The Passenger EP
Label: Bonzai Progressive
Release date: 2017-11-13
Catalog number: BP7092017
Podgorica based DJ and producer Ognjen Vukovic aka AudioStorm returns to Bonzai Progressive with another sublime progressive outing that will take you higher and higher with two solid cuts on The Passenger EP. Ognjen is one of the first Montenegro ambassadors in quality production covering all styles without limits with an expertise in deep, progressive house grooves. From his early childhood he was fascinated by music. He enjoyed its energy and beauty and it was that which made him decide to follow a career in electronic music. He quickly realised that he had to absorb as many different genres of music as possible and became obsessed with bands like Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Joy Division, Sting, Simply Red, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield to name but a few. By the beginning of the 90s, he turned his attention towards the pioneering electronic bands of the burgeoning underground dance scene and in particular the music that was coming from Goa, India. As his interest in electronic music grew, he began to write his own tracks which are now supported by many of his childhood heroes. He now has releases on multiple labels including the legendary Bonzai Progressive, System and Baroque through to Balkan Connection, Mystique Music and Polytechnic among many others. A multi-talented producer who does not let genre boundaries cloud his musical vision.
The Passenger gives us a deliciously smooth progressive vibe right from the off as punchy kick drums are matched against a cool dancing bassline with a crispy hi hat slicing through the low frequencies with ease. A tight drum arrangement delivers a nice rhythmic flow as bright melodies fill out the background. It’s the bassline that makes this track though with its hypnotic trait that draws you in for the duration. Top notch stuff.
Play Fair Game intros with a solid kick drum alongside a bright hi hat and soft melodies. A synth vox sound teases with its subtle charm as a thick and lush bassline creeps in. The track gains momentum as the layers build with cool arpeggios and intricate percussion patterns getting the rhythm moving. At the midway point the track has a dynamic shift to a deep and darker version of itself complete with an intriguing spoken vocal. An excellent slice that is not to be missed.