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Esplendor Geometrico – “Ultraphoon” – [Geometrik Records]

billiejoe   4/8/2014   12-inch, A Library

From 2013 Ultraphoon is a two disc 12” vinyl. The first disc has some low bassy beats with static beats on top like frosting for you ears. The occasional distorted/sampled vocals, crunch, and fart(ish) sounds also enter the palette, all of it very sincerely electronic, even when it’s human. There are robotic distorted vocals on side b (Axum (version)). The track Moko has inaudible female vocals with gorgeous bloopy electronic beats and crashy synthyness. Delicious sounds. The second disc contains bangy clangy beats with the second track side d yelling female vocals in Spanish(?). The final track has layered male vocals in non-english language looped in a playful rhythm. All very enjoyable, none of it particularly challenging. The artists are an industrial band from Spain formed in the early 1980s by Arturo Lanz, Gabriel Riaza, and Juan Carlos Sastre (also members of El Aviador Dro Y Sus Obreros Especializados). They took the name from a text by F.T. Marinetti of the Italian Futurists, a movement known to idolize technology and machines.

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