Artist: Crimea X
Title: Yev / Essential
Label: Hell Yeah Recordings
Cat. #: HYR7116
Release Date: February 6th, 2013
a1) Yev (VINYL ONLY)
a2) I Feel Russian (VINYL ONLY)
b1) Essential (VINYL ONLY)
b2) Essential (Time & Space Machine Remix)
x1) Essential (Time & Space Machine Instrumental Remix)
Ahead of the release of their next full-length album, Crimea X (DJ Rocca and Jukka Reverberi) offers up a singles package that has already been doing damage across the world. The EP includes three tracks from the forthcoming Another album, namelyEssential and Yev, all of which, like the album, were written and produced with Norwegian magician Bjorn Torske.
The latter of these has been one of the biggest hit so far, with the tastemaker likes of Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnson,Prins Thomas, Ewan Pearson, Tim Sweeney and Ivan Smagghe all playing it on dancefloors and radio shows in recent weeks.
The package also includes two remixes by sonic sorcerer Richard Norris in his Time and Space Machine guise.
It’s easy to see why said names have championed Yev – it’s a veritable disco feast with myriad contrasting textures from the real sounding drums to the huge smeared synths via the funky guitar riffs buried deep down inside.
Machines gurgle and dazzle with a cosmic energy from start to finish whilst Essentialis a more experimental affair. Here diving bass notes contrast with soaring synths, machines blurt and gurgle and the breathy tones of Crimea X’s singer imbue the track with an acute sense of loss as chattery claps and arpeggiated lines race across the face of it all.
The same track as remixed by Time and Space Machine is a different beast – the synths are thick and rasping and claps echo around the arrangement like pinballs.
It’s gritty and grubby, synthetic yet soulful.
A fantastic taster of the album to come, this EP proves Crimea X are in a class of one when it comes to analogue disco workouts.
As always amazing art concept by Andrea Amaducci.