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13th episode in the Afterhour Trax series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, Phi Phi, Relaunch, Matt Holliday, Kay-D, Alex Vidal, Manu Riga, Van Bellen, LoQuai, Moshic, Solar Fields, Gai Barone, Audio Noir, Silicon Syndicate, Ewan Rill, Quincy, Nico Parisi, DJ Fire, Kintar, Nae-tago & Squillante, AnLight, Julian Dep, Quadran, Anthony Yarranton, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Derek Howell & Faskil Warm, Soft Knees, Cordoba, Etnia and Suggy.
Spanish DJ and producer Alex Vidal debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic ‘Solar Citadel’ which comes complete with two stunning remixes. Alex found a passion for music at a very young age when he learned to play Spanish guitar and piano. He grew up listening a wide range of music from the 80’s & 90’s, the likes of The Cure, Depeche Mode, A-Ha, New Order, The Cult, Nirvana and Metallica, are just some of the bands that shaped his youth. He started to DJ in the early 90’s playing techno, trance & house in local clubs and private parties.
The Original Mix kicks off our journey into the deeper recesses of progressive house with a sublime intro filled with dark drones and contrasted with bright melodic flavours. Those drones build tension beautifully as the track evolves to the backing of a tight drum arrangement. The bassline forms a solid platform for the track as it packs a huge punch within the sound and is the perfect match for the fleeting melodic sequences. The break reveals a whole new level on the melody front as we are drawn deeper into the vibe before crashing out the other end and back into this relentless groove. Superb debut from Alex and sure to turn a lot of heads.
One of Bonzai’s top rated in-house remix artists, Manu Riga, is called upon to deliver his unique brand of the deeper stuff. Manu Riga’s Weird Dreams Remix goes into a surreal world filled with a wonderful combination of sounds. The intro boasts a punchy kick with wispy melodic phrases floating by. The bass is a big focus here as it pulsates throughout the sound beautifully and offers a deep rooted groove to the track. As the track progresses we are introduced to a stunning display of pads and strings that really move to captivate your mind as they weave intricate melodic sequences. Weird Dreams indeed as this track will definitely take you far far away, awesome stuff.
Up next we have the Lonely Sun & Nicolas Agudelo Remix. This Columbian music production duo are the latest addition to the Bonzai family. The guys joined forces in 2013 and released their track ‘Mistweaver’ on Vacate Music and Vacate Exclusive. Nicolas Agudelo is one of Colombia’s most promising electronic artists, his diverse, elaborate releases are supported by major DJ’s as well as underground DJ’s all around the world. Lonely Sun aka Daniel Cabrera is an emerging producer whose love for electronic music started very early in his life while listening to 80s and 90s music, he found he was fascinated by the sounds of the synths and percussions that were of that time. So he studied to become a DJ and also studied electronic music production. Here the guys really shine on their Bonzai remix debut with deep and dark beauty of a track. Nice chunky kick led intro with rising pads that lead smoothly into one of the warmest basslines you’ll hear as it effortlessly controls the groove with perfectly timed note changes. The background sounds create a perfectly balanced contrast and keep this track firmly in the depths. After the short break the track takes a melodic turn that really beefs up the sound and makes this a definite must have for any set.
12th installment in the Afterhour Trax series, this time featuring original tracks and remixes be Airwave, Phi Phi, Yuriy From Russia, Moshic, Manu Riga, Velvet Girl, Tom Conrad, Andre Bonsor, Dale Middleton, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Quincy, Audio Noir, Crocy, Steve Sai, LoQuai, Audiotox & Overtone Watson, Reflecton Soul, SeamLess Beat, Gibbon, Chantola, Martusciello, Hoova & White Resonance, Apsara, Davide Catania, Aeonism, Rafa’EL featuring Olga Misty, deep Alexander, Mindmusik, WayWork & Ignacio Guana, Horizon and Smartwave.
Belgian DJ and producer Quincy aka Quincy Steveninck returns with the sublime Acid Jungle and is backed up with three top notch remixes from Bonzai’s elite roster. His last track In Balance was heavily featured on many top download sits and saw rave reviews from many quarters. Quincy himself started producing after a long stint as club and event promoter for various venues around Belgium. His Age Of Love gig ran for more than 6 years and is still regarded as a major success among Belgium’s seasoned clubbers. Quincy is a vinyl only DJ and has graced the decks at many parties, he also enjoyed top releases as part of Soul Phonic on Punk’ID Records.
The Original Mix gets the party started with nice chunky kick and percussive led intro that builds into a cool steady groove. A deep plucky bass is unleashed alongside a wavering synth that roams throughout the sound beautifully. We start to get a bit of an acid line creeping through and on the break this becomes more pronounced and is joined by a chorus of synth arps before getting right back into full swing as this deep, hypnotic track enters its final run.
The hugely impressive Manu Riga is back to remix duties with his Deacidified Remix. Manu delivered his usual brand of quality progressive on the re-released remix pack of Transfagarasan Highway by Audio Noir and no doubt we will see much more from this highly talented artist. Here the remix kicks off with an immersive progressive vibe as chunky kicks are lined up against a cool flowing bass with a subtle percussion arrangement coming through. Wafting synth pads create a sublime atmosphere as the bass ramps itself up a gear and transforms into a powerful resonating monster. Melodic sequences find their way through the maelstrom of basses giving the track a stark contrast and keeping you hooked right to the last beat.
Belgian Nice Therapy is next up to the remix desk with his 6AM-On-Acid Remix. We last saw Nice Therapy on Frankie Jones’ Belgium Goes Detroit on Bonzai Basiks and we are sure to be in for a real treat here. The remix intros with smooth kick and offset bass with crispy clear hats soon joining in. A rising synth pad gains momentum and is accompanied by the first inklings of an acid line which becomes a big focus on the track. Plucky FX deliver some cool distractions and these soon combine to form their own melodic sequence. The break is where it’s at as melodies come together in a strangely uplifting way while acid blips go off all around. A perfectly timed climax brings the track back into a full on progressive groove. Lots going on here and a joy to listen to as new patterns are found with each listen.
Top Bonzai artist Audio Noir lends his skills on remix duties with his Oldskool Remix. Saying that this guys is on fire at the moment is an understatement. His soon to be released Rewind EP shows us how the oldskool era can be applied with modern technology and this remix is also testament to that. Solid intro as tightly arranged percussions lead us into the mother of all kicks, an instantly recognisable kick that was the basis of so many classics. The track moves into gear at the first very short break where a super cool classic vocal sample leads us to the superb bassline that just pulsates right through the track. A very cool acid line takes the track to the next level and beyond and on the break this is where it really shines. This track has it all, it pays tribute to fantastic era and it does it with so much respect, this is no doubt one of the tracks you have got to have, raise the roof time is here!
Audio Noir’s ‘Transfagarasan Highway’ which performed very well on the circuit gets a rerub with the help of some top producers in this massive remix pack.
The Original Mix intros with a wonderful and very distinct sub bass, the bass just eases in effortlessly and you begin to realise how recognisable it is, this track is one that will bring back memories of an awesome time in EDM, all the qualities are there for your aural pleasure. The classic vocal sample will have you jumping in no time along with the rolling bassline and tight arrangement. On the break we are treated to a super cool piano and again that vocal sample will keep you focused in on the journey ahead, simply stunning!
Belgium’s legendary M.I.K.E. is first up to the remix desk with an absolute stomper of a remix. Currently, as you would expect, Mike is always busy with something. He juggles a hectic DJ schedule which takes him all over the world, he churns out the quality from the studio on a regular basis and he still finds the time to engage with his loyal fanbase and spend time with family, how does he do it! On this remix he takes the main elements from the original and adds that M.I.K.E. touch that will light up any floor. A thumping great bass intros alongside some sharp percussions that steadily build a smooth rhythmic vibe. That massive vocal sample gets the veins pumping as the track breaks loose with a classic bassline and techy synths as rolling snares raise the temperature even more. The track continues to build with high octane precision and forces you to get those hands in the air as the break unleashes a massive hook which quite simply blows your mind, top stuff from the master!
Airwave aka one hell of a talented guy is up next to remix duty with his own stunning take on this classy track. Laurent is an extremely busy artist at the moment, he is a regular feature and many venues worldwide and this trend is ever increasing as gigs will be taking him to Canada as well as a recent stint in Goa. He is also a hard working studio artist, at present he has many projects on the go alongside Phi Phi and with J00F, aside from that he lends his talents to remixes like we have here. The track intros with that familiar kick and bass combination as crisp hats and percussions begin to form up. Very cool FX deliver a surreal atmosphere before the track takes on a new dimension with the introduction of some tightly arranged drums. The pace quickens and we soon met with some amazing melodic pads that sweep across the sound which is further enhance by a beautifully deep pipe instrument. The break offers up a sublime sequence of melodies before slamming back into this full on progressive grooving monster, stunning!
The ever impressive Manu Riga is up with his Angel On Earth Mix. Manu is always keeping busy with lots of remix work as well as his own material which we will hope to be seeing very soon. From the get go you can feel the energy dripping off this remix as the kicks pick up the pace. These are complimented by a tweaked stuttering vocal and a bassline that drives the groove with a throbbing punch. Beautifully emotive melodies weave an intricate pattern with an ethnic tinge. The break delivers sweet laced arps which ebb and flow alongside that bubbly bassline. A cool, flowing and intense groove for the floors which is not to be missed.
Next up is Thorin with his stunning remix which is full of deep progressive delights. Thorin churns out quality productions on a regular basis. He has a hugely impressive catalogue of remixes as well as his own material which is always very well received from all quarters. His remix intros with a full on in your face groove as chunky kicks are met with contrastingly lush pads a tough edged bass, which makes for a cool combination. This groove powers on relentlessly up to the first short break where the pads come to the fore. Soon after a nice and smooth synth comes into play and adds cool textures to the sound. At the main break some more melodies ease in and that vocal sample also makes a showing before the track kicks right back into the main sound, which makes this a must have track in any set!
The Zen Mix is pure bliss, a huge soundscape that you wish would go on and on. The bass just flows along and is the perfect match for the myriad of sounds in attendance. Spitting pipes, bright synths and that superb vocal blend together beautifully creating an awesome atmosphere where you will lose yourself for a while, brilliant!
The impressive Moshic is back at Bonzai Progressive with his equally impressive new cut entitled ‘Do It To Me Now’. Moshic’s unique sound is well renowned the world over and he continues to deliver top quality with all that he touches. This new track has been given the remix treatment by three of Bonzai’s popular artists which will definitely help get this track noticed.
The Original Mix intros with a very cool sequence filled with tight hats and percussions with a teasing bass whetting the appetite. Subtle kicks sit back and let the array of sounds do all the work. A rising pad creates an intensity throughout as the groove takes on a gritty feel with the vocal coming through brilliantly. The bass continues to bubble up from below adding a very smooth texture, another fine progressive vibe from Moshic!
Italian producer Gai Barone delivers two stunning remixes on this pack, the first one being his Starsk Remix. The intro boasts a strong and intense drone with chunky kicks and sharp hats building around it as well as some smooth plucked strings. The synths bring in a little melody to the groove while retaining a dark atmosphere. The break unleashes more of those plucks with some heavy FX adding to the already fierce groove, superb stuff from Gai!
Gai’s second offering here is his On A Train Remix which gets us moving with a strong kick with a nice clip on top. Powerfully deep pads rise up giving a real progressive edge to the sound while all around some fantastic percussion takes shape. A strong piercing vibe ensues as expertly crafted FX go to work, all this is shored up with a wonderful deep bass that sits perfectly in the background. Simply stunning and no doubt will gain much attention.
One of Bonzai’s longstanding popular artists Manu Riga takes up remix duties with his Progtrip Remix. Manu is a firm favourite within the progressive realm not only with his own outstanding productions but also for his remix work which always gets plenty of recognition. Here he intros with a brilliant thumping kick with a rolling effect underneath. A resonating bass lingers in the depths waiting to pounce. Tight percussions begin to form rhythmic patterns while a synth pad begins to rise. The bassline evolves beautifully into a proper full on progressive workout as it rolls along in curvy patterns that will have any floor rocking. Plenty of twists and turn on offer here and a track that is not to be missed.
Audio Noir is popping up all over the place at the moment with remixes on many tracks as well as his own material doing the rounds. Here he delivers a stunning remix in his unique progressive way. Very smooth and classic intro with a powerful kick and skipping hats getting us under way. Deep droning basses rise up building the tension before the track breaks with a beautiful vocal over those heavy pads. The track crashes back with those kicks but this time accompanied by an amazing hypnotic bass that pounds the speakers. A superb remix out of Australia which will be a must for any set and most definitely not to be missed!
Napalm aka Hungarian producer Nanai PalIt and D-Phrag aka Bulgarian DJ Ivan Filipov return to Bonzai Progressive with their latest offering ‘Tour De Force’ and comes backed up with two top notch remixes. The guys’ last outing was ‘Boiling Point’ which was very well received from all quarters.
The Original Mix intros strongly with nice chunky kicks and a soft hat combination. Deep droning basses rise from below giving an air of intensity to the sound which is further enhanced by fading synths and brilliant ethnically charged instruments. Dark grooves are formed from these sounds and culminate in serious progressive workout which is perfect fodder for those darker edged sets, brilliant!
The long serving Bonzai family member Manu Riga is up on remix duty with a wonderfully constructed cut. Manu remains a busy guy in the studio with lots of work on the go including his own material as well as a raft of future remixes which we are excited to see. Here he takes the track on its journey through the darker recesses of progressive house. Powerful basses attract a lot of attention here and are given stark contrasts with lush pads that linger far behind. A very cool ethnic vibe rings through the sound and is further enhanced by a superb vocal sample which is the perfect addition to the sound. Big strong grooves from Manu yet again and a must for any box.
The very popular Yuriy From Russia is next on the remix. Yuriy has been churning out top quality vibes for quite a while now and always adds his unique progressive twist to everything he touches. The remix intros with nice phat kicks which sets the scene for a deep, dark ride through the prog house spectrum. Lush pads are on offer and add a certain depth to the sound which works in harmony with the resonating bass. The break settles into a very smooth sequence before a rising effect takes us back to the full on prog grooves, stunning stuff from Yuriy and not to be missed.
Back from his last release on BP with “Reborn” alongside Manu Riga, Nico Parisi delivers “Caress” which comes with no less than five fantastic remixes. Nico has been very busy lately with his own productions and a stack of remixes, he also has a hectic DJ schedule with many gigs across Belgium. Recently he featured in the launch of a new concept night “INSANE” which is a product of DJunkee and Bonzai progressive. He will also feature at this year’s Bonzai Retro event in November with the crème de la crème of Belgian DJ’s.
The Original mix is a strong, solid slice of progressive house vibes. Snappy kicks and a subtle melodic sequence provide the intro with rising pads soon coming through. Percussions slowly build and form into a cool flowing rhythm while an early and intense build up leads us into a full on prog monster. Offbeat bass drives the track forward with excellent synth work keeping the intense nature on point. Wonderful stuff from Nico and a must have in any box.
First up on remix is Inkfish who are four Swedes. Mattias Lindblom, Jesper Lindqvist and brothers Andreas and Johan Hermansson. These guys run their own label, Inkfish Recordings with Mattias or Andreas taking care of the production side of things. Johan and Andreas do all the DJ work while Jesper is a self-styled Bez from Happy Mondays character. Together these guys have a very impressive list of releases across many top labels and now we see their first appearance on Bonzai Progressive. The remix intros with some cool FX, synths and pads before a nice chunky kick takes over. The bass delivers a deep grooving flow while rising pads add beautiful textures with subtle melodic hints. Solid track with a big punch!
The very popular Manu Riga is up next with his Sofia By Night Remix. After their last and very successful outing on “Reborn” it’s no wonder these guys are working together again, they click well in the studio and no doubt we will see a lot more from them in the future. The remix goes into full on mode with a massive snappy kick with a sharp click on top which really sets the scene up well for a trip down progressive lane. Some great FX and synth work give off subtle melodies with a very teasing vox lying in wait in the background. Superb bassline works wonders throughout the track and makes this a track you will never want to end.
Philthy Chit deliver a stunningly epic progressive house experience with their remix. The intro slowly builds with simple percussions and a hypnotic synth note before blazing into a driving deep bass led groove. Intensity rises with wonderful pads and an amazing vocal sample. The magic happens on the break with deep resonating synths and melodic sequences before getting back into a full blown prog monster. A sure fire hit and a definite must have for those progressive sets.
Next up on the remix is Eric Hubo whom Nico has worked with in the past. Belgium based Eric has featured on tracks from Nico’s Danza Records including “Metro”, “S.A.X.X.” and “Move Your Body” as well as works on LCD Recordings on “Romeo and Juliet”. His remixes have also appeared on “A State Of Trance Classics Vol. 7″ back in 2012. The remix sets off with a smooth kick and offset bass which is the perfect foundation for a progressive house journey. Cool FX and well crafted percussion provide a steady rhythm before the track settles in for the duration as the bassline shines through. Sweet melodic pianos are the focus on the break as sweeping phased synth pads shore up the background. The track kicks back into the steady groove and a beautiful prog house record in born, superb stuff.
Yuriy From Russia is our next guest with his Dark Remix. Yuriy has been churning out top quality productions in recent times most notably with his latest offering “Do You Feel” featuring the vocal talents of Ange. Chunky kicks and sharp hats get us moving on the intro with a warpy, thick bass soon following. Sweeping synths begin to come through and they provide stark contrasts with the bass which makes for a cool dynamic. Blippy FX work adds texture to the sound and all the while the groove has built into full on progressive mode. The break brings forth those sweeping pads and builds back into the main groove with a wall of noise. Very intense and very epic piece of work which no doubt get attention from all quarters.
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10th installment in the Afterhour Trax series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, Moshic, Gai Barone, Audio Noir, Kintar, CJ Art, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Philthy Chit, Noa Romana, Deersky, Yuriy From Russia, Mindgamers, Angga, Cid Inc., Manu Riga, Franbeats, Thorin, Quadran, Beat Maniacs, deepAlexander, Eric Powa B, Zan Preveé, WayWork, Hector Sawiak, Chantola, J-Junior, AquAdro, Anthony Yarranton, JJ Grant, Digital Department and Crocy.
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8th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series, featuring original tracks and remixes by Manu Riga, Cid Inc., Lloyd Trimmer, 21street, Stan Kolev, Matan Caspi, Airwave, DJ Fire, Kintar, Gai Barone, LoQuai, Philthy Chit, Matteo Monero, Audio Noir, AquAdro, Moshic, Hector Sawiak, Chantola, J-Junior, Angga, Rise And Fall, John 00 Fleming, Christopher Lawrence, Santiago Garcia, Dark Soul Project, Franbeats, Anthony Yarranton, Zan Prevvé, WayWork, Jakhira, Kindred Spirits, CJ Art, Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic, Rishi K., JJ Grant and Digital Department.