UK-based Tiino returns to action this month with the release of ‘Endurance’ – an untamed and menacing big room stomper that puts the up and coming talent’s synths and samples through their paces. Representing Newcastle, Tiino’s once again teamed up with EJ Eternal, no less than his third appearance on the imprint and it’s good news all round as it’s got a strong case for being the biggest yet. The EJ Eternal imprint have kept to a busy release programme in 2014, bringing through some of the most promising up and coming talents around and with the autumn and winter seasons looking just as active – you can see why the label’s becoming a first option for many of dance music’s most-promising talents.
‘Endurance’ typifies Tiino’s forceful approach to production. Distinctive leads, unusual patterns on the melodies and a special attention to detail on the nuances tie together in a unique, but accessible style. The leads start out just plucking the very bottom end as a sharp low pass filter creates a mystical start to the production. The breakdown is long, very long in fact, even for a dance track, but credit to Tiino, it never gets boring as he’s been busy working on a truck load of white noise modulations, intricate backing pads, whooshes and a collection of snare rushes and fills that keep the listener on their toes. The tension rises and gets chaotic towards the peak, but still no drop – it’s a lot of drama and build-up, but it’s worth the wait. After Tiino’s taken the breakdown as far as possible there is finally a drop and it whips an extra few frequencies on the bottom end when the boisterous kick drum hits. Clearly not one to do things by halves, Tiino’s bass notes hit hard on the sub range, which is great as it makes the long breakdown seem all the more worthwhile. If the breakdown was more tuneful, the drop takes a darker edge, with both the bass and new lead taking a more menacing posture. This isn’t soulful, funky or live sounding in the rhythm department – but it’s not supposed to be. This is a dramatic, no-nonsense main stage track that’s made for the peak time hours for dance music fans that want something with a bit of bite, which it has in abundance. ‘Endurance’ will leave its teeth marks on you.
Tiino’s quickly become a reliable source of solid records that swerve around Electro, Tech and Progressive House, much like his highly rated DJ sets. The EJ Eternal regular has been busy keeping his new followers hydrated with new sounds and looking forward, it seems he’ll be keeping to this work rate, which will no doubt help Tiino towards a bright future.