2013/08 : Rapture

According to Joseph Campbell, it is not actually the meaning of life that people seek but rather the experience of being alive, ‘so that our life experiences on a purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality’. Sounds pretty good to me, and so I have gathered some of the most vibrant resonances of this week. I sincerely hope they can be of some help to ‘feel the rapture of being alive.’

And what could be more rapturous than the simple subtlety of thumping kick drums and scruffy bass, engaged in hypnotic rhythm and entwined in powerful dance? If you find something, let me know, but until then I willingly award the Single of the Week-Medal for Exemplary Services in Being Alive to Skeptical and his newest creations Static and Frozen, two engulfing rotors centred round a mighty core of groove and microscopic movement that allows much space for exploration. Static comes gently like an avalanche in slow-motion -cool, deep and dangerous-, mounting scapey echoes upon steady-rolling percussion; while the trippy Frozen captivates with evolutionary bass tweaking and textbook build-ups. Both show that a common thing as trivial as a filter or as easy as an echo can -deployed with understanding and skill- make all the difference, and thus Skeptical doubly adds a sincere experience to our search for meaning and vibe.

Skeptical – Static / Frozen (Commercial Suicide)

Mikal’s recent contribution to the resonances of our innermost reality (or dare I say realities?) is Spiritual, an almost soloistic interplay between subbass and vintage drums, punctured by sound-scapes and gently dipped into uplifting atmosphere. The cohesion among the sounds is immense, yet it is the little pop-ups and unpredictable sound-snippets that give the track its special mystic touch of depth. The flipside of Utopia’s 12’’ world improvement strategy is Rido’s remix of Mikal’s The Chant, which at first seems to uphold its predecessor’s solemn mood with submarine surroundings, soulful vibe and tribal particles. But it’s not long until Rido unleashes the waves of gnarly bass with glitch-heads and full-bodied subs, before the great composition culminates in a straight-forward stream of low-end stabs and energy.

Mikal – Spiritual / The Chant (Rido remix) (Utopia Music)

You (probably) know me as devotee of nomenclature and accountant of track-names, and in Dub Head I have found other like-minded thinkers: For there can absolutely be no doubt as to the origin of Squeeze, when it is nothing but an eloquent squeezing, pressing and wringing of the bass that the two Ukrainian connoisseurs of bass music undertake within this techy Neurofunk. Along with this dirty masterpiece of drive come the rolling Headache with its persistently gnawing bass, and a dubstep remix of Eclipse, whose original was recently issued on Ammunition’s Talents LP (but not mentioned here) and which is particularly disturbing. In the good way.

Dub Head – Headache / Squeeze / Eclipse (dubstep remix) (Suspect Device Productions)

Our next sounds for a deeper experience of being alive come from Kent-based producer Nekal, whose debut I’d have called promising until the second part of the opening Industry hit me, where I refrained and decided to call it very promising, indeed! Equipped with a distinct sense for variety and adventure and a little taste for the bizarre, the basses billow powerfully through a vast acoustic valley, full of sibilance, suspense and wonder. The flip, Bright Reflection, carries more of a dreamy vibe and sparkles contently, although not aspiring to Industry’s techy drive and steady step. So if you long for a resonance for the rapture of being alive, you will be well-equipped with this utterly promising single.

Nekal – Industry / Bright Relection (Frozen Audio)

Our last item for this week’s increased experience of being alive comes from L 33 and offers two ways of approaching: On the one hand there is the massive Mirage, whose magnificent simplicity draws deep into the centre of perception: There the stomping sub confronts you with his view on a ‘purely physical plane’, and occasional synth stabs and tense soundscapes pinpoint space. On the other hand, we have his remix of Larrge’s Sequence, which is, however, no less massive: with the original’s twisted melody expanded with neurotically flickering high sound shards, the focus point becomes the steady heavyweight sub pulse, kneading its helpless listeners as if they were of clay. And when the tune’s staggered percussion finally fades away in the hollow embrace of a giant guitar string, and the kick drums’ relentless thumping has come to a halt, you too will hopefully know rapture. That is of course, if you didn’t already.

L 33 – Mirage / Larrge – Sequence (L 33 remix) (Future Funk Music)

Later this week you will find the first edition of the new subsphere : focus series here, with an exclusive interview and mix by Thing alongside his new new album Strange Impressions. Just so you know.

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