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Desire got its first release on Houze Factory in 1993. In 2007 it got a run out on Bonzai Classics which cemented its status as retro gem. The Trance Mix and Stringapella are represented here and we get a taste of where the two Philippe’s sound was heading to. A straight up trancer, you can hear a lot of melody which is ultimately where their sound would take them, to Quadran and beyond.
Following on from Soushkin, Dream Your Dream continued to dominate in the Hardcore and Hard Trance area. Switching from Bonzai Records to Bonzai Jumps with the massive Belgian/Belgium Rave, the guys certainly knew how to work a pumped up crowd. From the soft vox intro and James Brown-eque vocal snippets to the full on fist pumping beats and hoover stabs, this one always rocked the joint and went on to become an instantly recognisable Bonzai hit, which is still true even today. On the flip we got You And Me which was another big hitter.
Karim Boux and Roel Reynders where responsible for some of Bonzai’s most famous releases as Dream Your Dream, but they also cut some fine wax a Belgica Wave Party, Dreamland and The Daltons. Karim was also known for his A B C And D guise a well as being part of the Thunderball duo with Jan Vervloet. Roel also ran out as Traxcalibur and made up one half of Attaboy, also with Jan Vervloet. Between them, these guys recorded some huge tracks that still offer much today. Soushkin was the follow up to their first Bonzai outing – II The Belgica Wave Anthem, in 1993. The intro alone would be used in many sets and when that voice came and the melody kicked in you knew the place was going to rock and rock hard. Powerful and pumping is an understatement where this one is concerned, a track that will live on and on and on and on.
Karim Boux and Roel Reynders make up Dreamland and along with other guises and groups they belonged to, they raised the profile of Bonzai to dizzying heights. Mind Penetration, like many of their tracks, hit the rave scene head on and quickly gained a massive following with its bouncy beats and hard edged synths. Most notably though on this one we got a nice round of quirky vocals that always pop up in the right places. Sex and drugs and rock n roll and the timeless c’mon made gave the track a lot of appeal and DJ’s just loved it. Big surprise in the middle of this one, brilliant. On the flip we got the trippy, mind-bending Excalibur that was sure to dig deep into your brain.
The second outing on Bonzai Records for this very much in demand duo was the fantastic Journey Of Love which featured a cool spoken vocal and a mesmerizing piano breakdown that built up with classic hoover stabs and a brilliant wailing vocal into a fast paced pumping monster that just loved to whip up the crowds. The original release came with two Journey Of Love mixes, Long Space Rubber Mix and Short Space Rubber Mix while on the flip we got treated to the 2nd Dimension which picked up where its predecessor left of, but this time we got a much harder turnout and an even softer melodic piano breakdown.
Groove Park aka Andre Strasser and Sharam Jey followed up their Bonzai debut – Memories / Carrousel – with the progressive trance monster Hit The Bang which came with Combo Jombo on the flip. The guys also had many top hits with 16C+, G-Park, Johnny Shaker, S. Jey & Andrew, Shandrew, Sharam, Stressman, Three ‘N One and Tranquilizer. Their Groove Park works also got a second vinyl release in 2002 on Bonzai Classics.