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Elg - Vu Du Dome
Vu Du Dome
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Editions Gravats)
18,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Mutant troubadour Laurent Gerard a.k.a. Elg makes an ideal addition to the misfits at Editions Gravats with Vu Du Dome, a patently strange record resembling a sort of cryptic opera or the dramaturgy of a waking dream. Leading listeners up the garden path after the Mauve Zone [Nashazphone, 2016] album, the French-Belgian artist’s latest album feels like a stroll around a topiary maze at twilight on a warm night, with Elg acting as a spectral protagonist narrating/ranting in first person while a supporting cast including Catherine Hershey, Borja Flames and Ernest Bergez only make the trip more unfathomable.
Black Zone Myth Chant - Feng Shen
Black Zone Myth Chant
Feng Shen
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Editions Gravats)
16,99 €* 19,99 € -15%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
French freq, Max P aka Black Zone Myth Chant, presents the project’s most adventurous and urgent despatch yet, dosing with the unfathomably layered and immersive Feng Shen for Low Jack’s Editions Gravats. What was initially intended as a one-away project has now morphed into something powerfully undefinable and strangely affective over the course of two albums, Straight Cassette and Mane Thecel Phares, an EP and a mixtape, realising something of a butterfly effect feedback between the gestures of his strangely formed objects and their dilated reception by listeners around the world.For Feng Shen the artist gleaned inspiration from the struggles of the Sioux people, and their conscientious allies, against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in the United States in 2016, It’s an issue that resonated most with his music and the particular lines of philosophy he was reading before recording, particularly Axel Honneth’s reading of Frankfurt School leader, Max Horkheimer, asserting that: “The knowing subject and the object are mutually determined from the beginning by the social process of the cultivation of nature, the product of which is the history of the species as a whole.”In this sense, Black Zone Myth Chant uses his music on Feng Shen - meaning Wind Spirit - as a means to model methods of resolution between the physical and the spiritual, or opposing world views. Over the course of eight tracks he renders a phenomenal space where he can best describe the paradoxical, impossible physics of a psychedelic soul, by toying with the listener’s gauge of anticipation, perspective and temporality with a poetic clash of ideas lent from chopped & screwed hip hop, deep space new age electronics, and liminal club musics.It’s music which exists in two states at once, driving yet floating, as with the pull and push of pitched down voices and rolling rhythms in Their Love For You, or with impenetrable density of clarity in the layered dimensions of Kubara, following a line that binds kosmische and dancehall in Under Protest/Telos, to the polymetric harmonic swirl of War Paint (DAPL Resistance), and connects the heat-seeking techno impulses of Ideas In Action, to the centre-less ambient panorama of Feng Jing.
JiFlure - Extraits
12" | 2016 | EU | Original (Editions Gravats)
14,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Low Jack’s unpredictable Editions Gravats twist out gruff, grooving Extraits of texturhythmic sound art from Jean-François Plomb’s JiFlure installation, making up the french artist/plastician’s idiosyncratic début release.These are tightly coiled yet wickedly chaotic creations, gleaned from a jerry-rigged set-up of three compressed cardboard suitcases containing 4 x mechanical sanzas (Mbiras a.k.a. thumb pianos) built from circular saw blades and brochette spikes (metal skewers), all powered and excited by windscreen wiper motors and an array of homemade vibrators, mechanical drums, metronome and harmonica.The workshopped results are inarguably congo-ruous with what you’ll find outta Düsseldorf’s Diskant label, and also bear a striking resemblance with the ferric tang of Konono No.1’s thumb piano techno, yet they hail from a rather different artistic process altogether, which possibly shares more in common with Jeff Keen’s self-built sound blatz or Pierre Bastien’s mechanical instrument compositions.However, they all share a ruggedly rhythmic charge between them, one that relishes in the grit and infidelity of hypnotically repetitive, moiré-like pattern, and the friction of gear-grinding texture: something universally understood by DJs and dancers looking for ruder, unique styles to move mind and body.
Black Zone Myth Chant - Jimi W.
Black Zone Myth Chant
Jimi W.
12" | 2016 | EU | Original (Editions Gravats)
13,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Low Jack’s Gravats label returns with this limited vinyl-only LP featuring mind-smudging dancefloor edits of Black Zone Myth Chant’s Judgement Mixtape.Essentially hybridizing DJ Screw’s slompy psychedelia with the cosmic tang of Hieroglyphic Being, the five cuts on Jimi W explore heavy-lidded junctures of refractive, oily rhythms and warped chromatic vibes in a bow to ancient, mystic dance spirits and the enduring inspiration of 4th world, new age musicks.Homing in and expanding upon details of his deftly woven Judgement Mixtape tapestry, we’re offered a frayed flying carpet of ideas ready for the ‘floor, flipping from the frothing microtonal melody and mutant Ethio-jazz nudges of Reload Pain to the cranky cosmic bogle of Pitchblack on top, and carving across dimensions from the locked-in synth visions of Jail Love to our favourite, the percolated synth voices and tribal patter of Night Chicks - crisply edited by Low Jack - to the zippy steppers footwork of Zero to One.Excellent EP, highly recommended if you’re into Jamal Moss, Low Jack, DJ Screw or indeed Black Zone Myth Chant’s excellent Mane Thecel Phares album from last year.
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