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PLACID LARRY – ELASTIC SLUM (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

The emphatic Placid Larry delivers yet more of his sublime downtempo chilled out grooves for our listening pleasure with his latest offering entitled Elastic Sum. Placid Larry aka Daniel Ray Van Zyl is a name synonymous with chill out and breaks, he has amassed a hugely impressive back catalogue spanning many years and with each new production comes a more enriched sound than the one before. Great to see him back at his Bonzai Elemental home and no doubt we’ll see more from him in the future.

Elastic Slum sets us off on our journey deep into chilldom with a wonderfully lush and melancholic vibe that lulls you into its grasp. Slow downtempo beats lead the way as the soft piano chords and basses embrace us while harsher guitar lick provide some interesting contrasts. A stunning piece perfect for those lazy nights.

Get Up And Run intros with a stabbing piano chord that splits your imagination wide open as you wait for the next sound. That sound happens to be a superb retro style bass synth that creates depth to the groove. A pacey drum arrangement gives off a drum n bass vibe as the mesmeric sounds grab our attention. A hybrid downtempo slice that stirs up all kinds of colourful images, top notch.

Herbal is a trippy little number that gives you the tools to create some wonderful imagery in your mind. Hypnotic bright synth plucks are offset against a deep bass and clangy bells for maximum effect as a cool shuffling percussion arrangement meanders alongside. A very nice piece to sit back and relax to.

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3 October 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

RAW AXE – RAW AXE (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

Raw Axe debuts on Bonzai Elemental with wonderfully chilled three tracker entitled Raw Axe. This one features a couple of collabs with Not Dead Yet and Melanie Houston, and each artist brings forth a unique signature that gives the tracks a brilliant dynamic characteristic.

Raw Axe & Not Dead Yet – Romantic Wannabe intros with a ballad-esque sound that catches your intrigue, drawing you in with its sultry sounds. Rich guitar licks are accompanied with warm pads and subtle synth melodies. The sound evolves beautifully to the backdrop of a downtempo break beat drum arrangement and a smooth, warm bassline. The perfect fodder for those lazy evening watching the sun go down.

Raw Axe & Not Dead Yet – Start The Dance sets off with a cool indie vibe that finds its way deep into your soul with its moody vibes and captivating grooves. Top notch guitars and a beautiful warm bassline deliver the goods alongside a wonderfully constructed drum section that provides a solid rhythmic flow. Excellent stuff that will keep those loungy evening interesting.

Raw Axe & Melanie Houston – Night Search intros with a cool downtempo, slow drum beat that is broken up with expert precision to deliver maximum rhythmic goodness. Warm synths and pads fill the spectrum and bring a little melancholy into the sound as a fantastic bassline sits perfectly in the mix. The synths get a cosmic makeover and bring a very cool textured layer to the sound making this a top notch slice of chilled out goodness.

#rawaxe #bonzaielemental

18 July 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

LUNAKID – EPIC (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

Berlin based artist Lunakid debuts on Bonzai Elemental with the cool and smooth vibes of Epic which features two superb remixes by the impressive Volta Cab. Lunakid has been electrifying people since 2012 with his brand of electronica, techno and punk. He has seen his music released on the likes of Klinik Room, Record Union and Ego Shot. The Original Mix of Epic opens with a fading in pad that creates a rich atmospheric sound which is soon joined by other ebbing and flowing sounds. A thick punchy kick drum delivers a breaks style beat that compliments the evolving soundscape beautifully. The track picks up an ethnic vibe along the way which is filled with melodies and enchanting voices. Wonderful stuff.

Eclectic producer based in St. Petersburg Volta Cab steps up for remix duties delivering a sublime take on the original. Here the remix intros with a cool pulsing bass that provides a solid foundation for the sounds to layer on. Cool and crisp percussions are the first to arrive before some groovy keys are introduced before chunky kicks find their way through. Swirling strings and pads are joined by a distant gated synth resulting in an eclectic groove.

Volta Cab’s 808 Mix pushes the boundaries of lounge grooves with an edgy and pacey slice of chilled out vibes. A cool drum n bass kinda flow drips off the sound as the fully utilised 808 beats will attest, while rich piercing strings etch out there mark on the sound. Very cool chord stabs bring in a little sprig of house making this a special track that will find its way into many collections for sure.

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25 April 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

ALEX GREENHOUSE – SEASONS (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

Alex Greenhouse aka Uzbekistan native Aleksandr Pletnev makes his Bonzai Elemental debut with Seasons, a super chilled trek into electronica with wonderfully layered textures and soundscapes. Having started to create his own music since he was 15, Aleksandr scored his first release in 2013 and ever since then he has churned out a plethora of tracks across various labels. He turns his hands to many styles and genres with a direct focus on quality. Great to have him on board and hopefully we’ll be seeing more of this talented artist in the future.

Seasons Intro slowly fades into existence with soft strings and pads before a marching snare drum gathers momentum alongside huge crashing drums and a large orchestral soundscape, the perfect set up to get us underway.

The fresh sounds of Winter enlighten the mind with a euphoric composition comprised of beautiful piano chords and joyful strings. A slow downtempo beat comes through as the track settles into it smooth groove. Nice and uplifting vibes that tell the tale of Winter perfectly.

Spring intros with a colourful piano melody that exudes spurts of life and new beginnings as the melodies intertwine to create an elaborate myriad of textures. A perfectly executed human beatbox carries the sound forward and provides a solid beat for the uplifting groove.

Summer presents a bright and uplifting vibe right from the off as a plinky high pitched piano dishes out its melodics. Cool percussions deliver a real smooth laidback groove the will get the feet tapping as rich strings and pads swirl overhead.

Autumn intros with a wonderfully deep sound that captivates instantly and locks you in for the duration. A brilliantly arranged collection of piano melodies blend together in perfect harmony before a harsh lower bass sound takes over delivering a more intense vibe. Beautifully big and bold with a lot of gusto, just like those Autumn months.

Seasons Outro takes us on a journey of resolve after we trekked through the seasons. Warm, homely sounds make up a rich and pleasing groove that derives a sense of relief and enchantment all rolled into one. Marching snares make a return but in a more subdues fashion than previous that takes us to the end of the track before a soft melody sees us out.

#alexgreenhouse #bonzaielemental

21 March 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

PLACID LARRY – NOT WHAT IT SEEMS (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

Daniel Ray Van Zyl aka Placid Larry is back on Bonzai Elemental with his latest downtempo offering entitled Not What It Seems. As always we are in for a real chilled treat with this one which follows his June 2015 cut Trapeze. We are never disappointed when this guys sounds come through the mailbox.

First up is the title track Not What It Seems which intros with a real smooth and laidback beat made up of crispy hats and nice phat kicks. Swirling pads fill the space and add wonderful textures to the sound as the layers build. A superb big double bass section provides the lushness here and keeps things nestled into a deep and lazy groove. The perfect fodder for a cozy night in or chilling at the bar.

Sunday Morning bursts into life with bright splash that leaves cool trails before settling into a smooth chilled out groove. A nice and tight drum arrangement gives the groove a downtempo vibe as beautifully crafted melodies flutter through the sound in the form of toy pianos and cool plucky strings. A deep bass resonates through the track and brings a wonderfully lush texture. Another fine slice to steal away an evening by the fire.

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22 February 2016 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

2016 – HAPPY NEW YEAR

The entire Bonzai Progressive team wishes all of it’s artists and fans a happy new year. Here’s to more progressive sounds and beats with a lot of exciting releases coming up in 2016.

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31 December 2015 UPDATES Read more

TRIGO NOMETRY – MUSIC WRITTEN AT NIGHT (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

Trigo Nometry debuts on Bonzai Elemental with Music Written At Night, a sublime mini album full of wonderfully crafted chill out, breaks and electronica sounds. First up we have Comes The Night with its huge swelling melodic groove that wraps you up in a world full of colourful sounds. A series of arpeggiated notes deliver the melody with ease as a deep throbbing bass brings a warm glow. Bright strings keep that track high up in the stratosphere while carefully placed drums provide the anchor. Super cool grooves not to be missed.

If You Come to Me intros with a cool rising bass pulse that is joined by contrastingly harsh kicks and gritty synths that dish out a dirty groove. An urbanised them runs through the track with those tough sounds delivering the goods. On the other side we have bright melodic pianos and bass tones that melt into your soul only to get broken by those superb tough electronic synths and beats.

Internal Unrest begins with a cool arp that cascades up and down with a beautifully melodic trait that lingers throughout. Scathing synths take over and send the groove into overdrive with a little help from some tough breaks that wrap up the sound perfectly. A fine slice of breaks that will keep you coming back for more.

Morning Turbulence sets off with a shuffling hat and percussion sequence as winding synths move across the sound. The synths fade and we are left with those rhythmic percussions and a super warm bass tone and lush keys. Beautifully crafted melodies start to filter through as the layers build and the drums form an almost drum n bass groove. A wonderfully deep and intensive sound that will captivate with every listen.

Nightmare intros with a deep, hauntingly sinister drone that pitches slowly as distant voices lurk in the background. Accompanying that mesmerizing drone we have an equally haunting organ that subsides to reveal a contrasting bright melodic sequence that fills the sound beautifully. A rising synth takes us into a huge drum arrangement that dominates the sound with a fantastic chemically induced big beat vibe. Top notch stuff full of colour and movement that you will not want to miss.

Rounding off this superb mini album we have Silent Night which intros with a soft melodic sequence that is soon joined by a heavy duty deep probing bass and a smooth drum sequence that offers up a steady rhythmic flow. We get hypnotized by this infectious sound which continues to throw up surprises. Nice and bright synth plucks provide more melodies that sit perfectly with the upbeat vibe of the track. On the break a striking piano comes through and hooks us in for the duration. The perfect way to chill, stunning.

#trigonometry #bonzaielemental

21 December 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

SKYIO – EXOPLANET (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

Russian producer Starodumov Vladimir aka Skyio debuts on Bonzai Elemental with the tripped out vibes of Exoplanet. Ever since he was a child, Starodumov loved to get a closer look at how things worked, he stripped equipment down and explored sound by tweaking knobs just to see what they would do. He studied piano at music school which gave him the skills to hunt down and refine new melodies. In today’s modern processes of music-making this knowledge has gave him a greater understanding of music which he then transforms into his own compositions. He got his first release on Freedom Recordings in 2009 and gained a lot of attention with his fresh approach and in 2011 he released on Only One Records which got great support on radio shows and DJ sets alike. A highly gifted artist we hope to see more from in the future.

Exoplanet intros with a cosmic theme that places you somewhere in the vast chasm of space with bright sounds floating all around to the backdrop of a constant pad that lingers beautifully. A superb synthetic drum roll takes us into the track proper and reveals a tight breakbeat pattern with gritty synths and basses coming through. Strikingly sharp plucks add wonderful textures to the sound as various short arp riffs come through. A fantastic slice of downtempo, chill that will get your imagination working overtime.

Magnitude eases into existence with broken up drums alongside a soft spoken vocal before a riser FX takes us to the main section filled with cool drum patterns and a beautiful string solo. The strings stand out brilliantly in contrast to the harsh drums and deep low end basses. Superb stuff that takes you on a thought provoking journey.

#skyio #bonzaielemental

23 November 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

VECHIGEN – VICE CITY (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

Jessy Winters and Tezija Zararic aka Swiss artistic group Vechigen are back with another super chilled cut – Vice City. Last time out, back in May 2015, they gave us The V-Files which proved popular among many and we have no doubt that this new cut will follow suit.

Vice City comes into existence with a flurry of cool percussions and a strong rich pad that is complimented by a bright lead synth that belts out a classic Hammer melody. The percussions deliver a super chilled experience as that classic melody allows your mind to wander. A superb take on hugely recognisable melody that will let you slip into the world of chilldom.

Night In The Desert intros with soft pianos that lead into a wide sweeping pad vox and a cool spoken vocal. Gated synths fade in alongside a big drum arrangement that delivers a scene of wide open expanse. Rich strings become a big part of the sound before they subside and let the drums take control. The track breaks to reveal that beautiful vox as the hairs on the back of your neck rise. A wonderful slice of chill with a fantastic downtempo beat, perfect for an evening beside the fire.

#vechigen #bonzaielemental

19 October 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

GODA BROTHER – REJECTION STORY EP FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Egyptian brothers Ahmed and Adham Goda aka Goda Brothers debut on Bonzai Elemental with the wonderful Rejection Story EP. With a very keen interest in music the guys decided to DJ together and quickly rose to prominence with their exciting mixes. They have made many guest appearances on top radioshows around the world and from here they will only get bigger and better. Their sets are dominated primarily by driving progressive grooves and occasionally they will dip into other genres. 2015 saw them embark on a production journey that has taken off with gusto already. Huge support has come from all quarters and their track Versa on Revelation Records has been very well received. Big things ahead for these guys and we’re happy to have them on board at Elemental to show the world their chill out side.

Goda Brother – Rejection Story EP, out this week on Bonzai Elemental, is featured by Beatport in the Chill Out genre page!

#bonzaielemental #beatport #godabrother

23 September 2015 UPDATES Read more

GODA BROTHER – REJECTION STORY EP (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

Egyptian brothers Ahmed and Adham Goda aka Goda Brother debut on Bonzai Elemental with the wonderful Rejection Story EP. With a very keen interest in music the guys decided to DJ together and quickly rose to prominence with their exciting mixes. They have made many guest appearances on top radioshows around the world and from here they will only get bigger and better. Their sets are dominated primarily by driving progressive grooves and occasionally they will dip into other genres. 2015 saw them embark on a production journey that has taken off with gusto already. Huge support has come from all quarters and their track Versa on Revelation Records has been very well received. Big things ahead for these guys and we’re happy to have them on board at Elemental to show the world their chill out side.

Rejection Story goes straight for the heart strings with a melancholic intro filled with sad notes and cool atmospherics that get your mind fully immersed in the chill out zone. Sharp sounds sweep through as striking piano notes cut through the misty soundscape. A super laid back drum section will get your head swaying as you go deeper into the sound with no chance of escape until the very last breath of the track has been expelled. Simply awesome.

Your Whisper sets off with a smooth fading pad sequence with a whispering voice gliding through. Deep bass notes bring a melancholic air to the sound as an arp dances along the arrangement offering a release from the lower sound. A wonderful display of merging different sounds and creating a beautiful arrangement of melodies, top notch.

#godabrother #bonzaielemental

21 September 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

JOE LE BLANC – TRICK TROCK EP FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Joe Le Blanc aka Giacomo Bisciarri marks his Bonzai Elemental debut with the superb Trick Trock EP. This new project from Giacomo was started in early 2015 and has already seen a raft of quality releases on various labels such as Lounge Colour, Dubfeet and New Creatures. He digs deep into chilldom and downtempo with the odd drum n bass and deep house effort thrown in for good measure. Delighted to have him on board and we look forward to more in the future.

Joe Le Blanc – Trick Trock EP, out this week on Bonzai Elemental, is featured by Beatport in the Chill Out genre page!

#bonzaielemental #beatport #joeleblanc

13 August 2015 UPDATES Read more

JOE LE BLANC – TRICK TROCK EP (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

Joe Le Blanc aka Giacomo Bisciarri marks his Bonzai Elemental debut with the superb Trick Trock EP. This new project from Giacomo was started in early 2015 and has already seen a raft of quality releases on various labels such as Lounge Colour, Dubfeet and New Creatures. He digs deep into chilldom and downtempo with the odd drum n bass and deep house effort thrown in for good measure. Delighted to have him on board and we look forward to more in the future.

Trick Trock intros with a laid back kickdrum and subtle percussions which are soon joined by a smooth, warm chord that leaves a lingering tone in its wake. A funky plucked bass guitar etches out a solid groove that is soon joined by a beefed up drum section and cool chanting vocals. A wonderful lead synth sits back perfectly adding a touch more groove to the sound. Just the tonic for the lounge to put your mind at ease.

Wide intros with a tough, powerful kickdrum that packs a punch and is coupled with a steady hat and cymbal combi. All at once the bass and lead sounds burst through and deliver a solid downtempo groove with an R n B trait running through. The sounds are luscious and smooth creating an easy, laidback romantic atmosphere. One for the cosy evenings by the fireside.

White Dish delivers a sultry groove that will definitely get the passion levels rising. Deep, lush bass notes are joined by warm keys and rich strings delivering a beautiful cacophony of melody that takes us deep into the groove. Time to break out the candles, and get your freak on with this one.

Rounding up this stunning EP we have Worth which takes on a funky persona with its groovy guitars and shuffling drums. Beautifully executed piano chords deliver a smooth lounge groove as the bass brings the funk. Rising and falling plucks give the track a distinct flavour which boasts a hint of jazz. A brilliant display of easy listening that will not disappoint.

#joeleblanc #bonzaielemental

10 August 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

PLACID LARRY – TRAPEZE (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

Daniel Ray Van Zyl aka Placid Larry returns to Bonzai Elemental after a bit of a hiatus with this fantastic two tracker entitled, Trapeze. We last saw this master of all things downtempo back in 2013 with Everything Is Connected which gained a lot of support on the chillout circuit. Great to see him back once again and we hope to see much more in the future.

First up we have the title track Trapeze which intros with a cool mid range note that leads into a much more lush and deep bassy vibe. In the background we hear subtle more brighter elements that offer a very cool contrast to the sound. A smooth drum section keeps the vibe ticking nicely as the track begins to dissolve into a sweet melodic flowing groove. A beautiful and contemplative track for those quiet evenings.

Everywhere takes on a nice and smooth almost R n B groove with those lush bass tones and organ chords and melodies. The addition of the pounding kicks derives a stark contrast to the more softer edged sounds on offer, which results in a perfectly harmonious sound. Such a sweet, sexy and melodic number that will be the perfect addition for those lazy days or romantic evenings by the fire.

#placidlarry #bonzaielemental

13 July 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

VECHIGEN – THE V-FILES (BONZAI ELEMENTAL)

Dutch based artistic group Vechigen return to Elemental with the wonderfully chilled three tracker, The V-Files. It’s safe to say that this collective are the face of Bonzai Elemental with multiple releases over the last few years. Their last outing, back at the end of 2014 with The Guest House, struck a chord with many in the world of downtempo and laidback grooves. Great to see them back once again.

Alien Believer intros with a wonderful display of FX and rich strings that deliver a truly cosmic vibe. Thunderous sounds converge onto the track while single drum hits break up the ambience, and melodies begin to filter through in the form of high pitched plucks and sweeping pads. An expertly crafted arrangement that will definitely liven up your imagination.

The Visitors sets of with a superb bass pluck that is soon joined by melodic strings that cascade upwards alongside a rising arp. A super laidback drum arrangement is introduced and the dynamic of the track transforms beautifully. Various instruments are introduced and a myriad of melodic sequences ensues resulting in a very poignant, contemplative and uplifting composition, beautiful stuff.

Why Can’t We Be Friends intros with a calming and reflective aura as smooth and warm strings play against the sound of a gentle tide as it ebbs and flows. Deeper, more prominent strings are brought in and a somewhat melancholic vibe follows which is resolved by some beautiful melodies. The perfect music for a meditative evening.

#vechigen #bonzaielemental

15 June 2015 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

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