A Belgian legend joins us at Bonzai Progressive with a sublime track, Angel’s Arms. Fatal Error aka Patrick De Meyer is hailed as one of the New Beat and early Belgian rave greats. Having started his career in 1986 with the group Turbo 99, he soon became recognised as a top producer, remixer, arranger and composer. As the New Beat era raged on many artists were nurturing the new club sound that would be acid house and early rave. Patrick soon found himself at the forefront of this new movement as Technotronic’s Pump Up The Jam stormed the charts all over Europe. Prior to this, Patrick’s T99 project was lurking in the background having secured a couple of New Beat hits. T99 would be transformed into the much loved acid, hardcore, techno sound with the hard hitting Anasthasia which would become a benchmark for the rave sound in the early 90’s. As the years rolled on Patrick has notched up a dizzying amount of works covering many styles which will definitely remain firmly rooted in Belgium’s rich music history. As a nod to this Fatal Error and T99 have been included in the hugely popular The Sound Of Belgium (TSOB) compilation which covers the whole spectrum of the Belgian dance music scene. Angel’s Arms comes with three top quality remixes that you simply cannot miss out on.
First up on remix duty is Airwave with his Breaks Remix and boy does he deliver. Airwave continues to be a firm favourite among many due to his strong commitment to his profession. Never scrimping on quality and always leaving you with wanting more. His latest outing, Gaijin, on Joof is currently doing the rounds at the top end of many charts which is no surprise. Lots of gigs coming up as well as new material in the works, expect load more in the future. Big, pounding kicks are joined by snappy snares and bright hats that really get the rhythm flowing. A deep droning bass keeps the low end grooving as those big beats take full control. The deep and raspy vocal from Patrick sits perfectly within the sound and is contrasted by some spritely high pitched strings. On the breakdown distorted guitars fade out as Airwave delivers his signature soundscape that always captivates the mind before slamming right back into the main groove for the duration. Another top notch cut from the master which is most definitely not to be missed.
Belgian DJ, producer and house music stalwart Tom De Neef is up next with his remix that delivers a burst of quality house grooves. Tom has been around the scene for quite a while now and from his earliest tracks to his latest tracks he has always delivered the goods. He was a member of various groups such as Blue Minds and Calvin Stones as well as several aliases of his own and he has a vast back catalogue spanning many top labels. 1997 and 1998 saw him get great support on labels like Additive, Positiva and FFRR with subsequent releases on Fluential and Defected. His remix CV covers the likes of Kylie Minogue, Roger Sanchez, Jon Cutler and Kings Of Tomorrow. On the remix he lets loose with a superb house fuelled groove with a fantastic piano hook that will definitely get the floors pumping. Tight drums and a deep pulsing bass keeps the groove flowing with ease as Patrick’s deep monotone voice is joined by a crisp female vocal. A nice full on house joint that has a classic feel, not to be missed.
Australian producer Audio Noir returns with his remix entitled An Audio Noir Trip, and what a trip we are in for. As promised, Audio Noir continues to make 2015 one of his best years to date. Already he has dished out the superb Life as well as remixes on Rise and Falls Immersion and the late great Quadran’s Animals Rebellion. Much more to come from this guy so stay tuned. On the remix he takes us deep into the progressive world with chunky kicks, bright hats and tight drum section. A hypnotic bassline runs right through the sound and locks you into the groove beautifully. The vocals have been given a sinister makeover as they sit deeper in the sound. The background is littered with sweeping FX and cool noises that add great textures all over. Another top notch cut from down under that will not disappoint.