imagine if aphex twin made a record with vladislav delay in the late 90s... in fact, this sounds so much like both of those artists, that it might be tempting to write it off as derivative, were it not for the stellar song writing chops on display. this artist is the founder of planet mu, one of the more consistently interesting electronic labels of the last few decades. i'm a bit late to the party on this... by oh say 20 years or so... but, better late than never! this album is mostly upbeat and really nice dish doing music for your sunday afternoon. dickie dustpan type music, as my brother might say.
Fron RA: "In a recent interview with RBMA, Tzusing recounted the story of Dongfang Bubai, who hunts after the secrets of being a swordsman contained in a scroll, which instructs the practitioner to castrate himself to learn the art. Giving up power and masculinity to gain other powers appealed to Tzusing, who seems to have taken it to heart for his debut album: this is techno that is pummelling and fierce, but never burly or macho. It's as agile as the aspiring swordsman who inspired it."
i'm obsessed with compilations right now, and these recent ones from o.p.a.l. t.a.p.e.s. are stellar. i feel like the idea of not having enough good music to listen to in 2017 is like the thought of not having enough clean air to breathe or not having enough trees in one's surroundings. wait, i didn't mean for that metaphor to be about how we are destroying our planet. shit.
in a 2013 interview with juno, o.p.a.l. t.a.p.e.s. label boss stephen bishop is quoted saying, “We’re in a phase at the moment where techno and house and musical tropisms are just being blown apart by punks essentially,” Stephen muses, “by people who aren’t necessarily very good at composing music but who have got an intention and have got a heart and they just want to stab it in. I feel that.” ...let's dance.
i checked this out because it is on the same label as alex smoke's wraetlic record, which i think is choice. hilt is a banger of a record. the fifth tune on this record, synen, should make some summer party playlists. it reminds me of the penultimate track off of the last duck fight goose record, called horse. that is high praise indeed.