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JAKHIRA – BE AS ONE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Jakhira is back with Be As One and what a treat it is. He made us wait a while since his last outing – Princess EP, back in November 2013 but it was well worth it. He did throw in a couple of remixes for Mindgamers and Wild Guess as well as various appearances on Bonzai compilations which were very well received indeed. Great to see this guy back and hope to see more in the future. Be As One comes backed up with two top notch remixes.

The Original Mix sets off with a smooth vibe as soft keys are met with a steady hat which is joined by a nice chunky kick soon after. A warm progressive groove is the order of the day here and is further enhanced by excellent vocals that shine through on the break. A collection of fine sounds including trumpets and guitars make up this wonderful arrangement that fast becomes infectious. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.

Manu Riga is first up to the remix desk with his Manu Riga In Orbit Remix. It’s a very exciting time for Manu aka Adriaan Baussens and his many fans, he is currently working on a new artist album (one track is already completed and it is tasty) which will hopefully be here in 2016, but he has also been busy in the studio with fresh new cuts such as his latest creation – The Fallen EP. Collaborations are still something he is pursuing, working with the likes of Alex Vidal and Matt Holliday are proving popular and a lot of his own works have included some of the finest vocalists around. His tracks continue to inspire and have been getting big plays from the likes of Paul Oakenfold among others. Check out Manu’s new website manu-riga.com to find more on his impressive discography and info on his Escape and Ethnoscience radio shows. The remix intros with a punchy kick and is backed up with a superb rolling bassline that drives the track beautifully. Surreal, sweeping strings float across the sound as cool synth chord stabs are introduced. The track breaks to reveal a nice melodic sequence that marries perfectly with that probing bassline. The vocals are used beautifully and add lots of character to the sound which is a cool blend of deep progressive grooves. In true Manu style we are treated to a tight drum arrangement that will set this solid workout as a firm favourite.

Config aka Wouter Vermeire is up next with his Twisted Reality Remix and delivers a knockout deep grooving cut. Wouter cut his teeth listening to trance as a kid, he soon started to DJ and was engrossed with the euphoria the music offered. He moved over to a more progressive sound and even ventures into house and techno on occasion. He runs two monthly radioshows and has seen his own music released on various labels over the years. Config makes up one third of producer and DJ trio Wild Guess, they debuted back in February 2014 with Nebulae and followed that with Trysal 35. Several remixes followed on Green Martian and Bonzai Progressive and have become a consistent force when it comes to delivering quality. The remix intro with a cool deep house vibe as scattered chords are joined by a subtle hat arrangement before a classic kick breaks out. A deep and probing bassline follows as we are teased with more fantastic chords and sweet melodic riffs. On the break the vocals get a showing and transform the track beautifully. Super smooth and uplifting sounds that will not disappoint.

#jakhira #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga #config

28 September 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

AUDIOSTORM – SEISMIC ACTIVITY (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Montenegro based producer AudioStorm aka Ognjen Vukovic returns to Bonzai Progressive with the outstanding Seismic Activity which comes backed up with two fantastic remixes. His debut – Oblivion EP, came back in May 2015 and quickly gained a lot of attention with features on top download portals. Since childhood this guy has been honed in on quality sounds and these early inspirations have helped him shape the superb progressive style we know today.

The Original Mix of Seismic Activity opens with a dark tribal driven arrangement that boasts a gritty low end bass synth that lurks menacingly setting the scene for a trek into the depths of progressive. A fantastic bassline comes through and blends effortlessly into the sound with its infectious groove. Brighter, melodic arps cascade down among the deeper sounds bringing a wonderful contrasting texture. Tight drums complete with a powerful punchy kick set up a smooth rhythmic flow as we get totally hooked in on the arrangement. One for the darker rooms that will definitely keep the floors rocking.

Up first on remix duty we have the formidable Belgian producer and DJ, Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens with his Atomic Remix. This guy has been of fire for quite a while with his superbly constructed originals as well as expertly crafted remixes for a litany of tracks. Since he began his progressive house journey in 2009 he has racked up a quite impressive catalogue of over forty originals and a multitude of remixes, he is definitely a go to guy if you want your sound given that magic touch. His last outing, The Fallen, performed very well indeed featuring on Beatport among others and showing up in many sets across the world. We are delighted to hear he is currently working on an album which we are waiting for very patiently and can’t wait to get a taste. On the remix the intro delivers the Manu Riga sound right from the off as those chunky kicks pound out a solid groove to the backdrop of cool tribal style drums. A strong FM bassline bubbles up from the depths and brings a huge warmth that will reach right into your soul. Distant voices sweep by at distance but become a very effective tool in the sound as they are joined by sweet strings and fleeting pads. A superb spoken vocal fills in the breaks adding a wonderful character to the groove. A definite must have track to keep the floors locked into a progressive flow.

Berbush & Kotobuki provide the second remix in this pack and yet again they deliver the goods as they did on their Bonzai Progressive debut in August with Shadows EP. Brazilian DJ and producer Berbush aka Bernardo Buschle has notched up a huge amount of respect among his peers due to his solid DJ performances and tight production. Kotobuki has worked alongside Bernardo on the their last three tracks and have proved to be a good connect with each bringing his own unique style, definitely a duo to be on the lookout for. On the remix the guys go for the more upbeat vibe as punchy kicks are joined by cool and crisp hats the beat out a solid rhythm with a little bit of bounce added in. A deep offset bass throbs at the low end bringing a real sense of depth to the groove as superb layered synths knock out cool house fuelled chords. Tantalising synths roll through on waves while on the break we get a cool arp sequence that leads into those stunning chords before the track kicks back in for the duration. Top notch stuff, not to be missed.

#audiostorm #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga #berbush #kotobuki

14 September 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BONZAI BASIK BEATS 262 – MIXED BY MANU RIGA

Belgian multi-talented artist Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens returns to the decks at Bonzai Basik Beats for another stint, only this time around he is flying solo. Last time out he was joined by fellow producer Matt Holliday and together they rocked the airways, and no doubt Manu will follow suit. Definitely one of Bonzai’s hardest working artists, this guy churns out the quality with every stoke. His latest, in a very long line of releases, is The Fallen EP which is a truly deep and emotional slice of progressive house. There will be new things coming out of Manu’s studio soon and he is currently working on a new album which we are very excited about. The mix today features tracks and remixes from Gai Barone, Moshic, Twins In Mind, Jimmy Galle, Nico Parisi, Philthy Chit and Matt Holliday as well as a whole host of Manu’s own material.

Tracklisting – Episode 262: mixed by Manu Riga

1º Gai Barone – Lullaby (Manu Riga Ethnotic Remix)
2º Manu Riga – No Matter What (Moshic Remix)
3º Twins In Mind – The Nighttime (Manu Riga Progressive Mix)
4º Manu Riga – Time In Between (Original Mix)
5º Jimmy Galle- Chocola (Manu Riga Vanilla Remix)
6º Manu Riga – Cimmerian (Album Mix)
7º Moshic – Do It To Me Now (Manu Riga Prog Trip Remix)
8º Manu Riga & Nico Parisi – Reborn (Gai Barone Tubecore Remix)
9º Manu Riga – Tai Chi Girl (Samotarev Remix)
10º Philthy Chit – You & Me (Manu Riga’s Morning After Remix)

#bonzaibasikbeats #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga

 

11 September 2015 RADIOSHOWS Read more

CLUB TRAX PROGRESSIVE HOUSE 16 FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Our Club Traxx series continues with Progressive House 16 where we take you deep into the rabbit hole of progressive grooves, a place where your imagination becomes reality to the backdrop of some of the finest sounds around. 20 top notch cuts featuring remix and original works from artists such as Airwave, Art Of Trance, Gai Barone, Phi Phi, Platunoff, Rick Pier O’Neil, Sebastian Busto, Andrees & Yakoff, Michael Berklin, Manu Riga & Fe Malefiz, Michael & Levan & Stiven Rivic, Lank, Stan Kolev, Audio Noir, Rosa Project, Dina Eve, Waywork & Gebio, Wild Guess, Yuriy From Russia, Kay D, Manu F, Julian Dep, Ri9or, Dimitry Molosh, Ametron, EDwan Rill, AudioStorm, Diogo Ribeiro and Altek, are on hand to deliver pumping prog house grooves to our senses. A must have tool in your collection no doubt.

Club Trax Progressive House 16, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport!

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20 August 2015 UPDATES Read more

CLUB TRAXX – PROGRESSIVE HOUSE 16 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Our Club Traxx series continues with Progressive House 16 where we take you deep into the rabbit hole of progressive grooves, a place where your imagination becomes reality to the backdrop of some of the finest sounds around. 20 top notch cuts featuring remix and original works from artists such as Airwave, Art Of Trance, Gai Barone, Phi Phi, Platunoff, Rick Pier O’Neil, Sebastian Busto, Andrees & Yakoff, Michael Berklin, Manu Riga & Fe Malefiz, Michael & Levan & Stiven Rivic, Lank, Stan Kolev, Audio Noir, Rosa Project, Dina Eve, Waywork & Gebio, Wild Guess, Yuriy From Russia, Kay D, Manu F, Julian Dep, Ri9or, Dimitry Molosh, Ametron, EDwan Rill, AudioStorm, Diogo Ribeiro and Altek, are on hand to deliver pumping prog house grooves to our senses. A must have tool in your collection no doubt.

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MANU RIGA – THE FALLEN EP FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Manu Riga returns with another of his superb solo efforts, this time around he focuses in on some stunning deep and grooving progressive vibes with The Fallen EP. Manu continues to serve Bonzai well with his unique brand of prog, he always delivers on the quality front which is a testament to his character and his abilities as a talented artist and musician. It is these qualities and a passion for music that drive this guy on and it’s also what steers other, like minded producers in his direction. Over the last few years a raft of collaborations have come out of Manu’s studio. The most recent being an excellent partnership with Alex Vidal and their When Worlds Collide release. Guest DJ mixes remain a constant also, Ethnoscience and Escape on radio stations such as Progressive Beats and Pure.FM are fast becoming a common feature and have been gaining lots of support from all over. Still much, much more to come from this outstandingly talented artist, so stay tuned for more.

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

#bonzaiprogressive #beatport #manuriga

12 August 2015 UPDATES Read more

AFTERHOUR TRAX 17 FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Our Afterhour Trax series hits its 17th instalment and delivers another round of some of the best progressive grooves around. This time around we have selected outstanding tracks from labels like Bonzai Progressive, Kunai and Mistique Music. 20 tracks and remixes come from on form artists such as Michael & Levan & Stiven Rivic, Rick Pier O’Neill, Nico Parisi, Phi Phi, Roddy Reynaert, Manu Riga, Matt Holliday, Subconscious Tales, Ametron, Rise and Fall, Audio Noir, Ruslan Vashkevich, Experimental Feelings, Dousk, Philthy Chit, Dark Soul Project, Mathov, Fe Malefic, Blufeld, Horizons, Matan Caspi, Nico Ferrero, Christopher Hermann, Tomin Tomovic and Aniko Tomowitch. A superb pack filled with top notch prog vibes that will fast become an important tool in your crate.

Afterhour Trax 17, out this week on Green Martian, is featured by Beatport in the Staff Picks section at the Progressive House genre page!

#greenmartian #beatport #rickpiero’neil #yuriyfromrussia #riseandfall #dousk #mattholliday #manuriga #horizons #audionoir #stivenrivic #michael&levan #nicoparisi #phiphi #roddyreynaert #subconscioustales #ametron #ruslanvashkevich #experimentalfeelings #philthychit #darksoulproject #mathov #femalefiz #blufeld #matancaspi #nicoferrero #christopherhermann #cherif #tomintomovic #anikotomowitch

12 August 2015 UPDATES Read more

AFTERHOUR TRAX 17 (GREEN MARTIAN)

Our Afterhour Trax series hits its 17th instalment and delivers another round of some of the best progressive grooves around. This time around we have selected outstanding tracks from labels like Bonzai Progressive, Kunai and Mistique Music. 20 tracks and remixes come from on form artists such as Michael & Levan & Stiven Rivic, Rick Pier O’Neill, Nico Parisi, Phi Phi, Roddy Reynaert, Manu Riga, Matt Holliday, Subconscious Tales, Ametron, Rise and Fall, Audio Noir, Ruslan Vashkevich, Experimental Feelings, Dousk, Philthy Chit, Dark Soul Project, Mathov, Fe Malefic, Blufeld, Horizons, Matan Caspi, Nico Ferrero, Christopher Hermann, Tomin Tomovic and Aniko Tomowitch. A superb pack filled with top notch prog vibes that will fast become an important tool in your crate.

#bonzaiprogressive #rickpiero’neil #yuriyfromrussia #riseandfall #dousk #mattholliday #manuriga #horizons #audionoir #stivenrivic #michael&levan #nicoparisi #phiphi #roddyreynaert #subconscioustales #ametron #ruslanvashkevich #experimentalfeelings #philthychit #darksoulproject #mathov #femalefiz #blufeld #matancaspi #nicoferrero #christopherhermann #cherif #tomintomovic #anikotomowitch

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MANU RIGA – THE FALLEN EP (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Manu Riga returns with another of his superb solo efforts, this time around he focuses in on some stunning deep and grooving progressive vibes with The Fallen EP. Manu continues to serve Bonzai well with his unique brand of prog, he always delivers on the quality front which is a testament to his character and his abilities as a talented artist and musician. It is these qualities and a passion for music that drive this guy on and it’s also what steers other, like minded producers in his direction. Over the last few years a raft of collaborations have come out of Manu’s studio. The most recent being an excellent partnership with Alex Vidal and their When Worlds Collide release. Guest DJ mixes remain a constant also, Ethnoscience and Escape on radio stations such as Progressive Beats and Pure.FM are fast becoming a common feature and have been gaining lots of support from all over. Still much, much more to come from this outstandingly talented artist, so stay tuned for more.

The title track, The Fallen – which draws inspiration from the heroes who fought against the Ottoman Empire, embodies an Eastern flavour throughout that will send shivers down your spine. The track intros with a punchy kick and an atmospheric background filled with sweeping sounds and cool FX that etch out a surreal Persian theme. The bassline rolls in early on and settles us into a solid workout that relentlessly powers on. Rich vocals spread across the sound throughout as Manu delivers one of his trademarks alongside a tight drum arrangement. A wonderfully sharp Turkish Saz comes into play on the lead and transforms the groove brilliantly as a subtle acid line weaves its way into the track. The break focuses in on soft melodies that dance along on a smooth arp alongside that stunning voice before we get thrust back into the main groove. The track drives on in a deep progressive groove that captivates with a seemingly Twin Peaks-esque vibe making this a definite must have track.

Anywhere But Home takes us deep into the bowels of progressive with a solid workout that will leave you wanting more. Phat kicks and tight percussion arrangements lock the rhythm in place with a little help from a lush bass that sits perfectly under the main sound. Cool strings and pads sweep across the sound as the layers build and the intensity rises. On the break beautiful melancholic vocals melt into the sound and lead the way on a climactic build up that takes us back into this full on groove. A stunning effort which sees a new side to Manu Riga creep through, top notch.

#manuriga #bonzaiprogressive

10 August 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MANU RIGA & ALEX VIDAL – WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (ALEX VIDAL INNER VOID REMIX) CHARTED BY BEATPORT

Manu Riga teams up with fellow producer Alex Vidal for their first tantalising collaboration on When Worlds Collide. The constant force that is Manu Riga never ceases to amaze, his productions always come in at the high quality end and leaves us stunned with their intricate progressive prowess. To top it all off he now appears as a DJ on many radio shows on the likes of Progressive Beats, Pure FM and Bonzai Basik Beats. 2015 has also seen Manu hit the clubs but the big event of the year has to be his appearance at Tomorrowland alongside studio partner Matt Holliday, something we know he is very much looking forward to and will no doubt relish the experience. The hugely impressive Spanish DJ and producer, Alex Vidal is fresh off the back of his last outing Mesmerized. We know what this guy brings to the table and can safely say that these two guys will definitely hit the progressive sweet spot and we look forward to more from these two in the future. Aside from the Original Mix, the guy’s branch out with their own takes on this monster progressive cut.

Manu Riga & Alex Vidal – When Worlds Collide (Alex Vidal Inner Void Remix), out back in 13th July on Bonzai Progressive, is charted by Beatport in the Secret Weapons:Progressive House chart!

#bonzaiprogressive #beatport #manuriga #alexvidal

29 July 2015 UPDATES Read more

MANU RIGA & ALEX VIDAL – WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Manu Riga teams up with fellow producer Alex Vidal for their first tantalising collaboration on When Worlds Collide. The constant force that is Manu Riga never ceases to amaze, his productions always come in at the high quality end and leaves us stunned with their intricate progressive prowess. To top it all off he now appears as a DJ on many radio shows on the likes of Progressive Beats, Pure FM and Bonzai Basik Beats. 2015 has also seen Manu hit the clubs but the big event of the year has to be his appearance at Tomorrowland alongside studio partner Matt Holliday, something we know he is very much looking forward to and will no doubt relish the experience. The hugely impressive Spanish DJ and producer, Alex Vidal is fresh off the back of his last outing Mesmerized. We know what this guy brings to the table and can safely say that these two guys will definitely hit the progressive sweet spot and we look forward to more from these two in the future. Aside from the Original Mix, the guy’s branch out with their own takes on this monster progressive cut.

Manu Riga & Alex Vidal – When Worlds Collide, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#bonzaiprogressive #beatport #manuriga #alexvidal

15 July 2015 UPDATES Read more

MANU RIGA & ALEX VIDAL – WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Manu Riga teams up with fellow producer Alex Vidal for their first tantalising collaboration on When Worlds Collide. The constant force that is Manu Riga never ceases to amaze, his productions always come in at the high quality end and leaves us stunned with their intricate progressive prowess. To top it all off he now appears as a DJ on many radio shows on the likes of Progressive Beats, Pure FM and Bonzai Basik Beats. 2015 has also seen Manu hit the clubs but the big event of the year has to be his appearance at Tomorrowland alongside studio partner Matt Holliday, something we know he is very much looking forward to and will no doubt relish the experience. The hugely impressive Spanish DJ and producer, Alex Vidal is fresh off the back of his last outing Mesmerized. We know what this guy brings to the table and can safely say that these two guys will definitely hit the progressive sweet spot and we look forward to more from these two in the future. Aside from the Original Mix, the guy’s branch out with their own takes on this monster progressive cut.

The Original intros with a nice and chunky kick and a sharp closed hat as a beautiful, swirling pad begins to swell. Cool and very subtle percussive elements are introduced and sets the rhythm up nicely as the layers build. A deep droning bass takes over and the deep progressive groove is set in stone. In contrast we are treated to some wonderfully rich plucked notes which are accompanied by the most stunning female vocal that will get the hairs raised on the back of your neck for sure. Little nuanced sounds filter through, like the gentle arps that just glide across the sound. A superb piano melody takes the centre of attention on the break alongside that lush bass before we get thrown right back into the main groove for the duration. A definite must have track in your box this Summer, the floors are gonna love this one.

Our first remix comes from Alex with his Inner Void Remix. The track sets of with a punchy kick alongside a wonderfully rich deep bass that captivates from the moment it arises. Soft hats and cool percussions deliver a solid and steady rhythm as the bass begins to transform into s full on driving progressive groove. Subtle melodic arps fill the background and offer a cool contrast between the low and high frequencies of the sound. On the break we are thrown into a world filled with beautifully sweet sounds and prominent tribal edged drums. The melodies float across the sound and keep your attention before taking a back seat once again to allow the driving bass and pounding kicks to shine. An absolute belter of a track you will not want to miss.

Next up we have Manu’s Balearic Dreams which intros with a cool drum filled sequence alongside some very cool synths and stunning FX. A very intense groove is borne out of those deeper elements that shore up this solid groove as tight breaks carry the track forward. The impressively intricate structure will definitely leave you wanting more as you discover new and exciting patterns with each listen. Manu is a master of the drum sequence and here he holds no bars as those breaks deliver a very solid and upbeat rhythm. Trademark voices come through and really capture the imagination which is given a huge boost with the addition of a fantastic ethnic guitar riff. On the break we descend into a melodic filled world that will touch your soul with a sense of euphoria before those tough breaks make their way through once more. A superb display of Balearic vibes that will no doubt feature heavily on the terraces this Summer.

#manuriga #alexvidal #bonzaiprogressive

13 July 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

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