2013/15 : Mannerism & Existentialism

Since I recently learned that anything within the loose fabric of the time-space continuum happens anyway and time travel is therefore by no means dangerous (at least I was convincingly told so by astrophysicist and psychohistorian DDr. Douglas Adams), I’d hereby like to state my formal request for such a device, for it would finally enable me to do all the things I try and wish to do and do them right instead of constantly delaying one for the other’s sake. So if by chance you come across a time machine, please let me know (-might even be an analogue one, I really don’t care!). Until then, however, take this delayful tatters of last week’s music from my sore typing fingers.

The first item of today’s sonic survey is a pretty obvious one: Prolix teaming up with DLR and Silent Witness respectively for two fresh sides of a rather funky coin – what’s not to like about that? Accordingly, both tracks breathe a naughty ease, and while Originate shares the more playful, at times even weird-jazzy approach upon the coolly agitated subbass with the former works of Prolix’s partner in crime DLR (-by the way his first output since parting ways with long-time associate Octane-), Stale Habits definitely reflects the driving influence of Silent Witness in its urging drum figures and low-end pulses. The drums are crisp on both tracks (with a little more glitter on DLR’s side), and though it might be noted that especially in terms of structure there is more a sense of revolving than evolving to this single, its groove-factor, production and overall value are way out of the question. The best thing however is that you don’t really need a time machine to get this one: it’s still fresh and will remain so for quite some time I expect.

DLR & Prolix – Originate / Silent Witness & Prolix – Stale Habits (Trendkill Records)

Bad Poetry is of course something I am occupationally quite concerned with, old-schoolish techstep too; and while Polytetrafluoroethylene means nothing but unpronounceable plastic to me, Goreteks rings those nasty bells of breaks, bass and havoc: naturally I fell prey to the dutty vibes the Denver based duos’ new single radiates. And it is indeed a rather tumultuous jungle business the two producers Baloo and Strode operate on the two sides of this release. Both tracks are embedded in what some may consider existentialist (and others probably nihilist) speeches, and the relentless thumping of the frantic drums and chainsaw-like nagging of our agonized bass friend reflect that gloomy attitude pretty well. Both tunes are also surrounded and occasionally punctured by sinister drones and eerie atmospheres; Bad Poetry however is mostly making its point through pounding while the more mystic and in some ways deeper Blesser Au L’Esprit is progression throughout, vile yet purposeful. And that’s the defining quality of this release that musically seems to ponder and weigh the thoughts it expresses, that it opens up its very own manifold and intricate web of urge, malice and sombre beauty, in which you will -once caught- likely get that creepy joy of getting lost.

Goreteks – Bad Poetry / Blesser Au L’Esprit (Section 8 Recordings)


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