Adam Beyer vs Pig & Dan – Capsule | Drumcode / DC171
A work 12 months in the making, Adam Beyer continues his exciting series of collaborative EPs, teaming up with heavy-hitters Pig&Dan for an multi-faceted four-tracker.
Chances are up if you spied Adam Beyer in an airport departure lounge over the past 12 months, he’d have his head buried in his laptop, immersed in creating sound sketches.
A long-time fan of collaborations, the Drumcode chief has been on an inspiring streak of form lately, teaming up with the likes of Mark Reeve, Dense & Pika and now Pig&Dan. The results have been compelling, to say the least.
In trademark perfectionist Beyer style, the title track ‘Capsule’ – a shimmering slice of techno – involved “around 15 different versions” the track rigorously road tested by the Swede and featured in episodes of Drumcode Radio to test dancefloor reactions, before finally getting the sign off.
‘In Love’ is a big room techno groover, driven by crisp drums and the kind of evocative vocal effect that’ll have hairs standing on ends.
‘Atmosfear’ is true to its name, centered on a menacing synth line and gritty percussion, its deep kicks and subterranean bass combining superbly to create a heady dancefloor brew. ‘We Are E’ is propelled by a catchy synth hook and a classic call-to-arms vocal, which tips its cap to the artists’ shared love of classic UK rave.
“Dan’s a cool cat. Early in the piece I found out he actually played a role in producing an early Stone Roses album – they’re one of my all-time favourite Brit Pop acts. He also used to be an old drum’n’bass producer for many years in London throughout the ’90s. If you listen to the track ‘We Are E’, that’s very UK rave inspired.
That’s common ground we both have, as I was heavily into D&B and jungle. We spent a lot of time talking about old records and samples. It was fun finding out we share similar interests.” – Adam Beyer