Released: July 15th
Way back in May, when Or:la unveiled Céad Records, we all waited with bated breath for the first impress release. DJ Lewski had been in pole position for some time, bringing his undefinable and unpredictable combination of energies. We've already seen this guy making records for Wolfskuil and Patron Records over the past couple of years. Popping up again on this fresh and innovative label is just what the scene needs. Lewski has enjoyed long term slots at some of Holland's most celebrated electronic music venues including De School, Awakenings, and ZeeZout. It makes sense, then, that with this much experience behind him, this four track offering undoubtedly carries the goods.
It opens with Guadala and a house rhythm, drums with light distortion rattle through their motions. An industrial edge sleeks in behind it, dirtying up the water. As the bass heads on over, its vibratory twang brings in a techno sensation that culminates in a delicious fusion of musicalities. Melodic pulsations on synth strikes add a swirling temperament as space-age sonics waft in from all sides. The track boils over, revealing a core of steady beats that swell once more to fill the pan. Swerving patterns and looping oddities create irregular yet stable juxtapositions of sound. Slender beats and resonant clatterings warble in and out of phase to the beat of persistently nodding drums.
The next number takes us in with melodic bass line hammered out between clippy drums taps and rim strikes. A wooden sense in the bass digs in with organic lustre as croaking synths and electronic hums fiddle with their levels to swirl and swish in the soundscape. Futuristic sounds create subtle melodics through a stodgy rhythm, full of sucking mud and distorted vision. Amplitude allows the rhythms to poke through like handholds and stepping stones that keep us out of the currents as the track curdles around us. Jara is a hedonistic exploration through science fiction like destinations depicted in sonic clarity.
Track three is Mariachi. Wisps of digital spaciousness open out while a steady house beat penetrates the cosmic potential. Digital synthesiser sounds swirl and snake in multi-directional fusion as a melodic drum beat starts bashing out a new path. Laser beams and sonic drills dig away at the rock face, sections fall away and make the progress faster. Chunky elements of residual buzzings and fizz mingle with slender nuances in the rhythmic direction. Intrusions of sound force the music to travel in a straight line while other elements add distinctive scenic differences between bars. As the drums ever increase in intensity, and the merging of compositions fall into each others' well produced slots, the track culminates in a surging adventure into mysterious sonic experiments.
Next, a fast paced blipping melody creates an exciting rhythm. Drums with interesting inflections and metal-work bring in a new element of dancing power. The heat is turned up a bit for this final number, with a bigger sound and a quicker tempo, the excitement has progressed really well. Fuzzy bass chords thrust a deep and resonant energy downwards while the snappy drums keep our attention on what stands in front of us. Smiling melody and insurgent beats make this finale a track to remember and adds new levels of appreciation for the journey of what came before. Desacorde has a much heavier techno influence, neatly ending the release on something to remember it by.
Listen to Lewski on Soundcloud
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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