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Audio Noir has been very busy of late as he continues to pour out top quality productions from his Australia based studio. This two tracker, ‘Earthcall’ is his latest creation and comes off the back of the very popular ‘NY Xpress’.
‘Earthcall’ sets us off on a wonderful deep progressive journey as the track intros with plump kicks and rhythmic percussions along with a helping of dark synth pads that rise and fall with the groove. As the layers build a superbly crafted bassline enters the fray taking the track deeper into the progressive sound. Brilliant stuff yet again and bound to attract much attention like his previous outings.
‘Australian Epic’ is up next and gives us a cool percussion led intro which starts off very subtly and ends up with a full on, beautifully constructed drum section accompanied with a myriad of quality FX work. After a short break we are treated to some powerful kicks and a sublime bass driven groove. A beautiful pad sits on top and delivers a nice melodic distraction from the deeper side of the track. A truly epic experience not to be missed.
Croatian born DJ and producer deepAlexander aka Sasa Skrobar is back after his debut ‘Timeloop’ on our Green Martian imprint with a smooth progressive house stomper entitled ‘Midnight Launch’. The track comes with Original plus two superb remixes from top producers.
The Original Mix gets going with a very cool chunky kick and superb deep bass combo, synths begin to rise as the percussion start to shape the rhythm giving off a flowing progressive house vibe. Nice and subtle melodic arp sequences tease away as the focus of the track remains on that wonderful bass. The break features those subtle melodies before the intimidating bass struts back into the groove bringing with it some very cool stabs, great stuff.
First up on the remix we have the very talented Belgian DJ and producer Nico Parisi. Nico’s 2013 ended on a mega high with the release of his much anticipated track ‘Caress’ which performed extremely well and came packed with a slew of quality remixes. He also attended many parties towards the end of the year where he showcased his DJ skills. 2014 looks set to be another bumper year for Nico and currently he very busy in the studio with new material as well as gearing up for more gigs. His remix intros with a cool well rounded kick with a nice clip on top and a fantastic deep bass combination. Hypnotic synths play a big part here and shape the sound very well giving cool contrasts with teasing melodies and phat synths alike. Pure progressive vibes all round here and a taste of more things to come!
Bonzai regular Kevin Vega returns to the remix desk yet again with a wonderful offering of surreal progressive house. Kevin always delivers on the remix front as evident with his recent work on Thorin’s ‘Hallucinogen’ which is proving to be quite popular. The remix here starts off with super cool reverbed kicks and crispy hats. The bass wastes no time and edges into the sound creating a lush atmosphere. Plucky synths form up as a gritty almost guitar like riff plays out while pads begin to rise through this multi-layered construction. A short respite during the break as the bass and kicks peel away before they come storming back to continue on this excellent progressive journey.
German producer Maik Relaunch makes his full debut on BP with the outstanding progressive fuelled ‘Far Away EP’ which comes with five tracks in total. After a slew of top remixes for the likes of Airwave & Phi Phi, Thorin and Sector 7 we are delighted to have this gifted producer enter the Bonzai stable. Relaunch has also been a stalwart in the JOOF camp with top class track and remixes gaining huge support worldwide.
First up we have the title track ‘Far Away’ which intros with a cool rising synth before crashing into a chunky kick and deep bass combo. Percussions slowly come through adding a crisp edge to the deep bass vibe. The track takes on a Psy persona with classic Psy elements peeking through while staying on a progressive course. On the break a stunning melodic sequence adds a stark contrast to the track which will definitely get the attention of many, superb stuff!
Next up we have the might ‘Dream Remote’, right from the off we are locked into a deep progressive vibe as the bass rumbles through accompanied by a cool kick and beautifully crisp percussions. Tension builds through the track with the help of some very cool sweeping synth FX and teasing melodies. As the groove powers on relentlessly it becomes clear that this track will keep you in its grasp for the duration. On the break things take a wonderful turn as uplifting melodies are thrust into the sound which only fortifies the grip already in effect. This is truly a masterpiece in progressive trance and one that will be a firm favourite for many many jocks and clubbers alike, stunning!
‘Air’ takes us deeper into the progressive arena with a strong full on stomper. Very cool deep basses and chunky kicks are accompanied by wispy FX on the intro before the percussions get the rhythms flowing. Very well structured sounds reveal a solid groove which continues to build and forms into a superb slice of prog. Sweet melodies sweep through the break giving a nice contrast to the sound before the track powers right back into that solid progressive groove, brilliant stuff.
‘In The Music’ comes at us in two versions, first up is the Main Version which settles into a powerful progressive vibe from the get go. Tight drums and percussions are arranged beautifully as a throbbing bass binds the track together. Superbly constructed synths weave a melodic pattern throughout as the track takes on a hypnotic edge. The melodies become prominent on the break as they grip the hairs at the back of your neck and send shivers down your spine, amazing. The Prog Version is very much in line with the Main Version but is more focused on the deeper side of the track, we get the same full prog experience as the chunky kicks deliver a solid punch alongside a stunning deep bass. The melodies make a show here also which really sets the track up. A definite must for any DJ box, not to be missed.
8th installment in the My House Is Your House series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Rogerio Martins, Carlo Caldareri, Joal, Daddy, Ecco, Mylan, Nico P, Onofrio Conte, Jazzman Wax, Iban Montoro, Meenie, Fragoso, Darouge, Hurlee, Sebastien Desay, Alan Castro, Johnny Deep (aka Yonathan Dahan), Swing City, Bruno Ferreira, JR, Fauvrelle, Solartoff, Wonji and H. Membrano.
UK based Cordoba aka Lloyd Trimmer makes his full release debut on BP after a series of well received remixes. ‘Surface’ comes with three top class remixes from Mindgamers and Audio Noir. Lloyd regularly DJ’s at various events across Europe and there will be much more from this guy on the production front no doubt.
The Original Mix intros with cool percussive elements and well honed FX, a nice chunky kick and bass combo punches though early on and we settle into a fine journey through the progressive spectrum. Simple melodic sequences have a huge impact on the sound and rising FX bring in each section with anticipation. On the break the subtle melody has a chance to shine before the edgy progressive nature of the track takes over once more, superb stuff.
Tallinn’s finest, Mindgamers , are up first on remix duty and yet again they prove to be masters of their trade with a wonderful slice of progressive house with a techy edge. The track gets right down to business with a chunky kick and in your face percussions. Vocal snippets are a big feature in the sound and the understated bassline sits perfectly in the arrangement. On the break a transformation takes place as sweetly strings and melodic pianos take over, this gives the track a cool dynamic before the relentless groove poke through once more, super stuff from the guys!
Australian based Audio Noir is a regular fixture within the Bonzai Progressive stable, he has racked up a very impressive amount of original releases and a slew of quality remixes. This time around is no exception as the quality continues to pour out of the land down under. The remix, An Audio Noir Trip, is a perfect example of the talent on offer from this guy. The intro has cool thumping kick and is backed with well constructed percussions, these build a steady rhythm as the track builds. A short break brings in a very cool vocal sample with the bassline coming through and engulfing the sound totally. The main break gives us a brilliant guitar riff alongside sweeping pads with a subtle melodic edge before crashing right back to a driving prog monster.
Audio Noir serves up another remix here with his Audio Noir Zen Mix. Quite simply a wonderful blend of melodies gelled together by some well placed percussive instruments and a bass that bellows from the depths. A pure chill fest and a great accompaniment to this release.
Henrik has been busy in the study polishing up his third studio album ‘Lost In Funny Space Games’. 2013 had seen Henrik release top quality tracks with a few collaborations thrown in with many top remixers also making appearances on his releases. No doubt we will be seeing a lot more from this guy so stay tuned in 2014.
First up we have a pure, full on club groover in the shape of the wonderful ‘Come With Me’. Everything you’d expect from a piano driven house classic is on offer with the Chantola master touch applied. Strong kicks with a rhythmic percussion section and a groovy bassline all support a stunning piano sequence, and to top it all off we get a fantastic diva-esque vocal, awesome stuff not to be missed.
Next up is ‘Deep Inside’, here the sound tends to lean in the funky direction as the bassline and groovy pimptastic guitar will testify. Deep vibes abound as the house chords weave their magic alongside a sultry female vocal. Superb stuff from Henrik yet again, top notch!
‘I Want You’ is a well balanced house groove with its thumpy kicks and crispy percussions giving good rhythm. A very cool bass rips through the track and is further enhanced with some very nifty synth work, the house vibes are ramped up to funky proportions with a great and catchy vocal sample which is coupled with real smooth guitar licks. One hell of a floorfiller on offer and one to watch for sure.
‘It’s Not What You Say’ intros with a beefy kick and some well clipped hats giving that classic house flavour. Stunning vocals come through and are the perfect companion for a mesmerizing synth pad lurking in the background. The track transforms itself throughout, building the layers beautifully and ending up with fine slice of progressive house. Definitely not to be missed this one, get it into those playlists quick!
The title track ‘Lost In Funny Space Games’ is Henrik’s next offering. Smooth subtle kicks and hats sit with some cool FX over the top on the intro. As you can imagine we get an electro inspired flavour in the track, possibly due to the connection with games. What we also get is a very cool acid line that runs throughout the track and is accompanied by some very nifty drum patterns. Quirky little track that will stand up well in any set.
‘Release’ sets off with a thumping kick and a panning synth on the intro, cool reverbed snares make their way through also as the layers build smoothly. A wonderfully inconspicuous bassline has a dramatic effect on the sound as a suave female vocal delivers the goods. Some nice synth chords add a groovy flavour sets the track off beautifully. Great stuff!
Next up we have ‘Sunday Jammin’ which takes the tempo down and turns the funk up. Groovy guitar licks dominate the sound as a funky bassline delivers a cool flowing rhythm along with smooth drum patterns. On the break those funky licks dominate and are matched perfectly to some cool synth notes. In the background a brilliant melodic pad sweeps by, simply amazing yet again from Henrik.
‘Sunrise’ ramps up the pressure as a rolling bassline gets the track flowing right from the off into a full on progressive groove. The level of the kicks and percussions are perfectly matched so the bassline can shine on this, we also get a fantastic vocal that really beefs up the overall sound on the track, brilliant stuff.
The penultimate track ‘The Coolest’ keeps us in the progressive realm with a superb bassline that bounces along effortlessly beside some very cool FX and synth work. Strong and steady rhythms come through as the drum arrangement etches its patterns flawlessly and all the while a great little vocal sample rattles off ‘that was the coolest’, in the background.
Lastly but by no means least we have ‘They Always Come Back For More’. The intro boasts some top notch synth chord work which is complimented by a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combo. Much warmer chords come through as a vocal edges into the sound. The bassline is a main player here as it drives the track forward with fantastic results, top quality as always.
A truly fantastic album from Henrik with many inspiring and diverse sounds within the tracks.