Slovenian born jazz-electro legend Gramatik just uploaded a new EP of funky grooves for you listening pleasure. With the street-cred of #digitalfreedom and the soul of Beatz & Pieces, Epigram is perfectly balanced for a smoke sesh with your favorite cool cats.
The journey begins with the darkly cinematic ‘Tempus Illusio’ or “the illusion of time” is the perfect reference to Gramatik’s fusion of styles and the homages to great inventors across history that follow in the album.
Next comes my personal favorite, ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’. For those of you not busy buying darknet products while listening to this release, Nakamoto is the creator of Bitcoin. Check the super tweetable lyrics from Adrian Lau.. “don’t say the sky’s the limit when there’s footprints on the moon.” I love it.
‘War of the Currents’ is the bass-heavy tribute to Nikolas Tesla, the inventor of AC power, who was “flipping the script” on Edison’s DC power system despite Edison’s attempts to discredit him.
Another Tesla reference comes with ‘Room 3327’, the room in the New Yorker Hotel housing Tesla’s memorial. This track is an incredibly production from start to finish and showcases Gramatik’s fusion chops, bringing in orchestral, vocal synths, and an intricate drum track.
‘Native Son’ is the heartbreaking song of a man raised in the vicious landscape of 1930’s Chicago. The prequel is the flip side, telling the story of the out of control party lifestyle of the aristocrats living in an entirely different world only miles away.
The glitch highlight of the album is ‘Eat Liver!’ a playful remix of Leibach’s driving composition by the same name. I can’t wait to hear this one live.
‘Back to the Future’ brings on Chicago wrapper Probcause, who accompanied Gramatik on his most recent tour. Super fresh, this song incorporates vinyl scratching to excellent effect.
‘Corporate Dreams’ is a total flashback to Mord Fustang for me. This track is massive and distorted and pretty horrifying. Accurately named, I suppose.
Gramatik rounds off the album with ‘Anima Mundi’, a collaboration with Russ Liquid. Liquid’s influence can be heard in the expert instrumental riffs. A melodic ride down a lazy river of sax, synth, and piano. In Gramatik’s own words, the title “refers to Plato’s hypothesis that our planet is a living being with a soul of its own”.
Epigram is at once soothing and thought-provoking, an inspiring dip into the mind of one of the most advanced producers on tour today.
If you’re bored, Gramatik even built a little program to make your own Epigram in the style of the funky cover art.
Here’s their take on The Electronic Current: