Not all electronic music aspires to the dancefloor. Since the last decade has seen the pop machine absorb club sounds, pushing softly synthesised production and electronic four-to-the-floor kicks into ubiquitous territory, the original purveyors of the music have moved on to different territories entirely. One label which has always been at the forefront of this post-club/deconstructed dance music has been Mike Paradinas’ Planet Mu. Releasing the likes of Venetian Snares’ frantic technical experiments, Claude Speeed’s synthscapes, and Jlin’s jittering footwork, the label is now set to release the debut LP from electronic experimentalist Ziúr – U Feel Anything?.
Having only released two EPs, Taiga and Deeform both last year, Berlin-based Ziúr has already carved out a distinct space for herself on the fringes of her city’s scene. Walking the line between introspective investigation, designed for private listening, and cathartic bombast, ideal in the midst of a hectic DJ set, Ziúr embodies the eclectic ethos of her fellow Berliners Kablam and Lotic, as well as the technical explorations of producers like Objekt.
Opener ‘Human Life Is Not A Commodity’ sets the scene with its political message bolstered by the titular human presence of eerily whispered voices playing over meditative bells and a bass drone backing. Throughout U Feel Anything?, Ziúr plays with this notion of the human in electronic music. The initial intimate vocalisations of ‘Human Life Is Not A Commodity’ may seem familiar, yet their intensity brings to mind the strange disembodiment of ASMR videos, and as Ziúr later manipulates the vocals, soon the human elements become almost unrecognisable.
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[This piece was published on 16/10/17]