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Get ready for some serious heavy hitting cuts with DI.FM’s Essential Guide To Bonzai Records (1993-1996) on the Oldschool Techno & Trance Channel from 10pm EST (16:00 CET) on Friday 8th June 2018. DI.FM’s own Johan N. Lecander is the man behind the decks, pumping out the classics from the mighty Bonzai Records and he has chosen some supreme examples of the trusted Bonzai sound.
DJ Jan aka Jan Van Der Staey and Filip Vandueren join forces to deliver a stomping retro themed slice on Bonzai Classics titled Rock Da House. These two veterans mark their Bonzai debut with this one and they bring over 2 decade’s worth of experience to the table. Jan started to DJ in 1988 and became the resident at Illusion in 1993. The 90’s brought much success with releases on Dance Opera as part of the Illusion team and in the 2000’s he impressed with tracks such as X-Santos. A powerhouse on the European scene with a beefy back catalogue, we’re excited he is here at BC. Filip is responsible for a plethora of hits throughout the 90’s and 2000’s. He enjoys a healthy dose of releases on Dance Opera as he was also part of the Illusion team. In 1995 he co-founded Milk Inc. and went on to release dozens of top tracks as wells as releasing almost 20 albums. Another Belgian powerhouse we’re delighted to have on board.
The legendary trance duo Laurent Veronnez and Jurgen Leyers aka Fire & Ice are next in line for a special 25 years remix as part of our classics series. Heart & Mind gets a makeover from superlative trance DJ and producer Paul Pearson which is destined to become a firm favourite among the trance family all over the world. The guys burst onto the scene and took the trance world by storm in 1998, dominating our XTC imprint and other sub labels with tracks like Lost Emotions, Beyond My Control, Forever Young, Souvenir De Chine, Samoa and many more. Their sound became synonymous with the melodic, uplifting and energetic trance scene and hit after hit ensured their tracks always got peak time attention. At the top of their game they not only delivered quality tracks but numerous remix requests for a wide range of artists covering different genres opened them up to new audiences and cemented their place in the history of trance. In 2006 they took a step back, focusing on their solo ambitions before making a welcomed return in 2008, treating their throngs of fans to a couple of tentative farewell tracks. The original mix of Heart & Mind boasted a tight driving groove with melodic synths that soared into the stratosphere, taking us along for the ride. An absolute gem of a track that deserves a contemporary workout.
Body-Shock’s 2000 slice Full Moon is our next special Bonzai Classics remix and at the helm this time we’ve got Freaked Frequency & The Digital Enzyme with an absolute gem of a track firmly rooted in the psy arena. Bjorn Wendelen (DJ Ghost) and Laurent Veronnez (L-Vee) formed Body-Shock in 2000 and their first release – Sleepless – had this superb effort as the B-side. Full Moon quickly became a trance anthem in the super club era and was notably included on John 00 Fleming’s For Your Ears Only 3 x vinyl compilation. After several releases Yves Deruyter came on board to continue a string of top club hits that are still very much at the heart of classic nostalgia sets. The Body-Shock sound never disappoints, it derives intensity and that feeling of full on, non-stop thumping music.
The Bonzai Classics remixes just keep on coming. This time we’ve enlisted the very talented and popular remix trio of Rick Simmonds, Stephen Jones and Liam Melly aka The Space Brothers. The guys get to grips with The Green Martian – Industry and churn out a fitting tribute to a club stomper. The man behind The Green Martian – Laurent Veronnez – gave us this cut back in 2000 on our Tranceportation imprint and the track instantly became a firm favourite with its minimalistic approach and that sizzling, intense build up. It was quickly snapped up by Serious Records and went on to feature in many compilations. Durango 95 provided a memorable remix back in the day that would still stand out in today’s scene. Prior to this Laurent was knocking out track after track and hit after hit as Airwave and many other guises, but The Green Martian project always delivered having already had 8 tracks that rocked clubland. Several other release would follow in the next few years before Laurent put more focus into his main projects. We are delighted with this newest remix, and just so you know, The Green Martian hasn’t gone away.
Reworkings of classic tracks just wouldn’t be the same without an accompanying vinyl release. On this 12″ we’ve selected three sublime cuts to fill out the grooves and deliver the ultimate listening experience. Side A features Jones & Stephenson – The First Rebirth (Charlotte de Witte Remix) which offers a raid on the senses thanks to Charlotte’s contemporary take. Expect sizzling melodies and a driving Techno groove. Side B1 holds Lefto’s remix of Thunderball – Bonzai Channel One which dishes out a pumping tech fuelled vibe full of scathing synths and that iconic vocal we all know and love, one for the big events here. B2 features probably the most unique of all the reworkings. Stuff gives us their Bonzai Tribute Mix which is a sublime mash-up between Blue Alphabet – Cybertrance and Cherrymoon Trax – The House Of House. Mostly done with live instruments, this quintet have certainly captured the essence of those early tracks. A seminal track that personifies Bonzai’s stance in the electronic music world.
Belgian online platform Red Bull Elektropedia have – as part of our 25 years celebrations – commissioned a series of special reworks of some of our notable classics. Red Bull Elektropedia have been a major force in documenting Belgian culture and nightlife since 2009. Their output exudes professionalism and the content is always interesting and accurately detailed. We’ve worked with them in the past and when they said they wanted to help us celebrate this year, of course we accepted. They have enlisted the talents of some of Belgium’s finest contemporary music artists to work their magic, and we couldn’t be more happy with the results. The reworks are available on CD, Digital and Vinyl and if you head over to Red Bull Elektropedia’s website you will find excellent mini docus on each artist. On top of that they have also produced an in depth documentary around the Bonzai story. Featuring rare unseen footage of Bonzai studios and the artists that passed through its doors, we also get various testimonies on the good times and tougher times from label founder Christian Fly Pieters and business partner Marnik Braeckevelt as well as contributions from several other key players from the early Bonzai days, artists and fans. The documentary will be aired at special screenings on 14th October 2017 and then general release online shortly after.