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ELS is the solo moniker of Edward Simpson, one half of London duo Circuit Breaker who’ve previously toured with Sleaford Mods. Rather than continue down the glitchy, messed-up post-punk sounds of his main band, Simpson withdraws into introspective electronica for this six-track debut EP release Winters Split. 

Tape £6.49 GW01

Debut 6-track solo EP form Edward Simpson of Circuit Breaker. Mastered for tape by Stephen Bishop with Risograph printed insert designed by Lewis McLean.

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8/10 Laurie 09 June 2017

ELS is the solo project of Edward Simpson of Circuit Breaker fame delivering his first slice of magnetic joy, or more likely magnetic doom, on new (and possibly his) label Gateway. Mastered by Stephen Bishop (Basic House/Opal Tapes). 

There are certainly some downcast electronic gloom tunes on here. It’s like you’ve taken Throbbing Gristle and The Haxan Cloak and smeared them together with your hands, eventually pressing your digits into some cassette reels for human ears. Wind tunnel melodies combine with beats reminiscent of early Portishead playing in a cathedral, with a bunch of white noise wisps layered on top as the icing on this troubled cake. 

It’s quite a short tape - I’ve whizzed through to side B. Maybe that’s what happens when you’re having ‘fun’. NR listeners (and employees) have a weird idea of fun though. Phil’s only having fun when a Shellac album or Geoff Barrow soundtrack is playing. Anyway, this actually tiptoes on dark, subdued techno on the second side, but it’s like Vatican Shadow’s techno rather than Surgeon. Proper murk.



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