It’s finally time for the first dose of new Ziro material in over a year. ‘Lost’ represents a bold progression in the Bristol producer’s sound – trademark menacing atmospherics underpin a volatile arrangement of flashing claps and flickering hi hats, with growling bass notes tearing through a brooding vocal performance from Trim.
New Ziro can be sporadic to say the least – just a single EP and two remixes have surfaced since his Mary Anne Hobbs and Mosca-championed debut ‘Coded’ marked the birth of our label in 2012. ‘Pulse’ EP arrived on Damu’s Fulcrum label last summer to great acclaim – the shocking lurch of ‘Fractures’ hinting at more abstract work to come.
The past twelve months have been a time of quiet focus for Ziro, introducing new hardware to his setup and exploring a world of new influences. A sprawling nine-minute techno rework of Alight’s ‘Obelisk’ on Local Action was quickly followed by a thunderous halfstep remix of El-B’s seminal ‘Buck & Bury’ – with recent support from Pinch, Mumdance and Wen paving the way for his return.
perhaps not so innovative, given Burial's stylistic parameters, these tracks are more like a frolic, made of fragments who are like distant relatives, getting nowhere really, but still being enjoyable in their atmospheric anticipation. This is more so in the case of Nightmarket, which fits what I like to think of as lo-fi trance, as anticipated in a superb track like ashtray wasp, although with a beatless and more orchestral approach in this case. aelena
The Kampala producer's debut LP subverts the dominant paradigm of club music, providing a fresh, dark, and doomy soundtrack that is as meditative as it is danceable. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jun 22, 2021