There is an ambitious plateau that all EDM producers attempt to reach, reserved for only the most creative and innovative minds in the profession. It’s the point where experimentation meets art, delivering a fresh new perspective on an age-old concept. San Francisco producer Eprom has reached such hallowed ground, transforming a formulaic hip hop structure into a futuristic, highly experimental tune called Regis Chillbin. Out on Rwina Records, Regis Chillbin is likely a preview of what’s to come on Eprom’s forthcoming LP entitled Metahuman, slated for release sometime in June. The album release will coincide with Eprom’s national tour this summer.
The Regis Chillbin EP features two tracks: the original mix by Eprom and a shifty, guttural remix by IDM capo Machinedrum. The latter version is a head-nodder, receiving an entirely new layer of synthetics and whipping 808-styled bass drum compared to the original mix. The result is a more raucous texture to the lead melody and a more recognizable rhythmic structure than Eprom’s edit. In contrast, Eprom’s original mix has less of a “boom-bap” structure, with the rhythm becoming obscured by imaginative special effects and half-time drum edits. The two tunes are surprisingly different, even though the ever-present melody takes center stage in both versions.