Recent posts: Bonzai Elemental
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.
Enter 42 debuts on Elemental with the sublime album Distorted Times. Having started to dabble in music around five years ago a lot of experimenting was done with different genres like Metal and Rock before electronic music was found. After getting himself a midi keyboard and some top class audio software, Enter 42 was born and as you will see the results are stunning.
First up we have Membrane Poetry which intros with a wonderfully melodic acoustic guitar with soft synth keys wafting through the background. A real smooth downtempo beat eases its way into the sound as various other melodic elements filter in. Very nice and laid-back piece.
Crowds slowly fades in with a beautifully layered pad filled with cool melodies and leads up to a bassy drum section giving off a surreal urban vibe. The track meanders along before breaking into an atmospheric sequence and ultimately going silent with just a hint of a bass note. Softly struck keys break the silence as the track slowly builds up to the main groove, great stuff.
Whenever gets going with an orchestral feel as deep noted strings blend to reveal a smooth and melancholic melody. Super chilled beats come through alongside a throbbing bass that dominates the sound brilliantly. A perfectly synced ride through the ethereal world of chilldom!
Next up we have Burnout with its sweet melodic intro and distant sounding drums. The drums come up top to unleash a very cool, almost drum and bass rhythm which is accompanied by a superb pulsating bass. Excellent stuff that will let your mind drift high!
Runaway comes to life with a surreal and melancholic tune that really grabs a hold of your imagination. Smooth and silky beats provide toe tapping grooves as the track digs deeper into your soul. A very cool interpretation that will have you wanting more!
And Again intros with a deep rooted bass stab alongside a sweet melodic sequence. Heavy, hard edged drums with an industrial flavour give the sound a huge punch as more melodies are formed. Great work on the filters provide cool textures as the track fades right out before coming back in with a smooth synth, top notch!
42 is an epic ride through chilled out, laid-back grooves. A cool percussive intro that builds a solid platform for the variety of soundscapes being constructed. Distant sounding gated FX are coupled with very subtle melodies which comes to the fore during the break alongside a cool bass. A definite must as you will soon find yourself lost within your thoughts!
Surfing Myself intros with a cool and very chilled slow hip hop beat. Gritty, grungy synths reverberate through the sound brilliantly with lots of cool tweaks creating various textures. A nice little acid line weaves its way through the sound also that gives the track a lot of character. Superb stuff!
Lastly on this fantastic debut album we have Random Acts Of Violence with its distorted synth intro and deep throbbing bass. Cool snare based drum sections give off solid rhythms and as the track builds you get locked right into its groove. A short break reveals a classy pad before we are drawn back to this glitchy downtempo vibe.
Maciej Labuda makes his debut on Elemental with the superb ‘Lake Of Sadness EP’ which is made up of five beautifully crafted tracks.
‘Blue Hope’ is up first and begins with a perfectly chilled intro as soft waves ebb and flow to the backdrop of a laidback slapped drum section. Serene synths form sweet melodic phrases before a powerfully deep bass takes over. The sounds are intricately woven to create a surreal experience, superb stuff.
‘Be Free’ intros with cool raspy synths and classy drum hits that evolve with the addition of the percussions. Whispered vocals lead us into stunning synth pads alongside a deep bass with long releases. Soft piano melodies caress the sound perfectly and lock you into a purely chilled out vibe, wonderful!
Next up is ‘Into The Wild’ which gets going with some cool percussive hits and a sweeping pad that leads to a super deep bass that reverberates through the sound. Nice bright strings provide a cool contrast as they form melodic sequences topped off with distant spoken voice samples. A hypnotic tone runs through as the soft keys do their work. The perfect track for laid back evenings in the sun.
‘Maybe One Day’ is a surreal piece as your mind will drift off to another world. Nice and smooth pads on the intro lead us gently to this world with a deep bass keeping you rooted. A cool downtempo drum arrangement fits the sound perfectly as melodies are formed from various instruments with strings being most prominent, very nice track indeed.
Lastly on this superb EP we have the title track ‘Lake Of Sadness’. The intro boasts and stunning piano sequence that really brings out the nature of the track as you find yourself getting totally hooked on the melodies. Beautifully arranged sounds are gelled together with a deep bass that throbs with each note. As the track evolves a certain uplift can be felt mainly down to the super sweet melody, a fantastic piece here which you will listen to again and again.
MosaiC debuts on Elemental with ‘Time.Lapse’, a surreal three tracker filled with groovy chilled out beats and awesome sound designs.
First up is the title track ‘Time.Lapse’ which intros with a thumpy kick in a shuffling kinda groove. Cool flowing rhythms come through on the percussions which also give an almost tribal feel. A smooth slumbering bass plays through the track and sets the mood perfectly for this joyous ride through chilldom. The track breaks to reveal a melancholic piano melody that sways through the sound beautifully. Wonderfully chilled out vibes you have got to experience.
‘Faces Of War’ intros with a cool chunky kick and subtle percussion line with a smooth bass sound that hypnotises as it builds through the track. A subtle, soft piano melody wistfully plays in the background. A much more aggressive bass takes over and takes the track to a new level as it captivates the mind. Top notch stuff that is a perfect late night companion.
‘Replica’ has a tough edged hip hop theme on the intro with classic scratches and a superb kick and percussion arrangement. A deep sub bass paves the way for a much groovier sliding bassline which marries well with the jazz tinged plinks of the cool piano line. Classic vocal samples are delivered in true turntablist fashion adding great character to the track. A truly mesmerizing track that is not to be missed.
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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!
Kuntac is back to Elemental with ‘Time Traveller’, his last outing ‘More’s Place’ was a popular choice among chill fans and no doubt this silky smooth offering will follow suit.
‘Time Traveller’ intros with a sublime layered organ and a sweet melodic sequence that sits faintly behind. The track makes a huge transformation into a full on funk fuelled arrangement with a big beat and a superb funky slap bass coupled with little electric riffs. The perfect evening track for the funksters and chillsters alike!