mkfn return to touchin bass after last years *substrate ep* with their latest offering, *this divide ep*. through a sustained and methodical exploration of studio techniques, the trio of babar raza (us), ovais hassan (uk) and fahad ahmad (canada) continue to refine and evolve their signature sound. manipulated sounds accent the meticulous rhythms to form the foundation upon which this release is defined. over the course of these four tracks, mkfn create a sense of place inviting listeners to traverse landscapes that exist independent of any singular perception or experience.
british born and now based in berlin, dead fader aka john cohen, most known for his work on robot elephant records and the brilliant collaboration with sensational on the ‘work it, no’ ep, now joins the touchin’ bass roster with the ‘dosage’ ep, a heavy duty, unrepentant body of work that exposes john’s diversity. easing you in gently is ‘booze lair’, a slow building, infernal, smacked out foray that is both biting and compelling, followed by ‘tired’, a fiercely adrenaline-charged, dynamic workout that moves and mutates, heavily laced with abrasive textures. the title track ‘dosage’ is a straight up slice, filled with cranks and grinds which jars and grates, punctuated with weighty subversive beats and a low res undertone, followed by the calm after the storm, ‘easy sun’. an epic piece, pushing distortion to the max. no nonsense, this is one heavy slab of vinyl. solid!
having been a long-term admirer of arovanes work, it is with some excitement that touchin bass brings you its latest release. arovane is an internationally acclaimed composer and pioneer of electronic music who has already contributed so much to the electronic scene to date. the late 90s saw his first 2 eps atol scrap for din and tides for cco which gained him a degree of notoriety and acclaim mainly in germany and then throughout the world in the idm, ambient, and electronic music scene.
touchin bass takes a different turn this time by introducing you to newcomers mkfn, a live production project formed in 2012 by babar raza (us), ovais hassan (uk) and fahad ahmad (canada). over the course of the year they have designed a system that allows them to create music across borders that has been defined as experimental, dark and gritty. the collective integrates each members extensive musical background gained from working across multiple genres. this unique combination invites distinctive sounds into the studio forming the foundation for mkfns characteristic sound.
after re-launching touchin bass with two killer eps from quinoline yellow and plaster, we are now celebrating 12 fine years by bringing you an 11 track compilation featuring tracks from some old friends of the label as well as introductions to some new. this compilation *present tense* sets out to recapture some of the essence of the past but also launches you into the future with some innovative and talented artists from all around the globe.
for those of you who dont already know, plaster is an electronic music project born in rome in 2008 and comprised of gianclaudio hashem moniri and giuseppe carlini, best known for their works on german label stroboscopic artefacts, berlin-based unoiki and ukraine-based label kvitnu...
now the italian duo find themselves in london, joining forces with touchin bass to weave together a damn fine four track ep which aims to mix a combination of styles from downtempo, dark, brooding beats to more compelling rhythms which have the capacity to make you dance... plasters sound is impressively textured with rich eclectic tones. it is simple but effective, showing different emotions, tempos and styles.
look no further... this ep will draw you in, chew you up and spit you out, but you will be all the better for it.
luke williams has released an extensive catalogue of electronic music under his quinoline yellow and tatamax pseudonyms which are predominantly found on skam as well as his own imprint uchelfa. in the present and now seemingly back from his self- induced hiatus, we find luke composing again and instigating a spell of remix projects for various producers.
williams plot returns from his extended period in the wilderness to realign his priorities and interject some overdue music back into the public domain. he delivers his eighth release, palisade mount under his quinoline yellow moniker for touchin bass. expect twenty-five minutes of archetypal hill jogging beats and cawl-fuelled melodic sustenance. open wide!