Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, EBM.
Background/Info: Set up in 2004 by Daniel Pad, ES23 self-released its debut work and released 3 official full lengths on Infacted Recordings. “Taking Me Down” is the German project’s newest EP (or single if you prefer; the work features the title song plus 4 remixes and an alternative version of the latest album title-song).
Content: “Taking Me Down” is less dark-electro driven than what I’m used to hearing from ES23. It remains a ‘cold’ electro driven piece, but it still sounds pretty EBM-like while the vocals are rather ‘clear’ compared to earlier work.
Remixes were made by Frozen Plasma, Ruined Conflict, Synthattack and State Of The Union. The last song is a “Classic Version” of “Erase My Heart”.
+ + + : The title song is the right track for an EP; it’s a perfect danceable cut driven by cool, cold sequences and an efficient lead. The song moves crescendo, which creates a certain feeling of climax. Among the remixes I especially recommend the transcendental approach by Frozen Plasma and the more pop-sounding one by Ruined Conflict.
– – – : The remixes are okay, but speaking for myself I expected a bit more out of remixes and especially on an EP. The “Classic Version” of “Erase My Heart” is surprising, light and wafting, but doesn’t bring anything really extra to the work.
Conclusion: ES23 strikes back with an efficient song for the dancefloors!
Best songs: “Taking Me Down”, “Taking Me Down – Frozen Plasma Remix”, “Taking Me Down – Ruined Conflict Remix”.