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Simina Grigoriu Drops ‘Sycophantic Slacker’ EP on ELEVATE


To say it’s been a rollercoaster start to the year for Simina Grigoriu would be somewhat of an understatement. Celebrating the birth of her second child back in February, whilst continuing to drop hard-hitting releases on some of the biggest labels in techno, the ever-industrious DJ, producer, label owner and mother of two somehow manages to juggle all of the above without breaking a sweat.

Hot off the back of her nostalgic single ‘Bucuresti‘ on her burgeoning imprint Kuukou Records (which was incidentally crowned Beatport’s Label of the Month in March 2021) the multi-talented, Berlin-based icon now continues her impressive 2021 onslaught with the announcement of her next huge EP, Sycophantic Slacker.

Out now via Pig & Dan’s legendary ELEVATE imprint, ‘Sycophantic Slacker’ is another out-and-out master-class in driving, avant-garde techno from Grigoriu, and marks her eagerly anticipated sophomore outing on the longstanding German label, following her huge debut with ‘Broken Royals / Fallen Guards’ back in 2020.

Igniting the two-part cut with the enormous opener ‘Sycophantic’, Simina goes all-in from the off, delivering a heady blend of thumping kick drums and hypnotic synth lines with a plethora of exquisitely layered samples providing both texture and intrigue throughout. On the flip, the Romanian-born starlet demonstrates her impressive production versatility with the dark finale, ‘Slacker’, as she building a slick assortment of ravey synth stabs, big basslines and frenzied percussion to close out her second EP on ELEVATE in true style.

Check both tracks out here and Buy them on Beatport. Simina’s Kuukou Records Radio Show returns on Data Transmission Radio on Saturday 29th May.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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