The impressively talented Sa.Du delves back into the bowels of tech fuelled house with another four track EP entitled “Secrets”. We never tire of the sounds this guy produces and with every release comes support from all over and this is no exception, super tight production of the highest order.
“Season” gets us started and the intro boasts an intense feeling which is backed up with a very sinister vocal sample. An awesome kick comes in over a very rich church organ pad with the percussion building up the groove. Real nice deep house chords keep the flow and a few surprises come around throughout which really enhances the overall vibe, top notch stuff yet again!
“Secrets” takes on a true tech house vibe with a cool bassline and some quality percussion arranging. Minimal sounding track with a some very nice notes thrown in, big focus goes to creating the bouncy rhythm using lots of wooded percussion. Brilliant use of the vocal rounds up a simply amazing track.
“Giga” ramps up the energy somewhat with a groovy rhythm built up with the tight drum and perc arrangement. Super cool keys add a funky flavour and again we see a vocal sample used very well which fits the sound perfectly. Definitely a track that will grace many decks.
Getting right down to seriously groovy business with “In To You”, a real deep sliding bassline provides just the right amount of funk to this. Upbeat rhythms will shake any ass thanks to the banging kicks and sharp edged hats and percussions. Again Sa.Du uses vocal samples to perfection and again this will be a firm favourite among many listeners.
Debut release on Basiks for Darouge with his three track “Ohwha EP”. Darouge was first introduced to electronica through listening to top trance and progressive jocks and as time went on his musical preferences changed. After attending many different styled parties he began to settle on the house music with minimal tech and techno being his main focus. Now, after much hard work and determination he is ready to unleash his talents onto the scene with this superb minimal-techno-house effort.
The title track “Ohwha” is a strong tough edged slice of tech with a wonderfully deep bassline backed up with a very rhythmic percussion section. A real low deep vocal is present throughout and some classic house chords add a cool contrast to the sound, excellent start!
“Yehri” intros with a monster kick that would shudder any speaker system going. A brilliant tech bassline thunders along and gets right into your core and this is backed up with a myriad of FX and percussions. The big focus here is the almost horror movie type pad sequences, quite eerie and working so well with the sound.
“Looking Through The Barrel” ramps up the energy factor with a very bouncy techno rhythm, sharp hats and again a deep bassline dominates. Nice flow here and a dark vocal sample comes through to shake things up a bit, top stuff here and definitely tracks that will feature heavily on many playlists.
Mexico based Ricardo Medina aka Redraft Memories returns to Bonzai with his “Traveller EP”. Ricardo has had many releases on different labels and has also released on Bonzai Progressive and Green Martian with his works also being snapped up to appear on top compilations.
The original mix takes us on a cool sophisticated journey through the world of deep tech. The bassline is so deep you will literally quake. Nice solid groove with a rhythmic percussion section and minimal synth work all make for a very handy tool indeed.
Mario Foksa aka Foxa returns for remix duty after his well received “Medicine EP” on Basiks with his Goes Travel Mix. Slightly tougher edge to this one with chunkier kicks and much more brilliant FX work. The bass is another monster here and really comes to life on the break, brilliant stuff.
Netherlands native Sander Bongertman returns to Bonzai with his remix. Sander has had a couple of other remixes through Basiks and Progressive as well as many other releases for other labels. This track goes all out tech, cool chunky kicks and sharp hats lead us up to the superb bass which becomes the main event here. Loads of quality percussions and FX doing the rounds which will make this a firm favourite!
Talinn’s finest Zas & Sanze aka Mindgamers are back with more tripped out prog house vibes with their new track “Once Again” and it comes with a little help from friends Florian Meindl and Electric Bastards on remix duty.
The original is a proper Mindgamers track with crisp, sharp hats and rhythmic percussions over a tight kick. Brilliant piano chords take centre stage here and a truly deep throbbing bass will get any speaker (and ass) shaking. Well placed vocal sample repeats once again and on the break the piano ramps up a notch with super cool strings coming through, one hell of a build up gets us pounding back into the groove, top quality stuff!
First up for remix duties is Florian Meindl with his Shitakusa Remix. Berlin based producer, DJ and sound designer Florian is a hard working artist with many releases and remixes under his belt including on his own label Flash Recordings. With a passion for music he is busy with writing movie soundtracks and has completed his BA at the London College Of Music. Here he applies his skill in style, carving out a straight up prog house groover, nice chunky kicks are in contrast with subtle strings and some very nifty FX and synth work. On the break the bass is boss and the pianos provide for an awesome build up back into this superb flowing track.
Electric Bastards aka Jordan Drieghe and Curt Savage are a Belgium based duo who have lost their souls to music. They are devoted to House beats and like to experiment with genres as Deep, Tech and Progressive House. Here they provide us with a stunning remix which focuses around a brilliant deep bassline throughout. Lots of FX play a part here with tight percussion and drum arrangement creating a steady groove. Cool use of the vocal with brilliant filtering on the piano sample, quality stuff here and sure to be a firm favourite for a lot of jocks.
Mylan is back with some serious prog-tech house beats on “Doubt EP”, a super-charged three tracker filled with all the wonders of house.
First up is the title track “Doubt”, surreal, dark hypnotic beats and percussions carve out a cool rhythmic vibe with a tribal element. Some very nice synth and FX work really adds a new flavour to the sound, but the big focus remains on those percussive grooves. A dark and sinister vocal pops in from time to time and the overall darker theme is complete.
“Replace” is a superbly crafted experience in the frequencies of bass, heart throbbing basses pulsate throughout this track and give it a very distinct vibe. Also on offer here, apart from super cool vocal samples, is another brilliant percussion and drum arrangement with some very funky and cool housey chords keeping this groove ever flowing.
“Again” continues the overall theme of the EP with a darker edge and tech in mind, more low end basses that will have any sub speaker shaking and a real dense thud on the kick will get any floor moving to the beat. Top quality FX work blends in perfectly with sweeping pads and that tense vocal sample, top notch stuff!
Oli Cassidy and James Trystan make up the duo of Filth & Splendour and after appearing on a few compilations they make their full Bonzai debut with “Romper Stomper” along with a couple of banging remixes. Based in London and enjoying residencies at top clubs, the guys run their own label Itch Records and they have also appeared on many other labels releasing everything from house, deep house, techno, electro and progressive tech.
The original mix is a wild ride into tech house, the track intros with a well rounded subtle vibe but soon transforms with a thick grungy feel on the bass and real crisp razor sharp hats over a cool thumping kick. Perfect fodder for the floors and will easily get the crowd rocking with a romp and a stomp!
Up first on remix duties is the return of techno master Tribal Warriors aka M.I.K.E.. TW has made a comeback with his latest track “08” on Basiks and that unique sound has stayed true. Today we see his talent applied beautifully to this track. Well crafted techno kicks and hats intro the tune with a simply amazing hook coming in soon after, deep tech house at its best here folks, listen and learn!
Amsterdam based Ozan Kanik is our next remixer and he delivers the goods in style, huge kick and offset bass intros with a mini break leading up to a full on pumping groove. On the main break a brilliant robotic vocal fits perfectly in the sound and then we kick right back into it for a huge banging sound.
Head honcho at SRUR and the king of energetic techno Oz Romita joins forces with one of the most sought after DJ’s/producers on the scene, Lyle Quach, to bring in another round of high quality techno pressings. Lyle started his career in Montreal, Canada where he played many big parties which also led him to play across the USA. He is much sought after and has had collaborations with many artists all over the world and released on lots of labels during this time. Today with Oz we see the latest SRUR slice entitled “Piece Of Cake” and backed up with a couple of brilliant remixes.
The original mix is a cool blend of techno that hits maximum groove form the off with a subtle kick and a shake-that-ass percussion combo. A hypnotic bassline is prominent throughout with plenty of FX to fill up the spectrum. Simple and stylish techno with a lot of punch! Spain based DJ/producer AngelLopez takes to the mixing desk on the first remix. Angel is another highly respected figure in the techno/house scene with an impressive list of tracks and remixes to his name. Here he takes the original theme and adds a more deep house twist while retaining that tech element. Real solid steady grooves are carved out through the kicks and percussions with a superb bassline adding the deep house touch that locks you into its grip for the duration, top notch stuff.
SRUR regular Roderick Fox is up next with his remix and he does what he does best, crafting fantastic beats and adding sublime techno flavours to everything he touches. Another solid groover with a more upbeat approach and a clever rework of the original hook. Roderick adds in quality percussions and some classic little one shot vocal samples, perfect for any floor.
Based in Bratislava, Slovakia, Mario Foksa aka Foxa is no stranger to Bonzai. He has released under his Foxa guise on Nemesis, Green Martian, Musashi and also appears on a few compilations under the B-Progrez, B-Music and B-Bonzai Trance Progressive umbrellas where he mainly focused on trance. Now releasing under his own name he has made the journey into deep house, tech and techno styles. Here we see his debut on Basiks with “Medicine” which is backed up with a top notch remix.
The original mix is a true club stomper, big, bold in your face sounds, heavy bassline and a cracking kicks build up a gritty, hard edged groove with some amazing vocal samples. Little hints of house creep through with an almost retro type synth hiding away in the background, this adds a cool contrast to the vibe.
Belfast’s own Brisboys step up for remix duty and deliver their brand of quality as usual. More minimal vibe off this track with well crafted beats and FX, the track builds nicely using the vocal sample brilliantly. Some real cool house synths make a show and an awesome ride ensues, definitely a favourite for many playlists.
Basiks regular Sa.Du returns with more quality deep tech house flavours with Lucio Grandi stepping up for remix duties. Sa.Du is a busy guy with releases across many labels and he is also a popular remixer on many tracks.
“Avorani” takes us into the depths with a low end bass and solid groove. Nice sharp hats and other percussions give a tribal element with the vocal samples adding weight. Contrasting melodies take hold unexpectedly that gives the track new dimension, very well constructed.
Lucio Grandi drops by with his Deconstruction Remix, a masterclass in percussive arrangement backed up with a brilliant array of quality FX. The original melody makes an appearance adding an extra layer, top notch!
“Citizen” takes on a tribal feel, this is manifested through the drums section and with the vocal samples. Cool retro type synths show up which will give a club appeal and we get a whole new realm of sound on the break, very contrasting stuff. A strong and steady groove that will keep those late night parties in full swing.
Based in Mexico, DJ and producer Ritch Mullen makes his debut on Bonzai Basiks with a superb deep, tech, electro slice in the form of “Enough Of Disco”. With an impressive list of releases already under his belt we get a glimpse at the amazing talent on offer. Ritch delves into all kinds of sounds from house, deep house, tech house, indie and nu-disco, and he has seen many releases over various labels. So get up and enjoy the flow from this awesome vibe.
The original mix is a true club orientated vibe, big crisp hats with a solid thump on the kick shored up with some real cool FX work. The big hitter on this track, apart from an amazing whispered vocal, is the ass-shakin bassline, quality. Watch out for some sweet electro snares also!
The ever popular Sa.Du steps up for remix duty and yet again he brings the wow factor along for the ride. The original elements are well represented but with a deeper, darker edge. Loads of FX create a wonderful atmosphere while the vocal is used to great effect. Real solid groove with the drums and percs, this is topped off with an energetic bouncing bassline, great great stuff.