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WarinD - New Ways
From the point industrial techno pandemic has sparked in Italy roughly around 2015 we've seen a plethora of never-before-seen produttori pop up out of nowhere and claim their place under the darkly shining sun of an underground scene. A massive influx of Italian artists and labels invaded Bandcamp seemingly in unison, churning out hours and hours of analog-sounding, direct, and uncharacteristically angry (as for Italians that is) bangers, virtually outperforming any other country in amount of published industrial techno material. With his first EP getting released in Oct 2015, Naples-based WarinD is undoubtedly been there at the rise of this current wave, building a name for himself by putting tracks out through personal eponymous imprint as well as making numerous appearances on other labels. And here's the fun fact—New Ways is the very first solo EP of his to get a vinyl treatment—courtesy of none other than Instruments Of Discipline, who themselves have been doing quite well at pulling an enviable talents together from all around the globe and embedding them into their roster.
If some producers grant the opener with a slow build up, here WarinD takes an exactly opposite route—from minute one the wailing synths torment each bit of audible spectrum alongside bluntly hammering kicks as the distantly reverberating, unintelligible voice murmurs its gloomy greetings; the foreground action never assumes respites longer than than few seconds of silence before the every element in disposal—including open hats and distorted, perpetually revolving acidic bassline—arise with a renewed strength, making Our Level a succession of harsh surges and a useful DJ tool which courteously lends itself to looping.
Wishing not to yield in intensity, the follower that assumes the name of the EP steps a few BPM points up and places a bet on a cybernetic arpeggio loop that seems to have hints of techno, electro and synthwave to it all at once, being intersected occasionally by a somewhat yearnful ambiance arcing aback while the stubborn 4/4 kicks, analogous open hats and roughly cut claps jolly cooperate with the arp at the front, which curiously gives the piece two distinctly opposing tones that somehow manage to bind together and create a single unit.
From the way ORIC starts, one couldn't be blamed for supposing that something otherworldly has managed to infiltrate the record for a good two-minutes time, because this is how long the infernal and abundantly distorted droning tones alongside the slowly creeping, uncanny oscillation beatlessly introduce this penultimate number, which in its second half injects a solid dose of pressure to the lows, enhancing the pummelling kicks to a point when the production carries over from energetic stimulation to aural destructivity, making such descriptive as "dystopian" seem almost mundane and half-hearted in comparison to sound environment hereby established.
How weird then would it be to close it off with some unfeignedly melancholic pads hooked to a digital piano, arranged just slightly off-time to improve upon a dramatic effect—yet this is precisely how Transfuz plays out for a good quarter of its length, here and there teasing the beat-eager ear with some fractured and toned down toms, before finally giving in to percussive elements altogether who in turn are swift to fully invade the scene in a most straightforward and unexpected manner possible; no unwanted surprises will arise from a common tact, heavily plodding kicks and previously encountered open hats, which will take it away for the remainder of the track.
To make a closing observation, in New Ways WarinD has considerately provided material paced at more common, dancefloor-friendly tempos ranging from 131 to 136 BPM, in contrast to some of his other works, some of which go as low as 108 and as high as 200 BPM.
Words by rhetor.
Release Type: EP
Release Date: 2 May 2018
Release Format: Digital • Vinyl
Record Label • Catalog: Instruments Of Discipline • IOD029