PREMIERE: US beatmaker, El. drops two tracks from Proofs EP
US producer, EL. is an avid beat collector, quickly becoming one to watch within this rising scene. Prepared to release his Proofs EP next week, he’s swung over two of its tracks for us to show you; ‘Rendezvous’ and ‘Part II’ ft. Scottie Royal.
The title serving partly as an ode to his parents, who made a habit out of keeping only the sample photos (aka the “proofs”) from professional photographers instead of buying their [overpriced] packages available, El. compares the concept to what beats represent to him, “it made me realise that my beats sort of represent the same idea. They’re a glimpse of what I’m capable of and what is to come.”
A lot of life has been breathed into these tracks, with each and every detail meticulously sculpted and dropped into the fine lines of these allotted spaces. ‘Rendezvous’ is extremely disciplined, in that it shows a great deal of restraint.
Carrying a hollow beat that replicates the sound of a plastic cup capturing air as it encloses space on a hard surface, it follows a solemn prowl of a despondent synth melody, harmonising with tickled keys and distant vocal samples. This is of course until its structure falls into a wavy landslide, before it plummets into a tampered breakdown. Cleverly strung together and magnificently tight, El. enables a narrative in the sequence; fitting feelings into the shapes he creates.
‘Part II’ on the other hand, collects loose beats as they present themselves, against a glistening, mirrored wall of dense electronics. Seemingly starting with next to nothing in his backpack, El. applies his knowledge to the nature of building character, and allows each found synth pocket to reflect upon the sparkling backdrop in unity. A tune so simple and modest, it somehow manages to speak volumes in maturity, welcoming all newcomers politely upon each crossed path.
‘Rendezvous’ and ‘Part II’ (ft. Scottie Royal) both feature on El.‘s, Proofs EP, due for release this Monday, 12th September, via Sydney tastemaker label, St. O’Donnell.
Words by Hannah Galvin.