Roel Dijks a.k.a Ekman follows his crushing Entropy EP with an equally devastating thump of electronics on Aphasic. Abstract and at times a-rhythmic it’s a stifling collection of skittering sonics right across your headspace. Sound design at its finest. Out on vinyl 12” EP from The Trilogy Tapes.
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9/10 RMCC Customer review, 11th August 2015
Ekman, Dutch producer Roel Dijcks, makes his second appearance on The Trilogy Tapes for what may well be his strongest effort to date.
Now, before we start, there’s a bit on an elephant in the room with these ‘types’ of records which I want to address. By types, I mean those being produced by the likes of Ekman, Vereker, Chemotex, EMG etc… On labels such as L.I.E.S, Berceuse Heroique, Trilogy Tapes etc… they're records which, for the most part, can feel a bit much of a muchness. You might be forgiven for asking when hearing some of them, ‘Well, which one is it this time?’ which spurns the question: ‘Why should I really care?’ It’s becoming a bit of a problem for these labels and their frequenters, because although they’re pumping out new material a lot, there’s often not too many new ideas coming out with them.
Well, that all changes with Aphasia. The record begins with Aphasia, which builds in a sombre, yet ominous manner. Quickly however, the drums have developed into a claustrophobic affair, and then, out of nowhere, come the most sinister ‘Ooh Ahhs’ you’re ever likely to hear. The track takes a brief pause, then we’re back again with jittery stabbing shards of synth and more eerie pads. A fantastic start.
Next up comes the totally deranged, and slightly unfortunately named, ‘I only hit you ‘cause I love you.’ This one’s all about one thing. Brutal pace. It starts hard with a strong drum pattern with a relentless synth line and stays there all track. The variation we get is all created it the filters, which slowly raise the pitch of the synth line until it becomes a scream; it all then breaks back to where it was and steam-rollers on.
The B-Side is more varied, with the record’s strongest track ‘Rook’ beginning. The track begins and is built around an off-kilter synth line which twists and turns and feels all a little out of control. There’s more sinister pads over the top, recalling similar sounds heard in Aphasia. The track uses these few simple tools to create 7 minutes of techno euphoria. Lastly, the record takes a sharp turn and slows down dramatically with "Schropferesque". Again, the synths are eerie, though the sinister nature of the track is created by the rolling drum pattern which makes a remarkable sense of unease throughout.
This is techno from your nightmares. This is the best example of unhinged techno-noise you’ll hear all year. This is brilliant.
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