Riding a remarkable wave of success off the back of his two huge singles from 2020 (‘Sinner’ and ‘Otherside’) Monolink now looks to emulate this endeavour into 2021, with the release of his next mesmerizing offering, ‘The Prey’. Out today on Embassy One, Ultra Records and Sweat It Out, ‘The Prey’ is the third stunning single to be taken from the celebrated German producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist upcoming sophomore studio album, and one which sees him explore an increasingly despondent and melancholic timbre to its two predecessors.
With a forced hiatus in international touring casting a shadow over the majority of 2020, Monolink has been channelling his boundless creativity by dedicating an unprecedented amount of time into doing what he enjoys most – writing music. Transporting listeners into his own reflective dimension of sonic exploration, Monolink’s beautiful harmonies are tempered by chugging down-tempo beats and warped analog synthesizers, with his unmistakable top-line and trademark lyrics of human iniquity forming the backbone of the narrative.
Monolink discusses the meaning behind the track “’The Prey’ is a story of seduction, of using each other. It’s a story of projection, of only seeing yourself in the other. It’s a story of realization, of waking up from a dream.”
Released in 2018, Monolink’s debut album, Amniotic, has collected over 100 million combined streams to date. The project was largely supported through remixes from the titans of the modern house and techno scenes such as Patrice Bäumel, Tale Of Us, Rodriguez Jr, Ben Bohmer, Artbat, Adam Beyer and Nicole Moudaber. These remixes all went on to achieve Beatport Top 10 placings, with Artbat’s remix of ‘Return to Oz’ reaching a staggering 43 million combined streams.
Monolink has brought his captivating live performance to notable venues and festivals around the world, including Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle, III Points, Tomorrowland, Osheaga, Melt, Montreux Jazz, and is confirmed to perform at Coachella 2021. His first headlining tour across Germany and Switzerland in 2018 was so popular that four additional dates were added to accommodate demand, as he went on to sell out three shows in Berlin’s Säälchen venue, selling over 6000 tickets in just eight weeks.
Rooted in a guitar-focused musical background, Monolink – AKA Steffen Linck, has managed to remain one of the most dynamic melodic techno selectors on the scene, tastefully straddling the fence of electronic producer and live singer-songwriter and incorporating the beat and groove of electronic music into his compositions, creating the ultimate examples of melodic dance music.
‘The Prey’ is out now on Embassy One Records and Sweat It Out.