Recent posts: Bonzai Progressive
The maestro returns with one of his most successful projects, Laurent Verronez aka Airwave dusts off the Planisphere box and shows us how to do progressive sounds. What we get here is a superb progressive track with all the flavour of the Planisphere sound that we all know and love with a 21st century twist, memories come flooding back and you will not be disappointed.
“Memento” kicks off with an intense feeling with the continuous sub bass sound pounding your ears, the main bass is pure quality accompanied by a brilliant kick and perc section. Surreal sounds sweep by creating even more intensity, distorted synths bring melodies on the break, a subtle build up takes us right back to this simply awesome groove on the progressive highway, Planisphere is back!
Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens brings his immense talents to the fore on his remix. Starting off in sublime style with morphing synths and broken beats you can feel the atmosphere begin to change. Settling into a cool, steady pace with 4×4 beats the groove builds with a wonderful bassline leading up to sweet melodic break with an almost tribal element. The intensity builds and we are left with a stunning hypnotic groove, one to watch for sure.
Talinn born dynamic duo Zas & Sanze aka Mindgamers are back with their debut album “Velvet Sky”. Since 2009 these guys have been producing works at a very high standard, three years on that experience and close working relationship has paid off with a quite stunning artist album.
“The Beginning” kicks us off, nice piano led intro with a brilliant voice effect leading up to super charged bass and breakbeat kicks and percs, short sweet and in your face, perfect start.
First released in 2009 the guys’ debut track way back then “Attractions” gets a 2012 rework, keeping the original alive and kicking. Cool steady tech house with nice FX work on the break and throughout, already heavily supported and sure to be on a lot more playlists.
“Crazzy” turns up the heat with an energetic tech workout. Very dynamic sound with a synth and vocal combo being the main focus. Cool drums and percs provide a solid groove with bass keeping the body engaged.
“Once Again” keeps up the bounce with its cool steady groove driven by a thumping kick and sharp hats. A short vocal shot dominates and the piano winds its way in and out morphing with the FX layered upon it. On the break a disco-led string section adds to the huge build up and back into that solid groove, awesome vibe here.
“Copacabana” brings in a Brazilian samba flavour, all the trimmings you’d expect from a vibe like this with the Mindgamers magic touch. Cool rhythmic flowing style that will have any floor ready for action.
Taking on a deeper element with “Music Everyday” now, the duo’s distinctive kicks and percs shine through here with a real low end bassline adding punch, again we see wonderful synth work giving that deep vibe.
The title track “Velvet Sky” is a fine energetic prog tech ride. Rolling bassline with raw synths that transform at every turn, really cool melodies invade the break and a cut up vocal weaves in and out, big sound on this which will be at the fore on a lot of playlists.
“Baltic Breeze” provides a sublime intermission with surreal sweeping pads and a contrasting heavy kick and bass combi, a nice break in a stunning journey.
First released in 2011 with a vast array of remixes, “Focused” is a prog tech masterclass. Brilliant use of vocals are the dominating force here with a super charged synth taking over from the break with superb arrangement on the rhythm section. A cert to be featured by a lot of DJ’s for a second time around.
Next up is “Can You Feel It” which has also seen a well received release. A good old progressive house workout, cool steady rhythms provide a solid groove, chunky heavy bass will pound any floor and some real cool synth work rounds off a very effective track.
July 2012 saw a release for “Chasing The Sun” a track that will be played on the beaches and terraces as it delivers a very cool house groove, awesome piano work backed with tight drums and a feel good factor of 10!
“Hold You” is another track that saw a release at the early part of this year. Again we see the guys apply their unique signature style to progressive house, well crafted beats creating a flowing energetic rhythm with amazingly simple and effective synth work, the superb vocal will infect your mind.
A stunning first album for these very talented individuals.
New installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series, this time with original tracks and remixes from Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Noa Romana & Deersky, Agrande, Chris Domingo, Mindgamers, Guido Durante and Mattia Evo, Philthy Chit, Manu Riga, Crocy, Hypnotic Duo, LoQuai, Frangellico, Kintar, Rex, Stefan Djordevic, Quadran, Planisphere vs Digital Angel, Luke Satellite, Rishi K., Relaunch, Abi-Q and Raw-E, Ultimate Breakers and Laurent Baert, Showave, and Danny Jahr.
Konstantin Alt aka Loquai teams up with Shimmer on this stunning new EP on our parent label and you will clearly see the connection between these artists is very mutual as their sound comes together quite well. Loquai continues to be in huge demand for remixing duties across many labels and he also turns his hand to excellent quality full productions. Shimmer is fast becoming a recognised name on the scene with many quality releases on a raft of top labels, one to watch for the future.
Kicking us off we have the title track “Flying Fortress” which sends us into an awesome world of progressive vibes with very subtle yet highly effective melodies. Real cool steady rhythm with the kicks and percs, the melodies are enhanced with some brilliant rising pads and FX with a chunky bassline tying things up nicely.
Next up we have “Noise Reflection’s”, another track filled with beautiful melodic pads and very cool FX work. We get a feeling of a more laid back approach with the drums and percussions doing a great job on the rhythm. From start to finish the melodies are centre stage and we soon get lost in this awesome sound.
Mindgamers aka Zas & Sanze return with another masterclass in prog house with a couple of amazing remixes thrown in. Signed exclusively to Bonzai the guys add to their already impressive list of releases with “Can You Feel It”.
The original is a good old progressive house workout, cool steady rhythms provide a solid groove, chunky heavy bass will pound any floor and some real cool synth work rounds off a very effective track.
Bulgarian artist Metodi Hristov is up first on remix duty. Metodi has already seen a few remixes under Bonzai gain rave reviews. Here the cool meter goes way up with a superb big club friendly effort. All the goodness of house with the prog element shining through, super suave steady rhythm filled with tight percussion and a subtle kick. The big focus here is the awesome bassline backed up with a mesmerizing vocal which works an absolute treat. Big floor friendly sound which will gain support all over.
Another talent from Bulgaria is Thomas Genchev with a sublime remix. Thomas has appeared on labels like Soulman Music and Sui Generiz, here we see his debut remix on Bonzai and what a fine example it is. Heading towards the deeper side of prog with a minimal approach, simple yet effective subtle rhythms take hold with a host of added FX beefing up the sound. Get ready for a surreal journey through house that will captivate your mind.
The Revolving Junkie aka UK based Paul Kieran shows us his second Bonzai release after the well received “Scalpel”. The darker edge continues and we are certain of a lot of support for this UK talent.
“No Stars” has that dark edge that keeps you locked in to the groove, the deep bass coupled with a superb drum and perc arrangement build the rhythm nicely, cool synths build up and transform into something tough and gritty. On the break things take a subtle turn with an almost whispered vocal but then it’s straight back into the dark groove.
“Have Good Time” is a far more minimal approach, subtle kicks with a smooth percussion line are the backing for a constantly evolving synth. Soon the deeper bass comes through and a repetitive short vocal sample takes over. The sound here morphs and filters brilliantly, top stuff!
Bulgarian DJ and producer Thomas Genchev makes his full Bonzai Progressive debut with “Groove Romance”. After appearances on Soulman Music and a remix for Mindgamers we see a nice slice of deep progressive house on our main label.
The original is kicked off with sharp hats and a tough kick which soon become blended with a cracking bassline and consistently builds up to the main event at the break. This tune completely opens up then with a wonderful female vocal taking control and then getting right back into the pure deep driving rhythm.
Mindgamers return the favour with their remix for Thomas. The dynamic duo deliver something so pure and simple it’s totally awesome. This remix is a solid four to the floor driving rhythm, a short break brings in the vocal and the groove continues, big floor sound here and will fill the boxes all over.
Henrik Kantola aka Chantola steps up with his awesome talent to deliver an inspiring remix. Quality house vibes from the start lead up to a short break where lush synths and a hypnotic vocal transform this into a cool progressive ride, classy stuff again from Henrik and sure to be a firm favourite.
Bonzai Progressive – Best Of 2012 comes with twenty-five original and remixes from Manu Riga, Crocy, Mindgamers, Arthur M & Manos, Chantola, Fab Code, Abi-Q & Raw-E, Loquai, Planisphere, Digital Angel, Frank Le Fever, Ewan Pearson, Nancy Burrello, Tali Freaks, Soundmodul, Moffous & Francesco Parla, Alex Roque, Mylan, The Revolving Junkie, Aiemo, Redraft Memories, Dee Brown, Diego Alvez, Solunamanalia, Nu Guise and Velvet Girl.