01 – Improvisation En Sieste Mineure 02 – Ennui Profond 03 – Fatigue Par Induction 04 – Petite Lassitude N°3 05 – Ennui Profond (Optic_ Remix)
Here is an ep from a new artist on the Sublime Porte roster, Zzzzra. With releases on ZeECc, Schall, Biomechanics, Ornithopter, his own Perso Records imprint, and tracks appearing on labels like Echospace or Area 51, he has been putting out a steady flow of quality tracks, and is one of the true innovators of the dub techno scene, constantly pushing boundaries forward in terms of sound and structure. This new ep for Sublime Porte is no exception, as we find him in perfect form, on four tracks of infinite lushness…
“Improvisation en Sieste Mineure” starts off with subtle washes of dub chords, a deeply original rhythm gently sweeping in, adding layers upon layers of atmosphere, with complex harmonies slowly evolving and keeping a coherent overall mood all the way.
“Ennui Profond” is clearly more driving, with a deftly precision for carefully crafted percussion sounds and a much more defined emphasis on groove, and while the atmosphere is still present it is very cleverly constricted in a clearer structure.
“Fatigue par Induction” keeps that distinctely steady pace but transfers it in a disorienting polyrhythmic context, where chords keep evolving in a constently shifting landscape of shuffling textures, feedbacks and occasional breaks that end up portraying a very abstract but utterly satisfying piece.
“Petite Lassitude N°3” is maybe the most classic cut here, but is done so well you simply have no choice but to enjoy it… The panning of the white noise-based percussions and the oddly detuned pad held together by a stark kick/bassline combo are thoroughly compelling, and the tension slowly reaches heights as the different elements roll in.
And to wrap up the ep, Optic_ offers a groovy and quite house-oriented reconstruction of “Ennui Profond”, staying true to the original’s deeply rhythm-centered nature, yet with a style much of its own, and proeminently featuring the Danish producer’s skilful manner of chord-shaping.