Review – Bedrock release 4 Play EP by Pig and Dan

Artist: Pig & Dan
Title: 4 Play EP
Label: Bedrock
Cat No: BEDDIG163
Release: 01/06/2015
Genre: Techno

Pig & Dan are a duo that you immediately associate with quality, and their distinctive sound that seems to blend effortlessly between the sound of techno and progressive. The pair have released a number of great tracks over recent months on their own label, Elevate, as well as John Digweed’s Bedrock label. This release is entitled the “4 Play EP” and comes with 3 gems packed inside.

The first track on the EP is the title track “4 Play” which is a slow builder that is filled with atmospheric and striking other worldly like keys. The track flows beautifully and is not like many of the Pig & Dan productions, as it is not quite as driving as some of their other releases, or the others on this EP as you will hear. The track almost plays with your mind, as it never really lets fully loose as you might expect… great way to draw the listeners in!

The next offering, “Return To Mono” is of stark contrast to the previous number, and it appears to create a bucket full of tension and moodiness when listening! The track is a lot more driving, and the percussion and stabs used create an almost industrial vibe to the whole track. This is definitely more what I would describe as the Pig & Dan sound. The cymbal rides help the track to continue on it’s techy, driven path beautifully! The claps used after the break are a great tease, as they never materialise fully but add an intriguing layer to the track. Big fan of this number! Great techy vibes that would sit perfectly in those peak time sets.

The final track on the EP is “Sofia” which is an atmospheric techno builder that would set the mood in any club! The track has the imistacable Pig & Dan groove and kick that creates a simply incredible layer on which the guys build a truly delightful melody. The track uses a great filtered effect to kill the melody in places, and help to keep all things nice and moody! One I can see many of the techno and progressive family hammering over the coming weeks.

As expected another great release on John Digweed’s label. These are certainly tracks I have heard him playing out there on the circuit over recent months, and these are track you need in your sets if you long for that dark techno/progressive sound.


Ian French
About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.