TBR: January 31st
For the first release of 2020 from Tommy Four Seven's inspirational record label, Scalameriya re-appears with a brand new EP. The prominent sound designer and sculptor of waves reveals another dose of quality experimental electronic music. Utilising powerful dance music techniques and blending them with mind-expanding sequences of unusual sound, Scalameriya seems to be an ideal choice to kick off the year with.
It begins with a rattling amalgam of drumming and percussive mechanicals. Cymbals and snare mix with distorted and grainy beats which crumble across bars linked with heavy synthesiser. Pulsations of tone rumble down in neatly ordered accelerations. As the layers gather and form a full-to-burst balloon of rhythms and sounds, progression take hold and thrusts elements into overdrive. Heavy and juicy bass lines clatter through rampant drums and flickering insertions of tempo. The music simmers down to let the wailing synthesiser pulse lead the way before the rhythm reasserts itself across the pinnacle of sound. Tainted Voltage is a heavy and hard-hitting blast into retro-esque pounding rhythms.
Red X begins with an array of disjointed beats that tap and roll across a static infused lamina. Collaboratory rhythms inject various angles of tempo that jitter and splice while new sections swell in the under-passage. An electronic surge of powerful vibrations crisp and turn as smashing metallic beats surge through gaps in the sonic sponge knitted by shaped and measured percussives. A continual evolution brims the mix as waves on sonic kinesis lap and swirl through organised movement of sound. Industrial beats slap with orchestral hits as metallic strikes crunch against heavy-duty rhythms. A high dose of temporal climbing frequencies permits the music to scale ever upward as repeating beats collide and shift under collapsing weights of rhythm. A persistent tempo survives as the programmed beats swivel and shift on the mixing desk.
Next, a resonant bass drum pounds through a mysterious film of high-pitched sound. Snares find a position among the mix and add an elevation to the contour of the sound. A faster pace unravels on yet more treble drums as a rumbling electronic pulse builds within the ball of sound. Bass notes throb and dig through thick and dense areas of looped rhythm. A formulation of fast beats which splash and crash across rocky shores meets a slower and gusty movement of air currents that sweep and curl around the static compositional components. Jagged drums and shaky cymbals craft an energetic and growing texture through the mix. A repetitive element of drumming combines with an ever-changing output of peripheral energy represented by tones and electronic distortions. Eidolon takes us deeper and further into the world of bass-led and experimental heavy-duty electronic music.
Neonorb begins with a vocal synthesiser projecting a choral burst into the ether. More interesting and intellectual beats project angular formations in slow moving bursts. These grow and burst into a frantic and high-energy bash into industrial phonics and clattering drums. A wall of rhythm slides through the airwaves with lubricated ease as atmospheric backgrounds swell and self-create ever shifting airs of motion. Resonant echoes hold the sustain as the rhythm briefly fades. Then, like a drawing of a curtain, more shreds of light flow through in instant and brightly focussed rays. A mechanical sounding edge matches sudden leaps and catchy rhythms which alternative and polarise with each passing bar.
It's a heavy EP that ripples with dance rhythms and motoring basslines. Turn it up and let the vibrations run through you.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.