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REVIEW: George Ellinas - Illusionize out on Bonzai Progressive

Cypriot DJ and producer debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the stunning Illusionize which comes backed up with a superb remix from Manu Riga. Since 2010 George has been responsible for a string of top quality tracks across many labels and delving into various genres along the way. His music enjoys great support from the likes of Armin Van Buuren, EDX, Paul Oakenfold, Moonbeam and more. Delighted to have him on board and we hope to see more in the future.

The Original Mix intros with a subtle kick to the backdrop of a mesmerizing arpeggio that cascades through you mind, lulling you into its warm groove. Swirling pads create a serene atmosphere as the arps are given a dose of modulation before subsiding back to a more mellow flow. The kick drum gets beefed up which tightens up the drums beautifully. As the track progresses we are introduced to an array of sweet melodies as well as a captivating voice that really digs deep into your mind. A fantastic slice that delivers a somewhat euphoric side to progressive house.

Manu Riga continues to go from strength to strength, he remains consistent in the quality department in everything he does. After a string of very popular remixes in 2016 - including his last Lift Off Remix for Karim S featuring Lounasan - Pilots Of The Millennium - he delivers his Melodic Remix and in true Manu Riga style he knocks it outta the park. On the remix here we can tell that Manu is going straight to the floors as he dishes out a solid drum arrangement complete with punchy kick drums, bright hi hats and a building percussion set. Melodic arps start to fade in and we quickly succumb to its hypnotic prowess. On top of the arps we find super sweet harmonious notes that compliment the sound superbly. The arps have a weaving effect as the filters are let loose creating a wonderful tapestry of textures. Driving the groove is a strong and powerful bassline that hangs perfectly on the low end allowing the track to breath while holding us in it grasp. Another sublime effort by Manu Riga that you do not want to miss.

Dimitri Kechagias review:
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 [item value="10"]Vocals and Lyrics[/item]
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 [item value="10"]Intensity, Drive and Energy[/item]
 [item value="10"]Sound-design and Arrangement[/item]
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 [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"]George Ellinas - Illusionize[/item]
 [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]George Ellinas presents on Bonzai Progressive the incredible Illusionize. If you adore deep melodic dreamy driving progressive trance with hypnotic classic sounding synthy layers upon bubbly grooves and driving deep haunting basslines, you will be satisfied 100% with the incredible arrangement of George that is warm, tender, relaxing and at the same time so tripping out, tantalising and magical. In the background beautiful vocal samples and overall an outstanding sound design that elevate your soul higher for sure. You will be so lifted without trying at all. Manu Riga is the absolute progressive upcoming talent that continues to rise higher. His Melodic Remix applies tougher techy grooves, driving punchy basslines, wide variety of synthy layers, brilliant sound effects and inventive sound design that has spiritual edge and great cinematic atmosphere that brings back memories of classic Bonzai releases. #PureGold Love It[/content]

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