Archive for October, 2012

Review: Abdulla Rashim – Endasilasie

Label: Abdulla Rashim Records
Catalog#: ARR003

A: Endasilasie 1

B1: Endasilasie 2

B2: Endasilasie 3

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When having found a way to do it, the hardest part in music is to meet yourself within it. Approaching oneself music wise tend to always lead to surprises, where the best of all is that sounding unique stems from being honest. In order to do so, it is important to feel that this process is under your own control.

For about two years now, Abdulla Rashim has taken things in his own hands, caring not only about his music, but also looking for a way to get by on his own terms. Finding his peers such as Donato Dozzy and the subtleness in music, Rashim has found his own expression while listening carefully to his inspirations and aspirations.

With ‘Endasilasie’, the third release on his own Abdulla Rashim Records, his sound has become even harder to describe. There has not really been a shift in his direction sound wise, but somehow his stream of atmosphere for which Rashim has put his trademark, has become even more clear and formidable.

The A-side is a cautious and entangling piece where the sound architecture similar to ancient ruins and forgotten rituals creates a hypnotic state. Carefully introducing additional buildings to this architecture drives the track forward, keeping a constant pace much similar to perfect breaks in harder techno.

Flipping the record, a immediate pace is set, where a less subtle and more naked track fills the groove on the B1. ‘Endasilasie 2’ showcases Rashim’s most refined state yet, where a daring move to use even less subtracted sound creates a interesting take on a already reduced atmosphere. A sharp, somewhat hard beat structure goes perfectly hand in hand with the swirling sounds, creating a less moody but more direct, live felt track.

With no light at the end of this tunnel, ‘Endasilasie 3’ digs deep into a dark place, without much hope for the better, a well crafted loop goes to additional states and elevations, setting a static and in that case comforting atmosphere for which Rashim has become famous for.

Review: Robert Hood – Motor: Nighttime World 3

Label: Music Man
Catalog#: MMCD038 / MMLP038


01. The Exodos
02. Motor City
03. Better Life
04. The Wheel
05. Black Technician
06. Learning
07. Drive (The Age Of Automation)
08. Torque One
09. Hate Transmissions
10. Slow Motion Katrina

11. Assembly
12. A Time To Rebuild

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The third installment to Hood’s Nighttime World (previously released in 1995 on Cheap and in 2000 on M-Plant), clarifies the current condition in his native Detroit. A vivid image of the history from the city that was built on the American dream, Hood’s personality and ability to reduce sounds in a way that he is the undoubted master of trades, this is a soundtrack that is very personal for him.

One general difference from the older releases by him, is that the absence of hardware for the production in his tracks has changed his signature a little bit. While the sparse minimalism that helped to create a very long time ago has come a long way, he uses the same reduction techniques to create “that” sound, a sound that really speaks and invites. Even though a more digital approach might seem to fall short to some listeners, imagining the atmosphere for which ‘Nighttime World 3’ was crated for, this is simply not something that should exclude but should rather be perceived as a development, the same development as Hood wishes to see for Detroit.

Right from the start, ‘Nighttime World 3’ transpires and changes the mood into Hood’s unique atmosphere. Sounding like a constantly shaking abandoned building, a story forms around the anger and frustration hidden deep within the tracks. Following a pattern in the track titles combined with the actual tracks themselves, Hood paints not only a vivid picture of a current situation for Detroit, but signifies the frustration and anger that electronic music in general so well perceives.

The strengths for every tracks can not be pinned down to single elements, but what makes them special is the tracks as a whole. This is almost of the essence to create electronic music that feels timeless and have a life of it’s own, something that Hood has created countless of times.

If there is a soundtrack for our current times, this might very well be it.

My favorite tracks:

The Exodus

Drive (The Age of Automation)

Torque One

Motor City