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REVIEW: Matt Holliday - Godforsaken out on Bonzai Progressive

Matt Holliday returns to Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Godforsaken which features three quality remixes from Rise and Fall, Crocy and metrONomes. A firm favourite at Bonzai, Matt has delivered some fine tunes over the last few years, including his last outing Pipe Dream as well as sublime cuts alongside friend and studio partner Manu Riga. 2016 has proven to be a very busy year so far for Bulgaria based Matt. Several radio shows, DJ gigs and a raft of top notch releases have kept him busy. But it's his recently released album - Phase Of Life (JOOf Aura) - that was his main focus. A truly forward thinking artist with a lot to offer, we always look forward to his new sounds.

On the Original Mix Matt Holliday demonstrates a mature and cultured take on the progressive sound. He digs deep on this one combining many elements to get us into the depths. This one is surreal, sensual and simply stunning. A solid drum section drives the track while a beautifully warm low end powers the groove. Swirling, panning pads deliver trippy sequences that draw us in further while distant melodies offer a light at the end of the tunnel. Fantastic yet again from this guy, this one will not disappoint.

Rise And Fall step up to the remix desk with another fine slice of progressive. A highly respected artist on the scene, his last outing for Bonzai - Genetic - gained a great deal of support as did his remix for Nico Parisi's Attica. On the remix here we are treated to a pumping progressive beat which is laced with a techno edging. Chunky kick drums lead the way as deep droning, gritty basses fill up the low end. A solid groove ensues and is shored up by a tight rhythmic flow, courtesy of some tight drum arrangement. This one goes deep and we soon find ourselves locked on for the duration, wanting more and more. Top notch once more form this awesomely talented artist.

Bonzai stalwart Crocy delivers another one of his emphatic remixes for our listening pleasure. Just recently he unleashed his own latest cut - Valve - which proved very popular indeed and solidified his stance on the progressive scene once more. Never one to miss a beat, we know we're in for some top notch sounds when this guy gets to work. On the remix here Crocy does what Crocy does and delivers a super fine quality progressive house joint. Nice and chunky kick drums are front and centre as rhythmic percussions layer up to take us to the floor. A punchy, stabby bass comes through to dominate the sound and is joined by various subtle melodies that combine beautifully to0 take us higher. The main melodic part is super sweet and stands out brilliantly amongst the lower frequencies. Another fine slice from the main man, not to be missed.

The dynamic duo metrONomes are back on remix duties to take us on another trip with their brand of deep grooves. With a penchant to blow our minds with their creative wisdom, it's no wonder these guys are much sought after when it comes to looking for quality vibes. Their last outing on Bonzai - Crocodile Tears - turned a few heads and showed up on many playlists, which is no surprise really. Much more to come from these guys in the future so stay tuned. The guys offer up a techno fuelled take on the original and as you'd expect they do an absolute outstanding job. Big punchy kick drums lead the way and are backed up with trippy FX and subtle synths. A monstrously deep, pulsating bassline is the big hitter here and no doubt the bassbins will take a hammering from it. Minimal, powerful solid techno grooves to set the floors alight, this one is a monster.

Dimitri Kechagias review:
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 [item value="10"]Intensity, Drive and Energy[/item]
 [item value="10"]Sound-design and Arrangement[/item]
 [item value="10"]Overall Atmosphere[/item]
 [item value="10"]Goosebumps / Shivers moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Emotional affinity and heartfelt moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Originality and Inventiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]Dancefloor Efficiency / Festival Arenas Effectiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]You can’t get this memorable track out of your head[/item]
 [item value="10"]It has potential to become an anthem or a classic[/item]
 [item value="10"]Matt Holliday - Godforsaken[/item]
 [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Matt Holliday is a name that is very trusted in the progressive scene to deliver always exceptional releases. Godforsaken is a dark progressive track with many mysterious sounds, distorted dystopian melodies, sacred atmosphere, dark tribal grooves, lazy hypnotic basslines and floating atmosphere that manage easily to absorb you and carry you away. Rise And Fall continues on the same deep hypnotic style but with tougher grooves, dark moody basslines and ethereal melodies that add magical glow to the proceedings. Exceptional breakdown and superb build up towards the main section. Crocy lights up the track with a more melodic summery Ibiza Trance sound with sunkissed melodies and infectious rhythm and groove to keep you floating. If you are fans of the old school Oliver Lieb sound then metrONomes remix is just for you. A superb hybrid of dark melodic progressive techno with trancy themes that is pulsating and spacious with haunting sounds that calm you but at the same time keep you flowing! #PureGold Love it  [/content]

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