Is it still possible to make great electronic music that’s warm and original in this day and age? Some people seem to think that all’s been said and done and that the genre has exhausted its full creative potential some time ago. On the contrary, it’s alive and well, and artists like NICKO///// are making the most out of the genre’s intensively diverse possibilities. He is also a member of DHB (label formerly known as Deep House Belgium), an amazing outlet to release amazing electronic music that will appeal to a modern audience.
His most recent release, “The Search” is an amazing EP featuring 3 songs. The title track itself (“The Search”) tips its toes into the warm and organic sounds of the “golden age” of the genre, but the artist is also looking for ways to keep his formula fresh and inspiring for a new generation of listeners. As a result, “The Search” feels like a perfect bridge between the timeless sound of a genre, and the push of a new generation, keeping the music on the move and allowing for some extra growth. The sound of this production is super warm and impactful musically, with amazing synth tones reminiscent of the golden era of analog synthesizers, as well as some incredibly massive drum beats that are very impactful and full. The bass drum packs a huge punch in the low end, and the other elements drive the EP to perfection, bringing in more details to the sound and more excellence to the mix overall.
The second track “Future Wave” is a fantastic follow-up, keeping the vibe of the playlist going and giving the audience a very strong taste of the artist’s production skills. This song has a different vibe, more dense and atmospheric, and focused on capturing the intensity of the beat. The third song, “Save Your Humanity” feels like a perfect final track for this EP. The energy and atmosphere are off-the-charts, and the sound design hits the speakers to perfection with some soothing, yet powerful vibes that make the song all the more punchy and dynamic. These 3 tracks flow into one another so seamlessly, giving the audience a great experience.
Ultimately, this EP has something to offer for all fans of electronic music. On one hand, there is a modern element to the sound, while on the other, there are ties to the old school of the genre, with a strong focus on warm and organic sounds that truly stand out and add more detail and dynamics to the power of this production overall. NICKO///// is definitely an artist to watch out for and if this EP is any indication, we’re in for a wild ride in 2022 and beyond!