Prime Minister of Doom
Mudshadow Propaganda


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chortles USER (17 Reviews)
June 29th, 2018 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist


With the death of Traumprinz’s Prince of Denmark project last year – a happening unceremoniously told by the release of a short ambient mix titled “Prince of Denmark is Dead” – an era ended. At the time, it made sense – 8, his final album under that name, was a sprawling wonder, a story that evoked what seemed like a lifetime of fear and hope and mystery and discovery, all churned and mixed together systematically, all building up to towering heights only to begin collapsing inwards, slowly, surely stretching itself further and further along an endless path. Following it up would have been a tall order, or at least that’s how I justified the dissolution. 8 felt like closure unto itself. But the more I listen to Mudshadow Propaganda and its intrinsic counterpart, Nothing 2 Loose, Traumprinz’s newest pair of releases under two fresh monikers, the more I realize how incomplete my reconciled portrait of his work actually was. Prince of Denmark is dead, and from its ashes are two beings reborn – two perfect halves of a former whole, two separate representations of its prior purpose. And If Nothing 2 Loose takes its meditations on peace, spirituality and the ineffable from the subtlest elements of 8, Mudshadow is what remains: it’s primal, propulsive, relentless even; it’s stripped back and surprisingly palatable. It’s pure rhythm. We’re left with the groove, and the groove is good.

Traumprinz wastes no time imparting that takeaway, as “Getting Things Started” fulfills its promise with an immediate plunge into a muted, throbbing pulse that never quite ends, but simply permutates throughout Mudshadow’s runtime. But for all the album’s emphasis on rhythm – and I should say, the percussion here is just immaculate in its level of omnipresent detail and stylistic variety – it would be reductive to say that’s its merits only lie there. Mudshadow is supplemented by delicate touches that never betray Traumprinz’s minimalist leanings or arrive a moment out of place, like the hypnotic synths backing the house swing of “Grand Finale,” which replicate some lost, ominous hymn, or the heavy bass entrance midway into “Drumatise” that kicks the tightly percussive piece into a tribal wonderland. Traumprinz is at the height of his powers in terms of track construction here, and though the stretching of many of them close to the ten-minute mark may fatigue some, those patient enough to absorb the steady drip throughout will find it hard not to fall deeper into Mudshadow’s tantalizing loops.

Despite my thoughts on his separation of spirituality into Nothing 2 Loose, Traumprinz still reminds us of it with some duly placed vocal samples before closing shop; “show me the way…” repeats a stolid voice in “The Wai,” Mudshadow’s final track and the peaceful reflection of an odd journey. It’s a statement that would perhaps be more suited played back at Traumprinz himself, an enigmatic presence that only continues to show an astonishing level of prolificacy and mastery in each style and mood tackled through his various projects. Though this first release under Prime Minister of Doom is the clearer continuation of 8 stylistically, its skillful honing and stretching of his craft is enough to prove its own worth; its perpetuated dance enough to keep us reeling until whatever may come next.



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Chortles
June 29th 2018


21222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just a love letter to traumprinz. xx



"drumatise" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsM30lCf32o

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Relinquished
June 29th 2018


37836 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ooooh



pos

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2018


22546 Comments


love u, pos. glad to see you writing again (:

TheSpaceMan
June 29th 2018


11347 Comments


You're good at providing backstory with actual opinion rather than just lecturing, which makes for great context while also actually being worth your take. I need to try that more

Anyways pos

MotokoKusanagi
June 29th 2018


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice glad this got a review. I personally like this a tiny bit more than the Nothing 2 Loose release

Chortles
June 29th 2018


21222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cheers fellas, and thanks a lot space. i felt like the context is extremely important with this artist and is kind of what prodded me to write this in the first place. the air of mystery surrounding him and his prolific output is consistently enthralling...

Lucid
June 29th 2018


9802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very nice review! liked the discussion of the alias switch-ups. traum is a creative genius

Toad
June 29th 2018


1965 Comments


Gotta jam this! Beautiful review

Chortles
June 29th 2018


21222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks a lot guise! the distinction between his projects is really interesting to me and he has mentioned a few things about it in his scant interviews as well (like that Traumprinz represents the child of his aliases, and Prince of Denmark the grown man). but mostly it was nice to go into here since it gave me a little space to wax poetic about 8 ;-)

Lucid
June 29th 2018


9802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

8 would be the highest rated of 2016 if it reaches 20+ votes. we should probably keep it a secret :p

Chortles
June 30th 2018


21222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

deal

commonist
July 1st 2018


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great review! This is my favorite between his two latest releases, due to many of the things you touch on in the review. "The Vibe" and "Deep in Your Heart" are my personal favorite tracks.

commonist
July 1st 2018


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great review! This is my favorite between his two latest releases, due to many of the things you touch on in the review. "The Vibe" and "Deep in Your Heart" are my personal favorite tracks.

commonist
July 1st 2018


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great review! This is my favorite between his two latest releases, due to many of the things you touch on in the review. "The Vibe" and "Deep in Your Heart" are my personal favorite tracks.

commonist
July 1st 2018


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great review! This is my favorite between his two latest releases, due to many of the things you touch on in the review. "The Vibe" and "Deep in Your Heart" are my personal favorite tracks.

JustJoe.
July 1st 2018


3916 Comments


[5]

I know you're eager . . .

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Chortles
July 2nd 2018


21222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[6] (also thank you. deep in your heart in particular is stellar)

RadicalEd
July 12th 2018


9272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great Review, this is the "lesser" of two great LPs, but it's still very good.

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