Title: The Elysian Fields
Cat. No: SYYKBLK045
Digital Release: Jan 18th, 2019
01. Veles – The Elysian Fields (Original Mix)
02. Veles – Broken Promises (Original Mix)
03. Veles – Broken Promises (Erly Tepshi Remix)
04. Veles – The Elysian Fields (Darko Milosevic Remix)
Lebanese newcomer Veles makes his debut on Steyoyoke Black with ‘The Elysian Fields’, a 4-track EP featuring two original tracks, and two remixes by Steyoyoke favourites Darko Milosevic and Erly Tepshi.
The first track ‘The Elysian Fields’ blends elements of traditional techno with pared-back, cinematic sections that build incredible tension. It is a powerful opening that uses minimal elements to show confidence and control. ‘Broken Promises’ follows, taking the EP in a heavier direction – where the first track was more detail-focused, Veles adds more layers and melodic elements to build up the intensity.
The third track is Erly Tepshi’s remix of ‘Broken Promises’, which takes the intensity of the original and gives the track a harsher and more abrasive side. The melodic elements of the original are paired with sharp layers of percussion, giving the track a distinct urgency. The EP closes with a remix of ‘The Elysian Fields’ by Darko Milosevic. Where the original begins with a delicate intro that draws on the more ethereal side of techno, this remix starts high energy with a thundering bass line that continues throughout. Darko Milosevic maintains the tension of the original track, whilst adding more percussive and melancholic elements to give it a darker feel and stronger sense of movement.
It is an EP that takes a listener on a distinct journey, with each track and remix adding something to what has gone before. It is an impressive collaboration between Steyoyoke Black artists, and a great start for Veles.