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After a hugely successful return to Bonzai Progressive with Mitochondria in 2016, we welcome Cortex Thrill back in 2017 with the superb Utopia which features two top notch remixes from Thorin and Fabian Jakopetz. Regarded with high esteem in the music production world Cortex Thrill’s style and sound helped shape an entire scene back in the early nineties. Throughout the years the Cortex Thrill sound has moved effortlessly with the times, right up to today it brings a unique dynamic that reverberates beautifully, slotting into progressive sets with ease. The Cortex Thrill studio remains a hub of activity with lots of work being done not only for Bonzai but for Soul Access and for the Croatian electronic music scene in general. Lots more to come out of Croatia so stay tuned for more.

The Original Mix oozes a lush progressive vibe right from the off as thick and chunky kick drums lead the way alongside crispy hit hats and tight percussion patterns. A warping bassline comes through and we find ourselves locked on to the groove that just goes deeper and deeper. Mystifying strings litter the higher frequencies as a powerful synth lead dishes out its subtle melody. On the break we’re led into a wonderfully rich soundscape full of Eastern flavour and a fantastic spoken vocal before those chunky beats come back for more. Another top notch slice from Cortex Thrill that is not to be missed.

Fresh off the back of his superb remix for Iga Dep’s Indigo, Thorin is up first on the remix here and once again he does not disappoint. You know you’re in for a serious progressive experience when this guy’s name is mentioned. Over the last number of years he has churned out many top quality originals and remixes for Bonzai Progressive and beyond with each serving up the goods in style. On the remix here Thorin goes into the progressive abyss with a solid drum section leading the way and keeping the rhythm flowing nicely. Powerful sub level basses provide a strong platform for the track to traverse as striking synth notes add texture to the sound. Tight percussions etch out intricate patterns giving the groove a cool dynamic which is complimented by the spoken vocals. Superb stuff once again from this guy, a must have no doubt.

Fabian Jakopetz is back at the helm on remix duties for Cortex Thrill – he also delivered a fantastic remix on Mitochondria, and we’ve no doubt that this one will follow suit. No stranger to Bonzai, we always get excited to hear Fabians latest offering and, thankfully, over the years there have been plenty. On this remix Fabian goes straight for the floors with a strong charge from punchy kick drums and a tight rhythmic percussion arrangement. Stuttering basses add a pacey element to the track that will definitely keep the floors moving. The synth work is outstanding and works effortlessly alongside a myriad of FX and the vocal. If you’re after a solid and powerful progressive groover for the tougher sets, then this is the one for you, not to be missed.

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The wait is finally over, Cortex Thrill aka Ivo T. Montina returns to his Bonzai home, after 20 years on hiatus, with the retro laced upfront progressive house cut Mitochondria. Ivo launched his Cortex Thrill project in 1993 on Loving Ed Records, but he was soon picked up by the expanding Bonzai Records in 1994 with his debut – Intro. A string of classic hard trance, trance and techno EP’s (Duction, Infiltration and Euphoria) followed – along with a quality remix for Jones & Stephenson’s First Rebirth – and it was during this time that he was joined by studio partner Sven Gleda. In 1995 the guys took a break and returned in 2001 with releases on various labels including the album The First Contact Death Star on Croatian label Dancing Bear. As Sven pursues other projects, Ivo took the decision to revamp Cortex Thrill and the results are simply stunning. Even though it’s been 20 years since his last Bonzai release, he is in tune with the quality sound the label offers today. As if his return isn’t good news enough, Ivo is committed to delivering more of his unique sound in future release, something we very much look forward to. For now though we invite you to Mitochondria and its two superb remixes from Fabian Jakopetz and RBA.

First up is the Original Mix and straight away you get locked on to the solid progressive groove it has to offer. After a series of synth shots and FX the track opens up into a full on driving progger full of chunky beats and a superb, deep rolling bassline. Cortex Thrill’s distinctive 90’s sound can be found within the swirling pads and the underlying acid vibe. Cool vocals are littered throughout and add to the multi layered textures of the sound. Big and ballsy stuff that straddles the border with trance, top notch indeed.

Another returnee to the Bonzai stable, Fabian Jakopetz joins us on remix duties. He is no stranger to Bonzai with a raft of releases across many of its labels and he has over 100 releases on other various labels with support from around the world. It was back in 2012 when we last seen this guy when he joined forces with Dub Way on Mellow Mode (Bonzai Basiks). Great to see him back for more and we’ve no doubt that this remix will top many charts and playlists. Here Fabian takes us on a wonderfully rich tech house trip complete with tribal drums and a superb synth section. The drums stand out brilliantly and are led by a thumping kick drum while crispy hats and various other percussions work their magic to deliver a solid rhythm. The synth play is outstanding with a myriad of sounds converging to create a real sense of darkness. Excellent stuff once more from this super talented artist, not to be missed.

RBA debuts on Bonzai Progressive with a superb remix that is dripping with serious progressive vibes. On the remix here we get drawn into a deep progressive groove right from the get go. The intro boasts a pulsing bass note that hooks you in before a chunky kick drum comes along and gets things moving. Organic fuelled synths dish out a wonderfully textured riff that is mixed brilliantly with the superb vocals and gritty bass tones. A deep, dark monster for sure, this one will turn a few heads.

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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.


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Another week, another show! Here is Fabian Jakopetz with a excellent 60-min mix

Tracklisting – Episode 131 – mixed by Fabian Jakopetz:

1º Fabian Argomedo & Altamirano – Spark
2º Kenny Dahl – Telecommander (Ultimate Breakers Remix)
3º David Cold & Daniman – There Is No Escape
4º Chanelle Pearl – Teka Therapy
5º Ecco – Safari
6º Oliver Knight, Hugo Jones, Diavolo – Vertigo
7º Marco Tisano – Funkyt (Just2 Remix)
8º Fab Code – Soulfood (Mingamers Remix)
9º Fabian Jakopetz – Little Johnson
10º Carlos Perez, George Privatti & Guille Placencia – Forest Jump
11º Ozgur Uzar – Weekend



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Popular Croatian DJ/producer Fabian and Munich born DJ/producer Dub Way join forces to bring us a serious slice of funky tech house on Basiks with a couple of superb remixes. Fabian is no stranger to Bonzai with a raft of releases across many of its labels, he has over 100 releases on many many labels with support from around the world. Dub Way is equally a veteran on the scene with many quality tracks and also a lot of support from top DJ’s all over.

“Mellow Mode” is a journey that takes us back in time with its retro vibes while keeping our heads firmly rooted to today. Cool bouncy feel on the drums and percs with some quirky sounds filling the spaces, the big sound here comes from the retro funky synth, huge floorfilling groove that is gonna do well everywhere.

Turkish producer Ozgur Uzar steps up with the first remix. Ozgur has an impressive career beginning in 1994 with many successful releases under his belt. He picks up the original vibe well and applies his own take with sophistication, big focus on the drum arrangement here with a truly massive synth stab entering the arena to give us the retro touch, another banging big floor sound.

German based house music veteran Mario De Bellis is still spinning since 1979, Mario also has a lengthy discography and remix collection. His take on the original adds a hypnotic depth with a sublime drum and bass combo, cool tech sounds abound here giving this a huge clubby feel. That huge synth stab makes an appearance and a cracking job it does.


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