Techno (Peak Time / Driving)

Elohim – Terrarium [Vox Populi]

LABEL: Vox Populi | VP002
GENRE: Techno
BITRATE: 320kbps / 44100kHz / Full Stereo
SIZE: 65.60 megs


1. Field Of Nettles 6:25
2. Field Of Nettles (Deepneue Interpretation) 6:34
3. Germ 7:38
4. Germ (NGLY Satan’s Bug Remix) 6:40

Total Playtime: 27:17 min

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Terrarium, the debut EP from Belgian producer Ëlohim is the second release from Berlin based Vox Populi Records. It features two original tracks and two remixes from Deepneue and NGLY. It will be released on vinyl only.

A terrarium is a type of miniature plant ecosystem which is kept in glass containers which can be opened for maintenance and access the plants inside. The sealed container combined with the heat entering the terrarium allows for the creation of a small-scale water cycle. This is exactly what the opening track Field of Nettles and the follow up remix Field of Nettles (Deepeneue Interpretation) reproduce on the A-side: a musical and cyclical exploration of the deeper side of techno.

Ëlohim’s A1 Field of Nettles, starts off with a constant lush chord pad progressing into a proper mixture of stomping drum patterns and polyrhythmic artifacts, juxtaposed to modulated synths riffs, created with his custom modular synth rack.

Deepneue, Portuguese contemporary dancer and Berlin resident, releases his first remix on Vox Populi Records imprint. On A2, he adds an uplifting melody and echoed hi-hats, expanding on the dreamy aspect of the track, thus creating a more atmospheric world to fall into.

On the flip side, we discover Germ, with its raw percussive textures, sci-fi like modular patterns and its throbbing looped sample, making it a perfect mindbender for the dance floor.

Closing the EP is the cutting edge B2 track by L.I.E.S. affiliate NGLY. Germ NGLY Satan’s Bug Remix, inspired by the eponym novel by American essayist Scott Russell Sanders whose plot consists in the story of a germ warfare lab that has had an accident. The first theory is that one of the nasty germs has gotten free and killed several scientists. The big fear is that a more virulent strain, The Satan Bug (because all life can be killed off by it should it escape) may have been stolen.

This release therefore gives a musical interpretation to one of the most prevalent aspect of life and music: a cyclical odyssey. How contained life expands into an atmosphere, only for the germ to resurface, and take over in the end, only to start over again.

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