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Eva Be – New Crack review

Artist: Eva Be
Title: New Crack
Label: Best Works Germany
Genre: Minimal/Tech House
Format: Digital
Buy From: Juno Download

Andre Lodemann’s Best Works imprint launch their 2010 schedule with an expertly crafted three tracker from Berliner Eva Be. “New Crack” combines an electronic dub driven bass sound with classic old-school house influences in an EP that displays her undeniable production talents.

No novice to electronic music, Eva Be is building on the success of her “Trippin With Eva Be” EP in addition to her Moving Without Travelling long player which came out two years ago on Jazzanova’s Sonar Kollectiv. “New Crack” is the continuation of her sound as she moves further towards her reggae-dub influences.

The title track showcases her widely appealing sound in a funky and squelchy, electro-warped dub track. Melodic synth stabs pour out on top of funky bass, a 4/4 beat and a multitude of pads and claps. She keeps it deep, never letting the sound get too heavy and keeps a lighter feel with quirky sound samples. Dutchman Darko Esser delivers a more dramatic, crystalline twist with his more intricate remix. Toning down the energetic synths of the original, he creates a more ambient and atmospheric sound than Eva Be’s work, balancing the EP to perfection. Label boss Andre Lodemann is up next with his previously unreleased remix of Eva Be’s “She Walks Alone.” Taking the track into the sounds of deep house he reduces Pegah Ferydoni’s vocal to just the occasional exclamation of “so right and so wrong” and then adds a disco-dub glaze, giving the remix a real lounge feel.

The “New Crack” EP is a tight package of sophisticated house music from a producer that is very accomplished at showcasing the variety of her musical influences out in one track. We can only hope that another Eva Be release will be on its way soon.

Review: Tom Jones