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If Not Now When?
Stroboscopic Artefacts
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June 19, 2020


Having spent the second half of the 2010s releasing records through her own Danza Tribale label, Rome-based producer Adiel broke cover in 2019 by issuing the Musicofilia EP through Kangding Ray’s ara imprint. Now Adiel steps out once again with her Stroboscopic Artefacts debut, an EP which takes its title from the old rabbinical saying If Not Now, When? - a phrase which came back into the public consciousness when Primo Levi used it as the title for a 1982 novel.

Across the four tracks here Adiel’s hypnotic brand of minimal techno proves a perfect fit for the Lucy-helmed label. Anchoring each cut with unerring kick drums, the potent, dubwise atmospherics that Adiel tends towards are reminiscent of fellow Stroboscopic Artefacts artists Efdemin and Serena Butler. The opening title-track of If Not Now When? finds a companion piece in ‘If Not Me Who?’ - both see their drums and synthetic cells spiralised by echo effects. Something similar is achieved on closer ‘ESRR’, though the addition of an erratic vocal loop makes for arguably the most arresting listen here. Completing the If Not Now When? tracklist is ‘At The Bottom Of The Sea’, a seasick techno roller that has more than a shade of Luke Slater’s Planetary Assault Systems to it.

Adiel rocks up on Stroboscopic Artefacts with If Not Now When?, a collection of minimal techno rollers that will fog up any DJ set.


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