A treat for fans of cutting edge electronic music, this 12” EP sees minimalist artist Mark Fell and improvisational composer Rashad Becker re-working pieces from Sote’s brilliant Parallel Persia album from last year into new and thrilling shapes. Furthermore, it includes an exclusive non-album track from Sote himself. 

Limited Vinyl 12" £13.99 DIAG057

12" on Diagonal. Edition of 300 copies, mastered by Rashad Becker.

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Parallel Persia (Rashad Becker & Mark Fell Re-Works) by Sote
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8/10 Ant 14 May 2020

Sote’s recent ‘Parallel Persia’ album on Diagonal was (as ever from Ata Ebtekar) a striking, original work. Rashad Becker and Mark Fell, therefore, make excellent choices to rework cuts from that record - like Ebtekar, both have carved out remarkable, idiosyncratic niches within the realms of avant-garde electronic music with their ever-evolving, unique and highly distinctive voices/musical languages.

Rashad Becker’s ‘Pseudo Scholastic [Dramatic Reenactment]’ is not a remix, rather he’s constructed his vision of the piece from scratch. The seven vignette type parts that comprise the whole are like browsing the exhibits in an alien museum, viewing artefacts with geometries that would seem to defy any sort of Euclidean logic. These objects from an unknown civilization take on peculiar forms; liquid metal tesseracts/hypercubes with surfaces embossed with mutating holographic, iridescent decorations of ancient hieroglyphs and sacred geometries. 

In the centre of the re-work sandwich resides an original, non-album Sote track in ‘Artificial Neutrality’. Santur (Iranian hammered dulcimer) and Tar (Iranian double-chested plucked, long-necked lute) are reconfigured and remoulded in a dramatic, gripping piece that at its most intense feels like it could burst into flames.

Mark Fell’s psychoactive ‘Modality Transporter [Parallel Yorkshire]’ remix hogs the entire flipside, clocking in at just under twenty minutes of disorientating, sputtering, firecracker-like percussive mayhem and woozy stabs. By the end I dunno if I’m upside down, back to front, inside out or whaaaat??!?! Am I peeling myself off the floor or ceiling?




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