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AUDIOSTORM – THE DAY WHEN I LEFT [BONZAI PROGRESSIVE]

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.

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NIGHT SHIFT MASTER – TRIBALISTIC [BONZAI PROGRESSIVE]

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.

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PHI PHI & MANU RIGA – MOON DUST [BONZAI PROGRESSIVE]

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.

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PAVLIN PETROV – INTROVERT TIME [BONZAI PROGRESSIVE]

Fresh off the back of his last EP titled Another World alongside Graham Lloris, Pavlin Petrov returns to solo mode with the impressive, and intriguingly titled, Introvert Time. Hailing from Bulgaria, Pavlin grew up listening to music by Jean Michelle Jarre, Vangleis and Enigma. He started producing in 2005 with a keen interest in ambient before he got more into progressive house. Since then he mixes his tracks with an ambient atmosphere which is essential for progressive house. He likes to experiment with every new track and express that deep and dark feeling dedicated to his unique style. Over the last 5 or 6 years he has released a plethora of music on various labels including Mystic Carousel Records, KP Recordings, Beat Block Records, Suffused Music as well as some excellent EP’s on Bonzai Progressive among others. On top of this he is a very much in demand artist on the remix circuit. Always great to have his new material drop in, he never disappoints.

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KÖSCHK – MADE OF STARS [BONZAI PROGRESSIVE]

Fresh off the back of his last effort, True Romance, Köschk 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.

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PILATO – ENIGMA EP [BONZAI PROGRESSIVE]

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.

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CHERRY (UA) – BOOMERANG [BONZAI PROGRESSIVE]

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.

Boomerang is delivered in true Cherry (UA) style, full of cosmic elements and hypnotic phrases. A solid, beefy groove is made up of chunky kicks and warm, rolling basses while mesmerizing melodies float overhead. The track builds and builds sucking us in to the break where we’re treated to goose bump note changes before climaxing back to the main groove, top notch stuff, a must have.

My Space continues the space-age like theme on this release with a trek deep into the cosmos, complete with robotic voices and infectious arpeggios. A tight drum section powers the rhythm as driving, rolling basses deliver a steady cadence for us to get down to. The arps really stand out, totally mesmerizing and on the break, they rise to a blistering climax making this the perfect track for peak time, no doubt.

Ukrainian DJ and producer Miss Monique joins us at Bonzai Progressive for her debut with a remix of Masakra and we’re hugely impressed with the delivery. Possibly the most recognised female Progressive House DJ’s in Europe, Miss Monique is gradually rising to prominence, beginning to create waves on the international circuit too. In recent years she made her debut in Ibiza, as well as hundreds of shows across the globe. Her eclectic mix of trance, progressive house and techno, gives her a versatility that is suited to intimate venues and festival headline slots alike. Since entering the studio, she has begun collaborating with some of the world’s most important DJs, her biggest and most recognisable hit titled No Fear was championed by the likes of Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Gareth Emery, and many more. Her live sets on YouTube have garnered thousands of hits, with her most popular set at Radio Intense boasting 13 million views. With 200k subscribers and counting, Miss Monique is a Ukrainian DJ worth watching out for. With her acclaimed Podcast, Mind Games, fans are treated to a fresh DJ set every month. Here, Miss Monique captures the mood of the original beautifully, creating a wholly immersive experience in progressive house. Deep droning basses are contrasted with sharp synth stabs as deft note changes raise the energy levels to the backdrop of a solid drum section. Rich voices raise the hairs on the back of your neck making this one of those tracks you just have to play out.

#cherry(ua) #bonzaiprogressive #missmonique

 

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FERMANZ & DEL CASTIO – 3 DEGREES [BONZAI PROGRESSIVE]

Turkish DJ and producer duo Fermanz and Del Castio mark their Bonzai Progressive debut with the dark progressive tones of 3 Degrees. Fermanz grew up with a musical family and was collecting records from a very young age. Influenced by the sound of the 80’s, he started to DJ in 1999 before getting the producer bug the following year where he released his first effort titled Awakening. Several releases followed including Save A Prayer which was remixed by Stan Kolev. He decided to change his name from Peaceful Mind to Fermanz and has since signed with a few labels. So much more to come from this guy and it’s great to him here. Del Castio started his music journey in 1997 as an MC at Hip Hop parties. In 2002 he took to the decks and became a pro DJ, working at various clubs and events. His style is varied, he can turn his mixing skills to any genre which puts him in a unique position. He loves the reaction from his crowds while DJing and also when he plays his own latest creations. Delighted to have him on board and hopefully we’ll see much more in the future.

3 Degrees is an intense, deep progressive workout which intros with a nice punchy kick drum and sharp hi hat. Cool percussions make their way into the groove as dark drone pads fade in alongside sinister stabs. A prominent plucky bassline adds an urgency to the sound as more striking synth plucks come through before an acid laden bass sequence takes over, sending us high into the stratosphere. An outstanding slice that will most definitely be a welcome addition to any late-night session.

#fermanz #delcastio #bonzaiprogressive

 

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RICK PIER O’NEIL & CHRIS GAVIN – CONGA D’ORU [BONZAI PROGRESSIVE]

Rick Pier O’Neil and Chris Gavin return with more progressive goodness in the form of their Conga d’Oru which is backed up with two solid remixes. This one marks the second effort from these guys as a duo on Bonzai Progressive, following the superb Lost Elements. Rick and Chris co-own Art&Fact Records and Chris also worked on RPO Records. Chris’ music has been championed by many top jocks and producers over the years and his style of producing music always delivers a unique flavour. Accomplished French native Rick started DJing at just 14 years old, at 16 he already became a sound engineer and built his first home studio. He quickly gained a reputation as a talented artist and travelled to the US where he became embedded into the music scene there. He runs the popular Vesta Records with Manu Riga as well as other labels. Rick is a celebrated, hard working artist and it’s always a pleasure having him here.

Rick is in fine form here on the Original Mix which delivers an infectious tribal rhythm with a surging progressive groove. Tight beats lead the way alongside a deep, probing bassline and subtle melodic flurries. Rich and vibrant Ethnic voices sweep over the sound as traditional style instruments fade in. The track builds nicely while holding a smooth tribal groove making it an absolute must for the early sets.

Miami-based DJ and producer Stan Kolev is back on remix duties following his top-notch cut Utopia. Stan began producing in 1996 and by 2003 he already had a massive world-wide hit with De Moma De under the name Casa Flava, which also hit the UK Top 40 Dance Chart. He has released more than 700 originals and remixes on the most respected record labels in the world. He has also taken his music outside the club scene by producing music for Porsche TV commercials as well as having a track featured on the hit TV series CSI: Miami for several years in a row. Here, Stan delivers an epic progressive ride for us filled with chunky beats and thick, pulsating basses. Hypnotic arpeggios combine perfectly with the Ethnic flavour and on the break, we’re treated to a sublime build up and climax. An absolute monster of a track that is not to be missed.

Fresh off the back of his fantastic The Magician, Matti (TR) aka Turkish artist Ozgun Yasar Bakir steps up to offer a quality remix here. Ozgun started getting into to music in his secondary school years, with encouragement from his family. He began playing guitar for local folk and blues groups in his hometown. Soon after he got into electronic music and from here, he honed his skills, creating his own unique sound. A rising talent and one to watch. On the remix here, Matti takes us deeper, focusing on the in-your-face technique thanks to some superb filtered synths and grizzly basses. Cool FX adorn the groove creating a dynamic vibe that will transform easily to the floors. A solid cut that will definitely get the floors buzzing.

#rickpiero’neil #chrisgavin #bonzaiprogressive #stankolev #matti(tr)

 

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MATAN CASPI – EUNOIA [BONZAI PROGRESSIVE]

Matan Caspi is at it again, he’s created yet another masterpiece for our listening pleasure in the form of Eunoia which comes with two excellent remixes. The last several years has seen Matan’s profile grow and grow, breaking into new ground with new fans coming thick and fast. This is all down to his dedication and the way he works his progressive grooves on the floors. He started experimenting with music when 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 and this proved to be his calling as the many years of quality tracks will show.

The Original Mix is a real smooth and groovy progressive house mover with a fluid theme that both captivates and inspire. Dreamy pads and that pulsating bassline make for a mesmerizing trip while tight beats get the body moving. Tranquil arpeggios cascaded through the track and are joined by more robust synths later on. The contrast between the bright melodies and the harsher, deeper sounds is simply beautiful and will not disappoint.

Köschk returns for another bite at remix duties and once again we’re blown away by the sheer talent this guy possesses. Vince always shows up, delivering the quality we’ve come to expect from him. His release count for us is hugely impressive and he has a great presence on other labels and the scene in general. Great to have him here once more, well, it always is. In true Köschk style we’re treated to wonderful trek into progressive, with a darker, more gritty tone than usual. The bassline chugs along effortlessly as a cacophony of drums and percussions get the rhythm flowing. Various styles of synth layer up to deliver that killer sound which blends beautifully with hypnotic arpeggios and that surprising vocal. A beauty of a track, not to be missed.

Jakarta based DJ and producer Lily Pita is back at Bonzai Progressive with a solid remix which follows her equally solid In A Heart Beat from just a few months ago. Since 1999 Lily Pita has been spreading the love for dance music to the crowds around Indonesia, Europe and Canada. Lily lived for clubbing before she began to develop her passion for DJing. Since then she has been performing at an impressive number of prestigious clubs. Nice to have her back. On the remix here, Lily delivers the goods once again. Starting out with tight beats leading up to a short break where the warmest of deep bass comes through alongside contrasting arps. The break displays a wealth of layered sounds that culminate in a distinctly dream-like vibe that will resonate well in any set builder.

#matancaspi #bonzaiprogressive #köschk #lilypita

 

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FORE C – GREY AREA [BONZAI PROGRESSIVE]

Amsterdam based Rik Balk aka Fore C debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Grey Area which includes a top-notch remix from the experienced Köschk. DJ and producer Rik is a relative newcomer to music production, this one is his first release and he’s made a fantastic first impression and, no doubt, this is a small taste of what’s to come from this guy.

The Original Mix dishes out a solid progressive house groove that draws us in right from the off thanks to a tight drum arrangement and that hypnotic bass. At its core we find a chunky groove made up of layered basses and stabby synth chords. Subtle 303 style acid phrases crop up adding a dynamic to the sound which contrasts with the unique melodic structure. Rich, swirling pads and emotive vox create hair-raising moments making this a track destined for the big stage and the discerning collector alike.

Köschk returns to Bonzai Progressive on remix duties which follows his last effort here with As Clear As Dream. Lebanese DJ and producer Vince Aoun started his online radio show Catalepsy in 2010, which ran for 5 years. Over those years, he 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, until Cygnus got a notable release on PVD’s Vandit Records. After several remixes and appearances on our compilations, he began to deliver top notch original works which always grab a lot of attention and so far, we’ve seen four original pieces and twice as many remix works. Always a pleasure having him on the label. On the remix here, Köschk takes us on a truly deep and wonderful journey into the progressive house abyss. Taking the main elements from the original and transforming them into a sublime experience with a distinct cinematic vibe, thanks to those huge synths on the break. Lush basses, tight beats and a strong musical narrative are the order of the day here and this is not to be missed.

#forec #bonzaiprogressive #köschk

 

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R3CYCLE & ROY LEBENS – THOUSAND POUNDS FEATURED BY BEATPORT

R3cycle and Roy Lebens join forces for their Bonzai Progressive duo debut with the superb Thousand Pound which is backed up by two solid remixes. Both guys have been here before on Matan Caspi & Roy Lebens 2015 cut Klubnichka with R3cycle on remix duty. R3cycle aka Shahar Shtrikman got into music from a very young age. In 1996 he was introduced to music making program Impulse Tracker which led him to get studying to become a sound engineer. With an impressive release count, Shahar likes to focus on creating nice atmospheres and melodies. Roy has also seen a raft of releases on several labels. A bit more mysterious than his studio partner, the guys have worked together on occasion. In 2014 they also had an appearance on our Club Traxx Progressive House 1 compilation. Great to have both on board.

R3cycle & Roy Lebens – Thousand Pounds, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!

#beatport #bonzaiprogressive #r3cycle #roylebens

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R3CYCLE & ROY LEBENS – THOUSAND POUNDS [BONZAI PROGRESSIVE]

R3cycle and Roy Lebens join forces for their Bonzai Progressive duo debut with the superb Thousand Pound which is backed up by two solid remixes. Both guys have been here before on Matan Caspi & Roy Lebens 2015 cut Klubnichka with R3cycle on remix duty. R3cycle aka Shahar Shtrikman got into music from a very young age. In 1996 he was introduced to music making program Impulse Tracker which led him to get studying to become a sound engineer. With an impressive release count, Shahar likes to focus on creating nice atmospheres and melodies. Roy has also seen a raft of releases on several labels. A bit more mysterious than his studio partner, the guys have worked together on occasion. In 2014 they also had an appearance on our Club Traxx Progressive House 1 compilation. Great to have both on board.

The Original Mix offers up an intriguing progressive cut full of depth with a decadent grooving bassline complimented with a solid rhythmic drum arrangement. Space age FX and gritty synths deliver a fantastic dynamic in the sound while hypnotic arpeggios cascade up and down alongside sweeter melodies. Cool vocals add character and draw us in. A superb progressive stomper that will not disappoint.

RPO aka Rick Pier O’Neil is up first on the remix. Rick has given us some top-notch quality cuts and he remains a very much revered figure in the music production world. He’s provided several remixes and original works in the last couple of years to Bonzai Progressive and his Terra Veteris track alongside Manu Riga was greatly received on the scene as was his most recent Bonzai collab with Chris Gavin and their Lost Elements track. In true RPO style we’re treated to a special remix that captivates from the intro to the outro. Lush bass tones greet us before a beautifully full, thumping kick drum joins in along with shuffling hats and percussions. The bass teases with a single pluck to be accompanied by a much deeper sub. Rich vox fill out the background as an array of expertly crafted synths get to work making this an absolute must have for sure.

Cherry (UA) aka Ukraine based DJ and producer Oleh Cherkes returns to Bonzai Progressive with a solid remix. This one follows his last effort, Hello which gained great support. 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. It’s always an exciting time when his new work comes in. On the remix here Oleh blows our minds once more. A chest busting bass probe is front and centre in tandem with a punchy kick and rhythmic percussion. Striking synths add that cosmic touch while the vocal intrigues. On the break we’re mesmerized by the persistent notes before a climax takes us back to full on mode. A wonderfully created timeless slice of prog that is not to be missed.

#r3cycle #roylebens #bonzaiprogressive #rpo #cherry(ua)

 

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BLUFELD – ANONYMOUS WE STAND [BONZAI PROGRESSIVE]

We kick off 2019 in emphatic style with a superb offering from one of our in-house stalwarts, Blufeld and his awesome Anonymous We Stand which features a brilliant remix from Narel. Last time we got a taste of Blufeld’s uplifting progressive sounds was on remix duty for Ottexx’s Welcome To My Space back in the Summer of 2018. For many years Blufeld has been captivated and completely mesmerized into a three-dimensional world of sound, and 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, a producer who works solo to use sound and imagination to output everything that’s inside his heart and mind to create some of the most complex and deepest emotive tracks in progressive house music. For him, electronic music is the pulse of life. Evocative of all genres, yet guided by a set of dynamics and instrumentation very much of its own unique identity. Always the professional with an intelligent sound, his work always gets the office buzzing.

The Original Mix delivers a driving progressive house mover with a solid beat and strong bassline at its core. The track focuses in on melodies, with a series of cascading synths bringing them to life. We’re captivated by the emotions that ooze for the track and, as the layers build this become more intense and hypnotic. A fantastic, infectious and simply beautiful slice that will turn a few heads for sure.

Melbourne based Narel aka Nick Simmons takes over on the remix, creating a truly sublime cut that will definitely have floors bouncing. Nick has been with us for many years now, mostly on our Green Martian imprint with original works such as the outstanding 2017 album Losing Adequacy and the subsequent remix package in 2018. He became fascinated by electronic music after hearing Jean Michel Jarre’s Oxygene aged 5. At 15 he began experimenting with samplers and sequencers and in time added synthesizers to his setup. What was a hobby became a bit more serious in 2010 when his first tracks were released on the Bonzai Progressive imprint Fourty 5. The Narel sound is rooted in old skool progressive, progressive house and ambient/downtempo. Atmospheric layers, subtle evolving sounds and melodies are central to his tracks, as is maintaining dynamic range and not going with clichés. Always great to have him here at BP. Here, we’re treated to a masterclass in building progressive grooves thanks to Narel’s distinct classic style. A beautiful flowing groove made up of tight drums, rhythmic percussions and mesmerizing melodies. Various sounds intertwine with perfection and ease to bring that classic progressive vibe to life. Binding the track together is wonderfully constructed bassline that chugs along effortlessly. An amazing remix that will not disappoint.

#blufeld #bonzaiprogressive #narel

 

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BONZAI BASIK BEATS 438 – MIXED BY PHI PHI

Phi Phi shows up for his 29th appearance here on Bonzai Basik Beats with another delicious set filled with quality progressive grooves for our listening pleasure. This week’s mix features a host of top-rated artists with tracks from Roy Rosenfeld, Marc Romboy, Robert Babicz, Freedo Mosho, Emmanuel Top, Torsten Kanzler, Nick Muir, John Digweed and more.

Tracklisting – Episode 438: mixed by Phi Phi

1º Roy Rosenfeld – Helena (Original Mix)
2º Th;en, Starkato – Flashlight (Original Mix)
3º Marc Romboy – Cosmo (Original Mix)
4º Robert Babicz – The Dream Machine (Original Mix)
5º Freedo Mosho – Pied Piper (Roger Martinez Remix)
6º Solomun – Customer Is King (Original Mix)
7º Taka Boom, Mono Electric Orchestra – Lost Track (Deep Mix)
8º Nick Muir, John Digweed – Organia (Beats)
9º Emmanuel Top – Addiction (Original Mix)
10º Torsten Kanzler – Peanut (Alberto Ruiz Remix)

#bonzaibasikbeats #bonzaiprogressive #phiphi

 

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