010 - White Visitation

White Visitation, who debuted on Blank Sate 006, returns with a full EP that showcases the vastness of his musical capability.  The Mexico City native doesn’t submit to the boundaries and limitations of genre to frame his musical identity. This ability inspires the conquering of differing styles of music without hesitation.  The result is a pervasive sonic fingerprint evident in any of his creations.

White Visitation begins with Maintain, a heavier-leaning track which evades abrasiveness while remaining vigorous.  The track, previously released on cassette, seems to smother a melancholic feeling desperately yearning for escape.  CYEADOS is a ballad of distant war horns crying out in longing. It peaks with a barrage of brutalist ride cymbals which both pummel and soothe.  Take it Again is an exercise in elegance and elation.  White Visitation consummates an atmosphere of sweetness without sacrificing an ounce of depth. He balances layer upon layer until what stands is a house of cards constructed to resist the ever intrusive winds of monotony.

009 - Shcaa

Shcaa’s latest work is not for the impatient, the submissive or the unadventurous. The Parisian’s ability to combine otherwise unrelated sounds resembles a poem written in dozens of the most magnificent tongues.

Shcaa commands an orchestra of samples and field recordings that weave a constantly evolving collage of sound. His attention to detail while working with the smallest and largest of sounds, acts as a reminder that his tracks are not only meant to be utilized, but to be appreciated as elaborate compositions.

I Want You showcases Shcaa’s diverse musical background, and is inspired by the moods and sounds of the Latin Quartier of Paris. The Way You Look at Things is a culmination of more than a year of work with dozens of samples and field recordings. Its exquisite nature falls nothing short of a masterpiece.

These two tracks bloom with a graceful intricacy that transports the listener away from her surroundings to a palace that is meticulously sculpted by a precise artist. Shcaa’s musical finesse is not accidental; every inclusion is measured, every nuance carefully designed to entrance.

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008 - Michal Wolski

Blank Slate’s eighth release showcases Warsaw’s Michal Wolski, who made his debut on Blank Slate 006. This time Wolski takes us to far subtler depths than his previous Derivate.!

The EP starts with Who am I, the song that captures all the energy evoked by the other three arrangements. Its energetic composition is compact, complex, and full of space and mystery. This track conquers the dance floor. Measurement falls on the other side of the spectrum; it is a study of doubt and a search for answers. Abstract, full of ambiguity and drive, Measurement completes the intense vibe of the A side. 

On the B side, Wolski draws from a completely different palette. The Bells is an attempt to reconcile darkness and brightness - title bells encased in a tight structure are brightened moment by moment by dub themes coming from the distant depths. After the last bell, there is time for Black Swan, a slower paced track with taut rhythmic accents.

The distinguishing characteristic of this release is Michal Wolski's attention to subtleties. Blank Slate 008 is full of details - a fascinating, intriguing and vibrant mix of techno, dub and experimental electronics. This release stands at the crossroads: it builds on and forges beyond the life-giving sources of avant-garde electronic music.

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007 - René Audiard

"Cywilizacja Pt. 2," part of the latest release on Blank Slate, begins almost exactly on the downbeat where "Cywilizacja Pt. 1" ended. As a continuation of Rene Audiard's debut on Blank Slate (Audiard is, in fact, label head and B. Tracks member Soren Jahan), the meandering track clocks in at 14:14 and is distinctly disorienting, built off burrowing loops and a sample of a moaning woman. The tension arising from the sample source—and the question of whether it's voicing pleasure or pain,—is just one of the many rabbit holes Audiard sends listeners down over the course of a memorably detailed journey. 

"Lamia," said to sample Kurdish chants, conjures a throbbing street scene. A ghostly muezzin floats throughout the track, with a more aggressive instrumental palette that feels less derivative than the Villalobos-inspired "Cywilizacja" sometimes does. Still, you wish that the sampled upheaval in the track broke through the drowsiness in the way Audiard has managed to do in the past.

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