Komabase, Tanz Organelle & Romplex – First Path on Zoda
Just recently I was having a chat via Twitter about music. During the course of this conversation I said that I thought the most interesting new music was coming out via the smaller labels and netlabels, and that new labels were appearing all the time; Acre Recordings, Stasis Records, Acroplane and Section 27 all got a mention. I can now add Zoda Records to the list.
The EP opens with a double header from Komabase, the 1st of his two tracks Zodbox heads straight into Jeff Mills territory; plenty of space, simple 4/4 rhythms, and dreamlike synths. A real old school gem.
No time to waste, the second of his 2 tracks is quite simply stunning. Again simplicity is the key, but this is real heady stuff, 3am music at its best.
Second up are Tanz Organelle & Romplex with a triptych of new techno/electro flavours. Cereal Killer opens proceedings and immediately you feel the need to move. Ghostly chords give way to orchestral sounding snatches of sound and very tight programming; this is the sound of 2 people really trying to explore without histrionics, just a feel for pure 4/4 techno and they do not miss a beat.
The last two tracks on the EP are two versions of Swine Babble (Parts 1 & 2). They turn up the funk for these last two with Swine Babble Part 2 bringing a little electro to the table and that element we all love, bass!
I honestly cant wait to see what the future holds for Zoda Records as this first EP has set the bar high.