After several albums and EPs on Mordant, Perc Trax, Punch Drunk and Further Records, Nick Edwards’ Ekoplekz project has found a good home at Planet Mu and is returning with his fourth album for them. Rolling through Aphex Twin and lof-fi 90s acid and techno territories with a fuzzy cassette warmth, it’s imperfect and glorious.
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Hey look there’s another Ekoplekz record out. And for some reason I haven’t bought it already. Odd. Oh yeah, you’re supposed to work out whether you like it, or ‘review’ it, first aren’t you. Well, if you don’t know, Ekoplekz is a Bristolian man named Nick Edwards whose 4th album on Planet Mu is upon us, and yes, he’s still got a room full of lo-fi analogue synths and the dubbiest of tape delays.
This might be a curveball, but so far I’ve noticed two things: firstly, there seems to be more straightforward 4x4 or breakbeat drum lines on this one, played by normal rhythm machines. This I am not so used to, unless I’ve forgotten what the usual Ekoplekz is, but I swear he’d spend most of his time with a bassline and some weird click pretending to be a kick/snare combo. Oh actually that exact thing happens on 3rd track ‘Expedition’, but this brings me to the second thing I notice about this: I think the surrounding synth noises have got even more far-out -> see the squarks and wails that accompany said percussion on the 3rd tune and the cute, loopy bubbling of ‘Consequences’.
The production is as cave-dwelling as ever. ‘Acrid Acid’ sounds like it hasn’t left the basement for too long, festering with mouldy reverberations while nothing remotely like a melody is there for company. At least there’s this slow thumping kick. The more meditative numbers are here too, like the drifty Shackleton mantra ‘Slipstream’ with its synthy take on dub and subtle metallic clangs. Holy shit ‘Descent’ is evil.
Also I think I was mistaken about the ‘straightforward’ beats.
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