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Playground Records introduces its 7th launch with the second delivery from Le Freak Selector, an ode to technologic activism and hacker culture in its dancing version. An hybrid of ryhtm and sounds hard to classify. Inspired by Julian Assange.
Canguroo Virus starts with the warmth of a funky keyboard and Rhodes sound. With its toms’ drums and lurky shakers, it gets everything settled for a take off on pure snares and expansive claps, which together with a pushing electric bass build a groovy whole, quite afro yet never leaving its tech note aside.
Bass Monster follows the saga with the same concept of shiny sounds in constant groove, this time with minimalist elements ; the twisted low modulations multiply, open up and crossover, going forward like a monster who opens the land as it moves, the melody of a Moog Sub37 sharp timbres makes the whole take tones of epic nostalgia.
Mr. Robot starts with a wall knocking down kick, a drummy fat house that goes up and down and iterates constantly as it asks : do you remember ?
Anonymous is a manifest of rebel action in dub tone, with hitches of Jamaican soundsystem, but with the alienation of big cities. Let’s include the acapella for the remixing piracy.
Japa Rama is house music with ethnic tones for a spiritual closure that drives us towards a meditative dance in electronic abduction.
Japa: meditate through the repetition of a mantra.
Rama: name or mantra that represents the Love of God.
The remixes for this great release are breathtaking. Manuel Sahagun delivers a good funky house, remixing Canguroo Virus. Emphasizing its keyboards original groove and standing on a cadency MS-20 bassline with a big tone, to then succumb in drums that drop and stumble, narcotized in reverbs and delays, the timestretch makes them go from organic and gummy to metallic and flinching, in a trip which however never looses minimalist elegance.
Finally, Freaky Bass Monster gets happy and partying remix from the Spanish Marcos In Dub with TR606 drums that constantly push ahead while a modulation of his Roland Mc202 thickens, twitches, spills until it bonds again, coming and going from a melody that never stops inviting you to dance, irresistible.
And another serious one, a steamroller of low modulations and demolishing kicks by the infallible Blax Draft.
released March 28, 2017
Composed, produced, recorded & mixed: Martin Nardone
Special Guests: Ravi Ram & Manu Om
Remixes: Marcos In Dub, Manuel Sahagun, Blax Draft
Label: Playground Records
Art: Victoria Zaffari
Mastering: Javier Ferreira