I had hoped that Referéndum might represent Hospital Productions long-awaited commentary on David Cameron’s EU referendum, but upon listening it doesn’t seem to be. Instead, Exoteric Continent brings some potent noise techno into play, the material previously put out as two tapes but now brought together on an LP.
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 02 July 2015
This is the first slab of wax from Barcelona’s Arnau Sala Saez as Exoteric Continent and it collects nine tracks originally released over two cassette volumes on Hospital Productions.
‘Percentage’ despite some of the harsher sounds has a blissed stoned dubby throb guiding us through an exploration into the intersection of noise/ power electronics and techno via the school of Pan Sonic. ‘Posicions’ has a lovely synth that evokes the melancholy of Alessandro Cortini’s ‘Forse’ works. Again some harsh edges on the surface but overall it’s just a lovely piece of introspective, highly evocative, raw electronic music. ‘L'altre costat’ is a short symphony of panic bleeps, gnarly grumbling bass and zapping pulses that despite it’s short duration managed to take me somewhere else.‘Transició combines meditation like bells and unsettling warping electronic interference-- like some Tibetan space ritual being transmitted to distant planets via shortwave radio. ‘Definició D'Estat’ closes side/ volume one, bringing some steady, deep droning techno action.
‘Territori’ sets the mood for side/ volume two with a big paranoia inducing synth-scape before lunging into the records most club/ dancefloor friendly track; the midnight techno shuffler ‘La mirada llarga’. Great track but there’s this deranged hi-pitched loop at various points that has the potential to cause me future irritation. I’ll let him off the hook though because it gets right groovy when the squelchy acid begins bubbling away. Then things get nicely weird over the final two tracks; the fractured rhythms of tumbling broken drums and swelling synths of ‘Agrupació Civil’ creating a welcome floating/ hovering sensation.
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