Recent posts: Bonzai Elemental
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.
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!