12” Vinyl limited to 500 copies. A new year, and the dread continues to build from London’s Blackest Ever Black. A logical step from Felix K’s darkened techno and drum and bass through his own Hidden Hawaii imprint. the EP centers around the 17 minute long title track, a dense textural piece sucking you into late night underground city scapes.
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It’s an easy step to move from techy DnB to dark ambient. Simply remove the kick drum.
That appears to be brooding Berliner Felix K’s strategy anyway, with his latest 12” Tragedy of the Commons on Blackest Ever Black sporting a 17 minute long drone epic birthed from a postclub wasteland. Mix 50 parts reverb, 30 parts unsettling shuffle noises, 15 parts minor synth loop and a meagre 5 parts 4/4 tempo and you get 100 parts. 100 bleak and shrouded parts that together make up side A and presumably personify a night skulking around the outskirts of Berghain because das bouncer didn’t like that shiny patch on your left trainer. I think that’s just jealousy born of bitterness from never having been to Berghain though. Nevertheless, it’s a good exercise in making creepy noisescapes but still leaves something to be desired - the sound design seems almost too obvious. On to the flip.
There’s a cautious, steady beat that accompanies the smoky dust of Felix’s ambience on B1 ‘Silent Money’ that, along with some more defined reverberation and a dubby bass, brings something much more tantalising to the table. The trend of the EP continues as the sounds coalesce from murk to more beat-driven during Omar Anxiety’s remix of ‘Fundamentals’, a clanky moody techno roller that needs to be played with a large sub or nothing at all. I just know there’s some sweet frequency warping going on down there, but it’s only just perceptible. Anyway, overall a good dark drifty technoish release, but unfortunately a well trodden path by now.
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