December isn’t the time for summery electro dance anthems, but it’s still a time to party. This new release from Elkka should whet the appetite with its wintry-cool vocals and murky, muddy electronic backing.
“Try” holds off from the usual dance tricks and is all the more intriguing and infectious for it. Sure, it has the brief string hits and retro two-step flourishes that made Clean Bandit stand out but there’s an understated feel almost like she’s holding back and not showing her full hand. It strays away from the obvious but has enough tricks to tease and tantalise until a twisted-90s style synth hook brings it all together.
“Try” is taken from Her, the first of three EPs which are lyrical documentaries from moments in Elkka’s life. The video (released yesterday) certainly acts as a video-diary and the filtered hazy sun-kissed nostalgia certainly enhances some of the themes and retro elements in the song mix.
After spending the year writing for acts on Skrillex’s OWSLA label and Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint, she is now focusing on her own work and you can expect follow up EPs, Them and Us in 2017.