Review: Well isn't this quite the star pairing. VincentAdrian are none other than Romanian scene heroes VincentIulian and Adrian Niculae aka Priku - who serve up some perfectly minimal and trippy antics (in rather typical Romanian style) on the always reliable Eastenderz. Unlike the experimental leanings usually associated with either producer's work, ENDZ 024 features four functional cuts that are dubby, bouncy and reduced - guaranteed to work on the dancefloor and perfectly suited to the early evening of the afterhours alike. You'll be sure to be hearing these ones on discerning dancefloors from Club Guesthouse to Hoppetosse and beyond. Tip!
Review: Aurelien Riviere's work as Doubtingthomas has been a staple of the tech-house stronghold since the late 00s, and he is often cited as a name which brought zest and freedom to the genre, unlike many of his more loop-minded contemporaries. He returns to Eastenderz with a tactile three-tracker, headlined by "Dem Unbekannten", a bleepy technoid bullet which evolves ever so gently into an endlessly hypnotic tunnel of atmospherics. "Bastide" is similarly shape-shifting, except the execution is more mechanical and dub-minded, whereas swarm heads deep into the minimal whirlpool. Effective tools for the open-minded tech-head.
Review: Romanian producer Lizz is the latest guest star to light up the consistently on-point Easternderz label. A-side "Ions Move" is particularly potent, with cyclical melody loops and spacey electronics crowding around a stabbing acid bassline, crispy cymbals and chunky drums. Tension is cannily built thanks to the use of an extended breakdown midway through. While that has a slightly creepy, foreboding feel, flipside "Mystical Sayings" is a beacon of fluttering positivity. Its crystalline melodies are in perfect harmony with the producers dreamy chord progressions, bubby synth bassline, and crisp, rolling beats. It could well be the better of the two tracks, and they're both rather good.
Review: The Eastenderz label drop their 20th outing to date, just in time for the Easter weekend! That means you'll be able to smash out some killer house on the floor, and these tools are just what you need to do be able to do that. Wickham's "Digsy" kicks off with a delightful injection of bass, pushing a fat groove over a vast 7 minutes of bounciness, while Viceversa's "Aden" tones the pace down and heads into the murkier end of the deep house scale. On the flip, Doubtingthomas comes thorugh with "Jegun", a space-age roller with vast synths extending the track's reach, leaving Cosmjn's "Butterfly Drop" to deliver one final shot of bass-driven house that can only be smashed out on a jam-packed dancefloor. Badness from the Eastenderz!
Review: Tech-house's own cockney rebel, East End Dubs, has been busy of late. The master of DJ tools and rhythm-focused box jams kept up a steady stream of releases in 2016, delivering a trio of coloured vinyl treats. His first missive of 2017 comes on psychedelically inclined "splatter" pattern vinyl, but doesn't stray far from his usual musical blueprint. On the A-side you'll find "Swing Riddim", where liquid chords and spacey electronics cluster around an immaculately programmed, bass-heavy tech-house groove. B-side "Lexa Groove" is a slightly deeper and more becalmed affair, even if it does boast a more sizeable bassline and chunkier drums.
Review: East End Dubz offshoot Eastenderz continues to go from strength to strength after killer releases from Romanians Lizz and Nami. Keeping on with their focus on the finest of emerging talent, they now tap Japanese artist in London Ittetsu for their tenth edition. Starting out on the first side in great fashion is "Lax", a raw and shuffling groove with the right amount of dust and bumpiness in its functionality. Next up the fittingly titled "Dub III" was probably our favourite, this rolling and emotive journey through deepness is reminiscent of Ion Ludwig. Finally on the flip is "11th", a reduced minimal funk jam with some wacky sound FX accompanied by a low slung groove that's perfect for the after-hours.