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Artist: Grey Branches. Title: Lower Bounds. Label: Inner Surface.
Release date: 08-12-2014. Genre: Techno, industrial, noise.

Tracklisting:

  • A1 – Exsolve
  • A2 – Lower Bounds
  • B1 – Binate
  • B2 – Plangent

About the release: 

Inner Surface Music are very proud to present Grey Branches a new project by Yves De Mey. It brings together his love for straightforward technoid tracks and his known interest in experimentation. Grey Branches deliberately aims at the floor without losing the focus on sound design. It serves as the ideal output for Yves’ take on distorted rhythms and linear arrangements.

‘Exsolve’ opens proceedings with a truly unique take on broken techno rhythms, playful yet commanding synthesis intertwines with low slung baselines. ‘Lower Bounds’ enters us into a psychedelic dimension that we have never entered before, slow robotic drums and synths bleep and modulate as we enter the void to float into a parallel universe. ‘Binate’ stomps and kicks with ferocity, the synths build and swarm like a giant mechanical wasp ready for the sting. A powerful and dynamic track that will encapsulate any dance floor.

‘Plangent’ is an experimental modular workout a perfect amalgamation of sounds that melds between metallic and organic sound sources with great intensity and precision.

About the artist:

Yves De Mey’s musical path consists of many different roads. During the second half of the 90’s, his releases were clearly rooted in breakbeats and UK drum’n’bass. Soon after that, through working for theater and dance performances and doing large scale sound installations, his interest in experimental sound design found its way into his music.

In 2009 his album «Lichtung» was released by the influential Line label. Around that time, De Mey’s main tool in the studio became his ever-expanding modular synthesizer system. This definitely changed his way of working and obviously his sound as well, shifting from an elaborate niftiness in the digital realm to an obsessive cable-patched shaping of the real sound of electricity.

In 2011, Sandwell District found the time right to widen their dance-floor techno-scope and released De Mey’s Counting Triggers, a 6-track album that interprets club music in a downtempo electrified fashion. 2013 was an extremely busy year with remix duties on SonuoS, and releases on Modal Analysis, Opal Tapes, Archives Intérieures and others.

Yves De Mey also works together with Peter Van Hoesen as Sendai, and they both run Archives Intérieures, a label for challenging and sophisticated electronic music.

Artist: Sendai. Title: Monad XVIII. Label: Stroboscopic Artefacts.
Release date: 28-07-2014

Tracklisting:

  1. Isobaric 3
  2. False Entities
  3. Directive
  4. Martens’ Deficit

Press release:

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 Biography

Sendai is the collaborative project by Yves De Mey and Peter Van Hoesen. Both artists are longtime friends and share a deep passion for exploring the outer limits of the electronic music spectrum.

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.

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