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by nrl:ndr

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    Coming from a diverse background of equal amounts hip hop and rock, the producer behind the alias of nrl:ndr got into dance music late in his musical career. After playing in kraut-oriented bands like So Many Mammals, parts of that group reformed into the live techno outfit Tren Né, with the goal of fusing techno elements with live drums. Playing for illegal raves with a punk-like energy, nrl:ndr has cemented his relationship with his machines in service of the dance floor.

    But his solo debut on blundar is quite far removed from that scene. To understand this music, one should be aware of the conditions under which it was manufactured. Reluctant to consider himself an artist in the traditional sense, nrl:ndr makes his music free of anticipation and without apparent goals. To glean into this outré musical space is like putting one's ear to the boarded up windows of the photograph that adorn the front sleeve.

    The album makes extensive use of the Roland JV-2080, a sample-based synth rack from 1996 with a distinctly clean sound. Our producer dives deep into the expansion cards (labeled after genres like “Hip Hop” and “World”) for curious and sometimes cheesy samples. But he also forces the JV-2080 to do things which are not its forte, like the arduous task of programming decent kick drums.

    Another technique that is testament to his experimental view on music making, is the idea of using sketches of unfinished tracks with different time signatures, and mash them together into something new - of which the results of one of these experiments can be heard on the closing track and its bilingual conversation between ambient and tribal.

    Full of stunted rhythms and eerie melodies, the unclassifiable nature of the music of nrl:ndr lies somewhere in the vicinity of IDM, classical avant garde and private press synth. From the epic opening track - echoing the post-kraut drumming style of Michael Shrieve - to juggling with chopped up vocal samples and treading into almost trap-like territories on A4, he crosses into a multitude of genres without getting his hands too dirty with nostalgia.
    Text by: Simon Eliasson

    Vinyl release; 200 numbered copies, transparent 180gr LP.
    Streaming available on Tidal, Apple Music, Youtube Music & Spotify.

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"The first nrl:ndr release slot itself into the label roster alongside its other rhythm dragon-chasers with a hands-on, asymmetric, economic feel for groove and texture shared by their Best Available Technology and Komet / Byetone releases. Their skewed take on club music derives from a background in hip hop and rock, playing with kraut-oriented bands like So Many Mammals and live techno group Tren Né, and absorbing the energy of playing at illegal raves.

Their music exists in space adjacent those strains of practice, discreetly getting inside their own thing - and particularly the limits of the rack-mounted Roland JV-2080 synth-sampler unit - with a careful yet approach to rhythm programming and tonal nuance that is found tucked tightly into takes on Kakuhan-like far eastern percussion in the opener, and threads thru the record’s nimble electronica on ‘A4’, to the pendulous, air-carving shapes and spaces described in ‘B1’, and puckered into a series of 2-steppy vignettes, culminating a pulsating, steppers’ ambient techno abstraction recalling Giuseppe Ielasi meets Vladislav Delay."
Review & Product Image by: boomkat.com

"Nice, off kilter electronics from Nrl:ndr who demonstrates a keen flair for machine management across a non-linear LP of intricate rhythms and stripped back mainframe sonics. Real interesting stuff for any DIY synthesizer nuts out there."
Review by: www.piccadillyrecords.com

Sound Samples: www.rushhour.nl/record/vinyl/untitled-302

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released March 15, 2024

Music By - nrl:ndr
Manufactured By - R.A.N.D. Muzik
Mastered By - Alexis Rodríguez Cancino
Photography By - mutantexture.com
Distribution By - www.rushhour.nl
Released By - blundar.co

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blundar Sweden

Since its inception, blundar has released a string of albums by artists working in the experimental field bordering techno and subgenres of dance music. From veterans of the underground scene like Lowtec, Frank Bretschneider and Sven Rieger, to younger talents like Sacred Grove and Unfinished Portraits, the label’s catalog so far is a carefully curated vision of atmospheric manipulations in sound. ... more

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