Phillip Sollman, better known as Efdemin, released his third LP Decay this past March on Dial—a meditative, ten-track album of forward motion very much in line with the Hamburg-based label’s tradition of deepness. As he candidly mentioned to Philip Sherburne in a recent interview for EB.net, Sollmann consciously channeled his inner Terrence Dixon/Jeff Mills while recording the album on a three-month artist residency in the Japanese city of Kyoto. The result is more straight techno than some may have expected, but the subtle production is still classic Efdemin. In this video for “Subatomic”, an EB exclusive premiere, he turned to artist Phil Struck to help him visualize the contrast between the track’s dubby progressiveness and dancefloor drive, with images of forests in black and white flickering in time to the soft thud of the kick drum. Minimalistic German producers really seem to love their woods.
Published May 22, 2014.