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Bozoo on 01/08/2018 at 02:07PM

[D!HR-35] Wankers United - Polygon Soup

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For its 35th release, Da ! Heard It Records plunges your head into a broth of funk ideas.

A shark fin floats in Wankers United’s polygon soup. Out from the depths, the creature imagined by Elise Kobisch-Miana that illustrates this new album seems to be attracted by the surface after a very long sleep. Truth be told, in this new production, both references and fresh ideas abound. 
Great master of skweee in France through his label Mazout, Thomas Lanza has always had a taste for electronic kludges and syncopated rhythms, which were inherited from his hip hop background. After trying his hand at this style on a number of compilations, he released his first album on American label Ausland in 2017 and serves it again with Da ! Heard It Records with a series of pieces as the pièce de résistance.

In the kitchen, one finds with pleasure everything that gives his usual productions their charm, but prepared here with the desire to respect traditions. Immersed in a bath of acid and electro old school, the ingredients of this elaborate recipe will remind sensitive music lovers of the original flavors, somewhere between Cybotron and the beautiful hours of the Warp label. The result, beyond the skweee that he regularly cooks up, rather leans towards a playful IDM that was rid of the superfluous.

Developing the evolution of the sound arrangements with precision throughout the pieces, Thomas leaves no room for chance in his joyous blend, and he demonstrates that, over the course of more than fifteen years, he has acquired solid experience in the field. No stranger to Luke Vibert, whose influence is obvious here, he nevertheless spices up his melodies with a lovely oriental touch and yet shows, if more showing was needed, that life is good in Saint-Ouen.

Tape (K7) , Flac, Ogg, MP3 : https://www.daheardit-records.net/en/discography/dhr-35#release
MP3 : http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Wankers_United/Polygon_Soup/

 
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Bozoo on 06/11/2017 at 06:24PM

[D!HR-34] C_C - Impendulo

(english sub available on youtube) - listen album on fma - listen album on d!hr website 

For its 34th release, Da ! Heard It Records is warming up the machines to trace some new paths.

Impendulo is C_C’s new cassette.

Packaged in quasi-monochrome illustrations with quasi-absurd architectural tendencies, the visuals emphasize the kinetic art and foreshadow what one is about to hear: chain reactions and strange angles; it all moves and it all hits.

This cassette is an absolute beat garage!

Think of a little place where things are done by hand, geared towards total customization, fine-tuning; truly without concession and C_C is the boss. He’s the one with his nose under the hood and adjusting everything by ear. In total contrast with factory and chain-work sound, C_C knows how to use a system as Low-Cost as Low-Fi. Not afraid of getting his hands dirty!

The electronic sound is played from the fingertips, and it’s audible: the patterns aren’t dull and the rhythms brilliant.

It also plays with codes, and plays with them in a laid-back way, arm hanging out the window, headlights fully on. It advances tirelessly, entertaining without using, definitely more auto-reverse than auto-stop. Natural born bottom-of-time, C_C plays it in four-wheel drive, for all terrains, and completely versatile in all respects. He alternates straight hitting lines, feedback turns, and reverb drifts, and allows himself to ride right in the middle, his kick as pressed as the pedal, larsen melodies comfortably settled in the backseat.

At full speed, it’s blinking from all sides, counterpoint at every corner. With always one ear on the rearview mirror, and the GPS evidently out of order… drifting away from the roots is inevitable. In Impendulo, one is thus neither here nor there, but rather on unknown territory with no markers, never safe, but always sound. Welcome to the fourth (rid)dimension, this four-track game that summons hormones and neurons, active listening, and active dancing.

The drum is electronic and its skin is unbreakable, and in a thousand miles, it will still be playing, unfettered. One hit up, one hit down, the rhythmics spar without any low hits and most importantly without the rotundity that fishing for sound can bring. With C_C, it’s refined and chiseled by ear on the mixing side. The composition is stripped of anything superfluous, reduced to the bones, and you feel it in your bones: trans, love it or leave it.

Impendulo, the 34th release of Da ! Heard It Records is distributed under a Creative Commons BY_NC_ND license.

The album is fully listenable and downloadable at the following address:

http://www.daheardit-records.net/en/discography/dhr-34 

 

Mastering by Fabien Meunier - Illustration by Pia-Mélissa Laroche - Press text by Arnaud Rivière 

C_C - "UKUZIJABULISA" (01:09)
C_C - "UKUZIJABULISA" (01:09)
C_C - "TINTINABUL" (04:04)
C_C - "TINTINABUL" (04:04)
C_C - "ôl_lô" (03:18)
C_C - "ôl_lô" (03:18)
C_C - "TANboU ASYE" (03:50)
C_C - "TANboU ASYE" (03:50)
C_C - "NRIN HUS" (07:45)
C_C - "NRIN HUS" (07:45)
C_C - "ôll_llô" (05:06)
C_C - "ôll_llô" (05:06)
C_C - "MEZ_1" (04:32)
C_C - "MEZ_1" (04:32)
C_C - "MIKoNGo" (04:10)
C_C - "MIKoNGo" (04:10)
C_C - "S_TEP" (05:44)
C_C - "S_TEP" (05:44)
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