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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.
DJ Furax aka Alexandre joins the roster on our new Bonzai Classics series with a raucous rendition of the legendary Soushkin by Dream Your Dream. With an extreme energy level and master technique, Furax combines various harder styles into one blend of high quality music. He is passionate about music and is inspired by the sounds of Amnesia, Conffeti’s and Lords of Acid. He started to DJ at just 15 and in 1993 he got his first official gig, since then he went on to share the decks with a host of top jocks from around the world. Aside from his many Belgium based residencies, he has performed at large events such as B2S, Q-Dance, ID&T. He was the first artist to introduce live performances in Belgium where all his compositions and remixes were carried out on real time. These live acts have existed for over 10 years now under the names Hip-notic 303 and more recently, FVL LIVE and now Furax Fire Force as well as his totally new concept A Truth LIVE, with remixes of all the best hits out at the moment and retro remixes of his own compositions.
Next up in our new Bonzai Classics series we give you a superb remix of the club monster Parker & Clind – Generator, remixed by the talented titans of uplifting trance Glynn Alan and Dave Wright. They both work out of Glynn’s studio in the UK and have both received praise and support from the creme de la creme in the trance scene. Glynn Alan is a DJ, producer and sound engineer and his works have featured on several top labels with support from Armin Van Buuren, M.I.K.E./Push, Sean Tyas and more. DJ and producer Dave Wright has been a huge presence in the hard house and hard trance scenes for many years having found a niche on Nukleuz Records as one half of the duo Rowland & Wright, support from the likes of Paul Oakenfold became a regular occurrence for their material. Together the guys have gained quite the reputation for delivering serious beats which led to plays on ASOT and the respect from their peers. We think they’re the perfect partnership to breathe new life into a favoured classic.
To keep the 25 years celebrations we’ve commissioned another series of remixes of some of our memorable classic cuts. In 1996 we launched the Bonzai Classics label and delivered the top tunes of the day on vinyl, CD and later on digital platforms. The success of the label was outstanding and this was due to the forward thinking, in-depth knowledge of the electronic music scene from within the Bonzai family. Over the last number of years we’ve been busy filling up the Bonzai Classics digital catalogue, it’s now possible to download hundreds of your favourite Bonzai retro gems via Beatport. Keep your eyes peeled for more in the run up to 18th November 2017 at Waagnatie where our year long party comes to a climax. To kick start this new series we’ve enlisted the supreme talents of Blufeld, a very much revered Bonzai artist for almost a decade, who will be utilising his remixing skills on Airwave’s When Things Go Wrong. With an ever evolving sound, Blufeld is the perfect match up for this one as the original contains beautiful melodic parts for him to play around with. There can be no doubt that Airwave is a hugely influential figure in the progressive and trance scenes. For over 20 years he has consistently provided us with anthemic tracks filled with raw emotion and drive. Released in 2003 this explosive melodic trancer rose to prominence in a very short space of time. Such a simplistic structure that seems to unleash a wave of emotion with every listen. If there was ever a defining moment in emotional, melodic trance, then the original is right up there. On the remix Blufeld has done the track justice, bringing the sound in to the modern era in a deeper progressive style. The intro comes at us with mesmerizing synth which is followed by a solid chugging bass and tight beat construction that stays the course for the duration. The beauty of this track lies in the raw proggy groove that draws you in as the layers build. Blufeld creates a tension the builds effortlessly and climaxing with that infectious melody we know and love. A simply stunning contemporary take on a classic that will give the floors a good time.
Mike Dierickx’s Push guise is a world renowned name in many the many facets of dance music, particularly within the trance genre. Since 1994 this guy has been putting out top quality sounds, from Acid Hysteria to Da Story. 1998 was the breakthrough year in many respects, it was the year that Universal Nation was born, the rest is history. Surprisingly – for an artist who had been around for a long time – his first album didn’t arrive until 2000. From Beyond showcases multiple trance hits from Push such as Universal Nation, Strange World and a tribute to the late great Marino Stephano. This one got a re-released in 2004 as CDr on Banshee Worx and 2007 as MP3 on Bonzai Back Catalog.
Mike’s second album – Electric Eclipse was a veritable treasure trove of quality cuts. As ever we witnessed an attention to detail that effortlessly portrayed the essence of trance. Some big hitters on this one including Tranceformation, Journey Of Life, and R.E.S.P.E.C.T. as well as a few complimentary remixes of past hits.
One of Mike’s most recognisable guises – Plastic Boy – gained a huge following in 1998 with the release of the mighty Twixt. Several top quality cuts followed and in 2005 we were treated to this album which gathered together the bulk of Plastic Boy’s work. Soaring trance vibes with a sci-fi twist were entrenched in the likes of Silver Bath, Live Another Life and Angel Dust. A true gem in the trance world, this one is not to be missed.