Fragil Musique, a relatively new French label pairing fresh faces with pro remixers (Bodycode and San Proper have jumped on board recent releases) and gorgeous sleeve desgin, promises music that is both deep and trippy. The label's latest, from Parisian duo Society Of Silence, seeks the precise intersection of the two.
On "Kulp," Society Of Silence taps into the sort of sparse, sandpapery sound world that techno producers couldn't get enough of before deep house took over: micro-explosions of dub bubble up from churning drum machines that sound like they took years to get just right. We've heard this sort of obsessive subtlety before, of course, but the fact that the duo seeks trippiness in the details isn't really the issue. "Kulp" instead falls short from meandering: nice second-half reset aside, we're picked up and dropped off at more or less the same spot and feel dishearteningly unchanged by the journey.
Norm Talley's remix trims the fat off the already svelte original and then layers in some richness of his own—a pork belly of bassline, grooving with forceful reserve beneath snappy cymbals. Though it makes for a more sumptuous—and deep—trip than the original, it remains reduced and a little loopy, the kind of track whose meaning can really only be spun out on a thoroughly zoned-in dance floor.
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