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Back from his last release on BP with “Reborn” alongside Manu Riga, Nico Parisi delivers “Caress” which comes with no less than five fantastic remixes. Nico has been very busy lately with his own productions and a stack of remixes, he also has a hectic DJ schedule with many gigs across Belgium. Recently he featured in the launch of a new concept night “INSANE” which is a product of DJunkee and Bonzai progressive. He will also feature at this year’s Bonzai Retro event in November with the crème de la crème of Belgian DJ’s.
The Original mix is a strong, solid slice of progressive house vibes. Snappy kicks and a subtle melodic sequence provide the intro with rising pads soon coming through. Percussions slowly build and form into a cool flowing rhythm while an early and intense build up leads us into a full on prog monster. Offbeat bass drives the track forward with excellent synth work keeping the intense nature on point. Wonderful stuff from Nico and a must have in any box.
First up on remix is Inkfish who are four Swedes. Mattias Lindblom, Jesper Lindqvist and brothers Andreas and Johan Hermansson. These guys run their own label, Inkfish Recordings with Mattias or Andreas taking care of the production side of things. Johan and Andreas do all the DJ work while Jesper is a self-styled Bez from Happy Mondays character. Together these guys have a very impressive list of releases across many top labels and now we see their first appearance on Bonzai Progressive. The remix intros with some cool FX, synths and pads before a nice chunky kick takes over. The bass delivers a deep grooving flow while rising pads add beautiful textures with subtle melodic hints. Solid track with a big punch!
The very popular Manu Riga is up next with his Sofia By Night Remix. After their last and very successful outing on “Reborn” it’s no wonder these guys are working together again, they click well in the studio and no doubt we will see a lot more from them in the future. The remix goes into full on mode with a massive snappy kick with a sharp click on top which really sets the scene up well for a trip down progressive lane. Some great FX and synth work give off subtle melodies with a very teasing vox lying in wait in the background. Superb bassline works wonders throughout the track and makes this a track you will never want to end.
Philthy Chit deliver a stunningly epic progressive house experience with their remix. The intro slowly builds with simple percussions and a hypnotic synth note before blazing into a driving deep bass led groove. Intensity rises with wonderful pads and an amazing vocal sample. The magic happens on the break with deep resonating synths and melodic sequences before getting back into a full blown prog monster. A sure fire hit and a definite must have for those progressive sets.
Next up on the remix is Eric Hubo whom Nico has worked with in the past. Belgium based Eric has featured on tracks from Nico’s Danza Records including “Metro”, “S.A.X.X.” and “Move Your Body” as well as works on LCD Recordings on “Romeo and Juliet”. His remixes have also appeared on “A State Of Trance Classics Vol. 7” back in 2012. The remix sets off with a smooth kick and offset bass which is the perfect foundation for a progressive house journey. Cool FX and well crafted percussion provide a steady rhythm before the track settles in for the duration as the bassline shines through. Sweet melodic pianos are the focus on the break as sweeping phased synth pads shore up the background. The track kicks back into the steady groove and a beautiful prog house record in born, superb stuff.
Yuriy From Russia is our next guest with his Dark Remix. Yuriy has been churning out top quality productions in recent times most notably with his latest offering “Do You Feel” featuring the vocal talents of Ange. Chunky kicks and sharp hats get us moving on the intro with a warpy, thick bass soon following. Sweeping synths begin to come through and they provide stark contrasts with the bass which makes for a cool dynamic. Blippy FX work adds texture to the sound and all the while the groove has built into full on progressive mode. The break brings forth those sweeping pads and builds back into the main groove with a wall of noise. Very intense and very epic piece of work which no doubt get attention from all quarters.
8th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series, featuring original tracks and remixes by Manu Riga, Cid Inc., Lloyd Trimmer, 21street, Stan Kolev, Matan Caspi, Airwave, DJ Fire, Kintar, Gai Barone, LoQuai, Philthy Chit, Matteo Monero, Audio Noir, AquAdro, Moshic, Hector Sawiak, Chantola, J-Junior, Angga, Rise And Fall, John 00 Fleming, Christopher Lawrence, Santiago Garcia, Dark Soul Project, Franbeats, Anthony Yarranton, Zan Prevvé, WayWork, Jakhira, Kindred Spirits, CJ Art, Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic, Rishi K., JJ Grant and Digital Department.
Debut on BP for Jonny Calypso and Dafar, these two guys hail from Germany and they met for the first time in January 2011, they soon became good friends. Dafar has a big vinyl library at home and is a great graphic designer. Jonny has been creating his own tracks since 2009 and has worked with great artists like Criss Source, Jon Silva, Donique and Niels Van Gogh to name a few. Both these guys have the same taste in music which means they are open to everything with a good flavour and good progressive vibes.
“Spirit” gets right into a deep progressive flow from the off with snappy kicks and a very deep bass that reverberates through the sound. Crispy hats soon follow creating a cool rhythm and setting the scene for an epic journey. The minimal nature of the intro fades and superb synth sounds filter through. A monster of a tune with a driving progressive groove that will shake any floor!
“Unknown Reality” sets off with a superb kick, hat combi which provides a solid layer for the fantastic tough edged bassline to poke through. Great build up of sounds with a subtle percussion line have a big influence on the groove. Along with that we get a synth that gradually flows into the sound adding a cool texture. Wonderful hypnotic grooves and a must for any box!
The very talented Belgium based producer Jakhira is back once again with another fine slice of progressive on his three track “Princess EP”. Jacks recent outings have gained highly respected reviews from across the world with features among download portals becoming quite regular. This is a testament to the quality on offer from this guy with much more to come for sure.
“Princess” kicks us off with a lush progressive vibe constructed out of warm and melodic sounds. The intro has the classic kick, hat and percussion element, a cool synth sound fades through before leading up to a superbly deep bassline with some acid tweaks thrown in. Subtle melodies find their way through as the track winds down into the break before coming back to full on prog house mode, great stuff.
“Lingala” provides cool progressive beats with a wonderful guitar overlay that adds a little melody to the sound. Nice, solid rhythms with the drum section and a subtle yet highly effective bassline tie the track up beautifully. As the track eases on we see some classy sounds come in with melodies becoming more prominent, on the break these sounds blend together superbly creating a fine slice of prog which is not to be missed.
“UR Love” gets moving with some tight drum arrangements with classic deep house vibes running through. The bassline powers into the track and sets the scene for a fantastic house journey. Wonderful vocal samples lift the track up beautifully alongside superb synth work. Brilliant track with a retro feel and one that will please a lot of jocks.
A regular feature within the Bonzai realm makes a welcome return, Matan Caspi delivers us his latest cut entitled “Muddy Dreams” which comes backed up with two brilliant remixes from two very talented youngsters.
The Original Mix is pure progressive house utopia with a super tight upbeat arrangement, Matan really goes to town with this one, it is a real treat to listen to as the drums weave out a flowing rhythm against some superb synth work and groovy basses. The big feature on the track are the outstanding vocal samples which really tie the whole thing up beautifully. A must for any house jock!
The awesome talent of Anthony Yarranton is shown once again with his remix. Aside from his own “Cotton Candy EP” back in June this year, he had also featured as a remixer on Quadran’s “Rumour” which has seen fantastic reviews from all quarters. In this remix the groove is smooth as the track builds nicely with cool kicks, soft hats and a subtle pad. The break delivers some well crafted synths before a vocal sample takes us back into the main track, great stuff.
Fresh off the back of his “Miracle EP”, Jakhira is back with more stunning prog vibes. A rhythmic intro full of many percussive elements get us moving with a well toned kick following suit. Cool, funky riffs fill the sound as the groovy bass eases through. Great use of vocals here as the track gets into full on club mode making this one to watch on the floors. The break boasts a wonderful array of lush pads before heading straight back into the main track, excellent stuff.
Based in Almelo, Netherlands, DJ and producer Thorin (Van Gelden) takes progressive house by the horns and churns out a superb cut entitled “End Game”. The track also comes with two top class remixes as well as the very impressive Original. Currently Thorin has been dabbling with new ideas in the studio and hopefully we will see the results of this soon. Aside from that he is ramping up his DJing with a trip to Belgium for the DJunkee hosted party, Insane in November.
The intro on the Original Mix takes no prisoners as retro inspired synths do their work. Big chunky kicks pack a punch and as the layers build a solid rhythm has taken hold. Lots going on within the sound and you will find yourself locked in and finding new paths with every listen. Sweet melodic plucks are a cool contrast to the robust synths which transform with every phrase. The break shows a myriad of sounds as the track builds back up and crashes straight into this full on prog stomper, superb stuff!
The very popular duo from Tallinn are at it again, Mindgamers aka Zas and Sanze dish out their recipe for fine teched up progressive vibes. The guys provide their usual stunning kicks and drum arrangement which always has huge floor appeal. The baseline has a nice bounce to it and will be sure to get the toes tapping in no time. Accompanying the baseline is a wonderful sub melody that itself has a huge impact. On the break the track is stripped bare to reveal a sweet melodic synth that soon dissipates as the main track kicks back in, great stuff from the guys and a must for any box.
Relaunch aka German based Maik Relaunch is at the mixing desk next with a stunner of a remix. Maik was first a clubber and then became inspired by the legendary Dorian Gray which set him on his DJ journey. Production soon followed and he was quickly affiliated with the likes of John 00 Fleming among others. Releases on Bonzai Progressive, Green Martian, LCD Recordings, Camouflage, JOOF, Borderline Music and Mistique Music over the years have marked Maik as a highly respected artist who is in great demand for remixes. The mix sets off in true progressive style as the baseline becomes the main focus with its rolling effect and sitting well beside a huge kick that will rock any speaker. Synths appear as the layers begin to form up and take us on a frenzied ride into a progressive house fuelled world. A proper prog track with hypnotic qualities and a track that will gain a lot of support, no doubt.
Flembaz are Joao Bandarra and Pedro Freitas, the guys teamed up in 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal. They are an eclectic duo who like to play around with different genres ranging from playful beats to deep creative techno and progressive. Here they mark their Bonzai debut with the two tracker “Cafe EP”.
“Cafe” sets off on a sublime journey through progressive sounds with an infusion of tech thrown in. Beautiful chunky kicks set the scene perfectly with a baseline that will have any woofer quaking. A nice round of percussions keep a cool flowing rhythm as warm synth pads fade through on top of a short vocal sample. Techy synths begin to form as the track intensifies carving out a sure fire hit with many DJ’s.
“Quinalle Express” takes a subtle approach to the intro before a huge kick comes slamming through and bringing with a massive sub bass that will reverberate through your body. Expertly crafted percussions knit a steady rhythm and some wonderful flute/pipe type sounds peek through giving a stark contrast. Very cool track indeed and one that will fit many sets.
Back and refreshed from his last release, the hugely popular “Don’t You Know” (with Junior J), Chantola delivers another fine slice of house driven beats jacked up with a dose of progressive. “I Want You” also comes packed with a very impressive collection of remixes to suit any venue.
The Original Mix constructs 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.
House producer Tero steps up for his first remix on Bonzai with a truly wonderful display of house beats with a sprinkling of deep funk thrown in. Tero has an impressive release count under his belt on labels like Club 86 Recordings and Bullbeat Recordings. From the off the vibe oozes with the pleasures of funky keys which soon build into full on house mode. Perfect drum arrangements give the track a cool bounce, the added vocal samples solidifies the sound while the bass works wonders on the rhythms. Awesome piano work gives this track an all round feel and makes it a must have in any box!
No Chantola release would be complete without the Johny S treatment. This is his sixth remix for Henrik and we can see why he keeps coming back for more. Johny’s own tracks have been on labels like Club 86 Recordings, Bullbeat Recordings and 4 Play Trax to name a few. Here we get into a much more progressive vibe with a super tight arrangement on the drums and percussions. A very cool retro sounding synth does most of the work here as it draws you right into its groove while the deep bass keeps the rhythm flowing. Nice vocal samples come through and on the break the guitar and melodies transform the track before crashing back. Top notch prog house and sure to feature in many sets no doubt.
Another remix debut, this time from Finnish DJ and producer Jesse Suosalmi aka FunkyDee. Jesse too has seen releases on Club 86 and Bullbeat. If you’re after a big floor tune then you’ve come to the right place. The smooth grooves of the original have been taken and ramped up into a party pumping house masterpiece. The funk has certainly been injected here and for those of us who like our music with an oldskool flair then be prepared for a trip that will have you throwing your hands in the air. Absolutely stunning remix and a cert to be featured many times on playlists all over!!