Eddie Richards - Feel So

Label: Storm Recordings - STORM 1202
Format: Vinyl, 12"
Country: UK
Released: 2003
Style: Tech House

Eddie Richards - Feel So

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"Evil" Eddie Richards has put out an impressive amount of records that span along a 30 year career, give or take a couple of years. Dubbed as the "Godfather of British house and techno" by Mixmag, he's been at it since the late eighties, promoting his trademark deep-tribal brand of electronic music.

This particular release came out in 2003 on Storm Recordings, a sublabel of Dy-Na-Mix, both of which were founded and managed by Eddie himself, though very much inactive until 2013 when Eddie decided to repress two records: "Soul Is Life / M'baby" (2013, Storm Recordings) and "Yeyo / Aaaiii" (2014, Storm Recordings). All four tracks had been previously released on Lunar Tunes, Storm or Dy-Na-Mix.

The EP starts out with "Feel So", which bears the name of the EP. It's rather lacklustre by his standards, more of a outdoor DJ tool or a warm-up track than anything else with not much emotion or oomph to it, even though it is the longest cut on the EP. The basslines are playful enough to keep you moving, the vocals fly in and out in a well determined pattern, much like in his other records and the pads aren't the main theme here, unlike the B side track "YrWhat?".

The B side is an entirely different creature, extremely moody and deep. The trademark Eddie bassline and kick keeps you grounded while the pad and the chant transform the track into a dreamweaver. It is, no doubt, one of the more expressive tracks he has made. Even though he's championed the tribal tech-house sound he's became known for, "YrWhat?" is a minimalistic house masterpiece. Not much changes during the 7 minutes, but it's repetition to perfection.

Both the B side and the A2 have been played on occasion by the a:rpia:r crew. "Joetwo" is one of Raresh's personal favorites and it's clear why. The track starts out with a extremely chilled pad, unlike anything we've seen from Eddie. He's usually more on the rough side of things, but here it's all about the birds and the bees. It takes a while till he gets down to business but halfway through the track it's full lift off - one of the most infectious bass grooves that you will ever hear, chopped up and distorted vocal snippets and later on a synthesized rhythmical pattern that kind of reminds you of the theme song from "Knight Rider" - it all builds into a prime time stomper that is bound to bring many smiles to the crowd. The low end groove is similar to "Medown (Fractured Mix)" released that same year on Household Recordings, and both tracks are guaranteed floor winners.

Even though the focus of the EP is centered on the A1 side, don't be fooled, the other two tracks are the ones you have to watch out for. These are the kind of tracks that never go out of style and stick with you after the party, even if you happen to know them or not.