12" Vinyl UK
Bass-heavy & highly versatile originals from Shcuro, remixed by Ilana and Violet.
Badman designer of all naive artworks and one of our closest fam, Shcuro steps up to the plate this time as a music-maker and a mean bassbin shaker with his naive debut Echoplexia. As a producer and DJ, João Ervedosa is one of those not-so-hidden-anymore treasures from Lisbon, with tracks out on Dark Entries, Lobster Theremin and other dope labels. But he's also become a vital node of the Portuguese scene by connecting several generations of ravers via his own label, party and radio show Paraíso - a platform devoted to documenting past, present and future of the local rave movement. On top of all of that, he's an excellent human too.
Kicking things off with a lot of finesse and power, EP opener "Far Out" merges Digital Mystikz dub hauntologies with the UK-centric breakbeat styles of Leftfield circa "Africa Shox". Lift-off comes in the shape of the second track "Temptation", a number that's sure to nail ravers down to the ground of many a discerning techno moshpit; dub echoes mingling with cavernous clangs, Detroit pads and elegant beats roll over tons a' relentless bass. A3 cut "Bassforce" brings in the LFO-style creepy strings to good use while technoid, broken riddims erupt in a way that references golden age dubstep, jungle and raw T++ tunes. Swaying all expectations thus far, fourth track "Drowned" sends us into shiny anxiolytic bliss, with its crunched-down beats, dripping-wet soul samples and Maria Amor's dreamy textural vocals. Label mum-sweetie Violet takes a left turn into metallic electro rambunction with sub-bass wobbles, trancey stacks of synths and a breezy sense of melody. Closing down the EP in the best possible way, we've got none other than naive's main girl - and utter twitter champion - Ilana Bryne also on the remix, condensing a liquid breakbeat roller that sounds like the offspring of LTJ Bukem and Wookie; meditative and atmospheric airs of hope and mystery float over lean, funky kicks, snares and subs, irradiating healing vibes galore. [info sheet from distr.]