Our Thursday selection:
Josh Sturges – False Gods (Tympanum Records, TYMPANUM005)
The fifth release from Tympanum Records has finally come, False Gods showcases the expertise of co-owner Josh Sturges on his debut EP on the imprint. A long time enthusiast and practitioner in dance music, this release lets out an uncompromising, blackened, refined energy from the talented producer. This collection of moody, left-field grooves is guaranteed to shine in the warehouse, showcase, or exhibit alike.
The first track, By Odin’s Raven, is a complex, thoughtfully crafted beckoning to the ancients, an ominous groove that combines bass-heavy 808’s with a primal style and energy. The industrialized hi-hats combined with foreboding vocals, and howling whistled synths and white noise creates an incantation of focused primordial rage.
Next up is Sacrosanct, a journey that begins with sludgy noise, and empowered drums. The cavernous groove climaxes into an uplifting, angelic atmosphere. A Ho- meric epic, in dance music form.
The title track, False Gods, follows up, a chaotic, modular noise trip. This tertiary entry emulates a circle in Hell, a cycle of macabre white noise, disgusting, saturated rides, and hardened tribal-esque drums combined with four on the floor power. False Gods is a five and half minute exhibit of Bedlam.
The track How Dare You sends off this EP with a focused resolve, playful yet unyiel- ding. The track’s snappy kicks and hi-hats snakes its way through a flexible, rubbery synth groove. Its ultra-climactic builds that lead back into cool, calm grooves create a sense of simultaneous unease and zen, a fitting conclusion to a chaotic journey.
Josh Sturges’ False Gods is a monumental testament for the Tympanum Records mis- sion, eclectic, focused, uncompromising, chaotic, unified, all in synchronicity. All of these expressions and stylizations create the recipe for purposeful and pure Techno, in its most refined form.
Tracklist: Josh Sturges – False Gods (Tympanum Records, TYMPANUM005)
01. By Odin‘s Raven
03. False Gods
04. How Dare You