/ Monad XVI [SAM016] Rrose

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Opener ‘Onceless’ is a nine-minute coalescence of the aural narrative of Apocalypse Now. Running throughout is an incessant buzzing, more helicopter and plane than the label’s favourite bees. From this mechanical source emerges aneerie tribal drumming, slowly bringing the dissonance to a chilling conclusion. ‘The Stare’ begins as optimistically as ‘Onceless’ seemed pessimistic: a beautiful bass drum induces a whirring repeat. This repeat, however, begins to suffocate, absorbing the drum in a slide towards more mechanical disorientation. ‘Kneeling’ is an amalgam of hi-end loops, the master sampler for a 1980s ‘computer sound’ film stock. The tone is brought back from the electronic precipice by a more verdant perspective in the middle minutes. ‘Wet Silk Will’ has a greater jut than its predecessors, breathing and striding in a human form. Yet while it pursues this more human resolve, it certainly retains the EP’s signature pursuit of determined, electronic force.

  • The Wire Been loving what Rrose has done to date and these sound similarly great.
  • Philip Sherburne Sounding wonderful - I love the way 'The Stare' unravels at the end, and I love the groove of 'Wet Silk Will'.
Will spend some more time with these.
  • Juno Plus Like all that take part in Monad, Rrose delves into the conceptual non-dancefloor aesthetic of the series with the bleepy, low-end ambience of “Kneeling”, while also carving three slabs of the tasteful big room techno in the vein of vintage Plastikman.
  • Groove Another outstanding release from Rrose. Full support.
  • Trax This one sounds quite paranoid as a whole, though I am really into 'Onceless'. 'Wet Silk Will' is very intriguing, strange beats and rhythm, progression is sick. Deep analog.
  • Tommy Four Seven Thanks Rrose exists. One of the best releases this year.
  • RØdhad Super stuff from Rrose. Full support.
  • Norman Nodge Freestyle techno at its best. Not for happy festival floors. Will watch out for the 12".
  • Pfirter Great stuff. 'The Stare' is the one that will get most of the playtime during my sets, but very nice sounds all over, especially on 'Wet Silk Will'. Support.