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Techno DJ and producer Ben Knoxx bursts onto the scene with a vibrant, fresh approach to pumping Techno. His first outing for Bonzai was over on our flagship Bonzai Progressive imprint with a remix on Gabriel West & Ricardo Piedra’s Tonic EP. This time he debuts on Bonzai Basiks with Do You Want which is backed up with a sublime remix from the legendary CJ Bolland. Ben Knoxx has all the tools required to churn out quality cuts having been present in the club scene for many years and, he is also a veteran in the music industry as well as a Bonzai legend. A string of Hard Trance and Techno hits in the 90’s certainly put this guy on the map and in more recent years he’s put himself into many different genres under various guises with great success. A new found enthusiasm and outside influences have developed into a desire to get back in the studio and come up with the goods.
Belfast’s own techno guru Louis Irvine returns to Bonzai Basiks with yet another bass bin busting joint that will definitely keep the techno heads very happy indeed. In just a few short years Louis has carved out his own niche with the Bonzai family. A string of quality cuts including Saturn, Alpas, In My Mind and Malfunction performed very well indeed, as did his collaboration with fellow Irishman Conor Doherty on their Orenda project. If you like your techno raw and straight up banging, then you’ve come to the right place.
Belgian technoist Van Czar returns to his Bonzai Basiks home with another superb cut in the form of Cherry Lovers. Van is all about the music, he never fails to deliver the goods, with quality always at the forefront. Aside from creating cuts like this he is constantly on the lookout for great new music for his label CZ, which is already gathering a hugely impressive back catalogue of sounds. Last time around on BB Van gave us the impressive Danse Du Petit Matin which was very well received indeed. He has also released several techno gems on his own CZ both as a solo artist and in collaboration with several artists. We always look forward to his latest offerings, he never disappoints.
Belfast technoist Louis Irvine returns to Bonzai Basiks with the stomping beats and penetrating basses of his new Saturn EP. This is his first solo effort since his Alpas EP back at the end of 2016. Just after that he had two smashers alongside fellow Irishman Conor Doc with Shade EP and Sequence EP under their Orenda guise. We know Louis loves to ramp up the deeper frequencies so make sure you set your bassbins to maximum effect.
One of our longstanding artists Sa.Du aka Greek techno guru Thanos Dimitriou returns with another stomper Last Chance. This guy has dished out some serious bangers in the last 6 years and it’s no wonder we get excited when his new material comes through the inbox. To date Sa.Du has a very impressive list of released tracks and remixes across various top quality labels including, Bonzai Basiks, B-Limited, Eyepatch Recordings, Bonzai Progressive, Ak-Tek Records, Mint & Mustard Recordings, Wasabi Records, Hi Fi Stories and many, many more. Thanos is someone who puts all his efforts into making music that speaks to the listener in a way that gets ingrained on the memory, in his own words – “Each track has a piece from my mind and my soul”. With a philosophy like this you can be sure that only the best will do.
Abib Djinn debuts on Bonzai Basiks with the sublime Cartago Nova EP. Abib joins us from our sister label CZ where he has already enjoyed a couple of solid releases and an appearance at the Amsterdam Dance Event. He is a self confessed genie of dark techno vibes. He loves to create decadent dark atmospheres and hard parties. A wonderful up and coming talent with a lot to offer, this guy is most definitely one to watch for the future, most likely the dark side of the future.
Orenda returns with another techno slice entitled Sequence EP which is a follow up to their very successful debut – Shade EP. This dynamic duo is made up of two Belfast lads – Louis Irvine and Conor Doherty and together they are tapping in to the pumping techno niche with gusto and versatility. Their debut ranked high in many charts, with a top 10 placing on Beatport among others. They received positive feedback from many jocks as both tracks from the EP ripped up floors around the world. After speaking to both these guys we can tell they have plenty more to offer and are ferociously keen to spread their magical techno dust across the globe. Keep an eye on Orenda, they’re lurking and ready to pounce with more absolute stompers.
Belgian technoist Van Czar is back at Bonzai Basiks with Danse Du Petit Matin which comes backed up with a fine remix from Jamez. Van is all about the music, he never fails to deliver the goods with quality always at the forefront. Aside from creating cuts like this he is constantly on the lookout for great new music for his label CZ, which is already gathering a hugely impressive back catalogue of sounds. We always look forward to his latest offerings, he never disappoints.
Belfast lads Louis Irvine and Conor Doherty are the talented producers behind techno outfit Orenda. This recently formed duo have come up with something really special in the form of their Bonzai Basiks debut – Shade EP, that will translate well on the floors giving the crowd something to get down to. Belfast based Louis is no stranger to Bonzai having already released three quality cuts on our Progez imprint as well as a superb remix on Matt Holliday’s Underworld over on Bonzai Progressive. He continues to relish in his passion for music and over the last couple of years he’s rededicated himself to producing top notch sounds, with staggering results. He is always on the lookout to learn new techniques and thrives on his own challenges to get his sound to where he wants it. No doubt we’ll be seeing more from Louis in the future in both solo and duo formats. Conor Doherty is a native of Belfast but now resides in Melbourne, Australia. He’s been producing for around 10 years and in that time he has used various aliases and diced with different genres from minimal techno to more harder edged sounds. He has enjoyed gigs around Ireland, the UK and Australia and seen his music released on the likes of Modern Dance Records, Kontact Records and NB Records. A child of the 90’s he was witnessing a burgeoning dance music scene and knew he had to be a part of it. His early producing days found him churning out melodic to more harder stuff but he always seemed to go back to what he really loved, dark and dirty full on techno. Towards the end of 2016 they started to chat together and Orenda was born. The distance between them doesn’t seem to interfere, Conor does his thing while Louis sleeps and Louis picks up when Conor sleeps, and it works as you will soon find out. An exciting new project that we will definitely be seeing more of so stay tuned.
The ever present Van Czar is back at Bonzai Basiks with the sublime Chonis Guarras. Belgian DJ and producer Van remains one very busy guy as he juggles producing with DJing and running his own CZ record label. A truly inspirational artist, he never lets up on the quality front as witnessed on his last Basiks outing Fortuna Propitia. He continues to gain support from around the world and his unique brand of the deeper side of techno is a very much established sound for many. It’s always an exciting time when Van delivers his latest efforts so keep an eye and an ear out for more from him in 2017.
Van Czar returns to Bonzai Basiks with Fortuna Propitia which comes backed up with two superb remixes from Petri Petro and Sa.Du. His last outing here was back in May 2016 with 100-1 which proved popular among the techno fraternity. Since then he has been very busy indeed with building his CZ label, hosting Bonzai Basik Beats Spain and playing out at many top venues. Always worth keeping an eye on this guy because you know he always delivers the goods.
Sa.Du returns to his spiritual home with another of his sublime techno infused slices. This time we get three top notch cuts on Minimalise that are sure to grace many sets. Last time we saw Sa.Du on Bonzai Basiks was back at the start of 2016 with Body & Soul EP, but since then he has continued to produce quality beats no matter where he shows up. In July 2016 he made an appearance over on Bonzai Progressive as part of a special release to mark his time at DV1 Club in Lyon, France. Great to see him back to Basiks with this tasty treat.
Petro Chatzopoulos aka Petri Petro returns to Bonzai Basiks with the seven track mega EP entitled Human Side. Petro is Belgium based DJ and producer, he was strongly influenced by early Hip Hop and Big Beat sounds. After studying at SAE in Brussels he gained the required skills in audio production and after listening to the likes of Armand Van Helden and Junior Jack, he decided to start into creating house beats. Since then he has appeared on labels like Dash Deep Recordings and Gam Recordings. Petri Petro has contributed some magical moments on Bonzai Basiks over the last number of years with previous releases – Starburst, Dragonfly, Beam Of Light, Deflector and more – enjoying great support from the techno fraternity. Another fine slice of techno this time around that we’re sure will appeal to many.