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Bedouin Traxx

Bedouin Traxx

BRAV007 | 2015-11-16  
After delivering a nomadic journey of a remix for Jonathan Kusuma's "Waves Form" EP in 2014, Bedouin Traxx return to Bravura with their first original material and debut EP. The reclusive pairing, rumoured to be a transatlantic duo of likeminded musical wanderers, bring a distinct sound to the Bravura table, blending industrial tinged strains of Detroit and Chicago with vintage sci-fi atmospherics and layers of desert dust.

Opener "Dune" sets the pace early. Grit-laden chords wash over a lo-fi drum machine while sub bass bumps underneath. The percussion builds, urged on by grunts and sighs from what sounds like a Huttian beat boxer, before the boisterous opening makes way for a more reflective second act, with chords chiming in the distance, topped off by soaring strings.

If "Dune" is a desert journey on some distant planet, then "I-94 Express" has its feet - or more correctly, wheels - firmly on planet Earth. The track hurtles down a post-industrial highway, flanked by beeps, squeaks and bleeps, intermittently stopping at lights before plunging on ever faster. The speed run reaches its conclusion as the percussion winds down, while pulsing angelic drones fill the air.

"Future" sets off on a voyage through time, as twinkling FM drones fill the night sky, an ominous 50s sci-fi voice stoically tells of the future, "not a future that will be, but one might that be". Sputnik sounds orbit benignly while buzz-saws mechanically stab the soundscape, all underpinned by decayed drum artefacts and throbbing bass.

Topping off the release and exclusively available on Bravura's Bandcamp page is "88 Outlines", an homage to, and exploration of, early warehouse sounds. Funky organs, vocal cuts and Bomb Squad screeches vie for position before being swamped by an enormous chord arp, which melts, in turn, into a Moroder-esque shimmering chord sequence.

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