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Chafik Chennouf debuts a powerful, deconstructed take on ballroom dynamics for Opal Tapes, backed with faithful remixes fromLucy, Mondkopf and Katsunori Sawa.
If Emptyset piled all their attentions on MAW’s classic Ha! stab, it may well come out sounding like Ferrequinologie, where Chennouf turns that basic unit of modern dance currency into a bewildering recursive maze of pronged rhythmic suggestion against a black hole backdrop. With Hanneton he adds only the slightest hints of percussion in a staggering, grimier, weightless style recalling The Sprawl, and The Observer Effect folds in sparing melodic hooks with a sensitivity to space and inference that reminds us of Phork’s output.
Although we find quite enough to get us dancing in Ferrequinologie, for those who need firmer instructions, check out Lucy’s thrumming techno remix, while Mondkopf retains the piece’s amorphous signposts in a more gristly turn of events.