RIYL: the Raster-Noton canon

Label: Umor Rex

México City label, Umor Rex, has released yet another oddity in the form of Berlin duo Driftmachine’s Colliding Contours. This could be considered a modular synthesis odyssey. Back in the day, making electronic music was no simple task. With the advent of analog synthesis, the process became much more user-friendly. An analog synthesizer is one resembling a keyboard while a modular synthesizer is something you need to manipulate via swapping cords from port to port to alter the shape of a continuous sound wave. Today, you’re seeing more and more artists opt for the modular route due to how inherently gritty it is. Colliding Contours is a seedy stroll through a dark alley supplemented by, as Umor Rex put it, “obsessive bass-structures.” It straddles the lines between dub, techno (along with its industrial variant) and drone. You can listen to two full songs from Colliding Contours below via the Bandcamp player and a full preview by clicking here – see what you think of it all. Cheers!

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LTD of 500 copies packaged in an uncoated stock jacket with double sided insert, black inner sleeve, and free DL code.


Berlin-based duo Driftmachine returns with another striking piece of music. “Colliding Contours” is a shape-shifting album made from kosmische, dub, Industrial and Avant-garde elements. It’s all held together by tense grooves and a post-club, eerie electronic atmosphere.

The latest work of Driftmachine offers a complex dialogue between genres and music styles, transcending the familiar by generating a peculiar mood through its unique take on modular synthesis and its obsessive bass-structures and detailed rhythmic patterns. Within the haunted electronic spaces of “Colliding Contours” one can find a geometry made of dub, jazz and industrial techno lines, intersecting at ominous intervals; an unsettling companion for a late night trip or a tangled state of mind.

The album opens with “Radiations”, a crawling piece with a slow rebound of electronic shocks fractioning into echoes and reverberations which could be heard as an initial dialogue between operator and machine (an idea Driftmachine formerly explored in their “Eis Heauton” EP). “Sans Soleil”, the second cut, introduces the perpetual motion sound sculptures that will be prevalent throughout the rest of the album. Terminal velocity is achieved as they hit the mark inside “Observant Sirens”, where the hard shapes drawn between the ‘riddim’ and the bass reveal the signature style of Driftmachine (formulated in their debut LP “Nocturnes”). Going up and down, with longer suites of meticulous, systematic assembly and darker dub patterns, we reach “Gaukelwerk” diving deep into cosmic space, followed by “Dogov Godov“ and its heavy post – industrial steps which are contrasted by ethereal layers of analog oscillation. With “Colliding Contours” Driftmachine, the duo comprised of Andreas Gerth (Tied & Tickled Trio) and Florian Zimmer (Saroos), have built an exhilarating new vehicle to deliver their vision. Go deep into the elegant menace of their sound through the unpredictability of modular synthesis.
releases May 6, 2016

All songs produced by Andreas Gerth & Florian Zimmer, Berlin 2015
Josef Linschinger: keyboard on Radiatons
Mastered by John Tejada
Artwork by Daniel Castrejon

Price $18

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