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German DJ and producer Tom Wax returns Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Jippi Jappa which features a solid remix from Matan Caspi. We were delighted with Tom’s debut here – 1 Nation Under 1 Groove – which gained a great following thanks to its retro nature. Tom has always been a leading figure in the electronic music scene in Germany since 1988, he has also inspired a lot of DJ’s and producers around the world with his unique sound. After more than 25 years behind the DJ booth he is still on a mission as he releases tracks on labels such as Great Stuff, Toolroom, CR2, Bitten, Bush, Suara, Armada Deep, Toca 45 and Phuture Wax. At the height of the European techno and trance era, Tom was responsible for a vast number of classics under his Arpeggiators, Microbots and DJ Tom & Norman guises. His tracks found their home on R&S, Harthouse and Overdrive Records. He partnered with Thorsten Adler on AWeX and found international fame with It’s Our Future on Plastic City. Considered with legendary status among his peers, there is so much more this guy has done, we’re delighted to have him back at Bonzai Progressive.
The ingenious Oliver Lieb aka L.S.G. is back at Bonzai Progressive with the superb Cepheid which is taken from his very well received 2017 album – Double Vision. This is the third track to get a single release off the album and is the perfect showcase for this guy and his immense talent. Without doubt one of the most influential figures in electronic music for almost three decades. Since 1988 this guy has been at the cutting edge of electronic music and has seen himself transition between multiple genres, dominating in every one. Oliver is also renowned for his other monikers Paragliders and Spicelab among many others as well as working in several very successful groups. He has released on labels including Superstition, Harthouse, Hooj, JOOF and Platipus as well as our very own XTC, Bonzai Trance Progressive, Tripomatic and Tranceportation. His CV includes a plethora of remixes including Faithless, Moby, Human League and Mory Kante to name a few. In 2010 he started Solieb Digital where he would unleash his back catalogue in re-mastered glory. Always one to watch, so much more to come from this guy.
DJ Twisty & Andron One aka Enertia-Sound make their Bonzai Progressive debut with the excellent two tracker titled Dr. Smoov. This electronic music act and DJ duo from England, started out as a psychedelic trance project in 2007. They soon made a name for themselves playing in underground raves and psy trance parties called Tantric Resonator as well as Bleeps, Tweaks and Dirty Beats. Since then they have grown into a punchy mix of dance floor psy and breaks. Their music has strong influences from psy and prog house to breaks with driving funky rhythms, rough bass lines, epic melody structures and cinematic build-ups. Great to have them on board.
Notching up his third Bonzai Progressive release, we welcome back Iga Dep with Phobia which is backed up with three quality remixes. With releases on several imprints over the years, Iga Dep never fails to impress with his unique, dynamic sound. His first two releases on BP proved very popular indeed and we’ve no doubt this one will follow suit.
One of our long-standing stalwarts – Matan Caspi, returns with another sublime slice titled Rhythm for our listening pleasure and, as if that wasn’t enough, we have a fantastic remix from the legend that is Airwave. It looks a little bit like payback here as Matan recently remixed Laurent’s Rain Upon My Skin, which garnered great support across the board. That remix followed his own Liquid Blue which also proved popular among many. Matan started experimenting with music since he a was little kid, playing the guitar and the keyboard, mostly thanks to his father who pushed him in that direction. He later played in some rock bands before finding electronic music somewhere in late 1999 after hearing a few tracks which really made him think that by producing it you are not dependant on other players and can compose the entire track by yourself. With constant practice on some music production programs he understood that this is what he wanted to do. Since then he has went on to create some stunning music which is championed around the world.
Podgorica based DJ and producer Ognjen Vukovic aka AudioStorm is back with another sublime slice in the form of The Renaissance Sound Of Podgorica which follows his last outing Passenger EP. Ognjen absorbed the sounds of many artists and bands including Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Joy Division, Sting, Simply Red, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield to name but a few and, it was these sounds that shaped his view of electronic music and his unique take. So, 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 with much more to come for sure.
Prolific Belgian artist Manu Riga returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb two tracker titled Meine Welt. Manu Riga’s sound has evolved over the years and we have become accustomed to his masterful musical arrangements no matter what style he turns his hand to. The attention to detail is staggering, listening to his tracks you get a true sense of the artist behind the music, of professionalism and skill. This was true in his last outing which was on remix duties for Wolfson’s Too Loose which followed his collaboration with Hypnotised on Out Of Control. Now running his own label ? Vesta Records – as well as recording DJ mixes for various radio stations, we know there is still much more to come from this stalwart in progressive house and melodic techno.
As we end a very hot Spring we present 20 Summer scorchers to keep the party rocking. Let us take you to the White Isle with our Ibiza 2018 compilation which is chock full of pumping Techno and Tech House to mind blowing Progressive grooves. A host of legends reside within, making this a serious must have collection for your arsenal. Expect tracks and remixes from CJ Bolland, Jam El Mar, L.S.G., Cherrymoon Trax, Jones & Stephenson, Kevin Saunderson, Charlotte De Witte, Airwave, Van Czar, Ken Ishii, Robert Babicz, Tom Wax, Wally Lopez, DJ Looney Tune, DJ Ghost, Ben Knoxx, Matan Caspi, Phi Phi, Roddy Reynaert, Stan Kolev, Rise and Fall, Fab Code, Greg S., Rick Pier O’Neil, Chris Micali, Solee, Thomas Schwartz & Fausto Fanizza, Metodi Hristov, AudioStorm and more. An impressive selection that will not disappoint.
Airwave’s much lauded Rain Upon My Skin gets another makeover with two delicious remixes from Matan Caspi and Audio Noir. The beauty of this track from Laurent lies within its intricate structure, those delicate melodies and the solid driving progressive groove. We’ve been hugely impressed with the quality of the remixes to date and we just know that these mixes in round three will definitely keep the trend going.
After the recent success of his In The Mix 006, we welcome back Gai Barone with the delicious progressive grooves of Myonic which comes backed up with two quality remixes from Airwave and Rick Pier O’Neil. Gai Barone remains one of those artists who impresses with everything he does, always surprising us with new sounds and inspirations. When we got to hear his super tight DJ mix for our In The Mix series we were blown away, we loved it so much we ran a physical CD release which proved quite popular. Gai usually finds himself playing gigs at many locations around the world and recently he was a guest at our event at Fabriek Eskimo in Gent.
We welcome back Thomas Schwartz & Fausto Fanizza to BP with the superb Mbira which comes with two solid remixes from Wally Lopez and Sunlight Project. This one follows their early 2018 debut – Cages – which was very well received indeed. They’ve been prominent figures in the dance music scene for many years now. They doubled as part of the hugely successful Starchasers back at the turn of the millennium and since then they’ve racked up a very impressive catalogue under various guises. Their works have appeared on several top labels and their music is consistent with pure quality and inspiration.
After the recent success of the release of Netherworld in 2017 and the sublime remixes which accompanied it, we’re delighted and excited to deliver another round of remixes from the legendary CJ Bolland and fellow veteran Solee. One of the definitive tracks of a generation, Netherworld has become one of those go-to classic tracks that never fails to raise the roof. From the mind of the genius that is Oliver Lieb, it really is no wonder why such a track remains an important slice of electronic music, both in its place in history and in the contemporary makeover it received last year (2017). It’s exciting to have Oliver as part of the Bonzai family and if you are lucky enough to be going to Tomorrowland you can listen in awe to his masterful DJ set on our Bonzai stage.
We welcome back Abity to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Pimpollal EP. Argentina natives Jose Duque and Bruno Signorelli are the minds behind Abity and this one comes after their debut Verwendung back towards the end of 2017. These two close friends both got into music from a young age and they have been working together for many years with great results on the floors and behind the decks. In 2009 the duo released their first EP on the label Buena Musica Recordings which quickly rose the charts on Beatport before peaking at number 16 in the sales charts. In 2010 releases on the prestigious Baroque Records and Remedy Records before securing a major release on Armada Records. They have played alongside many top jocks including Paul Oakenfold, Arty, Sander Kleinenberg, Marco V, Tocadisco, John Acquaviva, King Unique, Andy Moor, Anthony Pappa, D-Nox and many more. In Buenos Aires they have graced the decks at clubs like Pacha, Big One, Privilege, Club One, Caix, Sunset, and so on.
One of Belgium’s much loved artists returns to Bonzai Progressive with (no) Regrets which comes backed up with a fine double remix from Stan Kolev. Greg recently signed to Bonzai and his debut slice Go Away was very well received indeed. After dreaming of working in the music industry from a young age, Greg realised his dreams when he became resident at several top clubs and soon he was a household name in the clubbing scene. He found himself wowing the crowds at Insomnia Nights and Magic. Other regular appearances on the festival scene include Illusion, Bonzai & Friends, Illusion at The Beach, Beachland, Retro Arena, Sunrise Festival, Sunset Festival and more. Greg has now started to organise his own events – Back and Forth and Eccentric where he plans to bring a wide selection of music to the masses. His style is a mixture of Deep House, Tech House, Nu Disco and Retro and wherever you hear him play you’ll know just how much he loves spinning as he takes you to the floor.
Russian producer Bablak debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Phalar which is backed up by a top notch reworking by Violin Girl. Aleksandr Bablak creates intelligent music for intelligent people. His unusual sounds capture the imagination of many which is no surprise as he produces music from his soul. Already he has established himself with an impressive catalogue across various labels including Dear Deer White, King Street Sounds, Chilli Mint Digital, Balkan Connection, Spring Tube, Clinique Recordings and Majestic Family Records to name just a few.