Big Mean Sound Machine comes out swinging. Triple Bacon is driving and energetic, yet sweet and groovy. Its horns and guitar engage in a playful call and response over a bed of skillful snare work. In The New Filth, Big Mean Sound Machine dials it back, exercising power that can only come from restraint. Brooding crunchy percussion sits deep in the pocket and a thick bass line lies in wait for the brass eruption. Sharks quickens the pace in a sinister yet urgent manner. Chilling keys combine with incredibly intricate percussion and build to a frantic climax followed by a silent reset—allowing the listener to pause before jumping right back into the surfer groove. A screaming alto saxophone solo and an arpeggiated synth grace the runout.
The B-side remix package begins with Mirko’s dance floor-friendly edit of Triple Bacon. Conjuring his experience as a trained jazz drummer, he expertly provides a house foundation without sacrificing the rhythmic nuance that’s the backbone of Afrobeat. René Audiard opts for a deconstructionist approach in his remix of Sharks. He has re-pieced the horns together in a way that Marshall Allen would approve. Teasing a kick drum only when necessary, Audiard’s thematic epic is ripe with tension while maintaining the live spirit of the original.
a1. Triple Bacon
a2. The New Filth
b1. Triple Bacon (Mirko's Edit)
b2. Sharks (Rene Audiard Remix)
Audiard’s expertise in sourcing non-Western samples has been consistently documented by Blank Slate.
With this release, he brings the international influence of his compositions to the forefront. Rather than utilizing samples as building blocks in a typical dance music structure, Audiard has opted for the nuanced approach of crafting his compositions around the samples. The result is a symbiotic relationship in which he delivers a new context for his carefully selected sounds.
a1. René Audiard - Kingston's Road
a2. René Audiard - Omid
b1. René Audiard - Magelhaens
White Visitation steps up with his second release for Blank Slate. 013 sees the rising producer stepping into faster, more techno centric realms with a thumping low end and heavily textured layers of percussion. Seriously heavy, high intensity rollers straight from the lab.
a1. Wounds II
a2. Horizontal Dub
b1. Wounds V