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Kevin is a very popular figure around the Bonzai offices and we are delighted to have received this new release, a stomping progressive two tracker that we know will be a big floor hit.
The title “Fear” starts us off very subtly before a thumping bass crashes through along with some minimal percussive elements and a kick drum that teases throughout. Some real nice pads and stabs provide an epic feel while the FX on offer are top notch. This one is a builder and as the journey unfolds we are left in the midst of a true, proper progressive groove.
The much more melodic in nature “Mururoa” takes us to a different side of prog, hypnotic rhythms, vocals and upbeat melodies all make for a cool trip across this spectrum. The overall groove is quite laidback but this definitely has a huge punch and will perform well in any set.
Fresh from a release on our Progrez imprint, Alexey Samotarev turns out a wonderful trip through progressive grooves on Progrez with his track “Odyssey”.
The track kicks off with a big chunky kick and dark sweeping pads which leads up to a very effective bassline. Brilliant FX on the percussions add a cool steady rhythm while the track continues to build with a huge sub bass at its peak. On the break gritty synths take over with a myriad of FX blending well with the melodies, then it’s right back into this dark prog sound once again.
A huge soundscape that will gain lots of attention for sure.
Berlin based Agrande delivers a stunning slice of progressive goodness on Progrez with “Kelang” and is backed up with a range of quality remixes from top producers. Agrande’s style is quite unique as he likes to delve into eerie atmospheres and glitchy loops creating surreal ambience within each of his tracks. With a respectable list of releases on many labels Agrande is sure to impress for years to come.
The original mix fits his style very well indeed, glitched loops abound add a gritty edge while eerie whispered vocals add to the sublime vibe on this tracks. Super tight kicks and percs with a deep rolling bass are layered against a sweeping modulated synth, top stuff.
First up to remix is Orlando, Florida based DJ and producer Chris Domingo. Chris is responsible for creating his own labels of which there are five at the moment, he is described as one of the old school DJ’s from Orlando and gains the respect of his peers with top notch productions and sets. On this remix he gets deep down into the depths of progressive house, an amazing bass and synth combi are the perfect match for the hypnotic pads that dominate the sound. We also see the use of the vocal from the original and it’s still gives an eerie vibe!
Sterling provides the next two remixes, Whisper Remix and Dub Remix. Slightly different approach on this with a very subtle cinematic feel created from the near wall of sound which stands out brilliantly. Hypnotic grooves and again the vocals are used to great effect with a super tight drum and perc arrangement, great stuff.
The In Session Remix gets right into the house theme with an underlying tribal element yet still stays true to the progressive roots of the main track. Very sinister sound here due that whispered vocal and an expertly crafted arrangement suitable for any late night dark room!
DJing and production duo Jon ManimaL & Magros are back to Progrez with an absolute stunning progressive house release, “Spiders” features three quality slices of dark vibes.
The title track starts us off with the dark theme coming to the fore straight away. Subtle kicks soon find their thump on the intro and what a thump it is, the track then builds its way through the layers with bass suddenly exploding onto the scene. An eerie synth and vocal add intensity while on the break some well crafted melodies take hold. A true all round solid progressive groove.
“I Can Phil U” ramps up the pressure chugging along in another fine progressive groove. Heavy on the bass frequencies here that adds real depth to the sound, awesome high quality FX make up a big part of the sound. Perfect fodder for the more dedicated floors.
“Strange Dancers” changes direction slightly with a more melodic approach yet retaining that deep progressive element. Brighter sounds conflict with the deep basses and some beautiful synth work provides the melody while the pads enhance this feature, very well crafted indeed.
Chapter 10 of the Progrez series continues to showcase amazing talents in the progressive world. Five new tracks grace this edition from artists across the globe with top quality productions all round.
First up we have Sonsez with “Balance”. Based in Germany, Serder Sonsez Dumlu has an impressive list of releases behind him on some top notch labels including Baroque Back Catalogue, Deepsessions Recordings, Fraud Recordings and more. Here he delivers superb tripped out progressive vibes with a haunting ambience. Thumping kicks start us off with eerie FX creating that haunting atmosphere, the rhythm flows when the deep bass kicks in and we settle into an absolute stomping ride, well crafted melancholic melodies make a show adding to the intensity, brilliant.
Next is Lemonchill with “Dark And Darker” which is exactly what this track is, deep dark progressive house. Israeli producer Idan Or aka Lemonchill is no stranger to Bonzai, he had a collaborative compilation out on Bonzai Progressive in 2011 entitled “Room 305″. Tracks also appeared on Music Worx, Green Martian and a host of others along the way. This track is real deep heavy bass monster, from the off we get a taste of that bass which vibrates right through your soul. Strong, solid groove here with a tight drum arrangement, huge energy generated here that will have those bass bins shaking!
Canadian born Abe Van Dam delivers us “Pi Scorpii”, a well constructed slice of prog house. Abe has seen a number of releases on Quanza Recordings, J V Records and Pro B Tech Records. His styles range from tribal to techno and he also likes to mess around with time signatures. This track has got many elements which fit so well, a real deep bass with multiple FX work well together and that gives a techy side to things. Tight groove with kicks and sharp percs building to the break where a sinister vibe takes hold, nice funky vocal also, superb stuff.
Based in Romania, Dopex is up next with “Elegy”. With a release on SeeSaw Records, pure electronica is a good way to describe this sound, beautiful arrangement skills with a myriad of sounds and FX raiding our senses. Real deep vibe with subtle kicks and a world of percs with a raspy spoken vocal narrating throughout, very impressive.
Steven Quesada aka Tepes from San Jose, Costa Rica rounds up this latest edition with “S.H.O.C.K.”. Mainly producing trance with releases on eMusica and Only Trance Records we see Steven darken his vibe for a quality ride into progressive trance. Super tough bass and thumping kicks are contrasted with a sweet melodic sound throughout. On the break a top quality vocal brings the whole sound together very well indeed, quality!
Bonzai and Beatport celebrate the label’s 20 years anniversary with a special 20% discount coupon code on selected labels under our umbrella.
From 12 until 19 November you can claim your discount simply by entering the respective label code when checking out.
Labels and codes are:
Bonzai Progressive: BONZAI20
Bonzai Basiks: BASIKS20
Bonzai Elemental: ELEMENTAL20
Piston Recordings: PISTON20
Eyepatch Recordings: EYEPATCH20
Green Martian: MARTIAN20
Sounds R Us Recordings: SOUNDSRUS20
Monog Records: MONOG20
Russian artist Andre Volodin debuts on Progrez with his two track EP entitled “Tardo”, a wonderful foray into the progressive tech house arena.
Kicking us off is the original mix which has all the hallmarks of a prog tech masterclass, tight arrangement and a cool grooving bassline backed up with really nice FX work, simple yet highly effective.
Next up is the Techy Mix and as the name suggests the track delves deeper into the tech world, deeper basses and a more solid techno feel with the slightest hint of progressive filtering through on the main hook.
“The Night on Santorini” is another fine example in this genre, awesome house filled keys and a twist on the break with some beautiful vox samples then back into the grooving tech rhythm.
A fine debut for this artist on a well established quality label with hopefully more to come.