ERIKM – Steme – CD – Room 40

Turntablist extraordinaire, ERIKM, has seen fit to realise this collection of tracks for Australia’s ROOM 40 imprint. Now compounding his reputation for a near virtuoso turntabling technique, combined with an armoury of electronic tools and effects, ERIKM has taken ten one minute samples burned onto a CD, which was then further treated and damaged. He then took these damaged pieces and reconfigured them, subjecting them to further distortions and deconstructions, to form an oblique, minimalist tapestry of harsh digital sounds. After an initial burst of signal, we are then plunged into a visceral soundscape (Ressac), full of stuttering, flickering textures. This really sets the tone for the rest of the collection in an impressively rendered series of exquisitely crafted digi-scapes.

Protracted silences are beset with jewelled interstices of glistening electronica. 5th track, Game, utilises a fuller pallette, and takes us into further reaches of the audible spectrum – here, bass tonalism gives way to eviscerated microsonics, and once again, we are drawn into ultra minimal sound-play. White Out forms around a gassy, almost industrial backdrop, subtly stippled with high overtones, a pale drone piece, unimpeded by the usual pitfalls of the genre.

Dissenters will no doubt liken much of Steme to early musique concret, revised and revisited, setting a path for the new generations of avant garde, however, ERIKM maintains a genuine joy, and love of the medium, in a playful, intelligent, and maturely crafted collection, that is both inspiring and original.BGN.






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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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