Artist : Joran van Pol
Title : Exist EP
Label : Rejected
Release : 8th January 2016
Genre : Melodic Techno
There are only a few artists who get their career kick-started like Joran did: his tracks were picked up by industry heavyweights Richie Hawtin and Dubfire, both of whom wanted to sign his debut EP shortly after discovering him. After appearing first on Richie Hawtin’s MixMag cover mount compilation ‘New Horizons’, Joran constructively signed EP’s to Richie’s MINUS and Dubfire’s SCI+TEC. And is now also signed to Ideal Audio and Joris Voorn’s Rejected imprint.
After remixing one of Mr Voorn’s masterpieces last year, 2016 sees the talented van Pol with his first full release, and what a beauty it is. Title track – Exist is a grimy chugging beast. Scatty percussion and tripped out sonics marry delightfully to create an other worldliness which is pushed ever forward by the best bass line I’ve heard this year. This is one of those special tracks you save for late night/early morning gigs.
After an epic, ambient start, Eventuate is a little mundane for me. Not that its a terrible track, far from it. I was just a little underwhelmed by the standard tech house rolling bass that comes as if from nowhere at the start (think ‘Church of Nonsense’ by Daniele Papini). The track itself is otherwise pretty solid, if a little predictable after such a brilliant opener.
Withdraw starts with a solid tech beat and those now trademark off kilter noises Jaron enjoys. Its a grower, something to layer mid set to bring the energy up. The bass line again is front and centre and the whole track enjoys a more considered approach overall. The drops here add tension to what is essentially a hypnotic groover, and a good one at that. Of the three tracks, Withdraw is the one I’ll be playing more often. Another win for the talented young Dutchman.