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Cypriot DJ and producer Andreas Metaxas aka A.M.X debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the sublime Secret Lover. Andreas started out DJing from a young age as he had the urge to share his own electronic music experience with everyone. He began to play regularly at top clubs in 2008 which led to sharing line-ups with the likes of Ferry Corsten, Above & Beyond, Cosmic Gate, Wippenberg and more. Currently based in the UK Andreas has seen releases on various labels including Karmak Records, Disco Rebels Records, Paprika Musika and Polytechnic Records among others. Lots of new stuff in the pipeline for this guy and we are delighted to have him here at Bonzai Progressive. Secret Lover comes with two fantastic remixes from Tali Freaks and Manuel Palmitesta.
The Original Mix intros with a silky smooth deep vibe as a warm sweeping pad flows beautifully alongside a nice punchy kick and subtle percussion arrangement. As the layers build a strong house groove is born allowing you to get lost in its hypnotic state. On the break a brilliant, raspy evocative vocal captures your imagination and keeps you locked on. Top notch stuff that will appeal to many.
Tali Freaks is up first on the remix with a truly sublime cut. We last saw Tali Freaks back in May this year with his Set The Sun on Eyepatch Recordings. The remix here intros with a cool deep kick as bright percussions begin to stitch together forming a flowing rhythmic vibe. The vocals work well and leads us to a smooth stepping bassline that will definitely get those asses shakin. A pure house vibe with a funky undertone that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Manuel Palmitesta returns to Bonzai Progressive on remix duty after his superb remix on Ecco’s switch during the summer. Here he toughens up the groove with a nice chunky kick and sharp percussions that bond well to deliver a tight drum arrangement. A deep pulsating bass sits on the offset beat giving that driving vibe to the sound. Cool house vibes with a sprinkling of techno giving off a very groovy feeling, definitely one to watch.
Tali Freaks is back with the wonderful ‘Set The Sun’. This track comes in two flavours which are sure to grace many sets this coming summer. We last saw Tali Freaks deliver a strong deep fuelled remix on Tirrenia Vibe’s ‘Night Falls’ which was very well received.
First up we have the Original Mix that gets right into a groovy deep vibe from the off as pounding kicks are met with a classy and funky bass that teases and teases. Cool flowing rhythms are formed out of a simple yet highly effective percussion arrangement. Smooth and delicate pads offer a true taste of deep house and these are complimented beautifully with some funky key work. A big focus here is the bass, it’s a definite ass shaker as the floors will attest very soon.
Next up we have the Stradivarius Re Edit which comes at us with a pure deep house driven vibe. That funky bassline is superb as it bubbles along on its groovy path. Very cool drum patterns provide a solid rhythmic base for the track as it takes control of the floor. The break offers a cool insight to the bass as it constantly evolves alongside soft pads. Look out for those funky keys, they will get you moving in no time, a must have for any set.
Tirrenia Vibe are Gerardo Cinquegrana & Luigi D’Esposito, the guys make their Eyepatch debut with this sublime effort entitled ‘Night Falls’ which comes packed with three superb remixes. These guys have been around the scene for almost 20 years, they have a hugely impressive back catalogue within many different genres, while here they are digging into Deep House vibes.
The Original Mix intros with a nice punchy kick and a subtle percussion, a beautiful rolling bass drops in and sets the track up perfectly for a truly sublime ride. A cool wispy pad sweeps over the sound before a short break introduces a melancholic piano. The vocal is very classy with some very cool FX work put in and it works so well with that piano. Great stuff and one to watch!
First up on the remix are studio partners David Jarquin and Daniel Cano aka Jarquin & Cano. They got together in 2013 and their similar styles have gelled beautifully. These two are definitely at the forefront of rising talents and are definitely worth watching. The remix gets right into the heart of the original as the vocal is retained in all its glory. Lush and deep chords sit nicely alongside the deep bass which itself gives the track a nice bounce. Tight drums provide steady rhythms making this a very danceable track indeed. Superb stuff from these guys!
The highly impressive Tali Freaks are up next with their Dirtydeep Mix. We haven’t seen Tali Freaks in a while, their last outing, ‘Let Me Be Into House’ was very well received indeed so it’s good to see them back on remix duty. The remix gets straight down to business with a minimal approach as the kicks and low basses go to work. The vocal is used sparingly and this gives it great character and it works perfectly alongside the synths which have a stuttering effect. The break lets loose a sultry piano riff giving the sound a darker edge. Very nice indeed form the guys!
Gaulois returns to EP after his last track ‘Living On The Music’ won praise from all quarters. Here he sets the remix off with a nice chunky kick and pad that sweeps through beautifully. A short break unleashes the bass that rises up from below with a very cool rhythm attached. The vocal is used nicely here and a cool piano is the perfect companion. The main break sees a very cool hook come through which sits nicely in the sound. An all round classy effort and a must for those deep house boxes.
German born Gerardo Cinquegrana aka Tali Freaks returns fresh from his very well received album “Glasgow Atmosphere”. “Let Me Be Into House” comes in a small package of two remixes but packs a huge punch!
First up we have the “Back To Old School Mix”, nice, cool and steady flowing rhythm with lots of house flavours. A thumping kick intros with the percussion following soon after, some very nice arrangements are evident and this really ramps up the vibe. The bassline has a very deep tone and this works perfectly with the housey organs and synths. Cut up vocals with brilliant FX show up on the break alongside a cool pad and some classic keys. Superb flowing deep tech here that would be perfect in any set.
The “Who Cares What School Mix” takes its cue from the previous mix with a different arrangement, the cool sounds from before are very much in effect with a little more focus on the synth work. Something different to work with on the intros, great stuff.
Bonzai Progressive – Best Of 2012 comes with twenty-five original and remixes from Manu Riga, Crocy, Mindgamers, Arthur M & Manos, Chantola, Fab Code, Abi-Q & Raw-E, Loquai, Planisphere, Digital Angel, Frank Le Fever, Ewan Pearson, Nancy Burrello, Tali Freaks, Soundmodul, Moffous & Francesco Parla, Alex Roque, Mylan, The Revolving Junkie, Aiemo, Redraft Memories, Dee Brown, Diego Alvez, Solunamanalia, Nu Guise and Velvet Girl.
German born Gerardo Cinquegrana aka Tali Freaks now resides in Italy where he produces most of his music. Gerardo studied piano for 4 years and rose to prominence on the club scene in Capri. He has enjoyed a number of releases on various labels under various guises, some of his guises include, Aspecto, Capri Delight, Gerardo, Highland Skies, J Hard and Tirrenia Vibe. Gerardo has a few releases on the Bonzai Urban imprint from a few years back, now he returns to Bonzai with his artist album “Glasgow Atmosphere”.
“Love Life & Certainty” kicks off this album in style, cool vocal over a dance orientated vibe, breakbeats, awesome bassline and some very cool funky guitars with a bit of grungy distortion, nice light hearted opener to get the grooves flowing.
Getting down to the floor now with “S & J Down 2012″, straight to the point no messing around progressive house, eighties snares, catchy bassline and even more catchy riffs on the synths. Amazing melody created with the pads here adding an extra layer, very impressive stuff.
“House Afternoon” is just that, proper driven house vibe, bouncy and bright, super cool synths will have you thinking back in time. Awesome production and arrangement will have this tune burning up the floors everywhere in no time!
“In Trip To The Caiman” takes things off the boil for a sublime journey into a laidback groove with a very tense atmosphere. Well crafted drum work and ultra cool bass and guitars, just brilliant!
Next up is “Pick Me Up (What U Got 4 Me) (Old Chicago Mix)”, house music as it was, more of a garage vibe with the amazingly suave male soulful vocal, big steps back in time done with all the gusto of a 21st century artist and doing it well, quirky FX and an upbeat rhythm make this a modern classic.
“Lost & Awake” is a clever myriad of FX and synths that race along with the sound morphing at every turn, very electro feel with a slight hint of tribal due to the awesome percussion, then comes in a chunky bassline and sublime swelling pads, breaking down to brilliant guitar melody this tune really attacks all our senses and is a masterclass of producing skills.
Slightly darker edge on “Runpowa”, lots of filtered events at the start lead in to a solid groove with thick bassline, progressive house begins to shine through on this as it winds its way toward the break where a vocal gets the FX treatment, the track kicks back in with an amazing riff that will blow your mind.
“U Were Forever” is an electronic number filled with all that is good within EDM, loads of different instruments combine along with a female vocal belted out with passion over a very laidback drum pattern and gritty bassline, super stuff.
Lastly on this album is “A Cool Nite Mix”, simple kicks and percs start this track off on its journey to becoming a quite brilliant house joint with the slightest trace of progressive vibes. Real deep bassline that has you hooked from note to note, crisp hats and some very nice pads and synths make this a fitting end to a stunning album.
Gerardo Cinquegrana was born in 1976 in Singen, Germany and moved to Italy with his family at the age of six. He grew up influenced by his father’s music knowledge and from the age of nine studied the piano for 4 years. In 1992, aged 16 he started DJ’ing in a small club in Capri, the start of his DJ career.
He started producing music with his own equipment in 1994 and then after a few years he was offered to go to work for a record company in Naples, Bustin Loose Records, now known as Planet Funk. Gerardo has worked with people such as Don Carlos, Adam Freeland, Alex Neri, Phunk Investigation, Gaudi, Angelino (Sueno Latino), Simon “Looplad” Duffy (Planet Funk).