10dens – Scila EP

Artist : 10dens
Title : Scila EP
Label : Cinematique
Cat No : CIN058
Release : 25/08/2014
Genre : Progressive/Techno

The Cinematique crew welcome back 10dens for their new and final ever EP, ‘Scila’. Very sad news to hear the pair will no longer be making music as 10dens due to “musical differences and the distance between the cities where they live”. I am in no doubt that the pair will both release fantastic solo work in the near future. Keep an eye out for Michael Geelen and Jurrien Voetberg.

First up on the EP we have the title track, ‘Scila’ which is a beautiful twinkly melodic gem. The melodies gently wash over you and over the very well-constructed techno track that sits underneath. The only negative about this track is that it is only five minutes in length but they don’t make diamonds as big as bricks do they! The break on this track is simply staggering. One for all you melodic techno and progressive fans!

Next up we have ‘Belladonna’ which is a little darker than the opening track. The track is filled with a superb moody bassline and some well placed FX. The track builds slowly but never really moves away from that dark mood. The track has some well-placed male choir chords and a nice break that feeds will into the kick before being hit with some uplifting twinkles of melodic keys. Nice work!

The third track on the EP, ‘Kepler’s Laws’ is in a similar ilk to the last track. Moody grooves and techno hi hats but this time, overlaid with a little more beauty. The track is filled with some very well effected chords and cheeky vocal snippets. The break and build would certainly pick any dance floor up and make them wiggle. Not my favourite on the EP but very good all the same.

The final track on the EP is ‘Apsis’ is a full on techno dance floor stompathon! This track gets to buisness from the off. I just love the way this pair get the moodiness and groove from their basslines. Certainly a track for those peak time progressive sets.

If you haven’t heard of 10dens then go and check out their work. It is a real shame that they are parting ways but I am also excited to see what they can deliver on their own solo projects which will surely not be too far away. Great EP to bow out with and one you should go and check out.


Ian French
About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.