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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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.