Marc Ashken

Mark Ashken

The Spilt Milk events have made their mark over the five years since their inception, welcoming the likes of Radio Slave, Dinky, Margaret Dygas, Stimming and Teifschwarz to play. The parties saw them host room three at London’s Fabric nightclub and throw off Sonar events. Here the label takes the next step from promoter to record label, launching with material from Marc Ashken, a producer who’s worked with the likes of Safari Electronique and Leftroom and holds a residency for the Spilt Milk events.

Marc Ashken
Marc Ashken

The original mix of title cut ‘Lupine’ opens up the EP, seeing Ashken fusing sturdy rhythms, tripped-out meandering melodies, resonant synth glitches and a processed vocal murmurs to kick things off. Following is the ‘Acapella’ offering, an additional tool offered on the package, then the ‘Beats’ version of ‘Lupine’ steps in, doing exactly what it says on the tin and pulling back the vibe to a rugged drum fuelled workout.

Entering the flip side of the release are two versions of ‘Squat’ the second record from Marc on the release, the first of which (the original) takes on a contrasting format to the preceding track. This time veering into more reduced realms as Ashken employs sparse drum programming, rumbling sub-bass tones and synth stabs.

The package is then closed with the ‘606 Edit’ of ‘Squat’, and as the name would suggest, it’s an analogue drum-driven take on the original number fuelled by an ever-evolving dynamism to keep things intriguing over its six-minute duration.

It’s out now, check it out below.


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