A new label is probably the last thing that electronic music needs right now, but seeing as it's a project run by Horizontal Ground's Szare, it's safe to say that it will be of greater interest than the average digital-only imprint. Judging on this first outing, it appears to be an outlet for the mysterious producer's more laid back work. The intro of "Medeleev" sees liquid sound effects, like a flowing river, morph into doomy dronescapes. Gradually, a half-heard vocal weaves its way to the foreground, becoming more distinct. While this atmospheric journey is taking place, Szare underpins it with a resonating, dubby bassline that eventually leads to a dreamlike outro. It's quite different to his tracky work for Horizontal Ground, but the same attention to detail and intricate approach applies.
The other contributor to this debut release is also worth paying attention to. Just 17 years old, Alex Coulton has made a track that many producers twice his age would struggle to create. Like Szare, Coulton favours a laid back approach on "Baraki," but thanks to the use of tough claps, brittle snares and some subtle filtering, it retains dance floor resonance. If there is one weak point in Coulton's production, it's that some of the drum sounds, especially those with a dubby tinge, lack a punch—but given that he still isn't old enough to visit the clubs where his track will be played, it's only a minor criticism.
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