After building up a steady stream of releases on a succession of underground big room techno labels over the last few years, Ukranian talent Spartaque made his debut on Craft Music back in 2011 with his acclaimed Ricochet EP.
He finally returns to Tomcraft's imprint at with the cool, demure sounds of Eleven. Resolutely electronic, it's a hypnotic, deep slab of rolling techno which carefully balances big room flourishes with spooky, bleeping arpeggios and haunting, sci-fi-esque FX. With undertones of throbbing progressive house from a bygone era, its full sound, driving bass and haunting melodics combine to create a track full of character and emotion, yet incredibly succinct in its approach.
Things get much more frantic on the b-side, Cassette, which sees Spartaque team up with Alan Wools for a seriously feisty romp. Rasping, distorted, evilous synth blasts gradually punctuate a rampantly galloping groove while a devilous bassline swirls beneath. Chunky drum fills, cymbal rides and phat filters add more weight while a Doom's Night-esque dog bark of a synth sinks its teeth into the meaty rhythms, building to a frenzied crescendo in the break. In short, a perfectly balanced, nutritious EP whose two flavours will attract a wide selection of tastes.