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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.
Super debut on Elemental for Davide Leonardo with his warm, rich, chilled out vibe on this 2 tracker.
“Hear The Sunset” is a real chilled out wander through beautiful piano contrasted with piercing trumpets, very warm melody invokes that feeling of watching the sun go down on a perfect day.
“Beginning The Journey” is a pure downtempo head bobbing tune, cool beats and lush pads with more superb melodies, all this is topped off with a stunning female vocal workout that gets the hairs on your neck reaching!
Debuting on Bonzai Elemental we have the very talented Russian producer and remixer, Alexely Samotarev. Alexey has a very impressive list of remixes and releases on labels like Drops, Lowbit, Liberty Rhythm and Baroque just to name a few, he is also the owner of Green Snake Records. Here he teams up with the vocal talents of Grape Sound.
“Missing Of Dreaming” is a true laidback, downtempo slice of music. The heavy kicks are a perfect companion for the sweet rich vocal and synth chords. Takes an almost DnB feel to it with the fantastically deep bassline but without the fast past tempo. A real sit back and chill vibe!
Fushe is back with another surreal chilled out slice of bliss, following on from his last outing “Amnesia” which was well received on Bonzai Elemental we are treated to more of the same quality.
“Heavenxo” starts off with beautiful voiced strings sweeping in and out forcing your mind to wander and relax, big melodic acoustic guitars come in and bring with them an unexpected groove to this well chilled piece. Some real cool FX work their way in and what you get is 10 minutes of brilliance!
“Edentle” is more electronic in nature with sweet plinks and plonks weaving around, subtle melodic pianos are added and a beautiful sequence takes place, super stuff.
Again we see the talented Fushe shine, these wonderful sounds are perfect for a relaxed evening after a hard days graft.
Having started learning musical instruments at the young age of 10, Davide soon found himself experiencing life in a band, unfortunately the band no longer exists but Davide’s passion remained strong and he knew a life in music was his calling. Using a year out from studies and pouring all his emotions into his work this aspiring young producer is destined for great things! His debut album entitled “Sabbatical Moments” is testament to that commitment and early experience.
Kicking off with the downtempo Bad Knowledge which has a smoke filled jazz club feel to it, the musical know how shines through. Very nice key work on the organ and a slow groovy bassline backs up this amazing opening track.
Chapter. Beginning is a very well constructed intelligent piece of music with intricate percussions and organ riff, very fresh sounding.
I Choose The High Road delves back into downtempo heaven with a nice steady rhythm and great musical flavours, definitely a crossover tune here and very catchy!
The Limbo Of Thoughts delivers pure musical talents, sublime trumpets on board with an awesome bassline, plenty of variety in the instruments used creating a diverse array of sounds.
The tempo takes a rise on My Friends Are My Life while retaining that laid back feel, more club orientated sounds with focus on the organs, very groovy!
Brining the funk into the album is If You Want Something, Take It, a gem of a track, so laid back and riffs that invoke a 70’s theme with magical FX work, stunning.
Take what you want from this next track, but we think it’s a fun track with a great vocal sample, It_s Massive! has a great bassline with an upbeat vibe on the keys and sounds very quirky over cool breakbeats.
Bye Bye People is a nice melodic ending on the album with plucky notes over some very cool FX’d kicks.
Davide has really shown his talents and we believe this is just a small taste of things to come from this young Italian.
What do you get when two very talented tech house, techno producers come together? Well you get some super results like this. Project KF is no stranger and needs no introduction really, his partner on this project is Recess who is known for diversity in the studio having worked on styles such as Indie, Nu Disco, House and Techno. He has enjoyed releases on many labels like System Odio and Rip n Burn with well received reviews from his peers.
Here we have “Stratfor” which is a kaleidoscope of sounds merged to form a stunning laid back, loungy, techy type vibe. Plenty of cool guitar and trumpet sounds add some funky spice to this while a slow and steady groove enable you to really chill out, superb stuff.
Master of the laid back ambient groove Placid Larry steps into the booth for remix duty and a fine job is done yet again. With a more upbeat kinda feel to it and retaining many of the original sounds you still get a sense of relaxation, such a cool tune for those lounge bars on any evening.
Alexey Light real name Alexey Maximchuk hails from Ukraine and debuts on Bonzai Elemental with a sublime downtempo chilled out vibe. In 2009 Alexey began his foray into the electronic music world concentrating on genres like Ambient, Chillout, Instrumental, Lo-Fi and Deep Dubstep. Alexey likes to experiment with music and this enables him to achieve his goal of deep, atmospheric sounds. He has also appeared on many compilations and seen releases from labels like Mystic Motion, ETM, Playinbeat, Eternal Music and Global Boutique.
“Piece Of The Light” describes Alexey’s sound very well, you can hear a lot of elements from Lo-Fi and Dubstep in there, melancholic melodies and a laidback groove will make this perfect for those chilout sessions!
“The Stars Around Us” goes in the opposite direction, super sweet lush strings and pads create a wonderful atmosphere, a beautiful female vocal and radio chatter adds texture to this massive soundscape, amazing stuff.
Bonzai and Beatport celebrate the label’s 20 years anniversary with a special 20% discount coupon code on selected labels under our umbrella.
From 12 until 19 November you can claim your discount simply by entering the respective label code when checking out.
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Bonzai Basiks: BASIKS20
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Eyepatch Recordings: EYEPATCH20
Green Martian: MARTIAN20
Sounds R Us Recordings: SOUNDSRUS20
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Chilean born Alexis Salazar debuts on Bonzai Elemental with his album “Margarita”. Alexis found his musical tastes listening to neighbouring parties while growing up, in the early nineties he was starting to experiment with sounds and soon after he started to DJ. Initially he was into Hip Hop but he quickly found Techno, House and Trance and he was booked for lots of gigs all over the country. He has many varied tastes and today we are treated to a sublime journey through chillout with wonderful soundscapes.
The album kicks off with “Juanito”, a myriad of textures layered into an evolving sound with a continuous sweeping pad and lots of FX going off in the background.
” Admirable” releases a world of melody manifested through a sweet piano and string arrangement, cool downtempo beats add a real upbeat type vibe which is a joy to listen to.
Next up is “Bicho”, quite simply a pure synthesis of melodic strings and FX, this really helps the mind wander and forget your earthly woes, very beautiful track!
“Cian” brings back the beats in a laidback groove, again the synths are the forefront with the emphasis on pads, a sweet piano plonks away and a beautiful pan pipe sound adds an awesome melody.
The fifth track on this album is “Jonatan”, it starts off with deep pads and a shot arp with gritty noise for added effect, the pads dominate throughout with FX hits here and there, remnant of a softer sided Tangerine Dream production, awesome strong sound.
“Dan” has a well crafted tight drum pattern with wafting synths, melodic piano brings a very relaxed mood and your mind really drifts when the violin begins, so soothing.
“Au” has a very oriental theme in the way the sound is teased from the instruments, nice relaxing vibe with lots of melodic sequences, again the FX are used quite well and add a quite surreal touch.
Next up is “El Gato”, slightly tougher than its predecessors with a heavier feeling in the drums, yet retains an ever so sweet melody filled with beautiful sounds, brilliant arrangement .
“Bony” is bordering on classical with is cacophony of strings, many different shades of sound come together and create a wonderful soundscape of stringed instruments from violins to harps, amazing.
Finally on this inspiring debut album is “Luna”, as the name suggests you could quite easily picture yourself either on the Moon or flying past in orbit, spacey type vibe in the way the drums are arranged and the electric feel on the deep piano, many more instruments combine to produce awesome melodies.
A fine addition to Bonzai Elemental, pure quality in the production and destined to be a popular choice.