Zoe Zoe - Church EP
Zoé Zoe is further persuasive evidence of Lithuania's growing talent pool (see also: Mario & Vidis and Planet Mu's Few Nolder). Just ask Maya Jane Coles, who bagged the title track of the Church EP for her recent DJ-Kicks. Like its two EP siblings, "Church" uses distinct rave notes. In this case, that means kicking off with a fat breakbeat and dynamic keyboard stabs that cease for 30 seconds to allow some mournful backward pads to join in the fun, before turning full circle and heading back to the 4/4 party. It's a winning combination of subtlety and brutality. "Hollow" is a more complicated affair, a marriage of metallic UK garage percussion and rippling floaty, dubstep-style synths on top of a bruising techno foundation. Tom Middleton would be proud of the warm, shiny, analogue hug that "October" gives you—although there's no danger of you turning goo-goo over it. The fizzing, distorted, mechanical rhythm that Zoé Zoe underpins it with sees to that.