Posts Tagged 'Skudge'

Review: Iori – Spaciotemporal / Grit (Skudge Remix)

Label: Phonica White
Catalog#: PHONICAWHITE003

Tracklist:

A: Spaciotemporal

B: Grit – Skudge Remix

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When it comes to spacious and dream-like arrangements and sounds, Japan’s Iori seems to be a future talent. Currently having a small output of three releases, he seems to be able to establish a sound that is deep but yet easy to get in to, in a positive sense.

Floating through small variations of the sonic landscape, Iori’s original of ‘Spaciotemporal’ feels a little empty due to the spacial nature of the track. Listening to it with that in mind, it’s easier to get into it as well as appreciate it, because all details and smaller shifts in sound becomes more impact.

What makes the record special though, is the fact that there’s two different versions of the same style. Skudge has remixed the ‘Grit’ track into a more rugged piece, removing the complexity of ‘Spaciotemporal’ which feels fresh and appreciative. Giving ‘Grit’ more punch and less dwelling, the pieces collected from Iori’s original is taken into a new place – which combines Skudge’s own established style and Iori’s soundscapes in a brilliant way.

Review: Skudge – Overture / Mirage

Label: Skudge Records
Catalog#: SKUDGE 003

Tracklist:

A: Overture

B: Mirage

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When Skudge releases their third release, they have not only proven that they maintain their quality sound over three EP’s, but they also manage to display a more hypnotic and less melancholic sound.

There’s a lot of thought and process behind every release; When Skudge’s working conditions aren’t optimal in the studio or not being met during day-time, they simply sit up all night working – the result might at first be something tangiable but yet to be completed, which means another all-night session the day after. Even though the results that does get a pressed release are worth it, there’s a lot of different ideas getting processed for every 12″. This means that the quality control is almost equal to the amount of time spent on creating each track, which also reflects on their capability and deliberate DIY-approach.

With ‘Overture’, there’s been a shift upon where the depth of their sound lies. Going from a very subtle and detailed sound, Skudge seem to have put forward one of their most raw tracks to date. The gritted and reel to reel treated track instantly kicks in into a state of hypnosis – especially during the progressions that remains detailed for the trained ear. The result feels very unique but at the same time as something you’d expect from the dancefloors it was made for.

Keeping the pace with ‘Mirage’, a track that shakes the walls (especially when experienced live) and keeps that boxed in feeling of well arranged and structured feelings of a 7 A.M. atmopshere, it just makes you want to let go. Enduring a night with ‘Mirage’ getting dropped in just the right moment, there is a unique atmosphere brought with it, in which Skudge proves they own the territory.

Review: Skudge – Remixes 1

Label: Skudge Records
Catalog#: SKUDGE001R

Tracklist:

A: Convolution – Aardvarck Remix

B: Overture – Jared Wilson’s Cass Corridor Treatment

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Skudge’s first remix release takes their own sound into the hands of others, creating a new atmosphere fused in with their attitude and sound.

Aardvarck brings ‘Convolution’ into a swirling groove, where his Bloom-label together with his other work stamps its well-known elements onto it. Here, a more stepping and different attitude takes place, with a dread soundscape and a beat that makes you fall right down the hole.

The strength of ‘Remixes 1’ comes into its right with Jared Wilson’s take on ‘Overture’. Where his attitude towards the music keeps on being uncompromising, the remix result is very true. Maintaining the beat structure through traditional machinery, rather than going through each element of the original, he somewhat interprets the original’s sound to create this unique and haunting piece.

With this being the first remix output on Skudge Records, sounding this good, the follow ups will hopefully keep the pace.

Event: Skudge LIVE at Berghain

After a lot of practice, tweaking, refining and reflection, Skudge made their debut performance at The Office in May. The performance was without any doubt, one of the best live sets I’ve heard. With some advancements since then, the core of Skudge is still a strong one, where the idea becomes something more in a pace that I doubt any other producer duo would be able to maintain.

The 10th of July they make their first apperance at Berghain, together with DJ Pete, Marcel Dettmann, Kenny Larkin as well as Chez Damier at Panorama Bar.

Them being two close friends of mine, I can’t begin to write how proud I am. I hope to see you there!

Review: Skudge – Melodrama / Ontic

Label: Skudge Records
Catalog#: SKUDGE 002

Tracklist:

A: Melodrama

B: Ontic

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Going for a more concrete direction, the ‘002’ from Skudge feels different from the first, creating an atmosphere that is subtle in a different way.

Kicking beats, haunting elements and a flow that is rare these days, ‘Melodrama’ keeps the pace with a lot of originality as well as the feeling from the ‘001’ – a knowing in the right sense. Small variations occour throughout, but they are very subtle and yet they seem to always present themselves in the right moment, which is even more clear on ‘Ontic’ featured on the B side. It’s hard to pin down what makes this record into what it is, it has so many different sides to it as well as a unique sound. Even though the structures of the tracks might be traditional in some sense, both of them feels as if they brought in something new – which is always appreciated.

‘Ontic’ is more of a deeper ride through the tunnels, where swirling percussion and a floating atmosphere binds the rhythm together – without losing track of itself and leaving the “dj tool” stamp far away. ‘Melodrama’ swings more steady, where the uncompromising beat tangles itself onto the vocal, creating a piece that seems essential today as well as in the future.

Review: Skudge – Convolution / Contamination

Label: Skudge Records
Catalog#: SKUDGE 001

Tracklist:

A: Convolution

B: Contamination

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After a initial release on alphahouse, Skudge has been working hard on their new material – a direction into a more atmospheric and more focused sound. The emphasis on this release lies not so much on “what works”, but on the small details and things that gets people going.

With a more persistant pursuit of a original sound and affection, Skudge seem to only care about the music actually sounding as their own – even though a wide spectrum of musical influences seem to make it’s way into the final “product”. For this release, a more careful listen will reveal a more detailed sound with the same basics.

‘Convolution’ brings the alphahouse release to mind, where a taunting beat and persistent percussion work strikes into the same feeling and structure. The pace is completely different though, with a heavier and more raw sense to it – the track itself without keeping the first release to mind, feels a little bit as a embodied figure of what Skudge seem to look for. This makes in fact the track interesting in that sense, as well as the excellent momentum it creates.

Where ‘Convolution’ lifts off, ‘Contamination’ on the other side sounds as a peak moment for Skudge – a track that does not compromise at all. It is what it is, and it’s really good.

Thanks to Skudge for this release.

Review: Skudge – Depth Buffering EP

Label: alphahouse
Catalog#: alphahouse 015

Tracklist:

A: Depth Buffering

B: WireDrawn

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Skudge has now got their first release out. ‘Depth Buffering EP’ on alphahouse features two tracks that were made as initial tracks for their project, which display their talent and what to expect from them in the future.

Starting off with ‘Depth Buffering’, a very raw but yet fresh track that was made with a lot of hard work, but feels as natural as G-Man’s ‘Quo Vadis’ – featuring vocal elements as well as a steady groove, it maintains an energy that keeps an horizontal line throughout, without losing any focus. Subtle interruptions by small breaks and carefully crafted momentums of drum machinery works very well as “glue” between the very sparse and spacious melody.

‘Wiredrawn’ was made at the same time as ‘Depth Buffering’ – bringing the same atmosphere as the A-side, there is something more haunting about this track. A one note key floats steady in the background, getting mixed up with small shots of keyboarding as the drum machines punch through the analogue wall of sound, everything seems a bit unpredictable but very natural at the same time. Theres a very liquid feeling over this track, which makes sense as there are very few elements featured (more focus on “effects” and mixing them down). A track that feels as an excellent choice as a B side.

Thanks to Skudge for this release.