Brood Ma – Fission [CS]

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Brood Ma – Fission [CS]

7.00

Label: Mantile

Year: 2012

Format: Cassette

Brood Ma’s already made a name for himself among more visible circles in the five years that have passed since this cassette’s release, but I’m more or less scanning this one with blinders on. F I S S I O N is sample based, hyper-edited, hard-hitting, kaliaidescopy electronic music, likely too adventurous and frenzied to be neatly classified as any specific brand of techno. My first thought is actually just ‘laptop music’—which seems like a ridiculously broad catch-all term in 2017, when most music is made with laptops—however, I posit that it’s still an applicable term; to me it connotes a strain of music characterized by enlisting software as a Vitamix for sound, with readymade chunks of music ranking high on the ingredient list. F I S S I O N has the chaotic, frenetic energy resultant from such processes, along with high-tempo bouncy kick and clap patterns that lay the track work for the ride. The degree of technical proficiency and sound clarity is high—off the charts for a tape of this ilk, actually—which may be a turn-off for some, but is irrefutable evidence of the time and effort put into crafting this kind of work. I imagine this tape would work pretty well in car; at times it functions as the aural equivalent to seeing the world around you blurred behind glass. While we’re on vehicles, F I S S I O N also paints a surrealist picture of walking around a crowded street in a hallucinatory state and hearing short bursts of songs spew out from panting SUVs and street vendors’ speakers. I was revisiting the Gum anthology around the time I listened to this, and in the afterglow, I ended up finding some of what Brood Ma does here to be not far removed from the lineage of their teenaged industrial turntable abuse (barring all the beats and such). This tape is considered long gone (the copies offered here were a surprise find from Mantile HQ), so best not wait around if you wish to grab this piece of the puzzle.

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