Abjective :: Diamagnetic Levitation (Detroit Underground)

Diamagnetic Levitation is an exp-electronic focal point of magnetic sounds that culminate to form a tangible and minimalistic detour through IDM’s early (and finer) days.

Vadim Pantin’s Abjective moniker was established about 8-years ago—a visceral undertaking that blends articulated / modular electronics, raw rhythmic bits, and fractured melodic notes. With previous collaboration alongside notable acts such as Richard Devine, Nills Frahm, Weldroid, Bibio, Plaid, Ochre, Larsp, EyeScream, Fizzarum, and others, Diamagnetic Levitation stands firmly on its own two feet. The brunt of this 8-piece album is pure electronic noodling at its finest.

The title track veers into exposed guitar smatterings intersecting with glitch-tangled mood swings. Calmer points of reference can be found on “Angular Minite (vrs.2.5)”—a microscopic foray into subterranean glitch fields. 8-bit squabbles explode on “Bionic Control Module” where video-game mechanics are punctuated by percussive jolts to the brain. There certainly is an ebb and flow throughout the artists’ sonic depiction of intelligent electronic listening music without borders. “Immersion” offers tranquilized blips and bleeps, ambient flutter, and delicate keys to round off the unusual exploration. Shifting electrons and R2-D2 audio architecture, “The Mistral” is a blissful expansion that radiates atmospheric debris and dust. The crispier, beat-centric moments are where we find Diamagnetic Levitation soaring—the brittle bumps and disjointed rhythms on “Nibiru V2” hark back to the late 90s where labels like Worm Interface, Kracfive, and Neo Ouija nurtured a new breed of IDM sculptors. “Pushing Chaos (pulsar modulo edit V2)” and “Synthetic Nucleon”—sounding off as distant cousins—deliver casual pitter-patter melodics counteracted by sheared percussion, off-center voices, and arcane noises.

In all, Diamagnetic Levitation is an exp-electronic focal point of magnetic sounds that culminate to form a tangible and minimalistic detour through IDM’s early (and finer) days.

Diamagnetic Levitation is available on Detroit Underground.

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