Christoph de Babalon: 044 (Hilf Dir Selbst​!​) (AD 93, 2021)

November 9, 2021 at 7:02 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Christoph de Babalon: 044 (Hilf Dir Selbst​!​)

Christoph de Babalon perfected the bleak, soulcrushing side of breakcore with his classic first album, and his work from the past decade has taken his signature sound to cinematic heights. This EP obviously sounds more high-definition than the lo-fi early stuff on his debut or the many archival releases that have since appeared, but it’s in the same spirit — unrelenting grimness, no way out, yet not absolutely smothering you with cliched “woe is me, life is a living hell” mopery. His drum programming has honestly never been better, there’s a nuanced jazziness and even a bit of an old-school hip-hop/breakbeat hardcore slap to it, yet this is clearly stretching beyond the confines of any genre. Pure artistry. My heart is full.

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