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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Pure Bonzai Records by D E N Z (2013)

If you are a music lover, you certainly know the majestic label called Bonzai Records. Ever heard of it, huh? One of the most important dance labels in music history, they have provided us with many memorable anthems over the years, since they were founded back in 1992. This Belgian label has meant so much to so many, it is hard to find people out there who have never heard of this label before. The quality released on this label is beyond everything you can ever imagine. Such an important label this has been, and to prove that, you just have to type in the words 'Bonzai' and 'Records' on Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Youtube, or other music channels, and you will find hundreds, if not thousands of dedication mixes. Like the one I found the other day, made by D E N Z .

As a young lad I always knew that Bonzai Records was of importance, and I even went out raving in Belgium, just to capture that feeling. And when I did enter the club, and heard those mesmerising tunes come toward me through the speakers, I knew I was in heaven. Come on, you must know this label. You cannot be that ignorant, right?

Just let me name you a few artists who have released their tracks on this label. Just a few. You will immediately understand what I mean when I say that this label is an important label in the music history: Yves De Ruyter, Dream Your Dream, Bounty Hunter, Jones & Stephenson, Thunderball, Franky Jones, Cherry Moon, Gary D., Marco Bailey, Energy 52, Da Cool, and these are just the biggest names up to 1997! You can imagine the importance, and how big this label was back in the day.

D E N Z made this dedication mix back in 2013. 8 Years ago it was uploaded, and people seemed to love it. I have to be added to this list of listeners, and I really appreciate what he has achieved in a 53 minute long mix. Here's the tracklist, and be amazed once you realise what D E N Z has done!

01. Traxcaliber - The Dreamer

02. Aqua Contact - La Sirena

03. Belgica Wave - The Wave

04. Bwp Experiments - Feel The House Of 'E

05. Phrenetic System - Fantasy

06. Belgica Wave - I'll Be Your Guest

07. Mooneyes - Twilight Creatures

08. Kosmik Experience - Voyager In Trance

09. Brainwasher - L'Ange Gabriel

10. Airplay - Give Me Acid

11. Deep Atmosfear - About Christine

12. Return Of The Native - Persuasion

13. Yves De Ruyter - The Rebel

14. The Blackmaster - Time Never Stops

15. Interstate - Swing In La

16. Jones & Stephenson - The First Rebirth (Matt Turner Remix)

17. Yves De Ruyter - A Story About House

18. Jones & Stephenson - The First Rebirth

19. Airwave Alone - In The Dark

20. Cherrymoon Trax - The House Of House

21. Phrenetic System - Wayfarer

22. Thunderball - Bonzai Channel One

23. Yves De Ruyter - Calling Earth

24. Dj Looney Tune - Beatbox + TGV

25. Yves De Ruyter - Rave City

26. Yves De Ruyter - Outsiders

27. Joyrider - The Deadline

28. X-Change - Ready To Rock

29. Bountyhunter - Users Hunt

30. Bountyhunter - Woops

31. Strange Food - Strange Food

32. Techno Junkies - Entropy Step

33. Cherrymoon Trax - Conflictation

34. Cherrymoon Trax - Let There Be House

35. No Man's Land - Termination ZX

Wow. Seriously impressive mix. A lot of obscure and forgotten anthems from this Belgian label. Obviously we know their biggest tunes, and we've got a few in here, but there are also a few records in here I've not heard in ages! And that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly why I like to find these kinds of mixes.

I am not aware of who's behind D E N Z, so lets dive straight into the mix. And the mix is good! Excellent tunes, and mixed together beautifully. 35 records in 53 minutes. And it just flows smoothly. Really smoothly. And it's also a diverse mix: from Hard Trance to Hard Techno to Hardcore.

I've got only credit to give to DJ D E N Z . This is exactly the mix I wanted to hear. The tracks are spot on, and the mixing is also good (small errors here and there, but nothing major to write about). A highly entertaining mix, and an ode to one of the most important labels in Hard Dance history.

Advice? Just listen to this mix, and indulge yourself into this wonderful sound that came out of Belgium. Yes, their chocolate is nice, and their Manneke Pis is also cool, and their waffles are amazing, but I'd rather choose their music. That's way better!

Best record? Interstate's 'Swing In LA'. You know why.


Genre/Style: Hard Trance, Hard Techno, Hardcore

Mix Info: Pure Bonzai Records

Length Mix: 00:52:59

Tracks: 35 (thirty-five)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE

File Size: unknown

File Type: unknown

Release Year: 2013

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown


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