Egbert van der Gugten, a producer and DJ from the Netherlands, just released his album titled “Warm” on Gem Records this past week. After listening, it’s safe to say that the twenty-six year old is well on his way to becoming one of the more respected talents in the techno field. With scores of releases and chart-topping tracks such as “Haasten” and “Straktrekken,” Egbert has become a household name in the underground scene in recent years. Now on Cocoon‘s roster, Egbert is up there playing across the globe alongside Sven Vath, Ricardo Villalobos, Secret Cinema, Josh Wink, and Carl Cox.
“Warm” takes off with smooth, soaring synths, and an eerie but gentle reverie in “Fonkel,” which translates to “sparkling” in English. This track is just that; sparkling and full of flair. When you put it on you feel like you’re steering a spaceship effortlessly through another galaxy. The second track, Magic Night, features some cool vocal samples and boasts a strong progressive melody but retains a sort of minimal charm. Third on the album is Shulgin, presumably dedicated to the great Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin. This intricately percussive track shoves you into the driver seat and onto the highway with its driving beat and wandering ditties.
Hemelpoort, which means gates of heaven in English, is next. Euphoric harps travel far and wide accompanied by a soothing, sturdy drum beat. Picture you and all of your best friends in a party bus or limousine going to or from a festival, club, or afterhours spot. It’s just got that sultry and seductive aura about it that begs to be enjoyed in the company of loved ones. Fifth on the ticket is Gevoel, the interlude, which actually translates to “feeling.” Gevoel has a nice exaggerated dub kick to it and features a hypnotic buzz that transforms into a beautifully mesmerizing melody. If the job of the interlude is to make it seem like the listener has just scaled a steep mountain and trudged through a valley, then Egbert has certainly succeeded.