"￼(The) new four-tracker for PTP takes his sculpted 100bpm swagger up another level.
(W)ith its duelling synth riffs and gorgeous crystalline melody laid across a bold drum beat indebted to the rhythms of kizomba and taraxo...("Savage Riddim") is as close to fine art as a party banger gets.
10/10 (Tune of the Month)" - "Tunes: Bass." Mixmag. Feb. 2016: 99. Print.
"Endgame pulls things in a different direction. (...) (He) turns his hectic arrangement into something that sounds natural and airy.
4/5" - Resident Advisor. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.
"Slow, sexy and razor sharp, Savage tucks a wealth of worldly club influence tight in-the-pocket, showcasing a hypermodern sound most associated with Bala Club - the night which he runs with Kamixlo and Uli-K - and likewise London’s Endless, run by Nkisi and Lexxi.
The title riddim fits almost funereal, baroque melodies on a taut tarraxho undercarriage, before 1 Night Riddim gets under the skin, up in the head with ghostly synth voices, prickling far Eastern melodies and airborne reggaeton triplets like some mystic, latinate Actress piece.
XOX follows on a dry but bubblin’ dancehall tip mixing crisp EBM-style percussion and digickal harpsichord curdling to a sort of mutant sino-grime groove, and NXN leaves us locked into slow-mo, belly-tightening tarraxo." Boomkat. Web. 16 Feb. 2016
"Longstanding NTS host and Bala Club founder EndgamE delivers yet another smelted precious metal hybrid. "Savage Riddim" is far from savage; a cumbia-inspired rhythm with a rising major key arpeggio, there's a lot more uplift than the title suggests. Deeper again "1 Night Riddim" is a lilting, Asian-minded grime instrumental that would sound perfect alongside a Faze Miyagi track. "XOX" takes us deeper down the Far East immersion tunnel with added dancehall character on the drums while "NXN" closes the show on a deliciously slo-mo 4/4 crescendo." Juno. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.
"A pretty fine stew of post-everything. ("NXN")" "FACT Singles Club." FACT. Web. 15 Feb. 2016.
Endgame is a producer/DJ based in London, engineering a unique type of aggressive sound palette for the club space. Sonically, he creates a cannon ball splash in the culturally rich pool of his city's dance floor traditions – threshing apart everything to component bits until something new has arisen from the unrest. A founding member of Bala Club (alongside Kamixlo and Uli-K), as well as a regular at London's Endless party, Endgame is a key figurehead in this next wave of club music producers hell-bent on blurring genre lines through crossbreeding.
On Savage, we hear Endgame not only further excavate musical elements from Jamaica, Latin America, Portugal, and his native U.K., but also expand the soundscape by way of Asian string instruments and amorphous bursts of cacophony. “Savage Riddim” opens the EP with a destructive reggaeton-meets-mech-suit manifesto, piling frantically plucked melodies atop one another at a mid-tempo pump. “One Night Riddim” juts out as a 140 BPM stutter-step installation, blanketed by slabs of Tangerine Dream-like synthetics and maddened voices piercing from beneath a shell of echoes. “XOX” bears an intricate dancehall whine, nimble and precise in its percussive thrusts and parries - reminiscent of an expert fencer. Lastly, “NXN” flirts off a tarraxo rhythm, awash in distant sirens, laser blasts, and disembodied screams, as if reportage of a war on Mars is cutting through a pirate radio broadcast from Lisbon.
released February 19, 2016
Mastered / Cut by Matt Colton for Alchemy Mastering
Art by Kyselina
Inner Label by Amad Ilyas