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Eliphino and Colors, two peas in a pod.

Eliphino and Colors, two peas in a pod.

11-09-2012 | 15.38

A hiphop mentality, a sense of house, R&B vibes, a garage-swing. And still being progressive without feeling forced. Eliphino’s music contains all the elements that make COLORS such a irresistible party to attend. The British producer, born as Tom Wrankmore, will shine behind the turntables of Trouw upcoming Friday.

Eliphino definitely knows his way around the turntables: he performed as a hiphop-deejay in Leeds at the age of 17. Wrankmore focuses on mixing with a DMC-style and is featured with headliners like Madlib and Q-Bert. But Eliphino doesn’t just stick to deejaying; he bought a MPC and started producing. His downloadable EP Seasons from 2008 is a collection of tracks suitable for the living room and full of British triphop; soulfull and melancholic. The tracks on Seasons seem small in comparison to Let Me Love You Forever, which is his contribution to the Brownswood Eclectric collection of Gilles Peterson from 2010: he traded in his hiphop-breaks for a more groovy UK Funky Beat with heavy percussions. The sampled soul vocals remain, but are supported by electronics in the Warp-tradition. The new Eliphino sounds like Plaid in it’s prime, but located on a dancefloor in the West of London.

Eliphino’s three EP’s on the Berlin/London label Somethink Sounds are enticing and highly addictive. Wrankmore can’t be pinned down on one steady pace or rhythm. Sometimes he possesses a Burial-type swing, other times he sounds like the counterpart of Matthew Herbert. Or the British cousin of DJ Chuckie. His deejay-sets also seem indefinable. When listening to his DJ Weekly Podcast for DJ Mag, you will hear tracks by artists like Aaliyah, Moodyman, Mosca and Ramadanman.

That is why it’s no surprise that Yuri Cinnaman brought this deejay to the Netherlands. The Colors-team is a deadset winner because of their diversity, innovation, and easy accessibility. We are curious the see how many people will be shaking it on the speakers when Eliphino drops his bombtrack More Than Me. One thing is sure: MC Sef won’t be asking to see those hands. They’ll most definitely touch the sky.
 
Text: Joost de Kleine | www.eclectro.nl