SO UNDERGROUND IT HURTS by V/A
For its fifth instalment (the fourth being a batch of tees - as seen on TV), ensemble once again presents you an EP that brings together an ensemble of allies from all over the place. Vinyl only, 300 copies comes with a paper zine and plenty more goodies and insights !The release kicks off with the gnarly 'Se7en', a polyrhythmic basement workout by Singapore’s multi-instrumentalist Kaye. Over the decades, he’s morphed across the performance spectrum from bands to dj'ing to live sets, blending everything from his trusty saxophone, to the EWI, vocoder, midi controllers, drum machines, analog synths and more. Part of the Darker Than Wax label, this track marks Kaye’s vinyl debut. Next up, ensemble's own Gratts locked himself up with Swedish producer NIBC to shed some light on 'Se7en'. 'Dwaalicht' is Dutch for marsh fire and perfectly describes the pair’s approach, as they brighten up the track with strings and lively Rhodes played by Aroma Pitch's Julius Richter. On the flipside, Berlin based Frenchman and friend of the family Juliano welcomes us with a muscular and groovy track straight from his NeukÃ¶lln studio. ‘Sud Sauer’ is his first outing to emerge on a label other than his own ‘That Place’ imprint. Last but not least, Toby Tobias and Gratts team up for ‘Obs Track’, their ode to The Observatory club in Saigon, where the the Brit and Belgian first met years ago. Cooked up in Toby’s Hackney basement studio, it’s an intense hardware affair that works as well in a warm-up set as during those early morning moments. In case you recognise the track, you may have caught DFA’s Marcus Marr dropping it in his BIS Show #847 nearly a year ago.