Sunday, June 05, 2022

Gabriel Prokofiev - Howl! [Oscillations 001 Promo]

Set for release via the freshly founded Oscillations label as their 001 on June 10th, 2k22 is "Howl!", the latest single by Hackney-based producer / composer Gabriel Prokofiev who's been active on the UK Bass Music circuit as a part of the Medasyn project in the early noughties yet has moved forward towards the exploration of Classical / (Neo)Classical compositional structures ever since. Inspired by both Allen Ginsberg's poem 'Howl' as a way to make sense of the average humans everyday experience as well as the tumultous circumstances of the so-called 'Arab Spring' the five tracks - or parts, or sequels - to be found on "Howl" provide a series of musical iterations oftentime starting with highly digital, yet somewhat electrostatic crackles transforming into dry, harsh and hostile riddim structures evoking memories of futuristic HyperGrime produced by the likes of Basic Rhythm, Peder Mannerfelt or East Man paired with the clean aesthetics of Electronica staples like Autechre and - especially prevalent in "Howl! II - Separation ft. Linus YS Fung" as well as the untitled bonus cut - most beautiful, longing and melancholia-inducing string sequences as a touching atmospheric addition to the otherwise rather cold and brooding overall feel of this EP which in parts even seems to be leaning into Broken Techno / Industrial realms whereas other sequences rather stay within the confines of stripped down Electronica efforts stylewise.


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