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Frigio Records is consistently plumbing the depths to unearth exciting talent. Bartoszek has been corrupting and manipulating tracks to fit floors for years, editing and slicing past pieces to breath new life into them. The German artist has turned his hand, and scissors, to four tracks from a spread of musicians from far and wide for Frigio’s latest: Ecdisis Vol.2.
The first port of call is Croatia with Denis & Denis. An earlier synth pop outfit, “Ti I Ja” was first released in 1984. This reinterpretation is a bubbling brew that cuts sweetened notes and brooding tones with a piercing snare for a devastating rework. Britain’s ever mischievous Portion Control follow. “Chew You To Bits”, from 1983, is not only extended but expanded. Guttural vocals are kept in check by thumping rhythms and squealing electro lines tainted with tin and toxins. The flip changes tact with Hunting Lodge’s “Tribal Warning Shot” (1985) being revisited a string of drum beats, clanks and clatters energise this finale as EBM demons and ghouls haunt the backdrop. Vangelis Katsoulis’s “Earth Beat” closes the journey. First released in 1988, this primal piece of percussive pound and punch is muscled up to the four minute mark while maintaining those dreamy rainforest echoes of the original.
Batoszek takes us on a trip through obscurities of 1980s electronics, reviving the past and resurrecting forgotten short bursts from a bygone age. Tracks from more than thirty years ago beefed up and dusted down with brutal effect. Music that once again challenges ears and demands to be heard.
12” vinyl pressed on marbled effect ‘translucent amber’ color’. Comes in a special sleeve with a big hole in the front and hand-made serigraphy artwork on the back cover plus a good plastic outer bag for protection.