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11th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series, this time around with original tracks and remixes by Audiotox & Overtone Watson, LoQuai, Matan Caspi, Ben Coda, Phi Phi, Airwave, Moshic, Quincy, Pole Folder, CP, Cid Inc, Yuji Ono, SeamLess Beat, Reflection Soul, Nico Parisi, Audio Noir, Suffused, Horizon, Smart Wave, Roy Leben, R3cycle, Matt Holliday, Nae-tago & Squillante, Dani Bosco, Kay-D, Alex Vidal, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Derek Howell & Faskil, Apsara, Hoova & White Resonance, Onez!, Etnia and Suggy.
Italian DJ and producer Marco Trovato aka Mark Found debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb ‘Sagittarius’ and comes with an Original and Dub flavour. Mark started out at a young age, at just 16 he began to DJ at local radio stations where he soon became noticed and was offered many gigs in local clubs. He was playing Acid House and Rap in 1990 and soon his friends were encouraging him to get into the production side of things. His first equipment was of course a set of 1200’s and an Amiga computer. He learned all about MIDI and was soon churning out his own brand of Acid music using synths, sequencers and samplers. At this time he was also going all over Italy, taking part in DJ competitions where he showed off his mixing and scratching skills.
First up we have the Original Mix which takes us on a sublime journey into the deeper side of progressive house. The intro gets us on the move with a nice chunky kick and a cool array of FX that create a good portion of the sound. A deep bubbly bass comes through brilliantly as subtle melodic sequences play out in the background. Super tight arrangements on the drums and percussions give off a steady flowing groove while swirling pads will captivate your mind. A definite must have track as you will not want to miss this epic journey.
The Dub Mix goes all out deep and dark progressive with a monster kick on the intro and a truly awesome deep throbbing bass that is a big focus of the sound. Smooth and steady percussion patterns bring rhythms to life as cool synths build a nice melodic structure. Beautifully layered textures create a surreal atmosphere that is almost tangible. Top notch stuff from Mark and not to be missed.
Deuzler debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the two tracker Go Toward The Light. He is an admirer of electronic music who has been around for many years in the Mexican scene, nine years as DJ and three years as a producer. He has played in the best clubs in the country including huge outdoor events.
First up is Go Toward The Light which sets off in full on mode with a chunky kick and superb pulsating bassline. Beautiful synth pads sweep through the sound and tease out sweet melodic sequences. The bassline is hypnotic as it remains a constant throughout the track and is accompanied by some very cool FX. The break opens up a surreal world with the bass and synths contrasting beautifully. A perfect example of progressive house with that darker edge and no doubt this will grab a lot of attention.
Echo Of A Whisper intros with a very cool kick and plucky deep bass combo. The tracks signature is so perfect for this sound as it gives the bassline pride of place. Short synth riffs peek in and out of the sound and are joined by smooth pads on the break before that wonderfully balanced kick and bass combo comes bursting back. Smooth and groovy prog vibe her which is not to be missed.
Russian DJ and producer AnLight makes his debut on Bonzai Progressive with the superb No Advance which is backed up by two stunning remixes. This young producer has been around the scene for a few years now and has seen his music released on quality labels. A very exciting future lies ahead and with a talent like this we have no doubt about great things to come.
The Original Mix gets going with a huge punchy kick and subtle hats before some very cool synth pads wade in alongside a tasty vocal. A grungy bass soon comes through the sound as it throbs out its melody while an absolutely fantastic vocal grabs all the attention with its catchy lyric and upbeat vibe. The break lets loose with strings and a droning bass sound that is the perfect contrast with the vocal as a backdrop. We are taken back up to the main track with a superb synth line that just oozes progressive house flavours. Not to be missed, an all round wonderful track that will no doubt be a big feature!
Belgium’s own Nico Parisi is first up to remix as he delivers his Deep Remix. A firm favourite in the Bonzai office and beyond, Nico is gearing up for what will be a very very busy schedule over the summer months. Festivals, clubs and more are on the agenda along with a few new studio projects we are eagerly awaiting. The remix intros with a cool layered kick with percussions forming up all around getting the groove into full swing. Subtle pads ease in and soon a fantastic deep bass blasts through as it pulsates right throughout the sound. The vocal just owns this track, even though it sits back it still packs a huge punch due to the catchy nature. The break reveals some surreal synth work that is the perfect companion to the vocal taking us deeper into the vibe and then thrusting us back into this big and bold sound. Top notch stuff yet again from Nico.
Davide Catania delivers his remix and takes the sound on a brilliant journey right into the heart of progressive house. We last saw Davide with a remix on Daddy’s ‘Memories Are Forever’ on Green Martian which was very well received indeed. The remix sets off with a very cool drum section as the classic kick and snare combo is joined with sharp hats and a very noticeable 80’s styled electric tom. A raw, organic bass is beautifully tweaked into the sound and injects an a huge amount of energy into the groove. The vocal stands out superbly and is one of those vocals that is instantly etched into your brain as if you’ve known it for a long time. Beautiful melodic sequences give the sound a broad appeal and will be a must have for any progressive set.
Audio Noir deliver his newest three tracker entitled Pressure as he takes us on a sublime progressive journey. His last outing R3WIND stunned as it brought a bit of old school into the modern era. In comparison we can see what a talent this guy is as he is able to produce top quality sounds for yesterday and today, that is a true gift in the world of electronic music.
First up we have Pressure which takes the progressive sound to the deeper levels. Right from the off we get a cool deep vibe as the bass pulses with the rhythms of the percussions. Intricate patterns are borne out of expertly crafted arps as smooth synth key play out in the background. The introduction of a monster bassline takes the track to a new level and is joined by a superb single note synth that adds a wonderful texture. A short break leads us back into the deep vibes of this track as we get locked in. Absolutely stunning stuff yet again from Audio Noir!
Physical is up next and sets off with a percussion laden intro, this soon expands with the addition of some very cool, almost experimental sounds that blend together beautifully. Brilliantly constructed arrangement with a multitude of sounds that will have you back for more. A smooth deep bass soon joins in as the groove goes into full swing with even more sounds coming into the mix. You’ll find a nice hidden gem late on as a classic hoover style rave sample makes an appearance. This guy just gets better and better!
The Man In The Paper Hat rounds off this superb pack. Straight into a full on flowing progressive groove with phat kicks, crispy hats and some stunning percussion arrangements. The bassline bursts through and grabs you with its throbbing grooves forcing you to move. The track breaks down into a sublime synth sequence with its dynamic signature before we are ejected right back into this full on prog fuelled monster. A definite must have!
Belgian DJ and producer Quincy aka Quincy Steveninck returns with the sublime Acid Jungle and is backed up with three top notch remixes from Bonzai’s elite roster. His last track In Balance was heavily featured on many top download sits and saw rave reviews from many quarters. Quincy himself started producing after a long stint as club and event promoter for various venues around Belgium. His Age Of Love gig ran for more than 6 years and is still regarded as a major success among Belgium’s seasoned clubbers. Quincy is a vinyl only DJ and has graced the decks at many parties, he also enjoyed top releases as part of Soul Phonic on Punk’ID Records.
The Original Mix gets the party started with nice chunky kick and percussive led intro that builds into a cool steady groove. A deep plucky bass is unleashed alongside a wavering synth that roams throughout the sound beautifully. We start to get a bit of an acid line creeping through and on the break this becomes more pronounced and is joined by a chorus of synth arps before getting right back into full swing as this deep, hypnotic track enters its final run.
The hugely impressive Manu Riga is back to remix duties with his Deacidified Remix. Manu delivered his usual brand of quality progressive on the re-released remix pack of Transfagarasan Highway by Audio Noir and no doubt we will see much more from this highly talented artist. Here the remix kicks off with an immersive progressive vibe as chunky kicks are lined up against a cool flowing bass with a subtle percussion arrangement coming through. Wafting synth pads create a sublime atmosphere as the bass ramps itself up a gear and transforms into a powerful resonating monster. Melodic sequences find their way through the maelstrom of basses giving the track a stark contrast and keeping you hooked right to the last beat.
Belgian Nice Therapy is next up to the remix desk with his 6AM-On-Acid Remix. We last saw Nice Therapy on Frankie Jones’ Belgium Goes Detroit on Bonzai Basiks and we are sure to be in for a real treat here. The remix intros with smooth kick and offset bass with crispy clear hats soon joining in. A rising synth pad gains momentum and is accompanied by the first inklings of an acid line which becomes a big focus on the track. Plucky FX deliver some cool distractions and these soon combine to form their own melodic sequence. The break is where it’s at as melodies come together in a strangely uplifting way while acid blips go off all around. A perfectly timed climax brings the track back into a full on progressive groove. Lots going on here and a joy to listen to as new patterns are found with each listen.
Top Bonzai artist Audio Noir lends his skills on remix duties with his Oldskool Remix. Saying that this guys is on fire at the moment is an understatement. His soon to be released Rewind EP shows us how the oldskool era can be applied with modern technology and this remix is also testament to that. Solid intro as tightly arranged percussions lead us into the mother of all kicks, an instantly recognisable kick that was the basis of so many classics. The track moves into gear at the first very short break where a super cool classic vocal sample leads us to the superb bassline that just pulsates right through the track. A very cool acid line takes the track to the next level and beyond and on the break this is where it really shines. This track has it all, it pays tribute to fantastic era and it does it with so much respect, this is no doubt one of the tracks you have got to have, raise the roof time is here!
A welcome return to Bonzai Progressive for UK based producer Paul Kieran with the tow tracker Check One. His last outing, Monsieur EP was very well received and no doubt we are gonna see more groovy progressive vibes here today.
Check One intros with cool percussions as a sharp snare hits the downbeat along with a crisp hat. A huge chunky kick bursts through and gets the groove flowing beautifully as a lush bass comes in. Cool vocal samples doing the classic -check one, check two- and doing it in style with echo and reverb effects popped into the right places. A quirky little synth blip is the perfect addition to the sound with an electro styled wood click thrown in to the mix. The break reveals a classy piano sequence that just blows the track up superbly, top stuff yet again from Phil!
Next we have Lyme that sets off with a fading in percussion arrangement and settling into a breakbeat styled pattern with rising FX going off in the background before a short silence and then slamming into a super groovy workout. Nice tight construction on the drums let loose flowing rhythms while a laid back bass packs a huge punch. Short, sharp synth stabs permeate the sound as the filters do their thing. Nice, smooth flowing deep progressive house that will get a lot of attention.
Belgian DJ and producer K-Fel debuts on Bonzai Progressive with this stunner ‘Pantheon’ and comes backed with two top quality remixes. Growing up with the legendary clubs Belgium had to offer turned K-Fel to electronic music. By 2001 he decided to become a DJ where he kept an open mind on genres which led to him getting gigs at top venues. 2011 saw a surge in his productions and his tracks have seen good support from all over.
The original Mix sets off with a true progressive vibe as very cool percussions lead us up to a brilliant chunky kick. This is soon joined by a surreal collection of pads and a fantastic arp which takes us into the main track. A smooth bassline sits perfectly in the sound as it trundles along with an infectious synth hook going off overhead. Classy tweaks on the synth take us up to the first break where a female spoken vocal comes through reporting a zombie apocalypse. Superb stuff and a definite must for those darker progressive rooms!
Napalm & D-phrag are back at BP for remix duties on this brilliant track. We last saw the guys with their ‘Tour De Force’ which saw great support across the spectrum. Here they get right down to business with a brilliant remix. The intro boasts a single percussion with a deep and droning synth that pulsates through the sound. This leads us beautifully into a cool drum arrangement and sets the scene for this fantastic journey. Anticipation builds as risers take us through the sections before a superb, driving bassline takes over creating a sublime atmosphere. The break is where it’s at, dark pads weave through and soon a brilliant melody takes hold which is in perfect contrast to the darker element. Look out for the chord changes here, they really set the track on fire, stunning!
Yuriy From Russia continues to impress with the sheer quality of his work. Here he is on remix duty and what a display he puts on. Big chunky kicks and subtle percussions are met with a deep bassline as a mesmerising synth line scurries through the sound brilliantly. The track breaks to the spoken vocal as soft melodic sequences begin to form to the backdrop of a surreal pad before coming back into full on progressive mode. An epic journey that is full of beautiful intricacies and melodic twists, this is not to be missed!
Club Traxx new series Dark & Deep comes with original tracks and remixes by metrOnomes, Kevin Vega, deepAlexander, Yuriy From Russia, Jonny Calypso, Dafar, Kabalo, Rise And Fall, Samotarev, Napalm & D-Phrag, Steve Sai, 10000 Sounds Project, Ego Progressus, Sa.Du, The Revolving Junkie, Phat Traktor, Antonio Citarella, Pierre Zamyatin, Fran Navaez, Ruben Losada and Eric Kanzler.