|Season 2 Rnd 8: Annihilation Recommendation Nation|
congrats to all who made it to the top 10!
DUB or TECHNO
okay guys so heres the album rounds! Rec me any albums you think i'll dig this time and ill eliminate only 1 person per round. Handicaps still work the same way and can still be used but only BEFORE i give results like always. No album over like 80 minutes please.
Ovrot - USED
Frivolous - .1
Sniff - .1
Aberf - .1
Okay so i’m gonna start all these blurbs out with a preemptive apology because i am very bad a reviewing electronic music. Bloon’s pick is a UK bass record with orchestral elements and a little edm playfulness sprinkled in. The album is exciting and gets surprisingly hype at times but i think i only see myself returning to tracks in the second half. A lot of tracks i suppose just went in and out.
Highlights: “Divination” and “Snow Blind”
In Fine Style
No guys, this ain’t your little brother’s dubstep. The aptly named “In Fine Style” is actually a dubstep precursor of sorts, dating back to 2002. Some would regard it even as the first dubstep album. The record is filled with a bunch of timbre and that wobbly bass you've come to know and love in the later 2000s. Like many innovations however, there is usually still room to improve. I certainly enjoyed the album as a whole, but felt some songs could have benefitted from being a bit shorter.
Highlights: “To the Beat Yall” and “Gorgon Sound”
|4||Voices From The Lake|
Voices From The Lake
This album started pretty good but once “S.T.” hits, the album takes you on a one way train ride into flavortown. I love comparing albums to their covers and i will make no exception here. This album sounds like its cover. Like being in a cold wet forest. VFTL’s use of sound really captures the calm yet overwhelming and beautiful vibe very well. Songs flow into each other seamlessly and the progression of the album felt wonderfully natural.
Highlights: “S.T” and “In Giova”
Don’t let the name fool you, there is pretty much no jazz on this record. BUT, there IS some cool glitch/ambient techno/minimal house stuff going on instead! “Loop Finding Jazz Records” is like a secluded padded room. It’s warm and peaceful but not for everyone, some may find themselves a bit bored if they stay too long. I would say out of all the records here, this may deserve a relisten most.
Highlights: “They, Them” and “Them, Their
Now this album has some very very soft bass. “Volumi Dinamici” is a techno album that feels focused and goes through a variety of different moods while still remaining consistent in sound. All tracks have a grand atmosphere, similar to being, say, out in the deep ocean. This is music to study or relax to i feel, it’s interesting enough to be paid attention to but also can be effective background noise.
Highlights: “Nova” and “Velato”
Not gonna lie Abe, when i saw those Brostep tags i got a little worried. This is certainly a step above your usual brostep hypebeastcore though. The songs are more subdued and have a spacey vibe i appreciate. There’s also some unexpected jazzy tunes in there. The only real issues that i have with this record boil down to preference. It’s simply not entirely my thing, but i was very thankful to finally hear something in this style i wasn't indifferent towards.
Highlights: “Breathe” and “Atmospheric Evolution”
3.3 (3.4) with handicap
A Name Out of Place Pt. II
From the bowels of fist pounding techno hell comes Tzusing. The shortest album on the to do list but a good one nonetheless. “A Name Out of Place Pt 2” takes in a great amount of industrial influence to give it that special edge it needs to go beyond simple “boots and cats.” This is a pretty dark/gritty album and would fit perfectly at the club but i felt the first 2 tracks set such a high bar the remaining 2 couldn’t hold up.
Highlights: “4 Floors of Whores” and “Frankincense & Myrrh”
Nice to see another shorter rec in the bunch. “Quadrant Dub” is a 37 minute dub techno album split up between 2 songs. Both are similar in form but the second track is a bit of a bouncier, thumpier version of the first. I loved the small use of vocal samples in “Quadrant Dub II” which may or may not have played a part in elevating it above the already solid “Quadrant Dub I” for me.
Highlights: … there’s only 2 tracks here bruh
Japanese funboi jams for your fellow raver. This the kind of techno you wanna jam at parties or during chase scenes. The music is fast, fun and whimsical. It also has a certain carefree air about it. Some tracks didnt totally stick with me after they passed but that may just be because i jammed this a bit late and was getting tired, who knows lol.
Highlights: “Baron Dance” and “Niji”
|11||The Empire Line|
100% real bandcamp review:
This is probably the best thing that Northern Electronics has released. The music is dramatic, flamboyant, and moody but does not fall over itself because there is a degree of minimalism that tempers the compositions. It builds a beautiful and emotional arc, combining and elevating euphoria and hedonism beyond any ephemera of grotesque gluttony. It is primal and pressurized cathexis and feels lasting, extending beyond the rave, the k-hole, the lustful wanting of flesh, and humanity’s failure to maintain dialectic with the poetical and it’s success in being confined to the machinations of a factory flesh.
Highlights: “Music for Catwalks” and “Fast Forward”