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Estroe – I See You EP (Rosedale Records)

Estroe launches her Rosedale Records imprint in fine style with a brand new EP entitled ‘I See You’.

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This week sees the much anticipated first release on Estroe’s Rosedale Records. It’s an exciting new project for the Rotterdam resident who has spent the last eight years running the EevoNext imprint (in conjunction with Stefan Robbers). The labels debut offering is a fresh two track EP from Estroe herself which includes remixes from Deadbeat and Nadia Struiwigh.

The EP begins with the title cut ‘I See You’ and given Estroe’s contemporary flair and borderless approach it’s quite a fitting first offering. Themed around a wondrously catchy set of wonky tones and vibrant rhythms there is a ton of character and texture to explore here. For as heady as that sounds though it’s destined to be a great club record as well. Estroe’s 15 years behind the decks at famed venues like Berghain and Cocoon have served her well and that keen dance floor sensibility is quite strong here. Unique and wonderful stuff from Estroe.

The lone remix of ‘I See You’ is provided by Canadian producer Scott Monteith aka Deadbeat. Now residing in Berlin Scott is much loved for his unique take on dub techno and textural electronica. Recent appearances on Last Night On Earth and Kenneth Christiansen’s Echocord Colour have both been exceptional. His interpretation of ‘I See You’ proves to be a wonderful complement to the original. A mesmerizing roll along with a liquid-like acid line results in a tension filled groove that carries an air of endless anticipation. It opens the track up to a variety of more techno oriented dance floors and is certainly a great alternative to the original.

The companion piece ‘I Wish’ is next and finds Estroe exploring a more tech house oriented construction. Deliberate and wonderfully textured bass stab carve out a powerful groove and the accompanying electronic quirks are tantalizing to say the least. It’s the subtleties which really shine for me though; from the delicate vocal pads to the gleaming harmonics there is a lot to like here and it’s certainly a worthy complement to ‘I See You’.

The lone remix of ‘I Wish’ is provided by Nadia Struiwigh who was a regular contributor to Eevonext having appeared on the label six times. Although only in her mid twenties the Rotterdam based producer is already a firm fixture of the Dutch underground. Her productions have been showcased on some of the most cutting edge labels around including Manual Music and Wide Angle Recordings. For her ‘I Wish’ interpretation Nadia has radically reinvented the track into a dark, brooding techno beast. With a focus on the simple hypnotic rhythms from the original along with a complete reconstruction of the brighter elements the end result is a stunning blend of sonic psychedelia; and when the kick drops back in after the main break there’s a magic club moment waiting to happen. Love this remix and it rounds out a near perfect debut release on Rosedale Records very strong.

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