Genre/Influences: Dark-pop, EBM, dark-electro.
Background/Info: Daniel Pad ended 2019 with a new EP from his sonic brainchild ES23. While waiting for this German artist’s fourth official studio album, he brings three new songs plus three remixes from the title track.
Content: ES23 once started with pure dark-electro music and progressively evolved towards hard electro-pop. This EP sounds like the symbiosis between both influences, unleashing a powered electro where melodies and harder EBM bass lines plus dark, carrying leads are inciting the listener to dance. Among the new cuts there’s one instrumental. Remixes have been accomplished by Reichsfeind, Intent: Outtake and Desastroes.
+ + + : The title song appears to be a potential new club-hit for ES23. It’s the perfect fusion between dark-electro and electro-pop. There’s a great lead carrying this song. “Not Your Enemy” is another cool song, which is driven by a solid EBM bass line and a spooky lead. Among the remixes I especially want to mention the pumping adaptation of “When I’m Gone” by Reichsfeind.
– – – : This EP makes me really wondering how the new ES23 will sound-like. I’ve never been disappointed by this project and a possible return to darker influences would be a cool step.
Conclusion: Some EP’s still make sense and especially when you get a great title song, a cool B-side and one or more noticeable remixes.
Best songs: “When I’m Gone”, “When I’m Gone – Dungeon Remix by Reichsfeind”, “Not Your Enemy”.