As 2013 nears its end, labels such as Darko Esser's Balans are the kind that have released more quality music than many may realise. Following Staffan Lazatti's bleepy debut, View From The Collapsing Centre, Pavel Dimitrenkov debuts his Cadans project in impressive style. "Fix" combines Regis-like broken beats with a distinctly European edge - like Markus Suckut on steroids, but not quite Ben Klock - while "Samsa" adds glassy chimes and synthesised bells placed on top of a Skudge-like groove, only dirtier. The EP's final track, "Millian", is rigid, dry and something the label Fifth Wall would have loved to get their hands on.
Cadans aka Jeroen Snik returns to Clone Basement,having made his debut or that label back in 2015. Since then, the Dutch artist in London has released on Tripeo and Wolfskuil, but the Clone empire seems like his most natural environment. The title track is a raucous affair, with drums rolling over a jittery, shaky rhythm as a repetitive vocal plays away in the background. It's raw, noisy and extremely funky. On "Dominion", he opts for a straighter approach, as a murky jacking rhythm and cheese-wire percussion prevail. Cadans completes his second release with a looped, tool version of the title track, where the vocal sounds more high-pitched.
Cadans has only a few release to his credit but they have all been on high profile labels like Clone, Tripeo and Balans. For his latest outing the Dutch producer has chosen Darko Esser's label to release his big room sound. "Hollow Funk" is a peak-time, drum-heavy affair with huge percussive bursts and a relentless riff that drills with the intensity of an industrial drill. "Got Woodblock" is deeper and more understated and sees Cadans add submerged chords to his palette but the drums still have an unflinching, militaristic feeling. "Vocal Exercise" sees him mine a buzzing, stripped back approach - as always with an ear for the dance floor - while he rounds off the release with a collaboration with Kracht, the drum-heavy DJ tool, "Papercuts".
In which the acclaimed UK producer Rohan 'Randomer' Walder gets together with Cadans. Despite only having one previous release to his credit, we can assume that the division of labour is equal on this joint venture. "Angry Fiddle" sees the pair drop cavernous, pounding drum patterns, riffs so abrasive they could bleach a mould-encrusted bathroom and a high-pitched sample that could be the fiddle referred to in the title. "Lottarump" isn't quite as forceful and its buzzing riffs and cut-up vocal sample suggest that the pair like to walk on the lighter side of the bass-techno spectrum.
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