Tel Aviv comes to Berlin courtesy of techno artist NELA and her Face It EP. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight reviews.
Every so often you hear a track which really grabs you by the emotions and shakes them so hard you’re left dazed. NELA has managed to produce something that does just that.
Her Face It EP is one of those records. The depth of emotion in the original mix of the title track is something to behold. Elation and melancholy twist playfully around each other throughout the track thanks to the use of minor chords throughout the track, while huge bass sweeps push through the sound out of nowhere.
Vocals added to the mix give the track an ethereal, almost dream-like quality, while grizzly synths punctuate the mix like a swarm of maddened hornets. This is one of those tracks that sends the room into a frenzy when it gets played out.
Warm pads complete the wonderfully textured layers, as they swirl around underneath the other constituents of the track like a sonic miasma, engulfing the listener in their smoky haze.
There are elements of the sound NELA is creating here that echo the sound of Stephan Bodzin, Maceo Plex, and Solomun in there, in terms of the melancholy/elation juxtaposition; tracks that make you feel as well as hear. Really, a beautiful techno record.
The original is backed up by two strong remixes. One from Ioakim Sayz, which adds a playful bassline element to the track, with a nice broken beat to give it a housey touch. Berlin’s O.D. Math offers the second remix, and turns the lights down to make the record an altogether darker affair.
The Face It EP, released through Electronical Reeds, is available now from Beatport, and you can listen to the premiere of the track, below.