A fusion of chilled-out beats, world and jazz influences.
Zeequil is an electronic music duo from Adelaide, Australia, which includes Lizzie Bradley’s soulful vocals intertwined with electronic dance beats, driving bass and melodic string lines provided by music producer Mehdi El-Aquil. Lizzie has years of experience singing at gigs and festivals in Australia, the UK and Europe, which becomes evident in her performances. She is confident and professional and truly loves every moment of her performance.
Mehdi works his magic on the MPC; effortlessly multitasking by triggering beats, live mixing, dubbing, effecting and streaming. His production style seamlessly combines different genres like dubbed out House, hip-hop beats and everything in-between. His years of experience as a music producer & DJ (from locations as diverse as London & Ibiza to Sugar nightclub in Adelaide) bring professional sound production to every gig.
Zeequil have just released their 10-track, debut album, “HERE”, featuring Juancho Manrique: additional keys on “Spin Round” and Andy El-Aquil: additional backing vocals on “Soul Memory”.
“HERE”, is the result of eclectic, adventurous minds. The fusion of chilled-out beats, world and jazz influences, together with Lizzie’s soulful vocals can either be listened to it as chill out background music or delved deeper into. You don’t so much listen to this as kind of float around upon the sonic undulations that it creates.
There have been many house-based chill-out albums, but few have ever lived up to the variety of beats that Zeequil produce here. It is quite possible to slide into a blissful coma if you listen to this album on a good sound system, with a drink in your hand. All the troubles of the world just drift away.
I think this piece of art is an indication of how alive and healthy the Chillhouse scene is at the moment. This genre has so far avoided the charts (at least in the way trance hasn’t) which has meant better quality tracks all around, allowing producers to be innovative without being forced to release songs to suit the mainstream crowds or mainstream clubbers either.
There is a number of tracks that stand out for me: “Rise Up”, “Right Here”, “ Spin Round”, “Soul Memory”, “Waiting’s Over” and “Into View”
However the real surprise for me is how delicious all the grooves are, which I think is a great tribute to Zeequil as it moves away from the sometimes repetitive tunes we hear elsewhere. There are really no sleeper tracks on this album at all.
“HERE” is a fantastic mix of from beginning to end. There are just the right amounts of groovy, ethereal, and floating songs that wash over you, while the instrumentation and vocals in this album is outstanding too. Lizzie Bradley’s vocals sit somewhere between Lisa Stansfield and Macy Gray, and continually holds your attention.
On this album, Zeequil present a selection of great Chillhouse tunes (and not only limited to that genre mix either!), which are absolutely fresh and crisp. If ever there was an electronic album to which superlatives apply then this is it.
Simply put, “HERE” delivers on all levels with every track!