If you call music like this minimal then you really aren’t listening properly. Ken Ken, Lo Lo builds upon vigorous layers and repeating patterns of atmospheric sound as each idea intertwines deftly with the next. It results in a powerful, heady concoction which spells out danger if you weren’t ready for it. The drums and bass reference classic late eighties Detroit while the remainder of the rhythms and production narrative remains firmly placed in 2018 and as stimulating as required. Next, Shotef + 60 does similar things in terms of its development, although ads warmer pads plus a punctuating human voice to the equation, while eventually subsuming you in a weird, trippy soundscape that soars with rising synthesizers alongside the joyous mantra of repetition.
Of course, Plant 74 feels like a return to nature in contrast. Not so much organically but certainly in an emotionally honest sense. This collection of five tracks from five artists begins with Sapurra’s brutal realisation in Somnambulant which delivers hard on floor kicks plus bass alongside tense atmosphere’s generated via waves of smoky synths. Koett’s ultra-hot Space Invaders brims with Acid excitement and whirring bass next, as the excellent Can’t Control by Denis Shubin fills the stereo expanse with life-affirming pads and yearning vocals. Peter Lankton’s Dub One then adds a grainer resolution to his production fussing compelling moods together with shuffling drums and melodic punctuation. Leaving the undulating funkiness of Rawman & Inga! Breath to complete this cool collection of music with minimal, repeating rushes of emotionally charged notes to heighten satisfaction.
Release: April 25
Number five in the series of vinyl only releases sees Tripmastaz deliver three equally invigorating, damaging cuts straight to your stereo. The brutal Gruv101 begins with resolutely quick-fire drums beating out robust rhythms while the accompanying, deeply resonating bassline soothes its way into submission. The excellent, Nauchniy Stil’ follows feeling warmer with more atmospheric ambiences chiming alongside shuffling percussion and eventual, mood enhancing keys. And is a collaboration between the artist alongside Mr. Pepper and BMB Spacekid. Finally and perhaps most curiously are the engaging, soul-satisfying sounds of G.1 whose broken beats underpin jazzy, piano notation, meandering voices and sound effects all primed to enhance the ride.
P.S check the statement of intent on the label! It means something in this day and age.