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012 - René Audiard

René Audiard has long since established himself as one of the stand-alone producers in minimal. His sound is meticulously crafted, instantly discernible. Following the summer release of the second album, he returns to Blank Slate with some of his most imaginative work to date.

Audiard’s expertise in sourcing non-Western samples has been consistently documented by Blank Slate. With this release, he brings the international influence of his compositions to the forefront. Rather than utilizing samples as building blocks in a typical dance music structure, Audiard has opted for the nuanced approach of crafting his compositions around the samples. The result is a symbiotic relationship in which he delivers a new context for his carefully selected sounds. 

In Kingston’s Road (Edit), Audiard draws power from simplicity in his edit of a West African classic. Signature percussion and baseline act as a backbone to the beauty of the Malian’s kora. Omid is built on an unshakable micro-house beat infused with Persian poetry. Seemingly from nowhere, a melodic piano delivers a thematic release to the warm dry tension.  Magelhaens is a mastery of space. Audiard delivers a shadowed mind trip through layered waves of sonic mystique. Modal instrumentation, chants, and gasping sinister synths are encountered until the track erupts into jubilant devotion.

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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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