Sons of Magdalene
M. Geddes Gengras
Design a Wave
No Label (Rush Hour)
Not sure where this guy is coming from, but I like it. Somehow, among the thousands of post-punk reissues, Design a Wave has stumbled upon a related sound all his own. The sound consists of low-slung, mid-tempo beats, psychedelic synth arpeggios, and on "Cerebellum," some baritone howling. "Time For Re-Arranges" could be a lost balearic classic, bearing the sunkissed electronic experimentalism of Michael Shrieve's "Transfer Station Blue." The closer "Weird F," is a beautiful ambient piece which served as the basis for that ##### 12" which came out on "No Label" earlier this year.
For his remix of the unsung NYC cold electronics classic, Regis is largely faithful to the original track's dystopic vision. He scratches around the edges, fraying the track with a touch of dub disintegration. He occasional brings in a pulsing, bass arpeggio which sounds slightly more modern than its surroundings, yet maintains the dark, deadpan pall. The massive, stuttering drums are largely untouched, simply EQ'd for today's sound towers.
Uncompromising, modern sounds from the Berlin transplant and Janus night resident - recently profiled by the NY Times as part of Brooklyn's invasion of the dance music capital. This record is about as far away from the Berghain's cavernous halls as possible, working with a razor sharp, grime-influenced palatte. The title track is a tour de force, beginning with brutal two-step drums and ending with some unexpected and magisterial strings. The record is full of floating US/UK club productions, with "Imperial Sewers" sounding like a select ambient take on today's more blunted rap productions. "Glassel Finisher" is propulsive yet beatless music, a head cleanse after the rhythmic carnage.
Dimensional ambient trips from Ensemble Economique (Not Not Fun, Digitalis) and Felicia Atkinson of Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier (NNA). Sidelong seances that might be a distant relative of dub techno. The A, "Deep, Transcendent Waves of Golden Light," starts out slow with some creepy, elongated synth tones and Atkinson's ethereal French vocals. The B, "Play as It Lays," piles on pretty drones over a breakbeat. Both envelop the listener over their long playtimes.
Focused set from Terrence Dixon on his return to Metroplex! "The Jazz Student" and "Encircle" focus on bizarre synth loops which lock into addictive psychedelic grooves. "Starting Over" is similar, with unsettling major key progression over a whirring LFO and nuanced, propulsive perc. It's alien and novel, yet steeped in the label's tradition. TD continues to push techno forward.
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