This split 12” is part of the 50Weapons label’s final series of 11 records, and pairs up producer Anstam with Robert Henke’s Monolake project. Ever conceptually bold, Henke’s track VT-100 was made with a LinnDrum and nothing more, whereas Anstam’s Dolores is a lovely experimental blast. 180g 12”.
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Haven’t heard much Anstam for a while, and the brooding beats of the A side of this latest 50Weapons 12” are asking me why. There is no answer to your question, oh sentient plastic disc. Laziness? Probably. In other news, the 50Weapons crew have almost made it to their target, this one being no. 46. Don’t worry, just 4 more to go.
Anstam conjures some proper gloom here, his contribution ‘Dolores’ sounding a little like Dracula playing on an MPC with Dr Evil on the harp. There are some clattering drums playing an easy tempo that catapult off into the void on a wave of echo, pure dahrkness. This ain’t just for the goth prom though, as Ableton collaborator/creator Monolake takes things downstairs on a tour of the skeletal closet, and in case you didn’t know, skeletons LOVE to dance. A shuffly kick pattern melds with malfunctioning software synths and granulated, stretched audio to create some nightmarish techno that’ll have you grooving in your grave. Some horror strings make a brief appearance, before a cavernous rim shot enters near the end to play off some sparse bleeps and bass grunts. Nice.
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