Atrice: Q (Ilian Tape, 2021)

January 5, 2022 at 6:58 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Atrice: Q

Swiss duo Atrice make dubbed-out bass music that might’ve fallen under the dubstep umbrella a decade-plus ago, but now sort of exists in its own orbit. Their first EP for the now-unspotified Ilian Tape has slow, lumbering but twitchy beats and spacious effects, flashing back to Tectonic and Planet Mu output from the mid-2000s on “Mad Console”, while conducting an outer space mini-symphony with “Intensified”. The title track is delicate but slamming, with beats that gradually become more rapid and bass that manages to be both calming and low-key threatening. “Cont. Piuuu” is more bugged-out, with a stuttering glitch and smoldering bass adding some edge to the track’s smooth flow.

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