Bristol's Eli Brown makes his third appearance on Toolroom
This EP is Eli Brown’s third EP for Toolroom, and like its predecessors it's a tour de force that both DJs and fans of tech-house in general will be very impressed by.
The opening title track starts with a percussive intro, and like many tech-house tracks a lot of the appeal is in the drum programming, which is spot-on, with a swung beat and a bongo pattern as well to fatten the sound. Next to come in is the main riff, which has a distinctly old school, acid house kinda feel to it but with modern production values. The other two elements that make up this gem of a tune are the bassline and a vocal: both are of a high quality, with the vocal making up an excellent hook that really makes this tune stand out from the rest.
The second track, Need You, is another quality cut that again has old school acid house leanings. It starts off with a muted kick, hi-hat and ethnic percussion loop, then adds a full kick and vocal chops which take you up to a riser and the introduction of the main vocal, which is female-sung and backed by a single-note, retro-sounding keyboard riff. There are also some epic risers in play as well as a second, male vocal line, and the track is brimming with energy from start to finish.
So there you have it, two neo-retro tech-house stormers that are bound to do a lot of damage out on the world’s dancefloors over the summer months. My favourite is Need You as it has a little more energy, but both are highly recommended.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 24 May
Review Score: 8