You wake up black and blue, as you can observe in the puddle lying next to your face. You can’t see out of your right eye and your left eye’s not doing so great either, but it’s the only eye you’ve got for now. That strong astigmatism isn’t helping – it’s only intensifying the blur you see in this daze. This loud ringing feels like it’s hollowing out your skull and it’s just adding to the disorientation. All the lights off in the distance look like identical orbs to you, no matter how the bulbs are shaped or arranged.
It’s raining and it’s the beginning of winter so you’re feeling that chillingÂ breeze making its trekÂ through the stark scenery. You quite frankly have no idea what time it is because yourÂ Vacheron Constantin watch that you inherited as the family heirloom magically disappeared upon yourÂ arrival to consciousness – you check there first. You went to your pocket for your iPhone 6+ but hey, hey that’s gone, too. There’s a mist laying itself upon the dark earth, laden with brick and mortar. Your hearing starts to come back a bit, and the first thing you hear is this netherworld-like techno blaring from that club you last remember being in – you’re in the alley next to it. You get up and start trying to find any traces of who mugged you.
Cadya is the soundtrack to your vengeance. Check out Trensmat‘s SoundCloud preview of the EP below and see what you think of it. Cheers!
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Next we welcome Ireland's chief ambassador for the nastier side of techno, Sunil Sharpe, to the Trensmat frontline. One of the techno scene's standout djs Sunil has also been hurling out tracks on labels like Sheworks, Black Sun Records, Inner Surface and Violet Poison. His Earwiggle label has a character all of its own, his Tinfoil collaboration with DeFeKT has been making big noise this year, and now we have his first solo 12" in over two years.
Opening shot 'Jamm 1' has that unfortunate slash awesome quality that only the most paranoid and unhinged 4/4 machine music can possess. "Where am I? Can they hear this too? Have I gone too far?" If you answer "I don't know" to all three questions, chances are you are listening to this track at 4am in some lawless dystopian bunker and some serious life-choice reappraisal will have to be made when/if you wake up the following day. Truly wild atonal pulsing-turns-to-screaming over a frankly sadistic 6 minutes plus change that remains at various peak levels of intensity for the duration.
Next up 'Eyebrow' stubbornly ignores the incessant warning signal buzzing away from the console throughout. Though as the smoke rises and sparks start to fly it would be best practise to get the hell out of there and leave the machines to themselves - the hot swelling improv of melting circuits, knobs, and LEDs is worth sticking around for, whatever the risk. At about the 4:30 mark it finally starts to deteriorate irreversibly; the studio is a bubbling, malfunctioning mess - the warning signal gurgles to a halt and the rhythm box shorts out.
Needless to say, B opener 'Stitches' will not have you in stitches of the jolly sort - think instead along surgical lines. Razor sharp hats cut to the bone of an already strangled acid line, while just below the slashing some nameless aquatic monstrosity babbles orders at you in an unrecognisable tongue. Bit of a 'mare really.
For a closer, thankfully in 'Late Drift' we get the nearest thing to a breather you're going to get on this EP. The fear is constant but no jump scares, just a sinister wavering signal bobbing up to the surface every so often while almost imperceptible raspy biomechanical breathing is kept at bay behind the barbed top end percussion.
Not addressed in any of the above but worth mentioning before signing off - each of the above abominations contain enough deep kicking electrified thumps to successfully defibrillate the 2 day old carcass of a beached whale.
Jamm 1 (6:21)
Late Drift (5:22)
TR045, Oct 2014
Early support from: Ben Sims, Blawan, Truss, AnD, Lakker, Rebekah, Clouds, Bas Mooy, J Tijn, Svreca, Mr Jones, Marcel Heese, Ontal, Minimum Syndicat, Dave Tarrida, Lag, Tomohiko Sagae.
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