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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.