Since the dawn of time, humans have strived to communicate the meaning of life, both with each other in the present and for those that would come after them; stories took the form of symbols and shrines, as evidenced by Egyptian hieroglyphs, Stonehenge, and countless other artifacts that remained long after their artists had left this Earth. Now, the enigmatic producer-idol entity has taken on the musical exploration of this ancient symbolic connection in his newest EP, “Monolith.” From the ominous opening of “Iconoclast” through the progressive waves of “Arp Makes Sphinx Purr” and the driving house aesthetic of “Desert Fire” to the eventual dark, soul-scraping synths of “Edifice,” BlackGummy serves as a sonic shepherd through a myriad of emotions. True to form, every nuance of “Monolith” is complex, challenging the status quo of both music and its interpretation. Released on Mau5trap, “Monolith” makes of a trifecta of BlackGummy’s previous – and equally intruiging – EPs, “Singularity” and “Impactor.”
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BlackGummy is neither person nor thing; it is an entity that was first born when Los Angeles-based producer Iman Marouf discovered BlackGummy during a trip to Asia and the Middle East. The man and the idol instantaneously became intertwined to the point that each was an extension of the other, and BlackGummy as we know him was created. The reclusive entity rarely leaves his home, where he produces long into the night, except on occasion to perform at venues for his legion of fans and to search the globe for additional clues as to BlackGummy’s origin. His most recent discovery was the Latin inscription “In perpetuum, salutem in omnibus locis; In omni loco, in omni tempore.” Rest assured, the search is not over, and thus neither is BlackGummy’s musical journey.
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Solomun Puts A Spin On Novaa & Lie Ning’s “Novaacation”
Hailing from Germany, Novaa is a singer-songwriter who is gaining worldwide acclaim. The good news is that Solomun contributes his expertise to her latest tune, “Novaacation” by skillfully amplifying its danceable essence through a hypnotic remix.
Novaa achieved visibility in 2019 when her debut album earned her the New Music Award. Last year, she further solidified her status by receiving the Pop Culture Award for Favorite Producer and the Female Producer Award. Indeed, her discography includes three additional albums, and the last one features the track “The World’s Thing” for the 2023 Dior Mitzah campaign.
Furthermore, her upcoming fifth studio album, ‘SUPER NOVAA,’ set to release in October, will include the original version of “Novaacation,” which is a contemporary, urban, and deeply entrancing Indie Pop song.
In both variations, Novaa’s vocals harmonize seamlessly with those of Lie Ning, creating a perfect blend of expression and rhythm. Without a doubt, this seductive quality of “Novaacation” will catch your attention straight away.
Evidently, Solomun transforms the beats by quadrupling, breaking, and redoubling them, and therefore reinventing something fresh. Also, the remix incorporates elements of Electronica and Techno, resulting in a multi-layered composition where percussion assumes a central role.
Well, here you have another outstanding production by creative people that merits repeated listening.
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A Sick Techno Banger! “Diamonds On My Mind” By Eli Brown
In today’s sea of underground music, Eli Brown surprises everyone with “Diamonds On My Mind,” a sick Techno banger that really stands out. This is his third single this year, and he’s on fire right now even on TikTok!
Interestingly, his ravey tracks got some spotlight during Calvin Harris’ main gigs at Coachella. Besides that, DJs like John Summit and Dom Dolla have been testing “Diamonds On My Mind” on their DJ sets too, pulling you into an energetic euphoria of powerful sounds, sexy vocals, and a minimalist beat.
What’s more, the lyrics remind you to work hard and play hard, making it a perfect tune to wrap up the last days of summer.
No doubt, when I talk about the sound of a sick Techno banger on “Diamonds On My Mind,” I’m referring to its pulsating beats and deep basslines that reverberate through your body. Obviously, this feels like a relentless rhythm that keeps you moving on the dancefloor.
On a side note, Eli Brown had a super successful tour in the UK, rocked the stages at EDC Las Vegas and Toronto Veld Music Festival, and guess what? He’s heading to LA this November for his biggest solo show ever.
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Sam WOLFE Unveils The ‘Machine Driven’ EP Via 1605
Earmarked for success as one of the top rising Techno talents in the industry, Sam WOLFE is proud to present his ‘Machine Driven’ EP. Out this week on Umek’s 1605 imprint, the dual offering is the newest addition to Sam WOLFE’s growing arsenal of dancefloor destroyers.
“Machine Driven and Hold On are 2 festival ready bombs for the summer. Both have their own unique vibe. Machine Driven’s deeper meaning tells a story about how we are doomed to have .ai making better music than us. It’s only a matter of time, so I wanted to pump out a hopeful melody with a nasty drop. A combination made for a huge stage & sound system.
For Hold On I linked with Atlanta Native and my good friend Turquoise Music to make a futuristic, house-infused record. It’s got a nice soulful vibe, featuring the best parts of Turquoise mixed in with my Sam WOLFE bite. I wanted to demonstrate my range with this tune and try something different.” — Sam WOLFE
As stated by the man himself, the ‘Machine Driven’ EP is as advertised: a formidable pair of Techno mastery, ready to detonate on festival stages and dancefloors around the world. The timing couldn’t be better as Sam WOLFE prepares for a run of tour dates across India, the Middle East, and Europe, further solidifying his status as a bonafide, emerging global talent in Techno.
There are no tricks and gimmicks with Sam WOLFE; what you hear is what you get. Explosive energy, refined into meticulous sound design and paired with an animated stage presence and refreshing enthusiasm that many of his genre peers seem to lack. There’s an underlying confidence with Sam WOLFE that stems from his concrete understanding of who he is and his artistic mission: to infuse his passion into creating something different, encourage his fans/listeners to pursue their dreams and create new core memories for them via his performances. The ‘Machine Driven’ EP is the next step in accomplishing that goal.
Atlanta-based Sam WOLFE is one the hardest-hitting Techno artists on the scene, with his ability to merge dark, aggressive, and melodic sounds into every track. Since Sam’s debut in 2020, he has reached #1 on Beatport overall releases and received support from genre legends, like Adam Beyer, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Nicole Moudaber, T78, Oliver Heldens, Nora en Pure Claude Von Stroke, and many more.
Throughout 2021 he released chart-topping music on labels like T-Minus, Phobiq, Senso Sounds, Purified Records, and UMEK’s 1605. Headlining over 32 plus cities across North America and Europe, while sharing the stage with the likes of Deborah De Luca, Layton Giordani, Boris Brejcha, Hi-Lo, Space 92, and more.
Heading into 2023, Sam is set up with huge releases, playing shows, and festivals like Exchange LA, CRSSD, Freaky Deaky, and more. Sam continues to solidify his status as the hottest up-and-comer in the techno scene.