Artist: Sendai. Title: Monad XVIII. Label: Stroboscopic Artefacts.
Release date: 28-07-2014
- Isobaric 3
- False Entities
- Martens’ Deficit
Peter Van Hoesen and Yves De Mey’s joint project, Sendai, will release an exceptional new EP via Stroboscopic Artefacts’ Monad Series on July 28.
These two producers, both highly acclaimed in their own right, have so far pulled together for releases on Peter’s label Time to Express and Archives Intérieures, the experimental label they run together, as well as two tracks on a Stellate record for Stroboscopic Artefacts in 2012. The 18th edition of the Monad series finds them in fine form, exploring a rich and detailed sound with limitless freedom.
Opening track ‘Isobaric 3’ is thick with atmosphere, crammed with reverberating percussion and masterfully sculpted with 3-dimensional design. It is the kind of immersive, futuristic techno that Lucy’s label is known for, fit to move both body and mind.
‘False Entities’, the EPs most abstract offering, combines machine hiss with unnerving bleeps and metallic perc. Sendai create rhythm out of nowhere with unique style, and take the Monad manifesto of boundary-pushing to new extremes.
In techno terms, ‘Directive’ is an epic. It remains throughly engaging for over 12 minutes with twists, turns and intricate layers of sound. Beginning and ending with washes of ambience, the middle section breaks down into a repeating, tight bass sound. This track is superbly realised, both in its balance of light and dark, and in its ambitious, cinematic arrangement.
The most obvious dancefloor cut is ‘Martens’ Deficit’. Its drums are more rigidly structured than the other tracks, and pump away below brights synths and an energised high-end. ‘Martens’ Deficit’ is an incredible end to an EP that fully lives up to the high expectations that surround both its makers.
Sendai combines De Mey’s skillful extraction of deep and dynamic sounds from his modular synthesizer system with Van Hoesen’s keen sense of digital composition and sound design. After two 12″ releases for Time To Express in 2009 the duo took some time out to reflect on their joint musical path. The result was ‘Geotope’, a no-compromise experimental album that saw the duo moving away from the dancefloor into an altogether more varied and daring sonic domain. In 2012 Sendai also contributed two exclusive tracks to the fourth installment of the Stellate series on Stroboscopic Artefacts.
Early 2014 they released “A Smaller Divide”, their second full album, this time on Archives Intérieures, the label Van Hoesen en De Mey run together.