Fragile X & Esef
Out 22nd May
It's a privilege to once again feature Fragile X on the Electro Review, this time the Bricolage label head takes the two person chariot with Esef. This dual artist EP makes a great effort at techno, breaks, and other coolities with a delve into something a little harder than the recent ambient Bricolage release. In a sure artistic fashion, each musician has produced an original then worked on their counterpart's material to see what they come up with.
Fragile X opens with Damage Control. A slicing quick-fire cymbal scatters beats in a three-sixty dimensional flow. Then, crispy bass crawls in under the rug while spacey whistles coil upwards in the distant sky. Beats emerge, rampant drumming with sleek design peel away the blankets and reveal glistening monumentous expanses. Chewy bass lines filter in, they rumble on shuddery woodwork and angular frames. Drums and synth fly in on sweeping lines of flow, their apt additions prop and suspend the music in slender portions.
Track two gives us an instant hit with boppy beats and chatty melodics riding underneath. Sloshy cymbals create a one-two wave motion that pushes the whole thing along like a yacht. Vocalisations work their way in, garbled phonics buzz and flicker as various angles of attack are gleaned and sampled. Rumbles and build-ups of various energetic flavours delve in devious forays and motions of captivated kinesis. Twinkling synths are given a spotlight, these lift the calmness of the interlude into a new phase of being before the thunderous bass brings on another round of up-there drumming. Esef's Through The Static is a clever and punchy merry-go-round of electronic formations.
Damage Control is remixed by Esef. The Damage Is Done remix opens with buzzing static and distorted waveforms that create a distinctive tapestry filled with fun and lively drums. Swirling sounds swiftly bounce from side to side as fluctuations scatter the intention of composition into wider areas. The persistent drumming knits together a loose and meaty cake of sound with abstractly painted notes. Plucky bass begins to chime with harmonising highs which become the backbone for a frantic beat left to rip through the dream-cloud and into the stereo sweet-spot.
To finish the EP, Fragile X makes an impression on Through The Static. This White Noise remix opens with vocal samples that diffuse through various layers of texture. As synths spin and wind in increasing velocities, a drumbeat smashes through. Twisting noises and spinning percussions batter together in a focussed intention of tempo. Strangeness mingles with the familiar as drums and synthesiser coalesce with odd juts and elastic interactions.
The EP is pretty lengthy for a four track offering. Each chapter gives more than a few spectacular minutes of energy that sit atop the speakers in different expressive poses as the music seamlessly progresses.
You can find Fragile X on Bandcamp
You can visit Esef on Soundcloud
Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.