Recent posts: Progressive House
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.
Russlan returns to Bonzai Progressive after a bit of a break with the fantastic Pomegranate. This one comes a couple of years after his equally superb The Universe Within Us. He has also made appearances on many quality labels such as Green Martian, Mistique Music, Mystic Carousel, BQ Recordings, Green Snake, Innertek Recordings and Deepsessions to name a few He is a modest producer who ‘just makes music’, but we think he is something special and we hope to see more in the future.
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.
Ivan Lu debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the impressive Return To The Right Path which features two solid remixes from Ewan Rill and Dofamine. For several years now, Ivan has been shaping his wonderfully unique progressive sound and has appeared on several top labels in the process. He’s also worked with a lot of talented artists during this time including Paul Lennar, Bob The Groove, Following Light and quite a few collabs with Ewan Rill. Great to have him here at BP.
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.
Stanny Abram debuts on Bonzai Progressive while studio partner BILBONI returns on the impressive Mantra EP. Stanny’s passion for music evolved in mid-80’s listening to radio Luxemburg. Starting with two tape recorders his enthusiasm was immediately noticed and he was introduced to a fellow DJ, Amado Sallinas. They teamed up and started learning different techniques of mixing on record players. House and Acid House soon replaced Italo Disco which gained him a lot of air time in some of the hottest clubs in Slovenia. In the mid-90’s he teamed up with Ozzy Lee Tiger to found a project called the D-Team and create a handful of pretty successful Slo-Dance tracks amongst which a song called Frendy which performed very well in many charts. The late 90’s saw his career grow and he found himself playing at the best venues and releasing quality sounds. Bilboni aka Goran Bilbija returns after his 2017 debut Off Road EP. His early starts in the field were marked by attending and concluding a music school, where he learnt to play the accordion. As a teenager, his passion for music accelerated to the point where he would spend all his monthly pocket money on buying new records. Growing up, he started tasting the club life. Drawn by the electronic sounds, he would always be the last to go home. At that point he was inspired by the early Euro sounds such as LA Style, as well as EuroDance, Culture Beat, 2 Unlimited and Captain Jack to name a few. At the age of 20, he established a successful music duo 2 Alive and signed quite a few contracts with various record labels. Being fully committed to his fans, he is always open for new suggestions and critique.
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.
One of our most prolific artists is back with another fine example of quality progressive house music. Crocy delivers the sublime Mosquito which comes backed up with two remixes from F-Act and Andrew Lewis. Last time our we saw Crocy produce a fantastic remix of Wolfson’s Too Loose which gained great support across the board. An integral part of the Bonzai family, Crocy’s work always draws attention and, not only for his studio work but also for his DJ skills. Keep an eye out for more from this talented artist.
Ricardo makes the jump over on our more melodic driven progressive imprint Green Martian with the stunning two track slice titled Lily. With a raft of top notch releases over on Bonzai Progressive, we’re delighted to have him at GM where we know his more polished, harmonious sounds will thrive. We last saw Ricardo alongside his formidable studio partner and friend Gabriel West with their Tonic EP which found itself appearing on many charts and playlists. A versatile artist with a diverse skillset, he certainly knows how to work a track. No doubt we’ll be seeing lots more from this guy both solo and in collaboration, for now though enjoy these two super tracks.
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 Andrew Lewis to Bonzai Progressive with another superb effort in the form of his new Protect EP. Hailing from Scotland, Andrew is an electronic music producer with almost two decades of experience. This one marks his third outing here and is a fine example of his acute skills in the production world. He combines a deep knowledge of various genres along with solid DJ skills making him one to watch.
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 Jóse 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.