Review: East End Dubs has carved out a reputation over the last few years as the hardest working artist in tech house. The man behind the Eastenderz and Social imprints is back on his much lauded eponymous label with some more surefire and functional grooves. "Tools Vol 10" features a collection of understated jams that are sure to work both the main room and the back room alike, peak-time or afterhours - the choice is yours. Our highlights are the rather Rominimal influenced "Track 1", the lo-fi Windy City bounce of the third track, or the swing-fuelled bass-driven funk of "Track 5". This one will earn a permanent spot in any serious DJ's record bag for sure!
Review: Tapping into the rude health of the minimal scene at present, East End Dubs continues his self-released series with some seriously pared down bits and pieces. "Track 1" uses a wide range of percussion to spell out its particular purpose, which is one of pure, interlocking rhythm with nowt but a taut bass hit for company. "Track 2" lets a little colour into the mix with some melancholic dubby chords quietly pulsing out across the proceedings, while the beat stays lean and dutiful so as to not confuse matters. "Track 3" rounds things out with a trickier beat and a more mysterious air, using a subtle drone to shape out the cut while avoiding getting into an overly regimented 4/4 pulse in favour of weightless broken beat shenanigans for the deepest of moments.
Review: Prolific producer and sometime Eastenderz label chief East End Dubs is back with two more top-notch tools for discerning tech-house DJs. A-side "Spells" is a bouncy roller: a smooth, groove-based excursion where deep and spacey chords and riffs wrap themselves around a restless, locked-in, early morning rhythm track. Flipside "Ruby" is altogether moodier, crunchier and low-slung in feel, with creeper electronic loops, pulsing chords and crackling textures rising above a snappier, Parisian-style tech-house rhythm track. While a little bolder percussively, it's just as hypnotic and gently mind-altering as its predecessor. If you're looking for some sturdy, mid-set material, this EP is well worth checking.
Review: The hardest working producer in minimal takes time out from his esteemed Eastenderz and Social imprints, and returns to his eponymous operation for some sturdy tech-house tools that are made to play. You can bet that Tools Vol. 9 is aimed squarely at the dancefloor - and tried and tested on such. From the deep and hypnotic back room dub "Elise" on the A side, through to the rolling and mentalist faire on the flip ("Grace") and the ethereal afterhours mood lighting of "Nur" - it is yet more underground quality you have come to expect from this A.M. specialist.
Review: There's no doubt that 2017 has been a stellar year for East End Dubs. We make this his seventh (and presumably final) release of the year. Perhaps we should think of this seventh volume in his long-running Tools series as a Christmas present to the DJs who have supported him over the past 12 months. Certainly, both cuts have been trimmed and tweaked impeccably to guarantee maximum late night impact. On the A-side you'll find the sparkling fluidity of "Feeline" [sic], where cut-up, effects-laden vocal samples, spacey chords and calming electronics cluster around a typically tight and rolling groove. There's a darker and more bass-heavy feel to the arguably superior flipside "Transient", a fine slab of Parisian style tech-house aimed squarely at peak-time dancefloors.
Review: Having bossed 2017 thanks to a wealth of top-rated 12" singles, East End Dubs is looking to push on in 2018. He begins the year as he means to go on, showcasing his tech-house wares via a rock solid two-track missive. "Hope" is notable for featuring a thrilling percussive breakdown, where restless drum machine fills increase in intensity before dropping back into the producer's swinging groove and spacey electronic textures. Flipside "Haze" is a little bolder and cheerier in tone, with East End Dubs offering to focus the action around a nagging electronic hook, rumbling sub-bass and the kind of crispy drums that reminded us of late 1990s UK garage.
Review: Bass-obsessed cockney studio don East End Dubs has been pleasingly prolific of late. This two-tracker, which follows hot on the heels of the slamming ENDZ012 EP, should excite both East End boys and West End girls. A-side "Arcane" is predictably driven forwards by bumpy, garage-influenced dubs and a wonderfully fluid sub-bass line, though it's the fluttering, near ambient chords and intergalactic electronics that naturally catch the ear. Flipside "Step 414" is an altogether deeper affair, with delay-laden bleeps and ricocheting percussion hits clustering around another speaker-shaking bassline and crispy rhythm track. It sounds like the sort of record that would sound great in a very dark warehouse at six in the morning.
Review: On this heavyweight vinyl EP, hyped tech-house/bass fusionist East End Dubs has decided to pay tribute to the distinctive sounds of the Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer. He begins with A-side "If You So", where undulating, on-point acid lines provide the focal point to an unfussy exploration of classic Prescription style late night deep house grooves (albeit with the rhythmic snappiness most often associated with tech-house). Flip for "Do This Thing", where more aggressive and energy-packed acid lines conjure a near psychedelic dancefloor mood, and the rubbery TB-303 bounce of locked-in shuffler "Fat Cut".
Review: Active since 2012, London producer East End Dubs has represented all that is healthy in the current techy house scene with a busy DJing schedule augmented by 12" releases across Kote, Act Natural, Dogmatik and others. It wasn't soon after his emergence that East End Dubs founded his own eponymous label and its housed the majority of his output since then. Volume Six arrives of his Tools Series, brandishing four more expertly crafted productions for the DJs out there. All untitled, it's the closing cut that really hits the spot thanks to those searching, hazy keys.
Review: East End Dubs' output is strong and consistent. In addition to running this successful eponymous imprint, he also runs the great Eastenderz label where he pursues the more rolling and hypnotic grooves of the Romanian scene. This is demonstrated on releases by the likes of Priku, Lizz and Nami. Here the London based producer focuses solely on his own work and pursues his first love of tough and functional house grooves; just take a listen to the dubby deepness of "Mind Over" where a swing fuelled rhythm and short vocal loops remind you of NYC attitude by legends like Kerri Chandler or Mr V. On the flip, we've got the equally functional groove of "Inwards" which rolls along with its tough drums assisted by woozy pads and an infectious yet restrained melody.