Heard this ‘Miasma’ tune on one of Mumdance’s NTS shows and tracked the EP down. One of Beneath’s labels. Bit of a deep Purple drank/screwed late night cruising vibe, along empty, glistening streets after the rain. Tempos are creeping even slower.
Must say, I didn’t think too much of this when it came out in March. I’d been playing catch up and listening to a tonne of the Grey Area et al. stuff over the last months so maybe I’d just ODed on the Horo sound? It sounded too muddy and murky with all its (mercifully) low in the mix corrosive EDM vocals and farty bass. I bought it though, like the nerd I am, and persevered with it in the pick-up with the sub woofer cranked on my night drives home. And suddenly I got right into it. It seemed to get better on repeat listens (something that’s not always or often the case). The extended 10 minute ‘Skewer’ was the one that did it for me and pulled me in: the cavernous Doom claps that whip up the vibe at the beginning….but then I wish they hadn’t been dropped out of the mix altogether….something could have really been done with those?
I don’t often dip my toe in the IDM pond these days (and I normally run a mile when faced by enormous discographies/back catalogues and business like release schedules of the likes of Madrid’s own Semantica here…) but this EP from the Spanish DJ veteran seemed to shine with a veneer of class and crystalline focus that makes it pretty captivating. It drifts and judders simultaneously, not exactly weightless or lost in zero gravity (except at the end maybe, on the appropriately titled ‘Exhale and Expand’) but with an absence of stress and strain. That doesn’t make it too innocuous or blank either – there’s some intensity and pressure on ‘Acceptance’ and particularly ‘Edges of Mortality’ with its shards of paranoia.
Charecteristic gravitational lensing, polyrhythmic, rotating Parker loop treatment. Strap in and glide down that wormhole.
A lot of late night online dérives and digital crate digging seem to lead me back into the shadows of the Greek industrial/techno scene’s impressive doric columns these days. Can’t quite put my finger on why it tickles the taste buds so at the moment? but I think it’s the fuzz of the low end; the direct lines; the right amount of noise without over-egging the pudding. Big, weighty, heavy things with oracles living inside.
So we got ANFS and his label Modal Analysis, Vofa (Sawf & ANFS), the Kafta and Vanila labels (see previous posts), then I discovered Pi Electronics, Phormix Records and now OSM Tapes.
The debut tape/digital release by NO/ON is choice; a little bit lo-fi, nice fat distortion, hiss, sheets of noise, (reminded me a bit of the late 90s Amputate tunes or Dan Hekate’s mucky broken beat excursions?) but the tape medium really seems to suit the sound here. (Manni Dee dropped a couple of the tunes in one of his recent Rinse mixes).
Forget the plate smashing, the latest 14 track Phormix compilation ‘Consistency In Paranoia’ throws just about bloody everything against the wall in a total mezze of synth noise weirdness – and a lot of it sticks. Ouzos all round. Stand out for me is Core Belief’s bass strobing, drone screamer, which I could really do with a whole 4 track EP of similair blueprints of!
Also liked the previous ‘Light of Consciousness’ compilation, which wasn’t so off the wall.
And finally, Mumdance kept playing this tune last year all over his Rinse B2B sets and I got slightly obsessed with it for some reason (and had to use Shazam to ID it in the end heh). Something about that plaintive two note metallic wail drifting in the distance over the infectious beat hammer. Kind of a stand out example of what I hold up as the ‘Greek’ aesthetic; Simple and direct, but dirty and driving.
1. Tommy Four Seven: 47013 (47)
2. VSK: 47011 (47)
3. Stave: Black Hills (Standards & Practices)
4. Sam KDC: Of Myth & Mercury (Auxiliary)
5. Ghost In The Machine: One Louder (Perc Trax)
1. Mumdance & Logos: FFS/BMT (Different Circles)
2. Pinch & Mumdance: Strobe Light/Control (Tectonic)
3. NKC: Tincture (Her)
4. Deapmash: Halcyon VIP (Leisure System)
5. N1L: Ikea Zen EP (UIQ)