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.
Rotterdam based Vechigen return to Elemental after a short hiatus with the wonderfully chilled The Guest House. We last saw this superb artistic group back in May 2014 with Heart Of Croatia and you can expect to be blown away yet again with their brand of totally blissed out vibes.
First up is Chapter One which intros with a cool stuttering hat and a lush swelling pad. A beautifully warm deep bass rises alongside a distant vocal that brings a sweet melodic flow to the sound. Very subtle break beats provide a smooth rhythmic vibe that allows you to lose yourself in the sound. Wonderfully sequenced piano melodies are the highlight of this experience, cascading arps contrast beautifully with softer single hits resulting in a truly uplifting sound. Perfect.
Chapter Two follows on from the first chapter and keeps the focus on those wonderful melodies that are played out with a beautiful piano and rising pads. The main difference between the two is on this track, after the mid-point, a much more intense sequence follows with the introduction of a subtle synth melody and superb flute sequence that really captures the imagination. Simply stunning.
Swiss based artistic group Vechigen return with another of their brilliant creations in the form of ‘Heart Of Croatia’. These guys are what Bonzai Elemental is all about, pure chilled out vibes that enable you to lose yourself just for a short while, blissful.
‘Heart Of Croatia’ sets off with a beautifully serene vibe filled with wispy sounds and sweet melodies to the backdrop of a sharp snare and broken beat arrangement. The melodies become a main focus as they evolve brilliantly with the sound. On the break the pads intensify as they fill with lushness and are joined by surreal whispering vocals. Perfectly chilled slice for those lazy days and nights!
‘Broken Reality’ intros with a fantastically layered choir voice that weave intricate melodic patterns. Softly struck keys join in as a great arp sequence takes shape. The track descends into an arrangement of expertly crafted drum patterns before those pads and strings bring back the melodies. A perfect track for hot summer days by the pool or a cosy evening by the fire.
It’s been a while since we heard from Vechigen here at Elemental. This Swiss based artistic group specialise in super chilled vibes as you will have noticed on their late 2013 release ‘Melbourne’.
First up we are transported into a world of pure bliss with the title track ‘Tell No One’. Subtle intro as a smooth string etches out a warm feeling alongside a bright piano melody before descending into near silence. Just when you don’t expect it a beautifully worked sequence appears filled with soft tones and a wonderful downtempo drum arrangement that will lighten your mood infectiously.
‘Running Through A Forest’ intros with a slow and deep pad, very subtle percussions come through before those pads begin to rise with a euphoric air. A melancholic piano takes over the track and is in perfect harmony with the pads resulting in a truly surreal experience. Big and brash drums come to the fore unexpectedly creating a stark contrast that works brilliantly, simply stunning!