Digitalism deliver on their three-track ‘PR15M’ EP
When one looks back upon the development and evolution of electronica over the past 10 years, it’s hard to overlook the nuanced stylings of Digitalism. They are a pressurized anomaly — a sonic and living representation of how versatile and eclectic this form of musical creation can be.
The German duo has consistently put out expertly layered tracks for more than a decade, each building upon and exploring further than the last. They’ve woven rock into house, visited dark techno, dance-punk, and they’ve surfed expertly on synthwave. Digitalism remixed The White Stripes, Cut Copy, Daft Punk, and Tiga, and their work has not been overlooked by their fellow sonic pioneers. Over the years, DJs such as Boys Noize, Soulwax and Justice have played their remixes and tracks at live shows. Now, with the release of the PR15M EP, Digitalism continues to show us their expedition into sound carries onward.
The three-track electro house EP carries on for 15 minutes, giving the listener a place to be, devoid of time and filled with sound. Opening up with “Space Race,” Digitalism welcomes themselves back into listeners’ senses. It’s a head bobber, consistent in its rhythm, constant in growth, and welcoming with well-spaced pauses and subtle harmonic vocal breaks. The standout track of the EP, “Glow,” has a beautiful confidence in its sound. Backed by the lyrics woven throughout the track — “It’s been so long/ ever since it’s over/ don’t stop dancing/ move on” — the duo creates a strong electronic presence for the listener to lean back on. This is truly a beat one can close their eyes to feel support and balance. The closer of PR15M “Voll Beat” is raw fun. Through a slow and intriguing build, the track creates a deep interest. Taking their time, Digitalism continuously layers different synths, patterns, and beats — they show their ability and confidence that can only accumulate over the course of nearly 15 years.