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Tough and twisty analogue rhythms combine with heavy drones in the latest from Bristol’s Ekoplekz (a.k.a Nick Edwards). The Beltram referencing Entropik EP boasts two side long tracks stretching over 10 minutes each and building into melodic lo-fi conceptual symphonies. Out on 12” vinyl from Planet Mu.


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Entropik EP by Ekoplekz
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 06 March 2015

Electronica busybody Nick Edwards and his Ekstatic Ekoplekz Ensemble of sound circuits return to the vinyl format for another exkursion into weird-ass journeys, and journeys these are. With each side of the EP consisting of one long piece of music, Edwards may well have ascended to dizzy artiste kompositeur heights on this. So he’s making modern classical acousmatic skronk now? Nope, this is the same Ekoplekz we know and probably love, just in zone-out mode.

By ‘zone-out’ I don’t mean homogenous or beatless - there’s much more of an emphasis on variations of a single rhythmic cycle than the last EP Rock La Bibliotek or, as it is more well known, Music for Teknical Dokuments to Dance to. A swathe of hazy synth is another constant throughout the first side, creating quite a chilled, yearning feel despite the thundering proto-techno beat that’s more like an 808 falling down some cunningly shaped stairs than a Karenn track. The now-omnipresent echo is bubbling away too, completely consuming the intro of side 2, the plucked synth and noise hisses ebbing and flowing, calling and responding then floating away. The fizz layers intensify and now half the track’s gone and I barely noticed, so rest assured, this is pretty hypnotik. Might stop inserting random k’s in, might not. It’s fun, aktually.

This one is all about repetitive swirl, yet still melody-centric and displays Ekoplekz at his most meditative and (just one more time…) relakzing. A great addition to ol’ Edward’s impressive discography.




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