If you like your tech-house on the hypnotic side this is one for you, says Danny Slade
East coast meets west coast here, as NYC house veteran Joeski teams up with LA-based Doc Martin to bring you an EP that just oozes class.
The title track, Vajra, starts with a percussion loop and some panned, spacey sounds that take you to a mini- breakdown, which is the cue for the bassline to kick in and Lillia to start working her vocal magic, supplying a series of soulful moans which offset the darkness nicely. As the track progresses there's a longer breakdown with more vocals and an electroid sound in the background, and the whole track has a feeling of eeriness and mystery about it that will make it perfect for late-night rotation in a hot, steamy environment. The second track, Leary's Revenge, starts with a thudding kickdrum and a muted hi-hat and messes with your mind from the get-go, with dubby percussion and swirling sounds before the main backbeat kicks in alongside a cowbell, laser stabs and a galloping bassline. There are aslo sparse, trippy spoken male and female vocals which fit it to a tee.
If you like your tech-house dubby and mesmerising then look no further, as this EP delivers the goods with two original-sounding tracks that lead you right down the rabbit hole...
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 19 January
Review Score: 8