If you multiplied the slices of toast you've consumed your entire life by a hundred it might come close to the vast array of aliases undertaken by ED DMX in a career that spans over fifteen years and releases on imprints as disparate as Rephlex, Turbo and Soul Jazz. A relationship with Permanent Vacation which began with the German label reissuing Ed DMX's "Come To Me" back in 09 is further cemented with these four tracks of original material from the producer. The title track is here in two forms, both of which have a decidedly Cold Wave feel (an aesthetic that is clearly echoed on the cover art) and sees Ed's own distinct tones punctuated by a heavy synth backing sat atop punchy drums. It's a really strong look and you could easily mistake the Dance Mix for something from the early 80s. Complementing this on the B Side are two instrumental disco boogie jams heavy on the analogue arpeggio hits with "Disco Theme" impressing in particular.
After almost 20 years in the game, Ed DMX's discography is so vast that you'd probably need a small warehouse to store all of his releases. The thing is, even after all these years he continues to deliver authentically funky electro, space funk and electrofunk jams. As usual, "Funky Dancer" ticks all the right boxes, lacing Dwayne Omarr-ish talk box vocals over a bubbling old skool electro groove and some super-cheeky synth melodies. "That Wild & Freaky Robot Funk", meanwhile, adds a dash of P-funk sassisness to the same template to great effect. We know what we're getting, but it's always good.
DMX Krew is back with a twisted, body-morphing collection of tunes on his own Breakin' Records, the label which the man has been curating since the mid-90s. Once again we're treated to a beautiful cocktail of electro deluge and machine-drum psychedelia; "Honeydew" is a classic DMX cut with enough funk to leave you roasted on the floor, while "Dramatic Exit" heads even further down the rave era thanks to its slippery beat layout and nostalgic melodies. "Sppoookey" is an AFX-reminiscent hurter, complete with plenty of acid licks and gritty-as-hell drum programming, whilst "Apple Grid" takes a bouncier approach to things and "Superficial Appearance" blends far-out acid trickles, heavy snares, DMX grit and spits it back out into a luscious deep house belter...something only the man is capable of.
Ed DMX must be a playful mood judging by this latest two tracker. It's a cheeky release to say the least and is sure to bring a grin to the faces of even the most serious electro purists. "Hot Punch" sounds like a retro 8-bit rendition of a 1980s US sitcom theme, or like Kool And the Gang as rendered in Ceefax muzak. "My Metro" is a moodier affair: all slo-mo electro-boogie with a smidgeon of Metro Area for good measure.
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