2021 sees EPM hit a new milestone as the digital distribution, rights management, PR company and record label celebrates 20 years of electronic music. The first part of the EPM20 celebrations sees a series of three multi-artist EPs released across the summer, each focusing on a different genre – techno, electro and house – the three main pillars of EPM’s musical heritage. EP1 focuses on techno and presents new tracks from four of the world’s leading techno artists, Robert Hood, Ben Sims, James Ruskin and Mark Broom.
Blumoog Music 013, “Modular immersion”, is a heavy, high intensity three tracker EP.
Two tracks from M.R.E.U.X on the A-Side and a remix from Essex finest Ben Sims on the B-Side.
We are not alone. Through the centuries we have created theories, heard stories, made films, and of course, music that is deeply inspired by the idea of the unknown, and the cosmos. We went far and deep into this cosmic void to gather 4 visionairs to help us present a new series on the label. “Visitations – Chapter 1”, touches down through sonic dimensions with Damon Wild, Ben Sims, Steve Bicknell and Tadeo. These artists are amongst the few key figures who established the foundations of Techno music and continue to do so decades later…. Their influences are also undeniable to the aesthetics and sound of “Chronicle” and so we are more then honored to present each one of them on our new series. Their contribution to this compilation is of extraordinary measure, connected both in vision and purpose they provide us with extraterrestrial sounds that challenges the listener both intellectually and emotionally with each track standing strongly on its own while functioning in a cohesive way bringing the vision of Chronicle Records into focus.
Ben Sims delivers Sampler 2, another four incredibly artists taken from his Tribology compilation. From the 808 driven hypnotics of Berghain’s Steffi through to ROD’s strident ‘Embase’ via Jeroen Search’s masterful, bleeping ‘Ostinato Pattern’ and Sims’ own punchy edit of unreleased Robert Hood cut ‘Gun Talk’ this is an unmissable 12″. A total of 5 samplers will drop as part of the Ben Sims pres Tribology mix compilation project.
Closing out the year, Ben Sims’ Symbolism Ltd returns with an ultra limited vinyl VA which further explores the hypnotic yet squarely dancefloor focused side of modern techno and features a cut from Synewave legend, Damon Wild.
Symbolism Ltd kicks off with four strident, hypnotic but powerful Mike Storm tracks, all featuring the unquestionable editing skills of Ben Sims. Super limited pressing.
Four techno banging tracks by UK Legend Ben Sims, on the A side Rippin & Skippin is this relentless Jackin heavy Techno jam. Gamma Ray Subway is a Funky Hypnotic and repetitive jam that can somehow be pictured in a Jeff Mills set, while on the B side it’s Acid attack. The Stalker is a darky heavy monster, while Acid OD is a dope and raw Acid jam.
Ben Sims’ Symbolism celebrates its 20th release with an 8 tracker featuring the first original Ben Sims material in the past few years. Launched in 1999, Symbolism was initially intended as side project of Sims’ Theory imprint but quickly developed in to a standout label itself with releases from Sims (as Aural Emote), Exos, Reeko and a split release with Function hitting home on the circuit. After a 9 year hiatus Symbolism was reactivated in in 2015 and has since dropped 12”s from the likes of Mike Gervais, D_Func, JC & Kastil and George Tounisidis, ‘Standing Before The Unknown’ is a heavy package from start to finish and takes in a number of tones while remaining firmly dancefloor focused. Paul Mac’s solo contribution ‘Off a Cliff’ kicks things off in typically pristine style while ‘Ishishish’, his collaboration with Sims, is a rougher, percussive affair that marks a fine return to the studio for Sims. Russia’s Rodion Stankevich makes two contrasting appearances; first with the abrassive ‘Umustgothruit’ and later with intricately layered and hypnotic ‘Any Questions Any Answers’. Joton also appears twice with his playfully tough ‘Fatum’ working nicely against the later night sonics of ‘Filia’. Minneapolis’ Mike Gervais returns to Symbolism with his most intense cut to date in ‘Crisis’ whilst Dutch producer Mike Storm debuts on the label with the strident ‘Confirmed Life’.
More than any other UK techno producer, Luke Slater has remained at the cutting edge. This is partly due to his ability to make forward-thinking music, but as this new series demonstrates, he also possesses an uncanny knack for pairing off with other inspired artists. “Gated” is vintage PAS material from the 90s, its distorted rhythm lent a housey bias here thanks to Ben Sims’ superb remix. It’s hard to believe that “Dungeon”, available here in its original format, dates back to 1997, as its bleepy, tunneling groove and its ‘swarm of bee’ hums make for exactly the kind of hypnotic sounds that many modern producers try – and fail – to emulate. Completing this excellent release is a dry, tribal version of “Dunegon” by O [Phase] from Token.
Stealth Mission 002 has arrived and continues where 001 left off – raw, uncomrpimising acid house and techno for warehouses.
Ben Sims presents ‘Theory Of Completion’ the final release on his label Theory. He unleashes four forward forward-thinking Techno cuts for 050.2, two of these receiving the remix treatment from Planetary Assault Systems and DVS1. On 050.3, Sims goes all out with a grip of dancefloor killers, backed by a stunning remix from none other than Surgeon.
Four peak-timers incl. a special club edit of the popular ‘Rawhide’ track, and Degiorgio’s ‘Dread’ appears on vinyl for the first time after it’s inclusion on Sims’ Fabric Mix CD. Funky and uncompromising as always – this will be a mainstay in Techno sets.
The penultimate Theory release is a highly limited double pack 7” of road tested club bangers, featuring 3 previously unreleased tracks from Ben and a collab with Paul Mac
Truncate present the first remix EP, featuring 4 remixes by Ben Sims, Mark Broom and Truncate.
This time around it’s a bold 303 mission, with Ben Sims on the machines, Tyree Cooper on the vocals and the illusive Geeeman on the remix duties.
Prolific, eclectic, and always evolving, Ben Sims’ name has been synonymous with quality techno for nearly two decades. His enviable career path mirrors the history of twenty years of popular music in the UK, drifting from hip-hop and reggae into the early days of pirate radio, the peak of acid house, and pummeling hardcore. Sims has always been a precocious listener – in his early teens he would DJ his school’s disco parties prior to gaining a reputation as an advanced talent on the rave and club circuit – and his experience is reflected in the timelessness of the selections on fabric 73. Beholden to no specific era or genre beyond the power of their pure transportive grooves, on fabric 73 Sims showcases the restlessly creative selections that continue to make him an essential and inspiring DJ for advanced techno listeners worldwide.
MPM17 comprises two brand new Floorplan tracks, Phobia and Glory B plus a remix of album cut ‘Higher!’ by Ben Sims. The opener, ‘Phobia’ is a driving, funk-fuelled track. An unrelenting looped jam that immediately sets the tone for another stunning M-Plant release. Solid peak time techno tracks.
Theory Recordings is back with a vs EP featuring label boss Ben Sims remixing two original cuts from Scottish techno legend Stephen Brown. His unique brand of intelligent and soulful goodness has graced many labels over the years. He is backed with 2 firing remixes from Ben Sims that have been doing plenty of damage all over.
New label by Ben Sims and Kirk Degiorgio. Entitled, appropriately enough, Machine, the EP sees Degiorgio deliver the deep melodicism of “Machine Theme”, while Sims contributes one of his typically twisted productions in the shape of “Metal Works”, an alienating slice of prickly techno. To round it off, Sims remixes “Machine Theme”, concentrating on a tough 909 rhythm.