Ellum Audio Summer Sampler Part 1 & 2
Ellum Audio serves up a selection of dance floor weapons on a new summer sampler handpicked by label head Maceo Plex.
Italian Laherte trained at Studio 76 Music and has since built on that early promise with tunes on top labels. He opens up with "My Mind," a driving techno cut with slapping hits and filtered alien sounds bringing the menace. Ellum Audio artist Waltervelt then keeps it dark and cosmic with the skewed synth energy and prickly beats of his eerie "Back Room."
Argentina's David Bau has made big moves in the underground with this potent take on techno. Here he offers up "Deconstruct," a tense and turbulent stomper with flashy synth designs and intense, grinding bass. French mainstay Madben follows up his excellent recent album with "The Drone Dance," another standout track with strobe-lit synth lasers firing over the face of an ice-cold rhythm.
Part 2 opens with Ibiza-based producer and DJ John Monkman, the founder of Beesemyer Music and a familiar face on this label. He impresses again with "Talking Heads," another sublime mix of futuristic synth designs carefully layered up over compelling, steel-edged drums. 8-Bit Culprit is the house and techno alter ego of Faraz Ehsan from India. His "Refurbished Robots" is an electrifying peak time cut that takes you to the heart of a dance floor in outer space, with nebulous pads and squealing cosmic sounds wrapped around the urgent grooves.
Next up is the collaborative Headwaters duo from Turkey. They draw on their mix of electronic sounds and instrumental skills on "Eternal Madness," a slick tech track that locks you into crisp loops and then mesmerizes with the glowing synth harmonies which shine brightly up top. Danish DJ and producer Christian Nielsen is back on the label to round out this collection with "Liberate," a dark dance floor punisher with neck-snapping snares and ghoulish voices over a slithering and hypotonic beat. This has already received plays from Maceo Plex at the likes of Timewarp, Brunch Madrid, and the Ushuaia opening and is set to be a summer highlight.
Various Artists - Ellum Audio Summer Sampler Part 1 & 2
Release Date 21th July 2023
Label Ellum Audio
01. Laherte - My Mind
02. Waltervelt - Back Room
03. David Bau - Decunstruct
04. Madben - The Drone Dance
01. John Monkman - Talking Heads
02. 8-Bit Culprit - Refurbished Robots
03. Headwaters - Eternal Madness
04. Christian Nielsen - Liberate