Artist: Eddie Niguel
Title: Guardians Of The Sacred Visions EP
Cat No: IR006 EPX
Release Date: Out Now!
Genre: House / Techno
The brainchild of Singapore’s Integrity Records, Eddie Niguel has been in fine form of late, with releases finding favour with the likes of Kolsch, Laurent Garnier, and Detroit’s own DJ Bone. Here celebrating the labels second anniversary the label boss steps up himself with three top-drawer cuts of Detroit influenced house. The EP is enigmatically entitled ‘Guardians of Scared Visions’ in an apparent ode to the forefathers of the dance scene. Niguel delivers his personal homage to the early producers of Detroit and Chicago house and in doing so produces perhaps his finest work to date.
The A-Side ‘4 The People’ is a punchy deep-houser with nods both to nineties-style Chandler thumpers and seminal motor city house cuts. Euphoric razor- sharp stabs dominate the track, juxtaposed against an ethereal high-pitched string. The simple melody providing a framework, under which those piercing stabs can do their damage. Flanging hats and tracky percussion are the backbone here, an insistent groove, while vocals sound like they have been given the Roland Space Echo treatment. The vocals swirl sporadically into the foreground and lure the listener deeper into the mix as the tune pushes forward. Eventually, the hooky vocal line of ‘People Of the Night’ emerges and adds the finishing touch to a very complete production. The breakdown shifts the track in a different melodic direction before it fires back in with that memorable chord refrain. The track was premiered recently by DJ Bone on his DJ Mag ‘live’ set and has already found its way into the hands of a few select spinners. Don’t sleep on this one.
The B-Side offers up ‘The Ritual’, a track which delves deeper into melodic Detroit territory and pays further homage to those ‘sacred guardians’ who have clearly been a huge influence on Niguel and his contemporaries. Bubbling chords and energetic old-school percussion punctuate the track as the trusty 909 gets a thorough workout. The whole track weaves along on top of a lazy sub bass, that is groovy as you like and keeps the flow. Eventually, it evolves with airy vocal effects and more layers of melody that Mad Mike himself would surely give a balaclava seal of approval to. One for all the Detroit connoisseurs on here and the deeper floors out there.
The final track sees Integrity call in the techno brigade as Toronto’ s Greg Gow takes on remix duties. Fresh from outings on legendary labels such as KMS he turns in a rolling techno rework of ‘The Ritual’ and adds in a rather addictive melodic arpeggio. This gives the track fresh momentum and energy; a fine way to end. All three of these cuts sit very comfortably in the box being effective for different set points and situations but I have a feeling that ‘For The People’ is a minor classic in the making and will be doing the damage on a cross-section of floors all summer long.