Akali Akali – This Is What It Felt Like
Akali Akali aka Oliver Viol is next up on Endless Music with four tracks that explore the techno sweet spot between ecstasy and pain.
Viol is a multimedia composer, sound designer and classical music artist who weaves traditional instruments into his productions. They are saturated by self-made audio samples and loops and achieve a great marriage between acoustic and machine made sounds.
His style is heavily influenced by artists such as Kangding Ray, Arvo Pärt, music of the late baroque style as well as polystylistic Soviet composers of the early 20th century and he has written music for numerous theatre productions and dance performances in Europe. “The void of perception between two extremes, and the concept of the duality of human nature were fields which fuelled this work,” says the artist of this most provocative EP.
Things open up with the title track, a brilliantly strong bass-heavy techno composition. It carries you into ecstatic highs over a long and absorbing time period with the never ending pulse of a heart-beat down below, all in a classy and cerebral fashion. The excellent ‘Lagging Convulsion’ was written and recorded together with Arne Spremberg. It’s inspired by the ever-changing face of reality in the age of digital technologies and the confusion that comes with it. Musically, it is a drone heavy techno track with weighty drums marching onwards. There is real elegance in the synths and a sense of futurism that really stands out.
Then comes the superb ‘Ectopia,’ which acts as a counterpart to the opening track. Breakbeats and rare subs explore dance floor intensity in physical, dynamic ways that cannot fail to sweep up the floor. Last of all, the tasteful ’Coterie’ is a long, majestic ride with orchestral plains weaved into a heavy, trance-y drum pattern. It is a dreamlike journey with a soft landing that rounds things out in style.
All four cuts here are masterfully executed and make for another fantastically original EP.
1. Lagging Convulsion
4. This Is What It Felt Like When You