You might have heard the recent announcement that the wealth of the 85 richest people on earth now equals the altogether ‘wealth’ of the 3,5 billion of earth’s poorest inhabitants. In numbers that would be 85 : 3.500.000.000, which I still find a bit beyond comprehension. However, since this is not exactly the place for my notions concerning society and its economic shortcomings, I’d nevertheless like to take this as an opportunity to briefly bring up the dubiousness of distributional justice when it comes to music: Ever wondered who gets what when you buy music? If you grab a tune on iTunes for example, only around half of the money you spent reaches the label that actually releases it and the artist that after all produced the tune. On Beatport it’s even less, merely a third of what you pay really goes to the people who do more for and about the music than just have a program shelf it and offer a few MB of online storage space. Now I know that we’re very accustomed to making the rich wealthier with everything we do, and I also wouldn’t argue that it’s not great to have these platforms around since they have their obvious benefits. I merely would like to suggest that if you want to support an artist more efficiently, consider buying music directly at a label’s own store (or Bandcamp site or whatever) if they have one. Not only is this often cheaper (while the available quality might even be better); I honestly think huge companies like Apple don’t really need the money as much as dnb artists and labels do. Plus you gain good karma.
In the best case of course you can even get the stuff for free, and while you can buy Paimon & Place 2B’s Red EP in most stores, you can also grab it for a brief feeling of uncertainty when clicking a green button on an utterly Cyrillic website. (In case you can read Russian it’s even free at all.) Either way, what you get is a pre-programmed sonic time machine in the form of five tracks – and quite a ride. The first two tunes go back to the likes of Noisia and Spor around 2007, and I mean this in the best possible sense: Pounding breaks, an agitated bass organism, some melodic ridge walks and tons of stuff going on in the background make Red and especially the fabulous The First two blazing and funky children of a time not only I hold dear. The upcoming Secret Message is a deeper if a trifle muddier affair, and while retaining the groove and a proper sense of engagement and progression, this development does lead the way to the concluding Christy and Heroin and therefore even further back in time than you probably intent to go. Well, time travelling has never been completely free of inconvenience, yet with the EP’s other half more than making up for it I reckon one should really risk the click.
Paimon, Place 2B – Red EP (TAMRECORDS)
In case you’re looking for something a little more heavy and haven’t already, you should also check out Place 2B and Paimon’s other creative output which they present together with Garud under the alias Teddy Killerz. They recently released their EP Machine Room that consists of three dnb tunes and the mad electro house track Drunk Fairy (nominated for best title-song correlation in 2014). On the dnb end we primarily find the immense Machine Room whose half-time part alone is so heavy, I’d never have imagined funk could lift it – let alone make it dance. The following collab with Nphonix, Burning, comes as a mixture of military urge and b-movie suspension before culminating into a rather straightforward bashing experience; the deeper and groovy Z concludes the trio, and our view on this overall pretty wicked affair. Oh, by the way, you could get this one from Bad Taste’s own webshop and even save a little… [At this point I feel the need to emphasize that this is merely meant as a reminder and I am not on their payroll. – S.]
Teddy Killerz – Machine Room Level One (Bad Taste Recordings)
Finally we have the two track Torch EP from Disturbed, featuring fine neurofunk from Trilo and Computerartist. Trilo’s Vexation delights with its drive (though it might have gained from another layer of something happening), yet it is Computerartist’s flip Torch why anyone in favour of honest drums and rockier riffs should really consider this slim EP. The one or other Virus classic might come to mind as the gritty eight note salvos of gnarly bass slowly start tearing through the aether, and while layer upon layer of pressure and energy stratifies and ever-thickens the dense and enthralling motion of sound, you suddenly realize you’re way too inside this relentless machinery of twostep and trance (-in the bodily sense, not necessarily the musical). My advice? Get this tune, it will want to make you go on forever.
Trilo – Vexation / Computerartist – Torch (Disturbed)