Murky Bristolian master Nick Edwards aka Ekoplekz returns to Planet Mu for his third full length album with them. Reflekzionz pulls the music of Edwards’ early 90’s life into his cassette-dub vortex, pushing out tracks that are recognisably Ekoplekz but via the likes of Aphex Twin or Cluster. CD or double LP!
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 13 May 2015
Now a full citizen of Planet Mu, Nick Edwards turn his attention to populating the place. It seems fitting a home for Mr. Eko, whose processed grooves and space layers have always mirrored the Paradinas family, making screwed beat-worlds that don’t by any means fall into the usual glitchy cliches that are sometimes assumed to be fact.
He enters the land of Reflekztionz armed with luscious delay and syrupy synthwork that can’t help but glow with the natural warmth that we are all familiar with by now. And we should be - Edwards keeps knocking out the rekkids like he’s got a 4-track in his head, yet with enough variation for us to hang on to every synthy statement. This is his retrospective on that progress, sounding like a cross between Entropik and Influkz, with a few nods to other electronica masterminds such as James Holden (the playful triplets of ‘Repeater’) and, as the whole Norman office agrees, a loud holla at that one known as Aphex Twin.
Each track unfolds with the freedom of a live jam, gradually shifting around the singular, repeated theme, the percussion imperfect and melodies grand. It’s all pretty chilled out for the most part, eschewing traditional beat structures around the middle, and even when they return retaining an airiness that Boards of Canada would stroke their li'l Scottish chins to. Keep doing what you’re doing, Eko.
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