First emerging on seminal UK electronica label Skam Records in 1996, Colin Cloughley aka Anodyne hooked up with the London electronic / bass label Combat Recordings via Rob Hall. The dark-techno-leaning ‘Empires EP’ was unleashed, following which its parts were promptly remixed by various members of the Combat clan, giving rise to some diverse and masterful reinterpretations by absolute electronic legends Plaid, as well as highly regarded producers Anstam, Roel Funcken, Dead Fader, 214, Defekt, Lackluster, Subjex, Devilman (Scotch Egg) and rising new producers Boris Noiz and Fausten. This 12” contains a selection of four tracks from those digital releases.
The EP kicks off with ‘Empire Of Dust’, an epic and brooding electro beast with powerful, mechanoid drumwork and majestic synth vistas that manages to be euphoric yet dark and grounded at the same time. It was this track whose intent later gave rise to the shape and form of the other three tracks on the Empires EP. Since moving to his new studio, Anodyne has refined and updated the track for the vinyl release. Next up is Dead Fader’s remix of ‘Empire Of Glass’. The Berlin-based noise / bass maestro has caused all sorts of sonic mayhem on labels like 3 by 3, Tigerbeat 6 and Robot Elephant. Anyone expecting a gleeful continuation of those precision scorched sonics might be surprise to discover that Dead Fader also has a melodic side, and very good it is too. Some of that is visible here with a long, lush intro and lush improvised melodies that almost lull you into a sense of comfort and cushion you before the trademark Dead Fader beats crunch in with speaker-destroying force.
Side Two opens with ‘Empire Of Glass’ (Plaid Remix), an acid track masterfully built and reminiscent of the 303-drenched ‘Psil-Cosyin’ from their ‘Spanners’ album. Finally, Subjex’s remix of ‘Empire Of Light’ reworks the track into an epic charging beast, with colossal kickdrums and snarling bleeps like a giant robot gone mad, flattening whole cities before letting Anodyne's epic strings infuse the space in its second half of the track.
A1. Empire Of Dust (Original Mix) A2. Empire Of Light (Dead Fader Mix) B1. Empire Of Glass (Plaid Mix) B2. Empire Of Light (Subjex Mix)
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