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Kopi Luwak returns to Elemental with ‘Anna Pedan’. Kopi had seen a few releases with Elemental in the last few years and has appeared on numerous Bonzai compilations including the ‘Pure Chillz’ series.
‘Anna Pedan’ is a fantastic, uplifting, chilled out stroke of genius. Big, warm and lush pads begin the journey and create a perfect atmosphere for letting all your woes wash away. Sweet melodic arps come through as the track progresses with a downtempo beat making a show. As the sound ebbs and flows you drift as euphoria sets in. Just when you think there is nothing more to be done a beautiful string melody comes into play taking your mind further into a blissful state. The only problem with this track is that there was an ending, you will simply not want this to end, stunning stuff.
Kuntac debuts on Elemental with a wonderfully chilled and ambient two tracker entitled ‘More’s Place’.
The title track ‘More’s Place’ intros with a cool big beat drum arrangement that charges the atmosphere and sets up the scene beautifully as the chilled vibes begin to flow. Sweet melodic pianos and uplifting vocal samples merge brilliantly with a tough expertly crafted beat. The track goes through many transformations that will captivate your mind body and soul, excellent stuff.
‘Circle Of Life’ intros with big kicks and drums in a breaks style with a superb heavily FX’d guitar riff that adds an element of funk. A superb bassline brings with it a groovy vibe while sweet piano melodies add stark contrasts. The track breaks down to a purely uplifting ride as cascading pads work their magic before slamming back into a fantastic drum workout, inspiring stuff!
Swiss based ambient, downtempo and chillout artists Vechigen return to Elemental with another stunning slice of blissed out vibes in the shape of this latest two track release, “Melbourne”.
“Melbourne” intros with beautiful swirling pads and a deep resonating synth that sets up the scene perfectly. Subtle percussions fade through before a cool, laidback drum arrangement takes over. Sit back and chill to this wonderfully melodic, feel good slice of downtempo.
Next up is “Who Cares Anyway” and this really turns up the chill factor with a myriad of melodies all vying for attention to the backdrop of arps and a brilliant lush, warm pad. Again we see a very subtle yet highly effective drum section that keeps you hooked in to this blissed out vibe.
Italian musician and producer Paolo Petrella aka Roy Cleveland debuts on Elemental with his album “O”. He is a product of the Italian Conservatory of music in Napoli, Italy. A talented bassist, he describes himself as fitting into no particular genre, although he does profess to delve into glitchy minimal electro. This album entitled O (meaning circle) is so called as he wants the tracks to be seamless without pause, with each track melting into the next and rising up from the previous.
“O – #1″ sets us off on the album, sharp edged synth chords rise up and constantly transform from smooth to glitchy seamlessly. Superb basses infect the sound and an array of quality FX add lots of texture. Very clever and forward thinking and no need to adjust your speakers as the sound effect may have you believe.
“O – #2″ has much more of the qualities as the first track did, totally raw, organic sounds with some brilliant work on the frequency controls. A warm synth teases through the sea of sound and fades out leaving you waiting for more.
“O – #3 (Riots)” brings a warm synth to the fore, chopped up drum samples and more electro samples are processed beyond recognition, again we see lots of glitchy sounds and by the very concept of the album, those sounds fit beautifully.
“O – #4″ takes on a much more formulaic approach with beats becoming slightly more prominent, a darker side takes shape with hard edged beats and gritty basses. All this is accompanied by a multitude of organic FX which marry up brilliantly.
“O – #5″ takes us to the end of the journey with some eerie melodic sequences beginning to form out of strange synth patterns. A deep and dark bass resonates as this structure takes shape and again the FX work is top notch. Something different and definitely something to think about as this array of sounds raids your senses.
London based Rico Casazza is no stranger to Elemental, he has seen releases here since 2009 and now he is back with the album “Dub Chamber”. Rico has been in and around the London techno and house scene since 2002 having played at many top clubs around the metropolis. He has also performed at many parties and festivals around Europe. This release is a ten track journey into the realms of fantastical chillout filled with organic sounds and raw feeling.
“Hidden Away” sets the mood with a beautiful atmospheric scene filled with wonderful FX, gritty textures and cool guitar sequences.
“Kyoto Is Not There” delves into a world of soft pianos with a distinctly Oriental flavour. Cool percussions create a rhythmic vibe, very nice.
“Early Reflections” gets going with a soft intro before bursting into an array of classic instruments and chunky breaks, excellent snare rolls are well placed alongside sweet melodies which keep the ear trained.
“Dawn” gives the impression of a new day, just as the name suggests. The sound paints a very vivid picture as the sequence plays out, very enthralling and a track you will listen to many times.
“04.00am” is a very melodic musical piece with a brilliant drum arrangement that gets the toes tapping. A myriad of melody rains down here and you get a sense of total relaxation from this laid back groove.
“Song 1″ is a true downtempo groove, organic sounds add that raw feeling which is contrasted by lush vibes. Very powerful beats hypnotise as superbly crafted melodies take the edge off, great stuff!
“Suburban Residents” takes on a gritty edge with a drum section taken straight out of an urban street groove. Brilliant vocal manipulations sit well over strange FX work, very infectious.
“Gate Control” goes into a deeper groove with heavy sounds coming through on the filtered synths and guitars. Very engrossing sound with a raw edge.
“Voodoo Dub” is a track that impacts straight away, a super tight drum and percussion arrangement takes control from the off with a deep and commanding bassline coming up from the low end, multiple FX are a big part of this stunning groove.
Finally we have “Warrior Of Fire”, another outing into the deeper edges of chill. Sinister sounding vocals create an intense feeling which is amplified with the breaks and pads, the bassline controls throughout.