Be As One
Label: Bonzai Progressive
Release date: 2015-09-28
Catalog number: BP4862015
Jakhira is back with Be As One and what a treat it is. He made us wait a while since his last outing – Princess EP, back in November 2013 but it was well worth it. He did throw in a couple of remixes for Mindgamers and Wild Guess as well as various appearances on Bonzai compilations which were very well received indeed. Great to see this guy back and hope to see more in the future. Be As One comes backed up with two top notch remixes.
The Original Mix sets off with a smooth vibe as soft keys are met with a steady hat which is joined by a nice chunky kick soon after. A warm progressive groove is the order of the day here and is further enhanced by excellent vocals that shine through on the break. A collection of fine sounds including trumpets and guitars make up this wonderful arrangement that fast becomes infectious. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Manu Riga is first up to the remix desk with his Manu Riga In Orbit Remix. It’s a very exciting time for Manu aka Adriaan Baussens and his many fans, he is currently working on a new artist album (one track is already completed and it is tasty) which will hopefully be here in 2016, but he has also been busy in the studio with fresh new cuts such as his latest creation – The Fallen EP. Collaborations are still something he is pursuing, working with the likes of Alex Vidal and Matt Holliday are proving popular and a lot of his own works have included some of the finest vocalists around. His tracks continue to inspire and have been getting big plays from the likes of Paul Oakenfold among others. Check out Manu’s new website manu-riga.com to find more on his impressive discography and info on his Escape and Ethnoscience radio shows. The remix intros with a punchy kick and is backed up with a superb rolling bassline that drives the track beautifully. Surreal, sweeping strings float across the sound as cool synth chord stabs are introduced. The track breaks to reveal a nice melodic sequence that marries perfectly with that probing bassline. The vocals are used beautifully and add lots of character to the sound which is a cool blend of deep progressive grooves. In true Manu style we are treated to a tight drum arrangement that will set this solid workout as a firm favourite.
Config aka Wouter Vermeire is up next with his Twisted Reality Remix and delivers a knockout deep grooving cut. Wouter cut his teeth listening to trance as a kid, he soon started to DJ and was engrossed with the euphoria the music offered. He moved over to a more progressive sound and even ventures into house and techno on occasion. He runs two monthly radioshows and has seen his own music released on various labels over the years. Config makes up one third of producer and DJ trio Wild Guess, they debuted back in February 2014 with Nebulae and followed that with Trysal 35. Several remixes followed on Green Martian and Bonzai Progressive and have become a consistent force when it comes to delivering quality. The remix intro with a cool deep house vibe as scattered chords are joined by a subtle hat arrangement before a classic kick breaks out. A deep and probing bassline follows as we are teased with more fantastic chords and sweet melodic riffs. On the bre