Here it comes finally… the long awaited first EP of LLUMEN, the project of audiovisual artist Pieter Coussement. This Belgian one-man project aims to make club-oriented layered music with an up-tempo vibe, and it is exactly what is showcased on this “Cold In December” EP: a heavy use of melodies combined with pulsing bass and steady beats.
Lyrically LLUMEN focuses on those sparkles of light that pierce through the darkness while melancholy is never that far away. Both featured songs “Cold In December” and “Lux Aeterna” portray a fictional view on how love can be lost and found…
The EP holds another 8 remixes, each focusing on other aspects of the music, translated into the unique styles of the artists involved. “Cold In December” is incarnated through 5 different versions ranging from old school EBM (PROPULSION) relying on a heavy bass, over the more eclectic style of IMPLANT’s heatwave mix, tying the old to the new, to the in-your-face synthpunk version (SUPER DRAGON PUNCH!!), while DISKONNEKTED delivers a breakbeat heavy club edit and PSY’AVIAH sums it up with a clever trancy version. “Lux Aeterna” is presented in 3 additional versions. SIMON CARTER’s break remix shows another side of the DJ’s work, offering here an extremely inspired melodic take. AVARICE IN AUDIO’s Dreamix adds, as the name suggests, a dreamy element to the mix, build upon a heavy club oriented foundation. The list is concluded by the AESTHETISCHE Cold Rework offering yet another take on the song, presenting a delicate layered melodic version that at the same time is fit for the clubs.
With “Cold In December”, LLUMEN delivers a varied EP that encompasses many of the current trends in dark electronic music. Throughout the EP, LLUMEN’s melodic and layered style is explored through the vision of the artists, who have dissected the many layers and made it their own. The EP furthermore acts as a bright beacon for the album that will elaborate both lyrically as musically on the style that is currently presented mixing solid EBM roots, emotional melodic Wave and modern electronic trends and which should please fans of ASSEMBLAGE 23, BRUDERSCHAFT, HAUJOBB and FRONT 242.