Friday, 19 March 2010

Eprom – Never / (FaltyDL Rephresh) [Surfire]

Surfire Sound’s debut release features two fine beat makers: Eprom and FaltyDL. Both bring a skippy garage-esq variant to the table. San Fransisco resident Eprom brings the source material and New York’s FaltyDL show us his slant. The two share a love for deeply hypnotic bumping garage full of twisted, clattering drums and funky basslines that seem to echo with an otherworldly spectral atmosphere.

‘Never’ the original is aimed more squarely at the floor compared to FaltyDL’s rephresh. Eprom juggles sizzling high-hats, funky drum patterns, emotive cut-up female vocal samples and a bubbly urgent bassline against subtly progressing bleep-melodies. It’s got all the hallmarks of a post-garage track but steers away from cliché by having a sound that gets under your skin and stays there.

FaltyDL gets darker and more spaced out with his take, chopping the drums up into fragmented breaks and making the samples even more ghostly. The bassline gets dubby and smeared into a pulsing buzz while all the other elements shuffle in all directions. The brake-down melts into sub territory before the breaks and a subtle synth melody takes hold again.

Both versions nail it and will serve adventurous DJs well in the clubs, Eprom’s rolling original should get things bumping and FaltyDL’s will shake things up with its spaced out sub heavy bass pressure. It turns out Eprom and FaltyDL are a deadly combination, expect to see more from both.

Originally written for Sonic Router.

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