Review – My Flower – Flowers EP on Stem Records

Artist : My Flower
Title : Flowers EP
Label : Stem Records
Release : 6th April 2015
Cat No : STR010
Genre : House/ Techno

Stem records is new to me, but they have been running now since January 2012. Their vision is to share their passion for sounds to the world with a refreshingly non commercial slant. My Flower is made up of Italian producers Andrea Mangione & Sergio Faktor (who you may recall was in Lula Circus). Very much a meeting of minds, the My Flowers project bristles with deep atmospherics and an encyclopaedic knowledge of sound design such that each track is a gloriously enchanting and mesmerising expedition into the edges of house and melodic techno.

Our lives are not as limited as we think they are; the world is a wonderfully weird place; consensual reality is significantly flawed; no institution can be trusted, but listening to certain sounds does work; all things are possible; and we all could be happy and fulfilled if we only had the guts to be truly free and the wisdom to shrink our egos and quit taking ourselves so damn seriously.” – Stem Records

Lead track Flowers showcases this deep understanding of sonics in a beautiful, moody and surprising deep house cut. Solid drums and a light skippy percussion drive the track along as a repeated bell refrain leads the way into oblivion. Delicate use of reverb and delays here draw you into their world with abandon giving the breakdown time to wow the dance floor with tension and power. Expect the likes of the Innervisions crew the be all over this, its just their cup of tea! Manchester based Winter Son takes on the remix here delivering a delightful brooding, deeper rendition, which fully explores the sonics of the original while giving it a further sheen. Imagine blending the visceral energy of Depeche Mode and The Cure with the brooding atmospherics of classic Detroit techno and you come someway close to the power and majesty of this exceptional reinterpretation.

To finish off the EP, and my personal favourite is Its A Farewell. Regular listeners to our radio shows will know this track very well. Its my final track for my first residents mix! Deep and blisteringly hard, this is a weekend dancing in Berghain and Panaramabar condensed into a 7 minute tune. Again, as with their title track, sonics play an important part of this, but its the stellar drum work and layering of competing frequencies which nerds like me will be blown away by. Simplicity personified, the opening 2 minutes are a solid display of the guys brilliant understanding of what works on a dance floor in a dark warehouse, and with the introduction of the melodic mid section and filtered drums, the heaviness of the track is suddenly elevated into blissful acceptance. Think Humate or Andre Sobota and you’ll kinda glimpse at where this track goes. For me, its the drum line kicking back in powerfully; I dare you not to screw face!

10/10 guys! This will be my secret weapon for a long long time!