Anmon (Self-titled release)
Out 25th March
Based in Prague, Yuku Records are celebrating the sounds of the old free party scene. Hopefully to be resurrected in the near future, and for now confined to living rooms around the world, the techno culture has a new baby. Anmon have released their self-titled five track vinyl. Taking us into the world of bass driven techno via the medium of 160 bpm, we can expect frantic and body thumping moves in the sonic arena. This collaboration project between two French producers, DJ Saint Pierre and Ténèbre, is designed to be played out-loud in universally scalable venues. This means it's going to sound good in the car and in the field.
It begins with Piano. A warm and fizzing rhythm pounds through a compressed sonic space. Ambient notes drift in slow moving fulcra on tangents to the driving flow of pounding rhythm. Amplitude kisses the bass and snare which gradually rises to fill the now open room. Synthesiser tones dabble and wallow in the lush waters that flow in the pulse of hypnotic rhythms. The music continues to rise, like gently baking bread, a juxtaposition between ambient melodics and ravaging drums meets in a busy and swirling middle.
Next, a variant rhythm strikes a match on the gloomy corridor wall. Strange ambience drags in the retreating shadows as flickering illumination dances from each reflective surface. Rises and drops in the drumming gives an odd trajectory to the dynamic of the track. Whining noises of scraping machinery grind along ancient engineering as a fast and frantic build pounds the persistent percussion. A sludgy bass is added, it bubbles and shifts in repeating churns that allows mixing and coalescence between fractions. As Phare continues to build, huge pressures burst and evaporate as the temperature increases.
Tuvan 1 opens with a grinding scratching bass that crumbles into thudding percussion. A striated rhythm punches in on bass and rim shots as cymbal and snare rise gradually over the bars. Then a heavy new bass reels in on a thick and fast-moving line, flashing colours as it writhes on the decks. Howling currents of sound creep and curl in pocketing spaces that linger on the edges of the thundering bass. Extra fills of powerful drumming garnish the looping beats. Squealing machinery makes an appearance, it sounds like trains drawing to a halt on near-by sidings. Siren style bursts of atmospheric synthesiser continue to sweep like floodlights.
Abstract chimes and rambling rhythms unravel as Tuvan 2 begins. More mechanical friction makes semblances of sound as a strange digital bass explores the floor. There begins to be a synchronicity in the bass and rhythm as the music gets underway, yet the atmospheric sounds of strange whistles and creaks seem to be oblivious to the tempo. With a click of drum, a percussion layer is added in. A slow moving beat touches the portions with a wandering focus which grasps at the cornerstones and drags itself along. A different tone incorporates this number, the bass led elements come to the foreground while resisted drumming leaves room for more exploration.
We hit another quick pace as the final mix is reached. Character manifests through wooden taps and depth drums that rummage at high-speed through the conscious. Bass and synth strikes work in unison to bring on a driving 1-2 rhythm that keeps you moving. Clear dance potential has been focused and brought to the surface with the help of catchy injections of emotion and sound that raises the energy. Scores of drum meet fills and breaks as steady bass continues to pump and fill the room with rhythm. BR-8 pushes the limits on the timing of choice, showing that 160bpm truly is something wonderful to work with.
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