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Mads Emil Nielsen isn’t lying when he titles this little 7” Percussion Loops: this record presents 4 of just that. Each piece takes an intricate drum pattern and swirls it around via a little bit of electronic synthesis, for simple but compelling results. 7” pressed to transparent red vinyl, in a limited edition of 100 copies. On the arbitrary label.

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Limited transparent red vinyl 7" on arbitrary. Edition of 100 copies.

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Percussion Loops by Mads Emil Nielsen
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 22 December 2015

Drum loops! Who doesn’t love drum loops? With just three days beckoning on Christmas, I ask you: who hasn’t bought their generic loved one a drum loop? On this record, Mads Emil Nielsen divvies up two sides of 7” with a healthy ratio of two to two drum loops, each offering a smattering of ricocheting, crackling and structureless percussion, occasionally abetted with a bit of the ol’ synth additive.

As far as comparative pointers go, what comes to mind first is Nicolas Jaar’s construction site ambient record ‘Pomegranates’, which used drums to punctuate long, meandering trails of drone or textural excess. Here, though, Nielsen’s compositions stand alone, rather than as narrative devices: “Distance” rumbles in the deep with a bit of industrial drone afterthought running through the background, recalling artists like Strie in its ability to sound like the national anthem for a city sewage system. “Unfold”, meanwhile, seems to attempt an onomatopoeic representation of its title, with drums furling outwards in an endless stream as little buttons of synth sound tiny alarms.

There’s something rather gripping about Nielsen’s experiments: they’re minimal, but they’re blustery, like a deep sleep you go in and out of every ten minutes.


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