Blackhall & Bookless
Distribution: Word And Sound
Cat no: VIT013
3. Esoj (Hatikvah Rmx)
4. Esoj (Soulade Rmx)
Newcastles purveyors of fine house make their debut release on Vitalik Recordings. Written by Blackhall & Bookless and engineered by Ethyl, the Josies EP is a contemporary take a classical house aesthetic, timeless house music in short.
Having met through the passion of house music in their early teens, it didn’t take long before Chris Blackhall and Chris Bookless were delving into the depths of electronic music. After years of local residencies developing a sound beyond there years the duo created their Newcastle based brand. 5 years later Jaunt been responsible for introducing acts such as Kerri Chandler, Ben Klock, Jamie Jones, Julio Bashmore, Kyle Hall, Tobi Neumann and Prosumer to North east dance floors. Over the past 2 years they have taken their party to the capital and are now regularly Djing further afield playing at numerous destinations across the UK and Europe.
Having heard early versions the tracks the duo had written Vitalik matched the pair with an engineer that would complement their classical house sensibilities. Ethyl, currently one of the UK’s most promising young house producers has established himself on labels such as Quintessentials, secretsundaze and Tsuba as a well respected artist that exudes a sophistication in his production ahead of his years. The fruits of this experimental collaboration are two very slick productions, emotively charged classic house cuts executed with clarity of concept.
‘Touch’ kicks off the EP with the familiar sounds of 808 percussion and a bouncing Juno bassline. Washes of metallic pads sink through the mix giving way to the gentle but evocative chords that give the track its trademark haunting quality.
‘Esoj’ takes the bpm down to 115 bpm, the huge bassline and trundling beats give the track an expansive feel, a feeling that is further developed by the stunningly bright chord stabs that elevate the track to its melodic crescendo. Esoj is a refreshing example of how to make uplifting house music without being irreverent or cliché.
German studio boffins Hatikvah are first up to bat in the remixes, many will know them from their output on labels like Soma, Suol, Cadenza, Vakant, Liebe Detail, Buzzin Fly and Morris Audio to name but a few. Hatikvah take things in a slightly different direction, swinging the beats and unleashing a monstrous filtered bassline, the rawness of the huge bass is contrasted by delicately scattered keys. The final interpretation, a beefed up danceflloor rendition by Vitalik stalwart Suolade completes the package. Taking things up to a house tempo the chunky beats and uncomplicated melodies are simple but effective.