After a two years hiatus, the Bucharest based label Local Records is back. They will have a relaunch party on September 30th at MNAC terrace (National Museum of Contemporary Art) stating at 7 PM. This occasion will be used also for releasing their new EP, coming from a new artist, Saluna. He will be joined by another newcomer, Droict, who is also preparing a release for Local Records and veterans Minus and Alexandru Jijian.
Matador aka Gavin Lynch is a new Dublin artist on Minus. All bleeping soft focus melody lines and cantering kicks, it’s a slowly building bomb. Elsewhere there is shimmying, suggestive minimal coated in warm tape hiss on ‘Mambo’ and brooding, heavily-weighted backroom sounds speckled with rasping, rising synth lines and glistening percussion on ‘Hitbox.’ ‘Nomans Land’ is a bouncy, with wispy hi-hat ringlets and a buried-in-the-mix, undecipherable vocal running through it. The little details around the edges are what bring the groove alive. Coming from a different angle altogether is Korrado’: its melancholic notes hang above firm, pulsing kicks and bittersweet overtones.
Mathew Jonson presents “Learning To Fly”, his second release on Minus, following 2004’s “Decompression” EP. “Learning To Fly” is a 12 minute sci-fi exploration that achieves that mark of classic electronic music production, working just as thrillingly for personal listening as it does when experienced as part of Jonson’s transcendent live performances.
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Juggling easily with bass, glitch and synth funk reworked live, Minus has been present on the Romanian scene for the last 5 years with music ranging from Game Boy tunes to dub, hip hop, skweee or even to psychedelic improvisations along Ion. After releasing 3 EPs at the Romanian netlabel Arhiva 7 and notable performances at Red Bull Music Academy and Sonar 2010, his biggest joy is his spectacular evolution rathder than his accomplishments.