Influenced by the intersection of 80's arena rock bands like AC/DC and Judas Priest, glam rock/dance bands like Rockets and Supermax, and especially the underground Italian producer Piero Umiliani - the album is chock-full of atmospheric rock-inspired arpeggiated riffs. The mixture of metal and chugging dance music makes for a unique listening experience. Every song has a riff, every song is heavy and dense. Only one song goes above 118 BPM. These are heavy chuggers that make for a tense emotional experience that exceeds your standard, easy-to-write-off “soundtrack” fare, mainly because it was never written with that in mind. It was meant to be a fist-pumping arena rock inspired thumper! You can hear that in the one two punch of “A Prayer For War” into “Illusions", which is an outtake from his "The Magician" sessions. Other songs like “Solipsism” showcase the airy melodies of that were to come with his other project Pale Blue, but that is not typical on this album. If you listen closely, you can hear how Simonetti’s music and dark vibes inspired his then label partner Johnny Jewel to take his own bands Chromatics and Glass Candy in a different, more cinematic direction.
This was written and recorded years before the Drive soundtrack and all the hoopla around the sudden soundtrack resurgence. In 2011 Mike was asked to submit some songs for a soon to be released Hollywood remake. He submitted most of the songs from this album, and they were slated for release on the soundtrack, but the project fell apart, and the film went in a different direction and changed producers. Soon after, because of all the drama and foolishness, he left Italians Do It Better to start over with 2MR and Pale Blue. This is the nail in the coffin. Godspeed.
FORMAT INFORMATIONLtd LP Info: Comes with bonus 12".
‘Mun’ chugs at a stately 107. Rippling in places, squiggling in others, there’s an unabashed FX weirdness bubbling and popping over the insistent shimmering dubwise groove. Tweaking, freaking but running at such a smooth temper there’s space between the chaos, Anton is balancing some heavily hypnotic alchemy here. ‘Strupe’ takes things even lower and slower. A dusty bluesy chugger, unhurried-yet-relentlessly building with a great sense of cosmic drama, listen and marvel as more elements are precision introduced throughout the seven minute trip. A masterclass in modern day honkytonk. Remix-wise we’re thrusted into the later hours with a technoid twist from Andre Laos. Maintaining Anton’s original’s trippy charm and measured pace but re-amping it with grittier foundation, teasing risers and an insurgent synth strike, it’s the perfect complement to one of 2MR’s most singular releases to date. Open wide.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Killer weirdshit from Swedish hero Anton Klint here, who warps dub tempo, synth strangeness and wonky house into a slow tempo strut for 'Mun'. Andre Laos straightens things out a little on his remix, then goes for the jugular with a series of trilling synth lines. On the flip Klint dons his space suit for the bluesy sleaze of "Strupe" a next gen cosmic bomb for all the renegades out there.
A sense of displacement drove Kedr to find herself. She's escaped reality repeatedly in her explorations into the imagery and ideas of romanticism, mythical and fairytale themes which visibly bleed throughout her work and especially on her debut full-length 'Ariadna'. The title track which was named after the Greek goddess, Adriane, debuted via THUMP who've described it "anchors its elegantly drifting shoegaze melodies with a knocking electro beat."
'Ariadna' marks a change in her recording approach: her critically acclaimed breakthrough EP 'January Sun' was written and recorded completely in Ableton, while 'Ariadna' was written using the Roland SH-101, Roland Juno 106 and Korg Minilogue synthesizers, then mixed down in Ableton. According to Kedr, "This way, one gets into a flow of live interaction, here and now, with the instrument." There is a definite leap in production values this time around, but Kedr manages to keep true to her sound despite the greater polish and depth. Keong / Chris at Good Machine PR do all of the captured tracks related things, which includes 2MR.
Lack is gritty cathedral expansive new age, modern composition, growth electronics, and further techno abstraction by Philip Maier of NC, USA. Previous releases on Morphine, Grovl Tapes, Tone Log, Hot Releases.
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