German DJ and producer Tom Wax returns Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Jippi Jappa which features a solid remix from Matan Caspi. We were delighted with Tom’s debut here – 1 Nation Under 1 Groove – which gained a great following thanks to its retro nature. Tom has always been a leading figure in the electronic music scene in Germany since 1988, he has also inspired a lot of DJ’s and producers around the world with his unique sound. After more than 25 years behind the DJ booth he is still on a mission as he releases tracks on labels such as Great Stuff, Toolroom, CR2, Bitten, Bush, Suara, Armada Deep, Toca 45 and Phuture Wax. 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 on AWeX and found international fame with It’s Our Future on Plastic City. Considered with legendary status among his peers, there is so much more this guy has done, we’re delighted to have him back at Bonzai Progressive.
The Original Mix wastes no time, right from the off we’re locked into a mesmerizing rhythmic arpeggio alongside thumping kick drums and shuffling hi hats. The kicks feature a nice trailing low end which lends itself to form the bassline along with lower notes on the arps. A very intricately constructed pattern emerges which grabs your attention. The break introduces a superb club style diva vocal and, after a raucous build up we’re slammed right into full on mode for the duration. An interesting slice that builds smoothly and ends with a solid, pumping groove for the floors.
Our very own and highly revered Matan Caspi is up on remix duties for this one and proves yet again just how talented and visionary he is when it comes to producing quality music. His last outing here – Rhythm was popular among many and his remix for Airwave – Rain Upon My Skin was very well received indeed. Always great to have Matan’s works come through and no doubt we will be seeing much more in the future. Here he takes us on a sublime journey deep into progressive house with a wonderful rendition. The intro gets us in the mood as chunky beats and rhythmic percussions form up alongside cool arpeggios and a rumbling bassline. Metallic synths create a powerful tone in the sound and blend beautifully with the softer elements. A touch of melancholy creeps in giving this one character while subtle pads generate a surreal atmosphere. An absolute must have no doubt.