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9th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series, this time around with original tracks and remixes by Praveen Achary, Cid Inc., Phi Phi, Airwave, Rise And Fall, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Pole Folder, Moshic, Philthy Chit, JJ Grant, Napalm & D-Phrag, Audio Noir, Shane, Thorin, Relaunch, Tolga Diler, Kintar, Mindgamers, Yuriy From Russia, Full Gear Flavor, Erdi Irmak, LoQuai, Tim Robert, DeepSoul Duo, CJ Art, Beat Maniacs, Kabalo, Domased Electronica, Matteo Monero, Kasall, Gary Delaney and Timewave.
Phi Phi and Airwave are back at it again with another absolute stomper ‘A Breeze On The Nile’. The guys had recently joined forces for the first time on the amazing ‘Back On Track’, and again this time around we see a slew of quality remixes included in this package. Great to see these two legends hitting the studio together and hopefully much more to come.
The Original Mix intros with crash that unleashes a cool round of mixed percussions before a slamming kick drum edges through. High quality FX work fills in the background as we build our way up to a superb bassline that dominates effortlessly and bringing with it a deep progressive vibe. Intense grooves are formed and on the break things quieten down with surreal pads creating a beautiful soundscape. Top notch stuff that will be a definite must on those deep progressive sets!
Philthy Chit teams up with Superlifter on their remix and they have really delivered on the quality front. The remix intros with a cool deep breaks vibe as rhythms slowly build with a round of percussions. Deep basses resonate throughout the sound and the intensity builds around some superb synth sequences. The break shows off some very cool pads and synths before crashing right back into this solid progressive groove.
Next up we have the Relaunch Mix, this guy has been around the remix circuit for quite a while and always produces top quality results. With a full release coming up on JOOF soon we hope to see a lot more from this stunning talent. The track embarks on an epic journey through progressive vibes as sounds evolve. The intro has a chunky kick and bass combo that sets the scene beautifully with smooth synths fading through. Steady rhythms are formed amongst a well crafted drum and percussion section and the tension rises. A gated synth arp dominates the sound for the most part as it rises and rises. A hell of a ride down into the darker recesses of progressive house.
Greece’s own Steve Sai is on a roll at the moment, he has recently seen two first class tracks and a host of remixes this year. On this remix Steve incorporates his own brand of prog with style and ease. Nice and steady flowing rhythms are the order of the day as the tight arrangements gel beautifully within the progressive sound. The bassline has a superb bouncing effect as it keeps the grooves in check with very subtle pads and synths to add texture. Great stuff yet again from Steve!
What do you get when two legends join forces in the studio? The answer is some of the best progressive sounds ever. That is what’s happening here, Phi Phi aka Philippe Toutlemonde and Airwave aka Laurent Veronnez combine their skills to deliver a solid progressive house stomper with “Back On Track” that comes backed up with a slew of quality remixes. Phi Phi has been a huge presence on the trance and progressive scene for a very long time (he celebrated his 50th birthday not too long ago). He was integral in the defining of the uplifting/vocal trance genres in the early nineties, a sound which carries through to this day. Still DJing consistently and now back in production we are sure to see lot more from this guy, no doubt. Another artist with legendary status is Airwave, Laurent has garnered this status over the last 17 years as he relentlessly poured out hit after hit through Bonzai. His work ethic is second to none and when he performs his live sets he dispatches his own unique style with great professionalism. Great to see these two guys get in the studio together with the hope of much more to come.
The Original Mix is a true progressive driven track, the intro sets up the scene beautifully with percussions slowly building up the rhythm and then settling in with a snappy kick. The attention to detail is astonishing with a multitude of FX going off adding great texture to the sound. The bass comes in and the track sets off through the wonderful world of progressive house. On the break a myriad of melodic sequences will keep the ear trained and send you back for more. One truly awesome ride and a sure fire hit with many!
Progressive guru Moshic is our first remix artist, this guy really needs no introduction as he is synonymous within the prog world for his outstanding quality. Moshic has appeared on many Bonzai compilations and has remixed quite a few Bonzai artists also. With a new track coming out very soon we get another taste of this guys talents on the remix. The subtle intro lulls you into a sublime groove made up of sharp hats, top notch percussions and FX with a surreal pad in the background. We are set on a hypnotic ride as the track continues to build layer upon layer before we are confronted with a massive wall of sound filled with superb bass and wonderful melodies. A masterclass and definitely one for any DJ box.
Rise and Fall return to BP after their well received debut “Imagination”. Solid kicks and swirly pads provide the intro before the well crafted percussion elements filter through. The bass drops like a bomb on this as it reverberates through the speakers with dramatic effect. Clever FX and lots of sub plots evolve from this and on the break melodies shine through adding a very cool contrast to the overall sound. A monster hypnotic, progressive cut and a must have on those playlists.
Australian producer Audio Noir is next up to the remix desk with his Drop Mix and we are really in for something special on this. This guy has been churning out some outstanding work recently, in particular his last BP release entitled “Floorlicker”. The epic intro is made up of a mixture of FX and brilliant percussion which gives a tribal feel and is built upon with many other sounds that take us up to the main event when the chunky kicks come into play. Subtle melodies offer a lot of diversity within the sound as the much more raw basses do their work. One hell of a ride with superb rhythms and one to watch.
Audio Noir also provides us with his Zen Mix, a stunning slice of chilled out vibes perfect for a set intro or for just chilling after a long day.
On 27th July 2013, Bonzai, the most recognised brand in EDM will host a stage at Tomorrowland 2013, the biggest dance event in Europe. One whole stage will be dedicated to bringing you the best DJ’s to deliver THE ultimate retro party.
Since the early nineties Bonzai has been responsible for creating the sounds that defined an era, these sounds have been embedded into the memories of millions of clubbers across the globe and to this day the Bonzai sound still rings true. With tracks like “Universal Nation” – “The First Rebirth” – “Eternally” – “The Rebel” – “Bonzai Channel One” – “Woops” and many, many more, Bonzai was able to stamp it’s mark into the history books.
Today the head honcho’s, Fly and Marnik are dedicated to reliving those memories and to scribe new memories into the minds of their army of followers for many years to come. It is this dedication that enables them to host and perform at only the biggest and best festivals and parties, and judging by previous outings we are in for a hell of a ride.
What you can expect is the mother of all experiences with music from across the EDM spectrum, from house to trance and acid to techno, culminating in a full on banging retro experience.
The stage will bring the finest talent EDM has ever seen including, the ultimate retro masters – Bonzai All Stars, Push, Hardfloor, Frank De Wulf, Yves Deruyter, Franky Jones, Ramirez, Franky Kloeck, Phi Phi, DJ Ghost, Bountyhunter and Nico Parisi all performing on one stage!!!
So gear up and get ready to have your minds blown!
Bonzai turns 20!
On the 17/11/12 Belgium’s ravers will gather in STUDIO @ ETHIAS ARENA, HASSELT to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the most well known labels of our time.
Built from the ground up the Bonzai sound broke barriers as it was unleashed upon our senses, with literally thousands of releases and still releasing quality music to this day, it is clear that Bonzai is here to stay so here’s to another 20 years!
To mark this huge milestone there will be a party like no other with some of the best DJ’s and artists that helped shape and define many genres into the history books of EDM, and touch the hearts and minds of an army of followers.
Join us as we embark on the ultimate retro experience as we delve into the archives of past classics and rave until the early hours with tracks like “Bonzai Channel One” to “The First Rebirth” and “When Things Go Wrong” to “Universal Nation”, there will be something for everyone to cast their minds back and enjoy what helped create an explosive era in dance music.
Get your tickets, get your rave gear on and get to Belgium for the most spectacular show on Earth!