Serbian DJ and producer Nemanja Petrovic aka Gibbon debuts here on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Wanted EP. This one follows his Dance of Nature EP on our Green Martian imprint from 2014 and it’s great to see him back for more. Nemanja has been interested in electronic music since he was a child. At just 13 years old he had a desire to learn about DJing and he quickly mastered the art of mixing soon after. At 18 he was presented with every aspiring DJ’s wish when his parents gave him his own DJ equipment which led to him perfecting his new found craft. The gigs started to flow after this and allowed him to explore all genres of dance music. He settled on Tribal, Progressive and Deep House but also likes some old funky Disco and Disco House. In 2010 he made his first steps into music production which at the start was more of a hobby. By 2013 he secured his first release on Niraya World with Monkey Business which was remixed by a slew of artists and got support from many quarters.
Wanted is a superb trek through progressive house, driven by a tight arrangement that forces you to move. Chunky beats and rhythmic percussions lead the way as a deep, elongated bassline shores up the low end beautifully. The synths come through with a nuanced classic vibe that sets the nostalgia juices flowing, locking us in and captivating the senses. The break throws up a sublime sequence of melody and recognisable vocal FX before we head back to full on mode for the duration. Superb stuff that is not to be missed.
Night Torrent delivers a sophisticated slice of prog house that keeps in line with this EP’s nod to the classic times. Short stabby synth chords stack up against rich pads and melodic arpeggios for a fulfilled sound that mesmerizes beautifully. The bassline keeps the groove on top form, moving effortlessly alongside the intricate patterns from the synths. On the break we’re treated to a slightly more uplifting sequence as broken beats, cascading arpeggios and warm guitar plucks lead the way until the solid beats return. An absolute stomping track for any prog set.