Ellum Audio is back for another killer release with a double-sided, two-track bomb which sees Shall Ocin take the A-side and FiberRoot take the B-side. Shall Ocins Lurking Wolves hits with thundering bass and driving force with trippy melodies and sonic FX zooming through the atmospherics with a powerful impact, while FiberRoots Space Localizer rumbles and grumbles in the lower end, building into emotive warm keys before kicking straight back into the deep groove.
Just before Maceo Plex’s Ellum Audio label reaches its half-century, the influential outlet serves up a standout EP from fast-rising talent Fred Lenix.
Iago Frederici is a young Brazilian music producer who merges new era electronic melodies with his unique perspective of Latin American and Turkish cultures. Always expressing himself well, he is a regular face in Sao Paolo who is driving the thriving local scene forwards, and this new EP is sure to win him plenty of new fans across Europe.
It kicks off with ‘The Rails’, a bristling tech track that is run through with wiry synths and frosty filters. It’s cold and austere and perfect to shake up a big warehouse space with a real sense of futuristic drama.
Next comes ‘Manipulated Dead’, an excellent electro-tinged number that builds the suspense with some edgy drum work and rumbling synths. A sense of cosmic ambiance lights up the background and make this a track with real feeling.
The slick electro bomb ‘Manipulated Living’ closes things out with excellent drum programming and taught kicks. The slippery synths bring real fluidity to the grooves and some distant pads enrich the whole thing with a sense of real serenity.
These are three fantastic tracks from a producer who is all set to blow up.
Frenchman Madben has a healthy reverence for Jeff Mills and Detroit techno that infuses all his work. He has been mentored by Laurent Garnier and released on a wealth of quality labels from Bedrock to Suara. A resident of the Rex Club in Paris where he puts on his MAAD parties, he is now a regular in the best clubs around Europe where he serves up his always profound sounds, something he does again here.
First up is the fantastic ‘Blooming’, with its old school rave styles and dusty breakbeats. Euphoric chords light up the whole thing and it’s a tune that is sure to get hands in the air. Brame & Hamo are Irish sensations who are based in Berlin and known for big tunes that range from house to techno to disco. After establishing their own label they step out with a remix that is superbly stripped back. On deep rolling drums, sleek synths unfold and take you on a cosmic adventure that is well-paced and cinematic.
Madben’s ‘Enjoy Yourself’ is a well-crafted techno with a sense of progression in the ever-evolving lead synths. Rumbling drums provide the power below and filtered, whispered vocals are an intriguing detail up top. Last of all, ‘Haze’ is a prickly track with snappy mental drums, off-kilter synths that twist and turn and dark energy that is tinged with industrialism.