Zeta Reticula (Umek) makes his Censor debut with Star’s Wobble EP. A sizzly, mega-compressed five-track compendium of electro with ultra-scratchy highs and phase-freaked lows, it consists of three originals and two remixes. Of the former, ‘Unaided Eye’ boldly goes where few electro artists go, opting for a lower tempo, sparser soundscapes, and a more melodic underpinning. Of the latter, Sync 24 and Alex Jann serve up a tune that sounds like the bioindustrial workings of the Engineers’ spaceship from the Alien franchise. An overall extraterrestrial affair, transcending the limits of mere humanity.
Zeta Reticula returns to Mechatronica with a radiant tale of astronomical phenomena and deep-space molecular development – a more than ideal backdrop to the EP’s four powerful and diverse electro tracks, built by the acclaimed Slovenian producer also known as Umek. Following up on his “I Am Mensch” record released on Mechatronica last year, Zeta Reticula takes the listener on a light-speed journey from the earliest organic compounds, past the dazzling formation formation of life, between orbiting double stars – and finally into the unknown, stretching obscurely far-reaching parsec units
Zeta Reticula a.k.a. UMEK drops a dose of razor sharp electro, built in collaboration with mysterious co-producer Helga Neuer. Having released records under the electro-driven moniker for the past 18 years, Zeta Reticula continues to develop his unique soundscapes of harmonic electro bliss, cinematic chords and powerful, dynamic bass. From the A-side’s anthemic title track and moodier journey of Luminsferatu, to the trippy realms of Mimic To Appear and Cromat, I Am Mensch truly encapsulates the sound of Zeta Reticula, and carefully blends inspiration from past, present and future electro domains.
It has been 4 years since I made the last ‘review of the year …’ or ‘best of … ‘ list and it was not planned for 2017, but looking back at last year somehow the music scene shifted in a good way. From the music point of view, I think we are living better times now, we can see a revival of the old school electro and acid house, afrobeat is still hot, EBM is going strong.
Umek continues his Zeta Reticula series for Billy Nasty’s Electrix with ‘EP 6’. The bass-quaking ‘Reticulum’ opens the EP and the release instantly sparkles and explodes into electrofunk action, followed by ‘Solar Analogs’, like a ticking time bomb. ‘Rotating Protostellar Cloud’ heads up the B-side with its more Moroder / Kraftwerk era sound that’s epic and melodious, before ‘Circumstellar Debris Disk’ completes the quartet, with a flurrying filmatic soundscape approach.