Mark Broom's 'Z Beats' follows 'One Sound / Myth' (June) and 'King EP' (September) as the third in a trilogy of EPs for EPMmusic and also includes a remix by Truncate.
2017 has been another packed year for this UK Techno deity. As a DJ there's been an abundance of gigs across Europe (including a return to Berghain) and a Resident Advisor podcast. On the production front, his EPs for EPMmusic as well as 'Snake Eyes' on the Beard Man label he presides over, which was featured in Label Mates on B.Trait's BBC Radio 1 show and continues to support some of the freshest names in Techno - this year alone he's presented EPs by Avision, Discrete Circuit, Patrik Carrera and Env3. He's also persistently in demand for his remix work delivering them for artists like Ilario Alicante on Cocoon, B12 on De:tuned, Frazier on Elementra, Justin Berkovi on Girafe Sauvage, Schmutz on Suara and Blue Hour to name just a few.
The new EP opens with two superlative versions of the title track, 'Z Beats'. Mix 1 is a stripped and deep minimal-techno drill while Mix 2 utilises a warm bass and variegated melody. Up next is a phat and phunky 'Z Beats' remix by Truncate, the alias used by Audio Injection (LA's David Flores) to focus on a deeper, raw techno sound. While bringing up the rear is another treat from Broom; 'OT' is a glistening peak time stomper that closes the EP as it started.