Recent posts: Progrez
Progressive DJing and production duo Jon ManimaL & Magros aka metrONomes are back with a superb three track dark progressive house offering. The guys have been regular features on Bonzai’ classic label Progrez for some time now with their last release “AtomON” performing well on the circuit. This time around the quality remains on top form with their “Mea Culpa EP”.
The title track “Mea Culpa” sets off on a dark progressive journey with a deep rolling bassline. Subtle percussions and FX start to build and a cool chunky kick settles into a nice groove. As the track progresses it delves into a full on hypnotic ride that digs deep into your mind. Expertly crafted and very faint pads rise up from the background adding great texture to the sound, top notch stuff yet again from these guys!
“Roots” is up next and takes on a cool prog house groove from the intro. Solid and steady rhythms are built on the tight drum arrangement with snappy percussions doing the job nicely. The bass resonates through the sound keeping the track firmly rooted while melancholic pads provide a hint of melody, superb effort and definitely one to watch!
“Vatos Locos” goes right into the action with a chunky kick and full on offbeat bass. Subtle pads weave through to great effect and a sinister vocal makes a show throughout. The track builds nicely with percussions coming through late on and delivering a flowing rhythm. Very haunting in places with a true deep progressive house vibe as the end result, excellent stuff!
Kiev based Ivan Shadrin aka Ego Progressus returns to Progrez with another of his darkly sinister progressive monsters entitled “Dark Story EP”.
Taking us right into the murky depths of progressive vibes we have “Dark Boom”. The track intros with a heavy kick and eerie sounding FX and vocal. The bass sits back waiting to pounce as a myriad of percussive and synth effects haunt the groove. On the break the tension builds with a macabre pad and drone combination which is coupled with that mysterious vocal. Perfect choice for those very late night parties and Halloween events!
“Story Galaxy” is up next with its classic kick and hat intro which leads into some really cool FX. The bassline rises up through different layers giving it a very diverse texture. The percussions build the rhythms smoothly and soon we get locked in to a dark hypnotic groove with some cool added vocals from a great mind of our time. Another stomper from this superb talent.
Spanish DJ and producer Ruben Losada debuts on Progrez with his two tracker, “The Creature Of The Tenth Planet”. Ruben got into music from an early age and he honed his DJing skills playing in and around Madrid since 2006. Soon he began to produce in various styles and these two track are a testament to a talented, hard working artist.
The title track gets us moving with classic styled intro, chunky kicks and sharp hats, these set up a cool flowing rhythm which the track is built on. Very surreal FX begin to make a show and these strangely alien sounds do the title justice. A fluent rolling baseline takes full focus when it rises through the sounds. Intensity starts to build as stunning long noted synths with sequenced pulses rush in, superb stuff!
“Something In The Sky” dishes out a strong progressive house vibe for the get go. Snappy kicks are married with minimal percussion over a pulsating bassy sound with cool FX edging through. Percussions build and build settling into a solid rhythm as the bass intensifies combining the sounds well. The track goes on a merciless journey creating hypnotic grooves that will no doubt get the darker sets rocking.
Debut release on Progrez for producer Ressive with the two tracker “Feel Heaven”.
“Feel Heaven” gets right into prog house mode from the off with a fantastic well rounded kick and cool synth riff. Solid rhythms are steadily built which morph into a superb groove alongside a warm house bass. Arpeggio synths become a big focus as they weave a complex melodic sequence that is always on the rise. Very well crafted and definitely one to watch.
“Varicolored” powers straight into full on mode with a well balanced kick and mashed up with superb percussions. The darkly droning synths create a sinister vibe which contrasts beautifully with the bass and some of the brighter synths, these synths ebb and flow and tease with cool melodies adding a rich dynamic to the sound, top notch grooves.
Metronomes are a progressive DJing and production duo by Jon ManimaL & Magros, the guys last outing Progrez “Inceptions” was well received. Today we have “AtomON”, a two tracker with all the glory of progressive house wrapped up in a neat package.
“AtomON” intros with minimal percussion which builds nicely as the bass and kicks get the rhythm moving into a solid slice of prog. Cool acid type lines give off a techno vibe which works very well with the groove. The break delivers more acid style with subtle FX shoring up the sound. An all round strong track with the power to enhance any set.
“AbeBaBlom” is a pure deep prog stomper, again we see an element of techno thrown in which really does match so well with this groove. Big thundering kicks and tight arrangement provide a solid rhythm with a multitude of percussive sounds providing backup. The track gets sinister in parts due to the growling FX. A monster of a tune which is sure to have any party rocking.
Debuting on Progrez we have the talented Yuriy From Russia – who is in fact – from Russia. Yuriy has appeared on many labels and boasts a very impressive back catalogue. Here we are treated to a single tracker entitled “Stalker” which is a perfect addition to the Progrez repertoire.
Standard issue intro with a nice chunky kick and hats providing the building blocks for a ride through the progressive underworld. A very sinister sounding deep bassline is the main focus here, the bass takes full control and the note changes are infectious. The percussions build layer after layer and subtle FX work brings the vibe together. Deep prog synths come through on the break alongside a brilliant pad then the bass comes to take pride of place once more, simply stunning stuff!
Ukrainian producer Yaroslav Lenzyak aka Pozitive returns with a quality two track release entitled “Colibri”. Pozitive is rising fast on the international circuit and he delivers his sounds using many different hardware synths and controllers to great effect.
The title track “Colibri” intros with a dark vibe manifested in the deep thud on the kicks and deep bass drone. Very subtle percussions begin to work their way into the sound while a melancholic plinky piano sound comes through. The track continues to build and a real cool deep prog groove ensues. On the way we are treated to an awesome surreal melody and some stunning pad work, great stuff!
“In The Sky” takes a slightly different route on the intro with a much more techy approach. Cool bright sounds work well together before a tight kick comes in along with a superb analogue style bass. Plenty of FX here that fits perfectly in the sound and as we continue the track begins to become much more progressive with a brilliant melody. The bass transforms into a warm lush affair and on the break we are in full prog mode leading up to a fantastic climax and then right back into the groove, very cool sounds perfect for any playlist.
Based in Kiev, Ukraine, Ivan Shadrin aka Ego Progressus debuts on Progrez with this stunning dark themed progressive monster. Ivan is very much an advocate of the darker side of prog and this come through in his live sets. He has developed an outstanding musical taste and it is this that inspires him to form out his dark and sometimes tribal vibes.
Kicking off we have the short “Hypno Intro”, straight away you feel the dark elements within Ivan’s sound, deep sinister vocals and haunting pads combine well to create an intensely charged atmosphere, nice start!
The title track “Hypnosphere” intros with a good old solid kick and bass combi with crispy clear percussions showing up. This track then begins a journey that builds layer upon layer, on this journey the tension rises as the dark elements begin to creep through. On the break the true dark nature of this tune is exposed and we get a climax of pure, raw progressive house with a classic tribal undertone. Very well crafted track and a must for those darker sets.
“Mare Orientale” takes on a much more industrial theme with a lot of metallic sounds yet retaining that prog house vibe. We still get the dark grooves and eerie sounds, the beauty of this track is the multitude of sounds that do a great job of keeping you hooked, if only to hear what other sounds come through. A top notch track indeed and one you will listen to over and over.
Debuting on Progrez we have Cristian Perera Moray aka Moray. Cristian started off producing Hip Hop back when he was a teenager and in 2010 he began to move into the EDM arena. He is learning the tricks of his trade the hard way by self learning the very complex process of music production. This release, entitled “Feel Better EP” is a reflection of that process and is a very impressive example of how far he has come.
“Between The Walls” intros with a mixture of percs, FX and bass, a perfect combination which builds and builds into a powerful groove. Very subtle sound lulls you into a false sense of security when the full potential of the track is unleashed with stunning synth work and expert arrangement, top notch stuff.
“Have A Nice Day” takes us on a wonderful journey through warm lush basses and deep fuelled vibes. Throbbing kicks are matched with a chunky synth and a myriad of percussive sounds give a real solid feel to the groove. On the break gritty synths and strings hypnotise while a simple vocal sample adds an extra layer, a real solid bit of work here and a must for any playlist.
Belgian producer R Varez aka RV turns out a progressive tech working for Progrez with his track “Disorder” which is backed up with two stunning remixes. RV’s last outing came in the form of “Mamba” on Eyepatch which was very well recieved. Something a little different here and a difference that will not disappoint.
The original mix is a pure mind bender of a track, the vibe on this will have you hooked in for the duration against your will. Awesome sublime FX work on the vocals set the track up well with the synth work add extra weight. Superb groove with strong drum and percussion arrangement and rounded off with a wonderful deep bass. Serious stuff here and those vocals are really top notch.
The Revolving Junkie aka UK based producer Phil Kieran steps up to remix duty with a simply stunning effort. Nice flowing rhythms in the lush kicks and crispy hats, an almost acid bassline adds strength to this and gives a minimal feeling. On the first break some very clever FX work shines through on the synths with a brilliant shift in the beats with some shuffling. Very well constructed remix with a couple of amazing surprises!
Based in Madrid but hailing from Belgium, Van Czar is up next to the mixing desk with his Toxicology Remix. Van is a very busy man these days with DJ gigs a weekly feature along with his studio work. He has also started his own radishow on Vicious Radio in Madrid where he will showcase the latest works to come out of the Bonzai stable along with a look back at some of the classics from yesteryear. Van’s remix takes things right into the depths of tech, very dark vibe and brilliant use of the original vocals to which Van attaches his unique style of FX work. Very strong deep groove which is a must for any box!