It was way back in 1996 that Drumcode label-boss Adam Beyer turned to good friend Jesper Dahlbäck under his Lenk alias for the inaugural Drumcode 12. Now, fifteen years later, the pioneering Swede makes a return to the label under his own name for this expansive four track EP entitled Interpersonal Relationship.
The incredibly detailed You Got Me opens the EP and evokes mid-nineties dancefloor workouts skilfully with a nagging vocal loop sitting atop a fluid and utterly contemporary pairing of percussion and effects.
The low-slung and dubbed-out locked groove of the wonderfully titled Violent Backlash follows and comes on like a master class in controlled aggression. A relentless synth drone and lung-collapsing toms leaping from the mix is pretty much all that is needed, and all that is used.
Interpersonal Relationship continues with considerable menace. A determined kick drum combines with a two note, pulsing bass while the track mutates via a mixture of clever filtering, drops, tight delays and fantastic, gently clipped conga loop.
Our Love closes the EP Interpersonal Relationship EP but, despite its somewhat sentimental title, continues the aggressive themes set out in tracks one to three. Further exploring the intense vocal loop theme, it ties in nicely with the opener and completes the EP as neatly as it does explosively.