Boomkat Product Review:
Paris's Niamké Désiré, aka Aho Ssan, follows last year's sci-fi digi-scape 'Simulacrum' with this exemplary pack of remixes, featuring Zíur, Exploited Body, KMRU, Roly Porter and more.
Aho Ssan's debut was the introduction of an exciting new voice in abstract electronic music, so it makes sense that the French sound designer has linked up with a handful of like-minded global alchemists. Each track from the album has been re-interpreted here by a different artist, each of whom adds their twist to Désiré's chattering airlock soundscapes. Latvian artist Sarah Badr, aka FRKTL, contributes an early highlight, shifting 'Simulacrum I' into free improv territory, with vigorous drumming that accents Désiré's rusted electronix.
Roly Porter's remix is typically cinematic; the ex-Vex'd sound designer stretches 'Simulacrum II' out into a widescreen marvel, adding lurching rhythmic sub bass and bringing out Désiré's buried melodic elements. Exploited Body deconstructs 'Simulacrum III' and rebuilds it as a slithering half-speed club monster, punctuated by gut-churning kicks and squealing industrial percussion. Zíur meanwhile capitalizes on a prolific year and sculpts 'Simulacrum IV' into an anxious neo-dub scraper, giving Désiré's subtle electronic flutes pride of place.
It's left to Berlin-based Kenyan ambient don KMRU to play us out, and he freezes 'Outro' into a melancholy twinkle of minor-key pads and icy sound design.