Boomkat Product Review:
Anti-fascist dubs, spiritual electronics and unconscious house music from Joachim Nordwall as The Idealist for his native Swedish label, Malmö Inre.
Pursuing the rooted, heavy-lidded mystic vibes of his LP, 7”s and tape in this mode over the past 12 months - including an ace dub of Genesis P-Orridge - The Idealist’s ‘Anti-Fascist Dubs’ continue to find intriguing variation within a theme, with discernibly and crisply more psychedelic, acidic, and cranky results to boot.
Working under a pointed title and rhetoric that has also been adopted by Deathprod - another Scandinavian artist who clearly feels the need to identify his music in solidarity with the left, but ostensibly shares few aesthetic connection with this music - The Idealist’s take on dub is both respectful of the original format and keen to mutate it, rubbing it the right/wrong way with a manacled grasp of prickly noise dynamics and druggy hypnosis.
Up top he comes off like MWC gone dub with the meditation tape loops and playfully angular step of ‘Breath Deeply Dub’, whereas ‘Tune In, Turn On, Dub Out’ unbuckles and swims in deep dub-house next to the drowsy techno dub of ‘The Energy’. Down below it gets more crooked with the abstract black mass of ‘Silent Protest Piece’, before pinging the elastic stepper ‘Steady Stream of Hatred for the Haters’, and cutting loose with ragged and cosmically kaotic vibes to close.