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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!
Matan Caspi returns to BP after a few top class remixes like Mindgamers “Chasing The Sun” and Chantola’s “Make It Happen” both of which faired very well on major download portals. Matan has had an amazing journey so far having worked with many top artists and DJ’s, his tracks have been on numerous compilations which is a testament to the talent he has to offer, his track “So High” appeared on Bonzai’s My House Is Your House Volume 6. Today we see his full BP debut with “Raid The Bar”.
The Original Mix gets the floor shaking for the get go, superb chunky kicks get right under your skin and a huge deep bass rocks the foundations. Cool house stabs tease their way through and lush strings wait in the background. The track comes together brilliantly on the break with the synths becoming much more prominent before getting right back into this powerful groove for the duration, top quality stuff which is destined to feature heavily on many playlists this summer.
The ever dependable Zas & Sanze aka Mindgamers deliver the goods yet again with their superb remix. The guys have a real knack for getting the most out of a sound and this is no exception. From the start you are thrown right into a party atmosphere as the track pours out a strong, funky vibe. The bassline oozes funk and the synths etch out one hell of a cool groove. The break sends up a surreal melodic sequence which works so well with the big rising chords before powering back into a full on ass shaking groove.
Turning the track more toward the progressive scope is Henrik Kantola aka Chantola. Henrik has a very impressive repertoire and has worked with top artists, currently he is working on a new studio album which we hope to see very soon. We caught up with Henrik not too long ago for a quick Q&A so keep a lookout for that soon. The track intros with a deep progressive vibe, the kicks stand right out and a wonderfully deep bassline holds the sound up brilliantly. Sweeping pads do their work creating an ethereal atmosphere while cool FX work add texture. A real supercharged groove is built here and a wonderful contrast to the original which makes this a must for those late night sessions.
Belgian producer Adriaan Baussens aka Manu Riga is up next with his Deep Trip Remix. Adriaan is another one of those artists with an extremely heavy workload yet still churns out quality every time. He recently released his latest track “Reborn” which is a collab with fellow producer Nico Parisi and is currently working on other projects including an album. The remix is a super smooth journey deep into progressive vibes. The kicks pound the speakers delivering a shudder through your core while the bassline sits perfectly matched with a lush residue. Classy pads ease by and subtle synths provide a rich contrast, great stuff again from Adriaan!
Jack Jakhira is back with another round of progressive goodness with his three tracker, “Heartstrings EP”. Born in the UK and now residing in Belgium Jack is fresh off the back of his last BP outing “Truly EP”.
The title track “Heartstrings” kicks us off into an epic ride through progressive grooves. The track intros with a strong kick and a mixture of crispy hats, as the track progresses cool funky house chords begin to show with a super smooth bass bringing up the rear. On the break things take a twist as the sound transforms into a maelstrom of melodies which adds a very rich contrast to how the track began. Quite innovative stuff here and a must for any DJ box.
“What Could Have Been” is up next and be prepared for another epic journey. Smooth kick-hat intro, classic style. A funky bassline coupled with stunning synth work lead us up to the break where a rich pad takes over, filled with warm sweet melodies and a distant sounding saxophone. The talents from this artist continue to impress, this track is so complex yet it is something that you will relate to very quickly, superb stuff.
“Other People” rounds up this quality EP in style. A deep and soulful vibe is garnered from the groovy bassline and the multitude of instruments on offer. The arrangement here is expertly crafted as patterns are evolved, again we see very complex structures which are easily identifiable due to the wonderful craftsmanship. A must have on any playlist for sure.
Fresh from his debut on Progrez with the track “Stalker”, Yuriy from Russia now gets to make his mark on BP with a little help from the vocal talents of Ange. “Do You Feel” comes with a vocal and dub mix. Yuriy has appeared on many labels and boasts a very impressive back catalogue with releases on Mystique Music and more. Ange is a popular DJ, producer and vocalist from Russia, she has worked with a whole host of top class artists with her distinct vocal style and her talents have been showcased on many labels worldwide.
The Vocal Mix intros with wide sweeping pads and minimum percussion, a super thumpy kick comes through with a rolling bassline soon following and the groove is born. Nice tight arrangement and the track begins to hypnotize the mind as the sounds ebb and flow. The simple vocal comes forth on the break and straight away Ange’s delectably sultry style captivates. Perfectly pitched and perfectly matched these guys do work very well together and we hope there is more to come.
The Dub Mix is for those of you who want to use the track without the vocal.
The Belgian newspaper “Het Belang van Limburg” published an article today about the DJ’s from that province playing at Tomorrowland. Nico Parisi is of course one of them!
Having released some great tunes in the past few years on, among others, Bonzai Progressive, Armada, Green Martian, and his own label Danza Records, there’s more to come still!
Come and party to his set on the Bonzai Stage this Saturday!