These three tracks blend the hard and the soft perfectly, says Danny Slade
A no-nonsense, three-track release from Ilija Djokovic which, although tough as you like, contains a lot of soul and heartfelt passion when you listen to it.
Helix kicks off the EP, beginning with a great big industrial slab of a kickdrum, then building with a hi-hat and other percussion until the arrival of a simple synth line and and some harmonious sounds that really soar above its solid, chunky backbeat. An arpeggiated riff and lighter drum work give it a kind of soulful edge, which works great with the toughness of the rest of the track. The second track is called Moondance, and starts with galloping kicks and a closed hi-hat. As it slowly grows there is a grungy lead line which eventually gives away into lush chords, which soar above you and carry the track to dizzying heights.
The final track is Epica itself, which is aptly titled as it is indeed an epic track! Epica has yet another super-tough backbeat that sounds great at loud volume, with another great kickdrum, scatty percussive elements and a one-note synth line to add tension. When the melody kicks in, it's arpeggiated at first and mimicked by the bassline, but eventually gives away to lush chords that really lighten the mood and make this into another euphoric track after all.
All three are extremely playable. I don't have a favourite and can see these tracks being around for a good few months, as they are indeed high quality productions.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 5 October
Review Score: 8