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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.
Horizons aka DJ Shy delves into a world of beautiful blissed out vibes on his new “Argentina EP”.
“Ushuaia” Original Mix gets you in the mood for some laidback chill time as sweeping pads are contrasted with a dark edged drone, subtle breaks fade through and then suddenly we are right into a full on progressive driven groove filled with wonderful melodies. Quite a unique sound here that borders on uplifting euphoria and the solid drive of progressive trance, top stuff.
Next up we have the DJ Shy Presents Outerspace Rework of “Ushuaia” which is an incredible take on the original with a true chill out vibe attached. Massive soundscapes are on the go here with a plethora of brilliant sounds combining perfectly to get you into that zoned out mood, superb!
Debuting on Bonzai Elemental we have Burya & Vestnik with their track “Good Morning”.
Total chilled experience with this one as beautiful sounds are intertwined brilliantly and backed up with a hypnotic drum section that draws the listener in and keeps them hooked. As this track builds a myriad of melodies begin to form and just when you’ve settled on one a new one emerges. Very dynamic range and a pleasure to listen to.
Plasm debuts on Elemental with a surreal journey through the world of chilled vibes and downtempo beats.
“Weddell” intros with lush pads that sweep through your senses, minimal percussion begin show with distant conversations in the background. A rich bass pops out of nowhere and instantly you get hooked into the vibe. Superbly arranged beats are the perfect addition to this stunning work and this track will be a must for those sunrises or sunsets during these summer months.
Ninth installment in the Pure Chillz series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, John ’00’ Fleming, R1, Alexander Dancaless, Tatiana Maltseva, Narel, Moshic, Suburban Dreams, Miika Kuisma, CJ Art, Alexey Light, Parafernalia, Thorin, Michele Cecchi, Fushe, Blufeld, Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic, Davide Leonardo, Twins In Mind, DreamMan, Dj Noor, Stefan Addo, Andino, Incolumis, Vechigen and LaboRoss.
Swiss based ambient, downtempo and chillout artists Vechigen return to Elemental with another stunning slice of blissed out vibes with “Sweet Dreams”.
The title track is a beautifully warm melodic piece, lush pads and a myriad of FX combine over a laidback drum arrangement resulting in a full on chill down experience. Definitely a track for a relaxing evening at sunset.
“No Comply” takes chillout to a whole new dimension, the vibe created is one of ecstasy as your mind is sucked into the sweet pads. Minimal use of drums keeps the ambient flow while some trippy plucks provide cool melodies, top stuff.
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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