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AFTERHOUR TRAX 16 (GREEN MARTIAN)

Afterhour Trax 16 delivers 20 of the finest progressive cuts in one package from top labels such as Bonzai Progressive, Mistique Music, Sudam and Green Martian. Beautifully crafted curvaceous grooves come from artists such as Michael & levan & Stiven Rivic, Inkfish, Phi Phi & Airwave, Audio Noir, Dark Soul Project & Mathov, Kintar, Simos Tagias & Billy Alex, JWM, Manu Riga, Thorin, Sebastian Busto, Alex Vidal, Wild Guess, Yuriy From Russia, Moshic, Samotarev, Max Magnum, Monojoke, Matan Caspi, Mikko Lahti, Mariano Mellino, Degrassi, Stanisha, Kaan Koray, Ewan Rill, Rick Pier OiNeil, Greenage, Kindred Spirits, Edwin van Cleef, Julian Dep, Robert R. Hardy. If you’re looking for deep, flowing progressive vibes then this one is a must have for your collection.

#greenmartian #inkfish #audionoir #kintar #manuriga #thorin #alexvidal #yuriyfromrussia #monojoke #ewanrill #edwinvancleef #robertrhardy #stivenrivic #michael&levan #airwave #phiphi #darksoulproject #mathov #femalefiz #simostagias #billyalex #jwm #sebastianbusto #wildguess #moshic #samotarev #maxmagnum #matancaspi #mikkolahti #marianomellino #degrassi #stanisha #kaankoray #rickpieroneil #greenage #kindredspirits #juliandep

12 May 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MANU RIGA & MATT HOLLIDAY – SUBMERGED NEEDS (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Matt and Manu are back in duo form again with another sublime, tantalising progressive cut. These guys are currently hitting top form with their works, they set the bar high when they delivered You Are Contagious back in February and without doubt they have maintained their attention to quality this time around. So much going on at the moment for these guys, individually and together. They have successfully launched their own radioshow Ethnoscience and have appeared as guests on many other shows over the last few months including a spot on The Diversity of Progressive. Manu continues his run of top notch pressings with remixes for various artists including his own remix on Blufeld’s A World Less Ordinary and with Matt on Dark Soul Project & Mathov featuring Fe Malefiz’s We Are Not Alone. He is also working alongside another superb artist on a new project which we will learn more about soon, so stay tuned. Matt also continues to deliver the goods, he is a constant feature on Joof and has a brand new single coming very soon on Bonzai Progressive as well as a feature on Recoverworlds newest compilation. Lots of things happening for Matt in the coming months covering both releases and DJing, so keep an eye out as he could be playing somewhere near you soon.

Submerged Needs intros with a dark atmospheric vibe as tight drums combine with a nice big chunky kick and FX that lurk in the background with a sinister edge. A deep throbbing bass shores up the rear as various layers begin to rise including rich strings and a superb ethnic voice. A short break winds down before we get locked into the solid grooves of the track complete with chugging bassline and fantastic synths. A subtle melodic flavour rings throughout the sound as we are led deep into the progressive world. The main break throws up more of that stunning ethnic flavour and a colourful selection of sounds before getting right back into full on mode. A truly deep slice of progressive that is not to be missed.

Silence In My Head can only be described as a stunning piece of work. A super tight construction filled with punchy kicks and a bassline that melts into the groove beautifully while chugging right through the sound. A superb display of various little synth shots litter the groove and build a kaleidoscope of perfectly matched sounds. On the break we find ourselves deep within a classic progressive vibe as a haunting vocal comes through alongside a sweet melodic sequence. The lead synth is where it’s at here and coupled with that driving bassline we get a nod to the great days of progressive sounds. A big hitter here that will definitely be featuring in many, many sets all over.

#manuriga #mattholliday #bonzaiprogressive

13 April 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BLUFELD – A WORLD LESS ORDINARY (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Blufeld returns to take us on one of his beautifully colourful progressive trips with the superb A World Less Ordinary which comes packed to the hilt with three top notch remixes. As ever Blufeld remains hard at work in the studio and he has recently announced his 4th studio album is just about ready for our listening pleasure, so stay tuned for more on that. In the meantime his latest track Threlkeld got a nod on Drizzly Records’ Trance Sessions 14. As well as that his remix on Greenage’s Lost Memories stalked the charts for a while and keeps with his constant presence on the scene. Exciting times ahead that you will not want to miss.

The Original Mix takes us on a beautiful journey into the progressive sound with a wonderful driving bassline on top of a tight drum arrangement. The attention to detail is sublime with sweeping pads and FX creating textured layers that blend effortlessly. As the track reaches its peak we are locked into an intricate web of melodies that just seem to flow into our minds with ease. The break gives those melodies their chance to shine with a superb synth hook that climaxes with us getting shoved right back into the main groove, excellent stuff yet again from Blufeld and not to be missed.

Up first on remix duty we have the ever impressive Manu Riga with his Vision Remix. Manu continues to deliver the goods with only the highest quality in mind. He is always looking for new angles and pushes himself past any barriers that get in the way. While 2014 was a big year for him, 2015 is already shaping up to be even bigger with multiple projects on the go with various artists. His collab with Matt Holliday got off to a flying start with their Ethnology EP (You Are Contagious & Roots) which charted well upon release. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more on this guy soon, you will not be disappointed. On the remix Manu goes full on right from the get go with a brilliant evolving offset bass that drives the track beautifully with the help of a nice punchy kick and a trademark tight drum arrangement. Running through the track we get an almost acid-style riff that filters brilliantly throughout. High strings come into play alongside an angelic voice that melts into the sound. In the background a complex array of FX and sounds fill the spectrum giving us lots to focus on. Another fine slice of prog from Manu that will definitely fill a peak time slot.

Mark Found is up next on the remix and in typical fashion he knocks it outta the park. We last saw Mark on the remix for Thorin’s Secrets back in October 2014 and since then he has released various cuts on different labels with a lot of attention going his way. Also in recent months, Mark launched his own radioshow, Cityscape on DI.FM which is gaining great momentum as he takes listeners deep into progressive territory, worth checking out every third Thursday of the month at 20:00 CET. The remix here intros with a well rounded kick that packs a nice punch alongside crispy hats and a spacey synth line. The intro climaxes into a solid, deep bass that shores up the groove beautifully. On top we have winding synth pads that ebb and flow and bring subtle melodic sequences to the fore. An array of layers provide for contrasting textures that will keep you looked in for the duration. On the break a much brighter melody is unleashed as those sweeping synths mesmerize the mind. A superbly tight slice of prog that will definitely be a big floor hitter.

Horizons aka DJ Shy rounds off this top notch pack with his remix. It’s been a while since we last saw this guy over at the Bonzai offices, although he has been busy with DJing and other releases. Since his last outing he has been a prominent feature on our compilations such as Bonzai & Friends, After Hour Trax 14 and Club Traxx Progressive House 13. Great to see him back and we hope to see more in the future. The intro on the remix takes hold right from the off as we are drawn into a surreal world of floating strings and droning pads that create a stunning atmosphere. A nice big chunky kick gets the track on the move and is soon backed up by a lush bassline that takes control and drives the groove beautifully. On the break a wonderful melodic sequence unfolds as the lead synth winds its way through the kaleidoscope of sweeping pads. A truly epic slice of progressive vibes you will really not want to miss.

#blufeld #bonzaiprogressive #manuriga #markfound #horizons

6 April 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

BONZAI BASIK BEATS – 239 MIXED BY MATT HOLLIDAY & MANU RIGA

There are many collab projects in the world of music production but there are very few that really hit the mark and do it with little effort. Matt and Manu have hit that mark and we are delighted to have them on this week’s Bonzai Basik Beats. These hugely talented artists have already got a monster release under their belt with You Are Contagious and more on the way. They have recently embarked on their own radioshow, Ethnoscience which is gathering pace each month. Tons more we could say about these two but let’s instead get right into the mix and enjoy the progressive journey on offer. Tracks and remixes come from East Cafe, John Drummer, Samotarev, Max Magnum, Audio Noir, Matteo Monero, Ruben De Ronde, Gai Barone, Controlwerk, Martyne, Julien Bracht, Daniel Nusdeo, Fernando Olaya, Andres W and original works from Manu Riga and Matt Holliday. The perfect tonic to get your body into weekend mode.

Tracklisting – Episode 239: mixed by Matt Holliday & Manu Riga

1º East Cafe – Hurt (Original Mix)
2º John Drummer – You & Me (Original Mix)
3º Samotarev ft. Max Magnum – Around U (Manu Riga’s Late Night Remix)
4º Audio Noir – Revelation (Matteo Monero Remix)
5º Ruben De Ronde – They Are Not You (Gai Barone Warmup Remix)
6º Controlwerk – Broken Mirror (Original Mix)
7º Martyne, Julien Bracht – Deal For Shine (Original Mix)
8º Daniel Nusdeo – Chronophobia (Matt Holliday Remix)
9º Fernando Olaya – Alquimista (Andres W Remix)
10º Matt Holliday & Manu Riga – You Are Contagious (Original Mix)

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2 April 2015 RADIOSHOWS Read more

CLUB TRAXX – PROGRESSIVE HOUSE 14 FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Our Club Traxx saga continues as volume 14 takes us on a trek into Progressive House with 20 of the finest cuts around. With our flagship label Bonzai Progresssive at the helm, we have also included tracks from other top labels including Green Snake, Kunai and Mistique Music. On each volume we meticulously select only the very best grooves for your listening pleasure.

Cub Traxx – Progressive House 14, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Staff Picks section at the Progressive House genre page!

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25 March 2015 UPDATES Read more

CLUB TRAXX – PROGRESSIVE HOUSE 14 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Our Club Traxx saga continues as volume 14 takes us on a trek into Progressive House with 20 of the finest cuts around. With our flagship label Bonzai Progresssive at the helm, we have also included tracks from other top labels including Green Snake, Kunai and Mistique Music. On each volume we meticulously select only the very best grooves for your listening pleasure. This time around, tracks and remixes come from Phi Phi, Airwave, Audio Noir, Loquai, Samotarev, Manu Riga, Yuriy From Russia, Napalm & D-Phrag, Michael & Levan & Stiven Rivic, Dark Soul Project, Mathov, Pad One, A-Drex, Thorin, Deuzler, Quadran, Inkfish, Mendexx, Max Magnum, Diego Poblets, Alfonso Muchacho, A.R.E.S., Steroteric, Audioflakes, Jakhira, Wild Guess, JWM, Monojoke, DJ Fire, CJ Art, Greenage, Simos Tagias and Billy Alex. Get these into your collection and provide the perfect remedy for all your progressive house needs.

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24 March 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

WMC MIAMI 2015 FEATURED BY BEATPORT

It’s almost that time of year again when the boffins head off to Miami to bask in the Florida sunshine while the rest of us wrap up against the cold, icy breeze of Winter. Fear not, as we have gathered together some of the hottest progressive house cuts that are guaranteed to get the temperatures rising with warm, lush, driving and energetic progressive house grooves.

WMC Miami 2015, out last week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Miami 2015 Essentials page!

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18 March 2015 UPDATES Read more

WMC MIAMI 2015 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

It’s almost that time of year again when the boffins head off to Miami to bask in the Florida sunshine while the rest of us wrap up against the cold, icy breeze of Winter. Fear not, as we have gathered together some of the hottest progressive house cuts that are guaranteed to get the temperatures rising with warm, lush, driving and energetic progressive house grooves. 38 tracks and remixes from over 50 artists including Airwave, Phi Phi, Relaunch, Ruslan Vashkevich, Parga, Kintar, Frangellico, Marian Brito, Subconcious Tales, Rise and Fall, Mathov, Dark Soul Project, Fe Malefiz, Simos, Tagias, Billy Alex, Audio Noir, East Cafe, Mindgamers, Steve Sai, Manu Riga, Matan Caspi, Rishi K.,DJ Fire, Loquai, Thorin, Mark Found, Greenage, Reflection Soul, Crocy, Cotry, DeepAlexander, Dofamine, Kevin Vega, Mendexx, Alfonso Muchacho, Mariano Mellino, Degrassi, Moshic, Samotarev, Max Magnum, Christopher Hermann, JWM, Anurag Nandvanshi, Philthy Chit, Tribal Warriors, Napalm & DPhrag, Chris Harris, Michael & Levan & Stiven Rivic, Quivver, Rick Pier O’Neill and Jamie Baggotts will definitely get the mercury on the move and keep the floors burning all night long.

#kintar #subconscioustales #riseandfall #eastcafe #stevesai #loquai #markfound #deepalexander #kevinvega #alfonsomuchacho #matancaspi #anuragnandvanshi #manuriga #quivver #relaunch #airwave #phiphi #ruslanvashkevich #parga #frangellico #marianbrito #mathov #darksoulproject #femalefiz #simostagias #billyalex #audionoir #mindgamers #matancaspi #rishik #djfire #thorin #greenage #reflectionsoul #cotry #crocy #dofamine #mendexx #marianomellino #degrassi #moshic #samotarev #maxmagnum #christopherhermann #jwm #philthychit #tribalwarriors #napalm #dphrag #chrisharris #stivenrivic #michaellevan #rickpieroneil #jamiebaggotts

10 March 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

DARK SOUL PROJECT & MATHOV featuring FE MALEFIZ – WE ARE NOT ALONE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Dark Soul Project teams up once again with the superb vocalist Fe Malefiz on We Are Not Alone which comes with two brilliant remixes. These two very talented artists gained a lot of attention with their first collab, Ain’t No Melodies Left, which featured heavily in many sets and charts. Clearly they have a great chemistry that we are sure will last for a long time, looking forward to more in the future.

The Original Mix sets off with a cool rhythmic flow as punchy kicks are joined by a tight drum section filled with crispy hats and energetic slapped hits. Sweeping FX take us through each section as various layers come together. A smooth and warm bass keeps the groove moving as synths begin to swell and the first hint of vocals creep in. When the vocals appear you are instantly captivated by their rich tones and sweet rounded edges. The break delves into a full on epic ride where a superb melodic lead is unleashed alongside those huge sweeps and sweet vocal. A real uplifting progger that will be a big hitter at peak time no doubt.

Belgian DJ and producer Nico Parisi steps up to the remix desk with his deep and grooving cut. Nico is back after a short break and he tells us there is lots in store which we are excited about. He has been a very busy guy on the DJ circuit with various gigs across the country and a spot at Bonzai Classics in Effenaar which proved to be another huge success. Plenty more to come from this guy so stay tuned. The remix intros with a cool punchy kick backed up with various percussive hits. A deep and grooving bass soon joins in as distant pads start to rise. Smooth notes bring a subtle melodic flavour and build up a quite intense vibe as they contrast with the darker tones. On the break we are lured into an evocative world filled with Fe’s captivating vocal and minimal sounds before getting thrust back into the main groove for the duration. A very smooth deep prog vibe that will definitely get a lot of attention.

On form producer and DJing duo Manu Riga and Matt Holliday are up next on remix duties. The guys have really hit the ground running since joining forces just a few months ago and their debut release Ethnology EP will no doubt be making waves across the scene. On the DJing front they have a monthly show on progressivebeats.com called Ethnoscience which is already gaining many listeners. Just recently we spoke to the guys after they met up in the UK where they say they had a great time which included a photoshoot. A new project is already in the works which we are excited about, more info soon on that. Individually they have material that will be released soon, great times ahead for these two very talented artists. The remix intros with a muted kick as various sounds sweep through. The kicks transform into a nice punchy hit while arps and FX glide across the sound. A tight drum arrangement gets the rhythm flowing with a tribal element running through. On the bottom end a deep droning bass adds great depth to the sound before a solid, driving bassline takes over. The layers continue to build with smooth chords bringing a true progressive vibe alongside subtle melodies. Heading into the break we are confronted with an absolutely stunning sequence where the melodic flavours begin to shine to the backdrop of a huge soundscape. Out of nowhere a wonderful piano riff takes over and really gets the hairs standing at the back of your neck before we ease back into the main groove. Superb stuff from this duo that will definitely be a peak time monster.

#darksoulproject #mathov #femalefiz #bonzaiprogressive #nicoparisi #manuriga #mattholliday

9 March 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

MANU RIGA & MATT HOLLIDAY – YOU ARE CONTAGIOUS FEATURED BY BEATPORT

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.

Manu Riga & Matt Holliday – You Are Contagious, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#bonzaiprogressive #beatport #manuriga #mattholliday

25 February 2015 UPDATES Read more

AFTERHOUR TRAX 15 (GREEN MARTIAN)

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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24 February 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

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

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