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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!
Kabalo debuts on BP with “Waiting For You”, the track comes backed up with two quality remixes.
The Original Mix is a step into the deeper end of progressive with a brain churning bassline that cuts right into your mind as it pulsates a hypnotic rhythm. Tight drum patterns and percussions provide a flowing rhythm over a slow, drawn out vocal. Sweeping synth pads bring up the rear while a hint of a melody teases from the distance. Huge sound on this with the bass being the main focus.
Australian DJ and producer Audio Noir is first up on the remix with his Rekonstruction. Audio Noir is fresh off the back of his latest effort “Transfagarasan Highway” and he has lots more remixes and his projects lined up which will prove to be an exciting future. The remix takes the original and injects a huge amount of energy, a tough throbbing bass takes over while the synths give only the slightest melody, this contrast keeps the track firmly within the progressive sphere. On the break things take a turn with a soft choir like vocal coming through over that edgy bass and sweet arp before getting right back to a full on prog monster, superb stuff.
Rise And Fall are next on the remix roster, their last outing “Imagination” was well supported all over. The remix intros with classic kick and sub bass combo, the track builds on percussions and a brilliant main bassline. The original vocal is used very well and fits perfectly. In full effect this track rocks, the bassline just rolls along and the synths are at just the right level to keep you wanting more. A tough edged progressive stomper that will pick up a lot of attention.
Pierre returns to BP after his “Light Refractions EP”, which performed very well on charts and playlists, with his latest offering “Lightning EP”.
The title track starts us off in a deep progressive vibe with a chunky kick and cool percussions leading us up to a monster of a bassline that dominates throughout. An injection of tech invades the track through some of the synths while very smooth chords keep us on the prog house track. As the track progresses many other elements manifest particularly the amazing pads that cause a big surprise on this track.
“This Aint Detroit” intros with a classic bass sound with a filtering teasing us into the track. This is another deeper vibe with a huge tech influence, the myriad of sounds combine extremely well and the automation on the sounds is top notch. A cool robotic vocoded voice sample is a big focus here while later on a melancholic string comes through as another surprising twist.
“You Got It” is a wonderfully laid out track full of amazing sound that blend so well together. Tight arrangement with a whole host of percussions on offer and a bassline that transforms the sound brilliantly. Big drones synths pads add depth and a vocal sample that adds a lot of character to the track, brilliant stuff.
Popular Bulgarian producer Thomas Genchev is becoming a regular fixture at Bonzai with this his third full release on the label. “Cough Drops” serves up a brilliant two tracker which is a testament to the quality coming out of this guys studio.
The title track intros with a dark progressive tech flavour as a myriad of percussion builds up a solid rhythm, a thunderous kick powers the vibe accompanied with some cool FX work. A very tribalistic groove makes up the main track while on the break a few vocal sample eases in, bug tune for those darker rooms.
“Bent Reality” unleashes a monstrous groove with a tight thumping kick and tight arrangement on the percs, again we see Thomas get to work on some top quality FX that tie the track up nicely. The break sees a wall of sound rise up with huge pads and synths, big big sound here and a must for any playlist.