Boomkat Product Review:
Lisbon-via-London styled blends of 2-step, dream-pop, and trip-hop dedicated to the Tottenham Hale Premier Inn - RIYL Maria Minerva, Laila Sakini, Negra Branca
Inspired by “one night spent in and around” the titular Lomdon location, Elles lends sweetly smudged and dreamy vox to a suite of nocturnal co-productions with Violet, neatly reprising and building on the melancholy vibes of Elles’ 12”s for Violet’s Naive and Naivety labels.
It starts out woozy with the shimmering chords and tucked 2-step of ‘midnight 3112’, laced with flickering traces of Elles’ vocal, before coming off Burial-esque with the sparky but brooding 2-step of ’N17 ride or die.’
On the flipside, they cannily turn toward a sort of washed-out trip hop style in ‘Ice Ballad’ with the vocals kept just out of reach, over-the-shoulder in a style recalling Laila Sakini, and ‘inverno em londres’ rests the EP at perfectly slanted and enchanted ambient dream-pop angles.