Review: No nonsense house stable Holic Trax turn to accomplished producer and DJ Ekkohaus for their next EP. The Greek producer has been leading the house scene from the front for more than a decade now.Up first here is "Corner People" with a prying synth line that burrows deep into the night as blobs and droplets of colour rain down next to it. The underlying drums are slick and smooth and the overall effect is brilliantly hypnotic. The fantastically fresh "Shout It Out" then goes fast and deep into a world of liquid pads and spiralling chords. Whispered vocals add a sensual heat and the swiftness of the groove cannot fail to carry you away in fine fashion. "New Tricks" has meaty, roughhewn drums driving it along and is nice and frayed and analogue around the edges. Curious stabs and rattling, DIY perc sounds percolate up through the mix on this most macho of deep house tracks. Lastly, vinyl only effort "Because of You" is a slick, syrupy deep house cut with wavy, bendy tones, terrifically playful melodies and a charming sense of colour littering it from start to finish.
Ekkohaus - "What Do You Do If I Don't" - (6:02) 123 BPM
Luke Gibson - "B" - (6:24) 123 BPM
Luke Gibson - "Nothing Nice" - (6:51) 123 BPM
Review: For their debut release, Vibe Material has turned to two experienced producers: sometime Sidetrak and Midnight Social man Luke Gibson, and Moon Harbour regular Ekkohaus. The latter kicks things off with the bumping, retro-futurist goodness of "Curiosity", where whistling electronics and metallic riffs ride a rolling, bassline-driven groove. The "old school" vibe is further explored on "What Do You Do If I Don't", where hip-house era yelps wrap themselves around a low slung, bass heavy groove. Gibson takes a subtly different approach on the bouncy, stab-heavy, warehouse friendly fun of "B", before working the percussion hard on the late night trip that is closer "Nothing Nice".