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MANU RIGA – SURROUNDED (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Prolific Belgian artist Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens delivers his stunning new debut album Surrounded, and after a while in the making we can say that this has been well worth the wait. 12 beautifully rich and deeply intimate tracks will lift you up and carry you along on a rollercoaster of emotions, as the title suggests you’ll be surrounded by a mixture of dark and beautiful moments, leaving you with plenty to think about. From First Steps through to Immortal Sins and Urge To Live, to the wonderfully chilled Forgotten, all the bases are covered in this one. On top of that, and exclusive to the album, Adriaan has created a deft transitional mix of tracks which includes special edits of tracks from the album that will both inspire and move. We spoke to Adriaan briefly regarding the album and we got the impression of just how much of himself he has put in. The last year was a tough one to say the least, but he battled through and produced the goods as he always does, and he also managed to churn out multiple remixes along the way. It’s with great pleasure that we present this album to you and we have no doubt you will find it to be an expertly crafted and emotionally charged piece of work.

The album intros with the exquisite First Steps which takes us on a surreal journey through a deeper curve in the Manu Riga sound. Swirling pads swell up against a backdrop of soft percussions as a strong voice comes through. A wonderfully deep droning bass fills the low end while an array of melodies float overhead. You get a sense of taking your first steps in life as the groove envelops your soul taking you deeper. A track that flourishes with expectations invoking deep thoughts, top notch.

Moments Of Sobriety is up next and tells the story of being on autopilot in life, having a sudden awareness, a realisation making you think of life around you and the important things. The track opens with a cool punchy kick and is surrounded by layering percussions that form into a solid rhythmic sequence. A wonderful sequence follows as a Turkish Oud plays out its rich melodic sound to the backdrop of some cool sweeps and FX. A fantastic bassline sits perched on the low end and moves effortlessly through this sea of melodies, driving the track forward. The break is a beautifully constructed kaleidoscope of sound which is joined by some stunning hair raising vocals that deliver a haunting groove.

Migrations represents a cycle of change in the Manu Riga journey as he took the huge step in moving countries which in itself can be quite a daunting experience. It also highlights milestones in his life which remain personal to him. The track opens with a nice punchy kick drum as various percussions start to creep in. A deep and probing bassline rears its head and creates a nice warm groove for the track to build on. Darker elements begin to show as the layers build and we soon find ourselves totally hooked on the sound. Wonderfully lush pads contrast brilliantly against sharper pads that mesmerize throughout. On the break we get drawn into a beautiful melodic sequence that would seem to have come straight out of a movie score complete with a stunning poem recited in sultry tones before we’re blasted right back into full on mode. Simply outstanding.

Indigenous Rights is up next and is a depiction of the destruction of a culture and a celebration of cultural aspects that remain strong through dedication and determination. The track intros with a nice chunky kicks and rhythmic hat alongside a fading in bass pulse. We get a glimpse of some beautiful melody from the superb vocal snippets and swirling pads and strings that mesmerize throughout. The pulsing bass is soon joined by a much grittier but very subtle wub wub bass that works perfectly within the track. The track takes a short break to prepare for one of the stars of the show, those stunning vocals which carry Vietnamese origins. As the title suggests we get treated to some of the most beautiful chants that takes us up to the main break where a powerful poetic vocal rings out and sends shivers down your spine.

The title track is up next and represents all that the album and its creator stands for, the feeling of being Surrounded in a world of unknowns, enveloped by darkness with the walls closing in and the impending anxiety that follows. The track is a dark affair with a morbid undertone that comes through brilliantly in the sound. Chunky kick drums and sparse percussions make way for the bass to rule the show here with its probing tentacles weaving into every crevice of the groove. Throughout the track a superb vocal from Mimi rings out as she narrates the story of the darkness. On the break though is where the track goes deeper with those stunning strings and pads telling their own story. Another superb cut from Manu Riga that will appeal to many no doubt.

Immortal Sins is up next and was written by Adriaan to reference the past and the sins against the tribes of the world. This track is a way of trying to repair the sins of our ancestors and with such an epic feeling to it we’re sure that this one will create the space in your mind to consider all that has gone before us and how we can make things better. The intro boasts a solid kick drum that is soon joined by shuffling hats and a teasing arps that lie in wait ready to pounce. Beautifully crafted pads and strings float overhead creating a mesmerizing sequence while a deep probing bassline works its way into the groove. On the break the tribal elements come through with stunning chants against a backdrop of tight drums and ethnic instruments. Excellent stuff once more, not to be missed.

Cry To Oblivion is a cry for help, it’s a crying out in pain, a scream. Feeling powerless and helpless Adriaan sat down and brought together his old Manu Riga style against the new Manu Riga style with a hope to create something new. The track has a dark flowing progressive groove made up of tight beats and ethnically charged instruments topped off with distant voices and bright piano keys. The break blends all these elements beautifully taking us deeper into the sound. The short vocal was provided by Irish DJ and Bonzai’s music reviewer and copy writer Brian Doran. After a long friendship Adriaan wanted him to be a part of his album and so he asked for the vocal. This vocal depicts the change in style for Manu Riga, a new dawn which is evident throughout the track. Another must have cut for the late night progressive sessions.

Urge To Live was written when Adriaan became sick, portraying fear and uncertainty. The intro is filled with a sense of dark, of hopelessness. Chunky kicks are backed with a raw hypnotic sound that is joined soon after by a deep punchy bassline that dominates the low end. Melancholic piano chords come through and takes us deeper while beautiful strings fleet across the sound. As the track evolves we see a light at the end of the tunnel. On the break we see sweeter melodies introduced along with a captivating vocal bringing a sense of hope, an urge to live that culminates in an epic fight for survival style composition. A simply wonderful piece of music that will give listeners a chance to reflect and get lost in the essence of the sound.

Next up we have I Don’t Need You which is a superb slice of progressive house that will sit perfectly in any set. It’s a track about realising one day that you don’t need someone after years of believing that they’re all you had, something personal to Adriaan once again in which he was able to translate into music. The track is solid, it carries a strong groove that will make you move and open your eyes at the same time. The intro is made up of a probing bass and scattered percussions that come together to form a tight rhythm alongside a nice punchy kick drum. Cool melodies rise up in an intricate arp form and are consistent throughout the track. The main break is dominated by that superb bass as it pulsates and transforms before melting away and then coming back with a bang as the track goes back into full on mode. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss.

Get Me Down is the new Manu style, he is reconnecting to his roots in house music to bring a more clubby vibe to his sound. The track is big and brash and will definitely compete on the floors with its solid groove and superb vocals. Big punchy kick drums are at the forefront with crispy hats on the offset alongside a tight drum arrangement. The bass warps brilliantly and is the perfect accompaniment for that vocal. The break reveals some expert LFO manipulation on the synths creating a harsh, raw sounding element in the groove. One to watch out for here, this one will not disappoint.

The penultimate track, When The Day Is Gone, was a painful track for Adriaan to get through. He was going through different emotions, a sense of when the day is gone it’s gone and to try and enjoy everything while you can. The track does a great job of getting right into emotions, not least with the outstanding vocal and the heavy piano chords. The drum arrangement makes for a smooth rhythmic flow while the vocal and the piano create wonderful textures and colours. The break is a melancholic affair with a sweet melody against the harsher vocal before crashing back into the main track for the duration. A definite must have track, not to be missed.

To round off this simply outstanding album we have Forgotten featuring Fe Malefiz. This one is special, not only a special mix – Last Day On Earth Mix – but a special message from Manu Riga to the world. You are invited to listen, listen to the poem for yourself and take your message from within. The track is a beautiful cinematic chillout piece that creates magical colours and allows you to lose yourself in the beauty of the music. Just listen, because nobody wants to be forgotten.

#manuriga #bonzaiprogressive #femalefiz #mimi

13 June 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BONZAI BASIK BEATS 300 – MIXED BY MANU RIGA & MATT HOLLIDAY

DJ and producer duo Manu Riga and Matt Holliday return to the Bonzai Basik Beats aiways for their second stint on guest mix duties. Both guys continue to dish out top quality tunes for the likes of Bonzai Progressive and JOOF. 2016 has already proven to be a big year for these two with Manu Riga unleashing his album Surrounded (June 2016) while we await Matt’s first album on JOOF Aura. In the mix today you can expect nothing more that pure progressive sounds with tracks and remixes from the likes of Srinavas, Antone Make, Michael A, Matt Lange, Rick Pier O’Neil, Alejandro Manso, Khen and a special track from Manu Riga.

Tracklisting – Episode 300: mixed by Manu Riga & Matt Holliday

1º Srinivas – Profound (Original Mix)
2º Jose Tabarez – Stardust (Antone Make Remix)
3º Pedro Aguiar – Ego Tripping (Guy J Remix)
4º Michael A – Azimuth (Original Mix)
5º Matt Lange – Falling Into Place (Original Mix)
6º C9 – A1T8 (Rick Pier O Neil Aka Rpo Remix Part 2)
7º Graham Lloris – Dependalejandro Manso Dark Suit Remix)
8º Kay-D – Crossing Lights (Original Mix)
9º Khen – Bustan (Original Mix)
10º Manu Riga – White Label Promo

#bonzaibasikbeats #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga #mattholliday

 

3 June 2016 RADIOSHOWS Read more

AUDIO NOIR – IN THE MIX 02 – PROGRESSIVE SESSIONS (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Australia’s Audio Noir heads up our next In The Mix – Progressive Sessions with 2 fantastic studio mixes to whet the progressive appetite. The mysterious Audio Noir has racked up quite an impressive back catalogue on our flagship label Bonzai Progressive over the last few years. His latest slice – Progressive Tales 2 is yet another example of his musical acumen and diverse style. He always delivers the goods in original and remix formats and he is not afraid to get close to the edge when it comes to trying new things. A solid artist who has so much to give, we will definitely be seeing much more from him in the future. Part 1 of this 2 part journey takes us on a surreal trek though his musical tastes in seamless fashion. From dark beginnings filled with swirling melodies, chunky beats and haunting vocals to full on driving progressive grooves, we are treated to a superb line-up of tracks and remixes from artists such as Tru Thoughts, Moonbeam, AudioStorm, Sound Quelle, Dofamine, Manu Riga, Alex Vidal, Ewan Rill, Phi Phi & Roddy, Yuriy From Russia, Ben Coda, Forerunners and Audio Noir himself. Part 2 takes us deeper into the progressive abyss with mind bending sounds and smooth melodies on top of infectious grooves that dig deep into your soul. A super tight mix, this one stays the course with some powerful tracks and remixes from the likes of Ruslan Vashkevich, Rise and Fall, Dark Soul Project & Mathov, Nico Parisi, Prelude, Luciano Delgado, Diyo, Tommi Oskari, Manu Riga, Euphoric Traveller, Sylvering, AK/DK and Airwave. Get yourself lost in the mix and experience progressive house like never before.

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31 May 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

WINNER OF THE MANU RIGA REMIX CONTEST

With the new album of Manu Riga ‘Surrounded’ peeking around the corner already (release 13 june at Beatport) it’s time to reveal the winner of the remix contest. Firstly we’d like to thank all participants in making such a great effort in sending us truckloads of remixes, lot’s of really good remixes, unfortunately there can only be 1 winner who’s remix will be part of the remix album that will be released shortly after the original album. The jury has decided on CJ Art as the winner, with Chris M and Enlusion as runner ups. Goodie bags will be sent out soon !!!

#manuriga #bonzaiprogressive #cjart #chrism #enlusion

18 May 2016 UPDATES Read more

CLUB TRAXX – PROGRESSIVE HOUSE 18 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Club Trax continues its mission to deliver only the finest progressive cuts straight to the floors with Progressive House 18. Over the last number of years this series has unleashed some top notch tunes, and this one is no exception. 20 superb tracks are poised and ready to be worked into your sets from a slew of top artists including Gai Barone, Manu Riga, Rise and Fall, Steve Sai, Phi Phi, Matt Holliday, Youngen, Audio Noir, Matan Caspi, Nico Parisi, Paul Kardos, Mathov and more are on hand to give you the tools that will rock your floors. The perfect arsenal for a long, sweat induced party filled with progressive gems.

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10 May 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MATAN CASPI – FRAGILE SUNRISE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Matan Caspi remains a powerful force in the progressive world and as ever he delivers the good once more with Fragile Sunrise which is backed up with no less than three stunning remixes from top class artists Manu Riga, Rick Pier O’Neil and Hady Tarek. Last time out Matan delighted with Celebrium before an appearance on the bumper Bonzai & Friends 500 Remixes pack. We’ll let the music do the talking here, enjoy.

The Original Mix is laced with all the traits we’ve come to love about Matan’s work. A real sense of deep progressiveness with wonderful lush tones and contrasting sounds. The drum sections delivers a solid rhythmic foundation for the groove to take hold. The track drives forward with a fantastic low end filled with plush, probing basses while the mid range dishes out cool synths and FX. The break reveals a superb synth line that cascades up and down before slamming us right back into full on mode. Another epic slice from this super talented artist.

First up on the remix we have Rick Pier O’Neil who is enjoying great success with various tracks on labels like 76 Recordings, Balkan Connection, Green Martian and Bonzai Progressive to name just a few. A hard working artist both DJing and in the studio, we know we’re in for a real treat when this guy is at the helm. The remix intros with a dark stab that is soon joined by a subtle bass and muted kick drum. Scathing FX come through creating a mysterious and edgy sound before the track takes off with chunky kicks and bright crispy hats. A rumbling bass takes over and we find ourselves totally locked on to the solid prog groove. As the layers build we’re hypnotised by the sound making this a sure fire weapon for the floors.

Widely regarded as a top class artist by a panel of peers across the globe, Manu Riga steps up to the remix desk with his Darkside Remix. A hugely talented and gifted artist, Adriaan Baussens has dedicated himself to music for a great number of years, this has resulted in countless tracks and remixes that continue to garner support for this Belgian native. The last year has been a tough one for this guy, but still he has managed to wow us with his works, and to top it all off he – along with Bonzai Progressive – will proudly present his much anticipated studio album, coming in around June 2016. We say thank you to Manu Riga, and in the meantime check out this superb remix. Taking a detour into the darker side of prog, Manu takes us along for the ride and right from the get go you can tell it’s gonna be epic. A swelling bass ebbs and flows as punchy kick drums are lined up against sharp hi hats. Manu’s sublime signature sound oozes out of the track as tight drums layer up into a solid rhythmic groove as the progressive elements evolve. On the break we get some cool synths alongside a deep sinister sounding vocal before crashing right back into full on mode. Another fine example of the diversity this guy can show and a definite must have track.

It’s been a while since we last saw Hady Tarek and we’re happy to see him back on remix duties here. His last outing was back in April 2015 with The Boat Effect which gained great support across the board. The remix intros with a classic styled thumping kick drum and bright crispy hat as various percussions come through with each phrase. The drum section provides a steady rhythm as cool synths begin to thrive. The big hitter here though is that bassline, a wonderful, powerful, pulsating deep low end bass that will have the bins shuddering. Throughout the track we get hooked onto a beautifully tweaked synth line that captivates as it twists and turns. Top notch stuff here you will not want to miss.

#matancaspi #bonzaiprogressive #rickpiero’neil #manuriga #hadytarek

2 May 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

SEBASTIAN BUSTO FEATURING PAULA MELICCI – TEMPTATION (GREEN MARTIAN)

Innovative Argentine DJ and producer Sebastian Busto debuts on our Green Martian imprint with the superb Temptation which features a wonderful vocal from fellow Buenos Aires native Paula Melicci. The Original Mix sets out with a cool percussion led intro before a nice and solid kick drum joins in. A lush offset bass comes through and gives the track a nice classic feel as those drums continue to build up a steady flowing rhythm. Warm pads float overhead as various one shot synths come in to tease us. The break throws up a real smooth acoustic guitar riff over a fantastic vocal from Paula that drips with charm and sophistication. A stand out track with a stunning vocal you will not want to miss.

A highly regarded figure on the circuit – Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens steps up for remix duty with his Progrezz Remix. With an ever growing fan base Manu Riga continues to ply his trade using only the finest quality sounds in everything he touches. 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting one with his first album as Manu Riga scheduled for release this Summer, and we don’t mind telling you that it is a special one. Stay tuned for more from this guy as he never disappoints. Manu beefs up the sound here as his remix takes a direct line to an in your face progressive stomper. Big powerful kicks are flanked by cool percussions that dish out a steady rhythm with a bubbling deep bassline lurking underneath. The vocals get a makeover with added dynamics as that bassline intensifies. On the break the track peters out to leave just swirling pads that soon make way for that stunning vocal from Paula. A monster track from the master, a definite must have no doubt.

Russlan Jaafreh is up next on remix duty and once again he delivers the good in style. Russlan marked his Green Martian debut back at the end of 2015 with Pluto To Mercury, which gained great support, so we drafted him in on the remix for more of his sublime progressive goodness. On the remix Russlan takes us on a smooth tripped out progressive journey filled with a plethora of sounds that blend together effortlessly. A super tight drum section leads the way and is accompanied by a warm bassline that sits perfectly on the low end commanding the groove. Paula’s vocal stands out wonderfully adding cool textures that contrast nicely with the deeper elements of the track. Great stuff that will definitely grab a lot of attention.

#sebastianbusto #paulamelicci #greenmartian #manuriga #russlanjaafreh

18 April 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MANU RIGA REMIX CONTEST!

As we are always scouting for producers with talent and a passion for music, we thought it was about time to launch a new remix contest. The winner’s remix will become part of Manu Riga’s new album which is due next summer (with remix contract) and the top 3 will receive a surprise goodie package. Interested? Click the button below to enter the remix contest.

Manu Riga was formed in 2004 by Adriaan Baussens, not long after this in 2005 he released his first single, “Good Feeling”, this rode high in the Belgium dance chart.

After sending the 2005 track “Tai Chi Girl” to Bonzai Progressive he found his new home. The label recognised the potential & appreciated his approach to music resulting in an artist deal.

Soon after this remixes for Quadran, Art Of Trance, … more were requested including remixes for Blufeld, Planisphere, LoQuai & Crocy to name just a few.

Manu Riga’s style is progressive with a touch of emotional synth & a tribal backdrop, this was evident in his release “Time In Between”. The single “No Matter What” on the same label followed with remixes from Moshic, Kintar and others. To date Manu Riga has an impressive list of releases which saw lots of support from all over the world.

With much more in the pipeline including an artist album, we will be seeing a lot more from Manu Riga very soon!

#bonzaiprogressive #manuriga

31 March 2016 UPDATES Read more

AFTERHOUR TRAX 19 FEATURED BY BEATPORT

After Hour Trax 19 offers up a fresh selection of some of the very best in deep progressive and house vibes. Enhance your personal collection or give your sets a boost from a choice of 20 infectious grooves. Tracks and remixes from the likes of John 00 Fleming, Manu Riga, Youngen, Audio Noir, Gai Barone, Mendexx, Rise and Fall, Luciano Delgado, Mathov, Alexey Lisin, Rick Pier O’Neil, Alex Vidal and Matt Holliday, among others, are on hand to satisfy your thirst for quality sounds and get the weekend moving in the right direction.

Afterhour Trax 19, out this week on Green Martian, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

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30 March 2016 UPDATES Read more

AFTERHOUR TRAX 19 (GREEN MARTIAN)

After Hour Trax 19 offers up a fresh selection of some of the very best in deep progressive and house vibes. Enhance your personal collection or give your sets a boost from a choice of 20 infectious grooves. Tracks and remixes from the likes of John 00 Fleming, Manu Riga, Youngen, Audio Noir, Gai Barone, Mendexx, Rise and Fall, Luciano Delgado, Mathov, Alexey Lisin, Rick Pier O’Neil, Alex Vidal and Matt Holliday, among others, are on hand to satisfy your thirst for quality sounds and get the weekend moving in the right direction.

#greenmartian #gaibarone #alexvidal #altek #manuriga #audionoir #rickpiero’neil #ruslanvashkevich #youngen #john00fleming #lokkavox #mendexx #dharmalogy #chandrama #alexeylisin #alexandrapride #experimentalfeelings #mattholliday #abity #riseandfall #mathov #quantus #vinceaoun #timaaron #vladad’shake #persya #seconds #lucianodelgado

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WMC MIAMI 2016 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

As the 2016 Winter Music Conference nears we decided to roll out our biggest WMC compilation to date. 70 tracks and remixes – from almost as many artists – covering all sorts of genres from Deep House to Techno and Progressive House to Tech House with sprinklings of Psy and Trance thrown in. We tapped into our vast catalogue of tracks from labels such as Bonzai Progressive, Bonzai Basiks, JOOF, Sounds R Us Recordings, Piston Recordings, Progrez, Green Martian and Eyepatch Recordings to come up with what we think is a true representation of today’s and tomorrow’s electronic music scene. Artists such as Airwave, Manu Riga, Van Czar, Phi Phi, John 00 Fleming, Blufeld, Matt Holliday, Orlando Voorn, Gai Barone, Nico Parisi, Bonnetti, Diego Alvez, Oz Romita, Crocy and House Lovin’ Criminals to name just a few are all on hand to deliver quality sounds that will definitely keep floors rocking all night long.

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GAI BARONE – WHEN IN JUNE (MANU RIGA REMIX) CHARTED BY BEATPORT

Progressive guru Manu Riga steps up to the remix desk and churns out yet another top quality cut for our aural pleasure. The remix sets off with a nice chunky kick drum with cool hats on the offset and an extra cool drum pattern in the background. A fantastic pulsing bassline gives the track a nice drive that will easily get the dance floors moving. A wonderful lead synth riff delivers a nice touch to the sound and freshens up the groove beautifully. Out of nowhere a superb cascading arp fades in and out of the sound and takes us up to the break where a cacophony of strings take over. The icing on the cake though comes in the form of a stunningly rich vocal that sends shivers down your spine before we head back into the main groove. Definitely one of Manu’s best remixes here, lots going on that will bring new experiences with each listen. This one is not to be missed.

Gai Barone – When In June (Manu Riga Remix), out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is charted by Beatport in the Must Hear Progressive House chart!

#bonzaiprogressive #beatport #gaibarone #manuriga

18 February 2016 UPDATES Read more

GAI BARONE – WHEN IN JUNE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

We welcome Gai Barone back to Bonzai Progressive and he has brought along another one of his deep progressive creations for our listening pleasure. When In June is Gai’s latest offering and comes backed up with four top notch remixes from none other than Belgian stalwarts Airwave and Manu Riga, Australia’s Audio Noir and Slovakia’s Crocy. Throw in Gai’s Italian roots and we have a hotbed of international talent that knows how to work a track.

The Original Mix intros with various percussive elements to the backdrop of a deep droning pad that builds up an air of intensity. The contrasts are stark with bright crispy hats slicing through that low tone. A nice punchy kick drum comes through and we find ourselves locked on to a sublime hypnotic vibe for the duration. The bass floats through the sound with a beautifully warm glow and gives the track that deeper grooving feeling. Just after the midway point we are introduced to some sharp, perfectly balanced strings that carry a beautiful melody as they sweep through the groove. Top notch from Mr Barone and a definite must have track.

First up on remix duty is Airwave and once again he takes us on a trek deep into progressive to the backdrop of a solid breaks groove. The remix intros with a fantastic string ensemble with a deep bass tone sitting on the low end while the subtle melodies of the strings swirl overhead. The drums burst onto the track and deliver a brilliant breaks arrangement filled with punchy kicks and snapping snares alongside stuttering hats and rides. The intensity builds as the layers form up into a wonderful energetically fuelled monster of a tune. On the break we are offered a little respite in the form of some very cool strummed guitar licks as those strings continue to linger above and below. The track climaxes and we are thrust right back into the full on progressive breaks routine for the duration. Simply awesome.

Progressive guru Manu Riga steps up to the remix desk and churns out yet another top quality cut for our aural pleasure. The remix sets off with a nice chunky kick drum with cool hats on the offset and an extra cool drum pattern in the background. A fantastic pulsing bassline gives the track a nice drive that will easily get the dance floors moving. A wonderful lead synth riff delivers a nice touch to the sound and freshens up the groove beautifully. Out of nowhere a superb cascading arp fades in and out of the sound and takes us up to the break where a cacophony of strings take over. The icing on the cake though comes in the form of a stunningly rich vocal that sends shivers down your spine before we head back into the main groove. Definitely one of Manu’s best remixes here, lots going on that will bring new experiences with each listen. This one is not to be missed.

Crocy returns and gives us another one of his deep progressive house remixes that tantalises the musical taste buds. The remix sets off with a cool chunky kick and equally cool crispy hats and rhythmic drums. A gritty bassline courses through the sound and stands in contrast to the bright melodic strings that swell up early on. The track takes on a real deep progressive edge before heading into the break where a beautifully arranged ensemble of strings rings out to lull us into their grasp. After a subtle climax we are thrust back into the main groove to get those booty’s shakin’ once more. Top notch from Crocy yet again, the perfect addition to any set.

Audio Noir is up next and rounds off this pack with his Rekonstruction that pumps out a rip roaring breaks set up. The remix intros with a superb pumping breaks drum arrangement complete with a prominent snappy snare drum and punchy kick. Shuffling hats begin to form up and we soon find ourselves hooked on the groove. In the background we get an array of FX and a gritty bass pulse, but it’s those drums that keep your ears trained with cool variations on the snare standing out perfectly. A fantastic gated synth makes a showing alongside a rising maelstrom of strings that bring a real intensity to the sound. On the break those strings burst through and shine bright before the breaks come back in with a tough acid laced bassline in tow that adds an extra level of drive to the groove. Superb stuff once more from Audio Noir, a must have in any collection for sure.

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15 February 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MANU RIGA – INDIGENOUS RIGHTS FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Belgian maestro Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens kicks off 2016 with Indigenous Rights which is taken from his much anticipated forthcoming studio album. 2015 was indeed a bumper year for this guy and we’d need quite a few paragraphs to cover everything as he was a very busy man. Aside from an exhaustive release schedule which included several original works as a solo artist and a few collaborative projects, he also churned out a raft of remixes and featured on a lot of compilations including Bonzai Progressive’s 500th release – Bonzai and Friends 500 – where he appeared three times with his own A Sense Of Hope, with Matt Holliday on As We Become One and on remix duty alongside Matt on Phi Phi’s Hiccup. Check out manu-riga.com for more and be sure to stay tuned for another fantastic Manu Riga-music filled year ahead.

Manu Riga – Indigenous Rights, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

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20 January 2016 UPDATES Read more

MANU RIGA – INDIGENOUS RIGHTS (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Belgian maestro Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens kicks off 2016 with Indigenous Rights which is taken from his much anticipated forthcoming studio album. 2015 was indeed a bumper year for this guy and we’d need quite a few paragraphs to cover everything as he was a very busy man. Aside from an exhaustive release schedule which included several original works as a solo artist and a few collaborative projects, he also churned out a raft of remixes and featured on a lot of compilations including Bonzai Progressive’s 500th release – Bonzai and Friends 500 – where he appeared three times with his own A Sense Of Hope, with Matt Holliday on As We Become One and on remix duty alongside Matt on Phi Phi’s Hiccup. Check out manu-riga.com for more and be sure to stay tuned for another fantastic Manu Riga-music filled year ahead.

Indigenous Rights intros with a nice chunky kicks and rhythmic hat alongside a fading in bass pulse. We get a glimpse of some beautiful melody from the superb vocal snippets and swirling pads and strings that mesmerize throughout. The pulsing bass is soon joined by a much grittier but very subtle wub wub bass that works perfectly within the track. The track takes a short break to prepare for one of the stars of the show, those stunning vocals. As the title suggests we get treated to some of the most beautiful chants that takes us up to the main break where a powerful poetic vocal rings out and sends shivers down your spine. A very strong sound on this one with a superb solid progressive groove, perfect for those late night sets.

Moments Of Sobriety opens with a cool punchy kick and is surrounded by layering percussions that form into a solid rhythmic sequence. A wonderful sequence follows as a Turkish Oud plays out its rich melodic sound to the backdrop of some cool sweeps and FX. A fantastic bassline sits perched on the low end and moves effortlessly through this sea of melodies, driving the track forward. The break is a beautifully constructed kaleidoscope of sound which is joined by some stunning hair raising vocals that deliver a haunting groove. A truly epic slice of progressive with a plethora of sounds, from tribal to Ethnic and beyond, top notch.

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18 January 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

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