Nowadays, it's fairly easy for anyone to wake up one morning and decide they want to start their own record label. While we've seen a pattern with the rise of independent/ white-labels, good music that strains unique character is still hard to come across. An exception is Brooklyn based label, Fifth Wall, which has shown us the many ways a "young" label can quickly work up the ranks and establish itself as a rising innovator apart from common imitators. Divvorce, the mind behind Vanessa (A Dreamer) and the co-head of the imprint, hands over the label's ninth release that also includes remixes from label comrades Unklone and Physical Therapy.
An assemblage of two original tracks that pursue an individual and singular sound, "Wander 7" has a wheezing breath that discharges robotic tones over a haunting deep-end of house preparations. Hostile and wintry, "Roquentin's Release" mirrors one of Jean-Paul Sartre's most famous protagonists—Antonie Roquentin—from his first novel, Nausea. And for anyone who's studied a handful of French Existentialism like myself, you'll note how the parallels to Roquentin's complexions are thrilling and spot-on . Physical Therapy's rendition of "Roquentin's Release" works an equally contemplative tone with a cosmic atmosphere full of suspense and intensity. With Unklone's remix of "Anny", reincarnation to a higher-state is possible. A steady flow of airy sounds over the hauling kicks is an extraordinary techno experience worth this EP's listen alone.
Be sure you check out the rest of the label's catalog and keep an eye out for more gems in the upcoming year.
Vanessa (A Dreamer)
- Fifth Wall