Venice Pavilion EP
This latest offering from Berlin's Voitax Records is the 25th record to be released on this imprint. What better way to mark the occasion by giving the position to Farron. The artist's casual merging of styles brings home the sweet bits of electro, IDM, jungle, bass, and techno. Five tracks tumble through the ethic of upbeat and evocative electronica as each number is designed to focus on one particular direction.
It begins with a really catchy rhythm that's a straight sample from a funky drummer. Reverb warms the tone and pushes the Q of the beat in various directions. A bass then thumps in, a pulsing throb brings a slower gradient of tempo to the keepy-upy beats. Scratching sounds then wander in, followed by tones from deep and shadowy bells. Bratanic Surfers rumbles in on quick rhythms and shifting melodics driven by drum and bass like backdrops. Synthesiser pads shift in abstract formations with dragging movements as the choppy percussion slices it all up.
T9CE is next. Frantic electro beats throb and snap with bass and snare. Compressed rhythms squeeze through gated amplitudes and eventually shake off their jackets. Deep tapping bass thumps through, pushing down on the crispy underground that gives way with adequate pressure. Like the stems off snipped flowers, aspects of sound jut from the tensile rhythm and reach into blooms of sonic spectra. Fizzing and heavy bass begins to mix with thundering kick to duet on the rhythm line and allow other movements to settle then grow like crystal gardens around the firm spine.
A static infused rhythm leaps out at us for the third number. Evocative bass and snare stretch into various tonalities as electronic hiss seeps in and roughs up the multiple edges. New drums manifest, toms and snare work together to create a snappy depth which gradually evolves into bass synth. A churning sludge rises in the roiling percussion. Then a mix of up and down tones warble and swift in close-up horizontal vectors. Robotic lights move in engineered design as mechanical precision strikes and collapses each revolving part in simultaneous flow. Hollywood X High is a dreamy and spacious number, minimal with twin synthesisers and drums yet densely enriched with an artistic distortion.
Hands Of The Tall begins on a heavy tube rhythm that resonates and sinks with each reverberating pulse. Melodic bass meets up-beat drumming that kicks in after the first couple of bars. Bass led breaks shift and swerve on small turning-circles and the melodic loops begins to assert a hypnotic effect. New layers compliment each aspect, gated rhythms splurge out across steady bursts of snare and hat. A combination of various tessellated tempos link in a chain-mail of rhythm that covers the whole floor.
The EP ends on a progressive opening. Swirling static hums with atmospheric wholes which creep in droning sweeps of the ambient sky. Whistle tones break out like rays of light greeting flocks of dancing birds. A slowed down voice joins the sound-fare, other voices too are added. Slow tidal movement brings the focus of the track from the back of the mind to the front by running its fingers along the top of our heads with strange and dream-like garments. In Qsub joins huge spaces of sound with close-in and spine-tingling intimacy as telephone voices talk.
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