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Spanish DJ and producer Taigherwuds debuts on Bonzai Elemental with the deeply atmospheric The Lounge. A lover of all kinds of music since his childhood, he studied music and composition for many years. During this learning time he ventured into DJ land and played various parties around his home city and beyond. After a decade of experience producing music for Japan, Taigherwuds, along with Daro H, decide to found his own label, 27H Records. They had great success with techno tracks many chill out tracks. Taigherwuds then began to focus on Techno and released many tracks across top labels including Sleep Is Commercial, Berlin Aufnahmen, Berlin Aufnahmen (Vip), Sa Trincha Recordings, Baccara, Everlasting Sensation, Bootleg Beats, Quebolarecords, Weekstart Music, Hi NRG Attack, ABeatC Records, Stanch Records, Muenchen and Avex JP, among others. He always dips back into chill from time to time and this time around he merges both worlds with chilled out, ambient tracks and a full on techno stomper. Delighted to have him on board and hope to see more soon from this guy.
The Lounge intros with a wonderful ambient soundscape filled with sounds of the forest that is joined by a pulsating bass before unleashing a trance-like 4×4 beat. Rich strings join in and captivate as they ebb and flow through the sound. On the break we return to the forest accompanied by a fantastic piano sequence and melodic plucks that melt into the sound beautifully. An epic ride that will just as easy have you dancing or just chilling, top notch stuff.
Less sets out with a strange, spacey vibe that evokes an image of an alien landscape with bubbling sounds alongside cool filtered synths. A deep raw bass dominates while rising strings and pads take hold of your senses and lock you into their hypnotic groove. This epic journey encounters many transformations from deep and murky to bright melodic sequences that will stimulate your imagination, brilliant stuff.
One More Minute intros with a cool tribalistic drum arrangement and is soon joined by a nice punchy kick and crispy hat combo that gets the groove on the move. A deep throbbing bass meanders through the sound and brings a cool Techno flavour that will keep any floor moving. On the break we get locked into a space-like vibe as out of this world sounds converge to the backdrop of those rhythmic, tribal drums which lead back into the main groove for the duration. Definitely one for the collection here that will not disappoint.
Finnish producing duo, Soft Knees, make a welcome return to Bonzai, this time around they show up on Bonzai Elemental with the sublime three tracker Lost Tapes. Soft Knees intros with a super smooth and grooving arrangement filled with cool electric guitars, deep droning basses and a slow drum creating a beautiful atmosphere. Distant voices come through and have a huge impact on the sound as the intensity rises with a nod to prog rock through electrified guitar riffs. A simply stunning slice of music that you need in your collection.
Cosmos Got The Blues takes us on a journey right into the heart of a blissed out, euphoric groove. The track meanders along at a steady pace and offers up some real cool synth sequences that rise consistently throughout. Subtle melodies filter through also and accompany the dirty style bass brilliantly. The second half of the track delves into the murky world of the blues as electric guitars unleash their woe laden riffs. Hypnotic and mesmerizing, you will definitely come back for more on this one.
AI Dub rounds off this fantastic pack with its surreal intro filled with spoken words sounding off numbers as a soft and melodic synth rises up. A very warm bass soon joins in alongside a smooth drum arrangement before a much dirtier synth takes over. As the track progresses you can feel the intensity rise as those synths become beefier and take on a much more organic flavour. A very cool breaks – rock hybrid that is chock full of wonderful electronic sounds.
Enter 42 returns to Elemental with the superb Borde. He debuted here around the middle of 2014 with a stunning album entitled Distorted Times which grabbed the attention of many chill fans. He plied his trade in the Trip Hop scene for a while with much success before branching out into other areas. A very diverse artist with a great talent to offer, we’re delighted to see him back.
The title track, Borde, intros with a sweet melodic piano that cascades beautifully to the backdrop of subtle percussions. A nice chunky kick is introduced in a laidback break style that brings a smooth downtempo groove. Spacey synths are scattered throughout as a superb, lush bass holds the track together. Perfect fodder for those lazy nights, a must have.
Fade In evokes a real sense of melancholy a dark chords form up against a misty background noise that really grabs your attention. A pulsing bass probes throughout the groove as a tight drum arrangement gets the toes tapping and heads nodding. A beautifully contrasting melodic sequence runs through the sound and takes the edge of the melancholic nature of the sound. Top notch chilled out grooves.
Tired intros with a nice melodic sequence which showcases some deft skills with FX and envelope automation. Deep, throbbing basses are joined by a laidback breaks groove that sets the mood for a relaxing time against the heat of an open fire on a cold winters night.
ravenherz aka Otto Ravenherz returns to Elemental with a blissful trek into chilldom with Host. This young Russian producer debuted at the start of 2014 with Safe Place which has since went on to feature on numerous compilations. In his earlier years he was inspired by the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, AC/DC and Metallica. At the age of +5, he was watching live performances on VHS again and again and decided to become a Rock Star, but his parents always told him that being a musician isn’t a stable way of life. Later, against the odds, he attended music school and found a passion for electronica as well as studying forensic science. Currently he enjoys dabbling with a wide range of music styles of which the results are outstanding. We hope to see much more from this guy in the future.
ravenherz – Host, out this week on Bonzai Elemental, is featured by Beatport in the Chill Out genre page!
ravenherz aka Otto Ravenherz returns to Elemental with a blissful trek into chilldom with Host. This young Russian producer debuted at the start of 2014 with Safe Place which has since went on to feature on numerous compilations. In his earlier years he was inspired by the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, AC/DC and Metallica. At the age of †5, he was watching live performances on VHS again and again and decided to become a Rock Star, but his parents always told him that being a musician isn’t a stable way of life. Later, against the odds, he attended music school and found a passion for electronica as well as studying forensic science. Currently he enjoys dabbling with a wide range of music styles of which the results are outstanding. We hope to see much more from this guy in the future.
The Original Mix of Host intros with a beautiful melancholic sequence as deep bass notes lurk in the background. The track bursts into life with an unexpected Drum and Bass rhythm section complete with crispy hats and syncopated kicks underneath a superbly arranged snare. Above the melancholy a much sweeter, melodic flavour can be found among the sweeping pads and the smoothly plucked electric guitar. Perfect fodder for a warm evening by the fire.
Anin Velik steps in for remix duty on Host and delivers a superb cut in the process. The intro glitches into existence with a distorted rising synth and hypnotic low frequency. Beautifully modulated keys fade through as analog sounds sweep past giving off a space age feel. The melancholy seeps into the sound beautifully and is contrasted by some wonderful guitar melodies before the track completely transforms into a tough and edgy slow grooved monster. Big chunky kicks and deep droning basses dominate and then dissipate leaving behind a raw, electrified groove. A track with many faces and interesting twists make this a truly sublime experience.
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.
Algerian DJ and producer Belmesk Hamza aka Balearia debuts on Bonzai Elemental with the surreal two tracker entitled Antiquity EP. Growing up in a musical family has directed Belmesk toward his chosen career. He loves woodwinds, mostly Flutes and the Duduk which offers great melodic atmospheres, also the guitar and flamenco vibes, he uses traditional methods such as the lick in order to give variations on notes. He has seen releases on labels like Abora Recordings, Trance Temple Records and Cinesphere Records. Much more to come from this rising talent and now signed with Bonzai we can expect to see some great tracks come our way.
First up we are drawn by the dark atmospheric tones of Antiquity as a cacophony of woodwinds expel sublime melodic phrases that captivate the mind. Deep basses rise from the depths and give way to the dark scapes. Super cool downtempo beats keep the heads bobbing as ethnically charged vocals lift the hairs on your neck and send a tingle down your spine. Wonderful stuff that will allow you to chill the night away.
Rub al-Khali intros with a sinister sounding melody full of melancholy. Fading pads bring a surreal vibe as fantastic vocals aim to inspire. Chilled out beats offer a smooth backdrop to the intensity of the melodies that continue to build throughout. A stunning slice of chill that will turn heads no doubt.
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.