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Benedikt Frey and Naia d’Alò's Init project received great initial praise through two well conceived pieces for John Talabot's Hivern disco back in 2015. Now the pair are back on Les Disques De La Mort with a four track EP rich with their moody techno delights.

"Stereometric" sees a swollen electric base gently plume as ghostly vox and slowly eroding artefacts are scattered through the mix; landing somewhere between Bay Area minimal wave and the taut techno meanderings of Marcel Dettman.

"Nuts" is an anthemic slice of darkwave electro; tense, a little bit menacing and cinematic as hell - conjuring images of late night mutant car chases through guttural cityscapes.

"Wheels" sees us dive down smacked-out electro-post-punk rabbit hole; landing in a drug stained bedsit around Hulme Crescents circa '89 with next doors party still in full swing two days since it began.

"Mindwork" invites said neighboring crusties to an all-night post-Goa-trance rave up on some moonlit beach and populated by shady drug dealers and Mad Max type characters all locked into its full-throttle stomp. 


DJ Oil swerves the zeitgeist, shrugs off the sheeple and  comes through with a three tracker of dope dancefloor material. This is the second 12” of the "Bref Avenir collection, our southern activist using well-known tropes and samples to provide necessary confusion. "Telephunk" is nothing else than a monster breakbeat funk (away from the new Lynn Collins dictatorship), unfashionably cool if you see what we mean. If "Paresse" is its twin dark sister, locking electro in its black music roots whilst remaining strangely “European”, then "Fall" is its downer baggy brother, loose, limber and entirely lopsided.

Marseille-based electronic activist DJ Oil revisits LDDLM for his second adventure with the label. “Heritage” has been an Ivan Smagghe (and a few others) secret weapon for more than a year now. A strange, sampladelic track featuring a full Marcus Garvey speech which Oil fuses with slow and sludgy house thrust. Full of deep house clichés but executed beautifully, this sounds like Ron Hardy if he was still alive today with its politically charged swagger - top stuff! "Maybe" is influenced by psychedelics and sunlight, a mini homage to writer Terrence McKenna as much as it's a nod to System 01. "Brouillage" completes with a swamp of nagging electronics and, keeping up the EP's theme, is garnished with a layer of introspective spoken word. Further rhythmic prowess is introduced by way of manipulated, palm-muted guitar lines and buzzing square waves. Warped n wigged out and strictly for the freaks!

SAVE! is the new musical vehicle from Marc Nguyen Tan, aka Colder. On ‘Monsters And Fairies’ he steps aside as vocalist and collaborates with American poet and singer Craig Louis Higgins Jr. Craig contributed unsettling spoken word to the acclaimed dub-acid trax by Paranoid London (recording under his Mutado Pintado moniker).

The world they have created together, with Craig recording in London and Marc in Spain, exists in a dream, suspended between the two locations. A creeping, creepy Lynchian-world, where acid-dub work-outs combine with stream-of-consciousness monologues to make one of the strangest records this side of Serge Gainsbourg’s reggae albums like ‘Aux Armes et cætera’. The record warps and shimmers as if seen through a heat haze, a confused existential daydream or a dark wave mirage.

Released on Parisian DJ Ivan Smagghe (It’s A Fine Line / Kill The DJ) Les Disques De La Mort label, SAVE! finds Marc operating in the experimental shadows, against the grain, much as Colder’s post-punk sound originally appeared in the context of the other dance music in 2003.



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