- Release Date 2017-11-06
- Label Bonzai Classics
- Catalog BCD2017443
On CD and Digital platforms we have seven superb tracks that have been transformed into something unique, fun and brilliant. First up on the reworks we have the talented quintet that make up the outfit Stuff, and their interpretation of Cybertrance and The House Of House. Since their debut album in 2015, this band of musical brothers have used their eccentric methods to take on several genres to come up with something quite unique. Familiar with the early Bonzai sound, the guys have captured the raw essence of rave in a contemporary fashion resulting in a sublime mash-up. The track intros with a toy piano style Cybertrance melody with pitched down vocal alongside a pacey kick drum. The live instruments really add a lot of warmth and work perfectly with the synths. The magic on this one is the blend between the two iconic tracks, it creates a raucous atmosphere that will bring memories flooding back.
Charlotte de Witte gets to grips with The First Rebirth and man oh man what track it is. With a solid rep as a Techno DJ, Charlotte is a perfect candidate for this one thanks to her hands on approach to production which has resulted in several floor killers. Here she takes the ultimate Bonzai classic from a dizzying 160BPM to a nice and groovy 130BPM while bridging the gap between past and present. The track intros with a warming glow as lush kick drums lead the way followed by that infectious melody which fades in slowly. Bubbling underneath the track you'll find a wonderfully warm bassline that lures you in, locking you into the groove. On the break the melodies dominate and hypnotise before Charlotte unleashes those pitching synths in a huge climax, slamming us back into full on mode. A definite must have that will keep the serious Techno floors moving.
Antwerp based producer Roman Hiele takes on another Jones & Stephenson cut, this time it's a track that ended a successful run of releases for the Belgian duo - The Last Rebirth. Roman has a deep interest in experimentation and he rose to prominence after appearing at the Red Bull Music Academy in 2015. He has certainly dug deep on this one, stripping away almost all remnants of the original to leave us with a trippy space age construction that will leave its mark on your brain. Strange and eerie sounds provide the intro before a severe pitched down chord pad from the original takes over. You can just about hear the melody as it tries to force its way through the melancholy and all the while the pitching down continues, locking you in with its hypnotizing allure. Simply outstanding, great vision and expert craftsmanship in sound design.
Worldwide touring DJ and producer Lefto is up next and here he takes on another seminal classic in the mighty Bonzai Channel One. Pumping kick drums introduce us to this one before huge synth stabs take over alongside that iconic Bonzai zai zai zai zai vocal. The track breaks suddenly to reveal the 'my style' vocal followed by a slow building synth stab that reaches a sizzling climax before getting back up to full on banging tempo. One for the big festivals here that does not disappoint.
Goose's drummer - B, is at the helm for a reworking on the superb Wayfarer by Phrenetic System. Known for his signature electro style B has used some very clever techniques in the studio to get the sound he was after. He has taken the original staccato riff that was the highlight of many sweaty club nights and transformed it into a superb, dirty Techno synth line, all done with mostly hardware synths and a dosing of intuition. The surreal intro lulls you into a euphoric choir like sequence before those great big dirty Techno synths come at you and get right in your face. A solid drum section keeps things moving as B gradually raises the intensity until you can touch the atmosphere. A stand out track that will dominate many floors no doubt.
Ghent based duo Asa Moto have opted for something a little different from our back catalogue. They've chosen Cherrymoon Traxs' Plastic Body, Liquid Mind for the contemporary treatment and they've came up with something unique and special. Although a bit too young to have had the full Bonzai experience, Gilles and Olli were excited to join this project and proceeded to familiarise themselves with our back catalogue. Instead of using samples they recreated each melody by ear and then fed it all through to their plethora of equipment in the studio. The remix takes on the melodic attributes of the original in a house music style. The groove here is magical, with a steady swaying tempo you will soon find yourself totally immersed in the warmth and those mesmeric melodies. A solid slice for the house heads.
Sue Avenue aka Pieter Santens and Hannes Ledoux were given the task of reworking Blue Alphabet's Genetic Trance with astounding results. The guys admitted to struggling with this one as they usually have a different approach to remixing. With a lack of modern remixing tools such as stems, they resorted to listening to the track to get in the vibe and then isolating the parts they wanted. On the remix you can expect a smooth house groove with warm rhodes and an infectious acid line that lights the track up brilliantly. Tight drums and hypnotic basses tie everything together beautifully making this one an absolute must have.