Recent posts: Luis Bravo
One of Monog’s best known and prolific artists returns with more deep tech goodness for our listening pleasure. Luis Bravo delivers his two track Bubbles & Dues EP and once more we’re blown away with this guys’ creativity and professional approach. He stands out as a highly respected artist in his field, striving to maintain quality sounds in everything he does and this is evident just by listening to his work. His last appearance on Monog was back in November 2015 on remix duties for Pulse8’s Feel the Way EP, delighted to have him back for more.
Bubbles sets off with a silky smooth warm vibe that slowly builds up into a solid slice of deep techno goodness. A tight drum arrangement leads the charge which is backed up by shuffling hats that generate a fine flowing rhythm. The low end dominates here though, those bass melt into the groove beautifully and are accompanied by perfectly placed percussions for maximum effect. A classic vibe can be felt off this one, a floor mover for sure.
Dues opens with crispy hats and sharp claps that form up into a cool rhythmic shuffle. Nice and chunky kick drums soon follow with a deep pounding bass in tow. The drums here are exquisite, they’re tightly packed into a solid arrangement that flows effortlessly. The techno groove just oozes out of this one thanks to some gritty synths and that huge bass. A nicely building track that will be a welcome addition to any late night techno set.
Rogerio Romao and Micael Dias aka Pulse8 debut on Monog with the superb Feel The Way EP. This exciting project was born out of a collaboration between two artists with very different backgrounds and influences. They’ve joined together to create a unique sound that is not bound by genres, but purely good taste. They utilise various media formats in their DJ sets to deliver their intricate mixes filled with quality sounds that create emotions and tell a story. Great to have the guys on board and we hope to see more from them soon.
First up we have the Original Mix which intros with a nice punchy kick drum and some cool crispy hats that are soon joined by snappy claps to really get the rhythm flowing. A wonderful deep probing bass lurks on the low end settling us into a solid groovy mover. The vocals really stand out here and offer great character to the sound. As the layers build we find ourselves totally hooked into this one as it hypnotises our senses. Superb stuff that will definitely be a welcome addition in any set.
The Dub Mix offers up the same deep exploration as the Original but with minimal vocal and a slightly darker tone. Still a must have track that will beef up any late night grooving set.
Portuguese DJ and producer and a Monog firm favourite Luis Bravo delivers his fantastic remix. We last saw Luis back in March with his remix of Kruno Kereta’s Ball & Chain EP, although he has shown up on various compilations for Bonzai and on Monog’s 5 year celebration – Monog Records 5 Years Side By Side. Always a pleasure getting this guys work in the inbox and we are sure to see much more from him in the future. The remix sets out with a real cool urbanised theme as punchy kicks join crispy hats and a distant vocal that echoes in and out. A lush, warm chord teases us as the percussions start to ramp up the rhythm. The vocals sit perfectly within the sound here and keep you locked on to the narrative throughout. The bass takes all the glory here, a smooth, deep subby pulse that will really shake up the bass bins no doubt. A top notch slice of deep techy house that is a must have track for your collection.
Monog Records gets ready to celebrate 5 years of music, and to mark this tremendous milestone we have put together some of its finest moments, all wrapped up in a tasty package filled with deep grooving house and techno. From the outset Monog’s goal was as simple as can be, to make quality music without focusing on the genre or style, this still rings true today. In September 2015 the label reached its 50th quality cut and the future looks good for another half century with head honcho Joal at the helm. 5 Years Side-By-Side features track and remixes from talented artists including Dominic Smith, Luis Bravo, Kruno Kereta, Eat Dust, HedUbble, Jazzman Wax, Iban Montoro, E-Klash, Alan Castro, Tito Ferreira, Oliver Maier, Roland’Sousa and of course Joal. Come and join us in our celebration with tracks that are guaranteed to get your party into full swing.
Kick off your summer in style with our bumper compilation, Ibiza 2015. If you’re looking for an all round package that will fill all your dance floor needs, then look no further. We’ve meticulously selected 52 of the very best cuts from the worlds of Techno, Tech House, Progressive House and Deep House and everything in between, for your aural pleasure. Tracks and remixes come from top artists such as Fatal Error, Airwave Breaks, Samotarev, Max Magnum, Nico Parisi, Dark Soul Project, Mathov, Fe Malefiz, Matan Caspi, Wild Guess, Yuriy From Russia, Altek, Edwin Van Cleef, Moshic, Audio Noir, Alex Vidal, Neptun 505, E.F.G, Stiven Rivic, Rick Pier OiNeil, Blufeld, Manu Riga, Napalm, D-phrag, Ewan Rill, Casper, Miika Kuisma, Luminescent, Phi Phi, Roddy Reynaert, Kintar, Rise and Fall, Toral, Lagho, Matt Holliday, Quadran, Relaunch, Philthy Chit, Tribal Warriors, Michael & Levan, Quivver, Haran Karabalut, Ozan kanik, D-unity, Parga, Bhoo, Dirtyplan, Ab-Q, Manni, Mindgamers, Nico Ferrero, Crocy, Brett Lawrence, Thorsten Hammer, Vincent Esperanza, Pandeo, Art Sparks, Cerillo, Mr. Beat, Ecco, Kruno Kereta, Luis Bravo, Mend, Filta Freqz, Charles Ramirez, Gary DF, Arche, Oz Romita and Francesco Dinoia. The perfect collection to boost your set on the terraces, the beaches and the clubs, cue it up.
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My House Is Your House delivers its 11th incarnation filled with the very best Techno, Deep House and Tech House on offer. 20 of the finest cuts have been selected for your listening pleasure with tracks and remixes from the likes of Ecco, Johnny Deep & Pierre lusithingy, Charles Ramirez & J.Nandez, Kunda, GgDex, Mr. Beat, Luis Bravo, King & Johnston, Rion Oidua, Tali Freaks, Ivan Masa, Art Sparks, Eric Powa B, Nouskynousk, Son of Gabriela, Leandro Silva, Jazzman Wax & Iban Montero, Charles Ramirez & Stan Garac, TMRP, Bonetti, Filta Freqz and Thermo & DJ Phase. The perfect fodder to keep any party rocking, you will definitely want this in your collection.
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Portuguese DJ and producer Luis Bravo returns to Monog with the superb Switch Dance EP. We last saw Luis back in December 2013 with Yin which went down a storm all over. Since then he has notched up a very impressive release count across many labels including Hi Profile Recordings, Au Records, Dopplegaenger, Minar Records and HiFi Stories. Switch Dance also comes with two fantastic remixes from Dominic Smith and Kruno Kereta.
Up first we have the Original Mix which gets right into a deep rooted groove from the get go. Chunky kicks are joined by a warm pulsating synth alongside cool and crisp hats. Stark, harsh sounds litter the groove and bring a slice of tech into the vibe while some very cool spoken vocals provide a thought invoking narrative. The tracks layers continue to build bringing a real deep groove that will keep floors on the move no doubt.
Irish DJ and producer Dominic Smith steps up for remix duty and delivers a sublime deep house experience. Dublin resident Dominic has been a fan of dance music for a long time, in 2010 he got into House music and spent time dissecting the many sub-genres that exist. The results of this are his unique blend of Deep House and Tech House which has been snapped up by labels including Midnight Express Records, Vision Collective Recordings and Depaart to name just a few. In 2011 he gained attention from Dublin’s House music scene and soon found himself behind the decks at top venues across the city. On the remix the intro boasts a smooth and groovy vibe as well rounded kicks are joined by a surreal pad that rises beautifully into the sound. Cool FX on the vocal dominates a short break before we get into the main sound with sharp hats and a dancey rhythm. Sweeping synth shots litter the sound beautifully as this relentless groover powers on. A definite must have track in your box.
Croatian producer Kruno Kereta returns to Monog on remix duty and is fresh off the back of debut, Disquiet EP. On the intro we get thrust into a monstrous groove as punchy kicks are lined up against a harsh sinister bass. Vocal one shots crop up alongside a building percussion section and cool metallic sounding FX. The bass sits back perfectly and allows the percussive elements to build into a cool flowing rhythm as synth stabs filter through. A merciless trek into the deeper side of House that will not disappoint.
3rd installment in the Tech House Toolbox series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Joal, Sa.Du, Daniele Breschi, Charles Ramirez, Stan Garac, Haustuff & Leesboon, Ricardo Albuquerque, Paul Rudder, Mylan, Manoah, Ivan Masa, Daniele Kama, Cele, June Lopez, Furniture Crew, Tommy Hogunz, Joshua Puerta, Cihan Mareno, Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax, Iosupescu Lucian, Mess & Juice, Alex Satry, Johnny Deep (aka Yonathan Dahan), Alfredo Mena, Danny Murphy, Pandeo, Mr Drew, Luis Bravo, Khaan, Dj Berkin, Judith La Loba, Eat Dust and Mend.
Luis Bravo is the artist behind Yin EP and, once again, what a wunderfull job he made here! Three tracks are making the package: The “Original mix”, the “Original 6am Mix” and the “ELEME3NT Mix”.
“Yin” is the other part of our already released “Yang EP” from Luis, so you will find some similar approach here: An outstanding groove and a chord that goes on and on making the mood. The Original 6am mix is a more “darker” version of the main mix.
At last but not least, we invited our artist ELEM3NT to make his magic with a remix for “Yin” and what an hell of a work he made! A lot of influence of Detroit techno, a very powerfull groove but with the subtile chords, so characteristic from the original mix! Well done ELEME3NT!
Bonzai are proud to welcome Elements Records as part of their ever expanding label family. Portuguese outfit Elements Records will no doubt be another main player in the world of deep, dark, and tribal-esque tech beats. To mark this new venture we have a superb three tracker entitled “Alpha EP” with tracks from three top notch Portuguese producers hailing out of.
First up is Pedro Goya with “How Soon You Forget”. Pedro has been responsible for a slew of stunning works across many labels including Eyepatch Recordings, Bonzai Basiks, Piston Recordings, Bonzai Elemental and Moma. But most notably he has carved a solid niche from within his own label Troia Recordings, which he launched in 2007 and is still going strong today. This track delves straight into the darker side with muted kicks and distant percussions alongside a deep rising pad that gets you hooked from the off. The track continues to build with an expertly crafted myriad of percussive elements that add a strangely tribal feeling, top notch stuff.
Fragoso is up next with the awesome “Profundo”. Lisbon based Fernando Fragoso has been developing his own techno and house styles since 2000. He has been a regular feature on many labels including AU Records, Bonzai Basiks, Mint & Mustard, Howz Choons, Monog Records and Bonzai Progressive. The track intros with a fantastic spoken vocal with whispering tones, in the background an amazingly lush deep synth fades through accompanied with sweeping FX. A nice and solid chunky kick blends in perfectly before more noted synths start to fill the sound. Cool hats and percussions form a steady rhythm as the vocal resonates before breaking down to just the voice and swirly sounds. The vibe kicks back into a full on deep and dark house groove that will be a feature on many playlists for sure, excellent stuff!
Luis Bravo rounds up this stunning EP with “Lotus”. Luis is another top rated Portuguese producer with releases across various labels such as Bonzai Progressive, Bonzai Basiks, Eyepatch Recordings, Nouzone Music, Minar Records and most notably Monog Records. “Lotus” intros with a smooth kick and bass combi while a cool percussion arrangement builds into flowing rhythms. Wonderful synths play out a hypnotic groove alongside a brilliantly tweaked vocal sample. The track boasts an awesome array of blips and blops that adds textures to a tightly arranged composition. Deep and dark and a must for any late night session.
7th installment in the My House Is Your House series, this time with original tracks and remixes from Shades Of Gray, Rogerio Martins, In2Deep & Fultone, Accatone, Dimitry Liss, Ed Lee, Oushanmete, DJ Mishakov, Fauvrelle, Project KF, Oliver Maier, Rick Wade, Sebastien Desay, Sensoreal, JR From Dallas, Lurob, Daniel Ray, Victor Maximiliano, Luis Bravo, Michael Berklin and Chanelle Pearl.
Fifth installment in the Deep Worx series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Joal, Piek, Lights Electronika, Valeria Croft, Dimitry Liss, Rogerio Martins, Scrub, Jon Sine, Ariel R, Oraa, Ecco, Maertz, Luis Bravo, Jon Sweetname, Charles Ramirez, Marc Cotterell, Felipe L, Ittai Barkai, Marcelo Nassi, Ahautzab and Rob McCarthy.
Sixth installment in the My House Is Your House series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Matan Caspi, Rogerio Martins, Piek, Efron, Accatone, Joal, Luis Bravo, GarcyNoise, Electric Bastards, Dimitry Liss, Daniele Kama, Ecco, Wonji, Kike Mayor, Charles Ramirez, Chanelle Pearl, Oraa, Brett Lawrence, Rob McCarthy and Crocy.
Luis Bravo doesn’t need any presentations! It’s our “boy”, due to his constant great work and dedication, he conquered a well deserved central figure in our label. This time he presents his third EP with us called “Now is too late”, composed by two original tracks (“Now is” and “Too Late”). Both tracks are very well representative of his work: An addictive groove, simple structure, a good amount of creativity and an astonishing atmosphere! Monog Records :: Till Dance Tear Us Apart
“Yang” is the name of our newest EP from our family member Luis Bravo. After the sucess of “Today” EP, Luis is back with two ground breaking original tracks. The Original Mix of “Yang” is a great representation of what he do best: Deep and hypnotic atmosphere, a powerfull groove some small touch of funk here and there and simplicity at his most perfect state! On the other hand we have “Urban Sailor”, a deep tech house track that will delight the most exquisit dancefloors! A Strong groove, delicated rhode chords and a “loopy” vocal that will be around your head for the next few hours. And at last but not least, we are proud to have with us Mike Kings again! The last time he released at Monog, his remix of Joal “Tones and Stuff” was reviewed on Dance TV Show and received a lot of very good feedbacks around the world! Just listen and see for your self what I’m talking about.