RIYL: lo-fi house

Label: 100% Silk

Recently, an Oakland venue, by the name of the Ghost Ship, took far too many lives after a fire engulfed the place. 100% Silk‘s Golden Donna was the headlining act the night of that fire, and two 100% Silk artists, Cherushii and Nackt, were recently found among the dead. 100% Silk‘s going through a rough time right now, and it’s unclear as to how many more lives were taken too soon by this disaster. Basslines For Life is an EP by Buz Ludzha, released on 100% Silk, and it continues its tradition of bringing the experimental side of house and techno to the forefront of the conversation. Not to mention, showing your support for 100% Silk during this awful time could be of help to them. “Vibradreams,” the lone track for preview from their site, is a fuzzy, wonky, bass-driven (surprise) balearic-like house-esque track (I’m not too sure what to call this), which plays juxtaposition to Buzludzha – a Communist building on top of a chilly mountain. If you like “Vibradreams,” you’ll probably like the rest. Listen to “Vibradreams” below via the SoundCloud player and see what you think of it. RIP to the deceased at the Ghost Ship.

The Details

Buz Ludzha belongs to the “tape throb” lineage Andrew Morrison more prominently pioneers as The Cyclist, but filtered through an even more blasted, resinous speaker cone. His 2014 debut single on All City, Love Repetitive Rhythmics, traced the template but this newest EP, Basslines For Life, delivers on its title, going harder and stretching further into his unique splinter mode of wrecked EQ’s: grainy drum machinery, gain-streaked synths, decayed soul samples, motorik dancefloor manoeuvres in the dark. All four tracks are mixed hot and humid, swarming cassette textures churning over conveyor belts of blown-out bass, warehouse rhythm, and salvaged voice, jacking through body masses towards quaking systems you feel as much as hear. Communion demands desire; believe or be leaving. Black vinyl 12 inches with center labels designed by John Michael. Mastered by Eric Hanson.

Price $10

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