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Smrznik/ / TFT - Makhine [TTM Incisioni Musicali - 2010]

'Makhine' is a three way HNW split between Sarajevo based  Smrznik, Russian/Sarajevo two piece   and Italian TFT.  In all theres  just over an  hours worth of rewarding & consistent 'wall' making on offer here.

As with anything put out on the excellent TTM Incisioni Musicali(which is run by Alessio of TFT) label theres a very sleek & classy look to the packaging with none of the Giallo, horror & blood splattered imagery used in many HNW releases present here. Instead you get an oversized colour sleeve which is mainly covered by a stern, cold & sci-fi like  grey metallic grid pattern with the albums name, credits ect  put in small text at the base of either side of the packaging.

Up first we have Smrznik- this is the project of Sarajevo based Neven Sebastian Crnich who also co-runs the splendid & quality bound HNW label Zvukovina. The tracks called 'Leden Dah' meaning in English Ice Breath which is extremely apt as this track wall is built around a looped & relatively sparse but hypnotic freezer like purr n drilling tone. The track really gives you the feeling of being slowly, but surely frozen in a vast chugging  cold room. The track comes in just over the half an hour; but it seems to zoom by  much faster as Crnich has built such an appealing & trance inducing chilling machine purr and throb here.

Next up we have two tracks from whos name  translation to Lost Necks in English. This project once more features Neven Sebastian Crnich along with Russian based Alexander Kibanov(Earth Incubator, Headless Kamikaze, solo & many other projects). The two tracks here were original released only a net only release(thats now no longer available)- the first track comes in at the six minute thirty second mark & finds the pair offering up a mid-pace circling wall of machine tone. It takes in :seared metallic whips, cold drilling drones, controlled air hose hissing and low down rumbles; the track keeps a fairly consistent and looped pace though-out, but it's once more quite hypnotic in its sonic grain. The other   track is the shortest of all of the tracks here & finds the pair amp-up the pace a little with a wall built around shoving air hissings & distant chain rustles, looped bass boils & repetaive industrial tone loops. With-in the guts of the track theres a see-awing & slightly harmonic feedback rise & fall which keeps the track very captivating.  Its just a pity it couldnt have lasted a little longer that just over the three minute mark.

Lastly we have the TFT track which is entitled UHT and this comes in at exactly the twenty five minute mark. This wall is built around a repetitive fast & sleek electro like trapped hiss, cold static & controlled air-con like dwells and thickened wall tendencies. The track feels like  your getting pulled deeper & deeper into modern technologies hope feasting heart; making one feel like a character from David Cronberg's Videodrom thats getting  slowly sucked into a TVs screen of solid static snow. This is certainly the most nasty, drilling & unforgiving track here, yet its still somehow keeps a cold  techno beauty to it all.

Another great & well thought out release from this still relatively new Italian label which is building a very distinctive & sleek name for its self in the seemingly daily growing HNW scene.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
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