2016 was a monumental year for Dannic’s Fonk Recordings imprint. Over the past 12 months the label has went from strength to strength, having released hits from some of the scenes biggest talents including, Amersy, Holl & Rush, Tom & Jame, Will K, Corey James, Merk & Kremont and Dannic himself – it’s no wonder they have become one of the scene’s most exciting, emerging imprints and racked up support from industry tastemakers like Hardwell, Knife Party and Steve Angello – achievements many aspiring record labels can only dream of reaching.
Continuing on the success of 2016, Fonk kick off their 2017 release schedule with Dazepark’s highly anticipated single ‘Rift’, which has already gained the seal of approval from Sick Individuals. Championed by Tiesto, Laidback Luke and Afrojack, Dazepark have produced a stunning Electro infused Progressive House anthem that is sure to be a hit on the dancefloor – a typical Fonk style record and a worthy inclusion in any peak-time DJ set. Release date is schedule for the 9th of January so make sure you set your alarm clock and grab your copy before it flies off the record store shelves.
It’s been quite a ride for LA/based producer/DJ Wolfgang Gartner (aka Joey Youngman). Producing and performing for over a decade, he’s dropped numerous critically acclaimed dance anthems and is never afraid to explore different music styles along the way – from electro and progressive house to more funk tinged tech house.
In 2011 Gartner released his debut album ‘Weekend In America’ which propelled him to superstardom within the dance world and beyond. The versatile artist has also produced music alongside will.i.am, Mick Jagger, Tiësto, and deadmau5, while managing an extensive touring schedule.
Early this year Gartner returned to the spotlight with his sophomore album ’10 Ways To Steal Home Plate’, while playing clubs and festivals from North-America to the Ibiza isle. Turning 2016 into an amazing year, he now completes his year with ‘Devotion’, a track that embodies his love for vintage house music.
“‘Devotion’ is honestly my favorite song I’ve produced in years. I got back into the vintage house mentality that ultimately shaped my musical tastes, combined that with some of the fresher sounds that have been inspiring me lately and peppered in some traditional Wolfgang production tricks. ‘Devotion’ embodies all the different veins of house music that I have loved and produced over the past 20+ years. It’s an addition to my discography that keeps me evolving as an artist and exploring new territory rather than doing the same thing over and over again and playing it safe to please a fan base. Essentially, ‘Devotion’ is a nod to my TRUE house music roots with a current and personal twist on it.” – Wolfgang Gartner
George Ellinas, the Cypriot DJ and producer debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the stunning Illusionize which comes backed up with a superb remix from Manu Riga. Since 2010 George has been responsible for a string of top quality tracks across many labels and delving into various genres along the way. His music enjoys great support from the likes of Armin Van Buuren, EDX, Paul Oakenfold, Moonbeam and more. Delighted to have him on board and we hope to see more in the future.
The Original Mix intros with a subtle kick to the backdrop of a mesmerizing arpeggio that cascades through you mind, lulling you into its warm groove. Swirling pads create a serene atmosphere as the arps are given a dose of modulation before subsiding back to a more mellow flow. The kick drum gets beefed up which tightens up the drums beautifully. As the track progresses we are introduced to an array of sweet melodies as well as a captivating voice that really digs deep into your mind. A fantastic slice that delivers a somewhat euphoric side to progressive house.
Manu Riga continues to go from strength to strength, he remains consistent in the quality department in everything he does. After a string of very popular remixes in 2016 – including his last Lift Off Remix for Karim S featuring Lounasan – Pilots Of The Millennium – he delivers his Melodic Remix and in true Manu Riga style he knocks it outta the park. On the remix here we can tell that Manu is going straight to the floors as he dishes out a solid drum arrangement complete with punchy kick drums, bright hi hats and a building percussion set. Melodic arps start to fade in and we quickly succumb to its hypnotic prowess. On top of the arps we find super sweet harmonious notes that compliment the sound superbly. The arps have a weaving effect as the filters are let loose creating a wonderful tapestry of textures. Driving the groove is a strong and powerful bassline that hangs perfectly on the low end allowing the track to breath while holding us in it grasp. Another sublime effort by Manu Riga that you do not want to miss.
DJ and producer Kush returns to Bonzai Progressive with the impeccable Trigger. Kush was interested and passionate about music since his early childhood. He started to learn the basics of music using a keyboard at the age of 5. Growing up, he discovered the possibility of making music using computers and grabbed the opportunity to develop his skills and talents to produce electronic music. He was also part of a local rock band as a keyboardist. He is into many different genres of music, Techno, Tech-House, Minimal, Deep House, Jazz, Rock and Metal, to name a few. His electronic music inspirations and selections are rooted in groovy beats, heavy bass lines, emotive chords, dark synths, percussive, melodic and old school soundscapes. In recent times he has delivered quality cuts for many labels. In 2016 he debuted on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Substance Abuse.
Trigger intros with a nice pounding kick drum alongside crispy hi hats and some cool percussion patterns that get the rhythm moving smoothly. A throbbing, pulsing deep low end bassline weaves its way through the track becoming infectious to the mind. Some seriously clever play with the drums and percussions creates stunning textures in the sound against a backdrop of a mesmerizing pad. Definitely a must have track for late night prog sessions.
Winter Sky goes straight for the jugular right from the get go. A solid groove rises instantly out of a punchy kick drum and deep rolling bassline combi. Percussions slowly find their way in generating a fine flowing rhythm out of some interesting patterns. A hypnotic pad rises and forms the seed that will blossom into a full on sublime progressive house workout courtesy of a superb display of synths. Top notch stuff that you will not want to miss.
Ben Amsalam aka benAM fell in love with Dance music at an early age, and there’s certainly no looking back from here. After being on stage and watching magical moments such as Tiesto, Steve Angello, Alesso, Swedish House Mafia performing at EDC Las Vegas, Ben knew that his future lied in the clubbing circuit. Armed with an arsenal of records that includes hits like ‘Trident’, that have been signed to worldwide record labels including Sume Music, benAM has been around the globe and played alongside A-List names such as Deniz Koyu, NERVO, Nicky Romero, and Bob Sinclar in cities including Barcelona – achievements many aspiring artists spend years trying to accomplish.
Next to be added to his ever-growing release catalogue is ‘Rover’, a Progressive House record that is sure to give you goose bumps. Full of mesmerizing melodies, and a perfectly crafted arrangement, ‘Rover’ takes you on a magical journey like no other – a must have for any DJ or music lover’s record collection.
Here is what benAM had to say about ‘Rover’
“Rover is a track that represents a moment in a person’s life filled with exploration, self-realization, and discovering deep truths. Examining life and what it’s really about. It explores the journey of a person not being fully understood by society and the people around him. Rising above and finding the strength to continue on his mission, follow his dreams, and live life the way he desires.
‘Rover’ is out now as a free download via benAM’s Soundcloud page, so make sure you grab your copy.