Toby Leeming aka The Third Man provides a taster of what we can expect from his album Beyond The Heliosphere, due out in May, with the Double Dawn EP on the EPM label. Leeming's production style is somewhat reminiscent of classic Dan Curtin in prioritising melodies but also has a rough and ready touch, yet Leeming is far more linear in his approach, as characterised on the title track. The grandiose swaggering way Leeming utilises his melody lines over the noisy, acid blotted bassline ensure your attentions remain elsewhere though! EPM excel themselves in procuring remixes from the superb John Heckle and Claro Intelecto, with the former's typically intensity complemented by the latter's spiky metallic rhythms.
Pipes At Helios Canyon (Legowelt remix) - (5:11) 126 BPM
The Tracker - (6:32) 130 BPM
Toby Leeming aka The Third Man has been making some truly distinctive music of late. Straddling the sounds of Detroit and Chicago while adding his own interpretation, his fusion has piqued the interest of labels like ART, Tabernacle and now ePM Music. True to form, Pipes is an unusual-sounding affair. It begins with a series of psychedelic, chiming bells before the arrangement nosedives into churning synths and a pulsing Italo-style bassline. From there, Leeming leads the track through melodic flourishes and dense claps, all the time underpinned by a raw bassline. The label has chosen the remixer wisely and Legowelt turns "Pipes" into a gurgling acid freak out. Leeming's own "The Tracker", with its grinding bass, completes the package.
It's a case of no holds barred as this three-tracker focuses on the tougher end of the techno spectrum. Third Man, who recently released deeper sounds for Kirk Degiorgio's label, provides the most restrained contribution with "Japanese Super Ice", but even here, intense chord sequences build over an insistent, rolling groove. The pace is ramped up a few notches on Shibee's "The Core", where grinding riffs and glitchy, splintered percussion complements the pumping rhythm. However, none of this could prepare the listener for the Andy Richmond remix of Atmosphere's "Breeze": over a pounding, relentless tribal drum pattern, screeching rave riffs provide an insane conclusion.
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