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Rebekah - Code Black EP
Mysterious techno act known as Rebekah rendered rather prolific in the past couple of years, releasing as many as 9 EPs between 2015 and 2016, with numerous remixes and one-track contributions on Sleaze, Mord, Corresponding Positions, etc. Code Black makes her third solo appearance on Soma, which allows us to assume that Rebekah put roots into this long-running UK imprint for good, joining the circle of label's regulars.
Titular piece, paced at 129 BPM, opens with hefty, thudding 4/4 kicks, half-bar shifted, sandy 4/4 hats, and a chilly stab loop that run every 16 bars; next come dry claps, another set of open 4/4 hats, panning, soft-noise-shaped bands, and an ever-present, deeply melancholic, subtly oscillating detuned bassline. Relapse Paradigm elevates to 132 BPM, making use of jumpy, sharper 4/4 kicks, revolving layers of bands running at double speed, clanking, branching 4/4 stabs, roaring pads that casually travel through channels, arrhythmic bleeps, and scattered, rhythmic minutiae that contribute to the track's output of energy. Sci-Fi-inspired number X Confessions stays on the tempo, utilizing softer, slightly muffled kicks, panning, short 16/4 bands, indifferent, densely put together stabs, seldom appearances of claps, and incessant, atonal, arpeggiating bassline; in runs for 5 straight minutes without breaks, before making a short, 20-second pit stop, giving up all elements except bassline and low-range oscillation, and bringing them back again for the last minute of the track.
Release Type: EP
Release Date: 12 December 2016
Release Format: Digital
Record Label ● Catalog: Soma ● SOMA475D