TBR: 13th March
Anfisa Letyago has been exploring the various label opportunities available with recent works on REKIDS and Nervous. This new five track club fodder makes a label debut for Hotflush. This new-comer from Naples seems to have keys to all the doors in the techno music world. Mashing the driving kinetic energy of techno with the drifty mood pudding of house, Anfisa Letyago knows what she's doing and knows she does it well.
Electrifying opens with a thunderous and chunky electro-bass. It pounds with full tonal outlay, with high and low ends to it's voice. A shiny and clean hat then is added. The pulse breaks open as synths begin a breathy tempo with a dash of delicate melody. New tones emerge, plunges of note and rhythmic flow progress with small insertions of layer. The build-up is a gradual uphill voyage through dancing beats and fizzy composition. Once the track moves on, strange sonics begin a drifting percussive line that filters out the heavy side of the track. This swirls back into action after a few bars with extra cymbals and notes crisping the edges.
Next, a one-two beat is laid bare before our ears. It stutters on the break to bring out layers of timing that sit comfortably on their own. We wait, there must be something more to this track. Then, a shaker is brought in. It adds a colourful tapestry of percussion in continual bursts. Another rhythm line is added, it stereos and fills the room on all sides. Then, a wobbly pulsing synth builds from quietness. It grows in a growling surge of tempo, matching the drums. This then builds to become a lead line in the track, with rhythm breaking and swilling around its drive. Push is a grabby and simple number that takes us by the primals and gets us to dance.
Next is a James Walsh remix of the following track, Technology. It's unusual to put the alternative version first in the playing list. It begins with a fuzzy tonal pipe sound which hums and pulses in breaths of input. A voice speaks words over in a surreal dreamy tunnel while beats and synth rise from the sidelines. Fast hats and choppy drums merge with a rubbery twangs that bounce and contort with the tempo. A burst of sunny synth then radiates forward in a solitary burst, it gives us a brief pause for thought before fading. There it is again. The rhythm then takes us deeper, with breaks and rolls throwing the tempo into abstraction. It boils down to a throbbing bass, which is joined by a voice. From here the music builds up again into a frantic smash of drums, hats, and synthesiser.
Next, a clap and bass motif opens the original. Zaps fill the void with fast-paced doses of energy. Hats come next, they fill yet more of the puzzle and elevate the energy of the track. New vocal sounds break free. Squashy bass rumbles as a vocal sample repeats the word technology. The hypnotic word merges with the electro drumming and digital bass-line that reaches from left to right in moving spurts. The vocal builds again with only a test ringing out over the airwaves. All new technology is a test really, the market has to buy it to make it worth employing people to make it. The soul, the mind, the body, does technology have a reference point to all these? Although not present in awareness and unable to observe the act of observation, we assign personalities to our objects. They see, hear, feel the temperature, they can even compute, but do they have a subjective and objective experience of mind?
The final track begins with a smooth bass-drum. It builds in with hats which tinkle on the edge before a wave of sound throbs forward. It elevates the tempo to a fast-paced rummage through metal-work and thudding bass. Synth bursts rumble in with trance-like blossoms of tone. A quick breath of saw like air flows over the track. This builds and densens, until it evolves into a catchy melody. The rhythmic quality of the tune fits snugly into the predictive drumming. A breakdown ensues, giving the original bass-line room to reassert itself. The burst of sound fills the space once more and allows the rest of the music to build back into place. Push The Button seems to tease us with potential dance energy that we have to wait for as it approaches.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.