Empires EP (Remixes Part 1)

A 5 track leftfield/idm ep (27m 2s) — released January 9th 2012 on Combat Recordings
Veteran electronic producer Anodyne kicks off the new year with this fierce remix EP on Combat Recordings. One for fans of Autechre, Plaid, Gescom and Rob Hall, this release builds upon the heavy, melanchoic euphoria and futuristic synth vistas of the powerful Empires EP, featuring tracks re-interpreted through the skilled hands of Dead Fader, AQF (Anstam), Roel Funcken, Lackluster and Fausten. Of special note is the AQF remix, done by germany's Anstam, one of 2011's brightest new artists from Modeselektor's label 50Weapons. This EP is already heavy on rotation by Rob Booth (Electronic Explorations / Boiler Room) and the Stormfield / Combat Recordings crew on Sub FM, with DJ suport by Rob Hall and Plaid. (Empire of Light - Roel Funcken mix) The Netherlands-based producers Funckarma brothers have consistently released their unique take on electronic music for over a decade, applying their advanced sound design to create dense, detailed storm of unpredictable rhythms, fleeting melodies and scorching acid lines. Roel Funcken has been prolific in his solo output over the past few years, with a brilliant album on Berlin’s Ad Noiseam label fusing the trademark intricacy of Funckarma more dancefloor focused rhythms of electro, 2 step and dubstep. Here he applies the same bass-heavy focus to Empire of Light, balancing the brooding dread bass with beautiful, wintery light keys and a rushing acid line. (Empire of Light - Anstam’s Quaint Freud mix) Lars Stöwe, mastermind behind the Germany’s brilliant Anstam, steps up to remix the Empire of Light under his alias AQF (Anstam’s Quaint Freud). Adopting the tense, melancholic euphoria of Anstam’s recent album, he reworks the rest in a totally different direction, with big rolling drums and psychedelic Moog atmospherics. This has torn up various dancefloors from the Mutek Fest in Canada to the Alphaville Fest in London and Elevate in Austria. (Empire of Light - Dead Fader mix) Former Brighton noise terrorist now based in Berlin, Dead Fader has cause all sorts of sonic mayhem since their first album Corrupt my Examiner (3 by 3 music) and more recently the Luckeey EP on Tigerbeat 6. It might surprise fans that Dead Fader also has a melodic side, and very good it is too. Some of that is visible here with a long, lush intro and lush improvised melodies that almost cushion you before the trademark Dead Fader beats crunch in with speaker-destroying force. (Empire of Dust - Lackluster mix) Having remixed Anodyne’s brilliant Corrosion album, the Finnish veteran producer return with a powerful rework for Empire of Dust, furious, fierce crisp beats riding atop a big rolling sub, brooding atmospherics and awesome synth work, with huge searing strings that make you feel like you’re standing still in time, with gaze locked into the distant future/past. (Empire of Glass - Fausten mix) Fausten - shadowy new artist on Combat turns in their first release for the label, completely transforming the original’s strings into a wave of majestic, dark euphoria that ride over a blistering attack of obtuse, analog kickdrums and searing precision noise in disjointed mechanoid rhythm. Like the more contemplative sibling to AFX’s Isoprophlex, or perhaps Autechre and Alva Noto making a hardcore rave track after some stimulants.
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