Myd - Octodip EP (MRBL004)
Hailing from Northern France, Myd is a young dance producer from the Club Cheval crew. He previously released tracks on Sound Pellegrino and produced a dozen remixes. He’s also a film school student at la FEMIS in Paris. He and his Club Cheval have been known for their digital, blasting tropical sound, infused with a nerdy blend of over-the-top-ness that can be puzzling at first, but quickly transforms you into a joyful, bouncing creature.
And kinetics is the key here. « Javier » has the Club Cheval trademark non-linear structure : things just happen at almost every second here, but they never make you lose the plot : a dramatic vocal cut-up and an almost 4/4 heavy beat reminiscent of dubstep’s recent explorations in techno lead the way, filled with tiny cartoonish details and hyperreal sound textures. The bass comes in, sweetening the whole thing, but also making the atmosphere emotionally confused and ambivalent. The male talk-box voice then makes us understand we’re actually almost listening to an R&B song, an enigmatic slow jam. A bedroom classic, if you like to get down a certain way.
Things then get a little tougher with Octodip, a double-time big bass riddim, loaded with washes of drama strings and vocal cut-ups of a less human kid than « Javier »’s. It all works as an eerie rhythm unit no one remembers having started or set up. The thing is clipped and fractured, but strangely deploys a ecstatic groove at the same time. There’s something totally serene and majestic about it, yet the angst is still lingering. One of those “new species” kind of tracks, like “Wut” by Girl Unit, or our own Marble Players’ “Marble Anthem”.
Victoria is a UK funky number, and in the Marble and Club Cheval tradition, it shows how UK-centered idioms can sometimes get even better when put into foreign hands. The beat lies on vicious bass, stabs of mind-blowing, digitropical synths, and carnival FX. It has a sort of verse/chord/verse structure this time, but no one’s singing – except the snares breaking up and down. The climate is futuristic in a neo-Tokyo, arcade game vibe, the sort of feeling you get when you start believing in technology as the only way to a better world. Anyway, this is the most straight-forward, club-ready track of this EP. Infectious and unmissable.
Illustration by Benbo George http://www.benbogeorge.co.uk/
Identity by Museum Studio
Mastered by Precise.