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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Bonzai: The Classics Megamix (2019)

Updated: Aug 15, 2020

Imagine, it's the early 90s, music was changing, and Hardcore music was new, refreshing, and still developing. Within this newly formed sound, a lot of experimental sounds are created. It was not clear which direction it was heading to, but then there it was: Bonzai Records. The mighty label from Belgium. Among all the labels that emerged during the early years, this specific label has certainly left a mark on the scene. It became the go-to label for excellent music, not only Rave music, but also Trance music.

Fast forward to 2019, a year before COVID-19 happened and fucked up right up. Jason S, the megamix master, decided to make this rather exquisite mix. Focussed on what, you might ask. Well, if that's not clear, I do need to ask you to go back to school. I am talking about Bonzai Records of course. He says that the mix contains a lot of Bonzai classic masterpieces, and he's certainly not lying. This label has released so many great, certainly memorable anthems. It's as much part of the raving scene as labels such as ID&T, Rotterdam Records, Masters Of Hardcore, Pengo, K.N.O.R. Records, Mokum Records, Master Maximum Records, Rave Records, Neophyte Records, 2B Free Records, and more. Bonzai certainly is part of this rich culture that we have.

But you might be wondering how many tracks Jason S has selected for this mix? 100? 200? 300? Well, no. Only 46 records + an intro. And no 'crazy' edits. He let the music speak for itself, and the result is an amazing mix. A megamix, sure, but one that will stay in your head for so long, and for once you do hear each individual record, and you recognise each and every one of them.

Looking at the tracklist, you wouldn't believe that these tracks were released between 1992 and 1995! And how fucking epic they truly are. Bonzai, we salute you! And so Jason S, for making yet another stunning megamix (does he actually ever stop?)...

  • Jason S - Intro: It's Time To Go Back

  • Mental Planet - Annihilating Rhythm (DJ Fly Mix)

  • DJ Bountyhunter - Bountyhunter

  • Cherry Moon Trax - Conflication

  • Yves Deruyter - Calling Earth

  • DJ Looney Tune - Beatbox (Tick Mix)

  • DJ Bountyhunter - Urban Feelings

  • Aqua Contact - La Sirena

  • Repulsive 2 - Recactussed

  • Yves Deruyter - Rave City (Cherry Mix)

  • Cherry Moon Trax - Let There Be House

  • Traxcalibur - The Dreamer

  • Dreamland - Mind Penetration

  • Zone 1 - Zebra Crossing

  • Aqua Contact - Cinderella

  • Techno Junkies - Entropy Step

  • Cherry Moon Trax - The House Of House

  • Phrenetic System - Wayfarer

  • Mooneyes - Twilight Creatures

  • Trancial-X-Tion - Dead Bodies (Remix)

  • Belgica Wave Party - The Wave

  • Yves Deruyter - ... Animals (Remix)

  • Yves Deruyter - Outsiders

  • Dream Your Dream - Belgium Jump

  • Joyrider - The Deadline (Remix)

  • Joyrider - The Deadline (New York Mix)

  • Phrenetic System - Gigantic Accident

  • Final Analyzis - El Punto Final (Power Mix)

  • Thunderball - Thunderdance

  • 3 XXX - Disappear

  • DJ Bountyhunter - Woops

  • DJ Bountyhunter - Short Circuit

  • The Disciples - Underrave

  • X-Charge - Ready To Rock

  • Dream Your Dream - Soushkin

  • Bam-Bam - La Casa

  • DJ Bountyhunter - Demilitarized Zone

  • Phrenetic System - Fantasy

  • Thunderball - It's Your DJ

  • 3 XXX - Tyranny V.Y.

  • Jones & Stephenson - The First Rebirth

  • Thunderball - Bonzai Channel One

  • Stockhousen - Underground Garden

  • DJ Francois & Jeremy - Guns, Smoke And Fire (Buzz Fuzz Remix)

  • Jones & Stephenson - The Second Rebirth

  • DJ Yves - Amy???

  • Dream Your Dream - Mayday Dream

If this isn't porn for you, then I don't know what you are into. This is truly an amazing mix, and it has probably the biggest Hardcore anthem of an entire generation. 'The First Rebirth', anyone?

Jason S, you are again a super hero! This mix is truly astonishing. I never really realised how many anthems Bonzai Records released over the years. I am fully aware that Bonzai played a humongous part in the Trance scene, but in the Hardcore scene their impact has been equally as great. Don't underestimate the Belgians when it comes to great music.

You can tell that they were going to be Trance masters. Every Hardcore track has got this distinctive sound to it. Hardcore and Trance combined. And it works beautifully. Sometimes it sounds happy, but when you need to rave hard, the Belgians know how to please the ravers.

There are simply too many great anthems in here. Too many to absorb. But everyone assumes that I would pick the biggest record of Bonzai's history: but you are oh so wrong! It's their second instalment I truly adore more! 'The Second Rebirth' just brings everything together. And yes, it sounds so happy, but that heavenly bit just takes me into another dimension.

But you might disagree with my opinion and choose a completely different anthem. The choice is yours. You've got 46 records to choose from. But please, do acknowledge the importance of Bonzai Records, and the importance of the great work Jason S is doing!

DJ: Jason S

Genre/Style: Early Hardcore, Hardcore, Rave, Trance, Happy Hardcore, Trancecore

Mix Info: Bonzai: The Classics Megamix

Length Mix: 01:11:31

Tracks: 46 (fourty-six) + 1 Intro

Download/Listen (via Mixcloud): LISTEN HERE

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Audio: Stereo

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More Information: DJ Jason S - Mixcloud Page

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