Life And Death Records
TBR: 26th April
Now living in Berlin, this Israeli born sound architect returns for his Life And Death label debut. This established and well-loved electronic music label from the prolific DJ Tennis feels like the perfect home for this club-ready serving of four uniquely blended tracks. Choosing to put out material on this label despite running his own, namely Disco Halal whose releases have featured on The Electro Review in the past too, demonstrates an ability to reach out and collaborate plus produce quality music others are eager to sign. Showcasing a range of musical ability with each track, Wave Rave utilises many great techniques and sounds.
The opener is Wave Rave itself. It begins with a frantic digital beat. The staggered element winds a spring, building sonic tension. New percussion sounds join in, this time with a much more solid pattern that lays over the top like a blanket. Synth chords fill the spaces, they drone in and out on one pitch then return with a trance inspired melody. Stabbing notes dance in the air, producing a great sensation of movement we would gladly mirror in the club. Pushy beats over-do the entry rhythm, a steady 4/4 pace breaks free to encapsulate the uplifting composition. Melody in the bass and treble areas work in harmony yet with distinctly different walks. Their steps seem to reflect each other's attitude by forming dynamic runs of intention.
Next is a funky hat and kick drum beat that starts with a catchy tempo. Bass sponges throb in time to the off-beat, glooping their tones over the drum-work like brandy-butter. The drums speed up, revving the energy into a new realm of force. Then, some digital droning buzzsaw sounds begin to worm in through the woodwork. The furiosity of the piece swells as the various sections join in to create one surging river of sound. Distorted warbles of electronic feedback curve around giant pillars like serpentine beams of conscious light. They then drown all out in the sonic glare providing a light and bright space to create a new image. This is where the track evolves from one form to another. In the second dimension of the mix various rhythms seep from the tightly woven cloth like curds and whey, dripping sections and clumped beats working in harmony to create a free flowing volcanic dance injection. Dinner For One is a scene I am more than familiar with, and I like the track the scenario is named after.
550 comes in for track number three. Blipping beats jump in melodic frenzy while plucky bass and drum back up the rear. A surging forward motion overtakes the opening phrases by bringing everything to the forefront. Deep and sensual drums reverberate in the distance while digital fills and harmonic runs jostle in tight spaces. A great melody shines over the top, drawing on sounds more familiar with pop music but mixing them in with manic dancing beats, the track reaches out to a crowd and says this is it. Guitar is used, an organic instrument in an electronic track needs to be done really well and this time, it is. Various colours and directions shine through as the amplitudes of each rise and fall. Elements of compositional clarity and rhythmic progression work from each other's energy.
Finishing with a sleek and heady drum and bass line, a space-age worming synth casts a brilliant anti-shadow over the whole. The drums and bass-line continue, new synth sounds bleep like orbiting satellites. Digital runs of melody flow in and out like a tidal river, the steady dancing pulse remaining constant through-out. Amplitude hits the bass and it spews out to the sides with extra tone. Hand-claps now, again, their energy directed solidly towards the whole, a forward facing push through astronomical surroundings is describes for us. It's fun and futuristic, although the choices of sounds reflect the retro-years. Classic science fiction takes the lead while the twenty-first century musical production pushes everything to new levels of technological freedom.
It's a wide reaching EP made up of great techno sounds, fabulous house directions, and awesome EDM sensations. One for the club or the living-room get-together, no matter where it is, it'll provide impetus to mental and physical motivation.
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