Esa – E-Roots EP
Label: BurekScore: 8/10
Globe trotting, Bike riding house contortionist Esa is back with his favourite Croatian family Burek Records for a second release, following on from the glistening work he turned in before on the ‘Serenity in a Forbidden Place’ EP. Now, he brings his imaginative blend of deep house, analogue funk and Detroit-inspired influences on the E-Roots EP, a four-track opus that explores the boundaries of the dancefloor.
Teaming up with London based musician Bennett, Time of Planck deconstructs the house template as Bennett’s eerie vocal swathe through a sea of analogue instruments and the London singers masterful, tinkling piano key stabs. Paradox Jaz (Recover) follows a similar path, going further into the peripheral edges of dance music with pitched organs, synth lines galore and a jazz-influenced aesthetic to deep, thoughtful electronic music that see melody and rhythm complimenting each other perfectly. On the flip, Placid Universe – unlike its namesake – goes in hard on the acid trip vibes, layered upon hard nosed, snappy snares
Finally, Drama Queen does exactly what it promises by causing uproar through a moody and tough blend of weighted sub bass, pummeling synths, whilst flitting between light xylophone riffs and seething, pulsing stabs as it stamps its feet and makes it’s voice heard loudly. The E Roots EP marks a welcome return from the Glasgow based producer and an interesting journey into the alternative realms of modern electronic music with precision clarity and resonance. Also, it’s damn trippy too.
Words: Sandy Grieves