Area – One Less Me [SEQ012]

Sequencias first release for 2015 comes from Chicagoan, Area. He has melded elements from bass music, industrial, electroacoustic, spoken-word and techno into 3 tracks that distill their influences into something greater than the sum of its parts. Opener “Circadian” is built on a two-chord refrain to a stepping rhythm amidst a dank warehouse atmosphere. Spoken-word interlude, “One Less Me,” is little more than a female voice processed and cleverly twisted over crisp electronic filigree. The EP closes with “XXeXX” (Crushkilled Version), which sounds like the remnants of the opening track after being drop-forged and scattered to the breeze—long peals of reverberating melodic feedback straining under a dense bank of static fog—breaking free every few measures to expand into the light, then crushed. “One Less Me” is the beginning of a new relationship that we look forward to see flourish in the future, and of course, to share it with you.

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Area – One Less Me [SEQ012]

VA – Underground Sounds Vol.1 [PBR030]

Cover art - Various Artists: Underground Sounds Vol.1

Plan B Recordings is back with a compilation featuring some brand new names to the label, including our first release by a Japanese artist (Takenawa) and an emerging producer from the Chicago area (Mauser). Things start off with the twisted funk of Area’s ‘It’s Just a Body.’ Following Area is the first Japanese artist to grace one of our vinyl projects. Takenawa’s ‘Jaisalmale’ is a lush techno groover that works in deep house sets as well. The flipside features Mauser. His uptempo creations feature tight drum programming, tinkling keys, and insistent energy. ‘Small Sounds on the Redline’ is his first vinyl release for Plan B Recordings. Closing out the B side and the compilation is G. Marcell. Pulling funky breaks from dusty crates, he puts them together into the soulful yet raw ‘Naphroblac.’

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VA – Underground Sounds Vol.1 [PBR030]