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TENDERLONIOUS - On Flute

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TENDERLONIOUS - On Flute

Tenderloins has spent the past couple of years building his sound with releases on labels such as Sounds Of the Universe, Yoruba Records and of course his own imprint 22a. The vinyl only label was founded in 2013 alongside 4 close friends who are all affiliated to the ever growing Peckham music scene. After the success of 22a001, a split by Tenderlionious & Al Dobson Jr, the label has spent the last few years gaining momentum leading us to their first 'mini' album release. 

 

The thing about 22a is you can never tie them down to one particular sound. This mini album showcases a range of music influences from jazz to break and afrobeat, whilst also maintaining a very contemporary deep house manner. The opening track ‘Ghana’, an afro inspired cut, sets the tone with slick shuffling rhythms, sleazy keys and of course the Tenderlonious signature flute. 

Shorter tracks like 'autumn leaves', 'Oedo Bushi' and 'Dales Corner' take you down in tempo and all share similar choppy cuts and scattered drum work. However, the tracks also build tension with deep breaks and hypnotic flute lines making them perfect for the after party. Cuts B.1 (above) & B.2 have a more upbeat, hands in the air, dance floor feel. The progressive keys, ever building drums and bold chords are a nice contrast to the rest of the tracks tying the mini album together elegantly.


Cuts B.1 (above) & B.2 have a more upbeat, hands in the air, dance floor feel. The progressive keys, ever building drums and bold chords are a nice contrast to the rest of the tracks tying the mini album together elegantly.

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Echologist - Dead Men Tells No Tales

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Echologist - Dead Men Tells No Tales

South African born, New York-based producer Echologist isn’t messing about on his latest Lanthan.audio-released five track EP. His unflinching, invigorating tracks and the remixes that elevate them to expansive new heights make this EP a must.

The opening cut, “Dead Men Tell No Tells” pulses with an unrelenting beat that swells with rhythmic basslines and slithers of white noise. The interplay between these different tones and textures creates transcendental soundscapes that belie the mesmerising repetition of thudding, solid bass loops. 

This heavy-hitter is followed by “Dusted”, which adopts a more low-key slant through throbbing, industrial bass, shuffling percussion and chromatic chimes. It’s a journey as trippy as it is unnerving, plunging the listener into mental states that force the heart to pound and mind to race.

The rest of the EP is made up of remixes that prioritise a real adrenaline overload. Deepbass takes a contemplative approach to “Dead Men Tell No Tales” by engaging with the track’s hypnotic potential to produce a compelling interpretation.

Antonio Ruscito begins his first remix in a serene vein only to build into a crushing climax of unwavering synth noise and engulfing static. His second helping, in the form of a bonus remix, centres around menacing and incessant chimes that fluctuate between background and foreground as they interact with the surrounding ambience that captivates and unsettles in equal measure.

This EP is evidence of the intoxicating exhilaration unique to Techno which will have your neurons firing on all cylinders.

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