Deep Sea Survivor EP
TBR: 22nd February
Since moving to Berlin from native Australia to embark on the epic label project Salt Mines Music with fellow Aussie musician Shedbug, Rudolf C has been working on this snappy and floor-pleasing house release. Known for working with catching rhythms and intelligent sonic effects, this rhythm and keys exploration takes us down a corridor of four unique and masterfully blended tracks. Electronic dance doesn't come more anticipated than this, DJ Seinfeld couldn't help but put one of these on his earlier various artist's compendium. Not long now until we can all enqueue this one in our playlist. Much talk is afoot at the regular parties which can be found in trendy London and underground Estonia, where two parallel lines run towards the same goal of great music. The sounds are on the move, and it won't be long until another line of events begins in post-depression Poland.
Beginning on hard-nosed snare and kick, warbling tones in the mid range swerve into place in elasticated snaps. Bass rolls in with a wholesome full flavour which resonates perfectly with the drums, relentlessly pushing on in persistent tempo. A short break-down gives us room to breathe, perhaps mix in another track if we're into that, and then after a few more bars, a chiming whistle melody springs into action. Lifting the whole piece higher, the injection of proto-cosmic life reveals a dreamy and wistful edge. Wide reaching chorded tones emanate from the synthesiser to fill spaces previously unknown while the high energy dancing beat keeps all spinning in the air. Industrial crunch bass finds a sweet-spot in the mix to bring the final evolution to its culmination, as all winds down to reveal the undercurrent of moving energy, Deep Sea Survivor draws to a close.
Next, another ravishing rhythm strikes its timing down and a zappy bass begins to double strike in neat portions. New drums give an extra layer of energy to the music vector and as the bars roll by, a step up in gear brings the bass and drums into a quick-stepping surge. New sonics are gathered and neatly placed on the edges of the surging tempo. Frantic dancing probable by this point, a new melody plucks a tune from invisible air strings before a vocal sample reverberates around the audial space. New directions of energy in the composition throw tangents into the crowd as the repeating phrases in distorted phonics ramble and roll onwards. Fuzzy bass and elevated beats keep an element of energy on the high setting while the otherworldly sensations complete the jigsaw. Second Hand Love yet again pulls in the people for group dancing sessions from all crowds.
Shmartie Pantz opens with distorted vocals, a robotic voice command repeats in an echoing slice over the space before us. Wobbling ripples and bubbles of sound begin to open the room out into a wide space while drums carry forward a new breathy feel. Simple two-step timing in the beat makes a simplistic backing for mysterious and enchanting sounds. Psychedelic infusions of wave and effect bring out a dreamy and haze laden mix, the rhythm like bright lamps showing us where to walk. As the progression continues, more synthesiser tones bring out watery and viscous sonics that almost drown the relentlessly pounding drum-track. More robotica churns out from the mix in bass line like pads which flatter down the airy cloudiness from before. Nods towards the 90s are rife in this wobbly and nostalgic composition.
Natural Cycle breaks in straight away with a melodic flush before a funky set of drum beats spill over into the quiet. More tones grow and luminesce in abstract directions, various colour of note play in harmony to spray volleys of light into the gloomy corners. Digital orchestrations of complimentary synthesiser and rhythm span out into a highly manicured and deliciously complex layering of rhythms and tunes. Sunny escapades into bright spaces give this final track a fully uplifting feel and stunning brilliance in the choices of pads means the sonics snugly fit together in an otherwise chaotic mish-mash of percussive sounds. Natural cycles are often simple and complex all at once, and this track mirrors that more than adequately. The best art always mirrors nature.
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Also, you may enjoy reading: The Historical Seeds and Worldwide Dissemination of House Music by Dana Ayres
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