Tenderlonious - Tek-88
Release date: 9th April 2021
Formats: 12" EP
Label: DAM (Dennis Ayler Music)
Catalogue Number: DAM3
Format Details:12” EP.
2021 brings the return of 22a sublabel - DAM (Dennis Ayler Music). The third release on the label sees the prolific multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer, Tenderlonious make his debut on DAM with a brand new collection of studio productions. The 4 track EP is inspired by the iconic Roland TR-808. Classic analog beats and twisted synth lines lay the foundations for dark, sci-fi inspired soundscapes that are dragged into dance floor territory by 808 drum patterns, jazzed-out synth solos and sub-shaking bass hooks.
‘Opus’ sets the tone for the EP; a chilling, ambient opening that wouldn’t sound out of place in a Ridley Scott film. ‘TEK-88’ launches the space mission at full throttle. An ode to the classic Underground Resistance, Detroit sound. Hard 808 drums, spacey euphoric pads and Herbie Hancock inspired synth lines feed the hunger for the reopening of nightclubs and dance floors across the world. ‘Prometheus’ is one of the most unique house tracks of the year. An idiosyncratic 808 drum pattern powers the track along with an atmospheric backdrop that builds to a signature lead synth solo from Tenderlonious; conjuring images of the USCSS Prometheus starship landing on LV-223.
The EP draws to a close with ‘808 State’. Live freestyle drum patterns bring things back down to earth with hypnotic synth lines and atmospheric pad work. TEK-88 picks up where Tenderlonious’ 2020 LP Quarantena left off, with added bass and danceability. His best studio productions yet!
This limited edition EP comes with cover art that features a replica Roland TR-808 drum machine constructed entirely from Lego by Matt Carter.
B2. 808 State