Bonaire was originally released on the „Antilles EP“ on Pulver Records in 2004. Featured on the B-Side of the EP, the track didn’t receive an instant spotlight recognition. But slowly, „Bonaire“ grew into a secret club hit. Its piano chords, a solid midtempo disco beat, beautiful guitar licks and the irresistible horns of Fat Freddy’s Drop horn section created a timeless boogie track, that those in the know would praise and play.
The Blackjoy remix of „Bonaire“ came into being when Felix heard Blackjoys „Moustache“ track on Yellow and was impressed by the song’s live feeling, arrangement and sound aesthetic. He heard sonic relations to his own track and asked Blackjoy to remix „Bonaire“. Employing four live musicians, Blackjoy created a live interpretation, which barely resembles the orginal, yet kept the special atmosphere of „Bonaire“.
When Al Usher (a mate of Ewan Pearson) heard „Bonaire“ for the first time, he immediately wanted to remix the track. Fascinated by „Bonaires“ modest, but irresistible 111 BPM, he saw the track’s tempo in a similar vain like his own compositions and remixes - Al Usher’s production trademark handwriting is the mid tempo range. For his reworking of „Bonaire“, Usher used a few subtle sounds, which steadily build up to a sexy dance floor track in which the original track’s horns and piano-chords finalize the remix on a magic, higher level of music.
When the polish keyboard master and upcoming super talent Maximilian Skiba heard „Bonaire“ for the first time, he thought of „Bonaire“ as a track from the early 1980s. When he found out it was a recent composition, he contacted Dutch Rhythm Combo through Warsaw disco king Artur 8, and suggested a Maximilian Skiba remix for „Bonaire“. A few months later, the Maximilian Skiba remix was done. He kept the basic feeling of the track and added a very particular musical note to the track, stretching it to an epic length, the Maximilian Skiba Remix can easily be called a 21st century disco boogie masterpiece.
Last but not least, the Soul Village mix presents a 100% live cover version of „Bonaire“. When hearing Soul Village’s cover version of Roy Ayers’ “Everybody Loves The Sunshine“ in 2004, Felix knew whom to ask for a vibeful, live sounding version. Paris based Soul Village delivered what was expected and played all instruments by himself: drums, rhodes, bass, percussions, horns and solina strings!
The flipside of the 7“ single presents a Dutch Rhythm Combo live mix of „Bonaire“. When working with a live session drummer, Felix Haaksman recorded a live beat alongside his „Bonaire“ arrangement, creating a boot shaking live funk mix that every digger will die for.
All mixes are available on vinyl.