Artist // Roel Funcken
Release // Semtinal Convex EP
Label // MethLab
Series // Integral Aesthetics
Release Dates // Worldwide - 18.07.2019
METHLAB RECORDINGS continues its INTEGRAL AESTHETICS series with the SEMTINAL CONVEX EP, the debut release of veteran IDM pioneer ROEL FUNCKEN on the label. Championed within are the sonic ideals central to the INTEGRAL AESTHETICS series as the EP unfolds both radiant aural landscapes and complexly spiraling sonic sequences across its 6 tracks.
NEBULA MESSIR's vast pads wash over the looping rhythm created in the synthesis of its pulsating bass and cyclic drums, providing a backing for a variety of glistening motifs which unravel themselves from its center. PYKES KESSLER contrasts its predecessor with a sharp percussive palette which takes precedence over the groaning reverberations of its bassline in an experience of multifaceted turmoil reigned in by the constancy of its distant melody. THORN CACTI thusly represents a synthesis of the EP's opening pair, blending shimmering chords with dense percussive sequences that evolve convergently with its staccato melody for a track that is at once both dense and expansive. BOYTRON KOVAX features a collaboration with RECUE and unifies a disparate grouping of ideals within its span, moving between moments of mania and lucidity inexorably bound by naught but a shared tonality yet concise in their shared existence. Sharing its name with the EP itself, TITULAR CONVEX opens with a yearning arpeggio that floats upwards, effervescent atop a wandering drumbeat that slides effortlessly through a realm of wistful strings, frenetic vocal chops and dusky pads before exiting with phantasmal ease. SAVAREEN brings finality to the EP not with a decisive demonstration but rather with a conceptual remembrance. The track gathers the myriad textures of the EP within the grasp of its gentle atmosphere, releasing them in sparse bursts of reverie that fade into the ether of its pads before closing with a brief drum flourish which rolls into nothingness as though an afterthought.
With the SEMTINAL CONVEX EP, ROEL FUNCKEN & METHLAB RECORDINGS present a fiercely experimental work born of the joint unity of their philosophies, unfurling the sonic tale of the INTEGRAL AESTHETICS series further with its complex sequences.
Artist // Malux
Release // Medicate & Aquatic
Label // MethLab
CAT // MLS015
Release Dates // Worldwide - 25.07.19
MALUX debuts his latest single MEDICATE//AQUATIC on METHLAB RECORDINGS, bringing his fluidly morphing sonics to the label for the first time since his appearance on 2016's Revenant compilation. With his history of pushing the boundaries of sonic design across a range of labels such as Bad Taste Recordings, Get Hype Records, and Eatbrain, MEDICATE//AQUATIC comes as a powerful continuation of his evolution.
Delivered first are the precise auditory interactions of MEDICATE. The warped bassline within is bound to the driving force of the track's drumbeat for a sharply crafted synthesis that preserves both depth and dynamic intensity within its tightly-wound framework. Following this, AQUATIC surges forth upon the tumultuous current of a highly motive bassline, setting the track's full sonic spectrum adrift upon its wiles as it breaks free from any semblance of its predecessor's binding structure.
With MEDICATE//AQUATIC, MALUX marks his debut solo release on the METHLAB RECORDINGS label, presenting his inimitable textures on the relentlessly exploratory label across a pair of singular sonic sequences.