Recent posts: Bonzai Progressive
Henrik is back on top form again with another fine slab of progressive goodness for our pleasure with “Another Day At The Dream Factory”, and comes with some superb remixes from some superb artists.
The original mix serves up a well constructed quality prog house vibe. From the off the kicks add a solid base with the sharp hats following a stunning deep bassline. Melodies build layer upon layer with an underlying house groove evident throughout while on the break cool plucky strings provide the main focus, top stuff.
First up on remix duties is a man who needs no introduction, a true genius in our generation, Airwave. This remix opens with an awesome intro that lays the foundation for a super journey into progressive trance. Laurent’s unique almost cinematic style captivates the mind right away with subtle strings and then kicking right into the groove with a solid kick and an amazing bassline. Beautifully crafted melodies swamp on the break with an intense build up kicking us back in. The original vibe is well represented with that added layer of epicness from the master!
LoQuai steps up next with a brilliant remix, solid energy driven vibe with a deep bass and synth combi adding the fuel. Tight arrangement on the drums and percs leading up to a cool break with a thrashing of melodies following suit, big sound that will get the floors shaking!
Johnny S returns for remix duties and delivers a prog house masterclass. Pumping vibe from the start with a great combination of the kicks, percs and snares giving a real party feel. A super bassline gives that house groove with some cool FX working their way through. On the break a sweet array of melodies takes the track to a new level before getting back to the club groove.
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2013 edition of our WMC Miami series, this year including original tracks and remixes by John 00 Fleming, Velvet Girl, Nancy Burrello, Tom Conrad, Andre Bonsor,Van Bellen, Rishi K., Natalia Data, Ed Lee, Manu Riga, Solar Fields, Blufeld, 06R, Airwave, Nico Parisi, Moshic, Arthur, Manos, LoQuai, Shimmer, Digital Angel, Matteo Monero, Thomas Genchev, Mindgamers, Metodi Hristov , Chantola, Matan Caspi, Crocy, George V, The Revolving Junkie, Mylan, Dee Brown, Diego Alvez, Ecco, Chanelle Pearl, Andree Wischnewski, Eric Kanzler, Mr. Dello, Sa.Du, Oliver Moldan, Oliver Moldan, Oz Romita, Billy Mason, Lights Electronika, Valeria Croft, Daniele Kama, Piek, Wonji, Gabriel Feitor, Tiago Ribeiro, Dimitry Liss, Rogerio Martins, Nasrawi, Project KF, RV, Jimmy Galle, Ittai Barkai, I3000, and Prompter.
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.