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.
The legendary CJ Bolland is up first on the remix, setting the tone beautifully. What can you say about this guy? A celebrated artist who is responsible for a lot of wonderful tracks and who inspired a whole generation, and continues to do so. Techno runs through his veins and this is proven with every track he produces; you just know his soul is in there also. Always an exciting time when he gets in the studio. On the remix here, we’re treated to that classic Bolland sound, thumping arena kicks, sporadic percussions and a unique spring sound. Dark rumbling basses and hypnotic synths mark the era perfectly, sending shivers up and down your spine.
Drumcomplex aka German duo Arnd Reichow and Daniel Reichow are up next with a superb remix. Known for their energetic, crushing techno sound, the guys are well versed, releasing filthy cuts since 2002. Here, they get into the spirit of 1992 and stamp their contemporary mark on a classic. Pounding drums lead as chaotic, sharp percussions set the rhythm free. A dark, drum fuelled event, the synths fade in midway through, bringing the nostalgia to life. A stomping track not to be missed.
Tom Wax’s own remix lowers the tempo, beefing up the sound for a deep, bassy ride into techno. Nice chunky beats and that slow burning, gritty bass are joined by the distinct plucked synth note. The original melody comes through with subtlety and on the break the 303’s are let loose, raising the energy levels. A top-notch rendition, not to be missed.
The Original Mix is a pacey, techno/trance monster. Solid beats and murky basses see this one pound the speakers, contrasted with warm, melodic pads and sharp plucked synth notes. A classic with a powerful bite and always one to remember.