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Matt Black returns to Bonzai Progressive with another fine slab of progressive goodness and, this time he has a solid backing with a remix from Koschk. We first saw Matt here on remix duties for Jones & Stephenson – The First Rebirth as part of our 25-year special remix series before he gave us the superb Mindscape back in 2017. Matt has been making music since the mid 90’s but it was when he started Segment records in 2003 that his work really began to get noticed. Since quitting the label in 2014 Matt has gone on to have tracks signed to labels such as Stripped digital, Mirabilis and Pro-B-Tech and has had remixes on labels such as Crop Circle, Emotional Content and 3rd Avenue. In the past Matt’s music has been supported by DJ’s such as Nick Warren and Hernan Cattaneo and has been played on both major radio stations and internet stations such as Proton radio and Frisky. Nice to have him back for more.
K.Oshkin returns to Bonzai Progressive with yet more progressive goodness in the form of his latest effort titled Aura, which comes backed up with two quality remixes. His last outing here, Mechanical Dances, gained great support, which is no surprise given the sheer talent this guy possesses. Since 2014 he has racked up an impressive discography that focuses in on quality progressive sounds. His work has been released on various labels including Incepto, Sleepless Nights Recordings, Inmost Records, Aeriform Records and Balkan Connection to name just a few. He’s proven himself to be prolific and creative for us over the years and we’ve no doubt we’ll be seeing much more from him in the future.
Ukrainian DJ and producer Ruslan Haievyk aka MacroVision joins forces with fellow countrymen Isels on the superb Radiance. MacroVision is returning after his last effort Skyroom, while the Isels duo are debuting here. Ruslan’s love for electronic music started with The Prodigy which got him hooked. He also likes soft and powerful sounds with melodic parts. He has seen releases on several labels from across the northern hemisphere and he has won a number of music-based competitions in the last several years. His music has seen airplay on many radio stations including Kiss FM, DJFM, DFM and BBC Radio and his DJ sets are known to bring an energy to the floor and for being immersive and dynamic. Isels have carved out a solid reputation on the scene for their quality sounds. They’ve seen several releases on Dbeatzion Records among others and it’s great to have them on board here.
Fresh for 2019, Blufeld and Nikko Mavridis join forces once again and follow up their superb Pothos with the equally superb Iris, which features a solid remix from Bonzai veteran Cortex Thrill. Blufeld remains a stalwart for us at Bonzai. We’ve been continuously impressed with his talents for over a decade and he shows no signs of letting up anytime soon. He captivates and mesmerizes, taking us into his three-dimensional world of sound. He relishes in his endeavours to maximize all levels of the sonic and emotional spectrum so as to reach and tug at the heartstrings of people who love electronic music. He is a craftsman with a deep sense of care and love for the output and quality of his productions, just like his last outing here with Anonymous We Stand. Nikko Mavridis is considered to be one of the most respected and well-known DJ’s in Greece. In the 90’s he was one of the most energetic members of DMC Hellas and at the same time he presented a highly rated radio show in Kavala. He is recognised for his ability behind the decks and his unique style and he has graced the stage with many top names over the years. Nikko has been quite busy in making his own music recently. He started recording as Coda with his partners Nicodream and Saki Tee and together they have racked up an impressive release count, which is heavily supported by DJ’s all over the world. Nowadays he is producing his own remixes and originals with his unique deep progressive sound.
Podgorica, Montenegro based DJ and producer Ognjen Vukovic aka AudioStorm delivers the stunning full-length album titled The Day When I Left which is his second album for us at Bonzai Progressive after his equally superb First Steps from 2015. 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 several bands. By the beginning of the 90s, as grunge rock took over, 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. Psy-Trance, as it became known, was for AudioStorm a diverse, forward thinking, adventurous mix of eastern and western cultures and new and older sounds. A melting pot of possibilities. It was listening to this music which inspired him to begin to explore more progressive sounds. As his interest in electronic music grew, he began to write his own tracks. He has a diverse range of releases from Progressive House and Techno to Chill-Out, Lounge and Indie Dance. This clearly indicates a talented producer who does not let genre boundaries cloud his musical vision.
Night Shift Master aka Vlad Medvedev returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Tribalistic which is backed up with a superb remix by Rise and Fall. This one follows the equally fantastic Code Red which gained a lot of support and continues a string of quality cuts thus far. Israeli DJ and producer Vlad started to study in a music school when he was 6 years old. After completing his studies at the music school (focusing on Violin and Piano), he graduated from the music academy of his home town, when he was 16. While getting his B.A degree in audio technology and sound engineering, he produced music in the styles of Deep House, Tech House, Progressive House, Progressive Trance. Vlad has been also composing music for movies, commercials, performs as a DJ and participates in many other music projects. During his DJ sets, Vlad incorporates performance that are special and unique.
Up next on Bonzai Progressive we have a meeting of minds from two musical maestros, namely, Phi Phi and Manu Riga. This Belgian duo are getting together properly for the first time and we’re blown away by the end product of this much anticipated clash of titans. An introduction is not really needed here, we all know the calibre of these guys and we’re more than familiar with their beautifully crafted works. Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens ranks high among many as a top artist, dedicated to delivering maximum experience to the listener. When he produces music you just know he puts his soul into the groove and, the best part is, he can apply this to several genres as he’s proven in the last few years having delved into the likes of melodic techno, tech, downtempo, chillout and of course progressive house. His last outing, Kurudi, was well received as ever and we hope to see more in the future. Phi Phi aka veteran DJ and producer Philippe Toutlemonde remains at the top of his game after more than 30 years in the business. He has been at the forefront of the dance music scene in Europe during that time and he was a pioneer in the early progressive trance sound. He’s continued to deliver the goods over the last several years and he regularly joins forces with other top producers where he injects his wealth of experience into the project. Always a pleasure having him here at Bonzai Progressive.
Fresh off the back of his last effort, True Romance, Koschk returns to Bonzai Progressive with Made Of Stars which also features two solid remixes from Audio Noir and Rise and Fall. Continuing a string of quality releases for us over the last few years, Lebanese DJ and producer Vince Aoun remains consistent in his delivery of quality sounds. He has grabbed the attention of many top jocks like Paul Van Dyk, Judge Jules, and Paul Oakenfold and his tracks appeared on many labels around the globe including PVD’s Vandit Records. Known for a unique, silky smooth progressive groove, we’re always delighted when his latest creation drops through the mailbox.
Sid Delight debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the excellent Mole Dance EP which features two solid remixes from F-Act and Br!tch. Also known as DJ Tema Psy, Sid Delight is a multi-format DJ and sound producer from Moscow. He began to study music from childhood, experiencing many genres. Hi interest in electronic music began in 2006 and his passion for this style grow and grows. His musical taste is by no means limited to electronic genres, he is a music lover. He believes that music is one of the best inventions of mankind. His debut track, Breeze Of Love has been performing very well having appeared on many compilations since the start of 2018. This guy is definitely one to watch for the future.
Pilato returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Enigma EP. This one follows Emerald Tablet in which he collaborated alongside Youssif. Born and raised in South Florida, Pilato is a self-taught progressive house producer. Originally starting music in the techno scene, he decided his sound best lent itself to progressive house. His work has already appeared on well-respected labels such as Balkan Connection, Natura Viva, and Kaleydo Beats. His passion as a DJ and perfectionist propelled him to create a unique dynamic sound that tells a story which is distinctive and rare. Great to have him back for more.
Cherry (UA) aka Ukraine based DJ and producer Oleh Cherkes kicks off 2019 with the superb Boomerang which also features a remix from Miss Monique on his previously released and well received Masakra. 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. He is notching up quite an impressive catalogue of solid tracks here for us as well as providing top notch remixes. An artist who is certainly on the up, we always look forward to his latest offerings.
Cherry (UA) – Boomerang, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!