Breaking Up Is Hard
I Don't Want to Wait for You
Just as forest fires make way for new growth, sometimes the end of a relationship yields fertile soil for creative rebirth. UK producer Eliphino faced down the aftermath of a messy breakup by turning his energies to the studio, and on Breaking Up Is Hard, you can hear him working through some heavy stuff: Where his previous output frequently concentrated on dreamy deep house and carefree club tracks, this seven-tune mini-LP is a cloudy swirl of breakbeats, moody chords, and heart-racing syncopations. It’s the fogginess of it all that stands out first, whether that’s the murky distortion around the disco-paced “Studio Time” or the practically impenetrable layers of the title track. But the record charts a clear path through the storm, and the jungle breaks, pumping electro, and down-and-dirty acid of the closing trio of songs offer assurance that better days lie just around the corner.