E.R.P. - Pith EP

Label: Frustrated Funk - FR024
Format: Vinyl, 12"
Country: Netherlands
Released: Mar 2013
Style: Electro, Techno

E.R.P. - Pith


Gerard Hanson, born in Texas, USA has been releasing tracks under various aliases since the early 90's. He is a rather obscure artist - his most known moniker is "Convextion", a guise under which he has released many outstanding detrot techno and dub techno tracks on labels such as Matrix Records, Down Low Music and a couple of remixes on Echospace Detroit.

The extent of his production skills doesn't stop there. E.R.P. (Event Related Potential) is his more electro persona, taking notable influence from Juan Atkins's "Model 500" project and the UR supergroup. It rather seems he has matured and taken things to the next level with this alternate persona.

"Pith", released in 2013 on the Dutch label "Frustrated Funk" is the latest in a string of releases that are extremely dramatic and funk infused. Much like early Juan Atkins records, drama is the word you're looking for here.

The EP starts off with "Luctu" on a more mysterious note - the electro bassline shuffles along linked masterfully to the rest of the elements. It's almost mystical, the pads keep you wondering what dark road have you embarked upon, and the drums are rather typical, keeping to the classic breakbeat formula. It's the kind of track who's home would most likely be Berghain or some broken down factory warehouse back in the late 80's somewhere in eastern London or Detroit.

"Tuga" is the most emotional of the bunch, it screams Detroit all over. It reeks of that empty ghost town feeling that most Detroit artists talk about when it comes to the inner city. The melody is haunting to say the least and the abundance of emotion is almost too much to bare. You can almost feel the pain and anguish. It is an anthem in its own right, a tribute to Detroit.

The EP is finished off with "Pith" and it's a welcome splash of fresh water after all that flurry of electro and drama. It's more consistent with his Convextion releases. The square wave bass is replaced by a rolling bassline that switches between notes every 8 bars. It might be considered a sort of "dub" in comparison with the rest of the EP - the drama is less evident here, it's more subtle, the sparse composition leaves the track room to breathe and it takes you to places long forgotten as it evokes a bitter sweet sentiment of being lost and losing yourself. It might as well have been called "Sunset over Michigan" - it's exactly the place where you would want to hear something like this - watching the sun leave the horizon over a lake, surrounded by nothingness.