Ellum Audio continues on a strong run of form with their fifth release, this time from London underground hero, Eric Volta. The purveyor of dark, lean house and techno returns with ´Believe´, featuring UK hip-hop hero D.ablo on vocals. With remixes from Ellum family members Danny Daze & Odd Parents, as well as Tennis, this is a release poised for some serious summer selection.
Title track ´Believe´ opens up proceedings with a relentless, Juno-esque baseline, and after the introduction of an incredibly catchy organ hook it becomes quickly clear that this track is begging for a big vocal. Up steps D.ablo who really delivers! The tone of his voice sits beautifully within the mix, and after the warmly welcomed arrival of several shuffly percussive elements and a couple of breakdowns, this one is sure to have the crowd going nuts.
Danny Daze & Odd Parents up the intensity with ´Believe´, and take things a little darker; adding a deep rumbling baseline and high pitched strings, and subsequently creating a real sense of drama in the mix. Up next is an offering from Berlin based, co-founder of Life & Death Tennis aka Manfredi Romano, which retains the original organ hook but this time with a more minimal, stripped back approach, keeping the groove locked in through the use of rolling rims, echo´d vocal shots and occasional minimal synth blips.
The other original on the release, ´My Senses & My Window To Your World ´, slows things down to a chuggy, cosmic groove. This one burns slowly with airy pads, ghostly vocal moans, and culminates through a slow moving arpeggio to reveal an acid line in the second half.
After gaining much attention for his last release ´42 Weeks´ on My Favourite Robot, Eric Volta drops this huge release for the summer and Maceo Plex, through his Ellum Audio imprint, shows once again why he is so prominent within the electronic music scene.