E.M.S. aka Stephen Machnowski
EMS is one of our most diverse and talented artists on the label. I found him living above Strange? Records in 1995 making his own modular synths, vocoders and drum machines for his electro productions. Stephen Machnowski currently has 3 eps on Satamile Records and a full length 2x12. He falls into the category of genius electro producer with records that have charted amongst the worlds top DJ’s and radio stations both nationally and internationally. It’s rare to find someone such as him who can build the exact modules from transistor up, write, engineer , perform live and dj!!
Dave Clarkes Techno Tip Sheet
TOP FIVE ELECTRO
1) Non Stop DJ's "Furious Ep"
2) Blotnik Brothers "Elapse Current Loop" (Satamile)
3) Manasyt "Sore" (Touchin' Bass)
4) Ems " Synchronaut" (Satamile)
5) RA-X "The Overthrow Ep" (RMR)
EMS - SYNCHRONAUT - SATAMILE - 2xLP (SAT017)
"EMS - Synchronaut" and "Blotnik Brothers - Elapse Current Loop" are two of Dave Clarke's
TOP 5 electro picks
--May 7, 2004 www.daveclarke.com (UK)
"...more ears are primed for real electro than ever...ems brings unrelenting beats and time tested robotic vocoders to the dancefloor"
--Review XLR8R (USA) May 2004
"...six exceptional cuts in which minimal groove, analogical modulations, subtle vocoders, gloomy melodies and heading hypnotic bass lines combine perfectly, EMS introduces his definition of a both deep and funky syncopated music. The final result is just simply amazing!!"
--Review by Atome.com (France) May 17, 2004
"‘Crack In The Sun’ is a brilliant opener, almost hittting Detroit territory due to its warm analogue synths that play a lush sequence and modulate throughout the track, while underneath a stripped and jacking electro beat rolls with the sub bass, class groove. Also head for ‘Ginetik’ which has one of the warmest swooping basslines that hugs the beat with classic arpeggiator-esque synths that deliver a killer electro atmosphere. My fave has to be ‘Ellipticophasic’ which has an amazing and hard beat backed by acidic synths to drop what is probably the hardest cut on the album, it stands out so much due to the punchy drums that will rock a dancefloor solidly, ace New York electro shizzle."
--Review by Boomkat.com (UK) May 2004
"A full six track double pack that's bursting at the seams with cracking dancefloor electro grooves. After two great singles they cememt their place as key players for this top new york label. Hefty grooves, deep basslines and a more than liberal sprinkling of wicked sounds. Recommended."
--Review by Smallfish.co.uk (UK) May 2004
* The very first Satamile signature strikes back in full length version! After releasing three magnificent EP's, ''Exoplanet. Voice. Transistors'' ''Robotronic Rhythm''and ' 'Colonized'' on Andrew A. Price NYC based structure, rare and precious talent Stephen Machnowski signs here a dancefloor and mental electro deluxe album in its own and inimitable trademark. In six exceptional cuts in which minimal groove, analogical modulations, subtle vocoders, gloomy melodies and heading hypnotic bass lines combine perfectly, E.M.S introduces his definition of a both deep and funky syncopated music. The final result is just simply amazing! Grade A to sumptuous ''Crack In The Sun'', ''Ginetik'' and ''Ellipticophasic'', three tracks that confer ''Synchronaut'' opus its essential status.
--Review by Dropshop.com (USA) June 2004
Kiss 100 Dave Mothersole 5/11/04
Kiss 100 Tayo
Kiss 100 Rev Milo 5/16/04
Spin 103 Barry O'donoghue 5/20/04 + 5/27/04
Passion FM Dan Bean 5/15/04
Selected DJ Comments
Keith Tenniswood - "The EMS ting I got is ace!!!"
Tomaz (switch) - "I really love this! Ginetik and Getghetto are the best tracks. Chart and
Airplay (Charted #10)"
Percy X - "Love one of the trax on this LP, still playing loads of em"
Mark Broom - "Yeah into it. Satamile can't put a foot wrong for me...going from strength to
strength. Big up the NY Possee"
The Hacker – “Good album, pure electro. I like it!”
DJ Hyper – “Love it”
Ade Fenton (Advanced/Atomic Jam) – “Best tracks are ‘Illusion Mode’ & ‘Ginetik’. I prefer
the harder tracks on the album”
Xander (Romp) – “This is the business. 9/10” (Charted #7)
Barry O’Donoghue (Hotpress/Spin 103) – “Absolutely fantastic. Two tracks on this week’s
Following up on the original vinyl released earlier in 2004, the CD version of Synchronaut adds five new tracks. With a distinctively deep, dark analog sound that harkens back to a mix of early acid, Detroit techno, and classic Elektroids, the record is packed with the classic 4/4, relentless 16ths of percussion , and robotic vocals of the 80's b-boy sound. Brisk and biting, tracks like "Close Encounters" and "Get Ghetto" establish an oppressive futurist vision early. But "Plt_lounge_eur" is a lovely, almost nostalgic electro piece that lubricates the ear canals, being plush and synthetic at the same time, and "Rhthmus Machine" slows down to an introspective crawl, its sensuous knob-twiddling making the piece grow and rise like a post-massive dawn. EMS has put together these extra pieces with as much care and attention as his homemade instruments. Highly recommended.
Written by Alex Reynolds