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Olivia Stock
29 January 2024, 16:30

Premiere: Elpac ‘Hard Body’

Bristol’s Elpac debuts on local label Amity with four slabs of hard drum heat, featuring MC-on-the-rise Grove

Photo of Elpac wearing a beige hat and eating a chip

Elpac has a new EP on the way, featuring Grove, titled ‘An Ode To Brentry Road’. Have an exclusive first listen to ‘Hard Body’ below.

The Bristol-based producer chases releases for Pressure Dome, Woozy, Night Service, Cloudcore, and most recently Nostro Hood System (nhs), with four slabs of hard drum heat on local label, Amity. Out 2nd February, the EP finds Elpac bringing newer, stranger rhythms to the fore, from squirrelling synth lines and dark mechanical textures to intricate, drum patterns that seem to roll ad infinitum.

That’s not to say tracks like ‘BrentryFM’ and ‘sKos’ don’t hit like an adrenaline rush – because they do – but there’s even more going on here. Chest-rattling bass stabs and ring-modulated rhythms cut deeper than ever amidst more supple, shifting grooves (hear: ‘Hard Body’), as Elpac strikes a newfound balance between his atmospheric tendencies and more percussive productions.

Elsewhere, ‘Talk Small’ – released on Friday (26th January) – features a braggadocious vocal from fellow Bristolian and MC-on-the-rise, Grove. Having recently made waves with ‘Super Soaker’, produced by Manni Dee and released on Fabric Originals, as well as the dual EPs ‘PL*Y’ and ‘P*W*R’, the artist brings their trademark whirlwind energy and distinctive timbre to the project.

The four-tracker arrives via Bristol club-night-turned-label Amity following their breakthrough 2023 V/A compilation ‘Kills Two Birds’, featuring Elpac, Cassius Select, Dual Monitor, Pluralist and more.

‘An Ode To Brentry Road’ is out 2nd February. Pre-order the EP here, and have an exclusive first listen to ‘Hard Body’ below.