out now: Anja Zaube – Thicket EP [Nemorous Records]December 23, 2015
end of January 2016
vinyl & digital
about the label
Nemorous Records is rooted in a techno tradition, albeit eager to grow in all different kind of directions, thus touching genres as diverse as industrial, experimental or even metal. The label is run by veteran DJ (and newcoming producer) Anja Zaube and Markus Grotmann, who recently started to DJ under the dim_light moniker. They both share a powerful vision of the label´s overall sonic and visual aesthetic. Nemorous Records´output will be on analog media (vinyl, tape) first and foremost, with digital availability maybe later. The main focus will be on new or lesser known artists in whom both strongly believe, on vinyl format complemented by remixes from more established artists. The first issue is by Anja Zaube, backed with a remix by Jan Grebenstein. The second issue will be a tape by Berlin based newcomer NYARLATHOTEP (https://soundcloud.com/nyarlathotep-ritual). The third release will be by Anja again and will include a remix by Blind Observatory.
about the EP
The EP starts abruptly, like walking into a club mid-set. There is no build up to the title track – you are there, running, moving, getting away from your life with a desperate sense of escape. Her sound is truly original.
The title track is littered with precise messiness; scratched sounds that recur, drawing you deeper and deeper into that hole burning in your consciousness. Tinkering bells flicker as the layers get thicker, struggling deeper into this overgrown vacant lot, lost and scratched as Zaube’s unwavering rhythm drives through each epiisode. This is the track to take us away from life and sink us into a darkroom of pleasure.
After “Thicket” is Grebenstein’s remix. It is less urgent – more like a re-telling of some primal scene to a therapist. The elements that Zaube uses to explore the darkest places of Berlin techno are recounted in a slower tempo, letting us linger in these deep holes a little longer before the track wakes and sets off again in furious pursuit.
“Branches” is Zaube’s pensive reflection on the same elements that Grebenstein drew out of thicket. It is a much slower track, drifting in Doppler effects over a deep rhythmic drumming that is as sparse as the beat in “Thicket” was driving. Everything is disassociated through the droning; we are miles away from the frantic pace in which we started. I’ve been circling around the same forest, a labyrinthine path that leads me deeper into the spaces I first dreamt about. This is fantastic, hypnotic techno. It has a looseness held in check by Zaube’s clever rhythmic articulation. It drifts into some terrifying soundscapes, and intelligently keeps moving through them. These are the same strange, desolate places that she explores in some of her experimental soundcloud mixes.
“45 Minutes Of Techno”