Review: Having recently contributed to the label's War Child compilation series, Eluize returns to Craigie Knowes for her second album. "Ennui" kick starts the release in dreamy mode, before she focuses on a darker sound with the pummelling kicks and wild acid spirals of "Relinquish". On "Wasn't Ready", she keeps her focus on acid influences, this time with hushed vocals underpinned by a throbbing acid line, while "Hideaway" showcases Eluize's ability to craft techno torch songs as dreamy vocals are fused with a mysterious, downtempo arrangement. Meanwhile, on "Supposed", she reaches a midway point between the dreamy and the dance floor-based with an acidic stepper.
Review: With most altruistic projects focused on supporting Covid-related causes, it's heartening to see that the Craigie Knowes label continues to support the War Child charity. This fourth instalment is an exemplary volume, and features expansive, wide-eyed ambient pieces from Night Tide's Eluize and The Burrell Connection sitting alongside the twitchy, acid-infused breaks of Rudolf C's "Crystalliser". Scene veteran Warlock also contributes, with the busy, noisy electro of "Shock Headed" - which is similar in style to "Real Seeker", Stellar Om Source's contribution - while on "Transitions", Innershades steers the compilation back towards a more melodic direction. While these tracks all stand out in their own right, the fact that they are supporting a good cause makes them even more precious.
Review: Following fine, must-check outings on Craigie Knowes and Let's Play House, rising star Eluize pops up on Lost Palms with a varied and ear-pleasing mini-album. The Night Tide label founder hits the ground running with title track "Eolian", enveloping a trippy, psychedelic house groove with dreamy vocalizations and richly melodic synthesizer motifs, before heading for warehouse-ready jack territory on the mildly foreboding "Losing Track". She dips the tempo on deep and melancholic chugger "Enklave", while "Opulence" is a creepy, all-analogue workout tailor made for wonky early morning dances. Elsewhere, "Leaze" is heavily influenced by sparkling, mid-80s Jean-Michel Jarre records, and "Ae" is a delicious drift through twinkling, piano-laden downtempo pastures full of dreamy vocal textures and sun-bright melodies.
Review: Let's Play House have not said much about Eluize, the artist behind their latest EP, but we can confirm that the mysterious producer has hit the spot. Opener "She Only Counts To Eight" is addictive an intoxicating - an undulating, synthesizer-heavy affair that sits somewhere between druggy deep house and the kind of psychedelic, Middle Eastern-inspired chugging nu-disco more associated with the Disco Halal imprint. The more tech-tinged and melodious "Be Easy" is similarly inclined and "Apart" is a feverish, acid-fired affair. "Illuminated" comes in two different forms: an original mix that updates Italian dream house for a new era and a 39 second spoken word DJ tool. There are two takes on "Morning", too: a hybrid Italo-disco/piano-sporting deep house club cut and a beat free "Lonely Melody" mix.
Review: We are here gifted one hell of a selection as we are welcomed in to view the second edition of 'Of Paradise', a VA compilation showcasing some of the best new breakbeat and techy sounds out there right about now. Overall, the compilation is a solid mix and blend of genre types, from the smooth melodic chord bounces of Will Lister's 'Sky Stepping' all the way around to the more moogish, 80's synth-inspired switches of Low Tape's 'Blue Noise'. Other heaters include the super percussive 'Ingenue' from Eluize, along with the well rounded kick pulses of Dwell's 'Warped'. Vibrant stuff!
Review: On the back of a handful of heady EPs released over the last five years, Night Tide label founder Eluize has been tipped as a future star. This well judged and expertly produced debut album - which also happens to be Craigie Knowes first foray into the full-length format - provides further supporting evidence of the Berlin-based artist's ascending status. Check, for example, the fluid, spacey, soft-touch brilliance of intricate opener "Home", the off-kilter deep house headiness of "Say" - in which she sings appealingly over skittish beats and intergalactic electronics - and the Motor City techno shuffle of "Distance". There's much to admire elsewhere across the LP, too, from the deep acid-jack of mind-altering club cut "Disconnect" and the retro-futurist ambient techno throb of inspired closing cut "Still".
Review: Given that money from all sales of this release go to the War Child charity (an institution that fine Scottish imprint Craigie Knowes has been supporting since its inception), it would be easy to recommend buying it regardless of the quality of the music contained within. Happily, it's a brilliant EP full of fabulous cuts that you really should own regardless of the release's philanthropic intentions. Check, for example, the fluid, off kilter, subtly disco-tinged brilliance of Mark Du Mosch's "Flyyying" [sic], the deep and spacey electro lusciousness of William The Squid's "Arab Sun" and the heavy analogue wonkiness of jack-track specialist Jared Wilson's "Pulsewidth". Arguably best of all, though, is the twisted acid house psychedelia of Eluize's breath-taking closer "L.L.L".
Eluize - "Symmetry" (Constantijn Lange remix) - (8:00) 122 BPM
Review: To celebrate a decade in the game, Exotic Refreshment is releasing a sequence of EPs containing never before heard tracks from the vaults. Palliate steps up first with the quietly creepy and intoxicating "Aishe", where Arabic strings, psychedelic guitars and hazy Middle Eastern vocals wrap themselves around a hypnotic, tech-house groove. Haft makes great use of melancholic clarinet lines on the rolling and atmospheric "Otable", while Malbetrieb and Mintz successfully join forces for the low-slung late night delight that is "Osmosis", where fluttering synthesizer lines and far-sighted electronics rise above a chunky and occasionally sweaty groove. To draw a fine EP to a close, Constantijn Lange serves up a wonderfully evocative, piano-laden deep house rework of Eluize's "Symmetry".