Having featured him on WPW on a couple of occasions, the Greek bad boy of big room house has been constantly under our radar, even more so since his smashing 'Boxer EP' dropped on 20:20 Vision a couple years ago. A dedicated Berlin resident for too many years to count, Quell draws inspiration from the electronic music capital's iconic clubs and legendary hard house and techno scene which can easily be heard in most of his productions. Since our previous review of his Extravaganza release, Niko has been putting out one floor burner after the other, all on notable imprints such as Saints & Sonets, Stay Underground It Pays, Waze & Odyssey's Street Tracks and LPH's newly found(ed) sister label Room Service.
Less than 2 weeks after being announced on Music Is Love's soundcloud profile, Quell's forthcoming Tomahawk EP has already been played well over 1500 times, receiving massive support from fans and DJs alike. This shouldn't come as no surprise to anyone considering the unique blend of house, techno and acid, the top shelf quality production level and high degree of authenticity that Quell cemented throughout the years.
From the dark distorted vocals, narcotic warehouse synths, rolling bassline and relentless percussions of 'Size 7' to the provocative vocal loops, sparkling dub chords and seizure inducing feedback of Monolame, Tomahawk A-side is a no-nonsense tour de force through peak-time club hours. Don't be naive imagining that the B-side will let you catch your breath, as 'Hardhead' quickly grows from a seemingly deep dubby booty shaker to the very star of the release with its thundering kicks, ravaging sub-bass line, twisted stabs and haunting atmospheric pads. Last but definitely not least, 'Where Are They Now' concludes the EP in the same omnipresent energetic tone by employing the use of an ominous bouncing bass line, rich electric piano stabs, sharp synth chords and spinning vocal loops.
Out in June on Music Is Love's vinyl-only sister label MIL, Quell's Tomahawk is a testament to Niko's hard earned status of one of house's most vigorous club acts.