2021 sees EPM hit a new milestone as the organisation celebrates 20 years of electronic music. The first part of the EPM20 celebrations sees a series of three multi-artist EPs released across the summer, each focussing on a different genre – techno, electro and house – the three main pillars of the label’s musical heritage.
Each EP features four brand new and exclusive tracks released digitally and on vinyl in specially designed sleeves. The first of these EPs focuses on techno and presents new tracks from four techno artists - Robert Hood, Ben Sims, James Ruskin and Mark Broom.
The choice was apparently an easy one for the label because of the artists’ production skills and their long working relationship, which includes the digital distribution of their respective labels – M-Plant, Hardgroove, Blueprint and Beard Man.
Robert Hood opens the release with ‘Shadows’, which segues between a tough line and delicate bells. Next, Ben Sims infuses ‘Xotnuc’ with all the upbeat energy and tech-funk he brings to his DJ sets. James Ruskin then steps up, bringing an experimental edge to ‘There Was A Time’, which has championed 25 years of his Blueprint label. Finally, the UK's Mark Broom’s ‘The Three Swords’ builds with a precision that aims to make you yearn for the dancefloor.