Eskuche’s ‘Robot Love’ is a refined debut to Desert Hearts [EP Review]
Eskuche is a producer who knows plenty about patience, timing, and grit. The New York native has been a fixture of his underground scene for quite some time, proliferating sultry strains of house that landed him and his former collaborator Nu Sky among the first to sign onto Lee Foss‘ Repopulate Mars. His own work after moving back into solo territory founds its way onto labels like Hot Creations by Jamie Jones, Deeperfect, and more. Bolstering his career even more was Eskuche’s decision to make the pilgrimage to Ibiza, where he’s been a heavy participant in the island’s summer event circuit for two seasons now. The move has only earned him further acclaim among the deep and tech spheres.
Another brand that’d had their eyes on him for quite some time was Desert Hearts, the iconic festival brand with a label arm to match. They’ve managed to snag Eskuche for a three-tracker titled Robot Love, which many might agree is an explosive debut to the imprint. Despite its high energy levels, the EP carries a refined, European influence that has surely come from Eskuche’s previous dabblings.
Its epnoymous opening track is quite minimal aside from its punchy bassline and crisp tech-based percussion, using robotic bleeps to foster a futuristic tone that eventually opens into a cacaphony of vocal edits and synth wails to spark movement on the dancefloor. “Deez Nuts” follows suits in the minimal themes, pitching up the BPM and anchoring around its percussive layers to ultimately feel like the EP’s peak. Finally, Robot Love settles on a steady, “It’s Okay,” which would feel right at home at an elrow party — or perhaps, a Paradise event, where the talent frequents. Eskuche is certainly one to watch on the East Coast house front.