Civil Disobedience Records
TBR: 24th May
This is a real-life exploration of feelings for TAKA. Exploring the grief process after the death of her father, losing a parent became the foundation for this musical masterpiece. With a triple A side and a classic remix to boot, the composition of this music couldn't be more raw and real. This is the first time Civil Disobedience have released a vinyl pressing, and it's only their 7th catalogued number, but the brand is quickly making waves across many talent pools worldwide. Polish TAKA is just one more family member to put their output on this fast rising music imprint.
It begins with deep and resonant synths which could be horns. They sprinkle with digital hum to reveal their origin in electronics before a cascade of heavy bass drum rolls in. The snare fills a space where there wasn't one before, and then extra drums find everywhere else to snugly fit in. Its imploding sensations pull forward and push back as deep tones bring shaded arenas of sound among edgy and compelling melodies. Cry Cry is a dance number, without a doubt, yet it's euphoria is down-trodden and hidden behind a cloud of deep emotional thought. A release of sadness causes tensions to dispel into the rhythms and tones.
The Gareth Wild remix of Cry Cry is just as good. This time it opens with heavy bass, distorted and crunchy. Cymbal strikes give a sense of light to the amplitude while pounding bassline synths bring on a sudden rhythmic melody. Two tone composition allows for a rave atmosphere while the clever and intellectual rounding and effects on all the elements allows for a rich 3D sonic picture. Forceful undertones wiggle through, a dark and gloomy sense of being underground and on your own rises from the mix. It trickles away like water into a grate before a pressurised tone brings back the frantic drumming. Subtle mixing of melody with heavy duty rhythm makes this intense and full of emotions.
Third is Free Ourselves. It begins with warbles of wobbling synth like glistening sunshine through open windows. With this comes a rampant bass and shaker rhythm which once again pushes forward the dancing energy. Cymbals ride up alongside to bring their metallic voice to the combo, percussives and droning tones make up this one. Then a springy bass curls in from the underneath, it's texture spongy and loose. It spans across a few notes on the keyboard, swelling from one to the other in neat lines. It adds a whole new layer to the rhythm and gives a dimension of slower pace to the otherwise quick-stepping tempo.
The final track starts with a brief pause. Synth pads shine out from the shadows with vibrant and wobbling tones. They bring on a new rhythm, funky and upbeat, yet remaining thoughtful and almost sullen. New quicker sections are added, filling the half-beats with taps and repeating cymbals. Still the breathy synthesiser tones splash in gloomy waters. Then what could be an electric guitar with heavy distortion underwater plays sliding notes along the neck. The slicing warmth of the metal sounding buzz shifts from pitch to pitch without a boundary between them. Like a talking record, the slow motion phonics project a sense of questioning wonder.
The record is thick with personal sadness and a frantic energy which flits from method to method of keeping life going. Introspective and enjoyable, 1610 by TAKA is a flurry of emotionally intelligent mixes for electronic music fans and beyond.
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