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EP Reviews

Ian Pooley & Spencer Parker

Thirty six

Josh Wink’s Ovum Imprint exclusively looks to expand tasteful tunes across the globe. Releasing and promoting some of the top names in the industry as well as cultivating fresh talent, Ovum is a go-to hit with many DJs from Ibiza to Berlin. This time, seasoned producers Ian Pooley and Spencer Parker pair up to launch an underground EP with minimal aesthetics. Since meeting in Berlin a few years ago the duo have enjoyed a multitude of success both together and individually. Following up their 2010 Kinderteller EP, Thirty Six aims to prove their craftsmanship in to the new year.

In My Head is a masterful lesson in stripped-back, minimalist aesthetics. Pulsing synths move around a hypnotic drums groove with carefully controlled hi-hats and skittering percussion. The powerful sub-bass line makes this one mysterious and unadulterated dose of dance floor bliss. Engineered with the precision of two techno producers who are comfortably sitting at the top of their game, In My Head is a real treat. Opening up with a thicker and raw feeling of 808 drive, Lerchen und Eulen catches the listener off guard with a catchy hook and playful aura; it makes for one soulful beach-party groover. Flowing and flawless it is reinforced by effervescent arpeggios and Latin inspired percussion.

The highly praised and revered Radio Slave delivers a weird and wonderful trip with his remix of Lerchen und Eulen. With a crisp, solid drum pattern being about the only element of the song, the distant spaced-out pads orbit around an unintelligible vocal sample. The mix is fleshed out with further unidentifiable sonic artifacts and eerie filtered strings.  The hefty kick and bass combo punches back into the mix as the journey repeats itself hypnotizing a sensual track. Continuing with tradition of deep/tech master productions, Ovum’s reign on the underground is anything but short lived. Able to count on top producers to deliver their most diverse work to date, Wink’s imprint thrives on conceptual beats turned dance floor burners.