Recent posts: Techno
Belfast lads Louis Irvine and Conor Doherty are the talented producers behind techno outfit Orenda. This recently formed duo have come up with something really special in the form of their Bonzai Basiks debut – Shade EP, that will translate well on the floors giving the crowd something to get down to. Belfast based Louis is no stranger to Bonzai having already released three quality cuts on our Progez imprint as well as a superb remix on Matt Holliday’s Underworld over on Bonzai Progressive. He continues to relish in his passion for music and over the last couple of years he’s rededicated himself to producing top notch sounds, with staggering results. He is always on the lookout to learn new techniques and thrives on his own challenges to get his sound to where he wants it. No doubt we’ll be seeing more from Louis in the future in both solo and duo formats. Conor Doherty is a native of Belfast but now resides in Melbourne, Australia. He’s been producing for around 10 years and in that time he has used various aliases and diced with different genres from minimal techno to more harder edged sounds. He has enjoyed gigs around Ireland, the UK and Australia and seen his music released on the likes of Modern Dance Records, Kontact Records and NB Records. A child of the 90’s he was witnessing a burgeoning dance music scene and knew he had to be a part of it. His early producing days found him churning out melodic to more harder stuff but he always seemed to go back to what he really loved, dark and dirty full on techno. Towards the end of 2016 they started to chat together and Orenda was born. The distance between them doesn’t seem to interfere, Conor does his thing while Louis sleeps and Louis picks up when Conor sleeps, and it works as you will soon find out. An exciting new project that we will definitely be seeing more of so stay tuned.
As our 25th year celebrations gather momentum we pick up the pace with a reimagining of another absolute banging track from back in the day. One of our most prolific and successful artists Yves Deruyter gave us Calling Earth back in 1994 which was the A-side to IV – BR 94061 – and backed with Rave City (Cherry Mix). The original was the epitome of the sound of the time and quickly rose to mega status among throngs of ravers and DJ’s. A string of remixes followed as well as multiple releases over the years. The man himself relentlessly churned out hit after hit putting him at the top of his game and, to this day he is still very much revered by his peers. This special 25 years remix is delivered by London based DJ and producer Han Haak and he certainly does the track justice with his slick rendition. In 2012 Han decided to brings his brand of twisted sounds to the masses and his tracks where very quickly championed by a slew of top DJ’s. He is described as being amongst a new wave of rising talent that will make the underground scene much stronger. His passion and drive will most definitely give him the opportunity to make this happen. We’re delighted to have him on board for this one and we hope to see more from him in the future.
Progrez stalwarts metrONomes return with another superb joint entitled aenaON. The guys have been around Progrez for quite a while and have solidified their presence with top notch grooves throughout. Their last outing – Crocodile Tears proved popular and no doubt this latest tech fuelled slice will follow suit.
The ever present Van Czar is back at Bonzai Basiks with the sublime Chonis Guarras. Belgian DJ and producer Van remains one very busy guy as he juggles producing with DJing and running his own CZ record label. A truly inspirational artist, he never lets up on the quality front as witnessed on his last Basiks outing Fortuna Propitia. He continues to gain support from around the world and his unique brand of the deeper side of techno is a very much established sound for many. It’s always an exciting time when Van delivers his latest efforts so keep an eye and an ear out for more from him in 2017.
Berlin based DJ and producer Juliane Wolf debuts on Monog with the sublime Rave Nights EP. This one marks our first release for 2017 and comes after a short hiatus when we done a bit of label restructuring. This release also sets the tone for what’s promising to be another superb year just like 2016. Juliane Wolf got into music through attending a DJ workshop at Club Kasablanca and it was here that she caught the vinyl bug. She explored the club scene in the following years and found herself playing at top venues before she entered into the world of music production. Her first cuts were a remix for Robert Babicz on his label Babiczstyle and original releases on Shaker Plates and Norobot Music. After spending time in Kiel and Cologne Juliane arrived in Berlin where she works on new releases as well as a live set where she combines analogue and digital elements. In her monthly radio show on Louder.FM she presents new releases and artists and focuses on her passion for the acid sound. We’re delighted to have this super talented artist on board and we hope to see more soon. Rave Nights EP comes with the Original Mix, a top notch remix from Christian Vance and the track Dark Days.
Van Czar returns to Bonzai Basiks with Fortuna Propitia which comes backed up with two superb remixes from Petri Petro and Sa.Du. His last outing here was back in May 2016 with 100-1 which proved popular among the techno fraternity. Since then he has been very busy indeed with building his CZ label, hosting Bonzai Basik Beats Spain and playing out at many top venues. Always worth keeping an eye on this guy because you know he always delivers the goods.
Belfast based techno maestro Louis Irvine is back with his third offering on Progrez. The two track Alpas EP raises the bar in the pumping techno world. Louis is quickly establishing himself as top player in his field, his last two outings Malfunction and In My Mind proved popular among many featuring in various sets and compilations, definitely one to watch here.
Sa.Du returns to his spiritual home with another of his sublime techno infused slices. This time we get three top notch cuts on Minimalise that are sure to grace many sets. Last time we saw Sa.Du on Bonzai Basiks was back at the start of 2016 with Body & Soul EP, but since then he has continued to produce quality beats no matter where he shows up. In July 2016 he made an appearance over on Bonzai Progressive as part of a special release to mark his time at DV1 Club in Lyon, France. Great to see him back to Basiks with this tasty treat.
Italian DJ and producer duo Checco Esse and Adriano Dodici return to Progrez with the superb Quick EP. Just a few short months ago the guys debuted here with their Nineteen Experience EP which gained some good support across the board as well as featuring on top download portals. Checco and Adriano have been around for quite a while and they certainly know how to work a track, Checco has been releasing quality cuts since 1995 while Adriano started around 1992. For this one the guys have went full on dancefloor destroyer with an acid laced driving techno slice, serious tunage alert.
Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro returns to Bonzai Basiks with the seven track mega EP entitled Human Side. Petro is Belgium based DJ and producer, he was strongly influenced by early Hip Hop and Big Beat sounds. After studying at SAE in Brussels he gained the required skills in audio production and after listening to the likes of Armand Van Helden and Junior Jack, he decided to start into creating house beats. Since then he has appeared on labels like Dash Deep Recordings and Gam Recordings. Petri Petro has contributed some magical moments on Bonzai Basiks over the last number of years with previous releases – Starburst, Dragonfly, Beam Of Light, Deflector and more – enjoying great support from the techno fraternity. Another fine slice of techno this time around that we’re sure will appeal to many.
Belfast based Louis Irvine follows his previous Progrez techno slice – Malfunction – with the impressive two track In My Mind EP. Malfunction and its B-side Time Bomb proved popular among techno jocks and featured in many playlists and charts, it also made its way onto top compilations and it’s no surprise that many floors were rocked by its presence. Louis remains consistent in his approach to making music, all the while learning new tricks and methods. He puts in a lot of studio time as he strives for only the very best quality sounds. Much more to come from this guy so well worth keeping any eye on.
Matt Holliday returns to Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Godforsaken which features three quality remixes from Rise and Fall, Crocy and metrONomes. A firm favourite at Bonzai, Matt has delivered some fine tunes over the last few years, including his last outing Pipe Dream as well as sublime cuts alongside friend and studio partner Manu Riga. 2016 has proven to be a very busy year so far for Bulgaria based Matt. Several radio shows, DJ gigs and a raft of top notch releases have kept him busy. But it’s his recently released album – Phase Of Life (JOOf Aura) – that was his main focus. A truly forward thinking artist with a lot to offer, we always look forward to his new sounds.
Venezuelan DJ and producer Alfredo Mena is back with more tasty tech house treats, this time around he delivers the superb three track Give Me More EP. It’s been over a year since we last had a taste of this guys quality vibes, back in April 2015 he gave us Do You Remember which was very well received indeed.