After more than 2 and a half years we are back in Berlin! and of-course we are looking forward to have a lot of fun while being.
Morphine label boss, Morphosis, presents the music of electronic composer, Charles Cohen, kicking things off with these two deadly interpretations of ‘Dance Of The Spirit Catchers’.
Dismantle represents Rabih Beaini’s first substantial release as Morphosis since last year’s Tepco Report 12″, and comes in the form of a five track double 12″ release. The first comprises two Morphosis productions obviously aimed at more adventurous DJs, with the title track (in collaboration with Donato Dozzy) comprising subtly rattling percussion and organic tones unfolding over a steady rhythmic pulse, while “Tamrat Version” comes across as more full bodied, with thicker organ textures tied up with pulsing synths. The second 12″ meanwhile is something entirely different, comprising a live score to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Vampyr recorded in Romania; free of rhythm and utilising some outlandish modular sequencing, it’s the producer at his most immersive.
Exploratory Lebanese imprint Annihaya presents a stunning debut album opus by Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis under his birth name. As Rabih was born in Lebanon it is fitting he shares ‘Albidaya’ – meaning “The Beginning” in Arabic – with a label from his home country, who provide acute context for its mixture of electronics, psych rock, folk and jazz. Impressively it was mostly recorded over the course of one day in 2012, wrangling myriad rhythms, tones and shapes from Rabih’s famous collection of vintage analog synthesizers and sequencers meshed with Eko Tiger Duo organ and guitar, and some assistance from Tommaso Cappellato on drums and Piero Bittolo Bon on woodwind and electronics (with additional credits to both Mike Huckaby and Donato Dozzy), and post-production done in Berlin and Rome.
Bocca Grande is the alis name under which Kousuke Ishida is producing music focusing and marked by the piano blending in with electric sounds to the expression of music with former piano teacher Yuka Kobayashi. This is a nice remix package featuring Morphosis, Artifact, Chromatic Filters and Corrado Bucci.
Raw techno and dark wave craftsmen Morphosis is back with a new two tracker on his own Morphine imprint. A-side ‘Exposure’ hears an ambulance-like siren pan across a desolate landscape of buzzing and humming static. It’s bleak but somehow optimistic and sounds typically ‘live’, whilst ‘Postatomicpoetry’ has a heavy bottom end thudding deep down below as various machine noises and electric wires stretch out in all directions above. It’s chilly, hostile and heady, building in highly hypnotic layers like only Morphosis can.
Amsterdam enclave Dekmantel have elected to toast the five year milestone in the best way possible with a series of highly collectable twelve inches featuring tracks from artists who have contributed in that period – be it performing at their killer parties or releasing music on the label. The series gets off to a veritable flyer with productions from Morphosis and Juju & Jordash either side of this wonderfully decorated twelve inch. The latter honorary Amsterdammers open proceedings with a Cosmic Dub update of the “African Flower” jam that featured on their 08 Aesthetic Audio split with Keith Worthy which naturally smoothes out the percussive klack of the original for a more sumptuous ride. It is matched by the jittering analogue behemoth that is Morphosis’ “Pulse” with skin crawling organs lifted from the Hammer school of horror excellently riding the scattergun percussive rhythms of an increasingly rippling and dusty beatdown ride.
After Newworldaquarium and Just For One Day already reworked some choice cuts from Morphosis’ ‘What Have We Learned’ album, there will be a second remix sampler released at the end this year. Ostgut-frontman Marcel Dettmann delivers his Dettmann Definitions from ‘Too Far’ and will join by the original cut from Morphosis himself on release.
The next full length from Delsin, entitled “What Have We Learned” from the Lebanese-born producer Morphosis aka Ra.H aka Rabih Beaini, is co-released on his own Morphine Records, as well as by close associate M>O>S. Influences range from Krautrock via New Wave but, importantly, all are digested by Morphosis before being re-imagined as something wholly fresh and original which, in turn, stands up well to both dancefloor deployment and intense home listening.