Wednesday 10 September 2014

Review: Various Artists - 'N¡gh†m∆res ∆nd 8Ø8s Presents: Suicide Serenade'

'N¡gh†m∆res ∆nd 8Ø8s Presents: Suicide Serenade'

The cult of witch-house / drag / dark trap / vapourwave etc. continues to grow with more and more interesting and avant garde bands creeping out of the shadows with their take on the electronic genre. Helping to popularise this growing cult is the YouTube station N¡gh†m∆res ∆nd 8Ø8s with their visualisations added to the music they plug they have carved a niche for the styles they promote with their channel fast approaching 3,000 subscribers.

The first free compilation from the channel 'Suicide Serenade', released via label Nigh† †errors sees thirteen artists come together spanning multiple genre to create a great introduction to the new wave of dark electronics.

Featuring the likes of King Plague, Okkvlt Kʌtt, Fraunhoffer Diffraction, Bleak Amethyst, Stigma, and Strange Powers the compilation encompasses a good cross-section of artists and style from hip hop and trip hop influences, to dark ambient atmospheres and post-industrial grit. The varied styles of the artists should mean that there is something for everyone here, no matter what preference for electronic music they are approaching this from. However the compilation's stand-out track has to be the darkly minimal cover of Nivana's 'Something In The Way' by Strange Powers which rounds-off the album very nicely.

The production is fairly uniform for a compilation with very little noticeable differences in the recording qualities of the songs which helps the flow of the album as much as the smart arrangement of the songs.

If you're new to witch-house and its related sub-genres, '… Suicide Serenade' is a pretty good starting point. It is a compilation that has been curated with care and attention that should provide new and established fans with a few gems to get stuck in to. Hopefully this will be the first of many such compilation albums from N¡gh†m∆res ∆nd 8Ø8s in the future.

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