A new compilation of tunes from EPM. And very good they are too.
EPM Selected Vol. 4. A new compilation of tunes from those nice people at EPM. And very good they are too.
An elongated build up of uninterrupted synth notes and unyielding beats opens ‘Toltec’ as Ben Long delivers techno of an almost teutonic quality. Crisp, utilitarian and unsmiling but diverting nonetheless. Terse techno, if you will. It feels appropriate that there’s a cosmic element to D Knox’s ‘Out There’ as the resonating, alarming synth rhythm swirls over the pulsating beat and harsh handclaps throughout like the desperate distress signal of lost souls in space. There’s a lovely change in tone in Francesco Terranova’s ‘Magnetica’ as the belligerent beat is lightened by kalimba style percussion, sparkling high hats and spiralling synths making it altogether quite enchanting.
I reviewed Robert Hood’s ‘Shaker’ when it appeared a few months back. I said it was a tad hair-raising in the stripped down, fuck you nature of bellicose, albeit minimalist, techno. It still is. Nothing to add. An epic intro to Esteban Adame’s ‘Out To Get It’ has huge, resounding synths gathering momentum as they climb ever higher, spinning and whirling deliriously, with added echo giving a dub techno feel to the whole. Quite gorgeous. Greg Gow and Gareth Whitehead opt instead for a glorious stomping techno belter in ‘Circuit Breaker,’ all deep bass, hard beats and distant rumblings with some carousel-style synth punctuating here and there. Orchestral style strings grace Carl Taylor’s dynamic ‘Violet’ as do a squelchy, acid beat and lively synth work. Upbeat and vigorous.
Dan Curtin returns the atmosphere to the darker side in the combative beats, contorted synths and highly strung rhythms of ‘To Modify.’ Techno for the maladjusted. Paul Mac gives us hypnotic, vibrating synths and formidable beats in the forceful ‘Go Back To Go Forward’ while a bit of bizarre kicks in with Lee J Malcolm’s superbly named ‘Trashcan Riotface Queen.’ Quite beguiling, this is medium in pace with rich, rumbling synths, offbeat percussive elements and a compelling rhythm. Metaphysical techno, perhaps. The sparse, clean, minimalist sound of ’01’ from Kristain Heikkila and Christian Lundqvist, all tight beats, rapid velocity and appealing percussive echo, end this engaging collection.
Review by D
Blurb: 2016 sees EPM reach the 15 year milestone of music service. The first part of this year’s celebrations will see a series of new releases, club events and a new compilation on EPMMusic. Set for release on 15 April, ‘EPM Selected Vol. 4’ is, naturally, the fourth label snapshot from our in house imprint, featuring tracks from Robert Hood, Dan Curtin, Ben Long, Esteban Adame and more (see track list below).
With 45 releases to its name, EPMMusic counts releases from Robert Hood, Dan Curtin, Ben Long, D-Knox, Paul Mac, Carl Taylor, Kristian Heikkila, Lee J. Malcolm, Esteban Adame, Francesco Terranova and The Third Man to its ever-expanding roster. The album will be preceded by a stunning new EP from Dan Curtin. The ‘Galaxies Merging’ EP will be released on 26 February followed on 29 April by ‘Drown’ from House of Black Lanterns featuring remixes from South London Ordnance and Makaton. Further releases will be coming from Esteban Adame, Victor Santana and new outfit Tresillo.
EPM Selected Vol.4 kicks off with the slow-building techno pulse of Ben Long’s ‘Toltec’ before Kalamazoo’s Donnell Knox (aka D-Knox) shifts it up a gear with the industrial oomph of ‘Out There’ and then Naples own Francesco Terranova adds some light and melody with the driving bass of ‘Magnetica’. The master of minimal techno, Robert Hood, then injects his trademark stripped-down electricity with ‘Shaker’, Esteban Adame brings some LA house shine to proceedings with ‘Out to Get It’ and Greg Gow and Gareth Whitehead double up for the tech-stomping ‘Circuit Breaker’.
Carl Taylor takes us back to EPM’s debut artist album with the joyous techno strings of ‘Violet’, Paul Mac shows off his trademark polished techno with more shimmering strings on ‘Go Back To Go Forward’ and then Dan Curtin slams it with the heady cymbal-crash, vocoder-blasting rush of ‘To Modify’. Finally we see Vessel’s main man Lee J. Malcolm take things deep and abstract on ‘Trashcan Riotface Queen’ and we get another minimal master class, this time from Sweden’s Kristian Heikkila and Christian Lundqvist as the album closes out with ‘01’.
EPM is also celebrating where it counts, on the dancefloor! The first two EPM 15 parties of 2016 take place on the weekend of 29 and 30 April. Friday 29 April sees EPM take over Suicide Circus, Berlin whilst Saturday 30 April is a Room 2 invasion of London’s fabric with Robert Hood headlining both parties.
29 April: EPM 15 @ Suicide Circus, Berlin – Robert Hood, Ben Long and House of Black Lanterns
30 April: EPM 15 @ fabric, London – Robert Hood, Marcel Fengler, Esteban Adame Live and House of Black Lanterns
In addition, EPM continues its partnership with Maastricht event organisation, Claydrum bringing more quality events to the Muziekgieterij.
Claydrum & EPM events for 2016 (so far):
27 Feb: Dave Clarke & Ben Sims presents Ron Barcardi (house set)
26 March: Rebekah & Pfirter
26 April (Kings Night): Karenn (live), Pangaea, Nicole Moubader
EPM SELECTED VOL.4
- Ben Long – Toltec
- D-Knox – Out There
- Francesco Terranova – Magnetica
- Robert Hood – Shaker
- Esteban Adame – Out To Get It
- Greg Gow & Gareth Whitehead – Circuit Breaker
- Carl Taylor – Violet
- Paul Mac – Go Back To Go Forward
- Dan Curtin – To Modify
- Lee J. Malcolm – Trashcan Riotface Queen
- Kristian Heikkila feat Christian Lundqvist – 01