We shall begin today’s revue with New Zealand based producer Over Ride, who serves us some fresh beats and thick subs right from the capital city of Nelson. His debut single Rain Fade on Organik Audio (fairtrade I trust) is a delightful surge of -despite the suspense- relaxed atmosphere and urging drums with some tribal tendency. Though the breaks are admittedly a little predictable and overall unspectacular, those with a taste for basses, that are a bit bigger, and drums, that are a trifle crispier, will surely gain happiness with this track.
Over Ride NZ – Rain Fade (Organik Audio)
In case you have ever dreamed of a marvellous voyage back through time, to a present, where Metalheadz was top of the pops and the scent of revolution lay still in Goldie’s olfactory appearance, Ulterior Motive’s remix of Future Cut’s Obsession might at least temporarily do the trick, for this tune breathes the spirit of those days, when musical ideas and gestures still outweighed the micro-acoustic fine-tuning and veneer: A thin layer of dirt covers the whole track with this nowadays almost historic veil, just so that it involves the listener’s phantasy into the game of senses, and doesn’t repel it with the at times dull perfection of today’s sound that eradicates all space for imagination. No, the fat, wild basses and the relentless pounding of the subtly antique drums indeed require the recipient’s help to fully unfold, as do the retrograde synths and effects (-but mind their fully eloquent application). So in plain words and hopefully a bit clearer: with a little good will and openness, this might as just be one of the tracks of the year. ‘Ardkore!
Future Cut – Obesession (Ulterior Motive Remix, Metalheadz)
Last week saw Ruffhouse’s magnificent debut single, that definitely got them a foot in the door – now comes the second. Their new release, presenting The Foot and Bypass, pick up straight where Pellet and Classified left off: Cool, techy and minimalistic vibes, whose microscopic movements ensure this timeless dive’s incredible depth and atmosphere, and as the simple, seductive rhythms burn deeper and deeper into the mind, one can only encourage them to keep up their tight release schedule: The fascinating exploration of this repetitive abyss absolutely asks for more.
Ruffhouse – The Foot / Bypass (Ingredients Records)
Abiotic too fell under the mighty spell of repetition, but one of a different and more organic kind, as his new Nightfall EP shows. But it’s not only the driving force of our dearest low-frequency contemporaries that producer Pavel Vasylyev from Sevastopol fetches for our indulgence, he also shares a great passion for mysterious sounds and various percussionalia, which he unleashes in great numbers and tightly interwoven with his ever grooving riffs. Overall, this is truly an EP to dig deeper than one might initially suspect.
Abiotic – Nightfall EP (Respect Records)
Yet I feel a great deal of ambivalence when it comes to dealing with Disprove’s new In The Lab EP. Let me start with the bad news: Neither First Line Squad’s remix of Mini, nor any of the two latter tracks is really convincing; so although especially the neurofunkish remix picks up pace pretty good, they altogether remain too predictable and so at last monotonous. The good news: the opening tune, Mini, is among the finest pieces of music I’ve encountered this year: Elegantly Disprove drops drum after drum to form a slick lesson of rhythmic finesse, pulling sound after sound out of his topper (-I may assume a magician to wear a topper?) with ease while concreting his gnarling basses to a powerful melody, that lacks not excitement nor continuity. So everyone who is just the least bit attracted to the classic Dispatch-sound must not miss at least this track! As for the rest, you might want to decide for yourself.
Disprove, First Line Squad – In The Lab EP (Ammunition Recordings)
Just a little while ago they were thoroughly criticised here for their remix EP, but their latest original output is nothing but good news: Cause 4 Concern have once more accomplished great things on their new Alchemist EP, and with an overall straightforward-tendency, it is the subtleties of force that makes this EP so admirable. It all starts with the bass-soaked frequency battle Alchemist, that points out, how the new Black Sun Empire album could (and probably should) have sounded: fully energetic, loaded with psychotic synths and definitely regardless of contemporary style, sound or consequences – and this blatant denial of zeitgeist suits C4C just swell. The following Outlands takes the listener eastwards upon tidal waves of bass, whereas Jitter Bug reaffirms the group’s raw and dirty approach. The EP is concluded by Creatures Of Habit -measured against the C4C-standard a deep track-, that rather sums up what’s been blazing through the mild mist of production all the time: that Cause 4 Concern are indeed and still driven by conviction, and rather comfortable within their very own sound – and this not because they cannot do otherwise, but simply because they don’t want to. And that too is splendid.
Cause 4 Conern – Alchemist EP (Cause 4 Concern Recordings)
As always at the bottom of our weekly revue (and eagerly awaited with the utmost thrill) comes our EP of the Week, and this issue’s award-winning contribution unites Czech producer Subtention with his Slovakian colleagues Keosz, Trilo and Minor Rain under the aegis of Syndrome Audio. The EP starts off with Subtention’s title track Oblique Motive, whose supreme groove-factor unites a tricky yet swinging percussion constellation with the soft tweaking of its lengthier wave-playmates (-bass-) to an ecstatic and entwined ninja-dance, that would likely carry off a dead body. The middle track, Keosz and Trilo’s The Unearthly, comes along with a wide open beat and a good dose of sphere, but at times thuds a little empty through its breaks. Yet the concluding item, Minor Rain’s Lazy Tribe, rises again far above the swaying mediocrity of its predecessor, and may in its plethora of sounds, extensive structure of composition, richness of breaks and melodic beauty and playful wit be filed under M like Meisterwerk (my shelf bears German headings). Lazy Tribe entertains with a constant wink and ease at scattering the sounds that reminds of Rockwell, but goes along its own way; and this EP entertains with at least two of the best tracks one can get at the moment.
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