on 10 April 2014
Last month Dial records came to town; Oval Space hosted a party I won't be forgetting for a long while. Pantha Du Prince, Lawrence, John Roberts & Carsten Jost entertained a packed dance floor with their spine tingling take on deep house and minimal tech. Perhaps the most notable Dial name not on the line up was Efdemin, who, elsewhere no doubt was promoting this new album, Decay. I bought this largely on the strength of the label it's released on, with little prior knowledge of Efdemin's productions.
Efdemin's album is distinct from other recent dial releases most notably in it's choice of vocal samples. But this album also differs in that its much colder and more sparse than any other Dial LPs I've come across.
Efdemin opens his album with a recording of a conversation in 'Some Kind of Up and Down, Yes'. The track is striking in the way it highlights every 'umm' spoken, and its repetition of single words ('Yes'), giving the conversation a strange and awkward flow. No doubt this is deliberate, and it certainly grabs your attention.
The next three tracks take you into a world of peculiar and slightly gloomy soundscapes, all minimal and subtle with strong percussive elements. As we reach the middle of the album, the album's title track 'Decay' introduces itself with an uncomfortably high pitch bleep, that runs throughout the track, and for this reason alone is my least favourite offering on the album. 'Track 93' & 'Ohara' are the other tracks for me that were more alienating than engaging; in both cases because of the choice of vocal samples.
Efdemin's best offerings are the minimal thumper 'Transducer', the Dozzy-esque 'Paralaxis', & best of all, the deep & atmospheric 'Subatomic'. These three offerings make the album worth the venture, each with that perfect blend of melody, mood and subtlety.
Perhaps it's because I was so impressed by what the rest of the Dial gang have offered live that it's taken me a lot of listens to appreciate Decay. This album is no 'Glass Eights' or 'Black Noise', but whilst I doubt it'll be many people's favourite Dial release, its still very much worth delving into.
on 13 April 2014
The latest release from Efdemin is as good a piece of techno as you are likely to hear in 2014, which has been a monumental year so far for the genre. The first track, Some Kind Of Up And Down Yes is the pick of the bunch, but the quality stays with this release until the final track.
Pick this up if you have enjoyed recent releases by Kris Wadsworth, .tobias and Untold.