Robert Hood / Floorplan – Shaker / Ritual EP [EPM010V]

For the first time this EP unites Robert Hood’s two dancefloor personalities on a brand new release. With one track as Robert Hood and the other under his Floorplan alias we certainly get the best of both worlds. ‘Shaker’ immerses you in those late-night moments when Robert graces the decks. It’s pulsating and hypnotic; stripped-back to the essentials. The beats, the groove, the perfectly placed vocal snippet – nothing is superfluous here. Robert’s Floorplan touch is all over ‘Ritual’. A shuffling Chi-town flavour, trademark hi-hats and a beast of a bassline underlies the track, with elegant synths that build to dizzying heights.

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Robert Hood / Floorplan – Shaker / Ritual EP [EPM010V]

Esteban Adame – Day Labor [EPM007V]

Following the album’s opening single ‘Home Sick’ backed by a remix from MGUN earlier this spring, LA based artist Esteban Adame delivers his first album for EPM in the shape of ‘Day Labor’. Esteban Adame is a part of the new wave of artists emerging from the Los Angeles underground scene. After releasing material on Planet E, Esteban partnered up with long time friend and colleague Santiago Salazar to start ICAN Productions. As a musician, Esteban is also a member of the Underground Resistance live act Galaxy to Galaxy, as well as being part of the new six-piece ensemble, Thee Afterdark. He has also released solo productions on labels like Underground Quality and Modelhart and boasts various remixes to his credit.

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Esteban Adame – Day Labor [EPM007V]

VA – EPM Selected Vol.2 [EPM032]

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Now a fully-fledged music label with over 30 releases to its name, EPM counts albums from Paul Mac, Carl Taylor, Kristian Heikkila, Lee J. Malcolm, Luis Martinez and The Third Man to its ever-expanding roster. ‘EPM Selected Vol 2’ is the second label snapshot, focussing on the techno side of the label’s output so far (with a couple of rare exclusives* thrown in for good measure).

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VA – EPM Selected Vol.2 [EPM032]

The Third Man – Double Dawn EP [EPM003V]

EPM Music welcomes The Third Man to its label roster in 2013 with his ‘Beyond The Heliosphere’ album due for release in the Spring. As a precursor to the album are two EPs, the first of which is ‘Double Dawn’ featuring remixes from John Heckle and Claro Intelecto.

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The Third Man – Double Dawn EP [EPM003V]

Carl Taylor – Debbie’s Groove [EPM002V]

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Debbie’s Groove sees Carl Taylor in full on jacking mode, with tinges of disco and a stomping beat that will see you heading straight for the nearest dancefloor. Robert Hood turns his hand to Debbie’s Groove adding that magic touch, with a deep bassline, funky claps and a vocal snippet that echoes his Floorplan sound alongside the tougher tech workouts we’re used to hearing from this master technician. Good Vibrations gives us a deeper blend of the house meets techno sound that Carl has become known for, with its tough syncopated groove reaching dizzying heights.

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Carl Taylor – Debbie’s Groove [EPM002V]

Paul Mac – Hotel Insomnia EP [EPM019]

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Paul Mac is one of the UK’s real techno veterans, a producer with a sizeable back catalogue spanning a variety of sounds. For this EP, a taster for an album of the same name, he focuses on deep, Detroit techno, but with a twist. The title track is a driving affair, but Mac lends it a musical sound with evocative, breezy chords combined with dramatic string stabs. “Undoubted” sees him go down a more tracky route and its heads-down groove veers close to militaristic, but he keeps it on the right side thank to the clanging drums and crashing percussion. Marcel Fengler also contributes an excellent, wobbly bass-led version of “Insomnia”.

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Paul Mac – Hotel Insomnia EP [EPM019]