Boomkat Product Review:
'Life Index' is probably Eric Estornel's highest profile release to date following a decade of cult underground releases as Mariel Ito and Maetrik for labels such as Modern Love, Cocoon, Triebstoff and many, many others. It's also his most melodic and, relatively speaking, lightest release to date. His Cuban heritage comes to the fore in the warm sensuality of opener 'Gravy Train' and its thick-hipped groove, or equally in the deft interplay of sliding House syncopations in 'Dexter's Flight' or 'Sleazy E's crafty drums. His usually robotic vocals embody a slightly more human form on the 313 House-referencing 'Bring It Back', 'Your Style' and quite literally with 'Love Your Mama' a collaboration with Fabel. But, if you still need that touch of moody soul check the hustlin' House of 'Silo' or the tempered techno euphoria of 'You & Me'. Hats-off to the man here, he's just provided one of 2011's first great House albums.