After a considerable hiatus from releasing music, eliphino makes a triumphant return with 4 tracks of deep, emotive and soulful music that provide a unique journey through various styles and moods that should be familiar to anyone that has followed his output thus far. Made during a period of deep self reflection whilst taking a year break from London in Berlin, the results are at times sombre but always engaging and forward facing.
This EP marks the first release on Joy in Repetition, a new label and labour of love from eliphino and Andy Lemay (Head of Press and Partnerships for Dimensions Festival). The aim of the label is to concentrate on any kind of soulful electronic music that inspires the pair thus avoiding the liner restrictions that often come with a strict attachment to one specific genre.
‘Isabella Road', which featured in Jackmaster's DJ Kicks mix earlier in the July, kicks things off with dreamy yet foreboding synth lines sitting on top of organic yet heavyweight drums leading to a wall shaking crescendo that would resonate with any discerning dancefloor.
‘Piano Day' and 'April' are both rich in of kilter sonic ideas and intriguing drum programming. References to jungle and broken drum patterns juxtaposed with cinematic melodies mean these tracks would both keep the attention of the listener at home or fit perfectly into a more adventurous DJ set. The EP is rounded off with 'Linklater', a lush piece of house music with crispy drums and solemn, soulful strings.
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