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Here’s a very peculiar split tape from Dour Tonic Input and DJ Votive, designed as a “beat tape” it’s intended to be the starting point for further projects, throwing out a series of engaging rhythmic passages which all owe a debt to the Indonesian gong troupe style known as the gamelan.
Dour Tonic Input is himself from Yogyakarta in Indonesia and mixes up the strange pings and chimes of the gamelan with rough-and-ready cut and paste hip-hop in a series of nine Madlib-meets-Sun City Girls miniatures whose lo-fi sampledelic charms and thudding bass are perfectly suited to the cassette format.
DJ Votive’s contribution on the other side is a single lengthy piece, Dead Roads, which takes a much less beaty approach in places, instead focusing on slowly shifting synth drones, crackling distoto-rumbles and disembodied wisps of floaty reverbed vocals, with the fluttering, indistinct rhythms poking out from the morass like an afterthought, while elsewhere a steady flickering beat underpins a dizzying spacescape of samples speeding up and slowing down. Lots of mind-alteringly weird noises going on all over this tape, basically.
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