Red Axes / Shem Vol.1
After a critically acclaimed LP on I’m A Cliché in 2014 and a string of quality EPs, edits and remixes left right and center, The Red Axes are back on Cosmo Vitelli’s imprint. This is the first entry in Red Axe’s Shem series on I’m a Cliché which will see the Israeli duo releasing tracks geared towards the dancefloor but always retaining the one-of-a-kind approach that it distills in all its productions.
This track is built on drums given the delay treatment, looped chimes, a droning bass, lo-fi stabs and arpeggiated leads which convey the feeling of an endless, upward rise. As heady as it is elegant, this blissed-out, psychedelic track almost sounds like The Jesus & Mary Chain making techno in 2015.
BALMA ((feat. Abrão)
Opening with an irresistible beat and percussion samples along with warm analog synths on lead and bassline duties, this is a track indebted to afrojazz with an unmistakable house feeling but in Red Axes’ trademark style of course, enhanced by Abraõ, the lush portuguese crooner heard on several of the duo’s previous productions for I’m a Cliché.
With a solid rhythm section, Nu Mi is a track built around a groovy synth sequence, later joined by a bass guitar, layers of guitar pads that range from the melodic to the noisy along with treated samples. This ecstatic cut which always gets a positive response from the dancefloor is a prime example of Red Axes’ ability to make club-ready tracks out of organic elements with superb results.
There’s an underwater vibe throughout this track where tape delay, spring reverb and other vintage effects are used to treat a music box, percussion and melodies played by a variety of instruments. Just when you thought the EP could not get more dreamy or spaced out, Red Axes take it up a notch with this track which brings subtle ethnic and cosmic vibes to the dancefloor.