from behind a wall of public discourse, focus groups and corporate memos, strahinja arbutina moves out onto the streets, with four cuts of croatian electronics pulled from man hunt techno, hood funk and industrial waves.
having crept out of the tape undergrowth and respected haunts like clan destine and always human to earn more civilized recognition on bank records nyc and bliq, strahinja arbutina makes the move to vivod for yet more of that edgy, leftfield techno business that keeps mothers awake at night from worry. the grit, noise and distortion has been faithfully carried through from the cassette-based roots of arbutinas sound, but these tracks are more than ready to do the damage in the dance (where you re less likely to find a tape deck). hold on tight as the likes of way ahead give the sound engineer a fright when they think the system has overloaded.
having emerged from the murky waters of the tape scene on always human and summer isle, strahinja arbutina follows up on a first 12- for bank records nyc with this sterling sure shot for the excellent bliq label. there s a range of styles displayed across fox venom, but the tracks are held together by the immersive, droning atmospheres that linger in the background of the productions. -fox venom- lurches under a heavy cloud like the best subterranean techno should, while -teabagging mystery- gets locked into a deathly minimal groove. this is music for the graveyard shift, although deemonlover s -so solid mix- of -fox venom- does inject some wild breakbeat action into the gothic surroundings
by way of zagreb, croatia meet strahinja arbutina. his music is a mixture of noise, techno and industrial. add a 303 with an occasional memphis rap sample and you can start to describe his music. its not that simple, he also doesn’t shy away from hardcore and the absurd. whether pushing boundaries in his mixes or tape releases, you can be sure strahinja is going to be releasing quality music for years to come. highly recommended!
left-of-centre hardware excursions on this singular ep from piotr cisak. includes two tracks alongside long-time collaborator freeze on the b-side, plus a complete rethink of the title track from strahinja arbutina out of croatia.
returning with four tracks from four upcoming artists, lkr003 explores a variety of styles on the fringes of modern techno, with elements of industrial, noise, atmospheric ambience and clattering breakbeats forming an uncompromising whole.
on the a-side, strahinja arbutina’s brutal four-to-the-floor techno screamer ‘dehumidifier’ rattles the roof, leading into iazikzazubami’s slower, mysteriously murky ‘brmaa’, where visions of dark landscapes are conjured. on the b-side, consulate drags you further deep into the nightclub dungeon with his techno + breaks laden stomper ‘klattenburg’, while the ep is drawn to a determined close with hymns’ ‘map 7’, which gathers the eerie, robotic vibes of the previous cuts, and projects them into an energetic, mechanical climax.
welcome to the recreational room of ankerkluese – where thoughts are drifting freely. like in a cloud or something. and look who’s also there…our friends christopher rau, strahinja arbutina & szch. they are waving their hands, just for you! the rec room ep by ankerkluese comes in a silk-screen printed cover and features two of his rare tracks accompanied by two solid remixes.