Since his splash onto the electronic music scene in 2005, London-based Danton Eeprom has proven himself a major force, having released a string of EPs on several esteemed labels like Freak N Chic and Tsuba in addition to his very own Fondation Records. Danton’s quality productions led to remixes for top-tier names like Simian Mobile Disco, Röyksopp and Little Boots, and he also formed the duo La Horse with Ivan Smagghe. Does this guy even sleep?!
Mr. Eeprom made his first Contexterrior appearance earlier this year, providing vocals and extra bits for a track on fellow frenchie Bloody Mary’s Black Pearl album. Now he delivers a new EP titled Scoring Only To Be On The Safe Side. With lead track “There’s Nothing To Be Afraid About Now”, Danton takes the atonality of Varèse or Stravinsky onto the dancefloor for a mishmash of string accents, cats jumping on the piano, and a malfunctioning 808. Then comes the decidedly more electro-based “My Life in Parallel”, its commanding fuzzy bassline propelling the energy upward. Atmospheric drones linger in the high ranges, giving the listener a woozy feeling until – WTF? – a spatter of blues guitar and spiraling sounds come out of nowhere, leaving just as quickly as they entered. If there’s one thing you can expect from Danton Eeprom, it’s unpredictability – even repeated listens offer a bewildering sense of displacement.