Review: Continuing to bring serious crossover heat to Somethinksounds, Eliphino is pulling no punches on his latest emission for the fledgling label. "Vrybdy" rides on a chunky, swaggering stomp that's just broken enough to move beyond being straight house music, while the samples come looping in with a barrel-load of hip-hop attitude. It's a thoroughly functional belter that will slot ably in between all manner of contemporary electronics. "Don't Make Sense" meanwhile gets all raggamuffin in its disposition, busting out the soca break and some cheeky MC licks for a steaming slice of summertime rowdiness.
Review: In the year since his first release for Somethink Sounds, Eliphino has seen his profile continue to rise, with releases on Hoya:Hoya and Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings under his belt. This EP for Somethink Sounds is arguably his most potent statement yet, crossing genres with ease, and evoking the sounds of contemporaries such as FaltyDL. "More Than Me" is a UK funky-infused deep house groover with spectral vocals; in a similar vein is "No More" which utilises skipping percussion over warm sepia tones and UK garage style vocals, while the melancholic 2-step of "Devoted" combines its rich melodies and soulful vocal samples with the skill of Hotflush artists Sepalcure. Perhaps the best of the bunch is "I Played"; a dark roller with a growling sub bass sitting beneath its rattling rimshots, it sounds quite unlike the rest of the EP but adds some vibrant nighttime energy which contrasts quite nicely with the summery vibe of the rest of the EP.
Review: Eliphino is the nom du guerre of Leeds-raised, London-based producer Tom Wrankmore. He's been a bit quiet for the past few years, but here comes to Meda Fury with five tracks that'll delight fans of Special Request, or anyone else with a yen for classic dance music styles. 'Disc Rhythm' is up first, an excursion into sparse, junglistic territory, before 'Remedy' takes us all the way back to mid-80s Chi-town. There are more old school vibes on the rave- and speed garage-tinged 'NSPG', 'Realistic Sex' itself is an abstract, beats-y midtempo affair and finally there's a dose of good old-fashioned acid on 'Formula'. Rave on!
Review: Tom Wrankmore AKA Eliphino has released some fabulous material in the past, though little quite as good as this mini-album on Secretsundaze. Melodious, atmospheric and quietly colourful, it sees the former First Word producer offer up a range of deep club cuts and seductive home listening tracks that draw influence from a wide range of styles and rhythms. Those listening attentively will notice nods towards jazz, broken beat, deep house, electro, jungle, Italo-disco, broken beat, acid, Detroit techno and Bleep, though few of the tracks can be easily pigeonholed. In other words, it's a triumphant seven-track trawl through electronic fusion that must surely count as Wrankmore's most adventurous and grown-up release to date.
Eliphino - "I Just Can't" (Eliphino VIP edit) - (5:38)
Lucky Paul - "Thought We Were Alone" (Gang Colours remix) - (3:19)
Bwana - "Baby Let Me Finish" (Black Orange Juice remix) - (6:21)
Lokiboi - "Love Saves The Day" (feat Citizen - Lokiboi vs Citizen remix) - (6:48)
Black Orange Juice - "Back Of My Car" (Ossie remix) - (6:11)
EVM128 - "Make Me Feel" (feat BB James - El B nova remix) - (5:03)
Lucky Paul - "Thought We Were Alone" (Eliphino remix) - (6:46)
Baby Prince - "Demon Spawn" (feat Lucky Paul - Lonely C & Baby Prince remix) - (5:42)
EVM128 - "Make Me Feel" (feat BB James - Artifact remix) - (6:17)
Lucky Paul - "Elephant Island" (feat Mara TK - Midland remix) - (6:53)
Lucky Paul - "Thought We Were Alone" (Gadi Mizrahi & Eli Gold money vs gold remix) - (6:02)
Baby Prince - "Nobody" (feat Lonely C - Miguel Campbell club mix) - (6:54)
Review: Deep down don't we all wish for an analogue love? Warm, fuzzy, and a little bit unpredictable. Thankfully Berlin's Some Think Sounds are on hand to wrap us in their big arms and administer plenty of the above courtesy of a host of the label's many (remixed) highlights including Gang Colours' abstract glitch-step remix of Lucky Paul, Ossie's clicky rave-funk rework of "Back Of My Car", the tragic new romanticism of "Thought We Were Alone" and the show stopping, next-level, future disco of "Demon Spawn". A truly essential collection.
Review: Waze & Oddysey's W&O Streetracks imprint pulls together the likes of Eliphino, Ejeca, Citizen and XXXY for its first (unmixed) compilation released this Winter, W&O Streettracks Vol 1. Having clocked up eight releases on Street Tracks, it's the ideal time to throw down a milestone and document the sound of the label in one package and W&O Street Tracks does so with panache. The result of Waze & Oddyssey's plunge into their address book is a 12 track compilation that neatly reflects modern house music. Ejeca, Citizen and W&O themselves sit alongside newcomers like Mediman and Sage Caswell while the emergent talents of New Jack City and Eliphino make for a nicely profiled piece of work.