AOTY 2019
ECCO2K - E
Nov 27, 2019
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The most enigmatic member of the Drain Gang collective, ECCO2K, has surprise dropped a long-hoped for solo project. With no features from his usual colleagues, ℮ is a rare, personal look inside the strange, androgynous figure that has graced so many DG songs. However, something just feels missing from the project. ECCO's vocals take centre stage on every track here, and where Bladee would often let the instrumental take up more space in the mix, the songs on ℮ are minimal and light, save for the bassy banger Time. But even though ECCO proves he has a distinct, intriguing voice, these tracks just don't have any emotionally compelling melodies, or any substance beyond the initial vocal aspect. ℮ relies too much on ECCO's voice alone to keep the listener engaged that it fails to construct really meaningful moments, leading to musical bridges to nowhere like Fragile, Sugar & Diesel, and Don't Ask. However, being a Drain Gang collective release at heart, there is still a certain base standard achieved with a number of cuts here, such as the enveloping opening cut, Security!, which feels like it could have fit perfectly onto Trash Island, or the aforementioned Time. It's just disappointing that these tracks are mired by a bulk of the content here that just feels like it gambles too much on the quirkiness of ECCO's voice.

Favourite Tracks:

AAA Powerline
Peroxide
Calcium
Security!
Time

Least Favourite Tracks:

Fragile
Bliss Fields
Fruit Bleed Juice
Sugar & Diesel
Don't Ask

6.2/10
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