from his home base in ireland, samaan has been releasing a steady stream of dub laced, static infused house and techno for a while, most frequently on the increasingly reliable fulbarr. here, though, he steps out on his own new imprint, one electronica, with 250, vinyl-only copies of the wildlife ep. it carries on where other eps have left off, with a raw, gravelly and aggravated analogue palette employed to lay out three dystopian visions.
‘unrest’ is a weighty groove built on vast rubbery kicks. it thumps the same pattern over and over as scuzzy basslines, serrated synths and splintered percussion chop it up into many different pieces. unsettling and constantly on the verge of implosion, it’s an arresting track where ‘wildlife’ is much more on the prowl. paranoid ticking hi-hats are never far away, the sandy claps echo into the distance and a bleeding acid line snakes left and right, right and left, conjuring images of some murderous hunt in a disused warehouse.
finally, ‘oscillation streams’ is dense with more ripping acid as clattering, wrought iron synths pile up in the background. complex and gauzy, the many contrasting surfaces give each track a certain depth in which it’s great to get lost and have your every sense tingled. samaan is something of a throwback for the way his sounds are so uncompromising, turning away from the streamlined loops of much of the day’s techno and instead toward a much more circuitous sound.