R3cycle and Roy Lebens join forces for their Bonzai Progressive duo debut with the superb Thousand Pound which is backed up by two solid remixes. Both guys have been here before on Matan Caspi & Roy Lebens 2015 cut Klubnichka with R3cycle on remix duty. R3cycle aka Shahar Shtrikman got into music from a very young age. In 1996 he was introduced to music making program Impulse Tracker which led him to get studying to become a sound engineer. With an impressive release count, Shahar likes to focus on creating nice atmospheres and melodies. Roy has also seen a raft of releases on several labels. A bit more mysterious than his studio partner, the guys have worked together on occasion. In 2014 they also had an appearance on our Club Traxx Progressive House 1 compilation. Great to have both on board.
The Original Mix offers up an intriguing progressive cut full of depth with a decadent grooving bassline complimented with a solid rhythmic drum arrangement. Space age FX and gritty synths deliver a fantastic dynamic in the sound while hypnotic arpeggios cascade up and down alongside sweeter melodies. Cool vocals add character and draw us in. A superb progressive stomper that will not disappoint.
RPO aka Rick Pier O’Neil is up first on the remix. Rick has given us some top-notch quality cuts and he remains a very much revered figure in the music production world. He’s provided several remixes and original works in the last couple of years to Bonzai Progressive and his Terra Veteris track alongside Manu Riga was greatly received on the scene as was his most recent Bonzai collab with Chris Gavin and their Lost Elements track. In true RPO style we’re treated to a special remix that captivates from the intro to the outro. Lush bass tones greet us before a beautifully full, thumping kick drum joins in along with shuffling hats and percussions. The bass teases with a single pluck to be accompanied by a much deeper sub. Rich vox fill out the background as an array of expertly crafted synths get to work making this an absolute must have for sure.
Cherry (UA) aka Ukraine based DJ and producer Oleh Cherkes returns to Bonzai Progressive with a solid remix. This one follows his last effort, Hello which gained great support. No stranger to the scene, Oleh has several releases on various labels and his music enjoys a lot of support from across the board. He is also known for his dynamic, building sets that always pleases the crowd. It’s always an exciting time when his new work comes in. On the remix here Oleh blows our minds once more. A chest busting bass probe is front and centre in tandem with a punchy kick and rhythmic percussion. Striking synths add that cosmic touch while the vocal intrigues. On the break we’re mesmerized by the persistent notes before a climax takes us back to full on mode. A wonderfully created timeless slice of prog that is not to be missed.