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2011/07/10 / monteurhulot

EP // DATERAPE – Empress

Brisbane’s DATERAPE continues to broadcast music from the future (Empress, available for download now, was released in December of 2012) that plucks exquisitely balanced elements from a number of genres and combines them under the umbrella of his distinctly ominous style.

Empress has a definite symmetry: the opening title track and closer “Risk It” are both down tempo sideways takes on Dubstep, the former featuring an exceptionally wicked buzzsaw synth lead and pitched down whisper-chant vocal loops over hesitant  kicks and decaying digital ambiance, the latter a Lo-Tek muezzin call floating over the Newark of Johnny Mnemonic. The second and fourth tracks are claustrophobic Electro exercises, “Arctic Gestures” having an 80’s Synthpop feel. In the middle lies the Belle & Sebastian-sampling “Behold,” the point of symmetry of Empress, a piano ballad to be played by cults gathering inside nuclear power stations.

Having completed an EP trilogy of sorts (we’ll call it “doing a Beta Band”) DATERAPE is proving himself to be a damn fine producer, an interesting entrant into the field of screwed-up Dubstep (If you dropped their BPM, you could sneak a few tracks from DFRNT’s Metafiction into a playlist with these songs) and a first-class purveyor of contemporary spooky electronic music, up there with current luminaries like Pendle Coven, and heads above most other Witch House artists.

Check. It. Out. (It’s a free download.)

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