It’s round number 2 for the Kai Wachi – BTSM pairing. After the pounding success of last year’s “Tribal Gangs”, these two acts have teamed up for another massive collaboration. “The Craving” is a heartstopping electro banger with endless layers of synth work and a brutally sparse drop that leaves all the room for some earthshaking bass.
No room for paralyzing thoughts. Instead, there is just music. The body obeys only the bass rhythm pulsating through the room. That is what ravers talk about when they explain what synthetic club music means to them. This is exactly what Verbalizer is all about, the new album by Anthony Rother on his new label Nextdata.
The club is an abstract room. It is about letting yourself go. People break free, meet each other and the music becomes the common clock. At one point, Rother calls this process “the dramatic composition of ecstasy”, but cannot stop himself from grinning when he says this. “With Verbalizer, people are simply meant to have fun. I was standing in a club and suddenly felt the sound for this album.”
Verbalizer has a dynamising effect in the room, without diverting into the intellectual. It is the story, the moment and the dawning adventure of a dancing society, somewhere in this world. “I was looking for an expanding sound. Here, it was important how I drew this sound from the synthesizers in my studio so that in the process a force emerged that was able to make everything to do with the world and everyday life seem unimportant” says Rother, explaining the hedonistic approach of Verbalizer.
By nature, club tracks like these do without narrative content. Nevertheless, they make the hearer live – or better still, dance – through their very own story. “Some of my previous albums have a sophisticated concept. In contrast, Verbalizer changes the perspective completely: the content and what results from the album lies in the physical, the inexpressible.” In summary: Verbalizer – in order to understand, one should party the album.
Monday brings the release of Mutants 037 – a collaboration between EDM trio Partykillers and Bad Nelson.
First up is ‘Parygon’, which perfectly encapsulates the foursome’s distinct sound; arpeggiated synths, killer drum rolls, glitchy midlines and an electrifying riff.
Meanwhile, ‘Blow’, offers a distinctly darker and dirtier alternative as the Partykillers explain, “We were all conscious not to present two tracks that would tread on each others toes. ‘Blow’ is a force of nature for when the room is at its darkest and the strobes are working overtime.” (insert link to upload on EDM.com) This release is far from a one-dimensional affair; a grinding electro bass amongst breakdowns of emotive glory drives you along, and leaves you wanting more.
Coming off the heels of the widely successful “Legion,” Northend returns with his hot remix of Chris Ramos’ “Love in Your Eyes” feat. Juvon Taylor with supercharging intensity. With orchestral percussion scripted to a colorful synth arrangement, the breakdown features mutated guitars toppled with the lush vocal styling’s of Juvon. The drop takes control with a white-noise-bassline-distortion-frenzy capable of moving the crowd, the room, the building, and the cars parked down the street.
“When I first heard Marcus Azon’s vocal on YesYou’s “Frivolous Life” I thought I had to make my own version of it. I wanted to be big, to fill the room with energy when the drop comes, to have feeling and to be danceable as well. I love how it turned out, hope you’ll appreciate it too. Thank you YesYou and Marcus Azon for this beautiful piece of music!” – Vlad Lucan