Boomkat Product Review:
Indonesian duo Senyawa's debut album receives a dynamite set of anxious electro-acoustic reworks from Dntel, Tolouse Low Trax, Sugai Ken and others.
Curated by Brussels-based label Les Ateliers Claus and Kiosk radio, this collection of remixes impresses with its scope. Each mix was assembled from the component parts of Senyawa's recently-released Phantom Limb album "Alkisah"; the original record combined homemade instruments made from bamboo and other natural materials with unusual vocals - chanting, throat-singing and screaming - and these elements are transformed here, folded into ambient soundscapes, dubby rhythmic experiments and frazzled electronic pop.
Japanese producer Sugai Ken dazzles immediately with a bizarre, minimalist interpretation of 'Kabau'. Using chopped rhythmic elements and distant, muffled voices, Ken sculpts scratches and scrapes into pounding, almost ritualistic soundscapes. Belgian performance artist Celine Gillain augments 'Alkisah II' with her characteristic dark pop forms, adding a skeletal beats and angled synth stabs to Senyawa's doom-y vocals. Dntel meanwhile approaches the same track, pushing the vocals to the back of the room to allow space for glitchy, distorted rhythmic squelches and loops.