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Thorin Van Gelden unleashes his downtempo breaks persona onto our senses with the stunning “Forgotten Places” on Elemental. Dutch native Thorin normally resides in strong tribal house rhythms but today we get to see his different side which stands out very well. This track comes with three stunning remixes.
The original is a raw urban groove with a hypnotic bassline and some seriously well worked drum patterns. Beautiful melodic arps are contrasted with a gritty street theme while a myriad of FX tie the track up brilliantly. Very strong vibe with a tribal element coming through on the wonderful percussions, top notch stuff!
Dutch remix duo Kevin Ten Cate and Ton Oortgiesen make up Undercurve and they step up to the remix in style. The guys transform the original very well with the added vocal add a complete new twist on the sound. Big synths and subtle pianos overlay a laidback groove with a tough bassline giving an edge, real nice vibe.
Another native of the Netherlands, Ruben Hulzebosch aka SynnyS joins the remix crew with his Evolving Humans Remix. Ruben started off his music career as a hardocre DJ, this soon evolved into techno and acid with a few releases over the years. This remix kicks off with some cool tablas over a deep house type organ with the bass fading in and leading up to a wonderful drum arrangement. The track takes on that raw gritty nature which fits so well in this release.
Junkie Digital is up next with a superb remix. Much more melodic theme with some amazing piano riffs and synth work taking place. Super sweet arps tease and tease until the break where a huge drum and bass arrangement raids the senses with tough gritty snares and kicks, total surprise with this and one that will have a huge impact!
Franky Flowerz aka Mohan Des debuts on Elemental with a truly sublime two tracker. Mohan is a product of many years of musical experimentation which started when he was just five years old. He began with the saxophone and developed into classical music and ultimately electronica. He has a strong passion for music and delves into many different genres, today he takes us on a super chilled journey which is not to be missed.
“It Chose Me” intros with a very subtle, sweet melody with a few vocal samples sweeping through. Nice and cool laidback percussions build up the groove with a superb bassline rolling in. An overall relaxed vibe to chill the night away, brilliant.
“Mur Mur” showcases Mohan’s love of the saxophone with this instrument dominating the intro and throughout with a sultry vibe. Heavy beats add contrast while an array of different sounds fill the spaces beautifully, a wonderful musical piece by any standards.
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Nicolas Luquet aka Luke Kay is a graphic designer, sound designer, sound engineer, and film composer. After he developed his technical skills and knowledge in a “do it yourself” philosophy, he founded the electronic music band Give Me A Kiss which was appreciated for their gigs as they always synchronized with videos.
They became famous on the internet after winning the Remix Popular Computer Contest organized by the record labels Rise and Kitsune. Luke has also worked on a few French movie scores and today he makes his Elemental and debut along with a little help from the talents of Aurelia Mengin with his “Chromatic EP”. This EP was inspired by Luke’s recent stay on a remote island.
“Ekei Memona” is a trippy kaleidoscope of sound design with a very sensual vocal over a gritty and grungy drum arrangement, the heavily filtered synths add an extra layer to this already enthralling vibe, top stuff.
“Memento” is in total contrast to the previous track with a toy box melody and a subtly innocent vocal, very uplifting and euphoric feeling also, especially with the beats and a cool rolling bassline giving that feel-good-factor.
Lastly we have “Rush” which takes us back to the gritty organic type vibe, very raw melodies are matched perfectly with the breaks and the vocal samples, a huge in your face bass will for sure get the ass shakin!
Shmix aka Denis Shubin is a DJ, music producer and promoter based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He is a very experienced DJ, as a producer Denis mostly works on house, tech-house and techno, but he also likes to experiment with downtempo and chillout. Here we see Denis make his Elemental debut with his chilled out downtempo hat on.
“They All Fly Away” intros with very raw, gritty almost industrial feel, this soon gives way to melancholic strings and later to a very hypnotic piano. Definitely a must have for those darkened late night chillout rooms, superb.
“This Is For You” takes a different approach with a much more light hearted feeling to it. Smooth intro with simple organ chords with a drum section slowly filtering through revealing a strong street groove, this is contrasted with beautifully worked strings and is something this upcoming artist does very well indeed.
Watts & Ohms debut on Elemental with a blissed out selection of quality downtempo vibes.
First up is “Stella Solaris”, kicking off with a spacey synth vibe, a wonderful strumming acoustic guitar is a perfect contrast with a sublime female vocal taking this to a whole new level. Top quality FX and dreamy pads tie this track up nicely.
“Breathing In” is up next, another intro that gives the feeling of endless space with the expertly crafted pads taking your mind far away from reality. Very sweet subtle melodies tease throughout this track, sit back and chill with this stunning work.
“Therix” is a masterclass in soundscaping, easily something that could easily be used in a movie score, high quality chill is where it’s at.
“Split Feelings” takes on a bit of a trancey intro with a sweeping melodic arp with a cool groove on the drums coming through. Very uplifting in nature with a beautiful piano taking the focus, perfect for any lazy day.
Next we have “24 Muller Street”, a myriad of melodies from many instruments converging to create an awesome journey through sound. Lots of reversing style which always adds mystery and brought together with brilliant FX work.
“I Can’t Stop” would give the impression of a full on house track judging by the intro, then a beautiful acoustic guitar enters the arena which is soon backed up with an electric riff, chunky bass and a laidback groove on the drums. The big focus on this track is the spoken vocal, just amazing, really keeps you locked on and wanting more of this story.
“Watt Do I Want” is a pure blissed out journey through sound, superb FX and melodies created with guitars backed up with a very melodic bassline, get a drink and get chilled with this stunning work.
“Feel My Pulz” pulls out the classic house stabs from the intro and builds on this to create a very groovy upbeat vibe. The guitars are in all the right place and a slight hint of an acid bassline takes the track to a new height, brilliant.
“Stone Tears” is a great journey through the more bassy sounds on offer with wonderfully surreal pads adding many textures along the way, loads of big glitchy acid squelches sound great on this track.
Finally we have “Slowmotion FF”, very downtempo vibe with lots of sweeping pads and melodies. Another track for those lazy, lazy days where you can let your mind wander to a safe happy place!
Morpheus 7 and Nale have been around the chill out scene for quite some time with multiple releases on Elemental over the last couple of years. This release sees four new and original tracks with all the quality you’d expect from these guys.
First up we have “Tomorrow” which is a beautiful melodic laidback moment of bliss overlayed with a subtle drumtrack. The melodies are manifested in many instruments from piano to pads and guitars, sit back, relax and be transported far away.
“Terra X” takes us even farther away with a truly awe inspiring arrangement filled with euphoric trancey melodic sequences that allow the mind to drift off and discard the stress of the day, brilliant.
“Remember The Time” takes us on a kind of surreal synthpop journey back in time with the bassline and the distant synths adding that bygone era feel. The wonderful piano sequences keeps the vibe up to date and again we are treated to some pure quality chilled out bliss.
“Irreplaceable” takes a sort of ballad approach while keeping true to the chill out theme, beautiful bright piano synths coupled with an awesome pad will have you relaxed and feeling good in no time, just amazing.
Daniel Ray Van Zyl better known as Placid Larry and other guises returns to Elemental after the well received “Yesteryear”. He delivers another fine example of his skills within the world of downtempo and chill with this stunning 3 tracker.
“Everything Is Connected” has a strong, deep and melancholic feel to it with the heavy kicks and detuned piano. Wonderfully subtle basses add contrast and the half spoken, half sung vocals add great effect.
“Safe House” comes through as more melodic with an urban, street vibe focusing on the well crafted drums and percussion arrangement. Lots of beautiful sounds fill the waves and it’s the diversity in the sounds that give this an edge.
“Mechanize” takes us way into downtempo territory with a truly laidback groove. Intriguing piano melodies will keep attention and the beats are pure sublime backed up with a myriad of FX that tie the track together beautifully.