V/A :: Dogma (Analogic Density)

With each record Analogic Density is further solidifying its position in the world of machine music. This latest shows flickers of other styles, abstract atmospherics for example, whilst vitrifying its hard and harsher sounds. A record of dark intentions with some soulful stirrings amidst the fury.

V/A :: Dogma (Analogic Density)

I’d a couple of mates round recently for drinks. We drank. Listened to records. Smoked too much and stayed up too late. Amidst my struggles to select the correct Spanish verb were some interesting points. One of my mates runs a record label, the other is a sound engineer. The latter felt that a imprint should have a singular sense of sounds, an audio signature that could be easily recognized. My other mate did not think that this was the way to go, that a spectrum of styles should be the raison d’etre. Personally I don’t have a preference, let the music do the talking.

Analogic Density, to date, has marked itself as a label with a preference. Techno is the sound. Their past releases and latest collection of tracks, Dogma, is proof of this. Past players are the backbone. Lowfreq77 gets the show on the road in aggressive form. 4/4 thump is infected with acrid 303 squawk in a track that recalls the heydays of Djax-Up-Beats or Plus 8. A new name to the imprint, Polygirl, burns with a similar intensity. Tight, hypnotic, loops are spun, bars bending in on themselves before thick lines of black acid cut in. The track has an unsettling quality, but the most disturbing work of the 12” comes from SOUR. Bitter bars are interspersed by breathy gasps, claps digging in. The finale two installments lower the ferocity. Labarome T.M.I.’s “White Dwarf On The Railway” is the most functional and formulaic of the compilation, straight-up techno. Roberto Figus’ “Acid Surroundings” is the opposite. Aquatic ambience. Echo and decay float through multiple layers as lonesome snares and heavy bass offer audio punctuation.

With each record Analogic Density is further solidifying its position in the world of machine music. This latest shows flickers of other styles, abstract atmospherics for example, whilst vitrifying its hard and harsher sounds. A record of dark intentions with some soulful stirrings amidst the fury.

Dogma is available on Analogic Density.

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