Review: With 20 years spent releasing, distributing and representing techno and electro's finest producers, it's fair to say that ePM is a true champion of the underground. That commitment comes into sharp focus on EPM20, which brings together music from all of the Eps that the label released over the past year. The listener is really spoilt for choice: Regis delivers the beautifully ghostly techno of "Beyond The Reach Of Time Pt 1", while Robert Hood keeps the mood mysterious on the aptly named "Shadows". While the compilation spotlights prominent producers, it also showcases artists who sometimes fly under the radar - on this occasion, it's Paul Mac with the drum-heavy "Nothing Remains" and Carl Finlow's nocturnal electro on "Optogenetic". The fact that it's dedicated to the sadly departed Tim Baker is also a lovely touch.
Review: The idea that music should stay away from politics is flawed, and Break The Silence is one of the most convincing counter-arguments against this notion. Featuring unreleased tracks donated by a stellar cast of underground electronic music artists, the compilation seeks to raise funds for Campaign Zero, an initiative that campaigns against police violence in the US. With artists like Rob Hood, 4 Hero and Luke Slater all contributing to Break The Silence, the listener really is spoilt for choice while also supporting a great cause. However, the standouts come from Eddie Fowlkes and Jon Dixon, who both drop superb jazz-influenced house tracks.
That's What I Think About (Culoe De Song remix) - (9:06) 123 BPM
Review: Although many would think of The Belleville Three when naming the originators of the Detroit techno sound, Eddie Fowlkes was fundamental in the development of the city's first wave - he released his first record on Juan Atkins? Metroplex Records in 1986 - one of the very first techno tracks ever produced in fact! He also went on to pioneer the city's house sound, alongside Kelli Hand and Alton Miller. Said to have earned his nickname 'Flashin' for his skills behind the decks, Fowlkes has continued to produce pioneering tracks and toured dancefloors around the world. "That's What I Think About" is a deep and bumpin' joint with a cool spoken word vocal, while Culoe De Song's remix up next is a nice modern revision and gives it exactly the kind of hi- tech soul makeover - that would make all the Detroit heads proud. "Something Special E" is more energetic, a bit more techy and perfect to turn up the heat later in the night. These tracks were originally released on Fowlkes' Detroit Wax label.
Review: The latest collection on Loco Dice's label is its most wide-ranging release yet. It veers from the minimal/tribal fusion of Shlomi Aber's "Mind Tribus" and the drum-heavy workout of San Francisco veteran Joeski's "Beware of the Drum" to the deep, bleepy techno of Anthea's "Booty Call". It's true that Desolat's main focus is European house and techno, but this compilation embraces US influences. Robert Dietz's "You're So Hood" fuses sleazy p-funk bass with the primal stomp of Cajmere, while Detroit producer Eddie Fowlkes provides the raw back beats and muffled vocal samples of the sublime "I'm Telling You".