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Ekoplekz - Bioprodukt
Ekoplekz
Bioprodukt
2LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Planet Mu)
24,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Ekoplekz returns with his fourth album for Planet Mu, in the shape of 10-tracker "Bioprodukt". The unique lo-fi, woozy sound of Bristol's Nick Edwards stays intact while he veers towards the nineties for inspiration: the bleep and bass sound of the north of England is one touchpoint and the acid gurgles of the 303 are another. While the murky lo-fi production levels and evocative melodies remain, they are now bolstered by a more muscular rhythmic chassis. Snappier kicks and snares mingle with dense layers of percussion and deep undulating sub-basslines adding a funkier edge, as typified by opening track "Elevation" where playful beats interlock with breezy keyboard flourishes to create something uncharacteristically upbeat. Similarly, the gentle, fluid motion of "Slipstream" and "Calypzoid" represent some of the most appealingly chilled grooves in the Ekoplekz canon to date. But the darker-edged material remains. "Expedition" has a pensive, percussion-heavy feel whilst "Acrid Acid" is a dirt-encrusted slow-mo techno meltdown. "Transcience" displays the Ekoplekz trademark dub-fx in full flight over a driving lo-end, before "Descent" leads down to the final section, where the beats fade out, replaced by rippling layers of spectral ferric ambience on the epic "Low-X Over", before finishing with the radiant looped stasis of "Denier Daze". The albums shifting, imperfect patterns and muted colours are visually mirrored in the beautifully realised sleeve by the Print Project.
Ekoplekz - Reflekzionz
Ekoplekz
Reflekzionz
2LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Planet Mu)
24,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Whilst the murky four-track cassette sound and dirty analogue textures are still very much in place, keen ears might spot a subtle change in emphasis. There are less of the radiophonic sci-fi sounds, ancient drum machines and none of the post-punk bass or guitar. Instead, Nick Edwards mainly focuses on invoking a blurry, saturated false-memory of the leftfield electronica that was the soundtrack to his life in the early to mid-1990s.As the album title suggests, "Reflekzionz" is a record that unapologetically dwells on past experiences, like flicking through an old album of bleached-out photos from days gone by, and on tracks like "Downtone", with its extended, unchanging groove and wash of muted, untethered synth melody, the aim is to invite the listener to join in a state of reverie. "Midnight Cliffs" and "Saturation (Full Rinse)" are unabashed homages to the artists who inspired Edwards, but always with enough production twists and turns to ensure the results are never simply a facsimile of the originals. Opening track "A Caustic Romance" could almost be a lost AFX beat but adds a touch of hand-played naive melody that brings to mind mid-seventies Cluster, blending different eras in a lo-fi melting pot.Elsewhere there are other influences on display. "Quakers Road Skank" sounds like Raymond Scott jamming with Lee Perry at the Black Ark "Repeater (How Did It Feel?)" tips its hat to the work of indie-psych gods Spacemen 3, whilst "Seduktion" adds a touch of Kraftwerk-like metallic sheen. But as with practically all Ekoplekz records, the unifying factor is the primitive dubwise production, heavy on the filtering, echo and equalisation, never more apparent than on "Dubnium 268" where heavy layers of drone and melody crash and burn along an unstable rhythmic path. The album closes with the gentle, woozy atmosphere of "Day In May", where fragile, muted melodies drift in and out of sync on a bed of corroded drum machine, fading into the distance like a half-remembered dream - the perfect finish to an hour spent in the company of Nick Edwards at his most 'reflective'.
Ekoplekz - Unfidelity
Ekoplekz
Unfidelity
2LP | 2014 | UK | Original (Planet Mu)
26,99 €*
Release:2014 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
On this, his debut album for Planet Mu – with Mike Paradinas working alongside Nick to pick the fruits of his labour – Nick Edwards' Ekoplekz project creates an album that feels just right for Mu. Ekoplekz has previously released on a number of labels, but with Unfidelity the music aligns itself with Mu’s melodic sensibilities and lets the early 90’s electronica influences bleed in, although the album still has the intensely transporting feel that all his work possesses.
Ekoplekz - Entropik EP
Ekoplekz
Entropik EP
12" | 2015 | UK | Original (Planet Mu)
8,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Featuring just two tracks, The Entropik EP sees Ekoplekz stretching his sound towards breaking point, each track extending well past the ten minute mark, slowly evolving yet with a sustained intensity, strength of purpose and emotional impact that ensures that neither outstays their welcome. There is no doubt that this is some of the most powerful, life-affirming music to emanate from Ekoplekz' lo-fi studio hideaway to date.
Ekoplekz - Rock La Bibliotek EP
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