Imitation Of Faith
Out: 15th November
Electro Review regulars Bricolage Records return to the abstract experimental electronic music scene with their 50th release. This time, California based electronic music producer Belial Pelegrim takes the wheel. Teetering on the boundary between dark and light, Belial's compositions sculpt atmosphere and tension with definitive quality. A distinctive mystical edge runs through this artist's music, invoking all manner of mental imagery and soundtracks to our epic stories.
A sloshy combo of percussive elements open the music before a steady rhythm cuts out of the chaos. Taps and metallic beats swirl across an uneven surface as distorted sonic layers swell and churn within. More rhythm pushes through, revolving beats fill various nooks with percussion as synthesiser tones splash and grow with varying colour. Euphoric elements shine through to raise the potency of the track. Scorpia carries an unruly ambience that spurts with inspired organic timings while maintaining a consistent throb of musical pressure.
Sin Eater starts with playful tones, they drip and splatter like rain outside the studio window. Percussive elements break free, manicured drums and extra sounds that snugly fit within them combine with a gradual rising of pressure. Melody unwraps itself like petals of a flower while vibrating tones spill layers of luminous sound. Odd angles and vocalisations bring a new dimension before the friendly chimes begin again to re-establish the sunshine.
Next, an atmospheric gong spans the silence before wistful strings begin to delicately lay their sonic fabric across the soundscape. Distant bells ring out while ghostly impressions formulate on misty hillsides. A steady pace in snare drum begins to peel the track, a repeating quality of melody keeps a hypnotic phrase in motion. It breaks down to ambience, wavery tones fill wide open spaces of reverb as instrumentalist additions seed the beginnings of a new sense of integrity. More phantasmagoric avenues reveal their twists and turns on the horizon. A Mirror Is Left Unattended sneaks around the principles of the unobserved quanta.
Alice is the next track. A dreary and sombre tone frames a crackling rhythm which fizzes and bites with each bar. Disharmonious clock chimes add a bass quality that gives a sharp feel to the broken pieces of track. New vocals splash in with explanatory randoms and it gives us a sense of hallucinogenic documentary. The continue chimes of a resonant clock maintain a physical presence of reality while disjointed percussion and abstract voice samples draw unique images in sound.
Ghostly horns span out across the silence in a slow and drudged melody. Vibrant sonics sparkle with mechanical energy in a rhythmic pace before a set of rock drums begin to throw their powerful beats. These stop soon after they start to allow the music to simmer on a low heat for a few moments. Computerised vocals ask a question before the pressure rises and lets the percussion out of the gate. Cyanide Tooth is filled with warped sonics and experimental effects while resilient and accessible beats craft a path through the tall grass.
Splinter Cell begins with drawn out strings which howl like hillside winds. Swirling around the topographic ocean of sounds, melody unfurls like delicate ribbons caught in momentary gusts. Spiralling currents whip across the open meadows in a ballet of intent and natural flow. Drums emerge like a butterfly from a chrysalis, each wingbeat a strike on the slow moving yet powerful percussive. Swaying melody with magical and elemental inflections pipe around the spinning central sphere of sound.
The next track begins gradually. A sonic pulse grows in fields of fertile ground which gives way spinning vines that grab for each new handhold. A small bell splashes its timbre in repeating jostles as a skyward synth casts cloud shapes and clarity in bipolar bursts of melody. Slow progression brings us to an orchestral flrry of notes which sparkle and then bow with a large burst of brass. Vocals then crawl from little spaces to gradually line the hall with intent and concentrating minds. Transport doesn't stop moving, it takes us from place to place with continual treacle like pace.
The final number is Guided. It starts with Gamelan style bells which reverberate across sting built harmonics. A deeper tone swells beneath as an ever growing melody fathoms from the blank. More disconcerting keys add flat notes to the rising dough of sound. As bubbles form and release their pressure in regulated containers, more exploratory melody hails from the sides to meet and dance in central corridors.
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Irregular Passion Reshaped
Demented XXX Records
TBR: 11th December
Following the huge reception of October 2017's Irregular Passion, which was featured in the Electro Review during August of that year, François X now unveils a complete reworking of that keystone album. With reshapes from a spectrum of colleagues, friends, and inspirations, the Irregular Passion masterpiece is redelivered under a brand new light. Not just a remix alum, particular effort has been made to produce something of unique and worthwhile value.
It begins with Blurry Youth, reshaped by Elise. Spattery droplets of rhythm speckle across an angular sheet of blank paper. A percussive melody projects a simple notation across the twinkling and light-touch beats. As if water is dripping from a ceiling, along the walls, lamps illuminate streaming corridors of liquid movement. Synth tones build and wash, side to side in abstract wisps of sonic intention. New rhythm builds, extra drums give a new and wholesome edge to the progressive piece.
Breathing elements and forest animals seem to emerge from the undergrowth left behind. Springy tones bounce and coil with impending closeness while new sounds gradually build behind. Wooden tapping drum-beats rain down in regular bursts of capacity. Containers with physical release apparatus ensure the chaotic world of the outside is measured in rhythm and intensity. Extra curling sounds and buzzing synthesiser add freckles and tone to the building picture. Slave No Slave, remixed by Bambounou is a hypnotic and wandering exploration.
Prequel Tapes make an entrance to reshape Falling For Her. Epic synths like battle trumpets soar out across tribal like drums which echo across valleys and towers. As we scan the horizon, we see an army of electronic music fans bashing the air with their fists and glow-sticks. A lot of them are wearing T-shirts from Design By Humans because they support this resource when you use the special link. Thumping bass resonates across a darkly scene, rampant energies build and froth in specified cells which just ache to be unleashed. These things often take time, though. The progression makes us wait, the build-up throws everything its got at us before the music is given free run to culminate in class.
Blurry Youth is back with a muddy distortion to carry forward the initial beats. Hip-hop style breaks rip up the rules while sporadic vocal samples spurn at interval moments. Deep rotating bass throbs against a hard floor while digital beats and tones dance in futuristic sensibilities. Degraded bass and lo-fi injections of sound give the piece a dirty and underground feel. Bjarki make an abstract and bass-driven escape into heavy beats and punchy inflections.
An eerie whistling opens for the next number. Satellite sounds cast their magical tones across open epochs while a sudden rain-shower reminds us we're on Earth. It could be the static from an old vinyl record. New voice sounds whisper along the open road while a breathy bass synthesiser begins to churn with throaty melody. Drums with a 1-2 timing march into the unknown as dripping digital functions create melodics alongside. Pessimist reshapes Absolute Therapy, it builds and fades, then builds again with a new sense of direction.
Next is a frantic click-tap beat, full of static cymbals and strange sounding echoes. The rhythm climbs through progressive background noise before a bass begins to churn behind the curtain. Tubular whistles across deep, resonant pipes spill throaty sub-chords as a wave of mechanical and train-like beats race forward. Extra percussion finds a niche within the ruckus of rhythm, beats from every direction mingle as springy and abstract sounds waver in and out of main focus. Down Under featuring Opuswerk gets an Anthony Linell reshape, providing us with a surging beat that carries clouds of strange and exploratory sonic effects.
Shamefaced is given a Valentino Mora Cosmic Trance Rephase. It opens out with splattery beats, house like drums and abstract futuristic sonics that glide across and in between. Distorted tones warble in digital beam-outs while whistling astral tones colour the sky from one side to another. Melody and rhythm combine in a spinning orbit of polar forces. Seductive rhythms shine through thick clouds of swirling vibrancy as slow moving melodies span the horizon.
Next is a resonant and pounding bass. It throbs in metered thrusts as a vocal begins to speak in strange sounds. The bass crumbles together with dashes of synthesiser strangeness while a gargling voice continues to spread across the layering. Distant sounds of kinesis sweep across in windy phrases while gradually evolving sounds grow and multiply within their structures. This In Aeternam Vale Reshape of Absolute Therapy completely shifts the track into a dreamy spacewave wallow into jittery abstraction.
It's followed by a new reshape of the same track. This time we get the Redshape's Dusty Dub 24bits version of Absolute Therapy. Again, the track is warped into something unfamiliar. Marching tempo drums bring a steady dancing pace as minimal delivery focusses all on the rapid tempo. Running tones beneath the pouncing rhythm keeps an inflating energy within the piece as splashes of colour appear in various sonic forms.
A revolving beat is next, it spins on shakers and regulated wooden conks. A steady pace is etched into time as resounding elements crackle into existence beneath the drumming. Echoes and spaced-out injections of waveform scatter through the dusty darkness buzzing with technological static. Simple forward progression over a repeating hypnotic rhythm is made more exciting by the continual evolution of ambience that follow in gusty motions. Yotam Avni gives us a new interpretation of Dirty Chat. In fact, there are two in a row. The track after is yet another version crafted by the same hand from the same material.
Finishing the record, a short and snappy version of Absolute Therapy is offered up by In Aeternim Vale. Heavy bass-drums with chunky resonance pound through a dark and gloomy backdrop of deep throaty sounds. A vocal again penetrates the mysterious assemblage with distinct effects that make the words all but abstract phonics. An eerie melody begins to play beneath, rising from the depths like an alien lantern.
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TBR: November 29th
Combining the synonymous sounds of Caserta, Detroit, and Berlin brings Subradeon to the Character impress for the first time. This duo of Italian electronic music producers have over ten years experience in the field and bring home every technique, every sensation for their most modern merchandise. With their thorough-bred Italian roots and a particular passion for the sounds with enough escape velocity to leave Detroit, the pair unleashed their energy with their own Subradeon Records in 2018. Proving they cut the cake by working with another label clearly demonstrates competence and confidence in their career.
Movement opens with a snappy hat rhythm that pounds with a quick tempo. Tuneful percussion sings alongside, the bell like wooden quality resonates deeply in a rhythmic melody. The music opens out with bright lights as the kick drum enters the mix. A repeating echo phrases the underscore of bass driven drumming to give a wobbling bounce that lifts the tones. A new synth layer fills out the top end, chiming chords fire rapid emphases with a summery shimmer. It all boils down, revealing a quick tempo and a single melodic repeating across the smooth soundscape. The drums too are then pulled back, letting only a short blast of percussion out with each passing bar. Swirling synths and pounding melody begin which eventually unwrap the rest of the drum-track.
Next is a twangy beat, layered with kick and a subtle up-down melody. Drums infuse with a splash of inflection with every new section. This progression continues to build as a repeating cymbal strike fills with a resonating dash. Synthesiser builds beneath vocals, chords twirl in misty areas where a podium houses the source of poetic lines. Each One, Teach One tells us to pass on the wisdom as well as the payment. Make a difference. Sleek rhythms mingle with fulfilling chords which span across the bassline.
The label boss from Character takes the reins for track three. This Deetron mix of Movement begins with a jazzy rhythm, full of seductive bass. Rhythmic melody adds a smooth entrance while spongy distorted beats swagger in the sunshine. The track progresses as each layering spans out and fills its allotted groove. Then, a splashing of cymbal rides through the music to release a hat combo that continues through as a brand new thread. Livening up the mix with the high end, the rest of the music swell in waves reaching higher than before. It builds up with a dancing energy that just keeps going.
The rest of the EP is a little gift for DJs and producers alike. We get three locked grooves, each 29 seconds long, taken from the Movement track. Now we all get to dabble with the motivations within this latest production. Want to remix or fancy a backbeat to jam to? Then here you are, these extra snippets are just for you. Stick them on loop and away you go.
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Angel Of Death EP
TBR: 6th December
Cleric is once again going solo with a brand new and impressive EP. The 19th release on the Clergy label from the label's very own navigator continues the techno infused electronic music into the Christmas period. This time, the wise-men have to get to Manchester to pay homage to this immaculate conception of music.
With a quick and greasy tempo, the first track begins. Atmospheric sounds swirl around puncturing percussion which build and sway in a moving tempest. Vocals repeat across the top layer, merging further into the sound mass. Angel Of Death carries a spooky and hard-hitting edge of eerie atmosphere and sonic distortions. The frantic rhythm pushes forward, surging the energy further. The music simmers down for a brief interlude, the consistent drumming remains along with subtle sonics that craft between the notes. Over the next section of bars, the energy progresses and pushes the track back into the astral realm of dance.
Luddite is next, another A-side track. Massive fast paced beats surge out. A sonically invigorating machinery crunches and churns behind the penetrating drums. Heavy kick and hard-nosed cymbals crawl forward as industrial clatterings instil yet more flow to the rhythm. The music peaks with a high-end fizz and as the energy reaches a new state of frequency, the music cuts through and pushes on with the ferocious pace. New breaks in the cymbals echo and repeat which washes over the whole like an out of control bubble of sound. It bursts, revealing the sudden and insisting percussion once again.
The next up is another banging techno beat with space sounds curling and crawling around it. Another powerful injection of energy brings the music into a headstrong dance number that continues to rise with building insurgence. An underscore of sliding melody squeaks and squeals across the open valley of percussion to build a directional fuel for the momentum of the track. Huge waves of oscillating sound splash from wall to wall as massive beats continue to pressurise the dance hall. Acid Reflux carries abstraction and deep resonances through a cerebral journey of fast-forward beats.
Pretty Poison completes the record. Again, those famous bashing drums frame the piece. We know by now that Cleric gives us full-on percussive shine. More synths wavers against the grain, and cymbals take the centre-fold allowing a heavy slosh to rock the music from side to side. Exploratory synths with abstract wave-forms creak and curl in hollows knitted out by the frantic high energy drumming. Like a chisel peeling away at a soft wooden frame, sonic stabs and crumbling waveforms dig and dish through severed bars filled with rampant drums.
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Audiophile Deep Records
Out October 24th
Somewhere in a studio deep in Oklahoma sits HeartWerk. Delivering consistently modern and cutting edge variations of house and techno to Tulsa and beyond is what he does best. Audiophile Deep took notice and were more than happy to enter his name into their exclusive catalogue of music producers. Big things are in the works which are expected in 2020, and to let us in on the secret we're treated to a full-on two tracker that offers fifteen sensational minutes of brand new dance music.
Swerving synths adapt a serpentine dance around funky electro drums which bounce along at an energetic pace. A fuzzy bass-line surges through the low end to push the energy higher. Extra layers of percussion fill out the spaces, the siren like wail of the synthesiser continues to spin and hypnotise. Breathing sounds barge in, rhythmic and with an edge of Darth Vader, the music delves into an underground realm of flashing lights and smoke. A new bass-line makes its way to the front, resonant twangs on a wobbling scale offer another dimension to the flow of the piece. Organic makes use of simple effects and melody combined with intricate composition to portray a clear avenue for intellectual rhythms.
Air begins for the second number and a wide open area is explored as space and sound combine in a resonant reverb. Echo and drums make crashing sounds against distant walls while a spiky drumbeat sculpts a groove. Subtle chord synthesiser sends a monotone signal through which harmonises with the ambient expanse then sparks with potential energy. New notes build from the power-source, extra layers of key spill out over the lid and shine across the sky. Quicker drums penetrate the flow to give the track a new found sense of life. Ambient and abstract yet still fun and uplifting, a cosmic journey of mysticism and intrigue ensues.
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La Musica Es Dios
TBR: 25th November
This fresh and experimental record label headed up by Ellen Allien herself aims to give artists a space to explore their darker and dirtier sides. Where roughness and resonance combine to produce huge and inventive audio sculptures, UFO Inc. definitely holds the key to the best seats in the house. This new single holds the number three spot on the UFO Inc. catalogue and offers three exclusive mixes. With two originals and a remix of the A side, beating a path through the jungle of electronic music composition has never felt more enjoyable.
With banging drums that resonate on the high-end matched with pulsing synths that call out like an alarm, the music begins. A frantic pace frames the wobbly delivery, pushing beats through a regulatory tempo masher with each new layer. Piling on the drums and pulsing synths, a huge stodgy bass-line rips through to march in a melodic shoving match. La Musica Es Dios or Music Is God takes us through a techno inspired journey via blips and beeps fed through retro technology and space-age devices. Heavy on the dance and kinetic enough to fill the space, this exciting and high-energy track is really memorable.
Next, a twangy bass-line crawls over a staggered drum riff. Sloshy metal-work spills over the sides as a punchy bass drum kicks through in quick nuggets of pace. New percussive sections are added, rolling taps and anxious half-beats fill the space with a continual pressure. Hypnotic repetitions bring on a swirling quality that unravels gradually to fade into distant rumblings. Only a bass remains among ambient effects before a new sonic injection of rhythm takes control. Junge Sein has a slight drum n bass edge which rattles along an electronica laboratory wall.
We return to the framework of La Musica Es Dios for a new mix. That hypnotic synth tone projects a fast tempo across the airwaves while a pushy drum gathers itself behind. As the energy rises and the velocity of the journey switches into a new dimension, the layers of rhythm strike resonant angles on the surface. Subtle plucky bass dances in the corners while a compressed vocal sample begins to cast a phonic palette. Moody synths craft disparate atmosphere along lines of neatly portioned sky. Surging and rotating, the music elevates the energy with whopping bass and dirty edges which scrape along each other's sides.
You can find UFO Inc. on Soundcloud
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