Equipped with one drum only and laser-pattern electronics, two masters of focused rhythm step up for the 2nd instalment in their YEK drum quests –
YEK 2 is now repressed and available again.

Iranian experimental percussion master Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (check that killer Padre Himalaya 12″ we have here too) and Burnt Friedman are a great combination – there’s real dedication to a craft that can be attributed to both parties, and when they get together, the results are a fine concoction of psychedelic, pin-point
percussive & minimialist dubwise exploration.

“Mortazavi and Friedman move hands and faders according to odd cyclical rhythms with incredible accuracy. The extreme dynamic range and rhythmic congruency of drum and electronics merge Mortazavi`s and Friedman’s repertoire entirely. Complete in [YEK], resisting cultural notions of folklore and territory.”

Much like with Friedman’s delicate, fine-tuned engineering, Mortazavi’s rhythms – although often extremely fast and rhythmically complex, often feel as if they aim to form a sheet of skin-tone and rhythmic pitch that sonically lays bare the air in between each slap of the drum, finding the central hum and resonance of the instrument itself.
There’s a real hypnotic kind of looping, yet ever-changing continuity that runs through tracks such as ‘YEK 166–3’, which undulates and circulates around it’s own axis as Friedman’s shreds of dub electronics arpeggiate around it with light-footed ease.
On the next cut, Reza Mortazavi manages to make the drum sing in a melodic type of way, creating a kind of mid-range hook and a sub frequency foundation at the same time as Friedman’s warped disco electronics gently ascend in the space around it – very deft stuff.
The fourth, and final cut YEK 128–10, is the most dub-techno of them all, and by now Friedman’s electronics seem to have moved to the foreground… Or maybe the sounds are effected drum percolations? It’s hard to tell at this point, and that’s the genius of this record – the way the electronics and percussion intertwine and communicate between each other so seemingly, and create subtle songs, always in complex motion.

Each cut comes in at around 5/6mins, so you know this record will sound incredible on the turntable at nice volume too – lots of space for those percussive dynamics to hit adequately.

Served in lush looking printed sleeve, via Nonplace.

1. YEK 127–17 05:35
2. YEK 166–3 05:54
3. YEK 134–17 05:21
4. YEK 128–10 05:38

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