Manchester lad Elléot comes to Richy Ahmed's label
A four-tracker here from Manc producer Elléot, coming on Richy Ahmed's Four Thirty Two label, that'll delight those who like their house music uptempo and driving, but still with some musical substance.
Opener Follow Me sets the tone: it's got the same kind of dense, jazzy shuffle and soulful female vocal that you'd hear on a lot of early 90s Strictly Rhythm releases, but here underpinned by a chunky tech-house bassline. Skippy and hip-wiggly AND driving at the same time – what's not to love? Then we come to The Mask itself, which rides a fat funk bassline with another female vocal and some scorching sax work, while Archie Hamilton steps up with a more stripped-back remix that adds a lil' extra garage-y swing. The EP's then completed by Andrey Djackonda collab Don't Let Me Go, another uptempo, jazzy workout that sports some very fine piano licks.
If "jazz-tastic but not remotely noodly" sounds like your bag, you need this EP, 'nuff said.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: Out now
Review Score: 8