Recommended by us on 2nd March 2012.
The Positronium EP is the second release by Oubys on our Testtoon label. After releasing his Terra Incognita album last year, we felt that the Positronium II track on that album deserved a 12″ version of its own. The original Positronium II is an intense, almost psychedelic piece of electronic music, compatible even to dancefloors for DJ’s with open-minded ears and a taste for experiment. There was always a first part of the track that we did not include on the album, but which we always intended to release. So that’s why now, there’s the Positronium EP, featuring an incredible Substance remix on the A-side and an edit done by Oubys himself of Positronium II and the previously unreleased Positronium I on the B-side.
For the remix on the A-side, we gave Substance (known for his releases on the legendary Berlin label Chain Reaction and his work with Scion, as well as an internationally renown DJ) complete freedom to go into any direction he wanted to. He came up with an incredible, thundering version of Positronium II. Extremely dry and with an almost rocky feel, his remix references experimental Dubstep, but also the monotonous continuity of 80′s Dancehall productions. A deep and punishing bassline, reassembled and rejammed from the original track, combined with crisp, but almost saturated high tones and claps, give the remix an undeniable forward motion. Its diversity springs from the detailed production Substance applied here. A consuming and overpowering remix, that also signals a bit of a departure from his previous work.
The B-side opens with the unreleased Positronium I. This track is basically the prologue to Positronium II. It sets the mood and offers some explanation as to the wild and intense direction its sister track takes after a while. It plays with the same elements as the Positronium II track, but hints at a more subtle, even 80′s influenced musical context. Almost like a John Carpenter soundtrack in parts, it teases and tickles its way into the listener’s spectrum. Edited down from a live jam, Positronium I is the intro that Positronium II always deserved.
An edit of Positronium II, done by Oubys himself closes off the record. The edit has a stepping feel. A shorter, more compact interpretation of the original, all the basic elements are there, but they have been slightly reassembled. The soundscapes are subtly different as well. Given the fact that Oubys is very much a live electronic music act, this version shows the versatility of his playing and of the composed music.
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