Usurp is an anonymous collective of European artists joining into a unique platform in order to spread their similar musical vision, including IDM and Industrial sonorous experiments, without the need of labeling it, in favour of letting the music do the talking, almost as a protest against the common club culture paradigms. Every release is based on empires' histories, and some of the turning points in their existences.
After the first record released back in May 2016, inspired by the Roman Empire - its titles took inspiration from The Life of Brian, as USURP artists love Monty Python since their adolescence - its second installment 'Reconquista' is about the Moors, Islamic inhabitants of Maghreb, Spain, Italy and Malta in Medieval times.
'Taifa' opens up with break beat percussions, locked and acidic patterns and melodically ever rising, mind-blowing textures: the track represents the Muslim cities remained such after the collapse of the caliphate of Cordoba, linking to the uncertainty of the future as happened for those towns. 'Covadonga' follows featuring ravey, sinister atmospheres and is considered to be the starting point of the reconquista, where Don Pelayo took the 'oath of Covadonga' when he swore to fight and win over the Moors. 'Poitiers' is again a break beat cut, it displays enchanting but always hitting rhythms interacting with structurally irregular, restless musical elements: the French city was the furthest place up north the Moors actually went, stopped there by Charles Martel and his army - it took up until the 15th century before the were thrown off the continent.
"Your reign is over. Your virtue has become your pitfall. We are here to take over. We do not negotiate. Surrender mind and body. You will comply."