Elisa Bee first appeared in DJ Mag back in 2017, when she delivered an entrancing blend of chunky house and rumbling techno for our Fresh Kicks mix series. At the time, she’d been DJing for a decade and slowly building up a discography, with her latest release coming via Unknown To The Unknown.
Since then, the Milan-based artist — originally from Sardinia — has gone from strength to strength. EPs have come via the likes of Kneaded Pains, Step Recordings and Posthuman’s Balkan label, the latter of which she appeared on again recently. The label pressed her previously digital-only acid stomper ‘Melt’ to vinyl for the label’s ‘Unitary Covert Sonic Procedures’ series, money from which has gone to help the people of Ukraine.
In February, Elisa made her debut on Ben Sims’ Hardgroove label, following a track on his Symbolism imprint last year. Her ‘Send Me A Vision’ EP packs plenty of techno punch over its four tracks, but there’s a decidedly funky slant too, from the thrumming groove of the title track, to the rubbery pitched percussion of ‘Tell Me More’. Nowhere is this more obvious than on the highlight of the EP, opener ‘Offline Matters’, where a carnivalesque organ dances among skittering hi-hats.
These are tracks built for the club that reveal an appreciation for music that stretches far beyond, much like Elisa Bee’s Selections.