EPM launches a new subsidiary label under the banner of “V-Series”, standing for Vintage: a golden era of Techno in the 90s and early 2000s before the digital era took over. As we dig in the vaults for over-looked gems and hidden classics, they remaster releases from this time that have previously only been available on vinyl, bringing them into the digital age.
‘Chicago Connex EP’
The first EP in the series is the ‘Chicago Connex EP’ which was originally released on Oliver Way’s Morpheus Productions back in 2000 with Robert Armani (Dance Mania / ACV / Traxman) and fellow Chicago producer Lester Fitzpatrick (Relief / Naked Lunch / Urban Kickz).
Lester Fitzpatrick launches with a steam train of a kick drum that spins off into a disorientating sweat soaked vortex of off-kilter, industrial Chi-town jack for a truly unique roof-raiser!
Robert Armani follows with his classic signature sound of distorted Chicago drums and minimal twisted beats, as the snare rides through twisted filtered frequencies for the dancefloor journey that is ‘Object’.
The EP is then rounded off by two of Oliver Way’s own Chicago influenced productions – ‘Notorious’ which was originally released under the pseudonym Morpheus Productions, takes part of an Armani answer machine message and adds that distinctive hard Chicago Techno sound. Oliver’s second track ‘Shuffle Rush’ was originally released on ‘Electronic Sockets Pt 3’ in 1999 via Urban Substance that Oliver ran with Dublin promoter JDP and brings a more linear minimal techno feel to this Windy City embracing release.
1. Lester Fitzpatrick – ’10/31/70′
2. Robert Armani – ‘Object’
3. Oliver Way – ‘Notorious’
4. Oliver Way – ‘Shuffle Rush’
For EPMmusic’s 100th release they’re throwing it back to another milestone. Last year, EPM celebrated 20 years in the business of Digital Distribution and Rights Management with a series of vinyl EPs and a compilation on our in-house label. Now they’ve enlisted Shed, CYRK, Inigo Kennedy and Works of Intent – all artists who we’ve had the pleasure to work with in the last 2 decades – to remix some of those ‘EPM20’ tracks.
On the A-side, the highly acclaimed and always uncompromising Shed (one of the many aliases of Berlin’s René Pawlowitz) delivers a raw and tribal take on Regis ‘Beyond The Reach Of Time’. From one legend to a current Electro phenomenon CYRK, fresh off the back of their collaborative ‘Freundschaft’ album on Burial Soil turn their hand to Freddie Fresh’s ‘ProMars’ adding their own style of tuff ‘lectro funk.
Flip over for one of the UK’s Techno warriors, Inigo Kennedy, as the Asymmetric man goes all out on his ominously epic and bass laden remix of ‘Io’ by Bryan Chapman. To close the EP is UK electronic artist and DJ, Works of Intent (f.k.a. R.O.S.H) with a twisted remix of Paul Mac’s ‘Nothing Remains’ bringing in elements of rave, breaks and sci fi sonics.
Various Artists – EPM20/RMXS
Released: 16 September 2022
A1. Regis – ‘Beyond The Reach Of Time (Shed Remix)’
A2. Freddie Fresh – ‘ProMars (CYRK Remix)’
AA1. Bryan Chapman – ‘Io (Inigo Kennedy Remix)’
AA2. Paul Mac – ‘Nothing Remains (Works Of Intent Remix)’
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