Gabriel Szatan

Actually really, really nice

Track Reviews: 06/01 – 12/01

mr-wonderful

“The fêted producer displays a porous absorption of culture (as well as his age) by embellishing the infectious melodic line with gleeful flourishes lifted clean out of Mario Kart 64, set atop steady snare rolls and warm bass swells. The track accelerates down the rainbow road, playfully false flagging a second break that never comes; instead it winds up abruptly, tumbling into space with a goofball grin.”

Saint Pepsi: “Mr. Wonderful”, published 09/01/14 on Pitchfork

“As well as a keen curatorial ear, Acid Arab contribute a few of their own tracks, bringing fellow Parisian Fred Avril and street performer Shadi Khries on deck for a scorcher, “Samira”. A dizzying array of bowl-curling percussion fills the mix, all paradiddles and polyrhythms, ably cloaking the electronic elements. A shrill vocal line rings out, set against a low growl and bowed strings that brings to mind the Doppler effect of a car zipping by. The richly evocative track crackles with energy, until the tension finally crests, bringing it right back to square one.”

Acid Arab: “Samira” [ft. Fred Avril & Shadi Khries], published 09/01/14 on Pitchfork

“P Jam is an unsung grime OG, putting out a run of white labels in the genre’s heyday before taking a breather. He was less inclined towards sparser-than-sparse eski, grouting any and all available space between the squarewave bass with percussive tics. Having stepped out from the shadows with a release on Night Slugs last year, he wastes absolutely no time getting straight down to business on this, the flip of the forthcoming 12” “Fight The Feeling”. The most obvious antecedent to “Victorious” is Ill Blu’s 2011 barnstormer “Meltdown”, although at least they afforded the occasional synth-stab breather.”

P Jam: “Victorious”, published 07/01/14 on Pitchfork

“Let’s talk about the Knife—or, rather, the dark-hued atmospheric swirls, terrible density, and unsettling uplift housed within the vicious throb that underscored Silent Shout. Shorn of the Dreijer siblings’ curdled wails up front, Brooklyn synth enthusiast Lorna Dune does a more-than-capable job of retaining the emotional tremor on “Agnes Day”, a cut from her debut EP Miamisphere.”

Lorna Dune: “Agnes Day”, published 06/01/14 on Pitchfork

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