Genre/Influences: Acid, IDM, Dark-Techno, Electro.
Format: Digital, Vinyl.
Background/Info: “Acid Avengers” is a split release between French producer Joan-Mael Péneau aka Maelstrom and Russian artists Locked Club plus RLGN.
Content: We first get 3 songs by Maelstrom, which are moving from Dark-Acid Electro to more minimal-driven and sophisticated IDM. The Russians move on with 2 songs revealing a surprising Acid cut mixed with vocals reminding me of the early days of Underground Hip-Hop with an icy, Eastern tune on top. The next song has something pretty hot-like accentuated by a deep, resonating bass line.
+ + + : Great and diversified split production. I like the IDM inspired “La Nuit Est A Toi” by Maelstrom, which has something intelligent and visionary. “Captain Industrial” by Locked Club & RLGN is an absolute masterpiece. It sounds like sonic osmosis between different genres and there’s a brilliant balance between Acid vibes, Rap-driven vocals and a great tune.
– – – : The diversity of the songs might be a bit confusing for some listeners.
Conclusion: I’m not often a huge fan of split releases, but this one reveals a talented and established French artist together with promising Russian artists.
Best songs: Locked Club & RLGN: “Captain Industrial”, “Kill Me” + Maelstrom: “La Nuit Est A Toi”.
Artists: www.facebook.com/RAAR.FR /
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