voidassembly progenitrix v∞, 19 October 2018


struc­ture, tex­ture, move­ment

elec­tron­ics, synth, post-rock, jazz, beats, house, avant­garde, musique con­crète

Asura Revolu­tionVOL.1: Pure Evil (2017, Asura Revolver)

Some prime elec­tron­ics may be found on Asura Revolver’s Vol. 1: Pure Evil comp (2017), which has a bunch of vapor scenesters show­ing their dark side. Deftly mixed, with ambi­ent and beat-based mater­ial from Hant­asi, Chun­gk­ing Man­sions, Ele­mental et al.

Out on 2 Nov on n5MD, Axel Rigaud’s Trans­form­a­tion is a superb blend of synth beats and wood­winds. From smooth elec­tro-jazz and ambi­ent bits, all the way to drum & bass, this one’s a real bull­seye. (as heard on our latest show: http://​www​.even​in​gof​light​.nl/​2​0​1​8​/​1​0​/​1​8​/​c​i​t​y​-​g​r​i​d​-​g​r​a​v​i​t​y​-​01/)

Time for an oldie. Crisopa’s Biodance (2012) is clas­sic n5MD: An album full of diverse, melodic beat­work. This album is par­tic­u­larly lively and ener­getic, mov­ing from mid-tempo post-rock-inflec­ted pieces through faster pure elec­tronic works.

Daniel Saylor’s latest is a hard one to clas­sify: jazz, hip-hop, rock, elec­tron­ics. Fusion is the right word in this case. Opaque Sum­mer (2018) is held together by warmth, exper­i­ment­a­tion, and fresh­ness.

Ori­gin of Con­flict by Fae & Seffi (2018, Girly Girl Musik) is a hyper-cool mys­ter­i­ous piece of synth ambi­ent and wave. Plod­ding beats and alien melod­ies make this a strange but allur­ing entry into their col­lab­or­at­ive world.

And now it’s time for some A+ ritual elec­tro­doom from the esteemed Prim­it­ive Knot. Less crunchy than their recent albums, Thee Opener Of The Way (2018, Aurora Borealis) is a dron­ing and hyp­notic tour de force. +1 tape you need to grab ASAP.

The Sebastian Span­ache Trio is one of my favour­ite jazz trios. Their last album Fur­nace (2017) is an extremely coher­ent 5-part work where drums, bass, and piano/rhodes are in per­fect har­mony.

Shabaka and The Ancest­orsWis­dom of Eld­ers (2016, Browns­wood)

One of the best jazz albums from 2016, hands down. Shabaka Hutch­ings’ first album as leader is a mod­ern spir­itual jazz clas­sic: stand­ing on the shoulders of giants, with a mod­ern cadence that’s entirely its own.

The Third Eye Found­a­tionYou Guys Kill Me (1998, Merge)

A murky, clever drum & bass album that stands out from many of its con­tem­por­ar­ies through its dark, even mourn­ful timbre and gradual buildup of rhythm. As heard in the recent City Grid Grav­ity show.