Tom Ellis // Hopenosis [Indigo Raw]
Glitchy deep house man Tom Ellis has found his way onto an Indigo Raw that is currently hitting a winning streak of releases. One for the pure deep heads, and we are talking those who acknowledge the existence of deep house before the likes of Visionquest slapped a big flag into the middle of it, the Hopenosis EP is subtle and sophisticated.
Jazzy keys and bass mark a constant tone through the introduction of Minds On Music, a false sense of hypnotic security as the chords begin shifting through wonder into the clouds. Only the crisp, swinging hi-hats keep your feet from drifting away into the stratosphere, providing that all important anchor.
Breathily skipping along, Go Through Me is less expansive, and perhaps the worse for it. Lacking that emphatic shift of Minds On Music, the faint drone of the keys and high pitched vocals scream out for that same shift in dynamic to fill your ears full of stars.
Quickly stepping back onto form, Backwoods chops up the beats into a phased shuffle, the organic jazz keys paired up with C64 loading beeps and other electronic squawks. The shifts between the laid back melodic sections and the sparse electronic excursions keeps your brain on its toes, those unexpected tangents obviously providing the winning moments on this EP.
Release Date: Out Now