Operative :: Anodyne
release :: 23 May 2011
“Superb EP from Anodyne – deep, dark and menacing, proper brooding electronics.
All four Empires are strong contenders – but Time is definitely our favourite to win the war. 4 out of 5” – Posthuman (Balkan Vinyl / Seed)
“The Anodyne release is great, we’re going to try and a get a mix together for him in the next few months.” – Plaid
“Wow! Impressive tracks. I think i will go with Empire with Light. Thank you for the e.p. – nice one !!!” – AQF / Anstam
“Anodyne deposits some of his finest material on an outstanding EP for London’s Combat clique. Listeners of a darker disposition will be in their element here, from the super-modified ‘ardcore swing and epic synth vistas of ‘Empire Of Dust’ through Rob Hall-ready Techno on ‘Empire Of Glass’, and the pitch-black warehouse sound on ‘Empire Of Light’. Recommended!” – Boomkat
“Damn, absolutely loving this release. The tempo and vibe of the tracks switch up and down but the grinding, melancholic discontent running throughout really pushes my buttons. More please!” – The Centrifuge
We’re really excited for this one… Tech’ed up up with 2011 production while nodding back to the 90’s electronic influences like Warp Records, Skam et al, the Empires E.P. features 4 tracks of clattering breakbeat electro, dense with majestic yet melancholic, euphoric yet mournful strings that call to mind Beaumont Hannant, Autechcre and Gescom. Already supported by Plaid and Rob Hall, this is some of Anodyne’s finest work to date.
One of Ireland’s unsung electronic heroes, Colin N Cloughley aka Anodyne has been making music since the late 90’s, appearing on the seminal MASK offshoot of Skam Records.
It should come as no surprise that fertile period of rave history has inspired and informed his productions heavily, surfacing in the fierce electro/techno/drum-break hybrid rhythms and dense, majestically mournful chords infusing every track which call to mind Autechre, Gescom and Rob Hall.
Sublime melodies and strings that are similtaneously grounded with guttural low notes, giving Anodyne’s music that very rare quality of being able to sound dark yet euphoric, majestic yet melancholic at the same time. Melodic, affirming and beautiful but in a way that you could never ever call cheesy.
Bursting back into the public eye in 2010 with the “Corrosion” album, it became clear the degree of respect his music enjoys, with remix work coming in from the likes of The Black Dog, Lackluster and the mighty Autechre themselves.
Look out for further remix work to come form the Combat crew, including Boris Noiz, Subjex, Naeked and more.
Thanks for the DJ support so far: Rob Booth, Plaid, Threnody, ScanOne, Noiz, Rob Hall, Kirsti