Chicola

The 38th release on Cid Inc’s Replug Records welcomes Chicola to the label for his debut EP.

Chicola

The Israeli artist began his journey into electronic music in the mid-nineties, at Tel Aviv’s renowned ‘Allenby 58, DJing alongside Laurent Garnier, Carl Craig, Danny Tenaglia and countless other top international talents. His pendant for all things house and techno led to releases on Ministry of Sound and Tommy Boy Records. A calculated career pause saw the Israeli artist return in 2011 with a new found focus and more than two decades of production experience. Recent studio work for Lost & Found, microCastle, Sudbeat Music and Plattenbank Records, along with one hugely in demand and unreleased piece ‘Childhood’, has propelled Chicola into one of electronic music’s most intriguing and in demand artists. The long time favourite of Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, Guy J and Guy Mantzur now makes his Replug Records debut with a brand new two track EP entitled ‘Everything Is Broken’.

The EP begins with its title and showcase piece ‘Everything Is Broken’. Highlighted by rugged rhythms, distinctive designs and a flair for the dramatic; Chicola’s ability to write varied styles of electronic music has been wrapped up into one seven minute monster of a track. As mounds of bass roll forward the swing heavy groove gets adorned with fiery stabs and waves of drums. It’s a techno state of mind with a progressive sensibility, all culminating with a Moog-tastic lead and sheets of white noise, leading to the ultimate dance floor moment. After receiving heavy play from Hernan Cattaneo all through the fall club season, including an airing at Creamfields, Buenos Aires, ‘Everything Is Broken’ looks to be one of Chicola’s most sought after productions this year.

The companion piece ‘Formidable’ finds Chicola going deeper and more hypnotic. With a modern flair it’s wonky designs, sleek flow and panning effects build to a fervour over an intense first half, with buzzing synths delivering a dynamic moment, as the track strips down into its second act. Highlighted by a striking, cinematic swell, the short and calculated break reveals a moment of calm, before the charismatic rumblings return for a tastefully twisted conclusion. A subversive piece with contemporary appeal and an ideal complement to the larger ‘Everything Is Broken’. It rounds the release out in style, amounting to another stunning offering from Chicola who continues to impress as 2016 unfolds.

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  • Mitch Alexander
    Mitch Alexander

    WRITER @ C-U

    Mitch Alexander is the owner of microCastle | Beatport "One of the most influential, tastemaker labels out there and also part of our genre committee."