We welcome South Wales based music production group Robot Monkey to Bonzai Progressive with the superb debut slice titled, Coagulate, which also features stunning vocals from singer/songwriter Bec Garthwaite. Since the group was created, they have injected their unique, organic twist into the underground dance scene. They come from a background in DJing throughout the 90’s, in places like Ministry Of Sound and Miss Moneypenny’s in the UK and as far afield as Australia and Fiji. The percussionist in the group brings a dynamic to the performances, creating that unique flavour they hold. Bec is widely known for putting fine detail into her songwriting which accompanies her expert fingerpicked guitar playing. She creates melancholic melodies with her dreamlike voice and this translates beautifully into a deep, progressive house setting. Great to have them on board at BP.
First up we have the Original Mix which explores a dark progressive path with a punchy groove and strong, probing bass at its core. A mysterious and inviting vocal adds an intriguing narrative that shifts and changes with the emotive mood of the groove. Top-notch stuff. Nico Parisi and Franco La Cara continue their fine run of studio collabs, rounding out this release with a solid remix where they deliver that special sound, we’ve become accustomed to. The interpretation here adds an epic flavour to the groove, taking us deeper into the progressive abyss. A deep, rolling bassline and dystopian, grungy synths contrast with wispy pads. The guys have used the vocal beautifully here, offering it prominence in the mix which transforms the narrative and blends effortlessly into the groove. Deep and dark, this one is perfect fodder for the late-night sessions.