Doma Musique’s netlabel division has shared distinct blends of intelligent glitchgroove and thoughtful techno since December of 2010, and their 8th release acts as a regional spotlight on the intriguing sounds of Switzerland. The mountainous landscapes and fresh air must surely be having a positive influence on the creative process of the five musicians featured, with each piece harnessing deft combinations of texture, atmosphere, experimentalism, and funk.
Storlon’s “Iced Orchard” bounces the listener directly into a strange alien ecosystem, seemingly dense with mechanical insects, and you can’t help but let your mind wander and join this exploration off the beaten path. Classic Storlon action here, I can easily get lost in thought with this one.
Hiss, a name new to me as I was downloading the compilation, smoothes things over with a stripped-down and slow-building groove, swimming in dark dub atmospherics. Out of the whole package “In Der Hey” might be the most versatile and friendly track for dj use.
Andres Marcos gets very playful with “Airpothpony,” a unqiue jazzy number layered with field recordings from airports. Packed full of crazy keys, spastic percussion, and hyperactive energy.
My favorite track of the compilation is MRZ’s “Tempest Toast.” This infectious rubber band groove relentlessly chugs along, balanced with modulating shakers and natural storm soundscapes. A near perfect outdoor funk anthem.
Closing out the release is the epic 11-minute work from Adriano Mirabile, rich with glitchy textures, aggressive sound design, and tinges of progressive flavor. I especially enjoyed the more ambient moments in the beginning, middle, and end of this, and “Ruido En Mi” finishes off the compilation nicely with a flourish of emotion. [KL]
MRZ – Tempest Toast