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Manu and Jurgen team up for the first time on their No Time Left which comes with two superb remixes. As ever Manu continues to deliver the goods from his impressive home studio. His last outing Shadow Of Life continues to perform on charts and download portals with support coming from all directions. Jurgen also remains consistent in the quality department, his Different Faces radio show is gaining ground and his last release Kleine Nyo received a lot of support and gained much attention on download sites. Both artists bring many skills which makes for a very interesting partnership, good to see these guys get together with the hope of more to come in the future.
The Original Mix gets going with a nice punchy kick alongside a fantastic energetic bassline that teases as it fades through. Various FX are expertly placed within the sound giving an airy spacious feel. As the layers build we get drawn into a wonderful tribal driven groove delivered by some stunning percussion arrangement. Ethnic chants are coupled with spoken vocals to great effect bringing something different to the progressive nature of the sound. Such a powerful groove that will be a firm favourite among many for sure.
Loquai is up first on the remix and he delivers another stunning slice of prog which we are accustomed to here at Bonzai. After a short hiatus he was back on Phi Phi & Airwave’s Vanilla as well as an appearance on Club Traxx 2 Breaks. Here he raises the bar with a beautifully crafted deep progressive groove. Punchy kicks and a tight percussion arrangement get the rhythms flowing alongside a throbbing bass that sits perfectly within the sound. Bright synths add contrast as the layers build bringing a myriad of sounds. The break throws up a wonderful musical sequence filled with sweeping pads and cool ethnic chants alongside a subtle arp pattern. An epic slice of prog that will be a welcome addition in any box.
It’s been a while since CJ Art last graced these shores, it was back in 2012 on Nancy Burrello & Digital Angel’s Time X. As well as this remix CJ also makes an appearance on Club Traxx 2 Breaks. Here the track intros with a tight drum arrangement filled with punchy kicks, cool FX and vocal snippets which injects a sprinkling of psy. The track lifts off with the bassline as it drives the groove beautifully into the progressive abyss and beyond. The break solidifies the groove as the bassline strolls along beside some very nice pads and subtle melodies. Fantastic stuff that is not to be missed.
Thorin is back with his follow up to Hallucinogen back at the end of 2013 with Secrets which comes packed with three superb remixes. Over the last several months Thorin has been a busy guy with a string of remixes for the likes of Nico Parisi, Gai Barone and Audio Noir as well DJ slots on Bonzai Basik Beats and his own monthly podcast. Today Thorin keeps the progressive vibe alive with this fresh new cut.
First up we have the Original Mix that sets off with thumping kick and a wonderfully rich bass that hooks you right into its groove. Subtle percussions bring a smooth rhythmic flow to the sound as lush pads sit in the wings alongside cool arps. The first break throws up a brilliant spoken word sample that gives the track character as well as a narrative that will invoke deep thinking. A proper driving infectious groove ensues and takes us to the main break where the arps take over before we get thrust right back into full swing. Top notch yet again from Thorin and a definite must in any DJ’s box.
Manu Riga is first up to remix duty with another of his sublime progressive journeys. Manu is fresh from his fantastic Shadow of Life which saw massive support across many top portals as well as a firm favourite on the floors. Here he sets us up for one of his inspiring rides through deep prog vibes. The intro boasts a nice punchy kick and wistful FX that ebb and flow throughout bringing a mesmerizing effect to the sound. A beautifully warm bass grabs a hold of your senses and locks you in while subtle gated synths begin to form up. The break brings those wistful pads to the fore as a spoken vocal sample comes through and then it’s back to the main groove for this relentless journey which is most definitely not to be missed.
Next up we have a remix from Mark Found who has already made a big impact with his recent mix on Manu Riga’s Shadow Of Life as well as his own productions Sagittarius and Tribute which he produced under the guise Duluth. Here Mark takes a deeper approach to the sound as he introduces superb dark elements into the grooves. Chunky kicks and expertly crafted percussion arrangements keep the rhythm flowing as sinister sounding pads creep through alongside a hypnotic bassline that dominates with its pulsating rhythm. The break brings up those pads with a spoken vocal off in the distance keeping the deep vibe flowing. Superb offering here that will no doubt keep the darker floors active with its infectious grooves.
Lastly we have Deuzler with his remix, he is fresh off the back of his last remix on Audio Noir’s Brooklyn Xpress which came shortly after his debut Go Toward the Light. On the remix he takes the track firmly down the progressive house route with wonderful pounding kicks and a subtle percussion arrangement that keeps the rhythm steady and solid. Beautifully warm and lush deep basses inject the groove with a hypnotic vibe that keeps you locked in. Such a top notch cut that will be a hit among many for sure.
Audio Noir recently released his stunning debut artist album Almost Famous which is packed to the brim of wonderfully crafted tracks. Seeing as the album is so good we decided to line up this fantastic remix package with some of the finest cuts off the album and we called in a few of our top remixers to do their thing. Sit back for a journey deep into the progressive abyss and don’t forget to go and check out the originals from this fantastic album.
First up is Under The Sun with a superb remix from Inkfish. Deep and dark tones are felt from the outset as a pounding kick sits over a distant pad. Cool vocal samples crop up throughout adding smooth textures to the groove. Laidback rhythms come off the subtle percussion section and pave the way for the bass which is the star of the show. That bassline just pulses through the track beautifully and keeps the deeper progressive elements on point. The synth work is minimal as it comes through with a raw edge. Top notch cut from Inkfish that will warm up a lot of sets.
The masterful Airwave provides the next remix on One More Night and right from the off you will realise you’re in for a treat as the wonderfully crafted intro lulls you into its grasp. Subtle synths ebb and flow as a bubbling bass fades up bringing with it a fantastic sense of anticipation. A huge kick unleashes a superb breakbeat pattern which takes us to the first break where a stunning guitar strums out a beautiful melodic sequence with the help of some bright synths before getting back into full on mode. A truly epic and hypnotic experience you will not want to miss.
Up next we have the Manu Riga Morning After Remix of Midnight Til Morning which intros with a nice punchy kick that is soon joined by a smooth deep and warming pad. Subtle melodies flow out of the pads alongside some very cool FX. The track does a great job of drawing you in and gripping your mind body and soul for the duration. The bass will move you as it pounds out a superb progressive groove while contrasting bright pads float above. A short break reveals a beautiful piano sequence and a fantastic vocal that takes the track to a new level. Simply wonderful stuff from Manu which is most definitely not to be missed.
Sa.Du is up next with his remix of Morphine. The intro boasts a tight drum arrangement filled with punchy kicks and a round of rhythmic percussions that will have you on the dancefloor in no time. A deep throbbing bass rears its head to get the groove really flowing and commands right through the track. Cool clangy FX come through adding a tech flavour to the sound while smooth arps and synths retain the progressive edge. Overall the track dishes out a driving groove that will be a most welcome addition in any set.
Lastly on this package we have 21street with a remix of La Polaris. Pounding kicks get the track moving to the backdrop of cool percussion patterns as a female vocal comes in every other bar with a sharp delivery. The track breaks briefly before slamming back with a monster bass that just rolls right through the sound brilliantly and setting the progressive house groove on course. Contrasting melodic sequences are born out of a sweet and bright synth as the darker elements continue to flow. A very cool and dynamic slice that will be a feature among many for sure.
The ever impressive and always on target Manu Riga is back with Shadow Of Life. Manu remains a firm favourite at Bonzai and has done for the last few years. A highly reliable remix artist when called upon and consistent in his quality delivery. This new effort just proves yet again the skills on offer and comes backed up with four superb remixes.
Manu Riga – Shadow Of Life, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport on the Staff Picks in the Progressive House genre page!
The ever impressive and always on target Manu Riga is back with Shadow Of Life. Manu remains a firm favourite at Bonzai and has done for the last few years. A highly reliable remix artist when called upon and consistent in his quality delivery. This new effort just proves yet again the skills on offer and comes backed up with four superb remixes. Settle in for deep charged progressive vibes you will not want to miss.
The Original Mix sets us off into this hugely anticipated journey into prog as punchy kicks are met with crisp offset hats. The basses begin to form up in layers with an arp bass showing first getting the groove moving beautifully. Deep droning basses soon make their way in making for the perfect platform for the subtle ethically charge undertones. Contrasting melodies float throughout the sound with cool synth arps and distinctively ethnic voices. The break delves into this world beautifully before we are thrust back to the main sound and onward with our ride into deep prog, just brilliant.
Nico Parisi is up first on the remix with his In Search Of The Morning Remix. The title of his remix is taken from his monthly Podcast of the same name where Nico showcases top tracks in the mix. Recently we have seen his own latest works Napoli By Night get a release support coming through thick and fast. Here the intro goes right for the jugular as tight punchy kicks are joined by pulsating deep bass. Percussions begin to show building up a cool rhythmic vibe as sweeping pads wash over the sound beautifully creating dreamy melodic flavours. The break offers some cool percussive sounds laden with effects alongside distant voices and takes us back into the main groove for the duration. An epic deep progressive slice from Nico as you would expect, not to be missed.
Ben Solar is up to the remix desk next with his effort. Ben is fresh from a superb remix on Steve Sai’s Stardust which came soon after his debut Big & Small EP. Here he takes us on a winding journey deep into progressive bedrock. The intro boasts a round of smooth percussions that are soon joined by a cool kick with a myriad of FX adding very cool textures to the sound. A deep bass plunders through the sound beautifully sitting back just enough to allow the higher frequencies to shine. A very percussion heavy ride ensues in this super tight arrangement with classic stabs popping up throughout. Subtle yet driving deep progressive house that would be a welcome cut in any set.
Italian DJ and producer Mark Found delivers a fresh sounding remix filled with all the goodness of true progressive house. Mark recently debuted with Sagittarius on BP and with his Duluth moniker on Green Martian, with both tracks getting much support from all over. The remix here intros with a nice and chunky kick and a tightly arranged percussion section. A brilliantly crafted synth arp builds us up to a powerful driving bass that sits perfectly in the sound. The arps and additional synth work produce cool melodies that captivate for the duration. The break reveals a beautifully crafted sequence that will allow your mind to drift before getting pushed right back into the main groove. A top notch remix from Mark and a must have track for sure.
Phil Taylor aka Philthy Chit returns to remix duty after his very well received remix on Nico Parisi and Gai Barone’s Perla as well as his own Confabulate back in July this year. The intro gives off a monster kick that punches you right in the chest as it pounds out its groove. A cool, deep bass oozes progressive flavour as ethic voices sweep across the sound drawing you into their lull. An infectious arp sequence brings a subtle enthralling melody which dominates the break wonderfully. After the break the track settles in for an epic ride with many fantastic soundscapes along the way. A truly thought inducing piece that will keep dragging you back for more, superb stuff.
Bonzai Progressive joins #BeatportDecade celebrations with this Progressive House compilation featuring original tracks and remixes by Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Manu Riga, Cid Inc., Nico Parisi, Inkfish, Phi Phi, Rise And Fall, Audio Noir, Gai Barone, Relaunch, Solar Fields, Moshic, Philthy Chit and Matan Caspi.