out soon: Cressida – Borneo Function EP [Voitax]

 

Artist:
Cressida

 

Title:
Borneo Function EP

 

Label:
Voitax

 

Cat#:
VOI015

 

Release Date:
08th April 2019

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracks:
A1.
Borneo Function

A2.
No Luv Ting

B1.
SansF

B2.
What Are You Like

 

Press Info:
Following on from his heavy-hitting »Hymn to Lust«, Cressida returns to VOITAX with »Borneo Function«. Four heavily-swung, tectonic plates of dub-meets-techno reveal a deeper side to this talented producer’s palette.

Rummaging through his collection of old albums and pirate radio mix tapes, Cressida was taken back to the grime and dub soundtrack of his formative years in London. The EP’s dusty breaks, 8-bit bleeps and murky sublines hark back to those good old days, while tense drones and clanging percussion echo the impact relocating to Berlin had on the producer; the allure of the city’s techno pulse has clearly left an indelible mark.

The resulting sound is a playful blend of bass-heavy, half-step rhythms and broken techno, brimming with that cheeky attitude Cressida is known and loved for.

 

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Full Track Streaming:
“Borneo Function”

“What Are You Like”

 

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out now: Umwelt – Ecopoiesis [Voitax]

 

Artist:
Umwelt

 

Title:
Ecopoiesis

 

Label:
Voitax

 

Cat#:
VOI014

 

Release Date:
25th February 2019

 

Format:
Vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Ecopoiesis

02.
Frameshift Mutation

03.
Faceless Power

04.
Breakaway

05.
Endless Blackness

 

Press Info:
Umwelt is the latest to join the VOITAX catalogue with his EP Ecopoiesis. The French producer had a strong 2018, and follows suit this year offering up five slices of electro-imbued fire-power.

The opening track, the EP’s namesake, eases the listener cinematically into the release. The paranoid synth lines are met with brooding low ends, while teasing glimpses of percussion guide the main body of the track.

»Frameshift Mutation« comes bearing all the nuances of contemporary electro, strapped with a melancholic arpeggio to boot.

»Faceless Power« rounds off the A-side powerfully with Umwelt’s unique techno-meets-electro approach. The snarling low end is met with the producer’s iconic synth-work which makes for a satisfying juxtaposition.

The flip continues to mount the pressure as »Breakaway«’s overdriven framework paves the way for another paranoid, dance floor weapon.

“Endless Blackness” gives the release some well deserved closure. The 303’s distinctive sound is the main attraction here – its sound working great in unison with the pad work in turn giving the track it’s awe inspiring dynamic.

 

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Full Track Streaming:
“Breakaway”

“Faceless Power”

 

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out now: Veronica Maximova – Computerlove [Voitax]

 

Artist:
Veronica Maximova

 

Title:
Computerlove

 

Label:
Voitax

 

Cat#:
VOILP02

 

Release Date:
10th December 2018

 

Format:
Vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Computerlove

02.
Cantsleep

03.
Fakboi

04.
Fake It

05.
Who Cares

06.
Truth Is Your Flesh

 

Press Info:
The debut album »Computerlove« from Belgian/Russian artist Veronica Maximova, sets the scene for a broader vision for the label, while also establishing Veronica as a fresh and important artistic voice on the VOITAX roster.

The title of the album describes a generation that is connected more than ever, and yet still alone in a society where happiness is mandatory. The attachment to a screen is instilled in almost every waking activity of a generation that knows how good it feels to share their life with somebody, but also knows how vulnerable and insecure one can become by sharing.

The title track, »Computerlove« opens the album by combining ethereal vocals with shimmering chimes, before the ambience slowly descends into darker undertones. Contrast plays heavily in Veronica Maximova’s repertoire and features throughout the album.

The story continues with an ode to lost nights and lost loves in the next track, »Cantsleep«. Soothing lyrics, coupled with a touching, dream-like piano melody are blended against wailing brass and spiralling streams of thought. Veronica Maximova experimented with granular synthesis for both the piano and vocal effects to create a dream-like effect, familiar to anyone who has found themselves awake at night, gripped by insomnia.

»Fakboi« shifts the direction to a more sinister ground. It alludes to a certain layer of social media that cultivates paradoxical behaviour, desire and conflict. Sonically, the layered, brooding synths, along with the haunting vocals, paint a bleak, distinct picture of these experiences.

The oldest track on the album, »Fake It« is another tripped-out love story. Veronica uses her unique approach to vocal processing and layering to create a sombre but emotionally driven adage that is inspired by the moment when relationships can only offer something destructive, but both parties still search for one last consolation.

The second last track of the album, »Who Cares« steps away from conventional melodies, and instead layers vocals in a chaotic Je m’en fous. The same dreamy mysticism from previous tracks is present, but here it is intensified, against the backdrop of ticking keys.

»Truth is your Flesh« marks the end of the album in a brief but poignant message: Things are beautiful because they end. Much like the rest of the album, the moments of this track are drenched with transient emotions of love, relief, melancholy, onto courage, truth and amnesty of pardon.

 

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Full Track Streaming:
“Fakboi”

“Who Cares”

“Cantsleep”

 

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out now: Makaton – Immaculata [Voitax]

 

Artist:
Makaton

 

Title:
Immaculata

 

Label:
Voitax

 

Cat#:
VOI013

 

Release Date:
15th October 2018

 

Format:
Vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Dreaming While The Cities Burn

A2.
She Hunts

B1.
Before My Eyes

B2.
Dive

 

Press Info:
For those familiar with the infamous »Birmingham Techno« movement, Makaton is someone who needs little introduction. For those that aren’t, the Brummie producer is the head of the inimitable Rodz-Konez and has seen himself showcase his cut-throat techno on seminal labels such as Token and Blueprint. His first contribution for Voitax came at the end of 2017, with iconic dance floor slayer Around The Throat, which went straight for the jugular on the VOI 010 V/A. A good half a year on and we get »Immaculata« – Makaton’s full debut EP for VOITAX.

The veteran producer wastes no time with the opener. The title track’s club ready percussion is glued beautifully together by an addictive dub and industrial hook. Full of twists and turns, Dreaming While The City Burns is a rewarding listen for both the club and the home. She Hunts keeps momentum going, acting as an ode to the signature sound Makaton has homed in over the years. Brimming with a sense of urgency, the track offers a moment of light via its warm chord responses before pummelling back into full looping glory.

Before My Eyes gears up slowly. An uphill chug, nosedives straight into the body of the track. The anxious pace is guided fearlessly by a flurry of crisp, groovy hats and intermittent drones. Showing what damage can be done once one has mastered the dark art of the perfect loop. Dive rounds things up in abrasive fashion. Distorted strings manipulate their way through the beat-less noise and grit until finding their peace after a chaotic crescendo.

 

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Full Track Streaming:
“Dreaming While The Cities Burn”

“Dive”

 

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out now: Esker – Destruction Time Again [Voitax]

 

Artist:
Esker

 

Title:
Destruction Time Again

 

Label:
Voitax

 

Cat#:
VOI012

 

Release Date:
27th August 2018

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracks:
A1.
Precipice

A2.
Fitz Roy

B1.
Seven Pitches

B2.
In Theory

B3.
Garnbach

 

Press Info:
Forgoing traditional melody and song-writing, Esker’s distinctive sound focuses on the interplay between noise, texture and rhythm. VOITAX is happy to present her stunning debut EP, which was assembled from various recording sessions over the past two years.

Formerly a drummer and guitarist in various bands in Melbourne’s noise scene, the influence of her past is evident in this record – a combination of processed guitar, mangled samples and bizarre, ghostly synthesis form a deep and complex sonic space.

The effect of almost a decade in Berlin is just as clearly heard in the EP’s thumping techno pulse. Wielded with a drummer’s feel for timing and meter, phasing rhythms, crunching lo-fi percussion and thundering kicks provide a solid backbone. Having become absorbed in techno culture, this is her contribution.

The EP opens with »Pleura«. Here, Esker masterfully splices together various field recordings and drum machine takes into phasing polyrhythms and shifting, distorted atmospheres.

»Tance« follows next, it is a haunted track, designed to float around the listener’s head. Delving deep into FM and granular synthesis, Esker creates otherworldly textures that sound like a cross between occultist chants and Whitney played underwater.

The title track is frustration funneled into artistic creation. Bedridden while recovering from surgery, Esker was stuck in a Berlin apartment for weeks as disruptive renovation work was carried out in the apartment next door. The result is a bizzaro, yet highly explosive mix of construction recordings and vengeful mic work, mixed in and out of a well-known R&B hit that has been decimated by heavy effect processing. Not your standard club hit!

The closing track »D-E-F« is a techno whirlwind. It is minimalistic in the number of sonic elements audible at any given time, but each is brandished with such devastating effectiveness that the pressure keeps climbing and climbing. Bleak, stark and foreboding, it is a nod to the heyday of 90’s warehouse techno and simultaneously, a step into imagined dancefloors of the future.

 

Listen:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Pleura”

“D-E-F”

“Destruction Time Again”

 

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