The best way to discover new and interesting music that I found to be is to simply step out of my comfort zone and look upon the world wide web with an open mind, but still keep a critical eye open. Throughout the years, this process has led me to smoothly navigate through countless genres, discover thousands of artists and know hundreds of labels in a musical landscape ranging from progressive to techno to minimal to disco and everything in-between. One such landmark happened to appear in my journey a few weeks ago after stumbling across a rather new, but dedicated and hardworking Italian distribution company. Based in Rome, Re.Birth doesn't boast a large selection of labels like other do, but what it lacks in numbers, it gains in content through a tight selection process and unscrupulously enforced ethos. The list contains both established imprints such as the german Out-Er, the italian Love Blast and Raw Waxes, but also fresh upcoming labels like RSVD, Shades, Tangram or Overdraw, and even the company's own Birth label.
But out of all the burgeoning imprints, one really stood out for me in the form of a 100% underground, anonymous release. Going by the clever name of Rhythmath, which translates into "the fusion of rhythm and mathematics", both the artist, the label and the release itself are built around the notion that "without mathematics, there is no art". Treading on the thin line between anonymity and obscurity, 'Rhythmath 001' represents not only the first release, but also acts as a foundation, sets the ehtos in stone and serves as a preview to what more there is to come. The vinyl only limited edition of 250 copies holds three deep techno cuts, named simply A, B and C, hinting at a possible alphabetised concept series or just as a placeholder, so it wouldn't be a surprise to discover other mathematical notations in the future.
The first track starts in a darkroom techno note with a fat thumping kick and dubbed out industrial elements subtly emerging from the silence and filling up the void while a distorted motorised bassline rumbles fadely in the background. More elements are gathered along the way, from short metallic cymbals to running hats and atmospheric snares to finally convey into an intricate arrangement, reminiscent of those beautiful equations we used to do in our youth. Next up we're introduced to the second cut where a more grooved low end construction marches steadily under continuous layers of warped deep-space stabs, perfectly looped claps and minute percussions accents giving the track a recurring, hypnotic feel. The last slice of darkroom techno on the release reigns dominant on Side B and introduces an eerie melange between mild endless cosmic pads, low bass drum kicks and a muffled acid synth line. Topped above them are layers of dreamy synth pads, stuttered cosmic bleeps, copper bells and whistles and a crunchy analog random noise pattern to texture it all up.
Oh, and there's even more good news: Rhythmath drops today, is mastered by Tim Xavier of Manmade Mastering, comes in a vinyl only limited edition pressing so act quick and secure your copy!