Bienvenue – “Ily”


Touting a memorable house and club-inspired soundscape, “Ily” is a riveting track from Bienvenue, the project of Ben Stelly, an artist from Herne Hill, UK. Coming from the upcoming EP After Hours VOL 1., “Ily” develops from fragmented late-night allure into mounting effervescence.

The reflective vocal cut-ups engross amidst spacey synths, exceling past the 30-second mark as deep rhythmic pulsations emerge alongside subtle vocal shifts. The gradual ascension of synths scales back again prior to the two-minute mark, escalating with re-energized fervency thereafter into a bright and spacey captivation reminiscent of Röyksopp. The finale presents a striking fusing of the vocal sample, whirring synths, and percussive steadiness.

Self-produced and self-mixed in Ily’s home studio, the EP shows the artist’s club-ready sound with dance, house, and electronic charm throughout. Look for the follow-up single, “Blem,” to release on January 12th.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup. The submitter accepted our content-based offer, which included financial compensation for our time writing, editing, and publishing this article.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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