Daniel Ray Van Zyl aka Placid Larry is back on Bonzai Elemental with his latest downtempo offering entitled Not What It Seems. As always we are in for a real chilled treat with this one which follows his June 2015 cut Trapeze. We are never disappointed when this guys sounds come through the mailbox.
First up is the title track Not What It Seems which intros with a real smooth and laidback beat made up of crispy hats and nice phat kicks. Swirling pads fill the space and add wonderful textures to the sound as the layers build. A superb big double bass section provides the lushness here and keeps things nestled into a deep and lazy groove. The perfect fodder for a cozy night in or chilling at the bar.
Sunday Morning bursts into life with bright splash that leaves cool trails before settling into a smooth chilled out groove. A nice and tight drum arrangement gives the groove a downtempo vibe as beautifully crafted melodies flutter through the sound in the form of toy pianos and cool plucky strings. A deep bass resonates through the track and brings a wonderfully lush texture. Another fine slice to steal away an evening by the fire.