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Daddy aka Koen Mertens turns up on our Green Martian imprint after some fine releases on Bonzai Progressive and Eyepatch. Here he delivers the outstanding ‘Memories Are Forever’ which comes with an awesome remix from Davide Catania.
First up we have the Original Mix, which after giving it a few listens will have the nostalgia flowing through your system on overdrive. The intro boasts a cool punchy kick with classic percussions building up a nice flowing vibe. A deep and resonating bass enters the fray on the offbeat and all around many wonderful sounds paint a complex picture. An intensity builds in the sound which culminates in a smooth melodic groove. This groove somehow takes you back to the great days of progressive while keeping a firm root in the here and now. The break is a stunning display of simplicity as a cool hook takes hold with warm pads ebbing and flowing in the background. Look out for some fantastic vocal manipulation and classic samples.
Based in Denmark, Davide returns to Green Martian for remix duty and what a fantastic job he does. We last saw Davide here with his ‘Desert Sky’ which certainly raised a few eyebrows as expected. The remix intros with a superb kick and hat combo with percussions building nicely giving off a cool bouncy vibe. The bass soon takes over and injects a dose of energy that really beefs up the sound no end. Excellent use of the vocal sample and coupled with rising pads give a nice melodic flavour. The break ushers in a classy guitar riff before a nice big synth takes us right back into the track for the remainder of this kick ass cut. Definitely not to be missed!
Chantola recently delivered his superb artist album ‘Lost In Funny Space Games’ which is being very well received from many quarters and which is no surprise when you have gems like ‘It’s Not What You Say’. This track has been plucked from the album and been subjected to a host of top quality remixes, no less than six remixes in total from top class artists will no doubt get any floor shakin’!
First up is the Original Mix which intros with a beefy kick and some well clipped hats giving that classic house flavour. A strong, throbbing bass sits on the offbeat and adds a huge depth to the sound. Stunning vocals come through and are the perfect companion for a mesmerizing synth pad lurking in the background. The track transforms itself throughout, building the layers beautifully and ending up with fine slice of progressive house. Definitely not to be missed this one, get it into those playlists quick!
Crocy is first at hand to offer his remix skills and what a job he does here. Crocy’s remix takes on a very smooth and subtle groove, the kicks give off a cool laidback feel with a big punch and sit so well with the expertly crafted bass riffs. The vocal comes through beautifully here adding a richness to the sound and is accompanied by some nice, distant melodies thanks to a lovely piano sound. Wonderfully deep vibes here and a definite must for those late night sets. For those who would like to leave the vocal behind we also have an instrumental mix from Crocy.
Koen Mertens aka Daddy is up next with his remix. Right from the off we are met with a huge in your face sound as a deep drone blasts out alongside a cool percussion pattern. The kicks soon follow as that drone powers on relentlessly. The vocal comes through with a very cool transformation thanks to some nifty FX work which puts it right at home alongside this monster groove. On the main break the groove simmers down with a cool arp and the vocal before slamming back with an added synth riff that is really gonna rock those floors for sure.
Audio Noir is up next with his Rekonstruction. As usual we are treated to a solid progressive house workout which intros with a rhythmic percussion and a very cool melodic sequence. The kicks fade in very discreetly and bring with them a very powerful thump and are soon joined by a great vocal. The track really sets off on an epic ride with the deep rooted bass being the driving force. As the groove progresses we get a hint of a classic synth stab that teases as it lurks in the background. The track breaks to reveal a little more on those stabs before the bass takes over and we are thrust back into the main groove, wonderful stuff yet again out of Australia.
Next up we have deepAlexander on the remix and he churns out a very cool slice indeed. Soft kicks are met with a tough well rounded bass that plucks away giving off a strong vibe as a synth note drones out in the back. The vocal is used brilliantly and sits behind the sound just enough to be very effective. The subtle percussions add smooth rhythms and are the perfect accompaniment to this quite minimal groove. Top stuff!
Lastly we have the Extended Zen Mix which is a fantastic journey through the ambient side of this track. Warm and melodic pads are the order of the day and these are joined with the now recognisable vocal which is a nice partnership. A cool synth arp comes through as a mighty crash introduces each section. Smooth deep basses fade up and take over the sound before kicks blast through making this a perfect piece for an intro in any set.
The ever popular Matan Caspi serves us up another tasty progressive treat in the shape of his latest works ‘I Wanna’. His last outing ‘Muddy Waters’ gained much support and is testament to the talent on offer from this guy. This release comes with two top notch remixes from top notch producers.
The Original Mix sets off with a percussion led intro with a snippet of funky keys peeking through. The kicks fill out the track nicely and a deep resonating bass gets the groove flowing. Nice and steady house vibes with a cool vocal coming in adding to the funky nature within the sound. The break reveals much more on the vocal front with the funk levels rising ten-fold through some very cool keys and pads, superb stuff from Matan and not to be missed!
Slovenian DJ and producer Matevz Crocy aka Crocy knows no bounds when it come to top quality productions and remixes as he always delivers the goods, and then some. His last release ‘Rotten Hour’ is currently doing the rounds and getting much attention. On the remix here Crocy beefs up the sound with chunky kicks and a wonderful deep infectious bass that forces those hips to sway. Super tight percussions provide a solid rhythm as the occasional synth makes an appearance. Aside from that bass the next big focus here is the use of the vocals, they are used perfectly and really set the track off brilliantly, cracking stuff and a must for those groovy late night parties.
Next up we have Daddy aka Koen Mertens on the remix. Koen has blasted out some great work in his time, but recently he has ramped things up a gear. In the last few months he has knocked out some fine original work alongside top quality remixes. Most notably his tracks ‘Hidden Mojo’ and ‘Accelerator’ saw big support across the board and we hope there is more to come from this guy. The remix intros with a cool kick and hat combo, a vocal sample fades through before a the bass ploughs in. The bass is a big focus here as more vocals play along into the groove. Some awesome acid type sequences show up on the break giving a new dimension to the track. Superb stuff from Koen!!
8th installment in the My House Is Your House series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Rogerio Martins, Carlo Caldareri, Joal, Daddy, Ecco, Mylan, Nico P, Onofrio Conte, Jazzman Wax, Iban Montoro, Meenie, Fragoso, Darouge, Hurlee, Sebastien Desay, Alan Castro, Johnny Deep (aka Yonathan Dahan), Swing City, Bruno Ferreira, JR, Fauvrelle, Solartoff, Wonji and H. Membrano.
Bonzai Basik Beats this week features a exclusive dj set from Daddy!
Tracklisting – Episode 177 – mixed by Daddy:
1º Erik Lake – Ebysos (Original Mix)
2º Hot Since 82 Vs Joe T Vannelli – The End (Original Mix)
3º Ame – Tatischeff (Original Mix)
4º Erik Lake – Hadron (Original Mix)
5º Tom Demac, Will Samson – It Grows Again (Original Mix)
6º Martina Topley Bird, Warpaint, Mark Lanegan – Crystalised (Agoria Remix (Dixon Vocal Retouch))
7º Booka Shade – Love Inc (Original Mix)
8º Veracocha – Carte Blanche (Erik Lake Neoromantic Remix)
9º Ninetoes – Finder (Supernova Remix)
10º Daddy – Accelerator (Original Mix)
11º Daddy – Memories Are Forever (Original Mix)
12º Sector 7 – Aloha (Original Mix)
Mindgamers are back from their recent stint on Frisky Radio’s world tour when they stopped off in Talinn for the guys to do an exclusive set in which they played this track for the first time. These guys need no introduction really as they are now firmly rooted within the Bonzai sound. Their new track “The Crown” comes backed up with two top notch remixes.
The Original mix gets flowing with a cool percussion led intro that builds the rhythm nicely. A superb deep bassline soon takes over the sound and matches up beautifully with a tight drum arrangement. Vocal snippets give the track a punch while the synths rise up to epic heights. On the break the levels rise yet again with wonderful strings and an awesome female vocal before crashing right back into this solid slice of progressive house, enough to raise the roof at any venue and a must for any set.
Koen Mertens has been very busy of late with a round of brilliant remixes, here he makes no exceptions as he delivers his brand of prog with another great remix. Chunky kicks fade through on the intro as the vocal sits back on top of some tight percussions. The bassline rises up in a stealthy approach and before you know it you are locked into its groove, alongside this a wall of sound is forming with huge synths stacking up on top of each other. The break does a great job maintaining the vibe and the female vocal is the perfect companion. An intense build-up gets us back into full swing, a true prog monster that is not to be missed.
UK based Lloyd Trimmer aka Cordoba is next on the remix. Lloyd has seen releases on House Proud Records and Kushtee Records. As a DJ he has played at prestigious clubs such as London’s Ministry Of Sound, The Egg and Mango, he also co-founded Substance Promotions to progress the sound of House in some of the finest venues in Hampshire and Surrey. The remix takes the prog sound a little deeper with hypnotic rhythms and a wonderful deep bass that transforms as the track drives on. Very cool FX make a big play also and work perfectly with a tight drum and percussion arrangement. Sweeping synths and subtle melodies add texture alongside clever use of the vocal samples, great stuff!
Koen Mertens aka Daddy makes an appearance on BP with “Accelerator” which comes backed up with a superb remix. Koen’s last release on Eyepatch was well received and no doubt this release will see support from all over.
The Original Mix gets us moving straight into a tech fuelled progressive groove as the intro blasts out some fine chunky kicks and tech styled percussions. A simple vocal sample adds cool textures to the sound before a deep synth riff starts to build. The bassline sets the track on fire as it churns out hypnotic rhythms. The bassline continues through the break transforming many times alongside some amazing FX work before coming right back into a full on monster tune!
Tribal Warriors is busy as always and yet again we see a side of M.I.K.E. where he gets right into the nitty gritty realm of tech on his remix. The track intros with a vocal sample and minimal percussion, out of nowhere a stunning kick blasts through as the rhythms begin to form through some tight percussions before breaking down into a fantastic French-kiss-esque bassline. The bassline relentlessly powers on drawing you in to its hypnotic rhythm while rising pads sweep through. Superbly worked track that will be a feature in many sets for sure, one to watch!
Belfast based John Manning aka one half of Brisboys, steps out on his own with a superb slice of tech with his latest offering “Feelin Alright”. John has appeared on Basiks before with his track “Pikadeli Shindig” alongside Matt Silver. He has also seen solo releases on Baroque, Future Lovers and Remedy Records to name a few. John is also very much involved with DJing and can be seen regularly at top parties.
The Original mix gets us moving with a percussive intro providing the building blocks for a solid rhythm. A thumping kick soon makes an appearance with a wonderfully deep tough bass following shortly after. Very much a techno vibe here as the beats toughen up even more, a brilliant vocal sample is perfectly placed in the arrangement and makes for a must have track in any tech set!
The Synth mix ramps up the pressure as it belts out the superb techno grooves from the original mix, except this time we are treated to a wonderfully rich deep tech/house synth line that has retro written all over it. A monster of a tune with a catchy hook that will have the floors bouncing.
Koen Mertens aka Daddy steps up to the remix plate and is fresh off the back of his last release “Hidden Mojo” on Eyepatch Recordings. Koen certainly turns up the heat with his take on the original as the beats get dirtier and the tech gets groovier. Fantastic percussion arrangement on the intro coupled with a simple vocal snippet lead us into a very raw sounding groove as the kicks come through. Deep resonating basses fill the sound as a more sinister vocal shot is delivered, cool contrasts are drawn as warm synths filter through before a huge organ sound takes control, superb stuff yet again from Daddy!
Rion Oidua is back on remix duty after two very successful remixes for Tribal Warriors on “New York To Ibiza” and Zolex’s “Vette Jahren”. The remix gets down to a full on tech groove from the get go as the intro delivers a cool percussion and vocal combi. Driving beats take hold and the rhythm get flowing effortlessly. The track builds nicely with subtle sounds and risers coming through, a great funky riff comes in and offers a real focus as the sounds combine beautifully, another fantastic delivery from Rion.
DJ and producer Koen Mertens debuts on Eyepatch with the return of his Daddy moniker and this two tracker entitled “Hidden Mojo”. Koen began his music journey on an old Atari computer and sampler. He has played at many of Belgium’s top clubs and in the late nineties he created Daddy. Soon he was picked up by Bonzai and saw two fantastic releases “Rotationz” on Bonzai Fiesta and “Raw” on Bonzai Limited. With much more in the pipeline we are excited to see what the future brings for this top class talent.
“Hidden Mojo” intros with a multitude of percussions that sets the rhythm up nicely before the kicks and bass come through solidifying groove into a stunning deep house cut. Great vocal sample used adds depth to the track and on the break a fantastic 80’s synth melody pops up in a hands-in-the-air moment. Great stuff hear and a track that will turn a few heads for sure.
“The Mojo Is Here” goes deep with a tougher edge, from the off you get locked on the groove as hypnotic rhythms take hold. Superb background FX play a big part in this track as the layers are built around it. The baseline is something to be desired as it meanders through the groove delivering quality results. In contrast to the deep vibes a melodic flute sends a brighter note to the sound, top stuff.