Electronic EP Roundup: Various Artists – review
Record sleeves scattered around the room, vinyl stacked next to the turntable, the bass bin vibrating like an accessory from Anne Summers and the windows shaking in their frames. Thatâs what the best electronic music should feel like. A punch to the chest and a throb in the groin, sexy loud and fresh. The antithesis of a chart compilationÂ CDÂ This stuff makes you move.
I have five EPs, and they are making me smile as I move to the beats. The first EP is from BMB on Liberation Technologies, better known as British Murder Boys. âDead Sunâ has a tribal almost industrial feel, itâs sound is dark and fuzzy with a strange warmth drawing you in. âIn Another Countryâ is more straight ahead sounding, still warm but with a more opened out sound. It has a great helicopter echoing electronic sound across the track.
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Next is Diditaline and the âWannaâ EP, out on Cityfox records. âWannaâ has fuzzy beats and a warm and bubbly feel. It finds a groove with a little keyboard hook and it repeats it over and over, a high hat keeping the time. The âWannaâ remix by John Tejada has a more distinct beat and echo, the high hat has more of a hiss and it moves smoothly straight out into the middle of the dance floor, sexy and intriguing. âStuck Off The Realnessâ has a latin tinged carnival feel, it will make you wiggle and smile.
Jets are a collaboration between Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum, aka Travis Stewart. Itâs been four years in the making and is released on Leisure System records. âIn Her Cityâ has muffled percussion as if the drums are covered in cotton wool. On top of this are warm minimal keyboard notes and a looped vocal, all covered over with a vinyl crackle. âSin Love With Youâ has more of a broken jarring feel to the rhythm with a stuttering vocal. âMeuâ is very muffled and loops around a vocal sample and keyboard sounds, it has a dark sensual feel. âLock Lock Key Keyâ builds up with high hats and a broken vocal sample into a slow irritatingly happy catchy track.
The fourth release is by U, released on MamMakeMusic records.Â âEahâ has dark muffled beats with odd deep electronic noises over the top. Itâs out of synch in places and takes you deep into the sound. âEvil Spiritsâ is almost an ambient track, the beats are broken and stuttering under the deep electronic layer that drives this track along. Itâs very understated. âHauntedâ has a beautiful soul vocal over straightforward bass drum led beats with squeaks and samples scattered over the top. âHeavenâ has another soul vocal over a jazz rhythm with more jarring sounds over the top and the sound of a warped record underlying the track.
The last EP is a The First Shift with two tracks each from Basic Soul Unit and Eddie Niguel. Itâs released on Midnight Records. Basic Soul Unit lead off with âLate Night Shiftâ a dance floor shaker that feels like midnight in a club losing yourself deep in the music, very smooth and very sexy. âBlack Iceâ has a childlike tune with deep dark percussion, the sound seems to throb and has a warm wide open feel. Eddie Niguelâs first track âPathsâ is an understated house burner which you feel is about to explode but never does. âAbsoluteâ has a wiggle inside it. Classic drums and keyboards to make you move around and dance.
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So the sleeves are now stacked carefully beside the turntable, each record safely in its paper holder, the room is quiet and the lights are back on. An excellent range of electronic sounds across five EPâs that altogether made me move and smile while the tracks burrowed into my head.
All words byÂ Adrian Bloxham. Read more by Adrian HERE.