Recent posts: Bonzai Progressive
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.
New installment in the My House Is Your House series with original tracks and remixes by Accatone, Piek, Lights Electronika, Wonji, Alex Agore, Charles Ramirez, GarcyNoise, Diego Alvez, Solunamanalia, Dimitry Liss, Daniele Kama, Murat Uncuoglu, Frank Storm, Joal, Rogerio Martins, Evren Ulusoy, Nick Devon, Oliver Maier, Tiago Ribeiro, Joao Teixeira, Brett Lawrence, Submantra, Jon Sweetname, Pablo Gael, Costas Papa, Davide Marchesiello and Maertz.
Nancy Burrello & Digital Angel return to Bonzai Progressive with a stunning work of prog house backed up with a few brilliant remixes. This impressive duo have seen a few releases on Bonzai’s labels and have featured in many compilation series also. After their “Blue Heart” release at the start of this year they have been very busy working with Velvet Girl, Planisphere and others on remixes and production for various tracks. Today we have “Time X”, awesome prog house meets tech that will get the body moving.
The original mix takes control from the off, solid chunky beats and bass with cool underlying melodies and acid riff, the main focus turns to a brilliant guitar riff throughout and a gritty vocal pops up from time to time, really awesome stuff.
Fresh from his last single “Scalpel” The Revolving Junkie steps up to remix duties next and he delivers a stunning rework on the original. Focusing on a chunky hypnotic bassline that fills the waves, high pitch strings add sweetness to an almost dark vibe, great use on the guitar riff and vocal, an all round solid groove.
CJ Art beefs things up with a full on progressive monster, utilising the original elements very well. Pure floor driven vibe with great FX, an infectious hook gets inside your head and stays there for the duration, simply wonderful remix!
Matteo Monero completes an awesome set of remixes, keeping the vibe alive with pure solid prog grooves, brilliant bassline and the vocals fit nicely into this, on the break the melodies do their stuff and the groove kicks back in style.
“Plasma Flow” is a laidback affair with a cool downtempo groove, big heavy kick alongside sweet melodic sounds, beautiful track.
German born Gerardo Cinquegrana aka Tali Freaks now resides in Italy where he produces most of his music. Gerardo studied piano for 4 years and rose to prominence on the club scene in Capri. He has enjoyed a number of releases on various labels under various guises, some of his guises include, Aspecto, Capri Delight, Gerardo, Highland Skies, J Hard and Tirrenia Vibe. Gerardo has a few releases on the Bonzai Urban imprint from a few years back, now he returns to Bonzai with his artist album “Glasgow Atmosphere”.
“Love Life & Certainty” kicks off this album in style, cool vocal over a dance orientated vibe, breakbeats, awesome bassline and some very cool funky guitars with a bit of grungy distortion, nice light hearted opener to get the grooves flowing.
Getting down to the floor now with “S & J Down 2012″, straight to the point no messing around progressive house, eighties snares, catchy bassline and even more catchy riffs on the synths. Amazing melody created with the pads here adding an extra layer, very impressive stuff.
“House Afternoon” is just that, proper driven house vibe, bouncy and bright, super cool synths will have you thinking back in time. Awesome production and arrangement will have this tune burning up the floors everywhere in no time!
“In Trip To The Caiman” takes things off the boil for a sublime journey into a laidback groove with a very tense atmosphere. Well crafted drum work and ultra cool bass and guitars, just brilliant!
Next up is “Pick Me Up (What U Got 4 Me) (Old Chicago Mix)”, house music as it was, more of a garage vibe with the amazingly suave male soulful vocal, big steps back in time done with all the gusto of a 21st century artist and doing it well, quirky FX and an upbeat rhythm make this a modern classic.
“Lost & Awake” is a clever myriad of FX and synths that race along with the sound morphing at every turn, very electro feel with a slight hint of tribal due to the awesome percussion, then comes in a chunky bassline and sublime swelling pads, breaking down to brilliant guitar melody this tune really attacks all our senses and is a masterclass of producing skills.
Slightly darker edge on “Runpowa”, lots of filtered events at the start lead in to a solid groove with thick bassline, progressive house begins to shine through on this as it winds its way toward the break where a vocal gets the FX treatment, the track kicks back in with an amazing riff that will blow your mind.
“U Were Forever” is an electronic number filled with all that is good within EDM, loads of different instruments combine along with a female vocal belted out with passion over a very laidback drum pattern and gritty bassline, super stuff.
Lastly on this album is “A Cool Nite Mix”, simple kicks and percs start this track off on its journey to becoming a quite brilliant house joint with the slightest trace of progressive vibes. Real deep bassline that has you hooked from note to note, crisp hats and some very nice pads and synths make this a fitting end to a stunning album.
Bonzai and Beatport celebrate the label’s 20 years anniversary with a special 20% discount coupon code on selected labels under our umbrella.
From 12 until 19 November you can claim your discount simply by entering the respective label code when checking out.
Labels and codes are:
Bonzai Progressive: BONZAI20
Bonzai Basiks: BASIKS20
Bonzai Elemental: ELEMENTAL20
Piston Recordings: PISTON20
Eyepatch Recordings: EYEPATCH20
Green Martian: MARTIAN20
Sounds R Us Recordings: SOUNDSRUS20
Monog Records: MONOG20
The distinct sound of Crocy returns yet again with “Muzz”. Slovenian born Crocy is a regular artist and remixer on Bonzai’ circuit and he never fails to deliver in the quality department.
The original mix is progressive house at its best, energetic vibe on this with the cool drums and percs arrangement, deep chunky bass and short stabby synths get the heads nodding. On the break we are treated to some awesome pads creating a kaleidoscope of melody and then kicking back with a solid groove.
Manu Riga have been very very busy indeed on remix duties. Again the dynamic duo add their trademark deeper vibe to the proceedings, it’s such a gift they possess as each time they touch a project great things always come out. They have used the original hook to great effect here and the deep bassline is a perfect fit. Great work on the synth shots and the break is pure brilliance.
Not long after their debut on Bonzai Progressive, Greek duo Manos & Arthur M return with a stunning remix, very fresh rhythm using the original elements well and maintaining the progressive house groove. The remix has a real clubby feel with the synths having more prominence, well crafted production which will see a lot of attention.
Greek DJing and production duo Manos and Arthur M debut on Bonzai Progressive with a super deep progressive house cut with a couple of brilliant remixes. Manos and Arthur have been busy on the production front with a slew of remixes and releases on a number of labels.
The original mix is a deep prog monster, awesome grooving kicks with low end basses and some well crafted synths, some nice retro sounds give a cool quality, a raspy vocal fades in and out to add a bit of mystery to the sound.
Slovenian prog master Crocy returns to remix duties and delivers yet more retro inspired progressive goodness, fresh from recent remixes for Aiemo and AbiQ & Raw E, Crocy turns up the heat once again. Real deep prog groove on this remix with those retro synths filtering through the sound, the vocal is used to very good effect, tight percussion ties this track together beautifully.
Kazakhstan born Konstantin Alt aka LoQuai lends his skills yet again on the remix, bringing quality and experience honed from a long career in EDM. LoQuai is a regular feature at Bonzai and enjoyed some successful releases with the latest being his prog house joint “We Love The Night”. Here we see his talents, maintaining the deep vibe of the original with beefed up bass and crisper percussions, melodies are added and the vocal gives the track a unique flavour.
Next up is Danish talent George Yammine on the remix. George caught the music bug at just 12 years of age and has been hooked ever since. He is well schooled in DJing and sound design and remixes regularly for many labels and artists. Cool steady prog beats are the order for this remix with the original elements being used well, particularly the vocal. Very nice synth work and a throbbing bass backed up with a simple yet solid grooving drum and percussion arrangement, top stuff!
Debut release on Bonzai Progressive for UK based producer Paul Kieran aka The Revolving Junkie and his 2 tracker “Scalpel”
“Scalpel” is a look into the deeper, darker side of prog house, big deep bass sound with very tense pads creating an almost haunting atmosphere that is tough and gritty also. Real nice work on the FX add an extra bit of depth, the tune winds down into near silence on the break and hits you smack back in the face on the kickback, beautifully crafted music.
“Non Stick Pan” is a far more tech orientated piece, cool bouncing rhythm and a very strange fun vocal. Subtle yet heavy kicks and a deep bass chugg along and on the break FX’d synths take over and some very nice production skills shine through.
Another fine piece of quality shines on the Bonzai Progressive imprint.