Pig&Dan – Return To Mono
A lot of Bedrock’s releases tend to come with a dash of trance. Not this release from Pig&Dan. Proper techno innit.
Sofia goes for a tribal techno approach with more than a dash of acid flavouring. Return To Mono has a buzzing 90s feel and is a glorious piece of electronica. Reminds me of something by Orbital – Impact, perhaps. 4 Play is equally good but with more of an uplifting spirit. Classy EP.
If you’re talking about exciting underground producers, two of the first names out of anyone’s hat should always be Igor Tchkotoua and Dan Duncan (aka Pig&Dan), whose distinctive mixture of influences has given them a sound that is both innovative and easily recognizable. Pig&Dan have been flying high over the past months with a series of exceptional releases, so you can be sure that their return to John Digweed’s Bedrock label is very special indeed.
The “4Play EP” opens with the fizzing slow-build title track that grooves and ebbs and flows with supreme creative confidence, teasing and toying in typical Pig&Dan style throughout. “Return To Mono”, with its deep, deep bass intro, builds some dark, twisted tension with a percussive edge into the equation. Finally, “Sofia” adds more melody from Pig&Dan’s broad artistic palette, creating a pulsating, hypnotic gem to round off this EP in style.
If you are familiar with Pig&Dan’s work, you’ll know they’re always looking to push the envelope with genre-bending music and a devotion to creating something special that gets right under the skin. Their “4Play EP” for Bedrock is another perfect example of their collective genius.
It would be hard to find another duo whose creative juices are flowing so freely right now. Make sure you check their recent, supremely diverse, experimentally brilliant album (“Destination Unknown”) on Bedrock, showcasing sides of Pig&Dan’s musical diversity that you may never have experienced before. Along with their continuing flow of monster releases on their own Elevate label, this special meeting of minds is being cherished and developed to ever-greater heights as the years tick by, leaving the future of music in very safe hands indeed.