Boomkat Product Review:
Saturated in chaotic colour and pushing fugged-out and screwed neo-soul aesthetics to the Nth degree, ‘Embedded Content’ renders Demdike Stare at their most elusive and experimental, distilling edits made for their February 2020 Cafe Oto residency into a properly red-eyed and mazy sound running around a hypnagogic 6 BPM and sounding something like Mica Levi getting on it with DJ Screw at the GRM.
Cementing the quintessence of their set at Dalston’s experimental music hub, Cafe Oto, onto 40 minutes of ferric tape, Demdike basically got blazed on some Whalley Range dank and cooked up the pre-prepared stems from their performance - a mix of live jams, pre-edits, post-edits, and original (de)compositions - into a mad session that lurches from quaalude soul slugs to crushed and wickedly grouchy knocks that sound like Mica Levi and Franco Battiato getting high.
Prizing CDJs as their main tool for on-the-fly edits, sequencing and metric pliability, the duo mete out their most munted gear on the A-side, crawling from dragging drums and endlessly reverberating metallic dub to plunging soul downstrokes and dense, inverted junglist detonations, while the B-side throws down head-smudging ambient noise and a slopped edit of Franco Battiato via bird calls and blunted 2-step prang-outs. In the hands of anyone else this could be a mess, but here the elements are managed with a tempestuousness that speaks to their combined decades of manacled experience with raw, elemental electronics and textured samples. Unpredictable, devilish and ruff cut bizz.