Skrapez – Sorcery

(Hit+Run, 2017)

Skrapez is an experimental musical duo (originally from San Diego), part of the artist-collective Hit+Run (with many totally cool artists releasing stuff), with a huge amount of releases in their disco. The two artists known as Tenshun and Psychopop have also released a lot of stuff under other aliases, but this is the project that has mostly caught my eye and ear.

Having just toured Europe with another awesome artist Gonjasufi, this release has been recorded in the California desert in conjunction with that tour. All the music of Skrapez which I have been exposed to so far, has been traditional beat-making (using sampling, scratching, and drum-pads) put through filters of heavy distortion and other violent effects, and the two songs on this release are not different in that sense.

Yet although as harsh and crushing as the music is, it manages to stay in audial harmony and balance when it comes to the different tracks on the songs, while being chaotically and almost disturbingly psychedelic and hypnotic at the same time. And that is no easy feat when it comes to stuff like this.

The two songs (both of which last exactly 09:59) on this release are basically made of different parts or chapters, something I have also heard on previous Skrapez-material, but this time around the parts are not too distinctly apart in content. Beats of harsh electronics, multilayered percussions, psychedelic synths and various samples and effects take total control of the atmosphere for the 20 mins, in a really DIY and low-fi yet creative way. The first song is a bit more beat-oriented, while the second one is more Ambient and experimental.

The music sounds like it has been made by human hands dripping with blood and sweat, rather than with some Ableton Live gimmicks. This stuff is perfect when taking the bus to your shitty job, or inspecting it more closely while high on some drug, or even as background music while working on your computer.

Highly recommended for all fans of harsh Electronic / Industrial sounds and traditional Hip Hop made with classic sampling techniques, especially if you already dig low-fi stuff like the before-mentioned Gonjasufi and similar mentalities.

Available as a tape through Hit+Run.

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