Vinyl, 12"Sold out
- + MP3
Available: April 18, 2013
320 kbps, LAME-encoded
“Ballads” EP is L-Vis’ first true artist statement since his “Neon Dreams” LP – a set of bizarre, show-stopping pieces designed to spiritually open up the club.
The EP transports the listener to the flooded underwater realm of its title track “Ballad 4d”. Fans of the track’s YouTube rip have dubbed it the ‘submarine tune’ for its obscene, living bass, like some mechanical whale cry. It’s the sound of a ’00?s Sublow bass tone emerging from warm ’80s analog oscillators, letting you up for air before sucking you down once again as drum fragments and debris float by through the murk. The track moves with a vast, sighing implication of a groove until suddenly propelling into decisive 4×4 as L-Vis lets the the drums take control again.
“Not Mad” is demented, a guitar-pedal troika powered by an overdriven electric bass and Club kicks. It features a clapper with the giggles, a talking flanger and sawtooth stabs that beam across the track like strobes.
“Signal” is an exercise in dancefloor shock and awe through reductionism, and is the surprise club bomb of the EP. Out of nothing but droning chords comes a massive arpeggio of Juno bass pulses framed only in silhouette by sonar bleeps, finger snaps and self-recycling industrial machinery.