Like a thunderstorm, the brand new track from London-based electronic duo Eli & Fur crackles with electricity and moody intent, a dark rain cloud building with simmering possibility.
And the production within “Fuse” is mesmerising; incorporating heady synths, intoxicating bass lines and haunting vocals. Released on Armada Electronic Elements, it sonically lingers in the mind, showcasing the unstoppable talent of the pair who have graced decks in LA to Berlin, and mega festival stages such as Coachella and Glastonbury.
2020 is looking promising. We caught up with the pair below…
“Fuse” marks a new chapter in your sound evolution – what excites you about it?
We love “Fuse” because we feel it sits in its own space. We started off wanting to make something that had 80s elements that was uplifting dark and melodic. It was a long journey though, we started off with a rough club structure and groove, and just kept testing it out over a couple of years until we were happy. The vocal came after. We wanted to get our own vocals on it, which most of our tracks do have, but we couldn’t quite get something we were happy with. We both felt the vibe of the track would benefit better from a male vocal, a New Wave vibe. We both love Depeche Mode which was always a reference. After a while we found Felix who just got the vocal perfectly and it just completed it beautifully. It was finally ready.
Any niche or weird samples/elements, how did you put the track together?
It all started with the bass line, it was definitely created in a very organic way, we just jammed ideas over the groove and bass line. We wanted to get as much melody and emotion into the musical elements. This came from just layering multiple elements over and over, taking parts in and out, moving things around. We were never in a rush with this track, which makes it more special. We just took our time with it until we felt it was ready.
What was the biggest challenge of putting together such a layered and textured track?
It’s always a challenge to make a lot of elements fit together but we just took our time with it. It really just kept building. You always have to think about how things will sound playing out and that’s why testing it in the club helps. You don’t want to over crowd things and space things out so the elements flow and compliment each other.
How do you want people to feel while listening to it?
It feels really nostalgic to us. So many elements from the past that we feel it draws on. We both love the 80s and wanted to create something that paid homage to that time. We want people to feel uplifted, to hear something different in the club that stands out. We love the vocal and the energy and emotion and hope people will feel that from it!