Review: Elon – Mooncaper EP

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For the seventh Resolute release, it’s all hands on decks for label boss Elon. Consisting of five tracks (including a vinyl exclusive track and a digital exclusive one) Mooncaper dives down the deep and melodic techno path and showcases the New-York producer’s love for hardware pieces such as the AX80 and the Juno 60 which can be heard throughout the EP.

Opening up the EP, groovy title track Mooncaper starts off with an unusual kick pattern before being joined by dreamy reverb drenched synths and switching to a swinging 4×4 beat. A deep funky sub-bass line then leads the way during the rest of the song with intermittent panned-out laser stabs and short filtered feedback rises punctuating their way through the mix.

On remix duties, rising stars Clockwork and Avatism ice the cake with a thick layer of deep. Keeping the original tune’s off-beat kick intro and extending it over the whole length of the remix, the duo bring the floaty synth pads forward and add shuffling shakers and punchy 808 snares, crafting a stripped down immersive crowd-smasher out of a groovy roller. The Milan based boys opened up their 2013 main stage Sonar set with this track, teaching the 20.000 strong audience a lesson in deep-techno, and this remix deservedly emerges as the most original track of the EP.

On the flipside, Elon gives us Golden Daylight, digital exclusive From Brooklyn with Solace and vinyl exclusive Nightsoul, three functional songs with Golden Daylight standing out as a bouncy number, starting off with a classic linear bass and beat combo before being submerged by waves of washy synths, and then proceeding to switch between deep and uplifting throughout the rest of the track.

Mooncaper is an overall solid release, nice and groovy all the way through with the Clockwork and Avatism remix really sticking out as a big festival-friendly tune. Live-wise Elon doesn’t have any Berlin dates for 2014 as of yet but you can check Avatism out at Panorama Bar on February 22nd and Watergate on April 18th and Clockwork at Hoppetosse on April 30th.


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