Reshaped Distortions EP
TBR: 1st March
Long standing EDM producer Bajram Bili returns to Lumière Noire for his debut EP. Having featured on the label's From Above compilation album not so long ago, the name and sounds of Bajram Bili have had people talking. Based in France, listeners and DJs all over Europe and beyond are keen to get their ears into this next instalment. Since 2017's Remembered Waves, a synergy between styles brought much critical acclaim whilst offering new freedoms to the way club music should sound.
Beginning with No Frugue, a staggering beat plays out. Looped and fragmented drums build into a steady flow before bass tones jolt in from the floor up. Pulsations of rhythm on the sub surge in a slow moving dancing pace. A vocal sample is thrown in for effect, it drives the energy forward. New elements of rhythm find their way in, quicker steps build into a double timed blip which becomes a standing-point for a whole new dimension to the track. Pads and tones slurp in the flowing river of sounds, gulping in well-sculpted sonics. Digital energy and uplifting grooves allow for a great feeling walk through bass, beats, and computerised melody. Elements of the Chemical Brothers flavour the progression in the use of technology and rhythm.
The next number takes off from the same bouncing energy left behind by the first. Crumbling down to bare basics, it allows for a fresh start with the sonic architecture. Voice like synths wail over the top like winds on an open moorland, bouldering rhythmic plucks craft a steady path through a gently rolling terrain. Floral boundaries and hard level ground give a pleasant and ambling sense to this dreamy composition. Fluttering chugs along with graceful rhythm, energetic tones behind the frontage creep and screech while an ever evolving percussion section manages to continually break free. A more house orientated feel to this second number draws us away from the banging quality of the first and pushes us out to sea where white clouds and blue waters surround us.
Turn it over and we're met with Mother. A subtle pad gradually shines forward and as it grows in amplitude, another synth voice joins in the melody. The twinned notes grow in harmonic strength before a crashing drum enters on a slow trajectory. It sounds as if a marching band are performing a few streets away and someone in the room is playing along. The resonance is spectacular and its alluded charisma shakes the whole composition. Much less dance orientated and drawing on ambient music influences, the track gradually progresses in timbre and colour during soft and well tampered melodic scores. The background briefly clears and nothing but a fury of sound grows like vines from the nearby source. Multiple snaking tunes drift long and twist around each other before that slow paced smashing drum begins to holler once again.
Finally, we're treated to something more rhythmic. A quick beat begins instantaneously along with a vocal sample, throwing in a bit of human energy. Wobbly blips begins to build a melody, soon to be joined by similarly shaped bass tones. The spongy depth to the texture within the notes gives the track a rounded quality, a steady bass drum keeps new elements and sounds stitched into the same cloth. Spooky edges and psychedelic bubbles levitate over the glistening lamps of heavy beats. It culminated into a snare roll which projects onwards, bringing a sense of urgency to the mix. This new direction brings a clear motivation to dance franticly while keeping our eyes on the DJ. They have all the best moves. Divided Flash ends this four track epic really well, crafting an exciting finish to a wide-reaching selection of mixes.
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