Review: Chocky & Tilman – Chocky & Tilman EP – Ears Have Eyes


London based Chocky and Mainz based Tilman show us their ideas of club music on Peckham’s very own Ears Have Eyes. The split EP consists of two cuts from Chocky on the a-side and three tracks by Tilman on the b-side, giving us the joy of choosing between house and techno tunes to spice up our shelves. Chocky & Tilman are well known for their output on labels like Klamauk, Tenderpark, Big Bait, Disconnected and many more. While the a-side concentrates on the deeper side of house music, Tilman on the b-side shows us his multifacetedness with 3 diverse contributions.

„Tool Time“ by Chocky gets this record started with dreamful sounds that spread into the unknown supported by slightly used percussions. A muted kick underneath and soft drums on top turn this one into a peaceful and well done slow-house monster. The melancholic atmosphere is perfectly suitable for every after hour or when the sun slowly rises on your way home, thinking about the lovely night you had and all the people you met. This one is minimalistic, melodious and sensationally peaceful and will get you reminiscing about the things you experienced recently. The second track by Chocky is called „Ooo“ and proves the artists sense for serious deep house. A stomping kick, a hyper dynamic string powered with a lot of reverb and organic claps accompanied by futuristic sounds caringly introduce the decent bassline. The song throughout offers some spaciousness and makes you feel like your in the outer space, hover around in the cosmos where time and space don’t matter. Tilmans „Sculptures“ starts the flip side of the record and shows us his more techno related vision. Acid pads are pitched up and down throughout, the background is filled with noise, the drums are dirty and bristle with reverb. That’s the sound that could be used in movies when someone is running through dark and scary streets while someone is following him. His heart beats faster and faster, adrenaline rushes through the veins and gives some extra power. Certainly your under a spell and start to feel comfortable in the darkness, a dark and run-down building that’s where this track should be played. With „The Way You Do“ Tilman shows us his core competence, disco and funk flavored sample house. A nicely filtered vocal lets you sing a long and generates an incredible amount of joy. That’s what a funky house track has to sound like, diversified arrangements, organic drums and a heavenly sounding guitar funks up the track even more. Three minutes of happiness and feel good sound guaranteed. „Root Segment“ closes the split EP with a solid deep house cut. Dreamful layers combined with a classical piano sample are surrounded by smooth atmospheric pads and calm drums which support the pleasant ride. The slowness lets the quality of sounds come to fruition, it’s like riding a Harley. You could ride it fast, but that’s just half the joy. To experience everything that happens you need some time to soak it in and that’s what „Root Segment“ perfectly does. It gives you time to enjoy every aspect of it.


Forthcoming on Ears Have Eyes 12″ Vinyl Digital <3

marko m.

Hey I'm Marko, a passionate vinyl collector, music addict and journalism student from Nuremberg. I began playing records in 2008,when I was 18 years old and I'm studying journalism for a few years now. I'm really passionate about house, techno, hip hop and streetwear and finally wanted to combine those things. So from now on I try to serve you reviews, picks, interviews and much more about the things I love. All the best.
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