That's A Babel EP
Science Cult Records
TBR: 18th September
As Science Cult Records build their repertoire with talent from every groove of the record, this time they find themselves getting another hole in one with Leonardo Chevy. This label debut erects a monument comparable to the mythical tower of all knowledge. Back then of course it was possible for one person to know all things known if they studied for many years. These days, thankfully, there is far too much on offer to put it all into one structure. That is unless the internet counts, making the Earth a sphere of Babel. I digress, let's press play and recount the sounds.
With scatterings of digital fizz, a thudding bass begins a vibrant tempo. Shakers and hats scatter as deep and sweeping bass squidges along a broken path. Ambient and discordant arpeggios begin to rain down on the shore adding cubes of brightly coloured glow. The music evolves and brings out distorted vocoder sections which give a humanistic edge to the otherwise computerised mainframe. That's A Babel does seem to coalesce several seemingly unrelated directions together, forming a towering polygon of rhythm and melodics.
The next on offer is a Disturbance version of the title track, produced by Syrte. It enters with that dirty zap from before but with extra umph. The vocoder section is utilised straight away as rhythmic taps on the metalwork build and unravel into slicing shards of broken crystalline chords. The music is compressed and squeezed through a narrow filter which crumbles and distorts all the sounds into a spreadable paste, devoid of all its former bounty. Then, the floodgates are opened with a quantum switch and the music pours through the double slit in a strangely resolute fashion.
Next up is Angry Synthetic. It's got all the instruments and sounds from before however now they're used differently. A fast rhythm hits us immediately as vibrating digi-strings twang across a thuddy bass. The melodic reverberations increase as vocoder elements chant in time to the back-beat. A new element of voice then falls into place, where melody and heady phonics drift in a circular motion above the mix. Pure anthemic flow is distilled from the gloom and static as sections bounce from one to the other in structured chapters.
We finish up with Through Tunnel. This six and a half minute danceathon grabs us with deep housey bass that's framed with electro fizz and buzz. A massive a vibrant bass then chords underneath, springing the underside into an elasticated frenzy. The huge undercarriage of this number is decorated with ranging melodics that flutter like petals and dust particles across the way, flouring the dough with sprinkles of palette and garnish.
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