Friday, 16 April 2010

Jefferson Velazquez - Hail… Holy Life EP

Another superb EP from Etoka Records, definitely one of my labels to watch for 2010.

The overall feeling is ultra-deep but the tracks are all quite different, which is no mean feat when you think about it. Lead track Abused Views comes in three mixes: the original is a squelchy deep tech-houser, the Microbodies remix is more overtly housified and Si Muir slows it down a touch for a mix that's part Balearic, part 'smack house'.

However, it's the other two tracks that are the most interesting. Wheel Of Fortune sits somewhere between deep house and (say) The Orb, and features one of the weirdest disembodied vocals you'll ever hear. It's trippy as f*** and really rather good, the whole thing underpinned by a sumptous, slo-mo acid bassline. And then finally there's Bruxelles, which displays more of an influence from US house/garage and is just a treat for the soul!

Out: This week

About: Etoka has come seemingly out of nowhere in the past year or two and, some 24 releases in, seems to have a pretty much unerring knack of unearthing quality deep house from unknown producers. Ignore them at your peril.

To assist in your non-ignoring of them, here's their website and MySpace. Oh, and here's a MySpace link for Jefferson Velazquez as well.

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