- Release Date 2015-01-26
- Label Translation Recordings
- Catalog TRNSLDIGI026
On Faster But Slower rising pads set the stage for an evocative, lovelorn affair with gently plucked guitars, lush synth leads, and glitchy 808 drum edits. Next, Hidden Element set speed to 140 BPM and journey to the deep field of space on Dont Follow Them, whose surging mid-bass cuts across sparse, electro-acoustic soundscapes and pumping sub frequencies. Understanding, a collaboration with fellow Ukrainian artist Physical Illusion (Fokuz Recordings), maintains the deep, celestial vibe, as industrial-sounding drums click and whir in juxtaposition with subtle synth textures, conjuring images of a research satellite surveying the great abyss of space. The aptly-titled Heartbreak Tune brings things back to a more terrestrial 160 BPM two-step shuffle and groove, interweaving guitar riffs, twinkling keys, and orchestral strings. Last but not least, Dexta (Different Music) twists things up with a modern jungle edit of Hot Pants from the Lifeforms EP (2013), where cascading Amen breaks and punching subs thud and rumble, delivering pure bass-weight.
From cinematic deep space soundscapes to rolling dancefloor mayhem, Hidden Elements Other Forms EP is something to be enjoyed in all listening environments. The Ukranian duo deftly incorporate traditional instruments like guitar and piano into their compositions, but freely experiment with the union of organic and electronic sounds for an evocative and immersive release from start to finish.