Dresvn, Woodlandscene


Illustration by Yehrin Tong

[Acido Records]


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There is little better than the feeling of discovering a record label and diving into their discography. I usually make these kinds of discoveries at times where I feel that dance music is overly consensus-driven, finding the same names and labels in mix after mix, review after review, and the introduction of new names is a welcome bit of fresh air. One of my big finds of late last year was Berlin-based Acido Records, whose limited back catalog jumps around to practically all styles of dance music, from Drexciyan electro to tripping techno. While their sound may be inconsistent the quality is anything but, issuing eight intriguing slabs of wax since 2004. The latest Acido transmission, their eighth, comes from the team of label head Dynamo Dreesen and SVN under the name Dresvn.

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Woodlandscene consists of six slow-burning analog workouts, some reduced and atmospheric, others more up-tempo and energetic. A1 shuffles along with woodblock patterns, adding gradually intensifying percussive elements until it simply stops. A2 is a languid house track whose purely electronic sounds lend an unlikely pastoral quality to the tune, and A3 slows things down with quivering static noises and half-time rhythms. Over on the B side things kick off with squirming frequencies and taut low-end sounds over sprightly beats on the B1, while B2’s sluggish feel and ascending/descending tones keep the energy at a simmer. B3 closes the EP out with a beatless scenario filled with crackles and reserved warbles.

What’s perhaps most striking about Woodlandscene is how the use of purely electronic sounds lend the record such an idyllic feeling. I imagine it as a sort of musical equivalent of the Tiergarten or Prospect Park: somewhere in the middle of a major metropolis where jaded urbanites can retread into wilderness for a bit. With Woodlandscene we’re certainly not leaving the realm of electronic music, but it just feels so warm and natural that you can almost see the analog sounds coming out of the mouths of birds and squirrels. This is mostly thanks to the analog machines employed by Dresvn, but while the warmth radiating from their equipment is undeniable so is the lightness etched into its grooves by the playfulness of its creators. This is music that doesn’t really care about genre, tempo or DJ functionality, and this, coupled with the fact that it’s just a seriously good set of tunes, keeps me coming back to Woodlandscene.

Will Lynch  on May 5, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Great record.

dead  on May 5, 2011 at 8:00 PM

DRESVN has dropped an E for the very first time . Superb high listening to the record in fact.. keep dropping E’s Dresvn ! lol

andreas krumm  on May 6, 2011 at 12:37 AM

hey chris miller, thanx a lot for your choosen words, gosh…i found this review here this morning, posted to me by MADTEO, a friend of mine in NY.
And it made my day allready. Good to know there are some ppl out there they like what i/we do! New acido is here, will release probably this summer!
Thanx again lots lots lots for your suport!! salute dresen

Blaktony  on May 6, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Nice & Cool.

Ahoyskin  on May 6, 2011 at 11:36 AM

A fitting review for an exceptional record. Look forward to every release on Acido.

adamm  on May 6, 2011 at 1:57 PM

This is fantastic and made me check out all the previous releases, they’re just as good. I bet this is vinyl only, huh?

James  on May 6, 2011 at 10:07 PM

did the same as adamm and just ordered two. great music – why haven’t I heard of this label before?!?

andreas krumm  on May 7, 2011 at 4:21 PM

thanx you all for your kind words, you make me happy!!! And yes..acido is a vinyl only project, at least since 1998 there is so much more music comming up with lots of well supported names, acido artist dont have that much of a support neither well known names, also i never found a big distributer who fit or eaven liked it, after hard wax in berlin finaly started supporting it. I ve planed to release more music in the future, buget is short, which makes me think realy well what sort of material i wanna release. There is a new release on its way, probably out this summer, acido 009 aka acido presents DJ Sotofett !!! Check this soon, lots of pure smoke!!!!!!!!D.

saintplacid  on May 7, 2011 at 9:05 PM

excellent review for an excellent EP and label !
if you want to know more about Acido Records and Dynamo Dreesen, check the 2 blog entries about them on http://www.househusbandradio.com.

andreas krumm  on June 11, 2011 at 11:03 AM

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