Recent posts: Bonzai Elemental
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.
The ever present music maestro Michele Cecchi returns with more wonderful chillout vibes. “Purple Forms EO” is the latest works from the master of chill.
The title track kicks us off into a pure blissed out world, beautiful pads fill the spectrum as hypnotic percussions draw us in. Some well created melodies create a sense of euphoria, bliss.
“Falling” has all the beauty of the previous track with lush pads and melodies, this track however takes a gritty turn with the bassline, arps and a well constructed drum arrangement.
“Inertia” subtly fades in with sweeping pads and FX exploding into a stunning vocal and leading up to a brilliant bassline that you don’t expect. Cool laidback grooves ensue in a World Music type vibe with lots of influences from many cultures evident.
“Wake Up” is a big pleasant surprise here, totally funk’d up groove with an electro edge. Sublime chords coupled with a superb bassline and tight drums all make for a fantastic party atmosphere, brilliant.
DreamMan is no stranger to Bonzai, his debut came back in 2008 with a superb collaboration with York on “Moonrise On The Beach” which saw huge support around the world. Other releases would follow on Nemesis, Camouflage, Green Martian, Music Worx, B-Club Grooves and many more quality labels. This release is a mini compilation of various tracks showing off the diversity of his talent.
First up is something a little different for Elemental, “Solar Breeze” is a super smooth laid back balearic groove. Straight up four to the floor uplifting vibe, cool basses and a sweet melody provide the backdrop to a lazy afternoon in the sun.
DreamMan’s own Chillout Reconstruction Mix is the first sign of the diverse talent, taking the original and creating a wonderful chilled down vibe. The melodies here captivate the soul and takes your mind far away, pure bliss.
Vokoss Ambient Trance Symphony delves deeper into chillout in a cacophony of synth melodies and lush pads, absolute relaxing is the result of having this awesome sound enter your mind.
Next up is “Close To You”, again we are treated to some well crafted melodies and warm piano sounds. Huge synth pads sweep by with a slow steady drum section keeping rhythm, wonderful stuff.
The next three tracks are from Vokoss, starting off with the “Cold Sun”. Totally blissed out sums up this tune perfectly, the big focus here are the supercharged trancey synths that create a beautiful sense of euphoria.
“Inspiration” is a masterclass in melodic sequences, a myriad of sounds combine to thrash out amazing ear candy that invades your senses, hairs on the back of your neck will never be able to settle while listening to this.
Now we have “Time Is Running Out”, fading in from silence are lush pads and well arranged sounds ranging from the pianos to the gated synths to awesome FX work. Perfect intro material for any big uplifting trance set!
Vokoss provides us with his chill out remix of DJ Sakin’s “Lost World”, a nice laidback approach to a cool trance tune.
“Lounge and Wait” is a very subtle track with soft sounds and FX, perfect music for lounging and waiting, enjoy!
Vechigen are a Swiss based group specializing in the ambient, downtempo, chill out genres. “What We Don’t Know” is their debut on Elemental and an impressive one at that.
The title track gives us an epic movie score vibe, huge big sweeping pads filled with beautiful melodies conjure up a perfectly balanced universe. Superb beats add effect to this and you soon find yourself locked in for the duration.
“We Don’t Change” comes in two versions, the original and vocal mixes. Pure synthesized bliss pours out of the speakers, deeper vibe here with the pads and bass, beautiful voice synths raise the euphoria levels and on the vocal mix we get a spoken vocal that works so well, super chilled vibes all round.
Lazy days and chilled out nights are what LaboRoss’ new EP is all about. Labo’s last works on Elemental were well received and we see a continuation of that passion for deep laid back grooves with his musical knowledge coming to the fore.
The title track “Sunday Afternoon” is quite simply stunning, downtempo heaven filled with beautiful melodies, guitars and a sultry piano all over a cool suave beat, just brilliant.
“Atmosfera” takes on a far more electronic approach as noticed with the phasing synth pads, we still get a complex and wonderful melodic sequence that gives balance to the sound. Big piano keys come through with a cool beat, pure bliss!
“Make Love” takes us deep into wonderland, you get a sense of euphoria from the absolutely amazing melodies and the overall structure of the track. If you want that feel good factor at any time then listen to this, you will not be disappointed!
“Old Song” is perfect for those relaxing moments of alone time. Nice steady groove with a sweet bassline and again we get brilliant melodies on the fantastic piano work.
Get another log on the fire or light another few candles because you will not want to move when “Jetlag” begins. Just pure chilled out vibes with the added extra of super sweet melodies manifested again with excellent piano playing, it’s chill time.
“Mediterranean Peace” rounds up this EP in style, deeper vibe emanating here on the keys and with a pulsing bassline in a trance like arrangement.