Remain & Electric Rescue - ERMA EP
The ERMA EP is a reductive release from French duo Remain and Electric Rescue that straddles the occasionally grey area between sparse electroclash, clean shaven techno and dance floor populism. In its original form it's an amplified floor-filler, the type of which the likes of Messrs Huntemann, Bodzin and Boys Noize would be proud. An unwavering kick drum pounds its way through the undergrowth with a thick, harmonious backdrop around it, occasionally coalescing into inevitable breakdowns, the polyphony of which keeps things interesting. Marc Houle's remix is altogether funkier and more subtle, and follows a different path, dispensing with the intermittent crescendos and substituting a crawling, insect-like synth atop a simple bassline. There's a big pitch change almost halfway through which heralds an urgency within, maximising its potential and hinting at hidden depths the original doesn't seem capable of glimpsing.
Wed / 3
B Erma (Marc Houle Remix)