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Our Afterhour Trax compilation series continues its dominance of the progressive world with instalment number 15. Set your mind to be invaded by some of the very best progressive house grooves around from highly regarded labels including Bonzai Progressive, Sudam, Mistique Music and Green Martian. The artist roster for this edition features artists at the top of their game including the likes of, Airwave, Monojoke, TFC, Alex Vidal, Kintar, Alfonso Muchacho, Audio Noir, 21Street, Greenage,+Ewan Rill, Phi Phi, Loquai, Mathov, Napalm & Dphrag, One Man Groove, Moshic, Diego Ferran, David Duque, Mendexx, Manu Riga, Simos Tagias & Billy Alex, Michael A, Dj Fire, Progress Inn, Thorin, Mark Found, Emlab and Seamless Beat. Get your groove on with these top notch cuts, we promise you will not be disappointed.
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E.F.G. aka Oleg Szyszkin and Neptun 505 aka Marcin Stepien join forces for the stunning Followed By Eye on Green Martian. Oleg got into the electronic sound in the late 90’s through listening to the likes of The Prodigy and Fatboy Slim. In 2005 he got into Trance and Tech Trance before finding Techno and groovy deep basses. His aim is to merge these two worlds and ultimately define his own E.F.G sound. This journey has taken him far and wide with slots on many radio stations including Insomnia FM, Proton Radio and Houseradio. A part of the Electronic Tree Crew, he has also worked on many other labels. Marcin is no stranger to the GM stable, his last outing, Zulu EP which showed off his tribal style and was very well received. He has worked extensively with many artists over the years including many times with Oleg, they even debuted together back in 2008 with Trainman Of Switzerland. An exciting duo with plenty to offer and we hope to see more from these guys soon.
The title track, Followed By Eye, gets us moving with a smooth progressive house vibe that strolls along effortlessly carrying you along for the ride. The intro boasts a distant percussion and drum pattern as vibrato strings bring a rich sound. Tribalistic drum patterns emerge and get the rhythm flowing before a deep throbbing bass takes over the sound. Smooth melodic phrases are splattered across the sound beautifully and give a nice warm glow to the track. The break reveals a super sweet melodic sequence complete with rising strings and excellent voices that add a great character to the sound. The perfect remedy for the Winter months, this track will be hot ticket on the floors no doubt.
Mindtrip is aptly titled as right from the off we are attacked by a pounding kick with strange rising synths flowing through. A distinctive spoken vocal lurches out and the track breaks to reveal a surreal sequence of mixed sounds that really penetrate the mind. Those chunky kicks are joined by a round of slapped drums that bring a tribal element to the groove. On the main break, just when you thought the track couldn’t get any more trippy, we are faced with an ever rising wall of strings and pads alongside that deep voice which will blow your mind. A superb slice of mind melting prog here that is a must have.
Debut appearance on Green Martian for Dofamine with Zero, which comes backed up with two superb remixes. July 2014 saw Dofamine get a foothold on the scene with Warm on Stripped Digital with subsequent releases on Stripped Recordings and Inmost Records. Well worth keeping any eye on this rising talent.
On the Original Mix you can expect to get a helpful dosing of smooth grooves nicely packaged in a summery vibe. The intro brings a solid rhythmic flow as tight beats do their thing while a side-chained synth creates a warm texture through the sound. A deep bass drone beefs up the groove and takes us straight to the dancefloor for an ass shakin boogie. The track settles into a smooth progressive house groove leaves us wanting more, superb stuff.
One name that keeps cropping up on remix rosters is the veritable Kevin Vega. Known for his tight, professional remixes, we are delighted to see him around the Bonzai HQ once more. His last outing was back in March 2014 with Andromeda and since then he has been in great demand for remix duty. On top of all that, his track Consolidate featured on the chart topping Bonzai & Friends Underground Progressive Collection. The remix here strips down the original and injects that Vega magic which highlights the progressive elements so beautifully. A nice, restrained kick is joined by subtle percussions that make for a steady flowing rhythm. Simple and effective synth melodies start to ease into the sound as the bass bubbles up from below to add a warm touch to the sound. An infectious hook takes over and you find yourself locked into this pure progressive groove. The break zones in on the melodic flavours of the track before we are led right back into full on mode for the duration. Top notch yet again from Kevin.
Green Martian favourites Kindred Spirits hit the remix desk with another fine example of their progressive house brand. May 2014 saw their track Close Up get a great reception from many quarters. Here they bring the remix to life with a very cool percussion led intro that builds up to a nice punchy kick to get the groove on the move. A strong multi-layered bassline comes through as funky keys bring out beautiful textures. This leads up to a sweet piano overlay that is joined by sweeping, rich pads. The break digs deeper into the progressive abyss while keeping a firm grip on those cool house grooves. A definite must have track that will warm up the coldest winter days.
Aktau, Kazakhstan based Bazurik aka Arthur Yessekenov debuts on Green Martian with the fantastic two tracker entitled Streets. The Original Mix intros with a strong punchy kick, crispy sharp hats and a smooth melodic arp that rises and falls to the backdrop of cool synth stabs. The track warms up beautifully as a lush, plucked bassline takes over bringing a wonderful depth to the sound. Swirling pads cascade around in the back and a superb melody gets the goosebumps rising. On the break we are left with those wonderful pads and a subtle guitar sequence. The bass comes back again and leads us into the main groove for the duration resulting in a super smooth progressive groover, top notch stuff.
Aivengo makes his Green Martian debut with this superb remix filled with all the goodness of sweet melodic house music. The intro brings a nice punchy kick with cool percussions filling up the space before a deep and warm bass joins the party alongside sharp high scale piano plinks and plonks. The piano melodies evolve beautifully as deeper chords make an appearance giving off wonderful contrasts and lush textures. The break reveals some very cool and uplifting pad sequences that build up to a brilliant climax, thrusting us back into the main groove. Superb stuff and a track that is definitely not to be missed.
TFC is back, this time on our Green Martian imprint with My Superman. His first outing was on Bonzai Progressive with Joey.L back in the summer and gained lots of support.
First up we have the Original Mix of My Superman which intros with a smooth round of percussions that get the rhythmic juices flowing right from the off. A deep resonating sub bass rattles the sound before a tight punchy kick comes through. Rising FX takes us into the first break where a wonderful melodic sequence brightens up the groove with the help of a sumptuous vocal that captivates the mind with its tale of wonder. A euphoric feeling floats over the whole sound in the most beautiful way while retaining a progressive house groove. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Swiss producer Louis Desero returns to Green Martian with an outstanding remix on My Superman. We last saw Louis in July with his Oriental Breeze which enjoyed a great response across the board. Here he intros the remix with a beautifully melodic sequence as a touch of melancholy creeps in through the vocal. Sweeping pads and arps fade away and reveal a brilliant bassline that meanders through the sound perfectly. Nice chunky kicks set the rhythms loose as percussive elements find their way. Stunning melodies come back into the sound with a vengeance as the vocal delivers its sweet nothings. A true progressive vibe lies at the heart of the track and will definitely make this a must have in any set.
Next up we have the Original Mix of Running Away with its big and brash synths that give it a big room appeal. The intro boasts those big synths that set the tone perfectly for the track and they are soon joined by punchy kicks and a deep throbbing bass that just sits at the low end allowing the synths to take the glory. The track offers up a truly awesome melodic display through big synth sequences that will surely have the floors pumping. On the break the synths subside a little to reveal a nice and simple vocal strain that ties the melodies up beautifully. Very cool uplifting sound that will appeal to many and will no doubt gain a lot of attention.
Digital Department serve up the remix for Running Away and do a great job for sure. We last saw Digital Department in June this year with You Put A Spell featuring Cara Leigh, and no doubt this time around we will be treated to more of the same top quality vibes. The intro sets off with a sharp clap and a rising pads that give way to a filtering kick that turns into a superb pounding thump. Those pads continue to formulate a surreal vibe and really dig deep into your mind. Out of the blue the most warmest bass takes over and adds a beautiful quality to the sound. On the break the melodies shine alongside the brilliant vocals and are complimented with a big break beat pattern. This is a monster of a track that will leave you wanting more with every listen, not to be missed.
Russian producer Reflection Soul aka Robert Besmaternykh delivers another fine progressive house cut for Green Martian with this two tracker entitled Colours. His last outing April (Dreams) back in the Summer had made a great impact with support coming in from many quarters. Much more to come from this guy and worth keeping an eye on.
Colours intros with a smooth rhythmic drum arrangement as punchy kicks are joined by sharp percussions that really get the track on the move. Offset vocal samples crash into the sound alongside a pulsing pad that just sits perfectly at the back. The big hitter here is that bassline with its deep throbbing grooves that fill the sound beautifully. Melodic synths take over bringing a wonderful house vibe to the track. The break lets loose on the melodies as they converge into wall of sound that is broken by the warm tones on the bass. A very cool driving groove that will get featured on many sets no doubt.
Leak intros with a mish mash of percussions that form up brilliantly into a cool rhythmic flow. Snappy kicks punch through and are joined by a beautiful rising pad that brings subtle melodic flavours along for the ride. The percussions steadily build and culminate in a furious arrangement that binds the track together brilliantly. The bassline sits back and delivers it subtle tones to great effect allowing the brighter elements to dominate. The break unleashes the full wrath of melodies this track has to offer in a euphoric sequence filled with lots of sounds and a hair raising vocal sample. A wonderful display of melodic house that will turn a few heads on the dancefloor.
Lonely Sun & Nicolas Agudelo deliver their latest cut Robotronica, which is backed by two superb remixes. The guys’ last outing Aurora Storm saw great support at the start of this year, since then they have remixed Nico Parisi’s Napoli By Night among other things as they continue to deliver top quality at every turn.
First up is the Original Mix which intros with a nice punchy kick and a sweeping pad that cascades beautifully through the track. A smooth and subtle bass sits perfectly in the groove allowing those pads to shine. Crispy hats and sharp claps gather pace and give of a cool rhythmic vibe. The break is a beautifully constructed sequence filled with those cascading pads as well as subtle melodic phrases and sweet sounding vox before getting back into the main groove with a very cool arp sequence in tow. Top notch stuff and an absolute delight to listen to, a must have.
The Dub Mix provides a slightly modified arrangement with an emphasis on extended drum patterns and less vox. The same upbeat vibe as the original with just a few subtle changes.
Onez!e steps up for remix duty and delivers an epic take. Onez!e debuted back April this year with This Is Dream and subsequently remix Chris Harris’ What’s Left Of Them with much support on both. Here he beefs up the groove with a fantastic uplifting progressive house workout. A solid percussion led intro paves the way for a big chunky kick that really gets the track on the move. The track progresses with a superb arp that fades in bringing its warm glowing presence into the groove. Cool transitions bring many wonderfully constructed elements to the sound. The droning bass tone is the perfect companion for those arps and comes to prominence on the break where the melodies shine alongside that wistful vox. Just the tonic for those Autumn parties where the Summer blues can be washed over.
July 2014 saw TFC debut on Bonzai with Joey.L with great support coming in, delighted to see him back on remix duty. The intro sets of with a cool bass sequence as melodic arps fade through alongside sweeping vox sounds. Nice chunky kicks join in followed by crispy hats as the rhythms begin to form. A mesmerizing ahh vox takes centre stage here as you find yourself drawn to its lulling nature. The break is a superb collection of strings, pads, FX and more, culminating in a euphoric sequence. Top quality stuff that will be featured in many sets no doubt.
Lastly we have Aquamatica which intros with a very cool bass pulse and rhythmic percussions. A nice punchy kick sets the track on course as the bass begins to transform into a much tougher version. The first break unleashes a fantastic arp filled with warm tones and melodic flavours that transform and filter beautifully. The bass is the big player here as it takes on many facets keeping the groove flowing. On the main break we get a smooth melodic sequence that takes us back to the main track for the duration. Excellent stuff destined to be a big hitter among many.
Afterhour Trax is now in its 14th instalment and continues to deliver the finest collection of the deepest progressive grooves around. 20 carefully selected essential cuts from 6 top rated labels including Bonzai Progressive, Mistique Music, Green Martian, JOOF and Kunai are the perfect recipe for extending your party well into the small hours and beyond.
Afterhour Trax 14, out this week on Green Martian, is featured by Beatport in the Staff Picks at the Progressive House genre page!
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