The perks of being a blogger is the fact that people send you music constantly. Most of those items sent to me are not worthy of a review, but when they do make it onto my website, it’s because the music is good. The other day I received a message from a duo called Mazut. A Polish duo, who’s album ‘Atlas’ will be released on the 5th of January. Now, before we continue, let me remind us all that this is actually the first time I reviewed music from artists who are from Poland. And also warn you for this: this is going to be quite intoxicating. You’ll find out why in a minute.
The message I received contained a short biography, and in it they mention that Mazut does thing differently. They didn’t write that down exactly, but that’s what I read between the lines. What do they use for their music? Basically everything they can find. And when I say everything, I do mean everything: a toy keyboard, vintage radio receivers, dictaphones, casette tapes, synthesizers, drum machines, and much more. So basically whatever makes a sound, they use. And that is awesome. Going back to the roots of dance music, when artists had to use whatever they had to create new and invigorating sounds.
To make the records even better, they use bits from everything. Sampled texts from fairy tales, speech by a war murderer, or a manipulative pep talk. Now this should intrigue you. It had me focussed since the first time I glanced at the message.
To promote their upcoming album, they will go to several places, in Poland, Hungary, Austria, and more.
Now you obviously want to see what kind of records are on the album? Well, here it is:
01. Mazut – I Am Become Death, The Destroyer Of Worlds
02. Mazut – Perverse Incentive
03. Mazut – Malachi Ritscher
04. Mazut – Atlas
05. Mazut – Treatment Resistance
06. Mazut – ))))))))))
07. Mazut – That’s A Razor And You Make A Threat
08. Mazut – The Badge Of Shame
09. Mazut – Blunted Affect
A short and weird looking tracklist, if I’m honest. Look at title 6, or even number 7. Don’t see track titles like this every day, do you? But anyway, if you are digging what you read and saw, and you are willing to go to Bandcamp (that’s where you can find the album), you cran pre-order it right now for €3,- , and that’s nearly nothing for a wicked album.
The album will be released on the 5th (as I said before) and what you get is an interesting album. They use equipment most artists have thrown in the bin, but they pick it out of the bin and use it to create this weird but very intoxicating records. The main focus is Techno, but it goes to Acid House from time to time. From new school to old school, you find everything on this album. Even a record which is called ‘))))))))))’??
I do find it interesting to hear them making music the non conventional way. No expensive MacBooks and software that does everything for everyone nowadays, just raw pioneering. This album goes back to the roots, and you can hear them actually making music the way they do. And it resulted in this wicked album.
Best record? ‘Malachi Ritscher’. So minimalistic, but so effective. I have to also say that they do love their high pitched sounds. Bloody Nora, I still hear that pitched sound in my head right now, and I’m not listening to the album.
I like their approach, and it has worked out beautifully. One thing I missed was a good ending for a few records. They just ended too abrupt. Maybe a few more seconds to let it fade out, but they just cut the sound completely.
Anyway, Mazut has left a good first impression on me. Check them out on Bandcamp and Facebook, and make sure you pre-order the album right now!
Genre/Style: Techno, Acid House, Minimalistic
Album Info: Mazut – Atlas (Out on the 5th of January 2018)
Length Album: 00:53:16
Tracks: 9 (nine)
Download/Listen (via Bandcamp): LISTEN HERE
File Size: 122 MB
File Type: mp3
More Information: Mazut – Facebook Fanpage