Genre/Influences: Techno-body, minimal EBM.
Background/Info: During the past few years Space Factory (label set up by David Carretta) doesn’t release that many releases, but each of them is worthy of examination; quality instead of quantity! Baroque is the project driven by Japanese producer, DJ and remixer Smmy. He released an impressive number of EP’s and now joined hands together with Space Factory for this digital work featuring 4 cuts.
Content: I’m often linking Japanese artists with experimental music, but Baroque is the entire contrary. This artist moves from irresistible EBM bass lines to raw industrial treatments to melody lines reminding Kraftwerk to a kind of dark and visionary techno music.
+ + + : If you’re into progressive and especially minimal and/or vintage electro mainly inspired by EBM, this EP is something you really have to discover. The 4 different songs are carried by impressive bass lines (especially on the title track), but still with great melody lines and I here especially want to mention the Kraftwerk-ian inspired “Fallin”. This work sounds in pure vintage style although injected with some refreshing arrangements.
– – – : I don’t have real minus points except the somewhat repetitive loops running through “Aim”, which sounds more like a B-side cut.
Conclusion: If you never got the opportunity to discover Baroque, I can only, but recommend this great EP, which is mixing vintage EBM and techno minimalism.
Best songs: “Fallin”, “Ocean Of Noise”, “Blanches”.
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