Dabs and Grotesque proudly bring you ‘Theory of the Avantgarde LP’, compliments of their Avantgarde imprint. This 15-track album comprises of various artists from the Avantgarde Recordings’ base, straight from Italy.
Here we have the present and the future of the label, in the form of new artists in the main game, and those that have been around for quite a while, all with the common mission of taking you for a spin into the cosmos.
Enter Kush T (Terabyte Records), Hanzo & Randie (Subculture Music/Nocid Business Rec./Red Light Rec.), who make up some of the new guns of Avantgarde Recordings. They deservingly contribute with good sounds, noting the crystal-clear, reverberating flavour of ‘Hyperspace’ featuring Serge on the Rap vocals; whilst the Italian duo Hanzo & Randie team up with Bayou (also from Italy) for a taste of that Neuro fix that travels with the mind into a deep, dark space abyss.
The project also features properly established producers such as the well-known Heavy1; Nitri; Hydro; Fade; and ArpXP, all adding that unorthodox, proper thorough-bred style that can be termed as avant-garde thus, setting the record straight as to why the label was named what it is.
Tracks for DJs to consider for hyping up the crowd at a rave are bangers such as ‘Fumes’ with its aggressive percussions, and them strong kicks. And I am forced to state an opinion that two joints namely; ‘Let Go’ by M-zine, Scepticz & N.D.M brings in a neat, classy tune that speaks the language of Drum-Funk, reminiscent of the golden era whereby the funk in D&B was adjusting to prominence, and then there’s the super-hyper, Jump-Up vibes of Nitri’s ‘Growl’ that has an invisible, angry feel to it, making these two pieces personal favourites. I say this with a chuckle; they got me dancing the most. And gotta love the random voice of the man in ‘Growl’ that budges in as the track moves, giving it a listen, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Other tracks to look out for at a club or fest near you, in order of appearance are: ‘Arcadia’, ‘Walking The Dog’, Fade’s gruesome ‘Swarm’, and the high speeds of ‘Moving Train’. However, speaking with due honesty, this various artists work is deserving of gracing the speakers of clubs and fests out there, with all due respect.
The owners of Avantgarde Recordings (Dabs and Grotesque) themselves aren’t left out of the excursion; they contribute their studio expertise towards the end, in ‘Keep Shut’, and they brought ArpXP along for the ride into the musical cosmos.
Dabs and his partner Grotesque have outdone themselves with ‘Theory of the Avantgarde’. It is quite impressive, and nicely done. This will leave a lasting impression, and shall be remembered even in the years to come, as a reference point in understanding the message behind Avantgarde.
Words By: Tsheola ‘Vagabond’ Asavela
The Ink Punk.
Release Date: 20/10/14