Review: When Oliver Chapoy is in the mood to make dark and deranged electronic music, he slides into the Certain Creatures moniker and things suddenly turn rather nasty. His debut came a little while back on Styles Upon Styles, a wonderful independent label that has showcased the likes of Brendon Moeller and Archie Pelago, and the producer returns to the label with a buzzing LP. The eleven cuts on here are totally genreless, loosely bound together by gritty, hollow drum beats and grey-scaled atmospherics. Although tunes like "Passages" or "Je Est Un Autre" are driven forwards by an abstract idea of techno, the tunes never steer too closely to one style, and together make for an ideal listening experience with a twist. Moreover, the changes in energy from the beginning to the end are similar to the pace of a live set in a club. Dance to it, nod to it, listen to it - it's a deep and mesmerizing experience.
Review: "In music, phrygian mode is dissonant, dark, depressive and gloomy. Its use was even forbidden in classical Greece for centuries because it was considered pagan. The sound of phrygian mode is rather exotic..."
Following the excellent Lost Series (Part 1) and (Part 2), Frigio label founder Juanpablo is back, this time with a full five track mini-LP: Darkness gathers above the needle's edge as the Colombian artist delivers the shadow strewn The Hideout. Abstraction is balanced against dancefloor clout across this quintet of underworld electronics. Rhythms curve and bend, scattering into the blackened chasms of "Chrome Light" and "Shadow's Color," before resurfacing into the light of "Indumorg." The title piece burns with a slow intensity. Sinister coils of Acid drip, skies bruise and ash rains before "They Watching You" closes. Juanpablo's builds on his past releasing, melting the lines of Techno, House and Electro and remoulding genres and blurring styles. Eclipsed sounds from the centre of Spain.