Take 5 with Ewan Pearson

Ewan Pearson has been making music for a living since 1998. In that time he has worked as a recording artist (Maas, World of Apples, Partial Arts), a remixer (Depeche Mode, Chemical Brothers, Goldfrapp, Seelenluft, Metronomy, Jessie Ware), a record producer and mix engineer (The Rapture, Tracey Thorn, M83, Delphic, Jagwar Ma), a DJ (Panoramabar, Robert Johnson, Space Ibiza), a published academic (‘Discographies’, Routledge: 1999, with Jeremy Gilbert) and a magazine columnist (Groove Magazine, Germany 2007-2012). Ahead of his performance for Flux on Saturday, we were privileged to speak to a man of Ewan’s track record to hear his Take 5.

1. Kauf – Through The Yard (Fort Romeau Remix) [Permanent Vacation]

Mike Greene is killing it at the moment, getting better and better with each thing he does. Take this bait and switch cosmic chuggathon or this melodic neo-acid banger. You can’t lose with either.”

2. Spike – Sometimes (Justin Van Der Volgen Remix of Sexican Version) [Golf Channel]

“Bringing Sexican back.”

3. Wassermann – Die Schallplatten [Kompakt]

Wolfgang Voigt in full 90s Brexit-busting Eurotrance mode complete with arpeggiators and frosty vocoded vocal. Awesome DJ Koze remix too.”

4. New Build – Pour It On (Phil Kieran Remix) [Sunday Best]

“A barrage of Mick Fleetwood-esque toms and a filtered string machine. Out of those meagre ingredients Phil Keiran magicked something cosmic but really heavy at the same time, with a weird deccelerando in the middle. Every time I play – without fail – it goes off but sounds like nothing else I own.”

5. Here Is Why – Tonight (Adam Port Autobahn Edit) [Keinemusik]

“One of those B-side gems that easily get overlooked in the never-ending search for “peak banger”. Dropped at the right time this will do more damage with its payload of classic-Kompakt-inflected emotional wallop.”