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On the back of a stunning EP for Defected’s sister label DFTD, emerging UK artist Cristoph takes it up a notch with his ‘Shelter’ EP, the double-thick 4-tracker prime and ready to smack the dancefloor right between the eyes.
London, Bristol and Manchester may be famed for their iconic dance scenes, but the UK’s north-east continues to be a hotbed for unearthing exciting electronic music talent.
One artist adding to the vibrant growing scene around the Tyneside, in Cristoph. Although active in his native Newcastle and beyond, with key gigs in iconic Geordie hotspots such as Digital and Loop, including a support slot alongside Waze & Odyssey that still gets spoken about till this day, it’s his slowly growing arsenal of heavy-hitting house cuts, that’s causing a torrent of support from the industry’s most respected artists.
Just released on hyped sub-label of Defected DFTD (that recently issued cuts from Guti, among others) his ‘Guffaz’ EP has been causing a stir across dancefloor in Ibiza and beyond, with early support from Steve Lawler, who’s been smashing it at his VIVa Warrios residency at Sankeys Ibiza, along with Hot Since 82, Deetron, Catz ‘N Dogs and highly rated rising stars Dale Howard, DeMarzo and Him_Self_Her.
His versatility as a producer also bore a remix of hip hop outfit Big Beat Bronson’s ‘New Me’ which B-Traits picked up and played on her BBC Radio 1 show, proving Cristoph’s skills extend beyond club-moving beats.
His piece-de-la-resistance however, is his latest EP ‘Shelter’ due for release on Underground Audio, the home label of the likes of the hugely touted Finnebassen and recent BBC Radio 1 ‘Future Star’ DeMarzo.
The four-track collection oozes class rarely seen from an artist so fresh on the scene. The title track ‘Shelter’ hits hard with thudding kicks and bass that build towards a heavy drum workout interchanged with dynamic vocal and synth drops that keep the energy flowing throughout, before steamrolling towards a pumping finish.
‘Purvy’ is driven by lashing of low-slung bass, yearning vocals and funky claps and takes the EP in an undeniable groove-smacked ‘90s house direction with delightful, grin-inducing results.
‘Tell Me’ is the most intricate of the quartet; deep with understated tribal undertones, it shines of Cristoph’s versatility as a producer, as rolling murky sonics percolate underneath layers of bass and whispered vox, which drop into a melody-laded tech house workout more intent on building atmosphere than busting any dancefloor bollocks.
The EP is rounded out by ‘Move on’, a cut that will have you swaying uncontrollably from foot-to-foot with its funky-as-hell bassline, persistent drums and cleverly programmed creeping synth melody that builds to a club-smashing crescendo as the track does exactly what it promises on tin. Outstanding.
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