Friday, 18 May 2012

Ekoplekz - Dromilly Vale EP (2012)

I've been a big fan of Nick Edwards' Ekoplekz project since getting my hands on his staggering Memowrekz album via Mordant Music last year. His sound is, to my ears at least, like the perfect updating of Throbbing Gristle's woozy, unsettling primitive electronic experiments of the late 1970's. The mighty fine Mordant Music label has recently released Skalectrikz - a double cassette affair featuring live and studio tracks from 2011. For those of us not using legacy audio playback technology, a digital version of this album is released on Monday 21st May 2012 through Boomkat.

The Dromily Vale EP was released on the Public Information imprint on 27th February 2012 and is, once again, an indispensable addition to the man's output. This is raw analogue experimentation of the highest order, a dubbed-out confusion of tones with bent, acidic lines and clusters of abrasive chirps woven into it's tapestry of bleeps.

Website had this to say about the release;

"A little sliver of electronic gargling from the man of the moment, Ekoplekz. If you want to know which moment, you’ll perhaps have to remember that Dromilly Vale is Nick’s imaginary recording studio, a hybrid of King Tubby’s on Dromilly Ave, Kingston and the Radiophonic Workshop’s Maida Vale studio in London. This is 1973 re-imagined unchronically; maybe Dick Mills and Lee Perry did hang out, swapping tape delays, pressing buttons that weren’t theirs; maybe John Baker just couldn’t stop putting some of his jazzy tangles all over Augustus Pablo’s melodica lines; maybe they swapped close-miked pocket protectors over Rum and Pineapple. But if all that’s making you think this is just gonna lope along like a comedy walk then be prepared; this can get quite… noisy in places. “Jugglin’ for Jesus” will frighten the cat inside your brain with it's high pitches, sheer edges and aggressively gloopy style while “Dick Mills Blues” overdrives itself into trails and “Dromilly Vale” itself could easily have pitched up somewhere on Side 2 of Throbbing Gristle’s Second Annual Report. Ekoplekz wears his influences on his table-top of wires and boxes but he’s got a singular vision and he’s tapped a rich seam. On this release, he’s attempting to find a groove in the heart of those Sea Devil whistles and he almost finds it. He’ll keep looking."

Incredible stuff!

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