Erick Morillo has marked his first release of 2019 with new single ‘Fifth Element’​, signalling a change of creative direction for the Colombian-American house legend.

Returning to his underground roots, ​​Morillo ​enjoyed a memorable run of shows at ​​Miami Music Week ​in March, playing with ​Jamie Jones​, ​Resistance and a spontaneous b2b2b on the beach with ​Loco Dice ​and ​​Luciano​. The platinum-selling artist will return to Europe this summer for a hand picked run of shows that focus solely on the dance floor, performing at DC10, Watergate, Amnesia, Resistance, NYC Downlow (Glastonbury) and ​Ants ​​amongst others.

A melodic house track fit with orchestral arpeggios and a progressive breakdown, ​‘Fifth Element’ marks the start of a new chapter in the career of one of dance music’s most versatile figures. Placing a greater emphasis on sound design and patient tempo-building, the single sees ​Morillo add yet another string to his bow, alongside the raw, stripped-back house sound that he has become renowned for.

“For a long time I have been wanting to produce a melodic record with an orchestral build,” ​he explained. “I love the energy I was able to create with the percussions and I am really looking forward to seeing the reaction to this record as my dance floors have been on fire these last couple of months.”

‘Fifth Element’ marks ​Morillo’s first release since last summer’s ​‘Cartagena’ on the recently relaunched ​SONDOS ​imprint. It’s also a natural follow-on from ​‘Medication’​, last April’s grooving collaboration with ​Paradise label head ​Jamie Jones and Chicago favourite ​Gene Farris​, with the Colombian-American continuing to demonstrate a back-to-basics approach where the music is prioritised above all else.

Releasing his first record back in 1992 on the iconic ​Strictly Rhythm imprint, ​Morillo is now into the 27th year of his illustrious music career, and remains as consistent in his output as ever. Enhancing his reputation with his weekly ​‘Sessions’ parties in New York, it wasn’t long before the platinum-selling artist was throwing some of the biggest parties in dance music, including the annual ​Subliminal Sessions at the Miami at Winter Music Conference and his now-legendary ​Pacha Ibiza​ residency.

Out on Subliminal Records, ‘Fifth Element’ is evidence of a dance music legend returning to his roots and reconnecting with his creative flair to impressive effect.