a beautiful atmospheric soundscape filled with lush tones and subtle melodic flavours. Distant percussions lead up to a fantastic pulsing bass which is soon joined by a smooth kick and the track flows magically. Intensity breeds at every turn and soon you will find yourself locked into a stunning hypnotic groove. A truly epic ride that will appeal to many, a must have.
On fire producer Audio Noir is up next with his remix that stuns with its wonderful complexities. An Audio Noir Odyssey is a master stroke of epic proportions as the intro guides us into a progressive world filled with a myriad of melodies and tight arrangements. Beautifully tweaked sound designs light up the spectrum with warm pads, cascading arps and a haunting chorus. These sound blend perfectly into an epic intro that builds to a stomping rolling kick climax. Big chunky kicks take over alongside a brilliant bassline that just oozes acid flavour. The track holds a steady flowing rhythm and takes us to the break where we are given respite in a serene setting with fluctuating melodies before we are slammed right back with the help of a massive build up. No more words, just listen, you will not be disappointed.
Audio Noir offers up his Zen Mix which encapsulates the ambient side of his Odyssey. All the mesmeric and haunting qualities are gathered together to captivate us into a surreal progressive driven utopia. Anticipation builds as we are teased with the prospect of a full on 4×4 beat that never arrives. Absolutely amazing work yet again from this wonderfully talented guy.
German DJ and producer Jonny Calypso is back with this brilliant two tracker, Girls Gone Wild. His last outing, Definition was well received and no doubt we will be treated to more of the same on this one. You can catch Jonny on upcoming Bonzai Basik Beats radio episodes soon.
The title track, Girls Gone Wild, intros with a nice big phat kick and a deep rooted bass combi. The percussion arrangements build nicely giving off a smooth rhythmic flow as distant arps form up in the background. The bassline keeps a relentless course as it pulsates through the sound beautifully while some very cool and subtle synth work goes off to great effect. The break downs are a showcase for the percussive elements and keep the sound on trek brilliantly. Top notch deep progressive vibes, not to be missed.
Home Alone gets right into the progressive house vibe from the get go as nice and chunky kicks sit beside sharp hats and cool percussions. The bass throbs out a powerful groove that hooks you in for the duration as it hypnotises your mind. In the background a surreal hook plays out and teases up to the break where a gritty analog bass synth takes over before slamming us right back into the main track with a punch. The deep side of prog house just got deeper, a must have for those darkened rooms.
While most of our posse is present at ADE every year we’ve never really showcased any of the new generation labels and artists that currently reside under Bonzai’s wings.
Our ADE event will be hosted by Bonzai Basiks Beats (our radio show) and Djunkee Bookings, they are lining up some of the best dj’s such as Airwave (Bonzai Progressive),Rogerio Martins (Piston Recordings) , Oz Romita (Sound R Us Recordings), Nico Parisi (Bonzai Progressive), Joal (Monog Records) and Van Czar (Bonzai Basiks)
Today Bonzai is an imprint that feels at home in many styles and genres throughout a vast network of sublabels and label managers, come check out what we have to offer at this Free entry event!!!
Rise And Fall aka Russian based DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov is back at Bonzai Progressive with another stomping progressive workout. ‘Seize The Day’ comes with two stunning remixes from two masters of their trade.
The Original Mix sets off on a smooth deep progressive groove as a deep resonating bass is joined by a snappy kick and subtle percussion arrangement. Intensity within the sound builds with the addition of some brilliant risers and quality FX. The track breaks down into a surreal display of pads and basses that really captivate your mind and take you on a hypnotic journey. A wonderful trek into the darker side of progressive house and most definitely not to be missed.
Airwave is first up on the remix and we are in for a real treat as always. This guy has been at the top of his game for quite a while and he continues to deliver the goods. The workload he takes on is hugely impressive and the results outstanding. He relentlessly strives for the best out of himself and he always manages to surprise. Currently working on new material and collaborating we remain excited to see what he comes up with next. Here he takes the remix down the breaks path with a beautifully arranged progressive cut. Huge soundscapes are formed out of an array of synths and pads to the backdrop of a solid break beat groove. An intricate web of melodies are there to be discovered which gives the track a truly unique flavour. Lots to look out for hear and will no doubt have you back listening again and again.
Another master of progressive vibes is up next on remix duty. Moshic delivers his remix in style as always. His last Bonzai outing came in the form of ‘Do It To Me Now’ which saw much attention on the circuit for its quality and the diverse range of remixes available. Always great to see this guys works hit the office and we hope to see lots more in the future. The remix intros with cool distant sounding kick and percussion combi, this soon dissipates and becomes a powerful, thumping kick with crisp and sharp hats. The bassline is the dominant force here as it etches out a fantastic groove that will have those dancing feet moving in no time. There is a darker element rolling through this sound and it remains in just the right spot throughout allowing the main track the space to evolve. As the track progresses you suddenly realise you’ve become totally immersed with its hypnotic qualities, even on the break, as the percussive elements take over you are still locked right into the groove. A monster of a tune that is not to be missed!
Belgian DJ and producer Benjamin Vanderzeypen aka Ben Solar debuts on Bonzai Progressive with this superb four track EP entitled Big & Small. Ben’s venture into the electronic music world started off with small steps, he worked hard at learning his craft and the deep soundscapes, crazy riffs and driving basslines came together very well and soon he got noticed from various labels. As a DJ, he tries to keep up with every new track on the market. Every DJ set will be different, interesting and gives you a great idea on what’s new in the scene. Hopefully lots more to come from this guy and well worth looking out for.
First up we have the infectious Deepin Deepin which intros with a brilliant thumping kick and pulsating bass. You are locked firmly into this vibe as the hypnotic beats and bass work their magic. Subtle stabs filter through and further enhance the sublime experience. Crisp, sharp hats keep the rhythms flowing and on the break we get a glimpse of some beautifully layered soundscapes which work so well. Before long we go straight back to the solid grooves of this track which is definitely not to be missed.
Night Shift intros with a cool mixture of percs and bass notes that soon form up into a steady rhythmic groove with a chunky kick as the backdrop. The track is laden with quality FX that set a unique progressive vibe that continues to build throughout. A deep throbbing bassline keeps the track on the darker side of prog while on the break things whittle down to a tight drum arrangement before slamming back into full on mode, superb stuff!
Not Tested On Animals immediately sets a darker tone as a deep resonating bass lurks below. Cool percussion patterns begin to show and bring a solid groove to the sound. Thumping kicks are the perfect companion as the track begins to captivate. Sublime synths join beautifully with the FX on offer here as the progressive elements burst forth. A real solid progger here that will do well in any of those darker sets for sure.
Lastly on this stunning EP we have Timewarp which oozes progressive tech from the off. Multi layered drum patterns come together brilliantly and deliver a complex rhythmic sequence while the long release on the kicks adds texture. The bass pulsates throughout the sound beautifully providing the perfect backdrop. Vocal samples and FX are aplenty as the track eats its way into your brain. Surreal, hypnotic grooves that is a must for those late night sessions.
Nico Parisi and Gai Barone have joined forces in the studio and came up with the stunningly deep progressively charged ‘Perla’ which is packed full with four brilliant remixes.
Nico Parisi & Gai Barone – Perla, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport on the Progressive House genre page.
Spanish DJ and producer Alex Vidal debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic ‘Solar Citadel’ which comes complete with two stunning remixes.
Alex Vidal – Solar Citadel, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport on the Progressive House genre page, plus the Manu Riga’s Weird Dreams Remix is charted in the 10 Must Hear Progressive House Tracks – Week 28 chart!
Relaunch delivers another of his stunning packs with his ‘Camis Minor EP’ which comprises four tough edged progressive monsters. Maik’s productions are top class and he has seen much support across Joof and Bonzai in recent months along with other works for various outfits.
First up we have the title track ‘Camis Minor’, right from the off we are thrust into a driving progressive groove with punchy kicks and a pulsating bass that provides the power behind the track. Tight drum and percussion patterns give off a steady rhythmic flow as the sounds gather pace around the track. Perfectly tweaked stabby synths lead us to the break where a beautiful lush pad takes over before crashing back into full on mode. Top notch stuff yet again from Relaunch.
‘Cygnus’ packs a huge punch as it delves right into a full on progressive stomper from the get go. Chunky kicks are accompanied by crispy hats providing a smooth rhythm and laced with bubbly basses that seem to just materialise from nowhere. We get a sense of Relaunch’s Psy roots as the synth line along with that powerful bassline will attest. Perfectly placed acid squelches add tough character to the sound while on the break we are taken on a sublime ride as the synths and pads take hold. Progressive, edgy house that will do well on many floors for sure.
‘Despina’ intros with a monster kick and sharp hat combo with a contrasting melodic synth bringing up the rear. A strong plucky bassline throbs throughout and gives the track a purely progressive vibe. Synth patterns form up nicely and take us up to the break where the bass is joined by cool arps and lush pads creating intricate melodies for us to enjoy. The track eases back into the groove for a fantastic journey through prog house at its best!
Lastly we have ‘Rhea’ which intros with a beautifully crafted sequence of bass pulses, FX and pads. A big and ballsy kick adds weight to the intro and the track soon settles in for an epic ride as melodic synth patterns begin to rise. The break unleashes a wave of euphoria as we are taken into a brilliantly crafted build up that will have the hairs on your body rise. Superb track and one that will gain a lot of attention, no doubt!
Spanish DJ and producer Alex Vidal debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic ‘Solar Citadel’ which comes complete with two stunning remixes. Alex found a passion for music at a very young age when he learned to play Spanish guitar and piano. He grew up listening a wide range of music from the 80’s & 90’s, the likes of The Cure, Depeche Mode, A-Ha, New Order, The Cult, Nirvana and Metallica, are just some of the bands that shaped his youth. He started to DJ in the early 90’s playing techno, trance & house in local clubs and private parties.
The Original Mix kicks off our journey into the deeper recesses of progressive house with a sublime intro filled with dark drones and contrasted with bright melodic flavours. Those drones build tension beautifully as the track evolves to the backing of a tight drum arrangement. The bassline forms a solid platform for the track as it packs a huge punch within the sound and is the perfect match for the fleeting melodic sequences. The break reveals a whole new level on the melody front as we are drawn deeper into the vibe before crashing out the other end and back into this relentless groove. Superb debut from Alex and sure to turn a lot of heads.
One of Bonzai’s top rated in-house remix artists, Manu Riga, is called upon to deliver his unique brand of the deeper stuff. Manu Riga’s Weird Dreams Remix goes into a surreal world filled with a wonderful combination of sounds. The intro boasts a punchy kick with wispy melodic phrases floating by. The bass is a big focus here as it pulsates throughout the sound beautifully and offers a deep rooted groove to the track. As the track progresses we are introduced to a stunning display of pads and strings that really move to captivate your mind as they weave intricate melodic sequences. Weird Dreams indeed as this track will definitely take you far far away, awesome stuff.
Up next we have the Lonely Sun & Nicolas Agudelo Remix. This Columbian music production duo are the latest addition to the Bonzai family. The guys joined forces in 2013 and released their track ‘Mistweaver’ on Vacate Music and Vacate Exclusive. Nicolas Agudelo is one of Colombia’s most promising electronic artists, his diverse, elaborate releases are supported by major DJ’s as well as underground DJ’s all around the world. Lonely Sun aka Daniel Cabrera is an emerging producer whose love for electronic music started very early in his life while listening to 80s and 90s music, he found he was fascinated by the sounds of the synths and percussions that were of that time. So he studied to become a DJ and also studied electronic music production. Here the guys really shine on their Bonzai remix debut with deep and dark beauty of a track. Nice chunky kick led intro with rising pads that lead smoothly into one of the warmest basslines you’ll hear as it effortlessly controls the groove with perfectly timed note changes. The background sounds create a perfectly balanced contrast and keep this track firmly in the depths. After the short break the track takes a melodic turn that really beefs up the sound and makes this a definite must have for any set.