Danny Skripp - The Origin (2017)
Tags: #experimentaltechno #experimentalelectronica
Danny Skripp is another shining talent from Ukraine, based in the city of Kharkiv. Being an emerging artist, not too much information is available online, although he has already released over 10 EPs alongside this album.
Much more importantly, through my research, I found that Danny and his partner are in a dire situation. Skripp suffers from a severe health issue that currently keeps him in bed and in need of surgery. On top of that, his wife has been hit with anxiety and depression, coming from a combination of Skripp's condition and the war. They have no financial means to improve the situation.
Luckily, there is a way to help them: His label, Wunderblock - which is Russian, will funnel sales from this album directly to him and has also donated all their earnings from the most recent Bandcamp Friday. Read more about it here, or go directly to purchase the album here.
This album that Skripp has put together is a real gem. It starts deep and ambient on the track 'Push,' which features dark, thundering bass frequencies and, halfway through, mesmerizing hi-hats and super long synth pads.
'Now - Original Mix' introduces the first drum programming of the album, a shuffling beat to accompany the brooding basslines and bleak synth notes. Slow-burning and powerful.
However, the broodiness of that track is nothing compared to what we hear in 'Round - Original Mix' that comes next. Turn down the bass on this one to prevent your speaker bass units from vibrating themselves apart. Ultra-deep bass here; consider yourself warned.
Next, 'Circular - Original Mix' increases the tempo. An experimental techno track built around a drumbeat similar to the sound of a freight train. It creates an intensive, almost extreme sound that gradually increases momentum throughout the 8-minute track. If taken out of the album's context, I might have written it off as simply too unnerving, but here it just fits. Can a track be deep when also super loud and noisy? I guess so because this one is.
My highlight of the album is the title track 'The Origin,' in both the 'Original Mix' and 'Wunderblock NoEvolutionDub'. It has a grainy, dubby feel coming from some laid-back noise samples, which are then combined with an abstract kickdrum that works well. The dubby qualities are accented in the dub mix and slowly build over almost 7 minutes. Intense.
The album closes with a real belter: 'Today' in an 'Arcuation Dub', by Arcuation - an artist I did now know about but will follow from now on. In Arcuation's hands, the track becomes a massively reverberating wall of sound that immerses you entirely.
As mentioned, the label behind the album is called Wunderblock Records and is situated in Russia, more specifically, the capital city of Moscow. Known as a highly experimental techno label, it was founded in 2013 by Michael Teploff and Vladimir Kochenov, both of whom are highly productive electronic music artists themselves.
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