Recent posts: Techno
German DJ, producer Tom Wax is back at Bonzai, presenting his famous Microbots persona and the superb Cosmic Evolution which will feature remixes from CJ Bolland, Drumcomplex and Tom himself. First released in 1992 on Chip I as K.O.-Mix, the track got a reissue in 1998 in its original form and is hailed as a fine example of the harder edged trance/techno sound of the era. Tom has been a leading figure in the electronic music scene since 1988, he has inspired a lot of artists around the world with his unique sound. After more than 25 years behind the decks he is still on a mission as he releases tracks on labels such as Great Stuff, Toolroom, Bush, Bonzai Progressive and more. 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 and found international fame with It’s Our Future on Plastic City.
Sa.Du debuts here on After Dark with the formidable two tracker titled Stay Safe. A longstanding artist over at our friends in Bonzai, Sa.Du never fails to impress. This guy has dished out some serious bangers in the last several years and it’s no wonder we got excited when his new material came through the inbox. He 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.
One of our most prolific artists, Karim S, returns with another stomper for our listening pleasure in the form of his techno infused Back In Time which, comes packed with three stand out remixes. It’s been a while since his last effort here with Indian Summer alongside Lounasan, but he always delivers the goods when called upon. Having started his musical career in the 90’s, Karim is well placed to bring back some memories of the scene, going ‘back in time’ to get a flavour of the sound. This one is special, delivering a cool retro sound with a contemporary edge, not to be missed.
Belgian DJ, producer Dennis Caressa debuts on After Dark with a thumping three tracker titled Dark EP. Having been exposed to early acid house and new beat, Dennis soon became infatuated with electronic music. His teenage years were spent at clubs with tribal and techno and, after seeing Sven Väth perform he knew he wanted to be a DJ. Being in a wheelchair did not stop him entering competitions, appearances at several comps earned him respect from the judges and the crowd on several occasions. More gigs followed, in particular, he got on the flyer for Café d’Anvers in Antwerp where met up with his her, Papa Sven. Dennis organised his own parties also, in his local youth club, searching for new talent on the DJ scene. Nowadays he is more into producing music, bringing his own sound through everyday life experiences. Great to have him on board.
Madrid based DJ, producer Krain, debuts at Bonzai Progressive with the excellent Abstract, which comes with a wonderful remix from Bob The Groove. A relative newcomer to the world of producing, Krain has been busy on the DJ front. His monthly podcast, Krain Planet, is gaining attention as he showcases the very best in Techno. We believe this will be his first ever release and we are delighted to be bringing his skills to the fore.
The O.R.B. trio are at it again, this time they’ve conjured up the superb – Sound Of A Sid, for our feet stomping pleasure. CJ Bolland, Steve Cop and Dany Van Der Rieten aka DJ Steel, are not wasting time, they’re making sure that the crowd knows they’re around when the energy levels rise and their tunes are blasting out of the speakers. This one follows Liquid 999, and we’ve no doubt it will be just as well received by those that know.
O.R.B. returns with another gut-busting Techno joint titled Liquid 999. Messrs Bolland, Van Der Rieten and Cop waste no time and get right down to business to follow up on their last outing, remix duties for DJ One Finger’s, One Finger, which certainly lived up to the hype. This tenacious trio are raising the bar when it comes to good old Techno party music. Their many, many years of experience (yes, they are getting on a bit) ensure that only the highest quality will do. As individuals they’ve left their mark on the scene and now, as a group, they’re creating a whole new experience for those of us who were lucky to be around back in the day and for fresh clubbers alike. After Dark is super proud to present this latest offering and we just cannot wait for the next one.
After Dark is proud to present a supercharged remix from our in-house rave creators O.R.B. DJ One Finger’s 1996 cut One Finger gets the remix treatment, bringing that classic minimalistic Techno sound into the 21st Century. O.R.B. is a trio of old guys who are into making proper upfront Techno using modern methods with that delicious oldskool flavour. CJ Bolland is considered with legendary status amongst a generation of electronic music lovers. From his early days collaborating with like-minded enthusiasts in projects such as Space Opera, Phantom, The Project and Sonic Solution to name just a few, to laying down his first studio album titled The 4th Sign which went on to become an iconic pressing. Steve Cop has contributed heavily to Techno in the early nineties. He is the other half of Sonic Solution along with CJ and we all know the top tunes they turned out under that guise. A very much in demand DJ, Steve has played all over Belgium and more recently he has been featuring in several parties held by the mighty Bonzai. Dany (DJ Steel) is a veteran of the Bonzai posse having released tracks under Batteries Not Included and D-Bedroom Visitors well as a few cuts on sub-labels from back in the day. Dany joins forces on the decks with Steve using his DJ Steel persona and they are regular artists on Bonzai’s party and festival line-ups. On the remix, the guys have stayed true to the original, interpreting the main hook in all its glory with a slight twist along the way. The drums pound out a solid beat that will definitely rattle the bass bins in any venue while the bright percussions will get the asses shakin’ for sure. A superb production to give the younger generation a glimpse at how Techno should be.
Those Old Rave Bastards from O.R.B. are on the loose again, churning out yet another banging Techno joint in the form of Red Tram. CJ Bolland, Steve Cop and Dany Van Der Rieten aka DJ Steel just cannot stay away from the studio, we can only imagine the fun they’re having coming up with tracks like this. Since the launch of After Dark and the debut release, It’s Just Music followed by Sonic Solution’s The Hornet, the message has been clear, have fun and enjoy the music. The guys have laid down a sound which represents all the pristine glory of modern production techniques alongside the very essence of that nostalgic sound from the heydays of rave. They have impressed so far and we have no doubt this will continue, come along for the ride and simply enjoy the music.
After Dark is proud to present the brand new two tracker from Sonic Solution titled The Hornet. CJ Bolland and Steve Cop have reinvented their 1991 project for the 21st Century, and man have they created a Techno gem. Their last SS release was over 25 years ago and now, with this new sound, it just feels like yesterday. From the gut busting Beat Time to the warehouse razing Bagdad, these guys made their mark on early rave culture in the best possible way, and they are still revered with huge respect today. CJ and Steve really need no introduction, they remain as passionate about producing and DJing as they did all those years ago and up to today. It’s fair to say that with the launch of After Dark, they have a new wave of energy, taking the oldskool vibe and applying modern day techniques for a blistering hybrid groove that is sure to rock festivals and parties around the world.
After Dark is proud to present our debut single from a trio of Old Rave Bastards or O.R.B. as they are affectionately known. CJ Bolland (label head honcho), Steve Cop and Dany Van Der Rieten aka Steel are the old bastards behind the project and they’re here to load us into the time machine and take us back to the glory days of Techno. We don’t think an introduction is really necessary on this occasion, but we’ll give you a recap of who these O.R.B.s are. CJ Bolland is considered with legendary status amongst a generation of electronic music lovers. From his early days collaborating with like-minded enthusiasts in projects such as Space Opera, Phantom, The Project and Sonic Solution to name just a few, to laying down his first studio album titled The 4th Sign which went on to become an iconic pressing. Over the years he experimented with different sounds and to date he boasts an impressive repertoire that includes DJing to dedicated ravers all over the world. Belgian DJ and producer Steve Cop has contributed heavily to Techno in the early nineties. He is the other half of Sonic Solution along with CJ and we all know the top tunes they turned out under that guise. A very much in demand DJ, Steve has played all over Belgium and more recently he has been featuring in several parties held by the mighty Bonzai. Dany (Steel) is a veteran of the Bonzai posse having released tracks under Batteries Not Included with Roel Butzen, D-Bedroom Visitors with Stefan Melis (Bountyhunter) on UVM as well as a few cuts on sub-labels from back in the day. Dany joins forces on the decks with Steve using his Steel persona and they are regular artists on Bonzai’s party and festival line-ups. A formidable trio with a wealth of experience and just the right amount of lunacy to create mind-blowing Techno.