V/A :: No Return Vol.1 (Return to Disorder)

The frosty electronics of Dmitry Distant are perfectly balanced with Neud Photo alongside the warmer currents of Anton Miaovvi. A cracking compilation and a perfect introduction to an imprint run by Hamburg’s hottest export.

Helena Hauff’s climbing of the electronic ladder has been nothing but astounding. From being an unknown DJ in quite an unheard of club the Hamburg selector has become a major name and even has her own show on BBC Radio 1. Behind this rise in popularity, behind the Soundcloud listens and the Facebook fans, sits a label founded by the well respected mix-mistress, a label that has remained outside the limelight but deserves greater consideration.

Return to Disorder was set up two years back and has straddled disparate sounds. Sharp and angular electronics has been carved by Umwelt, techno distain bruised by Fallbeil and Morah with synth wave and rock cut by Hauff’s own band Children of Leir (can’t beat the Irish folklore.) The latest 12” is a cross section of the imprint’s endeavors to date. Opening the three tracker is Latvia’s premier electronic export, Dmitry Distant, and his cold wave electro style is plain to hear in “El Carmel.” Bass bubbles with a liquid texture as swirling chords circle in a work that resonates with an inhuman distance. Neud Photo follows, adopting some of those frigid tones of his predecessor whilst adding a warmer synth edge. Fresh from his recent outing on Pinkman’s Charlois as INTRZN, the NY artist layers meandering lines, smoke like bars, on crisp clean beats. The track has a very nocturnal feel to it, cruising synthwork with just a touch of menace for bite. Temperatures rise to their highest level. “The Dig” closes the compilation with a flourish. Anton Miaovvi, known for his undying love for all things soundtrack, whisks you away to a place of ancient threat, of looming evil and overarching intrigue. Big, broad and daring keys are met by an implacable mark of beats for a track that brims with cinematic grandeur and is guaranteed to wreck a dancefloor.

For those trying to get an idea of what Return to Disorder is about, you’ve just been given an audio guide. No Return Vol.1 outlines what Helena Hauff is trying to do with her label. The frosty electronics of Dmitry Distant are perfectly balanced with Neud Photo alongside the warmer currents of Anton Miaovvi. A cracking compilation and a perfect introduction to an imprint run by Hamburg’s hottest export.

No Return Vol.1 is available on Return To Disorder. [Purchase]

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