Crown Jewel EP
Out 11th December
Bursting onto the electronic music scene with their first release is Shaytoon Records. Being a Farsi word for Little Devil, the headline act and director of the label Sepehr wants to acknowledge the Iranian-American culture. Sepehr describes Iran as a country that has fallen prey to global discrimination and which is made to look terrible in the Western media. Having a passion to right this wrong through the medium of music, Shaytoon Records is set to break boundaries and bindings. This record has been designed to emulate and support the sensations and feelings surrounding the underground Iranian cultures who enjoy the good things behind a field of differing ideals.
It begins with Cloak of Flames. Vibrant and resonating drums throb in organic timbre as bells and chimes twinkle and evaporate with various piercing pitches. A bass lunges as rhythm opens with shakers as the bass droplets continue to drip like rain from a cavernous ceiling. More bass brings a kinetic vibe as scraping sounds merge with the flux of percussion. Then, synthesiser with wavery tones begins to cast magical melodics around in circular and staggered motions. Strange and ethnic sounds permeate the air as familiar beats pound with oddly warming phonics. Puffy bass and windy streaks of tone dance in drifts around a steady and invigorating collection of drums and cymbals.
A quicker bass pumps out for track two, this title number grabs us with spacey synthesiser blurts and fast moving kick. Hats begin to double time the bass drum which opens a pathway for a bouncing bass to gradually form. The rubbery and pliable tone rumbles as synthesiser melodies begin raining down in close scales. Repeating noises and short rhythm loops give a compressed sensation before a more stretched out melody form strikes a comet-tail across the uniform arena. Extra layers of interesting rhythmic shape are jigsawed in, their pieces finding nestling spots in seemingly predestined corners.
A rumbling series of bass drums opens the new track. A small metallic jingle creates another dimension to the deep and resonant jive. Then, a fizzy electronic bass begins to pulse in a marching pace as effected spoken word vocals add poetry to the flow. Dirty hats and shakers then collide with the mix, forming a bubbling froth which spills over the mix like whipped cream and powdered cocoa. Slow and introspective journeys traverse through a quicker and hypnotic progression of bass and drum. Slow meandering synths are then found to dance like night animals in rays of light from a fatted full moon. Head To The Sky asks us to look up and wonder.
Jazzy tones warble in sunny motifs as muted kick thrusts a fast-paced direction through ample cushioning. A sudden deep and reaching voice then shudders with the words of the track's title. The Night Is Young. This is destined for the dance floor. Walking tones then draw squiggly lines with jagged edges in various 3D shapes positioned within the squared area portrayed by the pounding drums, cymbals, and bass. Expert musical flow gives a fantastic energy that invites movement and expression as tones and sonic outbursts form heady and dramatic interludes.
This far-reaching and intelligent EP finishes on Riposte. A thundering of hand-drum style percussion joins a windy valley of breath-like synthesiser. Cool passages of air vibrate and invite us beyond the boundary and inside the room. Here, the mechanics of drum and sound are focused and surround us in mysterious energy. A quick and kinetic hat and snare centres on the loop which provides another platform height for new sounds to flow from and discover harmonies within disparate melody.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.