As winter lingers longer than expected, waves of indecisive weather permeate the planet. At the Harmonious Discord camp, we are picking up on deep connotations distilled in dreary afternoons. This weather is a perfect time to revisit some of our dub-minded artists with a special collaboration called Dub Excursions. Dub Excursions features label familiar Onium and features two rising stars in the expansive dub techno arena; Ivan Torres and James Kelley.
Intentions is breathing invitation to rise. Artifacts of ambient works and eco-botanal shades temper organic dub influences with expressive synthesizer design. Cascading momentum drives this pensive powerhouse to a floaty array of melodic bliss. Perceptions offers the compliment to Intentions, with the first selection setting the path and Perceptions moving us deeper. The soundscape is filled with vinyl remnants and complex pads, but the other elements bring a more aggressive techno flavor to the later sections.
Dub 7 cracks a smile in this rather serious project. It begins with evolving pads and a muted, dusty drum machine. Dub 7 really starts to open up in the middle with brushes of melodic leads that dance in-between the lush soundscapes. It's successor Dub 8 is a good order sharper. Driving interstellar melodies and tense bass deliver on the dancefloor presence of this contribution from Ivan. Expect more from Ivan on the imprint and we are excited to have him.
Longtime Dallas-based sleeper sensation James Kelley (Subspec/Momentum League) drives the subtle but tense properties of Intentions into a skin-crawling warehouse techno piece. The once calming breathes now breed upcoming uncertainty as James layers on heady atmospheres. James gives us a crippling bass-bin workout for the afterhours.