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Gearing up for another round of quality cuts is Bonzai’s latest vinyl venture “Bonzai Worx – Volume 3”. This pressing comes complete with four top drawer tracks and a couple of outstanding remixes from the very impressive roster of artists and labels Bonzai has to offer. Give your record bag a reason to exist and grab your limited copy, you will not be disappointed.
First up we have Metodi Hristov’s remix of Mindgamers track “Can You Feel It”. Metodi turns the cool meter way up with a superb big club friendly effort. All the goodness of house with the prog element shining through, super suave steady rhythm filled with tight percussion and a subtle kick. The big focus here is the awesome bassline backed up with a mesmerizing vocal which works an absolute treat.
Matan Caspi’s remix of Chantola’s “Make It Happen” is a perfect selection for vinyl as he drops a hint of tech into the prog house vibe while keeping the coolness and suave of the main sound, very well crafted remix, a little more synth work and some crisp guitar keeps the summer theme alive.
Paduraru’s “Games For Girls” makes the cut with a strong and steady rhythm on the beats and a wonderful bassline adding extra weight. Top quality synth work here in a true progressive groove, on the break we get an off key piano that adds melancholy to the track. Big strings make a show and a well rounded track is the end product, top stuff destined for many boxes.
Loquai & Shimmer’s very well received “Fly Fortress” is a must for this vinyl, kicking off into an awesome world of progressive vibes with very subtle yet highly effective melodies. Real cool steady rhythm with the kicks and percs, the melodies are enhanced with some brilliant rising pads and FX with a chunky bassline tying things up nicely.
Henrik is back with another round of his mellowed out progressive vibes on this two tracker “Days Go By”. His last release “Another Day At The Dream Factory” done very well with support coming from many corners and top download stores featuring it heavily.
The title track intros with a nice thud on the kick and a warm pad sweeping through, subtle keys come in and the percussion starts to build up a cool flow on the rhythm. The strings gain slightly in intensity and the bassline adds a bouncy touch with some very cool pianos filling in the background. On the break we get an almost trancey feel with the synth chords ramping up the groove, very nice indeed.
“XTC” takes us deep into progressive vibes with a journey through a myriad of lush sounds, lots going on here and a perfect example of Henrik’s technical ability to be able to marry all these sounds while keeping the structure on point. Deep prog bassline with many different melodic sequences blending beautifully over a tight drum and percussion section. Elements of both house and trance are evident yet still offering a unique style, very well crafted and a joy to listen to.
Ibiza 2013 comes with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, John 00 Fleming, Andre Bonsor, 06R, Davide Catania, Citizen 42, Philthy Chit, Blufeld, Kevin Vega, Chantola, LoQuai, Manu Riga, Frangellico, Shimmer, Dyron, Mindgamers, Metodi Hristov, Jakhira, Luckoni, Diego Alvez, Paduraru, Oushanmete, Pierre Zamyatin, Mylan, Scrub, Barbara Wahnon, Piek, Efron, Hector Couto, Ed Lee, Charles Ramirez, Dimitry Liss, Project KF, Rick Wade, Wonji, Fauvrelle, Rogerio Martins, Crocy, Pozitive, Joal, Tribal Warriors, Tofke, Ugur Yurt, Fabian Jakopetz, Dub Way, Ritch Mollen, Chanelle Pearl, Ecco, Yogimeister, Onofrio Conte, Oz Romita, W&DY, Victor Vera and Ozan Kanik.
Based in Brazil and making his Bonzai debut we have Luckoni with his awesome progressive track “Cold Planet” backed up with two remixes from two very talented artists.
The original track gets right into the prog house vibe with super cool kicks and percs and a stunning bassline giving a steady groove. On the break the synths and FX work well with a vocal adding flavour to the sound, a really very well crafted track and destined for many playlists.
Progressive house maestro Chantola steps up to remix duty with his very own wonderful unique style. Henrik takes the very essence of house and weaves it into a magical journey through sound, stand out percussions accompany a nice thud on the kick giving a cool steady rhythm. Minimal yet highly effective synths sweep through and keeps the track moving, top stuff again!
Diego Alvez is up next with his remix, Diego is a deep house guru and here he adds his midas touch and we are not disappointed. A very cool rework on the original with a real deep feel to it, superb stabs and chords add a lot of texture and the layers keep building and building. The break is where it’s at, big synth sound builds tension until the beats kick back in and the groove picks up again, just brilliant.
Henrik is back on top form again with another fine slab of progressive goodness for our pleasure with “Another Day At The Dream Factory”, and comes with some superb remixes from some superb artists.
The original mix serves up a well constructed quality prog house vibe. From the off the kicks add a solid base with the sharp hats following a stunning deep bassline. Melodies build layer upon layer with an underlying house groove evident throughout while on the break cool plucky strings provide the main focus, top stuff.
First up on remix duties is a man who needs no introduction, a true genius in our generation, Airwave. This remix opens with an awesome intro that lays the foundation for a super journey into progressive trance. Laurent’s unique almost cinematic style captivates the mind right away with subtle strings and then kicking right into the groove with a solid kick and an amazing bassline. Beautifully crafted melodies swamp on the break with an intense build up kicking us back in. The original vibe is well represented with that added layer of epicness from the master!
LoQuai steps up next with a brilliant remix, solid energy driven vibe with a deep bass and synth combi adding the fuel. Tight arrangement on the drums and percs leading up to a cool break with a thrashing of melodies following suit, big sound that will get the floors shaking!
Johnny S returns for remix duties and delivers a prog house masterclass. Pumping vibe from the start with a great combination of the kicks, percs and snares giving a real party feel. A super bassline gives that house groove with some cool FX working their way through. On the break a sweet array of melodies takes the track to a new level before getting back to the club groove.
2013 edition of our WMC Miami series, this year including original tracks and remixes by John 00 Fleming, Velvet Girl, Nancy Burrello, Tom Conrad, Andre Bonsor,Van Bellen, Rishi K., Natalia Data, Ed Lee, Manu Riga, Solar Fields, Blufeld, 06R, Airwave, Nico Parisi, Moshic, Arthur, Manos, LoQuai, Shimmer, Digital Angel, Matteo Monero, Thomas Genchev, Mindgamers, Metodi Hristov , Chantola, Matan Caspi, Crocy, George V, The Revolving Junkie, Mylan, Dee Brown, Diego Alvez, Ecco, Chanelle Pearl, Andree Wischnewski, Eric Kanzler, Mr. Dello, Sa.Du, Oliver Moldan, Oliver Moldan, Oz Romita, Billy Mason, Lights Electronika, Valeria Croft, Daniele Kama, Piek, Wonji, Gabriel Feitor, Tiago Ribeiro, Dimitry Liss, Rogerio Martins, Nasrawi, Project KF, RV, Jimmy Galle, Ittai Barkai, I3000, and Prompter.
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.
Henrik Kantola has been a stalwart in progressive beats for a long time having been on labels like Spinnin Records, Blackhole, Baroque and more recently Bonzai Music. He has appeared on many compilations and remixed lots of tunes under the Green Martian, Camouflage, Fourty 5, Nemesis, Subtraxx and Eyepatch labels.
Now Henrik releases his second artist album on Bonzai Progressive, “Make It Happen”. Two years after his first album on the same label “Wrongside Business”, we are treated to a stunning trek through the different shades of progressive house and Balearic vibes.
First up we have the “Balearic Mix” of the title track “Make It Happen” which is full of island pleasures, cool, sophisticated and laid back prog grooves, tight production blends a host of awesome sounds, chunky kick, grooving bass, sultry vocals and swaying synth pads all make for an evening on the terraces.
“Ibiza Soul (2012)” provides the back drop for lazy days sitting in a cafe on the beachfront, pure house vibe with a sweet melody on the break create a nice groove to chill the day away.
“Penny Is A Slut” beefs up the tempo for a cracking ride into prog house, sharp crisp percs and an offset bass build up to a tight rolling progressive groove, classic house stabs on the break keeps the listener hooked.
Going deeper in the with the next track, “Midnight”. Slightly more tribal and techy influence while retaining a solid progressive sound, lots of quality FX on this and a real catchy groove.
“Steal The Sunset” brings in a stabby house vibe with cool chords and a great rhythm, tight drums and classic buzz synth sound. Perfect fodder for the terraces on an early evening.
“Don’t You Know” pulls in the darker prog house vibe, well constructed rhythm with nice deep basses and sharp perc sounds, backed up with brilliant FX this is a tune that will gain a lot of support and fill up plenty of air time.
Funky grooves abound on “Terrace”, pure quality house vibe with all you’d expect on a tune like this, exactly the type of tune that gets any club on the bounce. Clean sharp stabs, well pitched strings and a groovy bassline, perfect.
Deep prog time again with “Late Night Flat Line”, cool sound for an already buzzing crowd. Hypnotic bassline and sweeping pads with tight percussions all make for a quality progressive monster.
Next we have a special remix of an all time trance classic which has been given the magic Chantola progressive touch. “Universal Nation (Chantola’s Deep Nation 2012 Remix)” starts off in a nice subtle groove, building upon the sound with smooth synths and a chunky bass, the break down brings in that classic melody and euphoria takes over, very well constructed remix.
Finally is “Another Day At The Dream Factory” a fitting end on this inspired album, lighthearted approach with bright sounds a constant steady groove provided by a nice chunky bass and tight kicks.
Again we see Chantola prove his talent with amazing production skills and inspired vision with his sound.
Henrik Kantola aka Chantola is a well versed Finnish producer and we see his new slice entitled Make It Happen backed up with a slew of awesome remixes.
Henrik has been a stalwart in progressive beats for a long time having been on labels like Spinnin Records, Blackhole, Baroque and more recently Bonzai Progressive.
He has appeared on many compilations and remixed lots of tunes under the Green Martian, Camouflage, Fourty 5, Nemesis, Subtraxx and Eyepatch labels. Today Chantola resides on Bonzai Progressive and has delivered a very nice piece of music.
First up we have the Balearic Mix which is full of island pleasures, cool, sophisticated and laid back prog grooves, tight production blends a host of awesome sounds, chunky kick, grooving bass, sultry vocals and swaying synth pads all make for an evening on the terraces.
Matan Caspi drops in to add a hint of tech into the prog house vibe while keeping the coolness and suave of the main sound, very well crafted remix, a little more synth work and some crisp guitar keeps the summer theme alive.
Popular remixing duo Manu Riga gives us their Come Back Remix which delivers a full on prog experience that would fit well on any floor or beach party, constant groove on the bass with those vocals lead up to a break that just exudes summer essence, very powerful remix.
Johny S returns with remix duty on a Chantola track and he delivers as usual, with the focus more on the house side we are treated to an amazing ride, funky bassline and jazzy sax/trumpets make for a big sound for big floors.
Ibiza 2K12 – Progressive House Frequencies comes with original tracks and remixes by Redraft Memories, Rishi K., Manu Riga, Jimmy Galle, Crocy, Tony Awake & Free Mind, Mindgamers, DJ Chus & David Penn, Chantola, Heinrich Kantholz & Drill Wagen, Quadran, Planisphere, Nancy Burrello & Digital Angel, Thorin, Chris M, Abi-Q and Raw-E, Kiilto, Guido Durante & Mattia Evo, Bozanov, Lolo, Audiotox & Watson, Kintar featuring Lu Chase, Tempterzz, Philthy Chit, Janeiro, Matteo Monero and Kintar.