Monday, August 7, 2017

Mogadiscio Ensemble – Rejected Ambient Works 2009-2016 (2016)



  • Post-industrial 
  • Lo-fi 
  • DIY 
  • Avant-garde 
  • Experimental pop 
  • Art music 
  • Experimentalism 
  • Electronic music 
  • Leftfield 
  • Alternative 
  • Outsider house 
  • Jazz 
  • Crossover 
  • Post-punk 
  • House 
  • Experimental electronica 
  • Avant-pop

Comment: if I can remember for the right way once there existed such an imprint as Milano, Italy-based Paragrafo Records which was reclaimed as having focus on weird, electronic and experimental music. One of the artists coming out from there was Berlin, Germany-based Mogadiscio Ensemble. Unfortunately almost all the traces behind the imprint are gone (just a couple of issues are uploaded at Bandcamp) though fortunately the combo is up there at Bandcamp to provide an immense set of 38 tracks. The amount of the compositions is big enough to write a solid column about it. First of all, it is huge enough to get enough material to feed your ears and brain. More profoundly, the average track within it is quite short of being approximately 2-3 minute long and containing a shitloads of diverse ideas. From old school industrial synthesised layers and rough yet vivid rhythms, deliberately clogged-up progressions of the lo-fi and DIY culture, appealing outsider house numbers, off-kilter, outsider jazz induced developments. It may resemble a bit an early Cabaret Voltaire which had provided different impulses and ideas on industrial and post-punk to further progress into a wider audience appealed compartment, more profoundly to trod seminally on dance music, post-disco, proto-house music. At times it chimes as if being channelized through some shitty filters and cables. Yet the result, however, is very elegant. On the other side, the title does have a clear hint at Aphex Twin`s Selected Ambient Works 85-92 which similarly did provide an episodic coincidence with the ambient style. In fact, there is no classical ambient structures within that whole, there are up only some fragments of reminding of the style. However, there may be behind a methodology of deconstructing the style. Anyhow the result is a top predator.
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