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MANU RIGA & MATT HOLLIDAY – YOU ARE CONTAGIOUS (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Having joined forces just a few short months ago, Manu Riga and Matt Holliday deliver the fruits of their labour with the superb two tracker You Are Contagious. Both artists bring their different expertise to the table, Manu aka Adriaan Baussens, with his deep, dark and tribal ethnic flavours merges beautifully with Matt’s progressive trance, tech edged grooves. Their producer minds have connected effortlessly as they collaborated initially via Skype and then in person with Manu travelling to Matt’s hometown of Birmingham. Manu is a longstanding member of the Bonzai family and has brought many top notch progressive tracks to the table, a list way too big to type. Matt has established himself firmly within the underground scene in the last few years, he has released on top labels including JOOF, L*C*D, Discover and Go On Air. His style of producing covers progressive, trance and deep tech grooves and it was this that caught the eye of John 00 Fleming, who described him as a “great discovery”. A big moment for Matt, and one he takes great pride in, was back in 2014 when he had the opportunity to remix a track for the legend that is Airwave. Big plans are ahead as these two gifted artists let loose their creativity in the studio and refine their DJing skills with upcoming radio guest spots.

You Are Contagious is a definite peak time track with it’s tough edged, tribal infused grooves. We get sucked right into this groove from the get go as a deep, throbbing bass bubbles up from the depths alongside some expertly placed sounds and FX. Classic house styled chord stabs litter the sound and lead us seamlessly into the more progressively charged side of the track with the addition of ethnically charged voices and tribalistic drum sequences. On the break is where this track really lifts off, deep droning basses converge as bright melodic leads splatter across the spectrum alongside rich sweeping strings. The voices come to the fore before tribal drums get us back into the beat driven rhythms. A roof raiser for sure you will not want to miss.

Roots takes us deep into the darker side of progressive with its haunting intro filled with chunky beats and ghostly scraping sounds. A myriad of one shot hits litter the arrangement and add wonderful textures to the sound. A real deep rooted vibe emerges as the pulsating basses lock horns with the superb tribal beats. The haunting theme is greatly enhance with an absolute gem of a female whispering vocal that will send shivers down your spine. Throughout the track we get treated to many ethnic sounds but the stand out moment is a didgeridoo riff that is placed so perfectly in the composition. Another must have track that will be right at home in the middle of your set.

#manuriga #mattholliday #bonzaiprogressive

23 February 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

GREENAGE – LOST MEMORIES (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Goa born and now living in Panaji, India, Greenage debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the stunning Lost Memories. For the past four years Greenage has been at the forefront of progressive vibes with his brand of quality productions. He has appeared on top labels such as Mystique Music, Elliptical Sun Recordings, Inception and Green House to name just a few. We are delighted to have him on board and can see exciting things for the future. Lost Memories comes with two outstanding remixes that are not to be missed.

The Original Mix gets us moving with its smoothed edges and flowing rhythms. The classic kick and hat styled intro leads us into a beautifully constructed progressive world. Tight beats are joined by a superbly warm bass that hits the spot with its deep lush vibes while a hypnotizing synth riff sits over the top alongside expertly placed FX. The groove intensifies with rich pads swelling up in the background as Eastern flavours begin to make an appearance. The break unleashes the full power of the melodies in the track and culminate with a beautiful string pluck before we get thrust back into the main groove. A real mover here that will grace many floors no doubt.

One of Bonzai’s undoubted top artists hits the remix desk for a journey into a pure progressive world. With an ever increasing workload and ongoing multiple projects, Manu Riga delivers his Night At Goa Remix and he is here to show how it’s done. In just the last few months he has churned out quality remixes for Samotarev, Chris Harris, Mendexx and JWM as well as his own tracks, including a reworking of his Bonzai debut Tai Chi Girl. His recent collab with Matt Holiday has resulted in an upcoming release this February, a brand new radio show and much more. A huge year for this guy is on the cards, well worth keeping an eye and ear on. On the intro we are met with crispy hats and sharp claps that blend perfectly with the punchy kicks on offer. A deep droning bass creates a dark atmosphere as various synths and other sounds fill the spectrum alongside expertly crafted FX sequences. Manu entrenches his tribalistic style into the sound with some brilliant drum patterns that marry up beautifully with the ever evolving bassline. Goa elements litter the sound with haunting Eastern voices fading in and out of the groove. A proper, driving slice of progressive that will be a welcome addition in any set.

Blufeld is up next with his Past Is Present Remix and he does not disappoint with his energetic offering. David (Blufeld) is somewhat of a Bonzai stalwart having been around the label since 2008, many tracks have been released across various Bonzai labels since then, including multiple albums. His last full release, Threlkeld gained much support as did his remixes for Alex Vidal and Digital Department, he also got featured on the chart topping Bonzai & Friends Underground Progressive Collection, which rose to the number 1 spot at Beatport. Recently he announced a 4th studio album and a slight change in his production style for 2015, watch this space. The remix intros with a cool drum sequence with sweeping FX splattered over the top, this leads to a short breakbeat groove before going full on 4×4 and picking up the pace. Energy levels rise as a strong synth line hits hard alongside a melodic arp and a wall of noise. The break unleashes the full melodic flavour of the track as the hook dishes out its trance-like vibe and then subtly relenting to bring the beats back to the progressive nature of the track. Superb stuff from Blufeld that will appeal to many across the board no doubt.

#greenage #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga #blufeld

2 February 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

SAMOTAREV featuring MAX MAGNUM – AROUND U (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Samotarev returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Around U and enlists the stunning vocal talent of Max Magnum with remixes coming in from Manu Riga, Matan Caspi and Rion Oidua. Recently we saw Samotarev on remix duty for Manu Riga’s Tai Chi Girl which made a huge impact, much more planned for 2015 so stay tuned.

The Original Mix intros with nice chunky kicks and crispy hats alongside snappy drums that get the rhythm flowing smoothly to the backdrop of a deep and captivating synth. An unexpected twist throws the synth into some very cool note changes that just ooze pure house grooves. A deep throbbing bass bubbles up from below and carries the sound for the duration as intensity builds with each layer being added. The stunning gritty vocal from Max comes through beautifully and brings a thought invoking narrative with an infectious groove. You find yourself locked right in here as the vocals melt into the sublime synths. Top notch stuff that is definitely not to be missed.

The Dub Version is there as a great tool for those who don’t want the vocal which leaves us with a deep and hypnotizing groove that will be a welcome addition in any set.

The on form Matan Caspi delivers the first of two mixes with his Retro Remix. We last saw Matan on his superb Aim To The Moon which was very well received indeed having appeared on many charts and the tool of choice in many sets. The remix intros with a subtle kick as the synths rise up in the background alongside a very cool plucked guitar riff. The kicks transform into cool punchy hits with a deep, dirty, pulsating bass shoring up the rear. Sharp hats and a tight percussion section hold the rhythms perfectly as that brilliant vocal does its work. Tougher edged sounds filter through as big stabs gather pace resulting in an absolute stomper of a track, superb stuff.

Matan also gives us his Dub Remix which removes the vocals and leaves us with a stomping trek through the grittier side of house music. A great tool for any jock.

Top Bonzai artist Manu Riga delivers his stunning Late Night Mix which will go down well on the floors for sure. Manu aka Adriaan Baussens is currently in the midst of his busiest time ever, collaborations, remixes and original works are top of his agenda as well as a new radioshow alongside Matt Holliday called Dark Progressive, which will air on Tempo Radio. Next year will see Matt & Manu’s efforts realised when their debut EP gets a run out which we are so excited about. In the meantime his remix on Chris Harris’ Feels Real? is gaining lots of interest from all over which is no surprise as it holds real progressive flavour. On the remix here the intro brings a punchy kick and a very cool percussion arrangement that gets things flowing nicely alongside some fresh and crispy hats. A warm bass comes through and brings a fantastic groove along for the ride as pads sway in the background. The vocal fits into the sound beautifully as Max Magnum unleashes his breathy tones and delivering very cool lyrics. Great stuff yet again from Manu and a definite must for your crates.

Fresh off the back of his Eyepatch Recordings debut track – Electronic Lover, Rion Oidua rounds up this fantastic package with his remix. A classic chunky kick and crispy hat intro gets us on the move as the drum arrangement tightens up to dish out its rhythmic grooves. Rich pads sweep across in the background with subtle note changes creating a wonderful atmosphere. A deep plucked bass drives the track as vocal snippets are littered throughout. On the break those pads take over and the addition of the vocal makes for a sublime affair before the track builds back into the main groove for the duration. A wonderful slice of prog that will turn a few heads no doubt.

#samotarev #maxmagnum #bonzaiprogressive #matancaspi #manuriga #rionoidua

19 January 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

JWM – WILD SOUL FEATURED BY BEATPORT

JWM is a Russian musician and producer based in St. Petersburg and here she makes her Bonzai debut with the sublime Wild Soul which also comes backed up with two superb remixes. From an early age she was surrounded by music as his parents enrolled her in music school where she studied music theory for 7 years and she particularly enjoyed piano and choir. In 2002 she was listening to radio stations and discovered electronic music which she describes as a breathtaking experience. A few years later she got a new computer with Logic Pro 5.0 and spent many hours learning how the software works, with no internet and no manual she navigated her way through Logic, creating and composing to find her own unique style.

JWM – Wild Soul, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#bonzaiprogressive #beatport #jwm #manuriga #anuragnandvanshi

14 January 2015 UPDATES Read more

CLUB TRAXX – DARK & DEEP 2 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Club Traxx continues its foray into the world of deep progressive grooves with Dark & Deep 2. Delve into the purest progressive sounds and lose yourself inside cascading melodic and hypnotizing rhythms. Twenty carefully selected cuts from top artists including Antonio Citarella, Manu Riga, Onofrio Conte, Ecco, Metronomes, Ben Solar, Kintar, Rise and Fall, Orquesm, Steve Sai, Nico Parisi, Gai Barone, Audio Noir, Sa.Du, Ego Progressus, James Gill, Moll, David R Maddocks, Beyond Beats, Phat Traktor, Gilbert Ramos will be the tonic for your weekend and beyond.

#bonzaiprogressive #bensolar #manuelpalmitesta #riseandfall #sadu #antoniocitarella #onofrioconte #manuriga #metronomes #ecco #kintar #orquesm #stevesai #nicoparisi #gaibarone #audionoir #egoprogressus #jamesgill #moll #davidrmaddocks #beyondbeats #phattraktor #gilbertramos

13 January 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

JWM – WILD SOUL (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

JWM is a Russian musician and producer based in St. Petersburg and here she makes her Bonzai debut with the sublime Wild Soul which also comes backed up with two superb remixes. From an early age she was surrounded by music as his parents enrolled her in music school where she studied music theory for 7 years and she particularly enjoyed piano and choir. In 2002 she was listening to radio stations and discovered electronic music which she describes as a breathtaking experience. A few years later she got a new computer with Logic Pro 5.0 and spent many hours learning how the software works, with no internet and no manual she navigated her way through Logic, creating and composing to find her own unique style.

First up we have the Original Mix with its tribalistic tones being played out with the help of a brilliant percussion arrangement. On top of this a nice chunky kick holds everything together and paves the way for the fantastic gritty bassline to take control. Cool ethnic flavours come through with chanting that will raise the hairs on your neck for sure. At the midway point a surprising twist occurs when super sweet melodic strings are brought in which provide very stark contrasts and work so well with the deeper elements. A proper deep progressive sound that is not to be missed.

One of Bonzai’s most popular remixers and overall workhorse Manu Riga, delivers us the superb Ethnology Remix. The last year has been a bumper one for Manu, he has seen several works released as well as a multitude of remixes that have all been very much well received. His last outing with DJ Fire entitled No Time Left saw great support across the board and featured heavily on top download sites. Some big changes and surprises are in the pipeline as Manu embarks on a slightly different direction as he strikes up new partnerships and readies more of his outstanding work, keep an eye out for more in the coming months. The remix is a new approach for Manu as he takes the original mix and dissects it beautifully to fit a much more driving groove. The intro boasts nice, big chunky kicks with a tight percussion arrangement getting the rhythm on the move. A fantastic offset bass brings a warm tone to the sound that captivates beautifully. Ethnic chants get the hairs raised as a grittier bass really starts to push the groove on. Perfectly placed FX enhance the sound as we head to the break where a truly sublime atmosphere ensues with sweeping pads and melodic strings taking us back into full on mode for the duration. Top quality yet again from Manu and we can’t wait for more.

Our next remix comes from Anurag Nandvanshi and takes us on a sublime tribal fuelled journey into deep progressive vibes. New Dehli, India based DJ and producer Anurag marked his Bonzai debut with the superb Soul Of India which was very well received. The track sets off with a full bodied intro as chunky kicks, sharp percussions and a rising pad lock you into the sound. Tribal chants soon follow and provides a solid platform for the groove to flow. The pads lead us into a short break before the track gets a boost from the fantastic bouncing bass, all the while those chants remain the dominant force. On the main break a melodic sequence ensues with super sweet strings alongside surreal sounds and a cool drum backdrop. The track kicks back in with a wonderful string sequence that blends perfectly with the groove. A real treat here that is definitely not to be missed.

#jwm #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga #anuragnandvanshi

12 January 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BONZAI & FRIENDS – UNDERGROUND PROGRESSIVE COLLECTION 2010 – 2014 SMASHING THE SALES CHARTS

Our Bonzai & Friends – Underground Progressive Collection 2010 – 2014 compilation, out on the 29th of December in all portals, is now ruling the release sales charts on number 1 at Beatport across Progressive House, House and Trance, and reaching so far number 7 on the Top 10 Releases of all genres!

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8 January 2015 UPDATES Read more

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