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The Great Adventure EP

by Max Essa

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Tombolo 08:21


Max Essa completes a trio of terrific releases on Hell Yeah with The Great Adventure EP. It's packed with more grown up dance floor dynamite and later in the year will be collected together with the
first two parts to make for a full album.

By now you will know that Essa is part of the UK's Balearic mafia.
He's served up big tunes on Is It Balearic?, Aficionado, Music For Dreams, Jansen Jardin and his music always acts as a sonic raft that floats you out to sea and leaves you bobbing up and down in a state of pure bliss.

Opener 'Tombolo' starts as acoustic music and the sound of a muffled
crowd but soon awakens into an uptempo affair littered with toms,
guitar licks and claps that are driven by bumping drums. There are
elements of old school, Italo and classic house but somehow it feels
completely new and fresh as it takes you ever higher.

'The Great Adventure' is masterfully sun kissed disco with crisp 80s
drums, love struck chords and a yacht rock feel that is pure joy,
something like topless dancing with sand between your toes and
umbrellas in your cocktails.

Closer 'Fool in the Pool' sinks into gentle tabla drums and unhurried
chords. It's horizontal and thoughtful - the sound of a lazy afternoon
somewhere on the Mediterranean coast, gazing at glistening seas
through the romantic lens flare in your sunglasses.

This EP is already great feedback from the DJ dons who have been
giving it early plays, so act now to snap up your first summer sounds
of 2020.


released March 13, 2020

Mastered & Cut by Andreas at Schnittstelle - Mastering & Vinylschnitt e.K.
Artwork by Andrea Amaducci


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Max Essa Tokyo, Japan

Max Essa has been active as a DJ and producer since the early 90s, initially releasing music on labels such as Warp Records and Paper Recordings and DJing alongside the infamous D.i.Y Sound System.
His later work, for labels like Is It Balearic?, went on to be play-listed by the likes of Andrew Weatherall and the late David Mancuso, gaining him a devoted following and DJ bookings around the world.
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