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2011/05/10 / monteurhulot

ARTIST // DATERAPE

Yes, that’s the title of this post…

If you find music to be best experienced while choking down distaste for a name, then I’ve got two EP’s here that will be required listening for the rest of the week!


Fortunatly, it’s strong enough material to be enjoyed on its own terms.

This act from Brisbane uses the term “witch house,” but for the good of all our ears, it doesn’t actually fit very well with most of the music released under that banner so far: while there’s some of the attitude and strangled-ghost vocals of witch house, a much better reference point would be the clear, sweeping tones of Egyptrixx’s second-decade dubstep masterpiece Bible Eyes, the dubstep-inflected post-Gorillaz hip-hop that Breton was cooking up last year and the definitely spooky dub-techno/ambient/whatever it is today of Demdike Stare. (Ironically, this connection, through dubstep, to UK Garage House makes DATERAPE much more related to house music than most of witch-house, being either muddy screw or flat instrumental hip-hop imitations of Black Moth Super Rainbow. Perhaps this is what DATERAPE implies by using the term.)

DATERAPE, being blazingly avant-garde, has so far made available two four-song EP’s with release dates in 2012; Machaevol, which “comes out” in April of that year, begins with Boards of Canada synth lines and vocals under conga patterns, follows with a title track that invokes more classic Warp IDM, switches to an ambient style for “Mechatron” and ends with the more deeper, noisier “Lynquist.”

Cold Remains (out October 2012) clearly displays more of a dubstep influence, “Disto” in a more cold, and, well, distant style, “Cold Remains” bringing some 2-step energy. “Masking Tape” sounds like a remix of a remix of a remix of a Bloc Party song (in a good way!) and “Make Tissue” loops back to the style of Disto, giving the EP a very complete feeling for a 4-song collection.

Both recommended, and, hey, free.

t.

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