Ekman aka Roel Dijcks follows up 2015's Aphasia on Trilogy Tapes with an EP that boasts varying degrees of acid madness. While the Dutch producer's focus on earlier releases had seen him fuse industrial and techno influences with acid, Onomatomania is really all about the 303. It starts with the distorted tweaks of "Onomatomania 1", before Ekman retraces his steps back to electro to deliver the second instalment. However, he smothers the rolling drums and snares in layer upon layer of acid. By the time he reaches the third instalment, Dijcks has ventured farther in the realms of distortion, but to close out the release, the fourth "Onomatomania", with its spiralling acid lines, gives vintage Hardfloor a run for their money.
One of last year's breakthrough labels, Berceuse Heroique, returns with a sixth release and more compelling evidence that Dutch producer Ekman can be the sonic equivalent of GBH when the mood fits. Those out there lucky enough to scoop up Roel Dijcks inauguration of Berceuse Heroique will already be sending signals from their brains to the fingers that say "click buy". "Acid 7" proves to be just as deadly as that release, jaggedly throwing the burning embers of a malfunctioning Roland unit into battle a crud-infested bass drum before some hi-hats come in to add to the frenzy. The label's fine tradition of remix commissions continues with L.I.E.S. artist Vereker homing in on the psychedelic DNA of Ekman's production with the resultant production looser but no less deadly.
If you didn't know that Ekman was from Holland, you could probably guess; his distorted, saucer-eyed take on techno sounds tailor-made for dark, dusty squat parties in Rotterdam or The Hague. Here he returns to the mighty Berceuse Heroique imprint with another formidable chunk of Dexter-on-acid rave sorcery. "GMMDI" brilliantly blends relentless techno rhythms, recorded-in-a-cement-mixer synths and dancing rave melodies into the sort of throbbing techno banger that could have been recorded at any point over the last 30 years. Ekman's old pals Breaker 1 2 provide the alternative remix, simmering things down whilst retaining the original's foreboding chords and thumping beats.
Artwork of the week goes to this Solar One 12", with the label enlisting Lowlands don Mehdi Rouchiche to work his Godspill magic on the collective talents of Helena Hauff, Perseus Traxx, The Exaltics, Drvg Cvltre and Ekman. Perseus Traxx's moustache is quite something! These artists join forces for the Signs Of Decay 12", a powerful collective statement on the desiccation some "hard and dirty acid tracks" can do to a dancefloor. Don't come here looking for any lofty concepts, this is just five of the best banging their boxes in the name of all that is grotty and lysergic. Fans of Hauff's Panzerkreuz material will be delighted with the demonic, red lining sounds of her contribution "Culmination Of Frustration."
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