Recent posts: Bonzai Elemental
Alexandru Florea returns to Bonzai Elemental with the surreal Black Sea Horizons EP. In the mid to late 90’s, no internet and no social media in a small town, it seemed there was little prospects. Through childhood Alexandru felt electronic music was beyond his reach. He had to wait weeks on getting the newest releases he heard on the radio, but it was worth it. He was able to appreciate the music so much more and found great respect for the artists who locked themselves away creating a sound he loved. At the age of 15 he took piano lessons for three years and slowly started to compose and produce his own songs. 9 years ago he sent a demo to Bonzai Elemental and found satisfaction in getting a release. He started to appear on many chillout compilations alongside top artists in the scene. Now, after a bit of a hiatus he is back to playing around with hardware, experimenting, recording and enjoying making music once again.
The mysterious Subtle Substance debuts on Bonzai Elemental with two seriously chilled out cuts on Momentos. Momentos opens with a sweets melodic note that is joined by a soft vocal that leads us to a sublime downtempo groove. A warm and deep bassline lures you in as a rhythmic drum arrangement gets the booty shakin’. The vocals add sultry tones that work beautifully with the dreamy groove. Perfect lounge fodder that will not disappoint.
London, UK based artist Okubo debuts on Bonzai Elemental with the tripped out vibes of the four track cut Kofuku. This hugely talented producer is known for creating blissful vibes that generate deep thought provoking moments. His sound is defined by raw organic flavours and with this EP you will most definitely be drawn into his world.
It’s been a while since we treated you to some chilled out sounds from Bonzai Elemental so we dug into the archives to bring you the very best from Finnish producer, DJ and remixer Miika Kuisma. Most of Miika’s works found their home on our Subtraxx imprint as well as a few on Progrez, Bonzai Elemental and Joof. Here, we’ve selected 10 beautifully crafted cuts that will take you on an inner journey leaving you fulfilled and open minded. Ambient is something Miika does very well, he has been heavily influenced by some of electronics greats, notably Cosmic Baby, Jam & Spoon, Jarre and the early days of Eye-Q. His usual style is that of progressive melodic trance, not too deep and not cheesy. Miika is big into technology and philosophy and it is that mind that creates awesome soundscapes for our ears. So sit back and relax to these beautiful sounds.
The emphatic Placid Larry delivers yet more of his sublime downtempo chilled out grooves for our listening pleasure with his latest offering entitled Elastic Sum. Placid Larry aka Daniel Ray Van Zyl is a name synonymous with chill out and breaks, he has amassed a hugely impressive back catalogue spanning many years and with each new production comes a more enriched sound than the one before. Great to see him back at his Bonzai Elemental home and no doubt we’ll see more from him in the future.
Berlin based artist Lunakid debuts on Bonzai Elemental with the cool and smooth vibes of Epic which features two superb remixes by the impressive Volta Cab. Lunakid has been electrifying people since 2012 with his brand of electronica, techno and punk. He has seen his music released on the likes of Klinik Room, Record Union and Ego Shot. The Original Mix of Epic opens with a fading in pad that creates a rich atmospheric sound which is soon joined by other ebbing and flowing sounds. A thick punchy kick drum delivers a breaks style beat that compliments the evolving soundscape beautifully. The track picks up an ethnic vibe along the way which is filled with melodies and enchanting voices. Wonderful stuff.
Alex Greenhouse aka Uzbekistan native Aleksandr Pletnev makes his Bonzai Elemental debut with Seasons, a super chilled trek into electronica with wonderfully layered textures and soundscapes. Having started to create his own music since he was 15, Aleksandr scored his first release in 2013 and ever since then he has churned out a plethora of tracks across various labels. He turns his hands to many styles and genres with a direct focus on quality. Great to have him on board and hopefully we’ll be seeing more of this talented artist in the future.
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.
Trigo Nometry debuts on Bonzai Elemental with Music Written At Night, a sublime mini album full of wonderfully crafted chill out, breaks and electronica sounds. First up we have Comes The Night with its huge swelling melodic groove that wraps you up in a world full of colourful sounds. A series of arpeggiated notes deliver the melody with ease as a deep throbbing bass brings a warm glow. Bright strings keep that track high up in the stratosphere while carefully placed drums provide the anchor. Super cool grooves not to be missed.
Russian producer Starodumov Vladimir aka Skyio debuts on Bonzai Elemental with the tripped out vibes of Exoplanet. Ever since he was a child, Starodumov loved to get a closer look at how things worked, he stripped equipment down and explored sound by tweaking knobs just to see what they would do. He studied piano at music school which gave him the skills to hunt down and refine new melodies. In today’s modern processes of music-making this knowledge has gave him a greater understanding of music which he then transforms into his own compositions. He got his first release on Freedom Recordings in 2009 and gained a lot of attention with his fresh approach and in 2011 he released on Only One Records which got great support on radio shows and DJ sets alike. A highly gifted artist we hope to see more from in the future.
Egyptian brothers Ahmed and Adham Goda aka Goda Brothers debut on Bonzai Elemental with the wonderful Rejection Story EP. With a very keen interest in music the guys decided to DJ together and quickly rose to prominence with their exciting mixes. They have made many guest appearances on top radioshows around the world and from here they will only get bigger and better. Their sets are dominated primarily by driving progressive grooves and occasionally they will dip into other genres. 2015 saw them embark on a production journey that has taken off with gusto already. Huge support has come from all quarters and their track Versa on Revelation Records has been very well received. Big things ahead for these guys and we’re happy to have them on board at Elemental to show the world their chill out side.
Egyptian brothers Ahmed and Adham Goda aka Goda Brother debut on Bonzai Elemental with the wonderful Rejection Story EP. With a very keen interest in music the guys decided to DJ together and quickly rose to prominence with their exciting mixes. They have made many guest appearances on top radioshows around the world and from here they will only get bigger and better. Their sets are dominated primarily by driving progressive grooves and occasionally they will dip into other genres. 2015 saw them embark on a production journey that has taken off with gusto already. Huge support has come from all quarters and their track Versa on Revelation Records has been very well received. Big things ahead for these guys and we’re happy to have them on board at Elemental to show the world their chill out side.
Joe Le Blanc aka Giacomo Bisciarri marks his Bonzai Elemental debut with the superb Trick Trock EP. This new project from Giacomo was started in early 2015 and has already seen a raft of quality releases on various labels such as Lounge Colour, Dubfeet and New Creatures. He digs deep into chilldom and downtempo with the odd drum n bass and deep house effort thrown in for good measure. Delighted to have him on board and we look forward to more in the future.