Lemongrass is an enrichment for several human senses. Our tongue and nose get stimulated by the fresh citrus flavor of the plant and our ears receive well-being treatments by Roland Voss‘s “Lemongrass” project. Founded in 1996 at times when the world of Lounge & Chillout was an undiscovered open field of creativity, which turned out to be the perfect playground for the manifold musical interest of Roland Voss. Even today you never can be sure what you will get when a new Lemongrass release is out. Early days reflect his passion for cool rhythmic grooves. But later on also NuJazz, Ambient, HipHop, R’n’B, Deep House, Soul and Lounge made their impact, always subordinated to the concept of the particular release and its stylistic and thematic vision.

“This guy has the magic” – a claim you come across quite often when the name “Lemongrass” stands nearby. No surprise really, because Roland Voss always worked hard to make his talents blossom. During the ’70s he played drums with numerous Rock, Funk and Jazz bands. During the ’80s, Roland developed a penchant for electronic instruments. Having patiently honed his skills, it was time for a first record release. His highly acclaimed debut album called “Drumatic Universe” came out on a small German imprint called “Incoming!” in 1997. Soon after one of the hottest Electronic Music labels at that time “Mole Listening Pearls” (a subsidiary of UCMG, today part of the Daredo music group) was so impressed, that they signed him straight away. For many years this has been a fruit-bearing relationship, shooting Lemongrass to the international top league of the scene. At the latest when “Journey to a star” got released in 2001, Roland Voss and his project were everybody’s darling. The song is a timeless beauty considered as one the most influential tracks for modern Lounge music. Over time a few more Lemongrass songs reached this height, such as “Feel Good”, “Elle Et Moi” and “Habla Mi Corazon”.

After 5 extremely successful album releases plus a few EPs it was time for the next step. In 2005 Roland and his brother Daniel founded the label “Lemongrassmusic”, considered as a platform for their own projects and productions. Soon they extended their output with a bunch of talented artists from all over the world. The label kept growing and celebrated their 100th release in the summer of 2012. Needless to say that Lemongrass remained the very center of their work. Brilliant album releases such as “Papillon”, “Filmothèque”, “The 5th Dimension”, “Pour l’amour”, “Hypnosis”, “Sirius” and “Meditation” deepened the project’s international prominence. All in all 17 album releases, 13 EPs, 2 “Best of” and more than 500 compilation appearances speak for themselves.

A helpful aspect to reach this stage is the constant output of domestic releases in various countries. Since the 4th album “Windows” got released by Water Music Records for the US territory, Lemongrass is a big seller overseas too. Most of the album releases also made it to Russia. After “Voyage au centre de la terre” and “Windows” appeared incredibly on old-fashioned audio-cassettes, “Dreamusic” became a solid and steady label partner. Lemongrass is also big in Japan. The label “Receptortune” released 4 albums so far and took the band 3x times on live touring throughout the country.

In 2016 the 17th longplayer called “Beauty” came out showing the mature qualities of Roland Voss at its best. A work that invites you to experience the soul of the music. Later in 2016 the EP “Ambient Land 4” has followed.

The 18th album named “Orion” – a star seeking journey across the musical firmament – was released in March 2017.
Later that year the 2CD “Blue River (The 2nd Decade)” brought us an excellent Best-of-the-past-10-years album.

In May 2018 the 19th longplayer album “Unite” was released – 16 tracks, that orbit around the spirit of a glorious summer day – full of light and positivity.

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Sirius

Sirius

Sirius is the most luminescent star in the night sky. A light years away double-galaxy, considered as a mystical symbol by many ancient cultures. This is the chosen destination of Lemongrass’s new album. A brilliant flow which brings us back to the primal idea of “Chillout” – to experience mental stillness and refreshing relaxation. But it’s striking to see how seemingly effortless it happens. Zero gravity becomes audible.

Sans Souci

Sans Souci

Since his legendary 1999 release „Lumière Obscure“ on Mole Listening Pearls, Roland Voss aka Lemongrass keeps on shedding skins to reveal again and again the most astounding facets of his musical powers. After his 2009 ambient release „Hypnosis“ he surprises once more with his first chill house release „Sans Souci“. Ranging from laid-back grooves to kickin’ beats, the six tracks on this EP explore the world of instrumental chill-house music.

Ambient Land 2

Ambient Land 2

„Ambient Land 2“ is a daring evolution of sound, an amazing exploration of time and space, and a masterful symphony of the mind. Half an hour of music stretches into infinity and opens the soul for inner visions otherwise buried beneath the everyday hustle of our fast moving world. While listening to the beatless soundscapes of „Ambient Land 2“ feels like breathing, the overall composition and arrangement of the six tracks compares to a slow-motion blossoming of the most beguiling flowers…

The 5th Dimension

The 5th Dimension

Framed by sun-drenched, marvelously airy instrumentals and embellished with rolling beats, the album immediately turns on its charm. If „The 5th Dimension“ were a bottle of wine you would have to describe it as superbly matured, full-bodied and abundant with fascinating nuances. As it is a music album you may depict it as an intriguing soundtrack for a journey through time and space towards its final destination: the soul, or the fifth dimension of human imagination…

The Remix Sessions (Various Artists)

The Remix Sessions (Various Artists)

“The Remix Sessions” is the result of extensive, passionate remix activities of the years 2006-2009. After having remixed the works of 16 artists, Lemongrass (Roland and Daniel Voss) present the assembled remixes on the anniversary compilation: the 50th release on Lemongrassmusic…

Hypnosis

Hypnosis

In the wake of his stimulating download EP „Ambient Land“ which surprised as the first Lemongrass ambient release ever, Roland Voss did some homework to drop his first ambient album. And he did so with diligence, inspiration and dedication. As was the vibe on the EP which the basis of the 12 album tracks is taken from, the overall impression is of some dreamlike atmosphere, where gravity has ceased to exist and weight has lost its meaning. Extended to full album length, Lemongrass creates an artfully induced state of relaxation and concentration in which deeper parts of the mind become accessible and respond with joy. No beats but a pleasing breeze makes you explore the wonders of your inner self…

Habla Mi Corazon

Habla Mi Corazon

Fans of Lemongrass learned to love the beautiful melody of „Habla Mi Corazón“ after it surfaced on „Lemongrass Garden Vol. 2“. The yearning and consoling vocals of singer Skadi (alternating between English, French and Spanish) embedded in dramatic arrangements have fascinated ever since. This slow-moving but powerful track is now again available for download and comes with three additional versions all of which remarkable in their discreet elegance…

Pour L Amour

Pour L Amour

Roland Voss aka Lemongrass has every reason to celebrate. His brand-new album „Pour l’Amour“ is his tenth in a row of outstanding releases and continues to play with jazz elements already known from the preceding album „Filmothèque“. In contrast to his previous instrumental approach, the sound on the new album gains further momentum by the beautiful voices of three female vocalists: Hamburg-based artist Skadi (known from “Fleur Solaire”), Tokyo singer Mayu (known from „Ikebana“) and New York songstress Manalili add truly soul-tickling pleasures…

Ambient Land

Ambient Land

As the title suggests, the EP „Ambient Land“ takes the listener on a journey to the wonders of the earth. The overall impression is of some dreamlike atmosphere, where gravity has ceased to exist and weight has lost its meaning. Up, up into the sky seems to be the motto. Down, down into your soul is where the five tracks will take you. Such is the sound that it will make you examine the wonders of the mind. The way: no beats, but a pleasing breeze…

Filmotheque

Filmotheque

With his ninth album in ten years, Lemongrass goes back to his roots he first musically explored with his classics „Lumière Obscure“ and „Voyage au Centre de La Terre“. In contrast to his previous releases and counteracting the present trend he does without vocals, draws heavily from jazz influences and gives way to amazing and sparkling ideas…

Ikebana

Ikebana

Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement, calls for dedication, imaginativeness and love for the basic material. Ikebana aims at harmony, drawing from shape, rhythm and colour. Guided by the same principles, Lemongrass presents the brand-new album “Ikebana” (on his own label Lemongrassmusic) which paves the way for new musical expressions and thoroughly captivates as well-measured extravaganza…


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