Reinhold Niebuhr famously once said, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Pretty existential stuff to introduce the new release on Alinka Ratner and ex-Hercules and Love Affair member Shaun J. Wright’s excellent Twirl Recordings, but as with previous successes, ILL City Exit EP by UK producer Spatial Awareness and the equally impressive ‘Don’t Fight It’ from Stereogamous feat. Shaun J. Wright, Ena Lind’s debut EP is an absolutely brilliant piece of dance floor weaponry and it’s out on 29th September from all good retailers
Featuring 2 originals: ‘The Wisdom To Know The Difference’ and personal favourite ‘Sadie’ the pack is rounded out by two spectacular remixes, and clearly demonstrates Ena is no one trick pony. Berlin-based (as so many are these days) Ms Lind has forged a very productive DJ career already as the founder of local night, Mint along with a seriously busy schedule DJing around her hometown and beyond. Now, with new focus on production, The Wisdom To Know The Difference is her first foray into the world of music retail, and what an entrance it is. The title track leads with a simple, yet effective off-beat hat and bongo pattern adding depth and extra percussion elements along the way. The bass is sparse and timely creating a patient groove and with the addition of classically ravey orchestral stabs, a thing of beauty unfolds. Dance music veteran and fellow Berlin native, Anna Leopolder takes things deliciously dark, paying more attention to smoothing out the groove and making it more, dare I say, progressive in nature. The resulting remix is a broody and epic synthathon full of power and emotion.
Sadie begins with a winsome pad and grubby 90s bass drum, and as the elements slowly fade into hearing range, I’m transported to a dark and dirty warehouse late at night in a less than reputable part of town. I imagine staring down at my phone as it’s dim light tells me I ought to be home in bed by now but secretly, I’m glad I’m not. Around the mid way point the track jumps into life with a nagging violin loop sample made into a pad and some insistent hat lines. The break shortly after gives welcome respite before we launch into the second half of the track and more late night warehouse grooving. Of the two originals, this one tells me a story and I’d say more likely the kind of track I would play: It’s a grower. Finishing up proceedings, Jacktone Records co-runner Doc Sleep takes things in an altogether different direction. More stomp than schmooze, her rendition strips away the essence of the original to create an honest if raw techno workout.