out now: Nicolas Bougaïeff – The Upward Spiral [Mute]

 

Artist:
Nicolas Bougaïeff

 

Title:
The Upward Spiral

 

Label:
Mute

 

Cat#:
STUMM451

 

Release Date:
24th July 2020

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Embrace Hope All Ye Who Enter Here

02.
Thalassophobia

03.
The Upward Spiral

04.
Inexadorable

05.
Nexus

06.
Flying High

07.
Positive Altitude

08.
Inward Megalith

09.
Listen Carefully To The Heart Beat

 

Press Info:
Berlin-based producer and artist, Nicolas Bougaïeff has announced details of his debut album for Mute, The Upward Spiral – out on vinyl and digitally on 24 July 2020.

Listen to the first track launched, ‘Thalassophobia’, whose nosebleed kicks and synth bleeps betray the track’s deeper meaning: “It’s about looking inwards. It’s a Greek word that means fear of depth, actually literally it’s fear of water, but it’s the fear of unfathomable depths,” he explains. “I’m pointing to the fear of depths; both literal and metaphorical. It’s a beautiful word that has attracted me going back years.”

On his new album, Bougaïeff reframes familiar tropes for his own mind-expanding vision of body music. Punishing industrial techno charges the album at surface level with beautiful-meets-bleak energy. But peel back the layers of brash ferocity, and there’s a hell of a lot more going on than first meets the ear. The culmination of years of hard work, Bougaïeff grew the album from the seeds of a bespoke composition technique; a carefully thought-out studio experiment in how to bend a love of techno into innovative new shapes.

Across nine metallic misadventures, which Bougaïeff describes as “little open scores”, he blitzes drum patterns and sharp synthwork into a satisfyingly effective blend. Intricate rhythmic structures lurk beneath the “strawberry jam” of the surface aesthetics. This rhythmic illusion seeps into every crevice of a record that brings a slice of academia to the rave.

On the creeping mutation of ‘Nexus’, gabber, IDM and drum ‘n’ bass collide. ‘Flying High’ soars with bright melody, taking the ear to new places while taking the form of an ambient trance shapeshifter with echoes of martial drumming and ‘Positive Altitude’ picks up where the previous track left off, but goes even deeper into hard, hypnotic trance. Distortion rusts at the corners of ‘Inward Megalith’, while the title track takes the minimal route. ‘Inexadorable’ is the most unrelenting and sinister-sounding track on the record, except Bougaïeff’s intentions for the album sing to the tune of optimism and commitment rather than nihilism and destruction.

This new album continues his decades-long love of club music, a love that has compelled Bougaïeff to challenge conventional wisdom, delivering genre-busting Berghain sets that expertly blend French-Canadian hip-hop with Tchaikovsky, moody techno and ambient. Launching his debut record as a producer in 2013, the Movements EP with Max Cooper, Bougaïeff has since put out a string of singles on labels including minimal techno imprint Trapez and an EP on novamute in 2017, Cognitive Resonance.

 

Listen:
sooon

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Thalassophobia”

“Nexus”

 

Videos:
“Thalassophobia”

“Nexus”

 

Special:
“EARMILK Presents…”

 

Related Releases:
remix album “Higher Up The Spiral” on Mute
EP “Thalassophbia / Nexuos (Remixes)” on Mute

 

Recommendations:
Nicolas Bougaïeff’s “On The Grid EP” on NovaMute
Nicolas Bougaïeff’s “Permutation Djinn” on NovaMute
Nicolas Bougaïeff’s “Cognitive Resonance” on NovaMute
“Projections” by Nicolas Bougaïeff & Marcus C. Maichel on Denkfabrik
Nicolas Bougaïeff’s “Dust (Remixes)” on Mesh
Nicolas Bougaïeff’s “Dust” on Mesh
Nicolas Bougaïeff’s album “Les Sauvageries” on Denkfabrik
Nicolas Bougaïeff’s album “Principles Of Newspeak” on Denkfabrik
all release on NovaMute

 

Buy Vinyl:
MuteBank
Rough Trade
Deejay
Amazon
WOM
HHV
more soon

 

Buy Digital:
Beatport Classic
iTunes
Google Play
7Digital
more soon

 

Commercial Streaming Services:
Spotify
Youtube Music
Deezer
Tidal

 

Booking:
Noviton

 

Websites:
Nicolas Bougaïeff
Mute

 

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