Review: With releases on Illegal Alien and his own Monotony imprint to his credit, Bryan Chapman now steps up with a killer EP for London's ePM. Featuring Chapman's distinctively dense and tripped out style, it moves from the rumbling, layered groove of "Kala" into the higher-paced "Nimrala", where he effectively deploys a cacophony of chiming bells against a rough rhythm. "Ulu" sees Chapman descend down the wormhole again with droning textures and a powerful supporting rhythm, while he changes tact on closing track "Mato". Slowing down the pace, considerably, the low-slung groove is swathed in grimy dungeon acid textures.
Review: There must be something in the water on England's south coast. Since the 90s, it has been home to mavericks like Cristian Vogel and the No Future crew. The latest artist to emerge from this area is Bryan Chapman, who has released on labels like Cari Lekebusch's H-Productions and Alan Fitzpatrick's 8-Sided Dice. Monotony is Chapman's own imprint and he launches it in fine style; "Dawn Of Sila" is a deep, hypnotic pulse, underpinned by acid and inspired by Sandwell District. "Arsenik" is in a similar vein, albeit with a more stepping groove, but when Chapman departs from convention, he produces truly distinctive work. In particular, the filtered, abstract tangle of rhythm and noise that comprises "Isserley" is inspired by the finest south coast techno traditions.