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Prolific French producer Umwelt releases his first recordings for VOITAX. Ecopoiesis is a 5-track EP on which the Rave or Die/New Flesh Records founder mixes a widescreen opener, melodic electro, techno-infused electro, 303 action and some vicious bass, all geared towards the dancefloor. 12” on VOITAX.

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5-track 12" EP on VOITAX.

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Ecopoiesis by Umwelt
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8/10 Ant 27 February 2019

Prolific French producer Umwelt swiftly follows his appearance on the ‘Directors Cut 01’ EP on VOITAX with a fine five-track EP for the label. If you’re yet to hear this artists music then this could be a great place to begin as it’s a great example of his signature distorted, dark and melancholic, futuristic electro/techno sound. Likewise, if you’re already a devotee then there’s plenty to satisfy here.

Things begin with title cut ‘Ecopoiesis’ which refers to the origin of an ecosystem. In this case it feels as though we’re hovering in space, right after the big bang, observing the birth of stars and planets. Layers of icy synth hover over deep fuzzy low end that’s seething with tension - all coming together with sparse drum machine for a transportive, interstellar opening cut. ‘Frameshift Mutation’ is what Kraftwerk might sound like had they turned to the darkside of the force. A neck-snapping, deep fried crispy electro bomb with menacing bassline and razor sharp 808 action. ‘Faceless Power’ increases the dirt levels somewhat with its filthy EBM compatible groove. The twisted, knotted, gnarled bassline is gloriously vicious but tamed by an eerie synth melody that sends the whole thing snaking and quivering into the shadows.

Over on the flipside ‘Breakaway’ is rougher still, bringing an unhinged raw energy where he’s pushing things beyond the red and deploying distorted kick drums that almost feel threatening, like a herd of rhinos charging out of the speakers to trample you to death and snares so sharp they’ve mutated into deadly ninja stars flying out of the speakers. Spectral acid creeper ‘Endless Blackness’ closes the EP in fine style with some killer 303 tweaking over a beautifully bleak bassline.

Fat-free, super lean EP. All hail Umwelt.


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