MEOKO reviews ESHU 005 / Elements EP

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ESHU is a small label from Nijmegen, Netherlands, run by a group of likely lads that share a passion for deep beats. The crew is composed of Jocelyn Abell, Daniël Lekatompessy, Roger Gerressen and Ivano Tetelepta.  These two last names might ring a bell as they both been extremely active music wise, notably releasing some languid Techno on a thriving British label: Fear Of Flying

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For their 5th release, the ESHU team is bringing together a blend of artists, from Holland, but not only: as the EP unveils, it starts with an adventurous ambient introduction, freshly delivered from a Birmingham based producer, Anthony Felton, aka Aepiel who spoilt us last year with several releases including the intriguing LP Invisible Walls.

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Passing this delicate section, you’ll be able to taste ESHU’s classic recipe: a slow Techno, halfway across Dub Techno, and some cold analogue Deep House sounds that seem to have become a Scandinavian prerogative (hello Kontra-Music!). The Israel based producer Akimonu goes first with Cadence One / Native A, a perfectly executed performance, incorporating smooth ambient textures to complex rhythms. 

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As the second half of the EP unrolls, time for delicacy is over: the beat gets harder and faster, the gentle pads have been replaced by a melodic void, and if you do hear a note, you’ll soon understand its only purpose is to jar you. It’s literally a come back to the very roots of Techno by Albert van Abbe and Counterpart, two Dutch artists, delivering one after another of unapologetic tracks with a nod to the violent and a taste for old underground beats.

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With Elements EP, ESHU goes deeper in the ‘Nijmegen’ sound claimed, but they also leave the door open for a refined eclecticism, and will surely delight clubbers as well as the more discerning listener. 

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By Jonathan Cornacchia