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Bleep Mix #110 - Mark & Christoph de Babalon

  1. Bleep Mix #110 - Mark & Christoph de Babalon

    Bleep Mix #110 - Mark & Christoph de Babalon

Yes, you read that right. For the latest drop in Bleep’s ongoing mix series we find two of the dance music’s most adventurous, innovative, boundary-pushing artists uniting for almost an hour of blends. Christoph de Babalon’s resurgence has been a joy to behold these past few years, while Mark’s releases on labels like Unterton and A Colorful Storm have built on de Babalon’s legacy of menacing, murky industrial breakbeats. Their Bleep mix enters similar territory in its home straight, with a 160 bpm mash-up of Peder Mannerfelt’s ‘Un-Air’ and Bambounou’s ‘Tour’ proving a particular highlight. The earlier stages contain pounding techno beats that may run slightly slower but still provide the same maniacal, often caustic thrills. Dark ambient and electroacoustic selections periodically punctuate the mix, sewing up its air of malevolent glee.

Tracklist

Ossia - Inertia
Karim Maas - Saturn Return
Alec Empire - Blutrote Nacht Über Berlin
Consulate - RZ Canin
Shut Up & Dance - Cape Fear
Dead Fader - Legos
Projekct Three - Masque 5
Sunk Heaven - The Slant Of An Intentionally Blank Mind
Aldrich - Barefoot Pilgrim
Bernard Fort - Brain Fever
Moldof - Kiki & Kiki
Bohren und der Club Of Gore - Sechs
Nijimu - Untitled
Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg - Trommelfeuerchen Blind
Maggi Payne - Distant Thunder
Klara Lewis - Ingrid
DYL & Nico TVG - We Ended Up Somewhere
Carl Stone - Fujiken
Peder Mannerfelt - Un-Air x Bambounou - Tour (160 mash)
Ruffkut - London Massive x Ibunshi - Hylozoism
even as we speak - bizarre love triangle (echo)

  • Artist
    Christoph de Babalon, Mark
    ReleaseProduct
    Split
    Label
    A Colourful Storm
    Catalogue Number
    ACOLOUR026
    Release Date
    April 17, 2020

    Christoph de Babalon and Mark. That’s one hell of a link-up, and one that makes a lot of sense when you think about it - both artists are known for erratic, cold innovations in drum ‘n’ bass that often spill out into neighbouring genres like industrial, noise and musique concrete. This principle rings true once again on the pair’s new collaborative EP, one delivered via the superb Australian label A Colourful Storm.

    Simply entitled Split, this EP finds de Babalon delivering three tracks on the A-side while Mark locks down two for the flip. The trio from de Babalon moves in a similar manner to the Hectic Shakes record that he released via Alter back in 2019. Breakcore is more guiding hand than holistic aesthetic for de Babalon here - all of his entries contain swirling drum breaks, and ‘Webs Of Wraith’ and ‘When To End’ get up to jungle tempo, but these sounds are often positioned against droning keyboards and shadowy textures that draw first and foremost from dark ambient.

    de Babalon’s vibe is continued on Mark’s lengthy closing number ‘Incantation For The Protection Of JC’. As is often the case with Mark tunes, a soup of droning industrial tones eventually gives way to a fidgeting, eerie drum ‘n’ bass roller - see his previous A Colorful Storm drops Here Comes A Fucking Startup Campus and Integrier Dich Du Yuppie for more on this front. However, Mark’s most poignant number on Split may well be the quietest. ‘Duet For Melodica And Claves’ is a track that does exactly what the title promises, a spare, mournful koan wending its way across three minutes. Dub, torch song and blues can all be parsed from the track’s campfire vibe, its folksy earthiness only serving to frame the radical potential of Split’s electronic tracks in sharper focus.

    Christoph de Babalon and Mark’s Split sees two masters of dark, defiant industrial drum ‘n’ bass combine to create a set of brooding anti-anthems.

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    Digital Track List

    1. 1 Webs Of Wraith Christoph De Babalon 3:44 Buy
    2. 2 Mares Christoph De Babalon 2:07 Buy
    3. 3 When To End Christoph De Babalon 6:13 Buy
    4. 4 Duet For Melodica And Claves Mark 2:50 Buy
    5. 5 Incantation For The Protection Of JC Mark 8:13 Buy
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