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Polish producer Marcin Stepien aka Neptun 505 makes his debut on Bonzai Progressive with a two track progressive monster entitled ‘Zulu EP’. Marcin started to make own music in 1999, but 2008 was a real breakthrough year for him with original and remix releases on labels like Magnetide Records, UDTK Records, and then later on Dirty Stuff Records, Electronic Tree, Mistique Music, Smart Phenomena Records and Passion Fruit Recordings. Today he is working on solo stuff and sometimes he collaborates with E.F.G.
First up is ‘Zulu’ which intros with superb tribalistic patterns via some smooth membranophone action and a nice chunky house kick with a side of cool hats and other percussions. A deep resonating bass makes a stealthy entrance to the sound with nifty work on the frequency filter. Wonderful cascading synths weave out a cool vibe and the track soon takes on a full progressive persona. Brilliant stuff and a definite must for any prog set!
‘Orion’ gets down to tribal business from the off as a round of quality percussions carve out neat rhythmic patterns. A rising synth pad also brings the bassline along for the ride as the track builds the layers beautifully. Very cool chord changes on the synths keep the ear trained and on the break subtle melodies get the focus before coming right back into prog mode for the duration, top stuff.
Bonzai regular Thorin returns after the very well received ‘End Game’ which saw massive support from all over and features on top download portals. Here we see his newest works in the shape of ‘Hallucinogen’ which delves into the deeper side of the progressive spectrum. The track also comes backed up with four top notch remixes from top remix artists.
The Original Mix sets off with a steady groove as the kicks and subtle percussions form a flowing rhythm. The bassline sits well with the sound while in the background smooth sweeping pads provide a solid backbone. The sounds are expertly crafted and fit beautifully within the grooves creating a trippy and hypnotic ride making this a must have for those progressive jocks.
Kevin Vega is back to remix duty with a wonderful display of progressive sounds that bind together so well. The intro has a nice chunky kick that packs a punch, this is coupled with a superb bassline that comes from the depths. Subtle percussions are perfect here as the main focus lies with the hypnotically driven nature of the track, superb stuff.
Beat Maniacs aka Petar Bogojevic and Nikola Radivojevic are next up on the remix and the guys are fresh off the back of their Bonzai debut with ‘Messine’. Here the guys veer towards a more house orientated vibe while retaining a progressive nature. Cool synth pads work well throughout while a simple melody plays amongst the grooves, great stuff.
Audio Noir delivers the first of two remixes with this one being a solid slice of prog on his Rekonstruction Mix. This guy knows how to work a remix and here he sets the bar high with a strong and steady rhythmic intro. Chunky kicks and crispy hats keep the flow and some outstanding synth work adds that progressive element we love. Sweeping pads ebb and flow before an amazing bassline takes total control of the sound. A definite one to watch here!
Audio Noir lowers the tempo with a nod to his Rekonstruction Mix for his Afterhours Mix. Another fine slice of prog on offer for the late late night parties. We are treated to a sophisticated arrangement of warm and lush vibes with a bassline that will keep the toes tapping for the duration. Simply stunning from this guy yet again.
Eighty Six debuts on Bonzai Progressive with a sublime four track EP entitled ‘Vitamine’.
The title track ‘Vitamine’ sets off in true prog style with a strong kick accompanied by a cool synth chord which leads into a short break that reveals a refreshing melodic sequence. The bassline adds a bounce to the sound as it drives through creating a very rhythmic vibe with the help of some tight percussion arrangements. We lead into a stunning break down filled with fantastic melodies before being thrown right back into this fine slice of progressive house, superb stuff that is not to be missed.
‘Palmeraie’ keeps the prog vibes flowing with a nice chunky kick and sharp hi hat combo. A gritty synth fades through transforming into a full on attack with the release knob getting a workout. Building nicely, the bassline solidifies the sound as it takes on many layers before breaking down to a beautiful synth fusion and then slamming straight back into full on prog mode with gusto, great stuff.
‘Connection’ takes the sound a little deeper with a huge thumping kick and darkly synth pads alongside a sinister sounding vocal. This is beautifully contrasted with a cool, plucky synth sequence that blends perfectly with the bassline as it meanders in the background. Cool use of more vocals rounds this track up brilliantly and would be a welcome addition to any set.
Lastly we have ‘Feeling’, super smooth housey intro as groovy keys work their magic alongside a sultry female vocal with percussions building up around the sound. The bassline, that can only be described as outstanding, weaves its way into the sound with a stealthy approach leaving you gaping due to the impact it has on the groove. Very cool synths provide a fantastic melodic sequence which is the perfect accompaniment to that bassline. This track is the complete package and will be a main feature among many music lovers for sure, just amazing!