Chris Mitchell is back on Anunnaki Cartel with a three track 12″ that features strong drum programming with a dystopian feel. Mitchell is pushing the worried and anxious sound, apparently he thinks house and techno is not always roses and peaches. The Remnants EP features three tunes with the mechanical feelings of cyborgs running around in industrial areas creating dance music.
Remnants///Panning arp lines, boxy percussion, with long bass notes that double as a melody begin this 12″. Later the beats become chunky as the toms strike and shimmering sustained crashes appear. The tune remain crunchy until its conclusion as the dystopian feeling is prevalent.
Opinions Are Prisons///A full palette of sounds begins the B side of the wax. A voice in the background states something that is not recognizable. An arp line is the main focus with long bass notes serving as a complimentary line. The voice modulates as the percussion moves along. A melody line comes in to add depth. The elements continue to change as the vocals ring out until the end.
Succubi///A sub kick begins the end as a voice and synth slowly gain steam and volume. The pulsating kick leads us into percussion which is a change from the first two tracks. The vocal moves around as two synth lines play off each other with slow modulations. A melody line appears to cause an emotive feel as all the elements progress to their peak. The synth lines become a bit more fuzzier as a filter also becomes audible which leads a listener right to the break.
Chris Mitchell is up next on Vanguard Sound with a solo piece called Phrenetic EP. A four track 12″ that shows off Chris’ versatility as each track has a different style and feel. Some new music from the American south that is making waves as Chris is creating his own sound. Check the prose from the one sheet:
Vanguard Sound is back with its newest record. Chris Mitchell‘s Phrenetic EP is Vanguard Sounds second release. Coming on the heels of the wildly popular Vanguard Sound Vol. 3, this EP continues to uphold the aesthetic created with the first release, while simultaneously expanding it. The Phrenetic EP features four tracks from the mind and studio of a quickly rising North American talent that all walk the fine line between house and techno. All are very complex rhythmically, with both banging drums, and lush tones. A perfect 3 way marriage of classic Chicago, Detroit, and New York vibrations, the record contains set peaks, as well as transitional tracks that allow DJs to traverse from house to techno and back. Already receiving massive amounts of positive feedback, this EP is proving to be a more than worthy follow up to VS001.
Phrenetic///Floating synths stabs appear as the percussion hits, later joined by another synth line to round out this banger.
Lazerdrive///Bumping bass sounds with a matching synth are driving the track. Suddenly a stuttering voice appears that adds more flavor to the tune.
California///Definitely a west coast sound; guitar riffs sound, a vocal phrase appears, and finally a chord progression comes in with percussion driving it along.
Y.I.C.U.///Synths and bass begin the last track as a filter voice saying Y.I.C.U. floats the forefront. Later more synth lines appear as the vocal gets longer as the tune fills up.
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Okay I’m in Japan and am now taking time to recover from going out everyday; seeing the sites, eating food, and getting new music. So I am chilling out and decided to do some writing. Being that I am a music person and Tokyo is a good place to get you music and fashion fix on, I am inspired to present some new music. So next on the burner is a piece of vinyl coming out on Plan B Recordings NYC from new artist Chris Mtichell out of Tampa, FL. Chris is a fellow Vanguard Sound member and this is his first vinyl 12″. Moreover this vinyl piece features Dakini9 and Amir Alexander on remix duty, they both did a great job of making brand new ideas from the original material resulting in a diverse vinyl piece. Yeah, this release is for people on the plan b tip, especially if you are looking for music that is 180 degrees opposite of popular culture. Enough prose, let’s get to the music.
Lonely Nights – Is an melody driven tune in which stabbing chords and synth hits that float up from deep within the depths of Chris’ psyche. This is the most emotional tune of the EP.
Lonely Nights (Dakini9 Remix) – Is a raw and sparse soundscape with vocals samples that make it sound quite eerie. The chords sound every once and a while and then laughing voice and reverberating claps take center stage in the track. This tune is great for set transitioning due to the fact that it can blended with most any other dance song.
Worker Ants – Is quite gritty, Chris’ synthesis skills are on display as he works the filters and oscillators to portray a dark mood. The more you listen the deeper you will go into the fathomless, dark world of the proletariat in synthesizer form.
Worker Ants (Amir Alexander Remix) – Brings fourth the calling to the sonic brothers and sister of the struggle with a funky bassline and long sustained chord effects. The drum patterns walk along as the melody line is the call to action!
So the Vanguard advances once again…