Posted January 11, 2023 by Mike Mineo in Electronic

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.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].