The New York/Ibiza resident DJ Willie Graff has teamed up with his studio buddy Daren Eboli. Together they have produced the New Yorker EP Tribeca Tapes and are now ready to release it on the Danish recordlabel Music For Dreams.
Willie Graff splits his years between DJ residencies in New York and Ibiza. With this new outing together with studio partner Darren Eboli the influence is, as the title suggests, clearly NY-based. Over only four tracks, the pair manages to craft a stunningly comprehensive exploration of the essential elements of dance music.
Opening track “Love Flight” staggers into a lush string-driven groove that recalls the glory of Metro Area meets Wally Badarou vibes. Minimal yet playful it lounges somewhere in the depths of the house tradition, calling on familiar sounds while throwing in odd details along the way. It takes both skill, devotion and a sense of humor to pull this track off, making for a strong opening.
“First Light” keeps the groove tight while dipping over towards more balearic temperatures. Steeped in a watery atmosphere and gentle organic percussion, it focuses in on a trance-inducing arpeggio that lulls you in to the swaying Wally Badarou-style synth swirls that intercepts it.
“Second Sun” pulls out the bag of boogie tricks, relying on a firm but humble baseline and smattering drum machine claps. Nile Rodgers-style guitar licks guides the listener onwards into a well-orchestrated jam that builds up and breaks down with perfect timing while dreamy chords reachin for the sky.
“Moon Tan” lingers on a metallic hook that drags you into a plethora of percussion followed by a rubbery soft baseline. Dubby key work would suggest this was a new wave band jamming at Compass Point, while the icy chill of the xylophone transports you into 80’s italo territory.
Tribeca Tapes EP Out 30 march 2018 on Music For Dreams
1. Willie Graff & Daren Eboli – First Light (7:16)
2. Willie Graff & Daren Eboli – Moon Tan (5:56)
3. Willie Graff & Daren Eboli – Love Flight (6:34)
4. Willie Graff & Daren Eboli – Second Sun (7:01)