Elm – Edge (Digital EP – Alfa Matrix)

Elm – Edge
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Genre/Influences: EBM.

Background/Info: Peter Elm got some recognition under the Restricted Area moniker. This Swedish artist always moved in between electro-pop and pure EBM releasing multiple noticeable releases. Speaking for myself I’ve always thought that this artist never gained the deserved recognition.

Elm is the new solo-project of this talented artist who was joined by Pontus Stålberg (Spetsnaz) as the producer.

Content: Elm has been announced as 100% EBM. I can only, but confirm the hard and punching old-school EBM formula reminding me of Nitzer Ebb, Spetsnaz, NZ and co. This is a merciless EP served as an appetizer for the upcoming “Hardline”-debut album.

“Edge” is a smashing cut carried by a deep, dry and murderous bass line joined by a danceable cadence and the charismatic vocals of Peter Elm. The duo Elm –  Stålberg stands for experience and total efficiency.

There are 5 remixes of the title song. Next to an “Xtended Mix” and “Punish Mix” we get remixes by Autodafeh, Pouppée Fabrikk and Hardwire. The most atypical and still cool remix is the one by Hardwire featuring furious guitar passages and a mad cadence.

There also is a kind of B-side song reminding me of Restricted Area for the use of French language. It’s a sexual EBM experience once more carried by a great bass line.

+ + + : “Edge” sounds like EBM has to sound; great sound production driven by a heavy bass line, fast sequences, a danceable cadence and great vocals.

– – – : Less remixes of the title song and a bit more remixes of the B-side cut (for example) would have been better for the diversity. “Edge” is a great piece of music although it doesn’t bring any new element to the genre.

Conclusion: The shadow of Douglas McCarthy is lurking from behind the corner and he knows it’s great stuff…

Best songs: “Edge”, “Brofar – X-Edit”, “Edge – Xtended Mix”, “Edge – Remixed by Hardwire”.

Rate: (7½).


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