Indian DJ and producer Shashi Shaw aka Chandrama debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Lost In Nubra which comes backed up with two equally fantastic remixes from Manu Riga and J’Dan. He started DJing in 2007 in various commercial events and night spots. In 2013 after learning the art of making music he started to create hypnotic, melodically charged journeys which opened up a doorway to a whole new world. This gave birth to his new project Chandrama which means ‘Moon’ in his native language and as Moon is the source of light during all darkness, Chandrama portrays light through his deep melodies with very natural Asian and Indian elements. He has released his music on Beat Block Records, Never Too Late Recordings and Revelation Records with upcoming releases on By Ground Digital (BGD) and Bonzai Progressive. Lost In Nubra is the result of a real life experience for its composer after exploring the Nubra Valley in India.
We kick off with Lost In Nubra which opens with a muted kickdrum that builds slowly before a major thump is added alongside a deep chugging bassline. This gets the progressive juices flowing and we settle in for a magical journey filled with melody and a real sense of surrealism which comes through on the atmospheric elements of the track. On the break the true feeling of the track emerges as a beautifully sequenced series of sounds combine to deliver those stunning Asiatic vibes all wrapped up in exquisite melodies. An epic slice of prog that will not disappoint.
Belgian DJ and producer Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens returns to Bonzai Progressive for yet another of his mind blowing remixes. 2015 has been this guys busiest year to date, a lot has gone on and he has never failed to churn out only the finest quality in all his works. On top of all this he is nearing the completion of his first studio album as Manu Riga, something we literally cannot wait to get our hands on. On the remix are drawn deep into the progressive abyss with a tight drum arrangement alongside swirling pads and FX. A superb offset bass gets the groove into full on mode as the layers build into a solid construction of wonderful sounds. Distant Eastern-esque melodies creep through and deliver an air of mystery around the track. These melodies come to prominence on the break and are joined by a fantastic spoken vocal before we get thrust right back into this deep, dark chugging monster for the duration. A must have track for sure, Manu Riga does it again.
J’Dan debuts on Bonzai Progressive with a fantastic remix that will be a welcome addition in any set. J’Dan spices things up on the remix with a stomping intro that gets right down to business. Big chunky kicks are joined by a crispy hat and a superb percussion arrangement. A deep throbbing bassline bubbles up from the depths and is contrasted by Ethnic sounds and rich strings that swirl overhead. That hypnotic chugging bassline works wonders here and drives the track beautifully. Various synth stabs deliver a real progressive vibe and take us to the break where we find a quite stunning Eastern flavour burst out all wrapped up in a wonderful melody. An awesome slice of prog here that will be a welcome addition in any set.