Producer and artist EL Mo3 has taken a creatively free-flowing approach with this latest release, conceptually encapsulating the very nature of embracing sobriety – the intensity and high that can come from life, from music – by means of a chaotically colorful, multi-layered and decidedly alternative dance anthem that refuses to be ignored.
Gasmask is authentically unlike anything else around right now. The opening moments hint at this, but the progression of the track in full – complete with its various stages and scenes – these propel the whole thing to even greater realms of unpredictability. It’s only really during the latter half that this industrial and spacious beat really takes hold for longer than a few seconds. Elsewhere, the journey is as cinematic and detailed as it is gritty and minimalist, feeling like an experimental work of art as much as a dance-floor smash for the peak of the night.
EL Mo3’s intention with this release is to represent not only himself as a fully sober DJ and producer, but to reignite the passion and power of dance music and life itself in a manner that invites the listener to experience the same levels of energy without the use of narcotics. It’s a job well done, in so many ways – the strength and vibrancy of the music hits hard, uplifts and energizes, and the quirky layers of character and thought-provoking fragments of ideas work well to intrigue and even baffle as that energy grabs onto you; not unlike the role we often let drugs and alcohol step in for. Therein lies a healthier, cheaper and more long-term reliable way to get those same feelings of bliss.
Gasmask is intense, brilliantly creative, complex and expressive in a whole new way, yet still it manages to embrace and satisfy the hard-core music fan. The louder you listen, the greater the effect. Absolutely one worth sharing around this summer.