Not many labels can be said to be still so influential and maintain a degree of relevancy after almost 10 years of releasing numerous records and albums as much as Dial. Whilst other similar labels have fallen apart around them, German label Dial Records have kept their head in the air as one of the front runners in pushing melodic and minimalist electronic music. Founded by Peter M. Kersten and David Lieske almost a decade ago, the label has gone on to release many debuts and shape the careers of names such as Pantha Du Prince, Carsten Jost, Lawrence and Efdemin. It’s Efdemin in particular who we want to talk about today; along with Rndm, another hotly tipped producer whose recent work on Dial’s sub label Laid has seen a barrage of love and appreciation shot in his direction. As well as being talented and inventive producers on their own, the two of them have been producing and releasing records together under the alias Pigon, delving into the more experimental and lifelike production in techno. After a four year hiatus, their third offering to Dial comes as the Sunrise Industry EP. It’s everything you can expect and more from such a fascinating pairing.
Things open with the beat less sounds of ‘Dirty Float’, drawing in the listener with a intoxicating array of escalating bleeps, subtle forms of static and almost intensified crackles of vinyl. As the bleeps start to gradually merge together in a incoherent manner, a long break of radio tuning sounds and ecstatic synths disrupt the surreal atmosphere that had been built up. The track could be described in some small way as the mentally unstable brother to Michael Andrews ‘Goldfish’, in the way the recurring bleeps seem to have such a dreamy impact on the song. One of those songs on an after 2am vibe.
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The next two tracks on the EP follow a much more structured pattern, adopting four by four kicks for a club friendly approach. ‘Painting The Tape’ is the more minimal sounding of the two, crafting a steady groove whilst crackles of vinyl and a beefy bassline create a subtle underlying presence. Things continue in a similar vein with ‘Sunrise Industry’, opting however for a more punchier set of percussion and and the use of some synth work and male speech, which help advance the track in a sophisticated but groovy manner. The last track on the EP, titled ‘Flip Over Pill’ is a slight dark horse. It revolves around a couple of samples being pitched up and down whilst being put through some effects. It’s all very experimental, and will no doubt raise eyebrows, however it fits in with Pigon’s somewhat alchemistic persona. Overall a solid EP aimed at people who like their techno on the deep side.
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Pigon – Sunrise Industry EP is out now on Dial, buy it here.