Ohm Resistance Records
TBR: 23rd October
We're headed into electro-dub techno land today as Dadub prepares to release their latest work. The Berlin-based duo of members from Holotone and Stroboscobic Artefacts have produced a double 12” release that boasts a clutch of 12 tracks. We are informed that this record will take us through the gates of quantum sound and reality and into experimental grooves previously unknown. Let's hope so, the Italian pair Daniele Antezza and Marco Donnarumma have utilised new and ancient technology and techniques in order to bring this journey to our ears.
It begins with Infinite Regresses. A slurry of mixed sounds scrapes along in a corridor of funnelled infusion as synthesiser begins to spread vibrant tones across the surface. A rhythm builds up as the bars progress onward as new pitches of sonic experimental dreamwork fill the unexpected spaces. A harmony of oddity and tranquil movement stirs deep and resonant spaces from all sides. New additions continually reinvigorate the transcendental sound journey.
Next, a noisy symphony of percussion smashes down in an aggressive surge. Bass then pumps in on trampolines of solid sound. Soon the flow is gradually shifted to bring out new dimensions to both elements which rotate and swap in angular timings before a matching flow is identified. Drums begin to stitch the two opposing forces together as their reverse magnetic fields repel the basic structure. On Fungus Drool is a seriously rebellious track that begs to be criticised by everyone who wants formula. (that's a type of baby milk)
Link To The Quantum hits us with a vocal effect, or what seems like it, first pushed into the very high and then the deep low section of pitch. Drums with ample reverb then stumble across and add a colourful warmth with abstract echoes and energetic bashing. A coagulation of the effects and the drums, which are also edited for abstract sound, brings about a sunny cloud of calming yet kinetic dynamism. Synthesiser and sound-effect warble and reflect from brightly lit balconies of expertly positioned amplitude.
It sounds like a radio is being tuned in to a specific station as the next track begins. Warm and static filled music flows into the room as a reggae beat chugs along behind the distortion. Of Simulacra washes over us with melodic vocal expressions that shimmer in and out of a fabric universe. This is followed by a scatter of sound that flies in all directions like seeds from a hand. Then bass thumps in along with metalwork clangs that shatter any semblance of silence. A mysterious pipe then calls out from the ether in memorial echoes of charm. A drumbeat slams a door and begins to pound against the walls. Along with the bass and wavery sounds, a drawn-out and eerie adventure unravels. New Rationales For Subjugation delves deep into crevices of humanity while shining fading torches onto arcane glyphs.
This is followed by a remix from the legendary Scorn. A thunderous drum enters that's carried by windy howls against vibrating metal. Spruce drumming shambles around in darkened rooms with tight fingers and nimble movements. This Airless Subjugation version unpeels the layers and reveals another dynamic drama that plays out behind the otherworldly machinery. Throbbing bass crumbles at our feet while dreamy terrors swirl overhead.
Next, a creeping up of awkward noise builds like a distant train cluttering past old carriages. Temporal synthesiser then chords out homely chimes as windswept corridors between tall buildings wobble in the gale. Window-panes rattle as the heavy-weight engine thumps past with each wheel grinding on illubricated engineering. Tranced Out throws us into some noisy and steampunk universe. The next offering follows on with similar atmospherics. Gusts of air torrent through ample tubular structures while dusty residues cling to slightly magnetised copper gauntlets. Engine sounds pump onward in sinister actions that spin all manner of greasy contraptions. Airless Vault slams down with huge energetic rampages of mechanically withheld energy that pummels and shudders with each manoeuvre.
A buzzing sensation builds in the ears as Alien To Wholeness clangs and clatters into the building. Its feet are adorned with loose pivoting metal and heavy-weights that smash into everything they touch. Fingers like crane arms and deep diggers reach and hum with high squealing notches. Rummaging through jumble and rubble eventually finds an open cavern that spans in epochs of resonance. Onward the clatterings go, into oblivious trances of exploration.
Focus From The Outrage Ep1 roars into being on rampaging spikes and tin-drum clangs. Odd twists in frequency and looping barrages of decay add yet more angular momentum to the timbre that shivers and scampers in darkened disjoined corners. A metal-frame of scaffold becomes a design to mirror evocative percussive aggression where destruction and chaos form loose tempos against digital lenses. Focus From The Outrage Ep2 continues the same ethic yet with a more densely formed recipe to freak out to. Samples of entertainment snipped to mere fractions jigsaw like piles of dropped paperwork. A resonant and hollow inward scream hurtles into our innards and out the other side of the human black-hole.
It finishes with a rolling hillside of distorted sound. Ghostly voices creep in behind static strangeness as yelps and depth shaking tones radiate sound into unknown forlornness. A dreary window looking out into tar-pits and frozen memories beckons all who enter this final room. Ascetic Denial thrusts us down into a sinister cave where pickles of nastiness creep over our flesh and frightening atmospherics taunt our head-space.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.