On the Radar: Albert van Abbe – No Comment 9001

Dutch master, Albert van Abbe, is back with his latest No Comment release. The Waveform Transmitter’s Paddy Hooley takes on four industrial cuts.

Albert Van Abbe is back with a new release on his own imprint No Comment. The established Dutch producer consistently creates industrial impressions to dissociate dance floors and shake sound systems and his latest EP is no exception. No Comment 9001, features two tracks from Van Abbe, an impressive remix by the Exaltics and an acidic debut track from the Dutch collaborative outfit Pantone 32.

More To Ignore 06 opens the 4-song extended play with a rigid and distorted kick drum, and builds sequentially with mechanical percussion patterns and wiring synths, introducing the listener to the clockwork music machine that appears to produce ghostly stabs and searching piano keys. The dark aesthetic, is brightened by sharp and energetic high hat bursts that releases tension in the lower frequencies as the driving kick drum chugs on.

The Exaltics fast paced remix of More To Ignore 02 continuously builds through a playful bass and atmospheric pads, modulating between minimal drums and providing melodic respite from the heavy percussion as the A side draws to a finish. The mysterious chords reduce to a drone in the final minutes of the piece, as the song opens out to a rolling arpeggiation with driving force.

PT01 by Pantone 32 is an energetic and acidic debut collaboration track from DRUM co-founder and resident FEN and sound artist Ricky van Broekhoven. The song opens the B-side in similar style to the A, dark kicks and crisp hats lay foundations for corrosive acid synth lines, progressively building intensity with the well crafted additions to the percussive assault. The short and sharp drum sounds and electric stabs are angelically united through a harrowing and thought provoking choral sample that rises and falls until the closing moments.

Van Abbe’s final addition to No Comment 9001 is the original release of The Exaltics’ remix More To Ignore 02. Van Abbe’s robotic machine music production style again shines through from the off, with saw and drill samples that sound like you could be on a Honda production line or undergoing pounding dental surgery. The iconically crisp hats similar to the opening track return in bursts, juxtaposed by disturbingly ambient keys and a relentlessly rigid kick drum.

No Comment 9001 was released on 12th September and is available in vinyl and MP3 Formats.

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