Launched in the spring of 2012 with Mr. G's astounding 'Danceholic's EP', Holic Trax has been a constant and reliable source of premium quality underground dance beats for the past 3 years. The brainchild of Japanese-born, Berlin-based Tomoki Tamura, the imprint boasts an impressive repertoire of big names such as the aforementioned Mr. G, Chris Carrier, Rick Wade, Dan Curtin, Tucillo both alone and with Tamura under their Doublet project, but also an array of fresh up-and-coming artists on the recently launched Various series. Tamura's Japanese roots and early years of experience in London as both The End's 2 years resident DJ and Holic Night's owner and manager shaped Holic Trax into a label that is not just sonically rewarding, but also visually appealing as each release comes in a different vinyl colour that features the particularly quaint logo in matching colours printed on the label.
For his lucky number 13 release, Tomoki invited German house veteran James Burnham to deliver a definitive start to what announces itself to be one of the most exciting years for electronic music. Since bursting onto the scene in 2005, Burnski has been on a constant upward curve that saw him secure countless top chart positions and break numerous sales records with his solid and often groundbreaking releases on labels such as 20:20 Vision, Trapez, Morris / Audio, Pokerflat, Dessous, Hot Creations and Culprit to name only a few. 'The Hours EP' presents itself as yet another superb package from James for which he gets in touch with his more deeper and dynamic side whilst drawing energy from the darker, rougher sides of Detroit and Chicago.
The EP features four smashing tracks that take us through a slamming club adventure starting with 'The Hours' and its heavy thumping bass, glassy synths and repetitive percussions and continuing with 'Visions', a both gritty and hypnotic piece of late night dementia where recurring mesmeric vocals meet bubbly drums and percs and some of the creepiest synths we've heard lately. The flipside greets us with 'Movement', a highly groovy and dynamic late night thumper that employs the use of a ravaging sub-bassline driving a succulent chord and swung drums straight into your dance-hungry spine. It's no secret that Burnski has a soft spot for deep-voiced male, especially those scarce in content, but powerful in meaning. For the closing track, Burnham invited long-term collaborator and favourite vocalist Beckford to lace his timeless vocals onto the fast-paced highly-contagious groove monster that 'Time' is and provide a bold ending to a solid EP.
'The Hours EP' drops next Monday on purple vinyl and its fully streamable on the Holic Trax bandcamp page so there's enough time to further convince yourself of the sheer quality of this release.