Tokee & Tapage – The Collider Circle (Album – Hymen Records)

By Jan 5,2021

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Genre/Influences: Glitch, Ambient, Experimental, Cinematographic.

Format: Digital.

Background/Info: Anatoly Grinberg (Tokee) and Tijs Ham (Tapage) both are artists who like collaborating with others. So they joined arms together unleashing this work featuring five tracks. The basic idea was to provide unfinished tracks to each other, which have been next reworked and achieved.

Content: The album features a diversity of influences; taking off with a kind of glitch, wafting piece. We next move into a more ambient-like passage featuring extra Experimental treatments and Cinematographic passages. The Experimental side of the work is running through the entire work, but is now and then alternated by Industrial sounds getting the work heavier.

+ + + : This work is first of all a kind of look back to the good-old Glitch style from the late 90s. There’s a fascination for sound manipulation and endless effects. But on top of it all both artists took care to inject some more accessible elements like Ambient/Cinematographic influences and great Industrial sound treatments (cf. “Strigoi”). The opening piece “Dulchiton Ghost Start” is an interesting fusion between sound effects and a wafting sensation. The work sounds complex and yet accessible.

– – – : Some passages are a bit too Experimental to my taste, like pure improvisation.

Conclusion: “The Collider Circle” is an honest and entertaining collaboration between two renowned artists in their genre.

Best songs: “Strigoi”, “Dulchiton Ghost Start”, “Dulchiton Ghost End”.

Rate: (7).

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