TBC Album Promo Review

Good day TBC followers, we have been fortunate to secure another amazing promo album for review before release. We have in fact been listening to this one for a few weeks now and it comes from one of our favourite labels Eskimo Recordings, the second big album release we have been able to feature of theirs. This time its the Yellow collection, the 5th in the series, which is due for release on the 20th May.

As with previous iterations of Eskimo’s now legendary (in our opinion anyways) collection releases the Yellow edition features the labels stalwarts Horixon, The Soft Machine, Du Tonc and NTEIBINT but also a new raft of artists and producers which we are excited about. Luxxury (Baron Von Luxxury literally made one of our holidays to Berlin with his blissed our disco edits), Man Power, Vinny Villbas and others. The collection is a great advert for Eskimo who continue to sign tracks and artists that epitomise their label sound.

The first track from Blackie and Oohoos eases you in with a dreamy, chilled out track but this isn’t the direction of the album just a nice introduction to the new compilation.

Breathe from Luxxury oozes Eskimo with the vocals “on and on” which are distorted and sound excellent accompanied with the piano, guitars and drums. This track is an excellent addition to the Eskimo roster, highly recommended listening, especially with summer fast arriving.

NTEIBINT has now had a number of releases on Eskimo and By Your Side is typical to his sound, poppy, uplifting and again maintaining the dreamy summer sound that this compilation seems to be focusing on. The vocals are excellent from Rush Midnight and they accompany the production work from one of favourite current Eskimo artists.

Horixon continue with their high level of disco/house production with this little gem featuring Else Born who provides a sublime female vocal to this uplifting yet moody track. The tune for this track is perfectly suited to the vocal accompaniment. We were very impressed with this latest track as it works very well within the Eskimo sound.

Zombies in Miami are new to TBC but they pick things up a notch with their El Wild track which is a little faster past with a squelchy sample that builds with the track to a nice breakdown. There aren’t any vocals on this one but you don’t need them, this is an excellent selection for this release as it brings something new with a space like sci-fi sound which makes the track.

Man Power has been a recent big hitter with his amazing debut album which was self titled on Correspondant. Frisky is not as big a hitter as some of his other tracks but this sits well on the compilation with a nice pace and percussion layer. This track feels like it was produced with the wild west as an influence as it features guitars and an almost shonky tune, it builds and builds to a nice crescendo but doesn’t overdo it.

This Soft Machine again provide a superb release for Eskimo with the catchy It’s Operational which picks things up again with a nice loop and effects samples and a great vocal which bubble along nicely and progress for just under 7 minutes with a great breakdown around 4 minutes. This is one of our favourites.

Vinny Villbas has previously featured an amazing remix of Alexander Skancke’s Found My Place and his track The Itch is again a very catchy little number with a great squelchy sample and nice uplifting piano keys and dreamy sounds. This is the first production work we have heard from this producer and he is a great addition to the Eskimo team.

Mechanical Sparrow was featured in a previous promo review of individual releases and this track from Atella may be a little cheesy but it is Eskimo through and through. The pace slows dramatically from the previous tracks but this works well in the flow of the compilation. The male vocals are dreamy again and this track is definitely most suited to a summer day time chilled party. Not quite sure what the Mechanical Sparrow refers to though, very random.

Go March are next, another new artist to TBC, with Rise which a slow burner with piano, drums and guitar riffs that provide an alternative disco track that builds with a nice piano section. The uplifting but moody feel returns from earlier in the compilation. A more eclectic number but a great track yet again.

MiddleSkyBoom follow up with Slow With The Run which is again a slower number with a distorted and fragmented vocal and minimal sounding track structure. This is one of the lesser tracks on the compilation but is well suited on the collection. A more bizarre, eclectic track.

Du Tonc’s We Can Hold On (Satin Jackets Dub) is another track that has been previously featured on our promo reviews and is a signature track on the collection. The slow pace continues in a blissed out electronica, synth infused manner which is coupled with great male vocals that set the track off perfectly.

James Curd closes the album with You Could Be Floating which finishes things up nicely when compared with the first track from Blackie and the Oohoohs. The two tracks envelop the album up in a nice, soft, dreamy disco blanket while delivering high quality disco for our aural enjoyment.

The latest instalment of the Eskimo Collection series has been brought to us by the colour Yellow and it doesn’t disappoint throughout, it continues on in true Eskimo fashion bringing fresh, uplifting and exhilarating disco to your home, car, party, DJ mix, wherever you want to enjoy these disco bites. We would highly recommend this release and already have ours on order.

Thanks for reading.

TBC

 

Album and Single Releases – Promo Reviews

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Evening TBC followers, as promised in our latest TBC Playlist blog (hopefully you have all had a chance to read the latest edition) we have a special surprise and great new feature to our review section. We have teamed up with Maouris, who are responsible for promotions for some of the best labels in house, disco and techno. Currently bringing you new and current single & album releases from the likes of Eskimo Recordings, Crosstown Rebels, Culprit, International Feel, K7, Global Underground, Cadenza and Turbo to new name but a few. We hope to give you an upfront guide to new and upcoming releases in addition to the normal playlist feature.

The format will be a summary of the upcoming and recent releases and we will select our top 3 releases in each review blog. There will also be special review blogs for our favourite albums or releases, so please check regularly for our newest articles.

  • Fernando – Infinite Ways (International Feel – Released October 2014)
    • An Argentinian producer who has released a low BPM EP with three great spaced out disco tracks. Infinite Ways is the title track, it is the fastest of the three tracks and is obviously the main release track. A great guitar baseline and ‘synthy noises’ create the foundation for this track which is accompanied by an electro sounding vocal from Dom Wrong. Road Music is spaced out vocal number and  The Reason is a slow, chunkier sounding track with a great vocal and progressive, uplifting keys section.
  • Jozif – Waikiki (Culprit – Released October 2014)
    • Under The Thumb feat. Jenny Jones is a progressive/deep house track with an uplifting, happy vibe and floaty vocals, a nice track which is chopped up and made more ‘dancey’ in the No Regular Play remix. Waikiki is a blissed out, haunty piano influenced progressive track. Good Man is a groovy number which features a nice trumpet & piano combo & some bizarre sound effects along with a deep vocal, the Matt Tolfrey EC1 mix of Good Man is a much more chilled affair. Good Man is definitely the best release on Waikiki.
  • Horixon feat. Robert Owens  – Brighter Day (Eskimo Recording – Released 22nd September 2014)
    • Brighter Day starts the EP and its a 90’s influenced house track with a great vocal from Robert Owens, the remixes (one is a vocal dub mix) from Locked Groove take the record to another level. Titled the ‘Marching Trumpets Remix’ the Locked Groove edit is more bassy, it feels club ready and has a tough, tech-edged groove (pardon the pun). Great Things features vocals from Jacques Teal and is a more dreamy track that reminds me of a Hot Chip production which is testament to the quality of this track from Horixon.
  • Joel Hood – Gone EP (International Feel – Released 15th September 2014)
    • Gone is a great summertime feeling track, uplifting & progressive with a number of great sound effects and samples going off throughout the track. The vocal is similar to the indie/electronica bands of recent years; MGMT, Phoenix, Friendly Fires. While You Were Waiting is a dreamy, chilled house track and could feature on a Cafe Del Mar album. Pissholes in the Snow is one of the more randomly named tracks that I have ever seen, the track itself is more in the vein of Gone, an indie dance style track out of the Friendly Fires mould again. Twisted electro sounding guitar riffs and uplifting beats make this a catchy little number. In Turmoil is a super slow, low BPM track that almost feels as though the music is being blown away, super dreamy and very chilled track with ghostly vocal samples. Gone is the outstanding track on this release.
  • Alexander Skancke feat. HEwrote – Found My Place (Eskimo Recordings – Released 8th September 2014)
    • A Single Release with 3 alternative remixes of Found My Place provides the dubby, percussion lead original with some great alternatives where the remixes seem to have more to get your teeth into. The House Mix and Tropical Mix by Vinny Villbass are both excellent, the former utilises the dubby, percussive foundation of the original to create a twisted version where the vocals really shine through, the latter slows things down and emphasises the percussion with what seems like a steel/kettle drum, just need to find a beach to enjoy this track on. The last mix by Oskar Offerman is the hardest of the three but by stripping down the track to minimal elements seems to lose the best parts of the original which Villbass managed to harness on his house mix.
  • ValentinStip – Sigh Remixes (Other People – Released 25th August 2014)
    • Stips’s Sign Remixes are the most experimental of the 6 records in this review. The first track Pendule mixed by LoVil doesn’t really hit the spot based on my music preferences, the track is very chilled & experimental and doesn’t do enough to keep me entertained. The second track Tableaux mixed by Ratowsky and Solpara is much more to my liking, the broken beat is accompanied by a haunting riff and stabby kick drums that keep the track flowing nicely up and down throughout the 8 and a half minutes, the breakdown in the middle provides great aural entertainment.

The three standout releases above are, in order:

  1. Fernando – Infinite Ways
  2. Horixon – Brighter Days
  3. Joel Hood – Gone EP

All three artists selected are new Artists to TBC and we look forward to hearing more from both them and the relevant record labels.

Many thanks to Maouris and the record labels for this opportunity. Please have a look at the website (see below link).

http://www.maouris.co.uk/insight

Ta Ta for now,

TBC