RECORD OF THE WEEK: 5IVE/Samo DJ - Drunkenstein EP [The Trilogy Tapes]

For the third release this year, Will Bankhead’s The Trilogy Tapes welcomes back the quirky Swedish house producer Samo DJ (Sam Nyholm), this time alongside Japanese producers 5ive (Takenori Goto) and fellow Bornfree affiliate, Powder (Moko Shibata). Nyholm and Goto collaborated at the end of last year with their ‘Some Song Teachers’ EP on Public Possession and this release is a continuation of their fine trippy melodies and intricate drums patterns. 

The title track featuring Powder, ‘Drunkenstein’ is a slow-burner laced with African-drums and a throbbing bass, complimented with tinny percussion and industrial groans. Its tinkering melodies met with waves of distortions make it ones of those nonchalant trippy club tracks.‘Ethno Room’ leads you to get further lost in its mellow aura, with its smooth string of peculiar sounds fostered over continuous downtrodden kicks. More African drums and warm bass in ‘End Game’ continue to harness a chilled atmosphere that’s immersive yet equally as club-effective. The EP seems to focus on dance elements with warm powerful bass and fidgety rhythms, yet breezey synths and chimey percussions capture a kind of mysterious eloquence that delivers a chance to get lost in moments of joyous introspection. 


Listen to the full EP

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Words by Fred D