This week on the show I am extremely proud and humbled to bring you EK. In the past as you will read below EK has been a huge part of the Breaks scene. Although quiet at the moment when I approached him with a request for a mix he excitedly replied and offered to and I quote
“To do a mix of some of my fav tunes at the moment”
I was actually a little taken back when Ek agreed to do a mix for the show and was curious as to what he would put together. I received the mix a little while ago threw it on straight away checking out the track list. Needless to say the tunes are right up the Beyond Breaks alley and the mix is as tight as you would expect from any EK production.
As a live act, DJ, remixer and producer, Australian artist EK combines his varied musical influences into a fusion of tuff beats, twisted electronic sounds and epic melodies that have won him support from some of the biggest names in the global breakbeat scene.
From his first release in 1996 and a few inclusions on local compilations, EK scored a deal with the independent label Angels Trumpet, which eventually led to the release of his debut 1999 album,Decoder. “Future Nation”, Decoder’s lead track, was instantly picked up by national broadcaster Triple J Radio on high rotation and led to the inclusion of 3 tracks on Triple J’s Mix Up Tweak compilation. In his spare time he was often asked to provide cuts and scratches for Sonic Animation’s recordings and was also a fixture when the Sonic boys expanded their line up for special shows, like Live At The Wireless on ABC TV and as the supports to The Chemical Brothers
When his former label disappeared, EK soon found a new home in Sound Not Scene. “When All Else Fails” was the first EP and it carved up dance floors worldwide. Later in 2002 EK released 3 12”s winning friends from breaks dons of the likes of Rennie Pilgrim, Koma and Bones, Plump Djs, Hybrid, 10 sui, Tayo, Freq Nasty, Hyper and many many more.
In 2004 EK joined forces with Sydney label Falcon St Beats to launch the pioneering Forefrontmix CD, with an aim to showcase Australia’s breakbeat elite. Forefront II was released the following year due to the success of the first compilation and continued to promote the breakbeat sound and support and discover new artists through out Australia. “1000 Thoughts Per Second” – EK’s second full-length album was released in 2007 on Sound Not Scene and received glowing reviews from Australian press and media.
In between his own productions he has managed to turn out some wicked remixes including, The Crystal Method’s “Born to slow”, Peace Division’s “Groove me” and Sweden’s Stisch “Beauty in me” and has played both Live and DJ sets everywhere from San Francisco, Auckland, LA, San Diego, Singapore, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra to Budapest and the UK. Outside of the studio, his music has featured in Stussy World Skate TourVideos and multiple episodes on Ripcurl’s TV shows (featured locally on Channel 9 in Australia and internationally via Cable TV in the US, France, Germany and Japan).
After a brief departure from the scene, EK returned in 2009 with a new determination to push the breakbeat sound into uncharted sonic territories. Two singles “Exit Enlightenment/Speak Your Grind” were released on UK based label Dead Famous and earned “Breaks Tune of the Month” in the August edition of Mixmag UK.
2010 and 2011 continued with a barrage of remixes for artists including Future Funk Squad, Kraymon, Refracture, Mesmer, Open Cluster , US rapper Lyrikill and a massive Ben & Lex release on legendary breaks label Menu Music, amongst others.
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Track Listing: EK.
01. EvilBeat – Trick Me Down (Original Mix)
02. ENTHEOGEN – Samsara Smash (Original mix)
03. THE BOMB SQUAD – Rock Da House (Original mix)
04. Juxtapose – Switch Off (Kwerk Remix)
05. ALT-A – Dystopia
06. ELLISSENTIALS – Did I Break This (COLOMBO remix)
07. DINAMIK – Mental Breakdown (Original mix)
08. Black & Blunt – Beats Yall (FTW Mix)
09. THE LUCKY 23 -Basslime
10. Dual Base – Shout (Chevy One Remix) 1
1. B-Phreak – Dash Fire
12. NLP – Milo
13. Kristian Black – Infected (Original Mix)
14. Alt-A – Because I Need You (Original Mix)
15. NOEMI & YERA W – Love Beats (VIBAL remix)
16. Lanz Pierce – Waterfalls (Kraymon Remix)