Relax your eyelids Focus on the darkness This is your time to relax You don’t need to think about anything Except being right here, right in this moment With me. Don’t think about tomorrow, or yesterday, Just be here In your body. Sportiv is a dexterous white label operation that brings you heavy-weight rhythmic performances from the world of techno athletics.
‘Temporary Insanity Remixes’ is a 12” featuring the redefinitions of the two original productions of Detroit veteran Terrence Dixon, turned upside down by three of the most groundbreaking electronic music artists as Voiski, Pangaea and Cosmin TRG, appearing alongside label head Simone Gatto. OUT022 operates as a modern take of old school sounds, an hybrid union of all melodic techno sub forms – these remixes keep the mental locked groove material of Dixon’s tracks, adding emotionally irradiating patterns and each producer’s typical paths.
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Cosmin TRG’s Fizic label release its third EP, and a second missive for 2015. Once again it comes from the Romanian label owner and ever evolving producer, and this time features four more fierce cuts that take abstract inspiration from musique concrete or Ballard’s High Rise novel. Opener ‘Sever’ is an expertly stripped back bit of concrete basement funk with scurrying alien sounds, frosted lo-fi textures and firmly rooted, propulsive kick drums driving the whole thing along. It’s an absorbing affair full of distant menace, and then comes ‘Redus’, a hunched over, forceful dub track again riddled with abstract lifeforms, distorted radio frequencies and muffled sirens that all bristle and brim with sonic debris. ‘Sirena’ is once more built upon thudding, firm kicks but here synths howl and spray about like a UFO in a storm, a harmonic hook rocks back and forth and modulated lines add life and depth to the burrowing groove. Lastly, ‘Motoric’ goes arctic, with cavernous chambers of sound full of echo and reverb as kicks thump out a groove. It’s a fourth and final bit of physical music informed by the musical and visual noir undertones of Under the Skin, cementing a robust alliance between form and function. Music and artwork by Cosmin Nicolae Mastered by Matt Colton.
50Weapons begins its finale with the first of 11 12″s, catalog numbers 40 through 50, featuring a 50Weapons artist on one side and another artist, chosen by the first, on the B-side. “Narr Day” is the first tune ever made by one of Berlin’s key electronic acts; all the flavors of the early days are combined in this minimal ambient techno tune made of the three main ingredients: a bass, a drone, and a kick drum. Cosmin TRG uses the dark drone of “Narr Day” as the base for his modular-synthesizer-enhanced rework of the track. Dark and trippy techno for the head.