Dorisburg, Sinai Hypnosis

[Aniara Recordings]

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Gothenburg, Sweden is well known for its top-tier synth pop exports, but the early output of the Aniara label suggests the city may be equally talented at producing lush, experimental dance music. Sinai Hypnosis, the debut release by Dorisburg, disregards genre uniformity and attempts to bridge disparate structures with an overarching spaciness. The title track is an extended chillout room workout; its rhythm constantly trips over itself, lethargically propelling things forward. Calmly droning pads drift throughout, giving it a beachy, endless vibe. These guys are definitely sipping the Scando-Balearic syrup, but while many of that genre’s productions feel overstuffed and proggy, “Sinai Hypnosis” glides by on a few simple elements. A dub is also included, though it’s ultimately pointless in comparison to its parent version, reigning in the ambience a bit too much.

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For “Mima,” Dorisburg shift their focus to the deeper, more subdued end of contemporary bass music. A cleanly swung rhythm loops with a meditative bass line and a fluttering melody, not too far removed from the Infrasonics camp’s minimalist productions. Like “Sinai Hypnosis,” however, the track is largely about gorgeous washes of atmosphere and shrewd usage of stabs, focusing more on the mental than the physical. In spite of this, both tracks would sound wonderful in the right kind of laid-back club situation. The split between chillout house and UK bass music is a potentially problematic identity to maintain, but as long as Dorisburg release music as smartly executed as this 12″, they have little cause for concern.

Andrew  on November 9, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Too bad you can’t buy this anywhere since its been sold out for a while. I really hope they do a digital release.

Blaktony  on November 10, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Coolness. Must buy.

Don Simon  on November 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM
raoul duke  on April 7, 2011 at 2:35 PM

It fucking kills me that I will never be able to own this in all its sonic splendour as Aniara are vinyl only :(


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