Elephante recently dropped his stunning new EP, I Am The Elephante, and I haven’t been able to stop listening; it’s like a self-induced drug addiction. I Am The Elephante is one of the most cohesive and sonically impressive albums that I have heard in what seems like forever.
You know how every time The Chainsmokers release a tune, it’s 99% going to be played throughout the world and receive a plethora of awards? I wholeheartedly believe that’s the pedestal that we should be putting Elephante on. He knows exactly how to use gripping vocals, like those from MIIA or Nevve, and turn them into earth-shattering records that I continuously marvel at. His production style is impeccable and it proves just how much staying power he will have in this industry.
“I Am The Elephante is about stepping out and taking a stand on who you are and what you love and what you want to do with your life,” Elephante said to Billboard. “It’s my first complete statement on who I am as an artist. It’s got everything I love about dance music, from the chiller groovy tracks to the bangers to the emotional songs that make you cry alone in your car… I’ve been putting everything I got into these songs for the last couple years, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear this little piece of my heart.”
The Michigan-based producer’s debut EP is an uplifting, pop-like, album that has been slowly been coming together for the past couple of years. The first track, “Closer” feat. Bishøp, sets the mood with plucky synths, progressive melodies, and moving vocals. But that’s not all I Am The Elephante is good for. “Plans” feat. Brandyn Burnette is a sunny tune with a tropical-house tinged vibe that is an instant mood-lifter. “Black Ivory” is the only vocal-less track on the album and it shows his insane versatility, with heavy snares, future bass-like riffs and subtle background vocal samples. Closing track “Shake The Earth” feat. Lyon Hart, which has a Swedish House Mafia/heart-on-your-sleeve vibe, leaves us wanting more, even though he already provided so much. That’s all you can really ask for, isn’t it?