• Custom iphone cases
  • iphone cases sale
  • ipod touch cases
  • samsung cases sale
  • Adidas Cases
  • Affliction Cases
  • Armani Cases
  • Beats by dr dre Cases
  • Boss Cases
  • Burberry Cases
  • Canada Goose Cases
  • Chanel Cases
  • Christian Louboutin Case
  • Coach Cases
  • D&G Cases
  • Dior Cases
  • Ed Hardy Cases
  • Football Clubs Cases
  • Gucci Cases
  • Hermes Cases
  • Hollister Cases
  • Juicy Cases
  • Lacoste Cases
  • Levis Cases
  • Louis Vuitton Cases
  • Michael Kors Cases
  • MLB Cases
  • Moncler Cases
  • Monster Cases
  • Mulberry Cases
  • NBA Cases
  • NCAA Cases
  • NFL Cases
  • NHL Cases
  • Nike Cases
  • Oakley Cases
  • Prada Cases
  • Ray Ban Cases
  • Star Cases
  • TOMS Cases
  • Tory Burch Cases
  • UGG Cases
  • YSL Cases
  • Wesley Matsell, Zones Within Zones | Little White Earbuds

    Wesley Matsell, Zones Within Zones


    Photo by Jessica Rosenkrantz

    [Studio Barnhus]


    Buy Vinyl
    Buy MP3s

    With just one release — a 2008 Border Community 12″ — to his name, Wesley Matsell probably hasn’t made your watch list just yet. You’re likely quite a bit hipper to Studio Barnhus, the Stockholm record label/DJ trio/production studio fronted by Axel Boman, an it-producer whose wonderfully loopy conjuring of house has given him commendably long legs. (His partners in crime, Kornél Kovács and Petter Nordkvist, have thus far kept lower profiles.) One doesn’t come to the label arm of Studio Barnhus, now on their ninth release, for house music that’s screwed together in the usual ways. Like an Ikea bookshelf assembled sans directions, the label’s output throws a fair share of quirks into familiar forms. The pattern continues with Matsell’s Studio Barnhus debut, a strikingly fresh EP that pits Boman-style bounce against synth textures that scream Border Community.

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    Even for a label not terribly prone to shyness, Studio Barnhus finds a new rallying cry in Zones Within Zones: “Here’s your trance, now dance!!” Their yelps aren’t immediately apparent during “The Unmaker”‘s opening moments, with muted percussion shuffling through the mix in a style familiar to anyone who’s followed Boman for the last year. But once snappy hi-hats spur it into a gallop, the big, sandpapery synths that define this release quickly come into view, and before you know it, they’re coming at you from all sides. Matsell nails the formula particularly well (and with notable physicality) on “Ultra Vivid Parse,” where trance-y chords seem to accidently wander into a Dance Mania party tune and somehow fit in just great. “Mind Vs. Mind,” recalling Legowelt nearly as much as something James Holden would chart, may be the collection’s most divisive moment: deploying its gigantic arpeggios requires great care and restraint (or straight-up balls, perhaps), but in these post-”Adrenalin” times, I have to believe that DJ is out there. “Pyramideleven,” Matsell’s beatless comedown, blasts us farther out into space rather than coax us back to earth. Even for an EP as brash as this one, the move feels appropriate: we could certainly keep lapping up house records that are straightforward and proper and polite, but when we’re having this much fun, why would we?

    Nick Connellan  on April 3, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    “Like an Ikea bookshelf assembled sans directions, the label’s output throws a fair share of quirks into familiar forms.” Very clever, enjoyed reading that. Can’t say I’m really feeling the tracks though; way too busy for my palate.

    Your email is never shared. Required fields are marked *

    *
    *