Review: Livejam affiliate EMG's Experiential Learning imprint reaches its third release, and those who have heard the label's two previous releases will no doubt be somewhat surprised by the 4/4 kick drum that sounds at the start of "Final Call". While previous Experiential Learning efforts were decidedly in the experimental camp of analogue production, this record's A-side is hardware techno at its best; "Vu Meters" carries on with its hailstorm of percussion, pumping string loop and swelling bass. The B-side is an entirely different proposition; although the crazed hoover bass of "Warning" is like the Analogue Cops doing classic Belgian rave, "The Day Of (Ezekiel 33.3)" combines ghoulish samples and warbling analogue tones, the beatless "Alignment" sounds like the soundtrack to a hellish Lovecraftian wasteland, while "Awakening" takes a more meditative approach. The title seems to reference the date of supposed Mayan apocalypse; the music contained within sounds like it could easily soundtrack just that; the exquisite hand-painted label seals the deal.
Review: Mysterious Livejam affiliate EMG returns to the fledgling Experiential Learning imprint with four cuts of jack hammer techno explorations. "Moving" smacks down hard with hollow drums that would make Blawan blush before "Heavy" sees the sounds of ripped metal twisted and reshaped to form the darkest of grooves. The flip commences with the concrete percussive stomp of "Here" which features all manner of fascinating sonic quirks, echoes and vocal snippets than only truly reveal themselves after numerous listens, before "Now" offers a beatless soundcsape pockmarked by the twitches and intermittent clicks of interrupted transmissions from another universe. Truly mind bending stuff that comes wrapped in amazing artwork - highly recommended.
Review: EMG's Experiential Learning label has been MIA for a while but, as we've come to appreciate, that's exactly what we love and respect about the label. The Relative Records co-founder, the second in man in command being Juno favourite John Swing, is an enigmatic figure who has preferred to do things his own way over the last five years. Neither him or Swing have ventured outside their own labels, opting instead to create and evolve their own sound, one which has become synonymous with quality. This label is reserved for the odder, more leftfield side of EMG's productions, and this latest effort is most certainly the best one yet. 255 spans over 6 tunes, and from cavernous folds of distorted noise, to pseudo techno and glitchy, analog experiments, we're into everything about it. Techno-not-techno seems to be the right way to describe this majestic voyage into sound. Warmly recommended. Be quick, these are limited, and will go!