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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!
The Sad Lovers make a debut appearance on Bonzai Elemental with this superbly crafted chilled out downtempo album ‘The Sad Lovers’. Listening to the album in its entirety will give you a sense of connection that is a perfect way to spend an evening.
First up we have ‘Realization’ which intros with a melancholic piano that sets the mood for a smooth and relaxing journey. The track soon unleashes a wonderfully groovy drum arrangement to get your head swaying. A rich and deep bass gives the track a huge boost and will keep you locked in for the duration.
‘Virtual’ intros with a cool urban drum groove with plucky synth notes coming through as strings begin to rise. Subtle melodies are formed in the background as the groove digs deeper with the bass making a play. Very smooth downtempo vibe!
‘Chimes’ begins life as a swirling wind effect sets your mind of on a wander. As the name suggests, sweet chimes begin to seep out melodies a warm and lush strings and pads create a colourful glow, very nice and rich vibe, perfect for a chilled out night.
‘I Am…’ intros with a very cool bass synth as vocal samples echo in the background. A big beat arrangement comes into play and gives off a strong groove. Lots of instruments join the fun and deliver their own slice of the vibe, great stuff.
‘So Far’ intros with a nice and smoothly subtle melody before a dark drum section brings with it a melancholic flavour. Nicely pitched strings sweep through and a strong piano takes the focus of the track. Very contemplative groove and an absolute gem.
‘Alarm Bells’ is a kind of an interlude in the album. Noisy synths lead the way before a series of tuned bells let loose to the back drop of a deep drum slap, a quirky little number with a dark edge.
‘Poignant’ has a city street vibe as a deep piano weaves an intricate pattern alongside a true urban esque drum arrangement. The piano melts with every stroke and is soon joined by a very cool violin that adds a richness to the vibe.
Echoing plucky synths provide the intro to ‘Opening The Flower’. Nice and smooth strings bring up the rear as a chunky kick led arrangement paves the way for the big double bass groove that flows through the sound, very nice indeed.
‘Waterboy’ is a seamless soundscape with a cool ebbing and flowing water effect. Sweet plucks add contrast and a smooth break beat groove keeps the track on course. Nice and short piece but enough to keep your mind active.
‘The Drifter’ intros with an almost muted Church choir effect with a deep organ type sequence coming through. A chunky kick and rhythmic percussion section gets the toes tapping as the groove meanders along, greats tuff.
Lastly we have ‘Disappear’ with its plinky piano led intro. The pianos give off a strange melodic vibe which gets a boost from a deep pad that sits beautifully in the background. A sharp edged percussion arrangement is accompanied by a subtle kick as a deep bass begins to reverberate through the sound, classy stuff!
Ravenherz aka Otto Ravenherz is a 21 year old student from Russia and makes his Bonzai Elemental debut with this chilled out three tracker entitled ‘Safe Place’
First up we have ‘Safe Place’, a deep and enthralling melancholic piece. The intro churns out a deep throbbing bass which is accompanied by a beautifully sweet yet dark piano sequence which gives this track so much texture. The bass evolves brilliantly and aims lock you right into its grasp for the duration, superb stuff.
‘The Implicit Structure’ creates a beautiful atmosphere right from the start as a soft melodic piano tinkles alongside a downpour of rain as warm pads lend support. A lush bass presents itself with an accompanying drum pattern which makes for a nice and smooth chilled out experience.
‘Snow’ gives off a bright vibe as the intro boasts a cool melody with a very smooth and subtle rhythm off the drums. Warm basses add depth to the sound while plucky guitars work alongside cool electric guitar riffs. Great stuff for a laidback evening.
Antti Mantysaari and Jarno Kilpia make up Finnish duo Soft Knees. The guys get together every few weeks for a weekend to see what type of music they happen to create during this time resulting in some stunning pieces. Here the guys make their Bonzai debut with the surreal three tracker ‘Couchclocking’.
First up we have ‘Couchclocking’, the intro fades in with whispery FX and a very cool bass which sets up the mood perfectly. A real slow groove ensues with melodic synths coming through alongside a sweet vocal. The track evolves beautifully as more instruments enter the mix with each providing their own cool melody, while towards the end another vocal pops up in a surprising twist. Very smooth downtempo to get you in the mood for a nice relaxing evening.
‘Cirrus’ sets off with a fading in bass and is soon joined by a sublime synth and contrasting melodic plucks. Beautiful chord changes make a huge impact on the sound and the track soon delves into a blissful world filled with melody and a backdrop of reverbed snares. A classic rock vibe is moulded into shape by a fantastic electric guitar sequence which works so well within the track. An epic journey not to be missed, superb stuff.
‘Nebula Dive’ takes on a spacey theme as you could imagine. The arrangement on the drums alone would be a perfect candidate for some of the early prog rock tracks and has a huge impact here. A melodic arp sweeps through the sound with a multitude of instruments bringing up the rear. Deep droning basses add a beautiful depth to the vibe. The tune matures wonderfully with the focus directed towards those big drums and melodies. Simply stunning and the perfect companion for those contemplative moments.
10th instalment in the Pure Chillz series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Phi Phi, Airwave, Kuntac, Thorin, Moshic, Jessy Winters, Blufeld, Kajis, Subtara, Esthetics, Horizons, Domased Electronica, Plasm, Luke Kay, Rico Casazza, Mlab, Watts & Ohms, Franky Flowerz, Cordoba and F-Act.
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