The digital series of Ante-Rasa has lately been shifting gears a bit, making more room for experimentation and general oddities, looking for the cracks in everything considered techno. This is where Leipzig based artist ‚Unclean’ comes in.
Being part of the ‚Dead Baby In A Plastic Bag’ DJ duo, he already proved to be looking for those cracks for several years. It is now, when producing his own music, he could really follow through on this, carving his own signature in a very short time. It’s this signature which oozes through the pores of every track on this EP. A signature we will be showing the general public more in the foreseeable future.
‚Taphao Thong’ immediately sets the bar with its relentless droned kicks and metallic farts (pardon our French). Sub bass seems to be a mood setting element for Unclean. He most certainly masters it in the second track ‚Car Radio’. For the first time we hear a conventional instrument in the metallic, muffled snare drum. Conventional elements Unclean doesn’t shy per se but tends to use them sparsely and well timed. Synthesizing uncommon outerworldly sounds is Unclean’s core business.
‚712_GL’ and ‚Linchpin’ are the tracks we hear ‚old AE’ being thrown into the mix. Yet you can’t miss the influence of urban Leipzig if you have ever visited the place. Off kilter kick knocks, shifting LFO speeds, faint (attempts at) melodies, playfulness within a robotic setting so to speak.
‚Cucumber’ is the track on this EP where the sub bass dictates the most. It pummels every other element trying to grab your attention. Those elements lossing the battle are precisely what gets you going as you shift in and out of the sub bass with your attention.
The shifting hats create a headspace in the closing track ‚A Little Hope’, backed up by a sub kick which sounds like a robotic rumba in a way.
Unclean proves from the start his sound is accomplished. We’re very glad he’s part of our musical family and hope to have him around for a long time.