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|07 December 2016||
Mørbeck and Under Black Helmet - Where The Wild Things Are
Over the past three years, Mørbeck's imprint Code Is Law established itself as a faultlessly delivering go-to for imaginative techno with admixtures of electro, house and EBM - all in the right amounts. At this point in label's history we can surely say that there is such a thing as a Code Is Law signature sound, as its artists produce works almost as a unanimous hive mind, having an exact idea of how the label's output should sound, which isn't really something one can say about most labels.
In a gorgeous opening composition Travel In Mind, paced at 130 BPM, undemanding 4/4 kicks run aside the mid-to-low, moderately acidic 16/16 bassline loop that by times springs out into higher ranges, as cinematic strings grace the spectrum along with successively pitching bits of choral singing, engaging melodies, open 4/4 hats, and theremin-sounding synths; the citations from H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds enhance the dramatic impact of the scene, reminding us of existential fragility. Where The Wild Things Are is a straight-to-the-club piece that runs at the same tempo, with rude and confounded layers of pads, hefty 4/4 kicks, abrasively sweeping bands, multiple sets of open, dry, metallic hats, and craftily messed up vocals turned into loops, which are placed in the single break of the track; it ends Mørbeck's contribution to the split and gives way to Under Black Helmet's offering. EBM-leaning number Staring Into Yellow Eyes elevates 3 BPM points up, making the listener an earwitness to a back-and-forth argument between the high and lower range stabs which goes on while thudding 4/4 kicks run under an arpeggiated bassline going at double speed, half-bar shifted, open 4/4 hats, and panning washes of soft noise. Misbehavior speeds up to 135 BPM, making use of sharp kicks, widely open and sandy, densely arranged sets of hats, syncopated arrays of claps, resonantly whispering, short vocal loops, unyielding, resolute pads and a melancholic, mourning ambient field that rises up every now and then.
Release Type: EP
Release Date: 7 December 2016
Release Format: Digital ● Vinyl
Record Label ● Catalog: Code Is Law ● CODEISLAW012