Rhadoo returns to NervMusic with Semantics – a double EP treating atmosphere just as much as functionality, after his previous collaboration with the label on the prominent VA Quattroporte and It Has Two Ends EP.
The legendary record label with an ethos between steadfast conservatism and cutting-edge comes with a strong visual overdose with the help of Igor Skaletsky’s artwork, defining NervMusic’s multidisciplinary interest in art by all its means.
Released four years on from the spellbinding Zanzibar on Amphia, Semantics observes the minimal shapeshifter enacting a puzzle over four tracks — outlining his vision for versatile tech-minimal and his quest for originality in a trend-lead production phenomenon.
Side A starts spinning “Mount Ararat”. The side-long jam has a full-bodied and powerful sound design, with chugging beat and syncopated bass-line locking the dance floor in its energetic groove. Microtonal sculptures flood its 10 minute runtime, circling meaning without arriving at a conclusion.
On the flipside, Rhadoo introduces us to “Fierbinti”, yet another hypnotic track that features a strong game. Complemented by warped brimms located in different plans, the flow distinguishes itself through its textural design, while the core tenets of minimalism remain its modus operandi.
The 12-inches reveals further “Gerunziu”, embracing a high-impact structured aesthetic, the kind of narrative that has a steady gravitational pull, with plenty of low-end presence. The intensity builds but the rhythm stays locked, dragging you closer to its own kinetic energy – an edgier and more adventurous style, crafted from an array of synths and drum machines.
“Om Neom” is Sematics EP’s closing track – a subtle downtempo killer. A weighty throbbing bass acts like the best fertilizer for the viscous frequencies that sink and resurface, adding a three-dimensional sense of depth. The rewards come with careful, repeated listens, sounding richer and more nuanced each time.
Rhadoo has come to be seen as both an arbiter of taste and a sign that an electronic act has arrived. The kind of low-fuss, high-quality release we’ve come to expect.
Words: Bianca Iulia
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