Demdike Stare – Wonderland
Demdike Stare – Sourcer [Modern Love]
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LOVE105 | Wonderland
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Demdike Stare return with their first album since 2012’s Elemental, a feral, loose-limbed and angular rave odyssey wrecking Dancehall and Jungle templates via found sounds, Ambient and exotic spaces.
Wonderland plays the full breadth of the duo’s wide open aesthetic, taking their Testpressing series of dancefloor lashes – issued on 12” between 2013-2015 – as the diving board for an innovative, reverie-like album forming a parallel dancefloor narrative where the spirits of mid ‘90s jungle and digital dancehall are made plasmic, malleable, and syncretised with industrial and ambient techno sound design.
Rooted in record collecting and the art of DJing, and in line with Demdike’s atypical style and pattern, Wonderland veers across styles and temporalities, forming wormholes between Hardstyle and submerged jungle in the curtain-raiser, Curzon, and going in like Slimzee slicing up grime dubs with jungle in the crackden atmosphere of Animal Style, whereas the eleven minute Hardnoise catches them at full stretch, tumbling from head-rinsing noise to a dank, sublow techno mission framed by unsettling ambience somewhere between Prurient’s Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement episodes and a mutant variant of classic Exotica, before coughing you up someplace else.
At the album’s epicentre, FullEdge (eMpty-40 Mix) obliterates distinctions between dancehall and techno as you’ve never heard, an edit that re-laces their formerly mutually exclusive ligature in a belly-tightening and brilliantly messed-up new mutation, before Sourcer prangs out like a cyborg calibrating itself to ragga jungle arrhythmia, and the psychoacoustic nose drip of Fridge Challenge dissipates into the ‘static thizz of Overstaying at the LP’s perimeter, like some DJ Sprinkles cut paused at mid-flow and delayed, re-shaped into a tense burner.
It’s probably the most enjoyable and loose-limbed hour of music in their catalogue, or that you’ll likely hear in these weird, angst-ridden times.
Demdike Stare – Hardnoise
Demdike Stare – Wonderland
Modern Love – LOVE105
2 × Vinyl, LP
17 Nov 2016
Experimental, Abstract, Ambient, Dark Ambient, Drone, Dub Techno, Deep Techno
A2 Animal Style
C2 FullEdge (eMpTy-40 Mix)
D1 Airborne Latency
D2 Fridge Challenge
Written, Produced – Demdike Stare
Compiled, Sequenced – Shlom
Lacquer Cut – Matt
Lacquer Cut At Alchemy Mastering
Artwork @ Modern love
Copyright (c) Modern Love
Phonographic Copyright (p) Modern Love
Distributed – Boomkat
Standard black edition
MODERN LOVE 2016