TBR: 15th January
After a series of highly enjoyable EP releases, Glasgow's No Arrival has produced a splendid full-length episode of his groundbreaking music. A masterpiece of fusion between guitars and electronica, the work symbolises a state of mind that makes its domain in the consciousness of these novel times. Exploratory and multi-dimensional, No Arrival creates new and fascinating areas of sonic geography.
It begins with a thundering of drums that bounce in rhythmic jostles. Synthesiser begins to swish and coil within the projection of sound as more vibrant and damp percussion pushes through. Melodic motifs jingle in reverberating narrow passages as mechanical like rhythms chug in abstract uniformity. In Soul is a busy place, yet taken at a saunter as to allow the moments to exist without rush.
The sound of distant people mixes with strange blips and chimes. Chased By Cows takes us to a crowd of excited people while a dreamy consciousness blankets the energy to a muffle. Evocative and journeying sounds sparkle through steady and intelligent pulses of drum. As the music evolves, a familiar stringed instrument begins to create an impressionist jig that circles and skips through the tallness of the surrounding tones.
It sounds like an engine is starting before chimes and plunging drums scatter tones and percussion in multiple directions. Metallic thumps with tubular sonics ring out as sticks strike stone and skin. Throaty motions of swallowed sound plummet in dripping corridors as spinning-top like mixing continually adjusts focus. Hammers strike padded steel and lustrous timbre folds into packaged caverns. Animal Sister digs deep and resolves subtle kinesis.
Next an open space pierces the moment as deep squeaks meet sunken bells. Zaps spray energetic forms into angular zeniths which disorientate and realign the centre. Slow Dawning creeps up with grace and abstraction. Swishing reeds and engineered self-expression form ghosts among shipwrecks and sleepy waters. Odd sounds permeate an epic spaciousness as fragmented rhythms strike tapestries into shifting peats.
A smooth and bountiful string is plucked on the bass with a walking style amble. Melodic frills grow from the two or three notes it begins with, harmony layers with every available dimension. Fractional beats pin-point unique vectors within the spacious sound of bass and smokey shapes. A sudden twist of hard material unleashes a sonic burst of broken potential, a repolarisation of effect takes place and allows the sensation of music to leap like freshly aired fire. Partial Face almost shows us the whole, and knowing glances suggest a secret hidden behind quality silks and thread. It then switches to a flowing dance, a coiling glide into emotions and dream. As the hypnotic array of beats float upon howling euphorics the track builds with abstraction and outside noises which gently push the illusion this way and that.
The Orange Antagonist zaps into our presence as humanist drums begin a slow heartbeat pulse. Creaking floorboards and disparate strings line crooked halls with perspective assistance. Footsteps and blood surge through endless labyrinthine gestures of ticking clocks and tension. It's a dreamy and voiding persistence through illusory mayhem held at arms reach with the power of just one finger.
Shakers and dappled notes spring forth on waves of uplifting intentions. A breezy sensation swishes through the static hairs, levitating with strange universal energy. A summery seaside scene forms in my mind while backdrops of thick forest span into uncountable hills beyond. A neat little fence is gated and seeing it has no lock, we are able to wander into the thicks. Pine Up Front could mean pine leaves and cones, or perhaps the scent of the wood as it permeates dense and narrow-gauge air corridors.
A damp and eerie movement of abstract organic flux motions within deep body maps as sullen bells start a muted tempo. Expressions in regular portions reveal method as squashing background sounds squeeze with tonal compression. Warm piano-bar notes occasionally add distance between us and the oddity as humming pulsations rise with evermore unformulated sound orchestration. Influx builds slowly, with nowhere to go but down, we step into underground chambers that glisten with luminous mycelia.
A sudden flurry of chattering rhythmics pound in with bouncy sponge and tempered energy. Sheering noises emerge from frantic distances as kinesis dances with knot-like uniformity. The twisting layers of intermixing sounds carve lines in an icy lake surface as nearby trees rain clumps of dusty snow. Feel See expresses a lively and ethereal moment of human enjoyment. It finishes with two people talking, expressing their love of life.
The Last Embrace rings in like a bleak October morning as epic mists sweep in from shuddering rocks in a distending milieu. Listening intently, tapping sounds and metallic clanks bring home a sense of labour and toil while hot synthesiser drifts in like the shine from open furnaces. Infra-red technology blanks a portion of vision as intense radiance crosses between individual parts of the bigger machine.
With a slim sounding bell, the final umber breathes into being. Twisting sounds and tapping percussion scatter the energy into various dimensions, like a polygonic star that spins on multiple axes. Blues guitar sways in on bendy beams as chords and melody bounce in wide and warm areas. Drums then open out like sticky windows and sudden air changes allows sunlight to break from its dulled shine.
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Out: 29th November
General Release: 11th January
Let's take a trip back to the beginning of the month when Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate's Malcolm Galloway released a brand new solo work on Bandcamp. Not afraid to push the boat out, this side-project takes a whole new direction. Utilising his dab-hand with the studio and its technology, Malcolm Galloway produces moving and energetic electronic compositions. This single establishes a vein that began in the thread of his previous album, which no-longer stands quite so alone. This award-winning musician and his headline-grabbing music work together to continue the journey into artistic sound destinations.
With an ensemble of phonics on horn and string, the classical swish of orchestrated pleasure generates its mood. Splatterings of bell reminisce while dappled notes form a spongy bed. Abstraction greets form and beauty in a shimmering dance of juxtaposition in emotion. Raindrops of harmony scatter through twisting clouds which strain against the natural flow of the sky. A musical adventure unfolds as new horizons shape themselves in hidden moments now alive. Terrain awash with poignant humdrum and peaks of interest fly past in moments of photographic charm. This is Chrysalis and it's like the birth of a flying fraction of the universe incarnate. Building molecules together according to predetermined instructions in order to experience the life of a separate individual.
Next is Wasp 76b. This starts like a daydream, piano-like tones dance and fluoresce within neat corners that are enchanted by mirrors. As extra dimensions spill from the narrow perspective and the seemingly eternal quality of light, passages and perspectives align themselves according the the fundamental portioning system within space and time. A masterpiece of progression, the music gradually forms new layers and platforms within, from which fountains of sound are able to flourish. Sparkling melody and lively harmonics joyously adorn a smooth tempo with quick and spritely compositions. A wave of sound builds as it travels through the bars and atop the body of kinesis sits a continually changing scene of exchange and complimentary adjustment.
We are talking a decent 20 minute release despite there being two tracks. This phenomenal and room-filling sound knits together a soundscape which tingles the mind while letting it wander into its own agenda. Not too little, not too much.
Go ahead and get your copy of Wasp 76b by Malcolm Galloway on Bandcamp
Crown Jewel EP
Out 11th December
Bursting onto the electronic music scene with their first release is Shaytoon Records. Being a Farsi word for Little Devil, the headline act and director of the label Sepehr wants to acknowledge the Iranian-American culture. Sepehr describes Iran as a country that has fallen prey to global discrimination and which is made to look terrible in the Western media. Having a passion to right this wrong through the medium of music, Shaytoon Records is set to break boundaries and bindings. This record has been designed to emulate and support the sensations and feelings surrounding the underground Iranian cultures who enjoy the good things behind a field of differing ideals.
It begins with Cloak of Flames. Vibrant and resonating drums throb in organic timbre as bells and chimes twinkle and evaporate with various piercing pitches. A bass lunges as rhythm opens with shakers as the bass droplets continue to drip like rain from a cavernous ceiling. More bass brings a kinetic vibe as scraping sounds merge with the flux of percussion. Then, synthesiser with wavery tones begins to cast magical melodics around in circular and staggered motions. Strange and ethnic sounds permeate the air as familiar beats pound with oddly warming phonics. Puffy bass and windy streaks of tone dance in drifts around a steady and invigorating collection of drums and cymbals.
A quicker bass pumps out for track two, this title number grabs us with spacey synthesiser blurts and fast moving kick. Hats begin to double time the bass drum which opens a pathway for a bouncing bass to gradually form. The rubbery and pliable tone rumbles as synthesiser melodies begin raining down in close scales. Repeating noises and short rhythm loops give a compressed sensation before a more stretched out melody form strikes a comet-tail across the uniform arena. Extra layers of interesting rhythmic shape are jigsawed in, their pieces finding nestling spots in seemingly predestined corners.
A rumbling series of bass drums opens the new track. A small metallic jingle creates another dimension to the deep and resonant jive. Then, a fizzy electronic bass begins to pulse in a marching pace as effected spoken word vocals add poetry to the flow. Dirty hats and shakers then collide with the mix, forming a bubbling froth which spills over the mix like whipped cream and powdered cocoa. Slow and introspective journeys traverse through a quicker and hypnotic progression of bass and drum. Slow meandering synths are then found to dance like night animals in rays of light from a fatted full moon. Head To The Sky asks us to look up and wonder.
Jazzy tones warble in sunny motifs as muted kick thrusts a fast-paced direction through ample cushioning. A sudden deep and reaching voice then shudders with the words of the track's title. The Night Is Young. This is destined for the dance floor. Walking tones then draw squiggly lines with jagged edges in various 3D shapes positioned within the squared area portrayed by the pounding drums, cymbals, and bass. Expert musical flow gives a fantastic energy that invites movement and expression as tones and sonic outbursts form heady and dramatic interludes.
This far-reaching and intelligent EP finishes on Riposte. A thundering of hand-drum style percussion joins a windy valley of breath-like synthesiser. Cool passages of air vibrate and invite us beyond the boundary and inside the room. Here, the mechanics of drum and sound are focused and surround us in mysterious energy. A quick and kinetic hat and snare centres on the loop which provides another platform height for new sounds to flow from and discover harmonies within disparate melody.
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Insult To Injury Records
Out: 20th November
This newest Timothy Clerkin EP has been wandering around for about a month now, and it's about time we gave it listen. Insult To Injury are a subdivision of Ransom Note Records that wants to specialise in the most fired-up dancing sounds. This EP includes a remix from the fashionable Berlin and New York resident False Witness. With a clear motivation to move to the music and a compositional clarity that reveals depth and splendour, this recent Clerkin will be on many decks during '21 and beyond.
The title track begins with a slime dirty bass that fizzes with distortion on a single note. Bouncing string meets steady snare and a tempo is gathered like thorny flowers. Hats are added along with pounding kick, before keyboards begin swaying and jostling with interesting sonics. A drum-fill sounds a wind-down and brings on a solitary melodic solo before the drumming gradually rejoins the mix. A wave like motion of musical energy repeats alongside various keyboard harmonies and scattering tones. As each revolution of the energy passes by, new and ever more dimensions to the track are added at just the right moments.
Wilderness opens with an expanse of tone and luminous melody. Shimmering sounds reverberate along deep and reaching strings before a thrashy rhythm breaks. Snare and bass rumble in steady and up-tempo loops as dreamy and imaginative music floats like skyfishes shoaling above our heads. Pulsing synthesiser rides and dances on floors of stretching harmony that ensures a major and introspective combination of notes.
The False Witness remix of Hatred emerges as the third chapter. A crackling sound bursts open with a thumping beat that's built on snare and bass. The long winded intro rhythm marks the intention of this number. It's a full to the brim dance track. Frothing and expanding synthesiser rises and overflows the containment of percussion as new and wide sounds grow from the powerful tempo. The build-up provides ample time to move and entrance each other with strobe-lighting and smoke machines.
The EP ends with Little Island Syndrome. This track begins with an odd whining synthesiser that's buffed up under hissing and odd bumping bass tones. A voice begins to speak over a tannoy like system. It's unclear what it says, it's like a memory or a dream. Robotic and distorted resonance binds with metallic timbre as more strange yet fascinating synthesiser snakes forward. Buzzing tones list and lean through tapestries of peculiarity. Then, as the music finds it's feet, a rain of arpeggio and sunshine bass scatters down on the now fertile and well-prepared ground.
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Out 20th November
Deniro emerged in 2017 with the Mendoza EP and now he's back with a selection of live cuts. Taking time away from heading up Tape Records, Deniro heads over to трип in order to find some space in which to express his other talents. This EP is named after the festival of the same name in which трип Records owner Nina Kraviz introduced her audience to his body moving sounds. Techno and groove line the walls of this release, providing the very best of this artist's atmosphere.
It opens with rumbling bass and frantic blips that spurt in formulations designed to make us alert. Harmonising synths strike long-distance quick runs over hillocks and dales. Thumping bass persistently stitches the scattered tones together. Coachella being the title-track hits us with heady techno rhythms that dig out sections in the room before glooping into them. As we become nestled in the array of bass, a hat begins a simple tempo which once more lifts us up and adds extra impetus. More cymbals then smash through, quicker and vibrant, loose jangles lift further onward.
Egalize begins with a chiming harmony with juicy synthesiser bells. A vibrant underscore of rampant drumming gives a bouncy bop sensation to the bubbling mixture of upper tones. Extra layers gradually find their in as new notes and reaches gently and innocently add to the repeating melody. A cymbal joins in, for brief moments, as the progression lifts in spinning and swaying scales.
Next, a twisting scratchy rhythm smashes down next to metallic thumping sounds which resonate at various frequencies. Odd synthesiser distortions call out like strange birds as mechanical and atmospheric changes create a uniform rhythmic churning. Rubbery resistance creates friction that eventually bursts into a fire of drumming. Bass, snare, and cymbals belt out a simple yet effective rummage through the flow. Hard-hitting focus brings Needles to a tipping-point that thrusts the mood into another level.
Tainted starts with a happy sounding bass that swoops like a glider on currents of jungle air. Sticks of bass and cymbal jut from the bars in neat and uniform gestures as sunny synthesiser harmonises underneath. Bubbling sounds present as new elements of percussion are inserted. A laid-back yet full-on dance sensation washes over us as the melody glistens like oil on the hard rhythmic surface.
A quick and funky bass with snappy drums enters. It grabs us by the collar and forces us to dance. Synthetic notes playfully jog on simple scales as rhythmic elements continue to enliven the pulse. Wooden sounds join in, and the tone of the synthesiser begins to warp as if in some crazy wah-wah effect. Extra notes emerge as the oscillating groove distorts and separates into new sounds. Strange filters revel in misjoining and mutating the semblance of the synthesiser signal. Boss 303 is a clear demonstration of technical prowess.
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Futuristant & Aura Nox
Science Cult Records
TBR: 4th December
This mysterious Italian producer, operating under the Futuristant heading, has been making a huge name for himself over recent months. Now with a full-on EP including a fantastic remix from Panorama Bar resident DJ Alessandro Adriani, the creator of sultry disco and electro continues the theme. The EP also introduces the brilliant Aura Nox, who's name will be appearing on many press-releases in the following year. This double stroke of the boat from two talented and modern producers will navigate these rapid waters.
With reverberating and damp scattered beats, Entropy begins. A novel aspect in the drum pattern brings out an interesting and highly listenable sound. Synthesiser resists as extra drums pound in a snare and bass heavy rumble. Breathy sounds scratch within dank caverns. Then, a plucking rhythmic melody breaks through. Distorted fractions of sound add crackled pressure to the wholesome and well-composed mix. Vocal adds an emotional layer that meets us with moody and cerebral expressions.
Next, a sleek and driving rhythm opens with a simple beat. Extra drums fill in the space with neat and casual fills as a vibrating bass begins to create a kinetic direction. New rhythm builds within the beats to make the focus more unified. Massive layering projects a singular force of rhythm based on persistent drumming that grabs with simplicity. Vocals once more add mysterious phrases that are soaked in reverb. Sampled projections add layers of percussion that echo from bar to bar. Feminine Touch sinks in with velvet rhythms and haunting humanity.
A thumping kick infused with spark opens Power Cycle. A rumbling bass enters gradually, amplitude growing with each turn of the wheel. Soon it's dominating the track as the consistently driving kick continues to thud. New sounds wander in with mysterious edges, a melodic frill on horn like synthesiser and heavy-duty cymbals suddenly burst open the mix. Another wobbling and melodic rhythm injects in, a striding gallop with bouncy notes merges with the sighing percussion. Undertones add ghostly emanations that flutter in darkened corners of the sound.
Heady bass and kick drum begin a pulsing rhythm into track number four. A solitary tempo revs the mind and mesmerises the senses before a new layer of dynamic percussion fills the space. A vocal with robotic effects crunches a vowel before even more layers of beat add extra power to the current. Not So Dirty dances with electro blips and laser zaps which bounce around in tight cube like orientations. After a short breakdown, the music returns with extra synthesiser umpf that flirts in patchy tones that fly from seat to seat.
For the Entropy remix by Alessandro Adriani, heavy euphoria synth illumines like sunshine through hazy heat. Drums roll and strike in tied back motives while whistling and pushed synthesiser revels in a tethered freedom felt by immense atmosphere. Vocals span dreamy sections as shoe-gazing elements combine with heavy dance and experimental electronica.
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Out 30th November
Neo-classical and intelligent electronica music is what Fluttery Records are known for. AL_X has been off the radar for a few years since the prominent Shunt, which came out in 2014. This sparkling return to the scene brings seventeen brand new tracks to sink our ears into. Bringing out a more layered and textured composition than before, the ethereal quality of Liverpool's AL_X is given new dimensions.
Beginning with Auf Ver Loven, the music gracefully opens from a silence. Radiating synthesiser beams like dusty luminescence as harmonising tones drape extra garments over the silhouette. Organesque atmosphere grows in gradual blossoms that unfurl into harmonics and resonances. Piano breaks through like a stamen, it visits a brisk stairway of notes that dance around the flowing soundscape. Stringed instruments top the mix with introspective tones that uncloak to reveal choirs.
Next, another brief pause gives us time to muse on what we just heard. Then a distinctive new angle is unveiled that takes a vinyl warmth to a slightly jazz-like piano section. Strings warble in the background as synthesiser blips open out a sense of modernity. Time To Wait uses homely improvisations combine to create a once-in-a-life-time combination of sensations, dreams, and desires. Subtropical feelings flow from sunny mixing that distorts with energy.
A strange ambience creeps in from the shadow as odd harmonies form in windy gusts and the crackling of magic. Onwards Parts 1 and 2 enters with a cautious progression which then becomes a bass drone carried by resonant drums. Emotional and darkened beats rattle and thud in misty glooms which occasionally manifest into familiar shapes. Throbbing pulsations of power then stretch and vibrate across the bars, which then give way to a full-beam layering of the whole picture.
Distant melodies conjure ambient imagery that builds with each stroke of the brush. Enchanting notes whistle on humming undertones. Mysteriousness gathers in tranquil spotlights as the culmination of their breathing begins to form a shell of sound. Musing and ruminating passages of subtle composition rise into craggy landscapes awash with rivers and movement. Low Sun casts its presence upon choppy mixing infused with depths and kinesis.
Melancholy and relaxing piano strokes build from subtle depressions in the silence. A string howls in the distance before a key-change drifts the emotion into a new layer of depth. The Wait drifts like flags on solitary poles in abandoned parks, everything about them is the same only no-one is there to capture the moments as they flicker by. Next, we meet Singularity. The piano moves once again to dance in an adjacent field, one that's filled with budding flowers. An aromatic air hangs gently above the music as subtle symphonics coast in the wake of the tidal melody.
Now we head Into The Hills And Trees. A wideness spans out in quiet chords as piano and string then journey in meandering motions towards the present moment. A euphoria sprouts as digital tones scale in a major harmony across the thoughtful phrases of composition. A shimmering air with speckles of brightness dances with freeing sensations of musical calm. An untitled number follows for the eighth position on this immense album. Guitar and piano join as unison wander as vocals bring out a definitive human quality. More synthesiser gathers the slack fabric into folded uniformity.
A dreamy drench of spongy and soft synthesiser then emerges to gently press cushioning sounds on whatever harshness may remain. Unique sound forms and mirroring of clarity create a lattice of shifting intention as multi-instrumental yearns push for closer gazes at the core. Endless Sleep Ensemble lifts us into cotton like arenas that seek comfort and peace. This is followed by a depth that throbs with a sinister edge. Vaporous synthesiser spoons at suggestive intentions with twisting and scooping tones. Low Clouds forms an intensity over the passing bars which see amplitudes increase to bring out the layered dressing that garnishes the rhythm.
Leaving The World Behind carries a quick rhythm that crackles like a Victorian fire. Smooth vocals then open in organic lucidity which grounds us after a long stretch of out-there electronica. A trip-hop element builds with the melodic vocal-lines. As the composition builds, quirky synthesiser revels in the rhythms which tingle on emotional verses. Once the song is finished, another angle of strangeness is revealed by the low tide. Fuzzing sounds scatter in electron distribution diagrams focussing on protons of pure being. Dissemble takes its time, a Gregorian feel rumbles under the synthetic instruments, phonic mumbling on bass shelves motion onward as the slow-moving sounds break like gentle waves.
A sombre and solitary piano now opens with a pretty progression of notes. Interesting resonances playfully warm the notes as new elements join to create a multifaceted sonic schematic. Vibrant and shrill violins add a tension which grows to breaking then disappears with the music. Intermission gives us pause to think. It is replaced with a retro style bass progression that walks in a looped avenue of scale. Drums fill the spaces to create a river of rhythmic synthesised funk. Trumpet sounds cry like seagulls and a running sensation keeps the music building with new elements of composition. Beyond Perception shimmers with old-school motifs built from nostalgic keyboards.
La Ment starts like an underground train tunnel before the train arrives, a howling grows to a gust before a stream of steady music emerges from the gloom. Not a heavy carriage with an ominous facia but a sleek and gentle flow of dreamy tones with gracefully positioned chords. Plucked notes drip like rain on tense surfaces as shimmers of reflection move across the film. A rumbling drone builds into liquid colour as After The Rain begins. Gentle and softly struck tones create a passage for thought to progress under as harmonies and pressures seamlessly grow. It ends with For Ed. A brief pause lets us align our hearing before a breezy piano melody begins. Harmonies match note for note as dual compositions playfully dance along the stave. More layers of tune build in, making the music swell with cinematic charm and character. Ed must be some guy.
Low Clouds by AL_X is available on Bandcamp
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Rift Vision 001
Rift Vision Records
TBR: 20th November
Stay-at-home music producer and pro-streaming DJ Lauren Ritter is here to showcase her latest adventure. Rift Vision Records is a brand new music label that will be providing liminal and subconscious music that wants to inspire dancing and gathering. Bouncing from the wall of her recent minimal house sessions, this new direction shows us the tender and introspective side to the artist. Utilising live music, organic instruments, and spoken word from Tenesha The Wordsmith, this EP explores the human side of electronica.
It begins with Vespers and a set of tonal drums begin to chant in heady progressions. A synthetic kick merges with timbre from wooden and skinned percussion. Cymbals plunge in from the edge as a dreamy plucked melody starts to bubble through filmy vision. Synthesiser frolics as the rhythm sections the music into structure.
Next we get a taste of the spoken word as a brief phonic is cast across the stillness like a stone. It bounces into synthesiser and retrograde rhythms that wind like a bobbin. More vocal rises from the dreamy composition, until a statue like form of poetry emerges in fullness. Splashy melody frames the magical positivity that manifests as womanly beauty. We next find ourselves in the whirlwind of Dirty Moses and a yang infused addition. This falls back to allow Tenesha the Wordsmith to conquer with love as many have done before.
Quartz begins with a funky rhythm built on drums that resonate with a genuine quality. A mix of skins and styles merge into one formation of percussive flux as layers nestle snugly against one another. A sneaking synthesiser brings out a pipe melody as luminous phrases shine like reflections at sunrise. Underneath forms a murky subchord that wobbles and distorts under layers of translucent sounds.
It ends with a euphoric synthesiser wave that splashes out across rumbling cymbal percussion, muffled at first but soon joined by extra instruments. Snare builds an exploratory progression as more melody begins to rise like layers of a volcanic island. Value of a Piece Taken emerges as a smooth and gradual piece that shimmers with an ethereal charm.
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Radical Optimism EP
TBR: 14th December
Luz1e aka DJ Tabledance grew up surrounded by house and electro music. Her unique upbringing with an older brother as a heavy influence has created a truly eclectic artist. Drawing from all aspects of the wider genre, Luz1e brings her Chicago and New York style sound to the masses by incorporating the best of everything she enjoys. This Frankfurt based producer is in the heartland of European beats and sounds, so inviting in the American side of the art helps to diversify and grow the entire scene. We've already seen Luz1e enjoy airspace from labels such as Goddess Music, Shall Not Fade, and Lobster Theremin. Berlin's Voitax are clearly fortunate to be included in this list of publishers.
With crumbling static and swooping bass tones, Transition brushes its colours across the air. A throbbing rhythm emerges, bass kicks in a kinetic pattern before snaps and pops ride alongside clattering and rampant hats. Mysterious atmospherics creak and groan in the under-sound as repeating drums push forward with consistent drive. Hedonistic depths swell and bubble as the percussion forms a neat snaking line through chaotic and introspective sensations.
Electronic Warefare begins with a sinister synthesiser tone that streaks across a neatly scattered bass drum. Stillness shattering cymbals are added, their formulated flow creating a 3D pattern in the centre of the room. Then, sequenced notes begin churning out rhythmic scales at a variety of speeds. They overlap and race each other along the deep corridor of bass and walls of sheering pitch. Huge and heavy energy thrusts as the drums shift and coalesce into new rhythmic forms. The mix of synthesiser and bass rumbles as the progression carries each section ever onward.
A smooth and reverberating selection of notes ring out as moving parts reach down in composition. Sunny phonics glisten as the once more thick and dense bass drum begins to spell out the movement. Again, a layer of hats and snare gives rise to another dimension to the condensed and solidified kinesis. Springy tones reach from shallow roots before jostling for space in the dissipating upper atmosphere. A progression allows for sectional spotlights that bring out various aspects of the flow and its feel. Radical Optimism continues the heavy dance ethic yet manages to stay out of the gloom.
With sweeps of radiating sound, wisps of synthesiser and digital manipulation drift from the stereo. A tapping rhythm enters, no bass as of yet, and soon a snare joins to create the familiar pulse. Then once another fill of interesting sound takes place, the bass reveals itself among fun and uplifting drumming. Sombre tones drown their emotions in the choppy lines filled with tubes of thickening bass melody. Dreamy phrases work in collaboration with one another as rhythm stitches disjointed sonics together with clarity and ease. Emotional Intelligence is calmer yet more dramatic and evocative.
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Displacement Activity Vol. 3
See Blue Audio Records
Out: 6th November
Co-founder of Disintegration State Records Steve Hadfield has been utilising his time in lockdown by producing expertly honed electronica. Releasing authentically quality material on the See Blue Audio label will no-doubt help to issue his work to yet more eager listeners. Now with two EPs already with the same title, it's about time The Electro Review entered the work into our listing. The new EP continues on the theme of challenging times and mental metamorphosis through long periods of being at home.
It begins as whistle-like tones enchant the airspace with fluctuating frequencies. Rumbles of distant staunch apparatus blow in on the wind as fragments of dripping sensation splash on the naked rock face. Sci-fi gasps form bubbles of wavery flow that harmonises and washes on gradually assembling covenants. Reflected holds posture through wisps of imparted sound.
Next is Blossom is a Vector. It rises from the fizz with crackles of vinylesque movement as piano from a curdling dream begins manifesting in reality. Rhythm enters, it sweeps the music into a vast array of potential that our linear minds can sense and feel on the next horizon. The piano continues to cast its spell as building percussion forms a passageway with harmonising and seductive additions. We walk on with grace and poise as flowering avenues guide us into unknown corridors.
Ever Onward creeps in on tender steps as peripheral chaos hangs back from a tranquil bubble decorated with sombre melodics. Static and discord build on tensive surfaces as the oblivious dream piano keeps time among the distorted focus outside. The music builds at the edges, until crackled disturbances begin to hollow out the perception of the interior.
Atmosphere thickens as mellow yet introspective motions of tone drift in on updraughts coiling from subterranean firepits. Smoky vortices creep and form face shapes that move and disperse into groups of ghostly scribbling and glyphs. A new section emerges as a gust of air creates a window in the plume. Beyond, shimmering mechanicals encrusted with natural gem formations continue in their ancient program. Liminal Night Feeds takes us into the cavern.
It ends with a denser track. Electronic blips dance with broken beats that retain their tempo yet crackle behind faded time. Snaking motion adopts framework suited for spacecraft as clanking rivets and armatures rattle to the continued computer impetus. Rises and declines in the rhythm bring a cyclic energy to the process which invites us to conjure imaginings and then collapse them once more. Alone, Dark makes us feel hypnotised and with mesmeric progression, the intensity rides on the wave of our subconscious.
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Displacement Activity Vol. 1 - 3 is available on Bandcamp
Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.