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Planisphere – Atmospheres (Single) (Bonzai Progressive)

Planisphere aka George Petkidis and Laurent Veronnez, return to Bonzai Progressive in 2021 with the title track off their latest album titled, Atmospheres. Since 1998, Planisphere has been a part of the story that shaped the melodic progressive sound, but they also branched out into more experimental touches, with what can only be described as epic breaks, otherworldly, dreamy Balearic sounds and powerful melodic movers. Who can forget the huge classics, Deep Blue Dream, So Many Ways and Moonshine to name a few. It was these tracks that were filling up journey-led sets, wowing the crowds with cascading synths and euphoric climaxes. Of course, George and Laurent’s individual stories are intriguing and exciting, they have done so many great things over the years. It’s always a special time when they get back in the studio together and we’ve no doubt there is more to come.

The Original Mix opens with an ambient sequence before a deep bass drop which etches out an infectious melody. Cool synths join in before urban style breaks come through. Just at the midway point, a chugging bassline is joined by a full-on 4-on-the-floor beat. A mesmerizing melody fades up taking the track to a new level. An outstanding, hybrid groove, a definite must have.

Rise and Fall returns to BP on the remix, dishing out another fine effort. Since 2013 his works have been praised by several top DJ’s around the world and he’s stacked up a hugely impressive back catalogue. Here, he steps it up a notch once again with a strong, flowing progger and its raw, organic sound filled with contrasting elements that captivate the mind.

Turkish artist Hakan Ozurun is back with an excellent remix. He started his musical career as a DJ in 2010. After 3 years, he found this was not enough for him and so he started making his own originals and remixes, and to date he has an impressive release count. On the remix here, we’re driven deep into the progressive abyss with twisting drones, rolling basses and striking melodies that combine beautifully for the ultimate heads down chugger.

We stick with the Turkish contingent and welcome Nacres back to BP with a superb remix. Nacres has been connected with music for many years. He hung up his cans in 1997 but, in 2019 he decided to make a return to music, devoting his skills to producing quality progressive house and tech house. Here, the remix dishes out a solid, drummy interpretation, keeping things minimal to a point, while charging forward into the groove.

Cathy K returns once again with a top-notch remix. Cathy has been producing for the past 4 years, incorporating various styles into her sound and her DJing. For Cathy K, producing is her therapy since she loves getting lost in music to feel the joyful emotions that stir into her chest. On the remix here, the groove goes deep. Tough edged beats, melodic basses and a gritty underlay feature heavily, making this a first choice cut for the peak time set.

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Planisphere – Atmospheres (Bonzai Classics)

Dance music vanguard of subsonic purity, We’re super excited and extremely proud to bring you Trilogique Re-Invented, Airwave’s reimagining of his classic album, Trilogique. Plush progressive vibes, seasoned classic sounds and contemporary production, all from the mind of a musical genius. This is the order of the day and this is what Re-Invented is all about. From the very first opening bars of Sky Blues, to the pounding beats and scathing synths of Ping Pong, Laurent takes us on a journey of re-discovery and of new beginnings.

 

2020 is shaping up to be a massive year for Bonzai Classics. To keep that momentum going, we’re super proud to present a miscellany of works, taken from 3 albums, spanning over 10 years from one of the most famous projects of the nineties and noughties titled, Planisphere – Atmospheres. George Petkidis and Laurent Veronnez are the maestros behind Planisphere, and together they delivered some of the very best progressive trance/trance cuts the world has heard.

A fresh new slice heads up this ‘best of’ compendium, the guys have been in the studio creating more masterful music in the form of the brand-new track Atmospheres which, will be part of a fully remastered 18 track, 2 x CD package, wrapped in elegant casing with sharp, defining artwork.

Since 1998, Planisphere has been a part of the story that shaped the melodic progressive sound, but they also branched out into more experimental touches, with what can only be described as epic breaks, on tracks such as Lektrophony, Cubed, United We Were, Corinthians XIII and Timestop. Who can forget the huge classics, Deep Blue Dream, So Many Ways, Totem, Cubed, Moonshine, Hoasanna and the more recent Memento.It was these tracks that were filling up journey-led sets, wowing the crowds with cascading synth melodies and euphoric climaxes. Dreamy, atmospheric tracks like Balearic and The Lost Planet raised the bar while more otherworldly cuts like Cyborganic, Symphotek, Spectrazoidesign and Solarism- Everyone Needs A 4 To The Floor took us into the stratosphere.

The main track – Atmospheres, captures the true essence of the Planisphere sound. One of theatrics, melodic, captivating and boundary pushing. The track opens with an ambient sequence before a stuttering percussion pattern takes us to a deep bass drop. The bass etches out an infectious melody which is joined by cool synths before urban style breaks come through. Just at the midway point, a chugging bassline is joined by a full-on 4 on the floor beat. A mesmerizing melody fades up, a signature for these guys, which takes the track to a new level. An outstanding, hybrid groove, a definite must have. Expect more new material from Planisphere.

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Airwave – Trilogique Re-Invented (Bonzai Progressive)

Dance music vanguard of subsonic purity, We’re super excited and extremely proud to bring you Trilogique Re-Invented, Airwave’s reimagining of his classic album, Trilogique. Plush progressive vibes, seasoned classic sounds and contemporary production, all from the mind of a musical genius. This is the order of the day and this is what Re-Invented is all about. From the very first opening bars of Sky Blues, to the pounding beats and scathing synths of Ping Pong, Laurent takes us on a journey of re-discovery and of new beginnings.

Sky Blues Re-Invented Icarus Mix is the perfect opener, that captivating voice and sweeping synths combine beautifully before a deep, pulsing bassline takes over.

Angelica Re-Invented follows, keeping the deep vibe alive with a solid, understated groove, built around a tight beat and detailed percussion section.

Beam Re-Invented is up next. A chugging bassline lies at its core, with punchy kicks and tribal percussions working the rhythms. The melodies remain subtle, teasing us with all the glory of the original.

Sunday Break Re-Invented heralds in a club themed style. Chunky kick drums and rich percussions line up perfectly while faint hints of the original are evident in the background melodies.

Summer Out Re-Invented keeps the upbeat vibe going thanks to solid, punchy beats and crisp, highlighted percussions. As the momentum builds, waves of melody sweep through the groove which is buoyed by a superb droning bassline.

People Just Don’t Care Re-Invented shows off that distinct motif which shines through, against the backdrop of a more subdued progressive groove. Constantly rising, up to the break, where that main melody is revealed.

Trilogique Re-Invented is a vibrant, energetic track. Intriguing pads fill the background as a mesmerizing arpeggio fades up. A deep, rumbling bassline takes over the groove as rich percussions add scope and rhythm.

Buzzer Re-Invented takes on a no-nonsense approach with a committed, powerful bassline that dominates throughout. Twisting, pitching synths stand out and on the break the melody takes us to the stratosphere before climaxing with a building snare roll and back to the main groove.

Mice Re-Invented presents punchy beats and distinct percussions, combining to deliver a solid rhythm. Hypnotic arps lead us to the deep, rumbling bassline as wide-open synths rise up, pulsating with the beat before intricate melodies take over on the break where tension mounts before the final act.

Progressive Aggressive Re-Invented is dark and menacing, this one holds no bars, delivering a powerful and sinister groove. The original voice is present alongside a bassline that borders on psy. The break unleashes a mind-bending sequence climaxing with your mind exploding.

Ping Pong Re-Invented is another Techno do-over from Airwave, and one that will no doubt draw a lot of interest. Delicate bells etch out mesmerizing patterns as rising FX and sweeping sirens combine. Full-on, in-your-face Techno.

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Airwave & Phi Phi – Today Is Made Of Yesterdays (Bonzai Progressive)

Two legends, Airwave and Phi Phi, join forces once again on Today Is Made Of Yesterdays. Last time out, they gave us Finesse, which was a while ago, but they have been very busy in the meantime
 
For Airwave, the last few months have been very productive. He’s utilised his time in the studio to come up with a series of creative ideas as well other projects and, as ever we are super excited to be hearing his latest efforts with this new track.
 
Phi Phi has continued to provide his journey-led sets for his followers, playing out on several online radio stations worldwide. He is also preparing for post lockdown events which are coming in thick and fast. In the studio he continues his wonderful partnership with Manu Riga. Their last effort was on the remix for Rick Pier O’Neil’s Itzamna and there is so much more to come from those guys.
 
The Original Mix kicks off with a dark, cinematic sequence, creating a rising tension. Solid kick drums and shuffling percussions come through, taking the groove into a rhythmic flow as the atmosphere builds and builds. A burly bassline controls the low end as melodic flurries weave through the groove. The track rises, methodically luring us into its melancholic warmth and giving us a special journey that is not to be missed. Crocy returns on remix duties, delivering yet another fine slice of progressive goodness.
 
Crocy is one of the finest DJs and producers of his generation, redefining the Slovenian electronic sound and pushing it further through the warm melodic groovy house and progressive realms. He is an artist of substance and a familiar name with over a decade of experience. His output for Bonzai is consistent and always creates a buzz in the office. Here, Crocy takes the original and beefs up the bass with a more pronounced drive which is backed up with a tight, rhythmic drum section. Soft arpeggios fade up, creating a mesmerizing sequence while on the break we’re treated to some smooth melodies before heading back to full-on mode for the duration.
 
Turkish DJ, producer Nacres is up next on the remix which follows his last remix on metrONomes’ Thirio. Considered with veteran status, Nacres got his first DJ gig at Taxim Night Park in 1994. He was already connected to the electronic music scene for 3 years prior to this, having worked on sound and lighting at various venues. He hung up his cans in 1997 but, in 2019 he decided to make a return to music, devoting his skills to producing quality progressive house and tech house. The remix here takes the groove to a deeper level with a minimalistic approach. Heavy focus shifts to the drums and the groovy bassline while intense synths rise and fall throughout. The break is a trippy affair which fits beautifully with the slow burning appeal of this top-notch cut.

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Welcome To My New Website

Welcome to the New Airwave Site! With a previous blog that was almost 10 years old, a big overhaul was clearly overdue. And with the lockdown crisis, there was no better moment to do so.  Glad it has happened, and I hope you will be happy with this 2020 refresh of everything Airwave that will become a meeting point of all my socials, events, new music and more. Happy to see you again here! Don’t forget to check out my socials and my Youtube channel that got an overhaul too. Also, you will see a bigger part dedicated to my other activity, Sound Design, as it’s  becoming a more and more important part of my life.  Big thanks to management for making this happen! Let us know what you think! And Stay Safe!