An associate of labels like CPU, Semantica, the late Ai Records and Frustrated Funk, Emile has been producing since 2006 and has released more than 70 tracks, equally inspired by the 80’s electro of his youth and the Drexcyian sounds of the 90’s. Emile is also a graphic designer and co-founder of bleep43.com
, an electronic music site and underground techno/electro party. As such and as a designer, Emile has a strong artistic vision and that plays out in this carefully crafted album, which has been written as a coherent story that unfolds from start-to-finish and comes complete with artwork designed by the man himself, in collaboration with German photographer Jürgen Heckel.
Rather than being purely a collection of DJ tools, Scars Of Intransigence has also been made with the home listening experience in mind so that the album works in both contexts equally well. Says the man himself: “I try to express my emotions and feelings though the mood of my music, images and song titles, and Scars Of Intransigence captures some of the anger, sadness and hope I feel in relation to the state of the world we live in today. The scars are those inflicted by governments who seem hell-bent on perpetuating a world reliant on fossil fuels where elitism, privatisation and vast personal wealth thrive at the cost of other people, animals and our environment.”
Kicking off with ‘Dormant Technology’, a liquid electro funk is set in motion immediately. From there the tempo drops into the doleful and sombre ‘Unnamed Resistance’ before ‘Cavernous Bones’ explores deeply emotive electro, ‘Fire Burning Inside’ demonstrates Emile’s ability to programme a hugely resonant synth line and ‘The Coldest Rule’ then comes on like a dystopian vision of an unsettled underwater world.
‘Wounding Words’ is a tentative track that is imbued with a real musicality as well as ponderous sense of cerebral charm and closing tracks ‘Emerald Abyss’ and ‘Pale Reflection’ are fantastic offerings that glow with a retro charm at the same time as pushing electro well into the future.
Scars Of Intransigence is a thoughtful and accomplished album that stays with you long after it has finished playing and is Plant43’s most complete artistic statement to date.