Laundry Room / Yelde
TBR: 10th May
Since the release of his debut EP last year, Dervisis has become synonymous with experimental electronic music that cherry picks his favourite feels from across the spectrum. Drawing on diverse influences and fusing their intentions into one unique sound, touching on the leftfield yet remaining down to earth and homely, we can expect a frenzy of accessibility in a mash-up style of clothes. This new number released on Trial&Error pushes the boat out a little further than before, this time Dervisis implements big-room dance sounds within his already well-travelled ethos.
It begins with Laundry Room, static and chimes create a looping beat. A melody on a unique voice splashes a flurry of notes to get our attention. Then, the bass-line hits us. Squashy plucked notes jam in a funky melody, it leaps along the blues scale like an expert gamer on the dance-pad. Vocals start, dreamy and wistful lines sing a song of poignant clarity. It reminds me of The Chemical Brothers (eBay swag), who often use famous vocalists in their productions. A middle section rolls in and lets a synthesiser do the work. Interesting compositions give us a tangent before the vocal-line returns to finish the story.
Next, a catchy rhythm made of many drums overlapping each other begins the pace. It's up-beat and funky, clever percussion gives a swelling of sound which works up like a spiral into the sky. Here in the atrium, we dance in oval shapes openings while the music evolves into digital whistles and jagged beats. These grow in force, and another subtle dreamy melody on the vocals begins to wash over like a slightly open tap. Trickles of words glide over the mix in syrupy doses. The evolution of Yelde is quick paced, with every few bars another rhythm is pushed in while something from before is swept aside. A continual one two beat makes sure it's easy to dance to yet the forever shifting of the intermittent beats makes it dynamic and flowing.
Third up is a remix of Laundry Room by Gramcry. Called the Fidget Mix, it begins with what sounds to be an actual laundry room. Distant water noises and squelches make me wonder if my speakers have cut out again. No, it's just a clever intro, beats and synth kick in almost straight away and the rhythm tuns up high. Uplifting melodics swell and sway like rising flags on incredibly tall poles. Beats and energy formulate a spiralling bubble of intent and dancing energy that really grabs us and makes us move. New areas of exploration emerge, the tempo remains yet angles of ascent and scenery beyond all shift before us as we hurtle through abstract sonic landscapes.
Finishing off, a space-age whistle blip begins the last track. Rhythms and beats crunch in single file, each finding a nestling spot somewhere in the sounds. Modern and minimal, this experiment of poly-rhythmic digs and dives reaches far and wide in all directions. Individual placement of each drum, each piece of metalwork, each synthesiser track within a 3D stereoscope of sound has made this a percussive sculpture, decorated with glowing lights and silken scarves. The use of melody returns in the distant and effect laden vocals which spill emotive meaning all over the motoring cut. BFTT with a Gliding Slug Remix of Yelde tops off the record with intrigue and intelligence.
A good 25 minutes or so, this four track release from Dervisis stands to become a landmark for ever more distant travels into excellent sounding music.
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