EVAR010 - LIZA AIKIN & MONOLOG - UNTIL THERE WAS NOTHING
Two Berlin techno stalwarts join forces for the first time.
Liza Aikin & Monolog present their debut collaborative EP, Until There Was Nothing on LA’s Evar Records. After sharing a studio together for five years, the two accomplished producers fuse their contrasting approaches to create a collection of biting percussive loops and muscular electronics. This collaboration sees the pair explore new territories in sound design, composition and delivery.
Monolog, an alias of Mads Lindgren since 1999, is famed for intense, densely layered noise-based experiments that push technological limits and fuse his diverse experiences in metal, noise, jazz and DnB. Collaborating with Aikin was a process of slimming his production style down, harnessing the mesmeric power of rhythmic repetition. For Aikin on the other hand, a seasoned DJ whose subtly cinematic productions have appeared on labels like Mord and Gegen Berlin, this collaboration was about reaching for new extremes. Given full creative control by Evar, the result is raw and unrestrained. In Aikin’s own words: “I'd consider this record one of my most savage, but also thanks to that, the most technically accomplished.”
“Remnant” is a highly textured techno workout, mixing blunted percussion with delicate gliding pads to make something at once caressing, and brutally unyielding. “Siam” is an exercise in noise, complexity and control, its tough, obstinate beats mask a tightly wound, intricate core. “Formed By Impact” is fine-tuned for huge, echoey spaces - menacing, pulse-raising and hypnotic throughout except for brief, cathartic moments where the smoke clears. Finally, “Datawerk” closes the EP, a propulsive basement weapon for introverted dancers late into the night.
Hot on the heels of releases from C.Z., Wheez-ie, Speed Dealer Moms and more, Aikin and Monolog close out a prolific second year of operations for Evar. Showcasing two accomplished producers engaged in a mutual learning process, this is explosive music for unwavering dancefloors.
Liza Aikin and Monolog fuse their contrasting approaches to explore new territories in sound design, composition and emotion. Sharing a Berlin studio together for five years before joining forces, Aikin and Monolog’s work is a testament to the power of collaboration to elevate the creative process.
Liza Aikin’s distinctive and cinematic brand of techno is built on organic textures, hardware manipulation and field recordings, layered into dark and hypnotic arrangements. Her music has appeared on imprints like Mord, Obscuur and Gegen Berlin, one of Berlin’s most influential queer techno nights.
Operating under the Monolog alias since 1999, Mads Lindgren has appeared on labels like Murder Channel, Ad Noiseam, Hymen Noiseam, Hymen, Arboretum and Ohm Resistance. As a live act, he’s toured worldwide. Pulling together experiences in genres like metal, noise, jazz and DnB, Lindgren has an untiring drive to push technological boundaries to reach sonic extremes.
B1 Formed By Impact
released June 3, 2022
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