Bjarki leads a pack of international artists who in the past few years have taken a hauntological approach to re-moulding the scents of breakbeat, rave, jungle, trance and IDM into sounds that are entirely their own. Already this year he began his own label bbbbbb with artistic sparring partner Johnny Chrome Silver, he released under new alias Cucumb45, performed his new live show at clubs and festivals from Mutek ES and Peacock to Printworks, and recently announced a US tour for July.
TRP015 finds Bjarki in typical, monstrous, floor slaying form with four trance leaning tracks from his archive that have proven an inspiration for Nina Kraviz’s DJ sets over the past year. Bjarki takes key aspects of trance and takes it for a head-spin into the unknown – mangled percussion, disorienting voices, unravelling textural layers, sub aquatic bass frequencies and intense melodies. All make for a uniquely irreverent take on a much maligned genre most of us secretly adore.
‘’When Nina compiles an EP for you, there’s always a purpose for it in her head, you know she’s up to something and it’s really inspiring to follow as she goes.” – Bjarki
EP is out on 21st July 2017.